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! ♥