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Jeremiah doesn't exist anymore, Professor. [...] It's made things very clear. [...] It's given me the strength of ten men. I can shoot fire from my eyes. Don't you see, Professor? I am Naman. [...] I don't take orders from anyone. I will be the savior of my people. I will bring Sageeth here and kill him!
~ Jeremiah, to Professor Willowbrook.

Jeremiah Holdsclaw is a one-shot villain from the WB television series Smallville, serving as the principal antagonist of the Season 3 episode "Talisman."

He was portrayed by Nathaniel Arcand.

History

Early life

Like Professor Willowbrook, Jeremiah was a descendant of the Native American Kawatche Indians. He was writing a dissertation on the "slumbering place," an ancient Kawatche burial ground.

Talisman

A Kawatche and future leader of his people, Jeremiah was also Professor Joseph Willowbrook's protege and a teaching assistant at Central Kansas A&M. He and Willowbrook head down to the Kawatche Caves to meet with Lionel Luthor; on the way, Jeremiah expresses his distaste of Lionel and how LuthorCorp is desecrating their people's sacred ground.

The two meet with Lionel, who shows them a recently-discovered artifact which Jeremiah, in amazement, identifies as "Palak," something of great significance to the Kawatche people.

The professor, however, explains that it is an excellent example of ancient cookware. It is covered in clay and Jeremiah wants to take it back to the museum to study. When Lionel refuses to allow them to take Palak back to their lab for further study, Jeremiah grabs the artifact, which he then smashes with a rock, revealing the Starblade, a Kawatche blade.

It endows him with superhuman powers very similar to Clark Kent's. Jeremiah strikes Lionel, sending him flying across the cave, and Lionel's security guards fire on Jeremiah, who is unharmed by the bullets and flees the cave through super speed.

Jeremiah is next seen at a Kawatche site where ancient Kawatche conducted death rituals; here, he is confronted by Willowbrook and Clark Kent. Jeremiah tells Willowbrook that he is Naman, the legendary savior from the stars according to Kawatche mythology, and that it is his duty to save his people by finding and killing Sageeth, Naman's sworn enemy whom Jeremiah believes is Lionel Luthor.

Willowbrook objects to Jeremiah's claims and says Clark is the true Naman. Jeremiah, however, denounces Clark as a false prophet and uses heat vision to set fire to Willowbrook's truck before super-speeding off.

Later, Clark has Willowbrook send a message to Jeremiah through other members of the Kawatche tribe, saying he's conceding to Jeremiah. Jeremiah later comes to Clark's loft, where Clark exposes him to Green Kryptonite, only for it to have no effect whatsoever on Jeremiah, who simply picks up the extraterrestrial mineral and tosses it away due to him being human and not Kryptonian.

Jeremiah and Clark then engage each other at super-speed, and Jeremiah draws the Starblade and stabs Clark with it, mortally wounding him. He then leaves the loft.

Jeremiah later intercepts and kidnaps Lionel, whom he brings to the Kawatche ritual ground, where he binds the businessman to the altar. He then prepares to sacrifice Lionel so he can't harm his people, only for Clark to arrive and tackle him. In the woods surrounding the ritual site, Jeremiah attempts to stab Clark with the Starblade a second time, but Clark strikes him and sends him flying.

The two then battle until they super-speed charge at each other. Once they collide with one another, the Starblade falls out of Jeremiah's grasp causing his powers to fade away and Jeremiah himself fell into a coma.

Jeremiah is then committed to Belle Reve, and Clark later states to his parents that the doctors believe it is unlikely that Jeremiah will awake from his coma.

Quotes

Professor, why did we let Luthor do this? Look at this place. He's done nothing but defile our holy ground.
~ Jeremiah's first lines, to Willowbrook.
If you are the friend of the Kawatche that you claim to be, then why won't you let us take it now?
~ Jeremiah, to Lionel, while holding Palak.
Professor, this is ancient Kawatche soil. Everything in here belongs to us!
~ Jeremiah, before smashing the artifact with a rock.
All these years, I've listened to you. But now I can see you've held me back. You're afraid that I've become more powerful than you.
~ Jeremiah, to Willowbrook.
The man I want is far from innocent.
~ Jeremiah's reply to Clark's protests that he could kill an innocent person.
Stay out of my way, false prophet.
~ Jeremiah, to Clark.
Liar! Willowbrook says you're a false prophet, that before I kill Sageeth, I have to kill you.
~ Jeremiah, to Clark.
What's this?
~ Jeremiah, after Clark attempts to weaken him with Green Kryptonite.
Now, Sageeth, you'll bring no more darkness to my people.
~ Jeremiah, to Lionel as he prepares to sacrifice him.
I don't know how you survived, but you won't do it twice!
~ Jeremiah's last words, to Clark, before they battle.

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