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

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

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  • Recommended by: Qwertylover7
  • Synopsis She writes a lot Clark/Lex fics both as friendship and slash. Most are one shots or series of one shots but they are beautifully written and often explores different aspects of Clark and Lex's relationship.
  • Additional Info: A Fresh Start and The Difference Between Spandex and Growing Up are two great examples of her fics. Author is also on AO3 and Livejournal


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

Two of Us

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

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

Armageddon by TobyWolf13 and Armageddon Aftermath by IolantheAlias

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

Crossroads by Sarah1281

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

If He Knew by mrsfizzle

  • Recommended by: HodorForKing, thebadplace
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Lex's Porsche mows down Clark on its way off the bridge and into the water. Clark swims down and rips open the roof of the car to rescue him; Lex is unconscious and never sees Clark use his powers. But what if he had been awake to see the whole thing? A rewrite of Smallville, if Lex had known Clark's secret from the very beginning.

Thicker than Blood by mrsfizzle

  • Recommended by: thebadplace
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set after the events of 2x7, Lineage. Lionel takes custody of Clark after the paternity test comes back positive. Clark is devastated, Martha and Jonathan are distraught, and Lex is determined to help Clark prove that Lionel faked the test. If only it were so easy . . .

Those Who Are Both by Marbleglove

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

    Crossover Fics 
Stories which crossover with other characters or works.

Alternate Events series by Cer1992 (Ao3 Link)

  • Recommended by Spectacular Troper
  • Crossover with: Arrowverse, DC Extended Universe, DC Animated Universe, Donnerverse, and other DC Comics TV and film universes.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
    • Alternate Events: When Heroes and Universes Collide: This is an AU fic of the Arrowverse from The Flash Season 2/Arrow Season 4 onwards, along with the inclusion of the Smallville TV series. The point of divergence occurs during The Flash 2x18 episode Versus Zoom when the Tachyon prototype sends Barry Allen/The Flash to the Smallville universe instead of Supergirl's Earth. An Arrowverse/Smallville crossover. (Complete)
    • Alternate Events 2: One Year Later: Sequel to "Alternate Events: When Heroes and Universes Collide". It's been almost a year since heroes from three different worlds put an end to the invasion brought on by the Dominators. What's next for the residents of Earth-1, Earth-21, and Earth-38? Events take place during the Arrowverse's 2017-2018 season and six years after the Smallville series finale. (Complete)
    • Alternate Events 3: Doppelganger Troubles and Other Threats: Not long after learning of the recent resurrection of two heroines and the news of an impending Crisis, the heroes are once again thrown into action when trouble strikes in the form of evil doppelgangers and other enemies from alternate Earths. Takes place three weeks after the events of "Alternate Events 2: One Year Later". (Complete)
    • Alternate Events 4: Multiversal Clashes: The fourth installment of the "Alternate Events" series that begins one month after the heroes of the various universes defeated the enemy forces from Earth-X and Earth-64. It's only a matter of time before a new threat arises and not only brings everyone together once again, but leads to chaotic clashes across the Multiverse. (Complete)
    • A Summary of Pre-Finale Events (Alternate Events 4.5): A summary of key events that occur after "Alternate Events 4: Multiversal Clashes" leading up to the Crisis finale of this series. (Complete)
    • Green Arrow Body Swap: Alternate Events Tie-In: Alternate Events tie-in. What happens when the Oliver Queens of Earth-1 (Arrowverse) and Earth-21 (Smallville) wake up one morning to find that they've swapped bodies? Read and find out! Takes place six months after "Alternate Events 4: Multiversal Clashes". (Complete)
    • Alternate Events on Infinite Earths: An adaptation of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and the final installment of the "Alternate Events" series. As a huge wave of anti-matter sweeps across the Multiverse destroying countless worlds, it is up to the heroes of the various universes to save what is left of existence. Will they succeed or will all be lost forever? (Complete)

The Clinton Street Car Crash by The Angels Have The Phone Box

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

Darkness Within Series by phoenixnz

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa and bbb35
  • Crossover with: ''The Dark Knight'
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis:
    • The Darkness Within: Oliver and Chloe go to talk to Bruce about joining the league and Bruce tells him he knows the truth about Duncan’s accident. For that reason, he does not trust Oliver. (Complete)
    • Never Forget: As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Green Arrow/Oliver Queen is still a bully boy and he will never let him forget it. (Complete)
    • Facing the Past: Clark tries to talk to Bruce about his attitude towards Oliver and it ends up being almost a philosophical debate on the rights and wrongs of the past. (Complete)
    • Conscience: When Chloe is badly injured, Bruce gains a new perspective on Oliver. Last in the series. (Complete)
  • Comments: For those of us who saw the episode Reunion and lost respect for Oliver and think he got off too easy, this is the story for you.

A Gaze of Stone That Turns to Love by ben10987654321

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with: Clash of the Titans (2010)
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Clark is banished to the Phantom Zone in Zod, he ends up warped to Ancient Greece near Medusa's lair. Immune to her gaze, he ends up changing her destiny.

SmallvilleX: Evolution by ben10987654321

  • Recommended by The Rich Sheik and bbb35
  • Crossover with: Crossover with X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X-Men (2009), Superman: The Animated Series, and Spider-Man.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
    • SmallvilleX: Evolution: Clark ends up attending a certain school for the 'gifted'. Smallville/X-Men: Evolution x-over. (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX: Evolution Year 2:1: Crusade: 3 months after he vanished Clark returns and the X-Men soon find themselves facing off against old and new foes alike in the search for the 3 Kryptonian Stones of Power. (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX: Evolution Year 2:2: Best Served Cold: With the distraction of the meteor shower and the arrival of the Disciples of Zod, Lionel Luthor escapes from SHIELD and embarks upon his plans for revenge upon Superman and the X-Men. Can they survive what Lionel is about to bring down upon their heads? (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX: Evolution Year 2:3: Dark Horizons: For months the X-Men have heard tell a prophecy of a great dark power on the horizon, about to rise and now his time has come. Can the X-Men stop his rise or will the world truly tremble once more in the presence of Apocalypse? (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX: Evolution: Ascension: The X-Men's task was simple. Prevent Apocalypse's escape. They failed. Now they face having to stop a foe of near-limitless power before he can enact his plans for both the world and a certain Last Son of Krypton. (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX: Evolution: Reality Unravelled: Clark faces a threat that potentially could unravel all of existence as he knows it and in the process he learns some shocking revelations about the true nature of the universe he resides in. (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX: Evolution Year 3:1: Hellfire Burns Eternal: The fallout from the battle with Apocalypse continues as the X-Men start a new school year with a new Principal, Milton Fine, who seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Clark...and he is not the only one as mystical and demonic forces gather to destroy the prophesied Star Child. (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX Evolution Year 3:(1:5): The Search for Magik: After Illyana's true nature was revealed she vanished and now the search for her is on. Can the X-Men find her before they learn how she can be the worst enemy imaginable? Also Clark has some 'splainin to do! (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX Evolution Year 3:2: Clones, Copies and Collectors: Spider-Man deals with the Clone Saga courtesy of the Green Goblin while Jean comes into conflict with a woman who exactly shares her face...and oh yeah the Collector of Worlds has come to add one of Earth's great cities to his collection. Can Superman stop it? I sure hope so. (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX Evolution Year 3:3: Kneel Before Zod: The prophecy has been spoken. Zod is coming. (Complete)
    • SmallvilleX: Evolution: Butterflies and Hurricanes: After changing the future, Logan wakes up in a transformed world. (Complete)
  • Pairings: Clark/Rogue, Lex/Lana
    • YMMV: The first echos many elements of Spider-X. Later books drop much of the lightness and romance of the first story and get rather dark and complex (including Alpha Couple Clark and Rogue break up and Rogue becomes evil and betrays all the X-Men to the Brotherhood (albeit because her powers cause a new personality to 'manifest' and take control). There is little warning for this, as the author seems to constantly foreshadow Clark and Rogue working things out so readers should be warned that the third book reads like a totally different series.

Smallville Spider-Man Series by Russkafin

  • Recommended by bbb35
  • Crossover with: Spider-Man
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis:
    • Smallville Spider-Man: Destiny: A crossover between Smallville and the Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy universe. Clark Kent and Chloe Sullivan head to New York City when Chloe wins a writing contest sponsored by the Daily Bugle. When they are paired up with photographer Peter Parker, they are pulled into a deadly web of revenge between Spider-Man and Harry Osborn. Takes place between the Smallville episodes Fever and Rosetta. (Complete)
    • Smallville Spider-Man 2: Power: A sequel to Smallville Spider-Man: Destiny. When Clark is approached for membership in The Ultimates, he may need Peter Parker to save him from what he's getting himself into. Set during Smallville season five. (Complete)
    • Smallville Spider-Man 3: Responsibility: When Harry Osborn is kidnapped by a new villain with an old grudge and Nick Fury is trapped in the Phantom Zone, Clark Kent and Peter Parker find they must join forces once again. Takes place after Smallville season 7. (Complete)
    • Smallville Spider-Man 4: Resolve: When Lex Luthor is elected president he enacts a master plan to rid the world of superheroes. Now Superman, Spider-Man, and their recently formed Justice League must work together to stop him before it's too late. (Complete)
    • Smallville Spider-Man 5: Infinite: Darkseid, En Sabah Nur, and the Anti-Life Equation on one side. Lex Luthor, Ra's Al Ghul, and a Secret Society of Villains attempting to assemble the Infinity Gems on the other. The united heroes of the newly formed Justice League Avengers, caught in the middle. Who, if anyone, will survive this ultimate war for the fate of all reality? (Ongoing)

Stronger Together, by Megamatt09 ( link)

  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU. The Disciples of Zod were not the only ones who arrived with the second meteor shower which is a good thing for Clark. Some elements of Marvel, Supergirl (2015), and Arrow featured.
  • Pairings: Clark/Kara, Clark/Chloe, Clark/Lois, Clark/Diana and other couples.
  • Tags: Romance, Action.

Truth, Justice and the Gallifreyan Way by OTR Barcelona

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

Runaway Trains At 3 AM & Lines Of Communication by Christina K.

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

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

En Tempus Veritas by Briee

  • Recommended by Marcus S Lazarus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What if you were given the chance to change one thing in your past? What if altering that one event changed your entire life? Would you be ready for it?
  • Pairing: Clark/Lois
  • Starts at Lana's 'funeral' at the beginning of Season Seven, with Clark meeting a young woman called Tempus, who has the ability to show him a world where he made one decision differently; due to his non-human status, he finds himself suddenly living a life where 'Kal' and Lois never saw the reception invitation in Crimson, which leds to Lois learning that she's pregnant, starting a whole new course of events...
    • Granted, there is a significant mood-switch for the last ten chapters when it's revealed that everything before that moment was essentially just Clark 'hallucinating' under the influence of Tempus, putting him back in canon with the memories of his life with Lois and their baby, but it's still brilliant to see him take control of his life and work to begin a new relationship with Lois.
Read the fic itself here

The Very Secret Thoughts of Clark Kent by Viridian 5

  • Recommended by Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Exactly what the title says. Humor.
  • Pairing: Clark/Lex
  • Tags: Slash

Under The Influence, by Megamatt09 ( link)

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

     Peggy Sue Fics 
Cheating Destiny by Sarah1281
  • Recommended by Eona, thebadplace
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a freshman Clark wakes up twenty-five years into the future and can't reach his parents or Pete, he turns to Lex to help him figure it out. What a wonderful opportunity this is to correct certain aspects of their past...

New Beginnings (Smallville) by MaxFic

  • Recommended by: Ariachus
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Lois Lane always manages to find trouble. When she interferes with Clark Kent trying to use the Legion Ring to prevent being exposed by Linda Lake she causes the mother of all rewinds in time. Now, Clark will make the best of things in ways that any average super powered teenager would.
  • Pairing(s): Clark/Lois
  • Tags: Peggy Sue, Adventure, Romance.

The Ring by DragonBallXAvalon

  • Recommended by: Ariachus
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Smallville universe. In the far distant future, the Legion of Superheroes has fallen. Darkseid kills Superman, and now Kara has to travel back to the past to prevent her future from ever coming to pass.
  • Pairing(s): Clark Kent/Harem
  • Tags: Peggy Sue, Drama, Action, Romance.

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

Must Be Love by Sarah1281

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

Parental Control by Supercaptain

  • Recommended by Eona
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Clex fic in the style of the reality tv show Parental Control.
  • Pairings: Clark/Lex

Plans C Through... by nicnac918

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

A Smallville Christmas Carol by Sarah1281

  • Recommended by KtheCloud, thebadplace
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Season 2 AU - Lionel Luthor has a Charles Dickens experience.