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  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Red Daughter of Krypton: Worldkiller-1 -a body-snatcher enemy which is an alien, sentient goo- is this to the titular heroine. Although it isn't interested in Supergirl romantically, it will not stop talking about wanting her body and them being made for each other, making Supergirl sick.
      Worldkiller-1: Can not you see that both of our lives have led to this union?
      Supergirl: Stop. Just stop. You make us sound like lovers, and it's turning my stomach.
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    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, The Joker -of all people- has a crush on Batgirl. However, Batgirl can't stand him.
    • Mr. Mxyzptlk to Supergirl in Action Comics #291. She makes clear she cannot stand that stupid, reality-warping, imp-looking prankster who thinks he is funny. Mxy's reaction was popping the question.
      Supergirl: I'll tell you what I think! I think you're an irritating, aggravating, annoying pest! I hate you! You're the greatest creep there ever was!
      Mxyzptlk: My, but you're beautiful when angry! A strange thrill is tingling up and down my itty-bitty spine! It must be... love! Marry me, beloved!
      Supergirl: NO!! Not even if you were the last man on Earth!
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The sewers of National City are huge and spacious. There's enough room for Supergirl to stand up or fly around without bumping into anything.
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  • Action Fashionista: Supergirl has worn over thirty costumes since her first appearance in Action Comics #252. You can see some few of them here. Since then she has added her New 52, Red Lantern and Rebirth costumes.
  • Action Girl: Being a member of the Super-family, she can mix it up just as well as Kal-El, sometimes even better.
  • Action Girlfriend: Most of people who has dated Supergirl falls into this category. She's arguably the mightiest female hero in her universe, so any boy -who isn't related to her- will look a pushover compared to her. It isn't coincidence that her main love interest, Brainiac 5, doesn't match up to her physical power but is the greatest genius in the galaxy.
  • Actually a Doombot:
    • Super-villain Toyman's robots look like real human beings, and they are capable of deceive even Kara's X-Ray Vision. In "Day of the Dollmaker" Kara invokes the trope when she warns Toyman that he will answer her questions lest she believes he is actually a robot and tears him apart to verify it.
      Supergirl: And how do we know you're even the real Winslow Schott? I've seen one of your robots before — no, two of them. One here in Gotham, the other on New Krypton. And that one had a part in my world's destruction. A small part, sure, but an important one. Your work is very well made. Impossible to tell apart from real, live human beings, even with my X-Ray vision. So please. Answer Ms. Grant's questions, or else another outburst like that will lead me to believe you're one of Schott's automatons... and I'll start probing to make sure you're real.
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    • In Supergirl Rebirth #2, Kara fights Cyborg Superman. She wins, but she is disappointed when she discovers that it is only a drone.
      Of course... Another lie. Another fake. A drone. It exploded but... I barely touched it.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Supergirl is Russian in DC Comics Bombshells.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Superman often regards Supergirl as his successor, and in some continuities she takes over after her cousin gets killed or retires. In the New 52 timeline Superman asks Supergirl to protect Earth after he's gone in at least two separate instances.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Kara is more hot-headed and more short-tempered than her cousin, but she is also frightened of her own power and she holds back most of time because she doesn't want hurt anybody.
  • After the End: Every Supergirl story, perhaps especially those dealing with other survivors, such as Argo Kandor, etc., is set After the End of Krypton and the death of Argo City.
  • A God I Am Not: In 2000 story "Hero Worship" Supergirl has to talk the faithful of a "Church of Supergirl" out of believing her to be a divine being.
  • A Good Way to Die: Supergirl dies in the Crisis on Infinite Earths protecting her cousin and saving the multiverse.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Post-Flashpoint Supergirl gained the Sanctuary, a Kryptonian base at the bottom of the ocean. Unfortunately Sanctuary is programmed to eradicate any Kryptonian double in her presence. When Supergirl and her Earth 2 counterpart Power Girl enter Sanctuary in issue #19, it deems Supergirl the double and tries to eliminate her. The two Karas must destroy Sanctuary to save Supergirl. However, the A.I. survives in a robot body; hellbent on destroying Supergirl.
  • Alas, Poor Yorick:
    • In the cover of Supergirl vol 5 # 47, Alura -Supergirl's mother- does this with Reactron's helmet.
    • Xenon does this with the skull of a Supergirl he has just killed in Supergirl vol 4 issue #77.
  • Alien Among Us:
    • While this is not really the case for Superman, since he was raised here, it is often the case for his cousin Supergirl, who came here as a teenager. The version that probably gets the most milage out of the concept is Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade.
    • In Many Happy Returns Linda gets Kara enrolled at her high school. Kara does her best to blend in, but she is a fifteen-year-old who cames from another planet and reality. She simply doesn't fit in, and her schoolmates think she is some kind of freak.
  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: In Krypton No More, Kara tells Superman that he cannot make decisions for humanity and he cannot interfere with the mankind's evolution.
    Supergirl: And just where do you think you're going, cousin?
    Superman: Supergirl! Glad you're here! You can help me! This ship is a danger to all mankind — So we have to—
    Supergirl: Wrong! We aren't doing anything! We have no right to interfere!
  • Aliens in Cardiff: Linda Danvers' hometown of Leesburg, VA.
  • Aliens Made Them Do It: In Action Comics Vol 1 260, Superman and Supergirl pretend they are getting married to prevent an alien fleet from destroying Earth.
  • All for Nothing: In Adventure Comics #408, Supergirl captures a man that murdered his family to inherit their money and property. Though he was afraid of being found, so he never left the house or spent his money.
    Stanley: All that money — and it was all for nothing! NOTHING! Nothing! FORTY YEARS — And it was for nothing!
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Kara's pony Comet could fly! He was secretly a cursed centaur.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Supergirl tends to fall for dark, troubled, moody guys who often turn out to be abusive or outright villainous. Finally, in a story Kara declares she's sick of bad boys and wants a real relationship with someone nice and dependable.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Silver Age Supergirl had to deal with a few of them when she attended classes in Stanhope College. Donna Storm was "Miss Big" on the campus until Linda Danvers showed up, so she began a campaign to restore the prior status quo in Action Comics #319 which included cheating, cheating and framing Linda for stealing. However Linda managed to expose her, and Donna was expelled. Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor -who was rich, arrogant, mean-spirited and a Luthor- first showed up in Adventure Comics #397, began a bullying campaign to terrorize students and spent a long while bullying and trying to humiliate Linda Danvers.
    • Linda Lee in Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade is her school's geeky girl, so her bizarro counterpart, Belinda Zee, is an Alpha Bitch.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel's Distaff Counterpart is Marvel's Supergirl.
  • Always Someone Better:
  • Amazonian Beauty: Supergirl in Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl looks more like a female version of Superman than the one in the main DC universe. Like him she's tall, very muscular, and treated like a goddess by the public.
  • Amicable Exes: Linda Danvers and Dick Malverne dated for a while in their high school years. They drifted apart when Linda moved out, but they remained friends.
    Supergirl: We dated for years, all through college. Were were good together. [...] I guess we grew apart... grew up. We stayed friends, but I hadn't seen him in years.
  • Anatomy of the Soul: Several Supergirl's enemies are pieces of her soul, her spirit or emotions given physical shape by magic or Kryptonite: Nightflame is the embodiment of her death wish and Dark Supergirl is born from her self-loathing and Survivor Guilt.
  • And Here He Comes Now: Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #20 features a conversation about how uneasy Supergirl makes everyone. Unfortunately, Supergirl has superhearing. Dream Boy attempts to warn everyone else but is ignored for long enough that this overlaps with Right Behind Me.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • In the post-Crisis universe, Kara spent thirty years in suspended animation, curled-up in a tiny pod and trapped in Kryptonite which hurt her and poisoned her mind.
    • In the New 52, after capturing Kara, Tycho held her in a stasis beam near from a chunk of kryptonite. She was in incredible pain but she couldn't scream or even move.
      Kara: Kryptonyte. a radioactive element lethal to the touch. Just being close to it — like I'm being held now — can be fatal. I'm screaming, but no sound comes out. I'm crying, but there are no tears. My skin is burning off, but there are no flames. All there is... All I am now... is the pain.
    • In the final issue of Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In The Eight Grade, Belinda Zee is turned into a crystal statue. She cannot talk or move but she is fully sentient and -worst of all- she can feel pain.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: It nearly happens to Kara in Superman: Doomed. Superman defeats Doomsday and is infected with a virus that turns him into a Doomsday-like beast. Brainiac warns that Supergirl will Cyborg Superman and her cousin and then will become infected by the sports, turning into Doomsday. However she decides to not kill Cyborg Superman.
  • And You Were There: At the end of "Supergirl: American Honda 1" promotional comic, one of the children Linda is taking care of does this.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute:
    • The original Supergirl -a classic Cape- was killed in the Crisis on Infinite Earths and replaced with Matrix, a shape-shifter mass of protoplasmic matter who took shape of a blond woman wearing a female version of Superman's costume for unexplained reasons. Matrix was unpredictable, prone to sudden outbursts of violence, and wore a Stripperific, spiky version of her costume for a while. To sum up, DC replaced Kara Zor-El with this.
    • Later on, Matrix merged with a troubled human girl named Linda Danvers. Linda was also replaced with Cir-El, a black-wearing, angry, angsty edgy teenager with a dark and troubled past. Cir-El was very unpopular, and she was soon replaced with a modern version of Kara Zor-El, inverting the trope.
  • Anti-True Sight: Supergirl cannot use her X-Ray Vision to see through objects covered in lead or sufficiently dense materials.
  • A Planet Named Zok:
    • Krypton, her home world.
    • She has also visited some weirdly-named world such like Ysmault (during her Red Lantern phase), Grax or Primeen.
    • In a Bronze Age storyline narrated in Superman #307-309, Superman and Supergirl have to protect Xonn (a planet located in Cygni-Gi system) from an Alien Invasion.
    • In the Pre-Crisis universe, the survivors of Krypton settled in a world they called Rokyn (meaning "Rao's gift").
  • A Rare Sentence: In Batgirl 2009 #14, Kara and Steph are about to fight a sobbing Dracula (long story).
    Batgirl: Nothing sadder than a crying Dracula.
    Supergirl: If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that...
    Batgirl: You'd have a nickel?
    Supergirl: I'd have a nickel.
  • Apron Matron: Miss Hart, Midvale Orphanage's headmistress, was doting and headstrong. Miss Ida Berkowitz, Linda Danvers' landlady.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In Bizarrogirl, Supergirl apologizes to Jimmy Olsen after blowing him away, and to Dr. Light before knocking her out and making off with her Bizarro clone.
    Supergirl: Dr. Light, I think you're going to be really mad at me later. And I'm really sorry.
    Dr. Light: "Sorry"? What for —
    Supergirl knocks her out with one uppercut.
  • Appendage Assimilation: In Supergirl Vol. 6 #23, Cyborg Superman assimilates Kara’s whole body to rebuild his (She gets better).
    Cyborg Superman: I need you to fuse your consciousness with the I'noxian Collective. To become I'noxian.
    Supergirl: Oh. Why is that, exactly?
    Cyborg Superman: Your body. I need your flesh to reconstitute my own.
    Supergirl: (grimacing) You want to say that again? I couldn't hear you through all the creepiness coming out of your mouth!
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In Adventure Comics issue #396, Kara declares that magic is "superstitious nonsense", despite dealing with magical creatures on a daily basis, and magic being one of the few things that can hurt her.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • In the Silver Age Kara's Arch-Enemy was evil Kandorian scientist Lesla-Lar who specialised in stealing powers and/or bodies and tried to replace Kara with herself more than once (she also decide she should kill Lex Luthor after milking their villainous partnership for as much as possible).
    • Post-Crisis it was Reactron and Superwoman (Lucy Lane).
    • In the New 52 it is evil billionaire Simon Tycho.
  • Arc Welding: In a Superman Family issue, Jack C. Harris revealed that most of criminals and Villains-Of-The-Month had bedeviled the titular heroine during his run were controlled by Lesla-Lar, Supergirl's first villain whom she defeated in a story written twenty years prior.
  • Arrow Catch: Vandal Savage does the same thing with one of Arsenal's arrows in DC One Million. He then tosses it at Supergirl, instantly disabling her.
  • Aside Glance: Several Silver Age Supergirl stories ended with Kara Zor-El glancing to the reader and winking.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: During the events of the reviled Amazons Attack storyline, in where the Amazons went to war against the US, Supergirl and Wonder Girl suddenly come up with a "brilliant" plan to end the war: kidnapping the President and bringing him to Queen Hyppolita to engage in peace talks with her. Predictably, their plan went awry: the Amazons shot the Air Force One down and almost killed the President, and Kara and Cassie's reputations suffered a severe blow. After fending an Amazon squad off, Kara flies to New York to help, although Cassie points out that acting without thinking got them into that mess.
    Wonder Girl: But we were only trying to—
    Supergirl: Doesn't matter. I have to make up for this somehow, before it's too late. I have to balance the scales.
    Wonder Girl: How? By flying off half-cocked again, after what we just did...?
    Supergirl: I can't do nothing, Cassie!
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In the Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash animated film, Supergirl exhibits this trait when a cute kitten makes her distracted while fighting an army of robots: "Focused? Oh, they don't come much more focused than me, Cyborg. Oh, look, a kitten."
  • Attractive Bent Species: Comet the Super-Horse is a centaur turned horse. He's in love with Supergirl herself, and occasionally dated her while in human form.
  • Audience Surrogate: Kara filled this role during her first adventures in the Silver Age: she was Superman's plucky, young sidekick who helped him out as she discovered his world.
  • The Baby Trap: In DCU Infinite Holiday Special issue #1, Supergirl must reunite a little girl with her father, a jerkass drunk who thinks his ex-wife got pregnant to force him into a marriage.
    Fred: Probably because we don't want her to know that her father's a screw-up.
    Supergirl: Come on, Fred. She won't care—
    Fred: That he fooled around with his partner's wife and lost the business. Or that when he isn't drunk he isn't awake—! Or that he never would have married that witch if she hadn't skipped her pill on purpose—!
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Supergirl and her cousin have been doing this for decades. In War World they take on Mongul and his humongous weapon-satellite. And in Supergirl Vol 2 # 21 Kara and Kal do this when they fight Kryptonite-Man.
  • Badass Adorable: While she may be one of the strongest beings in the galaxy, Kara is a cute-as-a-pie, sweet, innocent, smiling fifteen-year-old girl.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Supergirl does this every so often.
    • In the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc, in which she was a Kryptonian Red Lantern (one of the most obscenely overpowered possible combinations in The DCU), she folded their arms several times. One of those times happened during a battle: she flew in the battlefield, punched an enemy across the city, folded her arms and glared.
    • In Convergence #6, pre-Crisis Kara folds her arms as she stares down at the enemy army.
    • In Many Happy Returns, Kara folds her arms across her chest and stares Rebel down after warning that if he attacks her, she will hurt him.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Her Breaking Speech to a Filler Villain called "Rebel". Accompanied by Glowing Eyes of Doom and Dramatic Thunder that she might have summoned:
      Kara: Look — here's the problem. You've done some bad things, but I'm really, really upset right now. So much so that, honestly, I don't trust myself. And if you attack me or I attack you... I will hurt you. I will hurt you worse than you've ever been hurt in your whole life. I can carve you up by looking at you. I can break you, boil you, freeze you. I can do things you can't imagine. Things I can't imagine, until I have to, and then I'll improvise. Part of me is hoping that you will attack. And part of me is praying — for your sake and my own peace of mind — that you don't. It's up to you. Oh... And, Rebel... I have eyes that can see through solid matter. I have ears that can hear your slightest word, your heartbeat, your breathing. You do anything that hurts others... I will find you. And you won't like it. Do we have an understanding?
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton, Atrocitus' veiled and blatant threats don't impress Guy Gardner. He's heard worse things from stronger beings:
      Atrocitus: Oh, the things I have planned for you, Guy Gardner. You and anyone who stands with you.
      Guy Gardner: Get in line, pal. You ain't the first, and I guarantee you won't be the last. Worse than you have tried to take Guy Gardner down! And you know what? You know what? I'm still here, you bastard! I'm still here!
  • Badass Bookworm: Supergirl's different Secret Identities (pre-Crisis Linda Lee, post-Crisis Linda Lang, Rebirth Kara Danvers...) always look like a glass-wearing, small, physically unimposing, highly smart nerdy girl... who can lift millions of tons with ease.
  • Badass Cape: All versions of Supergirl wear a flowing, awesome cape. Even her Red Lantern uniform in Red Daughter of Krypton included a badass, red-and-black cape. In Supergirl (Rebirth), her cape is so badass than she uses it to deflect burning rocks.
  • Badass Family: She is a member of the Super-Family, which includes her cousin Superman, her foster parents Jeremiah and Eliza (who are Government veteran agents in Supergirl Rebirth), her Alternate Universe self, Power Girl, her cousin's clone, Kon-El (Superboy), her cousin's adopted son, Chris Kent (who is Nightwing), her cousin's son, Jonathan Kent (who is a ten-year-old Superboy), and the family DOG, Krypto. And if you want to count best friends and family of same, well... then you have to count the whole Bat-Family.
  • Badass Normal: Kara is usually a virtual Physical God. However, when she is depowered, her enemies find out two facts about her: she practices some style of Kryptonian martial arts (Torquasm Rao and Torquasm Vo in the pre-Crisis universe; Klurkor in the post-Crisis continuity); and post-Crisis Kara was trained by both Batman and Wonder Woman.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Supergirl has visited some seedy bars through her career:
    • In The Brave and the Bold story arc The Lords of Luck, Kara needs to hire Lobo to take her to Rann, and her "guide" insists on stopping by every seedy bar he knows along the way.
    • In Justice League United #5, four Leaguers -Green Arrow, Supergirl, Stargirl and Animal Man- barge in Block-C20, a derelict space station turned into a bar for bounty hunters who take exception to the presence of several Earth heroes. Chaos ensues.
  • Bad Present
    • In Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, when the Legion of Super-Heroes visits Superman just before what is likely to be his last battle, they bring Supergirl with them. Since the story is set post-Crisis (but before the new continuity kicked in), Supergirl is dead in the "present", and Superman tells this version of Supergirl that his Supergirl "is in the past," without specifying that it's not on a mission as the visitor thinks.
    • In Convergence: The Adventures of Superman, Superman and Supergirl are (like several other groups from different eras) trapped in a domed city and trying to escape. However, the two of them learn that even if they do escape, Supergirl is fated to die in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • Bald Women: Lena Thorul loses her hair when she undergoes brain surgery in Superman Family #214.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • Comet, Supergirl's sapient horse with magical powers. As he described to her telepathically, he was originally a centaur in ancient Greece named Biron. The witch Circe gave him a potion to turn him fully human after he prevented an evil sorcerer poisoning her water, but by mistake made him fully horse instead due to the Sorcerer. Later, after meeting Supergirl, he went on a mission with her to the planet Zerox, where a magic spell was cast that turned him into a human, but only while a comet passes through the solar system he is in. As a human, he adopted the identity of "Bronco" Bill Starr, a rodeo trick-rider.
    • In Supergirl vol 1 #7, Tony Martyn, a Peace Corps volunteer who Kara has a crush on, is turned into a giant Yeti by evil wizard Orgox.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Post-Crisis Supergirl and some of her animated counterparts of The DCU wear midriff-baring shirts. Cat Grant often mocked her by wearing that kind of outdated clothes.
  • Bar Full of Aliens:
    • In The Brave and the Bold story arc The Lords of Luck, Kara needs to hire Lobo to take her to Rann, and her "guide" insists on stopping by every seedy bar he knows along the way.
    • In Justice League United #5, four Leaguers -Green Arrow, Supergirl, Stargirl and Animal Man- barge in Block-C20, a derelict space station turned into a bar for bounty hunters who take exception to the presence of several Earth heroes. Chaos ensues.
  • Bash Brothers: Since her creation, Supergirl and Superman have been partners and fought together constantly.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Kara can do this due to her Kryptonian physiology. Reasons vary according to the writer: Silver Age Kryptonians can do anything, she can hold her breath for absurd lengths of time... as of the New 52, Kryptonians do not have to breathe, as long as their bodies have enough stored sunlight. Kara discovers this when she gets surprised and gasps while swimming.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • A double subversion occurs in Action Comics #304. Supergirl encounters Black Flame, a woman who seems to be a super-powered Kryptonian, in the process of some rather destructive vandalism. The villainess claims she's from the distant future of the year 4000, and "invites" Supergirl to view her time using a computerized exhibition device. It shows the heroine a terrible future where Black Flame extorts wealth from thousands of worlds (as in, she can blow them to little pieces if they don't comply). Worst part: she's Supergirl’s direct descendent, "Supergirl XXV", and the citizens of this distant future despise the first one just as much for starting this hated family line. Supergirl is naturally very upset, and after pursuing numerous leads (she senses something fishy here) including visiting the bottled city of Kandor, and eventually decides to unearth a chuck of gold kryptonite, and use it to erase her own powers, eliminating the possibility she could pass them down to a descendant, in effect, making Black Flame Ret Gone. Then Black Flame appears with a cruel laugh, revealing her true identity, that of an assistant of a criminal from the Kandor who was interred in the Phantom Zone. Black Flame had set up the plan out of revenge, leaving Kandor and using something called Red-K to increase her size, then pulled the ruse hoping Supergirl would depower herself. After listening to the powerless heroine her beg a little, she shoves Supergirl into a pit of quicksand and watches her drown. Or so it seems. Black Flame gets a big surprise as the Red-K wears off, shrinking herself to normal size, because Supergirl actually figured the plan out, and was outgambitting her with her own Batman Gambit; now that she's shrunk, Supergirl grabs her, showing her the - fake - chuck of gold kryptonite and shoving her inside a make-up compact that holds a few minute grains of real gold kryptonite. As she ships the criminal back to Kandor, the last panel of the story shows the one flaw in Black Flame's plan - a cavity in her teeth with a dental filling that Supergirl noticed while investigating records in a Kandor dental clinic, something a superpowered descendant would not have.
    • In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline, two villains tried to pull off separate Batman Gambits to defeat Supergirl:
      • Lobo tries to use Supergirl's rage against her by taunting her into not holding back. As such, Dr. Veritas teleports them out of the Block to prevent their fight from damaging it. Once outside, Lobo calls his ship and flies to Supergirl's old apartment in New York, hoping to calm her down. He then tries to be friendly to her offering to mentor her so she can learn to control her rage. Big mistake. Supergirl has had it with people trying to manipulate her and gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
      • Worldkiller-1 had taken over the body of an alien warlord and wanted to steal Supergirl's body. However he couldn't destroy his host body. So he goaded Supergirl to use her Eye Beams on him until she reduced his body to ashes involuntarily.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Supergirl usually follows the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, but she threw it out of the window when she fought the Anti-Monitor. As she put it, she'd always considered life the greatest of all gifts, and he was a blasphemy of life, so she fully intended to kill him.
  • Battle Boomerang: Used by Boomer during the Joe Kelly's run.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Supergirl and Brainiac-5 in the Silver Age. After bringing Kara back in the post-Crisis universe, most of writers teased a relationship between them.
    • Kara's foster parents Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers. They are a couple of Government agents trained to deal with and neutralize alien threats.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind:
    • In Adventure Comics #421, Supergirl and one-time villain Nightflame fight into Supergirl's mind an illusory, hellish psychic landscape called Innerverse that represents Supergirl's dark side.
    • In Superman Family #206: Strangers at the Heart’s Core, Kara fights her old nemesis Lesla-Lar, who is trying to take over her mind. The battle takes place in Supergirl's head.
    • During the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline, an enemy called Sheko invaded Supergirl’s mind to read her memories and judge her, but a memory of Supergirl's mother Alura stopped her and forced her out of her daughter's mind.
  • Beautiful All Along: In her Linda Lee Danvers/Linda Lang/Kara Danvers Secret Identity, Kara dyes and braids her hair and wears glasses in order to look like an incospicuous, average, geeky brunette instead of a stunningly beautiful blonde with an athletic build.
  • The Berserker: During her Red Lantern phase, she genuinely enjoyed finding evil jerkasses and pummelling them.
    Kara: The Red Ring on my fist chose me. It made me part of a team. We seek out injustice and we punch it in the teeth. And it feels good.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • This happened to Kara Zor-El in the Elseworlds story Superman vol. 1 #149: The Death of Superman!. Back then she was Superman's secret emergency-weapon until her cousin decided she was well-trained enough and ready to operate openly. Kara was dying to reveal her existence to the world... until Superman got murdered by Lex Luthor. She arrested and punished Luthor, revealed herself and took over for her cousin, becoming a beloved hero, but she wasn't happy at all.
      Bystander: Good luck! We miss Superman, but we're glad you're taking over for him!
      Supergirl: ... I never thought it would turn out this way... All the time I was Superman's secret emergency-weapon, I eagerly looked forward to the day when I could operate openly! Now that it's finally happened, I — I feel no happiness at the "glory" that's now... mine...
    • In Superman Vol 1 #282, Supergirl is considering giving up her Supergirl identity. To illustrate she might regret that decision, Superman tells her a tale about a Kryptonian who wanted to live forever and managed to make himself immortal, only to find out that he would be alone forever.
      Superman: So you see, Kara... Sometimes, when we get the things we think we want most... they turn out to be a curse rather than a blessing!
  • Bee Afraid: In Action Comics #291, Mr. Mxyzptlk makes a swarm of bees huge, hoping they'll frighten people. Supergirl deals with them by creating a giant vat of nectar to distract them.
  • Being Good Sucks: Kara was a normal, fifteen-year-old girl until she arrived on Earth. She remembers having a normal life and she just wants to be a normal girl again, free from the pressure and the burdens of having super-powers. And she often feels she isn't good or worthy enough for being a hero. Several times she has wanted to give up her Supergirl identity but she can not stop herself from helping people.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: In alternate universe story Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #57, Jimmy Olsen get married to Kara, resulting in this for Clark and Jimmy.
  • Between My Legs:
    • The first post-Crisis Supergirl, a.k.a. Matrix, was introduced with this, which also served to hide her face.
    • Also seen in Supergirl vol 4 issue 21.
    • In Justice League Unlimited Galatea also gets this a few times during her appearance in "Panic in the Sky", which only adds to the fuckton of Les Yay between her and Supergirl when they fight.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Much like her cousin, she's usually a nice, compassionate, friendly person. Unlike her cousin, she's headstrong and a little short-tempered and Hot-Blooded. When she gets real angry, it isn't pretty.
    • During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor -a being who eats whole universes- almost kills Superman. Enraged, Supergirl attacked him, broke his supposedly indestructible armor and nearly killed him.
    • In a post-Crisis story, Kara flew Clayface up to the edge of the atmosphere and dropped him after he got her pissed off.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton, Lobo pressed Supergirl's berserk buttons over and over again until she exploded and pummelled him.
  • Big Bra to Fill: Her depiction varies more than most heroines Depending on the Artist, but Helen Slater portrayed a very modestly-endowed Girl of Steel in 1984's Supergirl feature.
  • Big Brother Mentor:
    • Superman was this to his cousin in the Silver Age. He took care of her and trained her until she was ready to go solo.
    • Subverted post-Crisis. Kara was actually older than Superman, and she expected to take care of her baby cousin, but after her ship launched it was stuck in a Kryptonite debris field for 30 years, during which she was in a coma. Although she eventually reached Earth, her cousin was now older, and wanting to be her mentor and caretaker.
    • Subverted in the New 52. Superman thinks he must help and guide his teen cousin. Everyone thinks she would be better off with him... but Supergirl, who protests that she doesn't need or want any help.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton Superman has to tell Guy Gardner he can't keep his cousin with him if she doesn't want to stay. So Guy became one to Kara, helping her find herself and manage her anger.
  • Big Dumb Body:
    • In Supergirl (1972) #8, Medusa’s ghost wants to take over the titular heroine's body specifically because of her superhuman powers and not because of her brains.
    • Wordkiller-1 -an alien, body-surfing symbiote- subverted this when he transferred his soul into the body of Supergirl because he thought she was a crazy powerful, inmensely strong, stupid girl. By the time he realized she wasn't dumb at all and she had outsmarted him to force him out of her body and kill him, it was too late.
  • Big Eater: Kara became a big eater in the comics after the live-action show added this personality trait to the character. In a 2017 comic she wants to eat again just after having lunch with her cousin.
  • Big Little Brother: In the Post-Crisis universe, Supergirl is -technically- fifteen years older than Superman, but he towers over her. Even if she had not been several decades in suspended animation, her cousin would have probably outgrown her anyways.
  • Birthday Episode: In Action Comics #270, Supergirl turns sixteen, and she is thrown a surprise party by her cousin -who baked a giant birthday cake-, Batman, Robin and several more friends.
  • Bit Part Bad Guys:
    • In a Batgirl (Rebirth) Annual, eco-terrorist villain Red Spur shows up in the two first pages and is chased away by Batgirl and Supergirl before the beginning of the main plot.
    • In Many Happy Returns, super-villain Rebel harasses Supergirl several times until the Girl of Steel gets tired of beating him up and scares him away stating he was not important. He was something to do until the real Big Bad came along.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: Supergirl's Kryptonian senses don't care for puny laws of physics. She has at least half-dozen of kinds of super-vision (telescopic, microscopic, X-Ray...) as well as super-hearing.
    • In Supergirl Rebirth, Kara hears what is happening on Earth in real time while she is standing on the surface of the Sun. And she uses her microscopic vision on Lar-On to observe his genes and determine that his genetic makeup has been completely mangled by Red-K poisoning.
      Supergirl: I can see his genes.
  • Blackmail: In the New 52 issues, Tycho tried to blackmail Kara: he'd give her pod's crystal back in exchange for a drop of her blood. It was a bad, bad idea...
  • Blackmail Backfire: In the New 52, Tycho tried to blackmail Kara. She blew his space station up and retrieved her pod's crystal.
  • Blessed with Suck: Supergirl often sees her powers as a burden. Pre-Crisis Kara came to a point where she was tired of being Supergirl constantly instead of being her own person and she actually felt guilty for wanting to lead a normal life. Post-Crisis, a lot of people tried to manipulate her or take advantage of her because she was so powerful, to the point she calls her formidable powers a curse in the Red Daughter of Krypton arc:
    Supergirl: This strength, this power — It's been like a curse. But I refuse to be a victim anymore!
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three main characters in Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In The 8th Grade, Linda Lee -the eponymous blond heroine-, her red-haired best friend Lena Thorul and her dark-haired arch-enemy and bully Belinda Zee.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Supergirl is quick-tempered, fierce and proactive, and several writers have interpreted her hotbloodedness as passion for fighting. In Justice League United, the team runs into a band of bounty hunters and Kara is giddy because she has to punch them.
      Green Arrow: Sardath said this space station was a bit rough... be ready for anything. Supergirl, I hear voices through that door, can you see through it with your X-Ray vision?
      Supergirl: Oh... This is going to be fun!
      Green Arrow: Hmmm... What is it, Supergirl? A few alien thugs?
      Supergirl: (smiling) No. Much better than that... Bounty hunters. Lots of them.
      Animal Man: ... Oh Crapballs.
    • Reign, a member of Supergirl's Rogues Gallery, loves to fight and she's very good at it.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Most of the time she wears a blue super-hero costume.
  • Body Surf: Alien invader Worldkiller-1 transferred his soul from a body to other the whole time, looking for a perfect host. In the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc, as Supergirl was fighting the leader of an alien race, Worldkiller-1 emerged through the Diasporan's damaged body and tried to snatch Kara's body. She forced him out, though, so he transferred his spirit into the bodies of random bystanders -who were burn out nearly instantly- until Kara agreed to let him surf into her body.
  • Boldly Coming: Supergirl's been known to have interspecies relationships with humans and other alien races (of course, her only another option is cousin incest, so...). In Kingdom Come it's speculated that a blonde-haired, green-skinned alien woman wearing a "S"-Chest Insignia and related to Brainiac 5 is her daughter.
  • Bookends:
    • Supergirl''s fourth solo book. In the first issue's cover, Linda is holding her skateboard. In the last panel of the last issue, it's Lois who is holding it.
    • Sterling Gates started and ended his run by using a Cat Grant news piece. In the first issue, Cat wrote an article titled: "Why the World Doesn't Need a Supergirl". In the final issue, she wrote a kind of reluctant recantation: "The world needs a Supergirl".
  • Boots of Toughness: In the early 70's Supergirl wore slippers. Then she changed her costume and replaced the slippers with knee-length red boots made of a fabric just as invulnerable as herself.
  • Bound and Gagged: In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline, in order to transport a mad Supergirl safely, a group of Green Lanterns gagged and chained Kara with solid light constructs and placed her inside a containment cell.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman:
    • Not only does she have all the powers of her cousin, she has had training in both unarmed and armed combat. By Wonder Woman and the Amazons. Unfortunately, most writers tend to forget this.
    • In the New 52, while her training with the Amazons has been retconned away, Supergirl has been taught martial arts as part of her schooling on Krypton, although she's far from an expert.
  • Boyish Short Hair: New 52 Kara -who is a short-tempered, hot-blooded brawler and not feminine in the least- wears her hair this way.
  • Brainy Brunette: Kara Zor-El's Secret Identity (Linda Lee Danvers, Linda Lang, Kara Danvers...) is always a brown-haired, nerdy girl.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Superman/Batman #77, Scarecrow's fear toxin makes Supergirl believe that Robin is her parents' killer Reactron and attack him.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: In Action Comics #317, Supergirl thinks her friend Lena's boyfriend is an enemy spy so she sets to break them up and save Lena from a future heartbreak, even if she ruins their friendship.
  • Breaking the Bonds:
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Kara Zor-El always goes through this, not matter the universe. She is a genuinely nice, sweet teen girl who loses her family and her whole world when her parents launch her off Argo City to save her life. She crash-lands into a strange, alien, primitive world where she doesn't blend in and strangers want to kill her or capture her and examine her.
    • In the Pre-Crisis universe, Superman -her only living relative- sent Kara to an orphanage because he feared that his enemies would do if they found out about her, telling her to keep her existence a secret while he trained her. Kara hated the Midvale Orphanage but she had to live there during her training, performing heroic deeds anonymously and avoiding to be adopted. Finally her cousin is about to make her -Supergirl's- existence public when she loses her powers.
    • Post-Crisis Kara was getting used to live on Earth when Superman retrieves the Bottle City of Kandor -in which were imprisoned her parents and several thousands of Kryptonians- from Brainiac. However, one of her villains -Reactron- kills her parents and blows New Krypton up, exterminating the last survivors of Krypton. So she lost her family and world twice.
    • Post-Flashpoint Kara didn't trust her cousin, felt lonely and stranded in a strange world and was manipulated by most of people until she flew off the handle.
    • Many Happy Returns: Kara loses her parents and her entire world when they launch her off Argo City to save her life. Her rocket changes course and she crashes into the post-Crisis universe instead of Earth-One. Everyone yells at her, hurts her, thinks she is an idiot or crazy. Her only living relative turns her down before she can explain she is his cousin because he believes her to be an obsessed fan. She tries to go school and make friends but she is treated as a freak. And then a cosmic being turns up and tells her that she has to return to her universe... where she will eventually get killed.
    Kara: It's nice. It's... peaceful. Not like here. Here people yell at you... or hurt you... or think you're an idiot or crazy... Or let you down. I've never hated anyone or anything in my life. But I hate this world. I hate it.
    • Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl. Two examples: Kara Zor-El -Supergirl- was an nice, innocent, naive woman. Then she found out that her father figure -someone who she thought was a very good person- murdered her baby cousin several years before, and was manipulating her all along. Barbara Gordon -Batgirl- was a sweet, smiling child until she saw her parents being murdered by a punk with a gun. She became a harsh, cynical, paranoid person.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • In Supergirl vol 4 #79, super-villain Rebel tries to harass Kara after trying to kill her and Linda Danvers. Supergirl proceeds to tell him that he is a pathetic, insignificant nuisance with delusions of grandeur and she is a very busy and very angry Physical God. He runs away.
      Rebel: So whattaya say we just finish this off with one final dance?
      Supergirl: Don't you get it, Rebel? You're not important! You never were! You were just — something to do! Something for Supergirl and me to bounce off of for a while until people and events of real consequence came along! Look — Here's the problem. You've done some bad things, but I'm really, really upset right now. So much so that, honestly, I don't trust myself. And if you attack me or I attack you... I will hurt you. I'll hurt you worse than you've ever been hurt in your whole life. I can carve you up as soon as look at you. I can break you, boil you, freeze you. I can do things you can't imagine. Things I can't imagine, until I have to. And then I'll improvise. Part of me is hoping you will attack. And part of me is praying — for your sake, and my own peace of mind — that you don't. It's up to you.
      Rebel: You doing that? Causing a storm to roll in?
      Supergirl: Maybe.
    • Sakki, The Hate Furnace, delivered one to Supergirl. He mistakenly believed that she was Superman's daughter and picked at her shame at failing to live up to Superman's example. Sakki and his partner, Gakidou, were also emotion eaters, so Supergirl's despair and other negative emotions served to make them stronger. Unfortunately for them, she became so angry that they nearly overloaded, and they found out the hard way that their extra strength isn't nearly enough to deal with a Kryptonian.
  • Breath Weapon: Kara has freezing breath, hurricane breath, heat vision, and during her Red Lantern phase, she could spew corrosive plasma.
  • Bridal Carry: Kara often carries people she loves like her best friend Batgirl (in Detective Comics issue #508) or her cousin Superman (in Convergence: Adventures of Superman issue #1) in her arms.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: In New 52 Superman #6, Supergirl saves an obnoxious reporter from falling out of the sky. When she brings him to the ground, Jimmy Olsen and the other reporters complain and order in a change of pants for him.
  • Broken Tears:
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Supergirl weeps when she discovers the corpse of her murdered baby cousin, and she cries again while she buries him.
    • In Many Happy Returns, Kara sheds them twice: when everyone is treating her -an orphan who has just lost her home and landed in another world where everyone is a jerk to her and her only living relative turns her down because he doesn know who she is- as a dumb, crazy girl; and when she is told she has to return to her own timeline... where she will eventually die.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
    • Once in the Pre-Crisis universe Supergirl and Superboy attempted to punch Darkseid. They were amped up by Highfather to insane amounts and let's remember they could pull an entire galaxy's worth of planets without said power up. None of their punches even hurt Darkseid and barely even catches his attention.
    • Supergirl trashed the Anti-Monitor during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but he took her out. She died and her existence was erased from the memory collective of the universe... for a while.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Supergirl and Superman teamed up during the Silver Age and after her re-introduction in the Post-Crisis universe.
  • Brought Down to Normal:
    • In the Pre-Crisis universe, Mad Scientist Lesla-Lar took away Kara's powers as part of a scheme to replace her. While in her powerless state, Kara finally found adoptive parents. She nearly abandoned her career as Supergirl, until Mr. Mxyzptlk granted her all the abilities of Superman, plus a (temporary) invulnerability to green kryptonite.
    • In Demon Spawn, Linda gets stripped from her powers temporarily when she is brought to the Innerverse. She feels even weaker than an ordinary human.
    • In the Post-Flashpoint universe, right after the Crucible Academy story arc, Kara was depowered due to the manipulations of Vandal Savage. DEO agent Cameron Chase, offered to help her get her powers back if she joined the Department of Extra-normal Operations.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": All of her costumes -but her Red Lantern uniform- have the S-shield symbol.
  • Brutal Honesty: In Superman Volume 1 #176, Superman and Supergirl celebrate a Kryptonian holyday called the Day of Truth in where Kryptonians honor the memory of an hero by speaking nothing but the truth, not matter the cost. The thing is, both cousins may be incredibly, astonishingly, rudely blunt. So, when Supergirl's fan club gives Kara a lunch:
    Girl 1: Supergirl! How'd you like the food? We cooked it all ourselves!
    Supergirl: Er... You meant well, kids! But frankly, the salad tasted like moldy hay, and the chicken wasn't fried... It was burned!
    Girl 2: (sobbing) How could you say such cruel things, Supergirl? We've never been so humiliated!
    Girl 1: And we called her our heroine!
    Supergirl: But, girls... You asked for the truth... and you got it!
  • Bullet Catch:
    • In Supergirl (2005) #11, Kara shoots at a pirate mook and catches the bullet before it hits his face.
    • In the World of New Krypton storyline, Kara catches a sniper's bullet before the projectile hits its intended victim.
    • In Injustice 2 issue #26, a death squad is about to gun down innocent civilians. Kara flies in the way and catches all the bullets.
  • Bully Hunter: In Adventure Comics #397, Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor begins a campaign of bullying students, hoping to lure Supergirl out. Supergirl gives her and her bully friends a very wild, very fast aerial ride before dumping them into a fountain and warning them that if she ever hears of them terrorizing anyone again... she will get mean.
    Supergirl: Now hear this! If I ever hear of you terrorizing anyone again — you'll find out you haven't seen anything yet!
  • Bullying a Dragon: Since her creation, Supergirl has run into many idiots who thought it was a good idea annoying Superman's cousin:
    • Back in the Silver Age, 'Nasty' Luthor tried to bully Linda when both girls attended classes in Stanhope College, and was constantly putting her down and trying to humilate her when both worked as junior photographers for San Francisco station K-SFTV. And she knows that Linda is Supergirl... and short-tempered.
    • In a post-Crisis comics, Batman's villain Clayface challenged and taunted Supergirl. Someone who is essentially a shape-shifting mud-man taunted a girl who can punch moons. Great idea.
    • In the New 52, Tycho has seen what Supergirl is capable of... and he tries to capture her, blackmail her, hit her... and it never ends up well for him.
    • Later on, Lobo picks a fight with Supergirl. Knowing he can't go toe-to-toe with her, he mocks her, taunts her, presses her Berserk Buttons... so she gets angry and fights more sloppily. She certainly got angry. And then she proceeded to pummel him savagely.
    • In the Supergirl movie, Supergirl runs into two truck drivers shortly after reaching Earth. She quickly identifies herself as Superman's cousin... and the pair of hicks decides to harass her. Then she proves she has Kryptonian powers... and the idiot duo attacks her.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Nasthalthia "Nasty" bedeviled the Girl of Steel during her "Adventure Comics" run and then faded into comic limbo until Morrison brought her back for All-Star Superman after thirty-four years.
    • Post-Crisis Linda Danvers played a role in the miniseries Reign in Hell, having not appeared anywhere in the five years since the introduction of post-Crisis Kara Zor-El.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: Supergirl saved her life because she was in space when Argo City died/Krypton exploded and then ended up on Earth. Subverted because she was deliberately sent into space to avoid being killed.


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