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     Clark's Allies — Humans 

Dr. Virgil Swann (Christopher Reeve)
"You must write your own destiny... Kal-El."

A wealthy scientist, Virgil Swann dedicated his life to seeking out and establishing contact with extraterrestrial life. In 1989, he received a transmission from outer space and eventually deciphered it as a message from Krypton telling of the destroyed planet's last survivor, Kal-El.

Fourteen years later, after seeing a newspaper photo of a Kryptonian symbol burned into the Kents' barn, Dr. Swann tracked down Clark Kent and invited him to his laboratory at the New York City Planetarium; when Clark came to visit him, he told him of his Kryptonian heritage and encouraged Clark to pursue his own destiny. In Season 3's "Legacy," it was revealed he was an old acquaintance of Lionel Luthor, who attempted to get info about Clark out of him. At the end of the episode, Swann somehow managed to get ahold of the key to Clark's spaceship.

In Season 4's "Sacred," Swann died of unknown causes, though not before returning the spaceship key to Clark along with a final letter of encouragement. In Season 7, it's revealed that Swann, along with Lionel, the Teagues, and the Queens, founded a secret society called Veritas that was dedicated to protecting Kal-El/Clark (known to them as "The Traveler"). Swann also kept a journal that was passed down to his daughter Patricia, who gave it to Clark.

  • Genius Cripple: Swann was highly intelligent despite being paralyzed.
  • Handicapped Badass: In "Legacy," he and Lionel face off, and he manages to verbally kick Lionel's ass.
  • Herald: See the above quote.

Sheriff Nancy Adams (Camille Mitchell)

  • Famous Last Words: "Well, ain't that a mother?"
  • Killed Off for Real: In Season 5's "Lockdown."
  • Must Have Coffee: Amusingly, the only real connection she has with anyone outside of work is through their coffee (eg. Lana as the owner of the Talon and its fancy espresso rig).

Dr. Emil Hamilton (Alessandro Juliani)
A doctor and surgeon at Metropolis General Hospital, Emil is kept on retainer by Oliver Queen beginning in Season 8; as Green Arrow's inside man, his job is to look the other way when a member of the team comes in with bullet wounds or even weirder injuries. Emil's role quickly evolves, however, and he becomes the team's tech-guy, biologist, coroner, and confidant all rolled into one. He's been to Watchtower, examined Doomsday's blood, and whipped up cures for zombie viruses, among other things. All in a days work for a Super Hero's MD.
  • Non-Action Guy: Emil has no fighting skills and doesn't pretend to, panicking very easily when threatened with physical violence. He never betrays the team, though, even under threat of torture.
  • No Sense of Humor: Often played this way. It's not so much that he's humorless, but that he's a very serious person with no time for jokes.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Biology, medicine, technology—Emil's good with all of it.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: With the equally bright (if in a different sort of way) Tess.
  • The Quiet One: Very calm and reserved.
  • Secret Keeper: For the entire Justice League. He keeps it in the face of a VRA interrogation to boot.
    • In early season nine he was also the secret keeper for Chloe's Big Brother Is Watching shenanigans. He apparently had been poking around inside the Watchtower without her realizing it and found her out.
  • The Smart Guy: Frequently plays this role to Oliver, Clark, and company.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Fits this trope very well.

     Clark's Allies — Other Superheroes 

Andrea Rojas / Angel of Vengeance (Denise Quiñones)

A girl who received meteor powers from a heart transplant from someone who has been killed by a meteor. She fights crime in Metropolis and is named "Angel of Vengeance" by Chloe.

  • Adaptational Name Change: In the comics she called Acrata, which is the name of her mother's organization in the show.
  • All There in the Manual: Andrea feels guilty about her actions in "Vengeance" and jumps back from the slippery slope, but it happens during the online/DVD extra The Vengeance Chronicles rather than on the show itself. And only Chloe seems to be aware of it for the time being. Also, Andrea decides to continue as a superhero, with Chloe as her friend and confidante.
  • Kill Him Already!: When Clark does a Neck Lift to the week's bad guy.
  • Meganekko: In her civilian guise.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: She kills criminals that deserve it.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Clark. Both of them had a parent they lost indirectly due to Lionel Luthor. And at the time of their meeting, both of them were driven by vengeance. However, while Clark was able to turn back from Jumping Off the Slippery Slope by remembering his late father's advice, Andrea unfortunately let her pain and anger get the better of her, and after killing the man responsible for murdering her mother and doing nearly the same to Lionel (he ordered the hit) before disappearing from public view as a fugitive.

Oliver Queen / Green Arrow (Justin Hartley)
A billionaire playboy on the surface, Oliver was orphaned at a young age. This experience, combined with being stranded on an island a few years before the series began, prompted him to become a crimefighter, putting the archery skills he learned on the island to work as the Green Arrow, a leather-clad vigilante, with a sometimes shaky moral code.

First arriving in Metropolis in Season 6, Oliver dated Lois Lane and clashed with Clark over whether a pro-active or reactive approach was the best way to deal with crime. Frustrated with Clark's Heroic Neutral tendencies, Oliver gathered the proto-Justice League in an effort to shut down his old classmate Lex Luthor's Level 33.1 laboratories, eventually leaving Smallville (and Lois) to fight LuthorCorp all over the world.

Returning briefly in Season 7, Oliver had his secret outed in front of Lois during a battle with Black Canary. In Season 8, he became a regular cast member. This led to many revelations about his past, including his tortured relationship with Tess Mercer, whom he assists in taking over LuthorCorp. Oliver would go on to struggle with an intensification of his already-existing feelings of self-loathing, emptiness, and alienation. Entering a relationship with his girlfriend seemed to help snap him out of it, but her disappearance early in Season 10 sent Oliver into another downward spiral.

A deeply screwed-up young man with an extremely negative view of himself and the world, Oliver has clashed with the more idealistic Clark on many occasions. Despite this, he remains a loyal friend to the future Superman, a great (if flawed) Superhero, and one of the biggest badasses in the entire show.

  • The Alcoholic: Oliver's always had a drinking problem, but in Season 9, he descends into this.
  • Anti-Hero: When we first meet him, he believes that, if a Corrupt Corporate Executive buys valuable artifacts from evil warlords or The Mafia, it's justifiable to steal the artifacts away from them and use them to fund charities. He provides the cynicism to Clark's idealism and, unlike our hero, is willing to stray from Thou Shalt Not Kill if he deems it necessary.
  • Archer Archetype: Commonly fights with a bow and arrow.
  • The Artifact: As Green Arrow, he always wears a hood, dark sunglasses, and a voice modifier...even after he publicly reveals his superhero identity, making all these disguises completely unnecessary.
  • Ascended Extra: He started out as a recurring guest character for the first half of Season 6, after which Oliver left town. But fan response was so overwhelmingly positive to the character that Ollie was brought back to guest star again in an episode of Season 7, and then brought on as a full cast member from Season 8 onward.
  • Badass Normal: He is a normal.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a deep, somewhat growly voice. Fitting for a character In the Hood.
  • Bash Brothers: With Clark by the later seasons.
  • Broken Ace: Oliver is rich and successful, moonlights as a superhero, and has more women than he can handle. And he hates himself, as demonstrated by his self-destructive tendencies, alcoholism, inability to commit to anything, and attempted suicide in Season 9.
  • The Casanova: Pre-Lois and Chloe.
  • Cheap Costume: A green leather hoodie and sunglasses. Somehow, he makes it look badass.
  • The Corruptible: As proven by Desaad in "Masquerade" and referenced by Zod in "Dominion."
  • The Cynic: Contrasting with Clark's idealist.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hits it in Season 9. After an intervention from Chloe, he gets better.
  • Dual Wielding: In "Dominion."
  • Expy: There are some sharp similarities between his characterization and relationship with Clark, and that of Batman. Throw in the fact that The Dark Knight Trilogy likely meant the writers couldn't use Bruce, and that makes a lot of sense all of a sudden.
    • Appropriate, given that initially Green Arrow was very much the poor man's Batman in the comics, with his earliest stories featuring Speedy as a blatant Expy of Robin, as well as an Arrow-Mobile and even an "Arrow Cave."
  • Fatal Flaw: His self-loathing. Oliver became a hero partly to make up for how bad he used to be but he is willing to cross lines either because of his low self-view of himself or overzealous desire to get over it and when he does such things it causes him to view himself as unworthy of being a hero, leading to even more self-loathing. His flaws essentially feed into themselves.
  • Gun Kata: Against Lex in Season 7's "Siren."
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His superhero costume is made of leather
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Saying that Oliver hates himself is not an understatement.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Clark.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Every cent of Queen Industries' money was earned honestly. Ollie treats his employees fairly and, unlike Lex, refuses to sell to the bad guys. This is actually one of his biggest problems with Tess and the Luthors—the way they let their desire for profit get in the way of ethical business practices.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Regarding his murder of Lex. In fairness, the latter character was trying to mass-murder everyone in Metropolis.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: He is introduced after Season 5 but is a memorable character.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Clark stops Toyman's bomb before Oliver can use it to kill himself in Season 9's "Echo."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may seem oblivious and jerky at times, but his heart is always in the right place.
  • Karma Houdini: Deconstruction It was revealed in "Reunion" that he accidentally caused the death of one of the classmates that he bullied. We don't actually see if he gets punished, but either way, Oliver's self-loathing as an adult has its roots in this incident, and his desire to be a hero is partly about trying to redeem himself.
    • Oliver also never faces legal repercussions for straight-up murdering Lex in Season 8 and pinning it on Winslow Schott. Instead, he falls into a guilty, suicidal depression in early Season 9, renounces his vengeful, murderous ways for good after "Roulette", and is metaphorically redeemed by overcoming Darkseid's corruption at the end of Season 10. Lex's eventual resurrection means Oliver is a hero who literally got away with murder.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His murder of Lex after Lex threatens to nuke Metropolis. He feels incredibly guilty about it and people scold him, but given how much of a twisted sociopath and would-be mass-murderer Lex had become, it's easy to see why he did it.
  • Ladykiller in Love: With Lois in Seasons 6 and 7, and with Chloe in Seasons 9 and 10.
  • The Lancer: Started out as The Leader to the Justice League, but rapidly shaped up to be this to Clark.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: It certainly blew up his relationship with Lois.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Seen very often without a shirt on.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the Season 8 finale. He and Chloe are more or less responsible for Jimmy's death.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Ollie is one of the richest men in the world, and he uses his wealth, connections, and company to fight for what's right.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Is willing to KILL villains, if it is for the greater good.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mom and dad died in a plane crash when he was very young. Guilt about it has left him very bitter.
  • Properly Paranoid: Frequently. He and Chloe collecting an arsenal of Kryptonite weapons in Season 9 may look irrational, but as the Bad Future episode "Pandora" proves, they really come in handy.
  • Really Gets Around: Tess, Lois, Chloe...not to mention all his other conquests.
  • Reformed Bully: In high school, he was The Bully. He has since repented, but his role in the bullying of Duncan, Lex, and others is one of the reasons why he's come to hate himself. Despite Lex's turn to evil, Ollie actually makes a point of personally giving Lex a heartfelt apology for his behavior as a teenager. It's lampshaded in-universe that, although Ollie did some bad things a teen, he's been working hard to redeem himself...while Lex has gone in the opposite direction.
  • Secret Identity Identity: Oliver Queen really doesn't exist. Sometimes he's not sure Green Arrow does either.
  • Secret Relationship: With Chloe in Season 9. The relationship is soon discovered by Clark and Lois, though...
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Whenever he's in a suit.
  • Shoot the Dog: Seems to be his job description some days.
  • Suicide by Cop: Winslow Schott plans to kill Oliver with a bomb during one of Oliver's bleakest periods of depression and self-loathing...and Oliver actually tries to make Schott's plan work.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Courtesy of Chloe, after his murder of Lex. He turns it around on her by pointing out that she would have done exactly the same thing.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In the Bad Future episode "Pandora." Armed only with his trusty bow and arrows. Against an entire swarm of super-powered Kryptonians. Badass.

Justice League of America
The Original Five
A team assembled by Oliver Queen in Season 6 with the intent of taking down LuthorCorp's Level 33.1, the Justice League has gone through many goals and a constantly rotating membership ever since. Simultaneously an elite strike team and a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, the as-yet-unnamed League has handled everything from Corrupt Corporate Executives to alien invasions, all while doing their best to stay under the radar.

Bart Allen (Kyle Gallner)
A former thief gifted with Super Speed, Bart first met Clark when he saved Jonathan Kent from being hit by a car...only to immediately pick his pocket. After a rough beginning, he and Clark became friends, and Bart left town looking for other people like themselves. He later returned as a member of the Justice League and has been a key member ever since, able to respond to crises moments after they begin.
  • Badass Adorable: Has a childlike look, but is a strong speedster.
  • Big Eater: He burns up a large amount of calories so he often eats large amounts of food quickly.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: In "Justice."
  • Handsome Lech: Of the childish variety. He flirts with Chloe in all the times they meet, with varying but generally low levels of success.
    Chloe: I still have a boyfriend.
  • Heel–Face Turn: From sneak thief to superhero. Not bad, Bart.
  • In the Hood: As seen in the above image.
  • Mythology Gag: His fake identities are "Jay Garrick," "Barry Allen," and "Wally West," the first three Flashes from the comics. Bart himself in the comics became the fourth Flash.
    • Also, he tells Chloe he's from the future when using a bad pickup line. Bart Allen from the comics is from the future.
  • Parental Abandonment: He claims that he ran away from home after the way his parents looked at him after he got his powers.
  • Pet the Dog: Saving Jonathan from the truck and later Chloe from a gunman.
  • Required Secondary Powers: He seems to have the "super-stopping" and "resistance to friction" things down.
  • Smug Super: A mild, almost likable version. Bart's incredibly cocky about his Super Speed, and it tends to get him into trouble.
  • Sunglasses at Night: As part of his sort-of costume.
  • Super Speed: Duh.

Arthur "A.C." Curry (Alan Ritchson)
A lifeguard with a penchant for eco-terrorism and corporate sabotage, A.C.'s attempts to destroy an environmentally unfriendly weapon developed by LuthorCorp ensured that he and Clark didn't get off to the best of starts. They were able to put their differences behind them, however, in the interests of stopping Lex; following this, A.C. left Smallville. After nearly being killed while sinking a whaling ship, A.C., now calling himself "Aquaman," was drafted into Oliver's superhero team after the latter saved his life. Captured and experimented on by LuthorCorp agents alongside Black Canary, A.C. went underground (or should that be underwater?) for some time, before resurfacing in Season 10, newly married and calling himself "Orin."

Victor Stone (Lee Thompson Young)
Presumed dead in the car crash that killed his parents and sister, Victor Stone was saved by LuthorCorp and resurrected as part of an experiment in cybernetics. Clark saved him from Lex's men and reunited him with his girlfriend, Katherine. Sometime afterwards, Victor and Katherine broke up, which led to him living on the streets; he was recruited by Oliver, who gave him a place to stay and a reason to keep on going.

Dinah Lance (Alaina Huffman)
A right-wing vigilante with a passionate interest in justice, Dinah first appeared in Season 7, when she was hired by Lex Luthor to arrest Green Arrow, whom she believed to be a common criminal. After realizing she was on the wrong side, Dinah joined Oliver's team, helping to fight injustice round the world. She participated in the hunt for Clark in Season 8, helped battle Doomsday and Major Zod, and was most recently seen breaking out of the VRA's virtual prison in Season 10, alongside Clark, Oliver, Chloe, and Lois.
  • Action Girl: She was pretty dark in her first appearance, compared to the rest of the good guys. She becomes friendlier, but hasn't lost any of her badass points.
  • Anti-Hero: She's a flawed, misguided but well-intentioned heroine in her first appearance. In her later appearances, she's a genuine heroine.
  • Blonde Republican Sex Kitten: Pretty, capable, and hard right-wing.
  • Decomposite Character: Her love interest role to Oliver was sent to Chloe.
  • Strawman Political: Subverted. While her hard right-wing views are mocked by Chloe, Clark, and Oliver, the show never dissects them, thus making it impossible to prove her wrong in or out of series.
  • Stocking Filler: Fishnet style.

Martian Manhunter / J'onn J'onnz / Detective John Jones (Phil Morris)
The last survivor of the extinct Martian race, J'onn J'onnz was a former intergalactic police officer, tasked with pursuing Phantom Zone criminals. A friend of Clark's biological father Jor-El, he was asked to watch over Kal-El after his arrival on Earth. First appearing in Season 6 as a guardian figure during Clark's battles with the Zoners, J'onn is depowered in the Season 8 premiere "Odyssey" after saving Clark's life, and takes on the identity of police detective John Jones. He serves as Clark and Oliver's contact inside the Metropolis PD; eventually regaining his powers thanks to Doctor Fate, he now works with the Justice League on an ongoing basis.

Legion of Super-Heroes — Rokk Krinn (Ryan Kennedy), Imra Ardeen (Alexz Johnson), Garth Ranzz (Calum Worthy), Brainiac 5 (James Marsters)

Zatanna Zatara (Serinda Swan)

  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Clearly has a slight crush on Clark, who appears to on some level reciprocate.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: It doesn't occur on screen, but one has to think that she got one of these after "Fortune," given how absolutely horribly getting six people, one of whom has superpowers and all of whom are secretly a part of a vigilante organization, ridiculously drunk and then letting them loose among hundreds of people with no supervision could have gone.

Justice Society of AmericaCarter Hall / Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Kent Nelson / Doctor Fate (Brent Stait), Courtney Whitmore / Stargirl (Brittney Irvin), Wesley Dodds / Sandman (Ken Lawson), Sylvester Pemberton / Star-Spangled Kid (Jim Shield), Shayera Hall / Hawkgirl (Sahar Biniaz)

Mia Dearden (Elise Gatien)

Mera (Elena Satine)

  • Action Girl: Can fight side by side with her husband, having similar powers to his.
  • Battle Couple: With A.C. (or "Orin," as she prefers to call him).
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially has a poor option of Lois due to not having any powers, but once Lois proves herself, Mera changes her tune.
  • Fiery Redhead: Mera does not restrain from speaking her mind.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A bit towards Lois, since she briefly dated A.C. in the past.
  • Happily Married: To Arthur/Aquaman.
  • Making a Splash: She can control water and make it hit with enough force to knock Clark over.
  • No Social Skills: Whatsoever.
  • Raised by Wolves: Or at least Atlanteans. Boy, does it show. From her lack of a nudity taboo, right down to how she speaks.
  • Satellite Character: Her role in the plot revolves around being A.C./Orin/Aquaman's wife.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Changes clothes in front of Lois without even stopping to think about it and seems to enjoy making her fluster.
  • Smug Super: Mocked Lois for not having powers and any skills she considers useful. She tells Lois to her face that she doesn't understand what Arthur, Oliver, and Clark saw in her. Mera gets over herself when Lois helps them defeat Slade.
  • Super Strength: On par with Arthur's.
  • Super Speed: She can swim as fast as Arthur.

Booster Gold (Eric Marstolf)

  • Idiot Hero: Booster really isn't all that bright.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: His name has "Gold" in it. Don't worry, he'll remind you shortly.
  • Jerkass: Hugely so.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: By the end of "Booster," saving Jaime's life (albeit by using what Clark said to him earlier) and agreeing to help Jaime learn to control the Scarab.
  • Jerk Jock: He was a professional athlete before he became a "hero."
  • Throwing the Fight: Booster deliberately lost matches for the money. In doing so, he also lost his sports career and all of his fans.

Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle (Jaren Brandt Bartlett)

  • Butt-Monkey: Lois takes pity on Jaime and tries to encourage him to gain some confidence when she sees him getting bullied by his classmates.



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