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     Lana Lang 

Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk)

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Lana is Clark's Love Interest from Seasons 1 to 8. Lana's parents were killed in the meteor shower that accompanied Clark to Earth, leaving her to be raised by her aunt Nell. She originally dated Whitney Fordman until he went off to join the Marines, then went on to have an on-and-off relationships with both Clark and his eventual Arch-Enemy, Lex Luthor.
  • Action Girl: Becomes one in later seasons, especially in Season 8. Also in Season 11 thanks to her superpowers gained from kryptonite, when she makes a surprise appearance saving Lois' life.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics, Lana is a redhead. In Smallville, Lana is a brunette.
  • Alliterative Name: Lana Lang.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: She is an accomplished equestrian.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Primarily in the later seasons.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-96 who looks like Martha Kent.
  • Anchored Ship: With Clark for most of the series, but especially from Seasons 1 to 5.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: With Clark several times throughout the series.
  • The Atoner: During their last meeting, after her being exposed to kryptonite has made her mere presence lethal to Clark she promises Clark to [use her new abilities to become this.
  • Betty and Veronica: Lana was the Archie for Clark's Betty and Whitney's Veronica.
    • She was the Betty to Chloe's Veronica for Clark's Archie.
    • Also, she was the Archie for Clark's Betty and Lex's Veronica.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her exposure to Kryptonite has given her superpowers similar to Clark's, but on the reverse side, she can never come near the man she loves, due to his averse reactions to it, ever again.
  • Bookworm: As Clark observes in Season 1, when the world starts to disappoint her, she retreats into books.
  • Bound and Gagged: Most of the time.
  • Brainy Brunette: A straight A student, on top of her brown locks.
  • Broken Bird: She's had tragedy after tragedy occur to her, and though she maintains a sweet disposition, they have taken their toll.
  • Character Development: Lana changes from Damsel in Distress to Action Girl in the later seasons.
  • The Cheerleader: Lana was a cheerleader during the very beginning of Season 1, and in Season 3, we learn that she was also one throughout middle school. She quit a few weeks into high school because she wanted to try and experience other things.
  • The Chick: She is the female centerpiece of Smallville, especially before Lois came around in Season 4.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Clark and Lana have known each other since they were children, but they were only friends who were next-door neighbors. This changed when they have a Relationship Upgrade in Season 2.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Lana wore baby pink and baby blue for the first three seasons of the show. Then she switched to black the season she gets possessed by an evil witch. Then she started wearing either all black or all white as her character got more morally ambiguous in the later seasons.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: After Season 3, Lana came back from Paris Darker and Edgier. Gradually, over the course of the middle seasons, Lana seemed to embody this trope more and more, especially following her relationship with Lex.
  • Cute Bookworm: She was at the top of her class, as well as being undeniably gorgeous.
  • Damsel in Distress: For most of the early seasons before she Took a Level in Badass.
  • Dark Action Girl: In early Season 7, Lana, traumatized by her treatment from Lex, seeks revenge against the Luthors and becomes this trope for a while (including one moment where she smacks Lionel in the face with a shovel), culminating in "Wrath," when she absorbed Clark's powers and became Drunk with Power before being downgraded back down to her usual self.
  • Darker and Edgier: Upon returning from Paris with a revamped wardrobe at the beginning of Season 4, we meet the "new" Lana. And again in Season 8, when The Bus Came Back and we meet the "newer" Lana after her Training from Hell.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Tess, in Season 8.
  • Designated Love Interest: For most of the show.
  • Designated Victim: She was the female focal piece in a Superman series for the majority of the shows run, so it was a given, before Lois took over the role.
  • Deuteragonist: To Clark's The Protagonist from Seasons 1 to 7.
  • Disappeared Dad: Lana found out about her biological father, Henry Small, in Season 2. Eventually, his wife Jennifer bizarrely gets jealous of Lana and threatens to divorce Henry if he doesn't start spending more time her again instead of Lana. In the end, Lana tells Henry to acquiesce to Jennifer's wishes, and we never see Henry onscreen again.
  • Doom Magnet: Between frequent bouts of Stalker with a Crush, Lionel and Lex's manipulations, and people out to hurt Clark through her, she probably counts.
  • Dude Magnet: Lana is attractive to the opposite sex. She's had many different guys who are in love with her and has had quite a few love interests.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Tina Greer, in particular.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Lana gives herself a significant haircut in Season 8.
  • First Love: For Clark.
  • Girl Next Door: Literal to Clark and figurative in how down-to-earth she is supposed to be.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Lana is smart, gets good grades, is popular, was a cheerleader, got many awards and trophies for horseback riding, and was involved in many extracurricular activities.
  • Grand Theft Me: In Season 4, thanks to Margaret Isobel Thoreaux. See Isobel's entry for more on that.
  • Hero of Another Story: After leaving the series, she becomes a vigilante in Africa.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Not of the life version, but she does absorb a large amount of kryptonite into her body to diffuse Lex's bomb in the heart of Metropolis, saving thousands of lives, but making her mere presence a danger to Clark, giving up any chance she could have with the man she loves.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chloe.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Dated Whitney, Adam, and Jason, and married Lex. In her defense, all of these men hid their true sides from her.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Whitney and later with Clark.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Especially true after learning Clark is a super-human.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Season 11, after learning from Lois that she's engaged to Clark, Lana admits she always knew that Lois could make Clark happy, and genuinely congratulates her, wishing the two well.
  • Important Haircut: In Season 8, when she sheared off most of her hair, leaving it much shorter, after escaping from Tess.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Clark. Clark is a Kryptonian and Lana is a human.
  • Instant Expert: Lana's martial arts skills. She was trained by Lex in the early seasons and worked out much like Tess does now, including wearing boxing gloves and hitting the heavy bag. In "Precipice," we see Lana facing the guy who'd been threatening her and kicking him so hard he's knocked into a table and ends up unconscious. She couldn't have had more than a few days practice with Lex until that point.
  • Karma Houdini: In one episode, Lana killed a man. Sure he was criminal scum, but given that killing is a big thing for Superman, you'd think they'd deal with it.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Lana's motto, which she repeated to Clark from Seasons 2 though 6. Given the amount of secrets he kept from her, one can't really blame her.
  • Love Hurts: Lana's love life is a giant mess.
  • Love Interest: To various different male characters, but most notably to Clark from Seasons 1 to 8.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Many of Lana's Unwanted Harem of stalkers.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The show doesn't shy away from showing off Kristen Kreuk's legs and body, including not one but two instances of skinny dipping with Clark. This became especially apparent in season 4, when they posses her with a free thinking, free spirited, wicked witch, who after taking control would strip off Lana's conservative clothing in favor of more revealing attire.
  • Nice Girl: Primarily in the earlier seasons before she became a darker character.
  • Official Couple: With Clark from Seasons 1 to 8.
  • Ojou: Heavily lampshaded in the early seasons, especially Season 1.
  • Out-Gambitted: Season 8. She believed that stealing the Prometheus skin graft from Lex would a) leave him to die of his injuries while b) allowing her and Clark to be together. Instead, it allows Lex to infect her with kryptonite radiation, permanently ending her relationship with Clark.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents died in the meteor shower.
  • Princess Phase: Her first scene of Smallville shows her as a child of 3 years old, pretending to be a fairy princess. Throughout Season 1, the townspeople still view Lana as some sort of princess archetype and treat her accordingly.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves Smallville and Clark at the end of Season 7. Returns in time for Chloe's wedding in Season 8, briefly rekindles her love affair with Clark, then is forced to absorb Kryptonite by Lex, making her deadly to Clark, leaving for good this time, to prevent him harm.
  • Race Lift: Is a red-headed Caucasian in the comics, but portrayed by Kristin Kreuk, who's Asian-Canadian (albeit with Dutch ancestry, as well).
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Lana has dark hair because she's of French decent on her mother's side and, in her senior year, was voted "Most likely to be a cover girl."
  • Revenge: Wants it on Lionel and Lex at differing points.
  • Secret Keeper: Starting in late Season 6.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In regards to her relationship with Clark.
  • So Proud of You: Admits this to Clark while reconnecting at Chloe's wedding reception and his being Metropolis' hero.
    Lana: I read about the mysterious blur saving lives in Metropolis. I'm proud of you Clark, it's who you should have been all along.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Clark.
  • Stepford Smiler: Outwardly very sweet and friendly, but hides a LOT of emotional trauma.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Especially in the later seasons.
  • Training from Hell: Had a former Special Forces trainer teach her to lose her Damsel in Distress status. It involved things like dunking herself in ice and holding burning hot steel in her hands.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Between Seasons 7 and 8, courtesy of Training from Hell. Even earlier than that, with her becoming ruthless and driven enough to outsmart the Luthors.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Clark.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Lex, frequently.
  • Waif-Fu: Season 3 and onward.
  • Weirdness Magnet: The meteor freaks seem to just flock to Lana, and this fuels much of the early seasons' episodes.
  • Woman Scorned: To Clark and Lex on alternate occasions (and multiple occasions, in Clark's case).

     Chloe Sullivan 

Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack)

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One of Clark's closest friends since the eighth grade, Chloe begins the show as a wannabe reporter with a huge crush on Clark. From Seasons 1-4, she works as a reporter at the Smallville Torch, the school newspaper, and helps Clark uncover information about the Monster of the Week. As of late Season 4, she becomes a Secret Keeper for Clark and begins to play a much more important role in his life; in Season 5, after graduating high school, she starts working at the Daily Planet.

Season 6 sees major changes in Chloe's life. Having become Platonic Life-Partners with Clark, she enters into a relationship with Jimmy Olsen, with whom she had a one-night stand between Seasons 1 and 2. She also discovers the secret identities of Green Arrow and most of the Justice League, and becomes Watchtower, their Mission Control. In Season 7, Chloe is fired from her job at the Daily Planet, but becomes Watchtower full-time.


  • Action Girl: Probably the weakest of the heroes in a physical fight, but she easily could (and does) beat the hell out most regular humans.
  • Adorkable: One of the most adorkable, if not the most adorkable character on the show.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Chloe had an attraction to Davis in Season 8, which did not end well.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In regards to her teenaged love for Clark. Chloe's feelings for Clark were never reciprocated on Clark's part. She grows out of it eventually.
  • Always Second Best: Feels this way about Lana, especially in regards to Clark.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime.
  • Anti-Hero: Does some definitely jerkish things over the course of the series, but generally remains on Team Clark. Her Well-Intentioned Extremist tendencies later on strain her friendships with Clark and others, but she still tries to help and usually gets enough redeeming moments to jump back from the slippery slope.
  • Back for the Finale
  • Back from the Dead
  • Badass Adorable: She definitely has her cute moments while kicking ass.
  • Badass Bookworm: Chloe is highly intelligent and researches a lot.
  • Badass Normal: She may not be a great physical combatant (at least in comparison with her superpowered friends), but her fearlessness in the face of danger and willingness to throw herself into it definitely qualify her.
  • Bare Your Midriff: To a lesser extent but still noticeable.
  • Beta Couple: With Oliver to Clark/Lois in Season 9 onwards.
  • Betrayal Insurance: Chloe has (or had) caches of Kryptonite stashed around the world. It is not clearly stated if it is for the Kandorians or Clark, but Clark is understandably upset when he found out.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: It is even discussed in Season 9.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: In "Bride" and "Legion".
  • Bookends: The Grand Finale starts with Chloe reading a Smallville comic book to her son and, not counting the obligatory final scene of Superman going off the save the world, it ended with her finishing the story and tucking him into bed.
  • Break the Cutie: Gets absolutely tortured over the course of the series, Seasons 3, 7 and 8 in particular. In the aftermath of Season 8's finale, she actually cuts herself off from humanity and becomes a Basement-Dweller (only in the figurative sense; the Watchtower loft is one of the highest points in Metropolis), spending days at a time locked away with her computers. Finally, Clark and Oliver help her find her way back.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Like most of the women in Clark's life, she sometimes serves as this for him.
  • Brutal Honesty: Chloe won't hesitate to spill her opinions or exactly what is on her mind, even if it's hurtful.
  • The Bus Came Back
  • But Now I Must Go: In the Season 10 episode "Fortune".
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Her feelings for Clark in the earlier seasons.
  • Canon Foreigner: The rights to Chloe's character were bought from Al Gough and Miles Millar by DC Comics towards the end of Season 3. However, it wasn't until almost the end of the decade when she first appeared in the main continuity of DC Comics. However, she has yet to appear in the New 52.
  • Captain Obvious
  • Character Development: Her crush on Clark grew to insane levels in Season 2 till the point where, in a fit of Woman Scorned, she rashly made a deal with Lionel Luthor to spy on Clark. She regretted it, and it led to a season-long Break the Cutie storyline, but she came out of it a much stronger person. She also used to be obsessed with reporting on the "meteor freaks." But in Season 4, both the revelation of Clark's powers and the killing of Alicia by a meteor freak hater causes her to change her ways. Arguably, she is one of the best-developed characters on the series, especially after her Break the Cutie ordeal in Season 3.
  • The Chessmaster: Becomes this in Season 9.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Chloe seems to be the unlucky childhood friend, especially since we all know that Clark marries her cousin Lois.
  • Childhood Friends: With Clark. They've been friends since the eighth grade.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Clark, in the early years. She gets over it though.
  • Composite Character: Of Lois and Lana. Like Lois, she is an intrepid reporter; like Lana from the comics, she's Clark's Unlucky Childhood Friend from high school with an unrequited crush on him who eventually learns his secret. She also tried often to expose Clark's secret, much like Lois and Lana did in the Silver Age. She also eventually takes on a Barbara Gordon-like role during the second half of the show.
  • Control Freak: In the aftermath of Season 8, Chloe becomes convinced that this is the only possible way to "protect" Metropolis and the world. She sets up hidden cameras everywhere—including in Clark's house—and casually mentions in one episode that she spends large chunks of the day surfing through everyone's cell phone conversations.
  • Cool Loser: Arguably lampshaded in Season 4's "Spirit," where Chloe is nominated to be Prom Queen (and later wins). A bewildered Chloe is informed by Clark that she is actually a lot more popular than she ever realized, and it's even strongly hinted that the only reason why people had been afraid to openly hang out with Chloe before was because of the resident Alpha Bitch ruling the school by intimidation. Apparently, once the secret ballot afforded by the prom election came up, the Silent Majority of Smallville High seniors were quite happy to voice their support for Chloe.
    Clark: "For the past four years, we've all been trying to break out of the categories and labels that we've been boxed into. And you're the battlecry."
  • The Corruptible: See: her corrupt deal with Lionel, which Chloe herself later admitted was purely motivated by jealousy towards Clark/Lana; that being said, her confession and apology end up being the start of her moving away from this trope for much of the middle seasons.
    • In "Truth," she gets the power to compel people to tell her the truth, instantly becomes Drunk with Power and starts terrorizing the entire school population just for kicks, including a moment where Chloe forcibly outs a gay football player in the middle of a crowded hallway and then stands there smirking and laughing at him, caring only about how juicy the potential gossip would be for the Torch. Then during the latter half of the episode, she temporarily gets back into business with Lionel when she agrees to force the Kents to reveal Clark's secret (she's stopped before this can happen). She only stops this behavior when she's cured of the truth serum.
    • She starts drifting back to this trope during the later seasons, initially when she starts lusting after Davis while engaged and married to Jimmy, even taking his side over Jimmy's and refusing to give Jimmy the benefit of the doubt when Jimmy witnesses Davis killing someone.
    • In Season 9, she becomes an Orwellian enforcer, spying on her friends and everyone in Metropolis and Smallville. Her hubris very nearly lands her in Desaad's trap in Season 10.
  • Cursed with Awesome: In Season 6, it was revealed that Chloe had the meteor ability to heal.
  • The Cutie: So much, especially in the earlier seasons.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the earlier seasons. Gradually, years of protecting Clark's secret—and experiencing all the physical trauma that often comes with that—ends up toughening her up.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Is Cheap: Depending on how you count it, she has as much as thirteen deaths. None of which stick.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Lana, Tess and Black Canary. However, she more or less gets curb-stomped in every single one.
  • Determinator: One of the most determined characters in the series. Chloe never gives up, especially when it's something that is important to her.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Towards Clark in the earlier seasons.
  • Drunk with Power: Unfortunately, despite her usual goodness, Chloe has a weakness for this trope. Becomes this in "Truth" when she gains the power to compel anyone to reveal their secrets to her (except Clark due to his alien physiology making him immune to her power), immediately becomes a Smug Snake and terrorizes the Smallville High student population just for kicks. Perhaps the worst moment is when she forces a closeted gay football player to out himself to his teammates, and Chloe stands there smirking and laughing as it happens. She arguably becomes Drunk with Power again in Season 9 when her advanced technology enables her to spy on everyone in Metropolis, Smallville and around the world. This time she's doing it to "protect" people (albeit in the most Orwellian way possible), but she becomes increasingly reluctant to let go of the trappings of the Watchtower spy equipment. Chloe's tendency towards this trope is lampshaded by Desaad when he exposits that Chloe's greatest flaw is her hubris.
  • Easily Forgiven: See the above Drunk with Power entry. Chloe manages to get Instant Forgiveness and, despite the fact that she utterly terrorized the student body during "Truth" for her own amusement, somehow manages to get elected Prom Queen.
  • Empathic Healer: Seasons 6 and 7, later removed via Brainiac.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In "Collateral", Chloe's virtual world avatar demonstrates Super Speed, intangibility, Mind over Matter and Self-Duplication abilities. She has none of these powers in the real world.
  • Everyone Can See It: Chloe and Oliver clearly feel for each other much more strongly than that.
  • Expy: Originally started as an Expy for Lois Lane (the actual Lois was introduced later), as well as the Silver Age version of Lana Lang. As she began to grow apart from Lois, her journalism career was downplayed and her computer skills evolved to their current levels — making her now an expy for Oracle.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In regards to her unrequited love and feelings for Clark.
  • Faking the Dead: Season 10's "Shield." Also in Season 3's "Covenant," albeit not voluntarily.
  • Fanservice Pack: Chloe eventually starts to show more of her physical assets (i.e. cleavage, legs, etc) as the series progresses. She becomes much more confident in herself. She also becomes more girly and feminine as well.
  • First Girl Wins: Subverted.
  • Flanderization: She went from someone who was okay with computers to being able to trace a bug's point of origin, discover anything about anyone, and she even had a shot at decoding a Kryptonian virus on her PC... when all the power on Earth had been shut off. She filled in any plot holes where the writers couldn't think of a way to get Clark to the place he needed to be. Brainiac downloads its intellect into her, super-Flanderizing her computer skills; it turns out he was responsible for her intelligence going out of control and she was losing more and more of herself as time went on.
  • Friends with Benefits: What Chloe and Oliver try to be when they get together in Season 9, even though...
  • Geeky Turn-On: In "Justice," when Cyborg reveals that he can hack into LuthorCorp's security system, Chloe breathlessly asks "You can do that?" and practically squees, in a tone of voice that leads one to believe that she definitely reacted this way.
  • Genki Girl: When she gets excited, she's really excited.
  • Girl Friday: To Clark, especially heavily around the middle seasons.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Not that Chloe hasn't always been feminine, but her wardrobe became much more girly and fashionable in the later seasons. Whereas in the earlier seasons, Chloe's style was more tomboyish.
  • Gone Horribly Right: A meta example. In the early seasons, the writers used Chloe as an Expy for Lois Lane. However, it was apparently a little too effective, and once the real Lois was introduced in Season 4, there was a very vocal faction known as the "Chlois Theorists" who refused to accept Erica Durance's Lois as the real thing and clung to the idea that Chloe would inevitably turn out to be the "real" Lois. The producers, the writers and even Allison Mack herself repeatedly stated that the Chlois Theory was never going to happen, but the Chlois Theorists adopted the attitude that the showrunners were simply "hiding the truth," as if this were some grand conspiracy and insisted that, by the time Smallville ended, the theory would come true (Super Secret Spoiler: It didn't). Eventually, though, the exasperated writers decided to make a joke out of it and spoof the idea in Season 8's "Hex," via a magical spell by Zatanna (everything goes back to normal by the end). The episode's ending even has Chloe pointedly note "I will never be Lois Lane" as she fully embraces her new role as Watchtower.
  • Grand Theft Me: Via Brainiac in Season 8. See his entry for more on that.
  • The Heart: Becomes this later on, along with Lois.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lana.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Started off realistically in Season 1, with Chloe using her computer to uncover info that, while hard to find, wouldn't have been impossible to locate. But as being "Clark's Tech Support" increasingly became one of her hats, Chloe's computer skills grew to such magnitudes that, by Season 7, she was able to control power grids and hack NASA satellites. In Season 8, she even hacks into a piece of crystalline alien technology! (Jeff Goldblum would be proud.)
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With the exception of Jimmy, every important male in her life towers over her.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Clark. Clark is a Kryptonian and Chloe is a human.
  • Intrepid Reporter
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Keeping Clark and later Davis' and the League's secrets repeatedly ruin Chloe's life. By Season 9, she's lost her ex-husband and all but cut herself off from the world in order to better serve her function as Watchtower.
  • Knight Templar: After Season 8, Chloe doesn't just skirt into this territory...she builds a house and puts in Wi-Fi.
  • Loving a Shadow: In Season 8, with Davis.
    Davis: (after he kills Jimmy) You are the only who ever loved me. Why? WHY?!
    Chloe: I thought I did, but really what I wanted to do was save you.
  • Magical Computer: Much to the heroes' delight, Chloe is a hacking pro.
  • Mr. Exposition: Some people on message boards affectionately nicknamed her "The Exposition Queen" until her detractors began using it to make fun of her. KryptonSite even banned the term eventually due to the latter development.
  • Missing Mom: Chloe's mom, Moira, left her when she (Chloe) was only 8 years old by voluntarily committing herself to a hospital in order to protect Chloe from her meteor ability.
  • Mission Control: For the Justice League.
  • Morality Chain: For Doomsday in Season 8. Clark and Oliver end up having to become hers in Season 9 as she jumps off the slippery slope.
  • Motor Mouth: Sometimes when Chloe gets talking or going, she can't stop, especially when she's either excited or panicked.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Although much less than Lana.
  • The Reliable One: Chloe is one of the most reliable characters in the series. She is always there for everyone, especially Clark, whenever they need something or someone.
  • The Rival: To her own cousin Lois for a while when it came to being a reporter. To Lana during the early seasons in regards to shipping with Clark, particularly in Season 2.
  • School Newspaper Newshound: In the early seasons, Chloe is seen putting out a new, full edition of the Torch every week, which is pretty remarkable for a high school newspaper.
  • Secret Keeper: For Clark and the Justice League of America.
  • Secret Relationship: With Oliver in Season 9. It doesn't last — the secret, that is (when Clark and Lois run into them at an inn, dressed in bathrobes, it kind of becomes impossible to hide).
  • The Smart Guy
  • Smug Snake: A rare heroic example. She may be Adorkable, but her smirk and condescending attitude sometimes just make you want to reach through the television and punch her in the face. In "Truth," she temporarily gains the ability to compel people to tell her the truth about their secrets, instantly becomes Drunk with Power and starts prancing around the school with a smirk on her face as she casually forces hapless students to reveal their innermost secrets and then announces them to the entire school in the newest edition of the Torch. Actually lampshaded in-universe in Season 10. In the episode where Desaad attempts to corrupt Clark's allies by exploiting each of their greatest character flaws, Desaad (who can read minds) notes that Chloe's greatest character flaw is arrogance. That being said, Chloe is usually nice enough that it's forgivable. Plus, she still overcame that particular temptation.
  • The Team Normal: When she is a helper of the Justice League, she had already lost all the superpowers she obtained before.
  • Techno Wizard
  • Teen Genius: Chloe is highly intelligent and analytical. Averted now that she isn't a teen anymore.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By Season 9. She still gets her ass kicked by Tess, but the fact that she doesn't die inside of about a minute says a lot about how far she's come (she had a gun, though, and is under mind control to protect Clark, "whatever it takes"). And by Season 10, she's holding her own against the likes of armed thugs and FBI Agents.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: During Season 8's Doomsday arc. Later lampshaded by Black Canary, who says that Chloe's "dirty dance with Doomsday almost destroyed the League."
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Chloe takes a few levels in the later seasons. Her husband Jimmy had evidence that Davis was a psychotic serial killer and not only does Chloe refuse to give Jimmy the benefit of the doubt, but it becomes blatantly obvious that she indeed does harbor romantic/sexual feelings for Davis, despite having just married Jimmy. So from Jimmy's perspective, not only does his wife refuse to believe his warnings that this other guy is a murderous psycho, it becomes blatantly obvious that she's been (and continues to be) lusting after this other man. Jimmy was put in a nightmarish situation that broke his heart and left him isolated. His friends all treat him like he's gone crazy (even though it turns out that Jimmy was actually right about everything) and Chloe isn't there for him. His dumping Chloe was thus completely understandable and warranted. Then in Season 9, after Jimmy and Davis are both killed as the culmination of the aforementioned situation, Chloe decides to go Big Sister Is Watching on everyone (including monitoring Clark and Oliver's phone calls and emails, even setting up hidden cameras at the Kent Farm), putting Oliver in a series of life and death "games," stealing money from Oliver when she could have just asked to make kryptonite weapons, and more.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She may cross to an Iron Woobie but, good God, the stuff that happens to her. She finally snaps at the end of Season 8 and throughout Season 9, as a result of her feeling responsible for what happened to Jimmy; it's amazing she remained calm for so long. The post-traumatic stress caused by the events of the Season 8 finale actually become a huge plot point for her, Oliver, Clark and the rest of the Justice League for most of the season. It was actually quite realistic, as the healing from it was shown to be a long process rather than an easy light switch.
  • Undying Loyalty: She eventually develops this kind of friendship with Clark after finding out his secret.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Clark, although she eventually finds love with a certain other superhero as an adult.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection
  • Woman in White: Season 10's "Collateral" and "Masquerade."
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     Pete Ross 

Pete Ross (Sam Jones III)

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Clark's best friend since childhood. Pete finds out Clark's secret in Season 2 after he finds Clark's spaceship in a cornfield. Near the end of the third season, his parents divorce and he moves away from Smallville with his mother when keeping Clark's secret becomes too much of a burden. He returns in Season 7 and gains temporary superpowers which he uses to try and be a hero, only to get into trouble. Once back to normal, Pete leaves Smallville again.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being Clark's best friend, his character usually had the least amount of screen time, outside of Whitney, of the Lead characters, and had the least character development.
  • Black Best Friend: To Clark.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns briefly in the seventh season.
  • Childhood Friends: With Clark.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Duplicity" and "Velocity." Sadly, his much-trumpeted return appearance in Season 7 was more about Kara than him.
  • The Generic Guy: Was originally the laid-back one to Clark's angst and Chloe's enthusiasm, but once Lana came along, he was relegated to this status.
  • Guile Hero: Often helped Clark come up with ways to hide his secret early on.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Clark. While Pete is a human, Clark is a Kryptonian.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Pete's attempts at keeping Clark's secret absolutely torture him, to the point where he moves to Wichita with his mom, in order to avoid being around people who knew Clark, in case he ever slipped up.
  • Power Trio: With Clark and Chloe. The three are initially seen as a trio of three nerds, despite Pete's best efforts. Eventually, they all gain popularity.
  • Product Placement: For Stride chewing gum in Season 7's "Hero."
    • And before that, there was Season 2's "Hey, Clark, check out the new Talon Mix!" *camera dwells on the CD for a few seconds* Clark: "Wow, I'll have to check it out!"
      • And before that, there was the most infamous line of the Season 1 finale: Pete: "Yeah! Remy Zero!!!"
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves with his mother, after an event in Smallville makes him fear for his life, as well as being frightened that he may accidentally reveal Clark's secret.
  • Race Lift: Is Caucasian in the comics, but is portrayed by Sam Jones III, who's African-American.
  • The Resenter: Despite being outwardly polite to him, he could not stand Lex, mainly due to jealousy of how close a friendship that both Lex and Clark formed with each other.
  • Secret Keeper: The first lead character, outside of his parents to learn Clark is a Super-Powered Alien.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Chloe and Clark.
  • Token Minority: His is pretty much the only black family in Smallville.

     Whitney Fordman 

Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson)

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Lana's boyfriend during Season 1. A football jock who torments Clark after seeing him with Lana, Whitney later makes peace with Clark. After his father dies of a heart attack near the end of the first season, he decides to enlist in the Marines and asks Clark to look after Lana while he's away.
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