The WORST Episodes of Superman: The Animated Series

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Network: The WB

Superman, an incredibly powerful alien from the planet Krypton, defends Metropolis from supercriminals. Superman hides his identity behind the glasses of Clark Kent; a mild-mannered reporter for the newspaper the Daily Planet. At the Daily Planet Superman works with fellow reporter Lois Lane and photographer Jimmy Olsen.

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Monkey Fun

#1 - Monkey Fun

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 27, 1997

A monkey returned to earth from space begins to grow incredibly large and threatens Metropolis.

star 6.71
163 votes
Directors: Curt Geda
Writers: Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer
Solar Power

#2 - Solar Power

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 26, 1997

Edward Lytener escapes from Stryker's Island and becomes Luminus. He hopes to render Superman powerless by hijacking a number of satellites so that they permit only red light to filter through from the sun.

star 6.84
171 votes
Writers: Robert Goodman
New Kids in Town

#3 - New Kids in Town

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 1998

Brainiac travels back in time from the year 2979 to destroy a young Clark Kent before he can become Superman. The Legion of Superheroes, however, send three of their own to stop him: Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and Chameleon Boy.

star 6.96
172 votes
Directors: Butch Lukic
Writers: Rich Fogel, Stan Berkowitz
Tools of the Trade

#4 - Tools of the Trade

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 1, 1997

Bruno Mannheim's Intergang terrorizes Metropolis with hi-tech weapons from Darkseid, while SCU Inspector Dan Turpin goes on a personal hunt for answers.

star 7.00
284 votes
Directors: Curt Geda
Writers: Mark Evanier
Prototype

#5 - Prototype

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 11, 1997

A suit of power armor is given to police officer who unfortunately is corrupted by the power it gives him.

star 7.01
168 votes
Directors: Curt Geda
Writers: Hilary J. Bader
The Demon Reborn

#6 - The Demon Reborn

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1999

Superman and Batman team up against an aging Ra's Al Ghul who sees Superman as the key to his continued immortality.

star 7.02
143 votes
Directors: Dan Riba
Writers: Rich Fogel
Fun and Games

#7 - Fun and Games

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 7, 1996

Superman rescues Metropolis thug Bruno Mannheim - and Lois - from the vengeful Toyman.

star 7.09
230 votes
Writers: Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir
Where There's Smoke

#8 - Where There's Smoke

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1998

Superman gets caught in the middle of a fight between Volcana, a woman with powerful paranormal skills, and the government agents that want to turn her into a weapon.

star 7.15
196 votes
Directors: Dan Riba
Writers: Hilary J. Bader
Bizarro's World

#9 - Bizarro's World

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Oct 10, 1997

Bizarro learns of the destruction of Krypton and attempts to recreate the destruction in Metropolis.

star 7.16
166 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Aoyama
Writers: Robert Goodman
Heavy Metal

#10 - Heavy Metal

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 8, 1997

Superman teams up with Steel to deal with Metallo.

star 7.20
136 votes
Directors: Curt Geda
Writers: Hilary J. Bader
Little Big Head Man

#11 - Little Big Head Man

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 21, 1998

Mr. Mxypzptlk magically transports Bizarro back to Metropolis in order to torment Superman.

star 7.22
168 votes
Writers: Paul Dini, Robert Goodman
A Little Piece of Home

#12 - A Little Piece of Home

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 14, 1996

Lex Luthor discovers Superman's vulnerability to Kryptonite, and attempts to exploit this weakness to rid himself once and for all of the Man of Steel.

star 7.22
198 votes
Writers: Hilary J. Bader
The Way of All Flesh

#13 - The Way of All Flesh

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 28, 1996

Thanks to the orchestrations of Lex Luthor, terrorist John Corben becomes Metallo, a skin-covered cyborg with a Kryptonite heart. Luthor then sets the supervillain on a quest to kill Superman.

star 7.27
248 votes
Directors: Kenji Hachizaki
Writers: Stan Berkowitz
The Last Son of Krypton (2)

#14 - The Last Son of Krypton (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 6, 1996

Young Clark Kent discovers his true identity; and as an adult presents himself to Metropolis as Superman.

star 7.32
301 votes
Writers: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
The Main Man (2)

#15 - The Main Man (2)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 16, 1996

Superman and Lobo team up to escape the Preserver and a vile band of competing bounty hunters with their own vendetta against the "Main Man".

star 7.33
153 votes
Directors: Dan Riba
Writers: Paul Dini
Absolute Power

#16 - Absolute Power

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 16, 1999

Superman stumbles across a world ruled by Phantom Zone criminals and tyrants Jax-Ur and Mala.

star 7.42
143 votes
Directors: Butch Lukic
Writers: Alan Burnett, Hilary J. Bader
Feeding Time

#17 - Feeding Time

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 21, 1996

After toxic chemicals transform janitor Rudy Jones into the energy-draining Parasite, he imprisons Superman, intent on keeping the Man of Steel as his own personal power source.

star 7.48
280 votes
Directors: Curt Geda
Writers: Robert Goodman
Warrior Queen

#18 - Warrior Queen

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Nov 22, 1997

Maxima, Queen of Almerac, kidnaps Superman with the intent of making him her husband.

star 7.49
165 votes
Directors: Curt Geda
Writers: Hilary J. Bader
Livewire

#19 - Livewire

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 13, 1997

Radio shock-jock Leslie Willis is turned into a being of pure electricity, and begins her media-crazed rampage to drain Metropolis' power and kill Superman in the bargain.

star 7.52
174 votes
Directors: Curt Geda
Writers: Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer
My Girl

#20 - My Girl

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 23, 1996

Clark's childhood sweetheart Lana Lang comes to Metropolis, and puts her own life in danger by trying to spy on Lex Luthor for Superman.

star 7.55
233 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Hilary J. Bader
Speed Demons

#21 - Speed Demons

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 13, 1997

Superman and the Flash stage a charity race to find out "Who is the Fastest Man Alive." But the villainous Weather Wizard plans to use the hero's power to his own advantage in order to become rich, even if it means the destruction of Metropolis

star 7.55
175 votes
Writers: Rich Fogel
The Main Man (1)

#22 - The Main Man (1)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 9, 1996

Intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo is employed to capture the Man of Steel, but thanks to a double-cross by the rare-species-collecting Preserver, both Superman and Lobo end up trapped in the Preserver's personal zoo.

star 7.57
182 votes
Directors: Dan Riba
Writers: Paul Dini
The Last Son of Krypton (3)

#23 - The Last Son of Krypton (3)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 6, 1996

Superman thwarts a plot by Lex Luthor to sell the LEXO-SKEL SUIT 5000 to Kaznian terrorists, via their agent John Corben.

star 7.58
260 votes
Writers: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Blasts from the Past (1)

#24 - Blasts from the Past (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 8, 1997

Superman decides to release Mala, a Kryptonian criminal, from the Phantom Zone, but when Mala proves too power-hungry for this world, Superman tries to send her back. Mala escapes with the Phantom Zone Projector and releases Krypton's most notorious traitor, Jax-Ur.

star 7.60
228 votes
Directors: Dan Riba
Writers: Robert Goodman
The Late Mr. Kent

#25 - The Late Mr. Kent

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 1, 1997

Clark Kent is thought to be dead after an automobile accident. Superman must nevertheless save an innocent man from execution and find the real culprit.

star 7.64
170 votes
Directors: Kenji Hachizaki
Writers: Stan Berkowitz