Fanfic: SmallvilleX: Evolution

SmallvilleX: Evolution is a crossover between Smallville and X-Men: Evolution by ben10987654321. This story is the first part of a series that so far consists of:

and also the following 2 omake chapters:

So far the series has covered Seasons 2,3 and 4 of X-Men: Evolution, and Seasons 3, 4 and part of 5 of Smallville.

The story begins when the Kents are about to lose the farm after Clark's Red Kryptonite binge in Metropolis. Lex Luthor is out of the country and is unable to buy the farm like he did in canon. Virgil Swann informs Charles Xavier of the situation and recommends inviting Clark Kent to the institute in Bayville.

Meanwhile Magneto and Sabertooth are in Smallville investigating the Kryptonite infected mutants. While most of them are too unstable for Magneto to use he is hoping at least one of them is a genuine x-gene mutant that can fight for his cause. He receives a tip from Dr. Essex at Belle Reve to observe Clark Kent, whom Essex believes is simply an extra powerful mutant.

What's notable about this crossover is the effort made to blend the two stories together. The backstories are fused together nicely and the threats are a mix of villains from both continuities. The author isn't afraid to use characters from other Superman/X-Men continuities if it helps the story.

The series has been acknowledged by the author of Child Of The Storm as an influence, and there are certain similarities.

Tropes:

  • Accidental Pornomancer: not as dramatic as most examples, but Clark tends to attract a lot of women (though, in a number of cases, he would be very happy if they just left him alone).
  • Adaptational Heroism: Volcana is a slightly psychotic Anti-Hero instead of a sympathetic Anti-Villain.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Clark has a version of Scott's optic blast, Juggernaut's strength and invulnerability, Pietro's speed, Logan's healing factor and enhanced sense of smell, plus super-hearing and x-ray vision. No wonder Magneto wants Clark on his side.
    • In the sequel Clark also has ice-breath (somewhat similar to Bobby Drake/Iceman's power - in fact he uses it to frame Bobby for a prank), has super-breath and is starting to develop his flight power (while not able to fly properly as of the most recent chapter, he can slow himself down when falling)He now has full flight after Lional Luthor tried to nuke Smallville
  • Badass Boast: Clark as War gives a dark and epic twist on his traditional Truth and Justice maxim.
    War: I am that which strips away the fašade of civilisation to reveal the Truth of the real person beneath. I am that which delivers the only true Justice. The strong survive me and the weak perish as they deserve to. I am War!
  • Badass Longcoat: Clark occasionally wears one of these.
  • Beam-O-War: Scott's Optic Blasts vs Clark's Heat Vision. They were tied until Kryptonite was used.
  • Beware the Superman: more than a few organisations are wary of Clark at best, once he makes his debut.
    • War plays this trope straight as an arrow.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Clark learns how to fight, primarily from Logan.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Deadpool of course.
  • The Cameo: Spider-Man makes an appearance as well as a few members of his Rogues Gallery. The author has also stated that Deadpool will appear in the future.
    • The so-far incomplete sequel has Bruce Banner make an appearance.
    • Stan Lee made a cameo appearance at a party of Tony Stark's in the most recent chapters, and the Fantastic Four made an appearance at that party as well.
  • The Cape: Clark, naturally, though, at points, he leans more towards The Cowl.
  • Character Development: one side effect of Clark joining the Institute and no longer fixating on Lana is that he grows up one hell of a lot faster and leads to him becoming Superman, albeit in the gear he was wearing in Smallville Season 10 or a Badass Longcoat, rather than the classic Cape. It also, however, leads to him developing fully fledged Multiple Personality Disorder.
  • Clark Kenting: Obviously, but puts more effort into making it plausible than canon.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Lionel Luthor.
  • Cross Over Ship: Clark/Rogue. broken up at this point, Clark/Calypso, Clark/Jean(hinted/teased), Jean/Arthur Curry, Jubilee/Bart and Clark/Illyana Rasputin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: a fair few characters, particularly Rogue. Clark's no slouch, either.
  • Demoted to Extra: Lex only makes one appearance, and that's just to explain why Chloe and Pete are in New York right before Christmas. He's out of the country for most of the series.
    • Lex has made more appearances since then, and has had a bigger part in things so far, though he still isn't appearing nearly as much as he does in Smallville.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Several characters experience this, particularly when Clark is shirtless.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Often the author will add asides to explain completely obvious comments, innuendo, and jokes.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: the ladies frequently do this where Clark is concerned.
    • And when Jean buys a bikini and shows Scott what he's missing, pretty much every male in the Institute pays attention.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Clark and Magneto swap bodies. This is exactly as terrifying as you would think.
  • Fridge Logic: In-universe. When Magneto discovers Clark's weakness he observes that it makes no sense for an invulnerable mutant to succumb to space rocks. He knows he's missing something, but doesn't make the alien connection.
  • Gambit Pileup: Headed this way. We've got Xavier's plans for peace, Magneto's plans for mutant domination, Lionel's plans to exploit mutants, Mystique's own agenda, Stryker's mutant vs mutant plan, Trask's Sentinel project, Apocalypse's plan to take over, and Jor-El's plan to do God knows what.
    • It's getting even more complex now - Trask is in jail for the moment after the Sentinel attack that exposed mutants to the world, but with the Hellfire Club has been getting involved in recent chapters. Magneto and SHIELD are both after the Kryptonian Stones of Power, and the Hellfire Club might soon join them thanks to Isobel (the witch who possessed Lana in Smallville Season 4) joining up with them (her mother is Selene, the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club Plus Lionel and Lex are both working with SHIELD for their own reasons, and Lex just made an alliance with a member of the Hellfire Club.
  • Genius Bruiser: Clark is very adept at using his brains in combat.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: not a literal death, but the fact that Lana is still being possessed by Isobel and that he failed to save her is something that consistently bothers Clark.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Even when Clark is 1000 miles away from Smallville the Green Rocks just will not leave him alone. When he learns to fly, he makes a point of finding as much as possible and throwing it towards the Sun.
  • Make-Out Kids: Clark and Rogue are like this, for a while.
  • Mama Bear: Mystique is like this with Alicia, whom she adopted for legal reasons but, eventually, genuinely cares for. She's like this with her other children too, one way or another.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kal (Clark on Red K) arranges a fight between the X-Men and himself and the Brotherhood simply to get Rogue to absorb Alicia and find out how she knew about Red K.
    • He later proves to be exceptionally good at this, to the point where he plays the entire Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club like a violin and the X-Men note that a) Kal is dangerous, b) he always has his own agenda. Clark isn't half bad at it either, since he let Kal out on purpose.
  • Nice Guy: Clark, most of the time.
  • No Sell: War shrugs off everything thrown at him, including Kryptonite, until Wanda amps up her powers.
  • Occam's Razor: Lampshaded. Rogue's power doesn't work on Clark simply because he's an alien. Until her powers get amped by a machine designed to mutate people with Green Kryptonite.
  • Oh Crikey: Pyro's response to seeing Colossus beaten by Clark.
  • Physical God: Clark gives off this impression at points. War is comfortably in this category.
    • Thor.
    • Wanda with an X-Gene Enhancer.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Telepaths can't understand Clark's alien thoughts or more precisely, those of whoever happens to be in his body, as if they are spoken in a foreign language.
    • Magic, however, can and does override this.
  • Red Herring: During the search for missing Jean some Smallville fans will notice Clark's sudden fatigue and expect him to develop super-breath like when this happened in canon. However it was just a sliver of Kryptonite doing that and no new powers in that chapter.
  • The Reveal: Sebastian Shaw, Martha's Old Flame, reveals that he used a lock of Martha's hair to rewrite an egg cell into becoming one of hers, fertilised it with his sperm, and had a surrogate carry the resultant child - Claire Selton a.k.a. Volcana, making Claire Clark's sister, albeit by adoption.
  • Shout-Out: the Limbo arc and Clark's retention of his beard and being forced to resort to the old t-shirt and jeans costume references his current arc in Action Comics.
  • Took a Level in Badass: the entire cast, consistently, most notably Clark.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Clark, a couple of times, usually under the influence of Red Kryptonite or after severe psychic trauma. The latter is considerably more frightening than the former: Kal is a hedonist, and for the most part, harmless. Extremely irritating, terrifyingly manipulative and a total Troll but mostly harmless and actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. War on the other hand, is a very different kettle of fish.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kitty encourages Rogue and Clark to get together.
  • Spanner in the Works: Clark's super-hearing lets him detect Mystique despite her enhanced shapeshifting, which prevents her from executing her plans to infiltrate the Institute.
  • The Spock: Clark's Kal-El personality and, at points, Clark himself, can come off as this. It's part of what causes the collapse in his relationship with Rogue.
  • Super Dickery: Kal's raison d'etre.
  • Troll: Kal, and occasionally Clark himself, with Emma Frost usually being on the receiving end.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Clark is, occasionally, on the receiving end of this, much to his chagrin.
  • What Happened to the Mouse??: Since Clark left Smallville, who's fighting the Monster of the Week?
    • There's been more than one reference to a private security force led by Lex that's helping the police to keep the peace in Smallville. Presumably they're dealing with the various Monsters of the Week.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Spider-Man feels his powers are this in comparison to Clark's.
    I need better powers.
  • The Worf Effect: Clark brings down Beast, Storm, and Logan in minutes by himself while under Red Kryptonite, just to show off how much the X-Men are screwed without Green Kryptonite.

Alternative Title(s):

Smallville X Evolution