Oct. 16, 2001
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville. His journey to become Superman!

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John Richard Schneider (born April 8, 1960), in Mt. Kisco, New York. His parents divorced when he was ...

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"This is your destiny son. You're going to touch the lives of so many people. Not just as a man, but as a symbol. You're a symbol of peace. You're a symbol of justice".

Jonathan Kent was a farmer his whole life; as a result, he had a strong work ethic and very high moral values. He believed people should be honest, ethical and, like himself, upfront and sincere. Jonathan was close to his own father, but eventually chose to remain in Smallville because he knew that his father needed him to help run the farm. He grew to resent his father, and by the time Hiram died, Jonathan had many things he never got to say and lived the rest of his life regretting the breakdown of their relationship.

Jonathan was a firm but caring father. He was extremely influential in helping Clark adjust to his abilities and cope with being different. Jonathan was strict with Clark, with high expectations and trusting him to make sound and responsible choices, and because Clark is generally well-behaved and obedient, they still had an extremely close relationship. Clark highly valued Jonathan's approval, and often told him that he wanted to be like him. He always considered Jonathan his "real father" and suffered great anxiety over his Kryptonian heritage and destiny, but Jonathan always assured Clark that he was responsible for his own future and encouraged Clark to choose his own path. Jonathan was willing to sacrifice almost anything to protect his family, including his own health.

Jonathan was highly distrusting of people he felt were hiding their true personality, especially Lionel and Lex Luthor. He felt great guilt in helping Lionel gain a foothold in Smallville, and openly expressed his disgust for the Luthors. Jonathan was very wary of Clark and Lex's growing friendship, and often told Clark that he did not trust Lex, although his opinion of Lex improved after Lex made a genuine effort to help out on the farm when he was forced to live with the Kents for a time.

On many occasions, Jonathan had shown prejudice against aliens, particularly Clark's own race. He believed that Kryptonians were evil and that Clark only escaped his "evil" nature because he was raised with human values. Jonathan also believed that emotions such as love and compassion are synonymous with humans (Although the fact that his only real contact with Kryptonians at this point in his life were the Disciples of Zod and the seemingly manipulative Jor-El would have doubtless impacted his opinion). Jonathan enjoyed football, but managing the farm left him with little time for any other hobbies or interests.

Vessel Of Jor-El:
Jor-El selected or made Jonathan a Kryptonian vessel during their pact with one another about Clark Kent. Jor-El appeared to have "used" Jonathan and was connected with him in a much differently way than he was when he was "using" Lionel Luthor, as Lionel became a direct emissary and oracle for Jor-El wherein he would articulate Kryptonian texts and other writings whereas Jonathan was more of a mouth piece in which he would often hear Kryptonian frequencies and sounds and Jonathan didn't appear affected by the effects of Kryptonite whereas Lionel exhibited some signs as seen in Arrival.

Jonathan sees no other alternative to his problem, and goes to speak with Jor-El, an artificial entity who resides in the Kawatche Caves' activation wall and is Clark's biological Kryptonian father, and uses the Key to converse with him about retrieving his son Clark Kent, who has gotten infected with Red kryptonite, and Jor-El obliges under the condition that Jonathan will return him when it is time for him to fulfill his Kryptonian calling, and within their pact, Jor-El bestows Jonathan with temporary Kryptonian powers and abilities.

Later on, in Metropolis, Clark as Kal under the influence of Red kryptonite, steals an item from a vault in LuthorCorp Plaza, and gets confronted by his father, and Jonathan runs at him extremely fast, and they fall out a window. In Phoenix, down below, they take part in a superpowered fight, and Jonathan eventually convinces Clark to smash the ring and come home to face his problems, and then Jor-El immediately leaves Jonathan's body, although it is later revealed that he retained a direct connection with Jor-El.

In Legacy, Johathan, after returning from the hospital, is on the roof installing a weather vane, despite his wife's concerns. Then suddenly out of no where, he hears a high pitched whine ringing sound due to his connection with Jor-El, and falls off the roof, but Clark manages to save him. Clark presses for what just happened, but Jonathan angrily says, "Damn it, Kal-El. I can get it myself", which alarms Clark and Martha, and Clark thinks it has something to do with his dad's deal. Later on, Jonathan heads to the caves with the Key, but is confronted by Lionel, and they fight for the Key, which phases through the wall and disappears. Later, Jonathan reveals to Clark that the Key in fact isn’t in the wall but is still out there. It is seen in Dr. Virgil Swann's possession.
Later on in Talisman, Clark gets stabbed by Jeremiah with Palak, and almost dies, but Jonathan through Jor-El, heals him.

Early Life:
Jonathan was born on 1 September 1954, or late 1961 or early 1962. He was the son of Hiram and Jessica Kent. He lived in Smallville on the Kent Farm his whole life. Jonathan attended Smallville High School, and was the star of the football team; during this time, he dated Nell Potter. At one point, he ran away from home one summer and tried out for the Metropolis Sharks.Jonathan met Martha Clark at Metropolis University. Martha asked Jonathan for some notes, even though she was the note-taker for the class. When Martha asked how he knew she would return them, Jonathan told her, "I prefer to believe in people"; Martha still remembers thinking "I hope he marries me" at the time. Martha and Jonathan then began dating.

Later, Jonathan asked Martha's father, William Clark, for her hand in marriage, but William rejected him, saying he had raised his daughter for better things than being a farmer's wife. Out of anger, Jonathan hit William, and he and Martha married anyway. On the day of his wedding, Jonathan's father gave him a compass, just in case he got lost going down the aisle. Jonathan and William remained estranged until Jonathan's death. Jonathan and Martha managed the Kent Farm together, and were respected members of the Smallville community.

Jonathan and Martha were exiting Nell Potter's flower shop in 1989 when the first meteor shower struck Smallville. On their way back home, a meteor landed close to their truck, flipping it over. Jonathan and Martha were still alive, hanging upside down in their seat-belts, when Jonathan noticed a toddler approach the truck. He was alone, naked, and appeared to be about 3 years-old. Jonathan and Martha also found a small spacecraft in the field, and assumed the boy had emerged from it. They took the boy with them and hid the ship in the back of their truck.

While fleeing, Jonathan and Martha came across Lionel Luthor, who asked them for their help because his son Lex was unconscious after the meteors hit. Lionel was so grateful for Jonathan's quick actions that he offered him anything in return which, at the moment, Jonathan declined. When Sheriff Ethan visited the Kent Farm later on, he saw and inquired about the little boy. Put on the spot, Martha hurriedly lied, calling the boy "Clark" (after her maiden name), and claimed that they had just adopted him. Martha and Jonathan then needed to quickly make the story true, and enlisted Lionel's help to provide fake adoption papers. Lionel drew up the papers, but required that Jonathan go to Bill Ross and convince him to sell the Ross Creamed Corn Factory to Lionel.

Despite being unsure as to whether or not he could bring up a superhuman child, Jonathan's morals and upstanding spirit enabled him to raise the child properly. When Clark had to read an essay at school in front of the entire class, parents and teachers, he was very scared but Jonathan convinced him to believe in himself and in what he had written, and gave three key phrases to get it right : "Find your centre, stand your ground and speak your piece."

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