Played by: Erica Durance
Voiced By: Laura Torres (Latin-American Spanish, Seasons 4-7), Erica Edwards (Latin-American Spanish, Seasons 8-10), Mie Sonozaki (Japanese)
Appearances: Smallville (Season 4 to 10) | Crisis On Infinite Earths (cameo)
In the vast Superman lore, where there is a Superman, there is a Lois Lane.
- Action Girl: She has earned a third-degree black belt in Karate and finds herself involved in plenty of the action in the series.
- Advertised Extra: In Season 4, she was only ever billed as a Special Guest Star for the 13 episodes she appeared in. She is also the only character to appear on posters and the DVD box other than Clark himself.
- Alliterative Name: Lois Lane.
- Alternate Self: Has many, including two on Earth-Prime as herself and Alura In-Ze, one on Earth-75, and one on Earth-96.
- Amazonian Beauty: Downplayed. She's physically fit and one of the more athletic versions of Lois Lane.
- Ascended Extra: Lois was originally only going to be in 4 episodes, however because of fan demand her number of episodes in season 4 was increased to 13, before becoming Promotion to Opening Titles and a series regular and main character from season 5 onward.
- Babies Ever After: Like Clark, seems to have given up a life of adventure to be a full time parent to their two daughters.
- Back from the Dead: At the end of Season 6, thanks to Chloe's meteor healing powers.
- Badass Creed: "Being a hero's wife means never accepting defeat".
- Badass in Distress: Happens occasionally since she's only a Badass Normal that often goes up against super-powered bad guys.
- Badass Normal: She's a third-degree black belt in Karate and one the most skilled non-superpowered civilian combatants on the show.
- Battle Couple: With Clark aka Superman.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Chloe, even though they are cousins. She also feels this way towards Lucy, even if Lucy often resists Lois's attempts to take care of her.
- Boobs of Steel: She's well-endowed and one the most competent female fighters in the show.
- Brainy Brunette: Although Lois had some attendance problems at school, she's actually very intelligent and proves it when she works as a first-time campaign manager for Jonathan's grassroots campaign against Lex Luthor for the Kansas Senate seat...and actually succeeds in beating Lex's well-oiled political machine. She then works as Chief of Staff for Martha (who takes Jonathan's Senate seat after he dies), successfully traversing the political landscape, while beginning to moonlight as a journalist and being the first reporter to expose the emergence of superheroes to the national public. She continually improves as time goes on, and by the later seasons, actually becomes something of a battle strategist after learning Clark's secret (her and Tess' ability to survive until Ollie arrived with kryptonite weapons in "Luthor" is an example).
- Breakout Character: She was only meant to serve as a cameo, but she proved so popular, she quickly became one of the core characters, and eventual Female Lead.
- Brutal Honesty: Lois is very outspoken and highly opinionated. She won't hesitate to speak exactly what is on her mind, no matter how blunt or out there it is.
- Buxom Is Better: She's very well endowed. Lampshaded in the Season 4 episode "Spell," whilst Lois was possessed by a witch.Lois!Brianna: I'm gorgeous, look at these!
[Lois!Brianna fondles her own breasts]
- Call to Agriculture: The formerly unthinkable has happened by 2019 — jet setting Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane has settled down to a quiet life on the Kent family farm.
- Constantly Curious: Lois' nosiness and endless curiosity constantly get her into a lot of trouble and into a lot of sticky situations. Which makes sense, this is one of Lois's classic attributes in the comics and movies and eventually leads her into becoming an Intrepid Reporter in the later seasons.
- Cool Big Sis: Lois is very much this trope to Chloe. Ironically, her actual little sis, Lucy, has a very dysfunctional relationship with her as a result of General Lane instituting a chain of command where he was in charge of Lois and she in turn was in charge of Lucy. Lois still tries to be there for her, though (at least as much as Lucy will allow her to be).
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She tends to be clumsy at many traditional feminine tasks like cooking or serving, which made her job at the Talon as a waitress a challenge.
- The Cynic: She's been badly hurt and disappointed by people in the past, so by the time we meet her in Season 4, she's built up a lot of emotional walls and taken a pessimistic view of the world as a way of protecting herself from getting hurt. Thus she's pleasantly surprised—and amusingly perplexed—when Clark's genuinely kind, optimistic, and heroic personality challenges her pessimism. She keeps telling herself to maintain her cynicism, but there's something about Clark and his outlook that makes her actually dare to hope again.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lois is the queen of sarcasm and snarkiness and most of her dialogue is filled with this.
- Determinator: Perhaps the most out of everybody. Highlighted when, in the midst of a very desperate situation towards the end of Season 10, Lois defiantly says "Being a hero's wife means never accepting defeat."
- Deus ex Machina: Her "military connections" sure solve a lot of problems.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Does it to a lot of boys, including Clark during their first meeting. She tells herself to keep her eyes on his face, but she fails.
- Empowered Badass Normal: In "Prophecy" as a wedding gift Jor-El gives Lois Clark's superpowers for a day while taking away his, so she can see what it's like to be him for a day.
- The Gadfly: Constantly cracks jokes at other people's expense, Clark being her favorite target.
- Gaussian Girl: When Conner Kent first sees her.
- Girly Bruiser: Especially in the later seasons where she dropped her tomboyish looks but didn't stop kicking ass.
- Girliness Upgrade: Her wardrobe and style become much more feminine and less casual and sporty in the later seasons.
- Going for the Big Scoop: Constantly, after she joined the Daily Planet.
- Grand Theft Me: Lois gets taken over quite a few times by different minor characters, be it witch, wraith or just plain spirit.
- Happily Married: Lois is married in the Grand Finale. According to the show's producers, in the flash-forward sequence set in 2018, 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. By 2019, both have left the city life to live in the Kent farm with their two daughters.
- Hidden Depths: Although Lois seems snarky, sarcastic and confident on the outside, much of it is a facade to hide her inner vulnerability and insecurities.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Not that hidden (she is fiercely loyal, after all). She does often attempt to hide her softer side because she's afraid of seeming vulnerable, but the truth is she's willing to go to the ends of the earth to fight for justice and protect the people she loves.
- Hot-Blooded: Lois is very spunky, feisty and opinionated. Those traits only become stronger if she's pissed.
- I Call Him "Mister Happy": Shortly after their Naked First Impression she teases Clark about having seen his "Clark Junior".
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: During Season 6, she is mingling at a political gathering, and rather than play nice with a corrupt tycoon (like she was asked to do for the sake of not making a scene), she bluntly calls him out for his unscrupulous dealings. In another episode, Lois gets the ultimate power: she absorbs Clark's abilities. But rather than be corrupted by it like Lana was in another episode, Lois is eager to be a hero. She's so fiercely loyal to her loved ones and doing the right thing that even Darkseid failed to corrupt her, much to his frustration. She also never resents Clark for hiding his powers from her, and when she finds out about them, she actively tries to help him in his missions and notes that she completely understands his reasons for keeping them a secret. Lois even helps him brainstorm ways to preserve his identity going forward.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Her and Clark morning after they slept together for the first time is interrupted by her father and sister coming over.
- Interspecies Romance: With Clark. Lois is a human and Clark is a Kryptonian.
- Intrepid Reporter: Naturally for Lois Lane, when she joins the Daily Planet she becomes one their most successful reporters because of this, though it tends to bring her in a lot of trouble.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In regards to Clark. Despite the fact that Lois loves Clark, she also realizes that Clark has a duty to protect mankind. Lois was even willing to give Clark up in order for Clark to embrace his destiny as a savior and a superhero, even though it was one of the hardest things for Lois to do.
- The Lad-ette: She's a tough fighter and a heavy drinker. (The latter being the reason she was expelled from Metropolis University in Season 4.) After meeting her, Clark describes her as talkative and rude. She describes herself as independent and self-sufficient. She also loves sports (she seems to have a thing for baseball in particular, using baseball metaphors quite frequently) and sometimes wears a football jersey.
- Lethal Chef: Don't let her near a kitchen. Bad things will happen.
- The Lois Lane: Well, duh! The Two-Person Love Triangle had to happen a bit differently though, since Clark isn't Superman till the end, so the famous "love triangle for two" is between Clark, Lois and Clark's temporary alter ego The Blur during Seasons 8 and 9. Lois confessed that she was in love with The Blur, who is really Clark, but at the time, Lois had no idea about Clark's real identity and that he was indeed The Blur.
- Master of Disguise: She wore many disguises throughout the show, posing as a guard, scientist, stripper, driver and once, even as a vigilante hero.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: For Clark, of course. Much of the humor when she first arrived revolved around the fact that the events of Season 3 had left Clark and all the other characters in very emotionally-complicated and dark places, and Lois's personality ends up being a breath of fresh air to them: Clark isn't quite sure what to make of her, and sometimes he gets rather flummoxed by her bemused attitude towards everyone's drama, but he grudgingly admits that she does make him smile. By the later seasons, she becomes more and more of a friend for him to lean on, and then eventually his girlfriend.
- Meganekko: She's seen wearing glasses from time to time.
- Military Brat: Her father is a US Army general and she spent a long time living on military bases.
- Ms. Fanservice: One of the most sexed-up versions of Lois Lane, with the story constantly having her in fanservicey situations or wearing a Sexy Whatever Outfit that usually show off her toned legs and midriff.
- Of Corsets Sexy: In "Spell" while she's possessed by the witch Brianna.
- Cosplay: Dresses up as Lady Marian in "Wither", Wonder Woman in "Warrior"
- Dressed All in Rubber: In "Combat", she wears a red leather suit to infiltrate an illegal fighting club.
- Dressed Like a Dominatrix: In "Supergirl", while investigating Godfrey, she dresses up in latex fetish gear, "torturing" Godfrey, and later being Bound and Gagged.
- Flag Bikini: In "Exposed", while undercover she does Pole Dance with a bikini with aspects of the USA flag.
- French Maid Outfit: In "Odyssey" she wears the traditional french maid outfit when sneaking into the Luthor Manor.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her Stiletto hero costume in "Stiletto".
- Modesty Bedsheet: Both times she sleeps with Clark, in "Pandora" and in "Harvest"
- Playboy Bunny: Wears a Bunny Girl costume while Jumping Out of a Cake in "Charade".
- Sexy Shirt Switch:
- In "Rage" Lois is shown waking up one morning and wandering around Oliver's penthouse wearing only his shirt.
- In "Ambush" she is wearing Clark's jersey after Their First Time, when they're interrupted by her father and sister arriving for dinner.
- In "Committed" she wakes up from a hangover wearing only Clark's jersey and assumes something happened between them, but Clark tells her she just got drunk and changed into the jersey on her own.
- Sexy Surfacing Shot: In "Aqua", she comes out of Crater Lake in a bikini in Slow Motion, so the audience can drink in her curves. The shot even made it into the intro when introducing Lois Lane.
- Shower Scene: Takes one in "Fade", with Toplessness from the Back and Shoulders-Up Nudity. Turns into a Full-Frontal Assault and Shower of Awkward when she suspects someone is sneaking in her apartment and she burst out of her bathroom, only to find a startled Clark staring at her. She has a minor Naked Freak-Out and dons a Modesty Towel.
- Naked First Impression: Her very first scene in the show involved her meeting Clark while he was naked and amnesiac.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Her opinion, as seen in the episode "Crusade", when we first met her. After Martha says "Trust me, that can happen to the best of us" about falling for a "farm-boy type," Lois replies "Not me; give me a nerd with glasses any day of the week."
- The Nicknamer: Lois comes up with multiple nicknames for Clark. 'Smallville' is the most famous and prominent one.
- Official Couple: With Clark for Seasons 9-10.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Lois is a perfectly competent Badass Normal, but she keeps going up against Cyborgs, aliens and meteor freaks.
- Poe's Law: In late 2019, Clark tells her everything he's just learned about the impending Crisis on Infinite Earths and she congratulates him on finally developing a sense of humor.
- Promotion to Parent: When her mom died, her dad put her in charge of her sister Lucy. Unfortunately, this has resulted in their relationship becoming quite dysfunctional.
- Really Gets Around: Dated a lot of guys during the show's run. Arthur Curry, Oliver Queen, Grant Gabriel are just the more notable ones, although Oliver and Clark were that she serious about and actually slept with.
- Second Love: To Clark. Clark's First Love was Lana.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Lois is the Energetic Girl to Clark's Savvy Guy.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: She realized that Clark was The Blur when the latter kissed her in the Season 9 finale. She didn't tell him until he finally told her, so that she knew he was the one making the choice.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her relationship with Clark.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Constantly with many characters, but especially Clark. She always seems to bring out his wittier side.
- Tap on the Head: Lois has the dubious honor of being on the bad side of this trope the most out of any character in Smallville, having been knocked out 52 times over the course of the show]].
- Tank-Top Tomboy: Had this look a lot in her earlier appearances.
- Their First Time: Because of alternative timelines shenanigans, she had two first time with Clark (to be clear, neither of these was Lois's first time). One in "Pandora" with an alternative future version of Clark and one in "Harvest" with the Clark from her timeline.
- The Un-Favourite: Lois felt this way in regards to her parents. She always felt that Lucy was the favorite child.
- They Do: Clark and Lois are in a relationship in Season 9 and are married in the series finale, according to Word of God.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She was this before her Girliness Upgrade in later seasons.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Clark, from their first meeting in Season 4 to Season 7, it was bubbling under the surface, but Clark and Lois both managed to mask it as them being merely Vitriolic Best Buds, although Chloe, Jimmy and the Kents saw it for what it was; in Seasons 8 and 9, it finally gets to the point where neither can deny its existence any longer.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: From Seasons 4 to 7, she keeps mocking and doing sarcastic remarks to Clark.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Clark from Seasons 4 to 8.
- Workout Fanservice: Has many scenes of her working out or exercising in revealing or skin-tight outfits.
General Sam Lane
Played By: Michael Ironside
Appearances: Smallville (Gone, Facade, Ambush)
- Adaptational Heroism: Compared to just about every other version of Sam Lane, he's at least shown to genuinely love his daughters and wife, and grudgingly recognizes Lois' love for Clark. Comics!General Lane is a Jerkass Absolute Xenophobe who looks down on Clark Kent and despises Superman.
- Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime.
- Four-Star Badass: He's a four-star army general.
- Happily Married: To Lois' mom, Ella. Her comments about him insisting she would pull through her cancer in the video she left Lois to serve as a big Pet the Dog moment for the General.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Overprotective and bossy he may be, but it's never in doubt that he genuinely loves his girls and wants them to be happy. It's implied that his overprotective nature is trying to make up for his years of neglect.
- Knight Templar Parent: He has the NSA investigate Clark when he starts dating Lois.
- Overprotective Dad: Lois and Lucy consider him one, and he definitely proves it in "Ambush" by giving Clark a hard time.
- Papa Wolf: When he decides Clark might be endangering Lois he makes her move out of the farm for a while.
- Parental Neglect: Due to not knowing how to handle young girls after his wife died he more or less left Lois in charge of Lucy, something that royally screwed them both up.
- The Real Heroes: His main conflict with Clark is that Sam has a very poor opinion on vigilantes and thinks government people like him are the real heroes.
- Secret Keeper: Possibly. He's heavily implied to have figured out that Clark is The Blur.
- Secret Test of Character: Puts Lois' boyfriends through Hell. If she stands up for them, he knows she loves them.
Played By: Peyton List
Appearances: Smallville (Lucy, Ambush)
- Alliterative Name: Lucy Lane.
- Alternate Self: Has two on Earth-Prime as herself and Lisa Snart, as well as one on Earth-96.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Lois.
- Boarding School: Attended a femaly-only boarding school in Europe.
- Brainy Brunette: Like her sister. She's an ace student in a prestigious school in Europe and fluent in 3 languages.
- The Charmer: In "Lucy" she convinces Clark and Lex to help her a part of a con to get Lex's money.
- The Con: Pulled one on Lex in "Lucy." She got caught but managed to escape with the money at the end.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of "Lucy"
- The Bus Came Back: In "Ambush" along with her father.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: In her first appearance.
- Daddy's Girl: Resents being sent to a boarding school because she didn't get to stay with her dad like Lois. So she follows her father's every order, but rebels against Lois.
- Forceful Kiss: Gives one to Clark in "Ambush" knowing Lois was walking in on them, just to make her jealous. Lois doesn't fall for it.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Is jealous of Lois's close relationship with their father due to Lucy having been shipped off to boarding school while Lois lived with him the military.
- Karma Houdini: She never suffered any repercussions from her actions in "Lucy" and the fact she pulled a con on Clark and Lex is never brought up when she comes back.
- Mythology Gag: When she resurfaces in Season 10, Lucy, who desperately craved her father's approval as a young girl, now follows his every order without question and aids him in his campaign against Clark. This is more or less how she is portrayed in the then-recent comics as of 2009-2010.
- Parental Substitute: Sam put Lois in charge of her when they were young. Sadly, it's destroyed their sibling relationship.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Lois due to a mix of their issues with Parental Favoritism and Parental Substitute.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She tries to seduce Clark in an attempt to break him and Lois up. Lois doesn't buy it, and it indeed turns out to be a Secret Test of Character.
- The Unfavorite: Sees herself as one, since she thinks her dad sending her to Boarding School was because he didn't want her around.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Played up in Season 10. Likely meant as a nod to her then-recent storyline in the comics, where she takes this trope to the extreme.
Played By: Teri Hatcher
Appearances: Smallville (Abandoned)
- Actor Allusion: Her actress portrayed Lois on Lois & Clark.
- Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime, a Daxamite named Rhea.
- Happily Married: She and Sam were.
- Missing Mom: To Lois and Lucy due to her death from cancer when they were very young.
- Posthumous Character: She's long gone during the series, her only appearance being a recording.
- Video Will: Ella left a series of tapes for her daughter before she died of cancer.