The Discovery

By Paul-Gabriel Wiener (

Summary: A short scenario in which a mysterious villain deduces the secret identity of Superman.

I cooked this up one night, and haven't been able to do anything with it. Between my school schedule and my sleep schedule, I just haven't had the time or the creativity to come up with a whole new villain complete with motive. So, if there's anyone out there with a villain and motive who just can't figure out how this guy (or girl, or misc. other) could discover Superman's identity, feel free to use this. It would be a shame to let this go to waste just because I'm too lazy to do anything with it.


As the passengers got off the burning remains of their plane, the ground crew got busy helping them out. Superman had just left the scene of the near-tragedy, and any people who might otherwise have been paying attention were looking up into the sky after him. No one noticed the shadowy figure walk up to the belly of the downed aircraft. It (for the figure was too indistinct to tell gender) proceeded to a spot just under the wing- precisely where Superman had been holding the craft. After just a short time, the figure melded into the shadows, still unseen.

<Some time later>

The shadowy figure was now sitting in a dark room. In front of it was a computer terminal. The screen showed the access to the interstate police computer database. It was searching for a match to the fingerprints meticulously taken off the plane. At the user's request, it had skipped the criminal files. Instead, it was searching through the files of those children who had been registered with the police in case they got lost or were kidnapped. These files had been very useful in identifying children too confused to tell the police where they had come from. After a few agonizingly long minutes, the computer found its match. Soon, the Kents would regret registering their newfound son. A quick flash of light (perhaps lightning, perhaps not) showed that the shadowy figure was smiling.