Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 16, 2001
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
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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Lois Lane

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Lois Lane ~ "Rule #3: Do whatever it takes to get the story".

Lois Lane is the daughter of General Sam Lane and Ella Lane. Lois was born around 1985; she was about four when the first meteor shower hit Smallville. Lois spent her formative years as an army brat, following her career military father around the world. Her mother died from cancer when Lois and her younger sister, Lucy were both very young; Lois was six at the time. Later, Sam sent Lucy to boarding school, while Lois traveled around with him during her youth. She had a school romances with Wes Keenan, who was also an army brat and had a childhood romance with him in grade school. Later in her high school years, Lois had an M1 Abrams Tank take her to prom. Lois also dated Steve Trevor at one point.

Lois' childhood and youth was spent on different army bases with her father, General Sam Lane, whom she refers to as "The General." As a result of her upbringing, Lois is a strong, persistent, and slightly impulsive, if not head-strong woman. Lois has also developed an extremely humorous wit, and is one of the funniest members of Smallville. Always quick with a joke or a clever comeback, she often uses sarcasm and random, obscure references to illustrate her point. She takes charge of, or takes over, most situations and is wildly brave, at times, often risking her life by crashing forward, only to have to either frantically talk her way out of or physically defend herself in dangerous situations.

Lois' familiar relationships give great insight into her motivations and actions. Though Lois is impulsive, she can be mature beyond her years, and often gives wise advise to her friends. She is as close as a sister to her cousin Chloe and is very protective of her. Lois has been shown to bravely do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of her loved ones. Her nickname for Clark is "Smallville" and verbally spars with him almost every time they are togehter. .(Lois almost always wins these challenges). On numerous occasions, Lois has also displayed her fierce determination to protect Clark's secret. She also strongly believes in Clark, and is determined to help him fulfill his destiny.
Lois' tough exterior seemingly covers underlying insecurities. She desperately seeks approval from her father, even though she feels like he abandoned her for his military duties after the death of her mother when Lois was 6 years old. She blames herself for her sister Lucy's failures, but is full of pride and admiration of her accomplishments. In addition, she has described herself as a "screw-up" and freely acknowledges when she has worsened a situation. She also talks without thinking, causing her to often seem insensitive, but usually regretfully so.

Lois has a tendency to deal with her emotions using alcohol. Her drunkenness at Chloe and Jimmy's engagement party was presumably due to her belief that Chloe was marrying the wrong man. Later when her almost-kiss with Clark was interrupted by the reappearance of Lana Lang, Lois was seen grabbing an entire bottle of champagne, Her binge drinking sometimes resulted in unfortunate consequences: she was kicked out of Metropolis University for drinking, and embarrassed herself by giving an offensive toast at Chloe and Jimmy's engagement party. Although the time Lois most regrets her use of alcohol, is when she gets kicked out of Met U.

Lois enjoys video games, she greatly enjoyed the video game console given to Clark by an appreciative Graham Garrett and referenced playing "Guitar Hero," and 1980s rock music. According to Gordon Godfrey, while being inhabited by the Dark essence, he pointed out to Lois that she had a spirit pure of heart, which prevented him from possessing her body.

Lois is willing to do anything to get a story, including getting dressed up as a stripper, prison guard, vixen fighter, french maid, superheroine, golden bunny girl or a dominatrix. Despite this, she has been uncomfortable with using her sexuality outside of harmless flirting or a personal relationship; her exotic dance routine was clumsy until she was almost completely done with it, and her dominatrix routine was equally uncomfortable.

There is one exception to Lois' willingness to do anything for a story: she has been willing to put her support for heroes over her own career. Lois has said that her "worst fear in the world is to be alone in the world without heroes." She has refused to reveal both Green Arrow and The Blur's secret identities even though they would have been huge stories.

Lois is, in many ways, like Clark's superhero persona: she believes in truth and justice, much like Clark and she goes to great length to fight social injustice as a reporter, and these traits in fact led him to fall in love with her. Her willingness to put herself in harms way for justice, shows an altruistic spirit, and a strong moral compass.

There is one down-side to her moral compass however. Although generally open-minded, in the beginning of the series she tended to see the world in black and white. Because of this she openly expressed her disapproval if someone did something she didn't like, almost disregarding the other person's feelings. But as time goes by, and Lois becomes more exposed to the ambiguities of life, she becomes more sensitive about what she says about the decisions of others and develops an even more accepting personality.

Lois is a strong individual who has always stayed true to who she is. She is honest and only puts up a pretense when she is working undercover. Even so, she had trouble fully embracing her gifts in the beginning of the series. Case in point, Lois repeatedly denied her talent in journalism, despite growing evidence proving otherwise. But as she began to accept her prodigious investigative skills and learned to use them for the greater good, she came to fully emprace her identity.

Clark Kent revealed to a Lois from a parallel universe all the qualities he found most appealing about his Lois such as her ability to protect him by any means necessary, her loyalty and bravery in the face of danger and that she's a force to be reckoned with. But most importantly her unique ability to see right through him, straight into his heart and soul. Carter Hall mentioned how Lois was meant to be with Clark because she is able to make his burden of responsibility as a hero easier to bear, as well as to offer him as much comfort and support to never give up his never ending battle.

Mera also commented on how Lois is exactly the type of woman Clark needs that treats him as her equal, not superior. Brainiac 5 mentioned what a remarkable woman she is, as well as telling him that she and Clark were destined to be together. Martha Kent mentioned to Lois that she is a perfect fit for Clark because she inspires him.



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01x11 - Hug
Season 1, Episode 11
02x15 - Prodigal
Season 2, Episode 15
08x14 - Requiem
Season 8, Episode 14
04x07 - Jinx
Season 4, Episode 07
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