|Family||Seyg-El (father, deceased), Lara-El (wife, deceased), Kal-El (son), Zor-El (brother, deceased), Kara (niece), Jor-El (genetic clone, deceased), Jor-El (creation), Conner Kent (partial genetic clone of son)|
|Occupation||Scientist, Science Council member|
| Powers and|
|All Kryptonian powers under a yellow sun (Demonstrated: Super strength, super speed, flight, invulnerability)|
|Played By|| Tom Welling (Relic) |
Terence Stamp (Memoria)
Julian Sands (Kandor, Abandoned)
- "Jor-El...is the truest hero I have ever known. He has dedicated his life's work, not to death...or war...but to creation." – Zod, to the Ruling Council, Kandor
He and his brother Zor-El were the sons of Seyg-El. Before his death, he cloned a powerless version of himself and placed it in the Orb, and also copied his brainwaves into his son's spaceship, creating an artificial intelligence that often serves as Clark Kent's guide on Earth.
In his younger years, Jor-El looked primarily the same as Clark. When Jor-El traveled to Earth in his mid-20s, he often wore a brown leather farmer's jacket and brown trousers, and normally had his hair gelled. (Relic) He also had a clean accent.
In his later years, Jor-El's hair turned a whitish blonde as he aged, his accent shifted to a Kryptonian accent, and he wore white Kryptonian robes with a black Mark of El on the chest, as well as red Kryptonian garments and grey/silver clothing. (Kandor, Memoria, Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton)
"But if we send the Orb to Earth and it is opened, the clones inside will develop extraordinary abilities under the yellow sun. The humans will be powerless against them. We cannot doom another planet's future to preserve our past!" – Jor-El, to the Ruling Council, Kandor
The memory pendant that Clark discovered showed that Jor-El, during his visit to Earth in his youth, fell in love with Louise McCallum; he expressed warm affection towards Louise, as well as sadness and grief when she died. Apparently, Jor-El had issues with his own father, as he commented to Louise that he wasn't a "model son." He was appreciative towards Hiram Kent for helping him get to the Kawatche Caves and congratulated Hiram for his unborn child, telling him that the baby was lucky to have a father like him. Jor-El was so grateful for Hiram's aid that, years later, he later sent his own son Kal-El to be raised by Hiram's son Jonathan Kent. Jor-El's clone later stated to Chloe Sullivan that he fondly remembered his brief time on the Kent Farm. (Relic, Kandor)
Other characters have offered differing opinions of Jor-El:
- Jor-El was once derided by his former friend Zod as an "idealistic fool."
- Jor-El's lab assistant Raya told Clark that Jor-El was "brave," had "the biggest heart of anyone I'd known," and was hard on himself because he was unable to save Krypton from destruction. (Fallout)
- Jor-El was described by his brother Zor-El as cold-blooded and dispassionate, and a "feeble-minded pacifist," implying that Jor-El refused to sacrifice the weak for the greater good. The latter statement was corroborated when, during the war against Black Zero, Jor-El told Zod that he would not stand for his work being used to commit what he deemed "an atrocity," and told the Ruling Council that they cannot preserve the Kryptonian race at the expense of another species. (Kandor)
- Jor-El's niece Kara once remarked to Clark that he was "uptight" and added that said trait was something he got from his father. (Fierce)
- In a holographic recording made moments before Krypton exploded, Jor-El's wife Lara remarked that their son Kal-El carried Jor-El's "independent spirit"; Jor-El demonstrated this during the war with Black Zero when he stopped the blood intake on the border outside Kandor and told Zod that "The Council can do what it will." (Abandoned, Kandor)
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Jor-El, under a yellow sun, was imbued with extraordinary abilities, possessing all natural Kryptonian abilities, and developed them rather quickly, but didn't display them all. He interfaced with a memory pendant, implanting inside it his own memories that he was supposed to give to his father after his trip to Earth. Jor-El did not know of the abilities that he would gain under a yellow sun, and was shocked when he was able to appear superhuman towards humans.
- Solar battery: Jor-El became powerful by the yellow sun.
- Super strength: Jor-El possessed extraordinary strength, allowing him to easily overpower other beings, like humans; he was able to pick up Lachlan Luthor and throw him across the sidewalk and into a lamppost. (Relic)
- Super speed: Jor-El could move and react faster than the human eye can see and follow. In this ability, Jor-El would have perceived the entire world in slow motion; he was able to run across the street to save Louise McCallum. (Relic) Being the powerful Kryptonian he was, he was evidently faster than his son Kal-El. (Fallout)
- Invulnerability: Jor-El possessed a very high durability capacity, and couldn't be physically harmed or hurt by humans, as he could only be penetrated by Kryptonian objects and when weakened by powerful forces; he discovered this after being shot at by Lachlan, with the bullets deflecting off him and hitting Louise, killing her. (Relic)
- Flight: Jor-El could defy gravity, enabling him to hover in the air when he carried Louise. (Relic)
- Longevity: Jor-El presumably hasn't aged when he was sent to Earth. It is unknown if he had demonstrated this before he returned to Krypton. (Relic)
Jor-El was clearly a highly skilled scientist, as he had invented cloning technology, created an interdimensional prison, and later built a spacecraft capable of carrying and sustaining a child on a three-year trip to Earth.
- Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Though not a soldier, Jor-El had remarkable combat skills. His clone easily heard Tess Mercer's men when they invaded the Kent Farm and knocked Chloe out with a Kryptonian nerve pinch (in a manner similar to Spock of Star Trek). He was also able to sneak up on one of Tess' men and managed to get him in a chokehold before he was tasered unconscious.
Early Life & CareerEdit
- (All birth dates for those born on Krypton are in Earth years)
"When I said I wasn't from here, I wasn't talking about Smallville. Where I'm from, we have colors that you've never seen. Our moons are so close they fill up half the sky. We have sunsets that last for hours." – Joe, to Louise McCallum, Relic
Jor-El was born in 1935 on Krypton, where he was raised alongside his younger brother Zor-El. It was strongly implied that Jor-El had a strained relationship with his father, Seyg-El. (Relic)
In 1961, as a young man around the age of 26, Jor-El was sent to Smallville by his father as a Kryptonian rite of passage. While on Earth, Jor-El gained superhuman powers like any Kryptonian due to exposure to the planet's yellow sun. During his visit, Jor-El went under two aliases: "The Drifter" and "Joe." As Joe, he met Louise McCallum on June 15 after stopping Lachlan Luthor, who mugged Louise. Joe and Louise fell in love, despite the fact that Louise was married to Dex McCallum, and had an affair.
On June 17, when Lachlan shot at Joe, the bullets bounced off his invulnerable body, but one hit Louise in the heart, killing her. Joe was greatly devastated by Louise's death, but knew he had to leave Earth if he was to serve the greater good. While on his way to the Kawatche Caves, Jor-El met Hiram Kent, who helped him escape from the police. Thanks to Hiram's selfless bravery and help, Jor-El made it to the caves and thanked Hiram for his kindness.
After Hiram left the cave, Jor-El used the Key to open a small compartment in the cave wall, hiding a memory pendant so that his father would never learn of his human experiences. He then sealed it, collapsing the entrance to the caves as well, and returned to Krypton.
Sometime after returning to Krypton, Jor-El became a scientist. He and his brother Zor-El had a falling-out over Lara, with whom they both fell in love. Despite this, Jor-El married Lara, driving a wedge between him and his brother.
- "Put him inside, Lara. Our time has passed. The hourglass is empty. ... Lara, his destiny is set as is ours." – Jor-El, to Lara-El, Memoria
Jor-El eventually became Krypton's most renowned scientist, and was best friends with Zod, a major in Krypton's army. He created cloning technology for the purpose of healing the seriously injured and ill, but was ordered by the Ruling Council to use this technology as a safeguard in case Rao's prophecy ever became true. Against Jor-El's own wishes, the Council pressed forward with their plans and began taking blood samples from soldiers on the battlefield just outside Kandor during the war with Black Zero. Jor-El stopped the blood intake as it made it to Zod, feeling that the Council's project had to be stopped. He, Zod and the soldiers then witnessed the destruction of Kandor.
Because of his disruption of the blood intake, Jor-El was put on trial by the Council for treason. He made his case before the Council, saying that taking genetic material from the Kandorians and putting it into the Orb so they could be resurrected on Earth would doom humanity. Despite this, Jor-El was sentenced to death for his actions until Zod appeared and made an impassioned plea that the Council spare Jor-El; the Council agreed to do so on the condition that Jor-El complete the Orb and both he and Zod donate their blood to the Orb as well so that the clones would be led by two of Krypton's greatest heroes.
Jor-El finished the Orb, using blue kryptonite to nullify the Kandorians' powers, and prepared to send the Stones of Power to Earth so the Kandorians could collect them if they were ever resurrected. Zod then came to Jor-El and begged him to use his cloning technology to resurrect his son, who was among those killed when Kandor was destroyed by Black Zero. However, Jor-El refused, fearing that there would be complications and mutations. Though they both drew their own blood, Zod angrily retorted to Jor-El that he (Jor-El) was as dead to him as his son.Some years later, Jor-El became a member of the Science Council and was given a victory ring. He created the Phantom Zone, a plane of existence that served as a prison for malevolent criminals from the 28 known galaxies, and became good friends with the Martian Manhunter, who helped Jor-El hunt down alien criminals and send them to the Phantom Zone.
After years of trying to conceive a child, Jor-El and Lara finally had a son named Kal-El. Around this time, Jor-El opposed Zod and his attempt to conquer Krypton, and created the Brain InterActive Construct using Dax-Ur's designs to aid in the war against Zod and his army. He and the Council eventually managed to capture Zod and destroy his physical body, imprisoning his mind and spirit in the Phantom Zone.
Jor-El then contacted Zor-El to inform him of Zod's imprisonment and that, because of his (Zor-El's) association with Zod, Zor-El was under arrest. Knowing of Zor-El's trips to Earth, the Council destroyed all the portals off of Krypton and locked Zor-El in Kandor's mine control room. Zor-El, however, instructed Brainiac to override the lockdown and re-activated the ignition of Krypton's core. After Kara contacted Lara and told her about Zor-El's plans, Lara told Jor-El, who went and tried to stop the ignition.
Unfortunately, Jor-El was unable to prevent the end of his world. Before Krypton perished, he decided to send Kal-El to Earth to find the Stones of Power and keep them from falling into the hands of Brainiac, knowing that he would be able to free Zod from the Phantom Zone. To ensure Kal-El's safety, guidance and destiny in the Kryptonian way, Jor-El copied his brainwave patterns into his son's spaceship. Along with his care and love, Jor-El sent with Kal-El a cryptic message: "On this third planet from the star Sol, you will be a god among men. They are a flawed race. Rule them with strength, my son. That is where your greatness lies."
Jor-El made other preparations for Kal-El. He decided that he wanted his son to grow up with the Kents; it was therefore no coincidence that Jonathan and Martha Kent found Clark when his spaceship crash-landed on Earth during the meteor shower of 1989. Jor-El also asked the Martian Manhunter to watch Kal-El from a distance, intervening only when it was absolutely necessary, and programmed the Orb with another function: To show the user the way to the Fortress of Solitude so they could control Kal-El by taking away his powers if he ever turned against the human race and did not embrace his destiny.
After sending Kal-El on his way to Earth, Jor-El placed his assistant Raya in the Phantom Zone while he and Lara tried once more to save Krypton from destruction, but they were unsuccessful. As Krypton entered its final moments, Jor-El and Lara recorded a holographic message for their son, telling Kal-El of their failures but assuring him they will love him all the days of his life. Jor-El also stated in the recording that, no matter what trials he'll give his son, he would never lose faith in him and was absolutely confident that Kal-El would fulfill his destiny as the savior of mankind. Once they finished recording the message, Jor-El and Lara died with the rest of their people.
In the ComicsEdit
Due to continuity changes and revamps at least every ten years in the history of DC Comics, there have been many versions of Superman's origin, Krypton and Jor-El himself. The last retcon occurred in 2006 due to Infinite Crisis; since then, a new version of Krypton designed by writer Geoff Johns and Superman director Richard Donner presented yet another version of Jor-El and re-introduced General Zod and the Phantom Zone criminals into mainstream continuity. Here, Jor-El is depicted for the first time with a beard and the design of Kryptonian society is distinct yet again from the last two reboots, incorporating elements of Donner's work on the first two Christopher Reeve films, in particular the notion of Krypton's Council threatening Jor-El with the harsh penalty of exile to the very Phantom Zone he himself had discovered if he were to make public his predictions of their planet's imminent doom or otherwise attempt to "create a climate of panic."
Jor-El is shown here to have been mentored by friend and noted scientist Non, who corroborated Jor-El's findings regarding Krypton's impending destruction when the two were arrested and brought to trial before the Council by Zod and Ursa. When Non defies the Council's dire prohibitions and elects to spread the word of the coming apocalypse, he is abducted by Council agents and apparently lobotomized, thus explaining the character's mute simple-mindedness. Appalled, Zod and Ursa propose to Jor-El that they band together and overthrow the Council, but Jor-El will have none of it. When their murderous insurrection fails, the Council forces Jor-El to exile them to the Phantom Zone and never speak of his findings again, lest he face the same fate. For this perceived betrayal, Zod declares that he will escape and conquer Krypton (confident that Jor-El will actually discover some way to save the planet) and force the scientist and his son to kneel before him one day. (This echoes the statement Terence Stamp made in both Superman movies Donner directed: "No matter that it takes me an eternity, you WILL bow down before me, Jor-El; I swear it! First you, and then one day, Jor-El, YOUR HEIRS!!!")
Having been re-built via a Kryptonian crystal during the One Year Later story arc, the current version of the Fortress of Solitude, which was also designed to essentially be visually identical to the Donner films, now contains an advanced interactive "recording" of Jor-El.
Batman discovered that, years ago, Jor-El sent a probe to Earth that made contact with Thomas Wayne while he was on a drive with a pregnant Martha Wayne, the probe holographically transmitting Thomas' consciousness to Krypton so that Jor-El could better learn what kind of world Earth was to help him decide which of many possible candidates he should send his son to. Thomas tells Jor-El that the people of Earth aren't perfect, but are essentially a good and kind race who would raise the child right, convincing Jor-El to send Kal-El there. Upon returning to his body, Thomas uses the technology in the Kryptonian probe to revitalize a failing Wayne Enterprises; years later, the alien technology would be the basis of much of Batman's technology. Thomas recorded his encounter in a diary, which was discovered by his son Bruce Wayne in the present day.
- Season Three: Relic, Memoria
- Season Nine: Kandor (flashback only)
- Season Ten: Abandoned
- Jor-El is also seen in his later years in Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton. While only seen from the back, his features favor Marlon Brando's portrayal in Superman: The Movie.
- Jor-El first appeared in the Superman newspaper strip.
- Jor-El has only physically appeared on-screen four times:
- The first was Tom Welling's portrayal of a younger version of Jor-El in Season Three's Relic.
- The second was a brief glimpse of his arm in a flashback in Season Three's Memoria; in the episode, his voice is provided by Terence Stamp.
- Jor-El makes a third physical appearance in Season Nine's Kandor, as both a man on Krypton and as a clone on Earth, as well as a fourth appearance in Season Ten's Abandoned; in those episodes, he is played by Julian Sands.
- When Jor-El and Lara are shown placing Kal-El into his spaceship, the color of their clothing plus Kal-El's blanket form the classic Superman colors: red, blue, and yellow.
- In Golden and Silver Age comics, Jor-El's father is named Jor-El the First while his mother is named Nimda An-Dor. In post-Crisis comics continuity, Jor-El's father is named Seyg-El. In Kevin J. Anderson's novel The Last Days of Krypton, Jor-El's parents are named Yar-El and Charys-El.
- Jor-El and Zod were once friends before they became enemies.
- While on Earth in 1961, Jor-El defeated Lachlan Luthor when he attempted to rob Louise McCallum, which is a lot like how Clark defeated Lionel Luthor and later Lex Luthor at times. Like father, like son.
- Three of Clark's most powerful enemies and his central enemies from Krypton (Brainiac, Zod and Zor-El) were all corrupted to evil in some indirect way by Jor-El, leading to the destruction of Krypton and problems for Clark:
- Brainiac was created by Jor-El to help win the war against Zod and his disciples, but was corrupted by Zod, played a key role in Krypton's destruction and, years later, became Clark's Kryptonian enemy.
- Zod was Jor-El's best friend, only to be turned away by Jor-El when Jor-El wouldn't resurrect his son. He became corrupted by his ideals and lust for power and control, and was the central destroyer of Krypton and became one of Clark's most formidable foes.
- Zor-El was Jor-El's brother, and it was because of the two that their friendship and love for each other was destroyed. He then aided Zod in the destruction of Krypton and became an enemy of his nephew Clark.
- Sometime between 1961 and 1986, Jor-El gained a British accent.
Other Faces of Jor-ElEdit
- Other Versions
- Jor-El - The artificial intelligence version of Jor-El
- Jor-El (clone) - The clone of Jor-El who has Jor-El's memories
|Kryptonians in Smallville|
|Clark Kent in Smallville|
- ↑ Smallville: The Visual Guide
- ↑ This is strongly corroborated in Blue, when the clone of Jor-El's wife Lara initially thought her son Kal-El was Jor-El.
- ↑ Zod tells Clark that he's "an idealistic fool—just like your father." in Zod.
- ↑ Zor-El tells Lara that "Jor-El's blood runs too cold to be a father" and that he'll never feel the same way he (Zor-El) does about her. (Lara)
- ↑ Zor-El tells Clark, "The weak must be sacrificed for the greater good—something your father could never understand." (Blue)
- ↑ Lara mentions that she had only known her son Kal-El for a few weeks. (Abandoned)
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor-El
- ↑ http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Seyg-El
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor-El
- Jor-El on Wikipedia
- Jor-El on Wikia DCAU
- Jor-El on DC Database
- Jor-El on comicvine
- Jor-El on SuperFriends Wikia
- Jor-El on Superman Wiki
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