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* ObviousTrap: See [[http://www.superdickery.com/superboy-is-a-colossal-dumbass/ here]].

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* ObviousTrap: See Clearly marked as [[http://www.superdickery.com/superboy-is-a-colossal-dumbass/ here]]."Luthor Trap To Capture Superboy"]].


* BigBad: If somebody is screwing with Superman's life, the odds of it being traced back to Luthor stand at somewhere around ninety percent. He's also a prominent figure among the [[EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily DC villain community]] as a whole; most DC villains may fear ComicBook/TheJoker, but they want to ''be'' Luthor.

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* BigBad: If somebody is screwing with Superman's life, the odds of it being traced back to Luthor stand at somewhere around ninety percent. He's also a prominent figure among the [[EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily DC villain community]] as a whole; most DC villains may fear ComicBook/TheJoker, but they want to ''be'' Luthor. If someone is combining the DC villains into a LegionOfDoom, it'll be Lex Luthor. Even the Joker knows he's the leader, even he doesn't follow him.


'''[[TropeCodifier The]]''' SuperVillain.

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'''[[TropeCodifier The]]''' SuperVillain.
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* PetTheDog: In Lex Luthor: Man of Steel he helps his janitor's son get into a prestigious school by using his infulence with thw headmastet.

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* PetTheDog: In Lex Luthor: Man of Steel he helps his janitor's son get into a prestigious school by using his infulence with thw headmastet.the headmaster.

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*PetTheDog: In Lex Luthor: Man of Steel he helps his janitor's son get into a prestigious school by using his infulence with thw headmastet.


* WorldsSmartestMan: Lex Luthor is typically regarded as the pinnacle of intelligence in the DC universe, with the only other being Luthor considers an intellectual equivalent to be Brainiac.

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* WorldsSmartestMan: Lex Luthor is typically regarded as the pinnacle of intelligence in the DC universe, with the only other being Luthor considers an intellectual equivalent to be Brainiac.Brainiac who possesses SuperIntelligence.


* WorldsSmartestMan: Lex Luthor is typically regarded as the pinnacle of intelligence in the DC universe, with the only other bring Luthor considers an intellectual equivalent to be Brainiac.

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* WorldsSmartestMan: Lex Luthor is typically regarded as the pinnacle of intelligence in the DC universe, with the only other bring being Luthor considers an intellectual equivalent to be Brainiac.


* WillNotBeAVictim: One of Lex's biggest resolves is to never be helpless or a victim to the might of another and will fight to the bitter end to make sure that he can come out on top. He once had an ex-employee of his company assassinated in front of his family for striking Lex in the face before being fired. According to Lex, for a second he was made weak and helpless, and for that offense the employee could not be allowed to live. In ''Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography'' he had a former bully of his framed for the murder of journalist Peter Sands. Not for the bullying - which was ended when Lex hired some thugs to beat him and another bully up - but because said bully had the temerity to ''spit in his face'' when Lex offered him a job.

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* WillNotBeAVictim: One of Lex's biggest resolves is to never be helpless or a victim to the might of another and he will fight to the bitter end to make sure that he can come out on top. He once had an ex-employee of his company assassinated in front of his family for striking Lex in the face before being fired. According to Lex, for a second he was made weak and helpless, and for that offense the employee could not be allowed to live. In ''Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography'' he had a former bully of his framed for the murder of journalist Peter Sands. Not for the bullying - which was ended when Lex hired some thugs to beat him and another bully up - but because said bully had the temerity to ''spit in his face'' when Lex offered him a job.


** After returning in a clonal body, he kills his personal trainer just to prove he can get away with it; this eventually puts Lois Lane on his trail when the trainer's father asks her to investigate his daughter's disappearance, which cost him his VillainWithGoodPublicity status for a few years of real time.

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** After returning in a clonal body, he kills his personal trainer just to prove he can get away with it; this eventually puts Lois Lane on his trail when the trainer's father asks her to investigate his daughter's disappearance, which cost costs him his VillainWithGoodPublicity status for a few years of real time.


** ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' sees Luthor disgusted with Libra to begin with, but with his disgust coming to a head when Libra offers Luthor the chance to the be first to, what's implied, rape Supergirl.

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** ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' sees Luthor disgusted with Libra to begin with, but with his disgust coming to a head when Libra offers Luthor the chance to be the be first to, what's implied, rape Supergirl.


** A notable example was when during the "Rock of Ages" storyline in ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsJLA'' featuring Luthor's first Injustice Gang taking on the Justice League, Luthor bashes The Joker with the Worlogog to express his disgust at Joker tampering with the bodies of child victims. Later in the same storyline, Lex tricks Joker - who is currently holding the Worlogog - into undoing all the murders the Injustice Gang had caused. Though this resulted in there being nothing the Justice League could charge Luthor and the rest of the criminals with, Superman still said he believed it because some part of Lex drew the line at killing innocent children and that it wasn't just to save his own skin.

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** A notable example was when during the "Rock of Ages" storyline in ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsJLA'' featuring Luthor's first Injustice Gang taking on the Justice League, Luthor bashes The Joker with the Worlogog to express his disgust at Joker tampering with the bodies of child victims. Later in the same storyline, Lex tricks Joker - who is currently holding the Worlogog - into undoing all the murders the Injustice Gang had caused. Though this resulted in there being nothing the Justice League could charge Luthor and the rest of the criminals with, Superman still said he believed it was because some part of Lex drew the line at killing innocent children and that it wasn't just to save his own skin.


* {{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.

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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...worthless... while being perfectly willing to sacrifice any number of those same ordinary, unpowered humans in order to achieve victory over said alien.



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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanManOfTomorrow'' (voiced by Creator/ZacharyQuinto)


Luthor has appeared frequently in other media, featuring in video games, the original ''[[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman films]]'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ''Film/SupermanReturns'', the television series ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' and the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse''. He has also appeared in the animated films ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies''. He is easily the most recognisable, and best known, member of Superman's RoguesGallery, and was rated IGN's "4th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time." Comic book critic Peter Sanderson has described Luthor as one of the few genuine megavillains, whose adventures cross genres, putting him in a league alongside Professor Moriarty, Count Dracula, Hannibal Lecter, Doctor Doom, and Darth Vader.

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Luthor has appeared frequently in other media, featuring in video games, the original ''[[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman films]]'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ''Film/SupermanReturns'', the television series ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' and the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse''. He has also appeared in the animated films ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies''. He is easily the most recognisable, and best known, member of Superman's RoguesGallery, and was rated IGN's "4th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time." Comic book critic Peter Sanderson has described Luthor as one of the few genuine megavillains, whose adventures cross genres, putting him in a league alongside The Joker, Professor Moriarty, Count Dracula, Hannibal Lecter, Doctor Doom, and Darth Vader.


* AlwaysSecondBest: From the Post-Crisis era onwards, Lex may be one of the richest men on Earth, but if it comes to money, Bruce Wayne tends to have him beat.



* AwesomenessByAnalysis: During ''Forever Evil'', he manages to deduce Batman's secret identity from a few clues.



* CassandraTruth: Flatly refuses to believe that Clark Kent is Superman regardless of how reliable the source or irrefutable the evidence is.

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* CassandraTruth: Flatly refuses to believe that Clark Kent is Superman regardless of how reliable the source or irrefutable the evidence is.is, including Superman himself.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Golden Age Alexei Luthor is killed partway through ''Crisis on Infinite Earths'' simply because Brainiac felt he was redundant.



* {{Greed}}: Lex has long had greed as one of his defining vices. The Orange Lantern ring that he get in ''Blacklist Night'' ends up worsening his greed, leaving him with a yawning gulf inside when he loses it.

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* {{Greed}}: Lex has long had greed as one of his defining vices. The Orange Lantern ring that he get in ''Blacklist ''Blackest Night'' ends up worsening his greed, leaving him with a yawning gulf inside when he loses it.



* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: In the Post-Crisis continuity, when Lex first appears, he's balding when Superman begins his career.



* HeelFaceTurn: Is a member of the Justice League in the ''New 52'' and ''Rebirth''. Despite maintaining his somewhat snobby attitude, he seems to genuinely want to help Metropolis this time around [[spoiler:in honor of the New 52's Superman death.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: Is a member of the Justice League in the ''New 52'' and ''Rebirth''. Despite maintaining his somewhat snobby attitude, he seems to genuinely want to help Metropolis this time around [[spoiler:in honor of the New 52's Superman death.]]]] It doesn't last, though.



* IJustWantToBeYou: Why he especially loathes Superman. When he wore the Orange ring, it caused him to bluntly admit it.

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* IJustWantToBeYou: Why he especially loathes Superman. When he wore was bound by the Orange ring, Lasso of Truth in ''Blackest Night'', it caused him to bluntly admit it.



* MoralityPet: His sister Lena during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} and UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}. Luthor went out of his way to shield her from any knowledge of his criminal lifestyle. [[spoiler:It appears she's this again in the New 52; he tried and failed to save her when she fell ill, leaving her an invalid.]]

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* MoralityPet: His sister Lena during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} and UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}. Luthor went out of his way to shield her from any knowledge of his criminal lifestyle. [[spoiler:It appears she's this again in the New 52; he tried and failed to save her when she fell ill, leaving her an invalid. Then it turns out Lena despises him, and would quite gladly kill him given the chance.]]



* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Lex's ego and pettiness means even in a room with his alternate counterparts, he'll still look down his nose at them. Case in point, Silver Age and Golden Age Lex during ''Crisis on Infinite Earths''. Lex doesn't blink an eye when Brainiac reduces Alexei to a pile of ash.



* PsychologicalProjection: In some continuities, like the New 52, he presumes Superman is the one obsessed and conspiring against him.

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* PsychologicalProjection: In some continuities, like the New 52, he presumes Superman is the one obsessed and conspiring against him. It's also part of the reason he can't work out Superman is Clark Kent, even when told. Not only can he not accept that he hasn't figured it out, he can't believe that someone with Superman's powers would ''want'' to hide anything.

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