|“||I own Metropolis. My technology built it, my will keeps it going, and nearly two-thirds of its people work for me whether they know it or not. Even you have to admit, it's a model of efficiency. And yet, I've often thought... why limit myself to just a city||„|
|~ Lex to Superman|
|Real Name:||Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor|
|Mister President, President Luthor, Mastermind, Master Planner, LX-Ø|
|July 11, 1980|
| Lionel Luthor (father, deceased);|
Arlene Luthor (mother, deceased);
Lucas Luthor (half-brother);
Julian Luthor (brother, deceased);
Lena Luthor (aunt);
Wallace Luthor (grandfather, deceased);
Edna Luthor (great-great-grandmother, deceased);
Casey Griggs (foster father, deceased);
Elaine Griggs (foster mother, deceased);
Lena Luthor (sister);
Lori Luthor (niece);
Conner Kent (partial clone);
|Legion of Doom, LexCorp (CEO), Cadmus Labs|
|Businessman, Scientist, CEO of LexCorp, Director of Cadmus Labs, President of the United States (formerly)|
Base of Operations:
|Hall of Doom, Slaughter Swamp, Gotham State, Gotham County, Metropolis, Kansas|
|210 lbs (95 kg)|
|Place of Birth:||Suicide Slum, Metropolis, Kansas|
Lex Luthor was a powerful businessman and criminal mastermind. He was widely considered to be one of Earth's most brilliant minds and one of Superman's greatest enemies.
Lex had set out to be a great man. A person out to do good unlike his father. Ultimately, he has become a man of pure evil. Completely devoid of inhibitions, conscience and humanity, and has been mentioned to be worse than even Lionel was before he turned good.
As a child, Lex was very close and protective of his ailing mother yet fearful of his emotionally and physically abusive father. His father would criticize him harshly whenever he showed the slightest weakness. Despite his parents' contradicting methods, he was a quiet yet kindhearted little boy. After his mother's death, Lex became a calloused, alienated, and self-destructive young man. In his young adult years, he partied hard, got arrested, and was a general source of embarrassment and disappointment to his father.
But since he moved to Smallville, Lex's personality underwent many changes despite being forced to move there by Lionel. While struggling to overcome Lionel's ruthless and uncaring reputation, Lex was honest and kind, willing to use his wealth to help others. He also stopped being self-destructive, and worked hard to become a productive, valuable citizen. While Lex occasionally showed signs of the evil man he would become, his friendship with Clark helped to keep this at bay, but the evil within him was inescapable.
Desperately seeking the love of a family, Lex constantly sought his father's approval and was envious of Clark's relationship with his own father Jonathan Kent. He also thought of Clark as the brother he never got to have.
With an extensive knowledge of the world and many skills in corporate business, certain sciences, and efficient street skills, Lex is highly intelligent and intellectual, as he quotes a variety of historical figures and often uses scholarly and literary facts to illustrate his point of view. Also, Lex is an accomplished classical piano player, enjoys fast cars, scotch, chess, pool, fencing, swordsman, marksman, and an effective hand-to-hand fighter, owing his skills to years of private tuition.
After Lex became LexCorp's second CEO, he began to abandon truth and justice in search of power and control, abusing his company's assets and resources to fund questionable and illegal scientific research on cloning and alien intelligence, and abandoning the company's agricultural roots and converting it into a leading military contractor, had developed prisons or laboratories on which he experimented or controlled metahumans. While Lex has killed people in the past, he became much more willing to kill or torture someone simply for making him angry or if they fail to cooperate.
While his thirst for power had become stronger and Because of his thirst for power, Lex purchased the Daily Planet (Metropolis' main newspaper) and named himself CEO where he used his authority to kill stories, monitor employees' computer usage, and fire reporters.
Clark has accused Lex of being a coward, And this has been proven on several occasions.
However, Lex did indeed want companionship and family in some form. But as his deeds made such things impossible for him now as closest to him now greatly hated him.
Lex's friendships and relationships were dominated by his desire for control. He attempted to control people by offering them help, but only on his own terms. This included finding out the "truth" about people he suspects of having secrets, often investigating them without their knowledge. He couldn't abide it when people hid the truth from him, as it prevented him from achieving the control that he so greatly desired. As long as he could control someone through gifts and obligation, he would do anything in his power to protect them. As soon as he could no longer control someone, they quickly become his enemy.
Lex's desire to protect people went beyond individuals. Lex viewed himself as a great man who is on a search for truth, and who wants nothing more than to help people and humanity. He was blind to the idea that his help is purely conditional: if the person he's helping doesn't completely depend on him or reveal the entire truth about their background to him, he will turn on them completely and make them his enemy. He often blamed others for not coming to him right away with the truth, or for not asking for his protection.
Lex had a narcissistic belief in his own importance and saw himself as a victim: in his mind, his relationships would have been successful if only other people trusted him or came to him for protection. He was oblivious to his own role in this dynamic, and how his desire for control consistently turned friends and lovers into enemies. The people who grew to despise him the most were Clark, Lana, Lois, and Chloe. As Lionel attempted to mend his ways, even he became increasingly disturbed by Lex's growing ruthlessness and even resented himself for having put him on that path. When Lionel discovered that Lex had his late brother Julian cloned, Lionel confronted Lex in disgust for such a twisted perversion.
As the mutual animosity between Clark and Lex grew, Lex's hatred toward Clark even became encoded in his DNA; some of his clones displayed this trait.
Perhaps Lex's most dominant trait and the one he shares in equal measure with his comics counterpart is his incredible degree of self-obsession. Lex is apparently incapable of seeing people outside of how they relate to him and believes that many, if not all, of their actions are designed specifically to hurt him. Whilst this initially seemed to simply be a result of his upbringing and playboy lifestyle, it increasingly became his main trait to the point that he saw everyone around him as extensions of himself, viewed his role as a leader only in terms of how it could benefit him and more or less believed that the world existed to serve his purposes. Conversely, Lex also has a serious inability to admit his mistakes and believe his actions are justified no matter how inhuman they are, to the point where he is almost incapable of accepting responsibility for his actions, often quick to blame his father or Clark for his own failings and accusing them of sabotaging him. This reaches its peak when he starts blaming others for his increasingly evil actions. Despite having accepted his destiny of becoming the tyrannical and ruthless leader his father originally raised him to be, Lex occasionally acknowledges the effects his thirst for power has on his ones he care about.
Though Luthor usually demonstrates great restraint and self-control, he never forgets a slight. When angered, Luthor's rage is uncontrollable and will only subside when it is properly sated by success or revenge. Because of this super-heated temper, it is Lex's ultimate undoing that his position in life is (in Lex's mind alone) threatened by the mere existence of Superman. Luthor's true villainy was and is heavily fueled by his sheer envy of Superman; the hero was born with abilities far beyond those of mortal men like Lex and overshadowed Luthor as Metropolis's favorite son from the day of his first public appearance. Had Luthor never acted upon his jealousy of Superman, he might have been no more than an extremely high-powered (if corrupt) captain of industry. However, Luthor's reckless attempts to destroy Superman (and later, the Justice League) made him instead one of the most dangerous criminals in existence.
Luthor's primary handicap in facing Superman and other heroes has always been his arrogance. As he fundamentally defines himself by his opposition to Superman, he believes that the reverse is also true, convinced that most of Superman's actions are simply to prove that he is 'better' than Luthor, incapable of recognising how Superman and other heroes would do good for the sake of it.
Despite his crimes, Luthor has established an image as a wealthy philanthropist and manages to maintain a notable political popularity
Powers and Abilities
- Genius Level Intellect: Luthor's intelligence is nearly unrivaled, making one of the smartest minds on Earth. His many plans and plots to attack, maim, and generally bring ill will towards Superman were all subjects to a major plan to find a way to end the idea of Superman as well as the Kryptonian himself. Luthor has solved complicated equations in a few minutes and holds a myriad of masters and degrees. He's found cures for diseases in deep thought and found ways to better mankind while still profiting from its destruction.
- Business Management: Lex Luthor is one of the most shrewd businessmen in the world, a trait that has earned him an immense fortune second only to entrepreneurs like Bruce Wayne and Steve Dayton. Unlike Wayne however, Luthor is not above using cutthroat tactics, unethical practices and illegal operations to maintain the success of his business empire. At the height of Lexcorp's power, Lex Luthor virtually owned every business enterprise in the city of Metropolis.
- Charisma: Lex spent a long time developing a "silver-tongue", mostly to earn the trust and respect of those around him. The Luthor name has earned an unsavory reputation in the town of Smallville and Lex has devoted a lot of energy towards reconciling relationships thrown into disarray due to the actions of his father. In later years, Lex's demeanor darkened and he spent less time trying to earn the trust of those around him.
- Fencing: Lex is quite proficient in the art of fencing, though he is by no means an expert. He has trained with a professional and often sparred against his own father, who has proven himself to be more skillful with a fencing blade than his son.
- Intimidation: Lex has the ability to instill fear in others, to the extent that even the people that know him best are intimidated by him. He is able to overpower and dominate the will of others.
- Political Science: Lex Luthor's corporate skills applied just as sharply in the political arena as they did in the boardroom. As President of the United States, he groomed the best candidates to serve as his cabinet members and knew the intricacies of bureaucratic politicking as well as any other former Chief Executive.
- Leadership: Although Luthor's tenure as president ended in scandal, he successfully guided the nation during the massive alien invasion. He's led a large amount of supervillain teams and done so quite effectively.
- Science: Lex has solved complicated chemical equations in seconds. He understands the variety of powers associated with the human metagene and manipulated it for his own purposes. He claims he found a cure for cancer as well as AIDS but holds them in his personal notes to better bank on it's research.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): Lex Luthor is also trained in hand-to-hand combat, though his personal Amazon fighting instructors consider him a sub-par combatant with poor form. He has single-handedly fought with Knightwing and Batman, although he only won these fights due to such advantages as Nightwing being drugged and him still wearing parts of his old armor when he fought Batman.
- Human Vulnerabilities: Lex Luthor's greatest weakness is that he is a human with no enhanced strength, speed, durability, or metahuman powers, therefore making him quite vulnerable to the physical attacks of stronger and more powerful opponents. Lex, however, usually compensates for this quite well with his tremendous supergenius intellect, since when he first directly faced Superman, while the latter was easily capable of "taking Lex in without breaking him", and of destroying Lex with his heat vision, Lex's tactical brilliance had accounted for this in advance, and rendered Superman unable to do so, since if Superman were to injure or kill Lex, Superman's mother Martha Kent would be brutally killed by Lex's loyalist Knyazev. This, in turn, empowered Lex to issue his ultimatum to the Man of Steel. When faced by Superman for the second time, Lex again avoided defeat by unleashing his monstrous creation, Doomsday, against the alien hero, just in time.
- Arrogance: Lex Luthor's other main weakness is his overconfidence and arrogance, with him even going so far as to claim that he doesn't know how to lose. Hence, Lex was somewhat caught off-guard when Senator Finch refused to grant him an import license for the Indian Ocean Kryptonite, and when a guilt-ridden Kahina Ziri confessed her lies to Finch, as Lex had, in his arrogance, not predicted such a turn of events in either instance. However, this weakness is not very significant, as Lex's tremendous intellect allows him to very effectively compensate for this at almost all times, as he is swift to come up with an effective contingency plan after Finch's refusal, smuggling the Kryptonite in himself, and swiftly getting Finch out of his way by having her killed in the US Capitol bombing, and later having Knyazev murder Kahina Ziri.
- Lex's birthday is July 11th.
- Lex's gun of choice is the desert eagle .50 caliber.
- Lex Luthor self-identifies as an atheist.
- Lex is highly trained in multiple forms of combat (including judo, fencing, boxing, and taekwondo).
- Lex was named after Alexander the Great.