Characters: Smallville: Kryptonians
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The House of El and Associates
Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman / The Blur
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Jor-El in his pre-Fortress days.
Played by: Terence Stamp (voice, Memoria), Tom Welling, Julian Sands (Kandor, Abandoned)
Clark/Kal-El's Kryptonian biological father, Jor-El was a brilliant scientist who was regarded as one of Krypton's greatest heroes (next to Zod
- The Ace / Broken Ace: Jor-El was a well-respected scientist and regarded as one of Krypton's greatest heroes, but he was crippled by self-doubt and guilt over not being able to save his planet and his people. He even withheld programming his own emotions into the A.I., believing it would hold Clark back in his training.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Zor-El.
- British Accents: He spoke with one on Krypton. During his brief visit to Earth in 1961, he adopted an American accent, presumably to blend in better with the kind citizens of Smallville.
- Cain and Abel:
- Jor-El is strongly implied to have had this kind of relationship with his brother Zor-El. In terms of personalities, Jor-El is the Abel (the good brother) to Zor-El's Cain (the evil brother). When it comes to sibling roles, Jor-El is the Cain (the older brother) to Zor-El's Abel (the younger brother).
- This trope also applies to Jor-El's relationship with Zod. Simply put, Jor-El is the Abel to Zod's Cain.
- The Fettered: Heavily implied by Zor-El's claim to Clark that Jor-El couldn't grasp the concept of sacrificing the weak for the greater good. Later, in Season 10, this trope is implied to be the reason why Kryptonian!Jor-El left his emotions out of the A.I.'s programming, believing his pride and regrets prevented him from saving Krypton.
- Former Teen Rebel: Implied to have been one when he was younger. In Season 3's "Relic," Jor-El admits to Louise (Lana's great-aunt) that he wasn't a "model son."
- Good Counterpart: To Zor-El.
- Happily Married: Screwed up as he was, there are no indications that his marriage to Lara was less than happy.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Both the clone and the real Jor-El have rather negative views of their own achievements.
(to Clark via a holographic message) The ship I designed to carry you to your destiny can only hold one Kryptonian, one with so much potential—so unlike your father. ... I am sending with you all my knowledge, and none of my ego or regrets.
- Ignored Expert: Shown in a flashback scene in Season 9's "Kandor" when he tries to warn the Kryptonian Council that sending cloned Kryptonians to Earth might not be such a great idea.
- Lighter and Softer: The clone (and presumably the real) Jor-El are shown to be much nicer than the Fortress AI.
- Man in White: On Krypton, he wore white robes with a black House of El symbol on the chest.
- Science Hero: Heavily implied in "Kandor," where Zod, in a flashback, notes to the Ruling Council that Jor-El dedicated his life's work to saving and preserving life rather than waging war and causing death.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: In a flashback in "Kandor," he interrupts the taking of blood samples from Zod's soldiers in direct violation of the Council's orders; he even tells Zod "The Council can do what it will. I will not allow my life's work to be used to commit an atrocity."
- So Proud of You: In regards to his son Clark/Kal-El.
- Take a Third Option: In "Kandor", he interrupts the taking of blood samples from Zod's army so they can be sent to Earth in the Orb. Later, he argues to the Kryptonian Council that he created cloning technology to help the sick and wounded rather than bring the dead (namely superpowered Kandorian soldiers) back to life. After he's ordered to finish the Orb despite his warnings of the Kandorian army potentially using their powers to take over Earth, Jor-El irradiates the Orb with Blue Kryptonite to De-power the Kandorians.
When Krypton was about to go boom
, the Kryptonian Jor-El copied his brain patterns into the spaceship that would carry his son to Earth.
- Abusive Dad: The reasons behind his behavior and actions toward Clark/Kal-El may have been well-meaning and noble, but the fact remains AI!Jor-El's actions were downright, often unnecessarily, cruel and dickish. He's burned the mark of Clark's Kryptonian ancestors onto his chest as part of his efforts to control his son, even brainwashed Clark outright, froze Clark in a solid pillar of ice, and even disowns him early in Season 10.
- Anti-Hero: Jor-El is a Type IV. His intentions are benevolent (he wants Clark to become the hero Earth needs), but the way he goes about things are often very nasty and cruel.
- Anti-Villain: Jor-El is a Type III. His goals are good (he wants to protect Earth and ensure Clark becomes the hero he's destined to be), but the methods he employs for achieving those goals are, to put it mildly, highly questionable.
- Asshole Victim: Jor-El has this happen to him a lot, courtesy of Brainiac, Lex, Earth-2 Lionel, and various others.
- Because Destiny Says So: He's a total douche about this.
- British Accents: His voice is provided by Terence Stamp, after all.
- Darker and Edgier: The Fortress A.I. was intentionally designed without the real Jor-El's emotions that might get in the way of his son's training. Presumably, the real Jor-El felt they kept him back whilst trying to save Krypton and didn't want to make that mistake again.
- Genius Loci: When he's in the Kawatche Caves and later the Fortress of Solitude.
- Parental Hypocrisy: In the Season 10 premiere, Jor-El condemns Clark for being willing to kill a clone of Lex. Seasons earlier, he ordered Clark to kill the actual Lex to prevent Zod from using him as a vessel.
Played by: Kendall Cross (Memoria), Helen Slater (Lara, Blue, Abandoned)
Clark/Kal-El's Kryptonian biological mother.
- Parental Substitute: She seemed to be like a secondary mother figure for Kara, even though she was her aunt through marriage.
Played by: 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 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. Appears in "Zod" and "Fallout."
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Raya had blond hair, and shown to be a good and kind-hearted person.
- Hot Scientist: She worked as Jor-El's assistant back on Krypton, and was quite attractive, to say the least.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Raya survived in the Phantom Zone for twenty years and holds her own against Baern, one of the worst of the Zoners.
- Miss Exposition: She tells Clark how to escape the Phantom Zone and later how to repair the Fortress.
- Ms. Fanservice: When Clark first meets her, she's in a toga.
Played by: 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 fitting 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.
- Adorkable: Must be a staple of the House of El.
- Alliterative Name: Once adopted into the Kent family.
- Badass Adorable: Very sweet, shy and friendly as well and able to turn concrete into dust with her bare hands.
- Deadpan Snarker: Like her comics' counterpart, she can be quite sarcastic.
- Death Glare: Gives this to either an enemy, an opponent or someone she doesn't like or trust.
- Determinator: Kara is a fighter and a very determined individual.
- No Social Skills: At first due to being a complete stranger to Earth.
- The Obi-Wan: To Clark, especially in Seasons 8 and 10.
- 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.
- 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: At the end of Season 7.
- 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.
Played by: 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.
- Abusive Parent: Zor-El was seen to be rather abusive and controlling in nature.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Zod and Brainiac. They all caused the destruction of Krypton.
- British Accents: Christopher Heyerdahl played Zor-El with an accent that resembled Terence Stamp's.
- Broken Pedestal: To Kara.
- Cain and Abel: His relationship with Jor-El. Simply put, Zor-El is the Cain (the evil brother) to Jor-El's Abel (the good brother).
- Kill All Humans: His goal after being brought back by the blue crystal in "Blue."
Played by: Julian Sands
A clone of Jor-El, created by the Orb from DNA taken from the original Jor-El 20 years prior to Krypton's destruction.
The House of Zod and Associates
Played by: Michael Rosenbaum ("Vessel", "Zod"), Terence Stamp (briefly in "Zod"), Callum Blue ("Kandor," "Dominion")
A Kryptonian general and war criminal, Zod's body was destroyed and his spirit 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 Earth 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 Parents: 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.
- Badass Beard: On his real body. He grows one after taking control of Major Zod.
- Badass Longcoat: While possessing Lex. After performing a Fusion Dance with Major Zod, he adds both a coat and a Badass Cape to the latter's outfit.
- 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 against the House of El.
- British Accents: Before and after his Fusion Dance with Major Zod. When he's possessing Lex, however, he speaks with an American accent.
- 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.
- Four-Star Badass: Held the rank of General.
- 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 Phantom 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.
- 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 General: 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.
- 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 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: In the fifth season, Brainiac's primary goal is to release him from the Phantom Zone. He eventually succeeds in the season finale and Zod's first action upon being freed is to put Clark into the same can that he just escaped from. Clark manages to escape on his own, without help from the outside, and subsequently re-imprisons Zod in the Season 6 premiere.
- 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: He lost his first wife and young son in the war against Black Zero, and Jor-El's refusal to resurrect said son is what led Zod to become the villain he is today.
- 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.
Played by: 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
Played by: 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
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 by 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.
- Badass Baritone: As Doomsday and Angry!Davis. See Evil Sounds Deep.
- Beauty to Beast: Played straight; can go from Hospital Hottie to 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 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.
- Final Boss: This may well be the best way to describe Doomsday's role after being separated from Davis.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Double subverted...or something...for the Trope Namer; they gave him a human body and a Nice Guy personality, but when he changes into Doomsday, he fits. He is able to curb stomp the Justice League, but is defeated when he is buried under some rocks. The human side, split off with black kryptonite, goes crazy and kills Jimmy. We don't like talking about it.
- Healing Factor: To the point where death doesn't stick.
- 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.
- 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.
"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. 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.
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 fight to see who will truly control Earth's future.
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: He 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."
- Badass Army: Led one.
- Badass Boast: He gets two in the Season 9 finale:
, I would lead from the throne, not from the shadows! Every human, including the woman you love, will kneel before Zod
- Badass Longcoat: He starts wearing one early on into Season 9.
- Bad Future: In a truly bad one, he is the ruler of a post-apocalyptic Earth.
- Big Bad: Of Season 9.
- Broken Pedestal: To Faora, Vala, and later the other Kandorians.
- Catch Phrase: "Kneel before Zod" pretty much becomes this.
- Cloning Blues: Trapped on Earth, with memories he doesn't fully understand and a mission he can't fulfill.
- 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.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He was already Badass. Then he gains the Kryptonian powers he should have had all along, and holy crap.
- 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: He is played by a British actor.
- 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.
- Evil Is Petty: As soon as he gains his Kryptonian powers, he impersonates 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 to screw with Kal-El/Clark.
- Fallen Hero: He was one of Krypton's greatest military heroes. He then 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 The Chessmaster skills make him a lot of fun to watch.
- 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.
- 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.
- Majorly Awesome —> Four-Star Badass: He starts out with the rank of Major, but gets promoted to General in "Sacrifice."
- 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. He blames Clark for making her betray him.
- 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. Oh, and his best friend Jor-El refusing to clone his dead son.
- 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 the first episode of the season, 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.
Played by: 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
Played by: 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.
- Face Death with Dignity: After admitting to killing Clone!Jor-El, she hands Major Zod the gun she recovered from Tess, and kneels for her execution.
- Future Badass: The Alia from Zod's Bad Future is very Badass, and can maintain her powers under a yellow sun.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Sports a pair of these.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She admits to killing Clone!Jor-El to Zod, fearing that he would have them destroyed. Zod kills her in response.
- Noble Demon: Most of the things she does is not out of malicious intent, but what she considers to be appropriate responses. For instance, her Bad Future self hunts down Lois only to stop Clark from erasing the timeline she came from. After dueling Clark, she sustains a fatal wound and apologizes to Clark as she dies. In the main timeline, she kills Clone!Jor-El, fearing that he'd have the Kandorians destroyed. She admits this to Major Zod, knowing it means certain death but accepts she'll have to be killed in response. Say what you want about her, but at least she has a sense of honor.
Played by: 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
- The Dragon: Major Zod's Number Two, he sticks by the Major even after Clark accuses him of killing Faora. It takes the Major himself confessing to shake his loyalty.
- Heel-Face Turn: When Zod confesses to killing Faora.
Played by: Crystal Lowe
- Badass Bookworm: Vala specialized in cybernetic engineering back on Krypton. On Earth, she has a job in a bookstore.
- The Dog Bites Back: Dr. Bernard Chisholm, whom she had experimented on, kidnaps her as part of a plan to expose the Kandorians to the world at large.
- Heel-Face Turn: In no small part due to a hero crush on Clark.
- Human Popsicle: Chisholm's plan for her.
Played by: 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.