Pete was a childhood friend of Clark Kent in Smallville.

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Pete Ross as President of America.

Pete eventually married Lana Lang, with the two having a son, Clark Ross. The two are presently divorced, even after briefly reuniting. Pete was Vice-President of the United States under Lex Luthor and briefly served as President following Luthor's impeachment but quickly resigned.

Pete was not initially aware of Clark's secret. However, the secret was known by the villainous Manchester Black, who informed then-President Luthor of the secret, only later to wipe his memory of it. Prior to losing the knowledge of Clark's secret, Lex informed Pete that his close friend Clark Kent is in fact Superman. While Pete initially refrained from telling Clark about his knowledge he did eventually tell him.

Recently it appeared that Ross had become a villain named "Ruin", but it was later revealed that he had instead been kidnapped by the real Ruin, Professor Emil Hamilton. Hamilton also kidnapped Pete's wife and child. Superman defeated the insane Professor Hamilton, rescued Pete, Lana, and their child and exonerated Pete of the charges against him.

After the divorce Pete returned to Smallville without Lana to raise their son. Pete and Lana both decided that they wanted to give little Clark the benefit of a good solid Smallville childhood, like they had. The two share custody of their son. Since the divorce Lana told Kara that things between her and Pete are awkward. However, she accepts that's how things usually are with Exes. Pete currently lives in Smallville and owns a General Store.


  • In the new Superman Secret Origin Pete was one of Clark's closes friend. However, he wasn't Clark's best friend and confidant, his future ex-wife Lana Lang was.



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