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Trent MacGowen was a metahuman assassin with the ability to morph his body parts into metallic weapons. As a former Belle Reve patient, Trent wanted to be normal. Lionel Luthor promised he would help Trent, but he needed to be free, therefore, he sent Trent to murder Chloe Sullivan so she couldn't testify against him.

Powers and Abilities

  • Metal Morphing: Trent had the ability to morph his body, or just parts of it, into liquid metal, which he could also shape and solidify at will.
  • Super strength: Trent's metal morphing abilites includes considerable strength with them.
  • Invulnerability: Lana hit Trent over the head with a spade and it did not effect him.
  • Super Speed (possible): While never explicitly shown, Trent was able to escape from sight in the graveyard after being maced by Lana in the mere seconds that it took Lana to reach Lois. Also, Trent was able to enter the Penetentiary where Lionel Luthor was being held and the 'swooshing' sound typically heard when characters move at superhuman speeds was heard before he came on camera.


Trent's metal morphing abilities render him susceptible to heat and electricity, as metal conducts both. While being subject to both a shock from a large stun gun and Clark's heat vision, he exploded into a puddle of liquid metal.

Season Four

At the graveyard, Trent caught Lois Lane digging up Chloe's grave, which contained an empty coffin, proving that Chloe was alive. He attacked Lois, morphing his arm into a sword. Lana Lang came to the rescue, spraying mace in Trent's eyes. After Lana and Lois looked away for a few seconds, Trent had disappeared from their sight. Later, Trent met with Lionel, revealing that he killed two security guards instead of killing Chloe.

Trent eventually made his way to the foundry, where Chloe was already bound. He tried choking her to death by morphing his hand into a metal claw. Clark Kent super-sped in, throwing Trent across the foundry. Once again, Trent morphed his arm into a sword, but he was unable to harm Clark. They battled it out until Lois sneaked up behind Trent and fired a large stun gun at him. Clark then used this opportunity to fry Trent with his heat vision; the combination of both caused him to explode into a puddle of liquid metal.


  • Trent MacGowen's powers and scenes draw heavily from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Trent can turn body parts into metal, just like the T-1000 terminator. In addition, Trent even turns his entire body into "liquid metal" so that a human passes through them, a scene drawn directly from Terminator 2. Finally, both the T-1000 and Trent have their final scene in a foundry and both meet their end in a vat of hot bubbling metal.
  • Trent's ability is similar to one of Brainiac's abilities.