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Quote1 You were tested in ways I couldn't have handled at your age. That almost no one I know could have handled. And when you came back to us, somehow you were the same compassionate, selfless, outgoing, happy kid you were when you left. The resilience that must have taken, Jon. It defies all understanding. Your mom and I will always miss the little barn swallow that we lost. Always. But the next time you wonder if you measure up...or if you ever think of yourself as just "the son of Superman"...know that you're the Superman against whom all heroes will be measured someday. The Superman that I aspire to be. Quote2
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Jonathan "Jon" Kent is the firstborn son of Kryptonian superhero Superman and news reporter Lois Lane. Jon began fighting crime as Superboy at the age of 10; at age 11, an accident caused him to experience time asynchronously for several weeks and return as a 17-year-old. His heroic and diplomatic actions in the intergalactic community resulted in an invitation to join the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st century.

Upon returning home, Jon became the new Superman in the place of his father, who had departed the planet indefinitely on a mission to Warworld. As the first Earth-born Superman, Jon sought to use the role to help in new ways for "truth, justice, and a better world." Eventually, Jon began dating the post-human reporter Jay Nakamura.

Childhood

Original Birth

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Jonathan Samuel Kent is born.

Jonathan was born during a multiversal cataclysm where his mother and father had been abducted from their Earth and placed on a sentient planet to fight amongst other abductees from throughout the multiverse.

After both his and his mother's lives were jeopardized by a mentally unstable counterpart of his father, Superman managed to get his family to safety with the assistance of an alternate Batman, who had also aided Superman in the delivery of his son.[3]

When the being responsible for said cataclysm had a change of heart, Lois and Jon accompanied Superman to the first crisis in order to prevent the Multiverse from collapsing, a mission that proved successful.[4] Jon and his parents ended up stranded on a different Earth than the one they came from and had to learn to adapt. To avoid discovery, the family went undercover while adopting the surname White.

Following the cosmic upheavals of the Rebirth period, this character's history was revised.

Revised Birth

Jon was born a relatively short time after his parents' marriage, amidst an (attempted) extragalactic invasion by an alien force. His father, true to his nature, attempted to participate in the battle, only to be dissuaded by fellow heroes Martian Manhunter and John Stewart, who insisted that Earth's heroes had the invasion well in-hand, and that he was needed elsewhere= namely, his son's birth.

During the birth, Batman stood guard outside the fortress while Wonder Woman helped support Lois. After Clark arrived at the Fortress, Diana left Lois' side, letting Clark take over. After he was born, they named him Jonathan Samuel Kent, after his paternal and maternal grandfathers. Outside, Bruce and Diana discussed Jon's immense future potential.[5]

Early Childhood

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Jon discovers his father's costume

Jon grew up oblivious of his parents' past while living an apparently normal life. However, with his father acting as a secret super-hero and his mother still publishing her work under the pseudonym 'Author X', he was always suspicious of their awkward behavior. This suspicion came to a head when he and his mother were kidnapped by Bruno Mannheim and Intergang. This led to the discovery that Jon had inherited superpowers from his Kryptonian father.[6] After later being rescued by his father, Jon was told the truth about his family's origins.

Rebirth

Jon later discovered he had other superpowers, including heat vision when he accidentally killed his cat. He and his family would later encounter the Eradicator, who was intent on absorbing Jon's Kryptonian side. This battle would eventually end up in the Batcave located on the Moon. Lois would use one of Batman's suits and helped Jon and Superman to defeat the Eradicator.

Afterwards, Clark gave Jon a hat and glasses to help form Jon's secret identity. He would later travel with his father to the Justice League Watchtower and Superman introduced Jon to Batman and Wonder Woman as Superboy.[7]

Lost and Found

Soon after discovering his powers, Jon attempted a flight during nighttime, something his father counseled against. He got lost in the process, and as such went missing. Panicking, both his father and the Justice League searched desperately to find him. Superman searched Earth's orbit, while Batman and Nightwing searched the Earth. Eventually, Batman and Nightwing found him in a small cave he'd carved with his newfound heat-vision. He reacted poorly to Batman's intimidating presence, so Nightwing entered the cave instead, reaching out to Jon. After coaxing him out of the cave, he offered Jon candy from Bruce's utility belt and joked to put him at ease. Soon afterward, Clark arrived on the scene, comforting his son. This incident has a profound impact on him many years later, and he would continue to look up to Nightwing for years to come.[8]

First Adventures as Superboy

While working on a science project for school with his father at the Fortress of Solitude, a device in the base went haywire and transported them to the dangerous Dinosaur Island, where they fought for survival alongside a marooned war veteran named Captain William Storm.[9] Storm helped the pair return home but stayed behind himself to make sure the mutated dinosaurs would never make it to the outside world.

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Jon meets Damian

Later, while searching for a Christmas tree,[10] Jon accidentally torched some woodlands near a swamp in Hamilton but was rescued by Nobody and Goliath. Having been brought to the Batcave for questioning, Jon learned that Robin had been keeping him under surveillance for a long time. The two initially did not get along, and the situation was further complicated when Batman and Superman arrived, blaming each other for the conflict. A fight was averted when Jon used his freeze breath to separate the two sides and explain the situation to his father.[11]

In order to properly discipline their sons and teach them the value of working together, Superman and Batman had them undergo a series of challenges, but their lack of teamwork caused them to fail every challenge. The boys finally managed to put aside their differences and save their fathers from an apparent threat in the Batcave, which later turned out to be a ruse.[12] At this point, Alfred Pennyworth declared them to be the Super Sons.

Superman Reborn

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History is rewritten

Having been posing as an alternate Clark Kent in Metropolis, Mister Mxyzptlk unveiled himself, having returned to harass Superman. This time, his plan targeted Jon.[13] The fifth-dimensional imp was angry at Superman for not rescuing him from Mr. Oz and intended to get revenge by erasing Superman's son from their minds and history. With Lois Lane already forgetting about their child, Superman desperately offered to play a game with Mxyzptlk in order to get Jon back. The imp agreed and created an obstacle course called the Infinite Planet.[14]

After Lois and Clark completed the course, Jon emerged from the top of the course, infused with red energy, which turned out to be the essence of the Prime Earth versions of his parents, who, in their reality, never had Jon and were never married. After Mxyzptlk abandoned them, Jon convinced his reality-displaced parents to merge with their alternate-reality counterparts to form one set of Superman and Lois Lane with both their histories.[15] In doing so, the Superman family history was altered.

Super Sons Vs. Kid Amazo

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Jon and Damian - Super Sons

Jonathan was unwillingly recruited by Robin to help him investigate a series of break-ins at Lexcorp, but the investigation was complicated by Lex Luthor, who tried to capture them both.[16] The two boys managed to escape and follow a lead to a secret family who still retained their powers from the Amazo Virus. However, one member by the name of Reggie Meyer was driven insane by the excessive use of his powers and took the alias Kid Amazo. He had also stolen the Amazo Armor from Lexcorp and had planned to use it to lure the Justice League into a trap.[17] Thanks to the arrival of Lex Luthor and Reggie's super-powered sister Sara, the Super Sons managed to take Kid Amazo down. Not wanting to explain themselves, Robin and Superboy quickly left the area. However, their absences from their respective homes did not go unnoticed and they were punished by their families.[18] After talking to their parents, Superboy and Robin were given permission to go adventuring on their own, as long as they always stuck together.

Black Dawn

While waiting out a big storm in the basement of their farmhouse, the Kents were paid a visit by Batman and Robin. Batman told them that his analysis on Superboy's DNA had come back inconclusive and theorized that something environmental could have been suppressing the growth of Jon's powers. He deduced that it might be the milk of a neighbor's cow but, while attaining a sample by himself after leaving, Batman was attacked by a strange alien substance within the milk.

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Jon's true power revealed

When Batman did not return the following morning, Superman, Robin and Superboy went searching for him, discovering a squid monster that Superboy was forced to kill with his heat vision in self-defense. Superman then had a talk with his son about the consequences of his actions.

It was later revealed that the true villain behind Jon's suppressed powers was Manchester Black. He had recruited a group of aliens, which included the Kent's neighbor Kathy Branden and her grandfather, in order to enact his revenge against Superman and groom Jon into his protegé.[19] Jon, while under the control of Black's mental powers, was forced to fight his own father while his powers were pushed to their limits. Eventually, Jon was able to throw off the mind-control and, with the help of his friend Kathy, defeated Manchester Black with a huge blast of psychic feedback.

Three weeks after the incident, Jon's powers returned and he finally gained the ability to fly.[20]

Moving to Metropolis

After moving to Metropolis from the countryside, Jonathan was allowed to go patrolling the city with Robin, provided that he returned home at 10:00 pm. While patrolling, they were met by the Teen Titans, who were investigating some strange energy readings. Though Starfire invited Superboy to come along, Robin denied the invitation, stating that Superboy was only ten and not a teenager like him.

Having followed their lead with Superboy, the Titans had found their culprit - Atom Master and Chun Yull - but were easily defeated and forced to return to Jon for help. [21] With the Boy of Steel on their side, the Titans managed to easily defeat the foes and redeem themselves, once again making an invitation for Jon to join and having it denied by Damian.

Superboy and Robin continued to follow the mystery of where the villains had come from and, after being sucked into an interdimensional portal, had discovered they had originated from Yggardis, the living planet. Fighting for their lives on the planet with some other survivors, Superboy and Robin successfully returned to their home planet and reported the whole thing to Superman.

Despite being becoming Superboy, Jon did not immediately have all of his father's adventures revealed to him, and he remained somewhat uneducated on the nature of some of them. It was not until after he moved to Metropolis that, during a special presentation at school, Jon first learned that his father had once died fighting Doomsday (Prime Earth), something his parents had been 'waiting for the right time' to tell him about. The same day, his father was attacked by Doombreaker, a construction worker mutated by long-term contact with a torn piece of Doomsday's hide. Eventually, after Lois and Jon recovered the shard of Doomsday's hide and Clark was able to use it to reverse the mutation.

Some time after the event, Superman and Batman decided to give Jon and Damian their own secret base of operations equip with Justice League and Kryptonian technology at the bottom of Morrison Bay.[22] Much to Damian's dismay, Superboy nicknamed the new base 'the Fortress of Attitude'.

Super Sons of Tomorrow

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Superboy solar flaring

About 3 months later at Titans Tower, Superboy argued with Robin that the Boy Wonder had not been keeping his promise to allow him to participate in a Titans mission once a month. The conflict was interrupted by the arrival of Tim Drake from a dark alternate future, who had come back in time to kill Jon and avoid a possible cataclysm. Superboy, in a panic, flew out of the tower and suddenly exploded, having developed a new, destructive power called the 'super-flare', heavily damaging the headquarters and injuring the Titans.

On the run from Tim Drake and his Titans of Tomorrow, Jon and Damian escaped to the Fortress of Solitude where they found Superman trapped in a cage of Red Kryptonite and freed him. As the Titans of Tomorrow arrived, Jon panicked, accidentally charging up another, more dangerous super flare. With everyone working together to stop the detonation, future-Tim Drake made the final sacrifice by absorbing the energy of the blast and allowed himself to be pulled into hypertime, saving the day and ending the crisis.

With so much drama having been caused by them for the last few months, Superman threatened to disband the Super Sons, but the boys however stood up to the Man of Steel, saying they would not abandon each other. Superman yielded, respecting their friendship.

Later on, at the Justice League Watchtower, Robin put to a vote whether Jon should become a part-time member of the Titans. With Damian being the only supporter, the other members voted no, feeling that the team itself is falling apart under Robin's leadership. Jon accepts their choice, and Robin soon recasts a new team of Titans.

Exploring Space

Jon's altercation with future-Tim Drake actually affected him more than he let on. He became fearful of the possible future Savior was trying to prevent and was dejected at the Titans' refusal to let him join, believing that they saw something wrong with him.[23]

One night at the Kents' residence, the family was visited by none other than Mr. Oz - Superman's time displaced father and Jon's grandfather. Jor-El had come to take Jon on a trip through space to better educate him about the known universe.[24] Lois and Clark initially refused, but Jon tearfully revealed his insecurities to his parents, stating that this could be an opportunity to better understand himself. Convinced, Lois agreed and volunteered to go with them, much to Clark's dismay before finally letting his family go.[23]

Longest Trip to the Galaxy & Return to Earth

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Jon returns

A short time later, Lois returned to Earth and their ship suddenly fell into a black hole. Jon crashed to Earth 3, where he was taken prisoner by Ultraman, who imprisoned him in a volcano for years. He eventually managed to escape, spending an indeterminate amount of time helping the needy on Earth 3, to varying reactions. After some time, Jon attempted to break into the Crime Syndicate headquarters in order to find a way home. Upon doing so, he was immediately attacked by Superwoman. Luckily, Jon was then rescued by Jor-El and sent back to Earth, where he found that although years had passed for him, on Earth it had only been three weeks since he left.[25][26]

Legion of Super-Heroes

After the battle against Rogol Zaar, the Houses of El and Zod meet with the chiefs of various planets to discuss the roles of Jor-El and Zaar in Krypton's destruction. Jon suggested forming the United Planets, and the Legion of Super-Heroes appeared to offer him a role in the group.

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Infinite Frontier

Fall of the Golden Age

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Superboy at the dawn of a new era

Jonathan along with his father later fight a horde of mysterious alien creatures that come from a breach in space, after the S.T.A.R. Labs space station seals the breach. When the breach later opens up again, Superboy and Superman go back into action and after the battle while eturning from Earth, Clark says that it's hard for him to accept that Jon is now a young man, only for Jon to cry and say that he learned a lot of things about Superman in the future, including that the next time the breach opens, Clark can't go as he will die, something that he deduces from the lack of information that there is about Superman in the future from this moment in time.[27] During another battle as the breach opens up again one final time, Superboy protects his father from an attack and weakens the creatures long enough to take the energy source into the breach. Superboy then detonates the power source, seals the breach and reunites with his father, with Jon questioning that the history books from the future seemed to be wrong about Superman's fate.[28] Jon and Clark later travel to Thakkram where he meets an old ally of his father, Faldr Poornym, whom along his father and Qarath O Daanim stopped and evil Shadowbreed in the past. Superboy is then taken by Clark to the old canyon where the Shadowbreed was defeated, there they discover the Shadowbreed's corpse. Superboy finds his father's old communicator and some kind of device built from the same technology Faldr used to build his radiation bomb, but this device looks like a cage.[29]

For a Better World

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Jonathan becomes Superman

Jon became the new Superman on Earth as his father faced threats from outer space, saying he was going to be gone for a while. After an encounter with a post-human that had heat-radiating powers, Jon started to question his allegiances, he went to Damian for advice and told him that he wanted to solve bigger problems to help build a better world, Damian showed him an underground stream called "The Truth" that reported things that others were afraid to.[5]

Jon tried to attend college under the alias of "Finn Connors", but his true identity was quickly revealed when he was forced to save some students from an attack. His father later gave him the keys to the Second Fortress of Solitude and a new suit. Jon decided to step up and rescue a boat of asylum seekers that were leaving Gamorra Island after listening about it on one of the streams from The Truth. After leaving the refugees on Metropolis, Jon met The Truth, who turned out to be Jay Nakamura, one of the people he saved in college.[1]

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Jon and Jay face Henry Bendix

Jon and his father later helped another post-human that was unintentionally causing an earthquake and took her to STAR Labs. After this Jon went to help Jay and his friends on a protest rally to prevent the Gamorran refugees that he saved from being deported back to their home country at the request of President Henry Bendix. Jon allowed the police to arrest him until he was bailed out by his father. Jon took Jay to the Smallville farm for dinner at the same time Clark said goodbye to him. Right after his father left, Henry Bendix captured Faultline and dropped her from a plane which caused an explosion on the Kent Farm.[30]

Jon managed to save his family and realized that Jay also had powers so he would survive the explosion. As the Justice League arrived to fight Faultline, Jon stopped them and said that it wasn't her fault. After taking Faultline under the care of Wonder Woman and having a quick chat with The Flash, Superman met Aerie and Wink, friends of Jay who gave him information about the post-human projects at Gamorra, Jon realized that Bendix attacked the Kent Farm and went to Gamorra in order to confront him. He instead found out that the heat metahuman he met in the forest was in danger, but this turned out to be a trap created by Bendix.[31] Jon was hit with a localized solar energy flare that amplified his powers, causing him to hear people all over the world without stopping. He spent must of his time doing heroic deeds til exastuation, which left him in the care of Jay until he recovered.[32]

After Jon discovered that the US Senator James Henderson was working with the Gamorran ambassador to kidnap and traffic young people for Bendix's experiments, he caught him and revealed to Jay Nakamura that his mother Sara was still alive.[33]

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Jon meets the Dreamer

Jon later meets the Dreamer (Nia Nal) in the Fortress of Solitude, which warn him about an future massacre. Jon recognised her, having befriended her descendent Nura Nal in the 31st Century. He explained that Nura had forseen their encounter, and given to him gauntlets that would help Nia channel her powers, and she told him that she had forseen that Superman would return to Earth.[34]

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Homecoming

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The new Superman meets Lex Luthor

Jonathan was visited by Batman, who left him a crystal that housed an artificial intelligence based on his father which he activated on the Fortress of Solitude. His holographic father talked to him about Lex Luthor and about how he didn't want him to make the same mistakes he made with Lex if he ever returned. As Luthor returned to Metropolis, he bought the tallest building in the city and put a LexCorp sign on it. Superman intervene when the building was attacked by some guard robots created by Luther himself, but that were now attacking him due to one of his competitors also had a hand on key components of said robots. Superman and Luthor on his suit teamed up and defeated the robots, Lex then offered Jon play a game of chess he and his father never finished many years ago. Jon agreed with the condition that if he won Luthor had to take the LexCorp sign off his building, the two played chess while Jon talked about how Luthor could help improve the future of the planet as it was in his self-interest, Jon then beat Luthor on the chess game and quickly left not before taking the damaged L off the sign that now said "ExCorp".[35]

Multiversal Travel

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Jon vs Ultraman

When Ultraman went on a killing spree through the Multiverse murdering every version of Syperman that he could find, Jon Kent, along with Val-Zod and Red Tornado followed the villain to Earth 49 and confronted him. However, Ultraman sent Val-Zod and Red Tornado to the Phantom Zone and dominated Jon in a one-on-one fight, as the younger hero constantly held back from using his full strength even against someone as powerful as Ultraman. Jon was able to overpower him by using his energy powers, but doing so left him exhausted and powerles. When Ultraman about to kill Jon, the Superman of this Earth swooped in behind him and killed Ultraman by snapping his neck before he could even react.[36]

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The Injustice Saga

This Superman recognised Jon as "his son" and tried to form a father-son bond with him as a link to his late Lois. He tried to convince Jon to adopt his Regime's more "proactive" methods, but the young hero quickly learned that Superman ruled by fear rather than leading by example like his father. Jon eventually met the Damian Wayne of this Earth and then sought out for an opinion from Jay Nakamura's doppelganger; someone he could trust regarding the feud between Superman's Regime and Batman's Resistance.[37][38]

Jay informed him of what this world's Superman was actually like and after hearing Jay's input he discovers this world's Superman has kidnapped the members of the Resistance. Jon ultimately decides he has to stop this world's Superman, however still weak after his battle Ultraman, Jon goes to the sun and absorbs its energy before taking out members of the Regime one-by-one. He convinces Flash not to fight reminding the Flash that he knows what Superman is doing is wrong but just doesn't want to fight his friend before neutralizing Yellow Lantern and Hawkgirl. Then Jon attacks Wonder Woman however she soon figures out what's happening and stops Jon, Jon however flies past her and subdues her via the Lasso of Truth before using it to reveal Damien Wayne's true feelings about his father. Jon then asks Alfred for advice before freeing Batman and Harley Quinn from prison, afterward he announces it to Superman and dares Superman to face him, Superman asks Jon what would happen if he killed this world's Jay to which Jon states he would take Superman to prison. In an attempt to call Jon's bluff he snaps Jay's arm and Jon powers up but instead of killing Superman hugs him and tells Superman that he could not have lost his world's version of Jon and Lois because the way he's acting he's not Superman, this seems to convince Superman. However Jon as he is seemingly convincing Superman is blasted by Cyborg, the blast sending him back to his reality, Superman begs Jon not to leave but Jon tells Superman he believes in him and sincerely hopes he can once again become the man he was meant to be before returning to Earth 0.[39]

Powers

  • Kryptonian-Human Hybrid Physiology: Because of his hybrid human/Kryptonian genetic structure under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Jon possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. However, according to Batman's research,[40] Jon's abilities have the potential to exceed that of his father's and cousins due to his Human/Kryptonian hybrid cells. These powers include:
    • Solar Radiation Absorption: Jon's Kryptonian cellular structure allows him to absorb, store and metabolize solar radiation. Stars of different frequencies give him different abilities, and the yellow sun grants him enhanced physical capabilities, senses, and the ability to defy gravity. Superman states Jon's cells ignite with the power of a supernova.
    • Invulnerability: Because he is half-Kryptonian, Jon's body is nigh-invulnerable due to his superhumanly dense cellular and anatomical structure as well as his radiating bio-electrical aura. However, in the beginning, his invulnerability was inconsistent, as he got a scraped knee and a concussion. Later on, he has shown certain degrees of durability, such as withstanding the impact of a tree branch,[41] and even Robin's Batarangs.[42] He is capable of withstanding the impact of being slammed through a building.[43] As well as fighting beings of similair strength such as other Kryptonians.[44] In addition, his invulnerability also extends protection against toxins, poisons, and diseases. During the Dark Crisis he took on the entire Dark Army on his own and has survived the combined physical assault of Doomsday, Neron, Eclipso, Ares and Darkseid's Omega Beams.[45]
    • Superhuman Strength: As a result of his half-Kryptonian lineage, Jon possesses incredible superhuman strength and is capable of handling tens of thousands of pounds.[41] He was able to stun a large, flying dinosaur with a single punch.[11] According to Jon's mother, Jon is capable of easily lifting up automobiles and large boulders.[46] He has even stopped a train speeding out of control.[20] Jon is capable of fighting other powerful beings such as full grown kryptonians like Zod [47], monsters like Rogol Zaar [48] and gods like Ares.[49] Batman also comments on how Jon power is growing so quickly he is potentially already stronger than his father or cousin.[50]
      • Super-Leaping: Jon has also demonstrated the ability to use his incredible strength to jump incredible distances and land safely.[51][16]
    • Superhuman Stamina: Jon possesses a stamina phenomenally exceeding that of humans. Though Jonathan can operate for a substantial period of time without tiring, he eventually does need to rest or relax.[20]
    • Flight: Jon is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. Jon is capable of flying at speeds comparable to his fathers.[20] Jon has actually beat his father in a race before. [52]
    • Heat Vision: His heat vision is powerful enough to singe even his father's skin and cause considerable collateral damage to his surroundings.[10] He has shown some degree of fine-control as he was able to use it to heat-weld a cape to his jacket. Jon has shown better control over his heat vision than his father being able to detonate his heat vision midair like a bomb, something his father couldn't do. As well as having access to a "hyperviolet spectrum" that Superman doesn't, which produces far more powerful heat vision blasts than normal.
      • Solar Flare: Jon has demonstrated the ability to immediately expel solar energy in gigantic bursts of explosive force. Jon's blasts are capable of causing widespread destruction, similar to a nuclear explosion.[53] Jon has very little to no control over it due to his human heritage.[54]
    • Superhuman Senses: Much like his father, Jon's senses are enhanced to superhuman levels, allowing him to perceive the world in far greater detail than the average human.[16][52]
      • Enhanced Visual Perception: Though stated by Robin that it would take him a week, Jon was able to thoroughly scan through 175 hours of surveillance videos in a few seconds.[16]
        • X-Ray Vision: Jon possesses the ability to see through solid objects.[46]
        • Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Jon can see into all of the EM Spectrum. He can see and identify radio/television and any and all broadcast/transmitted frequencies, allowing him to avoid detection through radar or satellite monitoring methods.
        • Telescopic Vision: Jon is able to see objects from great distances. He was able to focus on the Cosmos One Space Station in orbit.[52]
        • Microscopic Vision: Jon can also see extremely small objects and images down to the subatomic level.
      • Superhuman Smell: On various occasions, Jon has demonstrated that his sense of smell is significantly enhanced to the point he can smell odors across the entire city.
      • Superhuman Hearing: Jon first displayed this power to listen in on the conversation between his father, Batman and Wonder Woman.[55] Jon was also able to hear the heartbeats of certain citizens in the town.[11]
    • Superhuman Speed: Jon has demonstrated the ability to move, react, run and fly at superhuman speeds. He can use this power to disarm opponents, catch bullets or shrapnel and cross vast distances in seconds.[52] Jon has moved so fast that the Teen Titans have mistaken him for Kid Flash when he saved them all in a battle, while Kid flash himself was unable to see Jon when he saved him.[53] Jon has also snatched a bullet fired from a sniper rifle out of the air while moving too fast for the shooter, Talia al Ghul, to perceive what had stopped it despite having her scope trained on her target the entire time.[56] Jon's speed is so great, that he managed to break free from the Time Commander's Chronokinesis.[57]
    • Super-Breath: Jon is able to project his voice at a high decibel level, which is strong enough to shatter all the windows in his home.[58] He later develops the ability to project freezing cold blasts to create considerable amounts of ice.[10] While not having perfected it, Superboy is learning to project hurricane force winds by breathing.[18]
    • Energy Transference: Jon is able to manipulate the stored solar energy within his body in ways that an average Kryptonian cannot. He can either use it to temporarily boost his baseline powers or display new powers outside the typical Kryptonian template.[59] He first began manifesting this ability after stopping Bendix,[60] and it was uncontrollably unlocked after he was exposed to Lazarus Resin.[61], but he later begins to gain control of this ability in his fight with Ultraman.
      • Electrokinesis: Jon's body emits his stored solar energy as a powerful electrical energy. He is able to manipulate this electricity for a variety of effects.[62]
        • Electro-Blast: Jon can project his lighting in concentrated blasts from his hands, and even emit large bursts of lightning from his entire body.[61][63]
      • Enhanced Speed: Jon can tap into his stored energy reserves to increase his speed, allowing him to run and fly faster than a typical Kryptonian or the Wonder Woman of Earth 49, whose speed is considered equivalent to the God Hermes.[64]
      • Enhanced Strength: Jon can tap into his stored energy reserves and metabolize it at a greater rate than normal, increasing his strength beyond even a typical Kryptonian. This allowed him to overpower Ultraman with only a few blows.[62]

Abilities

Weaknesses

  • Vulnerability to Kryptonite: Due to his half-Kryptonian DNA, Jon is susceptible to kryptonite radiation like his father.[66]
  • Power Instability (Formerly): When Jon was very young, his Kryptonian powers were inconsistent, especially his invulnerability. His powers seemed to also fluctuate with his emotions.[10] It was revealed that Jon's power fluctuations were the result of Manchester Black's machinations. After Black was defeated, Jon's powers were fully recharged.
  • Vulnerability to Psionics: Jon's inexperience in dealing with psychic foes leaves him wide open, especially if those psychic attacks target his powers.
  • Solar Energy Dependency: Like average Kryptonians, Jon needs to recharge his energy by absorbing solar energy from the yellow sun radiation. Lack of solar energy in long periods will gradually weaken his abilities, ultimately making him vulnerable.[67]
  • Vulnerability to Magic[68]
  • Power Loss: If Jon is not careful while tapping into his solar energy reserves, he can potentially use it up faster than his body can replenish it from the sun, leaving him exhausted and temporarily powerless until he can absorb more "yellow" sunlight.[62][59]

Equipment

  • Jon Kent's Superman Belt: Jon's yellow belt with red crystal was created by Brainiac 5 at his request when he was still part of the LSH. The power concentrated in the crystal was meant to be used as a last resort when Jon was completely powerless and helpless, as he once was on Earth 3.[69]

Transportation

  • 2003 Kord Motors Jeep[1]


  • He is named in honor of his adoptive paternal grandfather and his maternal grandfather, Jonathan Kent and Samuel Lane. Lois was initially going to name him after his biological paternal grandfather, Jor-El, but Clark wanted a name that showcased his human side.[3]
  • Jon was born of the New Earth versions of his parents whilst trapped on Telos during Convergence. Following the Rebirth of the Universe, his parents merged with their Prime Earth versions, folding their histories and Jon's into one. To all those around him, Jon now had always been a denizen of Prime Earth.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Superman: Son of Kal-El #2
  2. Justice League (Volume 4) #71
  3. 3.0 3.1 Convergence: Superman #2
  4. Convergence #8
  5. 5.0 5.1 Superman: Son of Kal-El #1
  6. Superman: Lois and Clark #7
  7. Superman (Volume 4) #6
  8. 8.0 8.1 Nightwing (Volume 4) #89
  9. Superman (Volume 4) #9
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Superman (Volume 4) #10
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Superman (Volume 4) #8
  12. Superman (Volume 4) #11
  13. Action Comics #975
  14. Superman (Volume 4) #19
  15. Action Comics #976
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Super Sons #2
  17. Super Sons #3
  18. 18.0 18.1 Super Sons #4
  19. Superman (Volume 4) #23
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Superman (Volume 4) #25
  21. Super Sons #6
  22. Super Sons #10
  23. 23.0 23.1 The Man of Steel (Volume 2) #6
  24. The Man of Steel (Volume 2) #5
  25. Superman (Volume 5) #8
  26. Superman (Volume 5) #9
  27. Superman (Volume 5) #29
  28. Action Comics #1029
  29. Superman (Volume 5) #30
  30. Superman: Son of Kal-El #3
  31. Superman: Son of Kal-El #4
  32. 32.0 32.1 Superman: Son of Kal-El #5
  33. Superman: Son of Kal-El #6
  34. Superman: Son of Kal-El #13
  35. Superman: Son of Kal-El 2021 Annual #1
  36. Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #2
  37. Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #3
  38. Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4
  39. Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #6
  40. Superman (Volume 4) #20
  41. 41.0 41.1 Superman (Volume 4) #17
  42. Super Sons #5
  43. Superman (Volume 4) #26
  44. Superman (Volume 5) #12
  45. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #6
  46. 46.0 46.1 Trinity (Volume 2) #1
  47. Superman (Volume 5) #12
  48. Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 8) #12
  49. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #6
  50. Action Comics #1030
  51. 51.0 51.1 Action Comics #968
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 52.3 Action Comics #966
  53. 53.0 53.1 Super Sons #11
  54. Superman (Volume 4) #38
  55. Superman (Volume 4) #1
  56. Super Sons #14
  57. 57.0 57.1 Super Sons #7
  58. Action Comics #960
  59. 59.0 59.1 Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #3
  60. Superman: Son of Kal-El #15
  61. 61.0 61.1 Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #2
  63. Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4
  64. Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #6
  65. Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #6
  66. Adventures of the Super Sons #1
  67. Adventures of the Super Sons #7
  68. Challenge of the Super Sons #12
  69. Superman: Son of Kal-El #18
  70. Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1
  71. Action Comics #978
  72. Adventures of the Super Sons #9
  73. Jon Kent Finds His Identity in Superman: Son of Kal-El #5
  74. Superman: Son of Kal-El #9


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