Born into Metropolis high society. Martha's father had hoped that she would become a lawyer, like him, and one day take over his firm. However, Martha's life would forever change in college. Attending Metropolis University, she met and fell in love with smallville farmer and fellow Met U student Jonathan Kent, whom she later married.
Martha earned a college degree and had a job in business, prior to adopting her son.
Suffering from a fertility problem, Martha was unable to have children. She desperately wished for one. Her wish would unexpectedly come true, in October 1989, when the town of Smallville was hit by the largest meteor shower in history. After the meteor shower, Martha and her husband came across a young boy, who had arrived in the meteor shower. They took the boy home with them, with Martha giving the boy her family name "Clark", as a first name. Deciding to keep him, they needed documents that showed him having been adopted, so they called in a favor from Lionel Luthor.
As Clark had grown older, Martha had begun thinking about going back to work. An opportinuity presented itself, when Lionel offered her a job as his administrative assistant, much to Jonathan's disapproval, but she ended up taking the job. However, she later resigned from this position.
Getting a job wasn't the only change in Martha's life. Having been exposed to energy from Clark's spaceship, her fertility problem had been corrected and she became pregnant. However, tragedy struck, when Clark blew up the ship and Martha was caught in the shockwave. As a result, Martha miscarried, while Clark ran off to Metropolis for most of the summer.
Thanks to Jonathan making a deal with Jor-El, they got Clark back. However, Martha didn't learn the details of said deal, until months later: that Jonathan had promised to return Clark to Jor-El. This enraged Martha. In the end, Martha was unable to do anything, while Clark was sucked into a wall in the Kawatche Caves and Jonathan was placed in a coma.
Martha spent all her time by Jonathan's bedside, until she was unexpectedly reunited with Clark, who had been taken to the Smallville Medical Center by Lois Lane. Clark turned out to have been programmed by Jor-El, but Martha was able to undo the programming thanks to black Kryptonite.
On the day of Clark's high school graduation, Martha and the other people in town learned that another meteor shower was going to hit Smallville. But, when Martha and Jonathan were going to leave town, they were confronted and taken hostage by Jason Teague, who demanded answers about Clark. Teague was killed during the meteor shower, while Martha was injured and had to be taken to the Medical Center but made a full recovery.
Martha's life would once more take an unexpected turn, after Jonathan ran for state senate. However, mere hours after being elected, Jonathan suffered a fatal heart attack. Martha was left a widow and with a difficult choice to make: whether she would accept Jonathan's seat in his place. In the end, she decided to accept the seat. She also hired Lois Lane as her chief of staff.
Martha made the leap from state senator to United States senator, after her predecessor Edward Burke was murdered and Martha was recommended as his replacement. Due to her new position, she departed Smallville and moved to Washington, D.C..
When Lionel died, he left Martha his entire Kryptonian library. Her move to Washington had continued to change her life. Discovering a secret government organization called "Checkmate", which could pose a danger to her son, she set herself up as the "Red Queen", to protect Clark.
Martha had also begun to move on from the death of Jonathan and began to date Perry White. Together, they visited the Kent Farm. However, Martha found the return difficult emotionally and admitting that she didn't like being there, as it reminded her of her late husband.
However, her visit hadn't entirely been to see Clark. As the Red Queen, Martha acquired the Book of Rao, a device able to send Kryptonians to another planet. Revealing herself as the Red Queen, she gave the Book of Rao to Clark, to handle an upcoming invasion by Kryptonian clones. Afterwards, she and Perry departed the farm, but she left him with one more gift: a red and blue suit.
As costumed vigilantes were growing in numbers, there were also growing anti-vigilante views among the American people. This lead to the passing of the Vigilante Registration Act (VRA). However, Martha was able to rally support for the act to be overturned.
Powers and Abilities
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Smallville and its tie-in and comic book series, Smallville and Smallville Season 11. It is an adaptation of Mary Kent. The original character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in Action Comics #1.
- The role of Martha Kent was portrayed by Annette O'Toole who replaced Cynthia Ettinger, who had been cast in the role for the original unaired pilot episode.
- 162 Appearances of Martha Clark (Smallville)
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- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Hostage
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Redux
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Nicodemus
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Nocturne
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Fever
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Pilot
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Lineage
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Suspect
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Exodus
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Exile
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Phoenix
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Covenant
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Crusade
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Façade
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Commencement
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Arrival
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Reckoning
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Cyborg
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Fragile
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Prototype
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Phantom
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Salvation
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Ambush
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Beacon
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Kent
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Finale, Part I
- Smallville (TV Series) Episode: Relic
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