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Example of Kryptonian vessel: Jor-El inhabiting Lionel

"The connection that I felt with, uh, Jor-El and the fortress... it's gone. I can't feel his presence anymore."
— Lionel, about being a former Vessel Zod

A Kryptonian Vessel is a human or humanoid whose body is host of a disembodied Kryptonian or microscopic organism of the same origin, voluntarily or involuntarily.

Types of vessels

Granted Powers


  • Jonathan Kent was briefly fueled with a fusion of Kryptonian power to restrain Kal, and a transmutated herald of Jor-El. He developed a shade of the Kryptonian's personality and could hear him talk on a different frequency.
  • Jeremiah Holdsclaw was forged into a conduit and gifted abilities similar to Naman's from Palak.
  • Lindsay Harrison acted as an agent of Jor-El after he shifted her into one, instrumentally utilizing Kryptonian powers.
  • Lionel Luthor became an emissary of Jor-El when he was tactilely exposed to the water stone, allowing him to tap into a well of all of the Kryptonian's knowledge and abilities.




  • Super strength - A human possessed by a Kryptonian can apply extreme amounts of force and pressure onto objects and people.
  • Super speed - A human possessed by a Kryptonian can move faster than sound.
  • Invulnerability - A human possessed by a Kryptonian generates a bio-electrical aura which nothing earthly can penetrate.
  • Healing factor - A human possessed by a Kryptonian can heal from any wound if not in the vicinity of kryptonite.
  • Heat Vision - A human possessed by a Kryptonian can shoot fire from their eyes.
  • Flight - A human possessed by a Kryptonian can fly.
  • Super hearing - A human possessed by a Kryptonian can hear sounds from vast distances.



  • Kryptonite - A human possessed by a Kryptonian is sickly affected by various forms of Kryptonite which is deathly poisonous to the individual.


Clark: I was... I was just at the hospital. How did you get me here?
Jor-El-as-Lionel: The portal in the cave. When this body was activated by the crystal, it became an oracle of Kryptonian knowledge. A vessel for me to inhabit if ever you should need me. That time was now.
Season Five, Hidden

Jor-El: (to Clark) Zod's physical body was destroyed to prevent him from escaping the Phantom Zone. He can be freed if he finds a body-- a vessel to inhabit. You must find the human vessel and destroy it. No matter who it maybe.
Season Five, Vessel

Milton Fine: (referring to Kara) It didn't look like she had much fight left in her. But she'll heal. She's healthy. So is Lex Luthor... the vessel. Together, they will repopulate the planet, and Krypton will rise again.
Season Seven, Apocalypse

Chloe: What did you do with Lois?
Faora-as-Lois: I needed her vessel. Not my first choice, but surprisingly flexible.
Season Eight, Bloodline