WHY doesn't anyone recognize Clark Kent?

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#1  Edited By CannotSpellMyName

So we all know that when Superman takes his glasses on he becomes ordinary journalist Clark Kent and no one recognizes him as the Man of Steel. This has been a fact for so long that no one seem to care about how stupid it is. Seriously, is all of Metropolis and DC's population devoid of IQ? Even Lex Luthor, one of the most brilliant minds in all of DC is unable to figure out Clark Kent's true identity. What the deuce?? I'm sure many Superman fans are happy not caring and think it's silly that people want plausible characters, but plausibility for me is crucial to be able to take a story seriously. Seriously, Superman moving planets is MORE plausible than him being unrecognizable because of a pair of glasses. The only possible explanations I can find for this intellectual fallacy among the DC universe population is either:

a) For the DC population, face recognition goes higgledy-piggledy when people wear different clothes (because we know people aren't straightout stupid, didn't Lex Luthor once create a time machine in prison from an orange or something like that?)

b) No one has actually seen Superman's face because he never stays at one place long enough for people to get a good look at his face (which he does, but it could have been a plausible explanation)

c) Superman has some kind of unknown confusing power that makes people unable to recognize his alter ego (this is interesting, what kind of power could that be?)

Alternative C is the most plausible one to me, anyone have any suggestions to what such a power could be? Has any Superman comic or encyclopedia ever actually tried to explain this phenomena seriously?

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#2  Edited By Teerack

I think it's more that superman doesn't wear a mask and has the power of a god, so no one expects him to have a civilian identity.

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#3  Edited By r3d_rob1n

Clark uses more than glasses. He wears ill-fitting clothes to give the impression that he is out of shape. His hair and posture are completely different. Also, the glasses distort the color of his eyes, making them look different than Superman's.

There is also the fact that Clark arranges to be seen alongside Superman on occasion, through the use of shape-shifters (Martian Manhunter) pretending to be either Clark or Superman.

@Teerack said:

I think it's more that superman doesn't wear a mask and has the power of a god, so no one expects him to have a civilian identity.

This too

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#4  Edited By HolySerpent

Agree with robin

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#5  Edited By KainScion

@Teerack: @r3d_rob1n: you two are just making stuff up to refrain from saying writters think people are stupid.

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#6  Edited By Izaiah

Read this, especially the 'Trope Namer' and 'Real Life' sections.

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#7  Edited By karrob

@r3d_rob1n said:

Clark uses more than glasses. He wears ill-fitting clothes to give the impression that he is out of shape. His hair and posture are completely different. Also, the glasses distort the color of his eyes, making them look different than Superman's.

There is also the fact that Clark arranges to be seen alongside Superman on occasion, through the use of shape-shifters (Martian Manhunter) pretending to be either Clark or Superman.

@Teerack said:

I think it's more that superman doesn't wear a mask and has the power of a god, so no one expects him to have a civilian identity.

This too

Well said!

And the Oscar goes to Kal-El aka Clark Kent

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#8  Edited By Nox_Arc

Barry states it during Blackest Night. Clark wears clothes two sizes too big, raises his voice a few octaves, and hunches over.

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#9  Edited By Izaiah

  

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#10  Edited By BatteredArmor

Cause comics

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#11  Edited By TrueIlluminatus

Effing magic.

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#12  Edited By cameron83

maybe its like how the first flash vibrated and blurred his face to hide his identity....or smoething

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#13  Edited By Teerack

@KainScion: It's a point that's been bought up in the comics. When ever someone tries to "out" superman people usually respond thinking the idea the superman walks among us is ridiculous.

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#14  Edited By TheBlueAngel93
@Izaiah said:

  

Best. Superman. Scene. EVER.
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#15  Edited By AweSam

Let's stop bullshitting, it's the curl.

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#16  Edited By Remi

Because it's a comic.

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#17  Edited By YoggSaron

Like the tiny domino masks on heroes like Robin are really all that much better.

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#19  Edited By Mega_spidey01

@karrob said:

@r3d_rob1n said:

Clark uses more than glasses. He wears ill-fitting clothes to give the impression that he is out of shape. His hair and posture are completely different. Also, the glasses distort the color of his eyes, making them look different than Superman's.

There is also the fact that Clark arranges to be seen alongside Superman on occasion, through the use of shape-shifters (Martian Manhunter) pretending to be either Clark or Superman.

@Teerack said:

I think it's more that superman doesn't wear a mask and has the power of a god, so no one expects him to have a civilian identity.

This too

Well said!

And the Oscar goes to Kal-El aka Clark Kent

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#20  Edited By noj

One of the best representations of the differences between Clark Kent and Superman is in All Star Superman as drawn by Frank Quietly. Not only does he slouch, have a different hair style and wear clothes too big for him he also has this different feel about him and is drawn as moving comepletley differently.

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#21  Edited By raecinio

I agree with YoggSaron, how do people NOT know who Robin & Nightwing are? Or Green & Red Arrow for that matter?

What I liked about Arkham City's redesign of Robin was that the hood afforded his face more cover than the traditional domino mask.

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#22  Edited By Supreme Marvel

Because he's in America. If you put a face on a beef burger or a steak, they'll tell you colour of meat, date of expiry the name of the cow it came from etc. They're not that great at noticing things.

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#23  Edited By Primmaster64
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Cause comics

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#24  Edited By Rusty_Irons

@r3d_rob1n said:

Clark uses more than glasses. He wears ill-fitting clothes to give the impression that he is out of shape. His hair and posture are completely different. Also, the glasses distort the color of his eyes, making them look different than Superman's.

There is also the fact that Clark arranges to be seen alongside Superman on occasion, through the use of shape-shifters (Martian Manhunter) pretending to be either Clark or Superman.

@Teerack said:

I think it's more that superman doesn't wear a mask and has the power of a god, so no one expects him to have a civilian identity.

This too

ditto.

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#25  Edited By Avenging-X-Bolt

Why do we have more than one thread devoted to this?

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#26  Edited By ssejllenrad

@noj said:

One of the best representations of the differences between Clark Kent and Superman is in All Star Superman as drawn by Frank Quietly. Not only does he slouch, have a different hair style and wear clothes too big for him he also has this different feel about him and is drawn as moving comepletley differently.

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This. It was so effective, Lois didn't believe he was Superman even though he admitted it.

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#27  Edited By ssejllenrad

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

Why do we have more than one thread devoted to this?

Cause Supermania is off the charts and we fanboys need to be discussing details every now and then. Reviving old threads may be an option... But we like to add more threads regarding Supes... Even though they're dupes. We're that bad. That's how we fanboys roll.. Nyahahaha!

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#28  Edited By cosmo111687

Because it's a fictional fairy-tale universe where men from space land on earth and fly and save the day using their super strength.

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@cosmo111687 said:

Because it's a fictional fairy-tale universe where men from space land on earth and fly and save the day using their super strength.

That's the most boring reply ever.

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#30  Edited By Redberry

A wizard did it, blame Zatanna.

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#31  Edited By joshmightbe

Its much more than just glasses, its posture, the clothes he wears, he alters his speech pattern, his personality, his behavior

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#32  Edited By Smart_Dork_Dude

@Teerack said:

I think it's more that superman doesn't wear a mask and has the power of a god, so no one expects him to have a civilian identity.

This. I heard of a comic where Lex has a computer try to figure out where Superman goes when he isn't saving someone, and it comes up to reveal he's Clark Kent. However Lex refuses this as he can't comprehend why a man-god from another planet would disguise himself as a "weak man" like Kent. Guess that old saying about assumptions is true.

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#33  Edited By nickzambuto

Guy 1: Hey Jack can I borrow a couple bucks?

Guy 2: Sorry man, left my wallet at home. Why don't you go ask Clark Kent over there?

Guy 1: Yeah ok sure- hey where'd he go?

Guy 2: I don't know but there's Superman!

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#34  Edited By Supreme Marvel

@nickzambuto said:

Guy 1: Hey Jack can I borrow a couple bucks?

Guy 2: Sorry man, left my wallet at home. Why don't you go ask Clark Kent over there?

Guy 1: Yeah ok sure- hey where'd he go?

Guy 2: I don't know but there's Superman!

I totally pictured Guy 2's voice as Cleveland from Family Guy

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#35  Edited By cosmo111687

@CannotSpellMyName said:

@cosmo111687 said:

Because it's a fictional fairy-tale universe where men from space land on earth and fly and save the day using their super strength.

That's the most boring reply ever.

No, the most boring reply ever would be a lie or an attempt to apply logic to something that is fictional. I gave you the truth. Superman is a modern day fairy tale and everything about his world operates on suspension of disbelief. If you don't like it, well, get used to it.

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#36  Edited By StoneAngel

The Shoveller: Don't start that AGAIN. Lance Hunt wears glasses, Captain Amazing DOESN'T wear glasses.

Mr. Furious: He takes them off when he transforms...

The Shoveller: That doesn't make any sense, he wouldn't be able to see!

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#37  Edited By Superguy0009e

It's suppose to be disbelief. Superman is a god that can do anything while Clark Kent is just a nervous wreck of a reporter. You simply can't put two and two together because they are so different.

Also, the hair style and glasses change helps:

One of the best representations of the differences between Clark Kent and Superman is in All Star Superman as drawn by Frank Quietly. Not only does he slouch, have a different hair style and wear clothes too big for him he also has this different feel about him and is drawn as moving comepletley differently.

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#38  Edited By Crom-Cruach

Because he's superman, he's super at everything. Even b**lsh*tting people

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#39  Edited By FrankenKong

@War Killer: This is why there is no other and never will be another man like Clark Kent and hero like Superman.

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#40  Edited By FanofUltraman

@cameron83: Yeah, Superman said that whenever someone takes a picture of him he vibrates on a molecular level to eliminate the details of his physique.

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#41  Edited By the_stegman  Moderator

Because Superman is so extraordinary, that people find it hard to look at ordinary people to locate him, and who's more ordinary than Clark Kent? a bumbling reporter from Kansas?

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#42  Edited By zeejaybay

Why would Superman want to be a human?

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#43  Edited By BatteredArmor

@Izaiah said:

That is the funniest thing ever

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#44  Edited By ssejllenrad

Because he's Dean Cain as Clark and Chris Reeve as Superman... :D

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maybe the same reason nobody knows that green arrow has the same beard like oliver queen

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Comic Book Logic. That's why

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Everybody knows who Superman is. He's an alien named Kal-El from faraway planet Krypton that was destroyed by Free- er, a meteor when he was younger, so he barely escaped and found Earth, where he built his new home, the Fortress of Solitude, in Antarctica. Nobody has any reason to think that he normally walks alongside lesser mortals as a mere reporter.

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It is so very ironic Clark Kent cannot be recognize on the hid of eyeglasses as superman to the people of metropolis. I really don't get it where did they this kind of idea creating superman.In true life when you wear eyeglasses you like you had gain your age or more mature and old.But can still be recognise who you are before you did not wear glasses and after you wear eye glass.That's dumbest thing I realize about superman behind those nerdy eyeglasses as clark.It is so ironic that metropolis could not recognize and suspected clark kent is superman

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