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Well, talk about being fashion forward but I'm afraid you crashed the wrong disco.
~ Tess Mercer

Tess Mercer (born Lutessa Lena Luthor) is a major character in the WB/CW television series Smallville, serving as the secondary antagonist of the Eighth and Ninth Seasons, and a supporting character in the Tenth Season and the Season 11 comics.

She is both the former protégé and half-sister of billionaire Lex Luthor.

She was portrayed by Cassidy Freeman, who also played Jacqueline in Once Upon a Time.


When Lex Luthor disappeared during a private expedition to the Arctic, Tess Mercer took control of all his projects and business. Like her predecessors Lex and Lionel, she became obsessed with finding the truth about Clark Kent.

She had very little touch with everyone who knew Clark, including Chloe Sullivan, Lois Lane and her old flame Oliver Queen, who did not have any confidence in her due to being an emissary of the Luthor family.

For a long time, she was obsessed with maintaining the Luthor's legacy and being totally devoted to Lex, whom she considered a hero. After she discovered that Lex used her to spy on people, she became very angry and took her revenge on him, merging his company with her company leaving Lex without resources to continue his own life.

After learning about Clark's secret and guided by voices coming out of the Orb that Lex had been looking for months before he disappeared, Tess took the power contained within the device and allowed the Kryptonians and Major Zod to be reborn on Earth.

Thinking that in this way she would be saving the world, Tess helped Zod to achieve all his goals but not without getting her own ambitions and plans.

After being summoned by one of her original organizations, her plans were affected and then Tess was pushed to go underground, to prevent an assassination attempt. Being rejected by Oliver, Zod and all those she knew, Tess realized that she had lost everything she had in her quest for power and in an attempt for redemption, faced Zod and tried to stop him, but he severely burned her with his heat vision.

From her hospital bed, Tess helped Clark use the Book of Rao and apologized for everything she had done. Unable to bear the wounds she had suffered, she then died in the hospital.

She was later brought back to life and awoke in the Cadmus Labs. She soon started to take care of a young clone of Lex Luthor whom she believed she could change but saw that the clone and its original host were one and the same.

It was later revealed that she was abandoned at the age of 5 by her birth parents, Lionel Luthor and Pamela Jenkins with her being raised in Granny Goodness's orphanage. What Lionel didn't realize about Granny that she was a prophet of Darkseid, who used the orphanage to train an army for service to her lord.

Granny had planned to train Tess to become the leader of the Female Furies, but when the girl was five years old, Lionel arranged for Tess to be adopted by the Mercer family in Louisiana.

In the series finale of Smallville, she is killed by her own half-brother, Lex Luthor, who was recently resurrected but succeeds in erasing his memories of knowing Clark's secret and earlier life with a neurotoxin.

She returns as Tess 2.0 in the eleventh season of Smallville she succeeds to overcome her obsession for revenge on her brother and rejoins the Justice League, becoming Watchtower once again while Chloe is on maternity leave.




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Chloe Sullivan | Jor-El | Lana Lang

Main Antagonists
Brainiac | Darkseid | Doomsday | Genevieve Teague | Jason Teague | Lex Luthor | Lionel Luthor | Zod

Supporting Antagonists
Adam Knight | Alia | Bizarro | Basqat | Clark Luthor | Desaad | Dr. Helen Bryce | Faora Hu-Ul (Clone) | George | Gordon Godfrey | Granny Goodness | Jason Bartlett | Kal | Roger Nixon | Sheriff Ethan Miller | Tess Mercer | Zor-El

Reoccurring Antagonists
Agent Carter | Aldar | Alicia Baker | Alistair Kreig | Amanda Waller | Aethyr | Baern | Bette Sans Souci | Brendan Nash | Bruno Mannheim | Claire Foster | Conner Kent | Countess Margaret Isobel Thoreaux | Curtis Knox | Darius | District Attorney Ray Sacks | Donovan Jamison | Dr. Hudson | Dr. Langston | Dr. Lawrence Garner | Dr. Lia Teng | Edward Teague | Emily Dinsmore | Eric Summers | Eva Greer | Faora Hu-Ul | Floyd Lawton | Frank Loder | Frederick Walden | Gina | Gloria | Greg Arkin | Greg Flynn | Griff | Ian Randall | Jacob Finley | John Corben | Lieutenant Trotter | Linda Lake | Lionel Luthor (Earth-2) | Lucy Lane | Mara | Marilyn | Maxwell Lord | Molly Griggs | Morgan Edge | Nam-Ek | Paul Brenner | Perry White | Regan Matthews | Rick DeGroot | Rick Flag | Sam Phelan | Sasha Woodman | Slade Wilson | Steven Hamilton | Stuart Campbell | Talbert | Tina Greer | Vala | Van McNulty | Victoria Hardwick | Victoria Sinclair | Vordigan | Wes Keenan | Winslow Schott

Adrian Cross | A.J. | Alec Abrams | Amos Fortune | Andy Connors | Ben Meyers | Black Manta | Bernard Chisholm | Brianna Withridge | Bob Rickman | Bronson | Buffy Sanders | Byron Moore | Captain Cold | Cameron Mahkent | Carly Meadows | Charlotte Cavanaugh | Chrissy Parker | Coach Walt Arnold | Coats | Commander Cheng | Cyrus Gold | Dawn Stiles | Debra Burch | Desirée Atkins | Deputy Ellis | Deputy Harris | Derek Fox | Dr. Caselli | Dominic Sanatori | Duchess Gertrude | Duncan Allenmeyer | Earl Jenkins | Ed Burke | Edward Lott | Elise Fine | Emil LaSalle | Eric Marsh | Gabriel Duncan | Garrett Davis | Gary Watts | Graham Garrett | Greenfield Brothers | Geoff Johns | Hanison | Harriet | Harry Volk | Heather Fox | Isis | Jake Pollen | Jason Dante | James Gibson | Jed McNally | Jeff Palmer | Jeremy Creek | Jeremiah Holdsclaw | Joar Mahkent | Joe Simmons | Jodi Keenan | Jodi Melville | Joseph Altman | Joseph Cavanagh | Jude Royce's Imposter | Justin Gaines | Kal-El | Kyla Willowbrook | Kyle | Lachlan Luthor | Lance | Lashina | Lawrence Grady | Lincoln Cole | Leslie Willis | Louis Leery | Lucas Luthor | LX-13 | Mack | Macy | Madelyn Hibbins | Magistrate Wilkins | Marcos | Marcus Becker | Maxima | Michael Westmore | Mike | Mikhail Mxyzptlk | Milo | Mr. Lyon | Nathan Dean | Nathaniel Tryon | Nicholas Conroy | Non (Clone) | Orlando Block | Pamela Black | Paul Hayden | Persuader | Pierce | Rachel Dunleavy | Randy Klein | Ray | Richter Maddox | Ricky | Robert Bethany | Ron Milano | Roy Rothman | Rudy Jones | Ruth Cavanagh | Samantha Drake | Scott Bowman | Sean Kelvin | Sebastian Kane | Seth Nelson | Shannon Bell | Siobhan McDougal | Simone Chesterman | Sir Harry Hardwick | Snake | Ted Palmer | Tempest Drake | Teth-Adam | Titan | Tim Westcott | Tommy Lee | Trent MacGowen | Twins | Tyler Crenshaw | Tyler McKnight | Tyler Randall | Vanessa Webber | Wade Mahaney | Wagner | Walt Masterson | William McBride | William Tate | William Taylor

Comic Characters
Bane | Black Flash | Brain | Brother Blood | Bruce Wayne (Earth 13) | Doctor Phosphorus | Eclipso | Felix Faust | Firefly | Greg Fox | Hades | Hank Henshaw | Harleen Quinzel | Holly Gehrig | Jacob Snell | Joe Chill | Kenny Cavanaugh | Kirk Langstrom | Lowtax | Malcolm Barnes | Matt Hagen | Megan Morse | Minister Kirt Niedrigh | Monsieur Mallah | Oswald Loomis | Pamela Isley | Parallax | Prometheus | Rose Wilson | Simon Jones | Trigon | Victor Fries | Victor Zsasz

Organizations, Teams, & Gangs
Checkmate | Cheerleaders of Devotion | Darkseid's Elite | Darkseid's Prophets | Disciples of Zod | Female Furies | Injustice League | Insurgence Team | Intergang | Manhunters | Marionette Ventures | Mutants | Students for Lex Luthor | Suicide Squad | Weather Girls | Yellow Lantern Corps | Zoner Companions

Hostile Species
Phantom Wraiths | Monitors