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Clark Kent/Kal-El/The Blur/Superman (Tom Welling)

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Voiced in Latin-American Spanish By: Luis Daniel Ramírez
Voiced in Japanese By: Kenji Nojima

The main character, hero and protagonist of the show, we all know his backstory—he was rocketed to Earth as a baby from the planet Krypton just before it was destroyed in an Earth-Shattering Kaboom and found by Jonathan and Martha Kent after his spaceship crash-landed in Smallville during a meteor shower that devastated much of the town. In the show's early seasons, Clark spent most of his time fighting meteor freaks, hopelessly pining for Lana Lang, wishing he were normal and befriending his future Arch-Enemy, Lex Luthor. In Season 8, he began working at the Daily Planet alongside Lois Lane (with whom he began to have feelings) and taking steps towards embracing his destiny as Superman.

For his Earth-2 counterpart, Clark Luthor/Ultraman, see Earth-2.


  • Classical Anti-Hero: For much of the series.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Clark is completely oblivious to many girls being attracted to him. Considering that Clark has only had eyes for Lana most of the time.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Clark's primary colors, against Lex's more muted or darker colors.
  • Cool Loser: Especially in earlier season, while he was in general well liked on campus and around Smallville for being a kind, upstanding, handsome, if shy young man, he wasn't portrayed as having that many friends outside of Pete, Chloe, Lana and Lex, and more than once other students could be heard calling him a freak.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Clark's usual strategy seems to be "clock you from behind at 500 miles an hour."
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: In regards to Lana. Clark got jealous and envious of every single one of Lana's love interests and boyfriends. Clark even got jealous of guys who looked at Lana.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Clark gets this trope on occasion. It starts in the pilot when he's strung up as the Scarecrow in a very literal crucifixion; he gets another in "Hidden" after being shot by Gabriel; and in "Salvation," after being stabbed by Zod with a blue kryptonite dagger. As Superman can be seen as a Jesus allegory, this makes sense.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In season 9, he dresses in black clothes, but remains heroic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Lex, Chloe , Lois, or Oliver, but he can definitely have a pretty dry wit at times. He REALLY dials up the snark whenever he's affected by Red kryptonite and reverts to his Kal persona, possibly enough to even outsnark Lex.
  • Determinator: Clark NEVER gives up. If it is something or someone that he is passionate about, he won't stop till he finds a way somehow.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Lana leaves in Season 8, to protect him after her absorbing kryptonite makes her mere presence a danger to him. Subverted with Lois as of Season 9.
  • Distressed Dude: Seems to be a rather easy target for many enemies and villains to torture and kidnap.
  • Doom Magnet: Meteor freaks, Corrupt Corporate Executives, Wicked Witches, alien invaders—if it can attack Clark, it has.
  • The Dreaded: At least how he appears in Lex's eyes. His clone Lx-15 firmly believed Clark wanted to kill him.
  • Farm Boy: Adopted by farmers and raised on their farm.
  • Flying Brick: He qualifies, although he doesn't know to use flight for a long time.
  • Foil: To Lex Luthor. Both of them are young, somewhat ambitious dreamers, Lex a bit more so, who want to change the world together, who end up taking different paths. The rest is history...
  • Friend to All Children: Incredibly protective of those under 12.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Unless under the influence of Red K, Clark hardly ever swears.
  • Guilt Complex: Clark blames himself for everything bad that has happened, including the meteor shower, meteor freaks and Jonathan's death. Brainiac 5 even states in Season 10 that this is Clark's Fatal Flaw.
  • Happily Adopted: By Jonathan and Martha. Clark has boatloads of angst over his Kryptonian heritage, but he loves his parents and considers them his real family. He even explicitly says in "Rosetta" that no matter what he finds out about his people, the Kents will still be his mom and dad.
  • Happily Married: Clark is married to Lois in the Grand Finale. According to the show's producers, in the flash-forward sequence set in 2017, Clark and Lois are happily married, although they chose not to display any rings at the Planet office due to their desire to keep their professional lives separate from their personal lives.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Clark has had his fair share of heartbreak when it comes to love and romance.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: As Kal. In Season 10, he dons a red leather jacket, complete with a stylized House of El symbol on the front.
  • The Hero: Of the entire series. This is understandable considering that the series is about Clark's growth and journey from a teenager to a superhero destined for greatness.
  • Heroic Neutral: In the early seasons, he'll always do the right thing, and step up to the plate to defend the innocent, but he mainly just wants to keep his secret.
  • Human Alien: Clark is a Kryptonian, meaning he is an alien. However, he looks completely human and nobody can tell he is from another planet.
  • Human Popsicle: In Season 7, Jor-El gets sick of Clark's constant defiance and encases him in a block of ice. However, when Bizarro returns and starts to wreak havoc, Jor-El quickly lets him go to handle the situation.
  • Humble Hero: Clark is very strong, powerful and his destiny is great; however, he is very humble about what he can do. He uses his abilities for good and he uses them for a greater purpose.
  • Hunk: Clark is this along with being a Pretty Boy. How is that possible?
  • Hurting Hero: Clark may be powerful and possess many superhuman abilities, but the secrecy that comes along with it hasn't been too easy for Clark.
  • Hypocrite: He expects everyone else to be completely honest with him about everything, but builds his relationships around lies and deceit, insisting on keeping his "secret" even among his closest friends.
    • That's probably why he's so touchy about lies; he knows people keep secrets and that somebody can be deceiving you even when it doesn't seem like it—he does so himself.
    • Lampshaded in "Zero," where he chews out Chloe for snooping around in his past, then immediately invites her to join him in snooping into Lex's. Chloe does a double-take.
    • He admits that his reactions to things are what keep people from telling him things in "Luthor." He starts the episode off by telling (secret) Luthor Tess that all Luthors are dangerous and evil. He then is furious and offended when he finds out that she hid Lex's clone from him. He then disappears into the plot before Tess can admit to her heritage, so we don't know how he would've taken that. At the end of the episode, however, he's realized that blaming the entire Luthor bloodline for Lionel's influence is the exact reason why Tess didn't tell him the truth, so he stops being a jerk about it.
    • In "Nocturne," he peevishly comments that Lana's Secret Admirer sounds like a stalker. This, from Mr. Peeping Telescope.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: For about the first half of the show.
  • Kryptonite Factor: As usual, Clark is vulnerable to Kryptonite and magic.
  • Last of His Kind: Subverted. In the Superman mythology, Clark is frequently referred as the "Last Son of Krypton." But he isn't the last of his kind. Kara, his Kryptonian cousin, is a survivor along with him.
  • Limited Wardrobe: A side-effect of Color-Coded for Your Convenience—Clark's blue shirt and red jacket combo. Every time he wears something else, he's probably at work, it's a special occasion or he is evil/"dead." It got to the point where, in one episode, Jimmy, seeing a red/blue blur caught on camera, came to the conclusion that it was Clark going around saving people, just based on the colors.
    • That episode also included a scene where Clark gets all his clothes out to sort the red and blue ones from the rest and dispose of them, only to discover that they are all red and blue.
    • By Season 9, Clark doesn't wear any red and blue on his uniform, though sometimes in his everyday clothes.
      • Perhaps made fun of in the Season 9 episode "Warrior," where Clark goes to Metro Con (the Smallville universe's version of Comic Con). We see somebody wearing what looks like Clark's red and blue. This would mark the first time Clark has worn red and blue since "Doomsday" (the Season 8 finale, which was over eleven episodes ago)...if it weren't for the fact we see Clark bump into the guy wearing what looks like his old outfit, and is wearing his Daily Planet suit.
      • Clark was in a major funk after the episode "Doomsday," feeling responsible for the death of Henry Olsen and regretting his humanity, so he took on an all-black motif until early in Season 10 where he is wearing at least maroon and blue.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: A recurring problem for him to the extent that, in the first half of Season 8, he was finally starting to act like Superman... until Lana came back to town, causing him to lose seven years worth of Character Development.
  • Main Character: Clark is the protagonist of the series.
  • Malfunction Malady: How Clark discovers his super-breath. And super-hearing too, if you think about it.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: It repeatedly sabotages his relationship with Lana at the very least.
  • Messianic Archetype: Probably the most famous example in all of Comics and American Pop Culture, with more than a few Crucified Hero Shots to continue the Jesus allegory.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: During Season 9, he swaps out his red-and-blue attire for a black Badass Longcoat, black pants, and a black shirt with a silver logo, symbolizing the guilt and anger he feels for Jimmy's death at Davis' hands, and the belief that caring too much for other people inhibits his ability to save them. In early Season 10, he manages to move past this, swapping back to his trademark red and blue.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is a Chick Magnet and shirtless scenes of him or when at least his build is emphasized are not uncommon at all.
  • Mundane Utility: Clark has been known to use his heat vision to make toast, heat up coffee and light candles. He also uses his Super Strength to drive nails with his bare hands, plant fence posts, and lift cars and tractors instead of using a jack.
  • Neutral No Longer: Season 8 onwards, he stops fighting his destiny, and steps up to becoming the Worlds Greatest Hero.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Unless the alcohol is magically enchanted, Clark cannot get smashed.
  • Nice Guy: Clark is kind, friendly, loyal, self-sacrificing, warm and empathic. He's the kind of person anyone would be lucky to have as a friend.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In the Season 2 finale, he uses a kryptonite key to destroy his spaceship so he can get rid of Jor-El, but ends up causing an explosion that causes Martha to miscarry her unborn child.
    • In Season 4, he, through inaction, causes another meteor shower to bombard Smallville.
    • In the Season 5 finale, he stabs Brainiac with a Kryptonian knife, opening a portal for General Zod to escape from the Phantom Zone and possess Lex.
    • In the Season 6 finale, he tries using a Kryptonian crystal against the last Phantom Zone prisoner who instead clones Clark and becomes Bizarro.
    • And finally, in Season 10, his use of the Book of Rao to send away Zod and the Kandorians allowed Darkseid to come to Earth.
  • No-Sell: If a meteor freak's mere presence isn't sufficient to act as Clark's Kryptonite Factor, then he will usually be completely immune to their powers. If said powers are Psychic Powers, he often will be able to shrug them off so completely that he won't even realize they tried anything on him.
  • Not Himself: Clark gets reprogrammed as Kal-El, complete with full access to all his powers including flight.
  • Out of the Inferno: Clark can walk through fire unscathed. In the episode "Hothead," Coach Arnold engulfs Clark in massive flames and thinks he's won, only for Clark to nonchalantly step out of them.
  • The Paragon: According to Doctor Fate in Season 9's "Absolute Justice" two-parter.
  • Phlebotinum Battery: In "Perry," solar flares/sun spots cause Clark's powers to go haywire and he doesn't have the same precision control.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Clark is suddenly powerful enough to shove a planet back into space in the finale (this was a planet capable of traveling under its own power, too). This is more than a little out of sync with the power level he's shown to have during the rest of the series.
    • In fairness, this is just as he accepts his legacy as Superman and develops his flight properly. This could be like Marvel's Gladiator, who varied from nigh-omnipotent to being taken out by Cannonball depending on confidence.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong: As often as Clark loses his powers, this happens quite a bit, most notable being taking a bullet for Lois while weakened by kryptonite.
  • Pretty Boy: Clark is very physically attractive to the point that, from some angles, Clark has somewhat androgynous physical features. But at the same time, Clark is also a Hunk. How is that even possible?
  • Primary-Color Champion: Clark is often seen wearing red and blue.
  • Protagonist: Smallville centers on Clark's heroic journey and his relationships with other characters.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Lois' Energetic Girl.
  • Second Love: Lana's after Whitney.
  • Second Super-Identity: Clark takes on a secondary superhero persona as "The Red-Blue Blur" (later just "The Blur") when Jimmy captures him on camera as a red-blue blur.
  • Shirtless Scene: Has quite a few of these.
  • Signature Move: The Superman Punch. He first uses it in the fight with Titan in "Combat." After that he uses at least one in most major battles of the rest of the series.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: His shyness makes him a little less charismatic and smooth with other people like say Oliver or Arthur.
  • Stalking Is Love: He stalks Lana for most of Season 1, even going so far as to set up a telescope in his barn so he can spy on her when she's on her front porch.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: He and Lana, despite the two loving each more than anything, the universe seems determined to keep the two apart.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The number of times that someone has been speaking to Clark and then turned around to find him gone would make a good drinking game. It's practically a Running Gag.
  • Strong and Skilled: For the first eight seasons of the show, Clark is Unskilled, but Strong, relying heavily on his powers in a fight and being outmatched by more skilled opponents like General Zod. Come season 9, he begins training with Jor-El and becomes this. Even when Brought Down to Normal by exposure to blue Kryptonite, he was able to hold his own against Alia, a Kryptonian soldier.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: His powers vary depending on the plot, generally because of solar coronal activity, the fact that they're still developing, and the fact that Kryptonite Is Everywhere.
  • Stronger with Age: With every season, he gets stronger and more powerful as he ages. Just compare Season 1, when conventional bullets left visible bruises on his skin, to Season 5, when he gets up and walks away from atmospheric reentry.
  • Super Hero: He's Superman after all. Or at least he becomes Superman in the final season.
  • Superpower Lottery: Clark is a Kryptonian who possesses superhuman abilities.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Lois and Lana both think so.
  • That Man Is Dead: At the end of Season 8, he decides this for a while, embellishing himself in his training with Jor-El and declaring to Chloe that "Clark Kent is dead."
  • Technical Pacifist: Murder is wrong! Smacking someone over the head from behind, however, is not.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He comes dangerously close to killing the guy who killed Alicia Baker and Lx-3, but pulls back at the last moment. Nonetheless, Clark believes there is always a better option than murder, and calls out the likes of Green Arrow and the Justice League whenever they cross the line.
    • Clark does not apply this rule to machines. But then again, this is Brainiac. Not even Lex went to the levels Brainiac went to. And the bastard's got a From a Single Cell thing going on, as well, so it ain't like it's ever been permanent.
    • Word of God that they made it a rule that Clark does not and will not kill anyone; the villains are always either Hoist by Their Own Petard or die under circumstances that Clark has no control over.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the later seasons, after he has embraced his true Kryptonian destiny and all of his abilities.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During Season 9. Among other things, he puts a witness in the hospital, and Neck Lifts Tess and threatens her with little provocation.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: For the first eight seasons. Best shown when he first fights Zod, a trained soldier with years of combat experience; he ends up getting curb-stomped and has to rely on trickery to win.
  • Unwanted Harem: Clark himself has had a few. Alicia started out as a welcome suitor who quickly became unwanted when she turned into a Stalker with a Crush. Maxima from Season 8 would definitely count as one, too. Chloe in the first few seasons also had a huge crush on Clark, but this apparently faded.
  • Unwanted False Faith: Repeatedly has to tell Tess (among others) to "Stop Worshipping Me!"
  • Unwitting Pawn: On occasion. He's getting better about it, though.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: The events of "Doomsday," where his splitting Davis and Doomsday from one another leads to Jimmy's death at Davis' hands, leads Clark to adopt this belief. He states to Chloe afterwards that caring too much about other people limits his ability to save them.
    Clark: I've always tried to forget I was an alien or a creature. I've always tried to pretend I was human. I was raised to believe it was my Kryptonian part that was dangerous, Chloe, but I was wrong. It's my human side. It... It's the side that gets attached, the side that makes decisions based on emotions. That's my enemy. And Davis proved that to me.
    Chloe: So, because of some psychopath, you're gonna cut the rest of us out of your life? Clark... human emotion is what made you the hero that you are today.
    Clark: They're what's stopping me from being the hero I could be. It's what the world needs now.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lois, in Seasons 4 through 7. Converts to UST as of Season 8.
  • Weirdness Magnet: When is Clark not attracting the weird?
  • We Used to Be Friends: One of the premises of the series is asking the question, "What if Clark Kent and Lex Luthor were once best friends before becoming mortal enemies?"
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In the Season 7 finale, he kills Brainiac while remarking that Brainiac is Just a Machine; thus, he's technically not violating his Thou Shalt Not Kill rule.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Lois.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Given the sheer number of female villains, he'd be an idiot not to.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In Season 9's "Savior," Clark refuses to go back in time to stop Davis from killing Jimmy for this reason, remarking that the last time he did such a thing resulted in Jonathan's death.

    Jonathan Kent 

Jonathan Kent (John Schneider)

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Clark's adoptive human father. In Season 5, he ran for the Kansas State Senate and won... only to die of a heart attack a short while later following a confrontation with Lionel Luthor.


  • Action Dad: Jonathan won't hesitate to jump in the action when it's necessary for him to do so.
  • Action Survivor: Jonathan survived five years of Smallville's insanity, armed with nothing more than his wits, and his shotgun.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Younger and handsomer than most depictions of Jonathan, who almost always looks middle-aged or elderly even when Clark is younger. Martha herself calls him more or less handsome.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite all of Lex's attempts to show that he wasn't his father, and despite the fact that Jonathan acknowledged this almost every time that he was proven wrong, he was back to blaming Lex for everything that went wrong automatically by the next episode.
  • Aggressive Categorism: In "Solitude," after Clark reveals Professor Fine AKA Brainiac is a Kryptonian, Jonathan is rather quick to judge that the Kryptonian race, as a whole, are evil and hell-bent on destruction and chaos. He immediately gets called out on this by Martha, who points out Clark is Kryptonian, only to counter that Clark is a Kryptonian raised with human values.
    • Also, considering how pretty much every Kryptonian other than Clark that appeared on-screen prior to Jonathan's death was kind of evil, with even the AI of Jor-El being a Well-Intentioned Extremist on its good days, it's hard to dispute his point.
  • Archenemy: Of his moral and spiritual opposite, Lionel Luthor. The two engage in a take-no-prisoners war for the souls of Lex and Clark, ending only with Jonathan's untimely death.
  • Badass Normal: At his best, he can go toe-to-toe with Lionel and survive anything the Monster of the Week can throw at him.
  • Doomed by Canon: Jonathan is an interesting case, as the original comics, movies and television shows had him die. Later comic books and the show Lois & Clark allowed him to live. However, Smallville returns to the original canon by having Jonathan die which granted was not due to old age, but rather trauma from being possessed by Jor-El and finally dying during a confrontation with Lionel Luthor.
  • Fatal Flaw: Despite being a great dad for Clark, he can't control his anger and lets it get the best of him several times. It was said that when Martha's father rejected him, saying Martha deserved better, Jonathan hit him. An old classmate of Jonathan remembered his anger from High School and didn't doubt that he was guilty when he was a suspect in an assassination attempt on Lionel Luthor. It is ultimately his anger that gets him killed. When he believes Lionel is trying to blackmail him with Clark's secret he violently lashes out at Lionel and gives him "The Reason You Suck" Speech before his heart finally gives out, when really Lionel was just trying to help him.
  • Foil: To Lionel Luthor. He is a good father figure, while Lionel pre and post-redemption wasn't.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Once ran away from home to try out for the Metropolis Sharks football team and bought a motorcyle against his father's wishes. Jonathan once mentions he used to get into fights at school.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jonathan was a jerk to people he was skeptical of or people he didn't trust, notably Lionel and Lex. But again, he only acted this way towards both of them with the best intentions of protecting Clark.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: As usual. Clark is a Kryptonian while he and Martha are humans.
  • Not Helping Your Case: He hated the Luthors and made absolutely zero effort to hide it... which made it easy for a Dirty Cop to shoot Lionel and frame him for the crime in season 2. Jonathan even acknowledges that his doing so has come back to bite him:
    Jonathan: No, I didn't shoot Lionel. But I let my anger get the best of me. I... I haven't exactly kept it a secret how Jonathan Kent feels about the Luthors. What jury could possibly believe me now?
  • Papa Wolf: If you mess with Clark, Jonathan will come for you. With a shotgun.
  • Pride: A big part of his character.
  • Properly Paranoid: Jonathan can come off as a paranoid Knight Templar Parent, but you know what? He was right about Alicia. He was right about Brainiac. He was right about what Lex would do if he ever found out Clark's secret. Pick a person that Clark trusted and who then betrayed him; chances are, Jonathan predicted it.
    • The whole Lex thing can also be considered a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Early Lex was a flawed but well-meaning guy who, by all indications, wanted to help Clark (at first). Jonathan's paranoia might not have been misplaced on many counts, but he might have pushed it too far at times.
  • Secret Keeper: He keeps Clark's status as an alien secret.
  • Skewed Priorities: Minor example from one of the Smallville tie-in novels—Clark accidentally runs in front of Jonathan's tractor note , causing Jonathan to injure his shoulder. He immediately asks if Clark is all right. You know, the kid who is invulnerable to bullets, explosions, stab wounds and pretty much any other injury that's fatal by Earth standards. This is probably one instance where it's okay to be worried about yourself and not the person you just hit.
  • Spirit Advisor: Briefly in Season 5 after his death and later in Season 10.
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     Martha Kent 

Martha Kent (Annette O'Toole)

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Clark's adoptive human mother. In Season 5, Martha took over Jonathan's Senate seat after his death and moved to Washington, D.C. at the end of Season 6. Returns in Seasons 9 and 10.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Like Jonathan, she is more attractive and younger-looking than how the Kents are usually portrayed, even granting Clark's relative younger age.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • Her relationship with Lionel. Not that it ever goes anywhere.
    • Also with Jonathan Kent. While Jonathan is a good guy, he does have anger issues, and when Martha's father is introduced, it's heavily implied this trope was a large part of their early attraction, since Jonathan was the exact opposite of the kind of man Martha's father thought she should fall for, living the exact opposite of the kind of life he thought she should live.
  • Team Mom: Martha is a maternal figure for many different characters other than Clark, including Lana, Chloe, Lex and Lois. Ironically, all of these characters have lost their mothers and have Parental Issues.

     Kara Kent/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl 

Kara Kent/Kara Zor-El

See Kryptonians

     Conner Kent/Kon-El/Superboy 

Conner Kent (Lucas Gabreel)

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A clone of Superman suffering from amnesia who struggles with his identity and his volatile relationship with the Luthors.



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