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Hero Overview

What are you trying to tell me, Dad? That I'm from another planet? I suppose you stashed my spaceship in the attic?
~ Clark to his adoptive father, Jonathan Kent.
Maybe my destiny is more than just secretly saving people. Maybe it was also to give people hope... someone to believe in.
~ Clark Kent.

Clark Kent, also known as Superman, and formerly as The Blur, is the main character and the main protagonist of the WB/CW series Smallville, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The character returned for the CW's Arrowverse in "Crisis on Infinite Earths", revealing that he is from Earth-167.

He is portrayed by Tom Welling as a teen-to-adult, Malkolm Alburquenque played young Clark in the pilot and the episode "Lineage", and Jackson Warris also did in "Abyss". Lionel Luthor's actor, John Glover, also played the character when they swapped bodies. Welling also played a young Jor-El, Kal, Kal-El, Bizarro and Clark Luthor in the same series, and Nick Castle in the remake of The Fog.

He is Smallville's interpretation of Superman. Clark starts off as a teenager trying to live a normal, human life after finding out he is an alien (specifically a Kryptonian). Soon, he begins to both gain and control his powers and abilities and use them for good.

Description

You talk like a cop, you walk like a fireman. Heck, you beat us to most of our own crime scenes. You might as well put an "S" on your chest.
~ Bert Cramp to Clark Kent.

He fits the "tall, dark and handsome" description. He has black hair, blue eyes, high cheekbones, fair skin, and a broad, muscular body. Clark is 6 ft 3 inches tall. His physical assets have made him the object of sexual desire of many women more than once.

Personality

What's real is your strength and integrity and compassion. As long as you remain honest to those things, it doesn't matter what you wear or what name you go by, because...you'll always be my son.
~ Martha to Clark.

Clark believes there is good in everyone. He considers human beings as noble and mankind having the capability for compassion. Because of that, most villains, especially Lionel Luthor and Tess Mercer, redeemed themselves. Clark's most renowned trait is his love for humanity via his optimism, allowing him to believe that anyone is redeemable. This is more noticeable with his friendship with Lex Luthor, as Lex stated that Clark kept him in the light and made him more human.

Clark is also a pacifist and doesn't like killing, as he refused to kill the vessel of Zod, a possessed Chloe, and Doomsday. However, he has shown on a few occasions that is willing to hurt or even kill an alien if necessary, but only to protect others or himself. When told he would have to kill Lex when he was the vessel of Zod, he instead killed Brainiac with the blade. After receiving his Kryptonian training, he became less emotional and more violent, but returned to his normal self when Lois returned.

He is sad often about being Kryptonian because he thinks his alien heritage hinders his humanity, and often causes strain with his friends. Clark's also self-loathing, due to him believing that situations are often his fault, or that his loved ones suffer because of his secret. He feels guilty over things he had no control over, and sometimes falls into depression when others are hurt or killed. This is one of the reasons why he doesn't like revealing his secret, as he fears being rejected, or seeing his loved ones be hurt. This stems from his insecurities, as he doesn't accept himself, but later does over the course of the series. By the end of the series, Clark realizes his destiny, but still wants to have a normal life. It's revealed in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" that he managed to have a normal life with Lois and their children, and lost his powers to have one.

One of his biggest flaws is his hypocrisy and dishonesty. He gets angry when someone conceals a secret from him, but he has built all his relationships with secrets and lies. He considers it right that his friends keep his condition a secret, but he considers it wrong that any secret of someone else is kept from him. Though he values trust, he has shown himself to be dishonest, due to him having to hide his Kryptonian side from most of his loved ones. Clark can also be impulsive at times, not thinking ahead without considering the repercussions of his actions. This also goes towards his hero complex, as he wants to save everyone, and redeem those who don't think they are.

While under the effects of red kryptonite, Clark became lustful, arrogant, greedy, overconfident, violent and aggressive towards others. His change in personality while under the effects were noticed by his close friends, as Clark was known for his compassionate and humbled personality. Over the course of the series, red kryptonite wouldn't make him lustful or greedy, but more violent and aggressive due to him controlling his urges and insecurities.

Powers and Abilities

This is just the beginning, Kal-El. You have no idea how powerful you'll become.
~ Linsday Harrison to Clark Kent.

Powers

  • Kryptonian-Physiology:
    • Solar Battery: Clark's powers manifest when under Earth's yellow sun, allowing to have superhuman abilities and other Kryptonian powers. When under a yellow sun, his strength is increased, and his healing factor is accelerated.
    • Longevity: According to Jordan Cross, Clark will live for a long period of time, and while under a yellow sun, he wouldn't age or appeared to do so.
    • Invulnerability: Clark's skin is much denser than a normal human, and is immune to bullets, flames, cold temperatures, and diseases. Even his hair is invulnerable, as Countess Margaret Thoreaux failed to cut his hair with a pair of scissors, as they snapped on contact. However, Clark is still vulnerable to all forms of Kryptonite, magic, and alien weaponry.
    • Healing Factor: Clark possess a healing factor, which allows him to heal or recover from wounds instantly. When under a yellow sun, his healing factor is greatly amplified and accelerated.
    • Flight: After embracing his destiny, Clark gained the ability to fly, which allows him to hover, levitate, or transverse through the air or in outer space.
    • Superhuman Strength: Under the yellow sun, Clark has super strength, being able to lift heavy machinery and vehicles, and fight metahumans and villains.
    • Superhuman Leap: Clark can use his strength and mass to perform super leaps, being able to jump a vast distances.
    • Superhuman Speed: Clark can move at superhuman speeds on land or underwater, and is able to react fast enough that he has accelerated perception (which is referred to as "Clark Time"). During the course of the series, Clark proved himself to be extremely fast, and has used his super speed to save others and stop threats. The only person faster than him is Impulse, but his super speed increases as he gets older.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Clark possess superhuman stamina, which allows him to participated in strenuous exercising and actions without getting tired.
    • Superhuman Hearing: Clark has the ability to hear whispers, frequencies, pitches, and other volumes of sound from great distances.
    • Superhuman Breath (Arctic Breath): Clark is capable of releasing strong pulses, currents, or waves of air by exhaling. He also has arctic breath, allowing to freeze people and objects when he exhales.
    • Heat Vision: Clark gained the ability to emit heat and fire beams from his eyes after being sexually aroused in season two. After practice and training, he learned to control his heat vision, and control his sexual urges.
    • X-Ray Vision: Clark can see through any type of matter, such as concrete, but cannot see through lead or wood.
    • Micro Vision: Clark can see things too small for the naked human eye to see.
    • Telescopic Vision: Clark can see things miles away.
    • Infrared Vision: Clark is able to see heat signatures.

Former Powers

  • Telepathy: Clark was temporarily granted the ability to read minds by the Fortress of Solitude.
  • Green Lantern Ring Mastery: Clark possessed a green lantern ring in the Smallvile comics (season eleven), allowing him to conjure or create anything he wished.

Abilities

  • High Intelligence: Clark has shown an inhuman ability to process information, and is highly intelligent individual. He has shown himself to be able to investigate and calculate in seconds, such as coming up with the right conclusions of Lex's history with Club Zero, or defeat Eric Summers when he lost his powers. He also has successfully plan a way to separate Davis from Doomsday, and get out of the Phantom Zone with Oliver Queen. His inhuman ability comes from his Kryptonian powers, which allows him to absorb a lot of information, and process things faster.
  • Expert Combatant: Clark had no formal combat training when he was young, and mostly used his superhuman powers to fight against metahumans. When he fully immersed himself into Kryptonian training, he became an master combatant, allowing to fight Alia, General Zod, and Zod's gladiators.

Quotes

Professor Willowbrook thinks that I'm Naman. Jor-El wants me to be some sort of Kryptonian warrior. I just want to be Clark Kent.
~ Clark in season 3.
I wear the symbol of our family everyday to remind myself that I have a different destiny.
~ Clark in season 9.

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Trivia

  • Tom Welling also played young Jor-El, Kal, Bizarro, and Clark Luthor on the show.
  • He was voted "Most likely to be drafted into the NFL" in high school, and his senior year.
  • Tom prefers to wear loose-type boxer shorts underwear just like his Clark Kent character.

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