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Desirée Atkins
Family Theodore Sanders (father)
Elizabeth Sanders (mother)
Shipping magnate (first husband)
Lex Luthor (second husband)
Occupation Biology teacher (Smallville High School)(formerly)

Inmate at state peniteniary (current)

Powers and
Super pheromones
Played By Krista Allen
Status Incarcerated

Desirée Atkins Luthor, also known as Allison Sanders, is a metahuman with the ability to use pheromones to manipulate the minds and hearts of men. She is from Metropolis, is currently imprisoned and was the first wife of Lex Luthor.

Powers and Abilities

  • Super Pheromones

    Desirée releasing pheromones

    Super pheromones: Desirée was a teenager in Smallville during the 1989 meteor shower. She was with her boyfriend having sex when the meteors struck: as a result her hormones spiked to unnatural levels and se acquired the ability to naturally generate meta-human pheromones and passively emit them from her body. Once her pheromones were inhaled by her others they were instantly attracted to her. Furthermore, they will find themselves agreeing with her as if every word she says becomes the most logical and sensible thing they've ever heard. She could cause other beings to develop immense, even addictive emotional attachments to her. Others would become instantly infatuated with her and vulnerable to her command. She was able to seduce multiple targets concurrently.


  • Kryptonians: Her powers seem to not affect Kryptonians like Clark Kent: he proved immune to her attempt to seduce him.
  • Greed: Allison's avaricious nature encouraged her to repeat her crimes, thus gaining greater risk of alerting the authorities.

Early life

After her exposure to the meteor shower, Allison convinced her boyfriend to murder her parents. The boyfriend was convicted of homicide and later executed, however she was never suspected. Due to getting away scotfree of patricide and matricide, was free to inherit her parents' assets. However, due to her parents being a middle class couple who experienced financial problems prior to their deaths; Allison's inheritance was not as sizable as she had originally believed. She used her pheremones on a noted American businessman who was a shipping magnate, convincing him to marry her. Marrying into the shipping kingpin's wealth gave Allison the good life she craved. After some time her greed consumed her and Allison decided she wanted all the man's possessions, not half of them. However, she did not want the man. She seduced her husband into rewriting his will to make Allison the sole beneficiary of his entire estate, then seduced a Mafia hitman into murdering her husband. Allison gained great money due to her husband's death, and again managed to avoid detection. However, she was concerned this would soon gain the attention of law enforcement, so she took the false name of "Desiree Atkins". A series of economic downturns sapped Allison's ill-gotten fortune, and lacking financial literacy, made the mistake of frantic investing in dot-coms, which went belly up and left Allison penniless.

Season Two

She managed to seduce and marry Lex Luthor, continuing her pattern. She got a job as a biology teacher at Smallville High, intending to duplicate her previous pattern by having one of her students kill Lex for her. However, she failed to seduce Clark Kent, his Kryptonian nature rendering him immune to her abilities, forcing her to frame him for arson, exploiting some of the accidents he had caused with his recently developed heat vision, as well as then used her powers to convince Jonathan Kent to kill Lex by convincing Jonathan that Lex was hurting her. Clark was able to use his heat vision to save Lex by melting the bullet from his father's gun mid-flight and Desirée was sent to prison. As a result of her true nature becoming public, Allison was imprisoned for homicide and attempted homicide, and her employment at Smallville High School was terminated. It was also safely surmised that the attempt on Lex's life was grounds for annulment of their sham marriage.


  • Desirée means "desired", likely alluding to her powers.