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Tropes found in Supergirl:

  • Gendered Outfit: Trope image, and quite possibly the Trope Codifier. Every outfit Supergirl has worn has, in some way, been tailored to her femininity. While the Minidress of Power is the most frequent (and obvious) change, she's also had a low neckline, short shorts, an exposed midriff, a leotard, high heels and various combinations thereof.
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  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Xenon is pretty similar to Superman's Doomsday. He came out of nowhere, and nothing or almost nothing is known about his past or motivations. What is known, though, he hunts and kills "Supergirls" because he hates them. In his only appearance, he trapped, tortured and nearly killed the original Kara Zor-El, a Earth-One Kryptonian.
  • Genesis Effect:
    • In a Silver Age Superman issue, Kal and Kara build a real-scale Krypton reply.
    • In the New Krypton storyline, kryptonian scientists use Brainiac's technology to lift a newly enlarged Kandor into space and grow a planet underneath it. The Who Is Superwoman? story arc reveals, though, they don't appear to be able to terraform it.
  • Genius Bruiser: Her official power list includes "Genius-Level Intellect". And in fact she's considered a genius by Kryptonian standards. Obviously most writers forgot about this.
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  • Gentle Giant: Kara is tall (5'7''), muscular, inhumanly strong, short-tempered... and she's also a kind-hearted, compassionate and optimistic Friend to All Children.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Supergirl has occasionally faced up to giant monsters and robots that were tough enough to resist her attacks. In Batgirl (2009) she tells her friend Steph about it.
    Batgirl: I thought only the green stuff could hurt your... is "kind" offensive at all?
    Supergirl: Depends on which one of us you ask. And it isn't just Kryptonite. There's all kinds of little hiccups. Magic. Electricity. Sometimes robots, if they're big enough.
  • Giant Flyer: In Supergirl Vol 1 #7, Zatanna fights an ice eagle several times larger than a man.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: In Action Comics Vol 1 #285, Supergirl fights the Infinite Monster, a gigantic creature who is so large, all one can see are it's legs tromping across the land. At one point, the monster's right foot tramples on Kara.
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  • Girl Next Door: Kara/Linda's personality in the Silver Age.
  • Girl of the Week: In her first book, Kara falls over a new guy in each episode, but she never gets the guy or they break up before the end of the issue. Regardless, the guy is never seen again.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: It happens three times on Supergirl: Identity:
    • When Supergirl returns to her apartment, her roommate Boomer aka Captain Boomerang Jr., asks how her day was.
      Supergirl: I met a girl tonight.
      Boomer: (Double Take, then grin) Explain. And do not leave out any details.
      Supergirl: (hits him with a pillow) Idiot... Another hero in a costume.
    • When Supergirl and Wondergirl hug, with Kara's arms around Cassie's neck, and Cassie's arms around Kara's waist.
      Kid Devil: Can't talk. Committing image to memory.
      Ravager: Someone get a video camera... We'll get two billion hits on YouTube.
    • When a guy asks his girlfriend and Supergirl to hug and let him take a picture.
  • Girly Bruiser: She's got Super Strength and boobs to match.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger:
    • In Krypton No More Supergirl does this when she tells her cousin that he is not Kryptonian but a human mutant (long story).
    • In Action Comics #904, Supergirl points at the Cyborg-Doomsday when she shouts that he will not hurt her home because he will NOT get past her.
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl And Batgirl, Kara points at Batgirl when she calls her out on being more interested in keeping a well-meaning metahuman out of Gothan than in rescuing a hostage.
  • Gladiator Games: In Adventure Comics issue #412, Kara gets forced to take part in the gladiator games of an alien world to ensure that a tyrant don't become the planet's ruler.
  • Glasses and Ponytail Coverup: Supergirl dons the ponytail-and-glasses disguise in several continuities. In Supergirl (Rebirth), she improves the disguises with an holographic device which changes her hair color.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Post-Crisis and Post-Flashpoint Supergirl wears glasses and adopts a geeky if snarky behavior when she is being Linda Lang/Kara Danvers, and she takes them off when she has to perform her hero duty.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When Kara's eyes glow or -God forbids- flare it's a very scary sign that she's getting really pissed off, and someone is about to be pummelled and/or blasted.
  • God Is Good: Rao is the God of Krypton, and Flamebird and Nightwing are His Children in the Post-Crisis continuity. In the New Krypton storyline, Supergirl isn't feeling particularly pious after her father's murder, and deems her friend Thara -who claims Flamebird is bonded with her- a nutjob. Yet still Kara is saved by literal divine intervention in the Hunt for Reactron when Flamebird manifests through Thara and stomps Reactron. Later Kara apologizes and confides to Thara that she's feeling hopeful now because if the gods are real, it means her deceased father is in a better place.
  • God Test: During Peter David's run, with the "angel" version of the character, she meets a little boy who claims to be a god, come to speak to her. She asks for proof, and he asks what sort of miracle would prove anything in an age of superheroes who can fly, transmute elements, etc.; so she's just going to have to take it on faith.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: In Supergirl (Rebirth), Kara Danvers wears glasses with a hidden holographic projector to change her hair color and protect her secret identity.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Kara's kind-hearted, caring and compassionate. This causes plenty villains to underestimate her. Then they learn the hard way that she's also a short-tempered, fierce, vicious fighter with power to crush mountains and little patience for evil guys.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Defied by Batman in The Supergirl from Krypton. According Bruce, people who think Superman is an outdated boy-scout are unable to see him for the hero he is.
  • Grandfather Clause: New female heroes hardly wear a Minidress of Power, but Mary Marvel and Supergirl keep wearing skirts because they made and codified the trope, respectively. Supergirl's skirt costume is iconic, and attempts to replace it with pants or a Leotard of Power have been short-lived and seldom well-received.
  • Grand Theft Me: Insect Queen did this to Lana Lang in the fifth volume of Supergirl.
  • Grave-Marking Scene:
    • The Supergirl from Krypton: After being rescued from Darkseid, Kara visits Harbinger’s grave.
    • Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl: It happens twice. After exposing Lex Luthor's crimes, Kara visits her cousin's grave]]. Also, a flashback shows Barbara Gordon visiting her parents' grave before becoming Batgirl.
    • In Supergirl (2005) story arc Way of the World, Supergirl visits the graves of the parents of a little child she was unable to save.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: In Crisis On Infinite Earths, Kara fought the Anti-Monitor when he was trying to devour what little was left of The Multiverse. She was killed by him, but she hurt him, shattered his armor and destroyed his reality-eating machines, buying the surviving heroes a little time to regroup and defeat him. However, when the new universe was rebooted, Kara Zor-El and all memory of her was erased from existence. She saved the universe but no one remembered it.
    We don't do it for the glory. We don't do it for the recognition... We do it because it needs to be done. Because if we don't, no one else will. And we do it even if no one knows what we've done. Even if no one knows we exist. Even if no one remembers we ever existed.
  • Green and Mean:
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Lesla-Lar, an accomplished Kandorian scientist, began antagonizing Kara because she was jealous of the praise that people of Earth gave Supergirl.
      Lesla-Lar: I envy and hate her! The honors that I, Lesla-Lar, have earned in Kandor as a scientific genius are as nothing compared to the acclaim the people of Earth will give Supergirl when they learn of her existence!
    • In Demon Spawn, 'Nasty' Luthor glares and fumes when Linda and Geoff kiss.
    • In Supergirl Vol 1 #7, Supergirl and Zatanna spend a while seeking out a man called Tony -whom they have a crush on- and struggling to save him. As soon as both women learn that he has a fiancée, they refuse to speak to him.
    • In Supergirl Vol 2 #20 Linda's friend Joan is jealous of Linda when she finds out that her friend is meeting Clark Kent, nationally famous newscaster. Her jealousy goes away when Linda explains Clark is her cousin.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body:
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton, Supergirl grabs the tail of a Diasporan alien invader and swings him around, hitting a bunch of enemies with him.
    • In ''another Supergirl issue, Linda has to rescue a man from two giant octopi and a giant manta. Linda grabs manta's left flipper and slams it into both cephalopods, wielding it like a flail.
  • Ground-Shattering Landing: In the cover of Supergirl Vol 5 #12, Kara performs a ground-cracking landing (combined with a Three-Point Landing for greater effect).
  • Hair Decorations: Kara's iconic -and infamous- 80's costume includes a red headband. She was in her middle twenties when she started wearing it.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: All versions of Supergirl -including Power Girl- have a single thing in common: they're kind-hearted, blonde girls who don't want to see anybody getting hurt and use their huge powers to help and protect people. Kara Zor-El may be short-tempered, angsty, have anger issues... but she'll always be a good person deep-down:
    • Pre-Crisis Kara was an absolutely sweet, innocent child. She stopped being gullible when she grew up, and her adult self had quite the temper, but she always was a nice, selfless person.
    • Post-Crisis Kara behaved as an emo, self-centered, angry, bratty teen early on due to Kryptonite poisoning. However she began dealing with her issues, got cured, and developed into a kind, compassionate and cheerful woman.
    • New 52 Kara was a lonely, insolated teen who had anger issues and Survivor Guilt due to losing her family and getting stranded in an alien world. Even so, she went out of her way to help people and risked her life to protect others. In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline she confronted her anger issues and got over her rage, angst and confusion. When Supergirl (Rebirth) kics off, she has become the kind of person who will stop criminals, send them to prison and try to help them.
  • Happily Adopted: Supergirl's foster parents usually have a good relationship with their adopted alien daughter.
    • Pre-Crisis Kara was adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers. They loved her and she them, even after she found out that her biological parents were still alive. When she revealed she was Superman's cousin they took it in stride. And they got heart-broken when she died during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
    • Pa and Ma Kent also kind of adopted Post-Crisis Kara. They were the only parental figures she established a rapport with, and she regarded them as family.
    • New 52 Kara's foster parents are Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers who first appeared in Supergirl (Rebirth) # 1. Although they are technically her DEO-appointed handlers, they established a strong rapport after a few weeks.
      Jeremiah: What did I miss?
      Eliza: Just the launch, Jeremiah. But the new uniform sure fits.
      Cameron: Years since I let you two get married and you still find ways to help me question that decision.
      Supergirl: Comms are live. I can hear you two.
      Eliza: We're your parents, Kara. We're not dead.
  • Hates Being Alone: This has been a part of the personalities of Supergirl and her cousin for decades:
    • In the Pre-Crisis universe Clark felt very alone when he was Superboy because he could never play with kids his own age, there was no one like him, and no one could relate to him. Before graduating, his foster parents died, and he felt even more isolated and a bigger outcast. When he met his cousin Kara he felt incredibly happy because he had a family again, someone he could feel connected to.
    • Pre-Crisis Supergirl felt almost as alone as Clark. Fortunately Kara had a cousin she could relate to, but she spent several months living in an orphanage until she was adopted. She hated the place because she felt utterly alone and friendless in a strange land.
    • In Superboy #80 both cousins talk about this.
      Superman: Many years ago, when I lived in Smallville as Superboy, I could never play with kids my own age for fear of giving away my identity! Oh, how I longed for a human playmate who was super, like myself!
      Supergirl: I know how you feel! I, too, dare not play with anyone my own age!
    • In Many Happy Returns, Superman tells Linda he feels very alone because -even though he's greatest and most loved hero in the world-, he has no social life.
    • In Batgirl (2009), Kara and her friend Stephanie Brown -the then-current Batgirl- watch a cheesy movie. Most of audience laughs out loud when Dracula cries out he is alone, but both girls cannot laugh about it. They know what being alone is like, and they don't find it funny at all.
    • Post-Flashpoint Supergirl was a lonely, angry teenager. Her family and friends were dead, she could not bring herself to trust her cousin, she didn't manage to make friends or fit in with humans. Her issues of alienation, grief and anger got worse until she flew off the handle.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In Solo #1, Dick Malverne, Pre-Crisis Supergirl's childhood crush died after confessing he loved her and he knew her Secret Identity all along, leaving her heart-broken.
    That was the last time I saw Richard. Tonight I know what it is to be human. Tonight my super skin is still invulnerable, but my Richard is never coming back, and my heart is broken into a million pieces.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Linda Lee eventually gets adopted, becoming Linda Danvers.
  • Heavyworlder: Krypton having a much greater mass than Earth was one of the explanations for Supergirl's powers.
  • Heroes Love Dogs:
    • Kara really likes Krypto, and he becomes her pet when she arrives on Earth. In non-canon story Superman #149 in which Superman gets murdered by Lex Luthor, Supergirl becomes Krypto's sole owner when she takes over her cousin's job.
    • In Krypton No More, Superman, Supergirl and Krypto fight and have fun together.
    • Post-Crisis Kara tried to befriend Krypto, and she was devastated when the dog seemed to dislike her. Later on, they became friends.
    • Post-Flashpoint Kara was delighted when she learnt that Krypto survived.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Dick Malverne, Supergirl's main Love Interest -together with Brainiac 5- in the Pre-Crisis era. Depending on the artist, his hair is red or reddish-brown. Post-Crisis Dick is definitely a redhead.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Post-Crisis Kara Zor-El had one of these after the destruction of New Krypton. Superman hugged her while she cried in space, and she considered quitting the hero gig for a while.
    • In the Red Daughter of Krypton arc she went through one after meeting and beating Lobo, believing everyone wanted to manipulate her and she belonged nowhere. She was so upset and furious that she became a Red Lantern. A while later she was told that she would be a Red Lantern forever because she would die if she took her Power Ring off. She fell to her knees in despair and fury, threw her head back and screamed while incandescent light poured from her eyes.
  • Heroic Build: Supergirl is usually drawn with this body type: broad shoulders, large breasts, thin waist and lean, muscular arms and legs.
  • Heroic Bystander: In Supergirl vol 5 #20, Supergirl is fighting a cyclops (long story) and being trounced by the giant monster. Then a bystander hands an arrow dropped by an Amazon (long story) over to Supergirl, and she uses it to blind the cyclops.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Post-Crisis Supergirl is one of the world's greatest and mightiest heroes, has saved the world several times, saved countless lives, helped hundreds of people and been full-fledged member of four super-teams. Now you try to convince her of this. Kara has a rather low self-esteem and regards herself as an immature, clueless child who is barely worthy of bearing the S-shield. In Good-Looking Corpse she leads a team of young heroes and she is shocked when they praise her cleverness and leadership skills.
  • Heroic Resolve:
    • Even if Supergirl looks hurt or is dying, never, ever, try to harm her cousin under no circumstance.
    • In Crisis on Infinite Earths, she was hurt and beaten. Then the Anti-Monitor (an universe-eating Eldritch Abomination) tried to kill Superman. She pounced on the Anti-Monitor and delivered such a brutal beatdown that she she almost killed him.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton Kara was dying after her battle with a worldkiller. She was sick from Kryptonite-poisoning, worn-out and her heart hardly beat. Then the world-killer proclaimed her cousin would be his next victim. Thirty seconds later she had hurled the biological living weapon into the Sun.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths saved Superman and the whole Multiverse and it was one of the big comic book deaths at that time. Remarkably, in Convergence she found out that she'd die if she left her universe to fight the Anti-Monitor, and she still chose to fight.
      Oh, dear God. Did my death mean anything? Did I help them save the world?
      [beat]
      No. I can't think that way. Even if all my death means is I've delayed theirs, I still have to save them.
    • Post-Crisis Kara tried to kill herself to destroy the Kryptonian Worldkiller and save Earth in the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc.
  • Heroic Spirit: Supergirl never quits... ever. Even if she has been beaten, depowered, weakened, captured... by enemies that outnumber her, overpower her, or outsmart her, she will fight on until winning or dying.
  • Hero Insurance: Supergirl usually tries to cleans up after her battles:
    • In Supergirl vol. 5 #12 new hero Terra (now called Atlee) helps Supergirl take out a giant dinosaur; after the battle she uses her earth powers to repair the streets and even fix a fire hydrant. It is later revealed in the Terra miniseries that she apparently does this after every battle.
    • In Supergirl #31 and Red Lanterns #31, a city gets leveled and burned down because of a battle between two groups of Red Lanterns. Supergirl and her Red Lantern team want to help out with rebuilding it after the battle, but the frightened locals beg them to leave as soon as possible.
  • He's Back:
    • Kara wanted to give up being Supergirl after the destruction of New Krypton in the fifth volume, but she donned her Supergirl costume again to save Metropolis from Bizarrogirl.
    • At the end of the New 52 "Red Daughter of Krypton" arc, Kara becomes again Supergirl, and decides to return to Earth and protect the planet.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Supergirl and Batgirl usually have this kind of relationship.
      • In the post-Crisis continuity, Kara and Stephanie Brown. They love spending time together and helping each other. And if you pick on Steph, you will never know what hit you.
      • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Supergirl and Batgirl don't get along well at the beginning, but they turn into this over the course of the story.
    • Post-Crisis Kara and Cassie Sandsmark Wonder Girl were very good friends, too.
  • Hidden Depths: A lot of people in-universe thinks Supergirl's a brainless, gullible Flying Brick that hits first and asks questions later. Though she's a member of the Kryptonian Science Guild and has plenty of hobbies: playing guitar, drawing, costume-designing... She also owns a pet cat she's very fond of.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Kara did this in the Crucible Academy story arc. After being abducted and taken to a weird, unknown place, she grabs the neck of one of her kidnappers and hovers over an abyss, demanding answers while reminding him that "It looks like a long way down."
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: In Supergirl vol 4 #77, Kara believes -mistakenly- her X-Ray Vision disrupted a woman's pacemaker. She feels so guilty and distraught that when a super-villain shows up, looking for Supergirl, she asks him to beat her up.
  • Hoist Hero over Head:
    • In the New 52, Kara does this to a living Kryptonian suit before hurling it into the Sun.
    • Inverted on the cover of Supergirl #15 (Jan 1984).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
  • Home Base: In Supergirl vol. 7, Kara has inherited his cousin's Fortress of Solitude. Formerly she had an underwater base called "Sanctuary".
  • Hope Bringer: Supergirl and her cousin are the The DCU's biggest examples, bringing hope eveyrwhere and showing there's a better way. In some continuities, the "S"-shield is the Kryptonian symbol for "hope". Nonetheless, Supergirl is a bigger hope-bringer than her cousin, her motto being "Hope, Compassion and Help for all". In Convergence: Adventures of Superman, Superman tells she brings him hope.
  • Hostage Situation: In an Annual, a bank full of people are taken hostage, and Supergirl has to slip into the building and take the bank robbers down without letting anybody spot her.
  • Hot-Blooded: All incarnations of Kara Zor-El are emotional, passionate and headstrong women, and some of them are quite hot-tempered (her New 52 self) or tend to charge into situations without thinking (her post-Crisis counterpart). Her anger is an actual plot point in the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc, in which she attracts a Red Ring of Rage and can hardly control her emotions.
  • Hot Wings: Linda Danvers gained flame wings when she became an Earth-born angel during the Peter David's run.
  • Human Aliens: Kara is Kryptonian and outwardly indistinguishable from humans, despite obvious biological differences. Exactly how close or distant humans and Kryptonians are can vary depending on the work. According to some Silver Age stories, Kryptonians were descendants of humans plucked from Earth by a more technologically advanced race. Some Post-Crisis stories imply this as well.
  • Humans Need Aliens: Supergirl has saved the day countless times since her creation.
    • In the Crisis on Infinite Earths she saved an infinite number of Earths when she took the Anti-Monitor on. Even although she died, her sacrifice gave the surviving heroes time enough to fight back. When human Supergirl Linda Danvers tried to take Kara's place to save her life, she unfortunately found she couldn't hurt the Anti-Monitor because she couldn't punch so hard like Kara (who was an Earth-One Kryptonian).
    • In Supergirl (Rebirth), Kara provided the DEO (Department of Extra-normal Operations) with Kryptonian technology to help them fight alien threats off. Moreover, Lar-On would have killed everybody in the base if Kara hadn't returned.
  • Hurl It into the Sun:
    • In the New 52, Kara once essentially did this to herself to try to get rid of a Red Lantern ring without it killing her. It worked.
    • In Supergirl Rebirth, the Department of Extra-normal Operations launches Kara into the Sun as a last resort to help her get her powers back.
  • Hurting Hero:
    • Being one of the most powerful beings in the planet will not protect you from emotional pain, heartache or will bring your loved ones back.
    • Pre-Crisis Supergirl's parents sent her to Earth because Argo City was dying. She lost her parents, her home and was dumped by her cousin into an orphanage that she hated. Her Supergirl duties interfered with her personal life to the point she couldn't keep a steady boyfriend and had to quit a job. Often she felt torn because she wanted to live like a normal woman but her vast powers entailed great responsibilities. At one point she met an Old Flame and realized what she still felt something for him two weeks before his demise. And then she fought a dimension-eating Eldritch Abomination to save her beloved cousin and the whole Multiverse, and got killed (although to be fair, her death has been undone).
    • Peter David's Linda Danvers was a troubled teen who was manipulated by her boyfriend into joining a cult and committing crimes. Said boyfriend attempted to sacrifice her to draw a demon into the world. She survived and became a hero to redeem herself. Unfortunately, every time she starts being happy, something happens that puts her through the wringer again.
    • Post-Crisis Supergirl lived through Krypton's destruction. However she lost her home again when her parents sent her to Earth to save her life, before -apparently- dying. She met them again, but one of her enemies murdered them and blew up the world where the last Kryptonians settled in (hence, she has lost her parents twice and her home three times).
    • Post-Flashpoint Supergirl lost her planet and her parents and was stranded in a strange, alien world. She was persecuted by villains and fell for someone who turned out to be an evil, Manipulative Bastard who broke her heart. She lost her only friend, and joined a group of questionable anti-heroes only because she needed to belong with someone. After a while she got over her issues, but then her cousin -the only famly she had left- died.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Kara has demonstrated having impressive capability for analysis and deductive reasoning (Super Instinct she called it back in the Silver Age) owing to her Super Senses, heightened memory and natural intelligence. In a classic story she recognizes a heartbeat because "with hearing as sensitive as mine, they're as individual as fingerprints".


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