I watched the first episode of Supergirl last night, and one thing leapt out at me during the final battle: Supergirl has her ears pierced, and I can't figure out how this could have happened on Earth. She does not appear to be wearing earrings when she leaves Krypton (that doesn't mean her ears are not pierced, but typically with pierced ears you don't leave them empty or the hole will re-close).

Kara Zor-El without pierced ears

Kara Danvers with pierced ears

Is there an explanation/example (from any canon) of Supergirl getting her ears pierced on Earth?

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    the show hasn't explained it, so just a guess, but: her adopted parents know all about Superman, and may well have known how to use kryptonite needles to pierce her skin.
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 9:56
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    Maybe she got Superman to bite holes in them.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 12:36
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    do we know if they're actually pierced, and not just magnetic/clip-on?
    – phantom42
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 13:22
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    Actually once you've worn earrings for a few years, the holes don't close anymore. It simply requires the holes have healed completely. I have two holes in one ear that I can still out earnings in despite not having worn earnings for nearly 30 years now.
    – Escoce
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 16:26
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    As an aside, the producer has answered this definitively. That said, it would have been entirely possible for Kara to have her ears pierced on Earth as long as she got it done quickly - Kryptonian powers take time to come to their fruition even under a yellow sun.
    – Jeff
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 17:11

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Update: According to the show's producer Ali Adler (via twitter), Kara got her ears pierced on Krypton. This clearly fails to explain why she doesn't appear to have pierced ears in the escape pod (!!!) but I guess that's as good an explanation as any.

#supergirl #eastcoastfeed @supergirlcbs for all of you wondering, Kara got her ears pierced on Krypton

— Ali Adler (@AliAdler) November 10, 2015

According to the original source comics, whilst Kryptonians are generally unable to be pierced by normal means, they can pierce themselves.

Using Super-Heat-Vision
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By simply tearing their own skin.
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It follows that assuming Kara isn't wearing clip-ons(!), she could have pierced her own ears (perhaps with a fingernail) or simply by using a directed beam of her heat-vision.

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    Sigh. Frankly I liked my answer better than the one given by the producer.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 16:48
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    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 16:49
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    @Richard I like yours better too, the 'official' answer smells like a cop-out to me... Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 17:54
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    @Richard Congrats, you made it! :-D
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 22:01
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    @Richard "no-one is uncatchable" ... except maybe you.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 22:11

I spent quite a while looking through all of the Supergirl-based comics I could find, and I don't see any evidence that she ever wore earrings. (Full disclosure: in most panels, her hair is covering her ears, making it a bit hard to tell.) But I'm pretty sure that her earrings are something unique to the television shows.

Note that Supergirl isn't the first show to include this. In her undercover guise on Smallville, Kara Kent also wears earrings. In Supergirl, there is a chance that her earrings are not posts, but in Smallville you can clearly see the hoop rings piercing her earlobes.

Kara Kent with pierced ears

As far as I know, this jewelry just shows up with no comment from anyone, so there's no explanation how it happened. However, we can speculate a bit:

In Smallville, by the time Kara Zor-El is shown wearing earrings, Clark is well aware of the fact that Kryptonite can make his skin vulnerable; they have used kryptonite to draw blood from him, for example. While putting herself near kryptonite on purpose seems a bit dramatic, Kara may have been willing to do it for the sake of her disguise.

It's less clear why Kara Danvers would be willing to do that just for vanity, but again, she lives with a pair of scientists who are the resident experts on Superman. If anyone would know how to pierce Kara's skin, it would be them.


Not exactly an answer but...

Through multiple retcons, one constant with superman's origin is that his powers manifested as he grew under our yellow sun.

In the current 'New 52' continuity, his powers are said to have started manifesting during his 'childhood'. There's no specific age, but we can assume from the term 'child' that he was beyond 'infant' and 'toddler', meaning it would have taken at least 3 years before he absorbed enough yellow energy to start manifesting his powers.

If we apply the same to Supergirl, it's very possible she just simply got her ears pierced before she became invulnerable.

TL;DR: It took a few years for superman to start getting powers, same probably happened to supergirl. Ears pierced before she was invulnerable

(I know the show tweeted that they were pierced on Krypton, but that felt kind of loose for me, so I wanted an answer supported by DC continuity)

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    Intriguing possibility, but the TV show seems to imply that Kara had "powers" right from the get-go, i.e. her first day of school she was already having trouble because of her super-hearing.
    – Martha
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 23:06
  • Well then... done on Krypton or her powers weren't FULLY formed, allowing the piercing gun to penetrate ear Commented May 16, 2016 at 23:13

She pierced them with her heat vision and inserted a titanium Helio coil then uses normal piercings you buy at the store.

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    Welcome to SFFSE! Do you have any substantive sources to support this theory? If so, it would greatly improve your answer's quality if you included them! Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 2:17

If a fictional character in a movie or TV show has pierced ears, is it really both the character and the actor who have pierced ears, or merely the actor?

If, for example, a character does not wear earrings but a close up of her ear when she uses her super hearing shows pierced ears, the character may be someone with pierced ears who is not wearing earrings at the moment, or the character might not have pierced ears but happens to be portrayed by an actor who does have pierced ears.

In the latter case the pierced ears of the actor would not be any more important than a butterfly which fluttered by during an outdoors scene, and would simply be a minor unintended aspect of filming the show or movie.

Since the earrings were actually shown in the scene, there are several possibilities.

1) The character and the actor are both wearing clip on earrings in the scene and don't have pierced ears.

2) The actor wore clip on earrings to portray a character with earrings in her pierced ears.

3) The actor wore earrings in her pierced ears to portray a character with clip on earrings in her non pierced ears.

4) The character and the actor are both wearing earrings in the scene and have pierced ears.

5) The character has non pierced ears and was not supposed to be wearing earrings in the scene but nobody noticed that the actor was wearing earrings.

6) Nobody in the production thought about whether the character has pierced ears or not.

Thus it is uncertain whether Supergirl is supposed to have pierced ears.

If it is determined that Supergirl is supposed to have pierced ears, fans may select the e theory which seems best to them to explain how they were pierced, until a canonical explanation is given.

For example, if Supergirl met Superman in the first episode and spent some time with him off screen, she might have asked him to use his heat vision to vaporize small holes in her ears, in addition to other suggested methods.

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    we all get the distinction between the actor and the character. However, there are people on these shows who's only job is to do costumes, and they don't do anything by accident, so someone put earrings in Melissa Benoit's ears for those shots.
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Nov 1, 2015 at 12:12
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    Mike Edenfield - Go to Internet Movie Database and look in the goofs section for movies and TV series. You will quickly see that sometimes things get in completed movies and TV shows by accident. Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 19:19

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