'''Please arrange the unsorted entries according to seasons, as shown in {{NightmareFuel/Smallville}}.'''

Clark Kent's journey to becoming [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Earth's greatest superhero]] may have been full of [[Awesome/{{Smallville}} awesome moments]], but it hasn't always been a smooth road.

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[[folder:General/Multiple Seasons]]
* Lex and Lionel's relationship. Just about any scene with these two has Lionel being snarky and condescending toward his son while Lex gives as good as he gets. It's clear from the jump that they don't like each other; Lex is desperately trying to be his own man while Lionel is bent on [[ControlFreak doing everything he can to control Lex]] and mold him into being a ruthless businessman like himself, eventually building himself into the BigBad of Seasons 2 and 3 as he makes life pretty damn difficult for Clark, his friends, his parents, and everyone else in Smallville. Their [[{{Pride}} ego-fueled]] rivalry with [[ArchnemesisDad one]] [[AntagonisticOffspring another]] steadily obliterates any hope of reconciliation, and it gets worse once Lionel pulls a HeelFaceTurn and becomes [[TheMentor an ally]] and [[ParentalSubstitute father figure]] to Clark, going so far as to [[LikeASonToMe prefer Clark]] [[ParentalFavoritism over his own son]], while Lex [[BigBadSlippage plunges deeper into villainy]], culminating with [[SelfMadeOrphan sending Lionel falling out of a window to his death]] in Season 7's "Descent," thus completing [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain his journey]] to TheDarkSide.
* Any time Clark refuses to tell Lex the truth about himself. Particularly Season 1's "Leech," in which Lex pretty much has it figured out for himself and makes it very clear that [[SecretKeeper he intends to keep Clark's secret]]. All he wants is for his best and only friend to trust him...and Clark pushes him away. He cares about you, dammit Clark!
-->'''Lex''': You're the closest I've had to a real friend my whole life. You don't have to hide anything from me.
** In "Finale", right before he heads off to face Darkseid, Clark essentially tells Lex he's sorry for not being a better friend.
** The InUniverse WhatCouldHaveBeen if Clark had been more trusting in Lex is indeed very, very sad. Knowing who Clark is and what he could do could have given Lex the hope he needed to become the better man he might have been. Somewhere, in some AlternateUniverse, Lex and Clark are the ultimate Brains/Brawn crime-fighting team...
* Lex's development into the ArchEnemy everyone knows and loves to hate is saddening to watch. He's second only to [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker]] in being a character who truly was once a good person but whose [[FatalFlaw vices]] led them down very dark paths and ultimately brought them into conflict with the people they cared about. And [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi unlike Anakin/Darth Vader]], there may be no redemption for this version of Lex Luthor.
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[[folder:Season One]]
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[[folder: 1x 01 - Pilot ]]


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[[folder: 1x 02 - Metamorphosis ]]


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[[folder: 1x 03 - Hothead ]]


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[[folder: 1x 04 - X-Ray ]]


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[[folder: 1x 05 - Cool ]]


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[[folder: 1x 06 - Hourglass ]]


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[[folder: 1x 07 - Craving ]]


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[[folder: 1x 08 - Jitters ]]

* At the end of the episode, to save face in front of a collected press, Lionel embraces Lex, expressing calculated gratitude that his son is okay. Lex looks over to where Jonathan, Martha and Clark are sharing a truly genuine hug of relief and happiness. [[StartOfDarkness Unarguably the very first moment that Lex experienced genuine hatred for Clark, jealous of what Clark has that Lex never will.]]

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[[folder: 1x 09 - Rogue ]]


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[[folder: 1x 10 - Shimmer ]]


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[[folder: 1x 12 - Hug ]]


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[[folder: 1x 13 - Leech ]]


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[[folder: 1x 14 - Kinetic ]]


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[[folder: 1x 15 - Zero ]]

* Chloe promises to stop looking into the Kents for a class project, only to later break her promise by keeping her notes about the Kent family.

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[[folder: 1x 16 - Nicodemus ]]

* In [[ShoutOut a nod]] to ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', Clark lamenting being unable to help Jonathan after he falls into a coma due to exposure to the Nicodemus flower.

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[[folder: 1x 17 - Stray ]]

* Ryan's backstory. His mother died, leaving him in the care of [[AbusiveParents his son-of-a-bitch stepfather and his new equally-abusive wife who exploited his mind-reading abilities to rob people]]. When he starts crying, your heart ''will'' break for the kid.
* Lex revealing he had a baby brother, Julian, who died when he was barely a week old. [[spoiler:We find out in Season 3 that not only did Lex spent most of his life believing he had accidentally killed his brother, but his mother was actually responsible.]]
* Lex giving Clark a foil before possibly leaving Smallville. Clark is close to tears, while Lex is putting on a brave face. It's just a great scene that perfectly illustrates the mutual respect and friendship between these two men who you ''know'' will grow up to be enemies.
-->'''Lex''': [[{{Pun}} It's a]] [[ArchEnemy foil]], Clark. Every hero should have one.

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[[folder: 1x 18 - Reaper ]]

* Clark and Jonathan's argument about Lex after Jonathan finds out that Lex had the Kents investigated and Clark lets slip he knew about it. Jonathan gripes at Clark for not telling him earlier and [[{{Jerkass}} rather snidely]] remarks that Clark is too young to understand how untrustworthy the Luthors are, prompting Clark to snap at his father to stop treating him like a kid and that the only reason he goes fishing with Jonathan every year (which he earlier admitted he had since grown tired of) is because it makes his father happy. Jonathan's stunned look and Clark's subsequent MyGodWhatHaveIDone face is hard to watch.
* As Martha urges Clark to mend fences with his father, she reveals that Jonathan drifted apart from his own father Hiram [[KeepingSecretsSucks because they kept things from each other]].
* Jonathan's retort to Lex's CallingTheOldManOut comment.
-->'''Jonathan:''' Well, so far, you haven't given me a reason to see anything else.
* Whitney's speech to Clark, especially the part where he tells Clark that Jonathan is always going to be there for him which proves to be HarsherInHindsight, given what happens seasons later in "Reckoning"...
* Tyler's story, which could very well be a case study of BadPowersGoodPeople. He's an average guy who tried to [[MercyKill put his ailing mother, whom he clearly loved deeply, out of her misery]], only to end up falling out a window to his death when hospital staff tries to stop him. Then, [[GreenRocks thanks to Kryptonite]], he comes back to life with [[TouchOfDeath the ability to turn any organic matter he touches to ash]]. And does he use this power to wreak havoc [[ForTheLulz for shits and giggles]]? No. He goes about putting seriously-ill people out of their misery, starting with the bedridden Mrs. Sykes. He tries to do the same to Whitney's hospitalized father George, only for Clark to tell him that his mother survived his prior MercyKill attempt. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Realizing he's actually been purging his own grief]], Tyler uses his powers on himself, and Clark can't stop him.

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[[folder: 1x 19 - Drone ]]


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[[folder: 1x 20 - Crush ]]

* Chloe's anger at Clark for forgetting to sign them up for a journalism conference thanks to the latter's SingleTargetSexuality.
* The sub-plot of Lex meeting his childhood nanny, Pamela, after she had left him many years earlier. At first, Lex is hostile and cold towards her and wants nothing to do with her, thinking she had abandoned him for money after promising she would never leave him after his mother died, even after Pamela reveals that Lionel, bastard that he is, blackmailed her into leaving by threatening to disinherit Lex.
** Pam's deathbed reconciliation with Lex.
* Whitney's father's death. It's sudden, but it was well built-up to.
** The SilenceIsGolden ending scene at George Fordman's funeral. Lana stands by Whitney but shares a HeldGaze with Clark before departing with her boyfriend, making it clear she wants to be with Clark but feels she has to support Whitney in his grief. Chloe notices the interaction between Clark and Lana, two of her close friends, before leaving herself. Finally, Clark is left alone.
** Just before this scene, Lana was about to break up with Whitney after seeing Clark begin to move on with Chloe, only for a tearful Whitney to inform her that his father died. Ouch.

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[[folder: 1x 21 - Obscura ]]


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[[folder: 1x 22 - Tempest ]]


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[[folder:Season Two]]
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[[folder: 2x 01 - Vortex ]]

* Clark's worry over his missing father.
* Clark and Chloe agreeing to be JustFriends, and Chloe breaking down and crying after Clark walks away.

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[[folder: 2x 02 - Heat ]]


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[[folder: 2x 03 - Duplicity ]]


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[[folder: 2x 04 - Red ]]


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[[folder: 2x 05 - Nocturne ]]


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[[folder: 2x 06 - Redux ]]

* Clark meets his grandfather William Clark, Martha's father. They became estranged because William has absolute contempt for his daughter marrying Jonathan, a mere farmer instead of a lawyer like him. Wanting to spend time with his grandpa, Clark tries to get William, Martha and Jonathan to make up, but fails. William never appears again.

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[[folder: 2x 07 - Lineage ]]

* Rachel Dunleavy, the "villain" of the episode, while deranged, is ultimately a lonely woman looking for her long-lost son whom she initially believes to be Clark and she's put at odds with Lionel Luthor with whom she had [[WomanScorned a previous relationship]]. When she kidnaps Lex in an attempt to get Lionel to admit that she had a child with him and hand him over in a press conference, Lionel instead issues a threat to her not to harm Lex or face the consequences. Enraged, she tries to kill Lex, only to have Clark save him as the ax breaks on his body. When she realizes that he can't be her son, she completely breaks down, and it's mentioned she was institutionalized (again). Martha, Jonathan, and even Lex take pity on her; the latter two make it a point to mention that this is exactly how Lionel ruins lives. She never even gets to reunite with her son, who's very much alive in the show.
* After Clark finds out that Chloe is again trying to look into his past when his alleged real mother arrives, he loses it and snaps at her that, instead of trying to look into his mother, she should go find her own. This turns out to be a particularly sore spot for Chloe [[MissingMom as her mother left her at a young age]]:
-->'''Chloe:''' I know where she is, Clark. The difference is, she isn't interested in me!
* When Clark asks Jonathan why he hates the Luthors so much, Jonathan reveals the story behind how he and Martha came to adopt Clark: He and Martha needed Lionel's help in getting the adoption papers to prove to the authorities that Clark is legally theirs, and Lionel agreed to help him. Afterwards, Lionel wanted Jonathan to persuade the Ross brothers (Pete's father and uncle) to sell their cream corn factory to him, but Jonathan refused, unable to betray the Rosses like that, until Lionel threatened to reveal to Child Services that Clark's adoption was faked if Jonathan doesn't comply. Clark, hearing the story of how Lionel got a hold in Smallville and how Pete's family got screwed over by him, blames himself, but Jonathan won't have it and takes full responsibility:
-->'''Jonathan:''' (''to Clark'') You never believe that. This was my decision. This is my fault. (''pauses, looks from Clark to Martha'') Mine alone.

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[[folder: 2x 08 - Ryan ]]

* Ryan dies from a brain tumor despite Clark doing everything possible to prevent that from happening.
* Ryan tries to warn Lex that he'll become evil if he's not careful.

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[[folder: 2x 09 - Dichotic ]]


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[[folder: 2x 10 - Skinwalker ]]

* [[spoiler:[[TemporaryLoveInterest Kyla]] [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dying in Clark's arms.]]]]

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[[folder: 2x 11 - Visage ]]

* TheReveal that the real Whitney died in combat overseas.

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[[folder: 2x 12 - Insurgence ]]

* Lex really gets put through the ringer in this episode; in fact, an alternate title for the episode could very reasonably be "How to Break Lex Luthor."
** It starts with Lex finding out that Lionel had the mansion bugged with surveillance devices and when he confronts the man about it, Lionel snidely dismisses his accusations. Lex then hires a team of thugs to bug Lionel's office in retaliation, only for that to spiral completely out of control when three of the thugs take Lionel and Martha hostage.
** Lex's CallingTheOldManOut of Jonathan always assuming the worst of him after Jonathan rudely declines Lex and Clark's efforts to help him and Martha make up.
** Near the end, Lex watching the Kents happily walk away after Lionel coldly tells him he's moving out of the mansion.
* Jonathan and Martha's argument after Martha is forced to accompany Lionel to [=LuthorCorp=] on their anniversary. All Clark can do is look on uncomfortably as his parents argue.
* Jonathan acting like a {{Jerkass}} towards Lex AND Clark when they make a well-intentioned attempt to help him and Martha make up, especially his DontYouDarePityMe response when Clark starts to call him out on his hostile attitude toward Lex; in the case with Clark, it damn-near counts as a KickTheMoralityPet moment.

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[[folder: 2x 13 - Suspect ]]

* The brief rift that opens up between Clark and Lex as the former suspects the latter of framing Jonathan for shooting Lionel.
* Sheriff Ethan breaking down in tears after Clark busts him for shooting Lionel and framing Jonathan for the crime.

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[[folder: 2x 14 - Rush ]]

* Clark finally gathered the courage to ask Lana out. Then, Chloe [[spoiler:is infected by adrenaline-stimulating parasites which makes her [[OhCrap dangerously impulsive]]]], and Clark is similarly affected by [[spoiler:[[ThisIsGonnaSuck red kryptonite]]]]. Chloe brings them to the Talon (Lana's coffee shop), where they make out passionately--put it this way, the relevant clip received a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids 18+ rating]] on YouTube. Chloe strips Clark, [[spoiler:the red kryptonite falls out, and he is back to normal to find Chloe pinning him onto a sofa]]. He tries to get away, but Chloe [[ForcefulKiss forces a kiss]] on him the moment Lana, who has been told by a waitress of their behavior, walks in...
-->'''Clark''': Lana, this is not what it looks like. (''Lana stares at him, then sweeps past him'')
-->'''Chloe''': Yes, it is, Lana, it is exactly what it looks like. Oh, and guess what? Clark told me everything. (''Lana pauses at the door'') And I mean, everything [[note]]Referring to his secret of being an alien with superpowers[[/note]]. (''Chloe walks out of the Talon'')
-->'''Clark''': Lana, ICanExplain. (''Lana slams the door behind her with tears streaming down her face'')
** Then later, Clark tries to apologize to Lana. Lana knows about [[spoiler:the parasite]] and doesn't blame Chloe as she was not herself, but Clark sadly can't tell her about the [[spoiler:red kryptonite]].
--->'''Lana''': I could understand why she was kissing you, but why are you kissing her ''back''?
** Then she throws his rose away once he left.

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[[folder: 2x 15 - Prodigal ]]


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[[folder: 2x 16 - Fever ]]

* When Clark falls very ill due to some [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere kryptonite]]-[[GreenRocks irradiated]] spores, Chloe visits him when he is unconscious. It was pretty heartwarming at first... well, the Smallville wiki puts it best:
-->'''Chloe''': So yet in another classic maneuver to avoid emotional intimacy, I wrote my feelings down so that I could read them to you, thereby avoiding the embarrassing eye contact. (''takes a deep breath and starts to read'') "I want to let you in on a little secret, Clark. I'm not who you think I am. In fact, my disguise is so thin, I'm surprised you haven't seen right through me. I'm the girl of your dreams [[JustFriends masquerading as your best friend]]. Sometimes I want to rip off this façade like I did at the Spring Formal, but I can't because you'll get scared and run away again. So I decided that it's better to live with the lie than expose my true feelings." This is so much easier when you are unconscious. (''[[BeautifulDreamer tenderly caresses Clark's hair]]'') "My dad told me there are two types of girls: the ones you grow out of, and the ones you grow into. I really hope I'm the latter. [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy I may not be the one you love today, but I'll let you go for now, hoping one day you'll fly back to me]]. Because I think you're [[IWillWaitForYou worth the wait]]." (''again, carefully strokes Clark's brow'') Clark? (''Clark smiles and stirs in his sleep'')
-->'''Clark''': (''groans'') [[SatelliteLoveInterest Lana]]? (*Collective wince from viewers*) (''A few seconds of blank shock, then a SingleTear slides down Chloe's cheek; she leaves in a hurry, with one final tearful glance from the door'')
** Seriously, Seasons 1 and 2 just seem to be one long BreakTheCutie sequence for Chloe. Clark just can't stop breaking her heart to chase after Lana, [[IncrediblyLamePun uncon]][[ObliviousToLove sciously]] or not.
* Jonathan's situation in this episode, which is AdultFear in all its glory. His wife and generally-invulnerable son are infected with a deadly virus, they don't have much time left to live, and there's very little he can do. John Schneider gives his all in conveying Jonathan's anguish and desperation to save his family.

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[[folder: 2x 17 - Rosetta ]]

* After Chloe caught Lana looking at Chloe's photos with Clark at the school dance:
-->'''Chloe''': Don't look at me like that.
-->'''Lana''': Like what way?
-->'''Chloe''': Like I'm some lovesick loser who is trying to hang onto something she never had.
* Clark finding out his origins, most of all the fact that Krypton is gone and he is most likely [[LastOfHisKind the only Kryptonian left in the universe]] (that is, until Season 7).
* After reading Jor-El's message which suggests he was sent to conquer mankind, Clark worries about his future and [[YouCantFightFate whether he can escape that apparent fate]], with Jonathan doing his best to assure his son that he is not bound to any destiny. The real kicker is when, as Jonathan [[CooldownHug hugs his son]], we see that both of them doubt if they truly can avert BewareTheSuperman.

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[[folder: 2x 18 - Visitor ]]

* Clark believing Cyrus to be a fellow surviving Kryptonian after watching him heal a sick horse, and his reaction after Cyrus lapses into a catatonic state after he believes he missed his chance to go home.

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[[folder: 2x 19 - Precipice ]]


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[[folder: 2x 20 - Witness ]]

* Clark and Chloe's argument after Clark forgets to write an article because he was busy helping Lana.
** Clark and Chloe later ending their friendship.

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[[folder: 2x 21 - Accelerate ]]

* Lana confessing to Emily that she didn't save the original Emily. Whatever your opinion of [[TheScrappy Lana]], your heart will break for the girl as her face absolutely crumbles during her confession.

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[[folder: 2x 22 - Calling ]]

* Lionel comes to Chloe and offers her a column in the ''Daily Planet'' (something she wanted for a very long time)... at the price of [[spoiler:investigating Clark]]. She turns him down, saying that she would never betray her friends. [[MagnificentBastard Lio]][[ManipulativeBastard nel]] wonders if [[spoiler:Clark]] would be as loyal to her as she is to him. Then she sees [[spoiler:Lana and Clark kissing in the loft]] and leaves crying.

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[[folder: 2x 23 - Exodus ]]

* Lana is preparing for Lex's wedding, and when Chloe asks, she [[BlatantLies lies]] and says that Clark and her are JustFriends. Chloe then confronts Clark, who barely pays her any attention.
* Jor-El [[{{Superdickery}} demands]] that Clark fulfill his Kryptonian [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny]]. In an attempt to resist it, Clark decides to sever his only Kryptonian link, the ship he arrived to Earth in, by putting a kryptonite key in it. The ship explodes, causing a huge shockwave. [[spoiler:The Kent truck is overturned, and Martha loses her baby.]]
-->'''Jonathan''': Your actions have consequences, Clark! Didn't your mother and I ever teach you that?
-->'''Clark''': Yes, but--
-->'''Jonathan''': There's no time for excuses, Clark! It's too late! You didn't think this thing through. You had no idea what was going to happen, and now [[spoiler:your mother is lying in a hospital bed]]!
* Lana finds Clark, who is in pain and is convinced that he would only hurt everyone around him if he stayed in Smallville. He steals Chloe's red kryptonite ring, puts it on, and departs for Metropolis, leaving behind a distraught Lana.
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[[folder:Season Three]]
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[[folder: 3x 01 - Exile ]]

* Chloe tries to talk Clark into going back to Smallville and is met with violence.
-->'''Clark''': (''pushing Chloe towards the door of his apartment'') Chloe, get out! If you tell anywhere where I am, I'll go someplace where they'll never find me!
-->'''Chloe''': I don't know who you are anymore.
-->'''Clark''': GET OUT!!!

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[[folder: 3x 02 - Phoenix ]]

* Jonathan makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Jor-El]] to bring Clark back at the cost of his health.
* Lana breaks up with Clark.
-->'''Chloe''': I mean, let's face it, Lana. Clark has more issues than ''Rolling Stone''. [[note]]It's a magazine which has over 1000 issues.[[/note]]

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[[folder: 3x 03 - Extinction ]]


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[[folder: 3x 04 - Slumber ]]


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[[folder: 3x 05 - Perry ]]


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[[folder: 3x 06 - Relic ]]

* Louise's death. Worse, she wasn't even the target; the future Mayor Tate, who was in love with Louise as well, had freed Lachlan Luthor, the actual murderer, from jail so [[MurderTheHypotenuse he could shoot and kill Jor-El aka "Joe"]], allowing Tate to [[FrameUp frame Louise's husband for Joe's murder]] so he could have Louise all to himself. But because Joe is Kryptonian, [[NighInvulnerability the bullets bounce off of him]] and one hits Louise, who [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in Jor-El's arms]] as [[PleaseDontLeaveMe he pleads with her to stay with him]].
* As Hiram and Jor-El prepare to head out, Hiram offers for Jor-El to stay until his name is cleared, but Jor-El refuses with one sad line:
-->'''Jor-El:''' I have no reason to stay anymore.

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[[folder: 3x 07 - Magnetic ]]


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[[folder: 3x 08 - Shattered ]]

* Let's face it; "Shattered" is another episode dedicated to breaking Lex. It starts with Lex, having learned from Chloe that Lionel and Morgan Edge conspired to kill the former's parents for their insurance money, getting Edge to confess so he can put his father in prison, only for Lionel to conspire with Edge to drug Lex and [[{{Gaslighting}} make it look like he's crazy]], with only Clark believing Lex's claims. By the end of the episode, Lex is captured and put in Belle Reve, and the episode closes with a tearful Lionel watching his son in a straitjacket.
* Clark being forced to choose between helping Lex or not, and deciding to help his friend despite Jonathan's protests.
* Lana telling Clark to stay away from her after she ends up gravely injured while trying to help Lex.

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[[folder: 3x 09 - Asylum ]]

* Despite Clark's best efforts, [[TheBadGuyWins Lionel succeeds in having Lex's memories erased]]. The best that can be said about the situation is that Lionel finds out too late that Lex knew Clark's secret.
* Clark confiding in his parents that he wishes he could erase the past few months of his life.

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[[folder: 3x 10 - Whisper ]]

* Clark confronting Chloe about working for Lionel.

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[[folder: 3x 11 - Delete ]]


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[[folder: 3x 12 - Hereafter ]]

* The episode ends with Clark finding his father on the ground in the barn having a heart attack. He takes Jonathan in his arms and Jonathan tells his son he loves him before losing consciousness. Clark is then left to helplessly call for his mother. What's really telling is that this is '''Clark''', y'know, the kid who can [[SuperSpeed easily get his dad to the hospital in under ten minutes]], but instead, [[ForgotAboutHisPowers he stays right where he is]], screaming for Martha. It's clear that [[PrimalFear the possibility of losing a family member]] weakens Clark worse than Kryptonite.

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[[folder: 3x 13 - Velocity ]]

* [[ItsAllMyFault Clark blaming himself for Jonathan's heart attack]], despite his parents' insistence to the contrary.
* The episode's ending. Clark is still pissed at Pete, who tries to lighten the mood but to no avail.

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[[folder: 3x 14 - Obsession ]]


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[[folder: 3x 15 - Resurrection ]]

* An example that crosses over with [[Heartwarming/{{Smallville}} heartwarming]]: Clark convincing a stubborn Jonathan to have open-heart surgery, telling him how important he is to him. Jonathan looks near tears himself as he finally gives in, and his son give him a big hug.

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[[folder: 3x 16 - Crisis ]]

* After Lionel frames him for the Metron murders, Lex goes and makes a deal with the FBI to bring his father down. If the development itself doesn't elicit sadness, then Lex's [[TearsOfRage angry, bitter tears]] as he tells Loder he'll help bring Lionel down will.

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[[folder: 3x 17 - Legacy ]]

* Dr. Swann's guest role in this episode, as awesome as it is, is sad because, much like Creator/LeonardNimoy's role as [[Film/StarTrek2009 Spock]] [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness Prime]] years later, it's also Creator/ChristopherReeve's last acting role ''ever''.

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[[folder: 3x 18 - Truth ]]

* Chloe, who breathed in a truth gas that forces anyone she asks to tell the truth, asks Pete what is the secret. To both Chloe and Clark's surprise, instead of talking about Clark's secret (what she was asking for), he suddenly [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt kissed her and admitted that he has had a crush on her for a long time]]. Shocked, Chloe forgets all about uncovering Clark; Pete is very embarrassed and runs away, pleading for Chloe (who is dying from the truth gas) to seek treatment. Later on, Clark asks why Pete never told him or Chloe; Pete replies he didn't think he ever had a chance with the gorgeous Chloe and also knows full well that she only has eyes for Clark (better than [[ObliviousToLove Clark himself anyway]]) and he is [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy fine with them being together, even consoling Chloe when she broke up with Clark]].
** Made sadder later in "Forsaken" as Pete is [[spoiler:PutOnABus]].
* Lex admitting to Chloe that all he ever wanted from [[AbusiveParents Lionel]] is ''love''. Made even more poignant when Lionel, in a fit of frustration, demands, not asks, Lex what he wants from him and Lex gives his father a sad look before delivering this line:
-->'''Lex:''' It doesn't matter, Dad, because I'm never going to get it.
* Lana saying that no one wants to be around Chloe any more and she is leaving for Paris; she didn't tell Chloe because she doesn't trust her.

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[[folder: 3x 19 - Memoria ]]

* Hell, every single one of Lex's memories count.
* Clark being led into a trap at Summerholt by Lionel. Watching the future Superman get weakened enough by Kryptonite to be easily overpowered by Dr. Garner's {{mooks}}, [[ShamefulStrip stripped down to his underwear]], and [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable strapped to a gurney completely helpless and unable to fight or escape]] is heart-wrenching.
* As a result of Garner's procedure, Clark recovers his earliest memory: Lara placing baby Kal-El inside his ship as Krypton is about to explode. Lara sounds so sad when she bids her son farewell.
** Clark coming out of the memory [[SayMyName screaming his birth mother's name]]. Tom Welling's anguished cries will tear your heart out.
*** Worse, it mirrors the episode's teaser, which features Lex screaming his dead brother's name.
* Lex reveals to Lionel what his brain treatments have caused him to remember--[[spoiler:that his mother Lillian was responsible for his brother Julian's death, an action Lex took the blame for and arguably set the tone of Lionel and Lex's [[WellDoneSonGuy relationship]]]]. The look on Lionel's face when he realizes that [[EvenEvilHasStandards all the resentment he had been holding toward his son was for nothing]] is heart-wrenching, as are his pitiful attempts to apologize as Lex utterly rejects the gesture and rips himself out of his father's grasp.
* Crossing over with heartwarming: Martha revealing that Clark's first word as a child was "Lara" after Clark laments he forgot his biological mother.

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[[folder: 3x 20 - Talisman ]]

* Jonathan and Martha coming home to find Clark dying of a stab wound.

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[[folder: 3x 21 - Forsaken ]]

* Pete announcing he's moving away with his mother because [[KeepingSecretsSucks he can't deal with the burden of protecting Clark's secret]] and saying goodbye to Clark.
* The ending scene with Lex confronting Lionel in his office before Loder arrives to arrest Lionel. It's clear that Lex is taking no joy in having his father arrested.

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[[folder: 3x 22 - Covenant ]]


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[[folder:Season Four]]
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[[folder: 4x 01 - Crusade ]]

* Lois, after spending much of the episode establishing herself as a DeadpanSnarker PluckyGirl, visiting Chloe's grave and trying like hell to put on a brave front.

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[[folder: 4x 02 - Gone ]]


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[[folder: 4x 03 - Facade ]]

* After Chloe confesses that she still loves Clark deeply, she looks on as Lois and Clark shares a flirty moment. The song playing nails it.
-->[[Music/AvrilLavigne "We're meant to be, supposed to be, but we lost it... all the memories so close to me just fade away, all this time you were pretending, so much for my happy ending."]]

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[[folder: 4x 04 - Devoted ]]


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[[folder: 4x 05 - Run ]]


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[[folder: 4x 06 - Transference ]]

* When Clark and Lionel switch bodies, you get some [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Moments of Awesome]] for Tom Welling and Creator/JohnGlover's acting, mostly because they can mimic each other's traits incredibly well, but also some gut-wrenching moments from Clark!Lionel when he starts to break down in jail. First, when he begs why the guards are dragging him away until he sees his face and snaps, then when he's beaten up by the thug demanding protection money, then when he finds out he's dying. It may not always click on first viewing, but remember, this is the future ''Superman'' in jail without his powers. Clark is a good person, he's tried to do nothing but good his entire life, he didn't deserve this and damn it hurts to just try to think what it's like for him.
* Clark [[spoiler:[[FreakyFridayFlip actually Lionel]]]] [[DirtyOldMan has a long flirt]] with Chloe, then pulls back at the last possible moment when they're about to kiss, with the cruelest of manners.
-->'''Clark''': Don't you wish... [[OutOfCharacterAlert Miss Sullivan]].

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[[folder: 4x 07 - Jinx ]]


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[[folder: 4x 08 - Spell ]]


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[[folder: 4x 09 - Bound ]]


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[[folder: 4x 10 - Scare ]]

* An episode mostly [[NightmareFuel dedicated to scaring the living daylights out of viewers]], but near the end, Chloe tells Clark what her [[YourWorstNightmare worst nightmare]] is. She says that she found her MissingMom three months earlier... in a mental institution for a hereditary mental illness. That's why there is a Chloe-like straitjacket-bound zombie figure in her nightmare informing her that she cannot escape. [[DownerEnding She is terrified that she is going to end up insane like her mother and starts crying. While she says that she feels a bit better after telling a friend, Clark considers, but then decides against telling her his secret, despite her officially being his best friend at the time]].
** And then there is this time.
-->'''Clark''': (''talking about his worst fear'') [[WhoWantsToLiveForever ...I was completely alone]].
-->'''Chloe''': I wish I could say that I'll always be here for you, but somehow I get the feeling that that is not a promise I can keep.

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[[folder: 4x 11 - Unsafe ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 4x 12 - Pariah ]]

* Clark finds that [[spoiler:[[EnsembleDarkhorse Alicia]] [[TemporaryLoveInterest Baker]] has been murdered.]] It's... that BigNo he lets out is one of those rare moments where the moment is ''not'' {{Narm}}; it is an anguished, primal ''wail'', so horrifyingly real and gut-wrenching that you can't help feeling his grief. It's a lot worse when you consider that a) [[spoiler:Alicia]] was the first girl he loved who knew, accepted, and understood him; and b) he never even had closure with her, seeing that she died believing he didn't trust her, and he pretty much has to live with that for the rest of his life. Also note just how ''violent'' [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge his initial reaction to her death was]] even if she was only a three-episode character, her brief presence had a major impact, and her death was as powerfully and painfully emotional as was her relationship with Clark.
** Clark also blames himself for her death. Believing if he told everyone about his secret like she said, she'd still be alive.

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[[folder: 4x 13 - Recruit ]]


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[[folder: 4x 14 - Krypto ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 4x 15 - Sacred ]]


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[[folder: 4x 16 - Lucy ]]


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[[folder: 4x 17 - Onyx ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 4x 18 - Spirit ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 4x 19 - Blank ]]

* Mostly [[{{Funny/Smallville}} funny]] and [[{{Heartwarming/Smallville}} heartwarming]], but with two small examples of this:
** Clark seeing Lana for the first time after he lost all his memories.
--->'''Clark''': Who is that?
--->'''Chloe''': (''sadly'') That... is Lana. The love of your life.
** Clark regains all his memories at the end, but forgets what Chloe did all throughout the episode to help him.
--->'''Clark''': Chloe, I need you to be completely honest with me.
--->'''Chloe''': Honest, huh?[[note]]Something he hasn't been with her for a ''very'' long time. He could be a real {{hypocrite}} sometimes.[[/note]]
--->'''Clark''': What'd I do?
--->'''Chloe''': You trusted me.[[note]]He revealed all his abilities to Chloe thinking that he already did before.[[/note]]

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[[folder: 4x 20 - Ageless ]]

* Evan, the freak of the week, ages rapidly and is about to self-destruct in a huge explosion. His last words are "I wish you were my father, Clark."
** To be more specific, Clark and Lana find a baby boy in a field and adopt him. Unfortunately, the baby, named "Evan," starts [[RapidAging aging rapidly]] and, despite everyone's best efforts, dies. The worse part was the scene where Evan's biological father didn't want anything to do with him.

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[[folder: 4x 21 - Forever ]]

* What did you expect from the last episode of high school? Special mentions goes to Chloe sadly packing up her things at the ''Torch'' and has one good long look at the office before leaving. It is going to be sorely missed.

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[[folder: 4x 22 - Commencement ]]


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[[folder:Season Five]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 01 - Arrival ]]


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[[folder: 5x 02 - Mortal ]]

* [[BreakingTheFellowship Clark ending his friendship with Lex]] after finding out [[BatmanGambit he arranged for Lee and the Twins to escape from Belle Reve]] and [[IHaveYourWife take Jonathan, Martha, and Lana captive]] to try and prove that Clark has superpowers.

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[[folder: 5x 03 - Hidden ]]

* Clark getting shot and later dying in the hospital. Lana, Jonathan, and Martha's reactions are gut-wrenching.
* Jor-El resurrects Clark with his powers restored, as that's the only way he can come back, with the caveat that [[BalancingDeathsBooks someone he loves will have to die in his place]].

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[[folder: 5x 04 - Aqua ]]


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[[folder: 5x 05 - Thirst ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 06 - Exposed ]]

* When Lex comes by the Kent farmhouse and asks to speak with Senator Jennings about the incriminating photo of him and the stripper, Jonathan openly expresses that he never really liked Lex, demonstrating just how deeply Lex has fallen in the Kents' eyes.
* Senator Jennings's involvement in an extramarital affair is now HarsherInHindsight in light of Tom Wopat (Jennings) being accused of sexual harassment.

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[[folder: 5x 07 - Splinter ]]


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[[folder: 5x 08 - Solitude ]]

* After Martha is stricken with a fatal Kryptonian disease, Clark, believing this event to be the dreaded death of a loved one Jor-El told him about in "Hidden," plead with Jor-El to let his mother live, but Jor-El insists he isn't responsible for Martha's illness (he's right; Professor Fine/Brainiac is the true culprit) and reiterates that someone Clark loves will die to compensate for his restored life and that [[YouCantFightFate there is nothing he can do to stop it]].
* Jonathan's anger at Clark for withholding Jor-El's bargain from him and Martha.

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[[folder: 5x 09 - Lexmas ]]

* Picking up from the [[{{Heartwarming/Smallville}} heartwarming]] part of the episode... The DreamApocalypse unfolds as Lana starts rapidly losing blood after delivering a baby girl. Lex begs his father to let Lana get the best treatment, but Dreamworld!Lionel cruelly denies it as, in reality, Lionel orders a risky operation to be done on Lex. Lex breaks down in the dream world and wakes up in reality. Afterwards, Lex decides the only thing that can prevent him from losing the people he loves is money and power, and [[StartOfDarkness orders for a smear campaign against Jonathan to be initiated]]. The ghost of his mother shows up as a reflection in the window and weeps as her son is determined to go down the wrong path.
* The good parts are just as tear-jerking when you think about it. The dream shows that, despite what he did or will do, Lex really wished his relationship with Clark and Chloe never soured like it did in the real world.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 10 - Fanatic ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 11 - Lockdown ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 12 - Reckoning ]]

* This episode, the 100th episode, is made of {{TearJerker}}s. The first happens when Clark finally tells Lana his secret and everyone's extremely happy, to the point that you start to wonder what the big deal was with the secret. [[spoiler:Then she ''dies'' in a violent car crash when Lex gets obsessed with finding out what Lana knows about Clark. Clark gets to the scene too late, and his reaction as his dad tries to pull him away is heart-wrenching. But then Clark ''goes back in time'' with the help of Jor-El, [[IResembleThatRemark right after he told him that they weren't gods]]. Unfortunately, messing with the time stream has horrible consequences, and Jonathan dies in Lana's place. Martha's agonized screams at the time of Jonathan's passing, and the funeral afterward really made this troper turn on the waterworks]].
** If you think about it, Jor-El's access to [[spoiler:{{time travel}} technology]] means that he must have tried it to save [[DoomedHometown Krypton]], and was also met with [[EarthShatteringKaboom disastrous results]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps that is why he is such a firm believer in destiny]].

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[[folder: 5x 13 - Vengeance ]]

* The entire episode deals with Clark's grief and regret over his actions in "Reckoning," and how he's been bottling up all of his emotions. It all finally comes out at the end of the episode, when he walks into his living room while his mom is watching an old home video of theirs. It shows [[spoiler:Jonathan]] playing with a young Clark, and closes off with him turning to face the camera and saying a spirited "Bye-bye"; it's almost like a posthumous farewell from [[spoiler:father to son]].
** Just the scene of Clark breaking down in his mother's arms can get to anybody. Anybody who thought that Tom Welling couldn't act before was proven very wrong with this scene.

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[[folder: 5x 14 - Tomb ]]

* Chloe reuniting with her mother at the end.

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[[folder: 5x 15 - Cyborg ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 16 - Hypnotic ]]

* Clark breaking up with Lana.
** Want to make it worse? Lex set the whole thing up so Lana would turn to him for comfort. And to this day, Clark and Lana may STILL not know the truth.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 17 - Void ]]

* Clark's reunion with Jonathan in the afterlife after being injected with [[AppliedPhlebotinum the limbo drug]].

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[[folder: 5x 18 - Fragile ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 19 - Mercy ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 20 - Fade ]]

* Clark's reaction to walking in on Lex and Lana sharing a kiss. Poor guy looks like he's going to be sick.
* Clark and Lana's conversation at the end.

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[[folder: 5x 21 - Oracle ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 5x 22 - Vessel ]]

* Lana wondering how she ever could've loved Clark as she storms out, leaving Clark with an absolutely gutted expression on his face.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season Six]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 01 - Zod ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 02 - Sneeze ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 03 - Wither ]]

* Clark sitting alone in the loft, bouncing a ball, at the end of the episode.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 04 - Arrow ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 05 - Reunion ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 06 - Fallout ]]

* Raya's death.

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[[folder: 6x 07 - Rage ]]

* [[DontYouDarePityMe Lana bitterly telling Clark to leave]] after he finds her alone in the Luthor Mansion study and tries to ask her what's wrong.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 08 - Static ]]


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[[folder: 6x 09 - Subterranean ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 10 - Hydro ]]

* Lana again asks Clark to tell her what he's been hiding all these years, but Clark, having found out that Lana is pregnant with Lex's baby, instead tells her things have changed and that [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he hopes Lex makes her happy]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 11 - Justice ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 12 - Labyrinth ]]

* Chloe is shot in the chest by officers. She twitches a few times before [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dying in Clark's arms]]. [[spoiler:Don't worry, AllJustADream.]]
* The whole background [[spoiler:created by Dr. Hudson can be considered that if taken as reality. Think, a child lost his parents. As a result, he started making up a story where he is capable of protecting everyone. Then he snapped and hurt everyone he cared about.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 13 - Crimson ]]

* Clark is dosed with red krptonite and crashes Lex and Lana's engagement party.
-->'''[[SuperpoweredEvilSide K]][[{{Jerkass}} a]][[JekyllAndHyde l]]''': (''to Chloe'') After all, once Lana's off the market, all those years of unrequited pining may actually pay off. Can't say I haven't thought about it.
* Then at the end, [[spoiler:Jimmy gets increasingly jealous of Chloe's relationship with Clark. He said Clark does all sorts of horrible things when on red kryptonite (although he doesn't know that) but is EasilyForgiven, and accuses that she would never speak to him again if he is the one being the {{Jerkass}}. He challenges her saying that she would have chosen Clark over him if she had a chance. She hesitates for a long while being denying it but the damage is done. He says their relationship should be put on hold and storms out, and Chloe looks like she's going to cry]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 14 - Trespass ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 15 - Freak ]]

* Chloe, who's just found out she's a meteor freak, worrying over whether she'll develop any superpowers.

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[[folder: 6x 16 - Promise ]]

* Clark's reaction to seeing Lex and Lana wed.
* Lionel confronting Lex about Dr. Langston's death. He actually slaps Lex across the face and berates him for his sloppiness, all the while backing Lex against the wall. Lionel notes that "[Lana]'s made a desperate man out of you," and he's right; Lex, in that moment, looks like a scared little kid confronted with his absolute worst fear.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 17 - Combat ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 18 - Progeny ]]

* In a flashback, Moira Sullivan leaving young Chloe [[spoiler:for her own protection because of her [[PowerIncontinence uncontrollable]] MindControl [[{{Irony}} powers]]]].
* Chloe find her mother fully conscious in Lex's secret facility. Clark breaks them out. Moira starts to slip back into her catatonic state and there is nothing Clark or Chloe could do. Clark could just watch helplessly as Chloe and her mother exchange final words as she becomes increasingly halting in speech before her FateWorseThanDeath.
-->'''Moira''': Being with you again... it's the greatest gift I could've ever been given.
** Another reminder of despite his godlike powers, there are always people he can't save. It is the injustice that Lex walks free (after he threatens to kill Chloe or worse if she doesn't take back her article on him), Chloe has to endure this kind of pain, and Moira barely had a chance to get to know the amazing woman her little daughter has grown up to be that gets you.
--->'''Moira''': [[BookEnds My little cub reporter...]] (''tenderly strokes Chloe's chin'') This belongs... to you. (''hands her back her necklace'')
--->'''Chloe''': (''desperately'') No, Mom, please... please don't go, Mom... Not yet, not again! (''voice breaks'')
--->'''Moira''': I... love you... Chlo... Chloe... (''goes completely catatonic; kneeling in front of her mother, Chloe starts to sob into her lap'')
*** If you don't feel your heart break, you don't have one to begin with.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 19 - Nemesis ]]

* Clark confiding in his mother that, while trapped underground with Lex who helped him since he was weakened by Kryptonite lining the walls, he saw a glimpse of the man who was once his friend, then considering the possibility that Lex turned evil because he gave up on him too soon.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 20 - Noir ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 6x 21 - Prototype ]]

* Wes dying in Lois's arms as she [[PleaseDontLeaveMe begs him to stay with her]].

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[[folder: 6x 22 - Phantom ]]

* [[spoiler:The death and return of Chloe Sullivan. Lois gets stabbed, and calls Chloe before passing out. Chloe arrives to find her losing blood badly. She starts to cry and a shining SingleTear falls on Lois' forehead, [[EmpathicHealer healing]] her completely, but Chloe [[CastFromHitPoints goes unconscious instead.]] Clark [[BigDamnHeroes arrives]] and takes them to the hospital, where they try and fail to revive Chloe. However, the scene is rather brutally butchered by Chloe WakingUpAtTheMorgue immediately after her death (and in a rather {{Narm}}y fashion), which greatly weakens a scene that could potentially be the biggest TearJerker as unlike all other lives at risk in the two episodes, being an original character, Chloe is perfectly capable of dying any time, she arguably just [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived her usefulness]] as [[CreatorsPet Lana]] just learned Clark's secret and [[{{Expy}} Chloe]] giving her life saving Lois would be quite [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolic.]]]] As this scene seems to be one of the worst spoiled, viewers are going to be sorely disappointed when they finally get to see it. TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot indeed. Also, as corny as it sounds, the lack of DiedInYourArmsTonight and/or PietaPlagiarism (which ''Smallville'' usually do pretty well) also makes it less powerful than it could be.
** In comparison, Lana's supposed death dragged on a lot longer than it is best, being such a CreatorsPet.
* Lana announcing to Lex that she's leaving him and Lex slapping her after she spitefully declares Clark means more to her than he ever will.
* Clark's reaction to finding out that Lana apparently died in a car explosion. His grief quickly turns to anger toward Lex, whom he suspects is responsible.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season Seven]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 01 - Bizarro ]]

* Chloe grieving for Lana as she watches footage of their bachelorette party.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 02 - Kara ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 03 - Fierce ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 04 - Cure ]]

* Chloe walks in on Kara and Jimmy alone and they part on a bad note although Kara is oblivious. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:Chloe's hope of curing her meteor infection is crushed when the [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate doctor]] [[DissonantSerenity calmly states he actually wants to cut out her heart]]. Jimmy and Chloe talk, but when Jimmy suggests they agree that the future just be normal, Chloe cannot promise him this. Jimmy thinks Chloe is still mad about him helping Kara despite that Chloe always rushes off the help Clark, but Chloe insists that she isn't. He says he has been very patient with Chloe and doesn't understand why she can't tell him what the problem is. When she doesn't answer, Jimmy says he can't do it anymore and leaves Chloe in tears.]][[note]]Credit goes to Smallville wiki.[[/note]]
* When Chloe decides to go to get treatment for meteor infection, she lies but Clark sees through it at once. Chloe admits that there might be memory loss.
-->'''Chloe''': If I have to give up a little bit of my past to gain a future, then so be it.
-->'''Clark''': You're going to forget everything! You're going to forget your friends, your experiences-- you're going to forget me. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment You're going to forget me.]][[note]]Although it could be said that this nicely demonstrates how important she is to him by showing his shock at the prospect of her forgetting him[[/note]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 05 - Action ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 06 - Lara ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 07 - Wrath ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 08 - Blue ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 09 - Gemini ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 10 - Persona ]]

* [[spoiler:Julian's death]] at the end.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 11 - Siren ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 12 - Fracture ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 13 - Hero ]]

* A small one that once again radiates MagnificentBastard-ness, ComicBook/LexLuthor-style.
-->'''Lex''': (to Pete) You know, we may have [[NotSoDifferent more in common than you think]]: we both have a friend who let us down and something tells me that you know what it's like to [[AllLoveIsUnrequited love a woman who's still infatuated with Clark Kent.]]
** The "friend" is Clark, Lex loves Lana and Pete loves Chloe, but both are infatuated with Clark. Pete's case is worse because he never had any chance with Chloe.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 14 - Traveler ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 15 - Veritas ]]

* Clark and Chloe is convinced Lionel murdered all others in his secret society. Lionel ends up on his knees before Chloe trying to make her listen, but sadly, PoorCommunicationKills.
* Clark finally gets to see Lana and tries to get her to respond, but she is completely catatonic until she whispers, "Kal-El". Clark looks hopeful for a moment, but she continues, saying he is too late. Devastated, Clark closes Lana's eyes and begins to cry. Chloe enters the hallway with the two of them at the end, but keeps her distance as she, too, starts to cry.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 16 - Descent ]]

* Lex [[spoiler:kills his father]]. The fact that things between [[spoiler:he]] and Lex deteriorated to the point where there was really no other way it could end was sad enough, but his message to Clark, when he acknowledges that after all those years, he's finally met someone who he admits was better than him? And, while it was always a ForegoneConclusion, Lex finally sealed his FaceHeelTurn by [[spoiler: destroying his good part, Alexander.]]
* Even though [[spoiler:Earth-2 Lionel]] is evil as [[spoiler:our Lionel]] used to be, deep down he truly loved [[spoiler:his son and regretted letting Earth-2 Clark kill him]] (he even admit that).

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 17 - Sleeper ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 18 - Apocalypse ]]

* Clark at the start of the episode. He's [[DespairEventHorizon so depressed]] by everything that's happened he's gotten to the point where he's willing to perform [[RetGone suicide by inaction]] (that is, let Brainiac kill his infant self on Krypton in the past) in a misguided attempt at atoning for his supposed sins. Good thing Jor-El intervened when he did.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 19 - Quest ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 7x 20 - Arctic ]]

* For fans of Lex and Clark's friendship, the last five minutes can be considered a pretty ''massive'' TearJerker. Especially with Lex's final words to an injured Clark as he holds him in his arms as the Fortress of Solitude falls around them both.
-->'''Lex:''' "I love you like a brother, Clark. But it has to end this way... I'm sorry."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season Eight]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 01 - Odyssey ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 02 - Plastique ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 03 - Toxic ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 04 - Instinct ]]

* A TearJerker set into motion six years ago. [[spoiler:Jimmy found Chloe's love letter to Clark from ''Fever'' (apparently she kept it around all these years). After Clark saves Jimmy from Maxima, Jimmy tells him about it. Chloe admits writing it, shows it to Clark, says the feelings are real and she never regretted loving him. [[ObliviousToLove Clark later regrets never realizing her feelings even though she has always been right in front of him.]] ''*Sob*'']]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 05 - Committed ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 06 - Prey ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 07 - Identity ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 08 - Bloodline ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 09 - Abyss ]]

* Both [[{{Heartwarming/Smallville}} heartwarming]] and tear jerking.
-->'''Chloe''': I've forgotten almost everyone, Clark, and I'm having to fake my feelings more and more with people. Pretty soon there isn't going to be any more "I, Chloe." Just an I.Q.
* Clark carries an unconscious Chloe to the Fortress as more and more of her memory fades.
-->'''Clark''': Chloe never would have gotten hurt if she wasn't trying to protect me.
-->'''Jor-El''': I tried to warn you the danger in sharing your true identity.
-->'''Clark''': Now that I'm taking more risks, it's even more dangerous for her. Chloe deserves a life free from the burden of my secret. When you restore her memory, I don't want her to remember anything about Krypton. Or my abilities.
-->'''Jor-El''': I know this choice is not easy for you, my son. But it will be done.
-->'''Clark''': You're the best friend and ally I could have had, Chloe. The truth is, you saved me more than I could have ever saved you. I'm sorry to go back to hiding the truth from you, but the best way that I know to protect you... is to let you go. (''kisses her on her forehead'')
* After taking her back to Smallville, Clark returns.
-->'''Clark''': Jor-El. I've come here to thank you for what you've done. Chloe's a lot safer now that she doesn't remember the truth about me. I guess I'm just starting to realize how much I actually lost.
-->'''Jor-El''': You made a difficult choice. I'm proud of you, Kal-El.
** Finally:
-->'''Jor-El''': I'm here for you as well, my son.
-->'''Clark''': Thank you... Father.
** Note this is the ''only'' time Clark calls Jor-El "father", he is so grateful for him saving Chloe from a FateWorseThanDeath.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 10 - Bride ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 11 - Legion ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 12 - Bulletproof ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 13 - Power ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 14 - Requiem ]]

* Lana absorbs so much kryptonite radiation that she can no longer be anywhere near Clark. Their final, dramatic goodbye before she leaves Smallville is absolutely ''heartwrenching''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 15 - Infamous ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 16 - Turbulence ]]

* Jimmy and Chloe had an argument over Davis, and Jimmy says he is fed up with Chloe taking sides with Clark and now Davis but not him. Just ''look'' at Chloe after Jimmy says this line. And when she is crying alone in her apartment.
-->'''Jimmy''': Marrying you... was the biggest mistake of my life.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 17 - Hex ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 18 - Eternal ]]

* [[spoiler:Davis asks Chloe to do a MercyKill. She couldn't bring herself to do it. When Clark arrives and Doomsday threatens to emerge, Chloe is forced to pull the switch that brings down a tank of liquid kryptonite on Davis. She then rushes to the cage where Davis is held, tears streaming down her face, and they pressed their hands together across the glass before he dies.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 19 - Stiletto ]]

* A terrifying mix of NightmareFuel and TearJerker. [[spoiler:Davis returns from the dead, and begs Chloe to [[BatmanInMyBasement keep him in her basement]] in ''Eternal'', but when a thug presses a knife to Chloe's neck, Davis pounces and kills him. She is forced to dump the bodies. Another BreakTheCutie moment for poor Chloe as she realised that TheseHandsHaveKilled.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 20 - Beast ]]

* Chloe runs away with [[spoiler:Davis Bloome]] so she could keep Doomsday in check and protect Clark, seemingly forever:
-->'''Clark''': But what about you, Chloe? Chloe, I'm gonna spend every second looking for you. I will find a way to save you!
-->'''Chloe''': [[TheNeedsOfTheMany Clark, you're not here to save one person, you're here to save all of us.]]
** And then...
--->'''Chloe''': I must have thrown a million [[KryptoniteFactor green rocks]] away and I've never really saved you. [[MoreExpendableThanYou Now, I can.]]
--->'''Clark''': [[BeingGoodSucks Chloe, listen to me, this is your life that we're talking about. Don't do this!]]
--->'''Chloe''': Clark, if there's one lesson I've learned from [[TheCape you]], it's that choosing the greater good is never a sacrifice.
** Especially tear jerking when you remembered that in ''Abyss'', Clark told her that she saved him more than he could ever have saved her, but she didn't know that because [[ConverseWithTheUnconscious she was unconscious]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 21 - Injustice ]]


[[/folder]]

[[folder: 8x 22 - Doomsday ]]

* [[spoiler:Jimmy and Davis kill each other and Jimmy dies in Chloe's arms after a DyingDeclarationOfLove. Clark renounces humanity and walks out of her life.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season Nine]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: 9x 01 - Savior ]]

* Chloe begs Clark to [[spoiler:go back in time and save Jimmy]], but he adamantly refuses.
-->'''Chloe''': There isn't really anything human left in you.
* Chloe reveals to Emil that she had [[BreakTheCutie gone through so much]] she needs to carry a gun to fall asleep. Really, by this point Chloe is like a walking TearJerker, seeing how all of those in season eight directly involves her.

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[[folder: 9x 02 - Metallo ]]


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[[folder: 9x 03 - Rabid ]]


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[[folder: 9x 04 - Echo ]]


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[[folder: 9x 05 - Roulette ]]


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[[folder: 9x 06 - Crossfire ]]


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[[folder: 9x 07 - Kandor ]]

* A clone of Jor-El arrives in Smallville and is surprised to learn he has a son. He and Clark spend the entire episode trying to meet, but [[ManipulativeBastard Tess]], [[BigBad Zod]], and life keep getting in the way. They finally run into each other at the end, just in time for Jor-El to die of a mortal wound. Goddamn you, ''Smallville''. That hurts!

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[[folder: 9x 08 - Idol ]]


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[[folder: 9x 09 - Pandora ]]


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[[folder: 9x 10 - Disciple ]]


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[[folder: 9x11/ 12 - Absolute Justice ]]

* The end of Part 1: While Clark wakes up into the main room of the abandoned building, he learns by uncovering the wall portrait that the group he was investigating were a powerful team of heroes, and we see a flashback to their eventual downfall: [[spoiler: Wildcat/Ted Grant gets arrested in his gym, we see Green Lantern/Alan Scott get taken in for aiding and abetting The (Original) Flash/Jay Garrick when he (falsely) gets taken in for fraud, Star-Spangled Kid/Sylvester Pembleton for (trumped-up changes of) embezzlement. Perhaps most painful were Hourman/Wesley Dodds', Hawkman/Carter Hall's and Atom/Al Pratt's arrests for taking part in a riot (the former filmed cradling a dying woman) and Dr. Fate/Kent Nelson being taken away to be institutionalized as his wife watches and cries]].
* Hell, anything to do with TheWoobie that is Season 9's Dr. Fate.
--> '''Dr. Fate''': Carter, you have no idea how much I wish I could remember what my life was like before Dr. Fate. I had a wife. I think her name was Inza. And a family. But I can't... I can't remember. I scared them all away.
** Of course, by contrast, Carter's response to this statement is a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming:
---> '''Carter''': Family is more than blood.

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[[folder: 9x 13 - Warrior ]]


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[[folder: 9x 14 - Persuasion ]]


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[[folder: 9x 15 - Conspiracy ]]


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[[folder: 9x 16 - Escape ]]


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[[folder: 9x 17 - Checkmate ]]


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[[folder: 9x 18 - Upgrade ]]


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[[folder: 9x 19 - Charade ]]


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[[folder: 9x 20 - Sacrifice ]]

* Zod chokes the life out of his lover, Faora, for betraying him. As her body lies on the ground, Zod notices her hand resting on her abdomen. He leans down over her midsection and turns on his super-hearing. To his horror, he hears a faint heartbeat fluttering and dying. Zod has just unwittingly murdered his own unborn child. Sure, what he does shortly thereafter is downright bastardly, but for a moment one's heart breaks for the man.

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[[folder: 9x 21 - Hostage ]]


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[[folder: 9x 22 - Salvation ]]

* Clark announces to the Justice League via comm-link to Watchtower that he'll stop the Kryptonian attacks around the world, by using the [[{{MacGuffin}} Book of Rao]] to transport them to a new world where he could lead them. Chloe, who grew up with Clark mature from farmboy to the leader of his lost people, and processing the possibility of this being the last time that she ever sees him again, tries to keep her composure as he announces this, but fails, and can only utter a single, potent line that summed up her feelings:
-->'''Chloe:''' [[SoProudOfYou I'm so proud of you, Clark]]. (''quickly walks out of the control room of the Watchtower'')
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[[folder:Season Ten]]
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[[folder: 10x 01 - Lazarus ]]

* [[WhatTheHellHero Jor-El condemning Clark for his willingness to kill the Lex clone]], followed by [[RageAgainstTheMentor Clark railing against Jor-El]] who, in turn, tells him he will never be Earth's greatest hero.
* The return of Jonathan Kent as a SpiritAdvisor to Clark.

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[[folder: 10x 02 - Shield ]]


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[[folder: 10x 03 - Supergirl ]]

* Zara informing Clark that Jor-El has [[IHaveNoSon disowned him]].

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[[folder: 10x 04 - Homecoming ]]


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[[folder: 10x 05 - Isis ]]


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[[folder: 10x 06 - Harvest ]]


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[[folder: 10x 07 - Ambush ]]


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[[folder: 10x 08 - Abandoned ]]


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[[folder: 10x 09 - Patriot ]]


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[[folder: 10x 10 - Luthor ]]


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[[folder: 10x 11 - Icarus ]]

* The death of [[spoiler:Hawkman]]. Stabbed through the chest by Slade, and with his wings on fire, he still manages to fly to the rescue, saving Lois from plummeting to her death. As he dies, he talks about how he's going to be reunited with his wife, cracks a joke, and then goes. Doubles as a DyingMomentOfAwesome.

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[[folder: 10x 12 - Collateral ]]


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[[folder: 10x 13 - Beacon ]]


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[[folder: 10x 14 - Masquerade ]]


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[[folder: 10x 15 - Fortune ]]


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[[folder: 10x 16 - Scion ]]


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[[folder: 10x 17 - Kent ]]

* [[BrokenBird While]] [[JerkassWoobie her]] [[ParentalAbandonment entire]] [[AbusiveParents life]] could be considered a TearJerker, there's something really sad about Tess's quiet "he's my father" when [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]] [[EvilTwin Clark]] demands to know why she didn't let him kill [[ArchnemesisDad E-2 Lionel]]. She has so many [[ParentalIssues issues]] when it comes to her family, and E-2 Lionel has been absolutely horrible towards her, yet she still can't let go of the desire to just be wanted by her father.
* Clark and Jonathan's reunion. Even though it's an alternate universe, the son telling the father everything he taught him...

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[[folder: 10x 18 - Booster ]]


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[[folder: 10x 19 - Dominion ]]


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[[folder: 10x 20 - Prophecy ]]

* [[spoiler:Kara's departure]], abrupt though it was.

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[[folder: 10x21/ 22 - Finale ]]

* [[spoiler:Tess']] death. Sure, [[DoomedByCanon to an extent]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath it was hard to miss coming]], but there's something about how she spends the whole two-part finale [[DyingAlone completely separated from Clark, Lois, Oliver, and Chloe, all of whom had become her friends at this point and dies without them even aware of what she was doing or even concerned about]] her (admittedly [[ApocalypseHow with reason]]) is terribly tragic.
** What makes the latter part particularly upsetting is that ''no one noticed that she hadn't showed up to Clark and Lois's wedding''. (Which was ''before'' the apocalypse situation!)
* Lex's return and his conversation with Clark. Clark finally sees that his former best friend is beyond any reason or morality and Their fate as enemies has been sealed. When Clark says "I'm sorry I couldn't save You", You can almost see his heart breaking. The character we knew and loved, the one who tried so hard to be a good man, is gone forever, replaced by the spiteful, cruel man life turned him into. If that doesn't invoke a tear, nothing will.
* Clark begging the spirit of Jonathan Kent that he needs his help against Darkseid. He knows full well that there's nothing his father could do even if he was alive. He's been used to being the strongest one in his household since he was a toddler, he's bent steel in his bare hands and vaporized mighty rivers with a hard glare since then, and is now ''himself'' completely outmatched. But even on [[spoiler: the day he becomes Superman]], there's still a part of him deep down inside that believes his dad can fix it all and make everything okay again, because he's his son and that's what dads are supposed to do. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Instead, Jonathan makes him understand he has it in him to save the world himself.]]
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[[folder:Meta / Behind the Scenes]]
* Sam Jones III (Pete Ross) and John Schneider (Jonathan Kent) had legal problems (intent of drug trafficking and failure to pay alimony, respectively), but the gravest thing is the reveal that Allison Mack had been involved in a sex trafficking operation within NXVIM.
** Worse, Mack's situation has [[OvershadowedByControversy cast a shadow upon the show itself]], with many fans no longer looking on Chloe as a cute and well-intentioned character, not even the most staunch fans of Chloe, and still others who have [[FanDisillusionment turned on the show completely]]. It's a small mercy that Mack's scandal didn't come out while the show was still airing, because [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor if it did]]...
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