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* DirtyOldMan: In the Post-Crisis era, very much so. When a fifteen-year-old Lois Lane breaks into Lexcorp to get some dirt on him, Luthor has her strip searched and makes a point of keeping the security footage for himself.

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* DirtyOldMan: In the Post-Crisis era, very much so. so, especially seen commonly surrounded by attractive young ladies in his company building to do his bidding. When a fifteen-year-old Lois Lane breaks into Lexcorp to get some dirt on him, Luthor has her strip searched searched, personally spanked, and makes a point of keeping the security footage of the strip search for himself.


* TheSociopath: Often referred to as such, though he doesn't necessarily hit all the requirements for the psychiatric diagnosis.
* StalkerWithATestTube: Towards Superman, resulting in many different clones.
* StrawHypocrite: Whether Luthor believes his pro-human rhetoric, or whether it's a cover for his hatred of Superman is a case of DependingOnTheWriter.

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* TheSociopath: Often referred to as such, though such. Though he doesn't necessarily hit all the requirements for the psychiatric diagnosis.
diagnosis in the Pre-Crisis version. However, Post-Crisis incarnations and those that followed tend to hit every requirement trait.
* StalkerWithATestTube: Towards Superman, resulting in many different clones.
clones, one of which being Kon-El aka Superboy.
* StrawHypocrite: Whether Luthor believes his pro-human rhetoric, or whether it's a cover for his hatred of Superman is a case of DependingOnTheWriter.DependingOnTheWriter, but his actions show he doesn't care for humanity as much as he says.


* ''Up, Up, and Away!''

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* ''Up, Up, and Away!''''ComicBook/SupermanUpUpAndAway''


Luthor has had various hats over the years. He was originally portrayed as a red-headed [[WarForFunAndProfit war profiteer]] who aimed to gain WorldDomination by playing various political factions against each other. He was then reimagined as a bald, egomaniacal MadScientist after an illustrator confused him with the Ultra-Humanite. This conception [[ThrowItIn of the character stuck]], and for the remainder of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} and UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} of comics, Luthor was written as a CardCarryingVillain who used his technological prowess to match Superman's physical might, regularly allying with other villains, like ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, Bizarro, and the Joker in order to vex the Man of Steel and his allies. One thing that did change about Luthor was that as time went by, he became progressively younger and more physically active. The [[FatBastard paunchy man]] in his fifties was replaced by an [[BadassNormal exceptionally fit man]] in his forties, and was then retconned again into being only a few years older than Superman ''and'' possessed of a [[PoweredArmour warsuit]] that allowed him to fight the Kryptonian hand-to-hand. He also gained his own supporting cast, including his sister and MoralityPet, Lena, and the planet of Lexor, which hailed him as a hero after he saved it from destruction, and a number of alternate universe doppelgangers, including Alexei Luthor of Earth-2 (based on his original, GoldenAge appearance) and the heroic Alexander Luthor Sr. of Earth-3. This version of Luthor, along with the rest of the existing Franchise/DCUniverse, was erased from continuity following the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.

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Luthor has had various hats over the years. He was originally portrayed as a red-headed [[WarForFunAndProfit war profiteer]] who aimed to gain WorldDomination TakeOverTheWorld by playing various political factions against each other. He was then reimagined as a bald, egomaniacal MadScientist after an illustrator confused him with the Ultra-Humanite. This conception [[ThrowItIn of the character stuck]], and for the remainder of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} and UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} of comics, Luthor was written as a CardCarryingVillain who used his technological prowess to match Superman's physical might, regularly allying with other villains, like ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, Bizarro, and the Joker in order to vex the Man of Steel and his allies. One thing that did change about Luthor was that as time went by, he became progressively younger and more physically active. The [[FatBastard paunchy man]] in his fifties was replaced by an [[BadassNormal exceptionally fit man]] in his forties, and was then retconned again into being only a few years older than Superman ''and'' possessed of a [[PoweredArmour warsuit]] that allowed him to fight the Kryptonian hand-to-hand. He also gained his own supporting cast, including his sister and MoralityPet, Lena, and the planet of Lexor, which hailed him as a hero after he saved it from destruction, and a number of alternate universe doppelgangers, including Alexei Luthor of Earth-2 (based on his original, GoldenAge appearance) and the heroic Alexander Luthor Sr. of Earth-3. This version of Luthor, along with the rest of the existing Franchise/DCUniverse, was erased from continuity following the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.


* NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist: In his own mind, Lex is quite sincere in his desire to uplift humanity and serve as an example of all they can accomplish. In reality, that philanthropy only extends to how much gain he can get out of the situation, and he'd be more than willing to slit every human on the planet's throat if it will further his vendetta with Superman.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Played with. In his own mind, Lex is quite sincere in his desire to uplift humanity and serve as an example of all they can accomplish. In reality, that philanthropy only extends to how much gain he can get out of the situation, and he'd be more than willing to slit every human on the planet's throat if it will further his vendetta with Superman.


* ColourCodedEyes: His green eyes represent his {{envy}} of Superman.



* GreenEyes: To represent his {{envy}} of Superman.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: A frequent issue in more pro-humanist takes on the character. He likes to view himself as a champion of ordinary, unpowered humans against a godlike alien who renders all human accomplishment and achievement worthwhile... while being perfectly willing to sacrifice any number of those same ordinary, unpowered humans in order to achieve victory over said alien.


* DisproportionateRetribution: So [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Lex, you tried to kill Superman for making you bald? To be fair, that story had Luthor's revenge being initially restricted to Luthor trying to show up Superboy with grandiose public works projects. When they went disastrously wrong and forced Superboy to intervene, Luthor was publicly scorned and sought to kill him in revenge.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: So [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Lex, you tried to kill Superman for making you bald? To be fair, that story had Luthor's revenge being initially restricted to Luthor trying to show up Superboy with grandiose public works projects. When they went disastrously wrong and forced Superboy to intervene, Luthor was publicly scorned and sought to kill him in revenge. Elliot S. Maggin also later added a retcon where the experiment where Luthor lost his hair was aiming to create artificial life, so in Luthor's twisted views Superboy had killed his 'child'.

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** Also with The Joker. Joker is obviously far more insane, but Lex's grasp on insanity and the degree of unhealthiness in his obsession with Superman are not that apart from the issues Joker has with Batman. Joker is keenly aware of this, but Luthor remains in constant denial about it.

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* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: More like Helmets Are Hardly Villainous. Even though he wears his iconic PoweredArmor, the suit itself is lacking a helmet. DC made up for it by including a helmet with the suit in the ''New 52'' comics.


* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: Inverted completely with regards to Lex. Luthor prefers to stay out of Gotham whenever possible. Not only does it [[HumiliationConga never end well for him]], but Luthor is completely out of his element there. More than that, Luthor would prefer facing Superman because Superman is the LawfulGood, Fettered, IdealHero and it's easier to take advantage of these traits. He never wants to face Batman because Batman rivals Luthor in [[TheStrategist cunning]], [[CrazyPrepared planning]], and [[MagnificentBastard manipulation]]. Batman also has no qualms about doing things that are straight up illegal if it means getting the bad guy and doesn't have to worry about how it looks (basically, Luthor doesn't want to go up against a guy whose playing by his rules but also isn't a SlaveToPR). Incidentally, Luthor is also just plain [[TerrorHero scared of Batman.]]


** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' [[spoiler:and ''Film/JusticeLeague'']] (played by Creator/JesseEisenberg)

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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' [[spoiler:and ''Film/JusticeLeague'']] ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'']] (played by Creator/JesseEisenberg)

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* PhotographicMemory: It has been established on a number of occassions that Luthor has an eidetic memory. It's a gift that has been invaluable in both science and finance and which has helped made him be one of the most intelligent human figures in the DC Universe.


* "The Death of Superman!" [Superman #149]: Imaginary story in which Luthor manages to kill Superman for good.



* ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan''

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* ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan''''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'': In which he teams up with ComicBook/DoctorOctopus to take on the titular duo.



* ''ComicBook/BlackOrchid'': While his actual page-time is limited, he's undoubtedly the GreaterScopeVillain of the original mini. This notably makes him the first "big-name" DC villain Creator/NeilGaiman ever wrote. [[note]]Ironic, given Gaiman's stated distaste for the CorruptCorporateExecutive characterization in-vogue at the time; "Skinny Kingpin" wasn't meant as a compliment.[[/note]]



* ''ComicBook/BlackOrchid'': While his actual page-time is limited, he's undoubtedly the GreaterScopeVillain of the original mini. This notably makes him the first "big-name" DC villain Creator/NeilGaiman ever wrote. [[note]]Ironic, given Gaiman's stated distaste for the CorruptCorporateExecutive characterization in-vogue at the time; "Skinny Kingpin" wasn't meant as a compliment.[[/note]]



* ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl''



* ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}''



* ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon''


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[[AC: Notable Imaginary Stories and Elseworlds]]
* "The Death of Superman!" [Superman #149]: Imaginary story in which Luthor manages to kill Superman for good.
* ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl''
* ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon''
* ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}''


* "The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman!" [Superman #164]: Introduced the planet Lexor; very frequently reprinted and considered a landmark in the characterization of the MadScientist Luthor

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* "The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman!" [Superman #164]: Introduced the planet Lexor; very frequently reprinted and considered a landmark in the characterization of the MadScientist LuthorLuthor.




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* ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''



* ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''


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* ''ComicBook/BlackOrchid'': While his actual page-time is limited, he's undoubtedly the GreaterScopeVillain of the original mini. This notably makes him the first "big-name" DC villain Creator/NeilGaiman ever wrote. [[note]]Ironic, given Gaiman's stated distaste for the CorruptCorporateExecutive characterization in-vogue at the time; "Skinny Kingpin" wasn't meant as a compliment.[[/note]]

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