Clark Kent/Lois Lane
|Pairing:||Clark Kent/Lois Lane|
|Alternative name(s):||Clois, CK/LL|
|Gender category:||Het, M/F|
|Fandom:||DC Comics, DC Comics Animated Universe, Superman, Superman Returns, Smallville, Man of Steel, Justice League|
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Clark/Superman and Lois debuted in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. In a preview of things to come, Superman rescues Lois in the first story.
For decades, the comics played around with Clark/Superman and Lois's relationship with a two-person love triangle. At this time, Superman was the dominant personality, and Clark the "creation". The scene in Action Comics #1 where Clark seems to cowardly duck away from a man attempting to mug her, only for Superman to save her, established their relationship; the shy Clark and the confident Superman. Lois was often more interested in Superman than his mild-mannered alter ego. This stifled their relationship for decades because Clark/Superman could not tell Lois about his true nature.
Things changed in the 1980s, with the publication of Crisis on Infinite Earths and "The Man of Steel" by John Byrne. The former tied of years of DC Comics continuity by merging its multiverse into a single universe, the latter was the first post-Crisis "reboot" of the character. In "Man of Steel", Clark was the dominant personality, Superman the creation. This allowed Lois to finally fall in love with Clark and Superman, clearing the way for more stories between the two, and they eventually fall in love. Clark even proposed to Lois in 1990 and revealed his alter-ego just a few weeks later.
In 1996, decades of flirting finally ended. "Superman: The Wedding Album was released in December of that year. It is famous not just for bucking decades of comic book conventions and letting two characters get married, but also because of the roster of talent contributing to it, including every living Superman artist who could hold a pencil contributing to the artwork.
Since then, Clark and Lois have been in a steady marriage. In 2006, in the storyline "Last Son" involving "Superman: The Movie" director Richard Donner, they adopted a boy, Christopher Kent, aka Lor-Zod, the biological son of a longtime Superman foe General Zod.
The New 52 shook things up for Clark and Lois. In this new rebooted continuity, Clark and Lois were younger, and no longer married. Fans were disappointed, not just because they broke up Clark and Lois, but because it looked like DC had wasted decades of development. To add insult to injury, New 52 Superman entered a romantic relationship with Wonder Woman, and Lois even exposed his true identity. While not the biggest reason, it is a possible factor in the New 52's low sales. To save face, the pre-New 52 Clark and Lois were re-introduced, this time with a son, Jon, who has become a popular character in his own right.
With DC Rebirth, this pre-New 52 Clark and Lois are back to status quo, and it looks like things will stay steady for them in comics continuity.
The early seasons of the show revolved around the couple's UST and the love triangle with Superman, even though Lois nearly marries Lex Luthor and both date others (Mayson Drake, Dan Scardino). Once Lois learns Clark's alternate identity, they soon get engaged, but there's a weird & unpopular arc where Clark accidentally marries a frog-eating Lois clone before the couple finally marry. Most of the final season has them working together as husband and wife.
Lois and Clark originally only had a brother/sister relationship in the first couple seasons together (both also officially paired off with other people). They become canon in Season 9, officially dating, while in Season 10 had them getting engaged.
Supergirl and the Arrowverse
The pairing is one of the most iconic couples in all of popular culture and their relationship is integral to all Superman media. Breaking them up is considered sacrilege, even by laypeople.
Lois & Clark
The pairing is almost completely dominant in this fandom, with very little else written, except occasionally as a prequel to the "true" relationship. Tropes include:
- revelation stories
- first time stories, often with Clark as a virgin
- amnesia stories set during alternate versions of the Nightfall episode, 'All Shook Up'
- hurt/comfort stories, often where Lois takes care of an injured Superman
- episode tags to 'That Old Gang of Mine' (TOGOM), in which Lois believes Clark to have died
- alien sex stories exploring Clark's non-human nature and especially how he & Lois might have children together
- immortal-Clark angst
- stories where Lois is reincarnated
- pretend couple stories, often undercover investigating a story
- Green Card stories and other forced or accidental marriage scenarios
- canonical alternate dimensions with alt-Clark or alt-Lois from the 'Tempus, Anyone?' episodes
- and many more...
With Lois Lane's first appearance in Season 4, the pairing took off in a big way. Some fans had already shipped them together do their comicsverse relationship and the fact that it was more than likely endgame, however a lot of other fans were disappointed the series went that way due to them shipping Clark with Chloe, Lana or Lex. The pairing is sometimes referred to as 'Clois'.
Most common tropes/storylines:
In the Reeveverse fandom Clark/Lois is the most popular pairing.
In the DCEU fandom Clark/Lois is one of the most common het pairings in the fandom under Diana/Steve Trevor and Joker/Harley. It is sometimes in a threesome with Bruce Wayne. One of the most common storylines take place Post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Supergirl and the Arrowverse
Since the beginning of the Supergirl (TV series), the Clark/Lois pairing was often referenced to for parallels between Kara Danvers ships and Clois (namely Kara/Lena now). The pairing often appeared as a background pairing or sometimes secondary pairing in fanfiction set within Supergirl's universe and the rest of the Arrowverse, often piggybacking on their comicsverse history or other Lois/Clark fandoms namely Man of Steel/DCU and Smallville. Due to the lack of the physical presence/screentime of Superman in Season 1, there were a few fanworks that focused solely on Clark/Superman/Lois's journey before Kara/Supergirl.
Lois & Clark
- Strange Visitor From the Congo by Wendy Richards. Alternate universe Lois (1999)
- Are You Lonesome Tonight...? by Doc Klein's LabRat. Amnesia story, AU 'All Shook Up' (2000)
- When Friends Become Lovers by Kathy Brown & Demi. Post-TOGOM (2000)
- Static by Kasuchi, Rated Explicit, "You haven't forgotten that we're partners, have you?" When Clark gets sent on a round-the-world assignment detail, he and Lois communicate via phonecalls.
- Volar (Or, Flight) by Kasuchi, When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
- Somos (We Are) by Kasuchi, We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
- Integration (Five People Who Had Lois and Clark Figured Out) by Kasuchi, though love be a day and life be nothing, it shall not stop kissing.
- Keep Up Smallville by d00li (2009)
- Superman and Lois flying by northernlights817 (2007)
- Lois and Clark Tie The Knot by Superchica (2006)
Man of Steel
The above list of fanworks are separated by fandom. However if there are any that are multi-fandom, an AU, or it is unclear what it is place it below:
- Clois and Lois calling Clark "Smallville", a parallel of gifs from DCUAOM, Supergirl (TV series), Smallville, and Superman: The Animated Series.
- Lois putting Clark's glasses on, a parallel of gifs from Supergirl (TV series) and Smallville.
- Lois and Clark by adilsantosa (art, 2012)
- made for loving you by eternallyfate, mainly a fanvid of Clois in the Arrowverse, however it also honors various different Superman fandoms of scenes of certain Clois moments (the engagement, Clark catching/rescuing Lois and flying together)
Archives and Communities
- Clark Kent/Lois Lane tagged works on AO3
- Clark/Lois works at FFN category Superman (comics)
- Clark/Lois works at FFN category Superman (films)
- Clark/Lois works at FFN category Smallville
- Clark/Lois works at FFN category Lois and Clark
- Clark/Lois works at FFN category Supergirl (TV series)
- The Clois Fanfiction Archive
- Prologue (defunct)
- Cloisverse, community for any version
- svclois, Archived version, community for the Smallville version (defunct)
- clois_icons, icons comm
- cloisfic, fanfiction comm
- 12 Days of Clois, Archived version, a holiday challenge comm (defunct)
- inhereyes_icons, icon comm
- clois_vids, vids comm
- clois_fest, static fest comm
- cloisicontest, static icontest comm
- clois_news, static news comm
- clois_scans, static scans comm
- clois_daily, static daily comm
- At Smallville Multishippers Clois tags are: banners, fanfic, icons, manips, videos, wallpaper
- Are You True?, the Smallville fanlisting for the relationship
- Redboots.net, fansite
- Happy Ending.org, (defunct) previous location for the above fanlisting and fansite
- Pimp the Clois (defunct Smallville ship fanlisting, archive link)
- Devoted to Clois (defunct fansite, archive link)
- Moon Gazing (defunct fansite, archive link)
- Forever Clois.com (defunct fansite, archive link)
- Prologue (defunct fansite?, archive link)
- Secret-Friends.net (defunct fansite, archive link)
- Being with you is stronger than me alone., essay by seersha at ship_manifesto (2004)
- Shipper's manifesto: Lois Lane/Clark Kent by verogeller at het_reccers (2012)
- Clark and Lois relationship at Smallville Wiki
- Superman and Lois Lane on Wikipedia