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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".


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    Superman 

Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman

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"I'm here to fight for truth, justice and the American way."
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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: Christopher Reeve (1978-1987) | Brandon Routh (2006, 2019-2020) | Jeff East (young Clark, 1978) | Aaron Smolinski (toddler Clark, 1978)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman III | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns | Crisis On Infinite Earths

The Last Son of Krypton and Earth's greatest hero.


  • 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 Superman from the Arrowverse and Smallville 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.
  • 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:
    • Surprisingly, given this 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.
    • 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 Jerkass: A mild example. While this Superman is still heroic, he's also got a selfish streak. In the sequel, 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 5 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.
  • Adorkable: Reeve plays the Clark Kent persona this way. Downplayed when Routh took over in Returns.
  • 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.
  • Alternate Self: Many amongst the The Multiverse, including...
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Clark Kent's suit and hat are very fifties, yet he manages to look dashing in them.
  • Back from the Dead: He and his world are restored at the end of Crisis.
  • 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.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: He can fly outside Earth, unlike some alternate versions of him. He is shown at the ending of its movies and at the Multiverse recreation scene of Crisis flying over Earth and sometimes he smiles at the camera.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Composite Character: His appearance in Crisis of the Infinite Earths combines the version from the movies and the Superman from Kingdom Come. As an older Superman, he is also based on Kal-L, the Earth-2 Superman in the original comic book.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Superman realizes Lois' car is buried under debris.
  • Hunk: The Earth-Prime Kara, of all people, has commented on his impressive physique.
  • "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.
  • Informed Ability: Clark skills as 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."
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: When the Iris West, Lois Lane and Clark Kent of Earth-Prime ask him to help to save the multiverse, he agrees to help without hesitation.
  • Old Superhero: Quite possibly one of the most seasoned superheroes in the Multiverse. 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.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Or at least like pink, very much.
  • 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.
  • Skyward Scream: When Lois dies. The first time.
  • 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.

    Lois Lane 

Lois Lane

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Species: Human

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

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | 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...
  • 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 II, which was undone by Supes reversing time. Also killed by the Joker when he gassed the Daily Planet somtime 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.
  • Fainting: Lois Lane does the Emotional Faint version after Superman saves her from falling to her death.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: There was no way Lois could afford a fancy penthouse apartment on a reporter's salary.
  • Love Interest: Do we have to say who's?
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Supergirl 

Supergirl / Linda Lee / Kara Zor-El

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Helen Slater

Appearances: Supergirl

The Last Daughter of Krypton and its prestigious House of El.


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Earth Antagonists

    Lex Luthor 

Alexander "Lex" Luthor

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Species: Human

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

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | 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.
  • Alliterative Name: Lex Luthor.
  • Alternate Self: Has three, two on Earth-Prime who look like himself and his nephew Lenny, and one on Earth-167.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • The Chessmaster: In Superman II he morphs into more of a Magnificent Bastard.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Or rather, 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.

    Miss Teschmacher 

Miss Eve Teschmacher

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Species: Human

Played by: Valerie Perrine

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Lex Luthor's moll.


  • Ambiguously Jewish
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • 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.

    Otis 

Otis

Species: Human

Played by: Ned Beatty

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Lex Luthor's henchman.


    Selena 

Selena

Species: Empowered Human

Played by: Faye Dunaway

Appearances: Supergirl

A witch who recovered Argo City's Omegahedron after it landed on Earth.
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    Lenny Luthor 

Lenny Luthor

Species: Human

Played by: Jon Cryer

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 Self: Has one on Earth-Prime who is Lex himself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: 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 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

Species: Artificial Kryptonian

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

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.
  • 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.

    David Warfield 

David Warfield

Species: Human

Played by: Sam Wanamaker

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

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


  • 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.

    Kitty Kowalski 

Kitty Kowalski

Species: Human

Played by: Parker Posey

Appearances: Superman Returns

Lex Luthor's moll.


    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.


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    Jonathan and Martha Kent 

Jonathan and Martha Kent

Species: Humans

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

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman Returns

Clark's adoptive human parents.


    Jimmy Olsen 

Jimmy Olsen

Species: Human

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

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | 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.


    Perry White 

Perry White

Species: Human

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

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | 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.


    Lana Lang 

Lana Lang

Species: Human

Played by: Annette O'Toole

Appearances: Superman III

A high school friend of Clark.


    Lacy Warfield 

Lacy Warfield

Species: Human

Played by: Mariel Hemingway

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

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


  • Romantic False Lead: Much like Lana before her, there's a clear romantic interest between her and Clark, but it ultimately goes nowhere.
  • 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

Species: Human

Played by: James Marsden

Appearances: Superman Returns

Perry White's nephew and Lois' 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.
  • 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 

Jaosn White

Species: Human-Kryptonian Hybrid

Played by: Tristan Lake Leabu

Appearances: Superman Returns

Clark and Lois' child.


Krypton

    Jor-El 

Jor-El

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Marlon Brando

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | 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: He has two, one on Earth-Prime, the other on Earth-167.
  • Big Good: Superman's heroic deeds were largely from Jor-El's influence.
  • Death by Origin Story: He dies before sending Clark to Earth.
  • 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.

    General Zod 

General Dru Zod

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Terence Stamp

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Krypton's military leader and a heinous war criminal.


    Ursa 

Ursa

Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Sarah Douglas

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Zod's henchwoman.


    Non 

Non

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.
  • 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.

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

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