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Green Lantern used to ask me why I never wore a mask. It's because most of the time... They ain't lookin' at my face.

"Atlee, I fought Superboy-Prime, Black Lanterns, mad New Gods and survived multiple Crises. I think I understand more about evil than you probably ever—"
Kara Zor-L, Power Girl issue 10

The OTHER Last Daughter of Krypton, the Last Daughter of Earth-2 and quite possibly Most Common Superpower incarnate.

The '70s version of All-Star Comics, starring the Justice Society of America, featured the original versions of many of DC Comics' superheroes and their families, living in a parallel universe known as Earth-2. In issue #58 (January-February, 1976) a new character debuted, created by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood. Power Girl was introduced as the counterpart of Supergirl- she was the cousin of Earth-2's Superman (Kal-L). It was decided to make her as different as possible from Supergirl - including a different costume, code-name, personality and (most notably) a sexier body.

Karen Starr, the name she adopted, proved a hit with readers. She received solo stories in "Showcase" #97-99 (February-April, 1978). DC was considering launching a Power Girl series. But in 1978, the DC Implosion struck, with the cancellation of over 24 ongoing titles. There was no room for new titles. Karen did however become a founding member of Infinity, Inc.. Regularly appearing in the 12 first issues of said series, and occasionally turning up in subsequent ones.


And then Crisis on Infinite Earths hit and not only wasn't there an Earth-2 anymore, but Superman was now again the last Kryptonian. Power Girl still existed, but she was given a new origin as an Atlantean. After some silly retcons, including one period where she was vulnerable to "natural, unprocessed materials," Infinite Crisis and a Power Girl mini-series finally cleared up her origin by having her be... the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman (after reality got Cosmic Retconned again).

She was a member of the Justice Society of America and had her own comic book, started in 2009, originally written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and beautifully drawn by Amanda Conner. After issue #12 the original creative team left the series, replaced by Judd Winick and Sami Basri, and the series shifted both its visual and writing style. In her series, she reestablished her Secret Identity of Karen Starr and established the company Starrware, all the while mentoring Atlee, the new Terra, and trying to stop the Ultra-Humanite or really hot aliens from destroying New York. The series took a Lighter and Softer approach to the character and the DC Universe at large, at first focusing on Power Girl's attempts to reintegrate into living a normal life and forming a stable relationship with Terra. After the creative team change, the book focused less on Power Girl's personal life, instead revolving around her heroic activities and how they affected her personal life, and also dealt with the reappearance of Maxwell Lord. The story was heavily tied into the Brightest Day event, though not published under the Brightest Day banner, and had interweaving plotlines with Justice League: Generation Lost.


After the "New 52" DC Universe reboot, a young-adult Power Girl reappeared as Karen Starr, at first in a supporting role for Mister Terrific, and later in an ongoing series with the Huntress, a new volume of ''World's Finest'', where she is revealed to be... the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman. This time, however, she has been explicitly described as the Supergirl of Earth-2, having started her superhero career as Supergirl when she was younger, before coming to Prime Earth together with Huntress (who served as the Robin of Earth-2). Controversially, the New 52 version of Power Girl lacked her iconic costume for the year or so, but before long the writers (either because they planned it all along or because of public demand) had her sporting the famous cleavage window again.

With the launch of DC YOU, both her and Helena Wayne returned to Earth-2 in Earth 2 Society and her costume has the "S" shield in place of the Cleavage Window. Her name hasn't disappeared from Prime Earth, however, as Tanya Spears officially inherited the "Power Girl" name after Karen's departure.

In the Harley Quinn & Power Girl series, Harley finds and teams up with an older and amnesiac Power Girl with the two having various misadventures and fighting various D-list villains and Vartox, who still tries to seduce Power Girl in order to repopulate his race. It's later revealed that this Power Girl is from the Pre-Flastpoint Prime Earth with the second Terra; Atlee, also reappearing. However, both ends up disappearing from the universe and only reappears after the Dark Nights: Metal event following the fall of the source wall keeping the universe separated.

Power Girl has appeared in:

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    Video Games 
  • DC Universe Online: One of the many Hero characters that can mentor players, voiced by Adriene Mischler.
  • Injustice 2: She appears as alternate skin for Supergirl with her own unique intros and dialogue. She is voiced by Sara Cravens.

    Western Animation 

Power Girl has examples of these tropes:

Let's put these right up front, shall we?

  • Big Bra to Fill: Presumably the reason she has never appeared in live-action before is that it would be tough to find an actress that accurately reflects her, um... physique.
  • Boobs of Steel: As you may have noticed, Karen is rather buxom. And being a Kryptonian she's one of the strongest heroes DC has to offer.
  • Buxom Is Better: Even the girls envy her. In Wonder Woman #34, Dinah Lance, the Black Canary, mentions Power Girl as having the top bosom of DCU comparing her assets with a "national treasure".
  • Cleavage Window: Nearly 2 years after her first appearance, when it stopped simply being a slightly lower neckline, she's had the hole in her uniform's chest, exposing a fair amount of cleavage.
  • Gag Boobs: She's never been depicted as being even "average" in size - or even average in comparison to her superheroine compatriots, having universally been shown as having breasts noticeably larger than her peers. Jokes, comments, whole issues, have been literally built around her breasts In-Universe. Interestingly, the author of Origin Story called the offices of DC Comics to get PG's cup size, and they actually replied, saying that her official bust size is 40-H.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: She tried to use this a time or two with varying levels of success.
  • Most Common Superpower: Superhero and big boobs. As said in the description she is the incarnation of this trope.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The most buxom superheroine of all the DCU who wears a white Leotard of Power with her famous Cleavage Window. No surprise that she provides the MsFanservice/ComicBooks trope image!
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Given her Cleavage Window, this happens a lot.

A popular Urban Legend states that all of this was the result of an in-joke by her original artist, Wally Wood, who drew her breasts bigger every issue just to see how far he could get away with it. However, examination of her original issues shows a consistent portrayal, and no source has been presented to give authenticity to this legend, so it has been effectively debunked.

All of the above, for the most part, apply to her so called "classic" costume, an attempt to create a new costume without the Cleavage Window was made when the DCU was rebooted in the New 52, but that lasted for about a year before she got a variant of her classic costume back. DC previously attempted to downplay her assets with a more modest costume in the late 1980s, which likewise didn't last long.

And now for the rest:

     General Tropes 
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Vartox of Valerian towards our heroine. He first interacts with her he asks her help to repopulate his planet after they were hit with a depopulation bomb. Though she was repulsed by him and his proposal, she did help save it by curing their sterility instead of taking such monumental task. While he claims to be grieving for his wife, he is still very much infatuated with Kara and went as far as marrying an alternate version of her in Harley Quinn and Power Girl.
  • Action Girl: Kara has trained with several notable teachers including her teammate Wildcat, who is a world renowned boxer and hand to hand combatant. She was also trained in Karate by martial arts instructor Mongo Krebs.
  • Alternate Self: Of Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) though how closely connected they are varies. In the New 52 they are quite explicitly the same person from different universes ("We... are me.") Usually Power Girl is said to be Supergirl as an adult, which is why they don't typically look exactly alike in terms of height and body shape, besides the different hairstyles.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: She is an alternate universe Supergirl. Not that the real one isn't, but still...
  • Amazonian Beauty: She is oftentimes drawn with muscular arms and the physique of a bodybuilder, and is almost always drawn larger (height-wise) than other female characters except the likes of Wonder Woman. She is depicted at her beefiest in Kingdom Come where she grew even Stronger with Age. Regardless, she is still considered quite the beauty in-universe, but that is mostly due to her softer features. This also applies to Supergirl, since (even though they're the same person, a few dimensions removed) Karen is 10-15 years older than Kara.
  • Anti Heroine: A Type II in the "New 52" series, where she seems to have no qualms whatsoever about stealing equipment and money so long as it is in a good cause.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Both Karas did this in New 52 Supergirl issue 19 when they fought Lex's forces.
  • Badass Cape: She wears a red cape.
  • Bash Brothers: Supergirl and she have fought together several times.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Her debut consisted in her showing up all of sudden and saving the Justice Society from a volcano.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She wears blue gloves and boots. Some of her less famous costumes were partially blue. In the New 52 continuity, she started out as Supergirl and wore a leotard version of her mainstream counterpart's blue outfit.
  • Brainwashed: Max Lord hits Power Girl with a mental suggestion to go kill the Justice League International. She sees everyone on the team as another hero (Captain Atom as Superman, Fire as Starfire, Ice as Supergirl, Rocket Red as Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Booster Gold as Batman) and hears all their dialogue as plans to conquer and rule humanity.
  • Breath Weapon: Comes with the Kryptonian power set.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Her New 52 version's first costume has a stylized P on the left side of her chest.
  • Character Development: Kind of a boring character in the '80s, she became a one-note bitch "Girl Power!" archetype by the mid-'90s, and was generally unlikable. Geoff Johns brought into the Justice Society of America and fashioned a personality that had portions of her prior bitchiness, but added some sadness about her lack of past and good friendships. She eventually became its Superman equivalent (until Earth-22 Superman arrived) and, later, the team's first chairwoman.
  • Characterisation Marches On: In her very earliest appearances in All Star Comics Power Girl was presented as kind of a brash young hot head with a serious chip on her shoulder. She lacked a civilian identity entirely and while she was never depicted as Dumb Muscle she wasn't shown to be particularly brilliant either - her Genius Bruiser traits came later thanks to a 'memory teacher' borrowed from Wonder Woman implanting vast knowlege of computers into her mind.
    • Terra in her own mini series meanwhile, was an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl who actually threatened Power Girl just because she put her hand on her.
  • Chest Insignia: Classically, a notable lack of one, she has what is termed a "boob window." Because of her long and complicated history there have been numerous explanations as to why, exactly, she has this window. The current story behind it is kind of sad - she could not think of a symbol, so she left it blank and never filled it and is actually undergoing a minor identity crisis as she tries to figure out where she fits in the world. Though not all reasons have been as poignant, they are all intentional and rational. Previously, one of her explanations was that the window gave a clear indication of who and what she was: Strong, feminine and yes, big-breasted. If people were overly preoccupied or distracted by the last part that was their problem, not hers, she would not be bound by what they thought of her.
    • Even when she temporarily switched to a full bodysuit sans boob window for a time in the late 1980s (as seen in Justice League International), she chose not to use a symbol.
    • The New 52 version has a stylized P on the left side of her chest on the costume she wore before she switched over to the variant of her pre-New 52 version's "boob window" costume.
    • Since returning to Earth-2, her costume has regained the "S" insignia.
  • Clark Kenting: Her disguise as Karen Starr for most of her existence has been tying her hair back. That is it. She herself explains that her large breasts actually help keep her identity secret, especially considering the Cleavage Window, since they draw attention away from her face. In issue #22, Superman himself advises her to make Karen Starr a real person, not just a costume. She gets a makeover to make Karen appear more different from Power Girl, involving a business suit, red hair, and, of course, glasses. The reveal alternates panels between her and Clark Kent to highlight their similar disguises.
  • Clothing Damage: She suffers from this a suspiciously large amount. Her costume is often portrayed as being hardly more resilient than Empowered's. She never lets it slow her down, though.
  • Combo Platter Powers: She has the full Kryptonian package: she's a flying brick with super senses, heat vision, hurricane breath and freezing breath.
  • Continuity Snarl: Power Girl's origin is unusual in that it lampshades the utter failure of past writers to come up with a legitimate way of maintaining her character's existence in the face of endless rewrites of the DC universe's history. There is no way the character can exist in the currently "valid" history- and her character development directly involves her attempts to deal with that fact. She is the cousin of Earth-2 Superman, but it is explicitly the pre-Crisis Earth 2. The new similar Earth-2 created following the 52 event has its own Power Girl cementing our Power Girl's status as an orphan of the old Multiverse.
  • Costume Evolution: Power Girl has gone through a number of different costumes during her run. Her most well-known and original costume consists of a white leotard, blue boots and gloves, and a red cape. She's also worn outfits that either had no cape or changed the amount of blue fabric, as well as several full-body suits with white and gold. Only two of them lack her infamous Cleavage Window, however.
  • Crystal Prison: Was cast into one by her Post-Crisis grandfather Arion to protect her from being possessed by her granduncle Garn Daanuth, which then turned into the symbio-ship that carried her from the past to the present while she only ages twenty years in the process.
  • Cute Kitten: Kara's pet cat, Stinky.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Putting up with people focusing on her cleavage has given Kara a very dry sense of wit.
  • Demonic Possession: In her 1986 Secret Origins Post-Crisis origin story, Kara as an infant was being threatened with possession by the spirit of her granduncle Garn Daanuth, who attempted to reenter the realm of the living through her. Her grandfather Arion prevented this from happening by placing Kara in a magic crystal and sending her through time and space to the present-day world, selecting Superman as the one who she would be connected to upon her arrival.
  • Dumb Blonde: The ultimate "first impression" trope, especially for readers coming into the pre-New 52 series cold. In truth, the trope has been subverted and averted and occasionally lampshaded constantly since the character was first introduced. Kara is a very intelligent, smart person, but their enemies assume that she's stupid because she's a super-strong blonde. It doesn't matter how many times she outwits them, they keep treating her as a blonde bimbo.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In JSA Classified, she mentions that even some women have been impressed by her bust. She once caught Crimson Fox starring at her chest once or twice.
  • Everybody Loves Blondes: Kara's beauty does not go unnoticed.
  • Fetus Terrible: Prior to the Zero Hour Crisis Crossover, Power Girl became mysteriously pregnant, and during the crossover, she gave birth to a son named Equinox, who managed to defeat the Big Bad, Scarabus, in an issue of Justice League America and was never seen nor mentioned again. And the father is... Arion, who was her grandfather at the time this was published. Like many things from the Gerard Jones JLA run, this has been one of those things quietly allowed to fade from DCU history and fan memories. Letter column remarks back in the day seemed to unofficially indicate that such stories were definitely not going to be touched again.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She is more or less friends with Harley Quinn, although the first time they met she was (understandably) pissed that Harley decieved her when she had amnesia, once she got her memory back. Much later they have to team up again against an Eldritch Abomination that's way out of Harley's league, and it's clear Power Girl does care about Harley, as she even saves her life a couple times.
  • Flanderization: Kara in the New 52 had a slightly mischievous, flirty side. In World's' Finest she has little characterization other than "extremely lewd and man-hungry".
  • Flying Brick: After finally being established (again) as Superman's cousin she gets most of his powers as well, including heat vision and ice breath.
  • Genius Bruiser: On top of being a Kryptonian Karen is highly intelligent, regarded as a first rate scientist by Mr Terrific.
  • Happily Adopted: Earth-2 Superman and Lois Lane took his cousin Kara in when she arrived on Earth, and they treated her like their daughter.
    Power Girl: [tearfully] You took me in! You treated me like I was your daughter!
    Earth 2 Lois Lane: Oh, honey... as far as we were concerned, you were our daughter.
  • Headbutting Heroes: She and Wildcat got into a lot of arguments in the early days. It didn't help that he could be a bit sexist sometimes, and she was not having it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Helena Wayne alias Huntress in the original Earth-Two.
    • In the pre-Crisis universe they were best friends but her friendship came to an end when the Anti-Monitor destroyed Earth-2.
    • In post-Flashpoint DC universe, Kara met Helena when she saved her life. Since then they became "Best Friends. Forever". When they got stranded in the main Earth, they lived together. Helena called Kara her "oldest and dearest friend".
  • Homeworld Evacuation: She left Krypton at the same time as her cousin Kal-L, but her ship kept her in suspended animation for 60 years while she aged only 20 years during her travel to Earth.
  • I Hate Past Me:
    • In the Post-Crisis universe, Karen and Kara don't get along well because Kara was being written like a jerk in the first issues of her book. Kara apologized to Karen after getting her head together, but Karen turned her down.
    • In Supergirl Vol 6 #20, Power Girl gets mad with the eponymous heroine because Kara called her "old". Supergirl apologizes, explaining she didn't meant anything by it, but she is prone to say stupid things when she gets upset. Power Girl admits that she used to be like that, too.
  • In a Single Bound: Pre-Crisis, she, like Earth-2 Superman, could not fly and so jumped huge distances to get where she was going.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Karen owns a cat called "Stinky". It must be genetic, because her Earth-One and New Earth counterparts also like cats.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Kara possesses the same potential weaknesses as an average Kryptonian like the vulnerability to Kryptonite and magic.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In JSA Classified #3, Mister Terrific asks D.E.O. Director Bones why he's interested in Power Girl. Bones says, "Let's just say the bosses on high are working on completing some files... and Power Girl's is far from complete, Mr. Terrific. We can't even get a proper reading on her abilities." The whole point of that storyline was that people like Dan DiDio and Geoff Johns realized how badly Power Girl's backstory and powers needed to be stabilized and clarified.
  • Legacy Character: Karen officially dubbed Tanya Spears as the new Power Girl after the former was able to return to Earth-2, essentially allowing the name to continue to exist in works set in the Prime Earth universe.
  • Leotard of Power: Her most common outfit is a leg-baring, figure-hugging, long-sleeved white leotard with an opening in the chest.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Pre-New 52 reboot Kara was also very close to Superman, even during the time they thought that she was not his Alternate Universe cousin.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: In her original origin, way back in Showcase #98, she was placed in a rocket on Krypton as a baby, and as she travelled through space, she grew physically and also experienced a virtual reality that gave her the experiences she would have had if she had grown up on Krypton.
  • Lovely Angels:
    • Kara and Terra fought together in Power Girl's book. Usually Kara fights at the forefront as Terra handles group control and attacks from afar with her geokinesis.
    • Huntress and Power Girl have this dynamic in the New 52 series Worlds' Finest. Which is a throwback to their original team-ups on pre-Crisis Earth-2. Batman's daughter, Superman's female cousin — what could be more obvious than that they'd become a team?
    • Also forms this dynamic with Harley Quinn whenever they two interact, specially in their team-up Harley Quinn and Power Girl.
  • Mama Bear: Acted this way, in the JSA, to Stargirl at least once, warning Captain Marvel to leave her alone when his presence was upsetting the young girl.
    • She's also super protective of Atlee.
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Karen has this trouble due to being a super-strong Kryptonian.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute: In Harley Quinn and Power Girl, she was caught by an alien magistrate who suspected her of being a hooker because of the way she was dressed.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Until it was cleared up in Infinite Crisis.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Zig-zagged. Kara is typically portrayed as being one of the physically strongest women on the planet, especially in comparison to her younger, less-developed alternate self, Supergirl. And yet, some characters, like Wonder Woman, are often portrayed as equal, or superior, to her in strength, despite not being anywhere as buff.
  • The Needless: She doesn't need to eat, breathe or sleep. Justified because she's sun-powered.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: In the Silver Age Karen was constantly trying to prove she didn't need her cousin's mentoring anymore, going so far to tell him she couldn't listen to his well-meaning advice because she needed to follow her own path.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Kara cannot get drunk due to her Kryptonian metabolism... although bizarre alien drinks can get her tipsy.
    Power Girl: Not that I've done either. Ridden mass transit or gotten drunk... y'know, with the ability to fly and the Kryptonian metabolism. But I did once get tipsy when Guy Gardner got me this Eltarian rice whiskey. It was mostly rocket fuel, but—
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: During the 90's when no one was sure whether she was Kryptonian or Atlantian, or even what to do with her, she was frequently shown to have a different power set in every issue she appeared in, at one point even displaying telekinesis.
  • Odd Friendship: With Harley Queen in the New 52 and DC Rebirth.
  • Otaku: There are some hints that Power Girl may be a closet anime and manga fan, especially given her preoccupation with "manga monsters".
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Pre-New 52 Power Girl was already an adult woman when she arrived on Earth, but Superman and Lois Lane treated her as their daughter anyway.
      Power Girl: [tearfully] You took me in! You treated me like I was your daughter!
      Earth-2 Lois Lane: Oh, honey... as far as we were concerned, you were our daughter.
    • Post-New 52 Power Girl was a little child when her rocket landed on Earth. Pa and Ma Kent volunteered to raise her, and Superman took her in when she was a teenager.
  • Pietà Plagiarism:
    • The seventh issue of Infinite Crisis inverts the iconic "Superman carrying Supergirl'' image when Power Girl holds her cousin's body while Earth-2 Superman dies.
    • In the cover of Supergirl vol. 6 #20, Power Girl is holding the body of a dying Kara.
    • And in the cover of "DC Comics Presents issue #56", Superman holds Kara's body... two years prior to the Crisis.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: In the seventh issue of Infinite Crisis, as her cousin is dying, Power Girl cries out "please, don't leave me alone".
    Power Girl: No. Don't leave me alone, Kal. Please, don't leave me alone again.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Karen has blonde hair and her most iconic costume is a white bodysuit with blue gloves and boots and a red cape.
  • Put On The Bus: Both characters, Kara and Tanya, are trapped in an interdimensional void between worlds. In Deathstroke Annual #1 (March 2018), Tanya tried to rescue Kara, who was already seemingly trapped since post-DC Rebirth, but her plan ended in disaster.
  • Red Is Heroic: She wears a red cape.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted with Karen Starr and Starrware, who have managed to create some really cool technology, sometimes by reverse engineering alien tech. This includes nanotech that can create a 1966 Pontiac GTO from what appears to be a pile of rubber, scrap metal and rope. With a vanity plate already installed ("Starr"). Say what you will, Power Girl has style.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Pretty much everyone, both fans and creators, have collectively said "fuck it" in regards to trying to explain exactly how and why Power Girl exclusively survived the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, as well as the myriad of irreconcilable Continuity Snarls that cropped up in wake of that. Even the DC Database offers nothing.
  • Running Gag: A running gag throughout Power Girl's history has seen her destroy things by accident, usually as a result of losing her temper.
  • Secret Identity: Karen Starr. At the beginning of her solo series PG even says that she misses having one.
  • The Sleepless: In an interesting twist, Kryptonian bodies don't need to sleep — yellow sunlight gives them so much energy as they need, as well as quick cellular regeneration and healing — but their minds have to. Karen's mental health deteriorates if she doesn't sleep and dream.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is every bit as tall as Wonder Woman.
  • Straw Feminist: By the Justice League Europe days of the late '80s, she was portrayed as an obnoxiously outspoken feminist. She has mellowed out since then and her past behavior was retconned as a diet soda allergy.
  • Stripperiffic: Despite the notoriety of her costume, it is actually rather tame by modern standards (it more or less looks like a swimsuit), and the lack of protection is somewhat justified considering she is bulletproof.
  • Super Power Lottery: Since she's a Kryptonian, she hit the jackpot: she has super-strength, super-speed, invulnerability, super-senses, heat vision, hurricane breath, freezing breath, she can fly and she doesn't need to eat, breathe or sleep.
  • Sweater Girl: It's not like she can help it.
  • Thinking Tic: Back in the Silver Age, Kara put her finger to her mouth as she pondered something much like her main universe counterpart did.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Her mouth may say Oh, Crap!, but her eyes say this trope.
  • Trapped in Another World: After the Crisis, Earth-2 didn't exist anymore, and Kara was trapped into the single surviving universe.
    Power Girl: I'm from a distant planet called Krypton. I first landed on a parallel Earth similar to this one where I was a member of the Justice Society. There was a Crisis and somehow I wound up here, cut off from everything I knew and everyone I loved.
  • Took A Level In Smartass: In the original continuity her scientific skills came from a 'memory teacher' borrowed from Wonder Woman. Before that she came across as reasonably smart, but not the brilliant woman she later became.
  • Tsundere: Power Girl herself during the Justice League Europe arcs in a non-romantic example with Captain Atom. Considering the one who got her dere side was the only one who didn't spend all his time ogling her, probably justified.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Power Girl gets this the whole time. People see her and think: "Blonde, buxom and muscled equal dumb". Ultrahumanite calls her brainless and quips that her brain is her less used body part... even though she always, always, always outsmarts him. It irks Power Girl, but she admits that it's good being underestimated.
    Power Girl: He thinks he's already won. He thinks I'm stupid. It's okay. I like being underestimated.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Averted with the citizens of New York. They are nothing less than extremely grateful and friendly to Power Girl.
  • Upgrade Artifact: Pre-Crisis, when she decided to set up a secret identity, Wonder Woman brought a "Memory Teacher" from Paradise Island that taught her all about computers.
  • Urban Legend: In Real Life, there is a long-lasting myth that Power Girl has such impressive powers because Wally Wood, one of her original artists, was playing a joke on/testing his editors. The story goes that he drew her steadily larger from issue to issue after her first appearance, trying to see how far he could go before he was stopped. However, examination of her first five issues shows a very consistent portrayal, and no sources have come forward to verify this rumor, so it has been effectively debunked.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The aforementioned "diet soda" allergy to explain her attitude in the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League Europe issues after they left the series, and her vulnerability to "raw, natural, unprocessed materials".
  • The Worf Effect: Since she's one of the most physically powerful members of the JSA, she sometimes gets beaten to show how serious the situation is. For example, it looks like she and Wild Cat won't have any trouble with the Crimson Avenger, but then we see that the Avenger's bullets can even break her skin. Again, when the team goes to Kahndaq the first time around, Black Adam takes her out with one hit in the climactic fight.
    • Lampshaded in her own series "Why, oh why do I keep getting my ass kicked?!"
  • World's Strongest Woman: A contender for strongest woman in the DCU, being, powerwise, a female Superman.

     Power Girl series 
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: After his final defeat, Ultra-Humanite had his memory erased and was reintroduced into society. He does not seem happy with the plan, but he is accepting of the future...until Power Girl turns her back and he swears that it will never be over between them. It is unknown how much of his original nature will remain after his mind wipe.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The Judd Winick run seemed to exist to see how much of DC's roster could be crammed into her series.
  • Art Shift:
    • When the original creative team left her series in 2010 there was a change in style adapted by the new pencilers and inkers. The bright colors of Amanda Conner were dropped, replaced with the more subdued palette of Sami Basri, and the character designs became slimmer, losing the pronounced curves of the early issues.
    • In her 40-year history the depiction of Power Girl has varied wildly, from artists who choose to embrace her traditional build, to those who prefer to draw her as a woman with more normal proportions.
  • Asteroids Monster: The Ix Negaspike is a self-replicating alien monster. When Kara freezes and smashes it to bits, it regenerates into more monsters.
  • Barely-There Swimwear: Issue 12 has Kara wearing a swimsuit provided by Atlee and comments on its brevity resembling a "thought balloon".
  • Baleful Polymorph: Power Girl, Superman and Zatanna are briefly turned into rock people by Siphon, who can copy Zatanna's powers.
  • Beneath the Earth: Atlee's people live in a vast underground city. Their technology is so advanced that even Power Girl was impressed.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: It's implied Satanna had sex with the Ultra-Humanite when his brain was first implanted into his gorilla body. Not to mention the fact he was covered with the blood of the men who later attacked him. She told him not to wash off before the sex.
  • Big Applesauce: She has now moved to Manhattan.
  • Big Bad: When breaking into New Cadmus, which is being orchestrated by Max Lord, Kara and Nico actually comment that this is the headquarters of the bad guy that is behind everything.
  • Buried Alive: Ultra-Humanite tries to do this to Kara in Power Girl 10. It doesn't work.
  • Call-Back: The gags used when Karen and Atlee go shopping together first appeared in the Terra mini-series.
  • Captain Ersatz: Vartox was originally based on Sean Connery, with his appearance taken from the movie Zardoz and his over-the-top machismo from Connery himself.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "'Rue the day'? Nobody talks like that anymore. It just sounds stupid." "It's a classic villain line."
  • The Chikan: An issue featured a pervert who groped her in a subway. Bad idea..
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After the author/artist switch to Judd Winick and Sami Basri, Terra, who had been Power Girl's sidekick/partner/sister throughout the early issues, appears in a grand total of one panel, with the kicker being Power Girl mentioning her as a Super Hero In Training, and afterwards is neither seen nor mentioned again.
  • C-List Fodder: The Blue Snowman is the initial villain of the Vartox arc, and is introduced with the caption "Blue Snowman... Life Expectancy: Panel 4, Page 14"
  • Cloning Blues: Power Girl discovers that fighting an exact duplicate of herself is not very fun. On the plus side, apparently Krypto is so damn heroic that even his evil clone comes to Kara's aide.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting:
    • Towards the end of the pre-New 52 series, it was noted that the character, either intentionally or otherwise, was starting to resemble Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks. And not just due to Hendricks having a similar build.
    • Recurring character Vartox, as he was in his original Superman appearances in the 1970s, continues to be based on Sean Connery in his role in the sci-fi film Zardoz.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Not as crazy as some, but Power Girl has repeatedly stressed that Terra needs to wear her uniform all the time, under her regular clothing if need be, so she will always be ready for danger to strike at any moment.
  • Crossover: Issue #20 is directly continued in Justice League: Generation Lost, which follows up on Power Girl's brainwashing at the hands of Max Lord to kill the Justice League International.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once Power Girl is pushed past her limit and stops holding back she takes Ultra-Humanite, who a few pages earlier had been bragging about destroying all of civilization, and beats him down in six panels. Four of those panels are PG slamming his head against a wall. The other two were her punching him in the face.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Deconstructed. Power Girl (In her role as Karen Starr, head of Starrware) holds the patents to several miraculous technologies and heads what seems to be a well-running corporation. However, now that they have engineered these miraculous technologies they need to develop them into some form of marketable product, deal with worried overseeing government agencies and also contend with the almost insurmountable issues of normal office paperwork. Starrware might be on the cutting edge of human technology, and its stock prices will probably go through the roof once it goes public, but right now it needs to find some way to actually gain revenue from its assets. Power Girl herself is struggling to make ends meet until the profits start to come in, and lampshades this when fighting the Blue Snowman, who had developed the technology to create weather and was using this technology to steal jewels not worth half of what her equipment was worth.
  • Day in the Life: Volume 12 of Power Girl's ongoing series is largely this. As it turns out, her daily life involves bathing in an empathic bikini, bonding with Terra and stopping a fight between an alien monster and Space Sean Connery.
  • Deconstruction: After the initial 12 volumes Kara learns the hard way that the life of a superhero and a business tycoon don't exactly mix well together, leading to her losing her company. Reconstructed later on, as she finally finds a balance in her life.
  • Destination Defenestration: Satanna really should learn the art of small-talk and cuddling.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Atlee, the new Terra, and Power Girl's new best friend. They go see movies together.
  • Dressed in Layers: Though Power Girl herself is always prepared for trouble, Terra has not quite grasped the concept that she always needs to wear her costume underneath her clothing just in case. As such, she is completely unprepared when a monster rises up when she and PG are out watching a movie and she ends up going into battle dressed only in adorable lady-bug underwear.
    • Note that the writer actually put effort into making it plausible for PG.
  • Drop the Hammer: The weapon Sivana provides Satanna with to defeat Power Girl is a giant mallet that unleashes sonic booms as it strikes which bypasses Kara's invulnerability and gradually ruptures her insides.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Not if the monkey gorilla is the Ultra-Humanite.
  • Evil Brunette Twin: "Divine," the evil clone of Power Girl, has black hair opposed to PG's blonde, but is otherwise identical in every way.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Satanna goes to Dr. Sivanna to get a weapon to revenge herself on Power Girl and gives him what he wanted as payment. Afterwards he attempts some minor small-talk and she, because she and he are villains, does not feel it is necessary to disguise the fact that she felt this was a heartily disgusting event which she did solely as part of a business exchange. He agrees with her, then points out that since they are bad guys he no longer cares about her desires since she gave him what he wanted, and throws her out the window.
  • Evil Laugh: Apparently, characters differentiate between your Mad Scientists and scientists who happen to be mad by the presence or absence of a good "Moo-Ha-Ha!"
  • Evil Twin: "Divine," the dark haired clone of Power Girl.
  • Faceship: Vartox's spaceship loooks like a human head... with an impressive mustache.
  • Fanservice: Lots, including the new series with a trio of gorgeous aliens.
  • Frame-Up: In Power Girl #24 and #25, Rayhan Mazin was flying from New York to Gotham when his plane threatened to crash. Mazin used his weather-controlling powers to right the ship and get it to land safely, but unfortunately it was thought he was the one who caused the plane to go down. Mazin surrendered willingly, thinking he would be released once he could explain. Six months later, he remains in Renatta detention facility. Nobody believes him and he is worried about his ill father, whom he isn't allowed to speak to. Mazin escapes to see his dying father, with Power Girl and Batman attempting to capture him. Mazin summons a hurricane above Gotham and slips away while Power Girl goes to undo it. Mazin visits his father as he dies and Batman believes his story, stopping some security men from going inside. Later Power Girl apologizes to Mazin for getting him locked up. Batman is looking into Mazin's case and has found out some federal investigators were interested in apprehending a metahuman terrorist, so they framed him to get more funding. The story ends with Batman investigating who's responsible for Mazin's detention while he visits the Justice Society of America.
  • Freudian Excuse: Discussed when Kara assumes that Ultra-Humanite's "behavior can be partly explained by childhood bullying and a lifetime of failure and humiliation, especially by women" since the guy transplanted his brain into an albino gorilla. Obviously he has issues.
    • Deconstructed later on. Ultra-Humanite's reason for going evil was his body was deteriorating quickly. In Power Girl 11, he has his own -and healthy- body back thanks to Kara. And he still wants to have his revenge. From that point on, he hasn't an excuse anymore, and he deserves whatever happens to him.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In a story arc, Ultra-Humanite swaps bodies with Terra.
  • Funny Background Event: Amanda Conner's artwork is full of these, such as PG's cat not liking who she is interviewing or stealing shrimp from their Chinese take out. When a flasher tries to expose himself to PG and Terra PG uses her freeze breath on his exposed areas; after she calls for a cop the next panel pans back to reveal that they are standing in front of a dermatology clinic whose current special "will freeze off your..." When PG and Terra change out of their regular clothes into their costumes, a bum can be seen enjoying the show.
  • Genius Bruiser: Kara says that she's not just superpowered, but super smart and she shows it. When faced with a Sadistic Choice between saving the Leaning Tower of Pisa, rescuing Cyclone , or rescuing a Vietnamese girl held hostage by Typhoon with a time limit, PG buys herself time by setting up a tidal wave in the middle of the ocean timed to knock out Typhoon in Vietnam. She also frees Cyclone as backup to either stop him or help her stop the wave from causing collateral damage. While flying around the world doing this she uses her super hearing to triangulate the location the villain is talking to her from, using only the delay between her speaking and hearing it echo from the other end as reference. The only thing that kept her from capturing the Calculator is the fact that he was broadcasting by proxy.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In a flashback Satanna can be seen wearing a shirt that reads "CU Next Tues".
    • Karen says to a potential employee that was playing with her snow globes to "Please, stop messing with my globes." The visual joke is evident. To really hammer it in, the next panel has the guy say "sorry, force of habit."
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Averted and played straight. Karen loves them, but Atlee can't handle even the PG-13 ones.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Kara does this... a lot when she is making a dramatic entrance or someone (usually a villain or Vartox) is annoying her.
  • Good Is Not Soft: In Power Girl issue 10, Kara finds out that Ultra-Humanite transplanted his brain into Terra's body. After beating him up, she visits Satanna and demands Terra's brain back. When Satanna tries to mock her, she blasts her arm off.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: PG's cherry panties.
  • Grand Theft Me: In issue 11, Ultra-Humanite attempts to take over Power Girl's body to gain her immense power, even temporary gaining control of Terra's as part of one of his plans until Power Girl defeated him and restored her young friend to her rightful body with the help of Atlee's people.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Well, they do not have green skin, but other than that...
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: In issue 9, Karen runs from the shower and starts chasing after the kid blackmailing her and dashes down the stairs after him, runs past a neighbor, and literally collars the kid, at which point her towel drops, giving the kid and neighbor a good look at her naked body (the reader is not so lucky, due to a strategically placed bunch of carrots and an arm). She covers herself with bread and a pie pan.
  • Heroic Dog: Apparently, Max Lord gave Professor Ivo very strict instructions not to clone Krypto, Superman's dog.
    Max Lord: "We talked about this! Don't clone the dog! Dogs are weird! The whole loyalty thing just seems to be branded right in on a genetic level, for Pete's sake!"
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Power Girl actually discusses this trope when fighting her evil clone. She reasons that, even if "Divine" has all the same powers as her that does not mean she knows how to use those powers, since she has only been "alive" for ten minutes and has never worked with these abilities before.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: When Cho -formerly a hacker- calls Kara out on threatening to out him if he didn't help her, she answered that she did what she had to do.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • Simultaneously played straight and lampshaded in "Power Girl" issue 10. When Terra was taken over by the Ultra-Humanite and fighting Power Girl she kept taunting PG.
      TerraUltra-Humanite: Let's have one of those totally cliched hero-slash-friend fights. You get to say things like, "I know you're stronger than this", or "You can fight it"... oh, and "This isn't you"! And I'll say things like... "I know your secret identity" and "All the people you care about are going to die!"
    • In Power Girl's crossover with Justice League: Generation Lost Power Girl has been brainwashed into believing that the members of the Justice League International are other heroes planning to conquer and rule humanity. The members of JLI, dreading the destruction and loss of life that would come from fighting Power Girl in earnest (Assuming they could survive such a fight), try to get through the brainwashing and have her recognize them.
  • Insistent Terminology: They are not "monsters," they are G.E.L.F.s. It is not that hard to remember.
  • Just for Pun: "Oh yeah, this rocks!"
  • Kaiju: One that looks almost exactly like the King of the Monsters himself appears in the fourth issue.
  • Kick the Dog: Ultra-Humanite and Satanna are already well past the Moral Event Horizon, they were murderers and psychopaths long before this series started, but when they put Atlee's brain inside the burned gorilla body it is just wrong.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Atlee seems to derive nourishment from all the lamps she keeps pointing out:
    "Well, it seems a lot of things up here follow a formula...a series of events that happen over and over, isn't that true? Take supervillains ... you guys catch them committing crimes, they go to jail, they break out and you guys put them back again."
    • When Karen and Atlee go to see a movie for the first time, the movie has an obvious reference to the resurrection of Barry Allen, the second Flash who had recently come back to life.
    Redheaded love interest: I thought you were dead.
    Blonde guy played by Alan Barry: I got better!
  • Large Ham: Vartox is either the single greatest event to happen to comic-books since an artist thought "Wait a second, I can make them as big as I want," or he has come to murder all Power Girl fans with overexposure to the "sexy superstud from planet Valeron."
    Vartox: "Bask in the seduction musk distilled from tears of the ghost poets of dimension prove his manly prowess, Vartox has arranged for a demonstration of masculinity."
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
  • Lingerie Scene: Vartox decides to dress appropriately for his dinner with Power Girl. The results are... not quite right for a formal dinner, but Power Girl can not help but peek through her fingers just a little.
  • Lovely Angels: Kara and Terra fought together in Power Girl's book. Usually Kara fights at the forefront as Terra handles group control and attacks from afar with her geokinesis.
  • Mad Scientist: For your convenience, models come both with and without "Moo-Ha-Ha!"
  • Mars Needs Women: Vartox needs Kryptonian women in particular.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": In issue #11, all of Satanna's minions stare terrified when Power Girl blasts Satanna's arm off and they realize Miss Kryptonian Powerhouse is pissed.
  • Medium Awareness: The narrator is quite aware of how things work in comic-book land:
    Power Girl, Kara Zor-L... Life Expectancy: It's her series, what do you think?
    Dr Mid-Nite...Life Expectancy: Shaken, not stirred
    Blue Snowman...Life Expectancy: Panel 4, Page 14
    Vernon O'Valeron A.K.A. Vartox... Life Expectancy: Waiting to hear back from the editors
  • Megaton Punch: Kara gave one to Vartox when he hit on her.
  • Mirror Match: She's fought her double from the recreated Earth-2, and her evil clone, "Divine".
  • Motherly Scientist: Subverted. When Power Girl strikes Cadmus, she breaks the jails keeping the cloned creatures, hoping that Dr. Ivo stops focusing on her in order to save his creations. However he runs away, and Kara notes that he isn't motherly at all.
  • Mundane Utility: Kara has been seen using her heat vision to shave her legs. Since she is nigh invulnerable, her options are limited.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Karen accidentally exposes herself to some of her neighbors chasing down the teenager who was blackmailing her.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Magic dinosaurs with minigun arms, carrying axes and shooting lasers from their eyes are just some of the creations of Siphon, a man who copied Zatanna's powers.
  • No OSHA Compliance: "Note to mad scientists and would-be world-conquering psychopaths... safety regulations exist for a reason."
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. The first two panels of issue #9 has Karen on the toilet.
  • Oh, Crap!: Power Girl utters the line after realizing that she only has 3 seconds until a ship explodes. Her face in that panel totally sells it.
    • Later on both Power Girl and Superman have this when they realize the dinosaurs they're fighting can actually wound them.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Normally, Power Girl is just as noble and heroic as her cousin. With that said when her sidekick Terra's brain was switched with Ultra-Humanite's, Power Girl demanded that the one responsible switched it back... By using her heat vision to blast off her arm.
  • Panty Shot: Not of the usual sort, but Terra does not quite get the whole thing about wearing your costume under your clothes and winds up taking off her pants and fighting in her lady bug underwear.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: While Power Girl is used to being ogled by people (specially dudes) around her, she does have her limits. In one issue while going on a subway in her civilian persona, a pervert groped her from the behind and she knocked him out of the train, and in a later instance, some creep flashed her and she used her super-breath to freeze his junk so he would have no choice but to let the police catch him.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: When Vartox decides to slip into something more comfortable the result is not quite what he intended, and Power Girl rather firmly insists that he puts more clothes on. Now.
  • Porn Stache: Deliberately employed for Vartox, who claims to 'embody masculinity.'
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: One of Satanna's minon's goes nuts ranting about how much emphasis people put in sports and celebrities rather than science.
  • The Real Heroes: Power Girl managed to squeeze one in. When a firefighter is helping her limp away from a bomb crater he comments that he does not often get the opportunity to help somebody like her ("Like me?" "Yeah... a hero") and she replies "I can say the same thing about you."
  • Reality Warper: Who turns out to be a young girl who reads a lot of fantasy.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Inverted. Power Girl blasts Satanna's arm off first, then gives her the mother of all stink eyes.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The planet Valeron is ruled by the sexy superstud Vartox, assisted by Chancellor Groovicus Mellow, and Vartox wields his mighty moustache from his happening pad while fending off Yeti pirates. All in one issue!
  • Right in Front of Me: In "Power Girl" issue 4, Dexter -one of the employees of Kara- asks her if she can tell Power Girl that she's fantastic.
  • Rise from Your Grave: In Power Girl issue #11, Ultra-Humanite makes use of Terra's geokinesis to bury Kara alive. She only needs a few seconds to escape. Justified because she's a Kryptonian, ergo she is super-strong and she doesn't need to breathe.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Blue Snowman is short, stocky and wears a Powered Armor which resembles a cartoony robot. When the villain takes her helmet off, and Kara sees she's been fighting a girl, she's shocked.
    Power Girl: What the hell? You're a chick?
  • Security Cling: Terra does this to Kara after being rescued from the Ultra-Humanite and Satanna.
  • The '70s: The planet Valeron might actually be an alien world perpetually stuck in the era of disco.
  • Shopping Montage: With Atlee to get furniture for her new apartment. Also Cinnamon Buns.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Power Girl knocks out Siphon and reverses his spell to "Unleash Hell," the demonic maelstrom vanishes and she says "so long H. P. Lovecraft."
    • "Rue the day?" Who talks like that?
    • At the cinema Power Girl and Terra are approached by Howard and the other boys of The Big Bang Theory. Naturally Karen gives him a short lesson on how to treat a woman.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Satanna tries to taunt Kara after transplanting the Ultra-Humanite's brain into her best friend's body, Kara isn't in the mood for her crap and blasts Satanna's arm off.
    Satanna: My arm! What kind of heroine would do that to someone's arm?
    Power Girl: Quit your bawling, Satanna! You're a surgeon, you can pick your arm up and do whatever you want with it — after you tell me where I can find my friend Terra!
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Whenever Kara tries to talk down a villain she sees needs at least a second chance she's dismissed as being sanctimonious and condescending.
  • Sidekick: Terra generally fills this role, though she does complain about always being put on crowd control.
  • Slip into Something More Comfortable: Vartox decides to attire himself properly for his dinner with Power Girl. She instructs him, rather firmly, to put more clothes on. Now.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: When Zatanna is in the presence of a man who can copy her powers, she realizes that just beating him in a Wizard Duel will not solve the problem, she needs to physically leave his presence to keep him from getting her powers permanently.
    Zatanna: (In Narration) He's good right out of the gate. I'm just better. But being better isn't really the issue, I just need to get the heck away from this idiot!
    Power Girl: "We need to get Zatanna the heck away from that idiot!"
  • Squick: Power Girl's in-universe reaction to learning that the Ultra-Humanite had sex with his girlfriend Satanna... in gorilla form. Because Satanna was turned on by his new body.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels:
    Power Girl: "No! No, you didn't!! You cloned Krypto?!?! What kind of sick @#$#$—this is Superman's dog. For crying out loud! Is nothing sacred!?"
    • After Power Girl, Superman and Zatanna are turned into rock people she looks down at her new rocky body and comments that "this is wrong on many, many levels."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Satanna has two moments, in back-to-back issues; first when Karen busts down the door to her lair, demanding to know where the real Atlee is, Satanna decides that taunting a visibly pissed off Kryptonian is a good idea. This costs her her left arm. Then, after sleeping with Dr. Sivana in an effort to get him to give her more weapons to fight Power Girl with, treats him with contempt and disgust, which he responds to by throwing her out a window since he got what he wanted and no longer had to bargain with her.
  • Underground City: Strata, Atlee's people's secret underground city.
  • Underwear of Power: Her normal costume is a pretty standard superheroine outfit, but Terra has not yet grasped the importance of always having your costume handy and one time she was forced to go into battle wearing nothing but adorable lady-bug underwear when she and Power Girl were attacked while out at the movies.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: Randall Mikavic, a Russian Arms Dealer, becomes an android when one he is inadvertently buying boots up, determines its CPU isn't fully operational and decides to use nearest available one. His main complaints are having to follow his programming, which he only vaguely knows, and no longer having any "pork and beans" to have fun with. He enjoys being able to hulk out and cause mass destruction though.
  • Use Your Head: She employs this technique multiple times throughout Volume 2. On one occasion, she knocked a giant Godzilla-like monster out cold by headbutting it in the nose.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Turned Up to Eleven when Ultra-Humanite does this to Manhattan.
  • Wall of Text: One of Karen's employees gives two in as many panels when she is introduced exiting the elevator; the first of which before it was fully opened.
  • Was It All a Lie?: When Cho deduces Kara is Power Girl he accuses her of being a fraud whose secret identity is not something she actually cares about since she drags civilians into her conflicts. This is mostly a What the Hell, Hero? because he's connecting the dots after she had just blackmailed him into helping her.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded by Karen in the issue 6 of the Palmiotti run as she recaps the events of the previous issue.
    An alien ship landed in Prospect Park, three fashionable women got out and caused some trouble, I got caught in the self-destruction of the ship and now they turn up in midtown Manhattan throwing cars at some guy in a Buck Rogers backpack. Seems I'm becoming a magnet for this sort of thing.
  • Well, This Is Not That Trope: In the first issue, Kara begins describing what apparently is her cousin's story, before saying "But it isn't that story. It's mine."
    Power Girl: It's the classic tale of a distant and doomed planet named Krypton. The one where a small child is the last hope of a dying race. A refugee cast among the stars in search of a new home where he becomes the savior of an alien world... This isn't that story. Not exactly...
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: She does not say the actual line, but Power Girl simply can not believe the story of Vartox and the infertility bomb that requires him to find a mate to save his planet. Power Girl is stifling laughter by the time he gets to the part about the "pregno-ray".


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