Smallville

TV Show • 2001 • Superhero  

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The origins of the world’s greatest hero–from Krypton refugee Kal-el’s arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel.
This tv show contains 72 potentially triggering events.
Season
Episode
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
226 supporters
Yes
7
No
1
2
Pepper is disintegrated off screen. Remains (ashes) are found later.
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Unanswered Triggers
Does a pet die?
99 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Were animals harmed in the making?
80 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is an animal abandoned?
60 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is an animal sad?
51 supporters
Yes
0
No
0
1
Ollie2
Clarkie/Krypto/Shelby the dog is definitely sad when he is briefly forced to return to his villainous owners. Both dogs are whining from being both sad and scared when they are about to be trapped in a burning truck, but no worries: they live to be happy again.
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
50 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is rape mentioned?
46 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Yes
0
No
0
Yes
0
No
0
0
[28:10] Lionel's kidnapper is brutally killed by him. We can't see the body however the sound is very graphic and there's blood on his face.
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Are there transphobic slurs?
38 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
0
Obakasaur
S4
 E4
A character jokes that another character is faking amnesia about a crime he committed in order to avoid being sexually assaulted in prison; other characters laugh at the joke.
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Abuse
Yes
5
No
0
1
Lionel Luthor and some minor characters
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Is someone stalked?
22 supporters
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Yes
5
No
0
1
An audio recording of Lex slapping Lana's face is played in the middle of the episode
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0
That's like Lex whole personality
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Yes
6
No
0
1
SiRenfield
A sadly common thing done by our “heroes”
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Is a child abused?
77 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Addiction
0
Obakasaur
S5
 E17
A character uses drugs to simulate death in order to visit the dead and soon becomes addicted to doing so.
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Is there addiction?
11 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Does someone abuse alcohol?
8 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Animal
Does a horse die?
1 supporters
Yes
0
No
3
1
Olybug
does not die, but seriously ill, but was healed.
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
108 supporters
Yes
10
No
0
2
Olybug
A herd of cows die in a field from a toxic dump.
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Are animals abused?
127 supporters
Yes
1
No
3
1
Ollie2
Two laboratory test dogs are given superpowers from the meteor rocks, then negatively trained to commit robberies and attack humans. We see one of the trainers using a large bite stick to hit the kennels, poke one of the dogs, and anger him. (Side note: this is also the style of training used to train fighting dogs in real life).
(Spoiler) Also, the villains set an armored truck on fire with the Rottweiler still inside, trying to destroy evidence and burn the dog alive. Fortunately, the Red Retriever saves him in time, then Clark saves the Retriever and keeps him as a pet.
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1
Ollie2
The two enhanced dogs growl at each other but they never physically fight at any point in the episode. The Rottweiler does attack two humans, but seems to be more behaved by the end of the episode.
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Yes
7
No
0
0
Johnson1331
A scene that comes to mind is when a deer is hit by a car and then consumed by a meteor-affected girl with a eating disorder
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Does a cat die?
112 supporters
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Yes
1
No
3
Does a dragon die?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Are there spiders?
33 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Are there bugs?
21 supporters
Yes
10
No
0
0
Obakasaur
S1
 E2
The meteor enhanced metahuman in this episode collects bugs and eventually takes on many insectoid characteristics. Another character is killed off screen in a fashion that reflects this.
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Assault
Is there pedophilia?
75 supporters
Yes
1
No
3
-1
Anthony1211
Not sure if this counts but Lex marries someone he first knew when she was 15 and he was 23
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Is someone held under water?
13 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Yes
3
No
0
0
(10:35 and 27:40) kidnapped Lionel

(29:15) The bad guys attacks Lana and restrains her so he can kidnap her
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Yes
6
No
0
1
Johnson1331
Yes. Usually vague or overlooked. In 2x02, a meteor powered woman can control lust and mind control, which leads to unconsenting actions and sex. In S8, a similar thing happens with a alien but most of her victims die afterwords. In S4, under the infuence of red kryptonite Clark has sexual relations with a gf and it is unclear if he would have consented without the red K. In S10 a magic-spiked bottle of champagne is consumed at a bachelor(ette) party where it is inferred that multiple characters made out and one or more couples had sex under the influence.
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Bodily Harm
Yes
3
No
1
0
Obakasaur
S5
 E14
A character harms her wrists off screen while possessed. The act is not shown but the wounds are.
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0
Lex is locked inside a car, a flood happens and he drowns. He tries to breathe and escape but fails.
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Yes
4
No
0
0
Not exactly; Lana's car explodes right after she unlocks it.
It's not a graphic scene but it can be very much triggering.
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Is there a hanging?
28 supporters
Yes
2
No
1
0
Chiara514
4x12
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0
A kryptonian girl (Kara) knocks out Lois;
Lois touches Kara's ship and activate some sort of shield, she falls unconscious meters away
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Does someone break a bone?
17 supporters
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Yes
5
No
0
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
53 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Yes
1
No
2
0
Olybug
hands.
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Is someone tortured?
62 supporters
Yes
9
No
0
0
(Minute 10:50) The kidnapped girl, she ends up dead. The torture is not shown tho

(29:44) The same guy kidnaps Chloe, keep her tied up and tries to cut her heart out with a knife, Clark gets there and stop him right away. Even if there's no blood in this scene, it gets close enough.
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Yes
5
No
0
0
gonzogm
Lana does, she wakes up in the hospital
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0
Obakasaur
A character is pushed from a building and dies.
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Is there eye mutilation?
68 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is someone stabbed?
8 supporters
Yes
3
No
0
0
Anonymous
Fight scene between Clark and the season's antagonist, involving a knife. This results in one of them being stabbed.
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Yes
1
No
2
0
gonzogm
S6
 E17
There are bloody fights to the death including blood stains on the floor.
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Children
Does a kid die?
33 supporters
Yes
5
No
1
1
gonzogm
Yes, including Lex's infant brother.
3 comments | Add comment
Yes
3
No
2
0
Obakasaur
S1
 E15
A character in an altered state strips down to her underwear, the camera focusing on her scantily clad torso (partially to obscure the actress' body double). The character in question is between 15-16 at the time.
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Death
Yes
3
No
1
0
Obakasaur
Almost every main character suffers temporary deaths; multiple main characters die and do not return.
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0
gonzogm
An alien dies
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Does someone die?
1 supporters
Yes
5
No
0
0
(19:07 min) The kidnapped girl. They don't show her body but make it very clear that is her.

(20:02 min) The guy who killed the girl got shot a few times, he falls to the floor and stay unconscious about 3 seconds. He doesn't actually die, turns out he is immortal.

(31:40) The bad guy's wife passes away, an accident during a fight.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
26 supporters
Yes
6
No
1
0
Obakasaur
S6
 E5
A character suggests a justification for an action taken by another character. The other character in the scene responds by using the slur to deride the justification.
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Family
Yes
6
No
0
0
In less than one minute (3:10 to 3:45), a girl is watched while she walks to her car, surprised by a sudden approaching from her doctor who makes her go unconscious and kidnapped.
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Does a parent die?
13 supporters
Yes
11
No
0
0
They mention both Clark and Kara's parents a few times
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Does someone cheat?
1 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
Yes
3
No
1
0
Obakasaur
Many main characters lose at least one parent. One character kills her infant son while suffering from postpartum depression.
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
37 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Is someone possessed?
10 supporters
Yes
7
No
0
0
There's an alien who can inhabit other people bodies, he does that a few times during the episode
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Are there ghosts?
6 supporters
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Yes
10
No
0
Are there clowns?
9 supporters
Yes
3
No
2
0
S3/E1 - Titled “Exile” - Bank robbers are all wearing clown masks. They’re very detailed/horror-themed
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Yes
8
No
0
0
Tons and it's always women
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Gross
Does someone vomit?
65 supporters
Yes
8
No
0
2
scottiex
S1
 E8
Clark has a party at the farm and it gets out of hand. He sits down beside a kid who says he thinks he's going to be s*ck and then he runs and grabs him a bowl. No visual, barely any audio. It is not bad at all, I am a bad emetephobe and it didn't trigger me! Seasons 2-10 are safe!
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Is someone eaten?
23 supporters
Yes
5
No
0
0
gonzogm
Multiple people have their bone marrow eaten
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Is there audio gore?
35 supporters
Yes
3
No
1
0
See "blood/gore" for description
1 comment | Add comment
Medical
Yes
5
No
0
0
Anthony1211
Lex Luthor is subjected to extreme shock therapy in I wanna say episode 9 or 10 of season 3. It is very very graphic
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
11
No
0
0
Anthony1211
S3
Lex is injected with a sedative
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1
There's a mental institution called Belle Reve, it's mentioned and shown in many scenes and episodes.
Patients are often stigmatized, abused, restrained and forced to electro-therapy, some put in straight jacket.
A lot of patients are violent.
Belle Reve is also some sort of prison for mentally ill meteor powered people, the "meteor freaks"
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Yes
12
No
0
3
Olybug
Literally almost every episode.
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Does someone have cancer?
12 supporters
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Yes
6
No
1
Mental Health
Yes
3
No
0
0
Every single major character
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
4
No
0
0
Obakasaur
S5
 E14
A character in an altered state harms her wrists.
1 comment | Add comment
1
Johnson1331
Multiple meteor powered mentally ill are shown to be violent and sometimes end up as killers. There's an entire plot point for them in the Bell Reve mental institution. While mentally deteriorating, Lex is shown to be violent and self destructive and is placed in a straight jacket.
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0
Not directly, tho.
Lex shows no will to live in the episode, he explicitly ask Lana to kill him. He may be trying to manipulate her, but it seems pretty sincere and can be triggering.
3 comments | Add comment
Yes
7
No
0
0
Johnson1331
Like the post below, in S1E7 the episode features a girl with an eating disorder based on her weight and dysmotphia. She body checks herself frequently and makes goal book/board of ideal bodies out of magazine cutouts.
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Yes
4
No
0
0
Anthony1211
S3
I cannot remember the episode number but Lex Luthor is shown having a (drug induced) psychotic break and a major part of that is him having several anxiety attacks and it's very distressing
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0
Lois, Chloe and a kid can't leave a drowning building. Chloe is unconscious all the time.
Lex is locked inside a police's vehicle underwater.
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0
OliverTwist
Season 1 Episode 7 "Craving" revolves around a girl with an eating disorder. It shows restriction, binge eating, repeated weighing and rapid weight loss
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
0
Johnson1331
Not abuse towards a character but a character uses the R word
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
3
No
1
Noxious
Yes
3
No
0
0
S7
 E6
Lost of explosions during first minutes of the episode
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Does a baby cry?
14 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
0
gonzogm
It seems like every few episodes there are flashing/strobe lights at a rave or club or there is flickering fluorescent light during a fight scene or some such thing. It probably feels like it's happening more often than it is (since it makes me feel ill) but from what I've seen so far (partway through season 3) there are at least a few episodes every season with flashing lights.
S6:ep8 has some harsh light scenes. When the alarm goes off at Lex's house there are strobe lights. Soon after that there are a lot of flashes of static. After the initial scenes there are still flashes where the screen goes to static but it happens less frequently. Then when they get Lex back there is a bright flash of light.
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Paranoia
0
For a few seconds, a girl watches Kara saves Jimmy from dying.
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Is the fourth wall broken?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is there childbirth?
17 supporters
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Yes
4
No
1
0
gonzogm
Lana is pregnant in this episode and is injured a couple times but the baby is completely fine.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
6
No
1
0
Anthony1211
Martha Kent miscarries and it is very upsetting because she had been told she would never get pregnant
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
4
No
2
0
GretchPancake
Zod chokes a pregnant Kandorian to death
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
36 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Yes
3
No
3
1
Johnson1331
Many black characters and indigenous are the first to die or get injured in various situations or are sacrificed (either by themselves or others).
POC characters are often discarded and disappear from the screen/storyline after the plotline is done.
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Yes
2
No
1
0
Johnson1331
Not slurs specifically that I can remember but many instances of homophobia: either from the writers or obscure character interactions. Ex: Clark and Lana laugh when she asks if he's having trouble with a boy (referring to romantic) at her parents grave in S1.

There is also racial undertones and mentions as well. Like Cara's racial slur equivalent comment to the Martian Manhunter. And POC mistreatment or erased from narrative. There is an entire plotpoint for an indigenous group where one is vilified and many are mistreated by other characters.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
6
No
0
0
Obakasaur
S7
 E4
A character uses an in-universe fantasy slur to refer to another character.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
4
No
0
0
Johnson1331
Tina Greer (wlw) accidentally impaling herself. She is extremely vilified and portrayed as obsessive to the point she is willing to harm and kill others for Lana. Other implied LGBT+ characters are forgotten and disappear from the storyline and screen.
1 comment | Add comment
0
Obakasaur
Multiple characters refer to people as "delusional," "turned into a vegetable," or "crazy" with the implication of danger.
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Are there n-words?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Race
Is there blackface?
22 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Sex
Yes
8
No
0
0
gonzogm
S6
 E3
A little bit. The couple doesn't actually have sex, but things look like they're heading that way when the episode ends.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
0
Obakasaur
While many characters are naked at one point or another, the nudity is not visible on screen.
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Is there bestiality?
56 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does someone lose their virginity?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
3
No
1
Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
61 supporters
Yes
1
No
4
0
GretchPancake
In a parallel universe, Clark is adopted by the Luthors, and has a sexual relationship with his adoptive sister.
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Spoiler
Does it have a sad ending?
31 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Vehicular
Does a car crash?
1 supporters
Yes
10
No
0
0
(2:50) An actress is shooting a car scene, brakes don't work, an accident happens.
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0
(Minute 3:55) An actress loses control of sets car while filming a scene
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Does a plane crash?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
8
No
0
Yes
8
No
0
0
S1
 E1
Lex looses control of his car and hit Clark, both fall off a bridge
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Violence
Yes
3
No
2
0
Rg123
There are explosions but they're not nuclear. For example, a ship self-destructs, an i.e.d. goes off, etc. (No one is killed in either of those examples btw)
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Is there blood/gore?
40 supporters
Yes
6
No
0
0
[20:40] Lionel pulls his hand out of a bear trap. The scene is very disturbing
[28:12] After killing a woman, here's lots of blood on Lionel face and shirt
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Does someone drown?
11 supporters
Yes
8
No
2
0
Lex was running with his car when looses control and falls into water, Clark saves him
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
6
No
0
0
Not sure if that count, but lex shots a guy 6 times at minute 20. It was self-defense somehow
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