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Kryptonian Physiology: Kryptonian cellular structure is much more dense, resilient, and biologically more effective than human tissue. They do not possess superhuman strength levels despite their enhanced cellular ability without their cellular structure charged with yellow solar energy. Without such charging, their physical capabilities are identical to a human of their height and weight who engages in regular physical activity. As aliens, they possesses several organs whose functions are not yet disclosed or understood, but are believed to be part of or the source of their bio-matrix force field and reclamation aura. Kryptonians' bodies also store energy actively within their bio-cellular matrix as an energy pattern which is linked to their body's electromagnetic field. This energy powers most of their electromagnetic capabilities such as flight, heat vision and other "sight"-based abilities while supplementing their physical abilities to superhuman levels.
Solar Radiation Absorption: As Kryptonians, their cells function like a super battery, hyper metabolizing specific wavelengths of radiation as fuel to enable living functions and/or superhuman abilities. Different wavelengths of radiation have different effects on Kryptonian physiology and well being, but their cells cannot absorb or utilize all types of radiation. The wavelength of their home solar system's red sun enables their body to function on an identical level of a healthy human while the Earth's solar radiation in both its raw and filtered state through the Earth's atmosphere acts as fuel to enable all of their powers. Every time Kryptonians use any of their superhuman abilities, their bodies expend absorbed sunlight and they are capable of utilizing any of them to various degrees through controlled circumstances. The solar-based radiation of a foreign blue star proved to increase their known abilities under a yellow sun to a higher degree and enabled additional powers. The existence and constant exposure to proven "healthy" radiation sources are not required for them to live and utilize their powers, but prolonged periods without exposure to them and/or utilizing their powers will require them to recharge in order to live and continue using their powers.
Superhuman Strength: The exact limits of Kryptonians strength are unknown, but they are capable lifting far in excess of 100 tons. Different periods and intensities of exposure to Earth's solar radiation can cause their strength to fluctuate over time. Kryptonians' known feats include lifting an enormous pyramid and flying it to Mars without any strain and having the strength necessary to shatter small planets. Unhealthy levels of high exposure to specific radiation can exceed Kryptonians' "normal" strength level.
Invulnerability: Their bodies are nigh-invulnerable due to their superhumanly dense cellular and anatomical structure as well as their radiating bio-electrical aura. Kryptonians are under some circumstances 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. Their supercharged bio-electric "aura" acts as an invisible "force field" radiating within a few millimeters from their skin. They can willfully utilize their aura strengthening it's 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 them should the attempted feat prove inefficient for any reason. Kryptonians utilize their aura by expanding it around a person(s) or object(s) to enable their structural stability when lifting or traveling with them. Kryptonians' invulnerability has been in constant fluctuation over the years. They have been shown surviving the blast of nuclear warheads, entering the Earth's sun and emerging unharmed and surviving the impact of an exploding sun.
Longevity: Kryptonians can live almost indefinitely if they reside under continuous exposure of Earth's sunlight.
Superhuman Stamina: They have the ability to maintain continuous physical actions for an undefined period. Kryptonians are shown to have unlimited stamina if they are consistently exposed to Earth sunlight.
Flight: Kryptonians are capable of flying at supersonic speeds (over two thousand miles per second) in a planetary atmosphere and at faster-than-light speeds while in space.
Superhuman Speed: They are capable of moving, reacting, running and flying at superhuman speeds. While not as fast as the Flash on planet Earth, Kryptonians can fly at speeds faster than light and are considered one of the fastest beings in the universe. They can use this power to disarm opponents, catch bullets or shrapnel and cross vast distances in seconds.
Superhuman Hearing: Kryptonians have incredible hearing at extreme variances of sound and pitch frequency, allowing them to pick up noises from across the globe. They have shown enough control to block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source/frequency.
Super Smell: On various occasions, Kryptonians have demonstrated that their sense of smell is significantly enhanced to the point they can smell odors across the entire planet.
Self-Sustenance: They do not need to eat or sleep (but are still capable of doing so) and don't require oxygen to breathe, enabling them to travel in space and underwater unprotected.
Healing Factor: Kryptonians have been shown to have an accelerated "healing factor" enabling them to heal almost instantaneously from most wounds.
Super-Breath: Kryptonians can create hurricane force winds by blowing, and also chill their breath to freeze a target. They can also breathe in large amounts of air to dispel clouds of gas by exhaling it.
Heat Vision: Kryptonians can fire beams of intense heat from their eyes. These beams can be made invisible, allowing them to work undetected, and can be adjusted to affect matter on a microscopic level. Feats include powering up the giant ion planet moving engines, annihilating an army of Doomsday in one blast, potentially rivaling the heat of a Star and bypassing a target's outer shell, avoiding damage to a person's skull for surgical purposes.
Super Vision: Kryptonians also possess a superior sensory arrangement of visual capabilities.
Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Vision': They can see into all of the EM Spectrum. Kryptonians can see and identify radio/television and any and all broadcast/transmitted frequencies, allowing them to avoid detection through radar or satellite monitoring methods.
Telescopic Vision: The ability to focus their 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.
Unique Physiology: Due to being an artificial entity that is not cloned from a single Kryptonian, H'El lacks the vulnerability to Kryptonite given to others of his race, as well as being capable of retaining his abilities under the radiation of Krypton's red sun. This may also be attributed to the different types of radiation from countless stars H'El's cells absorbed during his space travel, including Black Stars and raging Quasars.
Teleportation: H'El can teleport himself and others towards tremendous distances, as he was capable of teleporting himself and Supergirl from the bottom of the ocean to the sun's surface, as well as enourmous structures like Superman's Fortress of Solitude in an instant.
Size Alteration: H'El could somehow alter the size of Supergirl to made her small enough to enter the shrinked city of Kandor and enlarge her afterwards. However, for some reason he is unable to alter his own size.
Telekinesis: H'El can psionically manipulate matter to his will, and even dissasemble it molecullary, being capable of pulling it apart atom by atom, as well as hold it in stasis anywhere H'El chooses for later use.
Force Field Projection: An extension of his Telekinesis, H'El can generate psionic barriers around himself and others to prevent harm.
Telepathy: H'El has the ability to enter other sentinent beings' minds and alter them to some extent, as shown when he taught Supergirl the human English language in an instant, tricked her to think that she was being attacked by Superman, and when he showed her a flashback of Krypton. It should be noticed, however, that he is unable of controlling the minds of beings that are ruled by raw instinct, as he couldn't manipulate any of the tribal clones of ancient Krypton.
Astral Projection: H'El can create astral versions of himself that are capable of traveling and interacting with his surroundings, as well as turn intangible others without being percieved by anyone except by those with heightened psionic abilities. He is also capable of make them visible to whomever he chooses and change it's appereance as well, but he is unable to use any of his array of abilities in this form.
Chronokinesis: After he was bathed on the Star Chamber's residual energy, H'El gained the ability of manipulating time. Besides the regular time-travel, he can also tap into the remnants of others' actions to see their recent past, as well as travel to more than one timeline at a time, being in different eras simultaneously (but doing so seems to place him under a huge toll).
H'El believed he was a Kryptonian space explorer who worked for Jor-El and Lara. H'El loved the two dearly as if they were his own parents. When Jor-El became aware of Krypton's impending destruction, he constructed a prototype spaceship and tasked H'El to protect Krypton's history and knowledge among the stars.
However, the journey was a dangerous one. H'El survived many dangers and reached Earth, twenty-seven years after Kal-El, the son of Jor-El, had arrived.
Resolving to save Krypton, H'El believed that Superman could help him, so he began watching him and everyone close to him, such as Superboy, a Kryptonian-human clone; and Supergirl, Superman's cousin.
Initially, he has a small encounter with Superboy, observing him from afar. Recognizing that Superboy is not a full Kryptonian, H'El intends to exterminate him after he meets Superman. He also watches Superman's fight with a tripodal curiosananium, a Kryptonian animal.
Later, he attacks Superboy in New York City. As clones were outlawed in Krypton, H'El believes Superboy to be an abomination. Despite the Teen Titans' intervention, H'El easily defeats them and escapes with the unconscious Superboy, believing him to be useful to his plan.
Later, he confronts Supergirl at the surface of the Sun. He explains that he is on a mission to bring Krypton back to life and asks for her help. Supergirl is unsure and asks if they should include Kal-El in this. H'El believed that Kal-El had been corrupted by Earth's ways, however, he still sees him as his "little brother" and is not willing to give up on him. Granting Supergirl the ability to speak English, he sends her to bring Kal-El to him..
Superman and Supergirl meet H'El in Metropolis' Centennial Park, where H'El explains his mission and attempts to convince Superman to join him. However, Superman refuses to believe H'El's story. He then tries to prove his loyalty to the House of El by killing the unconscious Superboy. Superman attempts to stop him and a fight breaks out between the two. Supergirl and a recovered Superboy attempts to stop them, but H'El brutally knocks them out. He also used a mental illusion to make Kara believe Superman attacked him. After defeating Superman, H'El leaves Metropolis to continue his plan. Later on, H'El battled Superman and Superboy at the Fortress of Solitude and knocked them into space. He then reprogrammed the fortress to keep Superman and Superboy out.
He later took Supergirl to the fortress with him so she could help him retrieve a crucial item in order to go back in time before Krypton's destruction. He shrunk Supergirl so she could be able of getting inside the bottled city of Kandor and accompained her on his astral form. He tasked her on finding the Quantum Crystal that powers the city in order to use it as an energy source, but besides Supergirl's objection about the city needing it, he reassumed her that it will be fine since the time leap will return everything as it was meant to be. Now with the crystal on his power, there is only one element left he needs.
After securing the ship that brought him to Earth, H'El claims that it will be the used as the foundation of the Star Chamber that will eventually return them to Krypton. After a firce battle against the Flash, Supergirl was defeated by an alien weapon fed by kinetic energy created specifically to scramble Kryptonian biology, but his victory was short as H'El disarmed him and teleported him to the Justice League's Watchtower.
As he was finishing the Star Chamber's construction, he then went to believe that Kal-El finally realized his wrong actions, thinking that he fled since he couldn't feel him on a thousand miles radius, and then he and Supergirl finally succeeded in completing the Star Chamber. With the device completed, H'El attempted to activate it right after he redirected Cyborg's Boom Tube to transport the Justice League to the fortress's bowels, thinking that they are no longer a threat, only to be confronted by Superman who is adamant on stopping him and ruin his plan. H'El was forced to teleport the entire fortress in order to safely activate the Star Chamber that, once activated, released enough energy to consume the system's entire sun.
With the chamber fueling his ship's cells using a Kryptonite fragment to convert the sun's radiation into energy, H'El proceeded to finish off the Justice League. He intended to destroy Superboy by removing the Kryptonian armor keeping him alive, telling him that he was never meant to be, and later forced the armor into Superman, telling him that if he is going to die, he may perish wearing his family's symbol. He told Superman he can't win today, offering him one last time to join him only to be rejected again. Telling Superman that Earth made him weak, he punched him to the atmosphere out of the planet, and after knocking out Wonder Woman, Kara confronted him about his actions, having lied to her into convience her to help him kill billions, but H'El told her that Earth must be sacrificed for Krypton to live and that the time leap will fix everything, asking her to choose between Earth and Krypton.
H'El felt betrayed, but was decided to save Krypton. Although Superboy managed to destroy the Star Chamber, H'El's ship had absorbed enough energy to time travel, but while getting ready to sacrifice Earth, he was engaged by an enraged Superman who was attacking him with all his strenght, but was nonetheless defeated by him. Right before entering his ship to leave to the past, Kara approached him, asking him to take her with him, to which H'El happily agreed only for her to stab him with the Kryptonite fragment that fell from the Star Chamber, thus defeating H'El and saving the Earth.
H'El fell through one of the temporal rifts, which took him several decades in the past to be found by a young Jor-El.
After six months of coma, H'El finally realized that everything he believed in was a lie. All of his memories of Krypton were nothing more than a fantasy, which ultimately drove him insane and desiring to rule Krypton rather than save it. H'El then proceeded to enslave the entire planet, destroying anyone who opposes him on a now living Krypton rebuild under his image, which led to the Oracle to summon three super heroes in order to stop him.
H'El followed both Kara and Kon to their respective timelines with the purpose of killing both, but the convergence of both timelines was taking it's toll on him, to which Superboy and Supergirl used at their advantage to attack him together. Defeated, H'El now followed Superman to his timeline, but before he could do anything he was trapped by an aged Jor-El with the intention of killing him, but was saved and ultimately defeated by Superman who used the chronal strands to trap H'El on a perpetual time loop, imprisioning him on an eternal limbo.
First Appearance: Superman (2011) #13
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Action Comics (2011)
DC Comics: The New 52 Villains Omnibus (2013)
Superboy [II] (2011)
Annual 01 Supergirl (2011)
- 'Lost Horizons!'#0
- 'Law and Disorder!'#14
- 'The Face of H'el!'#16
- 'Lost Cause!'#18
- 'Mind Your Manners'#19
- 'Gone But Not Begotten'#25
- 'Krypton Returns, Part 2'
#14 Superman (2011)
- 'Lost Son of Krypton'#15
- 'Into Kandor'#16
- 'Fast & Faster'#17
- 'Girl vs. Goddess'#23
- 'Out of the Past'#24
- 'Death Becomes Her'#25
- 'Krypton Returns Part 3'#26
- 'The Beast in the Block'
- 'They Will Join You In The Sun...'#14
- 'Build A Parachute On Your Way Down'#16
- 'A Fistful of Sticks!'#17
- 'Fury at World's End'#23.3
- 'To H'el and Back'#25
- 'Krypton Returns, Part 4'
Kryptonians (DC)(Post Flashpoint)
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