Heat 724
Desirée Atkins
Family Theodore Sanders (Father)
Elizabeth Sanders (Mother)
Unnamed Businessman (First Husband)
Lex Luthor (Ex-Husband)
Occupation Biology Teacher at Smallville High School (Terminated)
Powers and
Mind Control
Played By Krista Allen
Status Incarcerated
Last Seen Heat

Desirée Atkins - born Allison Sanders, and temporarily known as Desirée Atkins-Luthor - is a metahuman with the ability to use pheromones to influence the thoughts of men. Originally from Metropolis, she was in Smallville during the 1989 meteor shower when she acquired her power.

Early Life

Born to Theodore and Elizabeth Sanders, Allison grew up in a struggling middle-class home in Metropolis. During the first meteor shower, Allison was in Smallville having sex. Exposure to raw Kryptonite coupled with the heightened hormonal activity manifested itself as her powers.

Upon acquiring her powers, Allison's resentment of her family's circumstances - coupled with Kryptonite psychosis and general selfishness - drove her to use her abilities to manipulate her boyfriend into killing her parents, ensuring his conviction for murder and her inheritance.

However, due to her parents' lingering debts, her inheritance was unsatisfactory. Turning her attentions to a prominent shipping magnate, she seduced the tycoon into marrying her - finally giving her the wealth and luxury she craved. However, as her greed grew, she wanted it all.

Wishing to dispose of her husband, she had him rewrite his will to make her the sole beneficiary of his estate. Her future secured, she hired a Mafia hit-man to assassinate her husband. Hoping to avoid any scandal or suspicion from the law, she changed her name to Desirée Atkins.

While she enjoyed her new identity for a time, a series of economic downturns coupled with her own lack of financial savvy and frantic investments in dot-coms to keep afloat, Desirée soon declared bankruptcy. Leaving Metropolis, Desirée set her sights on Lex Luthor in Smallville.

Season Two

She managed to seduce and marry Lex Luthor, continuing her pattern. She got a job as a biology teacher at Smallville High, intending to duplicate her previous pattern by having one of her students kill Lex for her. However, she failed to seduce Clark Kent, his Kryptonian nature rendering him immune to her abilities, forcing her to frame him for arson, exploiting some of the accidents he had caused with his recently developed heat vision, as well as then used her powers to convince Jonathan Kent to kill Lex by convincing Jonathan that Lex was hurting her. Clark was able to use his heat vision to save Lex by melting the bullet from his father's gun mid-flight and Desirée was sent to prison. As a result of her true nature becoming public, Allison was imprisoned for homicide and attempted homicide, and her employment at Smallville High School was terminated. It was also safely surmised that the attempt on Lex's life was grounds for annulment of their sham marriage.

Powers and Abilities

  • Super Pheromones

    Desirée releasing her pheromones.

    Mind Control: Desirée's gift is rooted in seduction - a combination of her own sexual allure as well as the metahuman potency of her pheromones. This causes an immediate infatuation and susceptibility to her suggestion, to the point of always taking her side and loosing all sense of principal.


  • Desirée means "desired", likely alluding to her powers.


  • Desirée was the second member of the Smallville High School faculty staff, to have powers. The first was Coach Walt Arnold, from the episode Hothead.
  • Allison's powers and attitude were representative of two of the Seven Deadly Sins, lust and greed.