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Jonathan Kent (1961-2006) was a hard-working farmer who grew up in the town of Smallville, Kansas.

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Traditionally, Jonathan Kent does not possess any superhuman capabilities.

However, there has been one account where he inherited temporary powers in order to rein in his son, Clark, who had been suffering from the negative effects of Red Kryptonite. Jonathan made a deal with Jor-El wherein the Kryptonian spirit bequeathed the power necessary to stop his son. By all accounts, it appears as if Jonathan developed all of the same superhuman abilities as Clark, however he only demonstrated the use of Superhuman strength, Superhuman durability and Super-speed. Presumably, he also acquired Clark's other powers such as Heat Vision and Flight, though Jonathan never used them. Jonathan and Clark fought one another, during which time he manipulated Clark into destroying the red Kryptonite ring responsible for his rash behavior. When the ring was destroyed, Jonathan's powers disappeared.[1]


Jonathan Kent was proficient in all skills related to farming. His strong sense of community endeared him to his fellow citizens and proved integral in helping him win the 2006 Kansas State senatorial election.


After making a deal with Jor-El in the hopes of bringing his wayward son home, Jonathan developed a serious heart condition. His heart eventually gave out after a spirited conversation with Lionel Luthor.

  • This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Smallville and its tie-in and comic book series, Smallville and Smallville Season 11. It is an adaptation of Pa Kent. The original character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in Superman #1.
  • Jonathan Kent was portrayed by John Schneider from 2001-2006.
  • Jonathan Kent's year of birth was established in flashback in the Season 3 episode, "Relic".
  • Jonathan Kent died in the Season 5 episode "Reckoning", but his ghost came back to visit Clark several episodes later in "Vessel".
  • Although Jonathan Kent won the position of Senator-elect, he passed away before he could be sworn in.
  • Once gave Lex Luthor a compass as a wedding present to Lex and his first wife Doctor Helen Bryce. The compass came to good use when Lex found himself stranded on a deserted island in the Caribbean. [2]


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