Follow TV Tropes


Characters / The Adventures of Superman

Go To

Superman / Clark Kent

Played by George Reeves
  • Alliterative Name: His first and last name don't start with the same letters, but they have the same sound.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: During the famous "Panic in the Sky" episode, amnesiac Clark, having discovered Superman's suit under his own, wonders if this might be the case. Unfortunately, Jimmy says no, the man makes the clothes super.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Advertisement:
  • Flying Brick: He has flight, Super Strength, Nigh-Invulnerability and X-Ray Vision.
  • For Great Justice: He fights for "truth, justice, and the American way."
  • Friend to All Living Things: Superman rescues animals as well as humans in various episodes.
  • Immune to Bullets: Villains would always shoot at Superman's massive chest, the bullets bouncing off, and then throw the gun at his head — and he would sometimes duck.
  • Last of His Kind: The only survivor of Krypton.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't mess with Jimmy.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Apparently one of Superman's powers, because in "The Dog Who Knew Superman" he's able to talk Corky (the dog of a mobster's wife) into going back to his owners.
  • Superman Can Breathe in Space: In "Panic In The Sky", Superman not only flies through space and lands on an asteroid without trouble, but the asteroid itself apparently has birds on it.
  • Advertisement:
  • The So-Called Coward: Lois constantly derides Clark as a coward, even though in many episodes, he acts fairly brave (notwithstanding the fact that he's really Superman), such as when he headed to Hollywood to supervise a film based on some of his articles, despite knowing he has a price on his head in the area, or when he assisted a doctor in operating on a mysterious "mole man" (who was believed to be radioactive) while outside, a mob was growing to attack the creature.
  • Unique Protagonist Asset: Superman is the only person with superpowers we ever see (and by implication the only one on the entire planet).

Lois Lane

Played by Phyllis Coates and Noelle Neil
  • Alliterative Name: Lois Lane.
  • Damsel in Distress / Designated Victim: Lois was frequently in jeopardy so that Superman could swoop in and save the day.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: As always, her nose for news tends to get her (and Jimmy) in trouble.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Perry at times blows his top at the trips she takes to get a story, but she tends to be following solid leads. On at least one occasion Lois was scheduled to be a key witness of a senatorial committee investigating organized crime.
  • Protectorate: Superman will never let anybody hurt her.
  • Screaming Woman: During "The Defeat of Superman." Lois doesn't scream, but she does spend her time fussing while Jimmy looks for some way to save Superman.

Jimmy Olsen

Played by Jack Larson

Perry White

Played by John Hamilton

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: