- "Not that that matters, cause I'll be a thousand miles away before you can even blink."
- — Bart Allen to Clark Kent. Run
Super-Speed is the power to react as well as run at velocities surpassing what is physically possible for a human. On a basic level, super-speed allows the user to move with such force that they appear as a blur of motion. At its height, it allows them to break the sound barrier.
Kryptonian super speed manifests almost instantly after exposure to an environment under a yellow sun. Kryptonians can move any part of their body extremely fast, to the point where everything around them freezes. At a young age, Kryptonians don't emit aura pulsations, but will eventually start to emit aura pulsations. Clark can use his speed to run up buildings, as proven in Lexmas, and Kent.
Atlanteans can swim at super speed, at some point becoming able to swim at speeds that greatly exceeds the sound barrier. Atlanteans can swim much faster than Kryptonians.
Martians can move at hyper-sonic speed, generating a trail of red that is left in their wake when they move around at super speed. Martian Manhunter was able to fly from space to Lionel's office and stop Clark from killing Lionel. It's unknown how fast adult martians can run, but it at least greatly exceeds the sound barrier.
Characters with Super Speed
- "That's the thing about Clark Kent: he's not always there when you want him... but he's always there when you need him."
- — Lana Lang Shimmer
- Clark Kent - This ability first manifested when he was younger but displayed heightened reflexes after the Kents picked him up from the cornfield.Clark can move and or react at speeds that far exceed the speed of sound barrier whether it is on land or underwater. Clark through accelerated vision perceives the entire world frozen. Now, Clark can run and fly at super-speed. While in flight he can be as fast as Impulse. Before Clark fully embraced his destiny and became Superman, Clark was amazed by how fast his future-self was.
- Kara Kent - Kara can move and or react at speeds that far exceed the sound barrier whether it is on land or underwater.
- Jor-El - Jor-El was able to run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- Zor-El - Zor-El was able to run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- General Zod - Zod, by possessing a human's body, could run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier. He is shown to be faster than an adolescent Clark.
- Faora - Faora, by possessing a human's body, could run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- Raya - Raya was able to run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- Disciples of Zod - They both were able to run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- Davis Bloome - Davis could, much like Clark Kent, move with superhuman speed.
- Alia - Alia can run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeds the sound barrier.
- Major Zod - Major Zod can run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeds the sound barrier. He is shown to be as fast as an adult Clark.
- Conner Kent - Conner, because he has half of Clark's Kryptonian DNA, can run and exercise at extreme superhuman speeds that exceeds the sound barrier, although he isn't nearly as fast as Clark and/or a full Kryptonian.
- Aldar - Aldar seemed capable of superhuman speed..
- Baern - Baern, by possessing a Human's body, could run at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- Bizarro - Bizarro, after replicating some of Clark Kent's DNA strands, could run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- Maxima - Maxima, much like Kryptonians, can run with superhuman speed.
- Martian Manhunter - John, as a Martian, can run at hyper-sonic speeds.
- Greg Arkin - Greg can vanish and reappear somewhere else in the blink of an eye, although he is not nearly as fast as Kryptonians.
- Emily Dinsmore - Emily's kryptonite-inspired physiology meant that she could run at great super-sonic speeds that rivalled the capabilities of a teenage Clark Kent.
- Randy Klein -
- Rudy Jones - Rudy could move in super speed after absorbing Clark's powers.
- Eric Summers - Eric, after he gets Clark's abilities through a power swap, could move at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- Jeremiah Holdsclaw - Jeremiah, while holding the Starblade, could run faster than humans and proved to be as fast as Kryptonians.
- Jonathan Kent - Jonathan gained Jor-El's speed to retrieve Clark and bring him home.
- Lana Lang - Lana wore a specialized nano-suit that granted the wearer extraordinary powers, including super speed.
- Bart Allen - Bart can easily run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeds the speed of light itself, making him the fastest being by far, other than Jay Garrick and the Black Flash, in the world. He is much faster than Clark, as shown in the episode. Bart can exceed a Kryptonian's top speed simply by light jogging.
- Wes Keenan - Gained super speed likely from the genetic material of Bart Allen as a part of Project Ares.
- Arthur Curry - Arthur, while underwater, can run along the sea floor, swim, or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeds the sound barrier.
- Mera - Mera, while underwater, can run along the sea floor, swim, or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeds the sound barrier.
- Lindsay Harrison - Lindsay, through Jor-El, was able to run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeded the sound barrier.
- Jay Garrick - Jay can easily run and or exercise at speeds that greatly exceeds the speed of light itself, making him one of the fastest entities, other than Bart Allen and the Black Flash, in the world.
- Jor-El - Jor-El's spirit can possess a person and, while inside them, run faster than the speed of sound.
- Black Flash - The Black Flash, being a manifestation of death to those connected to the Speed Force, can easily reach Bart Allen's level of superspeed.
- Brainiac - Brainiac, as a Kryptonian machine, can move and react faster than the speed of sound.
- Clark: Where exactly did you find the body?
- Chloe: Just up the road about a quarter-mile. (Clark super speeds away) Well, I guess I'll meet you there.
- Season Six, Wither
- (Clark runs away at super speed)
- Chloe: Do you ever get used to that?
- Martha: Not really.
- Season Six, Prototype
- Bart: None of that matters cause I'll be a thousand miles before you could even blink.
- Clark: I don't know, I can blink pretty fast.
- Season Four, Run
- (Clark super speeds while on the phone with Lois)
- Lois: What was that whooshing sound?
- Clark: Nothing... I, uh, just had the truck window open.
- Season Nine, Warrior
In The Comics
In the comics, super speed, or heightened speed, is a common ability amongst speedsters and depending on the entity, the potential capacity of this ability will vary greatly. Superman can move and exercise at speeds that greatly exceeds that of the speed of light itself and currently, he is so fast that he won't even leave a streak behind him, unless he isn't using this ability to its fullest. He can also reverse the rotation of Earth to turn back the cordial of time by flying extremely fast around the Earth. The Flash can move extremely fast, to the point where he outclasses Superman in races most of the time, though sometimes, they break a tie with one another. He can also reset time with his speed. J'onn J'onzz can also move very fast and has hyper reflexes. Darkseid possess enhanced speed compared to humans, but compared to speedsters, he is slow, although he sometimes surprises Superman by quickly appearing behind him.
- When Clark is at super speed and the world is moving at normal speed, producers refer to his perspective as "Clark time".
- It can be noted that every character with super speed has a different color flash behind them sometimes independent on the color of their attire. Clark Kent, in his younger years, emitted a yellow and white aura, a blue aura as the Red-Blue Blur then as the Blur, he emitted a black aura. Kara has red and blue, white in her first appearance, Bart Allen has a red streak, Zod in Lex's body has orange, Lana has a faint purple aura in Wrath and a burning orange aura in Power, Raya has yellow, Maxima has green, Bizarro and Brainiac had black, Doomsday has dark gray, Alia has white, Stephen Swift has gold, Major Zod has white/yellow.
- It should be noted that, as the series progressed, so did Clark's speed. Starting in Season 1, he was considerably faster than humans, however he did not excrete an aura. In Season 2, a whiz of wind echoed from his construct. In Season 3 aura pulsations are finally released.
- It seems that characters that are faster than others get their aura pulsation before them.
|Clark Kent's powers and abilities in Smallville|