Follow TV Tropes


Quotes / Clark Kenting

Go To

Superman (and Friends) Examples

Pa Kent: "Now listen to me, Clark! This great strength of yours — You've got to hide it from people or they'll be scared of you!"
Ma Kent: "But when the time comes, you must use it to assist humanity."

Kara: This is how they see you.
Clark: I guess... It's very flattering, but I don't really think about it.
Kara: You're their champion. Bigger than life. No wonder the eyeglasses work — Nobody would look for you dressed like them!
Superman/Batman #9, second part of The Supergirl from Krypton story arc

"I gotta admit, your disguise is nearly perfect; you had me fooled."
Lois Lane, Superman II

"Lois takes two movies to figure out the most obvious fact in all of comic book obviousness."

Lana Lang: Clark, it was you! All these years, it was you the whole time!
The Prankster: That’s right, Miss Lang. It was him all the time! He just combed his hair and stuck on a pair of glasses! Ha ha ha! What a great gag!

"The fact that you can't recognize the secret identity of a superhero just because he takes glasses on and off can only work if every character in the comics looks exactly the same - and you can't hear their voices. It helps if no one ever opens their mouths to talk and also never opens their eyes."

"Kara Danvers" is a tool for you to walk amongst the people you protect.
Director Chase to Supergirl, Supergirl (Rebirth) #1

You are all fools! All he does is put on and remove his glasses! That's his whole disguise! And yet somehow nobody figures out that they are the same guy? Come on!
Carteeg_Struve, a commentor on Merry Zodmas: Christmas Specials, though s/he was talking about Zod and the Nostalgia Critic.

The Flash: I still don't get why you don't do more to protect your identity. This new Lantern? Kyle? His mask covers most of his face. Smart kid.
Green Lantern: Clark hides behind a pair of glasses and you're worried about me?
The Flash: Clark slouches, wears clothes two sizes too big and raises his voice an octave.

When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red 'S', that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears — the glasses, the business suit — that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He's weak. He's unsure of himself. He's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race. Sorta like Beatrix Kiddo and Mrs. Tommy Plimpton.
Bill, Kill Bill vol. II

But as much as everybody loves you, there is one question that keeps coming up: "How dumb was she?!" Here, I'll show you what I mean. Look, <<puts on glasses>> "I'm Clark Kent." <<takes off glasses, puffs chest out, deepens voice>> "No, I'm Superman." <<puts on glasses>> "Mild-mannered reporter." <<takes off glasses, puffs chest out, deepens voice>> "Superhero." Hello?! Duh! Clark Kent IS Superman! Well, that was worth the whole trip—to meet the most galactically stupid woman who ever lived.
Tempus to Lois Lane, Lois & Clark

Clark: I don't need X-Ray Vision to tell me when someone's hiding behind a disguise.
Lois: Me either.
Clark: Only if it's not right in front of your face.
Lois: I would've figured it out. Eventually.
Clark: You keep believing that.

Other Examples

Fisto: Hey, Mekaneck, what's Prince Adam doing fighting Modulok, all shirtless and glorious?
Mekaneck: That can't be Prince Adam, Fisto. Prince Adam's giant green cat doesn't wear a mask.

Chris: The thugs arrive and start asking where Secord is, even though Cliff is right in front of them wearing the same outfit that he wore while flying around on his jetpack, minus the helmet. Apparently dude only has the one jacket, although really, that jacket is the only one you ever need.
Matt: Yeah, why would you ever change it? And clearly he's a different guy. His head is a normal human head, and that other guy had a metal head with a rudder!
Chris: Also he is very clearly standing on the ground and not flying.
Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on The Rocketeer

Carol: "Hal? HAL?"
Hal: "How did you know it was me?"
Carol: "I've known you my whole life! I've seen you naked! You think I wouldn't recognize you because I can't see your cheekbones?!?"

Calvin: She's coming in! Quick! Get in the covers! Pretend we've just been reading in bed!
Hobbes: But she knows you attacked her and ran outside half an hour ago!
Calvin: That was Stupendous Man! Not mild-mannered Calvin! I've been in bed with my PJs since 8:00.
Hobbes: You think she's going to believe that?
Calvin: (getting irritated) My covers are here. My pajamas are here. It's as plain as can be!

Peter Parker: I used to be so much better at this whole secrets thing...
Betty Brant: Don't kid yourself, Peter. You always sucked at it. We were all just too blind to put it together.

Fiore's real superpower may be being the only one in the entire anime who has the ability to see that Sailor Moon and Usagi Tsukino look exactly the same. He only met her once, too, and he doesn't even know her name. Putting everyone else to shame.

"They're them, I have it all figured out, see. You know how Clark Kent puts his glasses on and suddenly nobody can tell he's Superman? The same thing. You can stare at the video all day, I know because I have, but your brain just refuses to make the connection unless you force it to. The magic even extends to MPEG. How else could someone in that outlandish costume go incognito?"

Lori: Let's review: you always disappear when the wolf shows up, and you reappear when the wolf is gone, but you're never together at the same time. You do the math.
Tommy: That doesn't mean a thing! Take Clark Kent and Superman. They're never together in the same place at the same time.

Samantha Wilkins: How did you—?
Professor Hiles: Are you kidding me? You're not even wearing a mask.
Invincible #4

"Hel-lo? Danny Fenton? Danny Phantom? Ever notice the similarities?"
Dark Danny, lampshading this trope for his younger self.

Danny: God, this is the most cliched thing, but - do I know you from somewhere? You look awfully familiar.
Amber: (panicked look) Y-you've never met me before. Look, I wear glasses. GLASSES.

Beast Boy: "But what about my secret identity!?"
Raven: "What secret identity? You're green."

"That's right ... Peter Parker took photos. Of himself. And sold them to this man who never, ever wondered why this one guy could get nearly all the photos of Spider-Man ... all the time."
Jon Stewart commenting on J. Jonah Jameson, from the Civil War fanfic "Commentary"

Ernst Stavro Blofeld: It takes more than a few props to turn 007 into a Herald. [breaks Bond's glasses]
James Bond: It'll take more than cutting off your earlobes, Blofeld, to turn you into a Count.

"Anyway, she realizes that since some superheroes have secret identities, she'll have one too!"
("All I need is a needle and thread!")
"And what does she make with 'a needle and thread'? It's an all-leather ensemble with a huge cleavage-exposing v-line down her front that's laced together, as well as huge shoulderpads, a black head-band, tassels coming down from the shoulderpads, black electrical tape around her arms — or is that supposed to be cloth? — and what I presume to be a black wig. Oh, and no mask. Yeah, your secret identity is safe! Unless of course, somebody, y'know — looks at you."


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: