Smallville: Should Clark End Up With Lana or Lois?

Smallville has spent the past seven seasons developing the complicated relationship between Clark and Lana, which is an essential part of Superman's mythology. However, it's no secret that Clark eventually ends up with the feisty Lois Lane in the comic books. From the moment Lois was introduced in Smallville's fourth season, fans have wondered if the series would eventually pair her with Clark. With Kristin Kreuk leaving the series as it moves into what may be its final season, should the writers begin laying the foundation for the future romance between Clark and Lois?


Many Smallville fans would like to see season 8 focus on Clark's progression into Superman, especially if it's the final year of the show. The series has adhered to the "no flights, no tights" rule for years now, but this refusal to evolve Clark's character has resulted in some less than stellar story lines. Now that Tom Welling is in his thirties, I think it's safe to let him play a grown up for at least one season. While I don't expect Clark to be yanking on red and blue tights any time soon, it would be great to see him officially take on the role of a superhero.


Of course, being a superhero means having a very complicated love life, and this is where the great Lois (Erica Durance) versus Lana debate comes in. Though everyone knows that Lana doesn't end up with Clark, the writers have spent a lot of time developing their romance over the years. If the show wrapped up with the two of them separated and moving along two different paths, it's possible the "Clana" fans would feel cheated and upset. It wouldn't hurt to give those fans a happy ending, even if deep down they knew the romance wouldn't last.


On the other hand, Kristin Kreuk will only be appearing in a handful of episodes next season, which may make a happy ending for Clana fans impossible. With Lana out of the picture, it seems like the perfect time to start something subtle between Clark and Lois. I don't think they should date or hook up in any way, but I'd like to see an ending that makes it obvious they're destined for one another. If the show wants to leave us with a hint of the man Clark will be in the future, having him end up with Lana would be a bit of a cheat. We all know how the story goes, so why not move it along?


Now that Smallville is moving into its eighth and possibly final season, it's time to let Clark evolve. Let him take to the skies, let him embrace being a hero, and let him move on from Lana and begin thinking about a certain feisty reporter.

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Jun 3, 2016 12:50PM EDT

Man should u even ask....he needs to Superman and Supergirl would get together...and they ended up turning out to be family.

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Jun 15, 2008 2:02PM EDT

as you have mentioned, Clark would end up with Lois in the comics... i would love to see Clark and Kara getting it on....

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Jun 15, 2008 2:53PM EDT

o crap...my sentence didn't type out earlier o_O what i was saying is He need to get rid of Lana and go after Lois finally...and then i said when i was little i always thought superman and supergirl would get together but then i found out they were related...

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Jun 15, 2008 5:31PM EDT

eww Clark and Kara...they're cousins!! yeah Lana is gone she's old news, dead...DONE!! loland they should go how the story should end with clark and lois!

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Jun 15, 2008 8:46PM EDT

Lois Lane! She's the hottest, knows him the best, most liked by Martha and together Lois & Clark would make the hottest kids ever. lol

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Jun 15, 2008 11:54PM EDT

LOIS LANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FTW!!!

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Jun 16, 2008 8:26AM EDT

EWWWWW...Clark and Kara are RELATED!!! Cousins, seriously...incestual much?
LOIS AND CLARK FOREVA!!! I mean, even w/o knowing his true identity, she understands him so much better than Lana did before she knew!

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Jun 16, 2008 4:19PM EDT

The way things are going, he will end up with Chloe. It will be a way for the writers and crew to say "f u!!" to the fans for complaining about Smallvile not bein superman. Its what they been doing to fans since day 1.
So frankly i give up and dont care how things go. he can get together with Martian Manhunter for all i care, as long as the entire thing ends with Clark floating at least 5 feet off the ground without being under the influence of red kryptonite or it being a dream/flashback.

Haha, dream on viewer, we do what be like so "screw you!!" BWHAHAHAHAHHAAAA!!!!

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Jun 17, 2008 9:43AM EDT

As far as I am concerned, Lana has always been the one for Clark. Besides, when Tom and Erika are on the screen, they just don´t convey anything special (emotionally speaking) - better Clark and Chloe for that matter. So I just hope the finale will be a great surprise to all of us.

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Jun 17, 2008 2:17PM EDT

think Clark will end up with Green Arrow to be honest.....
they both like spandex after all ;)

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Jun 17, 2008 2:26PM EDT

Yeah, he should be hitting Lois by now... well we can honestly say that we haven't witnessed the sexual tension between the two of them. so why don't he just rock her world already...LITERALLY! LOL

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Jun 18, 2008 11:59PM EDT

Hello! One can already see things developing between Lois and Clark, gang. They started out hating each other, then it's moved to where they are very good friends. Such is as good relationships oftimes begin.

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Jun 21, 2008 2:03PM EDT

AHHHHHHHH, personally .. I would love to see Clark and Chloe together, that poor girl has dumped her heart out to him so many times and has been a wonderful friend to Clark for so long!! As far as Clark and Lana... NOOOOOOO.... their relationship [alot like the one i just ended] has been full of lies and hurt, Im sorry but no matter how much you love someone you cant live down that much pain, regret, and lies. Clark and Lois obviously are together in the end.. so i guess that will have to be okay. Lol.
But wait... I've missed a few seasons here, right now I am in the middle of season 5, where Jonathan dies. WHHHHHHAT... LEX LEAVES???!??!??? WTF. NOOOOOOOOO!!! :( Lana leaving is, uh.... normal... she's always saying goodbye... but LEX... what is SMALLVILLE aka SUPERMAN without his natural born enemy!? I am VERY disappointed to read this. *sobs* Its like, Cher without Sonny, ok bad example, tom without jerry.... GOSH...

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Jun 24, 2008 11:18AM EDT

wow, very interesting remarks...i wud hate to see clark with chloe...i mean, it wud just ruin their friendship...that one episode, when under the influence of red K, he got it on with chloe...it was weird..no chemistry, i wud say...
urm, Lana...well, i love kristin n i love lana...but i think its time for the final goodbye!!! clana have been goin at it long enuf...mayb one last make-up thing, no strings attached to satisfy the clana fans!
Kara...all i can say is...EWWW!! Cousins...incestual much?
Lois...aah...there u go...clark's ultimate supporter..except as we saw with her relationship with oliver queen/Green Arrow...it's not gonna happen...cuz she said she cant be with someone like that...n Clark is someone like that...
I know, lyssarae83, it's horrible that lex is leaving...without the LL duo, im not sure Smallville's ratings will be too high...personally, i loved michael's performance every week!!!

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Jul 29, 2008 1:23AM EDT

Lana pls ....... I can't imagine watching smallville without kk. Seven years of lies and deception.....give the girl a break .....she deserves her ck by her side.....

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Aug 28, 2008 9:56PM EDT

I wish Kara wasnt Clarks cousin and they would hook up

DAMN :(:(:(

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Dec 5, 2008 7:24AM EST

Clark should most DEFINATELY end up with Lois...its not even a question. Lets just revise the Lana situation...is all she has ever done is hold clark back. He's spent years chasing after her and even when she found out about his powers did it really change anything? And Clark cannot end up with Lana coz of who is she now...that totally goes against everything he believes in. Since she finished with Lex, lana has been sculkin' about in the name of Clark doin' all these dodgy things and the whole time they've been on off...shes been possessed by his secret. She finally learnt it and still shes obsessed. Why would Clark need her help, she makes things worse.
And i'm so NOT happy with her appearance in The Bride....she totally stole Lois's thunder and Lois SHOULD kick her ass! Lois & Chloe are the best because they push clark to be the best he can....to embrace his destiny...Smallville needs them, Lana just whines!
Ps. Sorry to cuss off lana, i used to like her but now shes just annoyin' and i think she just disrupts the plot rather than carrys it forward.

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Feb 6, 2009 6:28PM EST

I think tha t since lana has been clarks child hood love they should end up together and I agree with the whole clark supeman thing

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Feb 6, 2009 6:36PM EST

you an all a bunch of whineres lana ia no.1 for clark nolt lois she is already not intrested in double life hello oliver/green arrow but lana and clark it has been good but somet kept getting in the way so I think that with evarthing done they should be together as the greatest hero couple eve and have a kid to carry on there legacy which cant happen with lois

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Feb 6, 2009 6:38PM EST

I fully support lazeroo 100%

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Mar 5, 2009 6:17PM EST

Clark should stay with Lana. The producer's spent 8 years building up their relationship and now the fans, Clark and Lana are supposed to end up with nothing?

Lois once told him that he would recognize his soulmate the first time she walked in the door. Did he recognize you, Lois? I think not. He's been in love with Lana since he was 5 years old.

Lois doesn't deserve him. She's a bitch who belittles him. Lois is also conceited. She feel for the suit/Superman first. She slept her way into her job, and she didn't even graduate from college. She dresses like a bimbo and she sleeps around.

Lana loves the man, not the job he does. Clana's relationship was build first on friendship, then love and they've been through so many obstacles and still they end up together, more deeply in love than before. If that isn't true love, then what is?

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Jul 17, 2009 9:03AM EDT

kristin kreuk is so much prettier than whoever plays lois. but thats my opinion.
staying on topic however, i don't particularly think lois and clark should be together. i know this is 'superman' we're talking about, but so far - i haven't seen all of season 8 yet, i see nothing special between lois and clark.
lois has made it very clear she doesn't want to be with a 'superhero.' e.g green arrow. no matter how much he tries i still believe clark loves lana more than anything or anyone, and like 'clarkloveslana' said, "Lois once told him that he would recognize his soulmate the first time she walked in the door." the only girl clark ever had that feeling for was lana. she also pointed out how much they've been through yet both of them still love each other no matter.
clark always shows affection and love to everyone of his friends. but he's only ever shown the kind of love somebody only has for that one person with lana. so even if he is "destined" to be with lois. i still think he'll always be in love with lana lang.
in any case i never thought clark and lois ended up together either. i thought it was the whole - your destiny is to save the world jig jig jag blah blah. then again i've never read the entire series of comics or the whole story of superman.i also found from previous superman series it was lois that always needed saving because she always did the stupidest things. at least lana does stupid things to make her and clark's life easier. even if it doesn't always work out. lois just gets abducted, trapped, or walks into mortal peril.

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Jan 29, 2014 3:06AM EST

I only just discovered Smallville. I was only nine when it first aired. It's one of the few shows I could binge on and not get bored. Though I only made it to the beginning of season 4.

When I started the show, I didn't put two and two together. It didn't occur to me that this was Clark Kent. The Superman. So Lois Lane never even entered my mind. I fell in love with Clark and Lana. Max and Liz from Roswell would always be my favorite TV couple, but these two threatened their place in my heart. I wanted these two together more than anything. Then I heard Chloe mention Lois Lane. I paused my computer screen. That named sounded familiar. Like Superman familiar. So I googled Lois Lane. I was right. She's superman's girl. This terrible feeling appeared in my stomach. If he's Clark Kent and Lois Lane exists, how can he end up with Lana Lang? These thoughts plagued my mind. I tried to continue, to no avail. This gut wrenching feeling deepened in my stomach. Before I could go any further, I needed to know. Will Clark end up with Lana? Or will this mysterious Lois Lane make an appearance and still his heart?

I avoided temptation. I didn't Google it. Then she showed up and Clark didn't seem the least bit interested in her. He was still smitten with Lana. I was Happy.

I was in denial. I wanted to believe it. But doubts plagued me. The sick feeling in my stomach remained. Lois didn't seem to be going away. She kept reappearing. I needed to know for sure. So I did it. I googled the question "Will Clark Kent end up with Lana Lang? Everyone knew the answer to that question. Everyone but me. That sick feeling remained in my stomach for days. But after binging on CW's Beauty and the Beast and watching Catherine and Vincent together my heart is almost healed.

But the feeling still remains. Even now I can't seem to continue Smallville. I felt cheated, heart broken, and upset. I don't understand why they spent so much time building this relationship, if there was no happy ending in sight. I can watch all the heart break, pain, and betrayal, as long as I know eventually the characters will be together, because they love each other, and it's meant to be. I don't understand why they would do such a thing if he was destined to end up with Lois. I feel really badly for all the Lana and Clark fans who followed the show for years, only to realize there wasn't going to be a Lana and Clark in the end. I'm glad I was only nine when this show came out, and was too young to experience this heart break and betrayal.

Though if there are any Lana and Clark fans out there still reading this, I do have a couple of questions? Did Lana at least get a happy ending? Do you wish you could unwatch what you saw. As a Lana and Clark fan, do you recommend me continuing with the series, or will I only reopen the wound before it's healed, only to be disappointed. Do you recommend I not continue?

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Vincenzo Elias
Nov 25, 2016 9:52PM EST

I honestly hated Lois and Erica Durance the whole series,maybe the actress way of overactig that was disturbing or maybe was her face or the fact that Lois appears to be lame and definetvly not the pure heart girl they want convince us she is,people likes her just cause they see the superman girl,but looking at her like a person,a human being we could actually realize she is in the end a bad person and many times she kinda show that like how she has no moral,she basically get her job sleeping with Julian Luthor,she steals from clark from chloe from crime scene just to have scoops,she dresses provocative and acts like a whore the way she looks at guys bite his lips...the kind of girl u sleep with one night and then goodbye ,but none WANTS to see that cause that would crush their mith and usually everyone hates Lana just because she is not the canonic girl of CK world and people wanted her to leave earlier so there could be Clois, but being objective is clear that in smallville Lana is the only real "one" and they both feel this way,their love resisted everything,and all the time they break up they then get back stronger and with more mature relationship than before... if they dont see each other for a while,when they meet they just fall in love all over again and thats helped by the amazing feeling and chemestry between Kristen and Tom.I find annoying that fanatic people just dont want to admit it cause they cant stand a superman story when Clark Kent soul mate is not Lois Lane.In SV universe Lois is just a second choice,plus i think lois is a slutty,selfish bitch.She does not deserve Clark,always treated him bad(and if someone is gonna take out the "lana doesnt respect clark, treat him bad as well or plays mind game",imma remember u right now that if this happens is because clark totally break her heart and pushes her away,so she did it cause she felt betrayed and she hide her love with hate and lex kinda helped her in that lil bit,with lois he gets bad treatment and belittles without having never done anything bad to her,but due real unrespect for the simple farmboy),and never really had faith in him,she was ready to leave him for her career,and decided to stay just after she founds he's the Blur,cause she never fall in love with CK as the man but as the superpowered hero,prooving how shallow she is.And i think people noticed that and thats why so many times they try to convince us they belong togheter by giving someone that look at em as a couple a line like "finally" or " we already knew" "u are what he needs" ecc.ecc. cause they know that they way the build it up,its not believable so if the show cant show us they must convince with words.Lana leaving the show was what made the 2 last season shit,all cause writers were afraid or couldnt change the classic superman story.SV Lois is a baby in a grown up body and she can not even be compared with Lana,in terms of beauty and as a person,Lana was ready to sacrifice everything for Clark,she did sacrifice her wellness marrying Lex to protect him,she was brave,unselfish and smart and way too beatiful ,Lois was arrogant,bossy and bithcy anf kind of a slut,she wasnt ready to sacrifice a job offer for Clark,and before knowing his secret she many time acted behind his back for selfish reasons or simply cause she didnt trusted him as CK but started when she discover he's the blur,and u can see how extremly conceited she is when she ask Chloe "She couldnt make the sacrifice he needed?" about why Clana didnt work,Lana instead no matter their problem or who they were dating,has trusted Clark Kent since she knew it even if he was a simple farmboy,she trusted and fall in love with the person and not the superhero and there is a little but substantial difference...when Lois find out clarks secret she basically realized he was special and she shouldnt let him go and started to really trust him kinda changing the way she saw him,Lana on the other side always knew clark was the one and was somehow special,and when she discovers his secret the only thing changed was that she understood the reasons of clark behaviour, that clark didnt lied to her or left her cause he didnt love her(she was convinced those were the reasons,due the fact she grew up with out her parents, she had tipical lack of affection wich made her insecure about those thing) but cause he DID.People wake up and take off ur blinders,in the smallvile universe Lois Lane will never truly replace Lana Lang,is a consolation prize and that relationship and feeling just came out of nowhere cause writers wanted it,but the way they wrote Clana story will just make impossible for us to belive that Clois is the real and true love.Open ur mind,stories can be changed and u dont have to belive a fake love just cause thats how it should be,u can belive in the real love of the story, and the fact that the writers were too afraid to change the mith of Lois and Clark,doesnt mean people cant accept the truth,that the Big love of the story is between Clark and Lana and how their relationship grew with timestarted as friendship, then became love and how they've been through so many obstacles and there was always something between em but still they always end up together,stronger couple and more deeply in love than before. To me the Best love story ever showed and after that i cant truly belive in any story Clark has.I started to watch the show that i was 5 and pretty much always followed and i remeber that when i realized Lana was gone for ever,i simply quitted...Now i grew up and once in a while re watch it and eventually i finished the whole series,but after one watch of S 9&10,I usually now just stop to 8x13 and i just figure they start their love life as super couple and how a healty relation with lana will make him fly and become superman...if i watch season 9 &10 too i just see smallville as the story of the impossible love of 2 soul mates who couldnt be together cause destiny was against them,and how Clark had to adapt to what he could get from life and how he learned to love it.

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