- Magnificent Bastard: Luthor, as usual. He outplays both Superman and General Zod, and would have succeeded in banishing them both to the Phantom Zone had Chris not interfered and saved Superman.
- Moral Event Horizon: General Zod tries to kill his own son, saying he "can always make another."
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Averted. Chris was originally supposed to have appeared in the arc, but since it got delayed for over a year, he was kept around a lot longer than intended in the Superman series. There, other writers were able to flesh out the bond Clark, Lois, and Chris had, and those stories were later classified as interquels between the time Clark adopts him and General Zod's invasion.
YMMV / Last Son