He’s the most intelligent man on Earth. But Lex Luthor has only ever used his brilliant mind for selfish gain, and to further his own bitter vendetta against those he feels have done him wrong. A notorious sociopath and xenophobe in almost every one of his incarnations—be it scientist, businessman, or even the President of the United States—Luthor always uses his power and influence not to help mankind, but to attempt to destroy the one man on the planet who makes him feel insignificant: Superman.
Although he has no superpowers to speak of, Luthor has come closer to defeating the Man of Steel more times than any of his other adversaries. Due to his brilliant mind, his schemes nearly always come close to vanquishing Superman, until his massive ego gets in his way. No matter the situation, Luthor’s hubris is always his downfall.
Too much of the world, he’s a respectable, self-made man, the pinnacle of human achievement, due to his massive wealth and standing in the worlds of business and politics. But to Superman and the other Super Heroes of the Justice League, he’s the most dangerous man alive, and the one DC Super-Villain who is never to be underestimated.
The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Lex Luthor originally appeared in Action Comics No. 23 (cover-dated: April 1940).
POWER and ABILITIES
Lex Luthor has the physical capabilities of a normal adult human with no metahuman abilities. However, for virtually his entire publication history, he has been depicted as the most intelligent human in the DC Universe, and one of the most intelligent beings on any planet. He possesses an eidetic memory and has mastered seemingly every known form of science, including space travel, extra-dimensional travel, biochemistry, robotics, computers, synthetic polymers, communications, mutations, transportation, holography, energy generation, spectral analysis, and time travel. With the exception of the extraterrestrial entity known as Brainiac, and occasionally Batman, Luthor does not view any other being as an intellectual peer.
Whether he is a mad scientist, corrupt businessman, or both, Luthor’s ego is a defining trait in all his incarnations; he believes he is entitled to both popularity and power. While each incarnation initially wants the adoration of others and control over either Smallville or Metropolis, the goal eventually rises to control over Earth and possibly universal domination. The other desire that rivals this is his obsession to destroy Superman and humiliate the alien hero, either by displaying his own superiority by achieving victory without the benefit of being born with alien power or proving the Man of Steel is motivated by selfish desire rather than altruism.
ENEMIES & ROGUES
Lex Luthor is the arch-nemesis of Superman.
Lex Luthor commonly masterminds many villain groups. Some of these include the Legion of Doom, Injustice League, Injustice Gang, Justice League, Secret Six, Superman Revenge Squad, Secret Society of Super-Villains, Intergang, and LexCorp.