|Family||Charles Randall (father), Emma Randall (mother)|
|Occupation||Student (Smallville High School)|
| Powers and|
|Played By||Jonathan Taylor Thomas|
Ian Randall was an intelligent metahuman student who hoped to graduate early and leave Smallville. It is unclear how Ian received his powers, but his psychosis suggests it was likely due to meteor rock exposure.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Duplication: He had the ability to create a biological duplicate of himself by fully concentrating his will. He stripped off his clothing and the duplicate climbed out of his back. The duplicate was completely capable of independent thought. The original Randall could absorb the duplicate back into himself at will, absorbing the memories, skills, and experiences of the duplicate. In this way he was able to attend twice as many classes and planned to graduate from high school early and use the Luthor scholarship to go to an Ivy League college.
Due to Ian's fixation on succeeding and graduating early, his obsession with achieving success eventually drove him over the edge, beginning when he killed Mr. Frankel, the shop teacher, who had threatened to give him a C. He initially attracted Clark's attention when he and a duplicate began to date Lana Lang and Chloe Sullivan simultaneously, intending to use Chloe's journalist status to get an encouraging article written about him while Lana provided him with a more personal connection to Lex Luthor. Initially he deflected Clark's suspicions of him by claiming that Clark was just jealous, with his duplicating abilities providing the perfect alibi for any attempts Clark made to convince the girls that he was with the other, but later sent a duplicate to kill Clark and Pete Ross after Clark revealed that he knew Frankel had given Ian a C (He had examined the grades with his X-ray vision when Pete wanted to know his grade).
After Lex provided Clark with Ian's scholarship application- revealing that he was taking classes at Smallville High and Smallville Community College simultaneously-, Clark and Pete eventually confirmed their theory by paging Ian to be at Chloe's house and at the Talon at the same time, Clark watching Chloe's house from his truck while Pete waited outside the Talon. To avoid being exposed- particularly after Clark convinced Lana to admit the truth to Chloe-, Ian trapped and attempted to kill Lana and Chloe by hurling them off a dam after writing a fake 'suicide note' on the Torch computer, but Clark super-sped in at the last minute to catch an unconscious Chloe after one of the Ians threw her off the dam. Annoyed with Clark's meddling, that same Ian tried to kill him with a large pipe while he was tending to Chloe, but quickly realized that he was indestructable. After knocking that Ian unconscious by throwing him at a sign, he helped Lana when she and the other Ian nearly went over the edge, although the Ian fell. Apparently the body of one of Ian's copies was found at the bottom of the dam, as reported by the Smallville Ledger.
The surviving Ian was sent to Belle Reve, where he nurtured a strong grudge against Clark for 'ruining his life', apparently unconcerned about the fact that he had killed a man long before Clark became involved in his actions. A year later, he aided Eric Summers in killing Van McNulty and using a meteor rock sample to steal Clark's powers in an attempt to both escape Belle Reve and exact revenge, but was tossed away to his death by the traitorous Eric before Clark could reverse the process and restore his powers.
- An interview with Jonathan Taylor Thomas can be found in Issue 1 of Smallville.
- In a deleted scene for Dichotic, it is revealed that Ian was originally supposed to be killed off; after Clark saves Lana, he rushes down to the bottom of the dam to see Ian coughing up blood, and plans to take him to the hospital, but the other Ian comes, tells Clark that he should have been the one to take the fall, and then starts coughing up blood himself, much to Clark's surprise. The other Ian weakly states, "We were born as one, and that's how we'll die," and then collapses and is reabsorbed into the original Ian as Clark looks on.