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"The House of El. You always were survivors."Dax-Ur, to Clark Kent, Persona
The family crest of the House of El.
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The House of El was a prominent family on the planet Krypton, and have remained a powerful influence on Earth.

Known MembersEdit

  • Jor-El – Krypton's most renowned scientist and a member of the Science Council.
    • Jor-El (clone) - Jor-El's clone who was murdered by Alia and tortured by Major Zod.
    • Jor-El (A.I.) - Jor-El's spirit who is in Clark's Fortress his Kryptonian home in the arctic.
  • Lara-El – Jor-El's wife.
  • Kal-El – Jor-El and Lara-El's son, raised by Jonathan Kent and his wife Martha Kent: hero of Earth-1.
  • Zor-El – Jor-El's brother and (a former scientist; disgraced) mining operator for the city of Kandor.
  • Kara's Mother – Zor-El's wife.
  • Kara Zor-El – Zor-El and his wife's daughter.
  • Kon-El - A partial clone of Kal-El.

Alternate RealitiesEdit


  • Kal-El - Jor-El and Lara-El's son from an alternate Earth, raised by Lionel Luthor.
  • Jor-El (A.I.) - Jor-El's spirit who is in Clark's Fortress his Kryptonian home in the arctic.

Many members of the House of El were able to somehow survive the destruction of Krypton. Kal-El and Kara were sent to the planet Earth in different spaceships before Krypton's destruction; Kal-El was raised there by Jonathan and Martha Kent as Clark Kent while Kara was trapped in suspended animation in her spaceship for 18 years.

Jor-El's consciousness continued to exist as an artificial entity, first communicating with Clark through his spaceship, then through the Kawatche Caves and finally the Fortress of Solitude. His DNA, stripped of his native Kryptonian powers by blue kryptonite, was also implanted within the Orb, which create a younger clone of the Kryptonian scientist.

Zor-El put his DNA in a blue crystal, along with that of Lara-El; the blue crystal was able to use the power of the Fortress to create clones of both Zor-El and Lara. However, both clones were destroyed after Clark destroyed the blue crystal.

Early HistoryEdit

All of the known members of the House of El visited Earth before the destruction of their homeworld.

In 1961, before meeting and marrying Lara, Jor-El was sent by his father as a rite of passage. During his visit, he recorded his memories on a pendant belonging to the House of El. The pendant's design was based on the original symbol of the House of El, suggesting that it may have been passed down through many generations of the family.

In 1986, Lara traveled to Earth while pregnant with her son Kal-El, to see firsthand the family who would be raising her son should Krypton not survive the war with General Zod. She was followed on this visit by her niece Kara and Kara's father Zor-El.

Zor-El himself made trips to Earth to study the effects the planet's yellow sun had on Kryptonians and kryptonian minerals so that, when he came to Earth to fulfill Rao's prophecy, he would know what could harm him and what abilities he would possess.

Jor-El created the Phantom Zone, a place to imprison Kryptonian criminals and other extraterrestrial creatures either in their physical form or in a phantom-like form (in which their physical body was destroyed and only their spirits are present). Before Krypton's end, Jor-El, knowing that he had enemies, built a gateway in the Phantom Zone in the event that a member of the House of El became trapped in the Phantom Zone; their blood could open the gateway. Clark Kent was forced to use this gateway when he became trapped there, and the opening of this gate brought him and several prisoners of the Phantom Zone to Earth.

Zor-El also created a gateway for Kara to use should she become trapped in the Phantom Zone. After she was placed in the Phantom Zone by Brainiac, Kara chose not to use the gateway, as she did not want to release more Phantom Zone prisoners on Earth.

Mark of ElEdit

Mark of El

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The mark of El on Clark's suit.
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The House of El originally took as its symbol the Kryptonian symbol for "air" (an infinity symbol rotated 90 degrees, resembling a figure 8, inside a Kryptonian pentagon) which also represents the letter "S" in the English alphabet. This symbol was burned into Clark's chest as part of a test by Jor-El.

The House of El's symbol eventually evolved, with the insignia inside the Kryptonian pentagon resembling the Earth-English alphabet's "S."


In the ComicsEdit

Superman's family
The survivors of the House of El.
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The House of El was greatly explored in the comics, especially in a four-part comic arc including Superman researching his family history with Kara and Zor-El. The search went from Kandor to outer space, having Kal-El pick up space signals from the past, allowing Kara and Kal-El to view their ancestors. The earliest known ancestor of Kal-El II (Clark) is Feln, and the first El was Erok-El, great-grandson of Feln.


Baern (in the Fortress of Solitude): This is the perfect place for the fall of the House of El.
Season Six, Fallout

Kara: The House of El has a lot of family secrets that nobody ever discussed. As humans would say, we were... dysfunctional.
Season Seven, Kara

Clark: I'm looking for someone.
Dax-Ur: Well... If they live all the way out here, I probably know him.
Clark: Dax-Ur?
Dax-Ur: Dexter? No... no... nobody around here on that name. (he walks the other way)
Clark: Actually he's not from around here. He is from Krypton. So am I. (he tosses the beacon to Dax-Ur) I'm Kal-El.
Dax-Ur: The House of El. You always were survivors.
Season Seven, Persona

Brainiac: (to Jor-El) Your son is destined to fail. Soon a new age will dawn on Earth. An age of power and strength, and the fall of the House of El... Doomsday is coming.
Season Eight, Abyss


  • The phrase "House of El" has been used five times on the show: in Season Six's Fallout, Season Seven's Kara and Persona, and Season Eight's Abyss, Season Nine's Kandor. Each time, it was used by a being (a Kryptonian or a Kryptonian computer) who grew up on Krypton.
  • In the comics Kara's mother is named Alura-Zor El and is one of the survivors of Krypton's destruction; however in the series Kara's mother is never referred by name and is assumed that she died during Krypton's destruction or before.

See alsoEdit

Clark Kent in Smallville
Family Kents: Martha , JonathanHouse of El: Jor-El (ai, clone), Lara, Kara, Zor-El, Conner Kent
Relationships ChloePeteOliverEmilJohn JonesLex (destiny) • LionelBrainiacJimmyTessDavisZod
Romantic interests Chloe SullivanLana LangKyla WillowbrookAlicia BakerLois Lane (destiny)
Work Smallville TorchJustice LeagueDaily Planet
Details Powers (loss, vulnerabilities, training) • secretattireglassesbloodfighting style
Homes Krypton (knowledge) • Kent Farm (house, cellar, barn, loft, truck) • FortressApartment (telescope)
Other KalKal-El (ship) • Superman (suit, crest) • aliasesdestinyvisionNo tights, no flightsNear-death experiencesEpisodes
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