Supergirl: Being Super is a 2016 Supergirl origin and coming-of-age tale set outside of the main continuity of The DCU. Written by Caldecott Honor-winning and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer).
Flying and crushing coal into diamonds may come easy, but try popping a Kryptonian zit! But while growing pains shake up Kara's world, a deadly earthquake rocks the small town of Midvale beneath her feet! The Girl of Steel has a choice: let her world die, or overcome her adolescent insecurities and be super!
Supergirl: Being Super provides examples of:
- Alien Among Us: Kara came to Earth as a small child, and the sudden appearance of new powers gives her trouble fitting in.
- Big Bad: Coach Stone.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Kara's best friends are Jennifer — big and tall — and Dolly — short and chubby. Kara is thinner than Dolly and shorter than Jen.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Kara (blonde) and her two friends Dolly (black-haired) and Jennifer (red-haired).
- Came from the Sky: The story begins with Kara's space rocket crash-landing on Earth.
- Deadpan Snarker: Kara has a dry sense of humor.Kara: Some things make no sense no matter where you start. Like yearbook photos. Why do we take yearbook photos in September?
- Flying Brick: Kara is one of the best known examples.
- Gay Best Friend: Dolly, one of Kara's best friends.
- Girlish Pigtails: Flashbacks show Kara wore pigtails as a child.
- Good Ol' Boy: Jeremiah Danvers is of the sympathetic variety. He's a slightly eccentric -he doesn't believe in birthdays or sickness-, Government-wary gruffy man who doesn't know how handle emotionally-sensitive matters and thinks his country would be better off if "people worried less about revolution and more about getting stuff done". He is also visibly a devout husband and father.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Lex Luthor as Coach Stone was working for Lexcorp.
- Hair Flip: Kara plays with a lock of her hair when she is confused, nervous or overwhelmed.
- Happily Adopted: Kara was adopted as a child. She doesn't fret about it much and loves her adopted parents.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Kara's friend Jen is killed in an earthquake when she falls out of Kara's arms. Kara feels bad for being unable to save her.
- In-Series Nickname: Jennifer Bard goes by "Jen".
- Ironic Name: Dolly's parents named her after Dolly Parton in hopes that she'd turn out like the singer. Dolly is nothing like her namesake.
- Local Hangout: Kara and her friends often eat at a local burger shack.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Kara's friend Jen is taller and brawnier. However Kara can bench press vehicles.
- Secret Identity: Kara Zor-El/Supergirl's secret identity is Kara Danvers.
- Skunk Stripe: Tan-On has a green streak in his otherwise black hair.
- Super Strength: In one of the first scenes Kara lifts a tractor with one hand.
- Token Minority Couple: Subverted when Kara means a Kryptonian named Tan-On. She's attracted to him but it doesn't work out because he hates humanity and wants to kill earthlings.
- Twofer Token Minority: Kara's friend, Dolly, is a black lesbian.