Fanfic Recs / Smallville

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These are recommendations made by tropers for Smallville fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. After a few samples, you will be able to note the interests of the tropers recommending them, and judge whether you might be also interested in a certain 'fic.

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Title of the Fanfic by Author OR Fic Trope Page, by Author (Link) Recommended by: Troper Name
  • Synopsis: What's the story about? Give here a brief summary of the plot. It would be also useful to point out in what moment of the series the story takes place. If it's a Gen Fic but it has some romantic elements, note here the characters involved too.
  • Pairing(s): If it's a Shipping Fic, list here the pairings that feature in the fic (warn here if it's het, male slash or female slash). If it's a Gen Fic, remove this line. To tell the difference between the two, notice if the focus of the fic is on a romantic relationship or if it focuses on the other aspects of the story. In case of doubt, classify the story according to the genres it's been tagged: the Romance tag for Shipping, absence of that tag for Gen Fic.
  • Tags: If any are known. This would be things like W.A.F.F., Lemon, Dark Fic, any known Crossovers etc.

Authors and Websites
Two of Us
  • Recommended by: atheist723
  • Synopsis: Over 1000 stories, easily accessible format, clear warnings and tags.
  • Pairings: Almost always Clark and Chloe, but sometimes other pairings are included.

  • Recommended by: Eona
  • Synopsis: Has written quite a few beautiful Clark/Lex fics. All of the fics use correct grammar and spelling.
  • Additional Info: nonotthatone has said that she was going to be an English teacher once, and it really show in her fics. Pentameter is a great example of this. The author is also on Livejournal


General Fics
Stories which primarily focus on the normal goings on of the cast.

Armageddon by TobyWolf13 and Armageddon Aftermath by IolantheAlias
  • Recommended by Joebro
  • Status
    • Armageddon: Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
    • Aftermath: Complete
  • Synopsis: The first is a rewrite of Apocalypse, goes off the principle that the world would have been drastically worse if Clark had landed and been killed by Brainiac shortly after. Basically, Clark, as we know him, goes to an alternate universe where the other Kryptonians have killed him and taken over the Earth many years before. The first deals with defeating the other Kryptonians and the second deals with fixing the world and finding a way home.
  • Comments: Very well written and they go together comfortably, despite being written by different authors. Clark spends a lot of time bonding with the alternate Martha, and it's gives a fantastic rendition of the Clark-to-Superman transformation.

Crossroads by Sarah1281
  • Recommended by KtheCloud
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Lex issues his ultimatum after the second meteor shower, Clark realizes just what's at stake and decides that he should really tell him, especially now that he's practically human. If only he could just spit it out...

Those Who Are Both by Marbleglove
  • Recommended by Looney Toons
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Superman eavesdrops on a confrontation between Batman and Lex Luthor and thinks back along the history of his enmity with Luthor.
  • Comments: An interesting short speculating on the true nature of the relationship between Luthor and Superman. While it could be set in any Superman continuity, it makes reference to events in Smallville.

Under The Influence, by Megamatt09 ( link)
  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Complete. Sequel "Expanding The Influence" is also completed and can be read here and here.
  • Synopsis: AU. Post Season Two. Kara gets released from stasis early and chases down Clark when he's in Metropolis on Red K. Of course, those pesky red rocks affect her as well.
  • Pairings: Clark/Kara Clark/Lois, Clark/Chloe and others.
  • Tags: Romance, Action.

Stronger Together, by Megamatt09 ( link)
  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Synopsis: AU. The Disciples of Zod were not the only ones who arrived with the second meteor shower which is a good thing for Clark. Some elements of Marvel, Supergirl, and Arrow featured.
  • Pairings: Clark/Kara, Clark/Chloe, Clark/Lois, Clark/Diana and other couples.
  • Tags: Romance, Action.

Crossover Fics
Stories which crossover with other characters or works.

The Darkness Within by phoenixnz
  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Oliver goes to talk to Bruce about joining the league and Bruce tells him he knows the truth about Duncan's accident. For that reason he does not trust Oliver. This became a sort of character study, from an idea suggested by CMR Rosa. It's not quite in line with the prompt but I hope you like what I've come up with. Oliver and Chloe are of course from Smallville, but Bruce is the Dark Knight .
  • Tags: Crossover with The Dark Knight
  • Comments: For those of us who saw the episode Reunion and lost respect for Oliver and think he got off to easy this is the story for you.

Runaway Trains At 3 AM & Lines Of Communication by Christina K.
  • Recommended by Ambar Son of Deshar
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the first one, Clark runs into Dawn in a train station and builds a friendship with her sometime in Season 1. The second one deals with their respective parental figures finding out about the number of phone bills and e-mails the two have been sending one another.
  • Tags: Crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

SmallvilleX: Evolution by ben10987654321
  • Recommended by The Rich Sheik
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Lex didn't save the Kent farm. While preparing to leave Smallville the Kents are visited by Charles Xavier, who offers them a home at his school for the gifted in Bayville. Meanwhile Chloe spots "Bigfoot" near Smallville, which means Magneto can't be far behind...
  • Pairings: Clark/Rogue, Lex/Lana
  • Tags: Crossover with X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X-Men, Superman: The Animated Series, and Spider-Man. Reviews to go on fic's main page.
    • YMMV: The first echos many elements of Spider X. Later books drop much of the lightness and romance of the first story and get rather dark and complex (including Alpha Couple Clark and Rogue break up and Rogue becomes evil and betrays all the X-Men to the Brotherhood. There is little warning for this, as the author seems to constantly foreshadow Clark and Rogue working things out so readers should be warned that the third book reads like a totally different series.

The Clinton Street Car Crash by The Angels Have The Phone Box
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Clark Kent being best friends with Lex Luthor? Meeting Lois Lane as a teenager? Who the hell is Chloe Sullivan! Someone's messing with Superman's timeline. The Time Lords used to prevent this. But, sadly, there's only one of those left these days.
  • Pairing(s): Clark / Lois
  • Tags: Crossover with Doctor Who; AU, Bittersweet Ending.

Truth, Justice and the Gallifreyan Way by OTR Barcelona
  • Crossover with Doctor Who.
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There is a new teacher at Smallville High! He calls himself Dr John Smith, speaks with a British accent and wears a bowtie. But when Clark finds out why the new teacher has come, his world literally begins to fall apart.

Shipping Fics
Stories whose primary focus is on romantic or sexual relationships between the cast.

The Very Secret Thoughts of Clark Kent by Viridian 5
  • Recommended by Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Exactly what the title says. Humor.
  • Pairing: Clark/Lex
  • Tags: Slash


Parental Control by Supercaptain
  • Recommended by Eona
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Clex fic in the style of the reality tv show Parental Control.
  • Pairings: Clark/Lex
  • Comments: One of the few fics written in script format that is not painful to read, and is also consistently funny throughout.

Cheating Destiny by Sarah 1281
  • Recommended by Eona
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a freshman Clark wakes up twenty-five years into the future and can't reach his parents or Pete, he turns to Lex to help him figure it out. What a wonderful opportunity this is to correct certain aspects of their past...
  • Comments: A cute Peggy Sue fic that manages to make the characters believable and has a pretty funny discussion of the characters' future.

A Smallville Christmas Carol by Sarah1281
  • Recommended by Kthe Cloud
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lionel Luthor has a Charles Dickens experience
  • Comments: One of Sarah 1281s earlier Christmas Carol stories and , like the others, well worth the read.

Adaptability by rageprufrock
  • Recommended by Eona
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lex rubbed the bridge of his nose. "Clark," he started haltingly. "I—I know your human health and reproduction teacher was a little preoccupied with seducing me and then plotting to have me killed, but I hope you're peripherally aware men cannot actually gestate."
  • Pairings:Clark/Lex
  • Comments: This fic is absolutely hilarious, with a good twist at the end too.

"Must Be Love" by Sarah1281
  • Recommended by KtheCloud
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Little Clark comes home with questions about why being near Lana makes him dizzy and a little sick and Jonathan thinks he knows the answer. Clark's got his first crush. It's not like there's any OTHER explanation for these symptoms, after all...

Plans C Through... by nicnac918
  • Recommended by Veloren
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Lex may be missing the point here... repeatedly." In which Lex attempts to regain Clark's friendship by reenacting famous movies and books as a template and fails miserably.
  • Comments: No pairings, just general hilarity. Is a sequel to Plan B, and is followed by Plan... Uh, Something and Contingency Plans. Also on AO3.