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Tom Top Ten: Seductive

Welcome to the penultimate edition of my Tom Top Ten! This is the ninth in a series of mini (just 10 pics each) picspams in celebration of Tom Welling, highlighting the wonderful performances he gives us, episode after episode. I call this one Seductive.

The dictionary defines seductive as having alluring or tempting qualities, with the ability to lead astray or entice to enjoy carnal pleasures. It's not the first adjective that springs to mind when describing Clark Kent, but our innocent farmboy does have his moments. And between Red!K, AU episodes, and Clarks who aren't, Tom has helped us all to imagine what it would feel like to be the object of his desire.

1) 2.04 - Red. In this episode Clark is exposed to Red!K for the first time, and the results are nothing short of stunning. All his inhibitions are gone, and he is ruled by his desires. The Clark who comes to see Lana at the Talon is confident, sexually aggressive, and incredibly hot. Tom gives us a glimpse of what it would be like to feel the full power of his beauty and masculinity, and fangirls (and boys) around the globe go weak in the knees.

2) 3.01 - Exile. After three months of constant Red!K exposure, Clark has become thoroughly corrupted. He steals, he terrorizes Metropolis, he beats up people, and he's just plain mean. He is also sex personified. :) And he's never looked more beautiful, with that lean, perfect body, and those lovely, soft curls. Tom reminds us why so many women love the bad boys best.

3) 3.06 - Relic. This episode may have been a gratuitous excuse to put TW and KK in a love scene together, but the 1961 setting of Clark's flashbacks made it a feast for the eyes. Joe takes one look at Louise and decides to make her his own, if only for the moment. Tom perfectly portrays both Joe's passion and his desperation, and makes even infidelity sympathetic.

4) 4.06 - Transference. Clark and Lionel have switched bodies, and Lionel cruelly toys with Chloe, bringing her to the brink of passion and her heart's desire before destroying her with his cold rejection. Tom's performance is masterful, showing us every nuance of Lionel's personality, including his inappropriate fascination with Chloe, his raw sexual power, and his utter ruthlessness in exacting even the smallest portion of revenge.

5) 4.11 - Unsafe. When Alicia slips a Red!K necklace around Clark's neck, all his doubts about their relationship vanish in an instant, and it becomes his mission in life to make her say yes, in more ways than one. Tom gives Clark all the eager enthusiasm we would expect from a normal teenage boy, and makes us feel the heady pleasure of abandoning caution and giving in to desire.

6) 5.02 - Mortal. Clark has lost his powers, and can finally let himself consider an intimate relationship with Lana. After a terrible fight with Lex, Clark goes to see Lana at the Talon, and comfort quickly turns to passion as she gives him a tender kiss. It's a gentle love scene, but powerful all the same. Tom gives Clark a quiet intensity that takes our breath away, and there is no question that the boy has become a man as he lowers Lana to the floor and covers her body with his own.

7) 6.13 - Crimson. Red!K lipstick has put Lois under love's sweet spell, and she only has eyes for Clark. A shared kiss infects him as well, but what he feels for Lois is more carnal than romantic, and he'll tell her anything she wants to hear to get what he wants. Tom shows us a Clark who is a true cad, arrogant, insulting, and dismissive, but who also delights in physical pleasure and is sexy as hell. I loved him in the beginning and hated him by the end, and I applaud the complex characterization Tom gave us in an episode that could have been much less fascinating in another actor's hands.

8) 6.20 - Noir. In this AU episode, Jimmy is knocked out and takes a trip to dreamland, film noir style. In his dream, Clark Kent is the ultimate hero: smart, suave, handsome, confident, and capable. He dresses well and kisses better. And when he takes Lana into his arms, we all wish we were she. Tom has obviously done his homework; this Clark Kent is straight out of a 1940's classic, with his overtly masculine mannerisms, his hardboiled attitude, his jaded view of women, and even his growly voice. Tom plays the part with just the right touch of camp, and is a joy to watch.

9) 7.01 - Bizarro. Lois goes to the mansion to look for clues, and runs into Bizarro in Lex's study. She, of course, thinks he's Clark, although this guy acts nothing like our sweet boy. Even if we hadn't already seen him burn a man to death for the fun of it, we'd instantly know he's trouble. His sexual aggression is off the charts, and he's downright scary. And hot. :) When he decides he doesn't have time to dally and abruptly leaves, we're relieved. Tom is every inch the predator in this scene, and gives us a monster who is equal parts sexy and deadly.

10) 8.10 - Bride. Clark and Lois have never been more aware of one another than they are at Chloe's wedding. When Lois, unsure of how Clark feels about her, seeks to escape the building tension between them, Clark grabs her by the hand and pulls her into a dance. The look he gives her as he leans in for a kiss is unmistakable, and it seems as though their iconic relationship will finally begin, but the kiss is interrupted, and Clark's true feelings remain in the dark. Whatever ambiguity is to be found in the script, Tom's performance leaves no doubt in my mind that Clark is falling for Lois in a big way, and the complete focus in Clark's eyes as he gazes down at Lois makes me swoon.

Screen caps courtesy of acampbell, Home of the Nutty, and KEakaCK, with my thanks!

So there you have my choices for Tom's Top Ten performances where his character knew what he wanted and went for it. Do you have a different Seductive favorite? If so, tell us about it in the comments. And keep an eye out for my tenth, and final, Tom Top Ten!

Did you miss the previous Tom Top Tens? Click to see Dangerous, Broken, Happy, Pain, Kiss, Family, Tender, and Funny.

Oh, and if you really want to see Tom being seductive, go watch The Fog. Rowr.

The Fog screen caps by the incomparable acampbell. Thanks, Alison! ♥

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 16th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoa, is it hot in here? HELLS YES!!!

What a sexy, sexy boy our Tom is. I'm glad he gets a chance to showcase it on occasion, even though playing Clark Kent isn't really a showcase for it.

I think one scene I would add would be from Scare, Jason's dream. I'm not sure why Jason imagines a sexually confident, slightly smarmy Clark, and a nubile, seductress/murdering Lana, but whatever the reason is, its a hot scene, and Tom is uber-sexy!

Thanks for the gorgeous pics. I can't tell you how much these help me at the moment since I'm so damned angry at the show.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm thankful for all the opportunities we've had on Smallville to see Tom's sexy side. Unsurprisingly, they're all in episodes I watch again and again!

That scene from Scare is totally hot, but since I've done these last couple of T3's as an antidote to my disappointment with Power and Requiem, I will admit to a certain anti-Clana bias. :)
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: February 16th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mamma Mia, he's hot. He was so gorgeous in The FOg, wasn't he? That shower scene made the whole damn movie!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
He was almost unbearably sexy in The Fog! And I enjoyed his acting, too. The shower scene was great, but personally I would have preferred camera angles that gave me a better view of Tom. :) Here are my two favorite caps, though:

ellyfanfic From: ellyfanfic Date: February 17th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
My, what a pretty, pretty boy he is. And may I take a dip in the shallow end of the pool and remark that he has an amazingly gorgeous back? Though his front is nice too:-). I agree that he's never been sexier than he was in Exile. They should have let him keep the long wavy hair *sighs*.

Love the caps from The Fog. I was dismayed when it ran on TV because they CUT THE SHOWER SCENE (hello, it's the only reason anyone watches the freakin' movie!), and I bought it on DVD, but I haven't gotten around to watching it yet. I think I'll pull that one out tonight...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
He does have a beautiful back. There was never any doubt in my mind about which cap to choose for that scene from Mortal.

I definitely recommend watching The Fog on DVD. Not only do you get the nudity and the swearing, you can fast forward through the non-Tommy parts. ;)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: February 17th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
As always, amazing (hot!) choices!

this Clark Kent is straight out of a 1940's classic, with his overtly masculine mannerisms, his hardboiled attitude, his jaded view of women, and even his growly voice. Tom plays the part with just the right touch of camp, and is a joy to watch.
I love this! It makes me want to see Tom on "Mad Men" or in a period movie, just to see what else he could do!

Tom's performance is masterful, showing us every nuance of Lionel's personality, including his inappropriate fascination with Chloe, his raw sexual power, and his utter ruthlessness in exacting even the smallest portion of revenge.
This is one of my favourite SV moments because it was so unlike anything Tom had done before, and really showed off his range.

Another seductive!Tom moment I love is in "Red", where Clark assumes (correctly) that Lex will give him whatever he wants. 'cap by oxoniensis.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, don't even get me started on the seductive moments between Clark and Lex! Your journal is full of them! :D

God, could anyone resist that smile? I think not.
lexalicious70 From: lexalicious70 Date: February 17th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, what a beautiful, beautiful man.

I love the scene between Clark and Lex in Red. Lex's open-mouthed stare says it ALL.
Great caps!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
When Lex looked at Clark, his face always said what we all were thinking. I love Michael for that.
cinderella81 From: cinderella81 Date: February 17th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Great googliemooglie!!! Just ... GUH!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked it! :D
svgurl From: svgurl Date: February 17th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Mmm ... another amazing picspam from you! You're so good to us with all these lovely pictures. And boy, what a theme! Tom takes seduction to a new level! ;D

And he's never looked more beautiful, with that lean, perfect body, and those lovely, soft curls.

I have a total hair fetish and I'm not embarrassed to say so. I LOVED Tom's curly hair and his hair in "Exile" ... one of my favorite cuts. &hearts :D

You picked out almost all of my favorite scenes! And that last 'Bride' scene. It really shows how much Clark has grown over the years ... he's no longer a shy teenager but a confident man, going for what he wants.

Those added stills of Nick Castle were VERY YUMMY! Especially that last one, with the slight stubble. GUH! He kills me.

Thanks for the great picspam! :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I love Tom's hair in Exile and Phoenix. This is one of my favorite caps with that cut:

The caps from The Fog were a bit of a cheat in a picspam that's supposed to be all about Tom's acting, but I couldn't resist. ;)
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: February 17th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Another great Top Ten picspam with the awesome descriptions to go along with it!

Sigh...Tom is so hot, he's really just beyond words. I love the devilish glint in his eye when he's RedK!Clark or Bizarro. But he still totally brings the seductive sexy in episodes like Mortal.

*whispers* One tiny thing, the first picture is from Red, not Heat. *whispers*

Thank you for this wonderful post! :-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the correction, Brianne! I fixed it. I don't know why I do that. I had it right in my notes. I always get the titles of Heat and Red mixed up, and also Spirit and Spell. It's weird.

It's cool that Smallville has given Tom the opportunity to play so many different characters through the AU episodes, body switches, and the various kinds of kryptonite. He's shown us all kinds of sexy! :)
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: February 17th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom Welling is definately a feast for the eyes.. he is mesmerizing to look at *see I can't even spell cause I can't stop looking at him* Thank you for those shots the one from Bride is my favorite.. as you said there was no doubt in anyone's mind how he felt about Lois at that moment his face spoke volumes even if Clark himself didnt' know the depths of his feeling for his spunky partner
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what the show is trying to say about Clark and Lois after the events of the Lana arc, but I do think Tom said something definite with his acting choices in that scene from Bride. It will be very interesting to see how things play out between the two characters when Lois returns.
sn_mistress From: sn_mistress Date: February 17th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Tariel,

In my in-box were multiple gift messages from you to some of our mutual friends. So, I thought I would check out your profile.

I see where you are a Tom fan. :)

Me myself, I'm totally into Jared and Jensen and JDM, but I thought I would share my Tom story with you.

When I was flying back from LA to Vancouver, I flew with Superman. He is alot taller in real life than I had expected, he wears scruff very, very nicely *giggles* and he walks very straight and tall.

He was a really nice and down to earth guy.

Sometimes I know people wonder about stars in r/l, but Tom didn't disappoint, he was a real good guy. :) :) :)
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: February 17th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm totally horning in on this comment you left for tariel. I can't help but ask for more details! When was this? Did you talk to him? What did he say? Was he flying alone or with his wife or anyone else? Do you remember what he was wearing? Were people recognizing him? Asking for his autograph, picture, etc...? You said that you're more of a fan of the SPN boys than Tom so you might not remember all the details, but I would love to hear any kind of tidbits of information you might remember!

Thanks so much! :-) Sorry for so many questions!
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: February 17th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
The fog - Smallville...TW is always sexy!
I love all of these moments!
In mortal...i love his seductive face in this pic
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
The fog - Smallville...TW is always sexy!

Well, I can't argue with you there! :)

That's a great pic from Mortal, thanks for sharing it. I just couldn't resist that sexy back.
stoodupforlove From: stoodupforlove Date: February 17th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)
That was a nice, unexpected treat, so soon after the last picspam. Again, thank you for this. I can't get enough of Tom as Lionel, no matter how many times I watch "Transference." It's my favorite episode ever. You chose perfectly for this theme, all the moments in Clark's life that were most seductive. Mmm.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I've actually been planning these two for a long time. I always knew I wanted to do 10 Tom Top Tens (of course), and I've had the subject of the final three set in my mind for quite some time. I'll probably post the last one closer to when the show returns, though.

Transference is absolutely one of my all-time favorite episodes, and I've watched it at least a dozen times, most recently this weekend. It's an amazing episode, and everyone is great in it. And Tom is so HOT in it! :)
vodooman From: vodooman Date: February 17th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
omg... the pics in the fog... yum!

but out of hte top ten... the only one which really appealed to me from the pictures is noir... now that... is a kodak moment... rooorr
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 18th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
He does look amazing all through Noir, so it would be hard to pick a bad cap. :) When I do the Tom Top Ten I try to pick caps that best illustrate the acting moment I'm talking about, but for The Fog caps I just went for the pretty. I couldn't help myself. :)
all_you_wanted From: all_you_wanted Date: February 17th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
YES! You included a cap from the cup-knocking scene in 'The Fog'. I frick'n LOVE that scene cause he's so sexy he makes styrofoam coffee cups seem dirty.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 18th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree! I love that scene, too. There was a lot of wasted chemistry between those two. ;)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: February 17th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
My, my. Thanks for those two pictures of Tom's back! Seriously, I even have fond thoughts of Lucy because of him sleeping on the couch. That was Lucy, wasn't it? When she sneaks out to rob the Talon? Anyways, its interesting the range of seductive qualities Tom brings out in Clark. There's the real Clark, who seduces by caring and needing comfort: Mortal, Bride. There's Red K Clark who seduces by making the most of a physical attraction. There's Bizarro Clark who can't really even be bothered to seduce but just takes what falls into his lap. And then there's Lionel in Clark's body - a dangerous predator.

I must say I didn't like Jor-El in Relic much more than Jor-El in the cave. Adultery, the real thing, not just a few yearning looks at another man's wife, tends to do that to me. Not to mention leaving town without bringing whatshername's killer to justice, resulting in the imprisonment of an innocent man. Nope. But Tom sure brought the seductive to the set that day!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 18th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I think the moment you're thinking of is from Gone, when Lois sneaks out to dig up Chloe's grave. Someone suggested to me that it was Tom's double on the couch, but it looks like Tom to me. What do you think? :)

I love how Tom has been able to explore so many different facets of human behavior in his portrayal of Clark over the years. I don't think he gets nearly enough credit for his acting. And he's especially gifted at playing sexy in every possible way! :)

Yeah, I HATE adultery, and that whole episode was pretty contrived anyway. But Tom was so pretty in that wardrobe and with his hair slicked back (very Supes like!), and so sympathetic in his performance, especially after Louise died, that I cut the episode considerable slack. I always consoled myself that Clark would never do anything like that, but then we got S6, and Promise. :(
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