ByMatthew Chapman, writer at Creators.co
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Matthew Chapman

This year has been a big one for the Man of Steel!

Batman v Superman was released earlier this year, a new Justice League animated series was announced and Superman will be making his first appearance on Season Two of Supergirl in October.

Images: The CW/WB/Cartoon Network.
Images: The CW/WB/Cartoon Network.

If you are familiar with Superman, and even Supergirl, then you will more than likely know about Kryptonite.

WHAT IS KRYPTONITE?

Kryptonite is a material from Superman's home planet of Krypton; when the planet was destroyed, some of it made its way to Earth.

It was first mentioned in the 1943 radio show, The Adventures of Superman, but it wasn't until 1949 that Kryptonite was introduced into the comic book world in Superman #61.

It was on the Adventures of Superman in 1952 that Kryptonite made its small screen debut. It would be over twenty years later before its first big screen appearance in Superman: The Movie in 1978.

While most people automatically think of the standard green kryptonite - which weakens Superman and other Kryptonians - there are actually over 20 different variations of Kryptonite, all of which have different affects!

1. GREEN KRYPTONITE

When Kryptonite debuted in 1947, it was originally red. It wasn't until Action Comics #161 in 1951 that it turned green!

The classic and most well-known form of Kryptonite weakens Superman and his fellow Kryptonians. In some cases has even proven harmful to humans after Lex Luthor got cancer as a result of long-term exposure to the mineral.

2. RED KRYPTONITE

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Image: The WB

When it debuted in Adventure Comics #252 back in 1952, Red Kryptonite originally weakened Superman, moreso than Green. Nowadays it's known to cause out-of-character behavior and transformations.

3. BLUE KRYPTONITE

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Image: The CW

First appearing in Superman #140 and described as an "imperfect" form of kryptonite, this blue version is used to stop Bizarro, much in the same ways green stops Superman.

4. WHITE KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

Making its first appearance in 1960s Adventure Comics #279, White Kryptonite doesn't hurt Kryptonians or even humans ... it kills all plant life! Somehow I don't think Poison Ivy would be a fan of this one.

5. ANTI-KRYPTONITE

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Image: The WB

Action Comics #252 saw the introduction of Anti-Kryptonite, which is harmless to Kryptonians but not to humans; it acts like the green counterpart for us mortals.

6. X-KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

While trying to find an antidote to green kryptonite, Supergirl accidentally created X-Kryptonite. This version is again harmless to Kryptonians, but happens to give normal life-forms - humans and animals - superhuman abilities. Action Comics #261 saw Supergirl's pet cat, Streaky, become the first life-form affected by X-Kryptonite.

7. RED/GREEN KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

First appearing in Action Comics #275, Red/Green Kryptonite was an alloy created by Brainiac that cause Superman to mutate ... and temporarily grow a third eye in the back of his head!

Its second appearance is more tame! Superboy Comics #121 saw the Red/Green Kryptonite permanently take Superboy's power; they were later restored with the help of Phantom Zone criminal Vakox.

8. SILVER KRYPTONITE

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Image: The WB

In 2008's Superman/Batman #46, it was reestablished in the Superman mythos and causes Kryptonians to suffer intense hallucinations, loss of inhibition, extreme hunger cravings and paranoia.

It originally introduced back in 1963's Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #70, but Jimmy himself exposed this to be a hoax.

9. RED/GOLD KRYPTONITE

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Image: The WB

Superman #178 saw Red/Gold Kryptonite make its debut in the comic book world; Red/Gold Kryptonite temporarily robs Kryptonians of their memories. Imagine Superman forgetting about his powers and doing something as simple as sneezing!

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10. BIZARRO RED KRYPTONITE

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Image: Cartoon Network

Bizarro Red affects us humans much like Red K affects Kryptonians, where we start to behave bizarrely, as was first seen in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #80.

11. ORANGE KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

Introduced in Krypto the Superdog #4, Orange K is one of the more recent Kryptonite discoveries, and gives animals super powers for 24 hours when they come into contact with the mineral.

Hmmm I do have a dog and a cat - that could be interesting!

12. GOLD KRYPTONITE

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Image: The CW

From Adventure Comics #299, Gold Kryptonite is made when standard Kryptonite gets affected by atomic radiation. It can permanently remove a Kryptonian's powers by removing their ability to process our yellow sunlight.

13. RED/GREEN/BLUE/GOLD KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

Superman #162 told an imaginary tale where Superman combined Red, Green, Blue and Gold Kryptonite to power a machine to boost his intelligence. An accident cause him to be split into two separate beings - Superman-Blue and Superman-Red, both with enhanced intelligence.

14. JEWEL KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

In Action Comics #310, pieces of the Jewel Mountains from Krypton amplified the psychic powers of some of Krypton's worst criminals in the Phantom Zone and allowed them to project illusions and/or control minds.

15. MAGNO-KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

Created by Mr. Nero, this mineral magnetically seeks out all materials from Krypton in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #92.

16. RED/GREEN/GOLD KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

Superman #192 saw another imaginary tale where a combination of Red, Green and Gold Kryptonite removed Superman's abilities as well as all memories of ever being a superhero.

17. SLOW KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

In The Brave and the Bold #175, Metallo modified the green kryptonite to affect humans like the normal version would Kryptonians.

18. BLACK KRYPTONITE

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Image: The CW

In 2005, Black Kryptonite debuted in Supergirl #2, which came about from Green Kryptonite being heated at extremely high temperatures. It can split a Kryptonian in two entities: a good and an evil.

And now for the last and perhaps the most bizarre form of Kryptonite, one I don't see being brought back into any of the modern forms of media. Say hello to ...

19. PINK KRYPTONITE

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Image: DC Comics

This new form of kryptonite appeared in Supergirl Vol. 4 #79; Pink Kryptonite turns Kryptonians ... gay! Pink K was featured in a single panel from a story that was a satire of some of the Silver Age comic stories.

So there you have it, a comprehensive list of the different kinds of Kryptonite! We mostly to stick to the same two - Green and Red - but shows like Smallville exposed us to a few more. Hopefully Supergirl explores some more in the upcoming seasons.

What do you think? Will we be seeing any of these in the comics or other media? Comment below!

(Source: Wikipedia | Geek & Sundry)