- I am Kal-El of Krypton...and it is time to fulfill my destiny.
- -- Kal-El src
Clark Kent, otherwise known as Kal-El of Krypton, was launched off of the exploding planet Krypton by his father, Jor-El. After the planet's destruction, little Kal-El flew for approximately three years before landing on the inhabitable Earth. Found in Smallville by Martha and Jonathan Kent, Kal-El grew up on a farm under the name of Clark Kent. Clark would not find out where he really was from until age fourteen, informed by his adoptive father. At the age of fourteen, he already exhibits invulnerability, super strength and super speed. The first villain Clark would face was Jeremy Creek, a man who has seemingly not aged for years. Wielding the powers of electricity, even Clark had trouble defeating his first foe. But after a hard blow to his head, Jeremy was diagnosed with amnesia and was ready to start a new life.
Weeks later, Clark starts to develop X-Ray vision. He uses this to see through objects and reveal the obscured. Recently self-discovered meteor freak Tina Greer learns she possesses the power of shape-shifting. Using her amazing abilities to commit crimes under the persona of innocent people, the only way to identify her is her meteor rock-laced skeleton. Clark uses his astounding X-Ray vision to distinguish her from the rest of the crowd and defeat her.
One week later, Clark finds himself battling the meteor freak Sean Kelvin. Formally a normal jock, he fell into a frozen meteor rock-filled lake. Diagnosed with permanent hypothermia, he desperately looks for a suitable heat source. He tries fires and electricity, but the most suitable heat source is body heat. Clark later must blow off a date with the love of his life Lana Lang to save his best friend Chloe Sullivan from the menacing Sean Kelvin. After being pinned down by Sean, Clark uses his super-strength to launch him into a lake in which he freezes with his supernaturally-low body heat, freezing himself in it in the process.
Clark later meets an old woman named Cassandra Carver, who, with a mere touch, can see into people's future. She provides Clark with his fortune, which, unlike anyone else has ever been able to do, Clark sees it himself. Unfortunately for Clark, it shows him standing around the tombstones of everyone he loves, showing that Clark will live for a significant amount of time. Cassandra also sees Lex Luthor's future, which shows him in a field of flowers that all die, and the sky starts raining blood. It shows the horrible future to come for Clark's childhood best friend. Cassandra dies after seeing this.
Months later, a boy named Ryan James, who has the ability to read minds, escapes from his abusive step-parents whom use Ryan's power to assist them in their robbing. After his escape, he stays with the Kents, and they all treat him they would a member of their family. Clark gets to have the little brother he never had, but unfortunately for them, he cannot stay long. After a dangerous encounter with his former parents, Ryan goes to stay with his aunt. As the Kent's wave goodbye, Clark stands there, disappointed that his fraternal relationship with Ryan has come to an end.
Time passes, and it seems that Clark's freshman year at high school has come to an end. Clark takes his best friend Chloe Sullivan to a dance, who has had a deep love for him for a long time. Clark's friend Whitney Fordman is shipped off to the Marine Corps, and asks Clark to look after Lana which Clark agrees to. The aforementioned girl finds herself caught in a tornado, and the Last Son of Krypton comes to help. Clark courageously runs right into the tornado, and it lifts him up close enough to Lana that he is able to grasp her and save her. But as Clark later describes the encounter, it did not feel as if the tornado lifted him up, it felt as if he flew up.
Clark soon develops the ability of Heat vision after being sexually aroused when watching a sexual education video in the class of Desiree Atkins, a woman of many boys' fantasies. He eventually learns to control the Heat Vision, and it eventually becomes one of his most used powers. Lex Luthor asks Clark to be his best man to his wedding with Desiree Atkins, but it turns out she is using supernatural seduction methods to get access to Lex's great fortune.
Pete Ross, one of Clark's best friends, discovers Clark's spaceship in a field. Going against his parents' wishes, Clark reveals his secret to Pete. But after Pete gets scared at Clark's power, his loyalty to Clark is questioned. But after they discuss, Pete and Clark resume their friendship.
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Clark possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Clark's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. His biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and his bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Heat Vision: Clark can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. He can vary the heat and area affected.
- Super-Hearing: Clark's hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, he can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
- Enhanced Vision Clark's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
This umbrella ability includes the following:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Clark can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. He can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, he can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows him to see the aura generated by living thing.
- Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
- X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Clark's can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. He can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived - such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans - is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
- Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
- Infrared Vision: Clark's can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
- Flight: Clark is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
- Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of his dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Clark is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, his extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
- Superhuman Stamina: Clark is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on his body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
- Superhuman Strength: Clark's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of his musculature. His strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables him to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
- Superhuman Speed: Clark is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to his perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
This also confers:
- Super-Breath: Clark is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from his lungs. He can chill the air as it leaves his lungs to freeze targets. He can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into his lungs.
- Telepathy (formerly): Clark was temporarily granted the ability to read minds by the Fortress of Solitude.
- Indomitable Will
- Multilingualism: Clark is able to speak English, Kryptonian, Hindi, French, Ape and Japanese and understand Russian.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Clark possesses the same potential weaknesses as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Power Instability: As Clark draws his power from the sun, solar flares have been shown to cause his powers to fluctuate. Resulting in him becoming stronger or weaker.
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- 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 Clark Kent/Superman. The original character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in Action Comics #1.
- Clark Kent was portrayed by Tom Welling. Younger versions of Clark were portrayed by Malkolm Alburquenque and Jackson Warris.
- For the portion of the episode "Transference" where Clark's mind was swapped into the body of Lionel Luthor, John Glover portrayed Clark.
- Clark Kent's legal birthday is May 3, 1987.
- During his childhood and early teens, Clark had brown hair. His hair grew darker, as he got older. By his mid 20's, his hair had become entirely black.
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