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  • Acceptable Political Targets: More than any other Arrowverse show, Supergirl has an exceptionally low opinion of far-right politics, Donald Trump and the Republican party in particular. At one point, Lena all but says that the right wing does nothing but promote fear, hate and bigotry and should be deplatformed.
  • Anvilicious: The show has very progressive themes. It is about as subtle as Kara in delivering them.
    • Season 1's tagline was, essentially, "girls can be superheroes too."
    • A lot of Seasons 2 and 4 can be summarized as "Aliens are immigrants." All the aliens in the show came to Earth fleeing war and other strife and the humans who want them out, so they'll stop "poisoning" and "infecting" the place, are mostly upper-middle class white Americans who rant about aliens stealing jobs.
    • Season 5's message is "saturation of technology devalues human connection" and this message whacks the viewer on the head. Released during the COVID-19 lockdown, it couldn't have picked a worse time.
  • Author's Saving Throw: After Seasons 2 and 3 ignored a lot of Season 1, Season 4 brought back the desert facility. And it picked up on Season 2's xenophobia against aliens that Season 3 ignored.
  • Broken Base:
    • The show merging onto Earth-Prime. It's great for those who watch all the Arrowverse shows but less so for those who liked that being on Earth-38 meant Supergirl was in a nice, separate bubble.
    • Kara's Season 5 costume. Some regard the pants as a practical choice and a nice way to desexualize Kara while others view it as getting rid of Supergirl's iconic outfit.
  • Continuity Lock Out: If you skipped episode 9 of Season 5, then you'll be very confused by all the changes between episode 8 and 10.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Cat Grant only regularly appeared in Season 1, but she left a massive impact on the fanbase.
    • Amelia Hamilton, a Gender Flip of Emil Hamilton who only appeared in two episodes, has a decent fan following.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Kara/Lena.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Barry shows up, Cat makes a disparaging remark about how he, Kara, Winn, and James all look like "the non-threatening, racially diverse cast of a CW show." Supergirl would move to the CW for its next season.
  • It Was His Sled: Hank Henshaw is really J'onn J'onzz.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: At this point, it's easier to ask who Kara hasn't been shipped with.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Quite a lot of people were on Manchester's side instead of Supergirl's in Season 4.
  • Seasonal Rot: Like the rest of the Arrowverse, Season 3 is not highly regarded. The first half was well received but following the dismissal of showrunner Andrew Kreisberg, due to sexual harassment charges, the second half, with its many Romantic Plot Tumors and flanderized writing, wasn't.
    • Season 5 was another low point of the show. The message was already Anvilicious enough but it had the misfortune of airing during the COVID-19 lockdown, a time where people relied on technology to stay connected. It was viewed as quite a step down from the praised Season 4.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Something that has ironically became one of the series' biggest complaints. Many have noted that Kara is a far better adaptation of the Superman character than the Superman from the DC Extended Universe, which has led to some viewing the Arrowverse as having wasted Clark Kent given that Kara has absorbed most of his traits.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Mon-El in Season 2. Who said that having superpowers is an obligation to help people? With Daxam gone, Mon-El's main concern is setting up a life for himself, and for that, he needs money so why not use his Super Strength to get a job? The only thing wrong with his argument is that he chose to be a mafia enforcer. If he'd chosen a legal job, like say a dock worker, then Kara would have had no leg to stand on.
    • Lena in Season 4. With Puny Earthlings being what it is, why shouldn't humans create technology to defend themselves? After all, changing necessities is literally what drives replacement progress.
    • Both Clark and Kara are very much against anyone having Kryptonite, citing it as unspeakably painful to any Kryptonian and bordering on torture. Thing is though, there are lot of rogue Kryptonians, with a variant of the mineral having caused both Clark and Kara to become threats, and the green stuff is the only sure fire way to take them down. It's really hard to guess whose side the writers are on.

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