Could Superman take someone's life in certain scenarios?

#1 Posted by Crissdragon (61 posts) - - Show Bio

For example Superman arriving just after a bomb went off and some guy was too close and blown up.

With only half of body left and a minute or 2 before death,if the guy was screaming at Superman to end his pain would he do it?

Superman can't save him by flying or superspeed because his guts would spill out,ice breath cant save him either.

So can he do it considering there is no chance for this guy,at least to end his agony.

This is just an example there could be more under the same theme.

#2 Posted by Edtion (17 posts) - - Show Bio

Nope.

A) The guy is dead and Superman is crying/moping over his body.

or

B) Superman insists that he can still save him, but (in your oh so hopeless scenario) the guy slowly fades away, leaving Superman depressed for not being able to save him.

and B.2) The Joker drives off laughing out loud.

#3 Posted by Z3RO180 (6522 posts) - - Show Bio

no not even if a gun with a kryptonite bullet in it could or would take a life

#4 Posted by Crissdragon (61 posts) - - Show Bio

@Edtion:

I do not think it would be considered murder since he is dying anyway within a minute at least his last moments on earth shouldn't be in horror,grief and pain.

I dont think in his condition is considered as murder case.

#5 Posted by BlackWind (6271 posts) - - Show Bio

@Crissdragon: Superman doesn't buy that "Im in pain, let me be put out of my misery" stuff. That'd be more reason for him not to want someone to die.

#6 Posted by ReVamp (22865 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes, but DC would never let it be written.

And no for your examples.

#7 Posted by Dernman (15071 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman has killed in the past. He executed the three phantom zone criminals from Supergirl's(Matrix) universe.

#8 Edited by Crissdragon (61 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackWind:

How can not he buy it?

He is in front of him with half of his body and his guts are hanging out and bleeding fast.

Death is imminent

#9 Posted by GunGunW (996 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope not. That's what's so appealing about him. I hate nothing more than when they try to make him kill....

#10 Posted by Eternal19 (2076 posts) - - Show Bio

nope. its against what his character stands for

#11 Posted by BlackWind (6271 posts) - - Show Bio

@Crissdragon: Superman once told a girl who was gonna commit suicide that someone he once knew was dying. She was in constant pain, and wasn't getting better soon. She wanted to be allowed to die, and she was. Superman said he respected her choice, but he didn't agree with it or think it was right.

Superman doesn't put half dead people down. Not his game.

#12 Posted by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

If Superman can't save somebody, there's no need for Superman to hasten deaths and Superman can use his time better by doing something else like try and have more sex instead.

#13 Posted by SUNMAN (7235 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman's killed before. He's killed Doomsday, and a bunch of parademons among other monsters. Pretty much all a list heroes have killed some life form or another

#14 Posted by Edtion (17 posts) - - Show Bio

@SUNMAN:

That's because they're not vegetarian/vegans and view those creatures as animals/beasts/in-human-monsters/insects/etc, giving them the excuse to justify killing them, as they're not seen to actually be alive or something like that, you get what I'm saying.

@Crissdragon:

He can't because superheroes that vow to never kill and take it harsh when they fail to save someone, have this rule/code/motto that goes something like "I may not be able to save everyone, but I can at least try".

#15 Posted by I'maDC/ImageGuy! (1648 posts) - - Show Bio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPpZbEx_mh8&feature=relmfu

Joe Kelly showed you what happen and the reason why Superman will never go that route.

#16 Posted by Crissdragon (61 posts) - - Show Bio

Could some please close this topic since a lot of people are going far from the subject.

#17 Posted by JayJayCAW (239 posts) - - Show Bio

in a hopeless situation like that......I think Superman would do it, because by killing that person he would be in a way, saving them. Bare in mind that this is a very rare situation that probably will never happen in the comics. But if it was, we'd probably see Superman thinking about it, then cut away to a later time where the person is dead and either way people would blame Superman and he'd be depressed over it.
 
Its a no win situation :(

#18 Posted by asIsuspected (543 posts) - - Show Bio

@SUNMAN: killing DD or deamons, monsters is one thing, killig a person is different. Superman would never ever ever do such a thing.....

#19 Posted by SUNMAN (7235 posts) - - Show Bio

@asIsuspected: the question posed was could Superman take someone's life. And all I said was he already has. If you want to debate al life not being equal or weight the value of different life forms that is another mater entirely.

#20 Posted by asIsuspected (543 posts) - - Show Bio

@SUNMAN: sorry, than I must have been mistaken, I thought we were debating over Superman killing a human (this is the real question) more interesting

#21 Posted by jobbernos (1420 posts) - - Show Bio

it depends if its humans then no if its monsters or demons or whatever of that kind then yes.

#22 Posted by jobbernos (1420 posts) - - Show Bio

@Crissdragon said:

For example Superman arriving just after a bomb went off and some guy was too close and blown up.

With only half of body left and a minute or 2 before death,if the guy was screaming at Superman to end his pain would he do it?

Superman can't save him by flying or superspeed because his guts would spill out,ice breath cant save him either.

So can he do it considering there is no chance for this guy,at least to end his agony.

This is just an example there could be more under the same theme.

no superman would fly to the hospital and bring them here

#23 Posted by Skewer (325 posts) - - Show Bio

@Dernman: I remember that story and I hated it. That bit was so unessesary, they were exposed to gold kryptonite and he could have used the phantom zone instead.

#24 Posted by The Finality (133 posts) - - Show Bio

He'd still try to save him the old fanshioned way. To Superman, the "ends justify the means" doesn't apply. Superman's compassion for living things is his greatest strength. However, it's also his greatest weakness, and is often exploited by his enemies. A failed rescue attempt wounds The Man of Steel ten times more than Kryptonite or Magic ever could.

#25 Posted by PowerHerc (83461 posts) - - Show Bio

In dire enough circumstances I think Superman would be able to take a life.

#26 Posted by Squalleon (4607 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes!

Superman had killed pre-52

#27 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

Well Superman has killed before.
 
Huh, DC pretty much tries really hard to not make either Batman or Superman kill. But WW, GL, probably Flash and Aquaman have killed.

#28 Posted by Lvenger (19807 posts) - - Show Bio

@GunGunW said:

I hope not. That's what's so appealing about him. I hate nothing more than when they try to make him kill....

This. He's taken enough life in the past anyway for his character. We don't need to see him do it again.

#29 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

Meh, I don't mind Superman killing, but only if its the only option.
 
Doesn't Earth One Superman kill as well? Or at least indifferent about it?

#30 Posted by HeroFromKrypton (24 posts) - - Show Bio

@SandMan_ said:

Meh, I don't mind Superman killing, but only if its the only option. Doesn't Earth One Superman kill as well? Or at least indifferent about it?

Earth One, the book by J. Michael Straczynski, or Earth One, the main pre-crisis universe?

#31 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio
@HeroFromKrypton said:

@SandMan_ said:

Meh, I don't mind Superman killing, but only if its the only option. Doesn't Earth One Superman kill as well? Or at least indifferent about it?

Earth One, the book by J. Michael Straczynski, or Earth One, the main pre-crisis universe?

Earth One book.
#32 Posted by BlackWind (6271 posts) - - Show Bio

@SandMan_ said:

Well Superman has killed before. Huh, DC pretty much tries really hard to not make either Batman or Superman kill. But WW, GL, probably Flash and Aquaman have killed.

Diana and Arthur have a better excuse to take lives when necessary, and sometimes Green Lanterns too.

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