- Besides, I could do with the time to myself... to sit back and think. It's selfish, I know, but I deserve... Whoa! There you go again, Linda! There's nothing selfish about wanting to get into yourself for a while instead of thinking about the whole blasted world! I do enough of that as Supergirl — and wasn't the whole reason for this move... to give myself space to be just plain Linda Danvers?
- — Supergirl src
Kara-Zor-El, also known as Supergirl and Linda Lee Danvers, is a Kryptonian superhero based in Midvale and later San Francisco, New Athens, New York City and Chicago. She is the cousin of Superman, and for a long time served as his "secret weapon".
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 Arrival On Earth
- 1.3 Training
- 1.4 Legion of Super-Heroes
- 1.5 The Unknown Supergirl
- 1.6 The Death of Luthor
- 1.7 Satan Girl
- 1.8 Early Public Career
- 1.9 The Untold Story of Argo City
- 1.10 World's Finest
- 1.11 Moving to San Francisco
- 1.12 Demon Spawn
- 1.13 Crypt of the Frozen Graves
- 1.14 Drama Student and Student Advisor
- 1.15 The Search for Superman
- 1.16 Krypton No More
- 1.17 Let My People Grow
- 1.18 Warworld
- 1.19 Secret Hearts
- 1.20 Judgment in Infinity
- 1.21 Life in Chicago
- 1.22 Blackstarr
- 1.23 Last Meeting with Dick Malverne
- 1.24 The Great Darkness Saga
- 1.25 Further Adventures with the Legion
- 1.26 Crisis on Infinite Earths
- 1.27 Post Crisis
- 1.28 Many Happy Returns
- 1.29 Final Crisis
- 1.30 Convergence
- 2 Personality
- 3 Powers and Abilities
- 4 Paraphernalia
- 5 Notes
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Recommended Reading
- 8 Related
Kara Zor-El was the last survivor of Argo City of the planet Krypton which had survived the explosion of the planet and had drifted through space. When the soil of the colony was turned into Anti-Kryptonite, lead sheeting was placed on the ground (normal, green kryptonite only affect Kryptonians under a yellow sun; Anti-kryptonite affect non-powered kryptonians ). Some while after the demise of Krypton, her parents Zor-El and Allura got married and conceived her. She led a relatively happy childhood until she was fifteen when a meteor shower pierced the sheeting and the Kryptonians began to die of radiation poisoning.
Arrival On Earth
After his mother Allura watched the Earth with a super-telescope and a Kryptonian living there, Kara was sent to Earth by her parents to be raised by her cousin Kal-El, known as Superman. So Superman would know Kara was his cousin, her parents provided a costume based closely on the Man of Steel's. Upon meeting Kara (who had begun to display powers similar to those of Kal-El), the now-non-last son of Krypton decided she would become his secret weapon, and explained that her presence on Earth must be kept confidential while he trained Kara in the use of her new powers.
Kara adopted the identity of Linda Lee, an orphan at Midvale Orphanage, hiding her blonde locks beneath a brunette wig. During this period and for two full years, Linda interacted with humans mainly on a person-to-person basis performing good super-deeds on a save-the-world one at a time ratio, using clever schemes while trying to avoid becoming adopted before her time came. A distant precursor for her worldwide -- even galaxy-wide-- fame that was to come soon. Travel to other times or worlds came easy, since it permitted her to be openly seen then.
As Superman's confidence in Kara grew, he put her through a test which resulted in her temporary exile from Earth. Through a string of circumstances, she came to learn Superman's dual identity, but proved worthy of the name Supergirl by keeping Clark's private life a secret.
At one point, Kara tried to build her very own Fortress beneath an Arab Desert. Unfortunately her shelter was found by a greedy archeologist who tried to blackmail her into working him and his wife, forcing Kara to destroy her own Fortress after Streaky wiped the blackmailer's memories.
Legion of Super-Heroes
During her time in the Orphanage, Kara was visited by Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl, who admired her just as much as her cousin and looked to induct her into the Legion of Super-Heroes. Unfortunately, although Supergirl passed their tests, an weird incident with a fragment of Red Kryptonite prevented her from becoming an official member yet. Later Saturn Girl -joined by Phantom Girl and Triplicate Girl- would return to the past once again to invite her into the Legion. Supergirl and candidate Brainiac 5 passed their tests, and became Legionnaires before Superboy himself.
The Unknown Supergirl
Main article: Supergirl: The Unknown Supergirl After several months, Superman decides it's time that the public learn of her existence. He tells her that he plans on doing so once he and Krypto return from a mission in another dimension, leaving Earth in Supergirl's protection. Though Kara has mysteriously lost her powers when he comes back. Unbeknown to Supergirl, she had been un-powered because of the scheming of Kandorian scientist Lesla-Lar who was out to supplant her on Earth. While adapting to her new situation, Linda allowed herself to be adopted by engineer and rocket scientist Fred Danvers and Edna Danvers his wife.
Once Lesla-Lar's meddling has been dealt with, as well as the effects of Mister Mxyzptlk's magic and Red Kryptonite radiation, Superman decides to introduce her to an unsuspecting world. Kara and Kal revealed her secret identity to her adoptive parents and then Superman publicly unveiled his cousin to the world in February, 20th, 1962.
The Death of Luthor
Shortly after the reveal, Lex Luthor assails Supergirl to prove she is a hoax and destroy her. He succeeds in endangering her with Kryptonite, but, when she survives that danger and pursues him, Luthor accidentally kills himself with a ray-gun of his own creation. Yet Supergirl thinks that he should not escape his life sentence this way. She scours Atlantis and several alien worlds to find material for a cocoon which, applied just in time, restores Luthor to life. Luthor proves to be less than grateful, especially when they haul him off to jail again.
When a mysterious masked woman named Satan Girl infected the female Legionnaires with an odd illness, Kara travelled to the future to save her friends and teammates. Satan Girl proved to be incredibly powerful but Supergirl managed to outwit her. Then she found out Satan Girl was a doppelgänger spawned when she was exposed to a Red Kyrptonite meteor.
Early Public Career
After being adopted Kara changed her Earth name to Linda Lee Danvers (later known as just Linda Danvers) and she became a student at Midvale High School, from where she graduated in time (1964). During this period she befriended Lex Luthor´s telepathic sister Lena Thorul who became a helper and confident to both her secret identities apart until she married.
In 1966, Linda went on to study an unrevealed BA in Stanhope College until she graduated there in 1971. She even gained Streaky, a pet cat that also possessed superpowers, and a horse named "Comet" that was a magical superpowered pet once described by Superman as "the mightiest Super-Creature on Earth". Comet the Superhorse became her inseparable companion awhile who was secretly in love with Kara and could romance her while he became human whenever a real Comet passed near Earth, in accordance with Circe's hex. His invulnerability to Kryptonite allowed Supergirl to be saved many times. But both grew distant when she went on to college.
The Untold Story of Argo City
When dreams about her Kryptonian parents Zor-El and Allura being still alive alerted her, she built a machine and brought both back safely from the Survival Zone (where they had teleported during Argo's final moments) with the help of her adoptive father's engineering talent. Eventually, they settled in Kandor.
Supergirl met Batgirl for first time when Mister Mxyzptlk (Earth-One) and Bat-Mite threw them into a dangerous alternate dimension to get them out of the way as they pulled a prank on Superman and Batman. After several days they managed to break the dimensional barrier just in time to save their mentors from being blasted into another dimension. Both girls befriended each other during their adventure, and would team up more times throughout the years.
Moving to San Francisco
After graduating,, Kara moved to San Francisco and got a job as photographer for KSF-TV Station. Unfortunately, co-worker and former schoolmate and bully Nasty Luthor had guessed Linda was Supergirl and attempted to out her doggedly. At the same time, Linda had to deal with several threats, including mob boss Starfire and sorceror Zond.
During that time Supergirl began to try and establish her own identity and experimented with a wide variety of costume and hairstyle changes; finally settling on a blue v-necked sweater with a small S insignia over her heart and red hot-pants. While remaining independent from Superman, Kara would maintain close ties with her cousin, while handling a succession of short timed jobs.
One day a sword-wielding sorceress named Nightflame teleported in San Francisco and started tearing the city up, looking for Supergirl. Kara hurried to engage her, but she was easily defeated and transported to a demon-filled Hell dimension called Innerverse. Nightflame revealed that place was spawned by Supergirl's darkest side but was decaying. In order to prevent this, Nightflame intended to erase Supergirl's consciousness and taking over her body. With considerably effort, Kara broke Nightflame's binding spell and managed to take her down.
Crypt of the Frozen Graves
The days of Linda working as a photographer came to an end when she wrote several pieces exposing a crime syndicate. Though her informer got cold feet and later got murdered by the syndicate. Kara took the Frisco syndicate down, but she blamed herself for her informer's death. She decided her job was compromising her morals and that was unacceptable, so she quit.
Drama Student and Student Advisor
After a stint as graduate student in drama at Vandyre University nearby, Supergirl moved out to start out a new job as student advisor at New Athens Experimental School in Florida. Kara yearned for a normal life, and sometimes she seriously considered quitting, but she kept performing her hero duties.
The Search for Superman
Superman disappeared from Earth while the Justice League battled Queen Bee and Sonar. Supergirl flew up to the Watchtower to ask help and made it just in time to save the Leaguers from Sonar and join the battle. Yet She wasn't exactly impressed when it turned the Leaguers out not only had no idea where her cousin was but also spent one hour doing nothing to find their teammate or identify their mysterious enemy.
As searching Superman, Supergirl, the Leaguers and Despero were abducted by the last surivors of an alien race named the Krill who wanted to see the heroes and the villain fighting as a way to abate their boredom. Every time it looked like several Leaguers were about to defeat Despero, the Krills swapped combatants and changed the arena. Then Supergirl tricked them into betting on the outcome and punched Despero out. As the Krills fought against each other, the Leaguers got Superman back, subdued Despero and flew off.
Krypton No More
As Superman was getting obsessed with the demise of Krypton to the point of courting a psychological breakdown, the Kandorians approached Kara and persuaded her that the best way to help Kal-El was to remove the trouble by making him believe Krypton never existed and was a delusion of his. When Superman's fear to lose his adoptive world led him to commit acts of eco-terrorism, Supergirl decided the Kandorians were right and tricked her cousin into believing the two of them were genetically-enhanced Earth-born humans.
At the beginning Superman bought it, but he finally guessed the lie and got the truth out of his cousin. Although he was angry he forgave her and admitted he had been acting rather crazy of late, but he got obsessed with protecting Earth because he loved his adoptive world as much as his birth-world. Supergirl agreed she also loved both equally.
Let My People Grow
After several years of failures, Superman and Supergirl found a way to enlarge Kandor. After a battle against Brainiac, both cousins recolated the Bottle City to Rokyn, a planet orbited by a red sun, and enlarge the city. Kara's parents settled there.
Main article: Superman: Warworld Superman asked Kara's help to stop Mongul, an alien tyrant who had stolen a key to control Warworld, a moving, star-sized weaponized satellite. Although both cousins were unable to prevent Mongul from taking control of Warworld, they managed to destroy it: Kara hurling herself at it at incalculable speed and piercing it like a bullet, and Kal making the planet turned its weapons on itself. Still Supergirl's speed was so great she couldn't stop herself and flew off into the deep space, forcing his cousin to fly faster than ever to find her.
Although no teacher or student complained about her performance, administrator Benjamin Pierce had it out for Linda Danvers. After an argument where he insulted her in public, Linda quit angrily.. Adviced by her friend and former crush Peter Barton, she got a job as a sopa-opera star in "Secret Hearts" TV series, a decision supported by her cousin Kal.
Eventually her new job became an undue source of distress. She had to juggle four different identities: Kara Zor-El, Linda Danvers, Margo Hatton (her soap role) and Supergirl. She had to play the role of a nasty shrew, which she disliked and got her harassed by crazy fans who didn't understand "Margo Hatton" wasn't a real person. Often she had to play a "diva" personality up in order to get out and perform heroics, which made her co-workers disliking her. And she had hardly any free time. Realizing she couldn't remember a happier time than as a student, Linda quit "Secret Hearts".
Before that, Linda met Lena Thorul again. Eventually Lena revealed she knew her secret identity. Later Lena finally found out about her relationship with Lex Luthor, and Linda knowing all along. Initially Lena got mad at Linda for lying to her, but she ended up forgiving Supergirl and repairing her relationship with her older brother.
Judgment in Infinity
Main article: Wonder Woman: Judgment in Infinity Kara was summoned together with the Justice League by Wonder Woman to fight the menace of the Adjudicator, an alien who planned to test several alternate Earths and destroying them if he deemed them wanting.
Per Wonder Woman's intructions, Supergirl headed to New York City where she met Madame Xanadu. Before both heroines had time to draw up an action plan, they were abducted by the Adjudicator and transported to Earth-X where they fought one of the War, Horseman of the Apocalypse. Upon winning, they were transported back to Earth-One.
Nonetheless, the Adjudicator captured Supergirl and the remainder heroines who defied him (Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Madame Xanadu, Raven, Starfire and Wonder Girl of Earth-One; Black Canary, Huntress and Power Girl of Earth-Two; and Phantom Lady of Earth-X) when he decided to destroy their homeworlds. He intended to keep them as specimens, but Supergirl and the other heroines were able to break free and end up his threat.
Life in Chicago
Linda moved to Chicago to take Psychology classes in Lake Shore University and finding herself again. As finding out how badly she needed to be plain "Linda Danvers" instead of only "Supergirl", she fought some of her worst villains like Reactron or Psi.
Main article: Supergirl: Blackstarr One of her most dangerous villains, Blackstarr was leader of a neo-nazi party that tried to cause strife in Chicago. As Supergirl tried to shut them down, she discovered Blackstarr was daughter of Linda Danvers' Jewish landlady Ida Berkowitz. Rachel and her mother were separated when they were sent to Auschwitz in 1941, and Rachel became convinced her mother let them take her because she hated her. Rachel survived the camps, but while growing up she came to hate her mother and her people.
She also learned how to manipulate and control cosmic energies, forcing Supergirl to turn her powers against her to defeat her.
Last Meeting with Dick Malverne
As living in Chicago, Linda met Dick Malverne again. Sadly, her childhood crush was dying from cancer. Before dying, he confessed he always knew she was Supergirl and he was sorry for making her life hard back when they were teenagers. Linda gave him a last kiss, and that was the last time she saw him.
The Great Darkness Saga
Main article: Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga Kara resigned the Legion when she felt she couldn't cope with the chaos of being a part-time member until she got her life sorted out in her own time. She retained reserve member status, though.
At the height of the war between the Legion and Darkseid, Kara got a Legion alarm. Supergirl time-travelled to the future and faced up to Darkseid alongside with her cousin. Even though their powers had been amped up by Izaya and Supergirl laid a beat down on him, Darkseid almost killed them. Yet she kept Darkseid busy while the Legion regrouped and ruined his plans.
Further Adventures with the Legion
Supergirl returned to the future when the Legion had a celebratory get-together.
Rather than going back to the past right away, Kara stayed for a while, taking part in missions again. While she and other four Legionnaires (Brainiac 5, Colossal Boy, Chameleon Girl -disguised as Shrinking Violet- and Sun Boy) were flying by Weber's World on their way to Durla, they were struck by a squad of the Science Police led by Ontiir. Although Ontiir claimed they had been "victims of a security patrol gone awry", the team felt compelled to check out the place.
It turned Emerald Empress had taken over Weber's World as part of a plan to conquer the galaxy. The five Legionnaires fell into her trap, but they managed to break out. Supergirl thwarted Emerald Empress' plan to crash Weber's World into the United Planet's main fleet base, and as her teammates handled Sarya's henchmen, Supergirl and Chameleon Girl took the Empress down.
Supergirl also attended Karate Kid and Princess Projectra's wedding and chased Ontiir down when he escaped his trial. Unfortunately, a mission gone awry led Supergirl to believe she didn't fit with the Legion anymore. Promising to see Brainiac 5 sometime later, she returned to the 20th Century.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
Main article: Crisis on Infinite Earths
When a cosmic event threatened to destroy the universe (and all of its parallel realities), all of Earth's heroes answered the call. During that terrible time, Supergirl tried to encourage her friend Batgirl when she was feeling helpless, and made her best to save innocents, going as far as agreeing on a truce with her enemy Blackstarr.
However, when the Anti-Monitor was about to kill Superman, Kara confronted him. Although Kara fought extremely hard, destroying the Anti-Monitor's reality-killing machines and pummelling him nearly to death, the Anti-Monitor took advantage of one second of distraction caused by Dr. Light to blast her down. Supergirl died in her cousin's arms and was mourned by every hero on Earth. Her friend Batgirl gave her eulogy and Superman took her body to Rokyn to be buried by her devastated birth parents.
Superman later learned that Kara had been granted a premonition about her own passing and took part in the War anyway.
But sadly, when the universe was rebooted, time had been altered and Kara was erased from existence. No one even knew that she had died.
Nonetheless, she wasn't completely gone. The Legion of Super-Heroes erected a statue to remember her death. She, alongside her cousin and other non-Terran heroes, had to fight an alien invasion.- Her best friend Barbara Gordon dreamed with an imaginary blonde friend.. And her soul made later appearances.
At one point, Boston "Deadman" Brand tries to feel the warmth of Christmas by possessing revelers' bodies. Experiencing guilt upon realizing that he has been stealing others' emotions, he flies off, feeling sorry for himself for being denied any reward for a year filled with helping people. A warmly-dressed blonde woman approaches Brand, startling him. She can see the normally-invisible Brand, converses with him, and ultimately reminds him: "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". The woman reminds Brand that even though he is dead, he is still human, and he should rejoice because it means his spirit is still alive. As she leaves, Brand asks her who she is, to which she replies, "My name is Kara. Though I doubt that will mean anything to you".
The soul of Kara appeared twice to a defeated and imprisoned Linda Danvers to comfort her. Linda acknowledged she has been helped by her phantom-friend several times, and when she asked her name, the smiling spirit answered she had many, but was most fond of "Kara".
Many Happy Returns
Main article: Supergirl: Many Happy Returns A while later, a cosmic being known as Fatalist decided to interfere with the time-space continuum by snatching Kara's rocket from her own reality and making it crash-land on New Earth instead of Earth-One. A young Kara was found by the then-current Supergirl Linda Danvers, who took her in when Superman failed to recognize his own cousin.
Linda mentored Kara for a while until she learned of her fate. Linda tried to save her by taking her place in Earth-One, but all she achieved was creating a diverging reality. Regretfully, Linda had to send Kara back to her own dimension, where she made it safely to Midvale with her memories suppressed by the Fatalist.
Nevertheless, after that adventure, Kara's soul was finally recreated as a new individual with a restructured history and new memories in the new reality.
Main article: Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds When Superman and the Legion fought Superboy Prime turned into the Time Trapper, Supergirl was one of the many Legionnaries which were pulled from all timelines to help taking Prime down.
This section of the history takes place during Convergence, a massive crossover event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains Brainiac and Telos plucked them from their own timeline and stored them together, causing them to cross over into each others' reality. Its precise chronological placement and canonicity may be unclear.
Main article: Convergence (event) During the events of Convergence, Kara and her cousin are trapped in one of the cities collected by Brainiac. As Superman and Supergirl try to find a way out of the dome surrounding Pre-Crisis Gotham City, Kara learns about her death during the Crisis. Frightened and upset, Kara prepares herself to die nonetheless and opts to not tell her cousin anything. She then helps fight off general Symian and an army of gorillas.
At the end of the saga Kara volunteers herself to once again fight the Anti-Monitor but this time, with the help of Earth-One Barry Allen, the Pre-Flashpoint Superman and Pre-Zero Hour Parallax, vows to defeat him for the sake of The Multiverse. The group is successful, and the Multiverse is saved. After the battle against the Anti-Monitor, Kara decides to find their place in the universe and leaves for parts unknown.
Kara is a kind-hearted, optimistic heroine whose personality is defined by several factors: her leaving Argo after spending most of her formative years around Kryptonians, her youth and her need to establish herself as her own person rather than Superman's apprentice and sidekick.
Kara lived in Argo City during her first fifteen years of life before being launched into space. More of an immigrant than her cousin, she struggled to adapt to a very different culture. She felt alienated and very lonely during the first years, but she eventually learnt to love Earth and its people thanks to her cousin and her foster parents.
Due to her youth and inexperience, her teenager self was sweet and innocent to the point of naiveté, but also short-tempered and aggressive, and more proactive than Superman. Being a rookie hero, she often failed and made mistakes which she had to learn from.
When Kara reached adulthood she ditched her initial innocence and became a more confident, mature woman who wasn't afraid to flaunt her sexuality if necessary. However, despite of her greater maturity, Kara still had a very short fuse and little patience for bullies or fools, and was pretty snarky. Unsurprisingly, genocide was one of her hot buttons, going as far as to slap her cousin when he refused to fight an army of genocidal aliens
Secret Identity: Kara Zor-El, Linda Lee Danvers or Supergirl?
Supergirl's alter ego is Linda Danvers (Linda Lee prior adoption). She doesn't bother to construct a completely different personality like Superman does, opting for wearing loose clothes to hide her muscular body and a brown wig, which she eventually discarded in favor of a Kryptonian comb that altered her hair color.
Young Kara was eager to be a hero, but her adult self grew tired of it and was torn between her desire to have a normal life and her responsibilities as Supergirl. She thought of giving up her Supergirl identity several times, and told Kal-El that she wanted to live an ordinary life with a husband and children. Kara left her actress career because her job prevented her from finding time to perform her hero duties or even rest. While going out with her parents after moving to Chicago, Kara stated she had to accept she couldn't answer all emergencies because she would burn out.
Relationships with allies
- Superman: Kara's relationship with Superman was complex. Kara adored Kal, although they occasionally butted heads. During her apprenticeship she tried to earn his approval at all times and fretted every time she messed. Afterwards she expected and demanded to be treated as his partner, declaring she was a grown woman, who didn't need his permission or advice and could make her own choices.
- Batgirl: Kara and Barbara first met when Mister Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite sent both into a pocket dimension as part of still another prank on Superman and Batman. Working together, both women managed to escape and save their mentors from both imps' trap. Kara and Barbara forged a strong friendship from that day on, even if they didn't learn each other's secret identities until several years later. Barbara delivered the eulogy at Supergirl's funeral which was seen worldwide, stating that Kara "was often her confidante and always her friend". Interestingly, in the rebooted universe, young Barbara had a blonde imaginary friend and dreamed with being a super-hero named "Supergirl".
- Wonder Woman: Kara first met Diana while vacationing together, a time during which they fought the villain Multi-Face. Both women respected each other and enjoyed a good number of adventures together. On one occasion, Kara joined the Amazons temporarily, and Queen Hyppolita came to see her as a third daughter.
Kara wanted to lead a normal life and get married. Always popular with boys and fond of romances, she enjoyed many boyfriend-girlfriend relationships, but her superhero career interfered with her relationships.
- Dick Malverne: Dick Wilson –Dick Malverne after being adopted- was Kara's first serious boyfriend. Both teens grew up in the Midvale Orphanage. Dick knew all along Linda was Supergirl, and he tried to expose her secret identity for a while before opting for keeping it secret. They dated for a while but they grew apart when Linda went to Stanhope College. Several years later Linda saw him for last time when he was dying from cancer. He revealed he always knew she was Supergirl, and they kissed before he passed away.
- Jerro: Her merboy friend from Atlantis was very fond of her. Kara was in a love triangle with Jerro and Lenora, Lori Lemaris's little sister. Jerro's love was unrequited, though, and Kara spent two years dodging his advances or trying to turn him down as gently as possible. When her existence was revealed to the world, Jerro considered that she would have no time for romances anymore and gave up.
- Brainiac 5: Brainiac 5 joined the Legion alongside Kara. He fell for her during their first meeting, although sometimes he tried to convince himself that he got over his crush. Kara eventually warmed up to him and she kissed her after saving a Supergirl-alike android. Unfortunately, being born and living in different centuries prevented them from pursuing a relationship. After a mission failed, Kara decided to quit the Legion and go back to the 20th century, reassuring Brainiac that maybe she will return some time. When she soon died during the Crisis Brainiac wept at her funeral. He had always known when she would die because it occurred in his past, but nonetheless developed time travel to meet and fall in love with her while knowing that he could not interfere with history.
Kara also had an unrequited infatuation with her boss Geoffrey Anderson when she worked for KSF-TV, and she dated several times when in college, but her relationships never lasted long. As she lived in Chicago, she dated musician Philip Decker for a while but she broke up with him.
Powers and Abilities
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Supergirl possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Supergirl's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. Her biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and her bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Heat Vision: Supergirl can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. She can vary the heat and area affected.
- Super-Hearing: Supergirl's hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, she can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
- Enhanced Vision: Supergirl's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
This umbrella ability includes the following:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Supergirl can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. She can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, she can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows her to see the aura generated by living thing.
- Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
- X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Supergirls can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. She can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived—such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans—is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
- Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
- Infrared Vision: Supergirl can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
- Flight: Supergirl is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
- Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of her dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Supergirl is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, her extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
- Superhuman Stamina: Supergirl is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on her body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
- Superhuman Strength: Supergirl's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of her musculature. Her strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables her to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
- Superhuman Speed: Supergirl is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to her perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
This also confers:
- Super-Breath: Supergirl is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from her lungs. She can chill the air as it leaves her lungs to freeze targets. She can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into her lungs.
- Longevity: Supergirl can live longer than regular humans, remaining at her prime as long as she was under the exposure of the "yellow" sun.
- Chronokinesis: Supergirl can travel to any past or future time by accelerating past the speed of light.
- Dimensional Travel: Likewise, she's has visited another dimensions and alternate realities.
- Precognition: Supergirl has some degree of precognition which she has labelled as "super-intuition" albeit she seldom uses it. This power is unique to her and isn't shared with her cousin.
- Self-Sustenance: Supergirl can survive in the space void in spite of the lack of air.
- Telepathy: Supergirl has displayed the power to read minds in one instance.
- Acting: Kara took Drama classes and worked as a soap opera actress for a while.
- Driving: Kara is capable of driving vehicles.
- Eidetic Memory: Due to her Kryptonian nature, Supergirl's brain can retain anything she sees and learns.
- Equestrianism: Kara is proficient in horse-riding.
- Genius Level Intellect
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Kara is a practicioner of Klurkor. She was also trained by the Amazons of Paradise Island, Batgirl and Batman.
- Journalism: Kara worked as a cub photographer at San Francisco.
- Leadership: Supergirl was named leader of the Legion of Super-Heroes during the mission to neutralize Satan Girl.
- Lock Picking: Supergirl knows how to manipulate and open locks, although she tends to brute-force her way through it. However, she has been known to crack open an electronic lock with a simple hairpin.
- Multilingualism: Kara could speak Kryptonian, English and a good number of different Earth and alien idioms.
- Photography: Kara worked as a cub photographer for KSF-TV Station.
- Psychology: Kara took Psychology classes at Lake Shore University.
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Supergirl possesses the same potential weaknesses as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Although Supergirl can survive with no food, water, oxygen or sleep, a lack of rest taxes her mind, to the point she becomes irritable or even mentally unstable after spending long lengths of time without taking a rest.
- Legion Flight Ring
- Kryptonian Comb (for changing her hair color)
- This version of Supergirl, including all history and corresponding appearances, is exclusive to the continuity of Earth-One and was initially erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, although some characters such as the late Psycho-Pirate and Power Girl have memories of the Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El. However the ending of Convergence retroactively prevented that collapse, saving all the alternate realities, though in an "evolved" form.
- In the rebooted continuity, Kara Zor-El did not arrive on Earth until some ten/twelve years after the establishment of mainstay heroes such as Superman and Batman. However, this information does not apply to her or other versions that may have since appeared.
- Supergirl was fifteen when she arrived on Earth.
- Supergirl is also known as the Girl of Steel, the Maid of Might, the Princess of Power, Mighty Maid, the Blonde Blockbuster and the Stanhope Sensation during her college years.
- Supergirl has studied at Stanhope College, the New Athens Experimental School, Vandyre University and Lake Shore University.
- Kara is a football fan.. She also likes old movies and hard rock, is also passionate about acting, and is a staunch cat person.
- Batgirl taught Supergirl karate as well as riding bikes.
- Supergirl Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 3)
- Supergirl (Volume 4)
- Supergirl (Volume 5)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 6)
- Worlds' Finest (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 7)
- 559 Appearances of Kara Zor-El (Earth-One)
- 85 Images featuring Kara Zor-El (Earth-One)
- 151 Quotations by or about Kara Zor-El (Earth-One)
- Character Gallery: Kara Zor-El (Earth-One)
- Supergirl #9
- Adventure Comics #334
- Action Comics #281
- Action Comics #260
- Secret Origins #2, footnote
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #1
- Action Comics #252
- Action Comics #258
- Action Comics #271
- Action Comics #267
- Action Comics #276
- Superboy #204
- Action Comics #278
- Action Comics #279
- Action Comics #282
- Action Comics #283
- Action Comics #284
- Action Comics #285, with exact date in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #113
- Action Comics #286
- Adventure Comics #313
- Action Comics #318
- Action Comics #303
- Adventure Comics #406
- Action Comics #261
- Action Comics #309
- Action Comics #310
- World's Finest #169
- Adventure Comics #404
- Adventure Comics #397
- Adventure Comics #409
- Adventure Comics #421
- Adventure Comics #424
- Supergirl #1
- Superman Family #165
- Superman #282
- Justice League of America #132
- Justice League of America #133
- Justice League of America #134
- Superman #307
- Superman #308
- Superman #309
- Superman #338
- DC Comics Presents #28
- DC Comics Presents #29
- Superman Family #208
- Superman Family #221
- Superman Family #222
- Superman #376
- Superman Family #168
- Superman Family #211
- Wonder Woman #291
- Wonder Woman #292
- Wonder Woman #293
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #13
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #14
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #15
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #23
- Solo #1
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #294
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #300
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #301
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #302
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #303
- Legion of Super-Heroes Annual (Volume 2) #2
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #314
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #315
- Crisis on Infinite Earths #4
- DC Comics Presents #86
- Superman #414
- Superman #415
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #38
- DC Challenge #4
- DC Challenge #5
- Secret Origins (Volume 2) #20
- Christmas with the Super-Heroes #2
- Supergirl (Volume 4) #48
- Supergirl (Volume 4) #75
- Supergirl (Volume 4) #76
- Supergirl (Volume 4) #79
- Supergirl (Volume 4) #80
- Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5
- Convergence: Adventures of Superman #1
- Convergence: Adventures of Superman #2
- Convergence #8
- Superman: Lois and Clark #1
- Superboy #80
- Adventure Comics #411
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #12
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #21
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #17
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #4
- Detective Comics #508
- Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
- The Brave and the Bold #63
- Action Comics #256
- Action Comics #285
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #16
- Action Comics #289
- Adventure Comics #387
- Action Comics #268
- Adventure Comics #293
- Superman Family #171
- Adventure Comics #413
- Adventure Comics #383
- Superman Family #185
- Action Comics #317
- Adventure Comics #396
- Action Comics #264
- Superman #365
- Adventure Comics #399
- Adventure Comics #400
- Supergirl (Volume 2) #6
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