| ||We will rebuild, and we will thrive.|
|Real name||Conner Kent|
|Alias|| The Weapon;|
The Boy of Steel
|Age (2010)||16 weeks[nb 1](16 years physiologically)|
|Age (2016)||6 years (16 years physiologically)|
|Species||Kryptonian-Human hybrid genomorph|
|First appearance||"Independence Day"|
|Voiced by||Nolan North|
|Image gallery (167)|
Although he desires to be a good hero, Superboy has anger issues. Having spent his first 16 weeks of existence as a science project and mind-controlled puppet, Superboy is defiant and does not like being told what to do or being dismissed. He often behaves with an air of extreme confidence, due in large part to the fact that he is Superman's genetic clone, and was created in order to replace him. This makes him exceedingly overconfident in his abilities to the point that he ignores the help of others and impulsively throws himself into situations that he cannot handle on his own. Despite this confidence he worries about living up to his namesake, Superman. Due to the fact he never really had the opportunity to interact with anyone until recently, Superboy is somewhat anti-social and has a hard time getting along with others or showing his emotions. As such he constantly behaves in a confrontational manner to all people, even those who are attempting to be kind towards him. Even simple things like making amends with people who he has wronged is a tough concept for him to understand. However, he has learned quickly and is not quite so silent, to the point of even carrying on a conversation without getting angry.
By 2016, Superboy seems to have become more mellow and in touch with his emotions, but he is still angered whenever Miss Martian uses her powers invasively. He has also become more experienced and uses his intelligence more, planning attacks instead of going in with physical strength.
Physical appearance Edit
Superboy is a partial genetic clone of Superman, and as such shares many of Superman's physical traits. At the time of his liberation, Superboy was physiologically 16 years old, however, chronologically he was only 16 weeks old. As a side effect of the cloning process, Superboy will never visibly age, thus looks identical in the five years since his awakening. Superboy is a Caucasian male with short black hair and blue eyes. He is noticeably taller than most people of his physiological age and is quite muscular, likely due to his partial Kryptonian genes. He is considered very handsome by most girls and is typically seen with a frown on his face, rarely with a smile.
Superboy used to wear a black t-shirt (though he has worn a long sleeved shirt on occasion) with the classic S-shield in red and at times wore a brown leather jacket. He also donned dark blue fatigue pants tucked into dark-brown combat boots with a large buckled-belt. In 2016, he wears a long sleeve variation on his traditional black with red S-shield shirt and fingerless gloves.
Early life Edit
On March 21, 2010, Project Cadmus initiated Project Kr. It was based on Project Match, an earlier attempt to clone Superman. Because of the incomplete DNA sequences, "Match" was deemed a failure, a mistake they did not repeat on Project Kr. For this new project, gaps in the sequences were filled with human DNA, with Lex Luthor as the donor. He was kept in a containment pod along with three G-Gnomes, who telepathically controlled him and educated him with the knowledge of a boy of his physiological age.
July 2010 Edit
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August 2010 Edit
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September 2010 Edit
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October 2010 Edit
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November 2010 Edit
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December 2010 Edit
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January 2011 Edit
As the clock struck New Year, Miss Martian and Superboy kissed.
Later, they were locked in a passionate hug when Superman arrived to talk to him. The Man of Steel congratulated him, and tried, uncomfortably, to create another conversation. He inquired about Superboy's civilian name, Conner Kent, and revealed his own secret identity, Clark Kent, to him. Conner was surprised and apologized for the similarity, but Superman was proud of the connection. Superboy was happy with the acceptance.
December 2015 Edit
- Main article: Superboy in December 2015
Superboy's relationship with M'gann ended after he broke it off because of his disapproval of how M'gann used her abilities to extract information from villains, and she tried to make him forget that he was angry with her. He did not like to see her kissing her new boyfriend, Lagoon Boy, and thought he was a jerk.
At some point, Superboy, Nightwing and Miss Martian were invited to join the Justice League, but turned it down, stating that they were happier with the Team for now.
January 2016 Edit
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February 2016 Edit
After the destruction of Malina Island, Superboy suspected the bomb was smuggled to Earth via boom tube. He suspected Intergang's involvement, and discovered Bruno Mannheim had come out of hiding. He took Blue Beetle and Wolf with him to follow them.
The heroes encountered Mannheim and Whisper A'Daire at the Hall of Justice. Mannheim activated an Apokoliptan device, which revived the residual energy in the Appellaxian husks inside the Hall's trophy room.
Superboy and Wolf attacked the merged golem, but were no match. After Blue Beetle unwisely attacked it with a sonic blast, which was bounced back, all three of them were knocked out. Intergang and the golem escaped.
Giving chase, Superboy berated Blue Beetle for not doing his homework on the Appellaxians, the League's first case, and explained their origins to him.
They caught up with the villains, and Sphere destroyed the control device. With Mannheim no longer in control, the golem made his way to the Arlington Nuclear Power Plant. Blue Beetle and Superboy restrained Mannheim and A'Daire before heading to the power plant.
The golem repelled all of Superboy's and Wolf's attacks. Blue Beetle's armor figured out a way to talk to it, and they learned that it wanted to end its mechanical life to stop the pain it was in. Superboy offered help, but at that moment, a sonic blast from the forest destroyed the golem.
When they returned to the clearing where they left Mannheim and A'Daire, they found them alive, but unresponsive, which angered Superboy.
March 2016 Edit
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April 2016 Edit
Superboy was with Nightwing, M'gann, Mal Duncan and Wolf at a warehouse, which Nightwing said he set up for those who had lived at Mount Justice as a new place to stay. Superboy said the accommodations were fine, but Mal indicated he wanted to make other arrangements. Nightwing suggested everyone head to the Hall of Justice to gather belongings that were salvaged from Mount Justice.
Superboy joined Mal and M'gann at the Hall of Justice, where Bumblebee, Zatanna and Captain Marvel were also present. They heard a voice announcing a challenge to Earth's champions and Zatanna and Marvel went to investigate. L-Ron arrived, generated a force field around the Hall and Despero appeared, attacking Captain Marvel. Superboy left with Bumblebee to assist.
Despero mentally subdued Zatanna and neither Marvel nor Superboy was able to take down Despero. Marvel, who had changed into Billy Batson in an attempt to stop Despero, was mentally subdued as well, leaving Superboy to fight Despero. He was no match for Despero and, as Despero was about to finish him off, Bumblebee intervened, but she was mentally subdued as well. Mal Duncan appeared, dressed in Guardian's armor, and told M'gann telepahtically he was going to buy some time, so M'gann escaped with Superboy and Bumblebee.
As the trio rode down an elevator, Superboy recovered, asking what happened, and Mal told him telepathically of his plan. Superboy asked why M'gann hadn't attacked Despero mentally and M'gann said she couldn't do it. Superboy told M'gann she needed to come up with an idea before something happened to Mal.
Superboy went to assist Mal, but Despero took both of them down. M'gann then reached the others telepathically, allowing Zatanna to cast a spell that left Despero stunned and allowed Superboy to take him down. Billy then arrived and transformed back into Captain Marvel to take out L-Ron. After L-Ron activated an explosion, Marvel rushed to protect Superboy and the others as the Hall crumbled down.
Superboy was with Nightwing, Lagoon Boy and Beast Boy at the warehouse, watching the broadcast of G. Gordon Godfrey's show. They are surprised to see Mal Duncan there, who tells them his other arrangements fell through. He inquires about M'gann's whereabouts and Nightwing said she was staying somewhere else. Superboy looked concerned.
M'gann, posing as John Jones, was staying at her uncle's apartment. Superboy knocked on the door, saying he needed to talk to her, and M'gann let him in.
Superboy was present at the warehouse as Nightwing assigned a squad to investigate LexCorp Farms.
After the squad completed its mission, Superboy was present with the squad members, Nightwing and Green Beetle at the farm owned by Jonathan Kent. Jonathan allowed Green Beetle to stay in his barn, saying he had seen stranger things before and that he was happy to have any reason to see one of his boys, referring to Conner.
Superboy was at STAR Labs with other Team members and Adam Strange as Green Beetle explained an additive that the Reach added to a beverage being marketed to the public. After the briefing was completed, Lagoon Boy asked to speak with Miss Martian. She looked at Superboy, who simply shrugged.
Lagoon Boy and Miss Martian were ambushed by Deathstroke and Tigress, prompting Lagoon Boy to request backup. Superboy and Nightwing Zetaed to Chicago, but were too late as Deathstroke and Tigress had kidnapped Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy was injured.
Superboy and Nightwing were with Lagoon Boy at a hospital, trying to calm him down as La'gaan was insistent on going to help Miss Martian. He accused Superboy of no longer caring about her, to which Superboy told him he had no idea how he felt. Nightwing then revealed to the two that Kaldur was working in deep cover, that they faked Artemis' death and that she was working undercover as Tigress. La'gaan was upset about this but Superboy told him Nightwing must have had a good reason for keeping the information a secret.
When the two left La'gaan's room, Nightwing thanked Superboy for backing him up, but Superboy sharply responded that Nightwing had no idea what his secrets had caused. He told Nightwing that, because M'gann thought that Kaldur had really killed Artemis, she fried his brain when she found him aboard the Reach research ship. He then deduces that Tigress must have kidnapped M'gaan to help Kaldur but states that M'gann may not be able to help him, meaning that Nightwing's secrets have put M'gann, Artemis and Kaldur in great danger.
May 2016 Edit
Superboy was among those present for a briefing from Captain Atom about an object the Watchtower detected, about to pass in front of Rhea, but Nightwing realized it would pass behind Rhea. The large object is later identified by Green Beetle as the Warworld.
Superboy was among the Team members who snuck on board the Warworld after Justice League members occupied Mongul, the despot who controlled the large satellite and was attacking Earth. Superboy reported that Alpha Squad—himself, Wonder Girl, Arsenal and Wolf—were headed to the command center to stop Mongul.
Alpha Squad had to fight off drones that were protecting Warworld and Superboy was not happy that Arsenal fired a rocket launcher at some drones without warning him. Alpha Squad ultimately reached the command center but Mongul easily swatted away Superboy, Wonder Girl and Wolf and Arsenal's attacks were equally ineffective. When Superboy charged Mongul again, Mongul grabbed him, noted the symbol on his shirt and asked the Kryptonian if he thought he was the only one to come from a world with a red sun.
After Bumblebee created a power surge to overload Mongul's control device and leave him dazed, Superboy called for an all-out assault on Mongul. Alpha Squad's efforts took him down and Wonder Girl was able to subdue Mongul with her lasso. As Superboy notified the others that Mongul was down, Batgirl congratulated Alpha Squad, but Superboy said somebody else was responsible for shutting down Warworld.
Alpha Squad was the last of the squads to return to the entry point, given how heavy Mongul was. As Superboy and Wonder Girl carried Mongul, Blue Beetle—who had secured the crystal key that activated Warworld—suddenly hit Impulse with the crystal, then attacked the rest of the Team. Beetle charged Superboy and took him down, leaving Wonder Girl trapped underneath Mongul, with Beetle pinning her arms down with staples. Arsenal, terrified at the thought of being captured again, opened the entry hatch, causing Sphere to be sucked into space. Blue Beetle was able to close the hatch and take other Team members down, and as he fired a staple at a fleeing Arsenal, Superboy took the blow and Arsenal got away. Superboy asked what Blue Beetle was doing and Beetle told him that resistance would be foolish given the lack of oxygen in the entry point, and then used his staple gun to knock Superboy out.
Superboy was trapped in a stasis cell under the Reach's control along with the rest of the Team.
The Team returned to their warehouse base.
June 2016 Edit
When Miss Martian returned to the warehouse with Lagoon Boy, she asked Nightwing where Superboy was. Nightwing replied that he had gone out with Wendy Harris.
Along with Guardian and Bumblebee, Superboy shadowed the Light-Reach summit held in an underground cavern. After Aqualad's betrayal was discovered, the Team sprung their trap, and Superboy's squad sealed off the entrance used by the Reach. During the ensuing melee, Superboy fought off Reach soldiers and League of Shadows agents with his brute strength. He engaged Black Beetle, but was easily outclassed in their physical confrontation. Despite this, the battle ended with the heroes victorious, with the capture of the Reach ambassador, Black Manta, the Brain, and Monsieur Mallah.
Superboy, Miss Martian and Adam Strange arrived at the court at which the six Justice League members were standing trial. M'gann told Icon they had evidence to clear the Leaguers but Icon told her it was too late. Miss Martian and Superboy appealed to the Tribunal, who admitted the evidence was compelling but the court had already ruled. When Icon objected, the Tribunal asked for something "more". Miss Martian and Superboy improvised, saying that the case was a chance for the court to demonstrate justice prevailed on Rimbor, that more cases would thus be brought to the court and thus the more "mores" the tribunal would receive.
As the Tribune privately discussed the matter, Miss Martian admitted to Superboy that their deteriorated relationship was her fault and that she knew he was dating Wendy Harris, but Superboy replied he was acting as a sounding board between Wendy and her real boyfriend, Marvin White. The Tribunal then exited their chambers and announced all charges against the Leaguers had been dropped. Superboy, Miss Martian and Adam Strange then teleported back to Earth.
When magnetic field disruptors planted by the Reach threatened the Earth, Superboy joined 39 other heroes of Earth in a briefing in Metropolis. The heroes would use a computer virus provided by Lex Luthor to safely disable the devices. The heroes were paired off with another into twenty squads: one member would run interference against Beetle-tech Drones guarding the disruptors, allowing the other to get close enough to plant the virus. 
Within thirty minutes, all squads had succeeded in their mission.
Superboy and Miss Martian were in the memorial garden, observing Robin and Wonder Girl. Superboy asked how long they had been a couple and Miss Martian replied that Cassie got the courage to kiss Robin after realizing how short life was when Wally passed away. The two agreed that that kind of courage could be hard to come by, but they were then summoned by Aqualad to the mission room. There, Batman informed the Team that the Watchtower would serve as their headquarters because the Team earned the right to fight alongside the Justice League. Aqualad then assigned Superboy, Miss Martian and Beast Boy to Alpha Squad to go to Mars to assist B'arzz O'oomm.
Powers and abilities Edit
As a partial genetic clone of Superman, he has most of the physical abilities of a Kryptonian who has absorbed the solar energy of a yellow sun. However, due to the human DNA supplied by Lex Luthor, he lacks the more advanced powers of flight and heat vision and presumably is incapable of ever acquiring them. In addition, his existing powers are considerably inferior to Superman's.
- Super strength: This is one of Superboy's main abilities, allowing him to easily pick up or carry heavy objects.
- Invulnerability: Like Superman, Superboy is nearly indestructible. This invulnerability allows him to rush into dangerous scenes with little care for what might actually happen. Out of all his teammates, Superboy has taken the most punishment from their missions but has displayed no lasting injuries. He has been tackled through walls, shot with guns and explosives, and had his feet dipped in lava. He has yet to be permanently injured, but he does experience pain.
- Super hearing: Superboy can pick up the faintest of sounds over long distances.
- Infrared vision: This ability allows Superboy to visually detect heat signatures, allowing him to easily see in the dark.
- Hand-to-Hand Combatant: While normally relying on his sheer strength, Superboy has developed highly proficient combat skills from his training under Black Canary. He is shown to be especially good at grappling and takedowns.
- Code words: When Lex Luthor said the words "Red Sun" to Superboy, he blacked out for several hours, remaining completely still until he snapped out of the hypnotic trance. Miss Martian psychically excised this programming from his mind, and confirmed that no other code words were implanted.
- Kryptonite: Due to his Kryptonian DNA, Superboy is vulnerable to the unique radioactive properties of this green mineral.
- Motorcycle: Superboy has his own personal mode of transportation: a customized motorcycle. He used this on his mission to guard the Amazo parts. He left it behind to go after the MONQIs. He liked working on it in his spare time.
- Sphere (Super-Cycle): This piece of New Genesis technology is actually a "she" that bonded with Superboy. Some months later, Sphere's abilities were brought to light.
Former equipment Edit
- Shields: The shields given to him by Lex Luthor allow Superboy to suppress his human DNA, permitting his full Kryptonian abilities to surface for an hour, including flight, heat vision and X-ray vision. He has run out of them.
- Solar suit: Upon being released from his cryogenic suspension in Cadmus Labs, Superboy wore a white solar suit with a red Superman S-symbol on the chest. The suit allowed him to absorb Yellow Sun radiation to fuel his powers even underground. The suit was damaged during the fight with Blockbuster. While staying with Wally West, he continued to wear the tattered solar suit until he bought new clothes from Forever Sixteen in the Central City Mall three days later.
- Main article: Superman
Superboy is Superman's partial clone. During incubation at Cadmus Labs, Superboy was programmed to both take over for Superman if he ever died and to defeat Superman if he ever went bad. He respected Superman, to the extent that Aqualad was able to convince him to resist the G-Gnome's telepathic control by asking "What would Superman do?".
Originally, Superboy longed to meet Superman, but when they finally met, Superboy was angered by Superman's initial reaction of surprise and near disgust at having a clone. After the matter was explained, Superman tried to show some support for him, but failed and quickly excused himself. Over the next several days, while staying with Wally West, Superboy repeatedly wondered if Superman knew where he was, and when they'd meet again.
For the first six months after that, Superman had actively avoided Superboy and tried to push responsibility of him onto Batman and Red Tornado. Even when Superboy directly asked Superman to help him figure out the extent of his powers, Superman merely brushed it off and quickly left. This apparent rejection made Superboy angry and led him to make several reckless errors of judgment, such as attempting to take down the powerful Amazo by himself.
Following being saved from Vandal Savage's mind control of the Justice League, Superman has come to accept Superboy. He revealed his secret identity, and approved of Superboy taking on his last name "Kent". Since 2011, Clark has given Conner a Kryptonian name, Kon-El. He now views Superboy as his little brother as opposed to his son.
Lex Luthor Edit
- Main article: Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor provided his genetic material to Superboy, and has tauntingly referred to him as his "son". Knowing him as a villain, Superboy disapproved of his connection to Lex Luthor, but Lex exploited it in the hopes of bringing Superboy to the Light.
- Main article: Aqualad
Miss Martian Edit
Miss Martian and Superboy liked each other from the moment they met, and throughout their missions came closer and closer together. They eventually became a couple but did not tell their friends. Nonetheless, Aqualad and Robin found out easily, as did Zatanna, who informed Artemis, who told Wally and the latter was very sad to hear the news.
Five years later, they are no longer a couple. Though it was his decision, Superboy is still uncomfortable seeing her with Lagoon Boy. Superboy broke up with her when he caught her trying to wipe his mind of his anger at her abuse of her telepathy.
- Main article: Artemis
Artemis had a crush on Superboy from the moment she first saw him—before she came on the Team. During her first mission, she did not shy away of openly flirting with him, which made Superboy uncomfortable. She was distraught when Zatanna pointed out to her that he was in a relationship with Miss Martian.
Background in other media Edit
- In the comics, when Superboy was first introduced, he lacked all the powers he currently demonstrates in the cartoon series. Due to the fact he escaped his growth tube before reaching maturity and due to issues regarding cloning a Kryptonian (a Kryptonian is completely indestructible thus collecting a DNA sample is nearly impossible), Superboy was instead given tactile telekinesis, which allowed to him to simulate Superman's primary powers (flight, strength, invulnerability). As time passed and Superboy matured, he began to manifest all the normal Kryptonian powers, causing him to use his tactile telekinesis less and less. In the cartoon however, Superboy has not developed tactile telekinetic abilities. Instead, his powers are mostly the same as Superman's, although he lacks some abilities such as flight and heat vision.
- Superboy's personality is distinctly different in Young Justice from how it was in the pre-New 52 comics. There, Superboy was immature, talkative, flirtatious and comically rude, which slowly was replaced with a more mature attitude. Here, his personality is more brooding and somber, with bouts of uncontrollable anger and with a lack of understanding basic human interactions at times.
- Superboy's romantic relationship with Miss Martian is something introduced specifically for the series. In the comics, Superboy had a long-term relationship with Wonder Woman's second sidekick Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandsmark), that ended recently. Before that, he had multiple love interests, including Tana Moon, Roxy Leech and Serling Roquette.
- Superboy's non-relationship with Superman during the first season is reminiscent of the comics, in which there was several years of awkwardness and distance between the pair before at last Superman accepted Superboy properly into his life and into the Kent Family.
- This is his first animated appearance.