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Please arrange the entries according to seasons, as shown in NightmareFuel.Smallville.

As a Fridge subpage, all spoilers are unmarked as per policy. You Have Been Warned.

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    Fridge Brilliance 
  • In the Season 1 episode "Hourglass", Cassandra Carver can see the fate of those she touches. She sees a vision of Lex In a white suit standing in a field of flowers. It begins to rain blood and the field turns into a pile of corpses. After the vision ends, Cassandra dies and Lex never hears his fate. Later, In the season 4 episode "Scare", a fear gas causes Lex to see his worst fear, Which is almost identical to Cassandra's vision (which again, he never saw). Lex's greatest fear is tragically his fate. This detail was hard to notice unless you binged the show as the episodes aired 3 years apart.
  • In "Crisis", after a very brief discussion about Einstein's relativity, Lana asks Clark "There's still something I don't understand. How did you get from the hotline to the storage unit in a split second?" Only for Clark to reply "It took ME more than a few seconds" considering he was probably traveling at a very fast speed then anyone even briefly familiar with Eisenstein time dilation equation will know that to him it wasn't just a few seconds
  • Why couldn't Clark fly earlier in the series? Because in Superman's first appearance, he could only leap tall stories in a single bound as opposed to actual flight, which he could do later.
    • Or, more likely, it's a combination of the two. Studio didn't want flying, so the fridge brilliance is that this is the story of how someone who fell from the sky learned to get back up there.
  • People might say that this show messes up the Superman Mythos for prolonging the series for 10 years but, when you think abut it, it actually makes more sense that it would take him a long time to realize his destiny, rather than him waking up and deciding to parade around in red and blue tights just cause he survived an accident.
  • During the first episode Jonathan asked Clark if he's okay and Clark asked if he could answer that in five years. Considering the fifth season episode Reckoning, the fact that each season is a year in show and the producer's love for irony...
  • Casting Bo Duke as the father of Clark Kent. Now there's still two good ol' boys never meanin' no harm.
  • Clark's overuse of the Stealth Hi/Bye. Clearly not meant as a Superman nod - but probably just a dig at the Bat-embargo.
  • In "Bound", Lex met a woman at a party and has sex with her. The next morning, he briefly met the same woman but didn't recognize her. Why? She's wearing glasses.
  • In the 5th season of Smallville, I hated how Cyborg didn't look a slight bit like his comicbook counterpart, but just recently, it occurred to me; the point was his comicbook look wasn't necessary since it would be too conspicuous for a giant robot guy walking around and the Cyntechnics guys did him a favor by making him look 100% human since this could've been easily fixed in the comics. No real reason is given for not fixing him in the comics, so it works here.
    • The show, however, does briefly acknowledge this when Clark scans Victor with his x-ray vision for the first time. The configuration of his metal endoskeleton looks just like his appearance in the comics.
      • Ironically (and this falls under Fridge Logic) when Clark scans Victor, the only normal limb Victor has left is his left arm - which he uses five seconds later to crash Clark into a wall.
  • In "Bulletproof", towards the end, Clark, Ollie and J'onn discuss brotherhood and how having each other as surrogate brothers makes them feel like they can accomplish anything. One second later, the scene changes to Tess, who has just discovered how Lex Luthor betrayed and manipulated her, chewing him out and saying goodbye to him. We later learn that Lex was in fact Tess's biological half-brother.
  • I'll admit, I'm not a fan of the show. But I can now understand why they kept the name "Smallville", even though the show now takes place in Metropolis. Instead of applying to the town, it now applies to Clark himself. Think about it. Lois' nickname for Clark is "Smallville". Until he goes by the name Superman by the end of the show, Smallville was the best moniker for him in the viewers' eyes (it even sounds better than "The Blur", ugh!)
    • The series also goes out of its way to show that it's Clark's time in Smallville, the lessons he learned there and the influence of his parents, that truly makes him Superman. The ghost of Jonathan Kent even lampshades it in the finale: "Always carry Smallville with you." Clark's body may be in Metropolis, but his heart, always and forever, is in Smallville.
  • in the season eight finale, Having Nice Guy Davis Bloome suddenly murder Jimmy seems like a major Wallbanger. Fridge Brilliance to the rescue! The Black K split Davis and Doomsday into two bodies, but there was no way to really control which body got the "good" personality, and which one got the "evil" personality. Of course,this brings up a whole bunch of Fridge Horror when you realize that Nice Guy Davis Bloome's personality is stuck in the body of a savage, mindless, uncontrollable monster (presumably with the instincts included).
    • Actually it seemed more like mental instability brought on by shock and nursing his evil side through murder (even in an attempt to suppress Doomsday on Jerkass Victims). The implication is at that point he had no good left in him (and probably never had).
      • Indeed, in Real Life it's a depressing fact that many seemingly sane people unexpectedly snap when they lose their love interest, and considering that Davis had just gone through a year of gory, gruesome events that culminated in him trying to justify Doomsday's killings, it should be pretty obvious that he's gradually lost his sanity over the course of the season.
  • In "Masquerade", when Desaad attempts to corrupt Chloe with the Seven Deadly Sins, starting with lust. Why does he use an illusion of Clark instead of Oliver to seduce her despite her having long since grown up from her former crush? Because the opposite of lust, chastity, originally means monogamy, not abstinence.
    • Which doesn't matter, because one doesn't need to be married to be in a monogamous relationship...
  • It has been mentioned a few times in fandom that it's strange that the VRA set up a checkpoint in the basement of The Daily Planet, a building owned by someone who quite clearly doesn't like them. Which actually makes sense: where else would you go looking for heroes than a hub for supporting them? Plus, they were clearly already planning on their operation to interrogate Tess, Lois, and Emil, inside of that same building, so they would probably want to have their people already inside before the operation officially goes down.
  • This may or may not be intentional, but President Lex's white suit evokes his mad scientist outfit from the Silver Age.
    • Lex's Evil Twin in "Onyx" actually dresses like this in a fencing outfit, down to the single glove.
  • Tess is occasionally seen wearing glasses when reading or using her computer, occurring more often after season eight. This makes a lot of sense, since by then she's had at least two surgeries dealing with her optic nerves, due to what Lex did to her after she survived an explosion.
  • Lex losing his memories of his time in Smallville makes a whole lot more sense when you think of comic book Lex's reasons for his grudge against Superman: None, or extremely petty. That's the whole point. Now that Lex has no more memories, he is closer to the comics then before. He's an angry, cynical, selfish bastard who hates Superman and pretty much everyone else, but he has no real reason anymore. Just like in the comics where he's an angry, cynical, selfish bastard who hates Superman and pretty much everyone else, but there he had no good reason.
    • So Lex does have a reason to hate Superman, he just doesn't know why.

    Fridge Logic 
  • In "Arrival", Clark promises to resume his training before sunset in return of Chloe's life, and failed to do so. However, this promise is made at the North Pole, where sunrises and sundowns are six months apart, not Smallville.
  • In Bart's first appearance, there's a Mythology Gag where it's revealed that he has different ID cards in the names of each Flash from the comics. But in the comics, Bart is a Dead Guy Junior for Barry.
    • And? Clearly that isn't the case in this continuity. What is a bit odd is that Jay Garrick is another ID and Jay does exist in the Smallville 'verse.
  • Why would Bart wear a hood? The writers even make Clark himself mention that a hood won't stay up in super speed, and Bart is noticeably faster than Clark. Why not wear a balaclava? Hell, shouldn't the friction rip his clothes? (Barry Allen ran into this problem when he designed his own costume in the New 52).
    • This was all pre-new 52. And during this time, speedsters were protected from friction and physics by having the Speed Force create an aura around them that would negate all problems a speedster would encounter on Earth. So basically it was their Deus Ex Machina
  • After Martian Manhunter saves Clark by flying into the Sun, he says he lost his powers in the process. But he still maintains his human appearance, despite having supposedly lost his ability to shapeshift.
    • No Ontological Inertia doesn't always apply. He lost the ability to shapeshift while in human form, so in human form he stays.
  • How exactly did Alia manage to keep her powers? After Zod's Solar Tower was deactivated, the Kandorians were supposed to lose all of their powers, yet not only does she continue to use them, but keeps them after traveling back in time? This is never explained!
    • One could speculate that maybe they eventually learnt that Clark's blood would bestow upon them powers, but continued to maintain the Solar Towers and keep the sun Red simply because they wanted Clark depowered. Still, this explanation raises even more questions, such as why Zod appeared to have lost his powers, never bothered to stop Clark from attempting to use the Legion ring to avert this future, and wasn't affected by the green kryptonite dagger?
    • Where was Lana during the alternate timeline? She could have stopped all the Kandorians single-handedly.
  • After Oliver outs himself as Green Arrow, how come he never is brought up on any possible murder charges? Given his preferred weapon, it's fair to say that he's probably killed dozens of people by this point?
    • Improbable Aiming Skills, he only shoots to wound. That doesn't explain how he avoids getting brought up on a ton of aggravated assault charges...
  • In "Splinter", why was Jonathan Kent talking to Lionel, a man who tried to murder a friend of the family. Lionel tried to KILL Lex. He tried to KILL Chloe. He's gone to JAIL. People don't just TALK to people like that and allow them on their property.

    Fridge Horror 
  • Lionel-2 to, too an extent, and Clark killed him without even trying to separate him from Darkseid first. Sure, Lionel was already dead and heartless, but I don't think Clark knew that.
    • I dunno, he looked pretty damn dead.
  • When Clark first used the Mirror-box, he woke in Clark-2's bed in the Luthor Mansion, which seems to imply that the box swaps your physical location to wherever your counterpart was. Now remember that in our reality, Lionel is dead. Wouldn't that mean that Lionel-2 found himself in his counterpart's coffin?
  • Also, by that logic, doesn't that mean that Watchtower-2 found themselves with Lionel's decomposing corpse?
    • Considering everything Lionel did in that world Oliver probably just spat on the body and said good riddance.
  • They can't have swapped places, or, if they did, there had to be a relatively significant time skip between one being replaced by the other, or else Tess would've immediately found herself in the company of Clark-2.
  • In "Crossfire", did Clark intentionally let the last bullet go past him and stop it an inch in front of Oliver's eye, simply to make a point? Given the furious look he gives Oliver for trying to get together with Lois, even though he knew Clark is pursuing her, it seriously comes across as Clark informing Oliver, "Do not test my patience".
    • Rule of Cool. Also, his scowl is probably his default expression in Season 9.
  • What was Jimmy “Henry” Olsen’s family’s reaction when they found out that he was killed by the jealous lover of his wife.
  • In season 4's "Unsafe", Alicia uses Red Kryptonite to influence Clark and nearly sleeps with him. Meaning Alicia almost date raped Clark.
  • In "Splinter", you're really not sure which of Clark's paranoid delusions were real, which were partially real, and which were completely fake. Such as the truck Clark flipped over.
  • In both "Luthor" and "Kent", it shows a version of Clark if he was raised by Lionel Luthor called Clark Luthor. On Earth-2, his homeworld, he is revealed to be Ultraman. In the comics, Ultraman was leader of the Crime Syndicate, an evil version of the Justice League in the Anti-Matter Universe. So if Ultraman is on Earth-2, who's to say that the other members of the Crime Syndicate (Owlman, Johnny Quick, Superwoman, Power Ring, Atomica, White Martian) aren't there, and are not currently active?