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"You were right. My Alex was nothing like your Alex. Protect your people as I protected mine."
—Red Daughter last words to Supergirl[src]


Red Daughter[1] (Russian: Красная Дочь) (June 18, 2018–May 13, 2019), originally codenamed Snowbird, was a copy of Supergirl who came into existence when Kara went back in time and utilized the Black Kryptonite to defeat Reign, materializing after a torrent of dark magic hit Siberia. She resided in Kaznia and was working with its soldiers and Lex Luthor in a plot to defeat the USA and resurrect the glory days of the Soviet Union. While undercover in the U.S., she used the name Linda Lee.[1] After realizing Kara was right about Americans and that Lex was using her, Red Daughter sacrificed herself to protect Kara, taking a Kryptonite blast from Lex in Kara's place and merging back with her.[2]

Biography

Birth

Red Daughter is born

The copy came into existence.

On June 18, 2018, as Kara Danvers used some Harun-El to transport herself, Samantha Arias, and Reign to Juru to defeat the Dark Kryptonian, the stone released a torrent of dark magic, which soon ventured into the Siberian Border and materialized into a copy of Supergirl. The copy, completely naked except for a blanket she was clad in, ventured forth through the snow and eventually approached a group of soldiers at the border.[3]

The soldiers took her to one of their huts, gave her a warm coat and a fur cap in order to cover herself as well as a cup of hot tea to warm up; then one of them tried to molest her by calling her "stray dog" and fondling her, but she grabbed his hand breaking its bones. At that exact moment the Minister of Defense arrived, commenting her likeness with Supergirl and interrogating her, however after a few questions, he realized that she was in a blank state with no memory at all except for the name "Alex".

Red Daughter reading The Runaway Dinosaur

"Snowbird" reading "Sbezhavshiy Dinozavr".

The Minister, eagerly decided to take the opportunity and train her to be a weapon for Kaznia's Military, nicknaming her "Snowbird" and giving her a copy of "Сбежавший Динозавр" in order to learn to write, read and at least some basic words.

Red Daughter is overwhelmed by her powers

"Snowbird" is overwhelmed by her powers.

Some days later, Snowbird was escorted into the woods in order to be exposed at the sun and learn the source of her powers, managing to hovering into the air for the first time, however as her super hearing emerged, she became overwhelmed by the sounds and also developed heat vision randomly striking several Kaznia soldiers before the Minister of Defense ordered to restrict her with taser sticks.[1]

Meeting "Alex"

Red Daughter saves Mikhail

"Snowbird" in the cabin after she saved Mikhail.

Snowbird was then confined into a cell and guarded by the same soldier who tried to molest her some days prior. One night, due to her powers, she heard a young boy scream for help and escaped her confinment to reach the cabin in the woods where the boy, Mikhail, lived, saving him from some thieves and then hugging him and curling into fetal position in a corner of his house. There, after a few hours, she was found by Lex Luthor, who was called by the Minister of Defense in order to help Kaznia's Army to handle her.

Lex's first visit to Red Daughter

Lex's first visit to "Snowbird".

Relying on her only memory, the name "Alex", Lex convinced Snowbird to be "Alex" and that they were very close friends before of her memory loss. He got close to her and asked her if she would like to learn how to control her strength, then having a first training session with her, and beginning to instruct, promising her to explain everything regarding her origins and sending her books and other material before departing due to his seventy two free hours away from Stryker's Island Penitentiary having nearly expired.[1]

Training

Red Daughter trains in Kaznia's mountains

"Snowbird" trains in Kaznia's mountains.

Later Snowbird started an intensive military and physical training.[1] In one occasion, while she was punching through the rocky walls in a secret mine in the mountains of Southern Kaznia as part of her exercises, she caused an earthquake which created landslides above and destroyed part of a railroad track. After Supergirl saved a Kaznian train from being derailed, the copy continued her work under the watchful eye of the soldiers.[4] She also read the books that Lex sent to her, learning English as well as several notions of politic and economy from Karl Marx, however the book she appreciated the most was The Great Gatsby, falling for the glamorous romance of the novel.[1]

Lex plays chess with Supergirl's copy

Lex plays chess with "Snowbird".

Some weeks later, Lex came back to her in Kaznia, to control her training and continue to teach her English, during a game of chess, Lex told Snowbird to consider her very similar to his sister, who, however, had disappointed and abandoned him; after which he scolded her for appreciating The Great Gatsby stating that he sent it to her to instruct her on how capitalism makes men weak and that the only reason he has money is to fight them. Before departing, he ordered her to read again the book while keeping this in mind. They also went to pay a brief visit to Mikhail in his cabin.[1]

Lex conditions Supergirl's copy

Lex conditions "Snowbird".

When the U.S.-based anti-alien hate group known as the Children of Liberty released Kryptonite into the Earth's atmosphere, Lex placed her into a special confinement cube to protect her[5] and pierced her ears to make her more similar to Supergirl. Lex decided to spend the time necessary for the cloud to clear up to tell Snowbird that she was one of the last Children of Krypton and that her task was to start a period of peace on Earth by bringing together all the peoples and fighting the champions of corrupt governments: Superman and Supergirl. He also told her that Supergirl was her sister and robbed her of her place in the World.[1] A couple of days later, after L-Corp nanites were used to purify the atmosphere of Kryptonite particles, she was released and resumed her training.[5]

Visiting National City

A disguised Lex and Linda Lee in National City

A disguised Lex and "Linda Lee" in National City.

After a month, Lex took Snowbird to National City under the alias of "Linda Lee", in order to let her see how dissolute are the lives of the people that Supergirl protected. While posing as a waitress into a bar, "Linda" was disgusted to see some ArmeTek officials spending that much in drinks while Kaznian people are starving, as well as objectifying her by calling her "doll". Lex also brought "Linda" to see Kara Danvers' apartment so that she learned her way of thinking and developed disgust for her counterpart's luxurious lifestyle. While there, Lex and "Linda" were almost caught by Alex Danvers, but the copy managed to deceive her posing as Kara and telling she returned earlier from her trip in Smallville.

Eve scolds Supergirl's copy

Eve scolds "Kara".

Then, despite Lex leaving the apartment, "Linda" chose to stay a little longer and began to read Kara's journal, learning of her friends and caring attitude, so she decide to approach Lena Luthor at CatCo pretending to be Kara, however Eve Teschmacher confronted her in an elevator, sent Lena away with an excuse and scolded her behavior, ordering her to went back to Kaznia immediately.[1]

Few hours later, in order to solve the fact that Snowbird "has a conscience", which could be a problem for his project, as well as to strengthen her resentment towards the Americans, Lex ordered Eve and Otis to stage the bombardment of the house of Mikhail, by an American aircraft carrier.
Lex scolds Supergirl's copy

Lex scolds "Snowbird".

However, as she discovers it, she attacked the aircraft, ignoring Lex's advice not to do it, and, after he stopped her and staged her attack at the platform to seem like an accident, he scolded her for having risked to compromise all their work due to a moment of weakness, after Snowbird confronted him about everything he wasn't telling her, Lex simply replied she had "disappointed" him.[1]

Illness and rise of Red Daughter

Red Daughter gets sick

"Snowbird" gets sick.

Months later, while continuing and hardening her training,[6] Snowbird fell sick due to some sort of disease, since the exposure at Green Kryptonite having severely weakened her immune system, and eventually became comatose. Despite the attempt to save her via electroshock at full charge (which was so powerful to went through overseas and affected some drugs, giving superpowers to it's users), she ramined unconscious[7] so, Lex decided to enter a radioactive chamber in order to developed an inoperable cancer and asking for his sister's help[1] to get an Harun-El drug capable to cure himself[8] and thus Snowbird.
Lex saves his Red Daughter

Lex saves his Red Daughter.

So, after having set his plan into motion, escape from house arrest and beated Supergirl, he went to Kaznia and gave Snowbird a blood transfusion in order to restore her health, apologizing with her for having leave, giving her a suit and calling her his legacy: his "Red Daughter".[1]

Attacking the White House

The following day, she went to Washington, D.C. alongside Eve and was instructed regarding her role during that evening's operation while inspecting the sewers under the White House; after Eve treated her like she doesn't understand English, Red Daughter protested stating that she knew it better than Eve herself, causing the latter to smirk and comment that she looked exactly like Supergirl.
Red Daughter attack the White House disguised as Supergirl

Red Daughter attack the White House disguised as Supergirl.

Then, after the official repeal of the Alien Amnesty Act, while Eve distracted the real Supergirl by enclosing her in a Lexosuit alimented via Kryptonite, Red Daughter, posing as her, killed all the congressmen in the Oval Office and escape, prompting President Baker to declare the "Girl of Steel" public enemy number one.[9]

Later she settled in National City into a small apartment in front of Kara's and furnished it in the exact same way, though it is unclear whether it was out of envy or to mock her.[10]

Battle against Supergirl

When Supergirl is captured because of Baker working for Lex Luthor, Red Daughter tries to kill her after weakening her with a piece of Kryptonite, but her template managed to escape due to her higher resilience to it. Then, Red Daughter went to Midvale while Eliza Danvers was home and made her call Alex via phone, knowing Kara was with her sister at the Danvers house.
Supergirl fights Red Daughter

Supergirl fights Red Daughter.

When Supergirl came to her, she threatened to kill Eliza by telling her that her relationships and possessions made her weak, while claiming she was strong because she served the collective rather the individual, to which Kara asked her about Mikhail (having discovered how much she cared for him by reading her journal) however Red Daughter answered that "the Americans had killed him" and they started to fight. During their battle, Alex remembered again that Kara is Supergirl and Red Daughter revealed that she had purple-lightning-emission powers. Red Daughter puts Kara into a near death coma and then left the battlefield after hearing the heart of her template that slowly stopped beating, unaware of the fact that Kara had managed to seep yellow sun radiation from the grass around her to restore herself.[10]

Supposed death

Lex kills Red Daughter

Lex "kills" Red Daughter.

Betrayed from her only friend and ally, Red Daughter was murdered during the Kaznian Invasion of the United States as a way to further frame Supergirl and make Lex seem as a hero, accomplishing his plan.[10] However, all of this was simply staged by Lex as Red Daughter was actually stunned and imprisoned in Shelley Island to power a new Claymore satellite with the energy drawn from her powers in order to use it to destroy Superman and Argo City.[2]

Helping Supergirl and sacrifice

Red Daughter merged back into Kara Danvers

Red Daughter merged back into Supergirl.

After Brainiac 5, Dreamer, and the Martian Manhunter freed all the alien prisoners of Shelley Island, Red Daughter was freed as well. While Supergirl was having her final battle with Lex, Red Daughter sacrificed herself to save Kara, shielding her from a Kryptonite blast shot at her by Lex. With her dying breath, Red Daughter admitted Kara was right and urged her to protect her people. After her death, Red Daughter merged back into the original Kara. Using the powers obtained from said merge, Supergirl managed to defeat Lex.[2]

Personality

"Let them hate, as long as they fear."
—Red Daughter[src]

As Snowbird, she grew to be loyal and obedient to Kaznian military, eager to train for their plans, if somewhat emotionally detached and focused entirely on training. Red Daughter has various fragments of Kara Danvers's personality - compassion for others, dislike for injustice, and connection to Alex Danvers (however, her only memory is of Alex's name). Red Daughter openly exhibited a great disdain for the greed of humanity.

Red Daughter is proven to be introspective, wondering about her life and purpose, and analyzes all information she gets; after being shown Kara's apartment by Lex Luthor, she did not discard the knowledge she gained, but decided to further study Kara's life; she even tried to contact Lena Luthor, though their discussion was cut shot by Eve Teschmacher. During her stay in the United States, Red Daugjter has found deeper understanding of humanity, both its dark and light sides, and started to hate Americans much less than before.

However, when Eve and Lex staged an American attack on Mikhail from Kaznia, Snowbird grew enraged. Afterwards, she ended up in a conflict with Lex (engineered entirely by him to gain her trust in the end) cumulating in Red Daughter receiving a blood transfusion with mutated Harun-El cells, saving her life. Feeling that she owed to Lex, Red Daughter has since rethought her role, deciding that Kara Zor-El acted entirely on emotion, which made her weak and blinded to the world's real problems. She pledged herself entirely to Lex's mission, who christened her as "[his] Red Daughter".[1]

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Harun-El mutation: As a product of the Kryptonian artifact Harun-El, Red Daughter was created as a materialized alternate persona of Kara Zor-El. After suffering from Kryptonite poisoning weakened her immune system, Red Daughter was given a blood transfusion from self-mutated Lex Luthor, introducing his Harun-El anti-cancer cure to her immune system.[1]
    • Power bestowal: While having a shock and in an attempt to save her, she was electroshocked at full charge, and the shock was so powerful, it went through overseas and affected some drugs, giving the user of the drugs strange abilities.[7]
    • Harun-El Blast: Red Daughter had the ability to launch a blast of energy from the Harun-El inside of her in order to shock opponents.[10]
  • Kryptonian physiology: Normally, like all Kryptonians, Red Daughter's capabilities were no greater than a normal human of her physical conditioning. However, once charged by the energy spectrum of a yellow sun, she becomes able to perform various inhuman feats.
    • Solar energy absorption: While her powers are dependent on the energy spectrum from a yellow sun, her body was able to constantly and passively absorb such energy while exposed to it, essentially keeping her reserves fully charged near-constantly. Direct exposure to the light of a yellow sun would also accelerate her recovery from any injuries she does manage to sustain.
      • Accelerated healing factor: Red Daughter's metabolism was tremendously enhanced by solar energy, allowing accelerated healing abilities and burning calories at a superhuman rate, making her practically immune to weight gain.
        • Self-sustenance: Due to the effects of a yellow sun, Red Daughter's physical needs were greatly reduced or completely removed.
        • Atmospheric adaption: While she does required oxygen, her physicality allowed her to survive while inhaling more harsh forms of it, or even no oxygen at all.
        • Contaminant immunity: Red Daughter had an immunity to all forms of disease and contaminants on Earth.
      • Flight: Red Daughter was able to manipulate her own gravitational field to generate thrust and propel herself through the air, often at hyper-sonic speeds, much faster than she could travel by foot. As such, she was able to levitate and fly past Earth's atmosphere and near the planet's orbit.
        • Levitation: She could levitate using her flight abilities.
      • Heat vision: By concentrating every solar energy reserve she has in her body, Red Daughter could emit blue energy beams of variable intensity and temperature from her eyes.
      • Invulnerability: While under the affects of the yellow sun, Red Daughter was essentially invulnerable to all Earthly weapons, with bullets simply ricocheting whenever they come into contact with her skin.
      • Extended longevity: As a Kryptonian, Red Daughter's life span was considerably longer than a normal human and likewise caused her to age much slower.
      • Super breath: While under the affects of the yellow sun, Red Daughter was able to exhale powerful gusts of air from her mouth which are similar to force winds. She could also cause the temperature of her breath to drop, therefore able to freeze nearly anything.
      • Super hearing: While under the affects of the yellow sun, Red Daughter had super-sensitive ears that could perfectly pick up sounds from miles away and even through structures.
      • Super speed: Red Daughter possessed the ability to move at hyper-sonic speeds, both through flight and on foot.
        • Accelerated perception: While using her super speed, Red Daughter saw everything much slower; allowing her to move with precision and accuracy within very fast moments.
      • Super strength: Red Daughter's strength was enhanced under a yellow sun, enough to easily kill a normal human if she were to attack them directly.
        • Super jumping/leaping: Red Daughter was able to jump several feet off the ground and leap several stories in a single bound without having to fly.
      • Super stamina: Red Daughter could run, fight or fly for long periods of time, without getting tired.
        • Super reflexes: Red Daughter's reflexes were so fast, she can respond to attacks within microseconds.

Abilities

  • Genius-level intellect/Economic acumen/Political acumen: Red Daughter was very intelligent, thanks to both her natural intelligence and to Lex Luthor's training. She was an avid reader of literature, a student of economics, politics and languages.[1] Red Daughter studied books on economics, namely those written by Karl Marx, she has also studied books on politics.
    • Eidetic memory: Red Daughter seemed to have an eidetic memory, having been able to learn complex concept at an extremely fast rate.[1]
    • Master of deception/Manipulator: Red Daughter was extremely talented in the art of deception; as she was able to pose as an American waitress and also managed to successfully portray herself as Kara Danvers to both Alex Danvers and Lena Luthor respectively, with little-to-no effort, as neither Alex or Lena suspected that she was not the real Kara.[1]
    • Bilingual: Red Daughter was capable of fluently speaking Russian and English. She spoke these languages at a native level, effectively switching between them with ease.[1]
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Having receiving several months of intensive training from the Kaznian army, Red Daughter was a highly capable hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist.

Weaknesses

  • Kryptonite: Like all Kryptonians, Red Daughter, even while empowered, was vulnerable to the exposure of Kryptonite, a radioactive mineral from Krypton. Depending on the nature of the said Kryptonite, it would cause a different adverse affect on her;
    • Green Kryptonite: Green Kryptonite not only physically hurted Red Daughter, but also it weakened her physical attributes; making her equivalent to that of a normal human. If she was exposed to enough Green Kryptonite for too long, it would have eventually killed her.
  • Naivety: As a newly-created being with no actual life experience, Red Daughter was quite naive, making her easy to manipulate. Lex Luthor took advantage on this and manipulated her into hating Supergirl and becoming a weapon under his command.

Former weaknesses

  • Severely weakened immune system: After Red Daughter was exposed to Green Kryptonite, it severely weakened her immune system, eventually leading her to collapse. However, after she got a blood transfusion from the newly turned meta-human Lex Luthor, she was cured and her immune system was restored to its normal state.[1]

Equipment

Appearances

Supergirl


Trivia

Behind the scenes

  • In the main DC comics continuity, Earth-30/Earth-1598 of the main multiverse is the home of a Soviet-affiliated Superman, whose story was detailed in Superman: Red Son. Although not called the "Red Son" in the main story, this version of Superman became known as such in his later appearances in the multiverse. Furthermore, the final twist of the story establishes a connection between Luthor family and the House of El, which is the name of the episode Red Daughter's backstory is fully shown, and she is established as the "legacy project" of Lex Luthor.
    • Red Daughter once used the alias "Linda Lee". In the main DC comics continuity, Linda Lee was the first identity Kara Zor-El used on Earth in the pre-Crisis version of the multiverse.
    • In the Justice League Action cartoon series, a Kaznian Kryptonian was featured in the episode Keeping Up With The Kryptonians with a similar premise to the one in Supergirl. In particular, Mr. Mxyzptlk affected reality to turn Superman into Kaznia's own "Red Son", while Supergirl became a superstar celebrity with Mxy himself as the producer.
  • Red Daughter is also a reference to Kara Zor-El II from the New Earth continuity. Both copies share the same backstory of being a creation of Black Kryptonite ultimately created by Lex Luthor.

References

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