Lois Lane is a top reporter of the Daily Planet. She is the estranged daughter of Sam Lane, the estranged older sister of Lucy Lane, the wife of Clark Kent, and mother of Jonathan Kent and an unnamed boy.
A strong and assertive investigative reporter who would rush headlong into dangerous situation to uncover the truth, Lois was in love with both Superman and Clark for a very long time, unaware at the time, that the two were one-and-the same. Eventually, Clark revealed his alter-ego to her and they were married, starting their own family.
Lois was born in Metropolis to General Sam Lane and an unknown mother. She has a younger sister, Lucy, but for unspecified reasons, the two never really got along. Despite being raised in a family with a long military tradition, Lois never attended a military academy nor joined the U.S. Army; instead, she pursued a career in investigative journalism, rising to become one of the best reporters of the Daily Planet.
Over the years, Lois grew estranged from her father due to the Sam's immorality, black and white view of aliens, and control issues over his daughter's life.
Lois won numerous awards during the course of her career and was one of the first reporters to interview Superman, remaining one of his closest allies and developing strong romantic feelings for him. She also began a strong rivalry with Cat Grant during the period in which the latter worked as the assistant to the Daily Planet's editor-in-chief, Perry White. When Clark Kent began to work at the Daily Planet, he was paired with Lois and fell in love with her at first sight.
Trying to get an interview with Supergirl
In late 2015 when Supergirl appeared in National City for the first time, Lois, along with Clark, was said to furiously be working on getting an exclusive with the superheroine. However, over the following years, Lois was apparently introduced to Supergirl by Clark and learned her civilian identity, Kara Danvers, and the two women soon became good friends.
In late 2016, after Clark went on a brief visit to his cousin in National City, Lois called him in order to check if he was alright.
Visiting Argo City
At some point after the battle against the Worldkillers, Clark decided to take a sabbatical from Earth to visit Argo City, leaving Kara in charge of the planet full-time. He also brought Lois with him in order to share the experience of "connecting with Kryptonian culture" with the woman he loves. Clark and Lois explored the Jewel Mountains and attended several deliberations of the High Council.
Around this time, Lois became pregnant.
Back to Earth and battle for Earth-1
In his first spare day after he returned to Earth, Clark goes to the Kent Farm where he was raised, taking with him Lois and Kara in order to do some repairs to the van and the barn as well as enjoy an afternoon together. There, Lois tried once more to convince him to let her write an article about their time on Argo City despite Clark was skeptical as the public would then demand why Lois Lane was off-world with Superman, to which she pointed out she would invent something and that being the first woman who ever visited Krypton's remains is just something she "needed to write", finally managing to convince him before going to the barn in order to drive nails with a hammer.
While in the barn she got approached by Barry Allen and Oliver Queen, who arrived directly from Earth-1, at first she got scared and tried to fend them off with a hammer but, after Kara explained they were her friends, she cools off and introduced cheerfully. Later, they explained to her, Kara and Clark their situations of having switched powers and lives due to an unknown reason. Clark offered the two some time in his farm in order reflect about what to do, however, a few hours later, Vibe came to the place telling them about A.M.A.Z.O.'s rampage on Earth-1's Central City leading them to come back. Lois suggested Clark join the fight.
A few hours later, while they were together in the Fortress of Solitude intent on preparing a barbecue, Lois and Clark are visited once more by Oliver, Barry and Cisco, the two explained to him that they were rendered powerless as well as a couple of criminals nicknamed the Trigger Twins, while Cisco was now a mob boss and Kara was held prisoner at the S.T.A.R. Labs after their Earth's reality was reshaped for the second time by Doctor John Deegan who, using the Book of Destiny, has given to himself Superman's destiny, looks and powers, taking over the whole world and becoming a sort of dictator. Clark explained he had seen similar artifacts in the past and know how to deal with them, as they're activated with the power of the mind and everything they had to do is to find that book. Hearing that, Cisco revealed to them that it's something important to him, probably "Superman" kept it in his vault inside the S.T.A.R. Labs, to which Clark and Lois exchanged a look of complicity saying he needed to go back to Earth-1.
Later, as Superman was battling Doctor Deegan on Earth-1 and he spawned a new A.M.A.Z.O. out of the Book to fight him, Lois arrived from Earth-38 armed with the Solar hammer and leading a supporting team composed of Brainiac 5 and the Martian Manhunter. While Brainy handled A.M.A.Z.O. and J'onn protected the civilians, Superman and Lois attacked Deegan using the hammer, leading the Doctor to reach for the Book of Destiny sending a powerful shockwave that sent Lois several feet in the air in free-fall just in the exact moment Flash and Supergirl managed to slow down the Earth's time. Green Arrow took the opportunity to throw an arrow at the Book of Destiny and destroying it turning the reality back to normal, as well as Deegan's body, although with a scarred face who looks more like a skeleton. As soon as time began to flow again normally Superman reached for Lois, catching her just in time, while Brainy shut down A.M.A.Z.O. removing the robot's hard drive and completing the heroes' victory.
Back to Earth-38's Smallville, after Clark told Kara that he believed she's stronger than he could ever be and that's the reason why he's sure he was making the right thing, she asked him what does it mean and Lois reached them telling Clark to merely be direct, indirectly leading Kara to realize they're having a baby. After she happily congratulated with them, Clark revealed to her their intention to move to Argo City until the child is born and maybe a little longer. Although she knew she will miss both her cousin and Lois, Kara was overjoyed to hear him tell her that "the world doesn't need Superman if it has Supergirl" and that he felt it's safe to let its protection in her hands for a little while.
Back to the Fortress, while spending the evening together, Clark absentmindedly burns the barbecue and, after Lois made him notice it he apologized telling her that he wanted that night to be perfect; after the woman asked why Clark fumbled awkwardly about wishing all of their nights together to be perfect forever, to which Lois smiled and reminded him once more to be direct. Then, with a single clench of his fist, Clark put a chunk of coal under enough pressure to turn it into a diamond, placed it on a ring, kneel and started to propose to Lois, who accept to marry and passionately kissed him even before he managed to finish his sentence.
Traveling to Earth-16
After the beginning of the Anti-Monitor Crisis Lois and Clark, who were enjoying their peaceful time with their son in Argo City, received a holographic message from Kara, warning them of the city's impending destruction by antimatter. They evacuated John to his pod with help from Alura Zor-El sending him en route to the Earth before the city perished. Despite seemingly being wiped away as well, the Kryptonian hero and his wife were actually saved by the Harbinger, who gathered the worlds’ greatest heroes under the Monitor's order, so Clark and Lois found themselves in the D.E.O. headquarters together with Oliver Queen, Mia Queen, Kate Kane and Harbinger herself.
There, she reunite with Kara as Clark explained that he couldn't managed to save her mother. Few moments later, the heroes were informed of the Anti-Monitor's threat to the multivers' existence; after the briefing, Lois and Clark told Kara that they couldn't find their son pod despite having sent it to Earth and Brainy started immediately into work to track it.
Right after this, the quantum towers buried underneath National City, rose above the surface, fending off the antimatter wave approaching the planet; then Harbinger brought at the D.E.O. Barry Allen, Sara Lance and Ray Palmer, explaining that the Anti-Monitor's army of shadow demons would have attacked the city in order for them to destroy said building and allow the antimatter to consume that universe too. In that moment, Brainy informed he had tracked Jonathan's pod to Earth-16, in the year 2046, and although Superman was ready to go rescue his son, Oliver convinced him to stay behind to protect National City, prompting Lois to go in his place together with Sara and Brainy.
After reaching Earth-16 Star City, Lois, Sara and Brainy followed the pod's tracker to the Arrowcave of that Earth and met a Oliver's doppelgänger, who had found the infant and took him to his lair in order to keep him safe from Grant Wilson's gangs. Initially the archer mistook them as foe, but later came to his senses after seeing Sara and being told she was from a parallel Earth. Then Lois took back her baby and thanked Oliver for protecting him.
Later the trio went to Earth-1, where Lois and Jonathan are reunited with Clark, just in time to assist Oliver's death after he sacrifice himself to allow the evacuation of three billion of Earth-38's inhabitants before it's destruction and the Monitor returned his body to his homeworld. Then, the Pariah appeared stating he had freed the Anti-Monitor and now everything is doomed.
Looking for the Paragon of Truth
After the Monitor informed everyone of the heroes that there are seven individuals known as Paragons, described as "beings of the purest will who can ultimately defeat the Anti-Monitor", two of them being Kara Danvers, the Paragon of Hope, and Sara Lance, the Paragon of Destiny, while other two being "the Bat of the future" as the Paragon of Courage and a Kryptonian who had suffer "more loss than any mortal man could endure" as the Paragon of Truth; Lois volunteered to look for the latter alongside her husband after leaving baby Jonathan in the care of Mick Rory from Earth-74.
The couple first went to Earth-75 in order to verify if its Superman was the Paragon of Truth, however they received a message from Iris West-Allen informing them that Lex Luthor had stole the Book of Destiny and was traveling the multiverse in search of every Supermen to get rid of all of them, having already succeed in murdering the Superman of Earth-75, commenting they should speed-up their research before Lex managed to kill every single Superman in the multiverse.
Then, joined by Iris, Lois and Clark went to Earth-167's Smallville and met that universe's Clark Kent but, right after they informed him of the danger, all three of them are sent away by Lex, using the Book of Destiny.
Finally, the trio reached Earth-96 and met its Clark Kent, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet who has suffered the loss of all of the people he cared for in a terrorist attack at the newspaper, thus making him the Paragon of Truth; as the three explained the situation to him, he quickly changes into his Superman suit, getting quickly followed by Clark, stating his intention to help.
In that moment Luthor appeared, using the Book of Destiny to force Earth-96 Clark into trying to kill Earth-38 Clark; the two Supermen engaged in a battle through the skies of Earth-96 Metropolis, until Lois managed to knock Lex out, and they were able to make Earth-96 Clark come back to his senses.
Clark, Lois, Iris and Earth-96 Clark then returned to their base of operations, the Earth-74 Waverider, where Lois had her husband's Earth-96 counterpart met her son. Then, after Ray Palmer attempted to use a piece of technology to locate the other Paragons, they found out that Kate Kane was actually the Paragon of Courage.
Taking people to Earth-1
On December 10, 2019, after with the assistance of Cisco Ramon the team managed to identify Barry Allen as the Paragon of Love, J'onn J'onzz as the Paragon of Honor and Ivy Town scientist Ryan Choi as the Paragon of Humanity, the heroes split: Ralph Dibny, Ray Palmer and Iris went to look for Choi, Diggle, Constantine and Mia visited Earth-666 in a last attempt to revive Oliver claiming his soul from Purgatory, while Clark, his Earth-96 counterpart, the Martian Manhunter and Sara, knowing that Earth-1 would have been the last reached by the antimatter wave, ventured the multiverse in order to save as much individuals as possible and take them to Earth-1, with Lois offering to stay on the Waverider bridge to coordinate the operations.
After she saw Earth-73 being destroyed, leaving only seven Earths left in the multiverse, Lois talked with the Monitor about how ironic it is that she is witnessing the biggest story in history yet no one will be around to read it, the Monitor revealed that his world and family were destroyed as well. Lois asked what they were like and he fondly described them and how he regretted not prioritizing them over his work; the cosmic entity complimented Lois on her journalism skills with her ability to get him to open up.
They were interrupted by Earth-96 Superman breaching in, informing them that he was unable to save the inhabitants of an Earth. Lois asked him why he put black on his crest, to which he told her it was to honor his wife and because even in the darkest times, it was hope that lift people out of darkness. After the hero left to save more lives, Mar Novu vanished as well, leaving Lois alone on the bridge. Later, after all the Earths in the multiverse were consumed, Harbinger mysteriously appeared on the Waverider mind-controlled by the Anti-Monitor, knocking out all of the heroes with a single gesture and generating a massive antimatter wave that ultimately destroyed even Earth-1. The Monitor was killed while confronting his nemesis, giving Pariah the time to teleport the Paragons to the Vanishing Point. Lois, her husband, and the remaining heroes were swept away by the antimatter wave and killed like everyone else in the multiverse. One month later, Lois was restored to existence after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.
Saved by Superman
In the new multiverse, at some point, Lois was in a plummeting news helicopter, but she was saved by Superman. Sometime after that, Lex Luthor kidnapped Lois and threatened to kill her. Superman tried to fight Lex, but was overwhelmed by him due to Lex's usage of a Kryptonite supersuit. Superman and Lois were then saved by J'onn J'onzz. At some point, Lois married Clark.
As a result from the merging of their universe with Earth-1 and Earth-TUD5, the timeline was slightly changed, resulting in Lois and Clark having more than one son. The day after Earth-Prime was created and Superman helped to stop the Anti-Monitor from destroying it once more, Lois called her husband while he was on patrol. She informed Clark that he was needed in Metropolis to deal with an issue regarding their sons.
- "If you're not, I will, Smallville."
- —Lois Lane to Clark Kent on teaming up with the heroes of Earth-1[src]
Lois is described as "an award-winning, tenacious, righteous, and stubborn reporter who will go to any lengths to get the story and almost never fails". She is known to do anything to get to the bottom of a story, even risking her own life in the process; according to Lois herself, "when you get kidnapped, you're on the right track" in reporting. Lois is known to be a strong and assertive woman, more than capable of handling herself in dangerous situations. She is also kind and open-minded, as evidenced by her admiration of Superman and Supergirl, both extraterrestrials.
Lois has a difficult relationship with her father, Sam Lane, partly due to his disapproval of/interfering in her relationships with men and mainly because of his immoral traits, as Sam has an anti-view on aliens in general. For unknown reasons, Lois also does not get along with her younger sister, Lucy Lane at all.
Lois is quite outspoken and direct, often reminding Clark not to "beat around the bush". As a result, she is also somewhat inhibited regarding her private or sexual life. Lois has an innate excitable and adventurous side, never wanting to miss the chance to be into the field; this was demonstrated when she watched Barry Allen and Oliver Queen starting a fight and began cheering for the first or when she told Clark that if he doesn't want to go to Earth-1 to fight A.M.A.Z.O., she would have been happy to do it.
As a wife and mother, Lois is very warm and loving towards her husband, Clark and her son, Jonathan Kent. She is also an extremely compassionate woman, capable of using the Book of Destiny by concentrating on her love as Lex Luthor did with his hatred, and helping the brainwashed Superman of Earth-96 come back to his senses; it was later explained by Lex that using the Book of Destiny is impossible if its user is not deeply focused on something, proving the strength of her love and compassion, which also led Mar Novu himself opening up with Lois over his own past losses.
Powers and abilities
- Abilities via the Book of Destiny: Using the book, Lois was able to perform metaphysical feats, until she gave it back to his owner.
- "One small step for Lois Lane, one giant leap for Lois Lane's career."
- "Says the woman who is already the most famous, feared, and intrepid reporter on two planets."
- —Lois Lane and Clark Kent[src]
- High-level intellect/Expert tactician/Leader: Lois is highly intelligent, being considered her greatest rival by Cat Grant herself. Despite her well-known recklessness, Lois is quite an exceptional tactician, having formed a team consisting of Martian Manhunter and Brainiac 5 to assist Superman in the final fight against John Deegan, even bringing them to Earth-1 just at the right time. She is always full of good advice and has proven to be a capable leader, managing to coordinate the heroes from the Earth-74 Waverider in a massive operation to evacuate the Earths that were about to being reached by the antimatter.
- Expert investigator: As an award-winning and one of the best, if not the best, reporter of the Daily Planet, Lois is an exceptional investigator, as she follows every lead and rumor to discover the truth behind any story. Mar Novu himself complimented Lois skills and her ability to get everyone to open up with her.
- Stealth: Lois was able to sneak up behind and knock out Lex Luthor without being noticed.
- Network: As a top reporter of the Daily Planet, Lois has a wide array of contacts.
- Solar hammer: Lois briefly wielded a mysterious warhammer, usually stored in the Fortress of Solitude, that, whenever is activated, touched, or comes in contact with a surface, generates a burst of light energy.
- Book of Destiny: After knocking him out, Lois stole from Lex Luthor a book which allows her to alter reality and later gave it back to the Monitor.
- "" (in the Speed Force)
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- Given her estranged relationship with Lucy, this might explain why Lois is shown to have a close, sister-like relationship with her cousin-in-law, Kara.
- Lois seems to be fond of pashminas.
- Lois is the first known human to visit and later on live in a Kryptonian city.
Behind the scenes
- Lois Lane first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June, 1938) and was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. She is an investigative reporter at the Daily Planet and Superman's main love interest.
- Unlike her DC comics counterpart, the Arrowverse's version of Lois and her sister, Lucy Lane, do not get along at all.
- Like her DC comic book counterpart, Lois does not have a good relationship with her father.
- Just like her comic book counterpart, Lois often calls Clark by the nickname "Smallville", which she has given to him due to his origins as a "small-town-farm-boy".
- Elizabeth Tulloch is the fifth actress to portray Lois Lane whose older than the actor portraying Superman; she is 6 years older than Tyler Hoechlin while Amy Adams is 9 years older than Henry Cavill, Teri Hatcher is 2 years older than Dean Cain, Lesley Ann Warren is 3 years older than David Wilson, and Margot Kidder was 4 years older than Christopher Reeve.
- Tulloch personally emailed the wardrobe designer, asking for Lois' outfit to be purple after seeing pictures of the character depicted in her trademark color in other media on Twitter. She reportedly said, "We have to have her in purple! It's her color!"
- The dress Lois wears when Clark proposes to her pays homage to Margot Kidder's Lois Lane from the Superman films.
- Lois is the first character to be introduced on another show, , before appearing in her own show.
- She was initially believed to be the same character as her Earth-TUD25 counterpart, who ended up being a main character in , since it was originally conceived as taking place on Earth-Prime.
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