- "You're the answer, son. You're the answer to: "are we alone in the Universe?""
- —Jonathan Kent, to a teenage Clark
Jonathan Kent (1951 – 1997) was a local farmer from Smallville. One of the many generations of the Kent farmers, around the early 1980s, he and his wife Martha found a spaceship containing Kal-El, whom they adopted and named "Clark" (after his wife's maiden surname). Jonathan raised the boy with strong moral standards. as he began to develop extraordinary powers, which Jonathan died to keep secret during a tornado, knowing that the man his son was destined to become would one day change the world.
Jonathan was born in Kansas as part of a the Kent family, that had been farmer for several generations. At the age of 22, he meet and married another local girl, Martha Clark, in 1973. A year later, his brother, Harry Kent Jr died.
When Jonathan was young, Smallville was hit with a heavy rain season a great flood. Jonathan and his father built a flood defense to send the water up stream believing he had saved the farm. To celebrate, Jonathan's mother baked him a cake. They soon realized that they had diverted the water away from their farm and flood the Lang Farm, drowning their horses. Jonathan had nightmares afterwards about the drowning horses.
Jonathan and Martha eventually took over the Kent Farm and ran it together, but they were unable to have children of their own.
One night in 1980, an alien spacecraft crash-landed in one of the Kents' cornfields. Investigating, the couple found the spaceship and a newborn baby, whom they took in and named "Clark", after Martha's maiden surname.
As Clark grew older, he developed a strong bond with Jonathan and also many incredible abilities. Fearing how others would react to this, Jonathan instilled in Clark the need to hide his abilities from everybody else. He was also very overprotective of his son, despite the latter's abilities.
When Clark was 9, he began experiencing problems from more of his superpowers (those of enhanced hearing, X-ray vision, and heat vision) manifesting, and was subsequently taken home by Martha, where Jonathan proudly watched Clark play in the garden, wearing a scarlet cape (indicating his future as Superman).
Revealing Clark's Heritage to HimEdit
Four years later, when Clark was 13 and used his powers to save his classmates after their bus went over a bridge and fell into a river, Jonathan, along with Martha, tried to dismiss Helen Ross' claims of Clark's amazing feat. He then promptly went outside to speak with Clark, reminding him that he couldn't reveal the "special side of [himself]" to anybody. Jonathan was, however, morally torn when Clark asked if he should've let his classmates die instead.
Hence, Jonathan decided to finally reveal to Clark that he came to from the stars, and took him into the barn, where he showed Clark the latter's infant starship, before reassuring Clark that he will always be his son, regardless of him having once had another father who had given him another name. He then gave Clark the House of El Command Key that came with him to Earth, and said that he had been trying to figure out why Clark was sent to them, and encouraged Clark to find out this reason, even if it would take the rest of his life to do so.
Teaching Clark Life LessonsEdit
Shortly thereafter, Jonathan took Clark with him to Sullivan's Truck & Tractor Repair. Clark waited in the car, reading a book by the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato, as a group of kids led by Kenneth Braverman ganged up on Clark. Jonathan's presence, however, scared them off. After Pete Ross helped Clark to his feet and left, Jonathan asked Clark if the boys hurt him. He then reminded Clark that someday, when he'd be older, he would have to make a choice for himself - on whether or not to reveal himself to the world. Regardless, Jonathan assured Clark that he would eventually become a man that would change the world.
Four years later, when Clark was 17, the whole family was out on a drive and got stuck on a highway in traffic. Jonathan argued with Clark about the farm, which lead to Clark angrily rejecting the Kents as his parents. Despite Martha's shocked reaction, Jonathan conceded the point (though he insisted that he and Martha had done the best they could to raise Clark as his surrogate parents), but before he could elaborate further, a large tornado began sweeping across the area.
The Kents evacuated the car, and Jonathan told Clark to get Martha to safety under a nearby bridge as he went to help a mother and her child. Clark took the child off of Jonathan and returned her to her mother while Jonathan went back to rescue Hank, who was left in the car, breaking his foot in the process, as a car crashed on top. Realizing that Clark was about to save him and reveal his powers to the people standing by and to the world at large, Jonathan held up his hand, signaling his son not to save him, as Jonathan was swept away to his death (at the age of 46).
Jonathan's prediction of Clark having to make the choice about revealing himself, as well as that of Clark changing the world (as the alien hero nicknamed "Superman") both came true shortly thereafter as well. Due to the extraordinary heroics that "Superman" demonstrated while saving Earth from the malevolent General Zod and the Sword of Rao, Clark was ultimately accepted and greatly respected by most of the people of Earth (with Metropolis' citizens even building a massive silvery statue in Superman's honor), something Jonathan had feared wouldn't happen. Before moving to Metropolis and applying for a job at the Daily Planet, Clark and Martha remembered Jonathan fondly, with Martha assuring him that her husband had always seen the hero that Clark was destined to become.
After the Bombing of United States Capitol, Clark decided to withdraw from humanity and began walking in the mountains of the arctic circle. There, he found Jonathan building a pile of rocks. Jonathan spoke with Clark telling him a story of how when he was younger, there was a great flood in Smallville and he diverted it from the Kent Farm believing he was a hero, when in reality it flooded the Lang's farm next door instead, and that it was Martha who helped him as she was his world. Jonathan then disappeared.
Jonathan was an honest man who always believed in ethics and honesty during his life as a farmer, and he loved Clark very much. Despite Clark being practically invincible, he was very overprotective of his adopted son, fearing that the world wouldn't accept Clark the way he and Martha did and that his presence on Earth would change everything. Ultimately, Jonathan was so adamant to not to reveal Clark's secret to the world, that he died protecting it.
- Man of Steel: Friends and Foes (First appearance)
- Man of Steel: The Early Years
- Man of Steel: The Fate of Krypton
- Man of Steel: Superman Saves Smallville
- Man of Steel: Superman's Superpowers
- Man of Steel Prequel
- Man of Steel
- Man of Steel (Novel)
- Guide to the Caped Crusader/Guide to the Man of Steel: Movie Flip Book
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Kevin Costner played a farmer in the film Field of Dreams.
- Jonathan married Martha on October 21, 1973, at the age of 22.
- Jonathan died in 1997 at the age of 46.
- The actors for Jonathan Kent and Jor-El have both played Robin Hood in the films Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Robin Hood, respectively.
|Media||Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Untitled Superman film|
|Characters||Clark Kent/Superman | Lois Lane | Perry White | Jonathan Kent | Martha Kent | Jor-El | Lara Lor-Van | Emil Hamilton | Nathan Hardy | Steven Lombard | Jenny Jurwich | Lana Lang | General Swanwick | Peter Ross | Bibbo Bibbowski | Kara Zor-El | Bruce Wayne/Batman | Diana/Wonder Woman | Jimmy Olsen|
|Enemies||Lex Luthor | General Zod | Faora-Ul | Doomsday | Mercy Graves | Jax-Ur | Nam-Ek | Tor-An | Car-Vex | Dev-Em | Nadira|
|Miscellaneous||Metropolis | Daily Planet | Smallville | Krypton | Metropolis Police Department | Kryptonite | LexCorp | Super Suit | Kent Farm | Fortress of Solitude | Black Zero | Kryptonian | Command Key | Kal-El's Starcraft | Phantom Zone | Superman film series|