Kal-El aka Clark Kent aka Superman aka Supes aka The Man of Steel aka The Man of Tomorrow aka Big Blue aka The Last Son of Krypton.

Appears In: DC Comics' monthly titles Superman, Action Comics, Superman/Batman, and Trinity. Live-action television shows, animated cartoons from Max Fleischer, Filmation, Ruby-Spears, Hanna-Barbera, and Warner Bros, and multiple feature films.

Homeworld: Krypton. His father, Jor-El, predicted the planet's destruction and saved his son's life by rocketing his infant son to Earth.

Demeanor: Altruistic, brave, selfless, determined, moral.

Special Abilities: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound...Kal-El has a variety of powers dependent on Earth's yellow sun including bullet-proof skin, x-ray vision, super-strength, flight, super-speed, and heat-vision. These powers can be negated with Kryptonite, a rare element from Kal-El's home planet. Kryptonite not only affects his abilities, but his overall health as well.

Turn-Ons: American patriotism. Girls with the initials "L.L." Primary colors. Journalistic integrity. Farm livin'.

Turn-Offs: Being mistaken for a bird or plane. LexCorp. Super-Villainy. Kneeling before Zod.

Career Highlights: Was the first superhero ever, thus kickstarting an entire genre. Inspired Crash Test Dummies' most beautiful song. Honored by the good people of Turkey in one of their copyright law-ignoring movies. Defeated the Ku Klux Klan. Survived death, a mullet, and being split into two electric-powered Supermen. Narrowly avoided this.

Career Lowlights: Shilled his own brand of peanut butter. Inspired a Superman musical. Routinely appeared in some of the worst video games of all time. Superboy, the TV show. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Was the subject of an insipid hit song from Soulja Boy. Was outed as being a complete dick.

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