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Kryptonite - The only element that could defeat Superman featured on ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN/SYN/1953-57; THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY/SYN/1988-91; LOIS & CLARK: THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN/ABC/1993-97 and SMALLVILLE/WB/2001+.

Kryptonite Handbook

Pieces of Kryptonite come from the exploded planet Krypton, the birth planet of Kal-el (a.k.a. "Superman"), an alien now living under the guise of newspaper reporter Clark Kent on the planet Earth.

Over the years many kinds of Kryptonite have surfaced (green, blue, red, white and gold) but only the green version of Kryptonite would weaken or kill Superman upon prolonged exposure.

Superman, for example, has been shot with bullets made from Kryptonite, effected by jewelry (rings, necklaces) made from the substance, and been nearly defeated by ray guns emitting a deadly Kryptonite beam.

Superman Comic & Krypton

The various types of Kryptonite (appearing in comics, TV, Movies) and their effects on Superman and others are listed below:

Blue Kryptonite is fatal to Bizarro creatures like Bizarro Superman, the same way Green Kryptonite effects Superman. Blue Kryptonite was created when a duplicator ray of Professor Potter fired on some green kryptonite. 
Gold Gold Kryptonite exposure permanently removes superpowers from Kryptonians like Superman.
Green Green Kryptonite causes a quick loss of strength and eventual death for any Kryptonian. Green Kryptonite is the most common form of the substance.  Green Kryptonite was thought to have no short-term effects on humans or non-super-powered Kryptonians, but was later found to cause cancer in long term exposure cases (Lex Luthor wore a ring containing a piece of Kryptonite to keep Superman at bay, but soon discovered the consequences). 
Red Red Kryptonite was created from Green Kryptonite that passed through a mysterious red-colored cloud while on its way to Earth. Exposure to Red Kryptonite causes strange side effect and mutations in Kryptonians (growing wings, for instance). The effects from each specific piece of the Red form lasts about 1-2 days. Good News: Once exposed to a "specific" piece of Red Kryptonite, a person is permanently immune to that piece. Bad News: Each piece of Red Kryptonite is different and will effect potential host with its own unique mutative side effects. NOTE: On the WB's  SMALLVILLE series, Red Kryptonite causes Clark to become the opposite of his true personality.
Silver Silver Kryptonite is fictional.  Appeared in hoax when Superman's friends honored his 25th anniversary since his arrival on Earth.
Yellow Yellow Kryptonite is fictional. It was concocted by Lex Luthor as a hoax. 
Krimson Krimson Kryptonite was created by the impish Mr. MXYZPTLK. This form of Kryptonite robs Superman of his super strength. It was not deadly like Green Kryptonite.
White Kills any type of plant life on Earth or elsewhere 
Slow Slow Kryptonite is a modified form of Green Kryptonite. Produced by a scientist, it slows the speed of nerve impulses, and movements of both Kryptonians and Terrans.
X Kryptonite-X bestows temporary superpowers to Terran lifeforms.  Kryptonite-X, a synthetic variation,  was created by Supergirl as a potential cure for exposure to Green Kryptonite. Kryptonite-X accidentally imbued Linda Lee Danver's pet cat, Streaky with super-powers. 
Anti  Anti-Kryptonite effects non-super-powered Kryptonians the same way Green Kryptonite effects the super-powered Superman.
Jewel Jewel Kryptonite gives those in the Phantom Zone mind-control abilities and the power to project illusions in the the "Real World."

On the TV series THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY, the only known supply of Kryptonite was located in the Shift Military Institute. The deadly rays of green Kryptonite can be blocked by sheets of lead.

On LOIS & CLARK "red" Kryptonite made Superman apathetic to the point he let bank robbers get away on the pretext that it was the job of the police to catch criminals, not his (Superman).

On the latest Superman franchise SMALLVILLE teenager Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) wore necklace made from a green a stone that turned out to be Kryptonite. Whenever teenager Clark Kent (Tom Welling) got near Lana he became weak and disoriented. This was a bummer because Clark really liked Lana. Oh well, so much for budding romances.

TRIVIA NOTE: The creation of the element Kryptonite came about in the early days of radio. Once, when Bud Collyer, the radio voice of Superman ("This is a job for Superman!") needed to leave the program for a vacation, the scriptwriters invented Kryptonite.

The strange and deadly powers of the green substance then forced Superman into a closet and for next two weeks, another actor mouthed the indecipherable moans and groans of an ailing Superman until the vacationing Bud Collyer returned to his role.

In the year 2000, a popular song entitled "Kryptonite" emerged on the 3 Doors Down album "The Better Life." Its chorus lyrics read below:

"If I go crazy then will you still
 Call me Superman
 If I'm alive and well, will you be
 There holding my hand.
 I'll keep you by my side with
 My superhuman might

Lyrics by Arnold
Music by Roberts, Arnold & Harrell
Universal Records Release (2/18/2000)

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