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Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk)
Lana is Clark's Love Interest
from Seasons 1 to 8. Lana's parents were killed in the meteor shower that accompanied Clark to Earth, leaving her to be raised by her aunt Nell. She originally dated Whitney Fordman until he went off to join the Marines, then went on to have an on-and-off relationship with Clark. In Season 5, after breaking up with Clark (again), she begins dating Lex. In Season 6, Lana finds out that she's pregnant with Lex's child, becomes engaged to Lex and (finally) learns Clark's secret; she is about to leave Lex at the altar until Lionel blackmails her into going through with the wedding
. After marrying Lex, Lana finds out that her pregnancy was faked by Lex to get her to marry him (according to Word of God)
. She fakes her own death, only to return to Smallville and
get back together with Clark in Season 7, at the same time seeking Revenge
against Lex, which causes some friction between her and Clark until she decides to tone it down. Lana is later attacked by Brainiac and left in a comatose state until Clark defeats Brainiac and she recovers
, then leaves town (in reality, she was kidnapped by Tess Mercer
). She returns yet again in Season 8. Thanks to LuthorCorp technology, Lana gains superhuman powers along with the ability to absorb Kryptonite radiation. Lex forces her to choose between saving Metropolis by absorbing Kryptonite radiation from a bomb or walking away; she chooses the former, thereby absorbing enough Kryptonite radiation so that Clark can't come within an inch of her ever again. She then leaves Smallville for good.
Lana received a lot of Character Shilling
over her run of the show, which many fans weren't happy about; in fact, many judge Seasons 9 and 10 to be better just because Lana isn't in them
. Needless to say, this isn't one of the brightest moments for the character, and admitting that you liked Lana's story in the later seasons is a pretty sure way to get laughed off the Internet.
- Action Girl: Tries hard to become one, especially in Season 8.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics, Lana is a redhead. In Smallville, Lana is a brunette.
- Alliterative Name
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Primarily in the later seasons.
- Anchored Ship: With Clark for most of the series, but especially from Seasons 1 to 5.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: With Clark MANY TIMES throughout the series. To the point where it's practically a Running Gag.
- Apologises a Lot: Lana is the Queen of this trope. And Clark is the King of this trope as well.
- Betty and Veronica: Lana was the Archie for Clark's Betty and Whitney's Veronica.
- She was the Betty to Chloe's Veronica for Clark's Archie.
- Also, the Archie for Clark's Betty and Lex's Veronica.
- Bookworm: As Clark observes in Season 1, when the world starts to disappoint her, she retreats into books.
- Bound and Gagged: Most of the time.
- Brainy Brunette: In theory. We're told Lana gets good marks, but nothing she does in practice would indicate this is true.
- Broken Bird
- Butt Monkey: Supposed to be The Woobie, but really comes off more like this. Of course, given many fans' opinions of her, this also makes her The Chew Toy.
- Character Development: Lana changes from Damsel in Distress to Action Girl in the very later seasons. Of course, it's not always consistent.
- Character Shilling: Oh so much. 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 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 essentially becoming a God-Mode Sue. Naturally, many fans threw up their hands in disgust at this development.
- The Cheerleader: Lana was a cheerleader during the very beginning of Season 1, and in Season 3, we learn that she was also one throughout middle school but quit a few weeks into high school because she wanted to try and experience other things.
- The Chick: She is the female centrepiece of Smallville, especially before Lois came around in Season 4.
- Childhood Friends: With Clark.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Averted. Clark and Lana have known each other since they were children, but they were only friends who were next door neighbors. This changed when they have an Relationship Upgrade in Season 2.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Oh so much in regards to Clark. She seemed to get rather jealous of other girls who payed attention to Clark, most notably Chloe.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Lana wore baby pink and baby blue for the first three seasons of the show. Then she switched to black the season she gets possessed by an evil witch. Then she started wearing either all black or all white as her character got more morally ambiguous in the later seasons.
- The Corruptible: Oh so much.
- Corrupt the Cutie: After Season 3, Lana came back from Paris Darker and Edgier. Gradually, over the course of the middle seasons, Lana seemed to embody this trope more and more, especially following her relationship with Lex. It was especially telling (and Lex was especially thrilled) when Lana—after a trip to a museum in Amsterdam—begins gushing about how being Lex's girlfriend gave her VIP status.
- Cute Bookworm
- Darker and Edgier: Upon returning from Paris with a revamped wardrobe at the beginning of Season 4, we meet the "new" Lana. And again in Season 8, when The Bus Came Back and we meet the "newer" Lana after her Training from Hell.
- Dark Action Girl: In early Season 7, Lana, traumatized by her treatment from Lex, seeks revenge against the Luthors and attempts to become this trope for a while (including one moment where she smacks Lionel in the face with a shovel), culminating in "Wrath," when she absorbed Clark's powers and became Drunk with Power before being downgraded back down to her usual self.
- Designated Girl Fight: With Tess, in Season 8.
- Designated Love Interest: For most of the show.
- Designated Victim
- Deus Angst Machina: Lana is always angsting about something. It's almost a permanent emotion for her.
- Deuteragonist: To Clark's The Protagonist from Seasons 1 to 7.
- Disappeared Dad: Lana found out about her biological father, Henry Small, in Season 2.
- Distressed Damsel/Damsel in Distress: For most of Season 1-7, despite her near-episodic protests to the contrary.
- Doom Magnet: Between frequent bouts of Stalker with a Crush, Lionel and Lex's manipulations, and people out to hurt Clark through her, she probably counts.
- Dude Magnet: Lana is attractive to the opposite sex. She's had many different guys who are in love with her and has had quite a few love interests.
- Easily Forgiven: In one episode, Lana decides to snoop around Chloe's computer and browses through her private files, viewing some pictures with very heavy emotional significance for Chloe. At first Chloe gets upset...but then she very quickly forgives Lana, and even declares that she's going to consider Lana her sister from now on (going as far as to add her to the family tree she makes for a school project). This was just one of many occasions where Chloe easily forgives Lana despite Lana treating Chloe badly. She also emotionally manipulated Clark constantly for virtually the entirety of her run on the show (although you could make a case for her being more innocent in Season 1), constantly stringing him along, demanding that he allow her to invade his privacy and doing incredibly passive-aggressive things just to spite him. Through it all, Clark kept coming back for more, and continued putting Lana on a pedestal.
- In early Season 7, she makes off with $10 million from LuthorCorp, bashes an elderly man in the face with a shovel (granted, it was Lionel, but by that time he'd reformed), shoves Lois Lane through a glass door with Super Strength and injures her, and comes close to murdering Lex. It takes just one episode before she is firmly back on everyone's pedestal.
- It's worth noting, though, that the reasons she was forgiven easily on both occasions were understandable. During the first incident, she simply let her curiosity get the best of her and actually felt really bad for hurting Chloe as much as she did and never meant to treat her badly. In early Season 7, she committed a lot of her bad actions in an episode where she got Clark's abilities, and they affected her mentality in a way that made her want to carry out vengeance and justice in a vigilante fashion. However, pretty much anyone else who wasn't used to Clark's abilities probably would have done similar things, so she can't be completely blamed for that either. Besides, she actually regretted her actions afterwards and got a stern talking to by Chloe about unintentionally hurting Clark...although that being said, by the very next episode, Chloe had apparently forgotten about all this and went back to unconditionally worshipping the ground Lana walked on, as did Clark, which only served to further Lana's status as Easily Forgiven.
- Even the Girls Want Her
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Lana gets a haircut in Season 8.
- First Love
- Girl Next Door: Literal to Clark and figurative in how down to earth she is supposed to be.
- Go-Getter Girl: Lana is smart, gets good grades, is popular, was a cheerleader, got many awards and trophies for horseback riding, and was involved in many extracurricular activities.
- Grand Theft Me: In Season 4, thanks to Margaret Isobel Thoreaux. See Isobel's entry for more on that.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Chloe.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Dated Whitney, Adam and Jason, and married Lex, while distrusting Clark. And oh yeah, mistook Bizarro Clark for the real thing.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Whitney and later with Clark.
- Hypocrite: She complains constantly about Clark and Lex hiding things from her, but the minute she has a secret (the black spaceship, the fact that Lex is still alive, etc.), she goes out of her way to hide it from Clark.
- Which also makes her Too Dumb to Live, since in those situations Clark is probably the first person she should be talking to, as he actually has a proven track record of saving her from these situations.
- Important Haircut: In Season 8, when she sheared off most of her hair, leaving it much shorter, after escaping from Tess.
- Interspecies Romance: With Clark. Clark is a Kryptonian and Lana is a human.
- Instant Expert: Lana's martial arts skills.
- She was trained by Lex in the early seasons and worked out much like Tess does now, 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.
- It's All About Me: Dear Lord, Lana, it's not all about you for crying out loud! Sadly, the other characters seem to happily indulge Lana's It's All About Me mentality. They continually shower her with unwarranted praise and apologies, and elevate Lana's desires above everyone else's.
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: 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.
- The Load: In the early seasons; somewhat mitigated by Seasons 7 and 8, at least in the eyes of some fans.
- Love Hurts: Lana's love life is a giant mess.
- Love Interest: To various different male characters, but most notably to Clark from Seasons 1 to 8.
- Love Makes You Crazy/Love Makes You Evil: Many of Lana's Unwanted Harem of stalkers.
- Missing Mom: Her mother, Laura, died in the meteor shower.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Girl: Primarily in the earlier seasons before she became a darker character.
- No Sympathy: Especially for Clark, but Chloe gets hit with this a lot as well. Basically due to Lana's It's All About Me mentality.
- Official Couple: With Clark from Seasons 1 to 8.
- Out-Gambitted: Season 8. She believed that stealing the Prometheus skin graft from Lex would a) leave him to die of his injuries while b) allowing her and Clark to be together. Instead, it allows Lex to infect her with Kryptonite, permanently ending her relationship with Clark.
- The Ojou: Heavily lamphshaded in the early seasons, especially Season 1.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents died in the meteor shower.
- Princess Phase: Her first scene of Smallville shows her as a child of 3 years old, pretending to be a fairy princess. Throughout Season 1, the townspeople still view Lana as some sort of princess archetype and treat her accordingly.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Quite disturbingly, Lana started displaying elements of this trope during Seasons 6 and 7, first towards Clark and then towards Lex. In Season 6, while dating Lex, she takes an extremely antagonistic stance towards her ex-boyfriend Clark despite his saving her life multiple times over. Later in the season, she decides that she still loves him after all (she still keeps dating Lex, though), and she secretly starts spending her nights sneaking around the Kent Farm with a camera trying to photograph clues about what her ex-boyfriend's secret might be, particularly looking for any clues that might confirm his having superpowers, and it certainly seems like an obsession. Then the following season (after Lex's own psychotic machinations are exposed to her and they break up), Lana develops a rather terrifying level of obsession with Lex and Lionel, and begins spying on the Luthor Mansion from a command center hidden at her newly-founded Isis Foundation (fans at the time nicknamed the computer room "Lana's Batcave"). Furthermore, she arranges for Lionel to be kidnapped and tortured by an utter psycho for weeks and she herself smacks the elderly Lionel in the face with a shovel to prevent him from escaping. It all culminates when Lana gains Clark's superpowers, instantly becomes Drunk with Power and nearly murders Lex (she also injures Lois during her rampage earlier in the episode, and also threatens the Daily Planet editor while caught up in her quest for revenge).
- Put on a Bus
- Race Lift: Is a red-headed Caucasian in the comics, but portrayed by Kristin Kreuk, who's Asian-Canadian (albeit with Dutch ancestry, as well).
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Lana has dark hair because she's of French decent on her mother's side and, in her senior year, was voted "Most likely to be a cover girl."
- Revenge: Wants it on Lionel and Lex at differing points.
- Secret Keeper: Starting on late Season 6.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In regards to her relationship with Clark.
- Starcrossed Lovers: With Clark.
- Stepford Smiler: Outwardly very sweet and friendly, but hides a LOT of emotional baggage.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Especially in the later seasons.
- Training from Hell: Had a former Special Forces trainer teach her to lose her Distressed Damsel status. It involved things like dunking herself in ice and holding burning hot steel in her hands.
- Took a Level in Badass: Between Seasons 7 and 8, courtesy of Training from Hell. It doesn't put her on the level of the other characters, but it does make her marginally more useful...at least until Lex's Gambit Roulette comes into play and results in the kryptonite poisoning...
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Clark.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Lex, frequently.
- Waif-Fu: Season 3 and onward. A trait often mocked by the fans. Especially since she managed to beat the snot out of a large goon after only one lesson from Lex. Mind you, Lex is the guy who keeps getting knocked unconscious in every episode, so how he managed to train Lana to be this effective after one lesson is anyone's guess.
- Weirdness Magnet: The meteor freaks seem to just flock to Lana, and this fuels much of the early seasons' episodes.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Oh my, Lana was the queen of this trope. Let's recap:
- First she was a coffee shop waitress.
- Then she co-owned and was the full-time manager of the Talon, while still a freshman in high school (which really begs the question: if Lana and virtually every worker we saw were all teenagers, and Lex maintained a strictly hands-off partnership, how exactly did the Talon stay open during school hours?)
- Then in Season 3, she got bored with being a small business owner and suddenly decided to be a professional artist, and even got accepted into a famous art school in Paris, despite having no experience or any prior artworks that she could have used in her portfolio during the application process.
- Then she forgot about her ambition to be an artist and started training to be a freaking astronomer.
- After tiring of this, she took a year off to live on the Luthor fortune.
- Then she starts a foundation dedicated to helping meteor freaks to live normal lives the following season.
- During her journey the following year, she trains with an ex-Navy SEAL and becomes a freelance vigilante, trying to become a superhero in her own right.
- Woman Scorned: To Clark and Lex on alternate occasions (and multiple occasions in Clark's case).
Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson)
Lana's boyfriend during Season 1. A football jock who torments Clark after seeing him with Lana, Whitney later makes peace with Clark. After his father dies of a heart attack near the end of the first season, he decides to enlist in the Marines and asks Clark to look after Lana while he's away. He gets Killed Off for Real in Season 2 while fighting in Indonesia.
Pete Ross (Sam Jones III)
Clark's best friend since childhood. Pete finds out Clark's secret in Season 2 after he finds Clark's spaceship in a cornfield. Near the end of the third season, his parents divorce and he moves away from Smallville with his mother when keeping Clark's secret becomes too much of a burden. He returns in Season 7 and gains temporary superpowers which he uses to try and be a hero, only to get into trouble. Once back to normal, Pete leaves Smallville again.
- Action Survivor
- Black Best Friend: To Clark.
- Childhood Friend: With Clark.
- A Day in the Spotlight: "Duplicity" and "Velocity." Sadly, his much-trumpeted return appearance in Season 7 was more about Kara than him.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Generic Guy: Was originally the laid-back one to Clark's angst and Chloe's enthusiasm, but once Lana came along, he was relegated to this status.
- Guile Hero: Often helped Clark come up with ways to hide his secret early on.
- Interspecies Friendship: With Clark. While Pete is a human, Clark is a Kryptonian.
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: Pete's attempts at keeping Clark's secret absolutely torture him, to the point where he moves to Wichita with his mom, in order to avoid being around people who knew Clark, in case he ever slipped up.
- Power Trio: With Clark and Chloe. The three are initially seen as a trio of three nerds, despite Pete's best efforts. Eventually, they all gain popularity.
- Product Placement: For Stride chewing gum in Season 7's "Hero."
- And before that, there was Season 2's "Hey Clark, check out the new Talon Mix!" *camera dwells on the CD for a few seconds* Clark: "Wow, I'll have to check it out!"
- And before that, there was the most infamous line of the Season 1 finale: Pete: "Yeah! Remy Zero!!!"
- Put on a Bus
- Race Lift: Is Caucasian in the comics, but is portrayed by Sam Jones III, who's African-American.
- Secret Keeper
- Superpower Silly Putty
- íThree Amigos!: With Chloe and Clark of course.
- Token Minority
- What Could Have Been: Considering that Pete becomes Lex's Vice President (and thus, Clark's secret ally in the Luthor White House) in the comics, there was so much potential storyline that could have been done to develop Pete towards his future political career. If he'd stayed on, perhaps he could have helped with Jonathan's campaign in Season 5 and subsequently worked for Martha once she became Senator. Sadly, all we got was a brief throwaway line during Pete's last episode in Season 3. Even worse: Apparently the reason Pete was written out was because the writers couldn't figure out how to fit him into the Love Dodecahedron they had planned for the next few seasons.
- Considering apparently from the beginning, the show had a 5-year plan and Lois was supposedly only suppose to appear in four episodes of Season 4, one does wonder if Lois' early arc in Season 5 of being Jonathan's campaign manager wasn't originally meant for Pete.
- Speaking of which, Pete's inability to return for the final season (unlike most of the other major characters) definitely counts as this. This was unfortunately a case of Real Life Writes the Plot, as Pete's actor had gotten himself into some legal troubles before Season 10 could start, and was unable to return to the show. They did at least have an image of him appear in the final episode in the comic book that the child who may be Chloe and Oliver's son is reading. Also, we learn during the Season 10 premiere that Clark has apparently introduced him to Lois at some point off-screen before the start of S10 (probably another moment that would have been cool to see onscreen if only Pete's actor had been available).
Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack)
One of Clark's closest friends since the eighth grade, Chloe begins the show as a wannabe reporter with a huge crush on Clark. From Seasons 1-4, she works as a reporter at the Smallville Torch
, the school newspaper, and helps Clark uncover information about the Monster of the Week
. As of late Season 4, she becomes a Secret Keeper
for Clark and begins to play a much more important role in his life; in Season 5, after graduating high school, she starts working at the Daily Planet
. Season 6 sees major changes in Chloe's life. Having become Platonic Life Partners
with Clark, she enters into a relationship with Jimmy Olsen, with whom she had a one-night stand between Seasons 1 and 2. She also discovers the secret identities of Green Arrow
and most of the Justice League
, and becomes Watchtower, their Mission Control
. In Season 7, Chloe is fired from her job at the Daily Planet
, but becomes Watchtower full-time. In Season 8, Chloe marries Jimmy, a relationship that ends tragically when Doomsday, who views her as his Morality Chain, murders him
. Season 9 sees her withdraw from humanity in much the same way as Clark and Oliver initially do. Living in the center of a stream of information, she becomes someone who just watches the rest of the world go by. Entering into a relationship with Oliver helps her overcome some of this, and when he is captured by Rick Flag and the Suicide Squad, she dons Doctor Fate's helmet and uses it to exchange herself for him
. She returns to free the League from the Vigilante Registration Agency's clutches mid-way through Season 10