Lana Lang is Clark Kent's high school love interest and one of the most prominent supporting characters in the Franchise/{{Superman}} mythos. She was originally created as a teenage CaptainErsatz of ComicBook/LoisLane to complicate things for ComicBook/{{Superboy}} the way her older counterpart complicated the life of the adult Superman.

Lana was first introduced in ''Superboy'' #10 (September/October 1950). As Clark's next door neighbour in Smallville she was mostly depicted as equal parts close friend and nuisance, being determined to prove Clark and Superboy were one in the same. In keeping with the tradition set by Lois she was attracted to Superboy but had little time for the timid Clark (romantically anyway.) During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Lana would prove nearly as much a WeirdnessMagnet as ComicBook/JimmyOlsen himself, going through many transformations and gaining or losing powers as the plot demanded. After gaining a "bio-genetic" ring from an alien she even had a few adventures as a superheroine using the name "Insect Queen" and ended up a reserve member of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.

Meanwhile Lana had started to appear as an adult in ''Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane'' (while still appearing as a teenager in ''Superboy'' stories). Many Superman tales of the 60s dealt with the Lois/Superman/Lana triangle. Later, in the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks 70s and 80s]] she was Clark's co-anchor on WGBS-TV's evening news.

Lana was substantially reinvented for ''Film/SupermanIII'', her first major role outside the comics, which emphasised her GirlNextDoor aspects and her friendship (and romantic interest) with Clark rather than his alter-ego.

ComicBook/PostCrisis, with Clark's time as Superboy retconned away, Lana's role was altered into being Clark's UnluckyChildhoodFriend and SecretKeeper, largely keeping her characterisation from ''Film/SupermanIII''. She appeared occasionally in the Superman stories and had a rocky few years, marrying and then divorcing fellow Smallville native Pete Ross and never quite getting over Clark. Later on she returned to prominence as a surrogate mother/big sister figure to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}.

In the ComicBook/New52, she was re-imagined as an engineer, and became a major supporting character in ''Action Comics'' and ''Superman/Wonder Woman'', establishing a long-term relationship with [[ComicBook/{{Steel}} John Henry Irons]]. Her role as one of the very few people who Superman has confided his real identity in remains secure.

In ''ComicBook/{{Superwoman}}'' #1, it's revealed that when the New 52 Superman died in ''ComicBook/SupermanSuperLeague'', the blast gave both Lois and Lana superpowers, Lois getting Superman's classic powers, Lana getting the energy powers of Superman Red and Blue. Lois convinced Lana to become Superwoman alongside her -- only for [[DecoyProtagonist Lois to apparently die at the end of the issue]], leaving Lana as the series' main character.

Outside of comics, Lana played a major role in the TV series ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' (where she was played by Stacy Haiduk), ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' (where she was played by Kelley Schmidt as a teenager and Joely Fisher as an adult). ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (where she was played by Kristin Kreuk) and the film ''Film/SupermanIII'' (where she was played by Annette O'Toole). Jadin Gould plays her in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.

!!Lana Lang provides examples of:

* AdaptationDyeJob: As played by the brunette Kristin Kreuk in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' and Jadin Gould in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: For Superman in ''Superwoman'', specifically the Superman Red incarnation from [[MythologyGag when he was split up into two energy-based beings in the late '90s.]]
%%* AlliterativeName
* AscendedExtra: Became the protagonist in ''Superwoman'' after sixty-odd years as a supporting character.
* BettyAndVeronica: Pre-Crisis Lana and Lois were in a long-running triangle over Superman. Broadly speaking Lana was the Betty (as the childhood friend) and Lois the Veronica (as the glamorous big city gal) but they actually had aspects of each in their characters -- Lana ended up a TV reporter, making her pretty glamorous too, while Lois frequently showed a softer side to her personality. Post-Crisis Lana is firmly in UnluckyChildhoodFriend territory.
* ButtMonkey: Tied with Jimmy as the unluckiest major character in the Superman mythos. Pre-Crisis it was frequently her own fault when a scheme backfired, post-Crisis she is more of a {{Woobie}} type.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Blatantly pined after Clark and still tries to win his affection, to no avail.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: How Lois convinces her to use the powers she gained from Clark's death and become Superwoman. Lois tells her that she should honor Clark's memory by reminding people what his symbol stands for.
%%* DamselInDistress
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: In ''Superwoman''.
* {{Expy}}: Of Lois. She was originally introduced to be the nosy investigative love interest for a young Clark Kent. For ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' the creators created a [[CanonImmigrant new character]] (Chloe Sullivan) to fill this role as their version of Lana didn't mesh with that role, resulting in the odd situation where they had both a Lana character and a character who was for all intents and purposes an {{Expy}} of the ''comics'' version of Lana.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Gets charcoaled in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.
* FieryRedhead: Iconically red haired (except in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'') but her fieryness tends to vary depending on time period (she was a lot more fiery in the 50s and 60s for instance.)
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: ''Superwoman'' #1, as noted above.
* FirstLove: She is this to Clark/Superman in many incarnations, like in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
* FriendshipMoment: In pre-Crisis continuity Lana was the person who stayed with the Kents during Jonathan and Martha's terminal illness and tried to keep Clark's spirits up.
* GeniusDitz: Silver Age Lana was notoriously reckless and lacking in common sense ''even'' for UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} but in her quest to prove Superboy was really Clark Kent she could be incredibly cunning and inventive.
%%* GirlNextDoor
* ItsAllAboutMe: Her reason for her angst with Superman is based around how he didn't choose to be Lana during his childhood and broke her heart.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Pre-Crisis Lana was in love with Superman (or Superboy depending on the timeframe of the story). Post-Crisis (and in ''Film/SupermanIII'') she was best friends with and interested in Clark.
* ParentalAbandonment: In the ComicBook/New52, her parents died during the events of ''ComicBook/SupermanDoomed''. ''Superwoman'' subsequently gave her a deceased brother as well.
* PetTheDog: The pre-Crisis Lana could be plenty obnoxious at times but on many occasions she showed that beneath her often selfish exterior she was a good person.
* SecretChaser: Pre-Crisis. The page image says it all.
* SecretKeeper: Post-Crisis. Pre-Crisis due to StatusQuoIsGod the times she learned Clark's secret she either forgot it thanks to some handy plot element or was tricked into thinking she'd misinterpreted things.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: More significant at some points than others, however.
* SmallNameBigEgo: As a teenager in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, with shades of a KnowNothingKnowItAll.
* StalkerWithACrush: After Clark revealed he had superpowers and left to pursue his journey to become Superman, Lana became heartbroken and alone with the knowledge the man she loved would never be hers and became a stalker, to the extent that Lex Luthor noticed the frequency with which she appeared in the vicinity of Clark in Metropolosis and had her tortured in an attempt to gain whatever inside knowledge of Superman she might have.
* YourCheatingHeart: Even after Lana eventually married Pete Ross, settled into a quiet life in Smallville, where they had a son they named after their mutual friend, Clark, she still pined after Clark Kent. As she and Pete began to drift apart due to her blatant affection for Superman, Lana began to subtly attempt to regain Clark's affections, much to the anger of his (now) wife Lois Lane.
* ZanyScheme: In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, mostly to get Superboy to reveal his real identity. They didn't tend to work out.