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"Now—here I am," she said, taking a seat at the table. "I see you've got the Fatal Five out again. But you could probably handle them without me. And I've been brain-scanned twice in the last few minutes. It sounds like something's coming up for me, specifically. Why did you summon me?"
"Because of this," said Brainiac, and thumbed the controller again. The image of a masked woman came up on one of the holoscreens.
Supergirl dropped her jaw.
"Her!" she said, after she found her voice. "Great Rao, after all these years...her!"
"Now you know why we need you," said Brainy, quietly.
[...]
"Satan Girl," breathed Kara. "Great Rao forgive us."
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Hellsister Trilogy is a Supergirl fanfic series by Dark Mark.

In an alternate timeline in where Supergirl fought the Anti-Monitor and survived, she is making a life for herself in Earth society. However, several returning enemies as well as Darkseid going ahead with his plans to enslave all sentient beings threaten to finish what the Anti-Monitor began.

This story is told through of several story arcs:

  • Hellsister: Supergirl returns to the future to team up with the Legion of Super-Heroes in an adventure which pits her against her evil doppelganger in a battle to the death, while Rokyn and Daxam face destruction and the Legion's mightiest foe threatens to command all the evil of the universe.

  • The Apokolips Agenda: Supergirl returns to the 20th Century to face one of the deadliest villains in the multiverse, and to aid the New Gods in their battle against him.

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  • Hellspawn: In a time not her own, Supergirl must deal with the deadly menace of Darkseid, and the son of Satan Girl.

It can be read in Dark Mark's site and FF.net: here, here and here. After a long time without an update, a new chapter of "Hellspawn" has been posted in FF.net.

Dark Mark has also written The Vampire of Steel, A Force of Four, Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, Superman And Man.


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This fanfic provides examples of the next tropes:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: Dark Mark disregards both Supergirl's death at Anti-Monitor's hands and her relationship with Brainiac 5 in favor of hooking her up with Dev-Em.
  • Achilles in His Tent: After the Apokolyptian War, Kara wants nothing more than to retire. So, when the Legion asks her help again, her first impulse is turning them down.
  • Adult Fear: Satan Girl’s taken to an unknown place and put to sleep. When she comes around, she knows her child’s been stolen.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: In the start of the third arc, Dev-Em sits down beside Kara and strokes her head in a reassuring way as she's having a break-down.
    Dev crouched beside her and stroked her hair, gently.
  • A God Am I:
    • Satan Girl often expresses a desire to force entire civilizations to worship her.
      She could become a goddess to an unsophisticated planet's people. Drinking in their worship, demanding sacrifice.
    • She also plans to force people to kneel before her child.
      So I'm going to do something first, just to get the kinks out. I'm going to find me a planet, one with people on it, lots and lots of people. And I'm going to kill them all. Then I'm going to another planet, and kill just, maybe, half of them. And I'll make the ones who live worship me. By the time I find my child, he may be the object of a new religion. Wouldn't that be nice, Kara?
  • A God I Am Not: Earth people refer to the folks of New Genesis as New Gods, an appellative Highfather doesn't care for.
    Izaya rumbled, "That is the phrase some of our younger ones used for the capital city of our world. As for ‘Forever People', it is simply a term Orion once used in derision towards Moonrider's family group, which they adopted. Just as we are known among some of your kind as... 'New Gods'." Highfather looked discomfited by the phrase.
  • The Air Not There: Subverted. Air molecules usually don't bother Supergirl when she's flying or moving super-fast due to her invulnerability... but in the anti-matter universe, where her invulnerability is useless, she gets hurt even by hydrogen atoms.
  • Alien Sky: Planet Qward, where Supergirl and Satan Girl battle for the final time, orbits around two suns.
    The star-system of Qward had twin suns for the last thousand years. The new one was rather small, as stars go, but a star is a star, for all that.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Kara falls for Dev-Em, a reformed bully and delinquent who is still kind of jerkass.
  • All-Loving Hero: Kara. Satan Girl blatantly states she could never stand Supergirl's empathetic, caring ways. This is after Supergirl has expressed sorry at the loss of someone who is attempting to kill her brutally for the... fourth? fifth? time.
  • All There in the Manual: Dark Mark provided character lists so nobody gets confused by the Pre-Crisis characters' backstories.
  • Alternate Universe: A reality similar to Earth-One which was born when the Anti-Monitor was defeated early on.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: This universe was created when another Supergirl interfered with the battle between the Supergirl from Earth-One and the Anti-Monitor in Kara and the Dreamsmith.
  • And Then What?: During their Final Battle, Supergirl asks her doppelganger what she'll do after killing her. Satan Girl replies she'll figure out something:
    Supergirl: What's the use of this, Satan Girl? There's nothing left for you. If you kill me... what's left for you to make a life from?
    Satan Girl: I'll work that out afterward. Stop resisting me and I'll get to it sooner.
  • Anything That Moves: Satan Girl isn't picky. Like, at all.
    She could explore pleasures of the body that Kara never would have dared to, satisfy lusts that the blonde beast never even knew she had. She could force herself upon any suitor, male or female or whatever, and destroy them after their job was done.
  • Apocalyptic Log: In the first episode, Satan Girl assaults a starship. The crew manages to send a message right before being destroyed.
    Within seconds, she was in outer space. Her course was set to intercept that of a massive United Planets patrol ship.
    A message was shortly received at the headquarters of the United Planets. It was the last one they would get from that particular starship.
    The message stated that their craft was being destroyed by an unarmed woman. It was cut off before the end.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking:
    • Mordru leads the Legion of Super-Villains and has the allegiance of Satan Girl and powerhouses like Black Adam because he can destroy any of them easily.
    • In the second story, Darkseid declares himself leader of the alliance of villains after one-shooting Brainiac. No one, not even Lex Luthor, is brave or stupid enough to object.
  • Ax-Crazy: Satan Girl finds world-scale mass murder and genocide funny.
  • Babies Ever After: At the start of the third arc, Clark and Lois are expecting twins.
  • Badass Boast: Mordru delivers a lot of these. No villain, no matter how powerful, tries to challenge them.
    Mordru: Show me what you can do.
    Satan Girl: And if I do, what then?
    Mordru: I could destroy you with greater ease than you could imagine. But you may be of use to me.
  • Badass in Distress: Orion is kidnapped by Darkseid during the War.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space:
    • Supergirl's ability to exist out of the boundaries of a planet comes up when she arrives in the 31st century.
      When she had slowed enough, Supergirl simply winked out of warp-time and found herself back in orbital space. Her lungs automatically tried to breathe, found vacuum, and ceased action. Kara willed them subconsciously to retain what oxygen they contained.
    • The Legionnaires can breathe in space thanks to their Flight Rings -and some of them like Supergirl because of their natural powers- but they still need additional devices to communicate with each other.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Kara tricks Satan Girl into throwing her into a sun by playing possum. Right before her counterpart hurls her away, Kara turns her momentum against her.
    • Previously she had challenged her to a battle in the anti-matter universe. Satan Girl pointed out she could stay outside until Kara returned or died. Kara essentially replied “I thought you wanted to kil me with your own hands. But I guess you're only a coward and pathetic copy of me. Oh, and have I mentioned we killed your lover?” It worked.
  • Battle Couple: Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em get together during the story as fighting the minions of Mordru and Darkseid.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: During his wedding, Clark Kent surreptitiously makes Lois' bouquet land on Kara's hands; a subtle way to wish her good luck in finding a steady boyfriend. Next time he saw her, Kara had hooked up with Dev-Em, who he loathes.
  • Being Watched: In episode 20 of the first arc, John Constantine prays for Supergirl's safety. Feeling pretty embarassed, he wonders if he's been seen... which he has. Supergirl was eavesdropping on him.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT make puns out of Darkseid's name. The Dread Lord has NO sense of humor and doesn't mind obliterating the perpetrator because he can bringing him back to life as many times as he wants.
    "Fitting, indeed," said the assistant. "To have taken the Supergirl-clone from her imprisonment, Boom Tubed her to a point one year in her future, kept her comatose until her child's delivery, then sent her back to confront the Supergirl... a stroke of genius."
    The assistant grinned. "Why, you might even say, Dread Lord, that the Satan Girl was Supergirl's dark—"
    The master whirled and swiftly pierced the other's gut with the spear he was holding. The Spear of Destiny.
    Desaad clutched at the shaft transfixing his midsection in agony. His master shot forth beams from his eyes which reduced him to his primal atoms. Later, he would reassemble them, and trust that Desaad would learn by that not to make jokes using his name.
  • The Berserker:
    • Satan Girl loves fighting and slaughtering. Violence and murder actually turn her on, particularly when she confronts her hated template:
    <TearyoureyesoutandEATTHEM,> sent Satan Girl, not even conscious of her speech. <RipyouapartandseveryourINTESTINES.>
    • Her son -properly named Berserker- isn't any calmer.
      “I would like to meet him, in Armagetto or any other place,” said Berserker, the son of Satan Girl and Mordru. "I would take his Astro-Force and force it into his guts, before I ripped his body asunder."
  • Beware the Superman: Satan Girl shows how dangerous and terrifying it'd be a Pre-Crisis Kryptonian with nonexistent morals. She’ll head-butt a planetoid out of orbit only for amusement.
    Kryptonians could survive in space without a suit. Was that not a pleasure? It certainly was. She could live her life between the stars, and never once need to breathe.
    She could devastate planets, wipe them clean of life. Rebuild them at her whim.
    She could tyrannize worlds, whole systems of planets, make them bow to her mighty hand, instantly execute anyone who dared protest—or just anybody she wanted to kill.
    She could explore pleasures of the body that Kara never would have dared to, satisfy lusts that the blonde beast never even knew she had. She could force herself upon any suitor, male or female or whatever, and destroy them after their job was done. Or perhaps just maim them, so that they could never again do such a job for anyone else. Satan Girl smiled. Now that was being imaginative...
    She could have children from those couplings, or kill them in the womb.
    She could become a goddess to an unsophisticated planet's people. Drinking in their worship, demanding sacrifice.
    All of this she could do, she would do, and more.
    For Kryptonians and Daxamites were gods, off their homeworlds. They really were. What a pity their morality forced them not to realize that fact.
    She clasped her bent knees to her chest and thought. The problem was, in this time, she was hardly unique. Billions of Kryptonians existed on Rokyn. Billions more Daxamites, with the same power, existed on Daxam. Luckily, there was only one prisoner still left in the Phantom Zone, that old poop Gazor, so there wasn't much competition there.
    But, somehow, she'd have to do something about both planets. Daxam would be easy. A shower of leaden hail across its surface, and the dead would litter the ground in heaps beyond Hitler's and Stalin's dreams.
    That world would stink of corpses for eons to come.
    She laughed soundlessly.
  • Big Bad: In the first arc, Mordru. In the second one, Darkseid. In the third story, Darkseid again.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Clark Kent is incredibly protective of his younger cousin, to the point of getting into a fight with not-good-enough-for-her Dev-Em.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": From Supergirl to her clone during their first battle:
    Grimly, Kara hurled herself forward. Her enemy was already within plain sight. <Tearyoureyesoutand EATTHEM,> sent Satan Girl, not even conscious of her speech. <Ripyouapartandseveryour INTESTINES.>
    <Shut up shut up SHUT UP,> snarled Kara, and smashed into her. It was like the collision of two starships, at the very least.
  • Blessed with Suck: Kara has great powers which she feels isolate them from normal humanity.
    Mentally, she kicked herself. All this incredible power, she thought. The ability to fly faster than light, to exist in the vacuum of space, to pierce the time barrier and reappear whenever she wanted to, and most of the time she took that for granted. No wonder that so often, life was stupid, dull, and boring to her.
    No wonder that she'd never really managed to fully give her heart, or her body, to anyone yet. How many potential mates could understand the power and needs of a Kryptonian?
  • Blood from the Mouth: Blood leaks from the mouth from the unconscious and usually invulnerable Satan Girl after getting hit by a magic spell.
    Below her was the unmoving, unconscious form of Satan Girl, a trail of blood leaking from one corner of her mouth, and Drang, whose magic bolt had gone through the space which she occupied a nanosecond before.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Satan Girl often ends blood-stained after every battle.
    The woman in black returned to the palace and brought with her the corpse of the starship's captain. She had stained her costume with blood, and burned it clean with heat from her eyes after tossing the body at her host's feet.
  • Body Surf: At some point, Drang -an old Supergirl's enemy- possesses Satan Girl.
  • Boldly Coming: Clark and Lois get married at the beginning of the story. Their relationship is very... Spirited.
  • Bond One-Liner: Supergirl before killing her dark counterpart:
    <Hellsister,> said Supergirl, <go to Hell.>
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: When Kara and her adoptive parents atten Clark and Lois' wedding, and Fred Danvers makes a joke about him figuring out the Leaguers' civilian identities, his daughter explains the Justice Leaguers protect their secret identities by having Green Lantern to mind-wipe busybodies.
    Fred: You know what team. It'd be really fun if you took me up to shake hands with some of them. Now, it's not like I want to know which ones they are. But you know, I have met the Gotham guy. And I'll bet I could guess which one he is, if I tried. Is it kind of like the Mafia? Do you say, 'This is a friend of mine'?
    Linda: Dad, I've gotta tell you. Whenever we think somebody's getting too curious, we have to take him to the guy from Coast City. And the Coast City guy has to use that thing on his finger to go over your mind like a Disk Doctor over a hard drive, and purge out those curiosity bumps. After it was done, you wouldn't even remember everyone that was here.
    Fred: (snorting) Hmph. You guys used to have to go through such stupid stunts to keep your secrets secret.
    Linda: That was before we met the guy from Coast City.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: A variation. In the first chapter, Mordru visits Supergirl in her sleep and sucks the fragment of her soul which spawned Satan Girl from her.
  • Cain and Abel: Supergirl and Satan Girl. Neither of them like each other. Still it's Satan Girl who wants to kill Supergirl. Kara is willing to accept her copy's existence as long as she doesn't commit crimes.
    Supergirl: You won't believe this, but I'm sorry. On my honor, I am. And if you will swear to stop this battle, I will help you search for your child. That is my promise.
    Satan Girl: (sneering) Ohhhhh, don't you wish, Lightsister. I can find my child. After our war, I will find him. Or her. There is nothing left to us now, except the fight. -You would not tolerate my existence, nor I yours. I am not capable of your empathy, of your petty virtue. You are not capable of my ruthlessness and power. Come, sister. Let us destroy each other.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: When Kara states she's sick of heroing and wants to retire and lead a normal life, Kal reminds her that trouble always comes looking for them. Needless to say, he was proven right when the Legion turned up to pick Kara again and the situation was too dangerous for her refusing.
  • Canon Welding: Several separate and unrelated stories are combined to create Satan Girl’s backstory: Red Kryptonite making Supergirl grow a second head in Action Comics #283, the birth of Satan Girl in Adventure Comics #313 and the appearance of Nightflame in Adventure Comics #421.
    She had been manifest two other times, in different guises. Once, Supergirl had been given a contentious second head by Red Kryptonite. That was her first known instance of consciousness. She had been bitchy then, but not evil. Not yet refined enough for that.
    The second time had been her first outing as Satan Girl, and it had almost worked. Except for that stupid group of animals, it would have. Kara and the Legion bitches would have been dead, and she would have been extant from that time to this. She was evil then, but she hadn't really killed anyone.
    The third time, she was manifest as Nightflame, a giant sword-wielding woman who wreaked havoc in San Francisco, born of her old identity and some other elements added from Kara's psyche, amplified by a mage who existed in a sub-atomic universe on a world somehow within Kara. Even she was confused by that one, and didn't comprehend it all. She supposed that the sword and magic came from those Moorcock novels that Kara had run through once. That time, she had very nearly taken over Kara's body. Only the girl's undeniably strong will, and some psychic help from her friend Geoff, had withstood her. So she had gone back into nonexistence.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Justified. Satan Girl is Kara Zor-El's duplicate, her dark side's embodiment. Evil, unfettered desires and impulses is literally everything she is made of, so it's perfectly reasonable for her delighting in doing evil things, killing and destroying just because she can.
  • Cat Fight: In Supergirl/Satan Girl final battle, everything is allowed. Including cat-fighting.
    They tumbled away from the gravitational pull of the planet they had landed on, and kept fighting in the void. They smashed at each other, kicked, chopped, and catfought, and each of their blows would have torn the side out of a mountain. Both of them worked at speeds which would have made them a blur to an observer, had there been any.
  • Ceiling Cling: In episode 20 of "Hellsister", Kara sticks to the ceiling so John Constantine doesn't realize he was being overheard.
    Kara floated up to the ceiling and spread-eagled herself against it as John opened the door. He looked both ways, then walked in the direction of the guest quarters.
  • Chest Insignia: Brought up when Izaya asks The Source who should be their allies against Darkseid and the fiery hand draws two S-emblems.
    "Who should we seek for an ally on Earth?"
    The word vanished from the wall's surface. The fiery hand travelled over it again.
    It drew a symbol.
    Highfather nodded, in comprehension. "Ah," he said.
    The symbol was a mostly-triangular shield, with an S inside its boundaries.
    The New Gods well knew who bore that shield, for they had all encountered him on several occasions.
    But the hand did not stop with that. It sketched another symbol.
    The same shield, with the same S, once more, beside the first.
    Two shields.
  • Christmas Cake: Brought up by Mrs. Berkowitz, who is worried her twenty-year-old tenant Linda Danvers is clinging to a guy she just met because she's afraid of becoming an old maid.
    "I see a nice woman like you. 29 and you ain't never been with a man. Am I right?"
    "That's right," nodded Linda. "Not... before Dev, that is."
    "So you know this man? How?"
    Linda drew a breath. "I know this man very well, Mrs. B. A lot more than you'd believe?"
    "Oh? You do? How, Linda?" She held up her hands again to stop Linda's reply. "Listen to me. Yesterday you go to Mr. Clark Kent's wedding, the nice man whom you met in Metropolis when you was in the orphanage. You were excited, sure, but not like you are today. I even think you were a little sad. Now, today, you're up in the air, your feet don't touch the ground unless they're anchored. You say you met him after the wedding."
    "That's correct," Linda said.
    "In other words, this gentleman sweeps you off your feet just after you see two people get married, and you're maybe thinking that you're never going to go to your own wedding in your lifetime. Also correct?"
    Linda opened her mouth. No words came out.
    Ida Berkowitz looked at Linda with some pity.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Desaad is an expert torturer. He gets his hands on Pariah, and if he can't force the information out of him physically, he has mind-breaking machines aplenty.
    That had led Desaad down the right track. For tortures of the mind can be even worse than tortures of the body, and Apokolips has mind-probers aplenty.
    Pariah could not rise from his chair, held as he was by a stasis beam that paralyzed his lower body. Whatever he faced, he could not get up and walk away from it. Perhaps it would not have helped.
    Desaad had clamped a helmet over his head. It transmitted images from his brain to a receiver, which the master torturer of Apokolips manipulated like an orchestra conductor. He picked and chose among the scenes of Pariah's life, helped along by a gauge which glowed more redly when it registered a pattern of fear in a certain remembrance.
    The images were recorded and stored in the device's memory bank. Then Desaad began to fiddle with them, for he was an artist, and artists always reshape reality to their best intent. Some of the images were made more subtly frightening. Others were enlarged so as to knock down the viewer's mind with fear coming at him like a diesel train.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As much as Satan Girl is concerned, biting ankles in order to hamstring your opponent or clawing their eyes out are perfectly acceptable combat techniques.
    Kara drew on her every erg of reserve power to keep fighting. But, increasingly, she found herself on the defensive. She fought to keep Satan Girl's fingers from her eyes, her jaws from her carotid artery, her knees from her crotch.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Slaughter and destruction turn Satan Girl on. After smashing a ship to pieces she feels so aroused than she needs sex.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: The reason because Superman thinks his cousin shouldn't go on retirement:
    Superman: What I'm trying to remind her of is that our powers place us in a certain position. And it's one of obligation. No one on Earth can do what we can, and very often, to protect it and other planets, we are required to do everything we're capable of.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: During a battle Superman, Supergirl and Dev-Em face 1,000 Parademons. Easy peasy.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: When Kara vents her frustration and says aloud she just wants to be a normal girl from Argo City, Superman sadly reminds her it's not an option anymore.
    Supergirl: But we don't have to go out there with our dukes up, spoiling for a fight. Do we, Kal?
    Superman: No. Most of the time, it comes to us.
    Supergirl: Well, it's gonna have to start coming somewhere else before long. I'm tired of this. I wasn't born to be a, a super-heroine. I just wanted to be a normal girl from Argo, and, and get a good job and a good man and settle down...
    Superman: (gently) Except, there aren't very many people from Argo left anymore. Are there, Kara?
    Supergirl: Oh.
    Dev-Em: El, You have got the most peculiar set of proprieties I've ever seen. Why don't you just shove a Daxamite knife through her heart? Or would that be too kind?
    Superman: What I'm trying to remind her of is that our powers place us in a certain position. And it's one of obligation. No one on Earth can do what we can, and very often, to protect it and other planets, we are required to do everything we're capable of.
  • Crush Blush: Kara blushes profusely after accidentally revealing her feelings to Dev.
    Supergirl grimaced. "I feel like slapping you again. If I didn't love you more now than I ever have before, I'd do it. I—"
    Her hand went to her mouth. Dev looked at her. His expression was caught coming up from anguish into hope.
    "So you said it," he murmured.
    Kara was flustered.
  • Dark Action Girl: Satan Girl is Kara's dark side embodied and unfettered by a conscience or human compassion and empathy. She's inhumanly powerful and lives to destroy.
  • Deadly Dodging: When Satan Girl is about to hurl Supergirl into an antimatter sun, Kara uses her momentum against her to throw her into the star instead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dan Turpin, as per canon:
    Dan: Then call him and tell him to get his big blue bod to my precinct, on the double. Orion and his boys are back. And I don't want any more of my turf torn up like it was last time they were here. So get him here, so they can get out. Got it?
    Jimmy Olsen: Uh. Orion? The guy from the New Gods?
    Dan: No, I mean Paddy O'Ryan from County Cork. Of course, it's Orion from the New Gods! Now do it! Goodbye.
  • Deal with the Devil: Satan Girl is locked up in an inescapable cell when she hears a voice asking if she wishes freedom. She agrees before asking who the voice’s owner is and what it wants in exchange. Darkseid breaks her free, teleports her to his location, puts her to sleep and "harvests" her child.
  • Death by Adaptation: Brainiac gets killed off instead of Earth-Two Luthor in the gathering of villains.
  • Death World: In the universe of anti-matter of Qward, every atom can hurt you or even kill you. Not even Kryptonians are safe.
  • Defends Against Their Own Kind: Once the Legion figure out they're dealing with a Kryptonian clone, they call Supergirl and send her, Dev-Em and Laurel Kent out.
  • Designated Girl Fight: When Supergirl (female), Laurel Kent (female) and Dev-Em (male) engage Satan Girl (female), Ar-Ual (female) and Black Adam (male). Satan Girl automatically pounces on her template, Laurel rushes towards Ar, and Dev and Adam start to trade blows.
  • Dirty Business: Dev-Em reveals that in the past he had to turn a partner over to the enemy to carry a mission forward. He didn't like it, he still has nightmares about it... but his actions saved lifes.
    Dev-Em: It was an inforunning operation out of a Dark Circle world. My contact was a man in deep cover. Their cointelpro caught up to us just after an information drop. We had made arrangements on what to do if such a thing happened. I exposed him as a traitor. My cover held. He was taken away, tortured, and killed. I got the package through. Later, I saw to it that his torturers got theirs. No, I didn't do it personally... but I made sure it was done. That's how it is in my world. Not pretty, but we get the job done.
    Kara Zor-El: ...
    Dev: No, don't think I enjoyed it. Rolg's face still comes to me in a particularly juicy nightmare every now and then. But he has to wait his time in line. And you know what he tells me? He tells me about the people of that world who were liberated, in time, with the information I got through. He tells me that I did the right thing.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Subverted. Satan Girl's desire to rape both men and women is regarded as equally horrible.
    She could force herself upon any suitor, male or female or whatever, and destroy them after their job was done.
  • The Dragon: Satan Girl is Mordru's dragon.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Both Legionnaires and villains are frightened of Mordru and unwilling to face him.
    • No one wants or looks forward to fight Darkseid either.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The scene from Crisis on Infinite Earths issue #9 where Brainiac assembles a legion of super-villains is recreated, but this time it's Brainiac the one who dies unceremoniously.
  • Duel to the Death: Supergirl and Satan Girl's final battle. Satan Girl wishes nothing but Supergirl's destruction by her hand, and Supergirl can't let her hurt anybody else (and would like staying alive).
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Linda Danvers' landlady, Mrs. Berkowitz believes Linda's new boyfriend is a shady, random guy who twenty-nine-year-old Linda has just met and clung to because she's afraid of becoming a "Christmas Cake". A sensible conclusion, furthered by the couple's secretive attitude and their unwillingness to answer simple questions like "Where does he come from?" or "Where does he work?". She's still wrong because they can't just tell her "He's a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes who I met and fell in love with several weeks ago in the 31st century".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Satan Girl is literally an embodiment of dark impulses and desires. World-scale destruction, killing sprees and rape turn her on. Still, she's devastated when she finds out her child has been stolen.
    Kara said, <Tell me about your child. How is it you know he is gone?>
    Satan Girl hesitated. For once, Kara saw something other than hatred in her eyes. Even one such as her Hellsister could feel sorrow.
  • Evil Counterpart: Satan Girl from Supergirl.
    "All I knew at the time was that I had a fainting spell," said Supergirl. "While I was out, the real Red K effect came through. The thing... it..." She fumbled for words, then burst out: "I was cloned! It cloned me, and the clone was, well, my evil side. My dark side. And it was just as real as... as real as me."
  • Evil Feels Good: Satan Girl engages in mass-murder and untold destruction because evil literally arouses her.
  • Evil Laugh: Variant. Satan Girl does this telepathically.
    Satan Girl looked at her for a second, then threw back her head, opened her mouth wide, and sent forth the blips through her telepathic plug that signified laughter.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Kara is terrified from Satan Girl.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Satan Girl delivers an absolutely brutal beatdown to Supergirl in their final battle after hearing the Legion has killed Mordru.
    And with that, she cracked a blow to Kara's face that broke her nose.
    The static-shriek of pain in the telepathic plug was a sonata to Satan Girl. Smiling for the first time in minutes, she followed with another wallop, and another, and another. Four unanswered blows. Kara tried to resist, but her defense was fading.
    Satan Girl pounded her. Over and over again.
    [...]
    Satan Girl hesitated. She had been laying into Supergirl like a butcher on a steer. But she had been so busy in her fantasy that she had taken no notice of what she had really done.
    Supergirl was not moving.
    Satan Girl smashed her a few more times, just to make sure. Then she listened for a heartbeat.
    Nothing.
  • Eye Poke: Satan Girl often tries to poke Supergirl in the eyes to disable her when they fight.
    She fought to keep Satan Girl's fingers from her eyes, her jaws from her carotid artery, her knees from her crotch.
  • Eye Scream: Satan Girl tries to gouge Kara's eyes out in their final fight.
    Kara drew on her every erg of reserve power to keep fighting. But, increasingly, she found herself on the defensive. She fought to keep Satan Girl's fingers from her eyes, her jaws from her carotid artery, her knees from her crotch.
  • Exact Words: When Brainiac declares Darkseid has been defeated, one of his partners-in-crime notes "defeated" isn't the same as "destroyed".
    Brainiac said, “It is finished. Darkseid is defeated.”
    Kral noted that Brainiac did not say “destroyed.
  • Faking the Dead: Darkseid fakes his death after his defeat at the end of the war between Apokolips and the rest of the universe. He spends the next 1,000 years sleeping and recovering and resurfaces in the Legion time.
  • First Kiss: Kara and Dev-Em kiss for first time in the sixteenth chapter of the first arc.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Dev-Em doesn't look forward to go back in time to visit Kara. As far as he is concerned, he'll never fit in with primitive 21st century Earth.
  • Flipping the Bird: John Constantine delivers one to villain Drang after trapping him inside a magic circle.
    The trenchcoated man stood, flipped the blue chalk back into his pocket, and crouched outside the circle to be on a level with Drang's eyes.
    Then he flipped him the bird.
  • Foreshadowing: Black Adam is the first enemy fought by Dev-Em. Later, Dev would meet Shazam and Captain Marvel.
  • Freudian Slip: As arguing with Dev-Em, Kara accidentally lets slip that she loves him:
    Supergirl grimaced. "I feel like slapping you again. If I didn't love you more now than I ever have before, I'd do it. I—"
    Her hand went to her mouth. Dev looked at her. His expression was caught coming up from anguish into hope.
    "So you said it," he murmured.
    Kara was flustered.
  • Friction Burn: Supergirl's super-speed when she flies out of the planet causes the air to burst into flames around her. Being invulnerable, she ignores the effect.
    The air friction formed a corona of fire around her as she streaked invisibly through the skies. She ignored it.
  • Frictionless Reentry: Amusingly, averted. Supergirl just ignores the air friction when she streaks into space, but she makes sure of reducing speed before flying back into Earth in order to avoid to damage the planet's atmosphere.
  • Future Me Scares Me: During Clark and Lois' wedding Kara sees Power Girl, who is still wearing black and mourning her own cousin, and is frightened at the possibility of finding herself in the shoes of the Supergirl of Earth-Two.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Kara and Dev engage in this after surviving the War against Mordru.
  • God Couple: Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em, two Kryptonians.
  • God Is Good: In chapter 20 of "Hellsister", John Constantine prays for Kara's survival. The next chapter, Supergirl is about to die after battling Mordru, but is saved by The Spectre, who explains he was allowed to save her if she managed to win.
    <I would have been at your side from the beginning, had I been allowed,> said the ghost. <But I am rarely permitted on your side of the veil anymore. A specific intercession was made on your behalf.I was granted power to save you, if you had triumphed. If you did not, you would still be among the honored dead.>
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: When Satan Girl surfaces, joining forces with Mordru, the Fatal Five and the Legion of Super-Villains, the Legion of Super-Heroes immediately contacts Kara, who hasn't been a regular member for years.
  • Good Hurts Evil: Mordru dies when he comes in contact with a huge mass of sacred light. It's speculated The Presence was within it.
    He came in contact with The Light.
    Whether he saw a Presence within, or not, will not be known, at least on this side of the veil. For, whenever a being of his evil comes physically in contact with a force of purity that strong, there can be no resisting its power.
    In the end, the force-field might have been of some use in delaying the outcome for a fraction of a second. But only that.
    He exploded.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Kara and Dev, Clark and Lois… have healthy, passionate sex lives. Satan Girl and Mordru’s sex is noisy, loveless and icky.
  • Groin Attack: Satan Girl attempts to knee Supergirl's groin.
    Kara drew on her every erg of reserve power to keep fighting. But, increasingly, she found herself on the defensive. She fought to keep Satan Girl's fingers from her eyes, her jaws from her carotid artery, her knees from her crotch.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Satan Girl and Mordru's son.
  • Happily Married:
    • Clark and Lois get married at the beginning of the story. Clark gushes over his blessed married life.
    • Diana is delighted to be married to Steve Trevor.
      We have been blessed, Kara. If I had known I'd be this happy in Steve's arms... well, let us just say that, for the sake of the villains I had to fight all these years, it was a good thing for the world that I didn't find out sooner. I know Kal has been just as pleasured by his marriage to Lois. Even Hal and Oliver show more optimism than strain these days. We are finally doing things for ourselves now, and not just for the world.
  • Hates Being Alone: In the beginning, Kara is feeling very lonely. Her birth parents live in another galaxy, her adoptive parents are barely there, and she can't keep a steady relationship. Clark and Lois' wedding rubbed salt into the wound.
    Mom and Dad. Half a galaxy away, in a world that was out of phase with her universe right now.
    Foster Mom and Dad, in Midvale, almost as distant from her emotionally as her real parents were physically.
    And those damned flowers from somebody else's wedding.
    Then she took her bath, went to bed, and slept, crying only a few tears in the process.
  • The Heartless: Satan Girl is Supergirl's dark side's embodiment, born from her repressed dark desires and impulses.
    Supergirl: It happened some years ago, both in my time and yours. I was coming to your era to attend a Legion meeting. Just routine business, but the bylaws stated that a member had to attend a minimum number of meetings to keep her status, and I chose this one. And just after I popped into your time, I ran right into a chunk of Red Kryptonite.
    Shrinking Violet: That's the stuff that always has crazy effects on Kryptonians. Makes 'em fat, or crazy, or giants, or gives 'em ant's heads, and like that.
    Blok: Please continue, Kara.
    Supergirl: All I knew at the time was that I had a fainting spell. While I was out, the real Red K effect came through. The thing... it... I was cloned! It cloned me, and the clone was, well, my evil side. My dark side. And it was just as real as... as real as me.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing: Supergirl is saved by The Spectre. She asks why he didn't intervene earlier and he explains that they had to win their own battles.
    Supergirl: Why didn't you help us?
    The Spectre: The battle had to be won by yourselves. Or lost. Sometimes I am held back in these matters. But I was allowed to rescue you, once the battle was done.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Kara falls for Dev-Em, a ginger boy.
  • Heroic BSoD: In the beginning, Kara is on the verge of a break-down, burned out after fourteen years of crime-fighting with no social life to speak about, followed with an extremely close call. Then she's whisked away to fight cosmic-powered villains in the future and other dimensions, at one point dragging herself out of literal Hell. Thus, when the Legion of Super-Heroes grabs her out of her own time to fight Darkseid yet again, Kara explodes.
    She surveyed the faces before her and fit names to them, even though their faces were a bit older.[...]
    She sighed and crouched, her elbows on her knees and her hands hiding her face. "I. Am. Just. Getting. So. Damned. Tired."
  • Heroic Second Wind: After getting beaten to a pulp by Satan Girl, Supergirl recovers and hurls her into a star.
    Supergirl grabbed Satan Girl by the legs, added her own momentum to the force of Satan Girl's super-throw, whirled them around several times like two partners on a trapeze bar, and flung her enemy down towards the thrusting fingers of the solar prominence.
    The worst part of it was seeing the grin of determination on Kara's bloodied face as she threw her.
  • Hero Insurance: Supergirl endeavors to move her battles away from inhabited places. When this isn't posible, she repairs the damage caused by her fights. Commented by her enemy Satan Girl:
    The third time, she was manifest as Nightflame, a giant sword-wielding woman who wreaked havoc in San Francisco, born of her old identity and some other elements added from Kara's psyche, amplified by a mage who existed in a sub-atomic universe on a world somehow within Kara.[...]
    No killing that time, but she had wreaked undeniable mayhem. It had taken Supergirl a whole afternoon to clean things up.
  • Hoist Hero Overhead: Satan Girl lifts Kara when she's going to hurl her into a star.
    Then she lifted her overhead and threw her with all her force.
  • Holding Hands: At the end of the first arc of Hellsister Trilogy, Kara and Dev, who have become a couple during the course of the story, link hands.
    She replied, "Yes, Dev. I'll stay for the wedding. And we can be together at least till then."
    "At least?"
    "Well—" She smiled back at him. "Maybe a little longer."
    "That's just what I wanted to hear," he said, and took her hand.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Mordru's literally obliterated when he comes in contact with a huge mass of sacred light.
    He came in contact with The Light.
    Whether he saw a Presence within, or not, will not be known, at least on this side of the veil. For, whenever a being of his evil comes physically in contact with a force of purity that strong, there can be no resisting its power.
    In the end, the force-field might have been of some use in delaying the outcome for a fraction of a second. But only that.
    He exploded.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: Satan Girl attempts to throw Supergirl into a anti-matter sun. Kara throws her instead.
    Supergirl grabbed Satan Girl by the legs, added her own momentum to the force of Satan Girl's super-throw, whirled them around several times like two partners on a trapeze bar, and flung her enemy down towards the thrusting fingers of the solar prominence.
    The worst part of it was seeing the grin of determination on Kara's bloodied face as she threw her.
    Satan Girl heard one last sending before she hit the plasma.
    <Hellsister,> said Supergirl, <go to Hell.>
    Kara pulled up, flying away at an angle, keeping herself beyond the event horizon of what was to come with the last shred of power she had. But she knew that she had to avoid the blast area. She trained her super-vision on the hurtling woman in black, even as she flew away.
    The villainess hit the anti-plasma.
    There was a look of confusion on Satan Girl's face as she exploded.
    Her positive-matter structure was instantly annihilated by an equivalent mass of anti-matter in the solar prominence. It flattened part of the plasma-storm a bit, made for a more spectacular sight, and disintegrated a small bit of antisolar matter.
    But that was all right. There was enough antimatter in the star to spare.
    It didn't take that much of it to kill a Satan Girl.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Supergirl, Laurel and Dawnstar argue with Dev-Em after they blow up an undercover mission to save a little girl. Dev argues back he was forced in the past to sacrifice one person to save thousands. He didn't like it, but he had to do it.
    Laurel Kent: Dev, just listen to me for a moment. Could you sacrifice the life of another, so easily, just to complete a mission... even one as big as this?
    Dev-Em: I have.
    (silence)
    Dev: It was an inforunning operation out of a Dark Circle world. My contact was a man in deep cover. Their cointelpro caught up to us just after an information drop. We had made arrangements on what to do if such a thing happened. I exposed him as a traitor. My cover held. He was taken away, tortured, and killed. I got the package through. Later, I saw to it that his torturers got theirs. No, I didn't do it personally... but I made sure it was done. That's how it is in my world. Not pretty, but we get the job done.
    Kara: ...
    Dev: No, don't think I enjoyed it. Rolg's face still comes to me in a particularly juicy nightmare every now and then. But he has to wait his time in line. And you know what he tells me? He tells me about the people of that world who were liberated, in time, with the information I got through. He tells me that I did the right thing.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: After so many battles Supergirl is getting tired of it all and expresses her desire to live like a normal woman:
    Supergirl: But I'm... oh, Sheol, I'm so tired of all this stuff. Fight after fight after fight. We save the universe, we kill Mordru, we kill Satan Girl, we come back, and here somebody throws Darkseid in our face again. Can't there ever be an end to it? [...] Well, it's gonna have to start coming somewhere else before long. I'm tired of this. I wasn't born to be a, a super-heroine. I just wanted to be a normal girl from Argo, and, and get a good job and a good man and settle down...
  • ILLKILLYOU: Satan Girl to Supergirl after her child has been taken away.
    "Get up," said a familiar voice.
    Kara roused herself, looked up, saw the speaker not twelve feet away.
    "They took my baby," said Satan Girl, her face belying her rage. "And now, I'm going to take your life."
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Satan Girl and Mordru's first time fornicating makes Mordru's castle tremble.
    He took her there on the carpet before his throne.
    The castle shook with the throes of their pleasure.
    And the cries of her consummation shattered windows all over the structure.
  • Immune to Bullets: Both Supergirl and her evil clone can't be damaged by bullets.
  • Innocent Bystander: Satan Girl's first action was killing off the crew of a United Planets starship. Her second action was smashing into pieces a pleasure cruiser full of innocent civilians because it aroused her.
  • In Spite of a Nail: The Anti-Monitor is defeated, but even so an army of villains come together to conquer several realities.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Twenty-nine-year-old Kara and her cousin's teen descendant Laurel Kent get along pretty well. Kara was particularly delighted to meet Laurel because her existence meant Kal and Lois would end up together.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Satan Girl gets genuinely aroused by fighting, hurting and killing. The actuality or the promise of violence turns her on. After blowing up a starship she had sex straight afterwards.
    Satan Girl was in a state of excitement that was almost sexual arousal. Her mouth was open and she was sucking in breath, probably trying to curse and not being able to get words out, her hate being so strong. Her lips twitched with the effort. Her arm was raised and it was coming forward so quickly a corona of air friction formed about it.
    Kara's arm blocked it, parried, as her other hand smashed hard into Satan Girl's mouth.
    No more time for reflection. No time for analysis. The battle was on.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Kara and Dev hold hands in this fashion when they fly back to the present time.
  • It Amused Me: Satan Girl's main motivation. She kills people because it entertains her.
  • It's All My Fault: Kara blames herself for everything her clone does.
    Supergirl: Okay. I'm ready to intercept her. If she's killed 318 people already... that means I'm responsible for it, in a sense.
  • Jaw Drop: Kara's reaction when she finds out Satan Girl has returned.
    "Now—here I am," she said, taking a seat at the table. "I see you've got the Fatal Five out again. But you could probably handle them without me. And I've been brain-scanned twice in the last few minutes. It sounds like something's coming up for me, specifically. Why did you summon me?"
    "Because of this," said Brainiac, and thumbed the controller again. The image of a masked woman came up on one of the holoscreens.
    Supergirl dropped her jaw.
    "Her!" she said, after she found her voice. "Great Rao, after all these years...her!"
  • Join or Die: When he's putting his army together, Mordru gives his prospect recruits the choice to follow him or die right away.
    Mordru: I am gathering a strike force to confound or destroy my enemies. Though my power dwarfs that of any single being, I cannot function in many places at once... not with full coordination of purpose. I have brought you here to work as some of my agents. Accede, and great wealth and power shall be given you. That, and the lives of your old enemies, whom I will send you against. Refuse, and you die on the spot. Make your decision.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: In "Hellspawn", Supergirl meets the grown-up versions of the Legion Of Super-Heroes, eighteen years older than the teenager Legionnaires she used to team up with.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Darkseid murders Brainiac while the latter is speaking.
    Brainiac's metallic hand was already raised. "The decision for leader is mine," said the robotic being. "But you are correct. We do not need two—"
    That was as far as Brainiac got.
    A blinding bolt of light shot through his chair and body, melting a great hole in his midsection.
  • Klingon Promotion: Brainiac assembles an army of villains and appoints himself leader. Then Darkseid kills him off and declares himself leader. No one contests his claim.
    Brainiac's metallic hand was already raised. "The decision for leader is mine," said the robotic being. "But you are correct. We do not need two—"
    That was as far as Brainiac got.
    A blinding bolt of light shot through his chair and body, melting a great hole in his midsection. The lights in his eye-pieces sputtered and died. His upper section toppled over, banging onto his feet and rolling to a stop. His lower torso and feet remained seated.
    Both Luthors gaped. So did most of the people in the room.
    A newcomer had arrived. Many of them recognized him.
    "He was incorrect," said the new arrival. "We did not need him. Now you have me."
    Luthor of Earth-One swallowed. He couldn't force a smile, but he did try to be casual as he said, "Pleasure to have you back."
    The new leader began to address his troops.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Satan Girl considers her options to exterminate the inhabitants of Daxam and Rokyn: lead for Daxamites and magic for Kryptonians since Kryptonite will not work in a red-sun world, except for a hard-to-make variety.
    Rokyn would be more problematic. Regular Kryptonite would not harm a Kryptonian under de-powered conditions, under a red sun. Anti-Kryptonite, such as that produced beneath Argo City a thousand years ago, would do the trick. But that was hard to make, especially in the quantity needed to kill a world.
    Well, there was magic. And Mordru had plenty of that. Rao knows, he could do the job, if he wanted to. If she could persuade him. And, running her hands over her body, she guessed that she had just the means to persuade him. It might be fun, too.
    Satan Girl had no illusions about her power relative to Mordru's. He could blast her from existence. Kryptonians were powerless against magic, and Mordru was the mightiest sorceror of the age.
  • Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: Happens every time two Flying Bricks like Supergirl and Satan Girl battle.
    Grimly, Kara hurled herself forward. Her enemy was already within plain sight. <TearyoureyesoutandEATTHEM,> sent Satan Girl, not even conscious of her speech. <RipyouapartandseveryourINTESTINES.>
    <Shut up shut up SHUT UP,> snarled Kara, and smashed into her. It was like the collision of two starships, at the very least.
  • Last of His Kind: Inverted. Satan Girl is aware of the existence of Rokynians and Daxamites with her same powers, so she decides the proper course of action is exterminating them all so nobody can challenge her.
  • Last-Second Chance: Kara vows to help Satan Girl look for her child if she stops fighting her. Satan Girl replies she can find her offspring on her own.
    Supergirl: You won't believe this, but I'm sorry. On my honor, I am. And if you will swear to stop this battle, I will help you search for your child. That is my promise.
    Satan Girl: Ohhhhh, don't you wish, Lightsister. I can find my child. After our war, I will find him. Or her. There is nothing left to us now, except the fight.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em bicker and argue like they've been married for years rather merely dating for less than one week.
  • Little "No": In chapter 21 of "Hellsister", Mordu utters a soft "No" when he's about to die.
    <No!> sent Mordru. It was a small thing to say, a common thing to say, but it seemed to sum everything up.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: A Dark Mark's staple. Most of characters of the Pre-Crisis DC multiverse make one appearance at the very least.
  • Love at First Sight: Kara feels smitten with Dev-Em as soon as he shows up.
    The man was about Kara's age, brown-haired, handsome in a James Deanish way, dressed in a simple green costume, and quite confident in manner. Despite herself, Kara caught her breath. He was... interesting.
  • Love Confession: Kara confesses to Dev completely by accident during an argument.
    Kara Zor-El: Oh, Dev, stop it! What you showed me a few minutes ago was the best thing I've ever seen from you. You saved several hundred individual lives. You brought a whole bunch of people back from the verge of death. You were like a one-man salvation crew out there, and I'm proud of you.
    Dev-Em: You did it, too.
    Kara: Let me talk! We're talking about you, Dev. You were right to be mad at me about blowing the mission. But now I know why. It's because you can't stand to see all those people killed, can you? The big picture.
    Dev: Tell me, commander. You've got all the answers now.
    Kara:(grimacing) I feel like slapping you again. If I didn't love you more now than I ever have before, I'd do it. I—
    (covers her mouth)
    Dev: (murmuring) So you said it.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: While Clark and Lois are in their honeymoon, Clark takes advantage of his powers to take his wife anywhere in the planet.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Satan Girl exploits Mordru's lewdness to make herself non-expendable.
    Satan Girl: Well, there was magic. And Mordru had plenty of that. Rao knows, he could do the job, if he wanted to. If she could persuade him. And, running her hands over her body, she guessed that she had just the means to persuade him. It might be fun, too.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Darkseid uses the Kryptonite Man to set a trap for his Kryptonian enemies. It nearly succeeds, but the trio is saved by Lightray.
    Lightray: The green man. He is one of your old foes?
    Supergirl: One of Kal's [...] The guy used to be known as the Kryptonite Kid. He went through a green Kryptonite cloud in space and absorbed its power. He can kill me, Kal, Dev, and anyone else from Krypton.
  • The Matchmaker: In the start of the story, Supergirl goes on about all the times she tried to get her cousin and Lois together:
    Fred Danvers: Irregardless, I'm glad your cousin, uh, Clark finally came to his senses. Edna's wanted to sit him down and talk sense into him for a long time. Now there's just barely time for Lois to have a baby.
    Linda: Yeah. But I think ol' Clark will do all right in that department. And if me trying to play matchmaker all those times with him didn't work, I don't think Mom's would, either. But I finally told Lois about how I'd tried to get her and him together once, without showing my hand, and she cracked up. She said, 'That's just like what he'd do! You're a real member of the family, all right.'
  • Meanwhile, in the Future...: Pretty often. After a present-time scene where Mordru extracts Satan Girl from Kara, the narration shifts to the 31st century.
    Ten centuries in the future, this will happen. Let us say that it did happen, to make our story easier to relate.
  • Meet the In-Laws: Kara sets up a meeting between her adoptive parents and her new boyfriend, although Dev-Em isn't keen on meeting people who -he thinks- will want to murder him for daring to touch their little girl. The meeting is awkward, and Kara's adoptive parents don't like their daughter's suitor at all, but they'll put up with him for her sake.
    Kara: I'd like you to meet Mom and Dad.
    Dev-Em: Oh, capital. 'Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. Zor-El, I'm the man who's boffing your daughter.' 'Good of you, Mr. Em. It's about time somebody did.'
  • Mind Probe: Desaad uses one mind-scanning contraption to torture Pariah.
    That had led Desaad down the right track. For tortures of the mind can be even worse than tortures of the body, and Apokolips has mind-probers aplenty.
  • Mind Rape: When Desaad realizes he can't physically torture information out of Pariah, he fetches his mind-breaking tools.
    That had led Desaad down the right track. For tortures of the mind can be even worse than tortures of the body, and Apokolips has mind-probers aplenty.
  • Mood Whiplash: In the eleventh chapter of "The Agenda Apokolips", Desaad's torturing device blows up in his face, which gets soot-smudged. It's as funny as it sounds. Then Desaad assembles a mind-raping contraption.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Superman finds a new use for his super-breath:
      Clark Kent, in a black tux, held onto Lois with one arm, waved with the other, and winked at Linda. She smiled shyly at him. Linda didn't have to guess whose super-breath had guided those flowers just where he'd wanted them.
    • Dev-Em uses his heat-vision to burn the sleep out of his eyes.
      "Kara?", he mumbled, using heat-vision to get the sleep out of his eyes and hoping he didn't burn the furniture.
  • Must Not Die a Virgin: As she's being overpowered by Satan Girl, Supergirl wonders whether she'll die without ever having made love to her lover.
    I'll die without ever once having made love to Dev, she told herself, looking at the masked woman who was about to close on her again.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Superman's first reaction when he finds out about his cousin and Dev-Em's relationship is beating the latter up. Since pummeling Dev pisses Kara off, though, Kal has no option but to grind his teeth and accept their relationship.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Kara mentions she once made Lois believe she was married to Superman in Lois Lane #55.
    • Satan Girl references several former Supergirl's adventures: Red Kryptonite making Supergirl grow a second head in Action Comics #283, the birth of Satan Girl in Adventure Comics #313 and the appearance of Nightflame in Adventure Comics #421.
    • The Spectre states it's the second time he rescues Kara after the events of War World
    • In the third story, Kara mentions her meeting with Lightning Man in Action Comics #289.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Satan Girl -Supergirl's evil counterpart with all of her power and nothing of her conscience- and her son Berserker who has been raised by Darkseid.
  • The Needs of the Many: Kara and Dev argue because of her unwillingness to let one little girl die to protect their cover during a mission. Dev points out leaders often have to sacrifice a few lives to save a greater number of people.
    Kara Zor-El: (shaking her head) Oh, Dev. I thought I knew you better than that. I thought you knew me better than that. If we don't step in to save people from the evil we're fighting, than what in Sheol are we fighting it for?
    Dev-Em: Kara, you ever have a chance to read military theory and / or history? In case you don't know, commanders have to make decisions that will endanger some innocents, perhaps even kill them—
    Kara: Not me. Not ever.
    Dev: —Perhaps even kill them, to save the greater number and achieve the greater objective. You have to hold to the greater objective. You simply have to. There is no escaping that fact.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Supergirl goads Satan Girl into fighting in the anti-matter universe. Satan Girl tries to not take the bait, but Kara knows which buttons to push.
    Kara stopped at the warp-gate and looked behind her. Satan Girl had stopped as well, less than a mile behind her. To her credit, she wasn't stupid. She knew that Supergirl was leading her on. And, having Kara's memories, she knew where she was headed.
    <That is the anti-matter universe,> sent Satan Girl.
    <Oh, very good,> mocked Kara, smiling like a teacher tutoring her most backward pupil. <Now, if you'll just join me here, I can finish you right off.>
    The villainess didn't budge. <It'll blow us both to bits if we touch any substance there without force-shields or matter-conversion,> she sent. <I can just wait you out. You'll come back, or you'll be atomized. Either way, I win.>
    <Oh, will you?>, asked Kara. <I thought for certain that you wanted to tear me apart with your own hands. Except it hasn't been that easy, has it? Maybe you're just not up to it, after all... since you're just a pretty pathetic copy of me.>
    Satan Girl's expression of hatred, which was about the only one she owned, intensified. <YOU...> she began, and that was all she could get out.
    <Just one more thing, darling,> sent Kara. <I didn't want to have to tell you this, but we killed Mordru. He's dead. Hope you didn't get attached to him too much.>
    At that, Supergirl knew she had succeeded.
  • No Endor Holocaust:
    • The narrator makes sure to remark that Supergirl and Satan Girl's final battle happens in an uninhabited solar system.
      The dark and light half of Kara were smashing each other across the unfamiliar solar system they now occupied.
    • Brought up by Dan Turpin. In order to avoid another "New Gods tearing each other apart and Metropolis down" scenario, he gets in touch with Jimmy Olsen to tell him to get Superman quickly.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In the final battle, Satan Girl lays a brutal beat-down onto Supergirl.
    And with that, she cracked a blow to Kara's face that broke her nose.
    The static-shriek of pain in the telepathic plug was a sonata to Satan Girl. Smiling for the first time in minutes, she followed with another wallop, and another, and another. Four unanswered blows. Kara tried to resist, but her defense was fading.
    Satan Girl pounded her. Over and over again.
    [...]
    <Kara?>
    Satan Girl hesitated. She had been laying into Supergirl like a butcher on a steer. But she had been so busy in her fantasy that she had taken no notice of what she had really done.
    Supergirl was not moving.
    Satan Girl smashed her a few more times, just to make sure. Then she listened for a heartbeat.
    Nothing.
  • Not a Morning Person: Kara really hates to wake up early.
    Linda woke, feeling rested but somewhat woozy, and chalked it up to her usual morning blahs. Supergirl or not, she hated rolling out of bed at 7 a.m.
  • No Romantic Resolution: Kara and Dev-Em's relationship was never given a final resolution. Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation by the same author reveals they had two children but the relationship ended up in heartbreak, Kara never changed her maiden name, there're no records registering their marriage and after a point her diaries stop mentioning Dev-Em altogether.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Kara kisses Dev before he leaves for a suicide mission.
    Kara let Laurel go, and made her way over to Dev. They stood there, fumbling for words, for a few seconds. Then Kara said, "I hope you come back all right, Dev."
    "Yeah, me too, Karaish. And I hope I've got you to come back to." He reached out a hand, traced her cheekbone gently. She grasped his hand, savoring its physical reality.
    "If you don't, maybe you know what I feel about you," she said. "Will that be enough for right now?"
    "It'll do," he said. "But if there's anything that'll get me through this thing... it's knowing there'll be a chance of seeing you again afterward." He paused. "Believe it. That's not a con, this time."
    She wrinkled her nose. "Oh, Dev. I know when you're doing a con-job. Take this with you."
    Kara grabbed him around the neck with both arms, pulled him down, and kissed him. They held each other very tightly for several seconds.
  • Odd Couple: Crime-fighting pair Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em. One's a kind-hearted, good-natured hero who refuses to cross determined lines. The other is an obnoxious, brash, rude spy who is willing to do whatever is needed to carry his mission forward.
  • Official Kiss: Kara and Dev's first kiss happened when Dev was about to undergo a suicide mission, shortly after their getting together.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Satan Girl destroys worlds for fun.
  • One-Man Army: Many heroes and villains fit the description, but Berserker stands out:
    From one, a moving image sprang forth. A rapidly-moving figure, tearing through the machinery and soldiers of a well-equipped army. Just one man against a horde, and within minutes, that man had won.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Lex Luthor of Earth-One can't stand his Earth-Two counterpart; as far as he's concerned, the other Luthor is an ingrate who hasn't gone through his same losses and is unable to appreciate how lucky he is.
    "Listen now to Luthor of Earth-One," said Brainiac, whose face resembled nothing less than a metallic death's-head. "He shall be our field commander. We have the worlds within our grasp. It is our time, now."
    "Wait one bloody second!", said one attendee, an older man with red hair. "Who appointed that second-rate lab-rat our spokesman?"
    Lex Luthor of Earth-One turned, his warsuit primed for action. He recognized the voice. It was his Earth-Two counterpart, the older Luthor who had fought that Earth's Superman. His Man of Steel was dead now, killed in the Crisis. He had never lost his hair. He had never lost a wife or son. On top of that, he had even worked with the Earth-One Luthor, in a joint effort against the two Supermen.
    The man was a damned ingrate, and Lex was fully in favor of wiping him out with an energy bolt.
  • Overprotective Dad: Discussed. Kara wants Dev-Em to meet her adoptive parents, and her boyfriend argues her birth or adoptive parents will murder him. Despite his fears, Fred and Edna Danvers resign themselves to the fact their daughter is dating someone they don't approve of (Superman got into a fact with Dev, nonetheless).
    Kara: So I want to show them the nice young man who picked me up in the 30th Century. Just be as charming as you are to me, and you'll do just fine. I mean it, Dev. I want you to come home with me. Just for the week.
    Dev: Kara, darling. Listen. Do you think your parents are going to be really enthused about us sharing what I'm about to get out of? Marriage, yes. Parents are overjoyed to hear that their daughters are getting married. But living together? That means you're despoiling their little darling. They come after you with Kryptonite and chains from Daxam.
  • Pair the Spares: This story first breaks up the Supergirl/Brainiac 5 traditional canon romance and then it has Kara fall in love with Kryptonian fellow Dev-Em, and Querl Dox end up with Laurel Kent.
  • People Jars: Darkseid's minions shoved Satan Girl into one after extracting her baby.
    Satan Girl: A woman knows when she no longer carries a child. I know not who took it from me. I was liberated from the prison you had placed me in. The one who took me from it placed me in a coma before I could see his face. I awoke in a large tube, with a red-sun lamp above me and my arms' veins pierced with nutriment tubes. My child was gone... That was all I was wanted for. I tore the needles from my arms and opened the tube's hatch. There was no one in the chamber.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Satan Girl's son has razed whole worlds.
    A 3-dimensional hologram sprang into being just over their heads. It picked out a portion of the Milky Way Galaxy, then drew in on several planets in distant but related solar systems. From each planet, in turn, images of carnage, wreckage, destruction emerged. Kara and Dev gazed at them. True, they weren’t strangers to sights such as these. But, still...
    From one, a moving image sprang forth. A rapidly-moving figure, tearing through the machinery and soldiers of a well-equipped army. Just one man against a horde, and within minutes, that man had won.
  • Playing Possum: Kara artificially stops her heartbeats while Satan Girl is pounding on her, so tricking her counterpart into lowering her guard.
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: When John Constantine is worried that Kara won't survive the next battle, he resorts to pray -something he seldom does, even though he's quite aware of the existence of gods in the setting-. As it turns out, his prayer is answered.
    "Hello, I know You're listening," he said. "Sorry to bother You in the middle of the day and all. Look, we're in a bit of a bind. I know y'got summat y'could have against me. Let's not get into that now, all right? I'm not askin' any favors for me, in particular. Well, I'd prefer not to go like instant-start charcoal, but what the hell, excuse me, that just slipped out.
    "I'm askin' for the kids. If they could be brought through this thing simon-pure, I'd really appreciate it. And the two Action guys, they shouldn't even be in this. Them gettin' their trousers burnt really wouldn't be Marquis of Queensbury. Now, would it?
    "But the thing I'm really askin'... the thing I'm really askin'... is for Miss, excuse me, Ms. Kara there. And maybe for her guy, too. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not poaching her. But the kid's got something to her. Makes me feel kinda good, hangin' around her. You know what I'm talkin' about? Well, I expect so. She's one solid gal, she is. And from what I've gathered here, she and that Dev guy haven't had much time together. So it'd be really bleedin' improper for one or both of ‘em to catch the night train prematurely, now, wouldn't it? I mean, wouldn't it?
    "So it's like... if'n You can bring ‘er through this... and maybe her man, too... You've got my marker. For whatever that's worth. I may have walked the fence, but I don't welsh. Ask me mates. I've gone hungry till next week's payday to pay off a bet."
    Constantine was silent for a second. Kara made no sound at all.
    "Want me to sweeten the pot? Well, what? All right, I'll go to church. Just once! What else? Ah, lemme see... oh, cripes, I would think of that. I don't really wanna do that. Oh, all right. If you get ‘em both through, I'll... I'll vote for Maggie Thatcher.
    "But just once!"
    There was a pause, and a sound of shoes scuffing. Then Constantine said, "Oh, one more thing. If that bloke Rao is anywhere in the block, he better come through for them. He blew it with Krypton. If he blows it with this one, I'll come up there and kick his ruddy pants for him. That's all."
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Kara describes her feelings eloquently when she's told that the Legion needs her still again because Mordru and Satan Girl's son is serving Darkseid.
      Star Boy: But you can see why we wanted you on board for this one.
      Supergirl: Frab.
      Laurel: Yeah. My sentiments exactly.
    • Supergirl before killing her dark counterpart:
      <Hellsister,> said Supergirl, <go to Hell.>
  • Pre-Climax Climax: In "Hellspawn" episode 2, Kara and Dev have pre-mission sex just in case.
    She stood up. “I’ll give you my answer in bed.”
    He got to his feet. “Probably be the best answer I’ll get all week.”
    “Maybe not, if you’re lucky.” She took his hand again and they headed for the downlift. “But it might be our last chance for a while.”
    And if we’re not lucky this time, she thought, it might be the last chance in our lives.
  • Pregnant Badass: Satan Girl is impregnated by Mordru, but it doesn't stop her from fighting the heroes viciously or boasting that she can fight to the death as pregnant.
    Supergirl: (gasping) What do you mean, you lost your baby? Did you have a miscarriage? Remember, you were the one who wanted that fight.
    Satan Girl: (shrieking) Miscarriage! You pathetic lightling. I could bear children even if I were fighting to the death. They took my baby.
  • The Promise: Supergirl promises Satan Girl to help her find her baby if she stops fighting. Satan Girl tells her to shove it.
    But my child is still alive... I can sense that. I just do not know where he is.
    Supergirl: You won't believe this, but I'm sorry. On my honor, I am. And if you will swear to stop this battle, I will help you search for your child. That is my promise.
    Satan Girl: Ohhhhh, don't you wish, Lightsister. I can find my child. After our war, I will find him. Or her. There is nothing left to us now, except the fight.
  • Psychic Link: By the end, both Kara and her clone have developed some kind of mind-link.
    Satan Girl looked at her for a second, then threw back her head, opened her mouth wide, and sent forth the blips through her telepathic plug that signified laughter.
  • Publicly Discussing the Secret: Linda Danvers and her adoptive parents attend Clark and Lois' wedding. During the reception, Fred tries to talk his daughter into introduce him to the Leaguers, although he's clever enough to use deliberate euphemisms such like "the team" or "the Gotham guy".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Kara's reaction when she's whisked away from her vacation spot -where she was resting after getting almost killed by Darkseid- by the Legion of Super-Heroes who intends to drag her in another life-or-death struggle.
    Kara: (sighing, crouching and hiding her face) I. Am. Just. Getting. So. Damned. Tired.
  • Quit Your Whining: Mild example. The Legion Of Super-Heroes has forcefully picked up Kara from her own time, and the Girl of Steel complains she's sick of endless life or death battles. Laurel plainly states she never expected to see Kara whining in such a way.
    Kara: That’s Almost Death #2, Then we go back to the 20th and everybody gets into a big gang war with everybody else, and I wind up on Apokolips and save everybody from that damned Anti-Life Equation, and I’m the only one on her feet to fight Darkseid, and he damned near disintegrates me. Almost Death #3. Am I seeing a pattern here? And now... now... you snatch me and Dev from what was supposed to be a peaceful weekend of relaxing and, and seeing the sights, and catching up with old Legion friends and, oh, you know what all else, and now whoomp! I’m in whatever time I’m in, and you say that magic word ‘Darkseid’, and I’m supposed to drop everything and sign up for the latest crusade, and I DON’T WANT TO!
    [beat]
    Kara: (sighing, crouching and hiding her face) I. Am. Just. Getting. So. Damned. Tired.
    Laurel: Kara. I never would have believed you would act like this.
  • Raging Stiffie: Implied when Mordu's chamberlain sees Satan Girl.
    The chamberlain, a black-haired, black-bearded man in an orange tunic and pants, looked upon her with trepidation and male response.
  • Red Is Heroic: Legionnaire Dev-Em is a red-head.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Kara hooks up with Dev in the ninth chapter of the first arc when she slips she's in love with him.
  • Rogues Gallery: Lampshaded by Dev-Em after his bout with the Kryptonite-Man:
    Dev-Em: Oh, Sheol. What a headache. El, tell me. Was that another one of your unending parade of people who want you dead?
    Superman: As a matter of fact, it was, Dev. I can lend you a few, if you'd like to take them home with you.
  • San Dimas Time: Discussed. Kara knows she can technically spend as long as she wants in the 31st century, but she feels she needs to get back to her normal life.
    He was only wearing white shorts and was half-covered by the sheet of the bed in her room at Legion Headquarters. "You're really going back today?"
    Kara Zor-El walked back into the bedchamber. Hairbrush still in one hand, she bent and hugged him. "I have to, Devian. I still live in the 20th Century. Got to get to work. I was on my way there when the Legion summoned me." She felt the firmness of his naked chest against her and was very glad she had become his lover. Her empty hand stroked the contours of his back. His arms were holding her as well, and she bit her lip to keep passion from overruling judgment.
    She could stay with him for a year here, easily. Two years. Longer. But she had a life, otherwhen, and she had to get back to it.
  • See You in Hell: As she's hurling her evil duplicate Satan Girl into an anti-matter sun, the Maid of Might says, "Hellsister, go to Hell."
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After spending fourteen years fighting endlessly crooks, villains and eldritch abominations day after day, Kara is finally getting burned out. To the point that, when the adult Legion of Super-Heroes comes along to drag her into another life or death battle, Kara has a break-down.
    Dev-Em: Kara. Will you shut up and let them talk?
    Kara: I will not shut up and they can damned well talk after I’m finished! And I’m not finished! I serve in the Crisis and I almost die, I get my guts torn open, and luckily I get helped out by another Supergirl and healed by Raven. Almost Death #1. Then the Legion, my Legion, has me come to the 30th and I have to go to Hell and fight Mordru, and Satan Girl almost beats me to death. I still don’t know how Dev brought me back, but I’m thankful he did. Thank you, Dev.
    Dev-Em: You’re welcome.
    Kara: Shut up! That’s Almost Death #2, Then we go back to the 20th and everybody gets into a big gang war with everybody else, and I wind up on Apokolips and save everybody from that damned Anti-Life Equation, and I’m the only one on her feet to fight Darkseid, and he damned near disintegrates me. Almost Death #3. Am I seeing a pattern here? And now... now... you snatch me and Dev from what was supposed to be a peaceful weekend of relaxing and, and seeing the sights, and catching up with old Legion friends and, oh, you know what all else, and now whoomp! I’m in whatever time I’m in, and you say that magic word ‘Darkseid’, and I’m supposed to drop everything and sign up for the latest crusade, and I DON’T WANT TO!
    [beat]
    Kara: (sighing, crouching and hiding her face) I. Am. Just. Getting. So. Damned. Tired.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kara ships Clark and Lois and is glad when they finally get married. Kara admitted to Lois she attempted get them together previously.
    Linda: But I finally told Lois about how I'd tried to get her and him together once, without showing my hand, and she cracked up. She said, 'That's just like what he'd do! You're a real member of the family, all right.'
  • Shower of Love: Kara guarantees a hot shower is everything she needs to talk Dev-Em into something. She's right.
    Afterward, lying beside him, she stroked his hair and said, "You're coming back with me."
    "Will not."
    "Bet you I can convince you."
    "I shudder to ask how, Kara. So... how, Kara?"
    She leaned closer and whispered in his ear, "The showers in these rooms are marvelous, Dev. Really, they are." She kissed his ear.
    By the time they used the heattowels to get the last of the water off, she looked at him and said, "Well?"
    He sighed. "All right, Kara. One week."
  • Small Steps Hero: Kara jeopardizes an undercover mission to save an innocent girl from her evil duplicate.
    Dev-Em: Frab the innocent! You endangered us all with your actions, Kara. Me. Laurel. Cham. Dawnstar. Yourself. If I'd been a hair later with my pickups, we'd have had Ar-Ual and Adam to deal with, too. Plus all of Zerox. Think you could take on a planet of magicians? By yourself?
    Kara: Listen, Dev, and listen damn good. I am not a spy. I'm a super-heroine, and a Legionnaire, and a human being. Do you think I could have let a little girl die, at the hands of my own clone? Do you think I could ever have lived with myself if that happened?
    Laurel: Kara's right, Dev. We can't abandon people in danger just because of your mission. Even one like this.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Interactions between Superman and Dev-Em usually come down to this:
    Dev-Em: Oh, Sheol. What a headache. El, tell me. Was that another one of your unending parade of people who want you dead?
    Superman: As a matter of fact, it was, Dev. I can lend you a few, if you'd like to take them home with you.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Lex Luthor of Earth-Two, killed off by Brainiac in the original canon, survives thanks to Darkseid.
  • The Stinger: The post-credit scene in the end of Hellsister reveals who stole Satan Girl's child: Darkseid.
  • Super Breath: Superman makes a quite humorous display of it:
    Clark Kent, in a black tux, held onto Lois with one arm, waved with the other, and winked at Linda. She smiled shyly at him. Linda didn't have to guess whose super-breath had guided those flowers just where he'd wanted them.
  • Super Speed: Supergirl displays this power in the first chapter when she travels to the future by flying faster than light.
    Within five seconds, she performed her ablutions in the bathroom, did her hair and makeup, zipped on deodorant and a mild perfume, threw on her Supergirl uniform, and was out of the building at super-speed.
    The air friction formed a corona of fire around her as she streaked invisibly through the skies. She ignored it.
    Supergirl burst out of the ionosphere, vibrating at a certain frequency, still accelerating. An IFF device in her belt identified her to American and Russian radar trackers as the Girl of Steel, not an ICBM. They only registered her for a few seconds, anyway.
    The reaches of near-space gave way to the unsettling kaleidoscope of time-flux. It wasn't that hard to do, Kara reflected, if you knew how and had enough power and speed to do it Superman had had to drill her for a week before she could pop out with pinpoint accuracy at a targeted time.
    A subseries of flight ring pulses signalled to her the date and time from which the alert was being sent. She rocketed on, well past the speed of light.
    [...]
    The red-caped woman sighed without breath, reduced velocity to Mach 12, and sped into the atmosphere.
  • Super Weight:
    • Type -1: Mrs. Berkowitz
    • Type 0: Fred and Edna Danvers, Lois Lane
    • Type 1: Karate Kid
    • Type 2: Brainiac 5, Dawnstar
    • Type 3: Laurel Kent
    • Type 4: Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Lightray
    • Type 5: Mordru, Shazam
    • Type 6: Supergirl, Superman, Mon-El, Dev-Em, Satan Girl, Berserker, Black Adam
    • Type 7: Darkseid
  • Tailor-Made Prison: Satan Girl is shackled and locked up in a prison cube. The walls are made of inertron and there's trace of Kryptonite in her shackles.
    Within her prison cube, Satan Girl seethed. Even at her full power, these metal walls would be proof against her. And, thanks to the trace of Kryptonite in her shackles, she was hardly at her full power.
  • Talking in Bed: At the beginning of "Apokolips Now", Scott Free wakes up at night. His wife Barda asks if he's having nightmares again. He replies is having another kind of bad dreams... such like Darkseid watching them.
  • Technical Pacifist: Kara and the Legion actually try to imprison Satan Girl... then she is released, makes clear she won't stop until seeing Kara dead, and Supergirl is forced to fight to the death.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Superman and Dev-Em don't like each other. Like, at all. Dev-Em bullied Kal-El when he was Superboy, attempted to frame up him for vandalism and got away with it. He's reformed since, but he's still a jerkass, and he's dating Superman's beloved cousin. Yet still they try to fight together during the War, albeit it's clear they can't stand each other.
  • Teleport Interdiction: Darkseid disrupts the warp gate transporting Supergirl back to the world of living, making her land right in front of Satan Girl.
  • There Can Be Only One: Supergirl and Satan Girl fight each other for the last time. Supergirl offers to help her evil counterpart find her missing child if Satan Girl stops fighting, but Satan Girl rebukes her: they're doomed to fight until there's only one left.
    <Ohhhhh, don't you wish, Lightsister,> sneered the dark woman. <I can find my child. After our war, I will find him. Or her. There is nothing left to us now, except the fight. You would not tolerate my existence, nor I yours. I am not capable of your empathy, of your petty virtue. You are not capable of my ruthlessness and power. Come, sister. Let us destroy each other.>
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Subverted. Supergirl has to face up to the likes of her own evil counterpart, Mordru and Darkseid, so she's willing to break her rule.
  • Time Travel: Supergirl travels several times to the future.
  • Time-Travel Tense Trouble: Simultaneously played straight and lampshaded by the narrator in the first chapter.
    Ten centuries in the future, this will happen. Let us say that it did happen, to make our story easier to relate.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Dev-Em is a former bully, reformed delinquent and still a jerkass whom Kara finds charming and handsome.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Kara adopts this position when the Legion turns up to ask for help still again.
    She sighed and crouched, her elbows on her knees and her hands hiding her face. "I. Am. Just. Getting. So. Damned. Tired."
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Black Adam introduces himself to Dev-Em thusly: "I am Teth-Adam, called Mighty Adam and then Black Adam by the ancient wizard who gave me my powers, and I hail from the Black Land of Egypt. I was the slayer of a Pharaoh, six millenia past. I was exiled to the farthest star for my crime, but made my way back to Earth, where I made war against the wizard's latecoming allies, those who were called Marvels. Mine is the endurance of Shu, the strength of Hershef, the power of Amon, the wisdom of Zehuti, the speed of Anpu, and the courage of Menthu."
  • Twin Telepathy: Supergirl and Satan Girl develop a psychic link for unexplained reasons. Each one can "hear" and sense her twin's thoughts and emotions, and "talk" through the mindlink.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Discussed when Berserker thinks he can just gut Orion and Darkseid warns him that underestimating their enemies is downright foolish.
    Berserker: I would like to meet him, in Armagetto or any other place. I would take his Astro-Force and force it into his guts, before I ripped his body asunder.
    Darkseid: Underestimating my first son’s power would be like unto underestimating my own. All too many battles are lost thru one’s own arrogance, and thru underestimation of the enemy. This will not be done. Agreed?
  • The Unfettered: Satan Girl boasts of lacking morals or conscience restraining her impulses.
    She could devastate planets, wipe them clean of life. Rebuild them at her whim.
    She could tyrannize worlds, whole systems of planets, make them bow to her mighty hand, instantly execute anyone who dared protest—or just anybody she wanted to kill.
    She could explore pleasures of the body that Kara never would have dared to, satisfy lusts that the blonde beast never even knew she had. She could force herself upon any suitor, male or female or whatever, and destroy them after their job was done. Or perhaps just maim them, so that they could never again do such a job for anyone else. Satan Girl smiled. Now that was being imaginative...
    She could have children from those couplings, or kill them in the womb.
    She could become a goddess to an unsophisticated planet's people. Drinking in their worship, demanding sacrifice.
    All of this she could do, she would do, and more.
    For Kryptonians and Daxamites were gods, off their homeworlds. They really were. What a pity their morality forced them not to realize that fact.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: There was a good amount of attraction between Kara Zor-El and fellow Kryptonian survivor and Legionnaire Dev-Em, whom Kara found attractive but kind of a jerkass.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Satan Girl pounces on Kara furiously when she finds out about Mordru's death, pummeling Supergirl almost to death.
    At that, Supergirl knew she had succeeded. Probably a little more than she wanted.
    Satan Girl surged forward like an express train, her arms outstretched, and Kara flew through the warp.
    In two more seconds, they were at war again, and Satan Girl vowed that she would destroy Supergirl before the anti-matter got anywhere near them.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Inverted. Darkseid steals Satan Girl and Mordru's son and raises him into a pitiless, blood-thirsty, invincible killing machine.
  • Use Your Head: Kara used the move as fighting Satan Girl for first time.
    The purple-suited girl was going for Supergirl's eyes. Desperately, Kara grabbed her foe's wrists, kneed her in the stomach as hard as she could, and head-butted her in the forehead. It felt like banging her head into a steel wall, but she could see Satan Girl wince with the pain for a second.
  • Villain Team-Up: Mordru bullies Satan Girl and an army of villains into serving him. And at the beginning of "Apokolips Now", Brainiac and Lex Luthor are trying to put together an army of villains:
    "Our foe, the Anti-Monitor, has fled or has died. Not even I can detect his presence, either in our universe, or in his. My calculations must be true. The Crisis he created is over. But great unsettlement remains. We all crave power, for various reasons. Now is the time to strike. Not even the heroes of the five remaining Earths can withstand our combined power."
    Not all of those who listened to Brainiac nodded, but most knew the truth of that. Super-villains outnumbered super-heroes by a factor no one had yet calculated. If they all struck at once, in coordinated effort, little could be beyond their grasp. Better yet, within their grasp might be the lives of those heroes who had opposed them, defeated them, imprisoned them.
  • Villain Teleportation: Mordru uses his teleportational spells to move his pawns around.
    The bolt of power which had freed the Fatal Five had also transported them to Zerox, the Sorcerors' World. Now Tharok, Mano, Emerald Empress, the Persuader, and the mighty Validus stood before their benefactor.
  • Wham Line: In the second chapter of "Hellspawn":
    We have evidence,” said Brainiac 5, slowly, “that Darkseid has the son Mordru fathered with Satan Girl.”
  • What Does She See in Him?: Neither Superman nor Kara's adoptive parents understand why a sweet, kind-hearted, mature woman like Kara fell in love with a rude ass like Dev-Em.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In A Force of Four, Power Girl and the JSA are wondering what happened to their super-villains. Here it's revealed they were forcefully recruited by Darkseid.
  • When She Smiles: Dev-Em cites Kara has a beautiful smile.
    She turned and smiled at him. Her smile, he thought, had power enough to illuminate the darkness between Earth and Aldebaran.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Satan Girl intends to destroy all surviving Kryptonians so no one can challenge her.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Kara and Dev spend a long while bickering, arguing and fighting until Kara admits out loud she likes him.
  • Windows of the Soul: Satan Girl and Berserker’s eyes show their lack of restrain or conscience.
    The focus of the image came back to the lone warrior, or berserker, or... hell, just call him a murderer. His visage was less distinct than those of the Apokolips pair, probably because the computer didn’t have a model from which to work. Still... the eyes. She could make out enough of them to see something there, a fury, a lack of conscience, a lack of superego with which to restrain the id.
    Eyes that, in another face, could have belonged to Satan Girl.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Discussed when Supergirl wonders how long she has spent in the future.
    Briefly, she wondered how much of her life she'd spent in the 30th Century. Linda guessed that, if she took that time into account, she could probably celebrate her birthday six months early. Well, at least she could return in time to only a few seconds after she departed. That way she wouldn't be late for work.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Satan Girl when Supergirl calls her a weak, pathetic copy.
    <Oh, will you?>, asked Kara. <I thought for certain that you wanted to tear me apart with your own hands. Except it hasn't been that easy, has it? Maybe you're just not up to it, after all... since you're just a pretty pathetic copy of me.>
    Satan Girl's expression of hatred, which was about the only one she owned, intensified. <YOU...> she began, and that was all she could get out.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Hoping to avoid this scenario, Satan Girl seduces Mordru.
    She might have to watch out for him, as well. If she were viewed as a tool, he might intend to simply use her and destroy her once the job was finished. How could she guard against that?
  • Your Magic's No Good Here: Supergirl lures her evil duplicate into the anti-matter universe, where their invulnerability doesn't work and Kara has a chance to destroy Satan Girl.

Supergirl: Well, it's gonna have to start coming somewhere else before long. I'm tired of this. I wasn't born to be a, a super-heroine. I just wanted to be a normal girl from Argo, and, and get a good job and a good man and settle down...

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