Jonathan Kent (Smallville)

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Name: Jonathan Kent
Occupation: farmer
Location: Smallville, Kansas
Status: Deceased
Relationships: Martha Kent (wife), Clark Kent (adopted son)
Fandom: Smallville
Other: Portrayed by John Schneider
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Jonathan Kent is a main character on the television show Smallville based on the character from the comics with the same name.


He is an organic farmer whose family had lived in the town of Smallville for a long time. He married Martha Clark, a city girl from Metropolis, and they adopted a son Clark, actually an alien from the planet Krypton. He died in season 5 of the show.

Fannish Engagement with the Character

Jonathan Kent is often referred to as Bo Kent in fannish discussions because John Schneider, the actor who played Jonathan Kent, is well known for his role of Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard.

Fans frequently refer to Jonathan's platitudes, such as "those cows won't feed themselves," in ways that range from lovingly mocking to hatefully mocking. His character was sometimes seen as one note, and Jonathan tends to be less popular in fanworks than the other parental-generation characters.

Fanon about the Character

One trope in fanfiction was that Jonathan would do anything to protect Clark's secret, leading to darkfic. His canonical hatred of the Luthor family often extended to rejecting Clark's relationship with Lex in Clark/Lex stories.


The main ship for Jonathan is with his wife, Martha. A rare pairing is Jonathan/Lana.

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