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* FashionVictimVillain: ... A wide-collared purple and green jumpsuit. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Purple. And. Green.]] What was he ''thinking'' in the 1970's? Well, it ''was'' the Seventies. In Lex's defense, purple and green is a [[SecondaryColorNemesis very popular color scheme for villains]]. [[ComicBook/TheJoker Just ask the clown.]]

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* FashionVictimVillain: ... A wide-collared purple and green jumpsuit. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Purple. And. Green.]] What was he ''thinking'' in the 1970's? Well, it ''was'' the Seventies. In Lex's defense, purple and green is a [[SecondaryColorNemesis very popular color scheme for villains]]. [[ComicBook/TheJoker Just ask the clown.]]clown]].


* MyRealDaddy: For Bronze Age Luthor, the MadScientist with at least [[NobleDemon a few genuinely]] [[PetTheDog redeeming traits,]] it's unquestionably Creator/ElliotSMaggin. For Post-Crisis Luthor, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and CompleteMonster, it's Creator/JohnByrne. These days, he's usually portrayed as some blending of the two.

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* MyRealDaddy: For Bronze Age Luthor, the MadScientist with at least [[NobleDemon a few genuinely]] [[PetTheDog redeeming traits,]] it's unquestionably Creator/ElliotSMaggin. For Post-Crisis Luthor, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and CompleteMonster, VillainWithGoodPublicity, it's Creator/JohnByrne. These days, he's usually portrayed as some blending of the two.


** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Lex Luthor, after being pardoned by the US president for his aid of stopping the Justice Lords, finally becomes a DiabolicalMastermind like his comic book counterpart. He secretly finances [[CapeBusters Project Cadmus]] to be a constant thorn in the Justice League's side while also running a fake presidential campaign to personally rile up Superman, culminating into open warfare between the two factions. Luthor uses that conflict as a cover for his real plan: steal Cadmus technology and upload his mind in an immortal android body. When Brainiac took over his body as its new vessel, Luthor convinces the Kryptonian AI to share control and [[AGodAmI become a god together]]. After being defeated and exposed as a criminal, Luthor joins the LegionOfDoom as [[DemotedToDragon Gorilla Grodd's subordinate]], only for him to quickly usurp leadership after Grodd's plan to turn mankind into apes fails. To solidify his authority, Luthor creates [[BetrayalInsurance secret contingency plans]] for each Legion member. In the series finale, when his plans accidentally revive Darkseid, Luthor and his followers team up with the Justice League to stop the New God's conquest of Earth. At the climax of battle, Luthor is able to convince Metron to lead him to the forbidden Source Wall. Despite the dangers, Luthor survives the ordeal and returns to Earth with a prize in his hand: The Anti-Life Equation. Knowing that Darkseid could not refuse the offer, Luthor is able [[TakingYouWithMe to take the Lord of Apokolips with him into the Source Wall]], thus putting an end to Darkseid's reign forever and saving the universe in the process.

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** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Lex Luthor, ComicBook/LexLuthor, after being pardoned by the US president for his aid of stopping the Justice Lords, finally becomes a DiabolicalMastermind like his comic book counterpart. He secretly finances [[CapeBusters [[Characters/JusticeLeagueCadmus Project Cadmus]] to be a constant thorn in the Justice League's side while also running a fake presidential campaign to personally rile up Superman, culminating into open warfare between the two factions. Luthor uses that conflict as a cover for his real plan: steal Cadmus technology and upload his mind in an immortal android body. When Brainiac took over his body as its new vessel, Luthor convinces the Kryptonian AI to share control and [[AGodAmI become a god together]]. After being defeated and exposed as a criminal, Luthor joins the LegionOfDoom [[Characters/JusticeLeagueSecretSociety Secret Society]] as [[DemotedToDragon Gorilla Grodd's subordinate]], only for him to quickly usurp leadership after Grodd's plan to turn mankind into apes fails. To solidify his authority, Luthor creates [[BetrayalInsurance secret contingency plans]] for each Legion member. In the series finale, when his plans accidentally revive Darkseid, Luthor and his followers team up with the Justice League to stop the New God's conquest of Earth. At the climax of battle, Luthor is able to convince Metron to lead him to the forbidden Source Wall. Despite the dangers, Luthor survives the ordeal and returns to Earth with a prize in his hand: The Anti-Life Equation. Knowing that Darkseid could not refuse the offer, Luthor is able [[TakingYouWithMe to take the Lord of Apokolips with him into the Source Wall]], thus putting an end to Darkseid's reign forever and saving the universe in the process.


* CantUnhearIt: Chances are that Creator/ClancyBrown's voice is the one you'll hear in your head when reading his lines.

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* CantUnhearIt: CantUnHearIt: Chances are that Creator/ClancyBrown's voice is the one you'll hear in your head when reading his lines.

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** Or for old schoolers, [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Stan Jones.]]


* MoralEventHorizon: While Luthor is AffablyEvil and most of his actions do not go beyond his obsession with Superman (standard villainy), he is a big candidate of this. Some of his most depraved acts are listed:

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* MoralEventHorizon: While Luthor is AffablyEvil and most of his actions do does not go beyond his obsession with Superman (standard villainy), he is a big candidate of this. Some of his most depraved acts are listed:

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* DorkAge: This was readers' general impression of Apex Lex, an incarnation that sees Luthor, a traitorous, egoist, human supremacist MagnificentBastard, willing become the loyal half-alien minion of an evil goddess. It ended with her betraying him, which somehow comes as a shock to him.


** Also speaking of presidents, the graphic novel, "Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography" had a cover based on "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump]]: The Art of the Deal."


** ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'': Lex Luthor is the mastermind behind "After Hours" and one of the craftiest supervillains in the series. After creating [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lance]] to spy on the heroes over at Stan's Place, Luthor kidnapped Creator/StanLee and replaced him with an Life Model Decoy. He intended on using Doctor Doom's time machine to fix all the mistakes the studios had made with the other villains' films. However, Luthor was surprised when they all refused to risk losing what little they had. Believing the heroes of the Marvel universe had created a culture content with remaining unambitious, Lex sought to travel back in time and prevent Stan Lee from creating Marvel Comics. After his plan was foiled by Superman, Luthor learned that the Joker had initiated "Plan Q"; a plan he had previously scrapped that led to Darkseid learning he was a fictional character. Believing Lance was the key to stopping him, Luthor recruited the Green Goblin to retrieve his head back from the heroes. Thanks to the warnings from his future self, Lex teamed up with the heroes to repair Lance and help them stop Darkseid's forces. [[TheDeterminator Managing to persevere no matter the odds]], Lex Luthor proves he still is the most ambitious criminal mind among both Marvel and DC.


* MyRealDaddy: For Bronze Age Luthor, the MadScientist with [[NobleDemon a few]] [[PetTheDog actual redeeming traits,]] it's unquestionably Creator/ElliotSMaggin. For Post-Crisis Luthor, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and CompleteMonster, it's Creator/JohnByrne. These days, he's usually portrayed as some blending of the two.

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* MyRealDaddy: For Bronze Age Luthor, the MadScientist with at least [[NobleDemon a few]] few genuinely]] [[PetTheDog actual redeeming traits,]] it's unquestionably Creator/ElliotSMaggin. For Post-Crisis Luthor, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and CompleteMonster, it's Creator/JohnByrne. These days, he's usually portrayed as some blending of the two.


* MyRealDaddy: For Bronze Age Luthor, it's unquestionably Creator/ElliotSMaggin. For Post-Crisis Luthor, it's Creator/JohnByrne. These days, he's usually portrayed as some blending of the two.

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* MyRealDaddy: For Bronze Age Luthor, the MadScientist with [[NobleDemon a few]] [[PetTheDog actual redeeming traits,]] it's unquestionably Creator/ElliotSMaggin. For Post-Crisis Luthor, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and CompleteMonster, it's Creator/JohnByrne. These days, he's usually portrayed as some blending of the two.

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* MyRealDaddy: For Bronze Age Luthor, it's unquestionably Creator/ElliotSMaggin. For Post-Crisis Luthor, it's Creator/JohnByrne. These days, he's usually portrayed as some blending of the two.


** The murderof his own father can qualify, depending on how [[AbusiveDad bad]] Lionel is portrayed as being.

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** The murderof murder of his own father can qualify, depending on how [[AbusiveDad [[AbusiveParents bad]] Lionel is portrayed as being.


* MagnificentBastard: Lex Luthor has been frustrating Superman with his scientific acumen and brilliant intellect since the 1940s, and has run the gamut from DiabolicalMastermind to MadScientist to CorruptCorporateExecutive to PresidentEvil and back, surviving every setback and always running the Man of Steel close. Firmly established as the leader of Earth's supervillain community, Luthor has led numerous incarnations of the Injustice Gang, Legion of Doom, and Secret Society of Supervillains, and has taken all-comers, emerging victorious over the likes of Brainiac, General Zod, Grodd and Vandal Savage to claim the title of Superman and one of DC Earth's most deadly villains, even briefly becoming a godlike being. Every bit as unstoppable as his archenemy, Luthor has proven time and again that his incredible mind is more than a match for Superman's physical might.
** In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', after being pardoned by the US president for his aid of stopping the Justice Lords, he finally becomes a DiabolicalMastermind like his comic book counterpart. He secretly finances [[CapeBusters Project Cadmus]] to be a constant thorn in the Justice League's side while also running a fake presidential campaign to personally rile up Superman, culminating into open warfare between the two factions. Luthor uses that conflict as a cover for his real plan: steal Cadmus technology and upload his mind in an immortal android body. When Brainiac took over his body as its new vessel, Luthor convinces the Kryptonian AI to share control and [[AGodAmI become a god together]]. After being defeated and exposed as a criminal, Luthor joins the LegionOfDoom as [[DemotedToDragon Gorilla Grodd's subordinate]], only for him to quickly usurp leadership after Grodd's plan to turn mankind into apes fails. To solidify his authority, Luthor creates [[BetrayalInsurance secret contingency plans]] for each Legion member. In the series finale, when his plans accidentally revive Darkseid, Luthor and his followers team up with the Justice League to stop the New God's conquest of Earth. At the climax of battle, Luthor is able to convince Metron to lead him to the forbidden Source Wall. Despite the dangers, Luthor survives the ordeal and returns to Earth with a prize in his hand: The Anti-Life Equation. Knowing that Darkseid could not refuse the offer, Luthor is able [[TakingYouWithMe to take the Lord of Apokolips with him into the Source Wall]], thus putting an end to Darkseid's reign forever and saving the universe in the process.
** In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', he is as charming and intelligent as ever. Forming Project Cadmus to create Superboy with his own DNA, Lex constantly stays a step of the heroes, even filling Superboy himself with doubt over his true place. Organizing a peace treaty between the countries of North and South Rhelasia, Lex manipulates events so both will [[GenghisGambit unite under the Light's guidance]] and constantly proves invaluable in assisting Vandal with the best of the Light's schemes. Upon realizing the danger of the Reach, he and Vandal help to form counter measures against them, ending the second season by [[KarmaHoudini escaping completely free of their own crimes]] and proving why Lex is always a match for any adversary.
** ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'': He is the mastermind behind "After Hours" and one of the craftiest supervillains in the series. After creating [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lance]] to spy on the heroes over at Stan's Place, Luthor kidnapped Creator/StanLee and replaced him with an Life Model Decoy. He intended on using Doctor Doom's time machine to fix all the mistakes the studios had made with the other villains' films. However, Luthor was surprised when they all refused to risk losing what little they had. Believing the heroes of the Marvel universe had created a culture content with remaining unambitious, Lex sought to travel back in time and prevent Stan Lee from creating Marvel Comics. After his plan was foiled by Superman, Luthor learned that the Joker had initiated "Plan Q"; a plan he had previously scrapped that led to Darkseid learning he was a fictional character. Believing Lance was the key to stopping him, Luthor recruited the Green Goblin to retrieve his head back from the heroes. Thanks to the warnings from his future self, Lex teamed up with the heroes to repair Lance and help them stop Darkseid's forces. [[TheDeterminator Managing to persevere no matter the odds]], Lex Luthor proves he still is the most ambitious criminal mind among both Marvel and DC.

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* MagnificentBastard: MagnificentBastard:
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Lex Luthor has been frustrating Superman with his scientific acumen and brilliant intellect since the 1940s, and has run the gamut from DiabolicalMastermind to MadScientist to CorruptCorporateExecutive to PresidentEvil and back, surviving every setback and always running the Man of Steel close. Firmly established as the leader of Earth's supervillain community, Luthor has led numerous incarnations of the Injustice Gang, Legion of Doom, and Secret Society of Supervillains, and has taken all-comers, emerging victorious over the likes of Brainiac, General Zod, Grodd and Vandal Savage to claim the title of Superman and one of DC Earth's most deadly villains, even briefly becoming a godlike being. Every bit as unstoppable as his archenemy, Luthor has proven time and again that his incredible mind is more than a match for Superman's physical might.
** In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: Dawnbreaker'', by Matt de la Peña: Lex Luthor is a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive rich young man]] visiting Smallville from Metropolis for mysterious reasons. Lex convinces young people in town (including a young Clark Kent and Lana Lang) to investigate the disappearance of Mexican immigrants in town, thinking that the powerful Mankins Corporation is responsible. After being caught flat-footed the first time he investigated a Mankins facility, he is better prepared the second time, having satellites spy on another Mankins facility, bringing a dart gun to take out guards, equipment to climb the facility's walls and camera equipment to capture footage of the Mankins Corporation's crimes. After Clark defeats the Mankins Corporation, revealing their crimes and leading to their major officials getting arrested, Clark discovers that Lex's company, Luthor Corp, bought up the Mankins Corporation's assets, with Clark unwittingly having helped Lex take down a powerful rival and [[CallForward setting up a more powerful enemy]] he will have to deal with in the future.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Lex Luthor,
after being pardoned by the US president for his aid of stopping the Justice Lords, he finally becomes a DiabolicalMastermind like his comic book counterpart. He secretly finances [[CapeBusters Project Cadmus]] to be a constant thorn in the Justice League's side while also running a fake presidential campaign to personally rile up Superman, culminating into open warfare between the two factions. Luthor uses that conflict as a cover for his real plan: steal Cadmus technology and upload his mind in an immortal android body. When Brainiac took over his body as its new vessel, Luthor convinces the Kryptonian AI to share control and [[AGodAmI become a god together]]. After being defeated and exposed as a criminal, Luthor joins the LegionOfDoom as [[DemotedToDragon Gorilla Grodd's subordinate]], only for him to quickly usurp leadership after Grodd's plan to turn mankind into apes fails. To solidify his authority, Luthor creates [[BetrayalInsurance secret contingency plans]] for each Legion member. In the series finale, when his plans accidentally revive Darkseid, Luthor and his followers team up with the Justice League to stop the New God's conquest of Earth. At the climax of battle, Luthor is able to convince Metron to lead him to the forbidden Source Wall. Despite the dangers, Luthor survives the ordeal and returns to Earth with a prize in his hand: The Anti-Life Equation. Knowing that Darkseid could not refuse the offer, Luthor is able [[TakingYouWithMe to take the Lord of Apokolips with him into the Source Wall]], thus putting an end to Darkseid's reign forever and saving the universe in the process.
** In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', he ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Lex Luthor is as charming and intelligent as ever. Forming Project Cadmus to create Superboy with his own DNA, Lex constantly stays a step of the heroes, even filling Superboy himself with doubt over his true place. Organizing a peace treaty between the countries of North and South Rhelasia, Lex manipulates events so both will [[GenghisGambit unite under the Light's guidance]] and constantly proves invaluable in assisting Vandal with the best of the Light's schemes. Upon realizing the danger of the Reach, he and Vandal help to form counter measures against them, ending the second season by [[KarmaHoudini escaping completely free of their own crimes]] and proving why Lex is always a match for any adversary.
** ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'': He Lex Luthor is the mastermind behind "After Hours" and one of the craftiest supervillains in the series. After creating [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lance]] to spy on the heroes over at Stan's Place, Luthor kidnapped Creator/StanLee and replaced him with an Life Model Decoy. He intended on using Doctor Doom's time machine to fix all the mistakes the studios had made with the other villains' films. However, Luthor was surprised when they all refused to risk losing what little they had. Believing the heroes of the Marvel universe had created a culture content with remaining unambitious, Lex sought to travel back in time and prevent Stan Lee from creating Marvel Comics. After his plan was foiled by Superman, Luthor learned that the Joker had initiated "Plan Q"; a plan he had previously scrapped that led to Darkseid learning he was a fictional character. Believing Lance was the key to stopping him, Luthor recruited the Green Goblin to retrieve his head back from the heroes. Thanks to the warnings from his future self, Lex teamed up with the heroes to repair Lance and help them stop Darkseid's forces. [[TheDeterminator Managing to persevere no matter the odds]], Lex Luthor proves he still is the most ambitious criminal mind among both Marvel and DC.


* CompleteMonster: Not usually, but it has happened.
** Various incarnations at Monster/{{Superman}} ([[ComicBook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan one]] can also be found at Monster/SpiderMan) and Monster/{{Batman}}.
** His ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse combination with ComicBook/RedSkull at Monster/DCUniverse and Monster/MarvelComics.

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* CompleteMonster: Not usually, but it has happened.
** Various incarnations at Monster/{{Superman}} ([[ComicBook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan one]] can also be found at Monster/SpiderMan) and Monster/{{Batman}}.
** His ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse combination with ComicBook/RedSkull at Monster/DCUniverse and Monster/MarvelComics.
happened. See [[Sandbox/CMIncarnationsPerCharacter here]].

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