|Kara Zor-El / Supergirl|
|Family|| Zor-El (father, deceased), |
Jor-El (uncle, deceased)
Lara-El (aunt, deceased), Clark Kent/Kal-El (cousin), unnamed paternal grandfather (deceased), Conner Kent/Kon-El (partial clone of cousin)
|Occupation||Former Talon Employee, Former Waitress (Fracture), Former Member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Member of the Justice League|
| Powers and|
|All Kryptonian powers under a yellow sun|
|Played By||Laura Vandervoort|
Chloe Sullivan created a false backstory for the authorities to cover Kara's sudden appearance in Smallville, explaining that she was Clark's cousin on his adoptive father's side, raised in Minnesota for the past 19 years until she was able to track down her one remaining blood relative.
Kara became a target for Brainiac, who forced her to follow him into space. Brainiac trapped her on Krypton in 1986 after traveling through time. Kara appeared to return to Earth with Clark but in reality, Brainiac had put Kara in the Phantom Zone and was posing as her on Earth. Chloe rescued eventually both Clark and Kara from the Phantom Zone.
In 2010, Kara returned to Metropolis, publicly revealing her powers and becoming a hero to look after the city as "The Maiden of Might", keeping it safe from the "Darkness" that Jor-El warned Clark about. When the Vigilante Registration Act was put into effect, many heroes were put on a most wanted list, among them was Kara, who seems to have successfully managed to escape from her pursuers.
After Clark was ready to face Darkseid, Jor-El informed Kara that her destiny was elsewhere. Tearfully, Kara bid Clark an unheard goodbye before putting on a Legion ring and transporting to the future, to fulfill her own destiny.
Kara is a medium-tall woman with blonde hair and blue eyes and has stayed the same age since she was stuck in suspended animation for 18 years and has an attractive appearance of a teenage girl. She, like her cousin Clark, wears primary colors of red, blue, as well as yellow in all of her clothing. When she lost her memories, she wore white most of the time until her memories and powers were restored.
When she was trapped in the Phantom Zone, she wore black, tattered clothing and her hair were arranged differently (in a series of braids) in order to combat the Zoners.
After she came back, she was spotted wearing a blue, leather jacket with yellow stripes on the wrists, with a yellow shirt underneath, as well as a pair of red jeans.
When Kara returned and reveled at the world her existence as a vigilante, the costume she wore consist in a light blue, long sleeved shirt, with a red skirt, as well as red boots with yellow stripes. When not in action, to disguise as a "civilian", she wears a brunette wig, a suit in neutral colors and a pair of glasses to keep herself undercover from the public.In Argo when she reappears in the future, Kara wore a double shades of blue long-sleeved coat with the interior bright red as well as the top of the shoulders, the chest, the hem of the sleeves and the bottom.
Under it she wears a tight suit of which are only visible pants, that are of the same two shades of blue between the groin and outer thighs, she completes her look with a pair of knee-length red boots and a yellow stone as a belt.
Also she had the symbol of the House of El printed on her chest.
Born as Kara Zor-El, she was raised on the planet Krypton. As a result of having spent time with her actual biological family, Kara was very close to her Aunt Lara and fiercely loyal to her father. However, Kara had a bit of a rebellious side to her, as well as admitted to sneaking away from Zor-El's watchful eye to have fun: on one particular occasion, this involved a journey to Earth with Aunt Lara.
Kara is open-minded, assertive, outspoken, stubborn, has a strong sense of responsibility and duty and is interested in understanding and helping people. She supposedly was sent to Earth to watch over Kal-El, a job which she takes seriously and which has put her at odds with her cousin on multiple occasions, due to the fact that Clark turned out to be an adult and not the baby she expected to find. She is eager to learn, although often she would rather do things her own way than follow the directions of others, including her cousin Clark. (Fierce)
Despite Kara being the new arrival to Earth, she often comes off as more mature than Clark on some occasions, particularly after she returned to Earth following her search for the city of Kandor.
Kara has quickly embraced American popular culture, but still sometimes finds human customs strange.
Powers and Abilities
- "I guess the humans are right, Kal-El. Girls do mature faster than boys." - Kara Kent, to Clark Kent, Kara
As a Kryptonian, Kara has many powers and abilities, like her cousin Clark Kent under a yellow sun. Unlike her cousin, she doesn't hold back any of her abilities.
- Solar battery: This ability is the primary core from which all of Kara's superhuman powers and abilities manifest from. The interior of her body stores vast amounts of sunlight that gets emitted Earth's yellow sun inside her cells and seems to operate like a battery.
- Super strength: Kara is extremely, almost astronomically physically powerful, being strong enough to pick up vehicles and trees without any effort. She is strong enough to fight Clark. She later destroyed an impenetrable wall. She held up a billboard with one hand while in flight.By the time Kara meets clark in the 31st century her strength has increased to the point where she can injure Clark. (Kara, Fierce, Lara, Supergirl)
- Super speed: Kara can move and or react at alarming speeds that far exceed the sound barrier.
- Super stamina: Kara can take part in extensive strenuous physical action for long periods of time before tiring.(Kara)
- Invulnerability: Kara is virtually indestructible, as she is resistant to all forms of physical and mental types of harm unless kryptonite is involved.
- Flight: Kara can easily defy gravity, as she has already mastered this ability, even though she has fewer years of experience than Clark. Also, Kara can fly into space in a matter of seconds. She can fly fast enough to grab a falling billboard, then quickly speed away in flight. She can also hover in mid-air. (Bizarro, Kara, Veritas, Supergirl, Prophecy)
- Telescopic vision: Kara can see objects and people from far away: she can even focus on particular earthly objects from space. (Kara)
- Super hearing: Kara can hear, whispers, frequencies, pitches, as well as other sounds that the human ear can't detect. She was able to recognize the sound of her distant ship's beacon. She was also able to hear that Gordon Godfrey was being possessed by Darkseid. (Kara, Supergirl)
- X-ray vision: Kara can see through any matter and material unless it is covered in lead. She first used her x-ray vision to analyze the inside of a mysterious time capsule. (Fierce)
- Heat vision: Kara has shown more significant mastery and skill with Heat Vision over some of her other powers. However, at first she couldn't control this ability, sending out large pulses of heat. She later learned how to control it when she used it to save Clark. (Fierce) She later used it to destroy the control panel to Clark's kryptonite cage. (Traveler)
- Longevity: In an alternate reality Jor-El transported Clark to, Kara hadn't been kept in suspended animation for 18 years and she still looked much younger than a woman in her late 30's. (Apocalypse)
- Super dexterity: Kara can preform any action, like catching or throwing, perfectly if she knows how to do it. She, however, didn't know how to hold chop-sticks properly and Oliver had to guide and direct her on how to use a bow an arrow. (Cure and Prophecy).
- Multilingualism: Like any full-blown Kryptonian under a yellow sun, Kara gained the ability to learn, speak and understand any language she comes in contact with. She can speak different languages like Kryptonian, English and read Apokoliptian. (Prophecy)
Kara has yet to demonstrate usage of microscopic vision. She has also yet to demonstrate full mastery of her ability to telescope her vision into deep interstellar space.
Born into the noble family, the House of El, Kara was the daughter of Zor-El and an unknown Kryptonian mother. She is of relation to Jor-El, Lara-El and Kal-El.
In 1986, Kara followed her aunt Lara to Earth, to visit the family Jor-El had chosen for their unborn son Kal-El if Krypton was destroyed by the war with General Zod. Kara watched as her crooked father Zor-El told Lara how he desired her, as well as that if he couldn't have her in the real world, how he would possess her through science. Zor-El then altered Kara's memory to forget what she had seen.
Later, back on Krypton, Kara was on her way to school when Augo stopped her from going and told her that he had a bad feeling about going. She rejected his idea and turned to go into school as it blew up, trapping her under a crystal column. After Augo lifted up the column, Kara ran to find her father, only to walk in on him having a conversation with Aethyr and Nam-Ek: she was shocked at his association with Zod and his advanced knowledge of the attacks on Kandor. Zor-El then told Kara that he was doing it all for Rao's prophecy that had predicted the creation of Brainiac, Zod's war, as well as Krypton's end. Augo then appeared and told Kara he was Zor-El's disciple, as well as that she was never in danger. Kara ran away and hid, but was soon found by Zor-El and Augo, who took her away.
Augo stayed with Kara while she was locked away by her father, as well as he tried to make her realize that Rao's prophecy was meant to be and that Zor-El would rule Earth and she would become a god. Kara pretended to believe in the prophecy, then pushed Augo into a chamber, locking him inside and sending the chamber down towards Krypton's core. She then went to the holographic communicator and contacted Lara, telling her about Zor-El's plans. Zor-El came in and tried to stop Kara, who pushed him onto the crystals, stabbing his back. Zor-El then pretended to be sincere, but pulled out a Crystal of El and wiped Kara's memory once again.
Later, Kara awoke as Zor-El was escorting her to the ship that would take her to Earth. Before she left the dying Krypton, she was given the blue crystal, which Zor-El told her contained instructions as to what to do when she found and rescued Kal-El. After bidding her father farewell, Kara entered the Red Ship and went into suspended animation.
Kara is transported to the 31st century, where she finds herself in the middle of Earth's war with New Krypton. Sometime during the war she is caught and held a prisoner by Minister Kirt Niedrigh inside an EarthGov holding facility. After Clark, who has embraced his destiny as Superman, is transported to the future too, he is informed of Kara's capture by Brainiac 5 and Lighting Lad. He breaks into the facility and finds Kara in a weakened state.
Together they fly up above Earth into outer space just as the setting of the sun begins. Clark begins to apologize for Kara's current predicament but Kara explains to Clark how she time-traveled into the future with his Legion ring because she was ordered by Jor-El to do so. Clark comments that he didn't even noticed his ring was missing as he was quite busy with his new role as "Superman". Kara mentions her proudness in Clark embracing and fulfilling his Destiny. Clark then questions Kara about how "Supergirl" got involved in ther war between Earth and New Krypton. She tells him that when she arrived in the future she was welcomed by Brainiac-5 and the Legion and after joining them they launched a diplomatic mission when they discovered Argo, the lost Kryptonian colony, but was sabotaged by someone from EarthGov and that event led to the start of the war. After that Kara left the Legion to rejoin her people. She also reveals that she was not an actually a prisoner but a spy for the Kryptonians.
Kara leads Clark to New Krypton when they come across a disturbance involving Legionaires Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl surrounded by kryptonian Eradicators. Superman and Supergirl appear on the scene defending Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl. When Beh-Osk hears the Legionnaires call Superman as Kal-El, he realises that Superman is the last son of ancient Krypton and is astonished by that revelation. He then calls all the Kryptonians to kneel before "Argo's salvation". Clark seems not so happy about that action and Kara says to him "Welcome home".
On New Krypton, Supergirl asks Cosmic Boy why he is not with his friend Lighting Lad, with whom he used to be very close and he responds that he and Imra are kind of avoiding him, suggesting he is in a relationship with Saturn Girl. Rokk then asks Kara to tell him what she has learned while she was a spy for the Kryptonians and help the Legion stop the war. Superman arrives on the scene and says to Kara that she doesn't have to say anything, betraying the Kryptonians' trust because he already knows everything. He reaveales to Supergirl and Cosmic Boy that the war is not about politics but actually for another more religious reason. The Kryptonians actually want to recover Faora's body, whom they worship as their Goddess because of her tale that was told by Argo's settlers and eventually became myth. They believe that her body holds the key of unlocking their future as a people and that is why they sent Kara as a spy to locate the coordinates of Faora's tomb but without her actually know what she is looking for.When Kara and Clark head towards the tomb, they are ambushed by EarthGov air patrols which they deal with easily. After entering the tomb, a structure resembling a palace built by Zod, Kara wonders why he buried Faora there. Clark tells her that the original Zod and Faora couldn't have children so when his clone found out that her clone, whom he had killed, was pregnant with his child, he immediately regretted his actions and built this palace to honor her. Clark elaborates that when Zod was ready to conquer Earth, he built himself a throne in the very center of the structure, facing a pit where he had placed Faora's body frozen inside a crystalline cube. Kara asks why and Clark assumes that Zod did it out of guilt. They fly down the pit and visit Faora's grave where Clark explains about New Krypton's belief that her child was sacred, because it was conceived by Kryptonian clones under a yellow sun and might have held the answer to the limits of their race's DNA. Kara then notices a cartridge left from a DNA extraction device and wonders what might EarthGov want with the genetic material of Faora's unborn child.
In the Amazon forest, outside Faora's tomb, Clark and Kara are discussing the rising tension between humanity and Kryptonians. Clark is torn as he was raised by humans and he understands and sympathises with how they might be fearful and hesitant to embrace a relationship with New Krypton and it might take a long time to do so. Kara chooses to side with her own people believing humanity will never change, like many of her kind, she does not think very highly of them either.
Kara goes to interrogate one of the frozen soldiers, intending to incinerate him with her heat vision, if she doesn't like his answer to her question on who defiled the tomb. Clark proceeds to fly in between them and places the soldier out of harm's way. Kara is enraged by Clark defending and seemingly siding with humanity rather than his own people.
This leads in to a super confrontation between the two cousins, Kara gives a mean left hook punch to his face, sending him flying through a dozen trees in the forest and plummeting hard into the ground leaving a meteor-like trail. Kara prepares to charge at full speed towards Clark who is in the mist of recovery. As Kara approaches him, Clark super back-hands her, sending her flying backwards into another set of trees.
Clark manages to explain to Kara that the humans are not all like Kirt Niedrigh, giving examples of his adopted parents and Lois. They both manage to calm each other down when suddenly Kara gets a call from New Krypton and at the same time Clark gets a call from the Legion. They both inform them that New Krypton is under attack, Earthgov managed to send Doomsday at the planet via a boom tube and the Kryptonians are launching their assault on Earth.Clark and Kara join the Legionnaires in space who have assembled to deal with the conflict, Kara takes command of the Legion leading them to Earth to save humanity, While Clark accompanied by Saturn Girl go to New Krypton to confront Doomsday and save the Kryptonian race from extinction. Arriving in Metropolis, Kara and the rest of the legion see that the Kryptonian gravity bomb has gone off causing the citizens to levitate uncontrollably. Kara beings to instruct the team on their assignments, Lighting Lad notices the approaching battalion of Earth Gov. ships, A voice from the intercom coming from the ship declares their presence is not their to fight but to aid the Legion, Both Lighting Lad and Brainiac 5 are uncertain in trusting Earth Gov. But Kara says that their been enough destruction to last a few lifetimes and decides to work alongside Earth Gov. Kara commands the Legion to work together with EarthGov to save everyone. As Kara begins her rescue efforts she receives a communication from the Chancellor of New Krypton who request her assistance immediately, Kara realizes what is happening and asked what is happening with her cousin. Kara is present with the rest of the Legion to save Clark from plummeting into the sun. They create a buddy system link chain to pull Superman out of the sun pull. They rescued him and declared that they wouldn't allow Superman to self-sacrifice his destiny without a fight.
Together the Legion and the last two sole survivors of the House of El fly as one unit off of the sun, proclaiming "Long Live The Legion" and "Long Live The House Of El".Returning to space, Clark finds Kara floating high above looking outward in space. Clark attempts to make small chat between himself and her as he states "He always felt torn between two worlds" Kara acknowledges the this situation demonstrated that in a ridiculous matter so to speak. Clark offers Kara the choice to come back with him to present day 21st century with Booster and skeets, also mentioning that Chloe would love to see her present at her upcoming baby shower in a few months, Kara says she wouldn't miss it but for now she's not quite ready to leave 31st century just yet as for the first time in her life she feels at peace because she doesn't have a mission assigned to her now her life is her own and she couldn't be happier.
Some time later, Supergirl, who has seemingly returned from the 31st century, flies over Lex, pretending to be Superman and then communicates with the Watchtower, saying that Luthor bought it, revealing that she was part of Clark's plan to make it look like she was Superman while he was actually on Lex's plane in his civilian attire.
When Emil Hamilton and Tess Mercer explain to Superman how the Monitor can hurt him, Emil tells Clark to seek help from Supergirl, but he refuses because he says if the Monitor can hurt him, he can hurt Kara, too.
In the streets of Metropolis, Superboy saves a family from the Eclipsos. A girl then asks him if he is also able to save them from the falling plane. A startled Superboy, then watches the plane coming towards them. Luckily, Supergirl arrives and catches the plane on midair, saving everyone. Then she confronts Superboy saying it was about time she met the rest of the family.
Superboy and Supergirl take down the possessed Bryce Gordon atop a building while a news chopper covers the action and the reporter inside is apparently arguing with her producer over whether or not to comment on Supergirl's outfit. The chopper is caught in the crossfire, and Supergirl rescues the reporter and the pilot. She also makes a point to thank the reporter for her "solidarity" on the outfit issue.
Henshaw suggests that Superboy and Supergirl offer themselves to Eclipso, which will likely draw the entity out of all the normal humans in order to manifest itself in super-powered beings. While it attempts to do that, they believe they can stop it. Supergirl then goads Eclipso, and he takes the bait, so he leaves the bodies of the civilians and makes Bryce Gordon throw up the diamond. Then all the power is centered in the diamond, which creates a huge Eclipso monster. The Eclipso monster says he is fascinated by the idea of having Superboy and Supergirl as his own Adam and Eve, in which they both respond with disgust.
Supergirl, Superboy, and Hank Henshaw continue battling Eclipso, who has now been transformed into a big humanoid made by the Eclipso gem, after emerging from his numerous hosts throughout Metropolis. Supergirl and Superboy discover that their respective abilities aren't stopping Eclipso, and they look to Henshaw for suggestions. Henshaw says sound vibrations might just force Eclipso to condense himself even further into a single diamond, and Supergirl grabs two giant church bells and bangs them together. When she sees that it works, she tosses another bell to Superboy, who follows the same strategy. Eclipso reverts to a single diamond that Henshaw and Supergirl catch in mid-air. Then Henshaw says there's only one way to make sure the diamond never falls into human hands again.
Later, Superman and Lois arrive at Watchtower where Tess Mercer, Chloe and Oliver along with Batman, Nightwing Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, Jay Garrick and his team of teenagers. Clark tells Chloe, Tess and Bruce to find out everything from one of the Manhunters he destroyed about the Crisis, because more ships are on their way. As Batman starts to examine the crumpled Manhunter head he wonders where are they going, Clark grimly says everywhere.
- Season Seven
In an alternate universe to which Jor-El sent Clark in 2008, Kara was known as Linda Danvers: she was raised by the Luthors who, in this reality, knew of her Kryptonian lineage. She also worked for Lex as an agent for the Department of Domestic Security.
Kara was sent to arrest Lois. Fearing that she would betray him, Lex armed himself with kryptonite bullets to stop her. When Clark convinced Kara of his identity, the two confronted Lex, who shot them both. Lex then had Kara detained and taken away for medical treatment.
- Season Seven: Bizarro, Kara, Fierce, Cure, Action (Mentioned only), Lara, Wrath (Mentioned only), Blue, Gemini (Mentioned only), Persona (Mentioned only), Fracture, Hero, Traveler, Veritas, Descent (Mentioned only), Sleeper (voice only), Apocalypse, Arctic
- Season Eight: Bloodline, Abyss (Mentioned only)
- Season Nine: Savior (Mentioned only)
- Season Ten: Supergirl, Patriot (Mentioned only), Prophecy, Finale, Part 2 (flashback only)
- Season Eleven: Argo
- Smallville Miniseries: Alien, Lantern (flashback only), Chaos, Continuity
In the Comics
Kara has been a regular character in the source material as far back as 1959 and there have been many versions of Supergirl throughout the years. Smallville's interpretation of Kara features aspects of all the Supergirl incarnations, from yesteryear to present. Her origin in the series, however, is influenced by the false origin, from Kara's most recent incarnation, which involved Zor-El being evil and trying to use Kara to kill Clark.
In her first appearance in the Silver Age, Kara Zor-El was introduced as the last survivor of Argo City, which had survived the explosion of the planet Krypton and drifted through space. When the inhabitants of the colony are slain by green kryptonite, which was released by meteorites striking the lead barrier, Kara is sent to Earth by her father Zor-El to be raised by her cousin Kal-El. Fearing that she might not be recognized by Superman, Kara's parents provide a costume based on the Man of Steel's own. On Earth, Kara acquires powers identical to Superman's and adopts the secret identity of Linda Lee, a resident of Midvale Orphanage. She conceals her blonde hair beneath a brunette wig and functions as Supergirl only in secret, at Superman's request, until she can gain, in his opinion, sufficient control of her powers. After she is adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers, Superman decides his cousin is ready to begin operating openly as Supergirl. She attends Midvale High School as Linda Lee Danvers. In later years, after graduating from Stanhope College, she changes careers several times, holding jobs in student counseling, news reporting, and acting in a TV soap opera titled Secret Hearts. Supergirl's secret identity is a closely held secret known only to Superman, her foster parents, and the Legion of Super-Heroes, of which she is as a member for a time and also briefly dates the Legionnaire, Brainiac 5. Kara also befriends Lena Thorul. Streaky, her orange cat, acquires temporary superpowers as a result of its exposure to "X-Kryptonite", a form of Kryptonite Supergirl accidentally created in an unsuccessful attempt to neutralize the effects of Green Kryptonite. Comet the Superhorse, a former centaur, is Supergirl's equine companion. Supergirl's biological parents survive the radiation poisoning that killed everyone else in Argo City by entering the Survival Zone (a parallel continuum akin to the Phantom Zone). They are eventually rescued by Supergirl and decide to live in the bottle city of Kandor.
In the Bronze Age, the character underwent revitalization under a new creative team. Wearing a series of new outfits, leaving her adopted foster home with the Danvers Family, Linda goes on to San Francisco where she works for KSF-TV. These stories introduced Supergirl's most memorable villain from this period: Lex Luthor's niece Nasthalthian "Nasty" Luthor. The villain doggedly pursues Supergirl for two years, trying to determine her secret identity. She also made her home in Chicago and began sporting a red headband.
In the 1980s, due to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and a rule made that only Clark was to be the only surviving Kryptonian, Kara was killed, sacrificing her life to save her cousin and the multiverse from destruction and she was no longer a regular character during that period and in fact, her entire continuity was erased from continuity. Over the years that followed however, several other Supergirls appeared until the return of the one, true Supergirl Kara Zor-El, who was reintroduced into Superman's history.
After the events of Infinite Crisis, the sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths, many historical events from the multiverse are now being remembered with Donna Troy recalling the original Kara Zor-El and her sacrifice.
In the 1996's Supergirl series, the then current Supergirl (Linda Danvers) encountered a rocketship that contained a young, vibrant Kara Zor-El from the Pre-Crisis reality. After a rocky start, the two became close, with Linda mentoring Kara on how to be a hero. Kara's presence in the Post-Crisis era was going to destabilize time. The Spectre appeared and said that Kara was destined to die. Not surprisingly, the young Kara Zor-El did not tamely accept that she was destined to die at a young age and tearfully begged Linda to find some way to save her. Linda lied to her, in order to calm her down and send her away: only after she had departed did Kara Zor-El realize Linda's intent—Linda secretly took Kara's place and was sent to the Pre-Crisis era, posing as Kara and expecting to die in her place, in order to provide Kara Zor-El with a chance at life. Linda's very presence had altered the timeline, so the Spectre made her return home, not only to restore the time stream but to save Kara from Xenon, a being with a pathological hatred of Supergirl, who had captured the young Supergirl and planned to kill her. Linda defeated Xenon and had to send frightened young Kara back to her universe, knowing Kara, as an adult, would eventually die in the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The modern version of Kara Zor-El made her debut in Superman/Batman #8. Kara was already a teenager at the time of Krypton's twilight and Kal-El's birth. Kara was the daughter of the scientist Zor-El, Jor-El's brother. Zor-El agreed with his brother's prediction that Krypton was doomed and anticipating this, asked Kara to be placed in suspended animation and sent to Earth ahead of her infant cousin so that he could have a guardian on their new world. Unfortunately, her rocket was just behind Kal-El's and was caught in the explosion of Krypton. The rocket was then encased in a kryptonite asteroid and unable to activate its faster-than-light drive, arrived on Earth years late.
Her spaceship landed in Gotham City Bay. Upon her arrival, still with the mind and body of a 16-year old due to her suspended animation, Kara proceeded to act violently. She was highly confused after being awakened long after she was scheduled to. Fortunately, almost instantly from the time she crash-landed, Kara was tracked by Batman. After anesthetizing her with green kryptonite and examining her in the Batcave, Kara awoke in a rage. Luckily, Batman brought along Superman as "an insurance policy," and he calmed her down. Kara then explained her origins to the Man of Steel, who was overcome with joy. Superman turned to Batman with a smile and said, "This is Kara Zor-El... my cousin from Krypton."
After learning English and spending time with her cousin, as well as training under the tutelage of Wonder Woman and the Amazons, Kara was captured by Darkseid. After overcoming the temptations he had placed upon her, Kara showed new resolve that made her cousin proud. Not long afterward, she introduced herself to the heroes of the DCU as Supergirl.
For much of the modern Supergirl's history, there has been question as to the reason for why she arrived on Earth. Originally stated to be sent to take care of Kal-El, Kara's history began to come into question when she started to have memories of her father telling her that she was sent to Earth to kill her cousin. This was sometimes said to be because of Jor-El's hatred of his brother, or in order to stop the 'Curse of El'. In the end however, it was realized that these memories and vision were falsely created by the Monitors of the Universe to decipher whether or not Kara deserved to exist in the current continuity.
Unlike previous incarnations, Kara is directly tied to the three members of the DC Universe Trinity (Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman). Viewing each of them as parents almost, Kara has been trained and educated and supported by all three. Kara has also had a great deal of interactions in the DC Universe as a member of teams, most notably with Nightwing's Outsiders and the Teen Titans. She also became affiliated with a splinter group of the Justice League led by Green Lantern to avenge the deaths of Martian Manhunter and apparently Batman. However, this group's actions failed to accomplish what they wanted, resulting in Star City being destroyed by Prometheus, Red Arrow's arm being cut off, as well as Lian Harper being murdered. After this, Kara was asked by the new Batman (Dick Grayson) to join the newly formed Justice League, alongside himself, Donna Troy, Starman, Congo Bill, Jade, as well as Jessie Quick.
After conversations with other heroes who maintain secret identities, Supergirl realizes how badly she needs to get a deeper connection with human beings. She accepts Lana Lang's proposal to present her to the Daily Planet staff as Linda Lang, her teenaged niece. Recently however, Kara discovered that both her parents were alive, as Kandor was ripped from Krypton and held captive by Brainiac. Superman and Supergirl managed to free Kandor. Unfortunately due to human prejudice against Kryptonians and the death of Zor-El, Kandor left Earth and was transformed into a full-sized planet, named New Krypton . With Kara's mother now the leader of New Krypton, Kara and Clark are both torn between their resurrected home world and their adopted world.
In the New 52, Kara's ship lands as part of a meteor shower in Smallville, Kansas but hurtles through the Earth and emerges in Siberia. Kara has no memory of the destruction of Krypton and believes herself to be dreaming. The military tracks her arrival and a group of American soldiers immediately attack her. Her powers start emerging during the fight goes on and terrify the surprised Kara. Superman arrives after she defeats the soldiers and tries to convince Kara that he is her cousin, but Kara, still believing only 3 days have passed since she last saw baby Kal-El, accuses him of being an impostor and attacks him. Superman refuses to fight her lest they endanger innocents. When Kara realizes how close she has come to hurting innocent people, she also stops fighting. Superman explains to Kara that she is now on Earth and reveals to her that Krypton has been destroyed. Kara refuses to believe him and, uninterested in staying on Earth, decides to get her pod back. She goes back to her pod and is amazed by the fact that Superman is going to protect people in danger instead of helping her to find out if there is even a chance of Krypton being intact. However, Superman gives her a final warning telling her that she "is not prepared for this world." She then encounters a rich owner of the Corporation, named Simon Tycho, who steals her belongings from her pod to lure her in a trap in order to run tests on her. Kara succeeds to escape from Tycho, destroying his lab and taking her belongings back.
As Kara Zor-El flies outward from the Earth in search of her home planet of Krypton, she fails to realize that someone is following her. Kara is growing unsure that the super-human abilities she acquired on Earth will last long enough for her to survive the trip all the way to Krypton, but suddenly, she begins to feel a strange pull on the sunstone that she carries, recovered from the wreckage of her pod's crash landing. The stone pulls her to a strange device floating in the middle of space. Reluctantly, she passes through the field the device produces and realizes that she has emerged in a completely different sector of space. The pull on the stone grows even stronger and she follows it to a small blue star, which is revealed to actually be the ruins of Argo City, torn from the very surface of Krypton, somehow. Realizing that the place has been deserted for quite some time and that her friends and family are likely dead she makes her way to her father's lab where she finds a device which can activate her sunstone. The sunstone reveals a message from her father, Zor-El, recorded just moments before Krypton's inevitable destruction and it confirms Kara's fear that Kal-El was telling the truth. Zor-El explains that he has used a risky plan to attempt to save Argo, designing a force-field around the city in hope that the city will survive long enough for the people remaining to find a new home to live. There Kara meets an alien woman named Reign, who is one of the Worldkillers, a race of conquering warriors whose origin is traced somehow to Krypton. She and her people came to Argo on a mission to discover the mystery of their creation. Kara decides to stay at Argo and die at home but the voices of her parents awake her and encourage her to return to Earth. Upon returning to Earth Kara fights Reign and some other Worldkillers who try to take over Earth but she succeeds to defeat them, sending them away.
Kara later meets and befriends a young girl, named Siobhan Smythe, who defends her against the military as she can't speak English herself. Kara then has to deal with Siobhan's father, Black Banshee, who haunts his daughter. Kara helps Siobhan defeat her father, even though due to his influence, Siobhan herself has been transformed to Silver Banshee. In her latest adventures Kara has also met Superboy, with whom she doesn't get along at first but later they reconcile. She also meets another Kryptonian, named H'El, who tries to recreate Krypton by destroying Earth. Kara teams up with H'El and engages in a romantic relationship with him. He also teaches her how to speak English. At the end Kara decides to do the right thing and prevents H'El, with Superman and Superboy, from destroying Earth. At a later adventure the trio travels back in time to stop H'El once again from saving Krypton and altering the history. Kara also teams up with Power Girl, an alternate version of herself from an another Earth, called Earth 2. She also encounters her father, who is revealed to not have died but rescued by Brainiac instead and transformed into a cyborg.
- Supergirl first appeared in Action Comics #252 (May, 1959). The character died during a 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985. Afterwards, DC Comics introduced several non-Kryptonian Supergirls. In 2004, Kara Zor-El was finally re-introduced into the DC continuity in issue #8 of the Superman/Batman series.
- A passing of the Torch is made by Helen Slater (who had previous played the role of Kara Zor-El/Supergirl in the 1984 Supergirl movie,) to Laura Vandervoort's Kara by playing aunt Lara.
- In the episode Fracture, Kara named "Say It Again" by Marié Digby as her favorite song.
- Kara suggested her cousin's name: "Kal-El." (Lara)
- Kara almost always referred to Jimmy as "James", his middle name and the source of his nickname Jimmy.
- Kara is almost always seen wearing red, white or blue, along with a silver cuff bracelet.
- Kara's futuristic Supergirl uniform is a combination of the a red and blue bodysuit with an overcoat like jacket that has the appearance of at as a cape. The design was constructed by Cat Staggs for Smallville: Season 11 story arc episode Argo and is very similar to a 2012 Superman cosplay design known as The Formal Superman .
- Kara exhibits a fondness for going barefoot, perhaps due to being uncomfortable in Earth clothing.
- Kara very frequently shows her belly with the clothes she uses.
- When Kara lost her memory, she wore mostly white, symbolic of her blank memory. (Fracture, Hero, Traveler)
- Kara's past is featured in "Smallville Legends: Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton."
- Kara is the second Smallville female main character to have blonde hair behind Chloe.
- Even though she looks and acts like someone in her early 20's, Kara is technically in her early 40's, because she was in suspended animation for at least eighteen years.
- In the comics, Kara's mother's name is Allura but in Smallville Kara's mother never appeared, nor was named.
- A kara is a bracelet, usually made of steel, signifying the unity of God, traditionally worn by Sikhs (in some ways similar to Kara's own silver cuff bracelet).
- Kara's origin contains an homage to the DCU superheroine Power Girl's Symbioship in the form of her diamond-shaped vessel being distinctively colored red and keeping her in suspended animation while training her to assimilate into Earth culture en route via a form of mental interface. Power Girl is Kara Zor-L (AKA Karen Starr, CEO of Starrware Industries), a Kryptonian survivor from another universe.Also both Power Girl and Kara's hometown is Kandor instead of the comic book Kara's hometown of Argo City(which in Smallville is known as Argo Valley). In Supergirl, Lois even suggests the name "Power Girl" as a possible codename for Kara. Furthermore, the age of this incarnation of Kara Zor-El, upon arriving on Earth, is the same as Power Girl's (18-20), whereas the comic book Kara Zor-El was 15–16 years old, upon arriving on Earth.
- In Season 10's Supergirl, The Daily Planet headline article refers to Kara as the "Maiden of Might". This is similar to The "Maid of Might" which is one of her nicknames in the comics.
- Lois refers to Kara as Übergirl, twice, which directly translated means 'Supergirl'.
- Kara is the only main character to have never been featured in a mid-season finale.
- Kara seems to suffer an unlucky habit of being abruptly removed from Clark's life either because of others or by her own decisions. She has left a total of seven times:
- After entering Clark's life, she left for over a month because his cousin relied more on John Jones and she felt betrayed. (Cure)
- Later, Kara was punished by Jor-El for helping Zor-El and disappeared for a second time, ending up in Detroit powerless and with no memory of her past. (Blue, Fracture)
- After recovering her memories, Kara was blackmailed by Brainiac to fly into outer space to save Lana and disappeared once again. (Veritas)
- After being rescued by Clark, Kara returned to Smallville but soon became trapped in the Phantom Zone and disappeared for months. (Apocalypse, Arctic)
- Kara was rescued of her imprisonment by Clark and Lois, but immediately left Earth to search for the missing city of Kandor. (Bloodline)
- After a year, Kara returns to Metropolis to help Clark to fight back the darkness, but soon realises that she needed depart again in order to find a way to defeat the menace. (Supergirl)
- Finally, Kara returned one last time, only to be ordered by Jor-El to leave Clark and find her own destiny, resulting in her being transported into the future. (Prophecy)
- Kara is the only main female character (besides Lana) to not appear in Season Nine, but she was mentioned in Savior.
- Kara was also prominently featured in six animated episodes broadcast during Season Seven as part of Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton.
- Kara's appearances in chronological order can be seen here. Additionally, her voice is heard in Sleeper. Her appearance in Bizarro is a non-speaking role. Laura Vandervoort appears in Arctic as Brainiac disguised as Kara and the real Kara is briefly shown trapped in the Phantom Zone.
- At the age of 19, Kara would have had to have been fluent in both Kryptonian and English to have immediately been able to communicate on Earth.
- Chloe and Kara never got along, partly because of her attraction to Jimmy and Kara's rudeness when the two first met in the episode Kara.
- Her full Kryptonian name is never mentioned in the series. In the comics it is Kara Zor-El but her aunt is referred to as Lara-El instead of Lara Jor-El. This could be because Kara is Zor-El's daughter, while Lara married into the House of El.
- Kara's chronological age is a bit shakey to determine. Under the assumption she very recently turned 19 prior to Krypton's destruction, she would still technically be 19 when she leaves Earth in Bloodline. She didn't age in her suspended animation, took only a one day trip back in time to Krypton while weeks (or possibly months) passed before Clark also went back, as well as wouldn't have aged in the Phantom Zone by the time she's brought back to Earth over a year after her first appearance. In her return two years later, she would physically be 21 in Supergirl and 22 when she leaves for the future in Prophecy.
- Kara's alternate name of Linda (used during her bout of amnesia and in the alternate universe that Jor-El takes Clark to) is from her Supergirl incarnation. The name she chooses to cover her Kara identity is Linda Lee Danvers.
- In the movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse during the fashion montage of Kara adapting to Earth's customs by trying on clothes, Kara can be seen sporting the Smallville attire of the character: she also wears them again when she and Clark head to the Kent Farm to meet Jonathan and Martha Kent. In the Superman 80-Page Giant 2011, Kara is seen sporting the Smallville clothing attire of the character as well.
- Kara Kent was targeted for death by John Corben, who was part of Toyman's Marionette Ventures. (Prophecy)
- Clark never told Kara about Kandor, which she had been searching for since Bloodline.
- It is unknown why Kara couldn't find Kandor, considering Clark had sent the Kandorians there in Salvation.
- Out of all the main female characters, Kara has appeared in the least amount of episodes throughout the series.
- It is unknown if Kara knew about Jimmy's death since her return in Supergirl and Prophecy.
- Kara has met Lex, Clark, Chloe, Lana, Jimmy, Pete, Lois and Oliver, but was never shown meeting a number of other major characters on the show, including Lionel, Martha, Davis, Tess and Zod.
- Kara was one of the many characters to never attend Clark and Lois' wedding, because she time traveled to embark on her own destiny.
- It is unknown if Clark told Kara about Lex knowing his secret and his death.
- In the comics Superman & Batman: Generation, Kara Kent is the name of Clark and Lois Kent's biological daughter.
- In the animated movie Superman: Unbound while in Smallville on the Kent farm with Jonathan and Martha Kent, Kara temporarily wore a dark wig and glasses like she did on the show. She had also appeared many times with similar appearance in Superman: The Animated Series and in the comics.
- Even though Kara Zor-El does not appear in the 2013 live-action film Man of Steel, she appears as the protagonist of the comic book tie-in of the film which serves as a prequel. She was the one that piloted the Krypton scout ship that Clark finds frozen in Canada and ocuped the pod left open before he entered.
Other faces of Supergirl
- Clark and Kara - Details on the cousins' sibling-like relationship.
- Jimmy and Kara - Her first romance with a human.
- Lex and Kara - Details on their relationship and Lex's strange obsession with her.
- Chloe, Jimmy and Kara - Details on the love triangle that Kara experienced with Jimmy and Chloe during her short stay in Smallville.
- Episodes featuring Kara Kent
- Gallery/Kara Kent
- Kara Kent's near-death experiences - a list of Kara's near-death experiences.
- Kara's ship
- Blue crystal
- Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton
- For the girl who believed herself to be "Kara from Krypton," see Lindsey Harrison.
- ↑ In a deleted scene in Kara, Kara and Chloe are in the maternity ward when Kara uses super breath to blow Chloe into the wall.
- Supergirl on Wikipedia
- Laura Vandervoort as Kara on Wikipedia
- Supergirl on Wikia DC Animated Universe
- Supergirl on DC Database
- Supergirl: Maid of Might