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Superatom is the het ship between Kara Zor-El and Ray Palmer from the Arrowverse fandom.


Kara and Ray first meet when the Dominators attack earth and they are both summoned by Barry to help defend it. Everyone is awed by meeting Kara and as a practice run, Oliver suggests they all fight against Kara as she is the strongest. Ray faces off against Kara in his atom suit, both minimizing and enlarging to surprise attack, but Kara easily grabs him and tosses him aside like he weighs nothing.[1] They all fight together against the Dominators and win. As a thank you, they are rewarded by the President of the United States in a ceremony and afterward celebrate with champagne in the S.T.A.R. Labs hangar. After toasting with Kara, Ray remarks to Felicity that Kara looks a lot like his cousin.[2]

Ray supports a weakened Kara

In November 2017, when the Earth-X Nazis attack, Ray shows up in the nick of time to save a sedated Kara before Eobard Thawne cuts out her heart. Awkwardly, Kara innocently asks Ray and Felicity, who support her as they escape, how they know each other and they tell her that they used to date. They're ambushed by the Dark Arrow and Ray defends Kara. Later, when Kara has recovered, they assemble on the Waverider and fight as a united front against the invasion, successfully. The Legends leave for the temporal zone as Kara and Alex breach home to Earth-38.[3]


Crisis on Inifinite Earths

  • Kara calls Earth-96 Clark, "jacked" believing he's Ray.


Superatom is a rare pair, mostly started because of the reference to Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer) portraying Superman in the 2006 film. However, they're both sunshine puppies of the highest order and shippers like the idea of their similarities in a relationship.


“You know what’s funny? She really kind of looks like my cousin”
— Ray, to Felicity[2]



Kara/Ray on FanFiction.Net
Ray/Kara on FanFiction.Net


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  • Brandon Routh played Kara's cousin, Clark, in the 2006 film Superman Returns. The crossovers reference this twice:
    • During Invasion, Ray makes comments on how Kara looks like his cousin.
    • When Kara is about to have her heart cut out by Eobard Thawne, she says "My cousin, he'll find you" upon which Ray materializes and saves her.
    • Brandon plays the Earth-96 version of Clark Kent/Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths.


Notes and references

  1. Invasion! (F308)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Invasion! (L207)
  3. Crisis On Earth-X — Part 4 (L308)


SHIPS slash AtomwaveColdAtomColdRayColdwaveConstandes
ConstangreenHellwaveNateradNate x DionStarblazer
het Atomic HawkCanarrowCaptain CanaryDarhkblazerHawkmates
SteelHackerSuperatomTime CanaryTimehawkTimeship
poly DarhkSteelAtomDarhkWuSharpe
femslash Agent CanaryAvalanceNyssaraZamayaZavaZelen
non-binary MarlieZarlie
CHARACTERS female Sara LanceZari Tomaz
male Ray PalmerMick RoryJohn ConstantineNate Heywood
SHIPS family Danvers SistersSupercousins
femslash Agent CanaryAgent FrostAgent ReignAgentCorpDansen
het BrainiaGuardiancorpKaradoxKaramelKarolsen
slash ScholsenSuperolsenWinniac 5
CHARACTERS m/f Alex DanversClark KentLena LuthorKara Zor-El
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