Morgan Edge (Rutger Hauer, Patrick Bergin)
A Metropolis crime boss and childhood friend of Lionel Luthor, Morgan Edge is an antagonist featured in the first half of Season 3, attempting to force Clark (whom he knows as "Kal") to honor a deal he made while under the influence of Red Kryptonite
. He and Lionel later try to uncover Clark's secret; in the aftermath, Edge is killed when he drives his car into Clark's invulnerable body. Is revealed to have helped Lionel murder his parents when they were both young.
Brainiac / Milton Fine / Brainiac 5 (James Marsters)
"I am the Brain InterActive Construct. No matter my form, my intellect remains formidable. Do not underestimate me."
When Clark began attending college in Season 5, his World History professor was one Milton Fine, who later claimed to be another surviving Kryptonian. Fine convinced Clark to assist him in taking down Jor-El, who had supposedly been a brutal dictator back on Krypton. In truth, Fine was a Kryptonian AI under the control of General Zod, who he sought to release from the Phantom Zone
. When the truth of Fine's plans were revealed, Clark tried to defeat him; ultimately, Brainiac's "death" was revealed to be the very thing required to release Zod from his imprisonment
In Season 7, Brainiac returned under his own control, albeit in a badly battered condition. Manipulating Bizarro and Clark into helping him repair himself, Brainiac 2.0 subsequently trapped Kara in the Phantom Zone and revealed Clark's secret to Lex
. Clark destroyed his body, but Brainiac returned once again in Season 8 by body-jacking Chloe and attempting to gain control of Doomsday
. He was finally defeated with the aid of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and taken to the future for re-programming; he returns in Season 10 as Brainiac 5
He is the main antagonist of Seasons 5 and 7, and is a recurring threat in Season 8, giving him the distinction of being the only non-regular to serve as the Big Bad
for more than one season.
- Nano Machines: His real body is a black, liquid metal composed of these.
- Not So Different: Brainiac 5 invokes this with Clark in Season 10's "Homecoming". For a good cause, to boot.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Plans to destroy Earth in Seasons 7 and 8, and implies he'll do the same thing to the next planet he visits. Within the context of the setting, it's quite omnicidal.
- Power at a Price: Specifically:
- Power Degeneration: In Season 7, following his near-destruction by Clark in the previous season. It takes a visible effort for him to shape-shift, and his body takes on the appearance of someone with a very serious illness.
- Power Source: Is shown re-charging himself at a power plant in Season 7. Coincidentally, an overload of electricity is every bit as bad for him as not getting enough.
- Replicant Snatching: He doesn't kill Kara, but he does exile her to the Phantom Zone and take on her appearance.
- Robotic Psychopath: His programming didn't malfunction; it was deliberately corrupted by Zod.
- Science Hero: Post-reprogramming. He's the AI behind the Legion flight rings and most of their other tech.
- Self-Made Orphan: In a way. He not only kills his designer Dax-Ur, but helped Zod wipe out Krypton, killing his builder, Jor-El, in the process.
- The Smart Guy: To the Legion, post-Heel-Face Turn.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Well known for his sadism and his whisper-soft creepy monotone.
- Superior Species: Pretends to be a Kryptonian with this attitude. In truth, he hates just about everybody.
- Superpower Lottery: A major winner. He can fake most of the Kryptonian powers, and has a few of his own, all in addition to his Evil Genius status. Here's the full list:
- From a Single Cell: He's been utterly destroyed numerous times, but as long as a few pieces of him remain, he can regenerate completely, although it does take time.
- Grand Theft Me: Body-jacks several people in Season 7 in order to drain their trace minerals and re-build himself. In Season 8, he takes control of Chloe following the destruction of his own body, increasing her intelligence in order to make her a better host.
- Mind Probe: Typically by means of inserting a finger through the person's eye or temple. Yes, it's as vile as it sounds.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Can shrug off getting punched or shot with heat vision by Clark.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Related to Grand Theft Me. He enters in his liquid metal form and can be extracted the same way.
- Self-Duplication: Can duplicate himself, and does so frequently.
- Shape Shifter: Easily transforms into people, and mimics them with frightening accuracy.
- Super Intelligence: Has the highest IQ of anyone on the show, and can both process information and multi-task at a speed that would leave most super computers in the dust.
- Super Speed: Can move fast enough to escape from Clark's sight at times.
- Super Strength: While he can't overpower Clark, he can give him a lot of trouble and at one point, effortlessly throws a tractor. He boasts that he's strong enough to snap Clark's neck.
- Take Over the World: In Season 5.
- Thanatos Gambit: Clark stabbing him in Season 5 is what lets Zod take control of Lex.
- Treacherous Advisor: To Clark, Bizarro and, eventually, Lex, in both the real world and an Alternate Universe Bad Future shown in "Apocalypse".
- The Virus: Serves as one himself, with his ability to infect victims via nanomachine implant. He also uses computerized ones repeatedly as part of his plans, shutting down most of the planet on at least two separate occasions. During the Season 5 finale, he was also planning to unleash a real virus to wipe out Earth's human population.
Maxima (Charlotte Sullivan)
An alien queen from Almerac who arrives on Earth in Season 8 looking for her Kryptonian soulmate. Unfortunately for anyone who isn't
a Kryptonian, her kiss is fatal to humans
. She kills several men, hospitalizes Jimmy and almost seduces Clark, before he breaks from her control and sends her home.
- Lack of Empathy: Has no sympathy for the men who die after kissing her.
- Subverted, albeit at a really low level, with Jimmy.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Is unaffected by bullets and Clark ramming her through a brick wall.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: No, there isn't one! And the show makes a point of acknowledging that. Her pheromones and callous attitude towards other people nicely cement that what she is doing is a bad thing.
- Stripperiffic: Nice bondage gear, Maxima.
- Super Speed: She runs faster than the human eye can see and could perceive Clark's movements.
- Super Strength: She can flip a car through the air and wrestle with Clark.
The Persuader (Fraiser Aitcheson)
Winslow Schott / Toyman (Chris Gauthier)
A weapons engineer formerly employed by Queen Industries, Winslow was fired when he cracked under stress and began bringing toys to work... and filling them with explosives. Having reverted at least partially to childhood, Winslow remains a dangerous adversary due to his mechanical genius and disregard for human life. Smart, eccentric and, in a word, nuts.
First appearing in Season 8, he murders most of the LuthorCorp Board of Directors, makes an attempt to kill Oliver Queen, and nearly brings down the Daily Planet
with a gigantic kryptonite bomb. He returns in Season 9, once again attempting to get his revenge on Oliver, who had framed him for the murder of his boss, Lex Luthor
. Captured and imprisoned at last, he is freed by Tess, who puts him to work repairing Metallo.
- Actually a Doombot: Sends a robotic double of himself to Oliver's party in Season 9, so that he can plant a bomb and watch the chaos without actually having to be there in the flesh.
- Berserk Button: Being treated as though he were childish, or otherwise not being taken seriously. Oliver causes him to snap just by calling him a clown. Interestingly, it makes him less dangerous, not more so, as he stops using his head and just attacks you.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Who'd a thunk the overweight guy delivering balloon-o-grams could be dangerous?
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Schott is a little eccentric, to say the least. But whether you're hiring him as a technician or a Mad Bomber, you're probably getting your money's worth.
- The Dragon: To Lex in "Requiem".
- Dragon-in-Chief: In much the same way Brainiac was to Zod. Lex crippled and on a respirator can't do much without Schott to carry out his plans for him.
- Evil Genius: And not just in the scientific department. Schott's got a real talent for disguising himself, getting into places he shouldn't be, and then talking his way out again.
- Framing the Guilty Party: Oliver frames Winslow for Lex's murder, the one crime in "Requiem" that he isn't responsible for. It results in a police manhunt and forces Schott underground, in a way that the other cirmes he was thought to be guilty of never would have.
- Green Rocks: Uses them to fuel his bombs in "Requiem".
- Happy Fun Ball: Between bombs that resemble dolls, Newton's Cradles, and Cymbal Banging Monkeys, gas-filled Mylar balloons, and a wide variety of other Lethal Joke Weapons, he definitely counts.
- Lethal Joke Character: Holy crow, yes!
- Mad Artist: Sees his toys and his weapons as works of art.
- Mad Bomber: Schott really, really likes his explosives.
- Mad Scientist: An expert weapons designer and technician, with a fondness for placing explosives in his toys. All he needs to add is Mad Doctor and he's got the whole "mad" foursome.
- My Little Panzer: Fired by Oliver after he started weaponising toys.
- Non-Action Guy: Schott's a schemer, not a fighter, and proves it any time that things get physical.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: By the time his two episodes are over, Schott has become the posterboy for this trope, having damn near killed Clark and Oliver both, despite his silly gimmick.
- Revenge: Wants it on Oliver for firing him.
- Talkative Loon: He doesn't really shut up. Ever.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Uses it on a nurse in order to convince her to unhandcuff him. "I was just trying to deliver a baloon-o-gram."
- You Look Familiar: Chris Gauthier played a tech in Season 3 before becoming known for this role.
Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim (Dominic Zamprogna)
A psychotic gangster who still indulges in the occasional petty robbery, Mannheim carries an intense grudge against Metropolis' vigilante community for making criminal life harder. Beaten by Lois during an attempted mugging, Bruno receives a dressing down from his boss Ron Milano, who has been hoping to go legit. Turning on Milano, Mannheim takes control of the operation as a means of facilitating his personal vendetta against the vigilantes, and Lois' alter ego, Stiletto, in particular. Imprisoned for his crimes, he has not yet reappeared, though he merited a mention in Season 10's "Beacon".
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Comic book Bruno is a disfigured psycho with a burned face and a penchant for cannibalism. This version has only a tiny scar on his face and is played by Dominic Zamprogna. Still a psycho, though.
- Ax-Crazy: Bruno is visibly twitching in every one of his appearances.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Approaches it. Bruno has no desire to go straight.
- Dragon Ascendant: Murders his boss and takes over the Ace of Clubs and the counterfeiting operation.
- Evil Is Petty: Despite his status as a member of the Metropolis mob, Bruno isn't above committing street level crime.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Implied by Lois' comments in "Beacon" where he's at the top of a list of suspects in the attempted shooting of Senator Martha Kent, not something that you would expect a petty criminal to be involved in. Makes sense in an even more horrifying context when one remembers that this was the same season where Darkseid was preparing an invasion of Earth, and that Mannheim has traditionally been one of Darkseid's mooks on Earth, thus implying that his rise to prominence in the criminal underworld may have been aided by an alliance with Apokolips, as previously seen in Superman: The Animated Series.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Crossing Bruno is a good way to get yourself killed.
- Hell-Bent for Leather —> Man of Wealth and Taste: Between appearances.
- Ironic Nickname: Bruno's far from ugly. Of course, it could always be a reference to his personality.
- It's Personal: With Lois/Stiletto.
- Klingon Promotion: Murders his boss to gain control of their operation.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: His vendetta against Lois stems from a tiny scar she left on his face.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Brutally beats Jimmy and later a Green K-weakened Clark.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Normally, you wouldn't wonder this about a Villain of the Week, but in "Beacon", Lois mentions him as a possible suspect when someone (we're looking at you, Alexander) takes a shot at Mrs. Kent. It does leave one wondering just what Bruno's been up to these past two years.
- White Gang-Bangers: Has the mentality of one. His boss wants to move up in the world and go legit. Bruno, on the other hand, enjoys being a criminal far too much.
John Corben / Metallo (Brian Austin Green)
A war correspondent assigned to Afghanistan, John Corben returns to Metropolis early in Season 9, where he is given a desk opposite Lois Lane, to whom he is attracted. Nearly killed in a car accident, Corben is re-built as a Cyborg
by Major Zod and the Kandorians. Driven nearly mad by the resultant adrenaline rush, Corben attempts to hunt down and kill the Blur, only to be defeated. He is later re-built by Tess, with an assist from Winslow Schott (see above). Escaping her lab, Corben ultimately assists Chloe and Lois in capturing a Red K-infected Clark and returning him to normal
. He leaves at the end of the episode and has not been seen since... until he returned as a member of Toyman's Legion of Doom group
- Heel-Face Turn: Of course, seeing as he's still a villain in the comics, this may not last.
- Didn't last, as he became a member of Toyman's Legion of Doom group, hinting that the Deleted Scene from Season 9 where he became more robot than man was canon.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Seeing as he's a robot, this is to be expected. Explosions, freezing—nothing so much as dents Metallo.
- Robotic Psychopath: Zod specifically designed him to be Ax-Crazy, so he falls under this.
- Start of Darkness: The adrenaline rush from the Green K causes Metallo to hyper-focus on The Blur as the cause of all his problems.
Sam Phelan (Cameron Dye)
A rogue cop that only appears for one episode, but still notable for...
Head of the Summerholt Neurological Institute, or at least head of its less ethical projects. He's responsible for the experimentation on Ryan James, and there's every implication that his research on superhuman abilities and other phenomena didn't start there. It certainly didn't end there.
- Manipulative Bastard: Molly, a social outcast he apparently "saved", is committing murders on his behalf in "Delete".
- Smug Snake: Luthor-grade red tape prevents him from being taken down for quite a while.
Roger Nixon (Tom O'Brien)
Van McNulty (Jesse Metcalfe)
- Fantastic Racism: Of any "freaks", regardless of whether they are good or evil.
- Freudian Excuse: Tina Greer murdered his father. Ironically, they never meet.
Adam Knight (Ian Somerhalder)
A boy who befriends Lana in Season 3 and begins rooming at the Talon. He is eventually revealed to be a) a spy for Lionel Luthor, and b) to have died several months before and been resurrected by the Lazarus Serum (manufactured from Clark's blood). Cut off by Lionel, Adam is kept alive by Dr. Lia Teng, the doctor who brought him back, and eventually escapes, going on a rampage in an attempt to avoid dying again. It fails, and he succumbs to the effects of his disease.
Dr Lia Teng (Françoise Yip)
Fleeing from North Korea and needing a green card marriage to stay in the US, Dr Teng's more concerned about continuing her work than handling the consequences.
- For Science!: Only agreed to the whole Lazarus Serum business to fund her research.
Lana's Season 4 boyfriend, whom she met in Paris, he follows her back to Smallville, where he becomes the new football coach. He has some history with Lex and Lionel, and spends a great deal of time making sure that Lana never meets his mother, Genevieve. Following his mom's outing as The Big Bad, Jason, suffering from major Sanity Slippage, assumes the position of The Dragon, helping her in her game of Xanatos Speed Chess against Lionel, ultimately kidnapping both he and Lex. Jason is shot by Lionel for his trouble and falls off of a waterfall; returning to the Kent farm he takes Martha and Jonathan hostage, only to be killed when a meteor hits the building
- Abusive Parents: Financial Abuse from his father, soul-destroying psychological torture from his mother.
- Broken Ace: He was a good-looking football coach and successful athlete, dated the girl most people seemed to consider the prettiest one in the school and, to top it off, he was from a rich, successful family. He was also the product of an abusive relationship with his Evil Matriarch mother, and had no self-esteem or ability to control himself without her help.
- Death from Above: A meteor hit him.
- The Dragon: His mother's.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Oliver Queen and Patricia Swann never mention him or ask about the strange circumstances of his death, even though he, they and Lex Luthor were friends as children.
- Hot for Student: With Lana.
- Jerk Jock: Double subverted. Clark suspects him of being bad, he turns out to be a very pleasant guy and then it's revealed he was working for his mother the entire time.
- Made of Iron: He is shot by Lionel and falls of a cliff. He returns slightly the worse for the wear, manages to overpower Jonathan and Martha, and is finally killed when a meteor hits the house. Who does he think he is, Rasputin?
Countess Margaret Isobel Thoreaux (Kristin Kreuk)
A medieval witch who was burned at the stake by Genevieve Teague's ancestor, the Duchess Gertrude, Isobel swore vengeance against Gertrude's entire line. She possesses Lana several times over the course of Season 4 in an attempt at stealing The Stones of Power and killing Genevieve.
- Grand Theft Me: Consistently possesses Lana (much to the latter's chagrin).
- Identical Grandson: What Lana is to her.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Or whatever that martial art she was using was.
- Large Ham: "The Stones of Power shall be mine! MWAHAHAHA!!!" Fans love her all the more for it.
Genevieve Teague (Jane Seymour)
Jason's mother, Genevieve is descended from the aristocracy and isn't afraid to let you know it. She bails Lionel out of jail partway through Season 4 in an attempt at enlisting him in her crusade to find the Stones of Power. When Lionel turns on her, she uses her son Jason, as a pawn in her scheme to destroy Lionel, Lex, and the Countess Isobel Thoreaux. The Man Behind the Man
to most of the fourth season, she never meets Clark and is killed in the finale by Isobel
- Abusive Mom: She's pretty much destroyed her son's self-esteem, turning him into little more than a puppet.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Her ancestors have been guarding the secrets of the Stones of Power and the Traveler for centuries. The whole Veritas mess was actually started by her family.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Descended from Duchess Gertrude of France, who had Isobel burned at the stake so she could find the Stones of Power for herself. Genevieve isn't much better.
- Big Bad: Season 4's.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Lionel.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lionel in Season 4. They're both Abusive Parents, with a lot of money and an obsession with alien life and the Stones of Power. Where they're different is in the why—Lionel abused Lex to try and make him stronger; Genevieve abused Jason in an attempt to control him and hurt his father. Additionally, Lionel turns around and tries to connect to Lex, whereas Genevieve never does and uses her son until the end. And when it comes to the Stones of Power, Lionel is driven by curiosity and the desire for power, Genevieve by paranoia and the need to defeat Isobel.
- Evil Matriarch: Big time.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Jason. She may also have had a hand in some of the events of the Season 3 finale, as well as the murders of Virgil Swann and Bridgette Crosby. It's rather iffy as to whether this was her or Lionel at work.
- My Beloved Smother: A dark version who tries to control every aspect of Jason's life.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Margot Kidder's Dr. Bridgette Crosby was supposed to be Season 4's Big Bad, but left the show following Christopher Reeve's death. Genevieve was created to fill the gap.
Gina (Anna Galvin)
- The Dragon: To Lex during Season 7.
- Expy: Reverse example; Tess Mercer is this to her. Fans called her "Maybe-Mercy" before her name was revealed, after Mercy Graves, and Tess filled much the same position as Gina once she arrived.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: Also to Lex.
- Killed Off for Real: By Edward Teague.
- Undying Loyalty: When she discovers that Lex murdered his father, she goes from comforting him about the loss to explaining why he had to do it in seconds.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shares Lex's desire to stop the Traveler, and will shoot people and lock them in freezers in order to bring about her goals.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Subverted; she shoots Lois while holding Lois and Jimmy hostage because she "[wasn't] cooperating."
Curtis Knox (Dean Cain)
Edward Teague (Rick Ravanello, Robert Picardo)
- Abusive Dad: Not nearly to the extent of his Evil Matriarch wife or even Lionel, but Edward cut Jason off when the latter refused to join his law firm.
- Amoral Attorney: In the backstory.
- Anti-Hero: Arguably, yes. After seeing that Clark isn't willing to kill Lex, who is on the verge of discovering a device that would let him control Clark, Edward tries to take them both out of the picture in the interests of protecting humanity.
- Badass Preacher: "Quest" shows him to be a decent physical match for Badass Normal Lex, who's at least twenty years younger than he is.
- In the Hood: His priest's robes.
- Killed Off for Real: By Brainiac in "Arctic."
- Knife Nut: Cuts Kryptonian symbols into his victims' chests with a ritual dagger; later uses it against Lex.
- Knight Templar: Sometimes protecting humanity requires a body count.
- Poisonous Friend: Posthumously. Having decided that Dr. Swann was wrong about Clark, he endeavors to prevent his friend's dream from becoming a nightmare by killing Clark and Lex.
- Sinister Minister: Hides out as a priest in St. Christopher's Cathderal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tries to kill Clark in order to prevent Lex from controlling him.
Vordigan (Steve Basic)
Isis (Erica Durance)
- Weaksauce Weakness: Sunlight seals her back into the amulet. Kryptonian heat vision works nicely, as it's basically concentrated solar energy.