"Hey, ass-wipe. What do you think? Did you see the game?"
―Pete Ross picking on Clark Kent[src]

Peter "Pete" Ross is a resident of Smallville who knew of Clark Kent's superhuman abilities since they were children.


Witnessing Clark's powers

Born in the rural town of Smallville, Pete Ross grew up there and was in the same class as Clark Kent, Lana Lang and Whitney Fordham throughout their education. Initially, he acted as their bully[2] until extraordinary circumstances changed his attitude towards life.

While on a school bus, Pete was making fun of Clark. However, an accident on a bridge caused the school bus to diverge off into the river. Clark used his abilities to push the bus out of the river, saving most of the kids. However, Pete was still in the river and began to drown. Clark dove back in and saved Pete, pulling him ashore. The two became friendlier as a result.

After the incident on the bus, Pete's mother Helen Ross visited Clark's home and talked with Jonathan and Martha Kent about Clark's alleged miraculous rescue effort. This resulted in Clark further questioning his special powers, leading to Jonathan revealing his extraterrestrial origin. Later on, older kids were picking on Clark, while Jonathan warded them off and Pete came over and helped Clark up before leaving, still showing his gratitude.[3]

Showdown in Smallville

Peter grew up and stayed in Smallville through to his adulthood working at the local IHOP restaurant. Lois Lane a Metropolitan reporter from the Daily Planet newspaper contacted Pete while she was hunting for information on Clark Kent. Later on when General Zod's Kryptonian forces attacked Smallville, Clark was battling Faora-Ul and the two landed in Pete's restaurant. Clark recognized Pete, before being tackled away by Faora-Ul.[3]

Clark's funeral

Pete Ross at Clark's funeral

Pete at Clark's funeral

Two years later, after his apparent death at the hands of Doomsday, Clark was buried at Smallville's cemetery, with Pete being among the attendees. After Daniel Leone completed the funeral by delivering a eulogy, Pete let Martha Kent know that her son's funeral was payed for by an anonymous donor (Bruce Wayne).[4]





Behind the scenes


  1. In Man of Steel Pete Ross and Lana Lang are shown as direct classmates in school, so they should be born in the same year of Clark Kent, in 1980.
  2. Man of Steel: Friends and Foes
  3. 3.0 3.1 Goyer, David S., Nolan, Christopher (writers) & Snyder, Zack (director) (June 14, 2013). Man of Steel.
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