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May. 7th, 2011 12:10 am
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Out of Character Information
Name: Kai
Username: [livejournal.com profile] kaichan
Are you over the age of eighteen? yes
Current characters in Baedal: none

In Character Information
Basics
Character Name: Clark Kent
Username: [livejournal.com profile] goodtothecore
Fandom: Smallville
Played By: Tom Welling
Icon: http://l-userpic.livejournal.com/84922380/17924962

Canon Character Section
Physical Description: Clark is just over six feet tall and obviously in his late teens, if not early twenties, by appearance. He has slightly wavy black hair, blue eyes, lightly tanned skin and a bright smile. Some writers *cough*Devin Grayson*cough* like to describe him as having "romance novel good looks", and his bone structure could be called chiselled. As could... pretty much everything else about his figure; between working on a farm and having a solar-powered Kryptonian body, Clark is pretty built.

Sexuality: Throughout the series, Clark is romantically involved with several female characters. He has a long standing crush on Lana Lang, the girl next door, who he can never get close to without feeling sick until she loses her kryptonite necklace; and even when they are dating, he keeps his secret from her for a very long time, leading to a feeling of distance and disconnect, and unhappiness on her part since she can tell he's hiding something from her. It is interesting that he falls for a girl who is, for so long, completely unavailable to him, physically unreachable due to the kryptonite - she starts as a kind of safe target for his feelings, since he can't act on them. Later in the series this is no longer true, but there are still issues that prevent him from being as close to her as she deserves, and the relationship is as fraught with tension and secrecy as their friendship before that. They go through several stages of being broken up, and Lana even marries Lex - a relationship that involves Lex faking her pregnancy and ends with her faking her own death and running away to China - before learning Clark's secret and finally being able to have relationship with no secrets between them. And then Brainiac puts her in a waking coma and, when she recovers, she leaves because she can't cope with this shit any more, goddamn. This hasn't happened for Clark yet, but it is the main example of how his relationships seem to work; he took Chloe to the dance but ditched her to save Lana from a tornado, and their romance kind of fizzled out, on Clark's side much more rapidly than on Chloe's.

A girl called Alicia shows up, and after they get stuck in a lift together and Clark is forced to use his powers in front of her, she reveals that she has powers as well - the power to teleport. Clark is overjoyed to find someone else with powers who doesn't appear to be crazy or violent, and they quickly move from being friends to dating. There's a closeness between them that he can't have even with most of his friends, since she knows his secret and understands how important it is to keep it, and he seems really happy. Unfortunately, it turns out Alicia is kind of crazy, and has become obsessed with Clark to an unhealthy degree; she is sent to Belle Reve for treatment, and later dies protecting Clark's secret (after they have a red kryptonite fuelled Vegas wedding).

And of course there's Lois Lane, but at first she is introduced as a foil and later becomes a friend; it takes a long time for her to become a romantic interest, and before that, the writers stated they were aiming for a "brother and sister" type relationship between Clark and Lois, in terms of banter and so on. That may not... have been the best way of phrasing things, considering, but it certainly does put another perspective on Clark's friendship with Lex; at several points Clark and Lex have compared themselves to brothers, or wished they could be that close.

While all the overtly romantic examples in canon are heterosexual, Clark's relationship with Lex involves a lot of subtext that pushes my interpretation more towards bisexual; although Clark is definitely predominantly attracted to women, I think there is an argument to be made for instances of attraction to men. Especially when it's being written by Devin Grayson. For his entire life, Clark has strived to be "normal" - he joins the football team to be normal, he does his best to hide how he's different and just blend in, and part of being a "normal" teenage boy is being attracted to and dating normal teenage girls, particularly if they're the girl next door and used to date the football team's quarterback. When that need for normalcy is taken away, he may realise that he can be attracted to someone regardless of their gender - what's important is their personality, and that they can accept him for who he really is; he was happiest with Alicia because she accepted him instantly, and happiest with Lana after she learned his secret and they were able to have a real relationship, and it also influenced his other single episode romances, with the Native American skinwalker (...) and the brainwashed zombie fake Kara. That's the part that's really important, the ability to be completely honest with each other, and sadly, it may be the part that really stands in the way of a romantic relationship with Lex - unless they can both overcome their tendency towards secrecy, something that eventually, in canon, resulted in the destruction of their friendship.

History: The town of Smallville, Kansas, was a peaceful little place best known for producing creamed corn up until the meteor shower hit. Several people died, including Lana Lang's parents, and many more people's lives were changed forever. The meteor rocks had varied and unpredictable effects on the genetic make up of people exposed to them, knowingly or not, sometimes affected by environmental factors, and resulting in people with superhuman powers such as pyrokinesis or shape-shifting. Becoming known colloquially as "meteor freaks," these people often became mentally unstable as well, whether as a direct result of their exposure to the meteor rocks or from the stress of becoming something different, something inhumanly powerful and inevitably misunderstood, feared or hated by normal people, and they often turn to crime or other extreme acts.

Something else fell to Earth on the day of the meteor shower, however - a spaceship containing an infant from another world, who was found by Martha and Johnathon Kent when he rescued them from their crashed truck. Flabbergasted by the child's strength, the Kents still reacted remarkably well given the circumstances - they found a truck to carry his ship, hidden under a tarp, and took him home with them. On the way they ran into Lionel Luthor, who was in shock over the state of his son Alexander - the young Luthor had been in a cornfield when the meteors struck, and was laid catatonic in the field, having lost all his hair. Johnathon helped Lionel bring Lex to the truck and saw them off at the hospital before continuing home. This act of charity allowed the Kents to ask Lionel for a favour, namely setting up the adoption of the child, who they named Clark, without arousing suspicions. Lionel did so, but turned around and suggested that he put in a good word for Luthorcorp with the local farmers. There were no concrete threats, but Johnathon still blames himself for letting Luthorcorp get a foothold in the community, one which has resulted in the building of several controversial factories and the alleged dumping of industrial waste. There is a widespread dislike and distrust of the Luthors, but Clark wholeheartedly believes that Lex is different from his father and can be a good person. Ever since the day they first met, when Lex crashed his car into Clark and into the river so Clark had to save him from drowning, they've been friends. Clark defends Lex from his critics and believes that he's a good person, and wishes he could be closer to him since he's obviously isolated and finds it hard trust people - but Clark has to keep his secrets from Lex, and he knows that this enforces a distance between them that's never going to go away as long as he can't reveal the truth. Lex is always suspicious of Clark's abilities, but never has any concrete proof - just coincidence and Clark's absolutely terrible ability at lying convincingly.

Clark found out about the effects of the meteor rocks on other people when an old student who had been tied up in the field by the football team as the school "scarecrow" during the meteor shower and had fallen into a coma, Jeremy, woke up and started killing the old football team using his powers of electrocution. When he finds Clark strung up in the field with a meteorite necklace as the new scarecrow, Jeremy decides to kill everyone at school dance to punish them and stop this from happening again. He leaves Clark tied up, but Lex finds and frees him, remembering running into Jeremy in the cornfield before the meteors struck and horrified to see Clark in the same situation. The necklace falls off and Lex picks it up after Clark has run off to save the students from Jeremy's wrath.

From then on, Clark does his best to save people, from meteor freaks or sometimes just from normal criminals. Working at the school newspaper, the Torch, along with his friends Chloe Sullivan and Pete Ross, he gets tipped off to meteor freak incidents thanks to Chloe's investigative instincts and has to solve the mysteries before more people get hurt - or killed. He tries his best to simply incapacitate the people he has to fight, and send them to Belle Reve asylum for treatment, but there have been times when they've either escaped or died, usually due to their own actions more than Clark's. Most of the super-powered people he meets and comes into conflict with gained their powers from the meteors, but some people were naturals, indicating that there are other sources of strangeness in the world of Smallville.

During the second year of the series, Clark discovers ancient caves covered with paintings telling a Native American legend - one that is disturbingly similar to his own story. He investigates and finds that he's not the first Kryptonian to visit Earth - and that his father has left things here in preparation for his arrival. He is able to open the ship, only to find a message telling him to rule over mankind as a god, and his father's memory that has been programmed into the ship tells him that he must leave Smallville, and all his friends and family, behind him. He receives a scar in the shape of the crest of the house of El smack bang across his chest like a brand, and is given until noon the next day - which happens to be the day of Lex's wedding - to comply. In an attempt to fight his birth father's control over his life and make his own destiny, Clark inserts a key made of pure kryptonite into the ship, causing it to explode - and this has tragic consequences. Martha and Johnathon were returning to the farm, worried about Clark, and are caught in the explosion, causing Martha to lose her baby. Clark sees her in the hospital and breaks down, blaming himself and realising that being friends with him, being close to him at all only brings pain and suffering to the people he loves. Obviously this was an overreaction, but he couldn't deal with the pain, and with hurting the people he cares most about, his parents. So he found one of the red kryptonite class rings that had caused him trouble in the past (episodes Red and Rush) and slipped it on, freeing himself from the guilt that threatened to overwhelm him. He ran away to Metropolis for three months, alternately fighting against and wilfully succumbing to the influence of the red kryptonite, stealing money and using it buy fast cars and a ridiculously opulent apartment. The mark on his chest periodically caused him great pain, usually coinciding with his efforts to remove the ring and call home. Eventually Johnathon turned to Jor-El and made a bargain with him, gaining powers that allowed him to fight Clark and destroy the ring, returning Clark to normal and removing the marking. The powers put a great strain on Johnathon and weakened his heart, but he was able to bring Clark home - not before Clark had gotten involved with the crime lord Morgan Edge, however; something that would cause more trouble for him in the future.

For the most part, life returned to normal for Clark - saving people, investigating meteor related incidents and trying to juggle that with having a normal school life and an attempt at a relationship with Lana Lang, his childhood sweetheart who he frequently manages to push away with his secrets and incidents he can't explain. Meanwhile, both Lex and Lionel have continued to be curious about his secrets, the paintings in the cave and the powers the meteor freaks hold, making life tricky for Clark when he has to use his powers to save them. This came to a climax at the end of season three - with Lana leaving for Paris, Chloe going into protective custody in preparation for her testimony against Lionel and the mysterious "Kara" telling him that everyone he cared about was going to betray him, Clark is given the key to a room in the Luthor mansion which Lex has dedicated to the mysteries surrounding him and the meteor rocks. Though Lex protests that the room is about him now, and not Clark, the evidence of Lex's obsession is too much for Clark to handle and he declares their friendship over - after which, he sees Lex saying goodbye to Lana at the airport, hugging her. Feeling betrayed, abandoned and alone, and truly curious about his heritage and the world Kara is promising him, he goes to the cave, but Johnathon follows to confront them with evidence that Kara is not Kryptonian at all. She is in fact some poor girl who fell into the caves in an accident during the meteor shower, and who Jor-El brainwashed and used as a tool to lure Clark to him. Her purpose served, Jor-El destroys her, and threatens to kill Johnathon unless Clark goes into the wall. He agrees, being sucked inside a chamber that allows Jor-El to reprogram his mind into that of Kal-El, whilst Johnathon falls into a coma.

Three months later, with Chloe supposedly dead and Lex suffering the after effects of a virulent poison, Lois Lane comes in search of her cousin Chloe and manages to run into a naked Clark in the middle of a corn field during a thunder storm. He has no memory of who he is, or social etiquette, until he hears an ancient Kryptonian stone calling to him and flies away to retrieve it - from Lex's personal jet, in mid-flight. When he returns, Martha strikes him with a piece of black Kryptonite given to her by Dr. Swan's assistant, catalysing a battle between his personalities and memories - Clark's true self is able to defeat the Kal-El persona, and he is returned to normal, waking Johnathon from his coma somehow. Clark helps Lois investigate Chloe's death only to find that it was faked by Lex to protect her from Lionel, who is condemned to a long prison sentence thanks to her testimony - a sentence longer than he has left to live, as it turns out he is suffering from a mysterious liver disease. Clark and Chloe return to school with Lois, who needs to make up credits in order to get into college, and Clark remains on bad terms with Lex until Lex shows him that he has gotten rid of all the items that were in the room of obsession - destroyed the files and crushed the Porsche he hit Clark with when they first met, "as a reminder of what I could have lost" by ending their friendship. Clark is convinced that Lex truly wants to change and agrees to renew their friendship because it's so important to them both, but he's still forced to keep secrets from Lex.

Powers: Superstrength, superspeed (not as fast as a speedster), highly damage resistant, x-ray vision, heat vision, superhearing. Flight, but he has a psychological block against it as he's afraid of heights, and he has yet to discover superbreath.

Talents/Abilities:: He's pretty good at farming and (American) football.

Personality: It is often said by characters on the show that Clark has a hero complex, and this is fairly accurate. When he first finds out that he arrived with the meteors, and that the meteor shower caused changes in other people, he blames himself for all the bad things that have happened to these people, including the deaths of Lana's parents, and this trend of blaming himself whenever he fails to save someone, no matter how impossible it would have been to achieve, continues basically forever. He always tries to save everyone, all the time, even though things happen in the series that explicitly reinforce the idea that you cannot physically do that, no matter how many powers you have. He is loyal to his friends and fiercely defensive of whatever or whoever he believes is right, but when his privacy comes under fire he becomes recalcitrant, mistrustful and prone to lash out in anger. This stems from his fear of what could happen should his secret become public - he is afraid that people will look at him like some kind of freak, be afraid of him or, worst of all, cart him off to be an experiment in some lab. This is part of why he's so reluctant to tell Lex, despite the fact that he really does believe in his friend - he knows that Lex's scientific curiosity and pathological need to get at the truth can get away from him sometimes, and he's afraid that Lex will want to experiment on him to find out the extent of his abilities, his weaknesses and everything else. He knows Lex will ask questions he just doesn't have the answer to, and that's if he takes the information well - Clark's biggest fear is that Lex will hate him for keeping this secret from him and start seeing him as nothing more than some alien freak rather than his friend. But at the same time, he deeply hopes that Lex will understand why he felt he had to keep it a secret, having been through a childhood marked as a freak by his peers, and that the removal of that enforced distance between them will allow him to truly become Lex's closest friend and save him from the loneliness of his position, caused by his wealth and his father.

As the series progresses, he becomes more sympathetic to those affected by the meteorites, particularly after a sniper targets them purely for existing rather than waiting for them to do anything wrong. The sniper discovers Clark's powers and shoots him with a kryptonite bullet, but Clark's parents save him and he is able to go up against the gunman again, this time wearing a lead chest plate and with Lana's help. This whole episode serves as a wake up call, convincing him not to simply condemn the actions of the meteor freaks out of hand - some of them are either living peacefully or trying to help people, after all.

Clark is, at heart, a teenager trying to live a normal life and just blend in, but he has a strong sense of responsibility and morality thanks to the Kents. He will risk exposing himself to save people, though he tries to act in ways that don't outright reveal his abilities and can, hopefully, be brushed off as coincidence. He's lucky that most incidents involving meteorite infection either cause amnesia concerning the event or mean that the people he fights are automatically assumed to be insane and therefore aren't listened to.

It is interesting to note that, despite the fact that Clark has been hurt on numerous occasions, every time it happens he is immensely shocked by it. It's almost comparable to Peter Pan's shock at Captain Hook playing dirty - an eternal child's innocence rudely broken upon by reality. It's likely that Clark keeps thinking of himself as invulnerable, and this fuels both his shock at being hurt, and his stubborn insistence on throwing himself in the way of danger to save people, especially his friends. He always heals, and he isn't human - why shouldn't he risk himself for them, when he can most likely take it?

Object: The Smallville High class ring made with red kryptonite.

Reason for playing: I haven't played Clark in a long while, and I was missing it recently - and I would like to play him off of Mos's Lex and see how their friendship might develop differently in Baedal rather than in canon.

Gods: Mainly Eliandre, as Clark strives to uphold justice, put things right and protect innocents; he also often ends up having to investigate in order to do this, since he's learned that simply barging in and assuming things can lead to more harm than good. Gediron may also be interested in him, as he gets into a lot of fights and refuses to give up, and as a farmer, he may attract Carme's attention as well.

4. Original Character Section n/a

Writing Samples
Players may choose to write three of the four writing samples. Additionally, for two of the three samples applicants may substitute links to previously written roleplaying threads of no less than eight substantial replies. We reserve the right to ask for an additional sample if more information is required.

First-Person Network Post: Link

First-Person Journal Post: skipped

Third-Person Arrival Post: Clark could swear he just walked into his bedroom, but this... this wasn't his room, not even close. And in the same instant, he felt the door handle simply disappear from his hand - not like it slipped out of his grip, like it literally just wasn't there any more. When he turned around, the door was closed even though he hadn't heard it close behind him; but maybe that wasn't so weird, considering it was a different door altogether, just like this was a different room. Clark turned in a circle, checking it out - it was small, smaller than his room, with no windows and green tiled walls that made it feel a little clinical, and not a little claustrophobic, especially compared to the farm. There was a table, with some kind of phone on it, a pamphlet, and -

Oh.

Oh, no. Clark stared at the innocent looking ring with a sinking feeling. It couldn't be - but it was. A Smallville High class ring, just like the one he'd gotten and his father had ended up having to smash, the piece of red meteorite set in it glinting in the artificial light. What was that doing here? He had the sudden urge to smash his way out of this room, get the hell away from that red stone and what it could do to him - but after a moment of tension and anger, he managed to restrain himself. What if he was being watched? What if this was some kind of experiment... or maybe, whoever locked him in here didn't even know he had powers, and in that case, he couldn't just act recklessly and reveal them. It was a better idea to wait, to let them think he was just as helpless as anyone else in this situation, and work out what to do to get out of here and back to Smallville as he found out more about what was going on.

Which he didn't know much about, he had to admit. He wasn't even sure he was a captive - except that the door had no handle, no visible lock, and didn't budge when he leaned against it, being careful to use only a fraction of his real strength, around normal human levels. So he was trapped, that was for sure. He should still wait, and find out who had captured him and why, at least. While he was waiting, he figured maybe he should try reading the pamphlet that had been left out on the table, just in case.

Third-Person Action Post: Link

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[PLAYER]
NAME/NICK: Kai
JOURNAL: [livejournal.com profile] kaichan
IM: sugarlupus
E-MAIL: kaiyamazaki@gmail.com

[CHARACTER INFO]
CHARACTER NAME: Clark Kent / not Superman yet
FANDOM: Smallville, TV series. AND I'M NOT SORRY.
CHRONOLOGY: Just after the end of the episode Devoted in season four, when Clark and Lex have made up after their first serious falling out. Clark is going into the friendship with his eyes open, as he puts it - more aware of what Lex is capable of, but still hoping to save him from his dark side.
BACKGROUND: The town of Smallville, Kansas, was a peaceful little place best known for producing creamed corn up until the meteor shower hit. Several people died, including Lana Lang's parents, and many more people's lives were changed forever. The meteor rocks had varied and unpredictable effects on the genetic make up of people exposed to them, knowingly or not, sometimes affected by environmental factors, and resulting in people with superhuman powers such as pyrokinesis or shapeshifting. Becoming known colloquially as "meteor freaks," these people often became mentally unstable as well, whether as a direct result of their exposure to the meteor rocks or from the stress of becoming something different, something inhumanly powerful and inevitably misunderstood, feared or hated by normal people, and they often turn to crime or other extreme acts.

Something else fell to Earth on the day of the meteor shower, however - a spaceship containing an infant from another world, who was found by Martha and Johnathon Kent when he rescued them from their crashed truck. Flabbergasted by the child's strength, the Kents still reacted remarkably well given the circumstances - they found a truck to carry his ship, hidden under a tarp, and took him home with them. On the way they ran into Lionel Luthor, who was in shock over the state of his son Alexander - the young Luthor had been in a cornfield when the meteors struck, and was laid catatonic in the field, having lost all his hair. Johnathon helped Lionel bring Lex to the truck and saw them off at the hospital before continuing home. This act of charity allowed the Kents to ask Lionel for a favour, namely setting up the adoption of the child, who they named Clark, without arousing suspicions. Lionel did so, but turned around and suggested that he put in a good word for Luthorcorp with the local farmers. There were no concrete threats, but Johnathon still blames himself for letting Luthorcorp get a foothold in the community, one which has resulted in the building of several controversial factories and the alleged dumping of industrial waste. There is a widespread dislike and distrust of the Luthors, but Clark wholeheartedly believes that Lex is different from his father and can be a good person. Ever since the day they first met, when Lex crashed his car into Clark and into the river so Clark had to save him from drowning, they've been friends. Clark defends Lex from his critics and believes that he's a good person, and wishes he could be closer to him since he's obviously isolated and finds it hard trust people - but Clark has to keep his secrets from Lex, and he knows that this enforces a distance between them that's never going to go away as long as he can't reveal the truth. Lex is always suspicious of Clark's abilities, but never has any concrete proof - just coincidence and Clark's absolutely terrible ability at lying convincingly.

Clark found out about the effects of the meteor rocks on other people when an old student who had been tied up in the field by the football team as the school "scarecrow" during the meteor shower and had fallen into a coma, Jeremy, woke up and started killing the old football team using his powers of electrocution. When he finds Clark strung up in the field with a meteorite necklace as the new scarecrow, Jeremy decides to kill everyone at school dance to punish them and stop this from happening again. He leaves Clark tied up, but Lex finds and frees him, remembering running into Jeremy in the cornfield before the meteors struck and horrified to see Clark in the same situation. The necklace falls off and Lex picks it up after Clark has run off to save the students from Jeremy's wrath.

From then on, Clark does his best to save people, from meteor freaks or sometimes just from normal criminals. Working at the school newspaper, the Torch, along with his friends Chloe Sullivan and Pete Ross, he gets tipped off to meteor freak incidents thanks to Chloe's investigative instincts and has to solve the mysteries before more people get hurt - or killed. He tries his best to simply incapacitate the people he has to fight, and send them to Belle Reve asylum for treatment, but there have been times when they've either escaped or died, usually due to their own actions more than Clark's. Most of the superpowered people he meets and comes into conflict with gained their powers from the meteors, but some people were naturals, indicating that there are other sources of strangeness in the world of Smallville.

During the second year of the series, Clark discovers ancient caves covered with paintings telling a Native American legend - one that is disturbingly similar to his own story. He investigates and finds that he's not the first Kryptonian to visit Earth - and that his father has left things here in preparation for his arrival. He is able to open the ship, only to find a message telling him to rule over mankind as a god, and his father's memory that has been programmed into the ship tells him that he must leave Smallville, and all his friends and family, behind him. He receives a scar in the shape of the crest of the house of El smack bang across his chest like a brand, and is given until noon the next day - which happens to be the day of Lex's wedding - to comply. In an attempt to fight his birth father's control over his life and make his own destiny, Clark inserts a key made of pure kryptonite into the ship, causing it to expode - and this has tragic consequences. Martha and Jonathon were returning to the farm, worried about Clark, and are caught in the explosion, causing Martha to lose her baby. Clark sees her in the hospital and breaks down, blaming himself and realising that being friends with him, being close to him at all only brings pain and suffering to the people he loves. Obviously this was an overreaction, but he couldn't deal with the pain, and with hurting the people he cares most about, his parents. So he found one of the red kryptonite class rings that had caused him trouble in the past (episodes Red and Rush) and slipped it on, freeing himself from the guilt that threatened to overwhelm him. He ran away to Metropolis for three months, alternately fighting against and willfully succumbing to the influence of the red kryptonite, stealing money and using it buy fast cars and a ridiculously opulent apartment. The mark on his chest periodically caused him great pain, usually coinciding with his efforts to remove the ring and call home. Eventually Johnathon turned to Jor-El and made a bargain with him, gaining powers that allowed him to fight Clark and destroy the ring, returning Clark to normal and removing the marking. The powers put a great strain on Johnathon and weakened his heart, but he was able to bring Clark home - not before Clark had gotten involved with the crime lord Morgan Edge, however; something that would cause more trouble for him in the future.

For the most part, life returned to normal for Clark - saving people, investigating meteor related incidents and trying to juggle that with having a normal school life and an attempt at a relationship with Lana Lang, his childhood sweetheart who he frequently manages to push away with his secrets and incidents he can't explain. Meanwhile, both Lex and Lionel have continued to be curious about his secrets, the paintings in the cave and the powers the meteor freaks hold, making life tricky for Clark when he has to use his powers to save them. This came to a climax at the end of season three - with Lana leaving for Paris, Chloe gonig into protective custody in preparation for her testimony against Lionel and the mysterious "Kara" telling him that everyone he cared about was going to betray him, Clark is given the key to a room in the Luthor mansion which Lex has dedicated to the mysteries surrounding him and the meteor rocks. Though Lex protests that the room is about him now, and not Clark, the evidence of Lex's obsession is too much for Clark to handle and he declares their friendship over - after which, he sees Lex saying goodbye to Lana at the airport, hugging her. Feeling betrayed, abandoned and alone, and truly curious about his heritage and the world Kara is promising him, he goes to the cave, but Johnathon follows to confront them with evidence that Kara is not Kryptonian at all. She is in fact some poor girl who fell into the caves in an accident during the meteor shower, and who Jor-El brainwashed and used as a tool to lure Clark to him. Her purpose served, Jor-El destroys her, and threatens to kill Johnathon unless Clark goes into the wall. He agrees, being sucked inside a chamber that allows Jor-El to reprogram his mind into that of Kal-El, whilst Johnathon falls into a coma.

Three months later, with Chloe supposedly dead and Lex suffering the after effects of a virulent poison, Lois Lane comes in search of her cousin Chloe and manages to run into a naked Clark in the middle of a corn field during a thunder storm. He has no memory of who he is, or social etiquette, until he hears an ancient Kryptonian stone calling to him and flies away to retrieve it - from Lex's personal jet, in mid-flight. When he returns, Martha strikes him with a piece of black Kryptonite given to her by Dr. Swan's assistant, catalysing a battle between his personalities and memories - Clark's true self is able to defeat the Kal-El persona, and he is returned to normal, waking Johnathon from his coma somehow. Clark helps Lois investigate Chloe's death only to find that it was faked by Lex to protect her from Lionel, who is condemned to a long prison sentence thanks to her testimony - a sentence longer than he has left to live, as it turns out he is suffering from a mysterious liver disease. Clark and Chloe return to school with Lois, who needs to make up credits in order to get into college, and Clark remains on bad terms with Lex until Lex shows him that he has gotten rid of all the items that were in the room of obsession - destroyed the files and crushed the Porsche he hit Clark with when they first met, "as a reminder of what I could have lost" by ending their friendship. Clark is convinced that Lex truly wants to change and agrees to renew their friendship because it's so important to them both, but he's still forced to keep secrets from Lex.

PERSONALITY: It is often said by characters on the show that Clark has a hero complex, and this is fairly accurate. When he first finds out that he arrived with the meteors, and that the meteor shower caused changes in other people, he blames himself for all the bad things that have happened to these people, including the deaths of Lana's parents, and this trend of blaming himself whenever he fails to save someone, no matter how impossible it would have been to achieve, continues basically forever. He always tries to save everyone, all the time, even though things happen in the series that explicitly reinforce the idea that you cannot physically do that, no matter how many powers you have. He is loyal to his friends and fiercely defensive of whatever or whoever he believes is right, but when his privacy comes under fire he becomes recalcitrant, mistrustful and prone to lash out in anger. This stems from his fear of what could happen should his secret become public - he is afraid that people will look at him like some kind of freak, be afraid of him or, worst of all, cart him off to be an experiment in some lab. This is part of why he's so reluctant to tell Lex, despite the fact that he really does believe in his friend - he knows that Lex's scientific curiousity and pathological need to get at the truth can get away from him sometimes, and he's afraid that Lex will want to experiment on him to find out the extent of his abilities, his weaknesses and everything else. He knows Lex will ask questions he just doesn't have the answer to, and that's if he takes the information well - Clark's biggest fear is that Lex will hate him for keeping this secret from him and start seeing him as nothing more than some alien freak rather than his friend. But at the same time, he deeply hopes that Lex will understand why he felt he had to keep it a secret, having been through a childhood marked as a freak by his peers, and that the removal of that enforced distance between them will allow him to truly become Lex's closest friend and save him from the loneliness of his postion, caused by his wealth and his father.

As the series progresses, he becomes more sympathetic to those affected by the meteorites, particularly after a sniper targets them purely for existing rather than waiting for them to do anything wrong. The sniper discovers Clark's powers and shoots him with a kryptonite bullet, but Clark's parents save him and he is able to go up against the gunman again, this time wearing a lead chest plate and with Lana's help. This whole episode serves as a wake up call, convincing him not to simply condemn the actions of the meteor freaks out of hand - some of them are either living peacefully or trying to help people, after all.

Clark is, at heart, a teenager trying to live a normal life and just blend in, but he has a strong sense of responsibility and morality thanks to the Kents. He will risk exposing himself to save people, though he tries to act in ways that don't outright reveal his abilities and can, hopefully, be brushed off as coincidence. He's lucky that most incidents involving meteorite infection either cause amnesia concerning the event or mean that the people he fights are automatically assumed to be insane and therefore aren't listened to.

It is interesting to note that, despite the fact that Clark has been hurt on numerous occasions, every time it happens he is immensely shocked by it. It's almost comparable to Peter Pan's shock at Captain Hook playing dirty - an eternal child's innocence rudely broken upon by reality. It's likely that Clark keeps thinking of himself as invulnerable, and this fuels both his shock at being hurt, and his stubborn insistence on throwing himself in the way of danger to save people, especially his friends. He always heals, and he isn't human - why shouldn't he risk himself for them, when he can most likely take it?

CLASS: Hero! There's really no flexibility in this.
SUPERHERO NAME: Atticus (as in Atticus Finch, yes.)
ALTER EGO: Clark Kent, farm boy :D? Or possibly, Lex's body guard, though he will be reluctant to accept payment for that.
POWER: Superstrength, superspeed (not as fast as a speedster), highly damage resistant, x-ray vision, heat vision, superhearing. Flight, but he has a psychological block against it as he's afraid of heights, and he has yet to discover superbreath.

COMMUNITY POST SAMPLE: Okay, uh... hi? My name's Atticus - not really but I guess if we're meant to use codenames, that's mine. Not that I'm really into this whole hero thing, it's too much like something out of a comic book, but that Iron Man guy said people needed help and that, I can do.

Are we really stuck here, though? There are people at home who need me, and I don't want to make them worry about me for too long. Besides, this isn't my world, I don't belong here. I have to get back as soon as I can.

THIRD PERSON: Clark adjusted his telescope and leant against the rough wooden frame of the barn window, staring out into the pink blush of the sunset over the fields. It was a sight he'd seen almost every night of his life since he came to Smallville as an infant, but every sunset was different, painting the sky different colours in different shapes, with different clouds every day. And Smallville itself had changed, kept changing - the Talon being turned into a coffee shop, then closed down, and now his mom was running it again, with Lana living above it. He'd seen factories built and farms bulldozed to make way for progress, but it wasn't just the buildings that changed. The people, too - Lana had changed from the girl next door to someone who'd been to Paris, someone who could run a business and kick ass in her own right. She didn't always need saving any more, and she wasn't waiting around for him to make up his mind about their relationship. They were friends, hopefully they'd always be friends, but because he could never tell her his secret he'd ended up hurting her too often, pushing her away too much, and even though he loved her, he had to let her go. He had to let her make up her own mind, and she'd chosen to move on. He'd come so close to telling her the truth several times, but something always happened to prevent it - almost like it did with Lex. Another friend who was changing, and maybe not in a good way. Clark remembered what it had felt like to walk into that room in Lex's mansion, seeing the giant screens with pictures of him and his family, and playing the simulation of the car crash, over and over. The piece of Kryptonite in there wasn't the only thing that had made him feel sick - how could Lex have been collecting all that information on him, when he'd promised to stop so long ago?

But he'd always known that Lex was curious like this, it was part of him - and maybe something that his father had inflicted on him, too, the inability to really trust anyone without knowing all their secrets. Yet Lex had tried to be his friend anyway, with all the times that Clark had had to lie to his face and deceive him, and now he'd destroyed that room, even crushing the Porsche that had started their friendship, making it useless as evidence but transforming it into a powerful symbol of what Lex was willing to give up for their friendship, and how much he valued it. Clark had always defended him, from his other friends and even his parents, and he had the feeling that Lex would do the same for him - but he couldn't put that responsibility onto his friend. It had driven Pete away in the end, stressed him out in a way Clark hadn't even seen, making him constantly worry that he'd slip up somehow and get Clark into trouble. Lex was capable of hiding things so much better than Pete, Clark knew, and even when he'd been drugged into insanity by Lionel and thought Clark had abandoned him, he hadn't betrayed his secret - Clark had almost thought they could be okay like that, if only he'd been able to save him in time, and stop Lionel from erasing those memories. After that had happened, he'd felt the distance between them growing again, forced apart by what Clark couldn't say for fear of what Lionel would do to keep him quiet this time. Time after time, Clark had wanted to tell him the truth, all of it, but he just couldn't - not with the way his parents felt about it and all the things happening around Lex and him. If Lex knew his secret and Lionel did something to him again, the consequences could be disastrous - or if Lionel targeted Lex again because he knew Clark's secret. He could never put his friend in danger like that.

Lionel was in jail now, but he still had outside contacts, and he wasn't the only person who would torture or kill to learn the truth about Clark. He had to keep his mouth shut, even if it could have made everything better between him and Lex to speak it - even if those words could have sealed the rifts between them. If it put his friend in danger, then he'd just have to risk driving him away for good and being alone for the rest of his life.

Him and the stars, he thought wryly, looking through his telescope as the last traces of sunlight faded from the sky and the stars shone brightly above him.

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