The second and final character of season 5 of Smallville may seem strange, but like many other mythical and/or legendary characters, Santa Claus is an established character in the DC universe. So when we meet him in Lexmas, portrayed by Kenneth Welsh, we know that the drunken, depressed old man who helps Clark rekindle his spark of joy is actually an adaptation of the DC version of the traditional character, much like the Greek gods or the Knights of the Round Table in previous entries. So it’s no surprise that by the end of the episode, Chloe discovers that old Clark, rescued from a bad fall, is the real Santa Claus, both through magic and his constant presence in the world of Smallville. We’re a little late to the party, but let’s take a look at how the personification of the Christmas spirit has interacted with DC’s characters over the years.
All children know the story of Santa Claus, the magical and friendly old man who lives in an enchanted house at the North Pole and is born every year on the 24th. The month of December brings gifts and presents; according to John Constantine, this is all a myth surrounding the historical figure of Saint Nicholas, in Latin tradition Saint Nicholas, the former bishop of Myra in Lycia, known for his kindness and good heart and for the miracles he performed during his lifetime. Constantine was good source, given the way he crushed the remains of St. Nicholas, stolen from a cathedral in Bari, Italy, and snorted them like cocaine, but he may have missed something, because if Santa Claus really was St. Nicholas, his essence survived, probably by his physical death in 343 CE. Chr. to become the gift of the mind we all know Even in the DC universe, there are several witnesses who can attest to its existence: During the Golden Age, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Flash helped him deliver presents, and even Captain Marvel did the same when he lived on Earth – Sandman and his sidekick Jed were even able to save Santa from the evil Sealsmen who kidnapped him just before Christmas. Superman and Impulse had both met him recently, and even someone like Darkseid could confirm not only Santa’s existence, but also his power, as year after year he managed to outwit the heavy planetary defenses on Apokolip to deliver his annual chunk of coal to Darkseid. Santa even teamed up with Superman several times in one of these adventures, asking him to help replace some of the Toymaker’s deadly toys with harmless ones to give to the orphans in Metropolis. Plastic Man even made Santa an honorary member of the Justice League of America, and Harley Quinn kidnapped him to get the presents he wanted. Catwoman even tried to steal it once.
Oddly enough, Santa’s nature changed depending on who believed in him, which could depend on his close connection to the dream. For someone as violent as the bounty hunter Lobo, Santa was actually Chris Crusher Kringle, a hard-boiled slave who ruled the North Pole like a dictator. Lobo was hired by the Easter Bunny to kill him. So he attacked his fortress and slaughtered countless elves to get his attention. Kringle and Lobo fought to the bitter end, staining the snow with blood until the bounty hunter took over and beheaded Santa, then shot Rudolph on his way back to the Easter Bunny to collect his reward. Oddly enough, Christmas Eve didn’t mean the end for Santa Claus, as people elsewhere continued to dream about him. One of these people was a poor beggar from Khandaka who cried every night because Santa Claus would not visit his country. Khandak’s leader, Black Adam, heard him and went to the North Pole to confront Santa. Here Adam found the remains of the ancient lost city of Myra and fought with the Elven armies to reach the throne room in the center. Finally he found the one he was looking for, this time in the form of a powerful mage, Ni’Claus of Myra, who had surrounded the city in ice. Speaking in the ancient Byzantine language, Ni’Claus tried to send black Adam away, but he would not budge and instead defeated Santa Claus and his disciples: defeated, Adam ordered him to go to Kahandak as he has in every other country in the world, and that he would accept the piece of coal he won if this humiliation meant that the little beggar he saw received his annual gift from the old man. Despite these strange appearances, Santa Claus generally appeared to be a jovial, red-headed, fat man of tradition, giving the impression that even his violent appearances were merely a gift to the people who were looking for him at the time. After all, everyone needed something more than Santa Claus, and he was there to make them all happy…. even Lobo.
Santa Claus, whatever his real name is, is a well-meaning and benevolent person, a mysterious being who exists only to bring joy and happiness to the greatest number, especially children. The immortal and unchanging Santa Claus, who appears in all the universes that replace the previous ones, possesses a powerful magic that even allows him to change reality to some extent, taking on different identities and appearances according to the expectations of the people before him, he flies at unimaginable speeds on a sleigh pulled by eight flying reindeer, and he carries a bottomless bag of toys; He also possesses remarkable offensive skills, as in his magical showdown with Black Adam, or even in his brutal street fight with Lobo, in which he fought skillfully with a pair of knives, but these skills may come from his ability to adapt to people’s different beliefs and expectations. Powerful and mysterious, Santa Claus symbolizes all that is good in the world, and like the spark of joy he carries, he can be ignored but not stopped or destroyed.
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