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Every story has a beginning.
Somebody Save Me.
Clark Kent, aka Superman, is Earth's greatest hero and the main protagonist of Smallville. Hailing from the planet Krypton, Clark is a super-powered alien who was raised in Smallville, Kansas. He resided there until his early adult years, when he moved to Metropolis.
Born as Kal-El to Jor and Lara-El, he was sent to Earth by his parents to fulfill a destiny in which he would become the savior of humanity: he was rocketed off of the planet just minutes before its destruction. Accompanied by a massive meteor shower, his spaceship crash-landed in Miller's Field in Smallville: there, he was found by farmers Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent to which they raised him as their son and named him Clark. Thanks to the yellow sun, Clark developed many Kryptonian powers that grew stronger as he got older. His parents instilled in him strong moral principles and taught him to use his abilities for good.
Clark learned much about his origins from Dr. Virgil Swann, a journal, and an artificial intelligence version of Jor-El. Clark secretly fought crime around his hometown during his high school years and moonlit as a vigilante throughout Metropolis initially known as the Good Samaritan, then as the Red-Blue Blur, and then simply as the Blur. By day, he works as a reporter at the Daily Planet and manages his family's farm.
For many years, Clark maintained an association with Lex Luthor that started as a friendship before evolving into mutual enmity, a complicated relationship with his first love Lana Lang, and finally met Lois Lane, with whom he began a relationship after they were assigned as co-workers at the Daily Planet. He also developed an unbreakable bond with his childhood friend Chloe Sullivan, an association with Lionel Luthor, a friendship with Oliver Queen with whom he works to fight for good, was the owner of a dog (Shelby) and an acquaintance with Tess Mercer.
After Jonathan's death, Clark started to mature more and began to worry more about the consequences of his actions. After several incidents involving his Kryptonian heritage (i.e. Kal-El's deadly encounters with Brainiac and a bond with his cousin Kara Kent), Lana's departure and Lex's constant attempts to discover his secret, Clark began to embrace his destiny as a hero, culminating in Jimmy Olsen's published photograph of the super-powered "Red-Blue Blur" on the Planet front page and the citizens adopting that name for their own vigilante.
Following Jimmy's death as a consequence of Clark's mistakes while trying to stop Davis Bloome/Doomsday, Clark dropped the red-and-blue look and embraced his Kryptonian side, starting to leave his family crest as a symbol of hope at the sites of his heroic feats. When Zod returned to Earth as a younger clone of himself with his army and declared war on Earth, Kal-El had several encounters with Zod. After he used the Book of Rao to send all the army to a new world, Kal-El won over Zod in a deadly battle.
When he was warned about Darkseid coming to Earth, Clark's future as a hero fell into question due to the doubts and fears in his heart. But after going with Brainiac 5 to the future, he came back with a new purpose for his crusade and recently took the next step toward the future he saw by revealing his secret to Lois, who surprised him by telling him she already knew. With his secret out of the way, and seeing how well his relationship with Lois strengthened him, Clark decided to take the next step by proposing to Lois, who accepted with great delight. He also mentored his "brother" Alexander Luthor/Conner Kent.
Clark and his allies began making preparations to defend Earth from the coming of Darkseid. In the midst of his and Lois' wedding and after a final reunion with Lex, Clark won the battle with Darkseid by mastering his ability to fly, putting on the suit, pushing Apokolips away from Earth, and finally fulfilling his destiny by becoming the Earth's greatest savior known as Superman.
Clark also struggles with the fact that he cannot save every endangered person and, as such, feels that his heroic deeds are inadequate. This inferiority complex also extends to how Clark feels about his own race since he was quick to judge that Kryptonians were evil until discovering that they, like humans, were capable of love and compassion as well as hate and evil, his own father having been a respected Kryptonian scientist who had his world's best interests at heart.
Clark has made some improvements toward accepting who he is, expressing gratefulness for his abilities and taking pride in his compassion for the human race, which he views as a strength. However, recent events and revelations have caused Clark to abruptly change his mind about his compassionate side, and he now feels like caring too much for humans limits his ability to save them. As he has grown older, Clark has begun to realize that the circumstances surrounding his destiny affect a greater circle than his small hometown and has clearly decided to embark on his Kryptonian training in the near future.
After Lana moved away from Smallville, accompanied by a near-death experience when he was temporarily rendered powerless, Clark resolved to take a more active role in his destiny and took a job at the Daily Planet to be certain of being in "the thick of the action." In conjunction with this decision, he began to use his powers in a more active manner. Clark has two notable characteristics that he takes directly after his biological parents Jor-El and Lara: His father's independent spirit and his mother's never-ending bravery and compassionate heart.
Clark is idealistic and has the ability to always find the good in people, which manifests itself into a willingness to trust others to a fault. His ability to find the good in others has led to the redemption of several villains, including two Luthors: Lionel Luthor and Tess Mercer. He wasn't able to "save" Lex Luthor and apologized to him for failing to do so in Season Ten's Finale, Part 2, he also failed to redeem Zod, despite reaching out to him in friendship midway through Season Nine.
Clark also completely rejects the idea that the greater good can ever justify killing someone, even if it means that many others may die. However, on very few occasions, Clark was willing to hurt or even kill an alien in order to save others and/or himself. This was shown in particular when he faced the alien Titan in a brutal fight and revealed a sinister smile towards his opponent before punching him upwards. He recapitulated this behavior in a fight with his doppelganger Bizarro, superimposed by a feeling of superiority in each case.
Several months later, he was even willing to destroy Bizarro with blue Kryptonite, although this plan was eventually adopted by Lana. Clark's optimistic opinions and outlook on life may also be somewhat inherent: while amnesiac, he retained a positive attitude of the people around him. Clark can be impulsive and often acts before thinking things through, doing things without considering the real-universe repercussions or adverse outcomes, despite his good intentions.
Unsurprisingly, Clark has a hero complex, often trying to save lives at any and all costs. He has willingly risked his own life to save his loved ones and has, on many occasions, offered the Kents' home to individuals seeking refuge. Clark has a temper which can come out when the people he loves are put into danger. Clark is also very comfortable around children and enjoys situations in which he gets to be a "big brother" figure.
Additionally, because he closely guards his secret, Clark can sometimes be dishonest. He often makes up lies to explain his sudden presence or absence as well as his knowledge of mysterious things. He seems slightly less mature than his friends, although this could be the result of his sheltered upbringing. Clark has also been known to complain, especially about his roller-coaster relationship with Lana. His family and friends have repeatedly told him that he shouldn't bottle up his emotions until they get the best of him. Clark has also shown to be somewhat of a workaholic, using work to cope or avoid his problems, or working unreasonably long hours.
Clark has a few ironic traits to his personality: He is afraid of heights despite the fact that he can survive almost any fall, and is also habitually late despite being able to run at teleportation-like speeds. Finally, and perhaps most ironically, Clark highly values trust in a relationship, despite his constant lies to protect his secret. When it comes to secrets and lies, Clark is an enormous hypocrite.
He lies and keeps secrets constantly from other people, but is outraged when secrets are kept from him. This increasingly evident when Chloe keeps someone else's secret from him, such as Davis or Lana, and he feels betrayed, despite her keeping his secret even from those closest to her. He is good at math, and his interests include playing football and basketball, astronomy and journalism.
Most of Clark's personality traits and moral character are the direct result of his modest farm upbringing. Being very close to both of his parents, Clark was respectful, obedient, and highly valued their approval. Raised with a strong moral background, he does not like invasions of privacy, thinks the bad guys should be punished, and wants things to be fair. Clark is also hard-working and usually does not place much value in material possessions.
Clark's relationship with Lois consists of bantering, a unique partnership, and the ability to understand each other's personalities. Clark's relationship with Lois began with him being very irritated by her impulsive behavior to rush into situations and her rude, bossy attitude towards him. Like with most people that Clark meets, he tries to find the good in people. He eventually discovered that under Lois's mask of sarcasm and witty banter lie a heart full of compassion, love, and dedication much like himself.
It's interesting to note that while Clark denied countless times that he doesn't have feelings for Lois, everyone else around him (from his parents, Lana, Chloe, Lucy, Jimmy, Oliver, and Kara) could see that he did have feelings that were brewing beneath the surface. It's not until he's infected by red Kryptonite (Crimson) that the feelings he has developed towards Lois over the course of their relationship were revealed to him by his passion and willingness to reveal his powers to her.
Since joining the Planet staff as a reporter and being partnered up with Lois, Clark has grown to admire and respect her as well as come to the realization that he is deeply in love with her. The special bond they developed is clearly evident by Clark's ability to break free from Maxima's seductive entrancement which she reveals to Lois, as well as her ability to calm him down following Alicia's death. Lois caught Clark using his powers four times.
Clark confessed to Lois that he feels emotionally stronger with her in his life. This is made clear when Clark resumed his Kryptonian training and believed that, if he cut ties with his humanity, he would be completely focused to protect humanity without any distractions. However, Clark discovered that he could not protect humanity fully by standing apart. He needed something to keep him connected so he turned to Lois with whom he found inner strength and a strong connection to as the Blur that just deepened his relationship with her as Clark even more.
When Clark finally did tell Lois his secret, he found that she was not just a typical damsel-in-distress that needed his protection. Instead she was a major force to be reckoned with that could hold her own in any situation she came up against and expected Clark to treat her as his equal. Clark admits to Lois that he always felt like an outsider, a freak until he met her who made him feel human.
Recently, Clark has fully begun his Kryptonian training and is much less emotional and more violent than before (although he still retains his humor while around Lois). He has also seems to have become much calmer during battles and resorts to more brutally offensive methods than he would have in the past. His willingness to use violence is further expressed when he put a witness in the hospital, lifted Tess off the ground by the throat and manhandled her while under no threat. Clark once told Zod to stay away from Lois, for she was off-limits, and threatened to destroy him and the Kandorians if Zod didn't leave Lois alone.
Clark's personality has also changed drastically enough since he first began his training that he no longer deals with the same inhibitions he did before. Red kryptonite no longer affects him in the same way because of this: while under its effects, Clark does not display the greedy and lustful tendencies he has in the past, because he no longer has to deal with those desires. Instead, he becomes simply more ruthless and violent.
The relationship between Clark Kent and Lois Lane has developed slowly over the years from bickering friends, dynamic partners and ultimately romantic lovers. Their relationship is also called "Clois" by fans.
Their destined relationship began when they met at the beginning of his senior year of high school when Lois found Clark lying naked in the middle of Miller's Field. They often bickered but despite these disputes, Lois and Clark have been shown to care a lot about each other. They gradually fell in love over the course of the series.
Even while the two were just friends, more than one person has commented on their chemistry over the course of their friendship. When Clark first met Lois, Lana pointed out their chemistry. Clark remarked that he couldn't stand her, and Lana replied that the "best ones always start out that way." When Oliver Queen began a romantic relationship with Lois, he half-jokingly commented that Clark masked his feelings for Lois with sarcasm due to the two of them living under the same roof for so long.
Jimmy Olsen set them up for a date on Valentine's Day on the grounds that they had chemistry, yet Lois remained unconvinced, describing their potential relationship as hot fudge and halibut. A mystic named Star later cryptically told Jimmy that she had a feeling that Lois and Clark's destinies were more intertwined than anyone realized. Then there was Maxima who had come to Earth to pursue a relationship with Clark, but her attempts failed when Lois caught her and Clark together, breaking her hold on him.
Maxima told Lois that Clark would have never been able to break through her hold had it not been for his feelings for Lois. Lois also demonstrated a certain attraction for Clark on the three occasions where she witnessed him openly using his powers, although she always forgot what she saw in the aftermath, but came to appreciate him as a person after they started working together in the Daily Planet, until Clark felt ready to tell her his secret himself.
Lois's role in Clark's life is crucial, as she provides him with an "anchor" to his humanity, allowing him to forge and sustain bonds with people and keep him human at heart so that she is able to "ground" him. It is also Lois's fierce belief and determination in Clark that helps him to embrace his destiny to become a hero.
"I Can Be Loud, And At Times I'm A Little Bossy."|
Powers & Abilities
Clark is the most powerful superhero on Earth, as well as one of the most powerful beings in the entire universe. Clark's superhuman abilities are the result of his cells' absorbing solar energy from Earth's yellow sun; having spent a lifetime under it have made his abilities virtually limitless, even surpassing other Kryptonians in power due to this tremendous advantage. As a Kryptonian, his cells are veritable organic solar batteries that absorb and metabolize solar energy, and converts them to energy to fuel his abilities. His abilities usually appear suddenly and he must learn to control them. They have evolved and grown stronger to a degree as Clark has gotten older.
In episodes like Slumber, Labyrinth, Fracture, and Collateral, it is apparent that Clark's powers are tied to certain neuron pathways in his brain which activates his abilities. While Clark was kept asleep by Sarah Conroy, he didn't have his superpowers at first but, when the sun hit him at the end of his dream, he was able to use his heat vision ability to destroy the Traveler. After phantom Hudson entered his mind, Clark was unable to activate his powers but the Martian Manhunter, John Jones, was able to exorcise the phantom using his red crystal, allowing Clark to wake up. After Clark entered Lex Luthor's mind in order to obtain certain memories that would help him find Lois and Kara, he was seen powerless towards Lex, who easily picked him up with one hand, but Clark eventually found his way out of Lex's mind and managed to get back to to reality.
Powers & Abilities
Solar Energy Absorption