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->'' "I raise my voice, and Satan himself is on bended knee. I am the leader of the free world, you impotent little psychotic. I've had the most powerful beings on this or any planet gunning for me for years, and you think you're going to scare me?"''

'''[[Film/SupermanReturns WROOOOOOOONG!!]]'''

Ahem... DiabolicalMastermind, MadScientist, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive LexCorp CEO]]. '''[[TropeCodifier The]]''' SuperVillain -- or [[VillainWithGoodPublicity so say my detractors]].

While I do not enjoy sharing the personal details of my life, I find it wise to keep my fan base happy ([[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker that clown's]] bragging about having a page before me was... unappreciated) so I will indulge you. At the minimum, I deserve a page before [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Sinestro}} that alien with the yellow ring]].

My name is Alexander Joseph Luthor. You may address me as "Lex" or preferably as "Mr. Luthor", or "Mr. President", depending on whether or not I am currently president, as I was from ''Lex 2000'' #1 to the Superman/Batman series, just ''[[BerserkButton anything]]'' but "Lexy". That clown drove me nuts with that name! From my humble beginnings in ''Action Comics'' #23 (April, 1940), I have been portrayed as almost everything between a MadScientist and a rather upscale white-collar criminal, a maniacal villain to an abused child, courtesy of my evil, sadistic, backstabbing, manipulating lunatic of an excuse for a father, Lionel Luthor. I have been married eight times; the first seven don't count, and the last one I ended by blowing up my wife.

At least two of my children have been killed: Lex Luthor Jr. and his mother, Ardora, when their planet was destroyed, and Jerry White, of whose parentage I was not aware until his death. The only ones of my blood who have lived are Lena ([[PutOnABus whereabouts unknown]]), daughter of Contessa, my last wife; and Conner Kent, who is (biologically) my son with Superman (Spare me the [[FoeYay "clever" remarks]], ''please''.) Conner is the only one for whom I have truly cared as a father, though only a clone made using my DNA and that of the Man of Steel. Unfortunately, he has turned from me to the path of the "hero".

Speaking of heroes, I'm sure you're aware that my arch-nemesis is {{Franchise/Superman}}, whom I refer to on this page below as "the alien." Our relationship is... complicated and my feelings for him are mixed. I do find him annoying, but it is difficult not to admire him -- even when he destroys one of my creations that was ''not'' meant to garner his attentions. AndThatsTerrible.

See also ComicBook/LexLuthor.

!My appearances throughout history:

[[folder: Notable Comic Book stories ]]

* Every origin story of the Kryptonian will guarantee that I will be there to oppose him.
** ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel''
** ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright''
** ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''
** ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics''
* ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''
* ''ComicBook/SupermanForAllSeasons''
* ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand''
* ''President Lex''
* ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman: The World's Finest'' (aka ''Public Enemies'')
* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''
* ''ComicBook/LexLuthorManOfSteel''
* ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''
* ''Up, Up, and Away!''
* ''ComicBook/LastSon''
* ''ComicBook/SalvationRun''
* ''ComicBook/NewKrypton''
* ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing''
* ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''


[[folder: Film (Live Action) ]]

* ''Atom Man vs. Superman'' (played by Lyle Talbot)
* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', ''Film/SupermanII'', and ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' (played by Creator/GeneHackman)
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' (played by Creator/KevinSpacey)
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (played by Creator/JesseEisenberg)


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' (played by Scott James Wells and later Sherman Howard)
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' (played by John Shea)
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (played by Creator/MichaelRosenbaum)


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}''
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' (voiced by Joe J. Thomas)
* ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' (reprised by James Marsters)
* ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes]]'' (reprised by Clancy Brown)
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' (reprised by Creator/MarkRolston)
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' (reprised again by Mark Rolston)


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' (voiced by Stan Jones and later Michael Bell)
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' (voiced by Creator/ClancyBrown)
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBrainiacAttacks'' (voiced by Creator/PowersBoothe)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' (reprised by Clancy Brown)
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' (voiced by Creator/JamesMarsters)
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson)
* ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'' (voiced by Brian Dobson)
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'' (voiced by Chris Noth)
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'' (reprised again by Clancy Brown)
* ''WesternAnimation/AllStarSuperman'' (voiced by Anthony [=LaPaglia=])
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' (voiced by Creator/MarkRolston)
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'' (voiced by Creator/SteveBlum)
* ''WesternAnimation/JLAAdventuresTrappedInTime'' (voiced by Creator/FredTatasciore)
* [[spoiler: ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueThroneOfAtlantis'' (reprised by Steve Blum)]]
* ''Franchise/{{LEGO}} DC Super Heroes series'' (voiced by Creator/JohnDiMaggio)


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' (yes, I'll be facing off against Comicbook/IronMan, a superhero from the Marvel universe who happens to be a super genius and uses a PoweredArmor suit in battle. He's also a well-known public figure and fellow businessman named Tony Stark. Let's see if Stark's so-called intellect and tech can match mine. [[spoiler:Huh. He actually outsmarted me... Well that's disheartening. Though in my defense, Stark's another meat-head like the alien and doesn't bother much with intellect until it actually matters.]])
!!Tropes that apply to my person:

* AbusiveParents: ... The less said about my father, the better.
* AffablyEvil: Just look at me. Being the bigger man is important, as well.
** FauxAffablyEvil: Of all the villains, on all the teams, through all the years, the one I deal with better than anyone? SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* AlliterativeName: When I go by "Lex Luthor."
* [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome Alternate Universe Lex Luthor Is Awesome]]: I saved the civilization of [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Lexor the planet Lexor]], and the Lexorians recognized me for the hero I am; let's just say it wasn't called Lexor until then. Terrible pity about their [[EarthShatteringKaboom world blowing up...]]
** [[Comicbook/SupermanRedSon Ever wonder what would have happened if that Kryptonian had landed in the Soviet Union instead of the United States?]] Apparently [[spoiler: I would have destroyed him, and instead of being incarcerated]] I would be properly lauded as a hero as well as a genius, savior of American democracy and the whole of humanity. [[spoiler: Once I defeated him for good, I would make Earth a paradise that would endure for ''millions'' of years.]] Quite frankly, we would '''all''' be much better off without him, don't you agree?
*** In fact, [[spoiler: the Earth remains as such for billons of years until the world ends, although by then, the world is revolving around a red sun. [[StableTimeLoop One of my descendents sends his son in a rocket and it lands in... 1938 Ukraine?]] [[TemporalParadox Wait a minute...]]]]
** I understand that my Earth-Three counterpart is an actual Superhero. Interesting...
*** The iteration of him I met during [[spoiler:''Comicbook/ForeverEvil'',]] however... ''he'' was no hero, despite what he might say, and certainly no match for my intellect.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: In ''Superman: The Animated Series'' (that version of me is apparently Greek, resembling the actor Telly Savalas). They made me a good deal paler in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', I'm guessing to rectify the confusion. Though that might've had something to do with the fact that I had contracted cancer.
* AndThatsTerrible: The caption accompanying a picture of me pilfering 40 cakes became the TropeNamer.
** Speaking of which, [[AscendedMeme I did just that]] at my school's bake sale in my younger years, as revenge for the administration refusing to let me enter my fission-powered toaster in their "science" fair.
** There is also [[Fanfic/GarfieldInAlongCameASplut an apocryphal story]] circulating, of me trying my hand at stealing forty cakes again, only to get run over by an [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} obese feline]] in a [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Delorean]], with the story claiming [[CaptainObvious that was terrible]]. But I can attest that it was only an "[[FanFic imaginary]]" story--[[Comicbook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow aren't they all?]]
** [[ComicBook/SonicX A tie-in comic]] about a [[SonicTheHedgehog cartoon hedgehog and a morbidly overweight mad scientist]] has made reference to this meme as well.
* ArchEnemy: The one and only for that simpering alien garbage. Depending on the continuity, Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}, [[GeneralRipper General]] [[AxCrazy Zod]], and {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} may be up there as well, but they still only qualify in a secondary sense.
* ArtificialLimbs: At one point I got radiation poisoning from the KryptoniteRing I kept on me, and they had to amputate my right hand. I used a robotic prosthesis until I just cloned myself a new body.
* AxCrazy: Sometimes, admittedly, the alien will [[UnstoppableRage drive me to this]].
* BadBoss: I can be a little rough sometimes. Just ask Mercy in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday''.
* BadGuysPlayPool: In "Smallville", I do.
* TheBadGuyWins: There have been occasions where I have triumphed over my enemies, however briefly--such as that time I trapped Superman in a [[VideoGame/{{Superman 64}} poorly coded simulation;]] even though he somehow managed to escape, [[KarmaHoudini I managed to get off scot free.]] There was also a non-canon Silver Age tale where I succeeded in killing Superman via a bout of feigned repentance and a kryptonite ray, [[PyrrhicVictory although I ended up being imprisoned in the Phantom Zone for it.]]
* BadassBaritone: When voiced by Creator/ClancyBrown.
* BadassBoast: The page quote is one of my personal favorites. Also...
--> ''[[ComicBook/BlackestNight "Lex Luthor of Earth. You want it all."]]''
--> ''[[Series/{{Smallville}} "I am the villain of the story."]]''
--> ''"I am Lex Luthor. I am the greatest scientist on this planet, and would be on yours as well."''
--> ''(On being told that surviving the Source Wall requires a 12th level intellect) "Then I'm overqualified."''
* BadassInANiceSuit: Occasionally, I will put on my [[JusticeLeagueUnlimited power suit]]. I don't need a purple and green spandex suit to be a truly menacing SuperVillain.
* BadassNormal: I have no consistent powers besides my intellect, though I have used an exoskeletal suit from time to time. My attempts at procuring a replacement for my orange ring put me up against some of the most powerful "villains" in my world. They had no chance, really.
* BaldOfEvil: Gene Hackman may have been living in denial, but it was there. Oh, yes. Even [[Series/LoisAndClark John Shea]] went there eventually. [[Series/{{Smallville}} Michael Rosenbaum]] and [[Film/SupermanReturns Kevin Spacey]] understood this from the beginning.
* BattleButler: Meet my chauffeur, [[DarkActionGirl Mercy Graves]]. Sometimes accompanied by another henchwoman of mine, Hope.
* BerserkButton: Go ahead, tell me I "can't do something." Please. I won't take it the wrong way. Aside from that, {{Superman}} and [[TheJoker that idiotic clown]] are two things that have a tendency to be quite....vexing.
* BewareTheSuperman: I am constantly reminding people of how unwise it is to put one's fate in the hands of an alien who, when he inevitably goes rogue, could be a threat to all life on Earth. Considering all he has to do to win back their affection is to rescue a kitten from a tree (as if ordinary humans can't do ''that''...), it's something of an uphill battle.
** On that note I never have or ever truly will bring myself to trust anyone categorized under the [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice metahuman thesis]] period. I've stated this simple fact over the years during and before my presidency, that [[MugglePower Human Society can overcome anything]] on its own when we're not relying on the feted mercies of [[FantasticRacism Freaks and Monsters.]]
* BigBad: According to Superman, I am responsible for all the turmoil in Metropolis and behind every EvilPlan... In truth, I should be the BigGood because my efforts keep him occupied when he could otherwise turn on humanity at large.
* BoardToDeath: I was quite bemused to learn of my 64th century successor's penchant for this.
* BodyHorror: I'd rather not think about the Luthor-Brainiac "team-up" in ''ComicBook/WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', thank you. Or the one in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', for that matter.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: I am more reliant on intellect and less on strength than Superman is. Regardless of how intelligent he may be, he tends to solve his problems with his fists.
* BreakoutVillain: I was originally a powerful but minor adversary for Superman, but I ended up becoming popular enough to take the spot of his ArchEnemy from the creators' first choice, the Ultrahumanite.
* CardboardPrison: I have the best lawyers in the ''world''. Put me away, I'll be out within the week. Back in my [[MadScientist scientist]] days, I'd often be out [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard within the]] ''[[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard hour]]''. I still can be if I want to be, but why waste the time?
* CardCarryingVillain: See for yourself in ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', various [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stories, the [[Film/{{Superman}} Superman films]] and the Season 10 finale of ''Smallville''. In the [[Film/{{Superman}} movie]], I literally call myself "the Greatest Criminal Mind on Earth" - hey, if you're going to be something, may as well be the top of your field!
* CareBearStare: I once released the Zone Child from the Phantom Zone, defeated it, and gained its power to eradicate negative emotions and create eternal bliss throughout the universe. Of course, I could only keep that power as long as I didn't do anything negative, like trying to destroy the Alien. [[StatusQuoIsGod No need to elaborate on how well that went down...]]
* CassandraTruth: You expect me to belive that that bumbling dolt Perry White employs out of pity is Superman's secret identity? PREPOSTEROUS!! Why would a man with the powers of a God lower himself like that?
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When I debuted [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1940]], I merely wanted to facilitate a war in Europe. In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, my enmity with Superman increased over some lost hair. In TheEighties, yon GreenEyedMonster became my raison-d'etre for hating the alien. In some perspectives, I'm a humanist. [[ShoutOut Maybe]] [[Film/TheDevilsAdvocate the last humanist]]: the one who wants to deliver you all from the Kryptonian's unspeakable menace. To some extent all these alignments are laid out rather nicely [[http://mightygodking.com/index.php/2008/08/18/on-luthor/ here]].
* TheChessmaster: I can spin a plan that has the Alien chasing his invulnerable tail.
* ChronicVillainy: Let's face it. I'll never stop until that spandex-clad bumpkin kills me... if I don't kill him first.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Lena Luthor? Oh, yes, my daughter. I wonder what happened to her....
* CivilianVillain: I've faked reformation before, and will do it again. One of those times allowed me to be elected President of the United States.
* ClassicVillain: I am indeed a classic, and always classy.
* ContemplativeBoss: I never act without thinking (and usually standing at the window for some time).
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: From time to time, I am the CEO of [=LexCorp=] and I got there with my own special practicality.
* CulturedBadass: I simply love classic literature, philosophy, classical music, and art. Just another example of my superiority to that spandex clad simpleton.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Sometimes I play it straight (I'm the TropeNamer for good reason), sometimes I invert it, but I always keep my best technology and inventions to myself in order to better fight the alien.
** There was also the time when I was a consultant for the Sutherland Corporation on how to deal with ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' infesting Gotham City; they just happened to be paying enough to interest me and it was an intriguing challenge.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Needless to say.
* DartboardOfHate: I'm not above destroying some of the alien's merchandise when the mood strikes.
* DeadpanSnarker: One does not deal with fools like Kal-El or Zod without developing a dry sense of humor about it all.
* DeathIsCheap: I had a near-death experience once. I even discussed the cheapness of death with Death herself at that time.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: They really are. That's why I had to have some, courtesy of my mechanic skills and a cut brake line.
* DemotedToDragon: I have occasionally been forced to serve the interests of another, most notably General Sam Lane in ''ComicBook/NewKrypton''. I will allow the fact that I am still alive in that timeline, and Lane is not, to speak for itself.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: When I rule the world, things will be much better... for me.
* {{Determinator}}: I do not go down that easily.
* DisproportionateRetribution: During the Silver Age, I destroyed the Kryptonite vaccine and became Superman's archnemesis for what reason? '''[[SeriousBusiness He made me bald]]'''. That and he humiliated me when he ruined my subsequent innovative public works projects for Smallville to prove my superiority over the alien when they developed, err, technical difficulties.
* DontYouDarePityMe: I've never been big on pity. That's for the weak. I prefer to pull myself back up by my own bootstraps, because coming back from the lowest point - that's what I, Lex Luthor, can do.
* DrivenByEnvy: Deep down, I know that I will never be Superman, and it is this, more than anything else, that fuels my hatred of him. DependingOnTheWriter I may or may not be aware of this.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: I have gained metahuman powers on several occasions, most notably during the [[ComicBook/BlackestNight Black Lantern invasion]]; I was briefly empowered by an Orange Lantern Ring, which gave me power equal to, or greater than, a member of the GreenLantern Corps. Unfortunately, not only does the orange light take a toll on one's higher functions, but Larfleeze shares his power even less willingly than I do.
* EnemyMine:
** I've joined forces with Superman on occasion to combat a greater menace, most notably Imperiex, General Zod, and Darkseid. Oh, and ''with'' Superman to stop ''another'' Superman. ''That'' was a catharsis, to say the least.
** [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse That one time I fought alongside the Alien to stop those... odd karate people]].
** "[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague We're not here to help you save the world, you're here to help me get revenge on Darkseid]]. When this is over, it's back to business as usual."
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Once in a great while, I indulge in this. Most famously, during the Comicbook/FinalCrisis of Man and the Multiverse, I pretended to join with Sivana and took command of [[ComicBook/NewGods Darkseid's]] army.
** In my pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} [[MadScientist scientist]] days, I could not bring myself to cause serious harm to anyone on UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein's birthday, him being [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee one of the few people I truly respected]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[ClarkKenting Kent?]] Superman? Preposterous. Oh, they share a certain resemblance, but why would someone with Superman's power bother with any kind of secret identity, yet alone one so humble? Some cold, logical computer tried to tell me that[[note]]in Superman Vol. 2 #2[[/note]] but I refused to believe it, ''and'' fired its programmer for that offense.
* EvilIsPetty:
** Bah. What good is power if you must pretend to be polite to the rabble while you exert it? Kick a man while he's down, rub it in his face, tell him what a useless waste of matter he is, and spit on his grave after the fact. That, my friend, is ''power''.
** What use is godhood if I can't use it to destroy my greatest foe?
* EvilPlan: Regardless of who is writing me, all my plans have the death of Superman as their goal.
* EvilRedhead: Yes. Once upon a time I had hair. In the long-ago and deeply troubled [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], Superman caused its loss.
** And then there was the time [[ItMakesSenseInContext I faked my death and pretended to be my long lost illegitimate son from Australia ...]]
* EvilTwin: Mostly these are ''good'' twins, due to my nature. However, there was [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague the fellow]] who was turned into Kryptonian barbecue - said Kryptonian proving then and afterwards how right I am in mistrusting him - and don't get me started on [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis Alexander Luthor Jr.]] Or [[Comicbook/ForeverEvil that other Alexander Luthor]].
* EvilVersusEvil: When the [[Comicbook/ForeverEvil Crime Syndicate invaded our world]], it was I and my Injustice League who defeated them. (And, I might add, I had the distinct pleasure of having Ultraman beg me to kill him. Most satisfying.)
* FantasticRacism: Aliens. Who do they think they are? I yearn to reclaim Earth for its rightful owners, humans. You may consult the following document: ''ComicBook/LexLuthorManOfSteel''.
* FearlessFool: I have made myself the ArchEnemy of a PhysicalGod who can split the planet in two and have never shown any reluctance to taunt or stand up to him, nor the myriad of yet more powerful beings he counts as either allies or enemies. Recklessly foolish? Perhaps, but [[MagnificentBastard I'm still here to do it all over again.]]
* FictionalPoliticalParty: As [[PresidentEvil President]], I represented the Tomorrow Party.
* FinalSolution: During the events of ''New Krypton'' I aided General Lane's conspiracy against the Kryptonians, ultimately resulting in the near extinction of the race. Alas, neither Superman, Supergirl, nor General Zod were among the fallen.
* FirstNameBasis: Under the pen of JohnByrne, I insisted on being called Lex for manipulation and for profit.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: More like three stages. When I met Death, I experienced the first three stages and then, having realized what I was doing, faked depression to manipulate her (it didn't work). As I said, I don't ''do'' "acceptance".
* FlatEarthAtheist: I don't care if [[ComicBook/TheSandman Death herself]] paid me a visit, I ''refuse'' to believe in such primitive, superstitious nonsense. I do, however, acknowledge that under "The Big Hand Theory", it's illogical to be an atheist, but I declare myself to be one on the moral grounds on the eve of becoming a god myself.
* FormerTeenRebel: I did not appreciate my father's... controlling tendencies.
* ForTheEvulz: Do I wash my hands? No! 'Cuz I'm ''evil''... [[SubvertedTrope Okay, no]], that was just The Flash in my body saying that. I'm a very clean gentleman. But aside of that one incident? The trope fits...
** Oh, and that nasty prank I pulled on that nobody waitress; I offered an indecent proposal to her and sped off before she had the chance to answer, just so that she could spend the rest of her miserable life with "what ifs'. Yes, that was an amusing diversion... Then twenty years later she tried to assassinate me when I was running for President.
* FreakyFridayFlip: [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Thanks to an ill fated attempt to recover information on Brainiac from Grodd's brain]], I found myself trapped in Flash's body for a day, and in the Justice League's Watchtower no less. Regrettably, even with the speed of light I had no time to gather intel on my enemies with them trying to contain me. [[AntiClimacticUnmasking I even had the chance to learn the Flash's secret identity, only to find that he was some schmuck that could be anyone in the world]]. On the other hand, I did enjoy literally running circles around the so-called heroes and causing havoc in the base as I went. Even learned the Green Lantern's weakness by complete accident.
* FunnyAnimal: Much as I loathe the term "funny animal," there is my sentient animal counterpart who lives on the parallel world of [[TheMultiverse Earth-C-Minus]], "Lex Lemur," who also wishes to triumph over his version of the alien, "Super-Squirrel."
* AGodAmI: I think of myself as this among mortal men, lack of godlike powers not-withstanding.
* [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]]: Oh, some [[JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths alternate universe Lex]] apparently was the leader of the Justice League - and the sole member thanks to ''that'' Earth's Superman, Ultraman.
* {{Greed}}: The orange ring said it best: I want it ''all''.
* GrandfatherClause: Most people cannot conceive that I could be a challenge to the alien when similar antagonisms have the opponent at least equal and usually superior in physical power against the vigilante in question; that just goes to show how inimitable I am nowadays.
* GreenEyedMonster: One of a number of explanations for why I hate the alien. Alternately, the title for [[Film/SupermanReturns my favorite article of all time]], 'Why the World ''Doesn't'' Need Superman'.
* HeelFaceTurn: Witnessing the horrors the Crime Syndicate have brought about in ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil'', compounded with Bizarro's loyalty and selflessness towards me, made me realize that what I feared the most, all along, was facing my failures; and if I could master this fear, I would be able to do better things for this world. [[spoiler:Thus was how I defeated my newest EvilerThanThou [[EvilCounterpart counterpart]], saved Superman's life, gave up on the hostile takeover I had planned for Kord Industries, and accepted a presidential pardon and an invitation for the Comicbook/JusticeLeague.]] Surely it might come as a shock to those of you who know the basics about me, but that's the truth - for however long it holds, at least.
* HeelRealization: In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', supposedly.
* HeroicBuild: Yes, I did have something of a [[FatBastard weight problem]] in my [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks younger days]], but a diligent exercise regimen has [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks long since]] eliminated the problem.
* HeroicSacrifice: Would you believe I once saved Superman from Darkseid?
* AHeroToHisHometown: I had my own planet once and the people loved me, but I grew tired of them.
** And you surely can't deny I could be this to Metropolis itself if given the chance.
* HiddenDepths: I've evolved immeasurably from simply being spiteful over lost hair.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: That thrice-damned kryptonite ring the alien drove me to wear ended up saturating me with radiation, giving me leukemia! [[NeverMyFault It's all his fault! If he hadn't constantly tormented me, I wouldn't have needed it!]]
* HollywoodAtheist: [[ComicBook/BrightestDay I've always been an atheist.]] It's not a logical choice (what with it being scientifically proven that there was a giant hand at the start of the universe), it's an ethical one. Believers always seem to be declining their responsibilities.
* IAmWhatIAm: There's nothing you can do about it.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: How unfair is it that undeserving men like Kal-El get amazing powers and I do not?
* IntercontinuityCrossover: I have to admit, that [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Doc Ock fellow]] was the rare time I sincerely respected one of my partners. Must be a MadScientist thing.
* {{ISOT}}: An alternate version of both myself and the United States were sent to a [[Roleplay/AK47sISOTMapgame universe filled with odd countries and alien species]]. As this alternate Lex Luthor was [[Comicbook/SupermanRedSon President of the United States]], he must establish what is left of America as a force to be reckoned with.
* InsistentTerminology: I am entirely justified in referring to him as "The Alien" if I wish, since the very name "Super''man''" is a lie in of itself. No matter how much the teeming masses wish to delude themselves otherwise, he will ''never'' be one of us!
* InsufferableGenius: I'm one of the smartest men in the world, if not the smartest. I'm very, very aware of it and have no problem reminding others of it.
* IronicName: My name is Lex. Ha-ha! Lex! Get it? As in, "the law". Oh, the irony!
* {{Irony}}: As of ''Comicbook/DCRebirth'', I wear the Alien's "S" on my PoweredArmor.
* IrrationalHatred: Some of the fools who bow before [[Franchise/{{Superman}} the alien's]] supposed "heroics" have suggested that I suffer from this.
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** Can no one else see that the alien's attempts at thwarting my plans are mere spite instead of some vague set of ideals about "truth" and other such drivel?
** I don't think I'll ever understand why people do not worship me as the god I truly am. And, since they won't, they'll pay for it dearly.
** Why did I deign to form an "Injustice Gang" of super-villains in Creator/GrantMorrison's ''JLA''? Because clearly, the only reason Superman would become TheLeader of the Justice League would be to escalate his conflict with ''me''.
* KarmaHoudini: I object to this. That would imply I did something ''wrong''. I get away with almost everything I do because deep down, you know I'm ''right''.
* KickTheDog:
** See the ''Superman: Confidential'' dossiers on this: "That's right... I just killed your girlfriend, Superman. What are you going to do about it?"
** I also killed the Flash in one universe, telling that right to Superman's face, because as the president, he couldn't touch me. [[spoiler: Sadly, I was [[FaceHeelTurn mistaken]].]]
** [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/07/24/a-year-of-cool-comic-book-moments-day-205/ This]] remains one of my proudest moments.
* LadyMacbeth: My alternate universe counterpart on [[ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne Earth-One]] has little interest in killing the Kryptonian, and considers the concept unethical. His wife, Alexandra, on the other hand, is fascinated by the concept, and pushes him towards doing it. One begins to wonder which of them is really Earth-One's version of me... [[spoiler: a suspicion borne out when my counterpart dies and Alexandra blames the Kryptonian for it.]]
* LargeHam: They've got the guts to say this about me, [[Film/{{Superman}} the Greatest Criminal Mind on Earth]]! They're '''[[Film/SupermanReturns WROOOOOOOOOONG]]'''! And now '''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday THEY! Are ON! The NAUGHTY! LIST!]]'''
* LaughablyEvil: As I was [[Film/{{Superman}} portrayed]] by Gene Hackman.
* LegionOfDoom: If one exists, you can be sure I'm the one [[BigBad at its head]].
* {{Lust}}: Some would describe my desire for power and control as a "lust" for it.
* {{MacGyvering}}: I once made a jetpack out of paint chips, kitchen chemicals, and soda bottles. Just ask Joker. I was in his comic.
* MadScientist: Some of the time, when I'm not concerned with politics or economics.
* ManipulativeBastard: It's easier for me to persuade and twist lesser mortals to my whim than it is for the alien to shatter stone.
* MugglePower: I've always been a supporter of human potential. Aliens do not have a monopoly on power.
* MythologyGag: In [[Comicbook/SupermanRedSon at]] [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries least]] two continuities (plus [[ComicBook/AllStarSuperman one]] where matters became ''bizarre''), the Man of Steel went evil: one involved service to {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}. I aspired to, or became, the US President [[Series/{{Smallville}} in]] [[Comicbook/SupermanRedSon as]] [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague many]] [[Franchise/TheDCU continuities]]: only in one did I drive out the Kryptonian menace.
* {{Narcissist}}: A loaded term. I merely maintain a healthy amount of self-respect given my accomplishments. Some would argue that this, coupled with my refusal to care about those who are not extensions of myself, and my ability to identify with beings like Brainiac and the Joker identifies me as a sufferer of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. How wrong they are.
* {{Naytheist}}: I am an Atheist, but not because I don't believe in God (the Big [[ItMakesSenseInContext Hand]] Theory is the predominant theory on the creation of the universe, after all). For me, Atheism is more of a way of life than a belief. I also know hell exists (as I have been there), but I refuse to believe that there is anyone who 'judges the dead', as he would need an objective point of view, which is impossible. I even tell this to [[ComicBook/TheSandman Death Of The Endless]].
* NeverMyFault: People will blame me for everything, even if I'm not behind that mishappening. It's obviously Kal-El's doing or [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Bat]] or my idiotic henchmen.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse That time where that alien scum BLEW UP MY WORLD!]] I put him in his place, but he still was strong enough to defeat me.
* NobleDemon: Mostly when Creator/ElliotSMaggin was chronicling me in UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}.
* NonIdleRich: Think of me as much like Creator/WaltDisney; I built [=LexCorp=] to its success by keeping my hand in the company's core R & D department as my employees develop the general ideas I introduce.
* NotSoDifferent: From Brainiac, if the narration in ''New Krypton'' is to be believed. I can certainly identify with that alien and his thirst for knowledge, though his goal of eradicating all life is, to my mind, self-defeating.
* NotUsingTheZWord: What is ''Superman'' but an honorific we gave him to feel good about ourselves? To me he will always be [[ComicBook/TheManOfSteel the Alien]], or [[ComicBook/SupermanRedSon "Man of Steel"]], or less often "Kryptonian".
* ObviousTrap: I once set up one to catch ComicBook/{{Superboy}} (as in the alien's younger self). [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=30%3Aframes-and-panels-index&id=793%3Asuperboy-is-a-colossal-dumbass&Itemid=24 Talk about dumb (on his part, not mine).]]
* OffOnATechnicality: People who think I should be in prison usually believe I fit this trope.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Superman will die by my hand and only by my hand. When that mindless beast Doomsday apparently killed Superman, I... didn't take it well. Fortunately, Superman [[BackFromTheDead got better]] so I could deal with him myself.
* ThePardon: For my aid in helping the Justice League defeat their KnightTemplar counterparts, I was given amnesty for my past crimes. Naturally, I used this to my advantage.
** [[Series/LoisAndClark My John Shea counterpart]] once left prison thanks to a pardon signed by the President's clone. The pardon was soon revealed to be a fake, but he actually enjoyed no longer having to put up a facade.
* PetTheDog:
** My experiences with Bizarro in ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil'' have, it seems, left me somewhat more kindly inclined to others.
** I also am a superhero on a planet that was so grateful to me they renamed their planet "Lexor" - the alien was gracious enough to let me observe their adoration while I was in jail. I was [[SandInMyEyes sort of moved]]. I tend to relax when I'm there because I'm a genuine hero there and that alien leaves it alone.
* PoweredArmor: In a classy green and purple. I wore it frequently Pre-Crisis, and after my fall from the presidency Post-Crisis. It is equipped with a wide array of weapons, both mundane and Kryptonite-fuelled, allowing me to be a physical match for Superman, and any other "hero" who comes my way. When I was granted an Orange Power Ring, I used it to fashion another suit of armor for myself.
* ThePowerOfHate: The thought of dying before the alien has given me the willpower to cheat death on more than one occasion.
* PragmaticVillainy: I can't rule the world if everyone's dead, now can I? Plus, during {{Villain Team Up}}s, as much as I hate [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker that clown]], I do invite him in on the grounds that it's safer to have that unpredictable freak on our team than to have him mad at us.
* PresidentEvil: The TropeNamer. The alien and his [[Franchise/{{Batman}} vigilante friend]] brought me down, with assistance from Lois Lane and my treacherous successor as CEO of my company.
** I, personally, have always felt that this title is misleading. After all, the great people of America freely chose to elect me into office, something the alien and his allies never could accept. Was it evil to enter office and promote a more technologically savvy America for the 21st century, or clean up the mess made by the previous administration?
* {{Pride}}: If you had a [[EvilGenius 10th-level intellect]], you'd be high on yourself too. In fact, DependingOnTheWriter, this is my primary motivation for my crusade against the alien; the existence of a being more powerful and more loved by the people than I is simply intolerable.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Libra's, ahem, ideas for Supergirl during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' were those of a base pervert and completely beneath me. No regrets.
* TheResenter: It has been said that my hatred of the alien is merely jealousy of all the loving attention that Metropolis gives its "favorite son". [[BlatantLies Which, I assure you, is not at all the case.]]
* {{Robosexual}}:
** There have been ''rumors'' about [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague my close associations with Brainiac]] and [[ComicBook/TheBlackRing a woman on my staff who bears a negligible resemblance to Lois Lane]]. All specious, naturally.
** If it's all the same to you, [[OldShame I would rather not mention]] [[ComicBook/LexLuthorManOfSteel Hope]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: What money cannot buy, political influence and business connections can.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Maybe money can't buy everything, but it can buy ''most'' things, and if you have enough, there's very little you can't have.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: During my term as US President, I was able to make full use of my executive power to cover up any number of "incidents".
* SeriousBusiness: [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zlpKNeJMsgc In a classic ad]], my WesternAnimation/SuperFriends counterpart once captured Superman and left him powerless under kryptonite, all just so he could coerce the secret of why his brand of peanut butter tasted so great...it was a slow week for him, and admittedly it ''was'' rather good peanut butter.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: It's one of the best ways to keep one's mind sharp and one of the most pleasurable.
* StalkerWithATestTube: This opinion on the origin of Connor Kent is a simply ludicrous and baseless accusation. I most certainly [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial never]] cared for the boy anyway, he was [[DependingOnTheWriter merely a means to an end]].
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Despite being frequently portrayed as being in the wrong, it's painfully evident that [[BewareTheSuperman the alien is far more dangerous]] than those simpletons are willing to admit. Superman ''himself'' conceded that he could destroy the planet without breaking a sweat, just proving that I am [[ProperlyParanoid right to be wary about him]].
* SuperIntelligence: Brainiac described me as a "10th Level Intellect", making my intelligence superior to the combined [=IQ=]s of everyone on Earth, both now (6th Level) and in the 31st Century (9th). I am also smarter than almost every individual on Colu, a planet renowned for the computer like minds of its inhabitants (8th on average). In the DC Universe as a whole, only Brainiac himself (a 12th Level Intellect) is known to be smarter than I.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: I have spent thousands of dollars in new doors from time to time. Also, see above.[[note]](This trope used to be named Lex Luthor Security.)[[/note]]
* TeenGenius: Not that I was properly respected for it by my jealous peers, mind you.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker That clown]] gives me headaches, especially when for whatever reason I need him.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Of the Justice League, when I joined them after the events of ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil''.
* {{Ubermensch}}: I certainly am; yet an ''alien'' dares call himself ''Superman?'' It's galling.
* UnholyMatrimony: In the AlternateUniverse of ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'', I am married to one Alexandra Luthor, causing people to refer to us as "Lex Squared."
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The alien fails to grasp how much better the world could be under my guidance... and away from his influence. He naively thinks that I can do it with him around; I ''can'', of course, but what would be the point? What worth are our achievements when his mere existence makes them seem lacking?
* VillainousBreakdown: '''HOW DARE YOU SLANDER ME WITH IMPLICATIONS THAT I'M A [[SoreLoser SORE LOSER]]?! I OUGHT TO OBLITERATE YOU, YOU MISERABLE, LITTLE-''' GRAAAGH! ...Ahem. Let's just say I lose my temper from time to time.
* VillainousValor: I'm often called "a man fighting a god." The alien is no god, but the analogy fits. I won't deny that I am one of the few cases where the ArchEnemy is weaker than the supposed hero.
* VillainProtagonist: For a time in ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' after the ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', for the duration of Creator/PaulCornell's "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc.
** Also in the main series of ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil''.
* VillainTeamUp: A speciality of mine, keeping such conflicting personalities in line is quite a worthy challenge. Yes, even [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker that particular insane buffoon]], since frankly I'd rather have him where I can see him. During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} and UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, he and Brainiac were among my most frequent partners-in-crime.
** VillainousFriendship: Despite how often Joker and I double-cross each other, eventually we'll work together again. As loathed as I am to dare say it, he's probably the closest thing I have to a true companion.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the years just after ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, but even after having been convicted as a criminal[[note]]I got pardoned after saving the world.[[/note]], I managed to bounce back and become the 43rd president of the United States.
** After saving the world in ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil'', I found myself similarly applauded.
* WealthyYachtOwner: Watch [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries that episode where I turned Corben into Metallo]] or think about the one [[Film/SupermanReturns I've inherited from my beloved Gertrude]].
** Hell, my first ComicBook/PostCrisis appearance under the pen of John Byrne had me as one.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** In one [[Series/{{Smallville}} continuity]], it was my destiny to stop [[Franchise/{{Superman}} the Traveler]] from destroying Earth. [[spoiler: [[TheReveal Kal-El will never threaten the world again.]]]]
** Of course, I really do have the best interest of humanity at heart (being the great person I am). I will save them [[ItsAllAboutMe when they recognize my greatness]]. I'm a lot [[Film/SupermanReturns like Prometheus, I just want to bring fire to the people... and of course I want my cut]] of the spoils.
* WillNotBeAVictim: I refuse to be rendered weak, powerless, or helpless at the hands of another, be they man, beast, or extraterrestrial force. I had an ex-employee of mine killed in front of his wretched family for sucker-punching me because he, if only for a moment, made me feel helpless.
* WouldHurtAChild: Children are expendable if it helps me thwart that alien.
* {{Wrath}}: Rage at the alien, and at those who aid him, is my right as a human being.
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: Superman made a point of this when he went missing for a year, and I spent it trying to find him instead of working on the betterment of mankind. But I swear on my mother's soul that mankind will not benefit from my labour until the alien rots in the ground!
* YouKilledMyFather: Actually, ''[[SelfMadeOrphan I]]'' [[SelfMadeOrphan killed my father]]. [[TemptingFate Sic semper tyrannis]].
* YoureInsane: And Superman will st- ''[[RunningGag WROOOOOOOONNNGGGG!]]''

(The preceding should be read with Creator/KevinSpacey's, Creator/ClancyBrown's or Creator/GeneHackman's voice. Whatever suits your pleasure. If you're feeling Japanophile, you can contact Creator/KenjiNomura to read those. Oh, and before you ask, [[MemeticMutation no, I don't have a]] '''[[VideoGame/BlazBlue "GIGANTIC LUTHOR!!!"]]''')