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WTF?[edit]

I'm confused.. why do folks keep mentioning the TV show "Smallville" as if it had some connection with Superman or the DC universe in general? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.208.70.96 (talk) 16:49, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Ummm are you serious ???? lol wow...just wow —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.72.114.199 (talk) 16:00, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

New characters[edit]

When are we going to add David and Tess? They are definitely going to appear, and there is a bit of OOU information about them, character descriptions, cating etc. Corn.u.co.pia Disc.us.sion 03:09, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Nothing on them but just that. I'm still skeptical that they are actually going to be "regulars". Given that we had no idea that Laura Vandervoort was going to be a regular till she ended up in the opening credits this past year, I'd like to first wait till we know where they would be placed. And at the moment, I'd rather focus on getting this page straight with who we have, tightening up prose and getting all the OOU info in before we start adding new characters in. It's easier to add them later in the season when we can summarize their episode appearances, instead of having a "And in this episode he/she did this..." format for months until we cna finally trim it all back. Right now they seem to be covered on the main page well enough, and I'm sure that when we finally have a season 8 page we'll duplicate the info over there.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 03:15, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, but we can't just ignore them. Actually I think, I just read the rest of your comment, which was what I was about to say. They are on the main Smallville, and they haven't appeared yet, so this page probably can wait. Corn.u.co.pia Disc.us.sion 03:20, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Comics B-Class Assesment required[edit]

This article needs the B-Class checklist filled in to remain a B-Class article for the Comics WikiProject. If the checklist is not filled in by 7th August this article will be re-assessed as C-Class. The checklist should be filled out referencing the guidance given at Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment/B-Class criteria. For further details please contact the Comics WikiProject. Comics-awb (talk) 16:05, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

Pic of Rosenbaum[edit]

Hey Bignole, is there a specific reason why you removed the pic? I thought it looked nice, giving the reader an image of what Rosenbaum looks like, and after all, it's a free image. Corn.u.co.pia / Disc.us.sion 12:38, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Once that page for Lex is created, the section here will be trimmed the image itself will take up too much space (plus it will be useless since we'll have a page for Lex). Not to mention that all of the main characters from the first season are in the lead image. We probably don't need the image of John Schneider, but I kept it because there is so much stuff in that section that it needed something to ease the eyes.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 12:47, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
I see; that's good enough for me. Any progress on the individual character pages? Anything you need help with? Corn.u.co.pia / Disc.us.sion 06:10, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
I've finished gathering 90% of the info from the books (the 10% being whatever they might add in the episode details of the book, instead of the actual character pages), it's just all scrambled right now. I have to clean it all up and organize it. Once I get the majority of the pages organized I'll go ahead and move them, and then start filling in the rest while their in the mainspace.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 12:55, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Characters of Smallville[edit]

I would like to add to the section new characters Tess Mercier as a new character. She has become the CEO of LuthorCorp after Lex Luthors disappearance. If you want to know what I have found out, please take a look at my userspace http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sha-Sanio/Smallville/Bulletproof and leave me a message on my talkpage if you know more about Tess. Thank you very much.Sha-Sanio (talk) 21:57, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

We already have a section called "Tess Mercer".  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 01:15, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

What do you think about adding to the section about Tess Mercer that she is the one who wants to get the Prometheus suit off of Lana after it was successfully tested on her. She doesn't care that that would mean Lana's death. She wants to destroy the Prometheus suit, but in fact it is Lex who uses her in order to get the Prometheus suit for his own recovery after it was successfully tested on Lana, that refers to the episode Power. Sha-Sanio (talk) 21:47, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

I think it would be wrong, as Tess never wanted the suit. Tess clearly wanted to destroy the suit so Lex couldn't have it. Lex never used Tess to get the suit, as Lex has no control over Tess any longer. The suit is only important to Lana, as it was something new to Tess (discovered in one episode and gone at the end of it). It's minor. Again, I've told you this before, there is a reason we generally wait till the end of the season to update these characters because you don't know what is going to be important to them for the season. What seems important in one episode might be forgotten for the rest of the season.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 21:50, 4 February 2009 (UTC)


Maybe we should add that Tess comes from Louisiana and went to Harvard when she was 15 years old and that she is loyal to Lex Luthor, before she learns of the implanted nano device and that she doesn't want that anybody get the Prometheus suit, thus preventing that anybodey else gains superpowers?Sha-Sanio (talk) 02:26, 5 February 2009 (UTC)

Not only do I not recall that little tidbit of info about her, it's irrelevant. We don't talk about where anyone else went to college. Like I said, we need to wait and see where her character arc goes for the season. The episodes aren't going anywhere, and neither is the page.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 03:03, 5 February 2009 (UTC)

Maybe we should add to the synopsis of the episode Bulletproof about Tess Mercer that she admits that she has has done everything what he has ever asked her to do, because she trusted and respected him. I think we should add it, because it characterizes her Lex' chosen successor.Sha-Sanio (talk) 16:42, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

I have added some details about Tess and Oliver.Sha-Sanio (talk) 19:26, 6 February 2009 (UTC) More details on Oliver.Sha-Sanio (talk) 09:37, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

Images[edit]

I have uploaded some new images and they are like the most recent ones and I would like to add them to the article.Sha-Sanio (talk) 22:43, 8 February 2009 (UTC) This is the image I want to add File:Smallville08.jpg, they look pretty original, don't you think???Sha-Sanio (talk) 22:53, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

Again with this fixation on the "most recent". The "most recent" cast is not as notable as the original cast for two reasons. One, they were not there when the show started (the original cast was). Two, out of everyone in that image, only 2 have been there for the entire time. A part from Lois, who was a series regular in season 4, and Jimmy who got that status in season seven (only last year), everyone else is new and probably won't be on the show next year (should there be a ninth season). So, no that isn't a viable replacement for the current image.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 23:04, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

In my opinion the old image should be replaced, the characters changed, Clark's parents died,the picture needs to be replaced.Sha-Sanio (talk) 02:50, 10 February 2009 (UTC) I have uploaded some current images and I suggest to add one of them to the article instead of the old one. Sha-Sanio (talk) 02:52, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

No consensus for the change. Just because something or someone is new doesn't make them better. I'm not going to argue this with you any longer, because it never goes anywhere.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 02:53, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

But this is not fair, you never agree with anyone else. This picture File:Smallville08.jpg is also representative becuase it depicts the CW logo, the airing time and date, the main characters Clark and Chloe and the new arrival, the villain Doomsday. I have read yesterday in the forum that there are people who realy adore Doomsday and he is not shown on your picture. This is shi....Sha-Sanio (talk) 03:04, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Wow, the poster is gorgeous, where did you get it from? Is it new?74.3.2.107 (talk) 03:07, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

I'm glad that you like it. I have to look up, wwhere it comes from, but I definitely think the old image belongs replaced.Sha-Sanio (talk) 03:10, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

First, when you put a picture on the talk page please put a colon ":" in front of "file" so that the image itself does not appear on the page but a link to the image's file location. Second, the image you have there is a fan made image and is not one officially sanctioned by the CW.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 03:14, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Hey why are you always doing this, my image was at least pretty cool,your is old and worn out, nobody wants to see it anymore. I mean forget it, throw it away, the stupid old thing. The people on the picture don't play their roles anymore. The series continues without them,they are finished.Sha-Sanio (talk) 03:18, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

I want the Sha-Sanios image back, the show must go on, Why don't you get it?74.3.2.107 (talk) 03:19, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Hey really glad about you support, IP-ler. Thankx. I'm just wondering what he is gonna do if we add back. He can't ignore us then any longer. We are two. He is all alone. Hey, big-what-so-ever-in=whereever and elsewhere, you are all alone and your single one opinion, doesnt establish the famous consensus.Sha-Sanio (talk) 03:22, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Add it back, when someone else see is on the page, they will like it and want it back, when he bosses around and takes is away again.74.3.2.107 (talk) 03:30, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Consensus is not formed on a whim, especially when it cannot be determined that the IP that keeps popping up is not you. If you continue to add the image back without actual consensus then I'll will forced to request a full protection of the page like I had to do with the Clark Kent article while the socket puppet investigation was started.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 03:31, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

What are you doing there, you can't do this. You are not all alone working on the articles. Stop forbidding others the editing. And we don't need you to decide picture fits best, we have chosen the best picture. We want it back. Sha-Sanio (talk) 03:43, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Please read the policy on consensus, as you do not have one. Secondly, Wikipedia does not promote other people's work and that image is fan made. That means that you cannot put it in a Wikipedia article.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 03:46, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Bignole, should probably name one person who can support his opnion of keeping the old picture and then we can discuss, because there are two of us and he is all alone. 74.3.2.107 (talk) 03:50, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Let's see Sha, or IP, or whoever you're signing in as this minute. I don't need consensus to support me when it comes to fan made images. Wikipedia doesn't allow them, period.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 03:53, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Please explain how can you know that they are not original? Prove it.Sha-Sanio (talk) 04:06, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Rather easily. Chloe and Clark were taken from this image, except that they mirrored the image for Chloe and cut/pasted her next to Clark's right side (instead of his left as she is in the original photo). The image of Brainiac is taken from this image, as is the caption that is on the poster you uploaded (i.e. "Every triangle has three sides"). The big key is the fact that someone actually scratched out "triangle" and "three" and inserted "four" and "square". The CW isn't that sloppy. Lastly, I don't know what that image is that is supposed to be Davis, but it certainly isn't Sam Witwer. If it is, I couldn't find it through 8 pages of search "Sam Witwer" in Google Image. It's a fake.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 04:17, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Looks, like we should rather add your image. Any contradictions?? Or do we all agree to take your poster.Sha-Sanio (talk) 04:33, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

There doesn't need to be an image change at all. You haven't provided a valid reason for why we should replace an image that contains a cast that was part of the show for more than half of its life.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 04:38, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

They simply don't contribute to the progress of the story anymore. Nobody knows what this old image stands for or who these people are.Sha-Sanio (talk) 04:40, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

You mean the caption of "Original cast" and a list of all of the actor's names is so confusing that people don't know what they're looking at?  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 04:41, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Sha-Sanio, this has been going on for over a week and it is becoming clear that you won't get consensus for an image change. I assume in WP:Good faith that you believe you are doing the right thing, but what it appears like for an outsider is that you are also engaging in WP:Tendentious editing, WP:Sockpuppeting and violating our policies on WP:Non-free content (uploading images without proper copyright, missing fair-use rationale, and orphaned fair-use images). I am neutral on the image topic itself, but maybe it's time to let go and focus your energy elsewhere where it it more embraced. – sgeureka tc 09:41, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

As far as images go, I wouldn't mind swapping this one for an image of the season two cast because it contains the cast the was on the show the longest (as Whitney was only there for one season).  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 12:29, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Just wanted to reiterate, since Sha and his sockpuppets were harrassing me at my talk page, that the current image is fine and should not be changed to a season eight one, as that is blatant WP:RECENTISM. That fact that it should not be changed to a fan-created image should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway: The image should not be changed to a fan-made image. Bignole's proposal to change it to a season two image would be fine, since it's more or less the same cast.  Paul  730 12:46, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

I strongly support changing the cast image to that of the second season. Good idea. Corn.u.co.piaDisc.us.sion 10:29, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
Second or Third, as it's the same cast. Which can be found with the better quality (e.g., focus, in frame, etc.).  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 12:17, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
Here's a link to a version of the second/third season cast. I like it a bit better than the current image (quality wise), but I have no distinct preference. Corn.u.co.piaDisc.us.sion 13:39, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
I'll check it when I get home for lunch (work's blocking that website right now). Is it a merged picture, or just a site that has both the season two and the season three cast pictures (separate)?  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 14:32, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Here's a good quality one of season three (which we'd shrink down in size). But, I'm also pondering scanning the season five cast, because it contains all of the prominent (more than 3 season characters) cast members: John, Annette, Tom, Kristin, John G., Allison, and Erica. All were on the show for at least five straight seasons.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 16:40, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

I would love a season five image. There are two versions of the image which I am aware of: the normal one, and the one with Ackles. I guess the Ackles version is better, mainly because it has another version person. (I bet Sha is rolling in his grave! :P) Corn.u.co.piaDisc.us.sion 04:21, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
Well, that's actually season four. I said "season five" because Ackles isn't in that picture but apparently they didn't take a season five group photo (or at least I cannot find one in my books). Google isn't much help either. I'd like to have Erica because she's been on the show since season 4, so she's kind of important. We might have to go with the season four image with Ackles...I just hate including someone who was only there for one season.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 04:33, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
No, they definitely didn't take a season five photo, so they probably just used the season four one and took Ackles out. The Ackles image is fine, IMO, and if it's any consolation, he's way back in the corner so you can hardly see him. ;) Corn.u.co.piaDisc.us.sion 05:13, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Characters of Smallville good topic[edit]

Just in case anyone is interested. Rreagan007 (talk) 20:38, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

8 articles
Characters of Smallville
Smallville title letters.jpg
Clark Kent
Lana Lang
Lois Lane
Lex Luthor
Lionel Luthor
Chloe Sullivan
Justice League
I totally forgot we had a GT. If you want to propose it, that would be cool. What do we need to do for Lois? I mean, she could probably pass GA right now, but in case that cannot be done fast enough should we just have a peer review done (or something)?  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 20:40, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
You would have to get the Lois article up to good article status first, but once that has passed it should meet all of the good topic criteria. Rreagan007 (talk) 21:27, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
GT doesn't have that peer review thing like FT does? Hm...doesn't matter. I went ahead and put Lois up for GAN anyway.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 21:31, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
They both do allow certain articles and lists to be audited, which includes a PR, but that can only work for articles which are "inherently unstable". Examples would be a movie or a video game that has not yet been released. But just glancing at the Lois article it looks to be in pretty good shape. I don't think it will have much trouble getting through GAC. Rreagan007 (talk) 21:34, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
Well, I see that Lois Lane has passed, but now there is the Justice League article that will probably have to become a good article for the topic to pass. Rreagan007 (talk) 14:20, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Yeah. I'm working on it. I have the reception stuff in my sandbox waiting for me to go through each link and see if it actually talks about the characters. After that I'll put it all in, do some C/Eing and put it up for review. Hopefully it won't take as long as Lois did.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 14:51, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Yeah sometimes the GA process can take a while. The article looks pretty good already so it shouldn't have any trouble getting through once the review starts. Rreagan007 (talk) 15:12, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

The only thing I'm worried about is the costume comparison image. It's a large, non-free image. I can see that giving me trouble. I hope it doesn't, because I love the image and feel that there is enough critical commentary on how they chose to go about creating the costumes with respect to their comic counterparts.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 15:27, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Speaking of images, I've uploaded the title letters for the show to the commons to use in the topic box since it's a non-copyrightable logo. Rreagan007 (talk) 15:33, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
But can't they trademark the design?  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 15:53, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it can be (and probably is) trademarked, but the Commons only looks at the copyright status of an image to determine if the image is "free". Other IP restrictions, such as trademark, are ignored. You might want to take a look at the Commons policy. Rreagan007 (talk) 16:17, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Should/could we replace the image being used at Wikipedia:Featured topics/Smallville (season 1) with the one you have, since it's more directly connected?  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 16:32, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes, absolutely. I'll go ahead and change it. Rreagan007 (talk) 16:35, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Smallville overview topic[edit]

It just occurred to me that this would probably qualify as an overview topic.

3 articles
Good article Smallville
Smallville title letters.jpg
Good article Characters
Featured article Episodes

Once the "Characters of Smallville" topic is finished, that would be a subtopic. And a long term goal could be to complete a "Seasons of Smallville" subtopic with the episodes list as the lead article. Rreagan007 (talk) 17:16, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

The seasons subtopic is a goal that I have. Is this one a true complete for overview topic? There was such hassle over the season one featured topic because it's the bare minimum.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 17:52, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes some people will probably not like it because it only has 3 articles in it, but I've looked around and I can't seem to find any other articles that would fit in the topic that wouldn't be included in the 2 subtopics, and according to the criteria that is a complete overview topic. You know this subject better than I do though, so if you can think of any articles that fit within the scope of a Smallville topic that I'm missing you can let me know. To avoid some of the criticism of having such a small topic, you might consider holding off on this topic until after the Characters topic is promoted. Strategically, it might make it more acceptable to some people if one of the subtopics was already in place. Rreagan007 (talk) 17:59, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Well, technically one subtopic is in place. The season one subtopic. That already exists. I think we can wait to do the overview topic until the characters one is done, the season (or "Episode") one is completely done (i.e. all the seasons are GA or FA). I'm not worried about an "overview topic" at this time.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 19:21, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

The word "contest"[edit]

In this diff, I think you made it say the opposite of what you mean. "contest" means something like "dispute", so "The crew contest that it was never their intention to reveal Adam Knight to be a young version of Bruce Wayne." is like "The crew disputes that it was never their intention to reveal Adam Knight to be a young version of Bruce Wayne." Which sounds like they did mean for him to be Bruce Wayne. I could be wrong. Or maybe that sentence just needs some clarifying. - Peregrine Fisher (talk) (contribs) 18:31, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

Never mind. As I think about it again, I think it does say what you want. - Peregrine Fisher (talk) (contribs) 19:17, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
I changed it to be more clear.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 19:19, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

Questions re. fact tags[edit]

I recently tagged a couple of things with a fact tag, seeking clarification, viz. During its first season, Smallville had eight regular characters.[citation needed] As of season eight, six characters from the original cast have left the show, with seven new characters coming in over the course of seven seasons.[citation needed].

This was reverted, with the edit summary Doesn't require citation, it's an observational fact, it's simply counting those who started out with the "Starring" title and then noting when they left the show"

Apologies for my stupidity and naïvety, but, whilst I understand the sentiment I claim that, per WP:V, "any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be attributed to a reliable, published source using an inline citation". As an outside observer, I cannot see how the characters leaving can be ascertained without original research; if other references within the article cover the assertion, then that is great, but could you please add them to this section so that the reader can verify the facts asserted? Many thanks,  Chzz  ►  01:29, 21 October 2009 (UTC)

It's not a challengable item. I could challenge that the Sun isn't yellow or the sky isn't blue, but it still wouldn't require a citation to verify the obvious. A source stating such isn't necessary, because it would require a dozen sources (all primary) showing the character left the show (in both continuity and in real life). It isn't original research, because I'm not making any opinion on anything. I'm stating an observable fact. A source isn't required to verify that 2 + 2 = 4, because it's simple math. This is simple viewing. Whitney, Pete, Martha, Jonathan, Jason, Lionel, Lex, Lana, Kara, and Jimmy aren't on the show anymore. It's as simple as viewing the episodes in question. In additional, each character's section has the instance in question sourced. The prose that comes before all the sections is a summary of the entire section (i.e. a mini lead for the section), and given that there isn't any exceptional claims made, it's rather dumb to put in over 10 sources at the end of the sentence to just to verify that each character left the show.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 01:36, 21 October 2009 (UTC)
That's 10 characters, not 6?  Chzz  ►  09:17, 21 October 2009 (UTC)
Whitney left in season 1, Pete left in season 3, Jason came and left in season 4, Jonathan left in season 5, Martha left in season 6, Lionel left in season 7, Kara came and left in season 7, Lex left in season 7, Lana left in season 7, Jimmy left in season 8, and Davis came and left in season 8. That's 11 people that have been series regulars and left the show.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 13:10, 21 October 2009 (UTC)
Does that mean you agree that the current assertion is incorrect? Can we source this info, or is it original research?  Chzz  ►  00:12, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
Incorrect how? The first season had eight series regulars (Clark, Pete, Chloe, Lana, Lex, Martha, Jonathan, and Whitney). That's a simple fact that doesn't require additional sourcing because the episodes themselves are the source (i.e. they're listed as "stars"). "As of season eight, six characters from the original cast have left the show, with seven new characters coming in over the course of seven seasons." Everyone but Clark and Chloe have left the show from the first season, simple math says that 8 minus 2 equals 6, and that's how many are not on the show. Seven new characters would be Lionel, Kara, Jimmy, Oliver, Tess, Davis, and Jason. That probably needs to be upped to 8 new characters, since Callum Blue is actually new to the show as a regular. It's not original research to point out that the original cast is all but gone, and that new people have come and gone as series regulars, especially when you go into detail in the body of the article.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 00:18, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
Bignole, what is clear to one reader might not be clear to another. There are thousands of reliable sources that will verify that 2+2=4; are there none that verify these claims? If the content only be derived from the primary material – i.e. by observing the regular characters, viewing the episodes in question, then I'm not sure these claims can be verified, as they seem to engage in novel synthesis. What if an editor were to contest that such-and-such a character was a regular, or a member of the core original cast? That is precisely why we need independent reliable sources.  Skomorokh, barbarian  00:24, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
This is not synthesis, as I'm not putting in opinion. They appear in the opening title sequence, they are considered series regulars. They don't appear anymore and their character never comes back, they are considered gone. Each character's section goes into detail, and provides sources, as to their departure from the show. Please stop trying to wikilawyer the policy on verifiability and original research.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 00:28, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Casting[edit]

Unlike most shows, which generally get about four weeks of casting, series developers Al Gough and Miles Millar had five months. - the first part of this is extremely vague, "most, generally, about" - and really a matter of opinion. I don't have access to the source, so I'm not sure how to fix it, but the vague assertion really needs to go.  Chzz  ►  09:39, 21 October 2009 (UTC)

It's not a matter of opinion when the casting director explains that most shows only get about 4 weeks. The "generally" could be removed as redundant to "most shows", but the assertion is that of the people in charge.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 13:12, 21 October 2009 (UTC)
OK - but the way it is currently presented shows that it is our opinion that they generally get about four weeks - not that the directors think that. Something like, "Series developers Al Gough and Miles Millar said that..." etc. - this really does need to change, per WP:NPOV.  Chzz  ►  00:03, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
It's not a NPOV violation, but I concede that it should be more specific. I'll go back and see who stated the fact and add it in.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 00:13, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Identical twins[edit]

I'm not convinced that Aaron Ashmore and Shawn Ashmore are actually identical twins - can anyone find a RS to assert this? I see this, but I remain unconvinced -it's such a rare thing, I am somewhat skeptical simply because the fact isn't asserted elsewhere; we don't claim it in Aaron's article, although they are indeed in category:Identical twins  Chzz  ►  10:04, 21 October 2009 (UTC)

Well, I would assume that if the CW believes that they are identical twins, it's probably because it came up in conversation when they cast Aaron a few years after casting his brother on the show. The fact that they were born 1 minute a part, and look identical doesn't persuade you to think they're identical twins? Other than that, we have search results, more results. Probably something that needs to be addressed on their page, not here.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 13:28, 21 October 2009 (UTC)
We don't make assumptions on Wikipedia - we use reliable sources. I strongly suspect that the majority of those Google matches are based on people looking at this Wikipedia article - this is how myths propagate. The fact that they were born 1 minute apart indicates that they are twins. Roughly 2% of the population are twins, but 0.2% are identical - it's pretty rare. Twins often look very similar. Sorry - but without RS, I'm removing the word 'identical'.  Chzz  ►  00:09, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
Then their articles need to make that, it's clear they are identical twins. The Google News search showed you a news article that identified them as identical twins.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 00:18, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
Yes, the other articles may need fixing - but that's beside the point; this is the discussion page for this article. If they are indeed identical twins, do you not find it odd that only two minor newspapers have mentioned the fact? Do you think, perhaps, it is possible that those newspapers got their information from Wikipedia, or one of the other sites that has copied our material?  Chzz  ►  00:30, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
Maybe we could do some genetic testing. Oh wait, that would be original research. Rreagan007 (talk) 00:57, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
Yep; good job we're interested in verifiable facts, not WP:TRUTH.
According to aaron-ashmore.com, and various other discussions on forums, they don't actually know themselves whether they are identical or fraternal.
Unreferenced information like this, on Wikipedia, is exactly how myths propagate - before you know it, a book will publish the 'fact', and then everyone will scream that there is a reliable source; unfortunately, many publishers do their research by reading Wikipedia, and circular references are commonplace.  Chzz  ►  14:23, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Recurring Characters[edit]

Morgan Edge? Eroica (talk) 19:06, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

He isn't really on the list because he only appeared in 3 episodes, with two of those episodes being a continuation of the storyline from one episode to the next. It just doesn't really seem to fit the idea of "recurring".  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 19:48, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

New Categories[edit]

I honestly think that we need to add some more categories and move some characters into these new categories. Like, characters such as Pete Ross or Whitney Fordman who haven't been on the show in a while, and are listed as main characters. That just doesn't make sense. Also, what about dead characters? Lionel Luthor, David Bloome? Perhaps creating a deceased and former characters section would help.--Valkyrie Red (talk) 03:51, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

That would mean that the page wouldn't be written from a historical perspective (the way Wikipedia is supposed to be written), but from an in-universe perspective by treating the characters and their fictional deaths like they were real. The point of the page is to not update everytime someone leaves the show, but acknowledge that these were the original cast members, these came later, and these are no longer here. There's no such thing as a "dead" fictional character. Anyone can come back, if John Schneider isn't proof enough of that. The page is a reflection of historical accuracy, and those specific characters' sections indicate their "status" anyway.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 11:44, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
I understand that. What about a former characters page?--Valkyrie Red (talk) 17:34, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
There is no such thing as a former fictional character. Whether or not they are alive in the presently airing season is irrelevant on their existence. We must write about fictional works in their entirety, not giving preference to what is currently being produced. BOVINEBOY2008 17:57, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
There is no need for a "former character" page, even if we created one because it would comprise just about everyone on this page minus about 4 people. Thus, why would we have a page for just four people and then a page for everyone else who is no longer on the show?  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 21:47, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
Actually you're right. But some rearranging has to be done. It not only confuses to reader to have these "former" characters listed with the main characters, but it honestly makes us look stupid to list made up characters such as Whitney Fordman over more popular real characters such as Lois Lane.173.95.138.76 (talk) 21:50, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
They're not listed by importance, they are listed by when they first appeared. It would be biased (which goes against our policies) for us to say who is more important than whom. Whitney was technically a main character in season one, far earlier than Lois ever became a main character. Just because he isn't in the comics doesn't mean he was less important to the show itself. For the first season, he was technically more important than Pete Ross, who is from the comics.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 22:59, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
Whose to say that you're viewpoint isn't biased? You're basically stating the opposite, that Whitney was more important than Lois and Pete. Look, since I can't seem to explain it to you, what I prefer to happen is that you rearrange the page similarily to what they have done in the List of NCIS characters page.173.95.138.76 (talk) 02:36, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
Actually, I'm stating an objective fact. Whitney came before Lois did on the series. Thus, his placement in front of her placement is based solely on that objective fact. There is no subjectivity to it. My comment about his importance over Pete's importance was merely that, a comment. I was pointing out a flaw in the argument that because Lois is more important in the comics she should be in front of him. First, this isn't NCIS. This is Smallville. Second, the table details "status" is blatant in-universe writing, which is discouraged. There is nothing wrong with the way this page is set up. I don't know how someone could get confused when looking at it since each character section clearly states if they are still on the show or not. To me, it would make far less sense to isolate all the characters from season one (as Clark and Chloe are the only ones from that season left) and place them basically last in the list because it would diminish the role they had from the start. Lex Luthor was on the show for 7 seasons, and he's probably one of the most well known villains in popular culture, but based on what you want he should be listed last on the page because he's no longer on the show? Each characters' section details their "status" already. Thus, when people read the page they can see who started on the show originally (without having to read the entire article just to come across some first season main character when they get to the end), where that character is currently, and who came after them. In addition, to set the page up based on "current status" would reflect a recentism approach, and one that woudl be irrelevant at the end of season 10 given that there will be no more "current" main characters. Whitney will always be a main character, because you cannot change the fact that he was in season 1. Jason will always been a main character, for season 4. The fact that they are not main characters in season 9 or 10, or whatever, is irrelevant to the historical integrity of the series. This page is set up to be as objective as possible, and being objective means that we don't look at who is more important or what is the "current" state. We look at historical perspective.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 03:21, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
Since you've seemed to claim a dictatorship over this page (as many other Wikipedian pages seem to have) I'll leave the argument at that. It's funny how one Wikipedia page can be "illegally formatted" while this one doesn't.173.95.138.76 (talk) 21:11, 1 September 2010 (UTC)


A Proposal[edit]

Gentlemen, I read the above argument and I have a proposal that may benefit you both as it doesn't think in an in-Universe Perspective yet gives every character a fair share on the page. What if we were to arrange the characters on the list based on importance to the story + length of time on show? Here's an example of what the list may look like and why the follwowing characters were chosen:

1) Clark Kent- Due to the story following him and his appearance in all 10 seasons.

2) Chloe Sullivan- She's also been significantly important to the story and to the development of Clark, as well as also appearing in all 10 Seasons.

3) Lex Luthor- For obvious reasons, he's been central to the first 7-8 seasons and will most likely reappear in the 10th.

4) Lana lang- Clark's love interest who's also been central to the first 7-8 seasons.

5) Lionel Luthor- Critical in helping Clark during his trials, and appeared in 7 Seasons.

6) Lois Lane- Helped to develop Chloe's and Clark's stories plus she's been central to the story since Season 5.


I know some of these reasons sound a little weak, but this was just an example and is prone to change. Anyway, Mr. Bignole, what do you think of this new idea? Does it work to everyone's best interests?--Valkyrie Red (talk) 14:55, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

It's still subjective. You would argue that Chloe is more important to Smallville than Lex Luthor only because she was only the show for longer....yet the character of Lex has been mentioned or appeared in every season since Michael Rosenbaum left. The most objective way is to just leave it as what the show credits the characters, in the order of first appearance. There would be no undue weight placed on any character based on show length or subjective interpretation of importance to the series. Some might argue that Whitney was more important than Pete ever was, yet only last 1 season on the show.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 15:03, 12 October 2010 (UTC)


You're point is excellent. However, you only seemed to have seen the first point of my proposal, which was length. Yes, I think Chloe is more important to the show than Lex, and it's not only because she was there longer, but it was what she did to help the story progress during the season. Helping Clark defeat Doomsday was just one of these many instances. Also, another point you have to understand is, Smallville doesn't follow the comics. It's based off of it, but does not follow it. While in the comics Lex Luthor is a significant figure in Superman's life, in the show, it appears Chloe is playing a more significant role in Clark's life.

Plus, as I said before, this list was only one of many examples. It is always subjective to change. If you think that Lex Luthor deserves to be higher than Chloe, then I'm sure that you and I can reach a consensus on a matter. However, currently we are discussing whether or not to approve the change. We can dicuss later on the validity of the characters.--Valkyrie Red (talk) 11:19, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

But she did nothing for the first 7 seasons other than just help Clark solve a mystery. Lex had an actual character arc that last for 7 seasons. For the first 7 seasons, the show is about Clark and Lex, not just Clark. Everyone else is insignificant by comparison. Again, it's subjective to try and debate who is more important than whom because you cannot identify an objective criteria to measure such importance. It will always come down to personal opinion about the character, which will ultimately be biased against those who left the show earlier than others. One could argue that Jonathan and Martha were more key to Clark's character development than any other character on the show. Others could argue that they were not as important as Chloe or Pete or Lana, or whomever. That's the point of subjective, you cannot easily define criteria with which to gauge an opinion's weight. It's an opinion. I'm not sure why leaving it in the hands of the series' producers, who decide the order for the show's credits, isn't the best option here, and I have yet to actually see an argument for why there is something wrong with that option (what, someone might assume that Whitney is more important than Lois because he sits higher in his listing? We cannot prove assumptions).  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 12:24, 13 October 2010 (UTC)


Exactly. The problem with your ordering is that it sets confusion into readers. At least this way we have some order. Everything you just said was somewhat correct: since importance is a bit confusing, we have character time length to balance it all out. You could say that Character importance is like the House of Representatives and the Time Length is like the Senate.--Valkyrie Red (talk) 20:12, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

You have not support for the idea that it sets any confusion among readers. Anyone familiar with the show (i.e., those that watch it) wouldn't assume that Whitney is somehow more important than Lex Luthor. Anyone not familiar with the show can easily read the little blurb at the start of the section. Now, if you're that concerned that people are getting truly confused by the order, we can treat the main character list like the recurring character list and add: "they are listed in the order that they first appeared on the show" - or even "they are listed in the order that they first appeared on the show AND their opening title position". Either way, you're arguing for subjectivity over objectivity only on the basis that it might be confusing for readers. How confusing would it be if they see some randomized order for the cast where they cannot figure out why Character X is in front of Character W, because there is no concrete definition to the order of the characters. In order to justify their position, you'd have to actually put an explanation in each character's section detailing why they are placed there. As such, you'd be stepping into original research/synthesis territory.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 21:58, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

When?[edit]

Completely absent. Tony (talk) 13:53, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but I have no idea what you're asking or telling.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 13:56, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Characters of Smallville[edit]

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Reference named "X-ray ep":

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Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was not moved. --BDD (talk) 23:49, 20 September 2012 (UTC) (non-admin closure)

Characters of SmallvilleList of Smallville characters – Per consistency with other "List of... characters" pages on Wikipedia (List of Lost characters, List of Arrested Development characters, List of Heroes characters, List of The Simpsons characters, List of South Park characters, etc.). Bignole reverted my initial move citing the page's history with its name, which should not and does not matter- did not expect this to be controversial. -- Wikipedical (talk) 03:20, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

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Character Timeline[edit]

Looking over the history of the page here and it's evident that the user "BIGNOLE" runs this article, it's his way or the highway. So open for discussion. As per practice across MANY LOC pages on wikipedia, timeline character tables are a common template used at the top of articles to help give readers overviews of the characters in said series.

Given Smallville ran for 10 seasons and had numerous cast changes throughout the course of the series, a timeline table is a given and should be used here.

Examples of some long lasting TV shows that use this format;

I could legitimately go on and on. B.Davis2003 (talk) 15:20, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

Please remain civil and assume good faith. DonQuixote (talk) 16:16, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
First, just because other pages have done something does not make it status quo or "standard" in anyway. There really weren't that many changes to the cast until the last few seasons. They kept their core for 7 years, only changing out 2 or 3. In addition, Lana wasn't recurring in season 8, she was a special guest. Kreuk was finishing out the remaining episodes of her contract after having left early the year before. Either way, we don't need a visual guide on who was regular and when. It's not relevant overall, because they were all regulars at some point.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 17:18, 1 July 2017 (UTC)