Lex Luthor (Genetic Template)
Lois Lane (Adopted Mother)
Mia Kent (Adopted Sister)
Jonathan Kent (Adopted Brother)
Laura Kent (Adopted Sister)
Chris Kent (Adopted Brother)
"The Team": Founding Member, X-04
The Titans: Alumnus
Date Released from Vat:
July 4th, 2008
Metropolis University Campus
Conner Kent came into this world in an unusual manner. He was never born; he was created, in a lab, Cadmus Labs to be exact, which at the time was owned by Lex Luthor. Conner is a clone of Superman, created with the use of tissue and blood samples after a battle between Superman and Metallo. Due to Kryptonite exposure in the battle, the collected samples had lost much of their genetic integrity and so a donor was found to help “fill-in” the gaps in the genetic coding. That donor was Lex Luthor. Due to Luthor’s involvement, we suspect that Conner was originally indented to be part of a plan to eliminate Superman, and possibly replace him, due to Conner’s development and growth being accelerated through artificial means and his mind being subjected to telepathic training with and emphasis on combat and behavior modifications.
Conner was grown to full maturation (to approximate the age of a boy just having finished puberty) and was scheduled for field testing, until a suspicious fire at Cadmus Labs resulted in the secret project’s discovery by Cyborg’s misfit team of teen heroes (which would later become known as the Third Generation of Titans, and later “Young Justice”). When the project’s secrecy was blown, someone triggered the release of a very confused Kryptonian clone, whose built-n aggression and combat training kicked in, causing him to attack the young heroes.
With ease, Conner nearly defeated the ragtag team of Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Aqualad, before Aqualad’s limited telepathic ability was able to establish enough contact with the raging clone enough to distract him and allow Wonder Girl to bind him with her indestructible lasso and subdue him with enough juice to power the Eastern seaboard.
Conner was put on ice quite literally using Kara’s old spaceship until J’onn could establish telepathically remove enough of the mental programming from his mind to allow the clone to function. Then, once removed from his stasis, it was M’Gann, who gave him a name, calling him Conner. M’Gann then accompanied him to join Young Justice as his telepathic handler.
Clark persuaded Conner to feign an injury in a car accident to take him out of the spotlight and in exchange, Superman held a press conference to introduce the world to his new sidekick, Superboy. He was a quick hit with the press and when Superman disappeared a couple of months later due to being kidnapped by the alien bounty hunter Lobo, Superboy stepped up and did a fine job as Metropolis’ guardian (even if his “tactile telekinetic” powers didn’t match up to pure-blooded Kryptonian powers). In so doing, Superboy proved he was more than mere sidekick.
This is how it was for Conner for a long while. He spent his school days in Smallville, keeping Martha company and helping her with the Kent farm, and spending his summers in Happy Harbor, working as a member of Titans full-time. Conner was a young, happy-go-lucky hero back in those days. And then his world fell apart.
Shortly after graduating high school, Conner’s dormant Kryptonian powers began to emerge. Investigating the reason for such at the remains of Cadmus Labs, Tim discovered the part Lex Luthor played in Conner’s genetic code. Conner went a bit mental at this information. He broke off his relationship with M’gann, distanced himself from the Kents, and moved to Hawaii.
As he did so, his “tactile telekinesis” became less potent until it disappeared altogether, but Conner wasn’t complaining because he was a six year old Kryptoinan clone with the mind of a twenty-one year old human male who just got X-Ray vision and a physiology that seemed to be allergic to body fat and retaining water. Seriously, the Kents might be richer that the Waynes if Clark and Conner ever decided to sell calendars… Cass and I once went on a Hawaiian cruise and “bumped” into Conner down there (it may have been a favor from a certain mild-mannered friend), and I saw Conner sauntering out from the beach and talk about abs of steel! Wait, where was I going with this?
So, anyway, after Tim returned from his undercover antics with the League of Assassins, he decided to get his teen buddies back together to bring back “the Team”. First stop: Bring his best friend back. Conner actually came back without much urging, I’m told, after he learned that Tim had not actually become Ra’s al Ghul’s heir apparent. However, Conner had changed. He was not longer all smiles and laughs, he was mad as hell and had really simplified his costume. I guess it was supposed to be edgier?
After working on his rage issues as people like us do best (by kicking bad guys’ teeth in), Conner did seem to lighten up a bit; Though he is still upset with M’gann for some reason. Even I have not been able to figure out why that is and Tim is unwilling to talk gossip about the personal lives of “his” team. That twerp…
Well, it’s a good thing Donna does gossip, as I have learned through her that Conner has recently started dating her successor, Cassandra Sandsmark. Talk about a power couple!
Superboy can understand and speak many languages outside of English. He is at least fluent in Spanish, Atlantean, French, Korean, Arabic and Russian, among other languages. These languages were programmed in him by Cadmus and while M'Gann has excised a great deal of their programming from his mind, the linguistics were retained after exhaustive mental probes were conducted to be certain no hidden programming lay in the midst of these processes.
Superboy's cellular structure is much more dense, resilient, and biologically more effective than human tissue. He does not possess superhuman strength levels despite his enhanced cellular ability without his cellular structure charged with yellow solar energy. Without such charging, his physical capabilities are identical to a human of his height and weight who often engages in physical exercise. As an alien, he possesses several organs whose functions are not yet disclosed or understood but are believed to be part of or the source of his biomatrix force field and reclamation aura. Superboy's body also stores energy actively within his bio-cellular matrix as an energy pattern that is linked to his body's electromagnetic field. This energy powers most of his electromagnetic capabilities such as flight, heat vision and other "sight"-based abilities while supplementing his physical abilities to superhuman levels.
-Solar Radiation Absorption:
As a Kryptonian, his cells function like a super battery, hyper metabolizing specific wavelengths of radiation as fuel to enable superhuman abilities. Different wavelengths of radiation have different effects on Superboy's physiology and well being, but his cells cannot absorb or utilize all types of radiation. The wavelength of his home solar system's red sun enables his body to function at a nearly identical level of a healthy human; while Earth's solar radiation in its filtered state through the Earth's atmosphere acts as fuel to enable all of his powers. Every time Superboy uses any of his superhuman abilities, his body utilizes absorbed sunlight and he is capable of utilizing any of them to various degrees through controlled circumstances. The constant exposure to proven "healthy" radiation sources is not required for him to live and utilize his powers, but prolonged periods without exposure to them and/or utilizing his powers will require Kon-El to recharge in order to live and continue using his powers.
-Enhanced Strength: The exact limits of Superboy's strength are unknown, but he has demonstrated the capacity to lift nearly 43 tons with exertion, thereby categorizing his strength in the Class 6 Enhanced Strength Threshold as cataloged by ARGUS, making him one of the strongest beings on Earth. Different periods and intensities of exposure to Earth's solar radiation can cause his strength to fluctuate over time.
-Enhanced Speed: He is capable of moving, reacting, running and flying at superhuman speeds. While not as fast as the Flash or other experienced Speedsters, Superboy can still move at speeds on par with a novice Speedster. Superboy's running speed has been calculated to be around 4,000 MPH (Mach 5) which is also his cruising speed at flying. His maximum flying speed is Mach 7 (approximately 5,400 MPH).
-Enhanced Stamina: Superboy has the ability to maintain continuous physical actions for an undefined period. Conner is shown to have unlimited stamina if he is consistently exposed to yellow sunlight, though he still prefers to sleep like a normal human as his mind can suffer the effects of sleep deprivation.
-Flight: Superboy is capable of defying gravity and flying at supersonic speeds (maximum speed: 5,400 MPH) in a planetary atmosphere and possibly faster while in space.
-Heat Vision: Superboy can fire beams of intense heat from his eyes. These beams can be made invisible, allowing him to work undetected, but when fired at full-strength the effect is displayed as an intense red burst from his ocular cavities. As Conner still struggles to master this ability, he tends to rely on a fairly juvenile trick of imagining his female teammates naked as he accidentally discovered this ability is easier to activate while aroused.
-Invulnerability: His body is nigh-invulnerable due to his superhumanly dense cellular and anatomical structure as well as his radiating bio-electrical aura. Superboy, under some circumstances, is resistant or immune to different forms and levels of lacerations, blunt force trauma, energy-based assaults, falls from great heights, explosions, the cold void of space, toxins and all known diseases on Earth. His supercharged bio-electric "aura" acts as an invisible "force field" radiating within a few millimeters from his skin. He can willfully utilize his aura strengthening its power to a greater degree to provide an additional defense against certain levels of physical and energy attacks for a considerably short period of time, but doing so can endanger him should the attempted feat prove inefficient for any reason. Superboy utilizes his aura by expanding it around a person(s) or object(s) to enable their structural stability when lifting or traveling with them. Superboy's invulnerability has been in constant flux dependant on his levels of solar absorption.
-Super-Breath: Superboy can create hurricane force winds by blowing, and also chill his breath to freeze a target. He can also breathe in large amounts of air to dispel clouds of gas by exhaling it.
All of Superboy's senses are heightened to superhuman levels.
-Hearing: Superboy has the ability to expand his hearing range, giving him the ability to hear sounds before the sound waves actually reach him. This also gives him incredible hearing at extreme variances of sound and pitch frequency, allowing him to pick up noises from across the globe. He has shown enough control to block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source/frequency.
-Smell: On various occasions, Superboy has demonstrated that his sense of smell is significantly enhanced to the point he can smell odors from up to a mile away.
-Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: He can see into all of the EM Spectrum. Superboy can see and identify radio/television and any and all broadcast/transmitted frequencies, allowing him to avoid detection through radar or satellite monitoring methods.
-Telescopic Vision: The ability to focus his vision to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics.
-Microscopic Vision: The ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the sub atomic level.
-X-Ray Vision: The ability to see through anything except lead. Since it is passive, this ability would not generate harmful radiation in the same manner as a focused projection of hard X-rays.
-Thermal Vision: The ability to see through the heat tracks left by a living being or object.
At first, Superboy's only superpower was "tactile telekinesis", a telekinetic force field that surrounded his body as a protective shield allowing him to simulate Superman-level speed, strength, flight and invulnerability. This was a side-effect of being the product of human and Kryptonian fused genetics. As he grew older and his body soaked in more yellow sun radiation, his human side became more suppressed and he eventually lost his psionic abilities. It is theorized that should he be deprived of yellow sun radiation for prolonged periods of time, these abilities may return.
-Telekinetic Superhuman Strength: Using his telekinesis, Conner could simulate super strength. He was estimated to have strength in the range of Class IV Enhanced Strength as he was able to lift approximately eight tons on several occassions.
-Telekinetic Flight: Superboy was able to fly at high supersonic speeds using a reflexive action of his telekinesis, literally dragging himself through the sky. Concentration was required to maintain great speeds which could reach roughly speeds of Mach 5.
-Telekinetic Force-Field: By creating a field around his body Conner was able to resist or reduce injury from non-energy based attacks by causing the object to be deflected from his personal force field. Bullets and shrapnel were easily deflected. This field did not repel gases or energy based attacks as well, though his skill in deflecting energy attacks improved.
-Tactile Telekinetic Disassemble: Conner could exert his force into an object to explode or disassemble it. It's assumed that he could conceivably put an object back together, if he understood how the object functioned in the first place. He could also manipulate aggregate solid masses such as volumes of sand or dust in the same way, causing the individual particles to fly apart in an explosive manner to create particle clouds or a forceful attack. Superboy's hands glowed blue when he did this.
-Telekinetic Force Blasts: Superboy also learned that he could project bursts of raw energy bolts during a tussle with the rogue Apokalyptan known as Knockout. He mostly projected the energy from his hands, but his TK field permeated from his entire body. The blasts he emitted had a concussive force equivalent to 500 pounds of TNT.
-Clauraudience: In addition to his telekinesis, Conner also had the ability him to hear sounds from far away. This ability would often manifest itself at random time until M'Gann helped Conner learn to isolate and master this psychic technique.
Vulnerability to Magic
Superboy's biomatrix is his most powerful asset, but the strength of this field is also its greatest weakness. Its permeability to certain wavelengths makes him vulnerable to certain radiations, particularly magical energies whose chaotic electromagnetic or extra dimensional signatures disrupt this force field. Superboy's vulnerability to magic varies depending upon the special effects of the magic. Magic can have powerful and unpredictable effects on Superboy and his magical enemies have often proven to be the most dangerous.
Vulnerability to Chi
Because of Superboy's solar based powers, planetary based esoteric and vital forces could have an opposite effect on him. Concentrated doses of such energies could severely cripple Superboy and become fatal.
Vulnerability to Kryptonite
Since the destruction of Krypton, its remains (rendered radioactive by the explosion) have been spreading throughout the universe as Kryptonite, a crystalline substance whose specific radioactive wavelength is lethal to Kryptonians. The most common form of Kryptonite is Green Kryptonite, and its effect is directly poisonous to him. Though, it should be noted, as a half-Kryptonian, Conner is more resistant to most Kryptonite's effect on him and some kinds affect him in different ways than a normal, full-blooded Kryptonian.
Superboy cannot see through lead with his x-ray vision powers.
Solar Energy Dependency
His abilities will eventually weaken without replenishing his energy reserves with normal (yellow) sun radiation, especially if he doesn't have any direct contact with yellow sunlight. When exposed to the same red solar radiation as Krypton's red sun Rao, it causes Superboy to lose his powers with a large amount of exposure. Exposure to yellow sunlight will reverse this effect.
Because of his super hearing, Superboy's ears are extra-sensitive to extreme noises.
Even Kryptonians need to breathe.
Superboy's mind is vulnerable to psionic effects. Due to Cadmus Programming, his mind is unable to support the installation of psionic barriers of any kind, making him extraordinary suscepitible to such manipulation.
Conner has a number of mild fears and anxieties, including an intense hatred for monkeys (actually apes too), clowns, people in lab coats, and interestingly, bakers of all things. He is also very camera shy in recent years, likely afraid someone will recognize his resemblance to Lex Luthor.
Conner is an outfit repeater. His closet consists of mostly the same basic outfit.
Conner is a closet roleplaying enthusiast. Tim, Steph, Wally, and Marvin have a long-running fantasy campaign they indulge in every couple of weeks and Conner tags along with Cassie who was recruited sometime ago. Conner acts like he only plays to be nice, but according to his internet history Conner spends ample time visiting forums concerning this hobby.
Conner does not like surprises and prefers not to celebrate holidays or birthdays.
Ever wonder why a Kryptonian's glasses make such an effective disguise? Well, because Conner lacks the character performance abilities needed to help differentiate his civilian and heroic identities, Cassie gave him the glasses he wears now. They are enchanted by Hephaestus and give off a mild psychic impulse that helps prevent people unfamiliar with Conner from making the connection between his two identities.
Conner's favorite food is Martha Kent's rhubarb pie.
As much as he professed to only like heavy metal, Tim tells me that Conner can't help but tap his toe and sing under his breath to Genesis and Phil Collins.
Conner used to have a crush on Karen Starr. He was mortified to learn she was his genetic cousin. His new crush is Dinah Lance. From what I gather, he's got a thing for blondes (or at least apparent blondes - as neither Karen or Dinah are natural blondes).