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Natalie "Nat" Lane Irons, nicknamed "Nat-Bug", is the daughter of John Henry Irons and Lois Lane from an alternate Earth destroyed by that Earth's version of Superman.

Origins

On a day seemingly like any other, Superman turned on humanity and attacked Metropolis, destroying the city in seven minutes with an army of Kryptonians. The US Army under the command of her grandfather General Sam Lane tried to stand against the invaders, but were easily defeated. Her father was the only survivor.

The Irons family relocated to a hidden bunker where they would be safe from the invaders, but Lois went on television to tell the world about the Kryptonians' secret weakness to Kryptonite. Natalie witnessed her mother being murdered by Superman in the middle of the broadcast.

John and Natalie constructed a suit of armor which would allow John to fight the Kryptonians head on, using books to teach themselves the advanced engineering skills required. John was forced to take the armor out to fight Superman before it was fully complete, promising Natalie that he would come back to her.[1]

John’s attempt to kill Superman somehow opened a dimensional rift to Earth-Prime which he fell through.[2] Natalie followed him in an escape pod, crossing through the rift just before her dimension was destroyed by waves of antimatter and emerged in a black void, the space between worlds. Her ship's AI put her in hibernation until it could find a way to get her out. Six months later her ship was able to detect the transponder on John's armor, and Natalie ordered it to follow the signal out of the void despite the AI warning her the trip could be dangerous.[3]

Season One

Natalie crashlanded on the Kent Farm where John was staying and tearfully reunited with him, but then saw the Lois of this world, mistaking her for her mother.[4]

Season Two

Natalie attempted to hug Lois but John stopped her and explained that she was not her mother. Lois stood in silent shock until the two departed in John's RV. Lois repeatedly tried to reach out to Natalie over the next three months, but Natalie refused to speak to her. John and Natalie settled in Metropolis under the names Henry and Natalie Johnson and Natalie enrolled in Metropolis High School. However, on the first day of school she encountered her best friend's Earth-Prime counterpart who did not recognise or even acknowledge her. Natalie walked out and wandered around the city for hours. She eventually came home and told John that they did not belong on this other Earth, and she wished she had been killed along with the rest of their world.

Natalie's arrival had stirred up Lois' issues stemming from her mother leaving the family when she was a child and felt guilty that she did not immediately love Natalie upon meeting her. She eventually called John and asked him to arrange a meeting between them. John took Natalie to Smallville ostensibly to try out a diner he liked, where Lois met them. Natalie angrily stormed out and Lois followed her. She told Natalie that although she was not her mother she still wanted to get to know and be friends with her, and she eventually convinced Natalie to agree to move to Smallville. At the Kent Farm, Lois officially introduced Natalie to her family.[5]

Natalie started attending Smallville High School with Jordan and Jonathan Kent and quickly befriended Jordan's girlfriend Sarah, using her mechanical skills to repair an old car Sarah's father Kyle had been working on. She could tell that Sarah and Jordan were having relationship problems and Sarah confided in her that she had kissed another girl over the summer. Natalie encouraged Sarah to be honest with Jordan.[6]

Natalie started to bond with the Kent twins, giving Jordan relationship advice and playing video games with them. Although John promised Natalie he would stay away from superheroics, he investigated the Shuster mines to determine the cause of the recent earthquakes and he and Superman were attacked by a monster who came up from underground. John's armor was seriously damaged and Natalie reluctantly decided to help him repair and upgrade it.[7] However, John took the damaged armour out before it was ready to help Superman fight Bizarro and was left comatose. Natalie was devastated and blamed Superman.[8]

Natalie chose to stay at the hospital rather than return to the Kent's home.[9] John eventually regained consciousness and was cleared for release, although he still had occasional lapses of memory, much to Natalie's concern. She continued to be hostile to Clark after the Irons's returned to the farm, eventually admitting that she was instinctively afraid of him because he was identical to the man who killed her mother. Clark suggested that she may be more comfortable if she and John had their own place, and they moved into a rental property belonging to a friend of his.[3]

Superman disappeared through a portal to a "shadow dimension" while hunting for Ally Allston, and in the month that followed John took over his heroic duties, using an upgraded Warsuit. He became so engrossed in this that he forgot the anniversary of Lois's death, which was also the date of Smallville's mayoral election. Natalie attempted to make waffles for breakfast using Lois's recipe as a form of remembrance, but John did not recognise what she was doing and took her to Lana Lang's campaign headquarters to help out. She was furious that John had seemingly completely forgotten Lois, especially when she saw him flirting with Lana and demanded that they go home. John realised what day it was and apologised to Natalie for forgetting, telling her he had been trying to move on from Lois's death because his grief had driven him to extreme actions. He made waffles and they watched old videos of Lois together.[10]

Clark returned home and told John that Ally Allston had fused with her other self on the inverse world, becoming potentially more powerful than him, and that Jonathan Kent's counterpart was on their world and had a pendant that allowed him to fuse people from the two world together, meaning he could potentially create a superpowered army. Nat was terrified of what had happened on their world repeating itself but John told her that he would protect her and asked her to help him build a device to stop Jon-El.

John and Natalie built a device that could potentially destroy the pendant Jon-El needed to merge the worlds, but it required so much energy to power it that merely running it for a few seconds blacked out the town. They went to the Shuster mines to collect X-Kryptonite to power the device. They found a rich vein near the portal to the other world and, as John was cutting a crystal from the wall, the inverse world's Lana Lang came through the portal and attacked them. John attempted to fight her off but his red solar weapons only made her stronger. As Lana was about to kill John, Natalie stabbed her with a shard of X-Kryptonite and the wounded Lana fled back through the portal. When they got home, John got an idea to collapse the portal and left to make a phone call. Natalie offered to help but he told her he could handle it.[11]

Natalie was secretly working on her own armour so she could help her father and was annoyed that he still treated her like a child despite everything they had been through. On Jon Kent's first day back at Smallville High School he encountered some of his former teammates who blamed him for getting the season cancelled and ranted at them that their problems meant nothing and the world was about to end. Jordan and Natalie pulled him away and Nat recognised that Jon was on edge after his encounter with his doppleganger. Natalie suggested that they skip schoo and took the twins to her home,to show them her armour. She offered it to Jonathan to protect himself from Jon-El. The suit was unfinished and required a power source, so she took the twins into the Shuster Mines to collect X-Kryptonite to power the suit.

The kids made slow progress manually digging the X-Kryptonite from the rock, so Jordan used by heat vision to cut a chunk of it off. He inadvertently caused a cave-in but saved the others with his super-speed, leaving behind the X-K they had already gathered. Although the mission was a failure, they had fun together and got Jonathan out of his mood. They spent the rest of the day hanging out together at the Irons' home and Jonathan and Jordan stayed for dinner with John and Nat.[12]

Natalie completed the suit, but John learned about it before she could tell him and he confronted her. He ordered her to destroy the suit, telling her he would not allow her to put herself at risk but she refused. John attempted to destroy it himself but found that, as Natalie expected, it was indestructible. Natalie told him that she wanted to fight for this new world after they had lost their home, and asked him not to try to hold her back. Although he was still concerned for her safety, John agreed to let her join him.

Lois' journalism partner Chrissy Beppo called General Lane's emergency DoD number, and John realised that she and likely Lois were in trouble. John and Natalie responded to the distress call but Ally was too powerful to stop and simply left of her own accord. Natalie was able to resuscitate Superman using a defribrillator built into her suit, and they carried him and Sam back to the DoD. John and Lois stayed at the hospital while Superman was being treated Natalie joined the Kent twins at the farm. That night, Lois and John came to the farm and told them that Superman would live but he was still unconscious and his powers appeared to be gone, potentially forever.[13]

Clark eventually regained consciousness and returned home, but he was severely weakened and his powers were not restored by the sun. He thanked Natalie for saving his life, and she replied that the world needed Superman, showing she was no longer afraid of him. Clark asked John to take him to the Fortress of Solitude to find a way to restore his powers, but discovered there was nothing they could do except wait for his powers to recover naturally, which could take years. Meanwhile, the inverse world's red sun appeared in the sky as the two worlds began to merge. John and Clark returned to Smallville and John and Natalie went into the strasophere to scan the red sun. They found that it was putting out approxiamtely 3% of the energy of the normal sun but the output was increasing as the worlds merged together.

John and Natalie calculated that they had less than twelve hours before the worlds merged and tracked the source of the merge to the Shuster Mines, but couldn't detect Ally in the area. They received a distress call from the Kent Farm and responded in time to chase Lana-Rho away before she could harm anyone. They told Clark and Sam what they had found and Clark realised that Ally was in the space between worlds that he and Natalie had passed through when they crossed between dimensions.

John decided to go into the void and stop Ally. Natalie insisted on going with him and upgraded his suit to match the specification of hers, but when it was time to leave he triggered a safeguard on her armour which would prevent it activating for ten minutes. He told her to stay behind and protect the Kents, and left her the Kinetic Hammer. Natalie monitored John on comms as he went into the void. He found Ally and his her with a missile, but she absorbed the energy of the explosion and blasted him away. Natalie lost contact with him just as the lock on her suit expired. Her AI informed her that Jon-El and Lana-Rho were attacking the Kents at the school, forcing her to choose between helping them or trying to save her father. She donned her armour and flew to the school, where she helped Jordan defeat the two villains. Jon-El and Lana were taken into custody.

Natalie left the school alone but did not want to go home without her father and went to the Kent Farm instead. When the Kents got home they told her she was welcome to stay with them, and Lois assured her that John would come back. The worlds began to merge, transforming the farmhouse into Bizarro's dilapidated home from the inverse world.[14]


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  • She is vegan.[6]

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