|Ringo Noyamano (pop_rocks) wrote in earth12_ooc,|
@ 2009-05-31 09:01:00
Changed the AU rule and cut down the in-between-apps waiting time to a week. ♥
And so, have another app to vote on, last one I promise. |D
Contact Info: FullMetal FLIKfirstname.lastname@example.org
Fandom: Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League Unlimited
Name: Kara In-Ze/Kara Kent/Supergirl
City of Residence: Smallville
Background: Argos, much like Earth, was a planet forever changed by the destruction of Krypton; unfortunately unlike Earth, it was changed for the worse. When Krypton came to its end, the series of explosions that finally annihilated it were so powerful that the resultant shockwaves devastated its sister planet, Argos, forcing it out of its orbit towards the edge of the solar system. Those Argosians that managed to survive the initial destruction were left to freeze as their planet hurtled further and further away from their red sun. They sent out countless pleas for help but they were never answered and finally, when it seemed that all hope was truly lost and believing them to be the last living people on the planet, Kala In-Ze, Argos’ chief physician, took her family down to her underground laboratory in Argo City and placed them in cryogenic cells, hoping to keep them all alive until someone answered the distress signal being sent out by her computer.
That wouldn’t happen for several decades when, following the course map saved in the computer’s memory, Superman traced the path of the rocket the Kents found him in back to the last known location of the planet Krypton. It was there that Superman picked up on Kala’s distress signal, following it to the now-dead planet Argos. Unfortunately, the further that the planet had drifted from the sun, the faster the ice grew, eventually overcoming all of the cryogenic cells except for one -- the cell containing Kala’s fifteen year old daughter, Kara.
After rescuing her from drifting in space on a dead planet in eternal frozen stasis, Superman took Kara back to Earth with him where she was taken in by Jonathan and Martha Kent as Jonathan’s niece and Clark’s cousin. The Kents helped her through the initial pain of the loss of her family and home planet and she soon began to think of them as her family and Smallville as her home. But for all of the little Kansas town’s charm, it didn’t take Kara long to start yearning for more. With her powers developing steadily and the stories of her new cousin’s exploits in the big city being regular after-dinner conversation, it was no wonder that Kara decided she needed a little more excitement in her life than who would win the biggest vegetable contest at the county fair. Despite Clark’s insistence that she needed more time to acclimate to Earth’s culture.
So, donning a wig and a pair of familiar wire-rimmed glasses, Kara snuck off to visit cousin Clark in Metropolis, where Supergirl made her debut saving Daily Planet photographer, Jimmy Olsen, from the reformed Intergang. And then, when it turned out that they were being controlled by Darkseid’s henchwoman, Granny Goodness, to help her steal the components needed to build a giant magnet ray to pull a comet passing by to Earth to destroy it, she not only single-handedly saved Superman from Darkseid, Supergirl was also intrinsic in saving the Earth from total comet-induced oblivion.
Unfortunately for Kara’s exciting new life as a superhero, she still had to go back to Smallville where Ma and Pa Kent could look after her while she started her life as Kara Kent, high school student. It was still dullsville, but after she helped Superman defeat a giant
tentacle monster alien that had taken over the entire town and seeing the effect excitement could have on her friends and loved ones, Kara decided that maybe dull wasn’t all that bad after all. Even though teaming up with Batgirl to take down Livewire, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn in Gotham City still counts as one of the coolest things ever.
Cool as that teamup was, though, it did open up Kara’s eyes to some of the struggles she’d have to face as not only an up-and-coming superhero, but a female one to boot. Back in Metropolis she not only had Superman’s reputation boosting her up, but two prominent newspaper reporters and a photographer who happened to like her for personally saving said photographer’s butt. Not every city had the same adoration for Superman that Metropolis did, though, and not everyone takes a look at whose emblem you’re wearing and automatically assumes you’re just as good as the original. But even though she was only a teenager and tended to act it most of the time (despite what she’d been through), Kara had fought hard to prove herself just as capable as her cousin.
Even the good parts about being able to ride Superman’s coattails can backfire, though. Like when Superman was brainwashed by Darkseid and sent to conquer Earth on his behalf. Convinced by Lex Luthor that Supergirl was working with him, the military took them both in with the help of a Kryptonite-tipped rocket and held in cells specially outfitted with Lexcorp-supplied red sun lamps. Supergirl was shot when Lois Lane helped break them both out and taken to S.T.A.R. Labs so that Doctor Hamilton, a one time friend of Superman, could operate on her.
Kara made a full recovery and spent the next few years splitting her time between Smallville and Metropolis learning how to balance her life as Kara Kent with her life as Supergirl, trying to keep her grades up while she tried to save the world and prove, especially to her cousin, that she was worthy in her own right to wear Superman’s shield and she wasn’t just riding his coattails. And while she was considered as a replacement for Superman when the Justice League presumed him to be dead at the hands of Toyman, it wasn’t until they decided to expand their ranks (and Kara was a little older) that she was officially made a member of the team. Opinions seemed to be divided over whether she was there on her own merits or because she was Superman’s cousin, so once again she found herself trying to prove her worth.
That didn’t always go as planned and, while her attitude gained her a friend in Green Arrow (and eventually Black Canary), it also put her on Green Lantern’s radar as a possible threat if she got too reckless. Supergirl took it as a test. She trained under Green Lantern in their off-time, learning how to best utilize her powers and to strategize, and also learning how to fight on the off-chance that she might lose her powers. Green Arrow, in the meantime, became something of a mentor to her -- giving her backup when the sticks-in-the-mud got on her case, giving her a sense of family away from home even when Superman treated her like any other coworker, and providing her with someone to talk to when she had a problem. Which proved invaluable when she began having strange nightmares that she was chasing and attacking innocent people.
Fearing that she might actually have been doing these things, Kara originally went to the Martian Manhunter, hoping his telepathic abilities might shed some light on what was going on. He was only able to tell her that they didn’t follow normal dream logic, but didn’t seem to be memories either, but just in case he put her on inactive duty for the time-being. She went to Green Arrow to get his thoughts on the matter and some advice, but it was actually professional conspiracy theorist, the Question, that convinced her that she needed to seriously look into this and gave them a clue as to where to start. To make a half hour long story short, using the Question’s power of Conspiracy Theorizing, he, Supergirl, and Green Arrow were eventually able to follow the trail back to a company called Nuvo-Gen who had gotten their hands on a sample of Supergirl’s DNA and used it to make a clone of her, with whom she apparently shared a psychic link. Galatea was aged older than Supergirl, making her powers stronger and more developed, but Supergirl was still able to defeat her with the help of her two partners.
She still doesn’t know that it was Doctor Hamilton that stole a DNA sample when he operated on her all those years ago and created Galatea, but she believed the Question’s theory that the reason was to give the government a fighting chance should another disaster like the one caused by Darkseid brainwashing Superman happen. And that nagging belief was only further confirmed after seeing the military’s reaction to finding out about the Watchtower’s laser, even though they‘d only used it to help save the day.
Personality: Kara is pretty much your typical happy-go-lucky teenager, for the most part, with or without the cape. In fact, the only real difference between her attitude in costume and her attitude out of it is that Kara Kent tends to seem impatient and distracted, almost constantly daydreaming. The only surefire ways to keep Miss Kent’s attention are to talk superheroes or tell her she’s dismissed for the day. All of that is, ultimately, because it’s true. “Kara Kent” is, to Kara In-Ze, just a mask she has to wear until she’s able to get back into her costume. That’s not to say that she doesn’t love the Kents or isn’t grateful for everything they’ve done for her, but as far as she’s concerned Kara In-Ze, and by extension Supergirl, is who she really is; it’s who she was raised as and pretending to be Kara Kent is just tedious and lying to herself and the rest of the world. Though, of course, she understands the need for a secret identity, which is why she suffers that horrible brown wig, but ever since she graduated high school, Kara just hasn’t had the heart to wear it all that often anymore.
Being Supergirl is really what Kara loves, and having spent three years living in Superman central, who could blame her? She’s just as eager to hear about her cousin’s or any of his other fellow capes’ heroic exploits as she is to join in her own heroic exploits -- and she even has a soft spot in her heart for fictional superhero stories as well. After Owen, a high school friend that had something of a crush on Miss Kent, turned her onto the wonderful world of comic books they became something of a guilty pleasure for her. She’s pretty picky in which fictional heroes she follows, but her absolute favorite titles are the ones that follow the fictional exploits of real life superheroes ((the comics are canon, I swear, there‘s an issue of Gotham Adventures where the Joker kidnaps a writer from Gotham Adventures for writing Batman always capturing him. YAY META \o/)). Since it is a guilty pleasure, though, all of those comics are kept hidden away in a box under her bed lest anyone find out she’s a closet comic geek.
That’s just one of a few things that keep Kara from actually being the classic girl-next-door type that she always seems to be at first. The other that has nothing to do with the fact that she could bench press her next door neighbor’s house is her attitude. Legal adult sure, but eighteen is still a teenager and Kara’s still got a lot of growing up to do. She treats just about every League assignment she’s given as a new chance for adventure, which tends to grate on the other more uptight Leaguers, which just leaves her rolling her eyes and sticking her tongue out at them when their backs are turned. Seriousness tends to not come into the equation until either her fellow teammates get hurt or she realizes that it’s going to take more than a few super powered punches to take down the enemy. Oh, and that’s another thing: While Kara doesn’t really lack in the smarts department, she does lack in experience and that, combined with her over-enthusiasm towards her powers and desire to be a hero always pushes her over to the “Punch first, ask questions later” side of things.
Taking all of this and just her general passion for life, you might never think that she’d watched her home planet die, that she’d lost her entire family and woken up lightyears away from anything she’d ever known. But that’s partly why she does have so much passion and joy. She spent the last few years of her life on a cold, harsh, dying planet and if it hadn’t been for her mother and Superman, she would have died there. Kara was given a second chance and, thanks to Earth’s yellow sun, amazing powers that she knows from watching her cousin she can do so much good with, and she intends to make sure she doesn’t take any of it for granted.
Powers: Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! You all know the drill: Super speed, super strength, super vision, super hearing, super flight.
Weaknesses: Everybody say it with me! KRYPTONITE! *\o/* Different colors have different effects, blahdyblah, but none of the other non-green colors have actually canonically shown up in DCAU-verse. Yet, anyway. Its radiation can be blocked by lead, but lead also happens to block her super vision. She’s also vulnerable to magic, energy blasts, and people physically as strong or stronger than her.
Hellooooooooooooooooo internet! This is your friendly neighborhood Supergirl leading the way in single-handedly dragging the Justice League out of the Dark Ages and introducing some of this hip, modern culture into their lives.
Okay, and maybe I kind of wanted to keep in touch with a couple of new inter-dimensional buddies of mine.
(By the way, Hi guys!)
So, um, I guess if anyone’s got any questions about what we’re doing up here in this great big floating satellite in the sky, ask away? Can’t say I’ll be able to answer all your questions, but I’ll sure try!
RP Sample: Okay, seriously? All of these randomly appearing tears in the fabric of time and space were starting to really get on Kara’s nerves. Not that they weren’t bad when they’d first started appearing, of course -- having people getting sucked in and out of dimensional portals and trying to keep track of them all, and then trying to avoid them yourself? Not exactly here idea of a fun time. She doubted it was anyone’s, really, but still. And the worst part was? They just showed up anywhere.
Super-speed was pretty darned handy when you had to take off your wig and glasses, strip down out of your civvies to your superhero-ing costume, and then fly up into the stratosphere to catch someone who’d just appeared there out of a big glowing nowhere. And super-strength came in handy when they squirmed around trying to freak out about suddenly appearing in the air and being rescued by some strange girl flying around up there. Unfortunately she didn’t have any super-explaining power, so it took Kara a few tries to actually get it through to the guy that yes, he was okay, no he wasn’t dead just in a parallel dimension where, actually? A girl flying around saving people was hardly the weirdest thing going on. She managed to get the guy to the police department to get him set up with the Foundlings Program, and what kind of thanks did she get? Some jerk she just met muttering something rather unflattering about her as she left, not realizing his savior had super-hearing.
Superman would have been so proud of her, she thought. She waited until she was outside to stick out her tongue at him.