Superman Characters and Friends
main enemies list
Superman's primary love interest, who is traditionally portrayed as
being indifferent to Clark, but in love with Superman. Lois is a
reporter at The Daily Planet. Through the years Lois has been
portrayed at different times as Clark's indifferent co-worker,
fierce competitor, friend, love interest or wife. Actresses
portraying Lois have included Phyllis Coates, Noel Neill, Lesley Ann
Warren, Margot Kidder, Teri Hatcher, Dana Delany, Erica Durance,
Kate Bosworth, and Amy Adams.
Editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet. Is noted for his trademark
cigars and gruff, but caring demeanor with his staff.
Jimmy Olsen: Daily
Planet photographer who often works with Lois and Clark, and has
become a good friend to both. Jimmy is also known to have associated
with Superman, earning him the nickname "Superman's Pal." In several
stories (mostly pre-Crisis), Jimmy has (usually briefly) acquired
superhuman powers and taken on several different identities in order
to assist Superman, the most notable and recurring being Elastic
Cat Grant: gossip columnist for The Daily
Planet, introduced in post-Crisis comics as a potential love
interest for Clark. A divorcée and single mother, she became the
focus of a tragic storyline that saw her son Adam murdered by the
Toyman. Later, she works for WGBS-TV, before becoming press
secretary for President Lex Luthor. Eventually, Cat returns to the
Daily Planet as the editor of the Entertainment and Arts section.
political editorialist for The Daily Planet, introduced in
post-Crisis comics. Ron is an accomplished journalist, known for his
liberal political views. He eventually marries and has a child with
Lois' sister Lucy Lane, making him Lois and Clark's brother-in-law,
as well as co-worker and friend.
blowhard sports reporter for WGBS-TV who was a recurring character
and occasional romantic nemesis for Clark Kent during the mid-1970s
era. Post-Crisis, Steve is the Sports Editor of the Daily Planet.
Dirk Armstrong: A right-wing Conservative
who worked at the Daily Planet to write an opinion column, his
political leanings and opinion often conflicted with Clark Kent
including painting Superman as a menace and Lex Luthor a victim of
the media and political system. Armstrong would go on to work for
Inspector Henderson: One of Metropolis'
top police officers introduced on Adventures of Superman television
series, he was adapted into the comics in the 1980s and appeared on
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Currently, Henderson
is the Commissioner of Police.
Dan Turpin works
in the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit and has occasionally fought
toe-to-toe with metahuman villains. He's often been depicted working
under Maggie Sawyer.
Professor Emil Hamilton: Post-Crisis,
Professor Hamilton fills the role that Professor Potter did
pre-Crisis, as a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who lends his assistance as
needed to Superman.
Bibbo Bibbowski was a fan of Superman that
was inspired by the hero to become an active force for good in
Metropolis after their meeting. Bibbo would often try to come to the
aid of his city and Superman but generally acted more as comic
Morgan Edge, media tycoon and owner of the
WGBS television station, where Clark and Lana Lang worked during the
1970s era of the Superman comic books. Later became a villain.
The staff of
Project Cadmus would occasionally become involved in Superman's
activities especially when Darkseid established the Evil Factory and
later when the Project generated an imperfect clone of Superman in
Superboy. Some notable members include Director Westfield, Dubbilex,
Gene-Gnome, Guardian, Heat Wave, and the Newsboy Legion (the
original grown up as scientists and clones they produced of
Chloe Sullivan: Reporter for
Metropolis-based website Metropolitan, love interest of Jimmy Olsen,
and cousin of Lois Lane. She runs a column called "A Week With..."
in which she follows a famous person for a week. She first appeared
in the 2000s television series Smallville and was then integrated
into DC Comics canon in September 2010.
Sam Lane: Father to Lucy and Lois Lane,
Sam Lane was an Army General that served as Lex Luthor's Secretary
of Defense during his presidency. Believed to have given his life
during the Imperiex conflict, Lane turned up later heading up
Project 7734 leading to the destruction of New Krypton. When his
hand in New Krypton's genocide came to light, he took his own life.
Science Police: An
upgraded version of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit led by the
Guardian for a time.
Frank Berkowitz: Longtime mayor of
Metropolis who took office shortly before Superman's appearance and
served for four terms until his assassination under orders of Lex
CAELOSS (Citizens Army for the Economic
Liberation Of Suicide Slum): A group of activists that employ
electronic communication and super science cybernetics that oppose
Lex Luthor's control of Metropolis. During the conflict with
Brainiac-13, they helped defend Metropolis.
Martha Kent: Superman's foster parents who adopted and raised him
after he landed on Earth. Often referred to as Ma and Pa Kent.
Pre-Crisis they died shortly after Clark's high school graduation;
post-Crisis, they have not yet died. After the relauch of September
2011 they are dead again, dying on Clark's prom night (Action Comics
v. 2 #17, cover date May 2013.)
Lana Lang: Clark Kent's childhood friend
and sometimes love interest from Smallville. Pre-Crisis, Lana often
suspected Clark of being Superboy. On several occasions, pre-crisis,
Lana gained super powers and had several adventures as the Insect
Queen. During the 1970s, Lang was also a co-worker with Clark Kent
during his time as a television reporter for WGBS; post-Crisis,
Clark told Lana about his powers in high school before leaving
Smallville. Later, Lana married Pete Ross, and had a son named
Clark. Lana was briefly First Lady of The United States, and later
worked as the CEO of Lexcorp. Currently, Lana and Pete are
separated, and Lana lives and works in Metropolis as the Business
Editor of The Daily Planet.
Lionel Luthor: Lex Luthor's
father from the Smallville television series. While Luthor's father
has been depicted prior to the debut of Smallville in the comics, he
was never a prominent figure, unlike this series. Smallville
characterizes him as very similar to the adult post-Crisis Lex, as a
corrupt, powerful businessman with sinister tendencies.
Pete Ross: Clark
Kent's childhood friend from Smallville. Pre-Crisis, Pete
accidentally discovered Clark was really Superboy, but kept the
knowledge a secret from Clark. Post-Crisis, he didn't learn Clark's
secret until much later, and had married Lana Lang, with whom he had
a son named Clark. Pete served as Vice-President under Lex Luthor
and following Luthor's impeachment, Ross became President of The
United States, for a brief time. Currently, Pete and Lana are
separated, and Pete lives in Smallville with their son.
Potter: Pre-Crisis, Professor Potter was an eccentric scientist who
used his talents to sometimes assist Superboy or Superman. Potter
was depicted in Superboy stories as Lana Lang's maternal uncle.
Police Chief Douglas Parker: The chief of
Smallville's police department; Chief Parker mainly appeared in
Silver Age Superboy stories, but has been little seen in recent
Kenny Braverman: A childhood rival of
Clark Kent, Braverman was poisoned from the radiation of kryptonite
embedded in the infant Kal-El's space craft and be afflicted with
bouts of illness his entire life. He would later become the villain
Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, and Strange Visitor. Art By Mike
Although Superman is often called the Last Son of Krypton, a number
of other superpowered heroes, either directly Kryptonian, partially
Kryptonian, or non-Kryptonian but with some association to Superman,
have appeared across his long history. Some of these are:
Pre-Crisis, Supergirl is Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin from Argo
City, a city that for a time had survived the destruction of Krypton
until its residents died of kryptonite radiation. Her parents send
her to Earth, where Superman guides her in her development as a
superhero. Post-Crisis, several versions of Supergirl have been
introduced. The most significant of these are Matrix and Linda
Danvers, who had a complicated relationship to one another. Another
such individual was Cir-El. In 2004, a new version of Kara Zor-El
was introduced in issues of Superman/Batman, arriving on Earth as a
teen like the original Kara.
Pre-Crisis, Superboy is Superman's first costumed identity, which he
assumes at age 8 and retains until he becomes Superman at age 21.
Post-Crisis, Superboy is a clone, originally thought to have been of
Superman, that is created after project match (another clone of
superman made with full kryptonian DNA. Superboy later finds out
that he is actually a hybrid of human and Kryptonian DNA. At first,
he believes he was purposely made to be only with super strength,
super hearing and super eyesight. Later, in Young Justice, he
discovers that his human DNA comes from Lex Luthor. Superboy's
secret identity is Conner Kent, clone/brother of Clark.
Lar Gand aka
Mon-El: From Daxam, a planet similar to Krypton, Lar stops on
Krypton just prior to its destruction. He eventually makes it to
Earth and befriends Clark Kent (originally Superboy), who gives him
the name Mon-El and puts him in the Phantom Zone when he receives a
fatal dose of lead poisoning. Since then, Mon-El helps Superman as
much as he can concerning matters with the Zone. After a thousand
years, Lar is cured and freed by the Legion of Super-Heroes who also
recruit him has a member.. In the main DC continuities extant from
1990–2004, Lar Gand has a different history as the hero, Valor.
Lori Lemaris: A
mermaid who Clark Kent dated while attending Metropolis University,
and was the first person he proposed marriage to (though Lori turned
him down). Lori returned to current comic continuity as a prelude to
Clark and Lois's short-lived breakup in a 1996 storyline. Lori has
also been a supporting character and ally of Aquaman.
Steel: An engineer genius named John Henry
Irons who creates a high-tech, mechanized suit of armor to fight
crime in, after Superman's death in the Death of Superman storyline,
and still serves as a superhero today. His niece Natasha Irons has
also fought crime as Steel.
Originally a strange Kryptonian device recovered by Superman, the
Eradicator creates the Fortress of Solitude as part of an attempt to
establish Kryptonian civilization on Earth. Later, it gains more
sentience, and has since become a hero in its own right.
Kal Kent: A descendant of Superman that occasionally interacts with
Superwoman: Several versions of a
Superwoman have appeared; often, she is Lois Lane, temporarily
granted superpowers. Luma Lynai of Staryl bore the title. Shortly
before the Crisis, Kristin Wells, a descendant of Jimmy Olsen from
the future, assumed the identity of Superwoman.
Power Girl: A
version of Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) from Earth-Two and the cousin of
Chris Kent: Introduced in 2006, Chris Kent
is the foster son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and the natural son
of Kryptonian super-villains General Zod and Ursa. Chris possesses
at least some of Superman's powers. Chris is currently on Earth
using the costumed identity of Nightwing.
Infinity, Inc.: A
group of metahumans given birth from Lex Luthor's "Everyman
Project", the team were his puppets until being set free by the hero
Steel. Some time after earning their freedom, they would again band
together as heroes in Metropolis under the direction of Steel.
Maxima: Ruler of
Almerac, she sought Superman to produce a powerful heir but would
later become an ally of Superman. She would give her life to save
the Universe from Brainiac.
Waverider: A time
traveller from the Armageddon 2001 future that frequently observes
Superman, occasionally involving himself with the hero.
Strange Visitor: A
childhood friend of Clark Kent's from Smallville, who gained
Superman's electrical powers and wore his old containment suit from
the period when he was an electrical being. She was later revealed
to be the cosmic entity, Kismet.
post-Crisis stories, a Kryptonian robot who originally served Jor-El
on Krypton. Kelex currently maintains Superman's Fortress of
Krypto the Superdog: Pre-Crisis, Krypto is
the El family's pet dog on Krypton, who eventually wound up on Earth
and gained superpowers like Superman's. Post-Crisis, Krypto was not
reintroduced until the early 2000s, but has since been a regular
supporting character in Superman comics as the faithful companion of
both Superman and Superboy (Kon-El). His current origin resembles
his original one.
Martian Manhunter: While the Martian
Manhunter and Superman shared a connection as members of the Justice
League and aliens on Earth with similar powers, unbeknownst to
Superman J'onn had observed the hero since he was an infant. He
would enter Superman's life several times including posing as a Kent
farm labourer named Josh Johnstone and his high school Civics
teacher Mrs. Klingman.
Superhorse: Supergirl's flying horse, originally a Centaur, but
cursed to live as a full horse. At various times he has had romantic
feelings for Supergirl. Post-Crisis, he was given a different,
Streaky the Supercat: Supergirl's normal
household cat, accidentally given superpowers by a new type of
Kryptonite. Streaky regularly fights alongside Krypto in the
animated series Krypto, the Superdog.
century descendant of Streaky, the Supercat.
Beppo: Monkey that
stowed away on Kal-El's rocket.
Super-Ape: Pre-Crisis, an ape from Krypton rocketed to Earth by
anthropologist Professor An-Kal to Kenya where he built an
underground city for apes and acts as their protector.
Flamebird: Originally Superman and Jimmy Olsen, Pre-Crisis the duo
would pass these identities on to Van-Zee and Ak-Var to protect
Kandor. Post-Crisis, the identity would go on to several including
Power Girl and Supergirl and recently Chris Kent and Thara Ak-Var to
Vartox: A Pre-Crisis ally and friend to
Superman from Valeron, Vartox would occasionally team with Superman
to face threats on each other's planets.
Lyla Lerrol: A
Pre-Crisis Kryptonian that Superman nearly married. She would appear
occasionally as a vision to the hero.
Wonder Man: A
Superman robot named Ajax given flesh and blood by the Superman
Revenge Squad to retire Superman and stand aside as they attack the
Earth. Ajax turned on his masters to help Superman but died soon
after via a death mechanism implanted in him.
Ancient Roman soldier and current antagonist of Superman for the
affections of Lois Lane.
Scorn: The prince of Kandor who became
stranded in Metropolis, becoming a hero and friend of Superman.
Using Legion tech and operating out of Metropolis, Booster Gold
started as a glory seeking adventurer that became a hero and ally to
Superman. Much of this cultivated into his role as Supernova,
filling the void left by Superman during the year the hero was
depowered using Phantom Zone Projector technology.
Former CIA operative that donned a power suit and fought crime,
often beside Superman. Later acting as an operative for the United
States, he would die investigating Project 7734.
Originally a crime fighter in Suicide Slum, he would occasionally
team with Superman and one time the Kryptonian donned Gangbuster's
costume when he suffered a nervous breakdown.
Thorn: A heroine
that suffers from dissociative identity disorder that teams with
Superman against the 100.
champion of Warworld who lost to Superman. Though he sought a fight
to the death with Superman, he would instead become an ally and gave
his life to save Earth from Brainiac.
Nassur is a Quraci teen who developed telekinetic powers in the wake
of Invasion!. A troubled youth due to the hatred held towards his
nationality that would cross swords with Superman and Lex Luthor,
the teen would later act as a hero named Sinbad in Metropolis. He
would later move to Los Angeles and go by the name Sharif.
embodiment of Khyber's emotions and conscience, the immortal
speedster of Tehran, Iran Sirocco will become one of the remaining
survivors on Earth and ally to Superman when his evil counterpart
and his Ghostwolves wipe out humanity.
Kandorian spy for General Zod that would go on to represent the
Labor Guild on New Krypton's Ruling Counsel and would be Superman's
closest friend on the planet.
Superman's unit in the Military Guild of New Krypton originally led
by Asha Del-Nar, who became Superman's second-in-command.
Black Lightning: A
longtime resident of Metropolis, Black Lightning fought crime in
Suicide Slum and took on the 100, making a nemesis of crime boss
Tobias Whale. He would go on to be the Secretary of Education under
President Lex Luthor.
Starman: A hero of the Infinite Realm,
Starman was secretly Prince Gavyn, the brother of the realm's ruler
Clryssa. Gavyn was believed dead, left to die in space by order of
the Imperial Council such that none challenged Clryssa's reign.
Mongul would come to the realm's capitol Throneworld and slay
Clryssa usurping rule, using the planet's weapon the Doomsday Device
to force other worlds to join him. Starman teamed with Superman to
bring Mongul to justice, leaving Gavyn to rule Throneworld. The hero
would die but his essence was absorbed by Will Payton who took up
Auron: A clone of the Guardian made by
Project Cadmus that abandoned the project to traverse the stars. He
would be killed fighting beside Superman against Massacre.
The Justice League
of America: A team of superheroes of which Superman is a member and
often the leader. Other notable JLA members include Batman, Wonder
Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green
Arrow, and Black Canary.
The Legion of
Super-Heroes: A team of young superheroes from the 30th and 31st
Centuries who were formed with Superman as their inspiration. In his
youth, Superman frequently traveled to the future to serve as a
member of the Legion as Superboy. Other notable Legionnaires include
Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, Brainiac 5, Mon-El and
The New Gods of Supertown: As Earth seemed
inexplicably tied to the Anti-Life Equation, sought by Darkseid and
his minions, Superman would become a frequent opponent to the ruler
of Apokolips and thus an ally to his enemies in the New Gods of
Supertown. Some notable members of these New Gods are Highfather,
Orion, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, and the Forever People.
Squad K: A
government sponsored unit created to take down Superman should he
ever go rogue. With the appearance of New Krypton, they became a
unit charged with taking on Kryptonian threats. When they were
introduced, they were led by Colonel Perseus Hazard, grandson of
Gravedigger. The team was forced to add Reactron to the group and he
killed them during their mission together. The team was reformed
under General Lane led by Sergeant Cloud.
After losing her powers to her villainous counterpart, Kimiyo Hoshi
moved her family to Metropolis and came to work at S.T.A.R. Labs.
When her powers are restored by Hardware, she becomes active in the
Justice League and fighting crime in Metropolis.
The Supermen of
America: A team of youths inspired by Superman initially funded by
LexCorp to protect Metropolis.
Metropolis Special Crimes Unit: To face the growing threat of
metahuman crime in Metropolis, the S.C.U. added metahuman agents:
Freight-Train, Fireworks, Badmouth, and the Roo.
Displaced in Metropolis after being pulled through the Bleed,
Majestic filled the void left by an absent Superman. Upon the hero's
return, Majestic came to follow some of Superman's behavior before
the Man of Steel was able to help Majestic return to his home
Icon: Formerly a native of the Milestone
Comics universe, Icon was one of many characters retconned into the
mainstream DCU history following Final Crisis. Though not much is
known about how they met, the two have been shown to be good friends
and have a deep-seated trust in each other. Like Clark, Icon is an
alien who crash landed on earth and was raised by a human family.
A group of heroes that formed to save Superman's life and later
teamed with Superman to battle the Forgotten Villains. During these
adventures, the group was composed of Immortal Man, Cave Carson,
Dane Dorrance, Rip Hunter, Congo Bill/Congorilla, Animal Man,
Dolphin, and Rick Flag, Jr..
Initially attempting to be a super-villain, battling Superman
inspired Ambush Bug to become a hero instead, fancying himself as
Superman's sidekick/partner and close friend (much to the Man of
Quex-Ul: Pre-Crisis, Quex-Ul was falsely
imprisoned in the Phantom Zone and was freed by Superman. He would
end up working for the Daily Planet as Charlie Kweeskill before
being put in the Phantom Zone again alongside Superman where he gave
his life to protect the Man of Steel.
Yellow Peri: A
sorceress that assisted Superman during his Superboy and his adult
Captain Strong: The seafaring captain of
the Fantasia, Superman helped Horatio Strong beat his addiction to
the alien power-giving seaweed sauncha and the two became close
friends with Clark Kent occasionally joining Strong in his voyages.
Patrol Agents: An intergalactic group of canine crime fighters.
Space Cat Patrol
Agents: Feline variation of the Space Canine Patrol Agents.
Squad: A group of Kandorians led by Superman's cousin Don-El that
come to Superman's aid when necessary.
Power Boy: Zarl
Vorne was rocketed from Earth to survive the destruction of Atlantis
to the planet Juno where, due to having less gravity than Earth,
gives the child superhuman abilities.
A family of heroes on the planet Trombus that gain powers similar to
Kryptonians under a red sun. The group includes Hyperman,
Hyperwoman, Klypso the Hyperdog, and are led by Hyperboy.
Survivor of the dying planet Zoron, this infant was rocketed to
Oceania where he was raised as Chester King growing up to be
Hyper-Boy and, later, Hyper-Man developing superhuman abilities from
Oceania's lesser gravity.
hero of the planet Makkor who married an amnesiac Supergirl.
Halk Kar: Hero of
the planet Thoron who once befriended Jor-El.
childhood friend Gary the Witch-Boy grown into a sorcerer.
Alongside Rovo the Mighty Dog, Mighty Boy is the hero of the planet
Zumoor where he and his hound have similar powers to Kryptonians.
specific to other media
There have been a
number of characters who appeared in Superman television shows,
movies, and radio dramas that never made their way to the comics.
Among them are:
Willi Berg: An early boyfriend of Lois Lane who later becomes
Clark's friend and ally when he first leaves Smallville. Willi is a
photographer, and by the end of the story gets a job with the Daily
Planet. Only appears in Tom DeHaven's novel, "It's Superman!".
Clark's first college roommate in the 1990s television series
Superboy and the nephew of Perry White. In the series, he works with
Clark on their university's student newspaper.
Clark's second college roommate in the 1990s television series
Superboy. In the series, he periodically attempts to involve
Superboy and Clark in his get-rich-quick schemes.
Lois Lane's fiance and Perry White's nephew in the movie Superman
Jason White: In the movie Superman
Returns, Jason is Lois Lane's son. Though he is also presented as
Richard's son, Lois has a revelation that Jason is actually
Superman's son and later reveals this to Superman himself. Jason
apparently shares some of his father's superpowers.
Tess Mercer: Lex
Luthor's successor as CEO of Luthorcorp from the "Smallville"
television series. She is an homage to three previous Superman
Characters, Eve Teschmacher, Lena Luthor and Mercy Graves. She has
since made a name as a character in her own right, breaking off ties
with Lex, learning Clark's secret, and trying to redeem herself.