Jordan was born a few minutes before his twin brother Jonathan. When the twins were born, their parents took them to the Fortress of Solitude and tested them for superpowers. The tests indicated they were unlikely to develop powers and therefore Clark decided not to reveal his secret to them, although Lois wanted to.
While Jonathan was outgoing and popular, Jordan was socially withdrawn and suffered from a severe anxiety disorder. Jordan was very close to his brother who would often try to protect and look after him, but occasionally felt jealous of how everything came easily to Jonathan. He also had a distant relationship with his father, who was often absent and who he feared preferred Jonathan to him.
As a child Jordan took piano lessons, but quit when his anxiety got too bad for him to perform.
The week that the Kent brothers started high school, their grandmother Martha Kent suddenly died. At the funeral reception in Smallville they met a local girl named Sarah Cushing who Jordan was instantly smitten with. While attempting to impress Sarah, Jordan fell from a hayloft and a stack of heavy metal poles fell on him. Jonathan threw himself on top of Jordan, seemingly shielding him, and both boys walked away with only minor injuries.
While their parents were in town, Jordan and Jonathan investigated the barn and found a secret underground chamber where their father’s space pod was stored. When Lois and Clark returned, the brothers confronted them and Clark revealed that he was Superman, and that they believed Jonathan had inherited his superpowers. Jordan was devastated by the years of lies, blaming his half-Kryptonian nature for his mental health problems, and by the implication that Jonathan was the better and more worthy son.
That night, Jordan went to a party at the Shuster mines with Sarah, who revealed that she had seen him taking his psychiatric medication and that she had mental health issues of her own, having attempted suicide the previous year. Jordan mistook Sara’s friendly overtures for romantic interest and kissed her, and her boyfriend Sean then attacked him. Jonathan stepped in to defend Jordan but Sean and his friends overpowered and began beating both brothers. While watching his brother get assaulted, Jordan suddenly demonstrated heat vision, blasting a nearby bonfire and causing an explosion which scattered the partygoers.
Clark arrived and took them both back to the farmhouse, where Jordan remembered that when Jonathan jumped on top of him, he had felt a surge of strength and turned them over so that Jordan was shielding Jonathan instead, revealing that he was the one with superpowers. Clark admitted to Jordan that he hadn’t always been there for him but promised to do better.
The Kents relocated to Smallville, to be closer as a family and to allow Jordan to safely explore his powers. His parents decided to keep him out of school until he had full control over his powers. Clark took Jordan to the Fortress of Solitude where the hologram of Jor-El tutored him on Kryptonian history and culture, telling him he would be the one to ensure the heritage of Krypton survived. The additional attention from his father and the feeling of being special briefly improved Jordan’s self esteem until the tests at the Fortress indicated that, besides above average levels of strength and durability, his displays of superpowers were freak occurrences and he would never be able to use them at will or be like Superman.
When they returned home Jordan was distraught that he was not apparently special and got into a shouting match with Jon, who was angry at his life being disrupted for Jordan’s benefit. That night the brothers made up and he thanked Jon for agreeing to move to Smallville and for always protecting him. The next morning Clark allowed him to go to school as long as he took a signalling device that would allow him to call for help in an emergency.
Jordan and Sarah became friends and they would often hang out together at school, which made him a target for further bullying by Sean and his friends, even after Sarah broke up with Sean. In order to confront his bullies on their own ground he tried out for the football team against Jonathan’s advice, and proved to be an excellent player due to his superior strength and toughness, mowing down the kids who had picked on him. During a drill where players would attempt to tackle each other one on one, he knocked Sean down then apologised for kissing Sarah and helped him up.
Jordan began to come out of his shell as the team accepted him, but when Clark learned that Jordan had joined the team he forbade him to play, fearing he could hurt someone due to his powers. Jordan was upset by this as he believed he barely had superpowers, and bitterly told his father he preferred it when he was absent. Jonathan convinced Clark that playing football was beneficial for Jordan and Clark agreed to let him play if it was what he really wanted, which Jordan assured him it was.
Jordan quickly became the team’s star player and popular among his teammates. His mental health improved considerably and he ceased to have anxiety attacks. He also continued to develop his friendship with Sarah. The twin’s grandfather General Sam Lane came to Smallville ostensibly to watch Jonathan’s first game for the Smallville Crows, but really to chastise Clark for neglecting his heroic duties in Metropolis. Sam saw Jordan play and realised that he had superpowers, and invited himself to stay with the Kents for the weekend. Sam privately told the boys not to distract their father from his duties as Superman, warning them that people could be in danger if the greatest force for good in the world was not totally focussed on his work.
At a party, Jonathan’s friend Tag fled alone into the woods in distress, and the brothers chased after him. They found Tag suffering immense pain from uncontrollable superspeed. As Tag had been injured by bonfire explosion, Jordan believed that he had somehow bestowed superpowers on Tag. Jonathan wanted to call Clark for help, but Jordan, remembering Sam’s warnings and blaming himself for Tag’s situation, tried to help him. Tag threw Jordan away, knocking him unconscious. Jonathan used Jordan’s ELT to call Clark, who quickly arrived and subdued Tag.
Back at home, Jonathan assured Jordan that he was not responsible for Tag’s problems, which was proved true when Sam explained that government scientists had determined Tag’s powers came from being exposed to an unknown element in the mines. When Clark asked why Jordan had tried to deal with Tag himself instead of calling for help, the brothers revealed that Sam had warned them not to bother Clark with their problems, to their parent’s fury.
Sarah asked Jordan to go on a date to Smallville’s Harvest Festival with her, which was Jordan’s first date ever. The night of the Festival, Sarah and Jordan talked and got closer, however the moment was ruined when Jonathan arrived with two older boys and drunkenly made fun of them both. Disgusted with Jon’s behaviour due to her father’s alcoholism, Sarah stormed off. The next day she told Jordan she was not ready to date anyone at the moment, but asked that they stay friends, which he agreed to.
As Jordan was walking home, he was ambushed by Tag, who blamed Jordan for his condition. Tag beat Jordan up but he was able to call his father for help. Superman chased Tag off and Jordan was able to make his way home.
After the attack Jordan began experiencing painful migraines triggered by his developing super-hearing. Jonathan wanted to tell their parents but Jordan was worried Clark would forbid him to play if he knew and begged Jonathan not to tell. The Crows’ next game was against Jonathan’s old team in Metropolis, which was made up of the kids used to pick on Jordan and he desperately wanted to beat them.
At the game, Jordan was temporarily incapacitated by another migraine and did not protect the Crows’ quarterback, resulting in him being hurt when he was tackled by Cutter, Jordan’s former grade school bully. Jonathan was sent in to replace him and the Kent brothers managed to rally the team and lead them to an unlikely victory, with Jordan viciously blocking Cutter when he tried to tackle Jonathan. In the final play, the entire Metropolis team piled on Jordan and the two teams fought. Jordan had another attack and an uncontrollable burst of heat vision, which Clark blocked with his hand.
Back at the hotel room, Jonathan told Clark about Jordan’s migraines and he chastised them for not telling him. Clark had to leave when Sarah’s mother called him and he learned that Sarah had been kidnapped by Tag. When Clark went out to look for Sarah some of their teammates invited them to go out and celebrate, which Jordan enthusiastically agreed to although Jonathan was reluctant. Cutter and some other Metropolis players tracked them down and began to harass Jordan, with Cutter trying to goad him into a fight. Although Jonathan tried to talk him down, Jordan swung at Cutter’s head with his full strength, which would have seriously injured him if it connected. Jonathan caught Jordan’s fist in midair, which shattered the bones in his hand. Jordan was wracked with guilt but Jonathan refused to accept his apology and Clark was furious with him for using his powers in anger.
The next day Sarah told Jordan Tag’s theory and assured him that if something was going on he could tell her. Jordan told her he had no idea what Tag was talking about but she was unconvinced. Having disappointed his father, hurt his brother and lied to his only friend, Jordan broke down crying and told Lois he wished he didn’t have powers. He had another, far more severe migraine and then fell to the floor having a seizure. Clark looked at his brain with his X-ray vision and then frantically flew him to the Fortress.
At the Fortress the Jor-El hologram confirmed Clark's suspicions that Jordan's super-hearing had activated. He attempted to teach Jordan how to control his hearing by focussing on a single sound, but Jordan was unable to handle the sensory overload and was only able to function by using noise-cancelling headphones. He eventually managed to focus his hearing on Sarah, and overheard her and Jonathan talking. Believing that Jonathan was attempting to flirt with Sarah, he punched a hole in the wall in a rage. When Jonathan came home Jordan confronted him, accusing Jonathan of making moves on Sarah. They argued and Jordan was unable to tolerate the pain of Jonathan shouting at him, eventually collapsing when Jonathan slapped the wall.
That night, Jordan overheard their father being attacked. The brothers put their conflict aside to save him and Jordan used his hearing to guide Jonathan in their fathers truck to the warehouse where the fight was taking place. After the attacker was defeated and the family was safely at home Jordan apologised to Jonathan for spying on him and for the fact that Jonathan needed to lie to cover for him. They made up and their parents decided to no longer keep secrets from them, promising to answer any questions they had. Jordan asked them to explain who the man that attacked Clark was.
After injuring Jonathan, Jordan quit the football team. As he went to hand in his uniform he met Sarah, who was considering auditioning for a school musical revue. She was ambivalent about auditioning, but Jordan convinced her to as he had had to quit music was a child. At the audition, Sarah’s father failed to show up as promised and she was too nervous to perform alone, so Jordan offered to accompany her on the piano and the two gave an excellent performance.
During final rehearsals on the day of the revue, Jordan suddenly began sneezing and coughing up freezing air. He called Clark who rushed him home, and Jordan’s condition rapidly deteriorated as he became dangerously ill. Lois and Clark quickly deduced that Jordan had been accidentally infected by a Kryptonite-based bioweapon developed by the Army which Clark had earlier been exposed to. Jordan wanted to go back and not let Sarah down, but he began having difficulty breathing and Clark flew him to the Fortress. The Jor-El hologram scanned him and determined that the Kryptonite in his lungs had caused a respiratory infection and his lungs were filling with fluid. The infection had also triggered his freeze breath and the fluid was beginning to solidify, which would kill him. The only treatment was to burn the Kryptonite out of him. The procedure was intensely painful but Jordan made a full recovery.
The next day Sarah agreed to speak to him and told the twins how she believed her father’s alcoholism had finally gotten too much. Believing she deserved to know the truth they told her that Kyle had actually been possessed and took her to see him where the Army was holding him prisoner. The Kryptonian possessing Kyle mocked Sarah, telling her that her father was dead, and Sarah felt terrible that the last thing her father heard her say was her calling him a drunk. Jordan tried to comfort her and encouraged her to hold onto hope.
After Superman successfully depowered the Subjekts, including Kyle, Lois and the twins took the Cushings home. Sarah thanked the twins for being honest with her and told them she hated how families kept secrets from each other, unaware they were still not telling her the full story. She asked Jon to give her and Jordan a moment alone, and when he did she kissed Jordan and told him she wanted to be more than friends.
However, Jordan’s happiness was short-lived. When the family got back to the farm, they were attacked by Morgan Edge, who had learned Superman’s secret identity and planned to kill his human family to sever his ties to humanity. Jordan tried to fight his uncle off with his heat vision but was no match for the adult full Kryptonian who easily overpowered him. Before Edge could kill them, Superman arrived and agreed to join him in exchange for their lives.
Jordan and Jonathan were both worried about their father, although Lois assured them he had been through worse. The boys wanted to help but felt powerless, until Jon suggested Jordan could use his super-hearing to track Clark down. Jordan’s confidence had been shaken by Edge effortlessly overpowering him, but with Jon’s encouragement he was eventually able to hone in on his father’s location. Clark managed to tell Jordan he was in the Badlands before Edge stopped him, and told Jordan that anyone he sent after them would not find Superman, but someone else. The brothers passed the information to Sam, who sent John Henry Irons after Superman. Although Irons planned to kill Superman, he was able to help him break his brainwashing and Superman reunited with his family, introducing John to them as a friend rather than an enemy.
The school planned an assembly for all students to discuss the events of the last few days. As everyone in town knew that Lois and Sam were involved, the boys were given a story to use if anyone asked them for details. Sick of the treatment from the other students, who blamed her parents for what happened, Sarah walked out of school and Jordan followed her. She took him to a lake she used to visit with her grandmother and they kissed, but they were caught by a sheriff’s deputy and arrested for trespassing as they were technically on private property. They were let off with a warning and handed over to their parents. Jordan and Jonathan were both grounded, as Jon had also skipped class.
Powers and Abilities
- Kryptonian/Human Hybrid Physiology:
- Solar Radiation Absorption: Jordan's cells function like a super battery, hyper metabolizing specific wavelengths of radiation as fuel to enable superhuman abilities.
- Accelerated Healing
- Freeze Breath
- Heat Vision
- Superhuman Durability
- Superhuman Strength: Jordan initially possessed an above-average level of strength for a boy his age and size. As his powers developed, he became strong enough to break bones with a single blow or punch dents into a tree trunk.
- Solar Radiation Absorption: Jordan's cells function like a super battery, hyper metabolizing specific wavelengths of radiation as fuel to enable superhuman abilities.
- Power Limitation: Due to his human DNA, Jordan’s cells absorb and process only a limited amount of solar radiation. As such his powers manifest randomly and to a lesser degree than a full Kryptonian.
- Social anxiety: Jordan suffers from an anxiety disorder which requires medication.
- Solar Energy Dependence: Red solar radiation incapacitates Jordan and drains his powers.
- Vulnerability to Kryptonite
- ELT: A signal device which plays a high-pitched tone only Superman can hear to summon him for help.
- 13 Appearances of Jordan Kent (Arrowverse)
- 1 Images featuring Jordan Kent (Arrowverse)
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- Character Gallery: Jordan Kent (Arrowverse)
- Superman & Lois: "A Brief Reminiscence In-Between Cataclysmic Events"
- Superman & Lois: "Pilot"
- Superman & Lois: "Holding the Wrench"
- Superman & Lois: "Heritage"
- Superman & Lois: "The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower"
- Superman & Lois: "Haywire"
- Superman & Lois: "The Best of Smallville"
- Superman & Lois: "Man of Steel"
- Superman & Lois: "Broken Trust"
- Superman & Lois: "Loyal Subjekts"
- Superman & Lois: "O Mother, Where Art Thou?"
- Superman & Lois: "Through The Valley Of Death"
- Superman & Lois: "Fail Safe"
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