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Works referencing Superman. See also Superman Substitute.

Asian Animation

  • Motu Patlu:
    • The title card of "Super Duper Man" is meant to resemble Superman's insignia.
    • There's another reference to Superman in "Super Murgiyan", where, when Motu describes the super-powered chickens to Inspector Chingum, he says they ate Dr. Jhatka's special medicine and then became "super chickens like Superman".
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  • In Happy Heroes, robots with costumes of Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man are known to appear every once in a while.
  • In the Lamput episode "Super Docs", Slim Doc wears a blue costume with a red-colored cape and upside-down trangle-shaped Chest Insignia, clearly meant to be Superman's outfit. His partner Fat Doc wears a costume meant to be Batman's, too.

Comic Books


  • In Breaking Point (1976), Andy pretends to be Superman while he leaps onto his bed.
  • In Zig Zag (2002), ZigZag wonders if they have the "noise," his word for cancer, where Superman comes from.


  • Anachronauts: Carrie "Astro Gal" Lane is a Supergirl expy with Superman's catchphrases.
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  • Anathem: One of the Iconographies the sæcular world sometimes associates with the avouts involves Superman.
  • Browns Pine Ridge Stories: In the 18th story, Gary at first says that he "felt like Superman," but later comes to compare himself with Charlie Brown when he finds out his attempted "rescue" of a woman and the children in her care from a fire ended up destroying her house over a burnt pot roast.

Live-Action TV

  • The Doctor Who episode "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" is a full-length Silver Age Superman parody/tribute. In a prologue, a boy called Grant Gordon swallows a mystical gem due to a misunderstanding. The wish-fulfilling gem grants him superhuman powers, and when he grows up he becomes the Ghost, a Flying Brick superhero with a geeky alter-ego, who has a Loves My Alter Ego triangular relationship with the female journalist who employs him as her child's nanny.
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  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In "Home is Where the Heart Attack Is", Carlton visits his father in the hospital following his heart attack from an unhealthy diet, and he admits that he can't bear to see him in such a vulnerable state, saying "You're like Superman to me."
    Phil: Yeah, and cheeseburgers are my kryptonite, huh?

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Western Animation

  • Looney Tunes:
    • The 1940 short Goofy Groceries features a parody called Superguy.
    • The 1943 short Super-Rabbit features Bugs Bunny as the eponymous hero, who gains powers through eating special carrots.
    • The 1955 short Stupor Duck features Daffy Duck as an inept superhero trying to thwart an adversary who doesn't exist.
    • The 1996 short Superior Duck is another parody with Daffy as a wannabe superhero, complete with Supes himself appearing near the end to bail him out.
  • The Looney Tunes Show: The episode "Super Rabbit" has Bugs telling Daffy the story of Superman II, with Bugs as Superman, Daffy as General Zod, Elmer Fudd as Lex Luthor, and Marvin the Martian as Brainiac.
  • In an episode of Milo Murphy's Law, Melissa puts forth her fan theory about The Doctor Zone Files while waiting in line for the movie:
    Melissa: So, Doctor Zone's mom knew that their planet was going to explode. So she wrapped her babies in one of those blankets that babies are always escaping exploding planets in. But the getaway rocket only had room for one baby. So, the other baby was caught in the implosion and sucked into a time vortex that turned him into a transchronological being, who's appearance would make our heads explode!
  • Popeye:
    • In Nix on Hypnotricks, Popeye's spinach-powered climax shows him turning into a parody of Superman, complete with the "S" from the can's label being stuck to his shirt.
    • The short Fleets of Stren'th opens with Popeye reading a Superman comic book.
    • In She-Sick Sailors, Bluto disguises himself as Superman to impress Olive.
  • Private Snafu: The short "Snafuperman" has Snafu becoming the titular hero to better fight in the war (complete with the theme from the Paramount cartoons on the soundtrack).


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