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Character page for Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), Supergirl (1984), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and Superman Returns (2006). This universe is also featured in Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) as "Earth-96" and in Superman '78 (2021).


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    In General 

Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman

The Last Son of Krypton and Earth's greatest hero.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: A mild example for both versions. While this Superman is still heroic, he's also got a selfish streak. In Superman II, he was willing to permanently give up his powers just to consummate his relationship with Lois, despite the world being dependent on him. In Returns, it's revealed that Superman conceived a child with Lois, but was absent from the boy's life for five whole years because he was searching for Krypton and even after discovering the truth, does not show signs of coming out to his son. Subverted in Returns when Superman risks his life to lift an entire island made of Kryptonite and hurl it into space.
  • Alternate Self: Many amongst the The Multiverse, including...
  • Badass Baritone: Both Reeve and Routh give Superman a deep voice that goes well with his heroic feats and contrasts with the high, awkward voice sported in his Clark Kent persona.
  • Determinator: One of his defining traits. He will not stop fighting for heroism and even on the face of adversity, Superman would find a way to rise and covercome his challenges.
  • Happily Adopted: Much like most other continuities, Kal-El is found by a decent, normal couple who decide to take him in as their own child and raise him with as much love as any good parent would. And of course, Clark loves them back.
  • Human Aliens: Clark is part of an near-extinct alien race known as Kryptonians, who look remarkably human-like in their physical appearance and gestures, though their inner physiology is very different.
  • Ideal Hero: He's Superman, of course, he's this trope.
  • Informed Ability: Clark skills as a reporter. We don't ever see Clark doing his job, the way we did in the George Reeves series. However, we know Perry only hires good reporters who can get stories and make them great. Besides Clark has two irresistible qualities — fast (and accurate) typing and a snappy, punchy prose style. We do hear Perry compliment Clark — right after reminding Lois "there's only one 'p' in 'rapist' — when he says, "Nice job on that shooting scandal, Kent."
  • Leitmotif: He's got the defining Superman theme, courtesy of John Williams and and energetic brass orchestra. Every reinterpretation of Superman has homaged it in some way, either through a similar orchestral composition or straight-up reprising it.
  • Load-Bearing Hero: Superman bench-presses the entire San Andreas Fault Zone. And uses his body as temporary train tracks. He also resists the Anti-Monitor's gravitational pressure field while all other heroes save the Monitor himself are downed.
  • Messianic Archetype: Setting the standard for future Supermen, his father refers to him as his "only son" sent to guide humanity. By the time of Crisis on Infinite Earths, he has added black to his Kryptonian Crest. Not to mourn those he's lost, but to remind himself that the hope he provides and believes in can cut through any darkness, just as his red "S" cuts through the black background on his chest. By the end of Crisis, the yellow returned to the crest.
  • Primary-Color Champion: But of course! Clark's bright shades of red, blue and yellow in his costume as as colorful as he is a champion of heroism.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Kryptonian physiology and it's adaptations to yellow sun rays grant Superman a wide assortment of powers and physical enhancements, such as Super Strength, Flight, Super Speed, Heat Vision, and several more.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The late Christopher Reeve was 6'4, while Brandon Routh is 6'3. A lot of characters have given him a Female Gaze.

    Christopher Reeve's Superman 

Christopher Reeve's Superman

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"I'm here to fight for truth, justice and the American way."

Species: Kryptonian

Known Aliases: Superman, The Last Son of Krypton, The Man of Steel, The Big Blue Boy Scout.

Played by: Christopher Reeve (1978-1987) | Jeff East (young Clark, 1978) | Aaron Smolinski (toddler Clark, 1978)

Voiced in French by: Pierre Arditi (1978-1983) | Hervé Bellon (1987)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman '78 | Superman III | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Moving to Metropolis after training at the Fortress of Solitude, Superman began his superhero career and went on to battle such threats as Lex Luthor, General Zod and Nuclear Man.


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: A minor case but unlike most versions he was shown to lack friends growing up and his mother passed away by the time of Superman III, though he doesn't really let this show. Subverted in Superman '78 when he discovers that Jor-El and Lara survived Krypton's destruction by being put in the bottled city of Kandor by Brainiac, and they survive the end of the comic.
  • Adaptational Badass: Surprisingly, given that he is based on his Silver Age version. In the comics at the time, Superman could fly fast enough to break the time barrier but he couldn't change the past. Further, time-travel to any point when he was alive, past or future, saw him become an invisible phantom unable to interact with anyone. Here he can reverse time allowing him to prevent Lois' death while his past self saves the innocents in danger because of Lex, who then presuambly goes back in time again to save Lois.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: A minor one but the Silver Age Superman saw himself as Kal-El while both Superman and Clark Kent where ways of helping people, but even then he seemed to prefer being Superman. Superman III however implies that like modern interpretations the Clark Kent identity is who he identifies as since that represented his good self while Superman was his evil self.
  • Age Lift: Clark doesn't become Superman until he's thirty, while the Silver Age Superman began his career as Superboy.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Clark Kent's suit and hat are very fifties, yet he manages to look dashing in them.
  • Big "NO!": Inverted with Lois's first death; Superman shakes his head and mutters out a few pained and quiet "no"s before his Skyward Scream.
  • Canon Discontinuity: How Superman '78 ends the story with Luthor suggests that Superman IV might not be canon, though there is plenty of time for him to be arrested again.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Uses his x-ray vision to check out Lois' underwear. Granted, it was her idea.
  • Clark Kenting: Christopher Reeve made Superman's switch between identities incredibly convincing and less dependent on MST3K Mantra than in the comics. It's especially apparent during the scene where he nearly reveals himself to Lois in her apartment, and shows the audience what Superman would look like in Clark Kent's suit.
  • Denser and Wackier: In comparison to Routh's version, as Reeve's Superman goes on to fight an evil computer and two evil clones of himself.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Reeve plays the Clark Kent persona this way.
  • Enemy Without: In Superman III the artificial kryptonite causes him to be divided into his good half (Clark Kent) and his evil half (Superman).
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Superman spins like a top while drilling into Lex Luthor's underground lair and flies around the Earth to make it spin backwards and turn back time. That and the revolving door costume change bit.
  • Friendless Background: While Lana had an interest in him in high school she was with Brad at the time and there is no mention of him being friends with Pete Ross, suggesting that he didn't have any friends until he moved to Metropolis.
  • The Ghost: Doesn't make an appearance in Supergirl despite his cousin being the title character.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Superman realizes Lois' car is buried under debris.
  • Identical Stranger: On Earth-167, a human named Dr. Virgil Swann strongly resembles Clark.
  • Master Actor: Clark Kent. On top of making audiences believe a man could fly, Christopher Reeve proved that a really good actor can make you believe that Clark Kenting could actually work. The key scene being when he's about to confess his double life to Lois, only to back out at the last second, switching his voice, posture and mannerisms without missing a beat.
  • Nice Guy: He literally helped get a little girl's cat out of a tree.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Or at least like pink, very much.
  • Skyward Scream: When Lois dies. The first time.

    Brandon Routh's Superman 

Brandon Routh's Superman

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"You wrote that the world doesn't need a savior, but every day I hear people crying for one."
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"Hope is the light that lifts us out of darkness."

Species: Kryptonian

Known Aliases: Superman, The Last Son of Krypton, The Man of Steel, The Big Blue Boy Scout.

Played by: Brandon Routh (2006, 2019-2020)

Voiced in French by: Adrien Antoine (2006, 2019-2020)

Appearances: Superman Returns | Crisis On Infinite Earths

Returning to Earth after spending five years investigating the possibility that Krypton might still exist, he returns just in time to battle his archenemy Lex Luthor once again. Thirteen years later he is recruited to help save the multiverse from a Crisis.


  • The Ace: His appearance in Crisis on Infinite Earths identifies him as the Paragon of Truth for the entire Multiverse across all DC live action properties, even though Supermen from Earth-38 and Earth-167 are present during the Crisis. He also plays a major role in evacuating billions of citizens from all Earths across the Multiverse, and is the only hero besides the Monitor to stand up to Harbinger, and resist her gravitational pressure when she is being controlled by the Anti-Monitor.
  • Action Dad: He fathered a child with Lois, as revealed in Superman Returns. Crisis reveals that he does eventually have some sort of relationship with Jason.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted, this version leaves out Magog killing the Joker and being acquitted for it, causing Superman to retire to the Fortress of Solitude for years before coming out of retirement. He is still an active and hopeful Superhero.
  • Adaptational Badass: Upon his return in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he has lost almost everyone he loves as a result of Joker's gas attack, but refuses to give up either his superhero or day job, can overpower Earth-Prime's Superman, and resist the gravitational pressure of the Anti-Monitor.
  • Adaptational Hairstyle Change: A minor example as Superman doesn't really have a fixed hair style, but since Routh's is based on Reeve's version it's noticeable that his hair is styled in the opposite direction to Reeve's with the curl being on the left side of his face instead of his right.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Routh's Superman is much weaker than Reeve as he lacks the many powers that his predecessor showed. Although this wimpiness gets dropped by the time he makes a return in Crisis on Infinite Earths, where he is shown a lot stronger.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Routh played Clark as being less dorky than Reeve, and as Superman he shows more vulnerability such as when explaining how he can hear everything to Lois.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: The greatest Superman in The Multiverse, at his fullest potential, which allows him to best Earth-Prime's Superman in combat. This is due to this Superman having suffered so much more while still remaining his idealistic self and for this reason is granted the status of the Paragon of Truth.
  • Back from the Dead: He and his world are restored at the end of Crisis.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Lex Luthor is able to turn him against Earth-Prime Superman by using the Book of Destiny to "turn all his love into hate", causing him to resent his counterpart for not suffering as he's suffered. Once Earth-Prime Lois frees him from the spell he takes it in stride, mentioning something like this has happened before.
  • Broad Strokes: Routh plays the same character as Reeve, but that means Reeve's last two films didn't happen as Returns picks up some years after Superman II. Then years later, Crisis alludes to events in Superman III anyway.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Superman Returns was intended to replace Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace in the canon, though in Crisis he mentioned fighting another version of himself as well as his son Jason. And there is no way of knowing what his life story looks like post-Crisis.
  • Composite Character: His appearance in Crisis of the Infinite Earths combines the version from the movies and the Superman from Kingdom Come. Also while based on the Silver Age Earth-One Superman the fact he is older than the Earth-Prime version means he is an adaption of Kal-L, the Golden Age Superman from Earth-Two.note 
  • Da Editor: He's the Daily Planet's Editor-In-Chief by 2019.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All Supermen have this with the destruction of Krypton in their infancy, but this one has gone through it twice with The Joker's attack on Metropolis in his adulthood. The Monitor says this trait is what makes him the Paragon.
  • Darker and Edgier: More grounded than dark, but compared to Reeve's Superman this version was questioned about his relevance to the 21st century and made the mistake of leaving Earth for five years which led to Luthor escaping justice for his crimes and to Clark unintentionally abandoning his son. Needless to say, he proves this statement wrong.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in the arms of Earth-Prime's Kara as anti-matter leaks out of his body due to him and the Lex Luthor of Earth-Prime switching places.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the new multiverse, Lois and Clark's other close friends never died, as seen by his crest having yellow background instead of black. The last we see of him is him flying in the Earth's atmosphere, finally content once and for all.
  • Hunk: The Earth-Prime Kara, of all people, has commented on his impressive physique.
  • Identical Stranger: The Ray Palmer from Earth-Prime is the spitting image of him.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Earth-Prime Lois is able to use the Book of Destiny to break Luthor's spell on him by channeling her own image of her own Clark's kindness and compassion she knows he must share.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite living different lives to each other, both himself and his fellow Arrowverse counterparts are parents. The same is also true with Ray Palmer who despite having the least similarities with him out of all his alternate counterparts, they still bear a lot of similarities:
    • They are both Primary-Color Champions with an added black to their suits.
    • They are in charge of a company (Ray leads Palmer Technologies while Clark leads the Daily Planet).
    • Both have powersets that allow them to fly, scan objects, and enhances their physical stats that are all empowered by a star (Ray's Atom suit is powered by a dwarf star while Clark's powers come from the sun.)
    • Both are dorky Nice Guys.
    • Both lost their romantic partners to an Ax-Crazy supervillain (Ray lost Anna to Deathstroke's siege while Clark lost Lois to the Joker's gas attack.)
  • Large and in Charge: Stands over 6 feet tall and is Da Editor of Daily Planet by 2019.
  • Living MacGuffin: He is the only one of the Paragons to be introduced in Crisis On Infinite Earths as opposed to an already established character in the Arrowverse (Ryan Choi was The Ghost).
  • My Greatest Failure: Being unable to save Lois and his friends is this for him, though he uses it to motivate him to be a better hero instead of letting the grief overwhelm him.
  • Old Superhero: Quite possibly one of the most seasoned superheroes in the Multiverse, as he was confirmed to have at least been active until 2001 before he left Earth for five years. It’s what helps make him the greatest Superman of all of the multiverse.
  • The Paragon: He's literally given the title of the Paragon of Truth, and he is the Ideal Hero of the Multiverse, representing the potential Earth-Prime's Superman has yet to grow into. The Monitor tells us he has lost more and suffered more than any other Superman while still retaining the spark of who he is — which translates to him being more powerful than our Superman and quickly getting the better of him during their brief duel. This is more or less the relationship Earth-2 Kal-L had with Earth-1 Kal-El in the original comics Crisis.
  • Rank Up: In Crisis, he becomes the Daily Planet's Editor-in-Chief.
  • Relationship Upgrade: His mentioning Lois as his wife in Crisis indicates he did get back with her and married her after Returns.
  • Sacrificial Lion: As the oldest and most experienced of the Seven Paragons we expect him to be the beacon of hope and de facto leader in their Last Stand against the Anti-Monitor. Instead, the prophecy in the Book of Destiny is hijacked by Luthor's tampering, and he's unceremoniously killed and replaced by his greatest enemy in the Multiverse.
  • Seen It All: He isn't at all fazed by meeting an alternate Clark or Lois or learning about the Crisis, saying it's actually the least insane thing he's heard. He similarly takes his own Brainwashed and Crazy Face–Heel Turn in stride, noting that it's nothing new for him.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: His costume is the Kingdom Come design, with his chest symbol a more stylized version (looking more like the Kryptonian character for "hope" and less like an Earth letter S) against a black background. He tells Lois he changed it after his wife and his friends died, to remind himself that hope always rises again from grief.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: This Clark keeps one in his office, with plaques memorializing all of his fallen friends from the Daily Planet, to remind him why he keeps fighting for truth and justice. Notably serves as a Foil to Batman-99's grotesque trophy room.
  • Silver Fox: He still is attractive in his old appearance. Earth-Prime Kara gushes about his physique before her cousin tells he is his doppelganger.
  • Vague Age: Routh was 24 when cast as Superman and when the film was released in 2006 he was 27, but he left five years previously meaning he would have been in his early twenties at the time. Not only that but Reeve's Superman was supposed to be 30 years old when he becomes Superman, and since this version is a continuation of Reeve's version after Superman II he should be in his mid to late thirties in Returns and close to fifty in Crisis despite Routh being forty in his second appearance.

Other Characters

    Lois Lane 

Lois Lane

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Species: Human

Played by: Margot Kidder (1978-1987) | Kate Bosworth (2006)

Voiced in French by: Perrette Pradier (1978-1983) | Frédérique Tirmont (1987) | Agathe Schumacher (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman '78 | Superman III | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns

An Intrepid Reporter for The Daily Planet.


  • Alliterative Name: Lois Lane.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Generally, though her two actresses have different approach towards her. Margot Kidder's portrayal is more blunt while Kate Bosworth's is more detached.
  • Alternate Self: Many amongst The Multiverse, including...
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She has trouble spelling certain words, despite being a reporter. It's very possible she has dyslexia.
  • Back from the Dead: At the end of Crisis, Clark having yellow instead of black in his crest implies this Lois never died in the new reality.
  • Bus Crash: Killed by the Joker when he gassed the Daily Planet sometime between 2006 and 2019.
  • Character Death: Killed in a car wreck in Superman: The Movie, which was undone by Supes reversing time. Also killed by the Joker when he gassed the Daily Planet sometime before 2019. This one took.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: At least three Loises are alive by the time her death in 2019 is mentioned.
  • Demoted to Extra: In III and, to a lesser extent, IV. The former film only has her appearing in two brief scenes, neither of which have any real relevance to the plot, while the latter has Lacy Warfield more as its female lead, though does give Lois a few plot-critical scenes.
  • Faint in Shock: For a supposedly fearless reporter, Lois faints quite often when presented with situations that she simply is unable to process. But, then again, all of them involve Superman, which is as extraordinary as things can get.
    • In the first film, a helicopter crash almost causes Lois Lane to fall to her death. Superman makes his first public appearance by catching and saving both her and the falling helicopter. After he deposits her on the top of a building and flies away, she watches Superman fly away before immediately collapsing atop the helipad in a dead faint.
    • In the Director's Cut of II, Lois becomes so sure that Clark is Superman that she jumps out of the window of her office in the Daily Planet building right in front of Clark, believing that he'll expose himself as Superman as he tries to save her. He breaks her fall in a way that doesn't break his disguise, allowing her to land safely on top of a tomato vendor's stand on the street below, and appears back upstairs as Clark at the window by the time Lois looks up again. The (incorrect) realization that Clark isn't Superman after all, along with the embarrassment of what she's done, as well as the knowledge of how easily she could have killed herself doing so, instantly sends Lois passing out cold into the pile of tomatoes she landed on top of.
    • And in Superman Returns, an aircraft malfunction almost kills the entirety of its passengers, amongst whom is Lois, who at this point has already given up the hope of Superman returning from his many-years-long absence and no longer believes that the world needs him. Superman makes his first public reappearance by saving the aircraft and landing it safely in a packed sports arena. He then personally speaks solely to Lois, echoing their conversation on the helipad in the original film. Completely overwhelmed, Lois follows him out the aircraft's exit and once again watches speechlessly as he flies away into the sky before she drops and slides limply down the plane's inflated evacuation slide, dead unconscious.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: There was no way Lois could afford a fancy penthouse apartment on a reporter's salary.
  • Identical Stranger: Lois has one on Earth-167 named Bridgette Crosby.
  • Love Interest: Do we have to say whose?
  • My Car Hates Me: Lois, get gas before you drive into the middle of nowhere. Seriously, she hits the earthquake, burning (broken) train track, oncoming train, and the nuclear warhead from that trope's description all in one turn of the key. On the other hand, it's not for want of trying. She stops at a gas station, but it's deserted, and a few seconds later it blows up right next to her.
  • Posthumous Character: She's long dead during Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019).
  • Relationship Upgrade: Clark's mentioning Lois as his wife in Crisis indicates she did get back with him and married him after Returns.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Despite being an accomplished reporter, Lois is terrible at spelling. This trait was made part of her comics characterization (if not always applied consistently).
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no qualms walking in front of Clark wearing only a towel.
  • Vague Age: In real life Margot Kidder was older than Christopher Reeve by four years, but a deleted scene later included in DVD release shows Lois as a child seeing a teenage Clark Kent running past the train she was on, which would mean that at most Lois is a decade younger than him. However this clearly goes against the dynamic the two have and would make her the same age as Jimmy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: How does she confirm that Clark is Superman? By shooting him (with blank bullets, but still).
    Superman: You realize, of course, if you'd been wrong, Clark Kent would have been killed.
    Lois: With a blank?
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    Supergirl 

Kara Zor-El / Linda Lee / Supergirl

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Helen Slater

Voiced in French by: Emmanuelle Bondeville

Appearances: Supergirl

The Last Daughter of Krypton.


Antagonists

Lex Luthor and his associates

    Lex Luthor 

Alexander "Lex" Luthor

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Species: Human

Played by: Gene Hackman (1978-1987) | Kevin Spacey (2006)

Voiced in French by: Francis Lax (1987-1980) | Claude Joseph (1987) | Gabriel Le Doze (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman '78 | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns

The greatest criminal mastermind the world has ever seen. Not.


  • Abusive Parents: Implied with his dad, who apparently told Lex to "get out" when he was only six, although this may have been Lex's idea of a joke.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: While Silver Age Lex could have many ridiculous plans he was aided by the fact he was a super genius able to build all kinds of weapons, but this version of Lex tends to have plans that realistically wouldn't bring him the fame and wealth he desires since he never thinks them through to their logical conclusion.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Sort of, as the Superman '78 comic reveals his full name is Alexander Joseph Luthor which is the name given to him in the comics and adaptions made after Crisis on Infinite Earths. However this version of Lex was based on the pre-Crisis Silver Age portrayal of Lex who was named Alexis Luthor.
  • Alliterative Name: Lex Luthor.
  • Alternate Self: One on Earth-Prime who looks like his nephew Lenny, one on Earth-9, one on Earth-167, and one on an unnamed Earth.
  • Ambiguous Situation: No mention is made if he's still alive in 2019.
  • Badass Boast: "Lex Luthor! The greatest criminal mind of our time!"
  • Bald of Evil: Played for laughs by Gene Hackman, who wears a series of unconvincing wigs until whipping off the last one to reveal his baldness during his final rant after Superman dumps him in prison. In Returns he ditches the wigs altogether.
  • Bat Deduction:
    • Lex Luthor not only correctly deduces that pieces of Krypton came to Earth, but that they would be harmful to Superman, with no explanation given.
    • In Superman Returns, he suspects (correctly) that Jason is Superman's son when he noticed the boy seemed to be afraid of the Kryptonite Lex was holding.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: In spite of his campy moments, Lex is capable of some heinous acts. He was willing to let Zod have Earth as long as he got America for himself and he nearly drowned the entire North American continent by creating his own island, and he seems to genuinely enjoy hurting and killing people. He is really an extremely sinister and psychopathic monster who happens to be goofball with grandiose delusions.
  • Big Bad: In the first and fourth films, as well as Returns.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: In the second film. He's easily overshadowed by Zod and his cronies for obvious reasons.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Nary a scene goes by where Lex isn't bragging about how devious his schemes are. In The Quest for Peace he even refers to himself as "the greatest criminal mind of the 20th century". It's not explained why he sees crime as a worthy claim to fame outside of getting rich in unethical ways.
  • The Chessmaster: In Superman II he ups his game considerably.
  • Egopolis: Lex does this a lot. But he is not happy when his henchmen Otis scribbles "Otisburg" on a map (perhaps he doesn't want it to be visible on the map, not even Tessmacher's own city's name was shown).
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: It might not be prominent at first, but in the official novelization of IV, he appeals to war profiteers from three countries against Superman's disarmament on the basis that "as long as the world hangs on the brink of war, the good life is available to every criminal — regardless of race, religion, or national origin!"
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Ms. Teschmacher asked if he thinks that Superman is the real deal, Luthor replies that if he is, he's not from Earth. Granted, Superman is a Human Alien, but it does show that Luthor doesn't believe anyone on Earth could be as selfless as Superman.
  • Evil Is Hammy: His loud fashions sense and bombastic personality are a given. While he toned it down in Returns, the way he screams "WROOONNNG!!!" shows that Lex didn't gcompletely get over it.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Lex's schemes in both the first film and Returns, in the end, are just Real Estate Scams. Very similar real estate scams. Scams that will kill millions of people, and have a bigger chance of backfiring than they have of working, and Lex doesn't cares at all.
    • Implied with his sending the second missile to Hackensack, New Jersey, which just happens to be the home of the mother of his right-hand woman who keeps insulting his character throughout the movie. Hackensack is such an utterly random target otherwise that it is easy to imagine he chose it because the mother lived there.
    • The one time he tries to pull an Enemy Mine with Superman is very short-lived because he can't bring himself to not betray Superman.
    • After he scams all of the money out of an elderly rich woman in Returns, he makes a show of demonstrating he did to the rest of her family by giving her young grand-daughter his toupee and saying "this is yours. Everything else is mine."
  • Facepalm: After Lex describes what Kryptonite can do and how to find it, Eve and Otis go off on a tangent about what to wear to Addis Abbaba. Lex's expression says it all.
  • The Ghost: He never appears on-screen during Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) but is mentioned.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's arrogant, narcissistic, egocentric, and has the personality of a real Jerkass, but there's no real denying the fact that he is highly intelligent.
  • Lack of Empathy: Why does Lex want to drown America? So he can corner the real estate market. To Hell with anyone who gets caught in the crossfire. This quality actually comes back to bite him; once he's far enough along in his plan it doesn't seem to occur to him there'd be consequences to the other nuke going the wrong way.
  • Laughably Evil: He's depicted as a ruthless bastard with a witty sense of humor. While he's definitely a threat to be reckoned with, there's no denying Lex is still hilarious.
  • Mean Boss: He's a total dick to Otis and Teschmacher. He is relatively polite to Nuclear Man, but that's probably only because Nuclear Man could kill him by flicking him gently.
  • Running Gag: Other than in IV but including in Returns, all his designs are ultimately around owning oceanfront property. Lex lampshades this in Superman II.
  • Stupid Evil: He betrays Superman to Zod at the climax of Superman 2, even after it's been made clear that Zod won't honor any deals he makes with Lex, because he just can't bring himself to not betray Superman. Good thing that Supes factored that into his own scheme.
    • He's too impatient to live in the The Quest for Peace. When attempting to send a nuclear missile with the DNA of Nuclear Man into space, he launches the missile before it's completely risen, resulting in it almost hitting the bunker he's in. He survives, but it's really a sign of Villain Decay.
    • His plans in Returns and the first movie will both cause massive destruction that will result in the deaths of millions or even billions, yet will almost certainly not bring him the money or power he expects since there would be nothing stopping the governments of the world simply seizing the new territory he created. He's already a notorious criminal even before Superman shows up, so the mere fact that he was the sole benefactor of major disasters would instantly make him suspicious, and he never has more than a handful of incompetent henchmen to help him.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Otis easily fits this trope, and while Miss Tessmacher isn't dumb, exactly, she certainly doesn't bring any great skill set to assist Lex with his villainy, and is easily distracted by typically "feminine" concerns such as jewelry or fashion. Lenny isn't any brain trust either. Of course, Lex sees everyone this way, even the evil Kryptonians he is ostensibly helping.
  • Truer to the Text: Kevin Spacey's Lex Luthor fits the Cold Ham take on the character commonly seen in the comics, not to mention embracing his baldness.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wishes his father could have seen LexCorp.

    Eve Teschmacher 

Miss Eve Teschmacher

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Species: Human

Played by: Valerie Perrine

Voiced in French by: Annie Sinigalia

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Lex Luthor's moll.


  • Ambiguously Jewish
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime.
  • Being Evil Sucks: After she frees Superman, she outright asks "Why can't I get it on with the good guys?"
  • Canon Immigrant: Created for the series, she appeared in JLA: Earth-2 as Luthor's secretary and was transplanted to the Supergirl (2015) TV series.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's not a big fan of how Lex disposes of a police detective in the subway.
  • Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: Miss Teschmacher didn't like her boss's callous disregard for her mother's life.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the official cut, Lex doesn't seem to bear her any ill will after she betrays him to Superman in the first movie. Of course, the fact that she helped him escape from prison may have something to do with it. However, a Deleted Scene depicted Lex attempting to feed her to wild animals as punishment for saving Superman, only to have Superman save her at the last minute.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Miss Teschmacher thanks to Lex. The last straw involved siccing a missile on Hackensack, NJ, Teschmacher's mother's hometown. That led her to save Superman's life in exchange for his stopping the missile which was headed for Hackensack.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: She's probably the nicest and least evil of the villains from the original quadrillogy. In the first movie, she frees Superman, which allows him to stop the nuclear missiles. While she goes back to working for Luthor in the second movie, the originally planned ending has Luthor put in the Phantom Zone along with the Kryptonian criminals, and we see Teschmacher watching from a telescope in the Fortress Of Solitude and waving goodbye, after which she presumably turns good for real.
  • Ms. Fanservice: When we first see Miss Teschmacher, her outfit has a nice Cleavage Window. It also helps that she gets a swimsuit scene by Lex's pool and has nice curves in her Form-Fitting Wardrobe.
  • Secretly Selfish: When she rescues Superman from drowning with Kryptonite chained around his neck, she makes Superman promise to save her mother in Hackensack from the eastbound missile before Superman gets to the westbound missile headed for the San Andreas Fault. When the westbound missile strikes the fault, Superman is able to perform many heroic rescues, but he is too late to rescue Lois Lane, who was buried to death inside her car. This prompts him to turn back time to the point when she was still alive and send the westbound missile into outer space.
  • Stop Copying Me: In the Richard Donner version of Superman II, she'd repeat nearly everything Luthor said. Even when he tells her stop, she says: "I won't repeat what you say."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's never seen or heard from again in Superman II after Lex's first visit to the Fortress of Solitude.

    Otis 

Otis

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Species: Human

Played by: Ned Beatty

Voiced in French by: Albert Augier

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Lex Luthor's henchman.


  • Alternate Self: Has two, one on Earth-Prime and one on Earth-167.
  • Big Eater: He's introduced eating a hot dog.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: To the point you have to wonder why Lex even kept him around for as long as he did.
  • Canon Immigrant: Created for the film, Otis showed up in Young Justice as the head of Lex's security detail, as Lex's P.A. in the Smallville continuation comics (where his surname is "Berg"), in a cameo as a LexCorp security guard in the mainstream DCU's Forever Evil comic, and in Supergirl. An expy of Otis named Orville Gump also appeared in Super Friends.
  • Demoted to Extra: Has only a couple of scenes in the second movie after being Lex's main assistant in the first, as a result of Lex leaving him behind in prison. Although considering how unhelpful Otis was overall, it's a wonder Lex didn't get rid of him sooner.
  • The Ditz: Lex can't understand how Otis's brain has enough smarts to move the rest of his body.
  • Dumb Is Good: He's a moron, but he's never shown to be overtly evil.
  • Egopolis: "Otisberg? Otisberg?!"
  • Fat Idiot: He's fat and pretty stupid.
  • The Load: Otis's excess weight prompts Lex Luthor to leave him behind when making his getaway:
    Miss Teschmacher: Lex, how could you do that to Otis?
    Lex Luthor: What else is ballast for?
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Otis's botched reprogramming sent the second missile to hit Hackensack, which is what causes Teschmacher to turn on Lex and save Superman's life.
    • Before this, his bumbling led to repeated near-discoveries of Lex's lair.
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    Lenny Luthor 

Lenny Luthor

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Species: Human

Played by: Jon Cryer

Voiced in French by: Jean-François Vlérick

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Lex Luthor's punkish and idiotic, but nonetheless conniving nephew, who breaks him out of prison and helps with his schemes to create Nuclear Man.


  • Alliterative Name: Lenny Luthor.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: On Earth-Prime, he's Lex Luthor.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lex openly disparages him as "the Dutch Elm [disease] of my family tree", the arms dealers show clear contempt for him during the meetings where he's present, and Nuclear Man demonstrates his powers on Lenny more than once.
  • Expy: He's a Gender Flipped Nasthalthia "Nasty" Luthor with an Adaptational Name and Personality Changes. (Luthor's niece is best known today through All-Star Superman but was in fact introduced in the 1970s.)
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Presumably he's intended to be this, given that in his first scene he manages to operate a car by remote control and understands enough about science to help Lex with his experiments, but it's never made very clear.
  • Identical Stranger: Lenny's uncle Lex Luthor on Earth-Prime looks like an older version of him.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A low-grade example, considering that the worst thing he actually does is nearly kill a couple of prison guards by sending them through a nasty but survivable fall over a cliff, but it's clear that he takes after his uncle in this regard.
  • Totally Radical: His dialogue is almost entirely made up of 1980s slang, which naturally is used with little regard for whether or not it's appropriate in-context.

    Nuclear Man 

Nuclear Man

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Species: Artificial Kryptonian

Played by: Mark Pillow | Gene Hackman (voice) | Clive Mantle (Nuclear Man I; deleted scenes)

Voiced in French by: Claude Joseph

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

An Evil Counterpart of Superman, created using Superman's genetic material and the power of the sun.


  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: His fingernails are long, sharp, and apparently capable of inflicting radiation poisoning on people, which they do to graphic effect with Superman himself.
  • Canon Immigrant: Was an original creation for the movie, but eventually showed up in the comics in 2018.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Considering he was created by Lex, you'd kind of expect this, but when Superman refuses to tell him where Lacy is he openly announces that he will "hurt people" until Superman gives up her location.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets destroyed when Superman throws him into the core of Metropolis's nuclear power plant, making him one of the few villains in this movie series who unambiguously dies.
  • Expy: He's something of one to Bizarro. This is especially apparent in the original cut, where "Nuclear Man One" is a very childlike buffoon who Does Not Know His Own Strength.
  • For the Lulz: When Lex orders him to destroy Superman, Nuclear Man wants to have some fun thrashing him around first.
  • Super Prototype: Inverted with the first version of Nuclear Man from the film's deleted scenes, who turns out extremely stupid and is easily defeated and destroyed by Superman when they fight.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He has the same voice as Lex, which you wouldn't expect from either someone with Mark Pillow's looks, or someone cloned from Superman.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Being outside of direct sunlight causes him to completely lose power, and we don't just mean he's Brought Down to Normal — he becomes completely inert, which Superman exploits to defeat him once and for all.

    Kitty Kowalski 

Kitty Kowalski

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Species: Human

Played by: Parker Posey

Voiced in French by: Dominique Westberg

Appearances: Superman Returns

Lex Luthor's new moll.


Ross Webster and his associates

    Ross and Vera Webster 

Ross and Vera Webster

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Species: Human

Played By: Robert Vaughn and Annie Ross

Voiced in French by: Gabriel Cattand and Nita Klein

Appearances: Superman III

Ross and Vera Webster are a brother-sister team and owners of Webscoe Industries, who plan to corner the world market and see Superman as the only obstacle to that goal. They use Gus Gorman to create a supercomputer capable of killing Superman.


  • Big Bad Wannabe: Ross is portrayed as the main villain for most of the movie, but after the supercomputer becomes self-aware, he's quickly put into his place and it becomes the real threat of the film.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In the Novelization, as Gus is attacked by a transformed Vera, he seemingly has a Heel Realization when it's mentioned he's filled with regrets. Then, a Black Comedy line clarifies that, in his panic, all he currently regrets is not killing Vera during their childhood so that she wouldn't be menacing him now.
  • Siblings in Crime: A brother and sister who try to use illegal means to further their business interests.

    Gus Gorman 

Gus Gorman

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Species: Human

Played By: Richard Pryor

Voiced in French by: Med Hondo

Appearances: Superman III

A genius programmer who's hired by the Websters to create the ultimate computer capable of killing Superman, Gus isn't wholly evil, however, and has reservations about actually doing it.


  • Anti-Villain: He's not vindictive or power-hungry, just a not very bright guy who's found himself in wildly over his head.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a computer genius. He's a complete idiot with anything else.
  • The Cracker: After some basic computer training, he can hack into just about anything.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Gus and his computer skills are what allow the Websters to do their plotting in the first place while carrying out some very vital grunt work.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's only assisting the Websters for employment. When he sees just how much trouble they're willing to cause, he eventually turns against him.

    Lorelei Ambrosia 

Lorelei Ambrosia

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Species: Human

Played By: Pamela Stephenson

Voiced in French by: Monique Thierry

Appearances: Superman III

Ross's moll who is much smarter than she lets on, she helps finalize the Websters' schemes behind the scenes and seduces Superman once he's turned evil by synthetic Kryptonite.


  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted. She acts the part, but is a genius in reality. (Could be considered a retro-active casting gag - Pamela Stephenson-Connolly herself is no slouch, becoming a clinical psychologist and adjuct professor when she retired from acting.)
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Lorelei is the one who points out that the Websters can use kryptonite on Superman to the Websters, and also seduces his evil half into doing their bidding.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: While she acts like an airhead, she's actually very crafty and displays an ability to understand complex philosophical concepts.
  • The Vamp: She seduces the Evil Superman into doing the Websters' bidding.
  • Work Out Fanservice: She has a scene loitering around Ross's gym (and then exercising with a cable pulley) in a tight, no leg gym outfit.

Selena and her associates

    Selena 

Selena

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Species: Empowered Human

Played by: Faye Dunaway

Voiced in French by: Perrette Pradier

Appearances: Supergirl

A witch who recovered Argo City's Omegahedron after it landed on Earth.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime who is Kryptonian.
  • Big Bad: Of Supergirl.
  • Black Magic: She's an evil witch, what do you expect?
  • Canon Immigrant: Created for the film, she soon finds her way into the comic book canon during Supergirl (Rebirth) and has also appeared in the Supergirl (2015) TV series as its third season Big Bad.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Lex Luthor; while he was a genius with Otis as an idiot henchman and Miss Tessmacher with wavering loyalties, Selena is short-sighted and ignorant of the Omegahedron's origins and Bianca acts as the Only Sane Man who's critical of her actions, while Nigel taught her magic and is loyal far longer than necessary out of love.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Faye Dunaway keeps Chewing the Scenery in any given chance.
  • Evil Is Petty: She torments a girl Nigel is interested in just to hurt him, and to gain followers. She's furious when Linda accidentally makes Ethan fall in love with her and vows to make her as miserable as Supergirl.
  • Evil Redhead: She has curly red hair and is definitely evil.
  • Evil Sorcerer: She is a female example; her ambition is to become a Sorcerous Overlord.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her impatience and short-sightedness is commented on by several characters, and is the main reason she lacked the power to take over the world until finding the Omegahedron.
  • It's All About Me: As Supergirl points out near the end of the film, Selena has no friends and considers everyone else beneath her and only sees fit to fulfill her selfish desires.

    Bianca 

Bianca

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Species: Human

Played by: Brenda Vaccaro

Voiced in French by: Micheline Dax

Appearances: Supergirl

Selena's assistant.
  • Anti-Villain: She doesn't really do anything evil, but association with Selena does her no favors.
  • Expy: Of Otis from the first Superman movie.
  • The Mentor: In an early draft of the film she was this to Selena until the latter betrayed her.
  • Only Sane Man: She's frequently critical of Selena's grandiose schemes and advises her to reconsider attacking Linda.

    Nigel 

Nigel

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Species: Empowered Human

Played by: Peter Cook

Voiced in French by: Robert Party

Appearances: Supergirl

A warlock who mentored Selena, and her ex-lover.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Selena tormenting a mundane party-goer over impulsive jealousy makes him snap at her.
    Stop it, Selena. That's not fair! Pick on me!
  • Karma Houdini: He aids in Ethan's capture but escapes scot-free at the end.
  • The Mentor: He was a villainous mentor for Selena.

Others

    The Joker 

The Joker

Species: Human

Known Aliases: The Joker

A lunatic reject from Gotham City who killed most of the Daily Planet staff out of spite, including Superman's loved ones.


    Brainiac 

Vril Dox / Brainiac

Species: Coluan

Appearances: Superman '78

An alien who comes to Earth to "save" humanity from Superman.


Earth

Smallville

    Jonathan and Martha Kent 

Jonathan and Martha Kent

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Species: Humans

Played by: Glenn Ford (Jonathan, 1978) | Phylis Thaxter (Martha, 1978) | Eva Marie Saint (Martha, 2006)

Voiced in French by: Roland Ménard (Jonathan, 1978) | Monique Mélinand (Martha, 1978) | Régine Blaess (Martha, 2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman Returns

Clark's adoptive human parents.


    Lana Lang 

Lana Lang

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Species: Human

Played by: Diane Sherry (1978), Annette O'Toole (1983)

Voiced in French by: Martine Messager (1983)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman III

A high school friend of Clark.


    Ricky White 

Richard "Ricky" White

Species: Human

Played by: Paul Kaethler

Appearances: Superman III

The son of Lana Lang and her ex-husband Donald White.


  • Canon Foreigner: While Lana does have a son name Clark Ross in the comics, he wouldn't be intrudced until over a decade after Ricky.
  • Name's the Same: He and his father have the last name White, but have no known relation to Perry White. Also he has the same name as Richard White who appears in Superman Returns.

    Brad Wilson 

Brad Wilson

Species: Human

Played by: Brad Flock (1978), Gavan O'Herlihy (1983)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman III

Clark's high school bully and Lana Lang's ex-boyfriend.


  • Adaptational Name Change: His last name was Bashford in the comics.
  • Jaded Washout: Once he was the most popular guy in school and was dating Lana, the girl he would never get over, while also bullying the meek Clark Kent. After high school however he and Lana broke up, Clark became a successful reporter for the Daily Planet in Metropolis and Brad became an alcoholic with a unfulfilling career as a security guard which he didn't take seriously. When they reunite for their high school reunion Lana wants nothing to do with Brad and is far more interested in Clark.
  • Jerk Jock: What he was in high school and what he ultimately still is twenty years later.

Metropolis

    Jimmy Olsen 

Jimmy Olsen

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Species: Human

Played by: Marc McClure (1978-1987) | Sam Huntington (2006)

Voiced in French by: Éric Legrand (1978-1983) | Vincent Violette (1987) | Stéphane Pouplard (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman '78 | Superman III | Supergirl | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns

A young photographer at the Daily Planet and a friend of both Clark and Lois.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He's a redhead in the comic canon, but both his actors are brunettes.
  • Alternate Self: Several across The Multiverse, including one on Earth-Prime, one on Earth-167 and one on an unnamed Earth.
  • Back from the Dead: At the end of Crisis, Clark wearing yellow instead of black in his crest suggests he didn't die in the new multiverse.
  • Bus Crash: Killed by the Joker when he gassed the Daily Planet sometime between 2006-2019.
  • Camera Fiend: He's "Superman's best friend" and a photographer for the Daily Planet.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: At least two Jimmys are last seen alive by the time his death in 2019 is mentioned.
  • Identical Stranger: He has two,
    • One on Earth-167 as a Kryptonian named Dax-Ur.
    • One on an unnamed Earth as a police officer named Jerry.
  • Posthumous Character: He's long dead during Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019).
  • Seen It All: He's the only character to appear in all Superman films as well as Supergirl.
  • Vague Age: Like Clark and Lois his age is hard to guess in Superman Returns as Huntington was about three years younger than Brandon Routh but about nine months older than Kate Bosworth. Marc Mc Clure meanwhile was five years younger than Christopher Reeve who in turn was four years younger than Margot Kidder, and when the first film came out he was 21 which would match the role and relationship Jimmy has at the Planet and with the other characters. Clark being confirmed to be thirty years old in the first film making the age gap between the two at least nine years, and since like Routh Huntington plays a continuation of Mc Clure's Olsen we can assume that Jimmy is between 26-29 in Returns.

    Perry White 

Perry White

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Species: Human

Played by: Jackie Cooper (1978-1987) | Frank Langella (2006)

Voiced in French by: Jacques Thébaut (1978-1980) | Michel Gudin (1983) | Pierre Baton (1987) | Georges Claisse (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman '78 | Superman III | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns

The Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet and boss to both Clark and Lois.


    David Warfield 

David Warfield

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Species: Human

Played by: Sam Wanamaker

Voiced in French by: Gabriel Cattand

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

A press tycoon who purchases the Daily Planet and remakes it into a sleazy tabloid newspaper.


  • Expy: He's based on Morgan Edge. Like Edge in the comics, Warfield bought ownership of the Daily Planet.
  • Harmless Villain: Despite the various Planet staffers claiming that his headlines are irresponsible and could cause disaster, nothing of the sort ever happens, and Perry White ends up undercutting him and buying a controlling interest in the business, rendering him powerless.
  • Immoral Journalist: He's a Rupert Murdoch-esque tycoon who buys a majority share of the Daily Planet and immediately turns it into a tabloid newspaper. The two trashy articles that influence the plot the most are the declaration that Superman told a kid who wrote him a request to help create world peace to drop dead when Supes answers that he's reluctant to meddle so much with mankind's affairs, and the declaration that Superman is dead when he is injured during his first fight against Nuclear Man and doesn't shows up for a few days (the other newspapers that appear in the same montage don't go that far in terms of speculation, just saying that they are worried he hasn't been seen).
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's clearly inspired by Rupert Murdoch, who was well into buying up several newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and doing away with their more serious journalism in favor of a more populist approach.

    Lacy Warfield 

Lacy Warfield

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Species: Human

Played by: Mariel Hemingway

Voiced in French by: Dorothée Jemma

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

David Warfield's daughter, who takes over from Perry White as the editor of the Daily Planet.


  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Mr. Warfield tries to use Superman's cape as a promotional gimmick, Lacy finds herself to have had enough with him.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Though deep down she resents her father, she grew the spine to stand up to him only after he tried to use Superman's cape as part of a gimmick. Also, she tries to woo Clark to prove Lois wrong, only to see he really is a Nice Guy and comes to really like him when she sees this.
  • Expy: She is similar to Cat Grant. Both are romantically interested in Clark, though Lacy does it to prove to Lois that "all men are attracted to [her]" because she's "very, very rich".
  • Nice Girl: Her father is an enormous jerkass and gave her the job of publisher through nepotism, but she is a genuinely nice person who resents her father's treatment of the Daily Planet employees.
  • Romantic False Lead: Much like Lana before her, there's a clear romantic interest between her and Clark, but it ultimately goes nowhere.
  • She's Got Legs: She flirts with Clark by sitting on her desk and showing her legs.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's quite loaded and wields a lot of power, but is a very kind and personable lady.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Nuclear Man is defeated, Lacy just disappears from the storyline, and it's not made clear whether she decided to stay on at the Planet and work with Perry White, or left. The deleted scenes show that she left the Planet and bought out the Kents' old farm.

    Richard White 

Richard White

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Species: Human

Played by: James Marsden

Voiced in French by: Axel Kiener

Appearances: Superman Returns

Perry White's nephew and Lois' then-husband.


  • Ace Pilot: He seems comfortable in flying planes even in (literally) rocky situations.
  • Ambiguous Situation: No mention is made if he's still alive in 2019. However given that Clark refers to Lois as his wife, it means that she and Richard either divorced or Richard passed away during the thirteen years between Returns and Crisis.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't exist in the comics.
  • Love Martyr: He never resented Lois even though she's emotionally cheating on him due to her obvious lingering feelings for Superman.
  • Nephewism: Dialogues suggest that Perry essentially raised him, or at least they are very close to each other.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being essentially cheated on (emotionally speaking), he never seems to hold any grudge towards Lois and Superman.
  • Parental Substitute: He is Jason's legal father due to marrying Lois.

    Jason White 

Jason White

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Species: Human-Kryptonian Hybrid

Played by: Tristan Lake Leabu

Appearances: Superman Returns

Clark and Lois' child.


  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime as Jonathan Kent, one of the sons of that Earth's Superman.
  • Canon Foreigner: While Superman and Lois did have a son, he won't be introduced until nine years after Returns came out.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He is the son of the Last Son of Krypton and a human woman.
  • Heroic Bastard: His biological parents aren't married, though that eventually changes by the time of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • In Name Only: He is not a biological White, his mother just married Richard when Superman went AWOL.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He isn't aware that Superman is his biological father during the events of the actual movie. But a line in Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) all but states that he did eventually learn the truth.
  • Ret-Canon: He is one of the inspirations for Jonathan Samuel Kent. Although there had been different versions of Clark and Lois' son (each with a different name) in imaginary stories and Elseworlds comics before.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: The three novelizations leave out any mention of him being Superman's son.

Midvale

    Ethan 

Ethan

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Species: Human

Played by: Hart Bochner

Voiced in French by: Dominique Collignon-Maurin

Appearances: Supergirl

A handsome groundskeeper at Midvale college and the object of Selena's affections; a love spell gone awry forces him into falling in love with Linda instead, though he eventually grows to like her on his own.
  • Bridal Carry: Spoofed when Ethan tries to do this to Linda, but can't even lift the petite girl, because Kryptonians are denser than humans.
  • Distressed Dude: Selena frequently puts Ethan in danger, forcing Supergirl to save him.
  • Love at First Sight: Selena's potion makes Ethan fall in love on sight with the first woman he sees.

    Lucy Lane 

Lucy Lane

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Species: Human

Played by: Maureen Teefy

Voiced in French by: Françoise Dasque

Appearances: Supergirl

Lois Lane's younger sister and a college student who befriends Linda. Selena kidnaps her as insurance against Supergirl.

Other

    Sam and Ella Lane 

Sam and Ella Lane

Species: Human

Played by: Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill

Appearances: Superman: The Movie

The parents of Lois and Lucy Lane.
  • Absurdly Elderly Mother: In real life Alyn was born in 1910 while Neill was born in 1920, making them 68 and 58 respectively when the film was made. However the scene they are shown in is set in 1966 where they have a prepubescent daughter, and in Supergirl released in 1984 they have a teenage daughter who would have to be born at least after that.
  • Alternate Self: They both have one on Earth-167 while Sam used to have one on Earth-38 before Crisis, but now has another on Earth-Prime.
  • Deleted Role: They appear in a deleted scene along with a young Lois on a train and don't believe her when she sees a teenage Clark Kent running past. This was restored for home media release however.
  • Remake Cameo: Alyn and Neill were the first actors to portray Superman and Lois Lane in live action, in the 1948 movie serial and its 1950 sequel Atom Man vs. Superman. Niell reprised her role in The Adventures of Superman television series.
  • You Look Familiar: Noel Neill would later be cast as Gertrude Vanderworth in Superman Returns.

    Mr. Luthor 

Mr Luthor

Species: Human

Appearances: Superman: The Movie (mentioned)

The unseen father of the greatest criminal mind the world has ever seen.


Krypton

House of El

    Jor-El 

Jor-El

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Marlon Brando

Voiced in French by: Jacques Toja (1978) | Féodor Atkine (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman '78 | Superman Returns

The biological father of Kal-El and Krypton's chief scientist.


  • Ascended Extra: This adaptation gave Jor-El unprecedented importance in Superman's origin story beyond just blasting him off to Earth. Superman's superhero career becomes a messianic mission bestowed by Jor-El as God-figure. Jor-El sends Kal-El forth to use his powers as The Paragon for humans, "the light to show them the way to greatness". His Virtual Ghost charges Clark to become Superman and trains him for 12 years. In the comics and most other following adaptations (until Man of Steel that is), Jor-El had nothing at all to do with Clark becoming Superman. Jor-El sent his son to Earth simply to save his life with no ulterior motives for humanity. Earth was chosen simply because it was habitable and Kal-El would fit right alongside humans. The awesome powers were a bonus, and Clark becoming Superman was all due to him being a morally upright, responsible man as raised by the Kents.
  • Alternate Self: As Kal-El's biological father, Jor-El exists in every universe that he exists in. Jor has at least three variants, one on an unnamed Earth, one on Earth-Prime and one on Earth-167.
  • Big Good: Superman's heroic deeds were largely from Jor-El's influence.
  • Death by Origin Story: He dies after sending Clark to Earth. Except not really as revealed by Superman '78. During the last few seconds prior to Kypton's destruction the city of Kandor was saved by Brainiac which included himself and Lara, and they are still alive decades later to be reunited with their son. And not only that but they remain alive by the end of the comic.
  • Exact Words: "Neither I nor my wife will leave Krypton." Jor-El instead sends his son Kal-El to Earth, thus technically keeping his promise to the Council.
  • Huge Holographic Head: Jor-El speaks to and finishes training Kal-El in the Fortress of Solitude using this trope.
  • Ignored Expert: His comics version is the trope page picture and used to be the trope's namesake.

    Lara 

Lara

Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Susannah York

Voiced in French by: Jeanine Freson

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman '78 | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

The biological mother to Kal-El.

Kryptonian Science Council

    Vond-Ah 

Vond-Ah

Species: Kryptonian

Played by:

'''Voiced in French by:

Appearances: Superman: The Movie

A female member who is considered to be one of the planet’s best scientists.

  • Canon Foreigner: Specifically created for the movie.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Vond-Ah is, in some ways, responsible for Krypton’s extinction, but the karma gods are not mocked. She and the other members of the council pay the ultimate price for not taking Jor-El’s warnings seriously.
  • Obstructive Scientist: Her Apocalyptic Gag Order is the reason why no one does anything about the evacuation of Krypton’s denizens.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She is insistent that Krypton is merely shifting it’s orbit. This costs her her life.

General Zod and his associates

    General Zod 

General Dru Zod

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Terence Stamp

Voiced in French by: Sady Rebbot (1978) | René Arrieu (1980)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Krypton's military leader and a heinous war criminal.


  • And I Must Scream: Zod and company in the Phantom Zone, described in-universe as "an eternal living death".
  • Alternate Self: He has at least three, one in the universe of an unnamed Earth, one in the universe of Earth-Prime and one in the universe of Earth-167.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice.
  • Beard of Evil: He sports a beard and is the Big Bad of the second Superman film.
  • Big Bad: Of Superman II.
  • The Comically Serious: He mistakenly calls Earth "Planet Houston" a few times before someone corrects him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: While Lex Luthor was an Earthling who relied on his intelligence to be a threat, Zod is an alien who uses brute force to get his way. Of course, being a Kryptonian in a yellow-sun environment, he has the titanic power to use for that purpose. Lex provided moments of levity in spite of his villainy, while Zod is incredibly serious.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Zod’s eyes are a very cold blue.
  • Kneel Before Zod: For he is the Trope Namer! He loves imposing his "superiority" on others.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's more serious and less campy than Luthor, not to mention far more dangerous, easily conquering the planet.
  • Large Ham: He seems to love being theatrical.
  • Myopic Conqueror: After easily conquering the Earth with his vast power, General Zod bemoans how boring it is.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: While Ursa and Non's uniforms are completely black, the trim on Zod's outfit is a dark, metallic red.
  • Victory Is Boring: All three Kryptonian villains suffer from this but Zod is the worst. The ease at which he defeats the US military quickly starts to bore him.
    "I win! ...I always win. Is there no one on this planet to even challenge me?"
  • Vocal Evolution: For the first film, Zod is more soft-spoken, with a higher-pitched voice. In the second, his voice sounds like it dropped an octave or so. His time in the Phantom Zone may have had something to do with it.

    Ursa 

Ursa

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Sarah Douglas

Voiced in French by: Sylvie Feit

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Zod's henchwoman.


  • Adaptation Name Change: She's basically Faora in all but name.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the first movie, after she and the other villians are trapped in the Phantom Zone, she can be heard shouting "Forgive me!"
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's generally unemotional.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime as the Kryptonian witch Jidah Kol Rozz.
  • Death Glare: Her default look — made all the more dramatic by Sarah Douglas’ huge, cat-like eyes.
  • Does Not Like Men: Described as having an unreasoning hatred of all mankind.
  • The Dragon: To Zod.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Ursa is killed off mere seconds after Zod.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Sports a pale silver-toned foundation, a deep red lip and dark, smoky eyeshadow to emphasise her huge, piercing eyes.
  • Expy: Was one for the comic character Faora. In a roundabout way, Man of Steel used Faora while incorporating elements of Ursa to her character.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Ursa is tall (5'9") and beautiful.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of the first things described about Ursa is that her hatred of men endangered Krypton's children. A deleted scene shows her actually killing a boy who tried to get help.

    Non 

Non

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Jack O Halloran

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Zod's henchman.


  • Alternate Self: Has a much more intelligent one on Earth-Prime.
  • Beard of Evil: He sports a longer and more unkempt one than his boss.
  • The Brute: All muscle and hardly any brains.
  • Dumb Muscle: Big and strong, with a brain the size of a peanut.
  • Expy: He's the Kryptonian equivalent to Otis, except that Otis doesn't have the strength to serve as Luthor's muscle.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: During Non’s first scene at the trial, Jor-El doesn't refer to him by name, merely as a "mindless aberration, whose only means of expression are wanton violence and destruction".
  • The Voiceless: Doesn't speak, only grunts.

Argos City

    Alura and Zor-El 

Alura and Zor-El

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Mia Farrow (Alura), Simon Ward (Zor-El)

Voiced in French by: Anne Jolivet (Alura), René Roussel (Zor-El)

Appearances: Supergirl

Kara's parents, who live on Argo City.


    Zaltar 

Zaltar

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Peter O'Toole

Voiced in French by: Gabriel Cattand

Appearances: Supergirl

A Kryptonian resident of Argo City who mentors Kara Zor-El. He exiled himself to the Phantom Zone for stealing the Omegahedron, which Argo City needs to live.


  • Anti-Hero: Zaltar took the Omegahedron in the first place, and accepts his banishment to the Phantom Zone as punishment while noting that Argo City's suffering will be quick and painless.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Zaltar goes mad during his time in the Phantom Zone, as to him it felt like forever had passed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He redeems himself by sacrificing himself to let Kara escape the Phantom Zone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If Zaltar hadn't "borrowed" the Omegahedron, there'd be no Supergirl movie.

Alternative Title(s): Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV The Quest For Peace, Superman Returns, Superman The Movie

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