* Handing [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis his impostor]] over to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* [[Film/SupermanReturns "Now... fly!"]]
* Breaking through [[ComicBook/SupermanRedSon Soviet]] Superman's extremism and bravado with the greatest ArmorPiercingQuestion of them all: [[spoiler: "Why don't you just put the whole WORLD in a BOTTLE, Superman?"]]
* Revealing his absolute control of the Secret Society's powers in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague: Unlimited'' as well as dispatching Grodd and saving the world from Darkseid.
* [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m70eilK2Vw1qf39z4o1_500.png His epic burn directed at The Joker.]]
* The entirety of ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'' storyline. If there was any doubt that he was THE MagnificentBastard, it has been disproven.
* Allying with Superman to defeat General Zod in ''Last Son'', including personally gunning down one of Zod's men.
-->''"I always wondered how it would feel to kill a Kryptonian. Feels pretty good."''
* In perhaps the ultimate example of MoralEventHorizon meeting CMOA, blowing up New Krypton, and subsequently, using the reanimated corpse of a Kryptonian god to devastate Zod's army during ''War of the Supermen''.
* Besting the Crime Syndicate in ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''.
* In 2000, Lex successfully turns his charity efforts in both Metropolis and Gotham into a winning bid to become President with Superman unable to do ''anything'' about it. He remains a thorn in the side of both Superman AND Batman (he framed Bruce Wayne for murder) while simultaneously becoming an international hero in the wake of ''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar''. TheBadGuyWins, indeed. He lasted almost a full term before the lead-up to ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' drove him mad and pulled him from office.
** The animated Luthor avoids repeating the trick with his own display of awesomeness by mounting a $75 million Presidential campaign simply to ''distract'' Superman and the Justice League from his scheme to become a PhysicalGod.
-->'''Luthor:''' President? Do you know how much power I'd have to ''give up'' to be President?
* His cameo in Comicbook/SwampThing, in which he charges an enormous sum for five minutes of his time, deduces a method of destroying the godlike Swamp Thing in about four of those minutes, and explains that he left the remaining time so his employers could [[CutLexLuthorACheck cut him a check]].
* ''Superman vol 1 #149'' was an awesome moment from his point of view, even if it was an imaginary story: He manages to cure cancer... and kill Superman for ''real''. No Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}, Zod, Doomsday, Parasite or Metallo. Lex Luthor murdered Superman, and he never came back from the dead. To add insult to injury, Lex forced Lois, Jimmy and Perry to watch while he killed him, he never grabbed the VillainBall (he checked that his DeathTrap worked fine, and he never left Superman's side or turned the Kryptonite ray off until he was completely sure that Kal-El was dead) and he would have gotten away with his crime if it wasn't for Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. However he didn't know that she existed, so it was not his fault.

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