History Series / Smallville

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** Annette O'Toole cast as Martha Kent after playing Lana Lang in [[Film/{{Superman}} the movie series]]; Christopher Reeve, Helen Slater, and Margot Kidder guest spots. Terence Stamp voicing Jor-El.

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** Annette O'Toole cast as Martha Kent after playing Lana Lang in [[Film/{{Superman}} the movie series]]; Christopher Reeve, Helen Slater, and Margot Kidder guest spots. Terence Stamp Creator/TerenceStamp voicing Jor-El.
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** 1: Kyla Willowbrook, a Native American who can shapeshift. When she found out the truth of his nature, her attraction to him peaked and they began an instant romantic relationship with their first kiss; died in one episode

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** 1: Kyla Willowbrook, a Native American who can could shapeshift. When she found out the truth of his nature, her attraction to him peaked and they began an instant romantic relationship with their first kiss; died in one episodeepisode.



** 3: Jessica "Jessie" Brooks, a new student at Smallville High School who dressed provocatively and liked to party, so consequently, she got along well with Clark Kent when he was affected by Red kryptonite. Jessie and Clark dated briefly. Clark told Lex that Jessie was his new girl. By the end of the episode, she and her father were on the run.

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** 3: Jessica "Jessie" Brooks, a new student at Smallville High School who dressed provocatively and liked to party, so consequently, she got along well with Clark Kent when he was affected by Red red kryptonite. Jessie and Clark dated briefly. Clark told Lex that Jessie was his new girl. By the end of the episode, she and her father were on the run.



%%* TimeTravel: "Reckoning," "Apocalypse," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS08E11Legion Legion]]," "Infamous," "Pandora."

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%%* TimeTravel: "Reckoning," "Apocalypse," "Reckoning", "Apocalypse", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS08E11Legion Legion]]," "Infamous," "Pandora."Legion]]", "Infamous", "Pandora".



** In "Onyx" Clark fully aware of exactly what Lex regularly experiments on decides to follow Lex to his latest experiment.
* TookALevelInBadass: The premise of the whole series is Clark going from mild-mannered farmboy to the world's greatest hero. Arguably Clark's greatest leveling took place between Seasons Eight and Nine, as evidenced by his ability to take on trained [[spoiler: Kryptonian]] soldiers without his powers during Season Nine. He fares better in his first fight than his last, but he "won" both of them.

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** In "Onyx" Clark Clark, fully aware of exactly what Lex regularly experiments on on, decides to follow Lex to his latest experiment.
* TookALevelInBadass: The premise of the whole series is Clark going from mild-mannered farmboy to the world's greatest hero. Arguably Clark's greatest leveling took place between Seasons Eight 8 and Nine, 9, as evidenced by his ability to take on trained [[spoiler: Kryptonian]] soldiers without his powers during Season Nine.9. He fares better in his first fight than his last, but he "won" both of them.



* TrashTheSet: Halfway through the final season, Luthor mansion (which had been a feature of the show since episode 1) is burned to the ground by [[CloningBlues Alexander Luthor]]. And earlier in the season, the Talon coffee shop/upstairs apartment is blown up by a missile launched by the Comicbook/SuicideSquad.

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* TrashTheSet: Halfway through the final season, Luthor mansion Manor (which had been a feature of the show since episode 1) the "Pilot") is burned to the ground by [[CloningBlues Alexander Luthor]]. And earlier in the season, the Talon coffee shop/upstairs apartment is blown up by a missile launched by the Comicbook/SuicideSquad.



* TropeTrigger: Several episodes required Clark Kent to become BrainwashedAndCrazy. The writers handled this by retooling red kryptonite from the Superman canon, so that instead of having some bizarre random effect on Clark it always turned him into a sociopath. It got so whenever fans saw a red [[GreenRocks glowing rock]] they knew what trope would be in force for the episode.

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* TropeTrigger: Several episodes required Clark Kent to become BrainwashedAndCrazy. The writers handled this by retooling red kryptonite from the Superman canon, so that instead of having some bizarre random effect on Clark it always turned him into a sociopath. It got so whenever fans saw a red [[GreenRocks glowing rock]] rock]], they knew what trope would be in force for the episode.



* UnConfession: Used several times throughout the series. The eighth season alone features Lois 'admitting' to [[spoiler:being in love with Clark]] under lie detector and then claiming to have fooled the machine, and (in a separate episode) Clark [[spoiler:revealing his identity to the world]]. In a past episode, Clark also told Lana the truth about him before resetting time after she died, and, in a strange inversion, he once [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erased the knowledge of his alien heritage from Chloe's mind]] -- which ''also'' didn't stick (i.e. she remembered).

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* UnConfession: Used several times throughout the series. The eighth 8th season alone features Lois 'admitting' to [[spoiler:being in love with Clark]] under lie detector and then claiming to have fooled the machine, and (in a separate episode) Clark [[spoiler:revealing his identity to the world]]. In a past episode, Clark also told Lana the truth about him before resetting time after she died, and, in a strange inversion, he once [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erased the knowledge of his alien heritage from Chloe's mind]] -- which ''also'' didn't stick (i.e. she remembered).



* TheUnfairSex: Lana’s great aunt is portrayed very sympathetically even though she cheated on her husband with a man she just met and admitted she never loved him. To make matters worse Dexter blamed himself for not letting her go and him spending the rest of his life in jail after being framed for her murder was just punishment. It runs in the family Lana repeatedly falls in love while she’s dating someone else. Yet the fact that Lex likes to sleep around makes him a horrible person who treats woman like crap. This is especially jarring when you remember that in every committed relationship Lex has had before that episode the woman betrayed him. So it is very understandable why he would prefer meaningless flings. The woman who tried to kill him cheated on her fiancée. The only one to blame for her ruined relationship was her.

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* TheUnfairSex: Lana’s great aunt is portrayed very sympathetically even though she cheated on her husband with a man she just met and admitted she never loved him. To make matters worse worse, Dexter blamed himself for not letting her go and him spending the rest of his life in jail after being framed for her murder was just punishment. It runs in the family family: Lana repeatedly falls in love while she’s dating someone else. Yet the fact that Lex likes to sleep around makes him a horrible person who treats woman like crap. This is especially jarring when you remember that in every committed relationship Lex has had before that episode the woman betrayed him. So it is very understandable why he would prefer meaningless flings. The woman who tried to kill him cheated on her fiancée. The only one to blame for her ruined relationship was her.



** The Kandorians perform this on ''Humans'' in Season 9. With the added hypocrisy to then beg for ''mercy'' from a former test subject who decided to return the favour in kind.

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** The Kandorians perform this on ''Humans'' ''humans'' in Season 9. With the added hypocrisy to then beg for ''mercy'' from a former test subject who decided to return the favour favor in kind.



** In "Descent" Lex blames Clark for stressing Jonathan into death after the later says that Lex could have had his father's approval if he'd only tried. However Clark was warned that saving Lana would have consequences, and he chose to, leading to the death of his own father. Meaning that Lex was absolutely right.

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** In "Descent" "Descent", Lex blames Clark for stressing Jonathan into death after the later says that Lex could have had his father's approval if he'd only tried. However Clark was warned that saving Lana would have consequences, and he chose to, leading to the death of his own father. Meaning that Lex was absolutely right.



* WeirdnessCensor: The people of Smallville seem to have a pretty strong one. In one episode, Chloe is suspended from the school paper for writing about meteor freaks...by the same principal who, a few episodes before, was set on fire by a pyrokinetic (who later immolated himself in the football team's locker room without anyone finding anything amiss about the circumstances).

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* WeirdnessCensor: The people of Smallville seem to have a pretty strong one. In one episode, Chloe is suspended from the school paper for writing about meteor freaks... by the same principal who, a few episodes before, was set on fire by a pyrokinetic (who later immolated himself in the football team's locker room without anyone finding anything amiss about the circumstances).



* WellDoneSonGuy: Lex Luthor. ''Dear God'' Lex Luthor. Results in a TearJerker when Chloe--who received TemporaryPowers to compel everyone around her to tell the unfiltered truth--questions Lex about why he can't just walk away from Lionel after all he's done to him, and Lex replies "Because he has the one thing that I want...I want him to love me." As if that wasn't enough, it results in an even ''bigger'' TearJerker at the end of the episode when an annoyed Lionel hatefully sneers that Lex is really starting to annoy him and demands to know "What do you want from me?!" and a dejected Lex quietly replies "It doesn't matter, Dad. Because [[TheWoobie I'm never going to get it]]." It gets to the point that, for the first couple of seasons, he was even trying to get a "Well done, son" from Clark's father. He ain't picky.

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* WellDoneSonGuy: Lex Luthor. ''Dear God'' Lex Luthor. Results in a TearJerker when Chloe--who received TemporaryPowers to compel everyone around her to tell the unfiltered truth--questions Lex about why he can't just walk away from Lionel after all he's done to him, and Lex replies "Because he has the one thing that I want... I want him to love me." As if that wasn't enough, it results in an even ''bigger'' TearJerker at the end of the episode when an annoyed Lionel hatefully sneers that Lex is really starting to annoy him and demands to know "What do you want from me?!" and a dejected Lex quietly replies "It doesn't matter, Dad. Because [[TheWoobie I'm never going to get it]]." It gets to the point that, for the first couple of seasons, he was even trying to get a "Well done, son" from Clark's father. He ain't picky.



* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Spoken verbatim by Chloe in "Masquerade." Naturally, [[TemptingFate quite a bit does.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:

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* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Spoken verbatim by Chloe in "Masquerade." "Masquerade". Naturally, [[TemptingFate quite a bit does.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:



** Conner Kent shows up partway through Season Ten. Clark invites him to live on the farm and he enrolls in Smallville High. A couple of episodes later he's 'visiting Martha in Washington' and he never shows up or is mentioned again. Not even, y'know, when the world is ending and having another person around with Clark's powers could be useful.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever:

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** Conner Kent shows up partway through Season Ten.10. Clark invites him to live on the farm and he enrolls in Smallville High. A couple of episodes later he's 'visiting Martha in Washington' and he never shows up or is mentioned again. Not even, y'know, when the world is ending and having another person around with Clark's powers could be useful.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: WhoWantsToLiveForever:



* WritersCannotDoMath: The recon done in "Power" where instead of Lana leaving Clark of her own free will she was kidnapped by Lex. This means that Lex was building the Prometheus suit to fight Clark and save his battered body long before he was even aware of Clark's secret and was wounded in the Fortress. Sure he had deals going on like Aries that led to it but Lana seemed to be on to it way sooner than she should have. That was cool but everything about it here just fell totally flat. There is no way Lex would have let it get out to Lana like that, especially after the Fortress when he needed it the most.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: The recon retcon done in "Power" where instead of Lana leaving Clark of her own free will will, she was kidnapped by Lex. This means that Lex was building the Prometheus suit to fight Clark and save his battered body long before he was even aware of Clark's secret and was wounded in the Fortress. Sure he had deals going on like Aries that led to it it, but Lana seemed to be on to it way sooner than she should have. That was cool but everything about it here just fell totally flat. There is no way Lex would have let it get out to Lana like that, especially after the Fortress when he needed it the most.



%%* YouCantFightFate: "[[Recap/SmallvilleS03E16Crisis Crisis]]," "Reckoning," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS07E09Gemini Gemini]]."

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%%* YouCantFightFate: "[[Recap/SmallvilleS03E16Crisis Crisis]]," "Reckoning," Crisis]]", "Reckoning", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS07E09Gemini Gemini]]."Gemini]]".
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* TheScapegoat: Surprisingly Lex Luthor becomes this after his FaceHeelTurn due to a combination of TheDreaded and WritersCannotDoMath. For example the recon done in "Power" had Lana instead of leaving Clark of her own free will be kidnapped by Lex. This means that Lex was building the Prometheus suit to fight Clark and save his battered body long before he was even aware of Clark's secret and was wounded in the Fortress.

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* TheScapegoat: Surprisingly Surprisingly, Lex Luthor becomes this after his FaceHeelTurn due to a combination of TheDreaded and WritersCannotDoMath. For example the recon retcon done in "Power" had Lana instead of leaving Clark of her own free will be kidnapped by Lex. This means that Lex was building the Prometheus suit to fight Clark and save his battered body long before he was even aware of Clark's secret and was wounded in the Fortress.



* SealedCastInAMultipack: The HalfArcSeason for season 6 was assorted Kryptonian baddies being accidentally released from the PhantomZone and Clark having to round them up.
* SealedEvilInACan: In the fifth season, Brainiac's primary goal is to release Zod from the Phantom Zone. He eventually succeeds in the season finale and Zod's first action upon being freed is to [[SealedGoodInACan put Clark Kent into the same can that he just escaped from]]. Clark manages to escape on his own, without help from the outside, and subsequently reimprisons Zod in the season six premiere. He then spends the rest of season six hunting down the other Phantom Zone prisoners who escaped at the same time he did one by one and either killing or preferably reimprisoning them.

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* SealedCastInAMultipack: The HalfArcSeason for season Season 6 was assorted Kryptonian baddies being accidentally released from the PhantomZone and Clark having to round them up.
* SealedEvilInACan: In the fifth 5th season, Brainiac's primary goal is to release Zod from the Phantom Zone. He eventually succeeds in the season finale and Zod's first action upon being freed is to [[SealedGoodInACan put Clark Kent into the same can that he just escaped from]]. Clark manages to escape on his own, without help from the outside, and subsequently reimprisons Zod in the season six Season 6 premiere. He then spends the rest of the season six hunting down the other Phantom Zone prisoners who escaped at the same time he did one by one and either killing or preferably reimprisoning them.



** Lex sorta but not quite figured it out early on, but Clark refused to fully entrust him with it. Up until season 7, he's constantly finding some strong evidence but gets rejected or disproved by either Clark temporarily being BroughtDownToNormal, or as in ''Justice'', Lionel covering for him. Every time Lex 'finds out' he'll always state proudly 'I knew you were different, Clark', [[EasyAmnesia only to have his memory of the event removed.]]

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** Lex sorta sort of but not quite figured it out early on, but Clark refused to fully entrust him with it. Up until season Season 7, he's constantly finding some strong evidence but gets rejected or disproved by either Clark temporarily being BroughtDownToNormal, or as in ''Justice'', Lionel covering for him. Every time Lex 'finds out' he'll always state proudly 'I knew you were different, Clark', [[EasyAmnesia only to have his memory of the event removed.]]



** [[spoiler:Technically Tess kills Lionel as well, though it's his AlternateUniverse counterpart. Regardless, he is still considered her father even by Tess herself, and she kills him [[OffingTheOffspring in self defense]].]]
* SeriousBusiness: In "Drone," one of Clark's classmates uses her GreenRocks powers to assassinate her rivals for the post of StudentCouncilPresident, because she's convinced herself that the course of her entire adult life rides on the outcome.

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** [[spoiler:Technically [[spoiler:Technically, Tess kills Lionel as well, though it's his AlternateUniverse counterpart. Regardless, he is still considered her father even by Tess herself, and she kills him [[OffingTheOffspring in self defense]].]]
* SeriousBusiness: In "Drone," "Drone", one of Clark's classmates uses her GreenRocks powers to assassinate her rivals for the post of StudentCouncilPresident, because she's convinced herself that the course of her entire adult life rides on the outcome.



** Jonathan Kent (played by John Schneider) is heard playing the theme to ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' in his car. In one episode, Tom Wopat (who played the other Duke cousin) shows up as an old friend of Jonathan. Thanks to a stuck door Jack (Wopat) has to get in his car (a [[CoolCar Dodge Charger]]!) through the window.

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** Jonathan Kent (played by John Schneider) is heard playing the theme to ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' in his car. In one episode, Tom Wopat (who played the other Duke cousin) shows up as an old friend of Jonathan. Thanks to a stuck door door, Jack (Wopat) has to get in his car (a [[CoolCar Dodge Charger]]!) through the window.



** In season 3, Clark [[spoiler:hopped up on red Kryptonite]] has a FunTShirt that has the symbol of Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero.

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** In season Season 3, Clark [[spoiler:hopped up on red Kryptonite]] kryptonite]] has a FunTShirt that has the symbol of Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero.



---> '''Clark''': This is gonna sound crazy, but she was bitten by.. a vampire.

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---> '''Clark''': This is gonna sound crazy, but she was bitten by..by... a vampire.



** In the Season 10 episode "Harvest", when Clark rescues Lois from being sacrificed by a village of religious zealots, Lois tells the village that Clark was sent by God to punish them, [[Film/PulpFiction "With great vengeance and furious anger"]]

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** In the Season 10 episode "Harvest", when Clark rescues Lois from being sacrificed by a village of religious zealots, Lois tells the village that Clark was sent by God to punish them, [[Film/PulpFiction "With "with great vengeance and furious anger"]]



*** In a season 9 episode, when Chloe and Clark are [[spoiler: searching for Ollie after he'd been kidnapped,]] they use a computer generated map of the world that shows where all the [[spoiler: Kandorians]] are and in the process, ending up looking like a suspiciously similar version of [[ComicBook/XMen Cerebro.]]
*** In Season ten, to calm people's mistrust of superheroes, [[spoiler: Oliver unmasks himself, [[Film/IronMan by calling a press conference, announcing that 'I am [hero identity], as an ex girlfriend who's a reporter watches on, resulting in the crowd of reporters suddenly getting louder and ask a ton of questions]]]].

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*** In a season Season 9 episode, when Chloe and Clark are [[spoiler: searching for Ollie after he'd been kidnapped,]] they use a computer generated map of the world that shows where all the [[spoiler: Kandorians]] are and in the process, ending up looking like a suspiciously similar version of [[ComicBook/XMen Cerebro.]]
*** In Season ten, 10, to calm people's mistrust of superheroes, [[spoiler: Oliver unmasks himself, [[Film/IronMan by calling a press conference, announcing that 'I am [hero identity], as an ex girlfriend who's a reporter watches on, resulting in the crowd of reporters suddenly getting louder and ask a ton of questions]]]].



* SkewedPriorities: In "Requiem" instead of trying to find the bomb Clark decided it was more important to find Lex. Even Chloe called him out on this.

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* SkewedPriorities: In "Requiem" "Requiem", instead of trying to find the bomb bomb, Clark decided it was more important to find Lex. Even Chloe called him out on this.



** In Season 8 episode "Committed" when Oliver and Tess are fighting with sticks before their date, they wind up kissing each other.

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** In the Season 8 episode "Committed" "Committed", when Oliver and Tess are fighting with sticks before their date, they wind up kissing each other.



* TheStarscream: Some fans accuse Oliver of wanting to "steal" the position of leader from Clark, and lambaste him for [[FelonyMisdemeanor daring to question Clark's decisions]]...even though Oliver has technically been the leader of the superhero community from the very beginning of it's collaboration, and in fact is the one who actually put the community together in the first place (Clark is TheHeart, but he arguably doesn't become the undisputed leader until Season 10).
* StarterMarriage: [[spoiler:Jimmy and Chloe]]. They were very sweet together at first but gets increasingly rocky due to the involvement of first Clark, then Davis. Ends with a huge TearJerker when [[spoiler:Jimmy [[BreakTheCutie shouts at Chloe and declares marrying her is the biggest mistake of his life]]]].

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* TheStarscream: Some fans accuse Oliver of wanting to "steal" the position of leader from Clark, and lambaste him for [[FelonyMisdemeanor daring to question Clark's decisions]]... even though Oliver has technically been the leader of the superhero community from the very beginning of it's collaboration, and in fact is the one who actually put the community together in the first place (Clark is TheHeart, but he arguably doesn't become the undisputed leader until Season 10).
* StarterMarriage: [[spoiler:Jimmy and Chloe]]. They were very sweet together at first first, but gets increasingly rocky due to the involvement of first Clark, then Davis. Ends with a huge TearJerker when [[spoiler:Jimmy [[BreakTheCutie shouts at Chloe and declares marrying her is the biggest mistake of his life]]]].



* StockEpisodeTitles: Lots. From least to most common on the list: "Vortex", "Red", "Salvation", "Odyssey", "Zero", "Apocalypse", "Phantom", "Blue", "Truth" ("The Truth" on the list) "Forever", "Sleeper", "Prey", "Lockdown", "Whisper", "Descent", "Abandoned", "Doomsday", "Shattered", "Quest" ("The Quest" on the list), "Crossfire", "Asylum", "Suspect", "Metamorphosis", "Exodus", "Prodigal" ("Prodigal Son"/"Prodigy" on the list; the episode ''is'' about a wayward son), "Conspiracy", "Nemisis", "Fever", "Cure" ("The Cure" on the list) "Power", "Bloodline" ("Bloodlines" in the list), "Phoenix", "Justice", "Fallout", "Reckoning", "Vengeance", "Requiem", "Sacrifice", "Checkmate", "Obsession", "Resurrection", "Crush", "Masquerade", "Arrival", "Escape", "Hero", "Witness", "Legacy", "Homecoming", "Reunion" and the obligatory "Finale", many of which are rather…literal. With over 50 such episodes, there are over 1 in 5 episodes which have stock names. There are also "Identity" and "Crisis" which makes up "Identity Crisis" from the list.

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* StockEpisodeTitles: Lots. From least to most common on the list: "Vortex", "Red", "Salvation", "Odyssey", "Zero", "Apocalypse", "Phantom", "Blue", "Truth" ("The Truth" on the list) "Forever", "Sleeper", "Prey", "Lockdown", "Whisper", "Descent", "Abandoned", "Doomsday", "Shattered", "Quest" ("The Quest" on the list), "Crossfire", "Asylum", "Suspect", "Metamorphosis", "Exodus", "Prodigal" ("Prodigal Son"/"Prodigy" on the list; the episode ''is'' about a wayward son), "Conspiracy", "Nemisis", "Fever", "Cure" ("The Cure" on the list) "Power", "Bloodline" ("Bloodlines" in the list), "Phoenix", "Justice", "Fallout", "Reckoning", "Vengeance", "Requiem", "Sacrifice", "Checkmate", "Obsession", "Resurrection", "Crush", "Masquerade", "Arrival", "Escape", "Hero", "Witness", "Legacy", "Homecoming", "Reunion" and the obligatory "Finale", many of which are rather…literal.rather... literal. With over 50 such episodes, there are over 1 in 5 episodes which have stock names. There are also "Identity" and "Crisis" which makes up "Identity Crisis" from the list.



* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Both Lex and Lana tried to get Clark to reveal his secrets when he lost his memory in "Blank". While Lex succeeded Clark regained his memory before Lana could.

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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Both Lex and Lana tried to get Clark to reveal his secrets when he lost his memory in "Blank". While Lex succeeded succeeded, Clark regained his memory before Lana could.



* TattooedCrook: In "Kinetic," Smallville is terrorized by a gang of burglars who can phase through walls because of their kryptonite-ink tattoos.

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* TattooedCrook: In "Kinetic," "Kinetic", Smallville is terrorized by a gang of burglars who can phase through walls because of their kryptonite-ink tattoos.



* {{Telepathy}}: "[[Recap/SmallvilleS01E16Stray Stray]]," "Ryan"; Season 9's "[[Recap/SmallvilleS09E04Echo Echo]]" centers around Clark gaining this as a temporary ability courtesy of Jor-El.

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* {{Telepathy}}: "[[Recap/SmallvilleS01E16Stray Stray]]," Stray]]", "Ryan"; Season 9's "[[Recap/SmallvilleS09E04Echo Echo]]" centers around Clark gaining this as a temporary ability courtesy of Jor-El.



** 3: Jessica "Jessie" Brooks, a new student at Smallville High School who dressed provocatively and liked to party, so consequently, she got along well with Clark Kent when he was affected by Red kryptonite. Jessie and Clark dated briefly. Clark told Lex that Jessie was his new girl. By the end of the episode she and her father were on the run.

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** 3: Jessica "Jessie" Brooks, a new student at Smallville High School who dressed provocatively and liked to party, so consequently, she got along well with Clark Kent when he was affected by Red kryptonite. Jessie and Clark dated briefly. Clark told Lex that Jessie was his new girl. By the end of the episode episode, she and her father were on the run.
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** In "Descent" Clark breaks and enters into Lionel's office, tampering with evidence that could potentially link Lex.

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** In "Descent" "Descent", Clark breaks and enters into Lionel's office, tampering with evidence that could potentially link Lex.



* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The designs for the Prometheus suit seemed to have only been written down on paper. So when Lana burned them there was no way to make another.

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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The designs for the Prometheus suit seemed to have only been written down on paper. So when Lana burned them them, there was no way to make another.



* ObfuscatingDisability: Lionel Luthor. In the beginning of Season 2, a life-saving surgery left him temporarily blind. [[ThrowingOffTheDisability He eventually regained his sight]], but neglected to mention it and faked being blind for a few more weeks because people let their guard down around someone they thought couldn't see. Street-wise Lucas Luthor, however, sees through the ruse immediately upon first meeting him; Lionel pours himself some water and doesn't put his finger inside the glass to know when it's full. Lucas tests his theory later by signing "BITE ME" on an important contract instead of his name, and when Lionel can't hide his reaction, Lucas forcibly throws a billiards ball at his head. Lionel reflexively dodges and is fully exposed.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In "Luthor," Tess and Lois somehow manage to stay alive against [[EvilTwin Earth-2 Clark]] until Oliver shows up with Kryptonite weapons, and even then, judging by the state of the three of them and the Watchtower, it must have been one hell of a fight. Arguably done on purpose to create a CrowningMomentOfFunny at the end, when Earth-1 Clark is transported back to Watchtower and is taken by surprise to see the place wrecked and Lois, Tess, and Ollie all aiming kryptonite arrows at him. Clark's facial expression says it all.

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* ObfuscatingDisability: Lionel Luthor. In the beginning of Season 2, a life-saving surgery left him temporarily blind. [[ThrowingOffTheDisability He eventually regained his sight]], but neglected to mention it and faked being blind for a few more weeks because people let their guard down around someone they thought couldn't see. Street-wise Lucas Luthor, however, sees through the ruse immediately upon first meeting him; Lionel pours himself some water and doesn't put his finger inside the glass to know when it's full. Lucas tests his theory later by signing "BITE ME" on an important contract instead of his name, and when Lionel can't couldn't hide his reaction, Lucas forcibly throws a billiards billiard ball at his head. Lionel reflexively dodges and is fully exposed.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In "Luthor," "Luthor", Tess and Lois somehow manage to stay alive against [[EvilTwin Earth-2 Clark]] until Oliver shows up with Kryptonite weapons, and even then, judging by the state of the three of them and the Watchtower, it must have been one hell of a fight. Arguably done on purpose to create a CrowningMomentOfFunny at the end, when Earth-1 Clark is transported back to Watchtower and is taken by surprise to see the place wrecked and Lois, Tess, and Ollie all aiming kryptonite arrows at him. Clark's facial expression says it all.



** For a while, ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} masqueraded as Clark's history professor (and another displaced Kryptonian). In ''Splinter'' he goes into a spiel in class about how humans have a long tradition of betraying one another (two examples given were Caesar and Brutus, and Jesus and Judas). Clark delivers a textbook Patrick Stewart Speech to Brainiac at the end of the episode.

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** For a while, ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} masqueraded as Clark's history professor (and another displaced Kryptonian). In ''Splinter'' "Splinter", he goes into a spiel in class about how humans have a long tradition of betraying one another (two examples given were Caesar and Brutus, and Jesus and Judas). Clark delivers a textbook Patrick Stewart Speech to Brainiac at the end of the episode.



** In ''Solitude'', the following episode, Fine betrays him but Chloe comes to his rescue.

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** In ''Solitude'', "Solitude", the following episode, Fine betrays him but Chloe comes to his rescue.



** ''Blue'', Kara tries to convince her father Zor-El not to destroy the human race, but he's completely unmoved and just beats her up and continues his rampage, forcing Clark to save the day. She surely learned quickly.

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** ''Blue'', In "Blue", Kara tries to convince her father Zor-El not to destroy the human race, but he's completely unmoved and just beats her up and continues his rampage, forcing Clark to save the day. She surely learned quickly.



%%* PensieveFlashback: "Memoria," "Fracture," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS08E09Abyss Abyss]]."

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%%* PensieveFlashback: "Memoria," "Fracture," "Memoria", "Fracture", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS08E09Abyss Abyss]]."Abyss]]".



** Milder example in season one with Clark's telescope. Chloe likes to make fun of him for that.
** When Lana started the Isis Foundation she began experimenting on meteor freaks in the same way as Lex but while Lex’s action were treated as a MoralEventHorizon since she was searching for a cure it’s ultimately treated as a good thing. She once found a sick freak instead of calling a doctor or taking him to a hospital she locked him in a room and waited for him to die. This is treated as a noble gesture.

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** Milder example in season one Season 1 with Clark's telescope. Chloe likes to make fun of him for that.
** When Lana started the Isis Foundation Foundation, she began experimenting on meteor freaks in the same way as Lex but while Lex’s action were treated as a MoralEventHorizon since she was searching for a cure cure, it’s ultimately treated as a good thing. She once found a sick freak instead of calling a doctor or taking him to a hospital she locked him in a room and waited for him to die. This is treated as a noble gesture.



** Lex's girlfriend in season 2 has a psycho ex.

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** Lex's girlfriend in season Season 2 has a psycho ex.



** [[spoiler:Lana to Lex]] after their messy break up sometime in season six.

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** [[spoiler:Lana to Lex]] after their messy break up sometime in season six.Season 6.



* ReallyGetsAround: Oliver Queen is portrayed as being quite fond of female company. [[spoiler:He has slept with all three of the main female characters as of season nine.]] The Luthors are also all over this trope.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Oliver Queen is portrayed as being quite fond of female company. [[spoiler:He has slept with all three of the main female characters as of season nine.Season 9.]] The Luthors are also all over this trope.



* ResetButton: Used multiple times, but referenced by name in Season Eight's "Infamous".
* RestrainedRevenge: In "Action" after Lionel revealed that he was aware that it was Lana who kidnapped and tortured instead of doing something proportionate or even disproportionate as revenge he warned her that she was on a slippery slope.

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* ResetButton: Used multiple times, but referenced by name in Season Eight's 8's "Infamous".
* RestrainedRevenge: In "Action" "Action", after Lionel revealed that he was aware that it was Lana who kidnapped and tortured instead of doing something proportionate or even disproportionate as revenge revenge, he warned her that she was on a slippery slope.



** A very blatant and awkward one at the end of season eight. [[spoiler:This Jimmy Olsen turns out to be the older brother of ''the'' Jimmy Olsen. Named Henry James Olsen, while his younger brother is the James Bartholomew Olsen from the comics.]] That being said, the showrunners did make it up to [[spoiler: Aaron Ashmore by having him return as Jimmy--this time the real one--in the DistantFinale]]. Although, the writers knew from the start of Jimmy's run that [[spoiler:he would not be the real Jimmy Olsen.]] Although this was more down to ExecutiveMeddling than anything. They decided that either when Smallville ends, or they had "taken Jimmy as far as he could go" they would reveal the truth.
** In Season 10, Tess is revealed as Lionel's illegitimate daughter and Lex's half sister. This is despite several Season 8 episodes implying that Lex and Tess had a romantic involvement, such as in "Bulletproof" where she admits to having loved him. However, Tess definitely doesn't know she is his half sister and no one really knows what is going on in Lex's head.
* {{Retool}}: The series' creators left before Season Eight began, and the show has shifted focus with far greater ties to pre-existing DC characters. Only two original cast members remained (Clark and Chloe), and Oliver was added to the main cast. Chloe (Allison Mack) only came back for a few episodes in Season 10. Lionel Luthor (John Glover) returned for the rest of the series, albeit [[spoiler:he is not the "original" Lionel Luthor but from a parallel universe]].

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** A very blatant and awkward one at the end of season eight.Season 8. [[spoiler:This Jimmy Olsen turns out to be the older brother of ''the'' Jimmy Olsen. Named Henry James Olsen, while his younger brother is the James Bartholomew Olsen from the comics.]] That being said, the showrunners did make it up to [[spoiler: Aaron Ashmore by having him return as Jimmy--this time the real one--in the DistantFinale]]. Although, the writers knew from the start of Jimmy's run that [[spoiler:he would not be the real Jimmy Olsen.]] Although this was more down to ExecutiveMeddling than anything. They decided that either when Smallville ends, or they had "taken Jimmy as far as he could go" go", they would reveal the truth.
** In Season 10, Tess is revealed as Lionel's illegitimate daughter and Lex's half sister. half-sister. This is despite several Season 8 episodes implying that Lex and Tess had a romantic involvement, such as in "Bulletproof" "Bulletproof", where she admits to having loved him. However, Tess definitely doesn't know she is his half sister half-sister and no one really knows what is going on in Lex's head.
* {{Retool}}: The series' creators left before Season Eight 8 began, and the show has shifted focus with far greater ties to pre-existing DC characters. Only two original cast members remained (Clark and Chloe), and Oliver was added to the main cast. Chloe (Allison Mack) only came back for a few episodes in Season 10. Lionel Luthor (John Glover) returned for the rest of the series, albeit [[spoiler:he is not the "original" Lionel Luthor but from a parallel universe]].



* ReusableLighterToss: In season 3 episode "Slumber" (averted), and same season "Hereafter" (played straight)

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* ReusableLighterToss: In season the Season 3 episode "Slumber" (averted), and same season "Hereafter" (played straight)



* RewatchBonus: In "Splinter" when Clark starts driving home his seatbelt suddenly disappears.

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* RewatchBonus: In "Splinter" when Clark starts driving home home, his seatbelt suddenly disappears.
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*** He admits that his reactions to things are what keep people from telling him things in "Luthor." He starts the episode off by telling [[spoiler:([[DramaticIrony secret]]) Luthor Tess]] that all Luthors are dangerous and evil. He then is furious and offended when he finds out that she hid Lex's clone from him. He then disappears [[AlternateUniverse into the plot]] before [[spoiler:Tess can admit to her heritage]], so we don't know how he would've taken that. At the end of the episode, however, he's realized that blaming the entire Luthor bloodline for Lionel's influence is the exact reason why [[spoiler:Tess didn't tell him the truth]], so he stops being a jerk about it.
** In "Nocturne," he peevishly comments that Lana's [[ObsessiveLoveLetter Secret Admirer]] sounds like a stalker. This, from Mr. Peeping Telescope.
** Clark gets a lot of heat in the start of season 3, acting like a totally different person under the influence of red Kryptonite. The thing is, ''the same thing happened'' to Chloe in "Devoted", Lana in "Spell" and Lex in "Onyx" later in season 4. Either Clark can't bring himself to call them out on it, or it never occurred to him.

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*** He admits that his reactions to things are what keep people from telling him things in "Luthor." "Luthor". He starts the episode off by telling [[spoiler:([[DramaticIrony secret]]) Luthor Tess]] that all Luthors are dangerous and evil. He then is furious and offended when he finds out that she hid Lex's clone from him. He then disappears [[AlternateUniverse into the plot]] before [[spoiler:Tess can admit to her heritage]], so we don't know how he would've taken that. At the end of the episode, however, he's realized that blaming the entire Luthor bloodline for Lionel's influence is the exact reason why [[spoiler:Tess didn't tell him the truth]], so he stops being a jerk about it.
** In "Nocturne," "Nocturne", he peevishly comments that Lana's [[ObsessiveLoveLetter Secret Admirer]] sounds like a stalker. This, from Mr. Peeping Telescope.
** Clark gets a lot of heat in the start of season 3, acting like a totally different person under the influence of red Kryptonite.kryptonite. The thing is, ''the same thing happened'' to Chloe in "Devoted", Lana in "Spell" and Lex in "Onyx" later in season 4. Either Clark can't bring himself to call them out on it, or it never occurred to him.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Yeah, good luck with that. Clark has gotten a lot better about this. In fact, by Season Eight it's fully gone, though [[spoiler:in "Hex", when Zatanna granted his deepest wish he lost his powers and his memory of them, (Chloe was able to snap him out of it.)]] In Season Nine, it's even less likely he wants to be normal, as he has accepted his destiny to help humanity with his powers. This could be considered as part of the character growth as a virtual human raised by humans who is on the cusp of fully accepting who and what he is and thus becoming Superman. Even the "incident" with [[spoiler: Zatanna]] is treated less like Clark wanting to give up his abilities completely, and more like just wanting to take a vacation in the land of the ordinary human for a day or two.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Yeah, good luck with that. Clark has gotten a lot better about this. In fact, by Season Eight 8 it's fully gone, though [[spoiler:in "Hex", when Zatanna granted his deepest wish he lost his powers and his memory of them, them (Chloe was able to snap him out of it.)]] it)]]. In Season Nine, 9, it's even less likely he wants to be normal, as he has accepted his destiny to help humanity with his powers. This could be considered as part of the character growth as a virtual human raised by humans who is on the cusp of fully accepting who and what he is and thus becoming Superman. Even the "incident" with [[spoiler: Zatanna]] is treated less like Clark wanting to give up his abilities completely, and more like just wanting to take a vacation in the land of the ordinary human for a day or two.



* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Played straight when Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) is the one introducing us to Senator Jennings (Tom Wopat), both from ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard.''

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Played straight when Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) is the one introducing us to Senator Jennings (Tom Wopat), both from ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard.''''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''.



* InstantExpert: Lana's martial arts skills. She was trained by Lex in the early seasons and worked out much like Tess did later, including wearing boxing gloves and hitting the heavy bag. The episode we see Lana being trained by Lex has her facing a guy who'd been threatening her, and kicking him so hard he's knocked into a table and ends up unconscious. She couldn't have had more than a few days practice with Lex until that point. Basically anything Lana tries, she becomes this. Even when she gains Clark's abilities she knows how to use them instantly; it took Clark years to master his powers. This is especially jarring since Eric Summer didn't instantly master those abilities.

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* InstantExpert: Lana's martial arts skills. She was trained by Lex in the early seasons and worked out much like Tess did later, including wearing boxing gloves and hitting the heavy bag. The episode we see Lana being trained by Lex has her facing a guy who'd been threatening her, and kicking him so hard he's knocked into a table and ends up unconscious. She couldn't have had more than a few days practice with Lex until that point. Basically anything Lana tries, she becomes this. Even when she gains Clark's abilities she knows how to use them instantly; it took Clark years to master his powers. This is especially jarring since Eric Summer Summers didn't instantly master those abilities.



** Lex and Oliver after it was revealed in season 6 episode "Reunion" that he indirectly causes the death of one of the classmates that he bullied though no one calls him out on it, not even Clark.

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** Lex and Oliver after it was revealed in season the Season 6 episode "Reunion" that he indirectly causes the death of one of the classmates that he bullied though no one calls him out on it, not even Clark.



* KeepingSecretsSucks: Lana's motto, which she repeated to Clark over and over from Seasons 2 though 6… not that it stopped ''her'' from keeping her own big secrets during that time period. Chloe in particular gets a lot of pressure from Lana when the latter (finally) figures out Chloe is protecting Clark.

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* KeepingSecretsSucks: Lana's motto, which she repeated to Clark over and over from Seasons 2 though 6… 6... not that it stopped ''her'' from keeping her own big secrets during that time period. Chloe in particular gets a lot of pressure from Lana when the latter (finally) figures out Chloe is protecting Clark.



** Flipped in Season 9, when Major Zod commands his troops to "Kneel before Kal-El."

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** Flipped in Season 9, when Major Zod commands his troops to "Kneel before Kal-El."Kal-El".
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** And Freak of the Week Cyrus Krupp in Season Two.

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** And Freak of the Week Cyrus Krupp in Season Two.2.



** Metallo. He's a WalkingShirtlessScene...with [[BodyHorror hideous tubing]] protruding from his ribs.

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** Metallo. He's a WalkingShirtlessScene... with [[BodyHorror hideous tubing]] protruding from his ribs.



*** Really, any time Lois has to go "undercover" for a story, it's a pretty good bet that sooner or later she'll wind up "undercovered."

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*** Really, any time Lois has to go "undercover" for a story, it's a pretty good bet that sooner or later she'll wind up "undercovered.""undercovered".



** Tess Mercer from Season Eight onwards. She's mostly a WellIntentionedExtremist, but she still has a lot of ulterior motives.

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** Tess Mercer from Season Eight 8 onwards. She's mostly a WellIntentionedExtremist, but she still has a lot of ulterior motives.



** The final shot of Season Three.

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** The final shot of Season Three.3.



* FinaleSeason: The words "The Final Season" appear above the title in the commercials for season 10. In fact, the PreviouslyOn segment at the beginning of the season premiere ends with Tom Welling's voice saying "And now, the final season of Smallville".* TheFinalTemptation: "[[LotusEaterMachine Labyrinth]]"

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* FinaleSeason: The words "The Final Season" appear above the title in the commercials for season 10. In fact, the PreviouslyOn segment at the beginning of the season premiere ends with Tom Welling's voice saying "And now, the final season of Smallville".
* TheFinalTemptation: "[[LotusEaterMachine Labyrinth]]"



** When Lex proposes to his girlfriend, the song playing in the background becomes recognizable as an acoustic cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper"....needless to say, things don't end well.
** One of the biggest long term foreshadowing, apart from Clark's destiny, comes from the season 1 episode "Hourglass" when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYRr67advsY Cassandra sees Lex's future]]: [[spoiler:He is in the White House, with white clothes and a black glove on his right hand]]. This foreshadows stuff that we only find out in the finale, almost ten years later: [[spoiler:the glove is to cover his imperfect [[CloningGambit cloned hand]], in 2018 he is elected U.S. president and he wears the same white clothes in the presidential inauguration]].
** After finding Infant!Clark in the Pilot, Martha says that she and Johnathan didn't find Clark, he found them. She's speaking poetically, but Season 3's "Relic" would reveal that [[spoiler: Jor-El did indeed send his son to the Kents on purpose, having known Johnathan's father.]]

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** When Lex proposes to his girlfriend, the song playing in the background becomes recognizable as an acoustic cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper"....Reaper"... needless to say, things don't end well.
** One of the biggest long term foreshadowing, apart from Clark's destiny, comes from the season 1 episode "Hourglass" when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYRr67advsY Cassandra sees Lex's future]]: [[spoiler:He is in the White House, with white clothes and a black glove on his right hand]]. This foreshadows stuff that we only find out in the finale, almost ten years later: [[spoiler:the glove is to cover his imperfect [[CloningGambit cloned hand]], in 2018 he is elected U.S. president President and he wears the same white clothes in the presidential inauguration]].
** After finding Infant!Clark in the Pilot, Martha says that she and Johnathan Jonathan didn't find Clark, he found them. She's speaking poetically, but Season 3's "Relic" would reveal that [[spoiler: Jor-El did indeed send his son to the Kents on purpose, having known Johnathan's Jonathan's father.]]



*** [[ILetGwenStacyDie Alicia Baker]]. In a two parter she and Clark fall deeply in love, she is 'the one' but thanks partly to Clark not believing she was innocent of attacking his friends she is killed by the actual baddie. The very next episode opens with Clark excited about getting a football scholarship.

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*** [[ILetGwenStacyDie Alicia Baker]]. In a two parter she and Clark fall deeply in love, she is 'the one' but thanks partly to Clark not believing she was innocent of attacking his friends friends, she is killed by the actual baddie. The very next episode opens with Clark excited about getting a football scholarship.



%%* ForWantOfANail: "Reckoning," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS08E15Infamous Infamous]]," "Pandora," "Luthor."

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%%* ForWantOfANail: "Reckoning," "Reckoning", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS08E15Infamous Infamous]]," "Pandora," "Luthor."Infamous]]", "Pandora", "Luthor".



* FreakyFridayFlip: Clark and Lionel swap bodies in "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E06Transference Transference]]."

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* FreakyFridayFlip: Clark and Lionel swap bodies in "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E06Transference Transference]]."Transference]]".



%%* GrandTheftMe: "Transference," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E08Spell Spell]]," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E15Sacred Sacred]]," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E18Spirit Spirit]]," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E22Commencement Commencement]]," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS10E05Isis Isis]]."

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%%* GrandTheftMe: "Transference," "Transference", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E08Spell Spell]]," Spell]]", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E15Sacred Sacred]]," Sacred]]", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E18Spirit Spirit]]," Spirit]]", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS04E22Commencement Commencement]]," Commencement]]", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS10E05Isis Isis]]."Isis]]".



** [[spoiler: Tess]] does one in the finale of season 9, eventually joining the team in season 10.

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** [[spoiler: Tess]] does one in the finale of season Season 9, eventually joining the team in season Season 10.



* HorrorHunger: Season One's "Craving" most definitely.

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* HorrorHunger: Season One's 1's "Craving" most definitely.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Episodes like "[[Recap/SmallvilleS02E12Insurgence Insurgence]]," "[[Recap/SmallvilleS02E13Suspect Suspect]]," and "Precipice" are completely meteor-freak-less. Also, "[[Recap/SmallvilleS05E14Tomb Tomb]]" [[spoiler:has a girl raised from the dead by a meteor rock bracelet ([[LightningCanDoAnything and a bolt of lightning]]) to go after an AxCrazy but otherwise ''human'' psych ward orderly. Who, y'know, ''put her there in the first place'']].

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Episodes like "[[Recap/SmallvilleS02E12Insurgence Insurgence]]," Insurgence]]", "[[Recap/SmallvilleS02E13Suspect Suspect]]," Suspect]]" and "Precipice" "[[Recap/SmallvilleS02E19Precipice Precipice]]" are completely meteor-freak-less. Also, "[[Recap/SmallvilleS05E14Tomb Tomb]]" [[spoiler:has a girl raised from the dead by a meteor rock bracelet ([[LightningCanDoAnything and a bolt of lightning]]) to go after an AxCrazy but otherwise ''human'' psych ward orderly. Who, y'know, ''put her there in the first place'']].
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* CallForward: As mentioned elsewhere, this happens constantly and in spades. Though it comes up rather [[{{Prequel}} naturally]]. Properly the most notable one is Clark becoming Superman, Lois and Clark hooking up, and Lex becoming the villain. However, there were twists that did come out of nowhere, [[spoiler:such as [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Connor Kent]] in ''Season 10'' and Jonathan Kent dying in ''Season 5'']] but do occur if you have seen the right clue.

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* CallForward: As mentioned elsewhere, this happens constantly and in spades. Though it comes up rather [[{{Prequel}} naturally]]. Properly the most notable one is Clark becoming Superman, Lois and Clark hooking up, and Lex becoming the villain. However, there were twists that did come out of nowhere, [[spoiler:such as [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Connor Conner Kent]] in ''Season 10'' and Jonathan Kent dying in ''Season 5'']] but do occur if you have seen the right clue.



** Cat Grant (the one introduced in Season 10, not Season 9) went through this as well, as she comes to appreciate The Blur in "Booster."
* CharacterShilling: LANA! It began all the way back in Season 1, when everybody in the town kept gushing about how amazing and strong and wonderful Lana was...despite the fact that [[ShowDontTell there was very little on screen to actually confirm this]], and most fans found her to be kind of underwhelming. So the writers decided to emphasize Lana's talents to an unrealistic extent, having her start up a coffee shop at the age of 15, while apparently engaging in equestrian competitions and maintaining a high grade point average; fans found this unrealistic and quickly noticed the character shilling, and began to be annoyed. Then the writers apparently decided that the best way to address this was to...shill her ''even more''. All the fan favorite characters--including Chloe and Lex--began gushing about how amazing Lana supposedly was. It still didn't work. So the writers began shoving her into every storyline they could think of, but all it did was make fans despise her even more. The pattern kept on going and became a vicious cycle: fans would dislike Lana, and the writers would attempt to change this by ramming her down the audience's throats even more, which in turn just made people dislike Lana to an even greater extent. It got to the point where Lana's send-off involved her [[spoiler:essentially becoming a GodModeSue]]. Naturally, many fans threw up their hands in disgust at this development, but at least she left the show (finally).
* ChekhovsGun: Plenty throughout the series run; for example in "Icarus," Lois escapes from Slade's soldiers in the ''Daily Planet'' building by using the escape tube in Tess' office, which was established as existing a season earlier.

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** Cat Grant (the one introduced in Season 10, not Season 9) went through this as well, as she comes to appreciate The Blur in "Booster."
"Booster".
* CharacterShilling: LANA! It began all the way back in Season 1, when everybody in the town kept gushing about how amazing and strong and wonderful Lana was... despite the fact that [[ShowDontTell there was very little on screen to actually confirm this]], and most fans found her to be kind of underwhelming. So the writers decided to emphasize Lana's talents to an unrealistic extent, having her start up a coffee shop at the age of 15, while apparently engaging in equestrian competitions and maintaining a high grade point average; fans found this unrealistic and quickly noticed the character shilling, and began to be annoyed. Then the writers apparently decided that the best way to address this was to... shill her ''even more''. All the fan favorite characters--including Chloe and Lex--began gushing about how amazing Lana supposedly was. It still didn't work. So the writers began shoving her into every storyline they could think of, but all it did was make fans despise her even more. The pattern kept on going and became a vicious cycle: fans would dislike Lana, and the writers would attempt to change this by ramming her down the audience's throats even more, which in turn just made people dislike Lana to an even greater extent. It got to the point where Lana's send-off involved her [[spoiler:essentially becoming a GodModeSue]]. Naturally, many fans threw up their hands in disgust at this development, but at least she left the show (finally).
* ChekhovsGun: Plenty throughout the series run; for example in "Icarus," "Icarus", Lois escapes from Slade's soldiers in the ''Daily Planet'' building by using the escape tube in Tess' office, which was established as existing a season earlier.



* ChessMotifs: Checkmate, an agency introduced in Season 9 that attempts to weaponize superpowered beings, uses chess terms and puns. Their leaders are codenamed "White Queen" and "Black King," {{Mooks}} are called pawns, etc. Their base even has black and white squares all over the place.

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* ChessMotifs: Checkmate, an agency introduced in Season 9 that attempts to weaponize superpowered beings, uses chess terms and puns. Their leaders are codenamed "White Queen" and "Black King," King", {{Mooks}} are called pawns, etc. Their base even has black and white squares all over the place.



** The Lara and Zor-El clones in Season 7's "Blue."
** [[spoiler:Zod and the Kandorian soldiers in Season 9]], [[spoiler:Jor-El in "Kandor."]]

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** The Lara and Zor-El clones in Season 7's "Blue."
"Blue".
** [[spoiler:Zod and the Kandorian soldiers in Season 9]], [[spoiler:Jor-El in "Kandor."]]"Kandor".]]



** Grant Gabriel and Adrian Cross, aka [[spoiler:Julian Luthor]]. Season 7 in general could have reasonably been given the tagline "Attack of the Clones," given that this season features all the clones mentioned above (except for [[spoiler:the Zod clone from Season 9 and his army, of course]]), plus Bizarro for three episodes.
** Season 10's "Lazarus" features more clones intended for organ transplants for Lex. One was in a tank, another was a child, and a third, more aged clone, oddly similar to [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]]. The child clone survived and [[spoiler:turned very, very [[EnfantTerrible evil]]...except after going through the CloningBlues, the clone was revealed to be Conner Kent/Superboy (who had gone through his own share of CloningBlues).]]

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** Grant Gabriel and Adrian Cross, aka [[spoiler:Julian Luthor]]. Season 7 in general could have reasonably been given the tagline "Attack of the Clones," Clones", given that this season features all the clones mentioned above (except for [[spoiler:the Zod clone from Season 9 and his army, of course]]), plus Bizarro for three episodes.
** Season 10's "Lazarus" features more clones intended for organ transplants for Lex. One was in a tank, another was a child, and a third, more aged clone, oddly similar to [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]]. The child clone survived and [[spoiler:turned very, very [[EnfantTerrible evil]]... except after going through the CloningBlues, the clone was revealed to be Conner Kent/Superboy (who had gone through his own share of CloningBlues).]]



* ConvectionSchmonvection: In "Metamorphosis," Clark saves Whitney from a fireball by covering his back with his body. We actually see the fireball engulfing Whitney's uncovered front, and we are shown that the blast super-heats Clark's body to the point that his father is burned just by touching him, but Whitney is fine...somehow. Actually, the same kind of "fireball rescue" happens often enough that the show might as well be saying that Clark can extend his invulnerability to someone else by hugging them.

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* ConvectionSchmonvection: In "Metamorphosis," "Metamorphosis", Clark saves Whitney from a fireball by covering his back with his body. We actually see the fireball engulfing Whitney's uncovered front, and we are shown that the blast super-heats Clark's body to the point that his father is burned just by touching him, but Whitney is fine... somehow. Actually, the same kind of "fireball rescue" happens often enough that the show might as well be saying that Clark can extend his invulnerability to someone else by hugging them.



* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: in "Pilot," "Hourglass," "Accelerate," and "Hereafter."

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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: in "Pilot," "Hourglass," "Accelerate," and "Hereafter.""Hereafter".



* CrapsackWorld: "[[ForWantOfANail Luthor]]" has an establishing shot of Earth-2, home of Clark...''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Luthor]]'' ([[EvilCounterpart Ultraman]]). [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What would be the results of]] [[TemptingFate the Luthors adopting Clark]]? Well, you can [[OhCrap crap]] [[ThisIsGonnaSuck your]] [[BringMyBrownPants pants]] [[BewareTheSuperman accordingly]] [[http://smallville.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sv10x10luthorhdmkv_000659658-1-.jpg with this shot]].
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Lionel eventually becomes a better person...only to realize (too late) that his horrible parenting and the amoral value system he instilled in Lex over the years have finally borne fruit, and while Lionel is on his way to redemption, Lex is on his way to becoming an even more terrifying person than Lionel ever was. Ultimately, this comes back to bite Lionel.

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* CrapsackWorld: "[[ForWantOfANail Luthor]]" has an establishing shot of Earth-2, home of Clark... ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Luthor]]'' ([[EvilCounterpart Ultraman]]). [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What would be the results of]] [[TemptingFate the Luthors adopting Clark]]? Well, you can [[OhCrap crap]] [[ThisIsGonnaSuck your]] [[BringMyBrownPants pants]] [[BewareTheSuperman accordingly]] [[http://smallville.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sv10x10luthorhdmkv_000659658-1-.jpg with this shot]].
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Lionel eventually becomes a better person... only to realize (too late) that his horrible parenting and the amoral value system he instilled in Lex over the years have finally borne fruit, and while Lionel is on his way to redemption, Lex is on his way to becoming an even more terrifying person than Lionel ever was. Ultimately, this comes back to bite Lionel.



** Compared to the light-hearted Season Two, Season Three ''definitely'' counts. Only in certain spots though. There are still a lot of episodes in Season Three that focus on one episode story lines that drove the first two seasons with the same mix of humour and actual peril. However, it is also the first season to focus more on big-picture elements, and it deals with the main characters going though a lot more turmoil. Clark starts off the season dealing with his dark side and living a very rough and rebellious lifestyle in Metropolis, Lex has a psychotic break (well, partly) and ends up institutionalized at Belle Reve, Chloe life's is turned into a living nightmare at times, and Pete starts to occasionally feel the bad effects of keeping Clark's secret under wraps.
** The second half of Season eight, compared to the first half. Season nine features it as well, largely as a result of the S8 finale's fallout. In general, from Season 5 onwards, the show was darker than the earlier seasons.

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** Compared to the light-hearted Season Two, 2, Season Three 3 ''definitely'' counts. Only in certain spots though. There are still a lot of episodes in Season Three that focus on one episode story lines that drove the first two seasons with the same mix of humour and actual peril. However, it is also the first season to focus more on big-picture elements, and it deals with the main characters going though a lot more turmoil. Clark starts off the season dealing with his dark side and living a very rough and rebellious lifestyle in Metropolis, Lex has a psychotic break (well, partly) and ends up institutionalized at Belle Reve, Chloe life's Chloe's life is turned into a living nightmare at times, and Pete starts to occasionally feel the bad effects of keeping Clark's secret under wraps.
** The second half of Season eight, 8, compared to the first half. Season nine 9 features it as well, largely as a result of the S8 finale's fallout. In general, from Season 5 onwards, the show was darker than the earlier seasons.
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The first half of the show (Seasons 1-5) dealt strictly with Clark figuring out who he was, while the second half was more about Clark finding his place in the larger [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]], frequently butting heads with recurring guests such as Comicbook/GreenArrow, the rest of the Junior Lifeguard Associ-- er...Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, the Comicbook/{{Justice Society|OfAmerica}}, the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes, and even the Comicbook/NewGods.

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The first half of the show (Seasons 1-5) dealt strictly with Clark figuring out who he was, while the second half was more about Clark finding his place in the larger [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]], frequently butting heads with recurring guests such as Comicbook/GreenArrow, the rest of the Junior Lifeguard Associ-- er... Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, the Comicbook/{{Justice Society|OfAmerica}}, the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes, and even the Comicbook/NewGods.



* ApocalypseAnarchy: Riots break out all over the world when Brainiac unleashes a computer virus which starts shutting down all technology on Earth during the episodes "Vessel" and "Zod."

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* ApocalypseAnarchy: Riots break out all over the world when Brainiac unleashes a computer virus which starts shutting down all technology on Earth during the episodes "Vessel" and "Zod.""Zod".



* ArtisticLicenseLaw: In "Nemesis" Lana threatened Lionel with the fact that she has power of attorney and is in charge of making his medical decisions. The problem is that not only is Lionel recovering but he is conscious so not only can’t Lana do anything besides create mild inconveniences but he can revoke the power of attorney.
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: In "Action" Lionel was stuck in a trap for at least a day that should for all intents and purposes had caused him to lose his hand due to how long he was trapped and how sharp the trap was.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: In "Nemesis" "Nemesis", Lana threatened Lionel with the fact that she has power of attorney and is in charge of making his medical decisions. The problem is that not only is Lionel recovering but he is conscious so not only can’t Lana do anything besides create mild inconveniences but he can revoke the power of attorney.
attorney.
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: In "Action" "Action", Lionel was stuck in a trap for at least a day that should for all intents and purposes had caused him to lose his hand due to how long he was trapped and how sharp the trap was.



* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Clark ''finally'' putting on the iconic Superman suit in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Finale]]."
* AxesAtSchool: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, from the Season 3 episode "Delete." In Season 4's "Spirit," the trope comes up again.
* BabyDollBaby: In the episode "Memoria," Lex is sitting on a high balcony, in the rain, apparently hallucinating that he is rocking his baby brother Julian to sleep. He's singing to the blanket and tells his father to be quiet or he'll wake the baby. He thinks he found the baby inside of his dorm, crying, and told Julian that he'd never let anyone hurt him again.

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Clark ''finally'' putting on the iconic Superman suit in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Finale]]."
Finale]]".
* AxesAtSchool: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, from the Season 3 episode "Delete." "Delete". In Season 4's "Spirit," "Spirit", the trope comes up again.
* BabyDollBaby: In the episode "Memoria," "Memoria", Lex is sitting on a high balcony, in the rain, apparently hallucinating that he is rocking his baby brother Julian to sleep. He's singing to the blanket and tells his father to be quiet or he'll wake the baby. He thinks he found the baby inside of his dorm, crying, and told Julian that he'd never let anyone hurt him again.



** The end of "[[Recap/SmallvilleS02E01Vortex Vortex]]." [[spoiler:Nixon threatens to expose Clark to the world and there's nothing Jonathan can do about it...until Lex shoots Nixon dead.]]
** "[[Recap/SmallvilleS09E17Checkmate Checkmate]]" Both the Justice League and Zod have a bone to pick with [[GovernmentConspiracy Checkmate]]. [[spoiler:Oliver and John get captured at different points, although they managed to escape. Chloe is also kidnapped and almost killed in an attempt to blackmail Clark into revealing more about their team.]] Zod simply comes over to visit and burns down their entire castle base with [[EyeBeams heat vision]].
* BatmanGambit: Clark and Oliver pull one off in [[spoiler:"Dominion." They knew Zod wouldn't be able to resist killing Clark himself.]]
%%* BattleInTheRain: [[spoiler:Clark vs. Zod]] in "[[Recap/SmallvilleS09E22Salvation Salvation]]."

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** The end of "[[Recap/SmallvilleS02E01Vortex Vortex]]." [[spoiler:Nixon threatens to expose Clark to the world and there's nothing Jonathan can do about it... until Lex shoots Nixon dead.]]
** "[[Recap/SmallvilleS09E17Checkmate Checkmate]]" Checkmate]]": Both the Justice League and Zod have a bone to pick with [[GovernmentConspiracy Checkmate]]. [[spoiler:Oliver and John get captured at different points, although they managed to escape. Chloe is also kidnapped and almost killed in an attempt to blackmail Clark into revealing more about their team.]] Zod simply comes over to visit and burns down their entire castle base with [[EyeBeams heat vision]].
vision]].
* BatmanGambit: Clark and Oliver pull one off in [[spoiler:"Dominion." [[spoiler:"Dominion". They knew Zod wouldn't be able to resist killing Clark himself.]]
%%* BattleInTheRain: [[spoiler:Clark vs. Zod]] in "[[Recap/SmallvilleS09E22Salvation Salvation]]."Salvation]]".



* BlingOfWar: In "Rogue," Lex shows Clark a breastplate that once belonged to Alexander the Great. In addition to [[MythologyGag looking strikingly like Superman's costume]], it's made out of gold and crusted all over with sapphires and rubies.

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* BlingOfWar: In "Rogue," "Rogue", Lex shows Clark a breastplate that once belonged to Alexander the Great. In addition to [[MythologyGag looking strikingly like Superman's costume]], it's made out of gold and crusted all over with sapphires and rubies.



* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: [[spoiler:Chloe in "Bride" and "Legion."]]

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* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: [[spoiler:Chloe in "Bride" and "Legion."]]"Legion".]]



* BoundAndGagged: Lana, most of the time. Though Clark had a few notable examples. [[spoiler:Chloe in "Checkmate."]]

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* BoundAndGagged: Lana, most of the time. Though Clark had a few notable examples. [[spoiler:Chloe in "Checkmate."]]"Checkmate".]]



** In "Fragile", Clark hopes to relate to the young budding artist [[spoiler:and meteor freak of the week]] Maddie through her art - but he's a HorribleArtist. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that Maddie took Clark's drawing and did her best to improve on it.

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** In "Fragile", Clark hopes to relate to the young budding artist [[spoiler:and meteor freak of the week]] Maddie through her art - -- but he's a HorribleArtist.TerribleArtist. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that Maddie took Clark's drawing and did her best to improve on it.



** At the end of "Unsafe," Martha lectures Clark on using better judgment about something he did ''while he was on red kryptonite'', which impairs his judgment. Characters in the show are pretty consistently forgiven for things they did while they weren't themselves, including at the beginning of Season 3 when Clark comes home after a much longer bout with red kryptonite in Metropolis ''during which he was committing serious crimes''. And for all of that he was on red Kryptonite voluntarily, whereas in "Unsafe," Alicia gives it to him without his knowledge.
** The moral of "Bound" seems to be that if you use women like a paper towel, it will come back to haunt you, even if you're rich. Problem is, it's not what plays out in the show; the woman were shown to be perfectly willing parties, with the victim being the one who initiated the relationship. The episode seems to completely ignore that given Lex’s past relationships with woman it is perfectly understandable why he would opt for meaningless flings, but the only two women who had a problem with this the murderer and her victim both proved to be completely insane. The victim coming across as a stalker and the murderer trying to invoke NeverMyFault.

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** At the end of "Unsafe," "Unsafe", Martha lectures Clark on using better judgment about something he did ''while he was on red kryptonite'', which impairs his judgment. Characters in the show are pretty consistently forgiven for things they did while they weren't themselves, including at the beginning of Season 3 when Clark comes home after a much longer bout with red kryptonite in Metropolis ''during which he was committing serious crimes''. And for all of that he was on red Kryptonite kryptonite voluntarily, whereas in "Unsafe," "Unsafe", Alicia gives it to him without his knowledge.
** The moral of "Bound" seems to be that if you use women like a paper towel, it will come back to haunt you, even if you're rich. Problem is, it's not what plays out in the show; the woman women were shown to be perfectly willing parties, with the victim being the one who initiated the relationship. The episode seems to completely ignore that given Lex’s past relationships with woman women, it is perfectly understandable why he would opt for meaningless flings, but of the only two women who had a problem with this this, the murderer and her victim both proved to be completely insane. The victim coming across as a stalker and the murderer trying to invoke NeverMyFault.



* TheBusCameBack: Pete Ross returned for one episode in Season 7, and Lana returned partway through Season 8 for a small story arc. [[spoiler:Kara]] in Season 8's "Bloodline" and Season 10's "Supergirl." Season 10 had practically ''every'' major character who had departed the show [[ContinuityPorn return in some capacity]] during the season. Notably, Pete and Lana were the only living characters not to return during the season, whilst any other characters who didn't come back had been KilledOffForReal. [[spoiler:Not that being dead managed to stop Jonathan, Lionel, and Lex returning in some capacity.]]

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* TheBusCameBack: Pete Ross returned for one episode in Season 7, and Lana returned partway through Season 8 for a small story arc. [[spoiler:Kara]] in Season 8's "Bloodline" and Season 10's "Supergirl." "Supergirl". Season 10 had practically ''every'' major character who had departed the show [[ContinuityPorn return in some capacity]] during the season. Notably, Pete and Lana were the only living characters not to return during the season, whilst any other characters who didn't come back had been KilledOffForReal. [[spoiler:Not that being dead managed to stop Jonathan, Lionel, and Lex returning in some capacity.]]



** Episodes that introduce a SuperHero from Franchise/TheDCU end with this--"Run", "Aqua," and "Cyborg."
** And in Season 10, [[spoiler:Chloe in "Fortune."]]

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** Episodes that introduce a SuperHero from Franchise/TheDCU end with this--"Run", "Aqua," and "Cyborg."
"Cyborg".
** And in Season 10, [[spoiler:Chloe in "Fortune."]]"Fortune".]]
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** A good example is "Legion," where despite having spent the last eight years dealing with meteor-infected humans, naturally occurring superheroes, and aliens visitors from other worlds...apparently {{time travel}} is considered to be ''too'' ridiculous?!

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** A good example is "Legion," "Legion", where despite having spent the last eight years dealing with meteor-infected humans, naturally occurring superheroes, and aliens alien visitors from other worlds...worlds... apparently {{time travel}} is considered to be ''too'' ridiculous?!
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* TheScapegoat: Surprisingly Lex Luthor becomes this after his FaceHeelTurn due to a combination of TheDreaded and WritersCannotDoMath. For example the recon done in "Power" had Lana instead of leaving Clark of her own free will be kidnapped by Lex. This means that Lex was building the Prometheus suit to fight Clark and save his battered body long before he was even aware of Clark's secret and was wounded in the Fortress.
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