Smallville Character Guide

 

 Smallville Character Guide

Tom Welling

Tom Welling as Clark Kent
Clark Kent is an alien being with superhuman abilities, which he uses to help others in danger. Clark is adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent in the series pilot, when he crash lands to Earth as a three year-old child. Twelve years later, he tries to find his place in life after being told he is an alien by his adoptive father. For most of the series, Clark spends his time running from his Kryptonian heritage, going as far as leaving Smallville, abandoning a quest his biological father Jor-El sends him on in search of three Kryptonian stones of knowledge, continuing his training at the Fortress of Solitude, and unwittingly unleashing a Kryptonian criminal from the Phantom Zone when he refuses to kill Lex.

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang
Lana Lang is one of Clark Kent’s friends and on-again-off-again girlfriend. In the first season, Lana and Clark’s friendship is just beginning, as she is dating Whitney Fordman during this time. After Whitney leaves for the Marines in the season one finale, Lana and Clark slowly begin to try and start a romantic relationship. In season seven Lana realizes that, even though she loves him, the only way for Clark to help the world to the best of his ability would be if she left Clark, and Smallville for good.

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
The son of billionaire Lionel Luthor, who is sent to Smallville to run the local fertilizer plant. After Clark saves his life the pilot episode, the two become quick friends. Over the course of seven seasons—beginning on the day Clark rescues him from drowning—Lex tries to uncover the secrets that Clark keeps. Lex’s curiosity eventually leads to a blowout between him and Clark in the season three finale. Lex’s investigations ultimately lead to him discovering the truth about Clark’s alien heritage.

Allison Mack

Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
Allison Mack portrays one of Clark’s best friends, Chloe Sullivan. Editor of the school newspaper, her journalistic curiosity-always wanting to “expose falsehoods” and “know the truth”-causes tension with her friends, especially when she is digging in Clark’s past. She discovers Clark’s secret in the fourth season episode “Pariah”, but the knowledge of his secret is eventually stripped away from her by Clark, who wanted to release her from the burden and danger of knowing his secret, in the season eight episode “Abyss”.

Annette O'Toole

Annette O’Toole as Martha Kent
Clark’s adoptive mother. She, along with her husband Jonathan, give Clark sage advice about how to cope with his growing abilities. In season five, she takes a state senate seat. This leads to a job as U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C. in season six, and the character’s exit from the show. Cynthia Ettinger was originally cast as Martha Kent, but during filming everyone realized that she was not right for the role, including Ettinger. Annette O’Toole was committed to the television series The Huntress when Ettinger was filming the original pilot. Around the time the creators were looking to recast the role of Martha Kent, The Huntress was canceled, which allowed O’Toole to join the cast of Smallville. O’Toole had previously portrayed Lana Lang in Superman III.

John Schneider

John Schneider as Jonathan Kent
Clark’s adoptive father. He goes to great lengths to protect his son’s secret. According to Schneider, Jonathan is “perfectly willing to go to jail, or worse, to protect his son.” John Schneider was written out of the show on the series’ 100th episode, with Jonathan dying of a heart attack the night of his election victory. Millar and Gough wanted a recognizable face for Smallville. Gough and Millar loved the idea of casting John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, because Schneider was already known as Bo Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard, which Gough saw as adding belief that he could have grown up running a farm.

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III as Pete Ross
Another of Clark’s best friends. He is the first person Clark voluntarily informs of his secret. He is in love with Chloe, which he keeps to himself because of the Clark-Lana-Chloe love triangle already taking place. Pete Ross was written out of the series at the end of season three but made a guest appearance in season seven. Jones was the last of the series regulars to be cast. Gough and Millar saw Jones four days before they began filming for the pilot. In the comics, Pete Ross is Caucasian, and the producers chose to cast Jones, who is African-American, against the mythology.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson as Whitney Fordman
Lana’s boyfriend, who becomes jealous of Clark and Lana’s budding friendship, going so far as to haze Clark. He eventually reconciles with Clark, before joining the Marines. Whitney was written out of the show in the first season’s finale, but he made cameo appearances in the season two episode “Visage”, where it is revealed he died in combat overseas, and the season four episode “Façade”, during a flashback to Clark’s freshman year. Eric Johnson has expressed his pleasure in the way the writers handled Whitney’s departure, by giving the character the exit of a hero. Johnson auditioned for the roles of Lex and Clark, before finally being cast as Whitney Fordman.

John Glover

John Glover as Lionel Luthor
Lionel initially sends his son to Smallville to run the local fertilizer plant, as a test. When Lex succeeds in making a profit for the first time in years, Lionel closes the plant down completely and blames it on Lex’s poor managerial skills. As the series progresses, Lionel becomes interested in the Kawatche caves, which have Kryptonian symbols painted on their walls; his interests also extend to the secrets Clark keeps. After being possessed by Jor-El in the season five episode “Hidden”, Lionel begins assisting Clark in keeping his secret hidden from Lex. In season seven, Lionel is murdered by Lex, who realizes that his father has been covering up the truth about an alien visitor.

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles as Jason Teague
He’s the love interest for Lana in season four. He follows Lana to Smallville, from Paris, France, and takes a position as the school’s assistant football coach. He was fired from the school when his relationship with Lana came to light. By the end of the season, it is revealed that he has been working with his mother to track the three Kryptonian stones of knowledge. Ackles received top billing for season four and was contracted to remain through season five, but was written out of the show in season four’s finale due to his commitments to Supernatural.

Erica Durance

Erica Durance as Lois Lane
Erica Durance first appears in season four as Chloe’s cousin, Lois Lane. Lois comes to Smallville investigating the supposed death of Chloe, staying with the Kents while she is in town. In season five’s “Fanatic”, Lois takes a job as Jonathan’s Chief of Staff when he runs for state senate; she continues these duties when Martha takes Jonathan’s place following his death. After some reservation, Lois decides that she is interested in journalism and takes a job at a tabloid newspaper called The Inquisitor. This eventually lands her a position at the Daily Planet.

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen
Chloe’s photographer boyfriend; he also works at the Daily Planet. Ashmore was a recurring guest for season six but became a regular cast member in season seven. Ashmore indicates that his casting was both a surprise and what he wanted. The actor states, “I auditioned for and I put myself on tape. I hadn’t heard anything, and a couple of weeks later, all of the sudden, I got the call saying, ‘You’re going to Vancouver to start shooting Smallville.’ It’s a dream come true, really.”

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort as Kara Kent
Clark’s Kryptonian cousin. She was sent to look after Kal-El (Clark), but was stuck in suspended animation for eighteen years. When the dam confining her ship broke in the season six finale, “Phantom”, she was set free. She has all of Clark’s abilities, including the ability to fly. At the end of the seventh season, Kara is shown to be trapped in the Phantom Zone. Vandervoort was not brought back as a series regular for the eighth season, but she did do a guest appearance to wrap up her storyline in season eight’s “Bloodline”.

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen
The CEO of Queen Industries and leader of a small group of superheroes. Hartley was a recurring guest in the sixth and seventh seasons but becomes a series regular in season eight. Hartley was the producers first choice to play Oliver Queen; he is designed to shake up the lives of both Clark and Lois, as well as provide Clark with an alternate view of how to fight crime.

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer
Lex’s handpicked successor to being CEO of LuthorCorp in season eight. The name “Tess Mercer” is a homage to two characters from Superman lore, Eve Teschmacher and Mercy Graves. As Freeman describes her character, Tess Mercer is Lex’s handpicked successor; she is “fierce”, “fun” and intelligent. Tess Mercer’s primary goal for this season will be finding Lex, which will draw her inquisitively to Clark, whom she believes will be able to help her find Lex. Darren Swimmer revealed that Tess will develop a romantic interest in Clark as well.

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer as Davis Bloome
Davis Bloome in season eight. He is a “charismatic” paramedic struggling with a darkness inside of him. Davis Bloome will actually be Smallville’s interpretation of Doomsday, the only character to have succeeded at killing Superman. Witwer explained that over the course of the season, his character will come to resemble that of the comic book counterpart he is based on. Brian Peterson explained that the new executive producers were looking for a villainous character that was “as great as Lex”, with Michael Rosenbaum’s departure, and Doomsday fit what they were looking for.

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