|First appearance||Adventures of Superman #480
|Created by||Jerry Ordway (writer)
Tom Grummett (artist)
|Alter ego||Ronald Troupe|
|Team affiliations||Daily Planet
|Supporting character of||Superman|
|Abilities||Trained journalist, above average powers of observation|
Fictional character biography
Along with Cat Grant, he is one of the most enduring characters of the Daily Planet bullpen created in DC's Post-Crisis Universe. He first appeared in Adventures of Superman #480 (July 1991) where he was turned down for a job at the Daily Planet by acting-editor Sam Foswell. In the following issue, he got a job at Colin Thornton's Newstime magazine when Jimmy Olsen was late for his interview. Shortly afterwards, he was fired from Newstime and hired by Perry White, who had returned to the Planet. During the Reign of the Supermen, White compared Troupe's piece on the Cyborg Superman to the first Superman stories by Lois Lane and Clark Kent.
Troupe was one of the Planet's more level-headed reporters, and not as likely as Lois or Jimmy to get into situations he cannot get out of, although he was still prepared to run risks in pursuit of a story. He twice took on the racist supervillain Bloodsport II. During events following the selling of Daily Planet to LexCorp, Ron Troupe and Lois Lane's sister Lucy Lane were romantically involved. In current Superman comics, he is married to Lucy, and they have a son, Samuel Troupe, named for her father Sam Lane. Since the events of Infinite Crisis, Ron and Lucy's relationship has not been explored. Lucy now works in Washington D.C. for the military and Ron is still in Metropolis; the canonical status of their relationship appears to remain untouched following the events of the Infinite Crisis as Ron appeared in a flashback to Sam Lane's funeral, but the events that drove Ron and Lucy apart are unrevealed. According to Action Comics Annual #11 (May 2008), Ron Troupe is the most highly educated reporter on staff at the Daily Planet, and has more awards than anyone else at the paper. It is also stated that he is known for his political editorials, he is an avid activist in too many groups to list, and he often butts heads with Daily Planet Sports Editor Steve Lombard on nearly everything.
This relationship is highlighted in the 'Brainiac' storyline, where the two come into verbal conflict over the manner each chooses to cover sports related topics. However, both work together when alien robots invade the Daily Planet, even saving Cat Grant's life in the process.
The 2009-2010 miniseries Superman: Secret Origin established that Troupe, in post-Infinite Crisis continuity, was already on the staff of the Daily Planet when Clark Kent began working at the newspaper.
In other media
- Ron Troupe made several brief appearances in Superman: The Animated Series episodes "Last Son of Krypton" and "Hand of Fate" voiced by Dorian Harewood. Troupe also made regular background cameos in the Daily Planet throughout the series.
- Ron Troupe made non-speaking cameos in various episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He was usually seen in scenes set in Metropolis. Notably, Troupe appeared alongside Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White in the series finale "Destroyer".
- In Smallville, Ron's byline appears on a Daily Planet article in Season 8 about a mysterious Red-Blue Blur (Clark Kent) that has appeared all over Metropolis, saving people. Ron himself does not appear on the series until the Season 10 episode "Booster". The character is portrayed by P.J. Prinsloo.
- Ron Troupe appears as a background character in All-Star Superman. The character does not have any lines in the film, but appears in the Daily Planet scenes alongside Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant, and Steve Lombard.
- Though not appearing on The Batman, Ron Troupe has a cameo appearance in the spin-off comic book The Batman Strikes! in issue #44. He appears in the Daily Planet when Bruce Wayne pays a visit.