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Superman: True Brit is an Elseworld Superman story by John Cleese and Kim Howard Johnson, with art by John Byrne and Mark Farmer. It humorously speculates on what would have happened if Kal-El had been raised in England rather than Kansas.

Compare Superman: Red Son, which shows what would've happened if Supes had been raised in the USSR instead.


This story contains examples of:

  • Idiot Hero: Colin is utterly incompetent at being a superhero.
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  • Naturalized Name: In this story, Kal-El is given the English name Colin Clark.
  • Reality Ensues: Colin tries to use his super-speed for work opportunities, but finds that he gets priced out of nearly every potential job because no company is prepared to pay him a full day's wages when it doesn't take him a full day to do the work.
  • Running Gag: Every time Colin does something embarrassing, his parents move further and further away.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end, Superman leaves for America in hopes that he'll be better accepted there.
  • Shout-Out: Naturally, a Shout-Out to Monty Python's Flying Circus' "Bicycle Repairman" sketch, when a Frenchman comments on Colin using a lever to tighten a nut when repairing the Eiffel Tower.
  • Strawman News Media: Colin ends up working for a breath-takingly sleazy tabloid.
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  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: A central thesis of this story is that England would not embrace someone like Superman because British culture values conformity. A recurring line is "What will the neighbors think?"
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