Smallville

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Cover image of the Smallville 5th Season DVD set

Introduction

Based on the Superman comics, this series follows teenage years and young adulthood of his alter-ego Clark Kent. In the universe of the television series, a meteor shower destroys much of the town of Smallville in October 1989; during the meteor fall, Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent find a small child of unusual powers in a spacecraft wreck in a cornfield. Another character whose destiny is impacted on this day is Lex Luthor, son of Lionel Luthor, whose future would be linked to Clark's from that day forward.

Following Clark Kent through his high school years, the series introduces us to his best friends Chloe Sullivan and Pete Ross, along with the girl of his dreams, Lana Lang, who originally only has eyes for football jock Whitney Fordman. The meteor shower has left a legacy of people impacted by the kryptonite which rained down on the town, and Clark stays busy trying to protect his friends, families, and others from those who are using their powers uncontrollably or to do evil.

Later seasons of the series introduce other characters from the Superman comics canon such as Lois Lane, Oliver Queen, and Jimmy Olsen.

Smallville fandom engages in the creation of a wide variety of fanworks, including fan-fiction, songvids, fan-art, fansites, and discussion forums. It is very active on LiveJournal but also on various messageboard communities including the pan-fandom Television without Pity and specific forums such as KryptonSite. With its large cast of recurring characters, complicated canon relationships, and perceived subtextual homoeroticism, the fandom has a great many shipping factions and much of the fanworks produced is ship-driven in nature, both slash and het.

Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

Pairing terminology

Smallville has large ship fandoms and many of them, given the large cast of characters which have been featured on the series through the years. Below are some of the most commonly used ship names; please see the Smallville pairing terminology article for a more complete listing:

Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

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Kerfluffles

Shipping wars

Shipping wars have been behind many of the kerfluffles in Smallville fandom. Some of the major wars have been:

Influential fanworks

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Fandom Members

Below is a partial list of members of Smallville fan community.

See also Category:Smallville fans.

Fandom size

Comparitive size of fandom based on archive sizes from November 2006
Same chart as above only including Quizilla totals from December 2006
Anime and Television categories with most stories added on FanFiction.Net in 24 hour period December 29 to December 30, 2006
Icerocket Trend Tracker: Smallville, Supernatural, Battlestar Galatica.

See also Smallville fan fiction community size.

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See also

Sources

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