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|Behind the Scenes|
The Argoans are a humanoid species from the planet Argo.
Biology & AppearanceEdit
The Argoans are largely identical to Kryptonians in every way shape and form (making it likely they share a common ancestor), they are externally indistinguishable from humans, and are gifted with the same spectacular powers as kryptonians under the light of a yellow sun.
In the DC animated universe Supergirl is portrayed as being vulnerable to kryptonite, this is different in the tie-in comics where she is unaffected. Aside from kryptonite the weaknesses of the Argoans seem identical to that of Kryptonians.
Not much is known about the culture of the Argoans, but they were at least equal to Krypton, as well in the "Superman Adventures" comics it is shown that they have a reverence for Rao (indeed Raoism is said to be their primary religion), the patron deity of the Kryptonians, thus hinting at a common ancestry.
Roughly 300 years before Supergirl's arrival on Earth General Zod overthrew the planets leading council in a violent coup. Many suffered and died during the "Great Darkness" the decade-long rule of Zod.
Finally, after assembling an armada to attack Krypton Zod was betrayed by his own staff, and captured by the kryptonian council. He was banished to the Phantom Zone, the only Argoan to ever be punished in that manner.
Argo seemed to have a long period of prosperity that ended when krypton was destroyed. The destruction of its sister planet caused it to be flung out of its natural orbit and slowly began to freeze, being completely frozen over within four years killing almost every Argoan save for Kara In-ze who survived in suspended animation.
The history of Argo was preserved by a hidden program that was installed on the world by Brainiac after his departure from Krypton. This shard of his programming became compassionate and understanding, eventually imparting the orb containing all of Argos history to the care of Supergirl.
Please note that these characters are typically kryptonians (or non-existent) in most continuities:
- Kala In-ze
- Kara In-ze
- The planet does not exist in the majority of DC authorized continuity, Argo is typically a city on the planet Krypton.
- In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade Argo is a moon of Krypton, the inhabitants simply being Kryptonian colonists living in a domed city.