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  • Easily Forgiven: In Action Comics #317, Linda believes her friend Lena is dating a spy and makes them break up, thinking she is protecting Lena. Shortly after she finds out that Lena's boyfriend isn't a spy and Lena wants to leave the country because she feels betrayed by her only friend. Supergirl explains her actions to both and apologizes. Lena's reaction? "Well, it was an honest mistake".
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Happens several times:
    • In Supergirl (Rebirth), Kara eats lunch alone when she is transferred to her new school since everyone thinks she's a weirdo.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade: Early on, Linda eats lunch alone because she is shunned and bullied the whole time by cruel schoolmates. Later Lena joins her, but both girls are still shunned by everyone else.
  • Eating Optional: Kara doesn't need to eat since Kryptonians get all the energy they need from the sun, but often will out of habit or because she enjoys the taste.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: In Action Comics #271 Supergirl builds an underground base beneath the Arabian Desert, complete with guest and trophy rooms.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Post-Flashpoint Kara hates when her mother calls her 'Karanizu', feeling she's too old for pet names.
  • Emotion Eater:
    • The Japanese assassins Gakidou and Sakki, The Hate Furnace not only have Intangibility, but can feed on negative emotions like lust and anger to boost their strengths to astronomical levels. Supergirl defeated them by simultaneously beating them up and overloading them.
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    • In the same story, Powerboy revealed he can channel others' emotions to fuel his abilities, but the excess emotions caused him to go psycho on Kara.
      Powerboy: (to a restrained Supergirl) I feel. Feel everyone else's hate, love, pain, fear... and it becomes this... (forms ball of black energy) Of course, you saw what happens when it goes the other way.
  • Enemy Within:
    • In Demon Spawn, Supergirl's dark side has spawned a pocket dimension which exists inside the mind of the eponymous heroine and is crawling with demons and evil creatures. One of those creatures -Nightflame, a humanoid swordswomen and sorcerer that is Supergirl's death wish's embodiment- tries to take over Kara's body.
    • Post-Crisis Kara had an evil doppelganger for a short while until she reabsorbed it. Her evil side -dubbed by SG fans Dark Supergirl or Dark Kara- embodies all of Supergirl's repressed anger over the loss of her people, and later it resurfaces and takes over. Remarkably, Dark Supergirl is less evil during her reapparance. She is pretty much an angry jerkass.
  • Enemy Without:
    • In Adventure Comics #421 Pre-Crisis Supergirl fought Nightflame, a sword-wielding witch who was a manifestation of her dark side -specifically her death wish- who left Supergirl's mind and entered the physical world to fight her and capture her.
    • Lex Luthor once exposed Supergirl to black kryptonite. It's not clear whether he knew what exactly it would do to her, but he hoped it would be bad. Well, turns out the stuff does this, and Kara had an evil doppelganger for a while. She managed to pull herself back together, but "Dark Supergirl" later resurfaced as an Enemy Within.
  • Engineered Public Confession:
    • In Action Comics #319, Donna Storm frames Linda Danvers -the eponymous heroine- for stealing. So Linda alters Donna's earrings into radio transmitters that would broadcast her voice through the school's P. A. system, and then prods Donna into confessing.
      Donna: I wanted to get even with you, and with your friend, Supergirl. You've both been getting in my hair. I don't mind telling you this, because you can't prove I'm the guilty one.
      Linda: Can't I? You'd be surprised!
      "At that moment, Donna's confession is pouring out through the public address system in the nearby stadium..."
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eight Grade, Belinda asks Linda Lee how she is doing. Linda starts complaining about her shallow, petty and bad-smelling schoolmates and teachers, not knowing she is being recorded.
      Linda: I didn't mean it that way... I have a really, really keen sense of smell is all... I didn't know she was recording me...
  • Entitled Bastard: Daily Planet sleazy journalist Cat Grant launched a smear campaign against Supergirl with the intention of driving her away Metropolis. Cat called Supergirl a reckless, out-of-control teenager. Cat accused her from spearheading a Kryptonian Alien Invasion. Cat complained about her out-of-fashion dress and the length of her skirt. During one year she told over and again that the world doesn't need a Supergirl. And then she ran into troubles and blackmailed Kara into helping her because she couldn't find Superman. And as they teamed up, Cat kept insulting her.
    Supergirl: "The hero the world doesn't need," Cat wrote about me. Some days, though, it sure feels like it does. Though, if there weren't three kids missing, I'm not sure I'd help her. You can't say those kinds of things about a person then expect them to just fly up and give you a hand.
  • Escape Pod: In every alternate universes, when Kara's hometown or planet is about to be destroyed, her parents prepare a escape pod and launch her towards Earth. Her pods' have considerably changed throughout the years: Silver Age, Post-Crisis and Post-Flashpoint.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Pre-Crisis Lex Luthor is so bastard as they come, but he loves his family deeply. In the Supergirl strips he goes to extraordinary lengths to prevent his sister Lena and her son from discovering their blood relationship. Supergirl herself states he only looks like a decent human being around his family. In Adventure Comics (Vol. 1) issue #388:
    Supergirl: But it was a white lie! Luthor doesn't want Val to live with the stigma of having a master criminal for an uncle! This was his one decent act in a lifetime of crime!
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Kara Zor-El is a much desired Kryptonain beauty, especially in the Post-Crisis continuity.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Kara hated Cat Grant because Cat published news articles slandering her. Still she rescued Cat when villain Dollmaker kidnapped her. Dollmaker couldn't understand why Supergirl would want to save someone she hated.
  • Evil Costume Switch:
    • Post-Crisis Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, did this twice.
      • The first time was in Superman/Batman #12, when she is captured by Darkseid and turned into one of his Furies. This was very brief, but during that time she wore, essentially, skintight red-and-black pants and a black bra.
      • The second time was when she was hit with black kryptonite in Supergirl #3, causing an evil duplicate to suddenly emerge from her body... already wearing a black version of her normal costume. Apparently, evil kryptonite clones have black clothing as part of their very nature. This trope was also lampshaded an issue later, when evil Supergirl switched her costume with the original's at superspeed, in an attempt to fool Batman and Superman as to who was the evil clone. The black costume returned in a later Justice League of America storyline where a battle with the Omega Man accidentally reawakened the Dark Supergirl persona within her.
    • This was based on a Silver Age story in which Supergirl was exposed to a piece of red kryptonite that created Satan Girl, who likewise wore a black outfit. Her version had a cowl and no S-symbol, because her identity was originally a mystery.
    • In Red Daughter Of Krypton Kara flies off the handle and becomes a Red Lantern (Red Lanters are berserk anti-heroes at best, and evil jerkasses at worst). She starts wearing a red-and-black version of her costume, completed with a red domino mask and a different Chest Insignia.
    • The Matrix-Supergirl was a shapeshifter, who would periodically go Brainwashed and Crazy or just plain crazy and shift her costume into something sleeveless with spiked bands around her arms.
  • Evil Counterpart: Supergirl has fought many evil versions of hers throughout her career:
    • The original Satan Girl, an Evil Twin created by exposure to Red Kryptonite, is every bit as powerful as a Silver Age Supergirl but with zero moral compuctions.
    • Post-Crisis Dark Supergirl is a version of the former, but even nastier and violent.
    • Superwoman (Lucy Lane) is another female with super-powers and complicated family issues. Nonetheless, she's an human with a super-powerful costume, whereas Supergirl is a Kryptonian with natural-born powers. And even though Supergirl stands up to her mother when she crosses one line, Superwoman would make anything to earn her father's approval, no matter how atrocious.
    • Bizarro-Girl is Supergirl's imperfect clone. She's more of a backwards loony with a warped sense of morality than an evil twin, though.
    • Overgirl is Supergirl's Nazi counterpart.
  • Evil Knockoff: In several Bronze Age stories, Supergirl was cloned by some mad scientist or shady group who intended to create a duplicate who would get Supergirl out of their way and work for them.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • In Action Comics issue #309, Kara is following a lead to find her missing parents. However the criminals exiled to the Phantom Zone ruin her chance to locate her parents' whereabouts out of spite.
    • Xenon is so obsessed with killing Supergirls that he doesn't care whether killing one of them will end the multiverse.
  • Evil Makeover:
    • Sometimes it happens to Kara. Usually she switches costumes and she wears less clothing, wears a black or red-and-black version of her costume.
    • When Matrix went crazy she shifted her costume into something sleeveless with spiked bands around her arms.
  • Evil Me Scares Me:
    • Pre-Crisis Kara was frightened of Satan Girl, a duplicate of hers who was more powerful, evil, ruthless and extremely conniving.
    • Post-Crisis Supergirl was split into her normal self and an evil alternate personality when exposed to black Kryptonite. Supergirl was frightened of her dark, violent and murderous self because "Dark Supergirl" claimed she was the real Kara, and Supergirl's nice and well-meaning persona was only an act.
  • Evil Twin:
    • In the Silver Age there was Supergirl's Enemy Without Satan Girl in Legion of Super-Heroes, created by Red Kryptonite.
    • Post-Crisis Supergirl went through a similar story which created "Dark Supergirl", although she ended up as more of an Enemy Within.
    • And then there's Bizarrogirl, who causes chaos on Earth because she's just as confused as Kara but doesn't deal with it as well.
    • Before that, Earth-Angel Supergirl had her own Bizarro-Supergirl, and also fought Matrix, her own former body!
    • In fact, the shapeshifting Matrix-Supergirl, in one of her more confused periods, was also an evil twin of Superman... (A Mirror Universe Ultragirl has also been seen, but thus far Kara hasn't had to deal with her).
  • Exactly What I Aimed At:
    • In Supergirl vol. 5 #59, Supergirl fights Dollmaker. He ducked when she shot her heat beams and mocked her aim. A second later he realized she wasn't aiming at him. She was releasing his hostage Cat Grant.
      Dollmaker: Ha! You missed me!
      Cat: She wasn't aiming for you, you little bastard.
    • When Tycho tries to blackmail Kara in New 52 Supergirl issue 4, she shoots her heat vision at the floor. He mocks her aim... until he's warned that her eye beams blasted the space station's central core.
      Tycho: Ha! Nice shot! Might want to work on your aim, though.
      Assistant: Mr. Tycho! She wasn't firing at you! She was aiming for the central core!
      Tycho: But that's impossible! How could she possibly—?
      Kara: (thinking) I don't need to speak their language to know that I guessed right.
  • Exact Words:
    • In Action Comics #252, Superman explained Supergirl that her existence should be a secret for the time being. She answered that she would keep her presence on Earth a complete secret of everyone. As soon as he was gone, she quickly put on her Supergirl costume and flew out of her bedroom window on night patrol. After all, she never actually agreed not to be Supergirl, she just agreed not to get caught being Supergirl.
    • In Supergirl vol. 6 #26, Lobo is furious with his employeer Rhialla.
      Rhialla: There's no need for threats, Lobo. Besides, Section Nine of your contract forbids you from killing your employer, remember? And we both know you always honor a contract.
      Lobo: Contract says nothing about maiming you.
  • Expo Label:
    • Super Powers Tester?. In a Supergirl story she's shown working out on the title machine to check on her invulnerability, Super Strength and heat vision abilities.
    • Gang Lords' Clubhouse?. Supergirl #6. The cover shows the interior of a gang headquarters with one of the gang members kissing the Maid of Steel.
  • Eye Beams: Part of the standard Kryptonian pack, Kara's heat vision is her best weapon. In the New 52 she uses it constantly, and she has blown spaceships up and boiled tsunamis off with it.
  • Eye Colour Change: Post-Crisis Linda Danvers suspected something was off when she saw that her eyes permanently changed from brown to blue, after being rescued from a certain death by a cult. It's because she WAS dying, and the Matrix version of Supergirl merged with her, causing some of her features to wind up reflected in Linda.
  • False Reassurance:
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl And Batgirl, Kara has just discovered Luthor's dirty secrets and asks whether he's planning to kill her. Luthor replies he will not kill her... because The Joker will do so.
      Supergirl: So what are you going to do now that I know? Kill me?
      Luthor: Oh, no — I'd never do that... [The Joker] will.
    • In Hel On Earth, When Supergirl asks H'el if resurrecting Krypton will do anything to Earth, he assures her that the people of Earth won't suffer. That's because they'll all be dead after the Sun implodes if H'el's plan suceeds.
  • Family of Choice:
    • In the Pre-Flashpoint universe, Lana Lang took care of Kara as she was going through a very tough time. Later Kara would tell Lana became family to her. In the DC Rebirth continuity, Lana told Superman is her family in spirit although they aren't blood relatives.
    • In Gotham City Garage, Kara Gordon misses her sister Barbara left back in the city tyrannically ruled by Lex Luthor's. Natasha Irons tells she understands but the biker gang is now her family.
      Natasha Irons: I know that feeling. The loved one you can't shake. It's hard. But you gotta remember... You got new family now. Them you left behind are just cogs in Luthor's machine. Rule number one at the Garage: We ride for our sisters.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Supergirl: Thank heaven... the worlds have a chance to live. Y-you're crying... please don't. You taught me to be brave... and I was... I... I love you so much for what you are. For how... good you are...
  • Fanservice Pack: She started out in a modest Mini Dress Of Power. She eventually had costume changes with varying levels of fanservice, with the one from Adventure Comics #409 being particularly stripperiffic. Here's a look at the different costumes she had over the years.
    • Scaled back in the New 52. Her outfit is a Leotard of Power and while she shows quite a bit of leg right up to the pelvic bones, her overall appearance has been downplayed for a more teenage girl look.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In Action Comics #283, Supergirl, when she was affected by three Red Kryptonite meteors, got shrunk to microscopic size, which she used to her advantage to take care of some infectious viruses that were inside Dick Malverne's adoptive father.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In Escape from the Phantom Zone, Xa-Du has found a way to escape that involves to boil other inmates and turn their souls into fuel for their armor.
    Thing is, ya can't die here. But ya can sure change shape. So when we boil ya down an' funnel ya inta Lord Xa-Du's ecto-armor, ya spend yer life as melted jelly. Imagine it. I'd go crazier.
  • Fearful Symmetry:
    • In the beginning of Red Daughter of Krypton, Supergirl and Silver Banshee fight like this.
    • In Bizarrogirl, the main character and her Bizarro counterpart have a duel where her opposite powers and mirror moves cancel each other out.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Supergirl has to do this constantly:
    • Red Daughter Of Krypton: Earth's atmosphere was poisoned with Kryptonite When Supergirl fought Worldkiller-1. Supergirl had to rely on her power ring to keep fighting while she tried to overcome the K-radiation killing her cells and making her natural powers fade.
  • Fingore: In "The Supergirl From Krypton", Kara wanders confused into an alley, and is spotted by three workers. One of them mistakes her for a prostitute and reaches for her. Kara grabs his hand and accidentally crushes two fingers of his.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Kara does this several times in her fifth solo book: to Harley Quinn in Supergirl #0, a pirate mook in Supergirl #11 and Bizarrogirl in Supergirl #55.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: In Many Happy Returns, Pre-Crisis Kara accidentally ends up in the Post-Crisis universe, which is more cynical, Darker and Edgier than her own universe. She -an idealistic, naive and immensely powerful teenager- has trouble fitting.
  • Fist of Rage: In Demon Spawn, Linda/Kara clenches her fists after putting up with "Nasty"'s bullying.
  • Flaming Sword: One-time enemy Nightflame wields a flaming sword.
  • Flanderization: Supergirl started off as a sweetheart with quite a temper if pushed and a snarky side. Then she got killed and writers and fans got into their heads the notion that Kara was a saccharine-sweet, ever-smiling girl who never, ever, talked against her cousin (which flies in the face of her character development throughout the Pre-Crisis period). In order to (over)compensate for this, subsequent reboots amped up her hotheadness and hotbloodedness to the point she was turned into a Red Lantern and became "Miss Rage Issues" to the fandom's eyes.
  • Flight: Supergirl flies as well as her cousin and is even faster.
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: Kara often used "Super Ventiloquism", in Action Comics #258 she uses "Super Aiming" and in Supergirl Vol 1 issue #1 she uses Super-Suction Breath to capture a serial killer. Supergirl once complained (to herself) how "lame" "Super Breath" was.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Kara Zor-El's parents sent her to Earth to escape from the destruction from Argo City and meeting Superman/looking after her younger cousin.There she became Supergirl, one of the greatest heroes of Earth.
  • Flying Brick: Kara has the full Kryptonian pack: super-strength, super-speed, flight, invulnerability, super-senses, heat vision, several breath weapons...
    • New 52 Supergirl is an Action Bomb.
    • In Red Daughter Of Krypton, Kara gets a Red Lantern ring temporarily. She gains the ability to vomit burning plasma, and her ring gives her an extra set of powers: creation of light constructs, force-fields, space warping...
    • In the first issue of Supergirl Rebirth Kara shows her flying brick skills: she survives being hurled into the Sun, flies back to Earth in a matter of seconds, and wrestles a super-strong werewolf.
  • Flying Firepower:
    • All incarnations of Kara Zor-El are a Flying Brick with heat vision.
    • Post-Crisis Linda Danvers was a pyrokinetic for a while.
  • Forceful Kiss:
    • In Adventure Comics #402 conman Derek Ames kisses Supergirl abruptly as part of a plan to seduce her.
    • In the cover of Supergirl Vol 1 #6, a guy kisses Supergirl forcefully (a scene that never happens in the issue).
    • In the last scene of Supergirl Vol 2, Linda's Old Flame Dick Malverne appears, grasps her chin and kisses her abruptly. Young Love gave that scene its own spin.
    • In Superman Batman #19 -later reprinted as Supergirl Vol 5 #0, Supergirl runs into Poison Ivy, and the super-villain plants a kiss on Supergirl's lips to poison her.
    • In Supergirl Vol 5 #3, Kara Nightwing impulsively before flying away to face Lex Luthor.
    • In Supergirl Vol 5 #51 Kara kisses Mon-El as he flies to Brainiac's ship.
  • Forgiveness:
    • One of the core themes of Supergirl (Rebirth). The titular heroine was welcomed into National City in spite of her not-quite-stellar past. She wants to repay them all by making "Hope, compassion and help for all" her motto and never giving up on anybody, no matter what they have done. In that spirit, she forgave her broken, madman of a parent, which didn't sit well with the people she protected from him.
    • In Bizarrogirl, the titular character, a backwards loony who doesn't know moral humanity, kills a man. Once she fights alongside Supergirl and learns the difference between saving lives and ending them, she decides to punish herself and wonders if she'll ever be earn her redemption.
      Bizarrogirl: Does self-punishment end, Supergirl?
      Supergirl: It might never end, Bizarrogirl. We can be sorry for what we've done, be sorry for hurting others, but it's what we do afterwards that really matters. But if it does end, it will be because you look into a mirror... and realize you've already punished yourself enough.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Silver Age Superman first met Supergirl when his cousin's rocket landed on Earth... or so he thought. Since both characters had the ability to time-travel and were members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, they had already met back when he was a teenager Superboy, but his first memory of her was wiped out to protect the future.
  • For Great Justice: Kara varies between fighting for Justice and fighting for Happiness (her motto being: "Hope, Compassion and Help for all").
  • For Happiness: Kara has this as her motto: "Hope, Compassion and Help for all". She's more liable to use her powers to make people happy than beating criminals up.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself:
    • Supergirl sort of gets away with a variation of this in ''Adventure'' comics #392. It's Supergirl Day at Stanhope Women's College, so everybody's supposed to wear a Supergirl dress. Unfortunately, Kara flew through something radioactive and now her dress is being decontaminated. As Linda, she gets a replica dress at school, but has to wear it for some actual super-deed that leaves it badly ripped. She simply tells everyone she took it off because it was a bad fit and didn't look right.
    • In Adventure Comics #404, villain Starfire's gang is pulling bank robberies in the neighboring town of Carvale, where a Mardi Gras celebration is going on. So Kara goes to the party dressed as Supergirl in order to bled into the crow and capture the robbers.
  • For the Evulz: In Many Happy Returns the Fatalist started a twisted, sick game of emotional manipulation that messed with God's Plan and could have destroyed the whole multiverse… just because he wanted.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Supergirl went through this in a Silver Age story where Lesla-Lar swapped bodies with her.
  • Free Prize at the Bottom: When Matrix is dealing with becoming an Earth Angel, she discusses her situation with Clark Kent over a box of Cracker Jack. He mentions that he and Pete Ross used to guess what the prize was, until x-ray vision took the fun out of it, but swears he hasn't x-rayed this box. After he's gone, she finds that the prize just happens to be a pendant shaped like an angel.
  • Freudian Slip:
    Supergirl: Was that high school stunt really necessary, Superman, or were you trying to impress me?
    Superboy: Aw, I was chest choking… ab, ah, I mean—I was just joking!
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl And Batgirl, the Joker is obsessed with Batgirl:
    The Joker: Phone home. "Lexcorp, honey, don't wait up. I'll be late. I've decided to stay in Gotham for a Bat — a bit — visit old friends."
  • Friendless Background: Kara had this issue in the New 52 reboot. She was stranded in a strange planet, her family and acquaintances were all dead, she didn't trust her cousin, she had no friends and she felt very lonely and isolated. Her situation led to a Despair Event Horizon combined with a Rage Breaking Point and her becoming a Red Lantern for a while.
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  • Future Food Is Artificial: In the Superman universe, this is usually the case for future or alien civilizations. In Argo City -Kara's hometown, which survived the destruction of Krypton-, people subsisted on food replicators because the soil was radioactive, ergo, incultivable.
  • Future Me Scares Me: In issue #19 of her sixth solo book, Kara meets Power Girl and gets upset because she feels pathetic and inadequate compared with her more intelligent, stronger and more mature adult self.


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