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When he is in America, Superman fights for Truth, Justice, and The American Way. But he doesn't stop battling crime at the U.S. border. He's busy righting wrongs all over the Earth and around the Universe. Different jurisdictions have different laws. Does Superman have to abide by those laws or does he feel free to use his own set of rules?

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    Maybe Superman feels that "The American Way" involves imposing American rules on other people. Not sure where he might have got that idea from. – DJClayworth Jul 20 '12 at 12:52
  • do they still use "The American Way" in modern canon? I know a certain non-canon television show went well out of its way never to use that part of the phrase... – KutuluMike Jul 20 '12 at 15:00
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    Interesting to note that in Superman Returns, the reporters are asked to find out if he still stands for "Truth, Justice, and all that stuff" (or something similar) - leaving out the 'American Way' bit. – Clockwork-Muse Jul 20 '12 at 17:38
  • @MichaelEdenield: No. He renounced his "American citizenship" in Action Comics #900. – Reinstate Monica - M. Schröder Jul 20 '12 at 22:21
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From my understanding, Superman isn't the judge jury and executioner. He's just the guy who stands up for things he thinks are obviously right.

I've seen a few times when Superman will stop a person he thinks has committed a crime, but then, the person doesn't get convicted of anything, so Superman doesn't press the issue and lets whatever government make their own rules.

I also think that Superman is versed in American laws enough that he has the ability to fight obvious crimes (bank robberies, heists, etc) and knowledgable enough to know when his services aren't needed (corporate espionage, insider trading, etc.).

  • You seem to be saying that "The American Way" includes fighting blue-collar crime like bank robberies but not white-collar crime like corporate fraud. – DJClayworth Jul 20 '12 at 12:51
  • @DJClayworth The modern Lex Luther is essentially an embodiment of white collar crime, so yes, Superman fights that too. Although he usually uses his alter ego for that. – user1027 Jul 20 '12 at 14:13
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    @DJClayworth I think he's saying that Superman knows when his particular skills will make him "more useful" in solving a crime -- physical "blue-collar" crimes where his strength, speed, etc. will help, and when he would just be in the way -- white-collar crime where he would likely fare no better than a team of trained investigators (or Batman) – KutuluMike Jul 20 '12 at 15:01
  • What if a country declare bank robbery legal? – Baby Yoda Aug 6 '12 at 12:43
  • @SachinShekhar Then obviously Superman wouldn't stop it... – OghmaOsiris Aug 6 '12 at 16:49

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