Characters: Smallville Kryptonians
open/close all folders
The House of El and Associates
Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman/The Blur
See The Kents
Jor-El (Terence Stamp, Tom Welling, Julian Sands)
Jor-El in his pre-Fortress days.
Clark's Kryptonian biological father, Jor-El was a brilliant scientist who was regarded as one of Krypton's greatest heroes (next to Zod
). When Krypton was about to go boom
, he copied his brain patterns into the spaceship that would carry his son to Earth.
Tropes that pertain to the Kryptonian Jor-El:
Tropes that pertain to the A.I. Jor-El:
Lara-El (Kendall Cross, Helen Slater)
Clark's Kryptonian biological mother.
Raya (Pascale Hutton)
Jor-El's lab assistant, Raya helped construct the spaceship that infant Kal-El escaped Krypton in, and was later put into the Phantom Zone
so she could survive Krypton's destruction. Years later, she meets Clark after he's sent to the Phantom Zone by General Zod and helps him escape, but is believed to have been killed by two of Zod's henchmen. Later on, Raya shows up in Smallville, having been freed from the Phantom Zone herself along with some others, and helps Clark battle Baern
, one of the Phantom Zone escapees. She is killed by Baern in the Fortress of Solitude.
Kara Kent/Kara Zor-El (Laura Vandervoort)
Clark's Kryptonian cousin, the daughter of Jor-El's brother Zor-El. Kara was sent to Earth by her father, ostensibly to find and look after her cousin Kal-El, only to be trapped in suspended animation shortly after her arrival. Eighteen years later (in Season 7), Kara is awakened following a battle between Clark and Bizarro. While she initially has trouble fittiing in, Kara grows into her role as Clark's cousin, protege and confidante... only to be kidnapped by Brainiac and forced into the Phantom Zone, from which she was not released until Season 8. She made her return in Season 10 and began operating out of Metropolis as a Super Hero
. In the second-to-last episode of the series, she travels to the 31st century using a Legion ring.
- Action Fashionista
- Action Girl
- Adorkable: Has her moments.
- Alliterative Name: Once adopted into the Kent family.
- Bare Your Midriff: Often. Just look at the picture.
- Bash Cousins: With Clark.
- Berserk Button: Messing with Kara's stuff is a really bad idea. Also, don't mess with her family (Clark).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kara is generally a nice girl but don't get on her bad side. You'll regret it.
- The Big Girl: In a physical strength sense. Kara is significantly stronger than the average human female.
- Big Sister Instinct: To Clark. Although Kara seems younger than Clark, this is because she spent 18 years in suspended animation. However, Kara is actually much older than Clark.
- Big Sister Mentor: To Clark. See Big Sister Instinct.
- Broken Bird: Primarily in Season 7.
- Brutal Honesty: Not afraid to speak her mind and her opinions. Kara can be very sarcastic, opinionated and snarky.
- Clark Kenting: In Season 7. By her return in Season 10, she has adopted a wig and glasses as a disguise.
- Cute Bruiser
- Deadpan Snarker: Like her comics' counterpart, she can be quite sarcastic.
- Death Glare: Gives this either an enemy, an opponent or someone she doesn't like or trust.
- The Determinator: Kara is a fighter and a very determined individual.
- Does Not Like Shoes
- Doomed Home Town: Kara was born in Kandor, Krypton.
- The Dragon: To President Evil Lex in the Alternate Universe Clark gets sent to in "Apocalypse". She quickly Heel Face Turns after meeting Clark, though.
- Et Tu, Brute?: In regards to her father. She thought her father was a good man, until she discovered that he wasn't a good person with good intentions.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Kara is a blonde who is attractive to the opposite sex.
- Eye Beams
- The Fashionista: Kara seems to like clothing and fashion.
- Flying Brick
- Freeze Breath
- Genius Bruiser: Largely overlooked, but she once easily hacked to gain classified information (specifically about her blue crystal) on the Department of Homeland Security, while making herself untraceable.
- Girly Bruiser: Kara is both a beauty queen and an Action Girl/Super Hero who kicks ass.
- Girly Girl
- Girl Next Door: As Kara Kent. As Supergirl, it's another story.
- Good Is Not Soft
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kara has pale blonde hair, which is one of her defining physical characteristics in both the comics and on the show.
- Healing Factor
- Hot-Blooded: Kara is impulsive, opinionated and hot headed.
- How Do I Shot Web?: In Season 7, Kara originally had problems with controlling her abilities. Clark managed to help her control her powers and train her.
- Human Alien: Kara is a Kryptonian, an alien that looks human in appearance.
- Human Popsicle: Was trapped in stasis until the start of Season 7.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Love Hurts: Kara doesn't seem to have much luck in the romance department.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: No, seriously. Her dad Zor-El has got some issues.
- The Mentor: To Clark.
- Minidress of Power: Season 10.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Girl
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Kara has clear blue eyes, fitting with her blonde hair.
- The Obi-Wan: To Clark, especially in season eight and ten.
- Older Than They Look: She's actually twenty or so years older than Clark. Thanks to her getting trapped in stasis, though, Clark both looks and acts a fair bit older than her.
- Depending on whether Brainiac stranded her in the Phantom Zone in 1986 or 2008, if the former, then Kara spent an additional 20 years stranded there. Since the Phantom Zone is timeless however, she hasn't aged a day.
- Plucky Girl
- The Pollyanna
- Power Loss Makes You Strong: Kara survived in the Phantom Zone for a year, despite having lost her powers.
- Pragmatic Heroine
- Prim and Proper Bun: The version of Kara in the alternate timeline of "Apocalypse" wears her hair in this style.
- Primary Color Champion: Like her cousin Clark, she is often seen wearing the colours red and blue (sometimes with yellow) to give her the Supergirl look.
- Put on a Bus
- Shoo Out the New Guy: Was introduced in an 8 episode story arc (a good one) at the start of Season 7. At the end of it, she's struck by some Laser-Guided Amnesia and left wandering around Detroit (keeping her out of the next several episodes). No sooner does she have her memory restored than in the very next episode, she's forced to go away with Brainiac to save Lana's life (also keeping her out of the next several episodes). When she finally returns near the end of Season 7, she's behaving strangely. In the season finale, we learn it's because she didn't return. Brainiac trapped her in the Phantom Zone and has been impersonating her. She isn't freed until several episodes into Season 8 and is then promptly Put on a Bus until the final season.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Kara's romance with Jimmy Olsen.
- Spirited Young Lady
- Super Heroine
- Superpower Lottery: Kara is a Kryptonian who possesses superhuman abilities.
- Super Breath
- Super Reflexes
- Super Senses
- Super Speed
- Super Strength
- Thigh-High Boots: With most of her outfits, including her Supergirl costume in 10x04.
- Tsundere Type B. Primarily towards Clark.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In Season 7. Unlike Clark, she has access to the full range of Kryptonian powers, allowing her to fly, lift cars, Super Speed and take bullets with the best of them, but she has almost no control over her lesser abilities. Clark can carve a pumpkin with his heat vision; Kara tends to make them explode.
- Woman in White: In the Season 7 opener.
- X-Ray Vision
Zor-El (Christopher Heyerdahl)
Clark's Kryptonian uncle, Jor-El's younger brother and Kara's father. A scientist like his brother, Zor-El and Jor-El did not get along very well
, probably since Zor-El was in love with Jor-El's wife Lara and tried to kill Jor-El so he could have Lara all to himself
. He later became an ally to General Zod, but only so he could fulfill an ancient Kryptonian prophecy by destroying the planet. Years later, Zor-El and Lara are resurrected by a Power Crystal
he sent with Kara to Earth. He tries to take over Earth, only to be stopped when Clark destroys the crystal that brought him and Lara back to life.
Clone Jor-El (Julian Sands)
The House of Zod and Associates
General Zod (Michael Rosenbaum, Callum Blue)
A Kryptonian general and war criminal, Zod's body was destroyed and his soul thrown into the Phantom Zone
following an attempted coup against the Ruling Council. Freed in the Season 5 finale by Brainiac (who pulls a Thanatos Gambit on Clark)
, Zod body-jacks Lex Luthor
, using the billionaire's newly-gained superpowers in an attempt to bring the world to its knees. He is defeated by Clark in the Season 6 opening and imprisoned by the Crystal of El.
In Season 8, it is revealed that Zod and his second wife, Faora, had been unable to have children. Genetically engineering a child, they sent him to Earth as genetic material attached to Kal-El's spaceship. Said child grew up to be Doomsday, and was intended to kill Clark and destroy the world.
In Season 9, Major Zod's arrival leads to important revelations about his genetic predecessor, namely that Zod was once a hero from the war against Black Zero and that his hatred for Jor-El stemmed from the latter's refusal to clone his son, following the death of Zod's family when Kandor was destroyed by Black Zero
. The Major was eventually banished by the Book of Rao (see his entry for more on that).In the Season 10 episode "Dominion", it's revealed that the General, with Darkseid's help, has successfully taken over the body of Major Zod, who was banished to the Phantom Zone by the Kandorians, and has carved out an empire for himself. He then lures Clark and Oliver to the Zone and pits them against one another in gladiatorial combat. This backfires badly, and Zod, along with two of his followers, is cut off from the Phantom Zone and trapped within a crystalline prison that goes spiraling off into space.
- Abusive Dad: To Davis/Doomsday.
- Arch-Enemy: To Jor-El, as opposed to Kal-El. He mainly views Clark as an excellent opportunity for Revenge by Proxy, with a dash of We Can Rule Together once he escapes the Phantom Zone.
- Back for the Finale: Appears in one of the last episodes.
- Bald of Evil: When possessing Lex.
- Beard of Evil: Sported by both his Phantom and Major Zod bodies.
- Bigger Bad: In Season 5.
- Also qualifies for Season 8: his backup plan begins when Brainiac and Faora's phantom unleash his and Faora's creation/son, Doomsday, as a last bit of revenge on the House of El.
- British Accents: After his Fusion Dance with Major Zod.
- Cain and Abel: References the story and invokes the trope during "Dominion" with both Clark and Oliver. He seems desperate for a "brother-in-arms" worth having.
- Cool Chair: Is seated atop a skull-decorated throne in Season 10.
- The Corrupter: Tries to tempt Oliver into evil in "Dominion".
- Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with Darkseid to gain control over the Zone and Major Zod.
- Demoted to Dragon: In "Dominion", he is reduced to Darkseid's surrogate, ruling the Phantom Zone in the latter's absence.
- The Disembodied: To even greater extremes than normal for a Zoner. His body was not only destroyed, but his Phantom was altered so that it can only control a body that has been specially prepared. Brainiac has to mutate Lex to make him Grand Theft Me}}-able; after his defeat by Clark, the General is reduced to being a ghost again until a deal with Darkseid lets him perform a Fusion Dance with Major Zod.
- Evil Brit: Post-Fusion Dance.
- Evil Counterpart: To Jor-El. Invoked with Clark in "Dominion", after he seizes control of the Major.
- Evil Overlord: Successfully conquers the Mordor that is the Phantom Zone and sets himself up as its tyrant, with a little help from Darkseid and Major Zod's body.
- Fallen Hero: Was once called one of Krypton's greatest heroes (see Major Zod for more on that).
- Flaw Exploitation: Clark exploits his drive for control to defeat him in "Zod"; in "Dominion", Clark and Oliver exploit his need to kill Clark himself to take his crystal and escape the Zone.
- Flying Brick: While possessing Lex.
- Fusion Dance: "Dominion" is unclear as to whether the General or the Major is more in control. He has the latter's body, the former's coldness and sense of fashion, and seems to retain both of their memories.
- Gladiator Games: Oversees them after seizing control of the Zone in Season 10.
- Grand Theft Me: Of Lex, and eventually, his own clone, Major Zod. With his original body destroyed, this is the best he can do.
- Happily Married: To Faora.
- Human Alien: He's a Kryptonian, which is a alien who appears human.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Fanatical Loyalty in the case of Faora and the Disciples of Zod, Fear in the case of the Zoners in "Dominion".
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Pulls this on Lana in "Zod"; according to Word of God, this is due to his being influenced by Lex's emotions and not any real interest on his part.
- Insane Admiral: Cold-blooded, ruthless and visibly off his rocker (although not nearly to the degree of Major Zod, who seems to live one step away from a Villainous Breakdown).
- In the Hood: Briefly during "Dominion".
- It's Personal: By "Dominion".
- Kneel Before Zod: Naturally.
- Large Ham
- Mythology Gag: After he was taken out of Lex's body, he resembles the one from the Christopher Reeve movies. At the end of "Dominion", he and two henchmen, who may well be Non and Ursa, are sent spiraling off into space, much like in Superman II.
- Omnicidal Maniac: When he couldn't take over Krypton, he corrupted the Brain InterActive Construct and helped Zor-El blow up the planet.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: A variant. He has no problem with someone else beating the tar out of Clark, but only he is allowed to deliver the coup de grace. Though, that might actually be the Major shining through after the Fusion Dance.
- Out-Gambitted: By Clark and Oliver in "Dominion".
- Revenge: Wants to payback on the House of El for his imprisonment. Later his feud with Clark becomes personal, following the latter's defeat of him, and his own subsequent Fusion Dance with Major Zod who hates Clark more than anyone whose name isn't Lex.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Three times.
- Second Love: Faora, who was originally one of the soldiers under his command.
- Sins of Our Fathers: The General initially targets Kal-El because Jor-El is unavailable. It turns personal later on.
- Tragic Villain
- Unholy Matrimony: With Faora.
- We Can Rule Together: To Lana and Clark in "Zod", and Oliver in "Dominion".
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Jor-El.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
Faora (Erica Durance, Sharon Taylor)
Zod's second wife, Faora escapes the Phantom Zone in Season 8, possesses Lois Lane
and goes hunting for her son Doomsday, whom she and Zod genetically engineered due to her own inability to bear children. Finding him in his human form as Davis Bloome
, Faora murders him in order to kick-start his mutant genetics and transform him into the killing machine she and Zod intended him to be. She is sent to the Phantom Zone once again by Kara, through the use of the Martian Manhunter's crystal.
In Season 9, we learn that Faora was originally one of Zod's soldiers during his days with the Kryptonian army. She grew close to her commander after the death of his first wife and son
, eventually becoming his partner in the plot to take over or destroy Krypton.
Nam-Ek and Aethyr
Nam-Ek and Aethyr (Leonard Roberts and Alana de la Garza)
Two of Zod's henchmen (or "disciples"), Nam-Ek and Aethyr come to Earth during the second meteor shower that strikes Smallville at the end of Season 4, having escaped Krypton before its destruction inside of a black spaceship (which also contained Brainiac). After they raise some hell in Smallville searching for Clark, Clark finds them and manages to send them to the Phantom Zone. They return in the Season 6 premiere. Nam-Ek is killed by Raya; Aethyr's fate remains unknown.
Davis Bloome /Doomsday (Sam Witwer /Dario Delacio)
A paramedic who befriends Chloe in Season 8, Davis suffers from constant blackouts and memory lapses, and has his own connections to Krypton and Zod. Faora eventually reveals that he is Doomsday, the genetically-engineered son of herself and Zod
—news Davis does not take well. At first determined to end his own life
, the knowledge that this is more or less impossible, combined with his growing crush on Chloe and his obsession with protecting his secrets, slowly drive Davis mad, turning him into a dark mirror of Clark Kent. Discovering that he can keep Doomsday under control by committing murders as Davis, the paramedic becomes a Serial Killer in both his identities; while this prevents Doomsday from hurting others, it causes Davis to become increasingly evil, transforming him into the season's Big Bad. The two are separated by Black Kryptonite in the finale; in the aftermath, Doomsday is imprisoned underground, while the de-powered Davis FaceHeelTurns, kills Henry James Olsen, and is in turn killed by Henry
- Abusive Parents: Davis only meets Faora for a single episode, but in that time, she lectures him on not having killed enough people before running him through with a pole to activate his Healing Factor. She definitely counts, and given that it's Zod's plan, he does as well.
- Anti-Villain / Anti-Hero: He begins as murdering criminals in order to save others and supress Doomsday. He later slides towards Nominal Hero, as his condition worsens and he struggles to keep people like Jimmy from uncovering his secret, losing some audience sympathy in the process. Finally he dives off the deep end into villainy, cementing his role as Superman's enemy.
- Back from the Dead: Until "Doomsday", when he gets split from Doomsday... and later kills Jimmy before being killed himself.
- Badass: He's Doomsday, the monster who killed Superman in the comics.
- Beauty to Beast: Played straight; can go from a Hospital Hottie to a Eldritch Abomination within less than a minute.
- Big Bad: For Season 8. Sort of.
- Brought Down to Normal: Following his separation from Doomsday in the Season 8 finale.
- Captain Ersatz: He's pretty much The Incredible Hulk with a dose of homicidal mania and the ability to control it by becoming a Serial Killer.
- Character Development: From Nice Guy to Anti-Hero to Big Bad.
- Doom Magnet: Attracts the attention of all Faora, Brainiac and Tess, all of whom want to control or eliminate him.
- Driven to Villainy: Killing people is the only way he can control the far more murderous Doomsday.
- Enemy Within
- Enemy Without: After he gets separated from Doomsday in the Season 8 finale.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As Doomsday and Angry!Davis.
- Fan Nickname: "Bloomesday".
- Final Boss: This may well be the best way to describe Doomsday's role after being separated from Davis.
- Healing Factor: To the point where death doesn't stick.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door —> Face-Heel Turn
- Hospital Hottie: Just ask the female fanbase.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Even more so than Clark.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Davis basically has split personality.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In the final episode, when he goes from Tragic Monster to Ax-Crazy psychopath.
- Karmic Death: Killed by Henry/Jimmy Olsen, who he had just mortally wounded.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His murder of Linda Lake. Is it his Start of Darkness? Yes. Does it mark the beginning of the end for Davis? Yes. Is it hard not to cheer for him? Yes!
- Killed Off for Real: By Henry James Olsen, after being separated from Doomsday.
- The Killer In Me: From the beginning, Davis suspects he might be the Serial Killer who's on the loose in Metropolis. He's right.
- Ladykiller in Love: With Chloe.
- Love Makes You Evil: An interesting variant — Chloe serves as Doomsday's Morality Chain and helps to keep him under control, but his unrequited crush on her makes Davis more evil and insane.
- The Medic: Plays this role in the first couple episodes.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nigh-Invulnerability: As Doomsday and, later, Davis.
- Parental Abandonment: Has no idea who his real parents are and was bounced from one lousy foster home to the next.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He begins killing those he deems evil as a way of suppressing Doomsday.
- Person of Mass Destruction: It's Doomsday. No kidding.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Doomsday's eyes are red. They're also the first part of his body to shift when Davis transforms, making their appearance on him a literal warning.
- Religious Bruiser: Davis keeps a cross and rosary beads hanging from the rear-view mirror in his ambulance, and is seen attending confession.
- Sanity Slippage
- Serial Killer: Doomsday is an indiscriminate murderer on a Person of Mass Destruction-style rampage. Davis eventually becomes one of the Pay Evil unto Evil Antiheroic bent.
- Shadow Archetype: To Clark. They're both the sons of important Kryptonian leaders, have a connection to Chloe and, most importantly, have a secret they are determined to keep. Clark became a hero; Davis let his obsession with secrecy drive him nuts.
- Shout-Out: To King Kong. Jimmy once even referred to him as that.
- Spikes of Villainy: As Doomsday.
- Super Strength: As Doomsday and, eventually, Davis.
- Superpowered Evil Side: A real doozy. He's got Doomsday trapped inside him.
- Tragic Monster
- Tragic Villain
- Unstoppable Rage: As Doomsday.
- Vigilante Man: Targets drug dealers, drunk drivers and other low-level criminals for termination.
- Villainous Crush: On Chloe.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Somehow, the show managed to turn him into a somewhat sympathetic character. He certainly crosses the boundaries of what you can do and remain sympathetic, but early on, when he was first realizing what he is and was absolutely terrified of what he was.
Major Zod (Callum Blue)
"You chose to fight me! You forced me to unleash my power! We could have made this planet a paradise!"
A clone of the original Zod from his time as a Major, he and his cloned Kandorian army arrive in Season 9, following Clark's defeat of Doomsday and Tess' activation of the Orb in the Season 8 finale. Determined to gain Kryptonian powers for his initially depowered
army, Zod is nevertheless horrified by the knowledge that his own future self destroyed Krypton. Clark attempts to use this knowledge to save the Major from himself, but to little avail; Zod slides further into villainy even as people within his own army begin to question his leadership. Following the collapse of his alliance with Tess and his own murder of Faora
whom he regards as a traitor, Zod declares war on the entire world. Clark is able to reveal the full extent of his crimes to the Kandorians, however, and the entire army is ultimately sent away from Earth by the Book of Rao, though not before Zod and Clark engage in an epic Knife Fight
to see who will truly control Earth's future. In the Bad Future
of "Pandora", Zod and the Kandorians have conquered the world. In the main timeline, Zod stays one step ahead of Clark by posing as the Blur and convincing Lois to give him information. The main antagonist of Season 9, Zod is a quick study, and a capable political and business leader, in addition to being the superb tactician and strategist that one would expect Krypton's greatest war hero to be. He returns in the Season 10 episode "Dominion," where it's revealed not only that he's conquered the Phantom Zone in Darkseid's name, but he's been possessed by the Phantom of the original Zod. See General Zod, above, for more on that.
- Accidental Public Confession: Confesses to killing Faora in front of his army. He's whispering, but they all have super-hearing, thanks to him.
- Ax-Crazy: Zod is consistently one hair away from a violent Villainous Breakdown.
- Back from the Dead: Thanks to cloning, as revealed in "Kandor".
- Bad Future: In a truly bad one, he is the ruler of a post-apocalyptic Earth.
- Big Bad: For Season 9.
- Broken Pedestal: To Faora, Vala and the other Kandorians.
- Catch Phrase: "Kneel before Zod" pretty much becomes this.
- The Chessmaster
- Classic Villain
- Cloning Blues: Trapped on Earth, with memories he doesn't fully understand and a mission he can't fullfill.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Briefly. He founds the RAO Corporation, fully intending for it to be bought out by Tess and LuthorCorp so that they can fund RAO's solar energy towers.
- Cultured Warrior: He quotes Shakespeare, Kierkegaard and Paradise Lost, enjoys a good fine wine, and is obsessed with Kryptonian culture and history.
- Dark Messiah: His portrayal has definite aspects of this, with Season 9 setting him up as a rival messianic figure to Clark.
- Deal with the Devil: The Deal With Darkseid that enabled him and General Zod to fuse together is implied to have been a mutual one.
- Doomed Hometown: Kandor was destroyed during the war against Black Zero, along with Zod's wife and son.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife and son were killed during a war on Krypton, and the reason he turned evil is because Jor-El refused to clone his son.
- Evil Brit
- Evil Counterpart: To Jor-El or Clark, depending on how you look at it.
- Evil Is Hammy: The best example on the show. The eviler he gets, the more over the top he gets too.
- Evil Is Petty: As soon ashe gains his Kryptonian powers, he impersonates as The Blur to Lois. Considering she was under the impression he was a government agent, there seems to be no reason to do that other than screw with Clark.
- Fallen Hero: He was one of Krypton's greatest military heroes. He grew up to become General Zod.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a truly terrible person, and only gets worse as the season progresses, but his Large Ham tendencies, sheer Badassery, and Chessmaster skills make him a lot of fun to watch.
- Flying Brick: Once he gets his powers back.
- Fusion Dance: With the Phantom of the original General Zod. We're really not sure which of them is in the driver's seat, or if they've truly fused.
- Genius Bruiser: Smarter than pretty much any person alive, turns Luthorcorp into the most technologically advanced company in the world and can punch through concrete and bench press two trucks at once.
- A Glass of Chianti
- The Heavy: Season 9's.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door —> Face-Heel Turn
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Mason!
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice in under 10 minutes — his army turns on him after they learn that he killed Faora after he whispers it to Clark and they all hear it, thanks to their super-hearing... which wouldn't have happened if Zod hadn't restored their powers a few episodes earlier; then Zod stabs Clark with his Blue Kryptonite dagger and lets him fall to the streets below with the dagger still in his body, allowing Zod's powers to return and the Book of Rao to recognize him as Kryptonian and transport him to the new world... and reunite him with the army that just turned on him.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Authority and Fanatical Loyalty. He's the clone army's legitimate commanding officer (and the highest-ranking Kandorian on Earth) and has, in his own words, saved the lives of more than half his troops on one occasion or another.
- It's All About Me: It becomes increasingly clear that, for all his talk about the good of his people, his plan is designed only to benefit him and he kills Faora when she turns against him.
Zod (to Faora): If I had known that insurrection rose across my my ranks, If I had discovered that my men turned against me..., I would raze this planet, I would burn it to the ground till the last ember went cold beneath my boot! Only I can lead us into the next age. All will follow Zod.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
- Kneel Before Zod: Of course.
- Knife Nut: Carries two Kryptonite knives, one Green and the other Blue. This leads to a Knife Fight between him and Clark in the Season 9 finale.
- Large Ham: Big time.
- Manipulative Bastard: An expert at it, playing Clark, Tess, Lois, and the entire Kandorian army for suckers, and making it look easy. These traits were passed onto the General after their Fusion Dance in "Dominion" and used on Clark and Oliver.
- Necromantic: His Start of Darkness was when Jor-El refused to clone his son.
- Never My Fault: Blames Jor-El, and subsequently Clark, for most of his own screw-ups.
- Offing the Offspring: When he murders the Faora clone. Turns out she was pregnant with his child. Whoops.
- Oh Crap: The look on his face as the Book of Rao forcibly ascends him.
- The Rival: To Clark, rather than Jor-El's clone, in contrast to the General. The Major isn't quite up to his older self's level of cunning, and he and Clark directly compete for the loyalty of the Kandorians. When they meet again, the combined Zod shows the General's maturity and calm in all but one aspect: he won't stop randomly beating on Clark. The rivalry between the two becomes the combined Zod's greatest flaw.
- Rousing Speech: "Let Black Zero feel the bite of your weapons and the bravery in your hearts!" Very Badass considering he's yelling it in a trench with death and destruction surrounding him, Jor-El and his troops. However, the glimmer of hope is shot down when Kandor is destroyed.
- Sanity Slippage: That business with Faora really sends him over the edge.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was originally in the Orb; is sent to the Phantom Zone in the aftermath of the Season 9 finale.
- Second Love: Subverted heavily with both Tess and Faora.
- Start of Darkness: The deaths of his wife, son, and everyone else he knew from Kandor.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Tess and, later, Faora. Neither one ends well.
- UST: With Tess.
- Villainous Breakdown: He spends most of Season 9 slowly deconstructing, shifting from the calm, if slightly twitchy, man we see in Episode 1, to the ranting Large Ham who appears in the later episodes. He snaps repeatedly but always seems to pull himself back together...until the events of "Salvation" when his army's defection causes him to fall apart completely, pull a knife and charge at Clark, Chewing the Scenery the entire time.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries this on Clark.
- We Used to Be Friends: Him and Jor-El.
- Wicked Cultured
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- World Domination: His goal. He convinces Tess that he'd be a benevolent tyrant, but as the Bad Future shows, it's more of a case of 0% Approval Rating, at least among humans.
- You Can't Fight Fate: "Krypton will rise again...and all humankind will kneel before Zod."
Clone Faora (Sharon Taylor)
A clone of Faora (duh
) from before she and Zod were in a serious relationship. At first loyal to Zod, Faora eventually begins to gravitate towards Kal-El (Clark) as she attempts to create a new life for herself on Earth. She is slain by the Major in cold-blood when he discovers she no longer wants a part in his World Domination scheme; he then discovers she is carrying his child after the one night they spent together
Alia (Monique Ganderton)
One of Zod's cloned soldiers. Clark faces an alternate timeline version of her who kills herself by accident. The real Alia is revealed to have killed the clone Jor-El; Zod shoots her in retribution.
Basqat (Adrian Holmes)
A captain in Major Zod's Kandorian army, Basqat led the mutiny against the Major in the Season 9 premiere alongside Faora. He later becomes Zod's Number Two
, a position he faithfully holds until the season finale
Vala (Crystal Lowe)
Dax-Ur (Marc McClure)
A Kryptonian scientist who invented Brainiac, Dax-Ur fled to Earth a couple of centuries ago after finding out that Brainiac had the potential to destroy planets. Using Blue Kryptonite
himself, he lived as a normal human, even settling down with a wife and son and working as a mechanic. In Season 7's "Persona," he helps Clark defeat Bizarro, only to later be killed by Brainiac.