Clark relies a great deal on personal experiences when thinking about the potential Smallville has for his family. He wants to move them back to the farm and raise them there, just the same way his parents raised him; he feels that was his mother’s last wish for him, and intends to honor it. Selling his sons on the idea, he talks a lot to them about all the great times he had, in the expectation of having them again, with the boys. Clark is also down to earth and in some ways, more practical in his thinking than Lois – after he is temporarily corrupted and turns bad, he manages to fight his way out of it by his love for his family, but then says if it has happened once, it can happen again. It would be wrong to destroy weapons that could save the planet from him, if he ever again became unhinged and homicidal. So he argues that they should keep them, because no one can predict what “could” happen to him. Clark is warm and generous, able to keep up the façade of a bumbling reporter, despite spending an immense amount of energy caring for the needs of his planet. He tries to convince his half-brother to come to the side of good by appealing to his better nature, and also uses his immense love for his family and his compassion for humanity to fight the mind-control. He would rather give up his true self than lose his sons, and agrees to go with his brother if he will leave the Kents alone. Clark is quick to address his feelings with his wife and talk things through with her, also over-protective of his kids and considerate of their emotional needs. He gets on Jon’s case for teasing Jordan where it hurts, but also wants to carefully test his son’s abilities, think them through, discus them, and help him learn to control them for others’ safety. Clark does not put much stock in his own insights; he trusts his instincts less than his wife, who in his mind sees a monster around every corner. He’s more skeptical of her hunches than she is, and also has a more open-minded approach toward the future—a frontier in which he believes anything could happen, for good or ill.

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Clark believes he was put on earth to do good by its citizens, by helping them wherever he can – flying to their rescue, leaping into burning buildings, putting out literal and proverbial fires. He’s often neglectful of his family’s together time, because he rushes off to attend to some global or local disaster. But you could also say that “family” and “loved ones” are at the center of this thoughts at all times; he protects them, loves them, talks them through problems, thinks about how to deepen his relationship to them, yearns to bring them into the knowledge of his secret, and goes out of his way to protect them (one time, by using his super-hearing to show up at his son’s school and stop him from being bullied, much to Jordan’s frustration). Clark feels an enormous burden at his need to hold back his anger, to repress his strength, and to not treat humans poorly – he confesses to his wife that being under the influence of an alien entity and fighting with all his strength felt good, natural, and it scared him how much he liked the feeling of uncontrolled power. He’s so worried that he might give in to those urges and do bad things, he insists on others being able to kill him if he ever loses control and becomes a liability.