|“||I'm waiting for someone.||„|
|~ Jake to Van McNulty.|
Jake Pollen was a student at Smallville High School and a metahuman with the ability to breathe underwater through gills.
He was the secondary antagonist in the Season 3 episode "Extinction" of Smallville
He was portrayed by Harris Allan.
Jake was best friends with Van McNulty for three years, but Van did not know about Jake's metahuman abilities. He had exhibited amphibious behavior around the school and drank water excessively.
A year ago during a field trip to Crater Lake, Chloe Sullivan dropped her keys off the pier and Jake dove into the lake to fish them out of the water.
He had remained underwater for over 6 minutes which was humanly impossible without extensive training or some kind of superpower. When asked about this skill, Jake passed it off as no big deal. Chloe wrote an entry about him in her Wall of Weird database.
At the beginning of the school year, Van teased his friend Jake for admiring Lana Lang from afar. He was a shy boy with a crush on Lana. Jake approached Lana as she was leaving in her car and said hello to her with Lana only returning the greeting politely back and drove off leaving him in the parking lot.
When Lana was swimming after hours in the school pool, Jake waited underneath the water and inexplicably grabbed Lana's ankle and appeared to be drowning her. Lana put up a good fight, but since Jake could breathe underwater and he held her down until she almost drowns.
Suddenly, a mystery shooter kills the boy shooting Jake in the head with a sniper rifle. Lana was saved in the process and disappears. At the bottom of the pool is a meteor rock with the word "freak" scratched onto it that was thrown in.
After his death, Chloe launched an investigation into Jake's past and to learn the identity of the mysterious shooter. Chloe found photos from Jake's autopsy showing that he had gills. Lana expressed disgust while Clark remarks that the bullet wound was more disturbing.
It was revealed that Van McNulty had killed Jake because he was a metahuman ignoring the fact that they had been close friends. It appeared that Van was being a hero until it was revealed that he was hunting down people infected by Kryptonite.