Why was Superman affected by kryptonite?

Krypton was his home planet, so why should a meteor containing kryptonite cause him harm? (Seems like that would be like an Earthling collapsing from coming into contact with salt water.)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It is becuase Kyrptonite is radiated stone that affect the blood of Kyrptonians. These became radiated from the rays of the sun, which of course also powers up superman. It's sort of a double-edgeed sword, the sun, It can give a supercharge to Kryptonians but it makes the fragments from the home planet radiated to the piont where they supercharge so much that it hurts.

  • 1 decade ago

    Superman came from the planet Krypton. Pieces of the planet that also made it to earth are kown as kryptonite. There are a number of types of kryptonite and each affects Superman in a different manner. The kryptonite becomes radioactive from the forces required to destroy Krypton.

    Kryptonite was introduced in 1943 because the radio actor playing Superman needed some time off. The most popularly used kryptonite is the green kryptonite, which drains all of Superman's powers. Red kryptonite causes random effects to Kryptonians. Gold kryptonite removes the Kryptonians powers permanently. White kryptonite only destroys Virus X. Blue kryptonite only effects Bizarros Superman. Jewel kryptonite amplifies psychic powers of Phantom Zone residents and Black kryptonite causes Kryptonians to have a split personality.

    Source(s): Wikipedia - Superman and Kryptonite threads.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Kryptonite is a radioactive element from the core of Krypton released in the planet's explosion. It is harmful only to Kryptonians. It is not like us collapsing from coming in contact with salt water. It is more like an earthling collapsing from coming into contact with plutonium.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    actually the countless shades of Kryptonite are particular aspects (the picture of we've the entire periodic table of one million-118) one assumes that they have got (understand of) a minimum of as many if no more desirable on Krypton pink, Blue, eco-friendly, Gold and Black ought to note any 5 of those 118+ and pondering the Radioactivity and rarity of maximum of those over 89 the particular aspects would have messed with them on Krypton this does no longer even remember they'd were threat free aspects on Krypton... no human beings there had superpowers like they do right here... so its feasable that a similar strategies that influence Superman giving him powers also influence the before threat free aspects making them poisonous the customary concern is that countless continuities would typically make Kryptonite so ample that in case you assume it became interested in scale and extra up each chuck it would combine to type an entire planet

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It was because of the radiation. When the meteors came to the Earth's atmosphere, it became irradiated. Same reason why humans and animals who are exposed over a long period of time get cancer, mutate or whatever.

    Source(s): Life long comic nerd.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Radiation

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ya Know It's Kinda Like A Peanut Allergy....

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think that it overcharged to the point of harming or killing him...maybe when it came to earth it combined with something that made it lethal to him.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    thats what the writers wanted

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