|Family|| Lionel Luthor and Lillian Luthor (parents, deceased)|
Lachlan Luthor and Eliza Luthor (paternal grandparents, deceased)
Tess Mercer (paternal half-sister)
Lucas Luthor (paternal half-brother)
Julian Luthor (brother, deceased)
Grant Gabriel ("brother", deceased)
Lex Luthor's clones and LX-13 (genetic clones, deceased)
Alexander Luthor/Conner Kent ("brother"/partial genetic clone)
|Occupation||President (United States, 2018), founder/owner (LexCorp), founder/former owner (Talon), former owner (LuthorCorp), former owner (Daily Planet)|
| Powers and|
|Genius level intelligence, skilled strategist, heightened immune system, skilled hand-to-hand combatant|
|Played By||Michael Rosenbaum|
- "I am the villain of the story." --Lex Luthor, Onyx
Alexander "Lex" Luthor is the billionaire CEO of LexCorp.
Lex decisively turned to his dark destiny after a series of events through the years: His friendship with Clark Kent went back and forth, he blackmailed Metropolis Inquisitor reporter Roger Nixon into his employ, his father/son relationship with Lionel Luthor grew deeply troubled after he became LexCorp's founder and CEO, his relationship then marriage with Helen Bryce failed, he became LuthorCorp's second CEO, his manipulative friendship with Jason Teague developed, he led various experiments with kryptonite, his race for Kansas State Senator against Jonathan Kent turned ugly, his "partnership" with Brainiac evolved, he managed various inhumane projects involving metahumans and meteor freaks, has a rivalry with Oliver Queen that turned deadly, his relationship then marriage with Lana Lang imploded, his encounters with Lois Lane worsened, he illegally cloned of his own brother Julian Luthor, purchased the Daily Planet and named himself CEO, manipulated Kara Kent, murdered his own father Lionel with his own bare hands and finally discovered Clark's secret then used the Orb to collapse the Fortress of Solitude on him and Clark.
After he had grafted his many clones' best pieces together to create his composite clone LX-Ø to which he's restored into thanks to an alternate reality Lionel Luthor's deal with Darkseid, Lex met with Clark to look forward to their destiny together as arch-nemeses. He then mortally stabbed Tess Mercer but his sister erased all of his memories using a neurotoxin.
Years later, Lex becomes the President-elect of the United States.
- "I've been bald since I was nine. I'm used to people judging me before they get to know me." - Lex, Pilot
Lex is 6 feet tall, has blue eyes and has been bald after being caught in the 1989 meteor shower. His choice in clothing is mostly consisted of well-tailored suits with the dark color themes of black, blue, purple, brown or grey. However, he occasionally wore typical style suits.
Over the years, Lex had accumulated various wounds and scars but had them fixed. When he accepted darkness, he wore dark clothing along with two black gloves and a long black leather trench coat. When he was restored into his clone, Lex had a mass amount of stitches and a damaged right hand that he covered with his typical style of clothing and a black glove.
Lex's appearance remained almost exactly the same throughout the years.
- "This is Smallville! Meteor freaks, alien ships, cryptic symbols. These threats are real. Someone had to take control. Someone has to protect the world." – Lex, to Clark, - Descent
As a child, Lex was very close and protective of his ailing mother yet fearful of his emotionally and physically abusive father. His father would criticized him harshly whenever he showed the slightest weakness. After losing his red hair thanks to the first meteor shower, Lex was teased mercilessly by other children for being bald. Despite his parents's contradicting methods, he was a quiet yet kindhearted little boy. After his mother's death, Lex became a calloused, alienated and self-destructive young man. In his young adult years, he partied hard, got arrested and was a general source of embarrassment and disappointment to his father.
But since he moved to Smallville, Lex's personality underwent many changes despite being forced to move there by Lionel. While struggling to overcome Lionel's ruthless and uncaring reputation,  Lex was honest and kind, willing to use his wealth to help others. He also stopped being self-destructive, and worked hard to become a productive, valuable citizen. While Lex occasionally showed signs of the evil man he would become, his friendship with Clark helped to keep this at bay. But the Evil within him was inescapable.
Desperately seeking the love of a family, Lex constantly sought his father's approval and was envious of Clark's relationship with his own father Jonathan Kent. He also thought of Clark as the brother he never got to have. Additionally, his romantic relationships are intense, as he married both Helen Bryce and Lana Lang after relatively short courtships. Lex has indicated that he possesses some sort of spiritual beliefs as he is well-versed in the Bible and has mentioned on more than one occasion that he prays.
With an extensive knowledge of the world and many skills in corporate business, certain sciences and efficient street skills, Lex is intelligent and intellectual, as he quotes a variety of historical figures and often uses scholarly and literary facts to illustrate his point of view. Also, Lex is an accomplished classical piano player, enjoys fast cars, scotch, chess, pool, fencing, swordsman, marksman, and an effective hand-to-hand fighter, owing his skills to years of private tuition.
After Lex became LuthorCorp's second CEO, he begun to abandon truth and justice in search of power and control, abuse his company's assets and resources to fund questionable and illegal scientific research on cloning and alien intelligence, and abandoned the company's agricultural roots and converted it into a leading military contractor, had developed prisons or laboratories on which he experimented or controlled metahumans. While Lex has killed people in the past, he became much more willing to kill or torture someone simply for making him angry or if they fail to cooperate.
While his thirst for power had become stronger and his relationship with Lana intensified, he seemed to focus more on obtaining power than Lana's difficult pregnancy (which he had faked to get Lana to marry him). Because of his thirst for power, Lex purchased the Daily Planet (Metropolis' main newspaper) and named himself CEO where he used his authority to kill stories, monitor employees's computer usage, and fire reporters.
Lex's friendships and relationships were dominated by his desire for control. He attempted to control people by offering them help, but only on his own terms. This included finding out the "truth" about people he suspects of having secrets, often investigating them without their knowledge. He couldn't abide it when people hid the truth from him, as it prevented him from achieving the control that he so greatly desired. As long as he could control someone through gifts and obligation, he would do in anything in his power to protect them. As soon as he could no longer control someone, they quickly become his enemy. Lex's desire to protect people went beyond individuals. Lex viewed himself as a great man who is on a search for truth, and who wants nothing more than to help people and humanity. He was blind to the idea that his help is purely conditional: if the person he's helping doesn't completely depend on him or reveal the entire truth about their background to him, he will turn on them completely and make them his enemy. He often blamed others for not coming to him right away with the truth, or for not asking for his protection. He had a narcissistic belief in his own importance, and saw himself as a victim: in his mind, his relationships would have been successful if only other people trusted him or came to him for protection. He was oblivious to his own role in this dynamic, and how his desire for control consistently turned friends and lovers into enemies. The people who grew to dipised him were Clark, Lana, Lois and Chloe.
Perhaps Lex's most dominant trait and the one he shares in equal measure with his comics counterpart is his incredible degree of self-obsession. Lex is apparently incapable of seeing people outside of how they relate to him and believes that many, if not all, of their actions are designed specifically to hurt him. Whilst this initially seemed to simply be a result of his upbringing and playboy lifestyle, it increasingly became his main character trait to the point that he saw everyone around him as extensions of himself, viewed his role as a leader only in terms of how it could benefit him and more or less believed that the world existed to serve his purposes. Conversely, Lex also has a serious inability to admit his mistakes and believe his actions are justified no matter how inhuman they are, to the point where he is almost incapable of accepting responsibility for his actions, often quick to blame his father or Clark for his own failings and accusing them of sabotaging him. This reaches its peak when he starts blaming others for his increasingly evil actions. Despite having accepted his destiny of becoming the tyrannical and ruthless leader his father Lionel originally raised him to be, Lex occasionally acknowlegdes the effects his thirst for power has on his ones he care about.
After having a second chance at life thanks to the alternate-reality father's deal with Darkseid, Lex had become a sociopath. However, he geniunely loved Tess Mercer. Despite having lost all of his memories thanks to Tess, Lex retained his intelligence and is seemingly still power-hungry.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Elevated Immune System: After getting caught in the 1989 meteor shower and getting exposed to green kryptonite at age nine, Lex was given a superhuman immune system; as such, he hasn't been sick ever since that day, as the kryptonite increased his white blood cell count, making him immune to common colds, fevers, viruses, and other ailments. The kryptonite is also the reason he is bald. This ability also seems to allow him to survive serious wounds (as he has been stabbed and shot on numerous occasions), and has also been knocked out dozens of times without experiencing any permanent brain damage.
- Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Lex is an expert in judo, taekwondo, boxing, swordplay and gun handling. He was able to hold his own in hand-to-hand combat against Oliver Queen.
- Intelligence: Lex's greatest asset is his high level of intellect. He is also a skilled strategist with a keen business sense, and his access to resources, advanced technology and manpower allow him to directly and indirectly hold his own against more powerful enemies, whether they be superhuman or not. He has encyclopedic knowledge of subjects in history and culture. He also is a brilliant scientist, often assiting in the creation of Lexcorp projects, expecially when they are intended to be used against Earth's heroes. Thanks to Tess using Summerholt's neurotoxin on Lex in order to erase his memories, not only is his mind healthy but that it has been operating at a higher percentage, basically making him a super-genius.
Lex was the first child of Lionel and Lillian. He attended boarding school from an early age and also frequently played with Jason Teague, Oliver Queen, and Patricia Swann the children of his parents' powerful friends, the Teagues, the Queens, and the Swanns.
In 1989, Lex was nine years old when he overheard his father's conversation with Robert Queen, Edward Teague and Virgil Swann, discussing something called Veritas. Days later, Lionel took him to Smallville on a business trip at his mother's insistence. Fatefully, they arrived on the day of the meteor shower. The meteorites cured Lex's asthma but caused him to go bald, in addition to apparently super-charging his immune system.Days after returning from the hospital after the meteor shower, Lex befriended a dark haired boy who was living in the mansion for a short period of time.
In 1991, Julian Luthor (Lex's brother) was born when Alexander was eleven years old. Their mother Lillian suffocated Julian in early infancy during a bout of severe post-partum depression. Alexander discovered the murder and took the blame, fearing his father would harm his mother but knowing he would not be harmed as he was Lionel's only remaining heir. He then repressed the memory and grew up believing that he really had killed his brother.
After the death of his mother in 1993, Lex was raised without real affection, parenting, or love. Instead, Lionel lavished Lex with money and gifts and sent him away to expensive, exclusive boarding schools. Even though his nanny Pamela Jenkins promised to stay and raise Lex, Lionel forced her to leave.
While at Excelsior Academy Preparatory School in 1996, Lex and his friend Duncan Allenmeyer were bullied by Oliver. Lex eventually turned on Duncan to gain Oliver's acceptance and beat him up so brutally, Duncan stumbled into the street and was hit by a car. Lex expressed regret at betraying Duncan but never forgave Oliver for the way he treated them. Lex graduated from Excelsior in 1998 and then went to Motropolis University but he was kicked out.
In 1999, Lex took Amanda Rothman to Club Zero knowing she would see her fiancé Jude Royce flirting with other girls. When Jude attacked Lex, Amanda shot and killed him. Lionel handled the incident in such a way that Lex's name stayed out of the papers.
Like his father, Lex graduated from Princeton with a Bachelor's degree in biochemical engineering in less than four years and was taking a break from graduate studies at Yale in 2001 when he was sent to live in Smallville to manage the LuthorCorp Fertilizer Plant Number Three.
- "After the accident, when my heart stopped. It was the most exhilarating two minutes of my life. I flew over Smallville, and for the first time, I didn't see a dead end. I saw a new beginning. Thanks to you, I have a second chance. We have a future, Clark, and I don't want anything to stand in the way of our friendship." - Lex Luthor, Pilot
On his first day in Smallville, Lex was driving on the Loeb Bridge when he lost control of his car and accidentally hit Clark Kent; they both fell into the river. Clark used his powers to save Lex from drowning, and so began their friendship and Lex's obsessive investigations. Lex developed an interest in the effects that the meteor rocks had on humans, and this interest became most dangerous to Clark when Lex finds the key to his spaceship.
As a businessman, Lex has shown himself to be both smart and generous, but not always successful. He successfully protected his employees from layoffs by finding other ways to cut expenses when profits were down, but Jonathan Kent resisted his interest in investing in the Kent Farm. Lex did, however, invest in Lana Lang's project to convert the Talon theater into a coffee shop.
He was at his most heroic this year when Earl Jenkins took hostages inside the LuthorCorp fertilizer plant. Lex entered the plant to negotiate and became a hostage in place of the others. He also actively helped find a cure to the effects of the Nicodemus flower and showed generosity when he forgave Pamela Jenkins.
Lex showed his callousness when he renewed his relationship with Victoria Hardwick as a means to an end, and showed his ruthlessness when he blackmailed Roger Nixon and later stuffed an auditor in the trunk of his car.
Despite the fact that Lex had made the plant profitable, Lionel wanted Lex in Metropolis. Lex refused to go, saying the relationships he developed in Smallville were too important to him. In response, Lex formed LexCorp and organized an employee buyout of the plant which Lionel was trying to block by buying the Smallville Savings and Loan. When the tornado hit, Lionel was injured, and Lex hesitated before saving him.
- "I've always been fighting my destiny, trying to avoid becoming my father. But we all have certain genes that, no matter how much we want to change, dominate us." - Lex Luthor, Exodus
In the wake of the tornado, Lex got his father to the hospital and approved a surgery which failed to save Lionel's eyesight. He helped Clark find Jonathan, and later saved Jonathan from being killed by Nixon by shooting the reporter with a handgun. Jonathan finally gave up his mistrust of Lex, and the two attempted to forge a positive relationship. During the summer, Lex helped Chloe Sullivan out on a story at the Daily Planet, as well as provided a means of escape when she and Pete Ross were on the run.
Lex was briefly married to Desiree Atkins while under the influence of her super pheromones. She would use his influence to turn him against Clark and close down the Talon. Lex would soon after include a policy to give Lana more authority over the Talon. During his stay at the mansion, Lionel had been insisting and approving for accommodations to compensate for his blindness to Lex's dismay. Meanwhile, he helped Jonathan find Clark when he ran away from home. Later, Lex told Lionel that he refused to give him self pity and removed his changes to the office.
When Rachel Dunleavy (Lucas' mother) arrived in town claiming to be Clark's biological mother, Lex thought that Clark was his brother, but it turned out to be false. Lex and Lionel also fought over control of the Kawatche Caves. When Lex met Mayor William Tate, discovered him to be corrupt, and supported his opponent in the next election. He also ensured that the Kents would have custody over Ryan when it was discovered that he was being held under observation at Summerholt.
Lex and Helen Bryce met at the hospital after Jonathan broke his leg. Though she is hesitant to enter a relationship as she remembered a previous encounter at Metropolis ER. They broke up when Lex suspected Helen of spying on him, but they worked it out and got back together. Lex spent a good deal of the year trying to protect LexCorp from his father's attempts to acquire it. He later discovered that Lionel bugged the mansion, and attempted to bug LuthorCorp.
Lionel was later shot after his takeover of LexCorp with Lex being one of the suspects. Afterward, Lex left Metropolis to meet Malcolm Barnes (a friend from prep school), as he claimed to have made a breakthrough on the cave's hieroglyphics. When he arrived, Malcolm was discovered to be dead, with notes that claimed Lex to be the killer. He was eventually apprehended by the FBI and informed that his Swiss bank account is emptied. With Clark's help, he managed to retreat and decided to visit Lionel with the intent to shoot him.
Lionel was accused of his account being stolen, only to discover that the money was still there until a recent withdrawal was made. Lex was then escorted out by security, only to discover that the guards were FBI Agents, prompting him to escape. He get a Taxi ride only to discover that the driver was the cop who discovered Malcolm's death. After evading a gunfire, Lex discovered that the FBI Agents were all hired actors, with Malcolm behind the charade.
The intent was for Lex to be arrested for killing Lionel, so that his employer would get control of LuthorCorp while he would get the contents of Lex's bank account. The employer was revealed to be Dominic Sanatori, whom Lex met up with in his limo. Lex declared war on Dominic, and then pushed him out of the limo (which was traveling at 40 miles per hour). When his long-lost half-brother Lucas Luthor and Lionel kicked Lex out of the mansion, Lex stayed with the Kents and did chores around the farm. Afterwards, Lex finally secured his company again with the help of Lucas.
Helen gave up a fellowship and moved into the mansion with Lex. He made a great leap forward and showed real trust when he shared with Helen his room of obsessions. When an ex-boyfriend showed up in Smallville and beat her within an inch of her life, he very nearly killed him, but it was his love for her that pulled him back from the edge. That's when he decided to propose to her. During this time, he helped Lana to learn how to fight after she was attacked at the Talon.
Lex invited Jonathan and Martha Kent to the wedding rehearsal dinner for Lex and Helen, with Jonathan standing in for Lionel. They broke up again, when she learned that he stole something from her office, but Lex managed to dig deep and beg forgiveness. They were finally married, but while flying to their honeymoon, something went terribly wrong. Lex woke up to find the plane empty and crashing.
- "There's so much of my own life I can't explain. I've survived countless brushes with death, and it all started with this car crash. If I'm guilty of anything, it's that I've inherited my father's eccentric curiosity for the unexplained." – Lex Luthor, Covenant
Lex managed to survive the crash and ended up on a deserted island where he spent over three months. In the island, Lex met Louis Leery Jr., an insane individual that thwarted all his attempts to be rescued. When the man attacked Lex and chased him, Lex hacked Louis to death with a machete minutes earlier of being rescued. Lex was shocked to learn that there hadn't been anyone else on the island and that he had a breakdown while on the island and imagined the whole incident; it was all a manifestation of Lex's own hatred of his father and his struggle with his humanity.
When he returned to Metropolis, Lex confronted Lionel at LuthorCorp accusing him of setting him up to die. Lionel told Lex that it was Helen who had tried to murder him, but Lex refused to believe him. After learned that Helen had lied to everyone about the circumstances of the crash, Lex planned his revenge. When they went on yet another plane ride to try to rekindle their marriage, Lex confronted Helen, revealing that she had been working for his father to spy on him after all, but that she'd decided to kill him instead, against Lionel's wishes. After Lex finished telling Helen what he knew, she pulled a gun on him. Lex fought with Helen over the gun and in the struggle the gun went off and the pilot was killed. Lex fought to get control of the plane, and while he did so, Helen escaped via parachute and was never seen again. Lex decided to try and get along better with his father and accept his destiny as a Luthor. He told his father, "If I were anyone else's son, I would have died on that island. If I keep my pride in check, I know there's a lot more I could learn from you.". He and his father agreed to run LuthorCorp together and work on their relationship.
Lex continued to want nothing more than to have a real family with his father, and later admitted to Chloe that all he wanted was for his father to love him. To ensure that Lex was psychologically fit to remain employed, Lionel requested that Lex submits to five therapy sessions, to which Lex eventually agreed to. Lex has his five sessions with Claire Foster. Due to his refusal to go into personal traumas, she suggested that Lex continue with more sessions. He refused to continue his therapy until he lost his temper and threatened Perry White.
During the course of the battle of wills between Lex and Lionel, Chloe uncovered evidence that Lionel had murdered his parents for the insurance money needed to start LuthorCorp. During his current therapy session, Lex described his time on the island and his encounter with Louis. His hesitation to bring up Louis stemmed from being afraid to confront his own darkness. Without Lex's knowledge, Claire called Lionel to mention that the childhood incident wasn't so isolated.
In an effort to get out from under his father's thumb once and for all, Lex went to the police with the information found by Chloe, but Lionel had learned of Lex's plan and had him drugged to make people believe that Lex was insane. Morgan Edge was in on Lionel's plan. While under the effects of the drugs, Lex witnessed Clark's abilities. Lex found himself in Belle Reve, where he was counseled with the other patients and given his daily medication. He insisted that the only reason he was there was due to Lionel trying to silence him.
After criticism from the other patients, Lex then went along with everybody in claiming that he was insane. During his time, he reflected on his discovery of Clark's abilities. He envisioned Clark freeing him and going with him to take revenge on Lionel. After a while he realized that all he wanted was to exploit Clark, and then vowed to become a more trustworthy friend.
When Clark came to visit, Lex assured him that he kept the secret to himself. He requested for Clark to break him out, only to make a failed escape attempt. To prevent Lex from telling anyone else about his past or trying to stop him, Lionel requested that Lex be given electroshock therapy, which completely erased the seven weeks of his life. Later, Lex went to Dr. Lawrence Garner, seeking his help in regaining his memories. He underwent an experiment process which involved being lowered into a tank of liquefied kryptonite. Although he didn't regain memory of the past seven weeks of his life, Lex did regain his true memories of his younger brother's death at the hands of his mother years previously.
Later, Lex was informed by Chloe of his grandparents' murder at the hands of his father and Edge, and got the information to the FBI. As the year ended, Lex's room about Clark was found out by Clark. Clark, angered and hurt over the fact that Lex had been investigating him all of his life, ended their friendship. Though he was arrested by the FBI, Lionel proved to be especially brutal and tried to poison Lex in retaliation.
- "Can you hear me, dad? Before you leave this Earth, I want you to know... you did create the son you always wanted." – Lex Luthor, Commencement
Apparently, Lex's incredible immune system saved him from dying but still required blood filtration every 72 hours for sometime to flush out the toxins. His immune system eventually fully cure him. With Lionel in jail, Lex decided to continue one of his father's projects: search for the Kryptonian Stones of Power.
After Lex hired General Sam Lane's services to help to protect the lives of Chloe and her father from Lionel, Lex asked Clark for a second chance, and they reestablished their friendship. Lex continued to help Clark, especially helping Lois Lane so she can go back to college and can be moved from the Kent Farm.Lex bought a manuscript that contained a hidden map that led to one of the Stones of Power, and also discovered that family friend Genevieve Teague had been searching for the stones and Countess Margaret Isobel Thoreaux, an ancestor of Lana's, was also searching for them. He continued taking charge of his father's projects, including a prestigious boy from the Balkans area Mikhail Mxyzptlk, and starting his own research on people with special abilities.
After altering LuthorCorp's company database where only he knows the codes, Lex visits Lionel. Unknown to Lex, Lionel tries to switch bodies with Lex but switch bodies with Clark. When "Clark" goes to Lex to force out his money. Through his words and actions, Lex realizes that "Clark" is really Lionel as he forces the life out of him but Martha shows up and subdues "Clark" with a meteor rock. After Clark and Lionel transfer back into their rightful bodies, Lex wasn't sure if it was Clark and threatens him with a gun while asking Clark something only he could answer. Afterwards, Clark asks him to help get Edgar Cole out of prison. Unconsciously, Lex also began to develop some attraction toward Lana and after learning about her relationship with the highschool coach Jason Teague, managed to get him fired causing a tear in his relationship with Lana.Lex tried to fix his relationship with Lana, especially after that Clark start to distrust about the real objectives of Lex, and then hired Jason to help him to research on the Stones of Power. When Lionel was released from prison Lex was unimpressed with Lionel's moral makeover and then accepts the offer of Genevieve Teague to team up on the search of the stones before Lionel could find them. This caused that Jason start to questioned Lex's job offer, but after Lex tries to convince Jason that his mother maybe the cause for the Countess's possession of Lana, he assignment him to learn how much Genevieve and Lana know about the Countess. Lex and Jason went to China, in the searched for one of the mysterious Kryptonian crystals but they were arrested and interrogated by Chinese guards, and had to be saved by Clark and Lana.
When conducting an experiment on meteor rock, the mineral turned black, which split Lex into two beings, one good and one evil. The evil half imprisoned the good half in the Luthor Mansion's wine cellar and began his rampage by threatening Lana to move in with him, tempting Lionel to return to his old ruthless ways, trying to kill Clark and Chloe, and force Clark to use his powers to bring the world to its knees. Fortunately, Clark was able to use black kryptonite to recombine the two halves.
After a body was found partially buried on the grounds of the Luthor Mansion, Lex took care of the body thinking that he would be blamed from the murder, unknowing that was Jason who helped his mother kill Dr. Bridgette Crosby in order to frame Lex and obtain one of the stones.
Ultimately, Lex and Lionel are kidnapped by the Teagues and held hostage in a cabin in order to discover the location of the last stone. They tortured Lex to try and get the location of the Crystal of Water but Lionel lied, saying that he sent it to Lana. Genevieve went to Lana's to find it, leaving Lex and Lionel under Jason's watch. They managed to get loose and tried to escape but Jason chased them into the woods. Then Lex cornered him on a cliff over a river. Jason started to say something about Clark when Lionel appeared and shot him, and Jason fell off the cliff before he could reveal his information to Lex.
After learning that Lana and Lionel each had a stone, Lex tried to get ahold of them, but they were both eventually taken by Clark. Angered, even when he found his office a mess with Chloe there, he figured that Clark was in the mix of all it. Incredibly obsessed and notwithstanding the impending second meteor shower, Lex dragged Chloe along with him to the Kawatche Caves to find Clark, but was knocked unconscious by Chloe.
- "Do you know what's the secret of living happily ever after is? Power. Money and power. See, once you have those things you can secure anything else and keep it that way. " – Lex Luthor, Lexmas
After the second meteor shower, Lex became the son that Lionel had always wanted. He became obsessive and controlling and never let anything slip by him. At first, Lex had broken all ties to his friends, including Clark.
He started working on projects that would prove to be dangerous to others, such as Leviathan and Project 1138. Lex even decided to run for State Senator. Besides hiding the information about keeping the Black Ship from everyone, he told Lana that the black ship may be the key to the meteor showers and the strange happenings around Smallville.
On Christmas Eve, Lex was given an envelope containing damaging information that would destroy Jonathan's life and had to decide whether to use it as it would also bring harm to Clark and Martha. Before he could decide what to do, Lex got shot and fell into a coma. He dreamed that his mother visited him and showed him the life he could lead if he walked away from his father and LuthorCorp. In this alternate life, Lex was happily married to Lana with their son Alex and their daughter Lily on the way. After Lex dropped out the race, Jonathan became Senator and years later, in that reality, he gave Lex an award. Lex also learned that Clark and Chloe had gotten together and were working at the Daily Planet as reporters. However, he was separated from his father, the power, and the money that came with it. When Lana gave birth to Lily, she died after losing large amounts of blood. Disappointed of how life was in that reality, Lex continued his ambition to become Senator and defeating Jonathan.
About a month later, Lex and Lana were held captive by two crazed deputies who demanded to know where the black ship was (as It had disappeared following Clark defeating Brainiac). Lex was shot and almost bled to death. Lana remained by his side and the ordeal brought them closer.
Lex lost the senatorial race to Jonathan. Lex later attended Jonathan's funeral.
Some time later, Lex discovered Simone, a petty shoplifter with a stone that could hypnotize other people to do her bidding, and used her to break up Clark and Lana, and discover Clark's secret. Though Simone did manage to break the couple up, she betrayed Lex by using Clark to her own advantages. Lex used his resources to find Milton Fine in Honduras, and was led to believe that Fine was a government agent for the U.S. State Department who was investigating the recent meteor shower. Once Lex returned home, Simone sent Clark to kill him. When Chloe tried to stop Clark, Simone used her stone to hypnotize Lex and commanded him to kill Chloe. However, Chloe wrestled the gun from Simone and the gun went off; Simone was hit in the chest and the gem was destroyed.
When Lex was injected with the Limbo drug while trying to save Lana, he died and awoke in the afterlife where he encountered his mother. Lillian told Lex how disgusted she was with him for not taking her advice, and told him that, by going down his current path of darkness, he would become a murderer.
Lex and Lana began seeing each other, and Lex was attacked by Graham Garrett. When Graham attacked him and Lana at the Smallville Medical Center, Lex shot Graham dead (but was unknowingly saved by Clark).
Lex let Lana in on his plans with the virus he had been developing for Fine, but knew he could not trust Fine with what he had planned so he developed a vaccine for Fine's deadly virus. To stop him from carrying out any further, Lana told Lex about the meteor rocks which could weaken beings like the Disciples of Zod. However, Fine injected Lex with the vaccine, and shortly after, Lex developed accelerated healing.Later, Lex was abducted by Brainiac and given Kryptonian powers. He was later returned and confronted by Lionel, whom he threw against a car with his newfound super-strength. Lex shared his powers with Lana and told her to meet him on the roof of LuthorCorp in Metropolis. Unknown to Lex, he was chosen to be the vessel for General Zod, and Clark was told by Jor-El that he had to kill Lex in order to prevent Zod's return. Lex confronted Clark at the Kent Farm and told him that this was a new step in his destiny, now that he had Lana at his side. He then attacked with his Kryptonian abilities, and Clark reacted to it, letting Lex know that he had the powers as he did. After a brief but intense fight, Clark defeated Lex and prepared to stab Lex with a Kryptonian dagger. However, he could not bring himself to kill Lex, and instead hurled the dagger at Brainiac, who used the dagger to gain access to the Fortress of Solitude and open the portal for Zod. When Zod possessed his body, Lex's spirit became dormant and seemed to be "dead". After trapping Clark in the Phantom Zone, Zod posed as Lex for the time being, overseeing the destruction happening around Metropolis. Lana met him on the roof of LuthorCorp, and he kissed her.
- "Lana, with the life I've led, I go to bed praying every night that I don't get what I deserve." – Lex Luthor, Hydro
Lex managed to get free from Zod when Clark returned from the Phantom Zone and used the Crystal of El to separate Zod's spirit from Lex's body, restoring Lex back to normal with no recollection of the destruction he caused while possessed by Zod, other than what Lana told him.
Lex had Lana move into the Luthor Mansion due to Metropolis University's dorms being closed. Shortly after, he was kidnapped by Orlando Block. Block threatened Lex until he told him about a serum that would supposedly endow a person with superhuman strength, and brought in Lana to be the test subject. Luckily, Lex got loose and killed Block. However, the laboratory caught fire, but Clark secretly put it out and Lex and Lana were saved.
Lex hosted a charity costume ball to raise money for the families and victims of Dark Thursday, and consummated his relationship with Lana. Later, he enlisted Lionel's help in testing Lana's loyalty about their decision with the Kryptonian black box. Lex later encountered his old classmate Oliver Queen at their Excelsior Academy class reunion, and he had to come to terms with the events that happened years ago. Shortly after, Oliver's old friends were killed in violent and mysterious accidents that pointed to Duncan Allenmeyer.
Lex was confronted by Jimmy Olsen with evidence of his meeting with Dr. Groll to discuss the Kryptonian black box and had Jimmy fired from the Daily Planet. Lana grew tired of Lex's obsession with the box and gave Lex an ultimatum: the box or her. When the box was destroyed by the Zoner Baern, Lex chose Lana, but she suspected that he only chose her by default.
Lex was shot with an arrow by the Green Arrow. As Lex lay dying, Clark gave him a healing drug to save his life. In one of his lowest moves, Lex seemingly had the maker of the drug murdered and had a teenager from the Halfway House blamed for it. As all of this was going on, Lana learned that she was pregnant. Feeling that her relationship with Lex had begun to go downhill because of Lex's dishonesty and mistrust, Lana seemed devastated by the pregnancy.
Lex got stuck in a different "frequency" of reality by Bronson, a patient from Level 33.1. He was unable to be seen or heard by anyone, unless by radio. While Lex was in a different frequency, Lana told him she was pregnant, and after he stopped Bronson, Lex asked her to marry him. However, he didn't want to pressure Lana into an answer and waited several weeks for her to respond. Lana confessed to Chloe that something about Lex made her hesitate, and she still had feelings for Clark. When Lana's comments were published in the gossip column of the Daily Planet by Linda Lake, Lex had to face the reason for Lana's hesitation. However, Lana chose to resolve her feelings for Clark and accept Lex's proposal.
Clark and Lois, both infected with an aphrodisiac made with red kryptonite, burst in and disrupted Lex and Lana's engagement party. When Clark grabbed Lana and took her to the Kent Farm, Lex came after him with a gun. Clark knocked the gun out of his hand and tried to strangle Lex, until Lex grabbed a chisel and tried to stab him at the same time Martha disabled Clark with a meteor rock. When Lana feared she was being stalked, Lex did all he could to ensure her safety, but was angered by Lana's decision to hide out at the Kent Farm. He hand-delivered Clark a wedding invitation so that Clark could see what he lost. Lex worked with Dr. Robert Bethany to manipulate Tobias Rice into identifying meteor-infected people. He supervised the kidnapping and experimentation of Chloe.
On his wedding day, Lex confessed to Lionel that he was afraid Lana would not show up. That same day, Dr. Langston (Lana's obstetrician) attempted to blackmail Lex and threatened to tell Lana every detail of her pregnancy. In a fit of rage, Lex accidentally murdered Langston, but Lionel found out and berated him for doing such a sloppy job of cleaning up his messes. Due to Lionel's coercion, Lana did indeed show up and she and Lex were married on February 24, 2007.
A week after the wedding, Lana miscarried and fell into a deep depression. Lex seemed concerned for Lana's health and state of mind, but he was seen burning her medical files. Lana continued to pull away and when she was hospitalized again, she learned that her pregnancy was faked due to synthetic hormone injections. She believed Lex to be responsible, but did not confront him and continued to pretend to be his devoted wife. Lex became increasingly preoccupied with his Level 33.1 project.
He obtained the extraterrestrial body of the fighter Titan and had Moira Sullivan transferred, he administered a drug that brought her out of her catatonic state. She was able to control her daughter Chloe to steal a flash drive from Lex, so Lex manipulated Moira by kidnapping Chloe too. Under her mother's mind control, Chloe shot Lex in the face, but Clark arrived in time to save Lex and rescue Chloe and her mother. Chloe attempted to write an article exposing Lex's project, but he calmly threatened to have her thrown in jail or killed, also possibly hinting to keep her in 33.1.
Lex was trapped in an underground tunnel by Jodi Keenan. At Lionel's request, Clark attempted to save him but was also trapped by the green meteor rock lining the tunnels' walls. While attempting to escape, Lex and Clark analyzed the breakdown of their friendship and Clark revealed that Lana was going to leave him. However, they realized that they would only be safe if they helped each other. When Clark was trapped under rubble, Lex freed him. They managed to escape through a ladder leading up to the surface. The purpose of the tunnels was revealed to be an underground laboratory leading to Reeves Dam for Project Ares which had just completed its first prototype: Wes Keenan.
Using Titan's alien DNA of, Lex turned Keenan into a super soldier with many different meteor powers and tested him in the tunnels. Lex met with Senator Ed Burke to inform him the progress of Project Ares, but Burke wanted it canceled, threatening to release incriminating evidence about LuthorCorp. Lex used Wes to kill the senator, but Wes unexpectedly ran into Lois and was able to circumvent his programming. Lex was unable to regain control of Wes before he battled Clark. Wes was badly damaged and chose to die rather than be under Lex's control. Lex studied Wes' body but was unsatisfied with his results.
Lex decided that Project Ares would only be successful with a living DNA donor and began to track the last loose Phantom Zone wraith Bizarro. When Lana decided to leave Lex, he assumed that Clark had finally come between them. Lana maintained that his betrayal over the fake pregnancy was the real reason and declared that he would have to kill her to keep her. Lex claimed to not know anything about the scam and slapped Lana across the face, thus putting an end to their short and turbulent marriage. Bizarro was apprehended in the body of a young boy but Lex and his team lost control. Lex narrowly escaped death but while fleeing Reeves Dam, he was arrested for Lana's murder.
- "It's my birthright! After all my sacrifices, after all the pain, I finally understand. I was being prepared for a much greater destiny. Everything led me to this moment." – Lex Luthor to Clark Kent, Arctic
As the dam was about to burst, Lex watched as the water washed the police car he was in. Fighting to stay alive, Lex saw an angelic girl in the river, and she later saved him by bringing him to shore. Lex managed to catch a glimpse of her before she flew off. Lex was found later and decided to turn himself in. Lex was approached by Bizarro in need of finding Clark and killing him. Lex confessed and was incarcerated. Lex willingly went to jail for Lana's murder for a short time, until someone else confessed.
Lex was released because Lionel paid a terminally-ill employee from LuthorCorp to confess to the crime. Lex believed Lana was not really dead and questioned Chloe, but she had nothing to say to him. Lex hired private investigators to use voice-recognition software on cellular phone lines and Lana was located in Shanghai, China. Lex subsequently tracked Lana down and confronted her and she revealed that she discovered his experimental clone he had produced and used it to frame him. She claimed she allowed herself to be found and tried to shoot him but was unable to pull the trigger. Lex was resigned and apologetic for victimizing her and informed her that she could come back to Smallville and divorce him with no resistance from him.
Lex began working with Dr. Curtis Knox on a way to cure metahumans. Lex started questioning Knox's experimentation of using their organs and discovered that he was killing his patients. Knox almost killed Lex but he was saved by Clark. Lex then helped Clark locate Knox's latest victim, Chloe, before Knox killed her.
When the movie version of "Warrior Angel" came to Smallville, Clark went to Lex for help when crazed fan Ben Meyers tried to kill the movie's leading lady. Lex used his extensive "Warrior Angel" comic collection and knowledge to help Clark figure out the fan's motives. Lex later confronted Ben and asked him what he knew about Clark's secret, but Ben would not tell him anything.
Lex was revealed to be responsible for making Grant Gabriel an editor at the Daily Planet. He told Grant to break off the relationship he had with Lois. Although Grant said that he was Julian Luthor, it was later revealed that he was actually a clone of Julian when Adrian Cross used Lois to expose Project Gemini. He also revealed that he had purchased the Daily Planet.
After it was revealed Lex cloned his deceased brother to have someone to love him and to be a companion, he had warned Gabriel to stay away from Lionel, under the guise that Lionel would reject and hate Gabriel. Instead, Gabriel, resentful of Lex's control of his life and how he was created confronted Lionel with what his son had done. Instead, to Gabriel's amazement, Lionel, while truly repulsed by what Lex did, nonetheless didn't hold it against Gabriel and actually accepted him as his son. After learning that Grant went to Lionel and that Lionel knew about him and to his hurt Lionel prefered "Julian" over Lex despite being repulsed at Lex for creating him. Later, Lex tried to force the two to stay away from each other by warning Gabriel to do so and firing him from the editor position at the Daily Planet. However, when neither obeyed, Lex felt that he was forced to have Grant assassinated, not being able to stand that Lionel loved him more than him. He had an assassin pose as a mugger to rob them. The assassin shot Gabriel in front of Lionel, and he died in Lionel's arms. The assassin text messaged Lex that the job was done. Lex, in numb shock, walked to his patio in the rain and screamed skyward in grief and loneliness over what he had done.
Lex received the DVD that had incriminating information on it from Black Canary. He payed her and offered more for her if she brought in Green Arrow. Once Black Canary appeared, knowing he tricked her, Lex shot her and forced her to tell him about the Green Arrow, only to start an intense fight with the heroic, green archer. He later got stabbed by a dagger from the Black Canary, as he watched both of them leave.
Lex and Lois had managed to track Kara Kent down into Detroit, Michigan. To save both Lois and Kara, he shot Finley; unfortunately, Lex ended up with a bullet in the head. However, he was healed and saved by Chloe. Lex managed to bring Kara back to Smallville to try to regain her memory and discover the Kent family secret.
Lex had the computers in the Daily Planet, especially Chloe's, connected to his so he could see what they were doing. Lex used blackmail to get Pete to steal Kara's Kryptonian bracelet from Lionel's vault in return for protecting Chloe's secret as a metahuman. When Pete returned, Lex started torturing Pete about the bracelet. After getting knocked out by Clark, he was talking to his assistant about the first meteor shower when Kara came into the room to ask if she could stay with him since she couldn't trust Clark and Lana anymore.
Lex planned to get Kara's memory returned so he could have answers to the questions that plagued him. He later met his childhood friend Patricia Swann, who informed him about Veritas. Lex later demanded to be told about Veritas, but Lionel did not give in. Lex had a hand in the assassination of Patricia as he had her necklace. He later remembered a memory in which his father is meeting with the secret Veritas society.
After Lionel returned to his office, Lex questioned his father about Veritas and the reason they were in Smallville on the day of the meteor shower. He then stole his Veritas key and later pushed his father out of his office window. When the authorities came, Lex made up a story about hearing him fall to his death outside of his office. Somewhat overwrought with guilt, Lex saw his childhood personality Alexander questioning him about what he had done. He then later returned to the mansion, and remembering every trip he went on with his father, as he told a story to his assistant. Lex found a Veritas key in Chloe's desk at the Daily Planet, and had her fired. As he found Clark in the mansion, the two had a heated discussion and argument about their friendship and their own fathers. While he was being tortured with guilt by his childhood personality, Lex did away with it, for he claimed it made him weak. Lex made Lionel's funeral cut down to only one participant, him but Clark payed his respects anyway.
As he was ready to fly over to Zurich, Lex was halted by one of his security men who told him that there was a problem between him and the government, but Lex managed to make it to Zurich where he opened the Veritas safety deposit box and found a strange cryptograph. When Chloe was in danger by the government, Lex came to the rescue and ended the investigation for Jimmy. Lex reminded Jimmy that because he thought of Jimmy and the Daily Planet employees were like family to him, family should help each other out when needed.
Lex offered Clark his help with saving Lana, but neither one could do anything.
As Lex had one of North America’s greatest cryptographers examining the Veritas map, he felt impatient with him and was forced to have the man examine it in his laboratory. After he left, Lex was attacked and had Kryptonian symbols carved into his chest. Lex later awakened to find himself in the hospital with the symbol on his chest. He then went to the cryptographer and killed his attacker. Lex learned from the cryptographer about the maker of the map and its possible location in Montreal. Lex had found the clock, placed the map inside it as it played a familiar melody to Lex, and released a black Kryptonian pentagon piece. He was then confronted by Edward Teague and the two fought over the secret of the Traveler and the Destroyer. After returning home, Lex put the clues together he had gathered about Veritas and discovered a device placed in the chimney of the Luthor Mansion. Bringing the pentagon piece and device together, showed an image of the Earth and exact coordinates to a certain point placed deep into the Arctic Circle.
As he was searching for a specific location in the Arctic, Lex had Jimmy keep Lois occupied with a fake story as he threatened to put Chloe in jail. Brainiac (posing as Kara) told Lex that he was meant to destroy the Traveler (Clark) to protect the Earth. Lex then left for the Arctic and had the Department of Domestic Security go after Chloe when Jimmy failed to do his bidding. Lex then arrived in the Fortress of Solitude, with Clark arriving shortly after. The two had a brief confrontation, then Lex placed the Control Device in the console of the Fortress, and the Fortress started crumbling down on them with him and Clark inside.
- "Clark Kent and Lana Lang, welcome to your destiny. You've destroyed me in every way, so now I'm going to take away what matters most to you." - Lex Luthor, Requiem
After the Fortress's collapse, Lex went missing and was presumed dead. Lex knew that in case he didn't return from the Arctic, he had to pick someone to run LuthorCorp so he appointed Tess Mercer as his successor. Under the guise of "X" and while in hiding to recover from his injuries, Lex had his people steal the Crystal of Knowledge from Tess and he sent the device to Clark. He mailed it to the Kent Farm as part of a trap which sent Clark and Lois into the Phantom Zone. Through his cameras, Lex was viewing Chloe and Jimmy's wedding.
After the cameras that Lex had implanted within Tess behind both of her eyes when he rescued her from an accident a couple of years ago and was using her as his eyes and ears was discovered, Tess used a device to block Lex's transmissions. When Project Prometheus was stolen by Lana, Lex sent Regan Matthews to locate it and return the research back to him so that he could control the project but Regan was killed by Tess.
Still using view screens and cameras, Lex relied on life support through tubes and breathing machines and his face was partially scarred and wore a kryptonite ring with an L insignia. He used Winslow Schott to assist him in his revenge. Wanting revenge, Lex killed all of his previous staff when he attempted to murder Oliver. Watching a view screen connected from Schott's puppet eye, he monitored Schott's setup of a meteor-rock bomb on the roof of the Daily Planet. Knowing Lana had stolen his Prometheus suit, he set Clark and Lana up so that she would have to absorb the meteor rock to diffuse the bomb, and as a result, never be able to go near Clark again. Just when Clark was about to confront Lex, a toy bomb of Schott's that Oliver put there caused a nasty truck explosion with Lex inside, possibly killing him. Lex's apparent remains from the charred truck were later scattered by Clark.
- "Although Lex Luthor is your ultimate opponent, you will triumph over him." - Doctor Fate, Absolute Justice, Part 2
Sometime later, Lex was hallucinated in Oliver's reflection. More time later, Lex was mentioned by Doctor Fate as Clark's ultimate opponent in the future, but assured him that he would one day finally triumph over Lex. Clark questioned this, believing Lex had been killed to which Doctor Fate did not respond.
- "Our story hasn't been written yet, Kal-El. And every villain is only as great as his hero. But, you see, that all relies on you saving us from the coming Apokolips." - Lex Luthor to Clark Kent, Finale, Part 2
While in a spiritual cornfield, Lex was seen amongst the stalks of corn by Clark. He then disappeared while Clark returned to life. Afterwards, Clark and Tess was discovered Lex used Cadmus Labs to create many clones of himself with the intent to use their body parts to heal his own injuries.
Unknown to anyone for some time, Lex took his failed clones' best pieces to create his composite clone LX-Ø. Unfortunately, he was unable to successfully duplicate a heart at the time. After Lex's “masterwork” is discovered by a Lionel Luthor of an alternate reality, Lionel's biomedical research company tried to locate Conner Kent for a heart to give LX-Ø but Tess's efforts to hide Conner forced Lionel to decide to use Tess as a last resort.While Apokolips was approaching the Earth, and after Tess escaped and shot Lionel for planning on using her heart to revitalize Lex, Lionel desperately crawled toward Lex to which Lionel and Darkseid made an exchange: Darkseid would give Lionel's heart to Lex while Lionel surrendered his own soul to Darkseid in the process. Completely restored, Lex noticed the alternate-Lionel's change of heart and met with Clark at the Luthor Mansion's remains. Lex told Clark that he embraced his destiny as Clark's nemesis. He was then able to encourage Clark to go fight Darkseid, saying that Clark couldn't defeat Darkseid but they both knew who could; Clark then departed, apologizing to Lex for having failed to save him. Lex later arrived at LuthorCorp and confronted Tess, revealing he knew that she was his sister all along and the fact that she shot the alternate-Lionel (only wanting Lex back). He told her he loved her and the two siblings embraced. Subsequently, Lex stabbed Tess with a long blade. As Tess died, Lex said he was saving her from becoming him, to which she said Clark already has. Tess then rubbed Summerholt's neurotoxin on his face, which interfered with his memory. She told him he had 30 seconds until his memories were wiped. He forgot everything that happened throughout his life in Smallville. Lex looked out of the office window at the coming Apokolips while its chaotic damage destroyed the LuthorCorp logo, leaving behind LexCorp in its place.
Season ElevenEditSix months after the events of Contact, Lex had gained control of LuthorCorp and all of its assets, renaming it LexCorp. He routinely watches Superman's flight above the city. He works with General Sam Lane. Lex thinks that Superman is a serious danger for Earth. Later, he met Clark on the street. Lex introduced himself to Clark, because he doesn't remember Clark. Lex only knows him from the press video clips that they were friends when they were young. He hardly recognized Clark. Clark is surprised that Lex knows that they knew each other years ago. Lex doesn't understand how they could ever be friends. Clark responded with "As you said, we were younger." When Clark suddenly disappears, he sees his sister Tess. Lex reveals to Clark he sold the Daily Planet because he feels that the newspaper has become more tabloid than news source.
Sometime later, Lex undergoes an MRI at Met Gen. The Doctor informs him that Lex's mind has been operating at a higher percentage since the Neuro-Toxin erased his memories. Lex ask why he has beeen seeing hallucinations of Tess, and the Doctor suggest he see a Therapist and says the psychological toll of Tess's suicide must be affecting him. Then, Tess appears behind him. She mocks his unwillingness to reveal the truth about her death, and he ask if she is a ghost. She recounts her death months before and admits she's not a ghost. Lex pushes her against the wall and ask what she is. Tess tells him he could get the answers he wants if he would stop worrying about Superman's potential as a threat. Lex tells her that Superman is a threat, and Otis interrupts, and ask if he should delay the press conference in order to research the Neuro-Toxin, but Lex refuses to delay the conference.
At the conference, Lex begins his speech but is interrupted by Lois. Lois asks him where he disappeared to after he was declared dead and before Tess's death. Lex angrily assures the public that he has not forgotten about Tess, and that he exiled himself from the outside world as a way of escaping the Luthor legacy. He then claims that he only returned because Tess called him before committing suicide and the guilt of her death convinced him to recreate the Luthor image. Clark shows up and whispers to Lois that they both know Lex killed Tess, but can't do anything without proof. Lex then begins criticizing Superman and the Justice League, claiming they have failed to protect humanity and now the world is in more danger than ever. He announces the Guardian orbital defense platforms as a means of protection and the public is impressed, save for Lois and Clark. She ask who will pilot the Shuttle to bring the satellites into orbit on such short notice, and Lex introduces the pilot, Commander Hank Henshaw.
50 Miles outside of Metropolis, 10 hours before flight, Lex watches the LuthorCorp shuttle in the distance, Oliver angrily confronts him, and warns him that the military will shut down his project, and that they knows just what he's capable of. Lex counters, asking if Oliver ever considered the military won't stop because of it. Oliver then counters, saying he knows what Lex is capable of, to which Lex claims he doesn't know, because of the loss of his memories. Oliver questions Lex on Tess's suicide, and Lex justifies it, claiming LuthorCorp's decline and the world almost ending caused her to do it.
Oliver denies his claims, and threatens to reveal that Lex killed Tess. Lex counters asking what would happen if he revealed Oliver was building a secret moon base for his team. Lex then ask Oliver about their friendship as teenagers, which Lex claims he's glad to have forgotten.
On the day of the launch, the shuttle explodes forcing Superman to rescue the crew from being destroyed. Henshaw wakes up on a stretcher, with burns from the radiation exposure. Superman learns that the shuttle explosion was not a misfire. On the roof of LexCorp Plaza, Otis nervously confronts Lex with the results from his research, but Lex interrupts him, saying he wishes to savor the moment. Otis, confused, explains that the situation is terrible for LexCorp and questions his apparent cheerfulness. But Lex explains he has a good reason to be cheerful, stating he and Superman are about to have a very interesting conversation.
In LexCorp Plaza, Lex arrives in his pent house office, as Superman angrily breaks his glass window by clapping. Superman accuses Lex of activating the Guardian Platform mid-flight, but Lex dismisses the claim, saying the accident could have been avoided had the military not forced the private sectors hand. Superman accuses him again, nearly attacking him, until three military helicopters show up, demanding that Superman step away from Lex.
Lex claims that Superman's appearence at the Korolyov and Guardian incidents, as well as his apparent attack of LexCorp Plaza, Superman had given Sam Lane a reason to intervene. The military tell him he is under arrest, but Superman refuses as the ready their guns.
Inside of LexCorp Plaza, Tess once again appears behind Lex, who has found the information on the Nuerotoxin, and how it causes the patient to form a mental bond with whomever administered the Nuerotoxin, and so they share one mind, with Tess as a secondary consciousness.
In S.T.A.R. Labs, Emil Hamilton attempts to comfort Mrs. Henshaw as she mourns her husband's condition, when Lex walks in. Emil alerts him that he does not have clearance to enter, but Lex dismisses his protest. He offers to help save Commander Henshaw but says he requires one of Emil's H.E.D drones.In a S.T.A.R. Labs bathroom Tess appears to Lex once again, where he admits he can sense her when she appears. He also reveals that he plans to repeat the procedure his team is conducting if it is successful, and even plans to try it on Tess's consciousness. She questions why Emil agreed to the procedure and he admits it took a bit of manipulation to convince him. He then ask Tess just how close her and Emil's relationship was and she smacks him, with Lex expressing his delight over finally having a way to remove her. Otis interrupts informing Lex that the procedure is over. He then expresses his sorrow for her condition to the invisible Tess, much to Lex's annoyance. Emil ask Mrs. Henshaw to come into the operating room as her husband wants her, but is kicked out by Lex's security guards. Henshaw's robotic body goes online and his wife tries to comfort him as he begins to grieve his condition. Lex congratulates him on his second chance, but Hank angrily grabs him and lifts him into the air asking why Lex did it.
Lex tries to calm Henshaw but to no avail as Henshaw blames Luthor claiming that Lex is not know for error. Terri Henshaw comes to Lex's defense claiming that it was Superman's fault since he didn't rescue him in time to which Luthor agrees as Superman arrives on the scene. Lex watches as Henshaw turns his full attention on him and lashes out on him in a fiery battle in the city.
The following morning, Lex is in his office as repairs are constructed upon his window at LexCorp. When Superman arrives where he attempts to apologizes for misjudging him before on their last encounter. Only to discover that the Guardian shuttle incident was a no accident it was a means for Lex to coat Superman with a isotope radiation that he could track Superman's whereabouts anywhere on Earth with his satellites. Superman realizes what this means and angrily threaten Lex this isn't over as he leaves.
Later that night, Lex sleeps as Tess watches on.
It's morning once again in Metropolis and Otis walks in on Lex sleeping in his office. Otis reminding Lex about his appointments of the day. He's meeting with a representative of WayneTech. Lex never makes it up to his penthouse anymore; he stays up all night at his office laptop watching Superman's energy signature fly all around the city fighting crime and saving lives.Lex then talks about how much he doesn't trust Superman, Superman has gotten under his skin, though he suspects that in his missing memories, Lex might have known Superman. Superman does behave like he knows Lex. Lex also points out since goosing Superman with the radioactive isotope that allows him to track the Man of Steel's movements, Superman's heroic activities have increased four hundred percent. Why, it's like Superman has nothing else to do anymore.
Later, at the Ace of Clubs, Lex and Bruce have their lunch meeting on the patio while Barbara Gordon is having lunch with Otis. Bruce and Lex are discussing why billionaires have the right to order off menu and Wayne Enterprises building a Super Collider in Antarctica, but Barbara Gordon and Otis—I don't think those two have ever interacted before. Barbara tells Otis that Michael Holt and Ted Kord have joined in on the Wayne Super Collider project. Otis wonders aloud what it's like to work for a different rich guy. Barbara says they're all the same. Lex passes on participating and cites that he's still rebuilding Lexcorp from the damage Tess and Lionel (the alternate Lionel) did when they ran the company. Bruce makes no bones about him being real cool with not getting in business bed with Lex. Then, some revelations: Thomas Wayne opted out of joining the Veritas that Lionel help founded to find the Traveler. Lex and Bruce's lunch is prematurely ended by Superman.Later, at Lexcorp R&D, Superman and Lex are all forced friendly-like as Lex analyzes the teleportation vest and admits the technology is his, but it was stolen. Stolen, in fact, during a series of robberies made on Lexcorp and other companies, one of which was foiled way back by the Green Arrow and Superman. Lex surmises that whomever created these teleportation vests using all that stolen technology would have to be very familiar with Lexcorp's patents and proprietary coding. Which leads Superman to Stryker's Island prison and The Toyman. Safely incarcerated and seemingly not a suspect, according to Warden Draper, since he's been under constant supervision in "hyper-solitary". Meanwhile, at LexCorp, Lex Luthor is enjoying video of the showdown between Superman and Batman. Lex keeps pausing and rewinding Batman, powered by red sun energy, beating up Superman. Lex also thinks he has a television that allow him enhance and move around corners inside the frame. He's bummed when Otis reminds him his TV can't do that. Maybe Lex should invent one? Otis liked the other match between Nightwing and Green Arrow better . Oliver Queen then bursts into Lex's office to accuse Lex of harassing him with those coded emails. When Oliver leaves, Lex notices the time stamps are all from the dead of night.During the night, Otis sees Tess take control of Lex and rises from his peaceful slumber and sleepwalks to his office, speaking gibberish and caressing Otis' face. Then she starts sending out the emails. Lex and Oliver argue about the e-mails that keep flashing on Oliver's computer, and Lex comes to realize that Tess has been controlling his body while he's asleep in order to send them.Otis hands a partly burnt popcorn to Lex, noting that it is early, though it's never too early for entertainment as Lex says. Giving Lex alone time, he soon has a brief argument with Tess. Lex notes that Tess couldn't figure the typing out, and when Tess asks why he's in a good mood, he points out what's on the news: Superman has been shot, and Batman is on the run. Tess points out her death by his hands, a memory he does not have anymore, but Lex isn't angry over she did, as Luthors are "survivors" and she did what he would've done if the roles were reversed. Lex will now be strapped to his bed, preventing her from doing what she did again. He also notes that Tess might have a connection to Superman, as she hopes he's okay as she watches the monitor where his signal is (from the radiation Lex gave him).At Lexcorp, Lex Luthor wants Tess who is still inside him to tell him everything and if she chooses not to tell him he'll take what he wants to know by force.
Lex attempts to tap into the memories of his sister Tess' consciousness trapped in his own mind to determine what she knows about Superman. Using a procedure developed by the former LuthorCorp, Lex appears in the memory of the moment Tess was left in the care of Granny Goodness by their father. The grown Tess materializes to help young Lutessa run from their brother down a long hallway. They manage to barricade themselves behind a door. As Lex approaches, he is called to a red door to exit the procedure. Otis informs Lex of an attack on the city that would interest him. Outside, Dr. Simon Jones, a genius with psychokinetic and telepathic abilities calling himself Psimon, attacks the citizens of Metropolis using his powers to levitate and surround himself with a number of metallic orbs. Superman intervenes as Psimon mentally picks up a semi tractor-trailer and attempts to drop it on a small child. As he tries to talk Psimon out of the attack, Lex arrives to offer his own solution. Angered that it was LuthorCorp's experiments that altered him, Psimon turns his attack on Lex. Superman quickly rescues Lex and speeds him away from the scene.
Superman returns to Metropolis after hiding Lex away in Mexico.Later when Lex finds his way back, he returns to LexCorp, where Lois talks with Otis while waiting to speak with Lex, attempting to get him to admit to his boss' secretly nefarious nature. Lex intervenes, inviting Lois into his office. She confronts him about Psimon and what he intends to do about this and other consequences of the LuthorCorp experiments that granted people such abilities. With Tess chiding him, Lex offers Lois the company line on their corporate responsibility of past transgressions.Lois reminds him of her first-hand knowledge of Project Ares and how the fall-out of that program brought down Reeves Dam. As Lex shows surprise regarding the dam and the two talk about regret for his actions prior to losing his memories, Tess forces Lex's body to write a note on a Post-It against his awareness, which Lois picks up. On her way out of the office, Lois reads the note and is baffled by its one word: "Help!"
Lex visits Psimon in Hyper-Solitary on Stryker's Island. LexCorp technicians have attached a helmet to him that emits a psionic dampening field to keep him in check. Lex has them lower the field slightly so that he can have Psimon search his mind to pull out any thoughts or memories that might still exist before they were wiped. Psimon is able to see Tess' consciousness and she motions for him to keep quiet. Instead of offering anything useful, the criminal chides Lex for being "an animal" and "a monster." Lex retreats.
In LexCorp Tower, using the Project Intercept apparatus to go inside his mind, Lex confronts Tess and reveals that his team of neurosurgeons has discovered the area of his brain where her consciousness resides. He makes her an offer: tell him everything she knows about Superman or he will have the doctors damage that part of his brain, effectively killing her off. Tess rejects his ultimatum. Lex awakes and tells the doctors to prepare to perform their procedure the next morning.Lex meets with Otis to discuss the incident that occurred at the Ridge Facility. Otis informs him of only one fatality and that, so far, no press has heard of what happened. As they pass by one of the janitorial staff on their way out of the building, the janitor steals Otis' security keycards. On Level 3, the janitor is revealed to be Lois as she uses a keycard to access the floor.
Later Lex angrily surveys the room at LexCorp where the Project Intercept machine once stood. He asks after the security tapes and the night guards, and Otis tells him the tapes were stolen and all of the guards quit. Lex turns to the vision of Tess and she denies having anything to do with it. He realizes that it must have been Oliver Queen. Otis remarks that it would likely be best to postpone the procedure to cause his boss brain damage to kill Tess' conscience. Frustrated, Lex leaves.At LexCorp Plaza, Lex heads towards his office only to find that the lights aren't working. As he calls for Otis, Superman appears with Lex realizing that he found a way to remove the radiation off him. The Green Arrow appears revealing they are here to take Tess back. Then Lois appears surrounding Lex. As Green Arrow is about to use a taser arrow, Lois slaps Lex knocking him unconscious. As he wakes up, he is helped by Otis. He then realizes what the heroes did and angrily asks about Tess.
Inside Lex's office, Otis wakes Lex Luthor, who has not come out of his room since his plan to track down Superman failed and Tess was extracted from his head. Otis brings to him good news that stimulates the curiosity of Lex: a recording of a spacecraft that landed at Smallville months ago.
At LexCorp output, Tess remotely locks the doors preventing Otis to accompany Lex, and outside there are three former employees of LexCorp heading towards Lex. They blame him for allowing one of its patents end up in the hands of Queen Industries. All three are very angry with him and Lex says they still should thank him because a few years ago he would have had them killed and not just fired. Hearing that the three men begin to beat up Lex.
Lex wakes up at the hospital after the beating, and sees that Otis has sent a psychologist to talk with him. Lex recognizes that Otis cares for him and says that this is the only reason he hasn't completely fired him. He also admits that he has stopped beating for Lexcorp shares rising. After that Lex is discharged and leaves.
Later Lex visits a secret lab of LexCorp, called Network, where its scientists report to him the analysis of meteorites they have found along with the ship that Otis informed him about previously. The results are puzzling: the meteorites are somehow from the Earth itself, and seem as if our planet had exploded, which makes everyone confused. In addition, their atomic charges are exactly opposite of what they should be. They also inform him that the ship fell at Smallville and that is now owned by S.T.A.R. Labs and so Lex says he wants the object, and this is not a request.
Lex, who orders his men to attack S.T.A.R. Labs, is confronted by Otis who wants to be assured that Lex's men won't use any lethal force. Otis tries to convince Lex not to harm anyone saying that even if he didn't know him before he lost his memory he knows he is not that kind of a man anymore. Lex responds by quoting the author Ralph Waldo Emerson saying that “the only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be” and then orders his men to begin the attack.
Tess, while controlling a huge robot, attacks the soldiers sent by Lex in S.T.A.R. Labs and then breaks into the place, where Lex and Otis are. Lex orders Otis to leave the place. Tess then attacks her brother and she is about to kill him, and he even tells her to do it, but at the last moment she reconsiders and ends her connection with the robot, sparing the life of her brother.
Later at LexCorp, Otis brings breakfast to his boss and they talk about what happened. Otis says that he erased the security tapes in which he appears asking the robot to end his miserable existence. Lex says that the data of the ship that his team managed to steal from S.T.A.R. Labs seems conclusive that there was a parallel Earth, which was destroyed and Lex says he'll figure out how to save this one.
Lex Luthor is informed about the crash in Russia by the newscast and then his assistant, Otis, who enters his boss' office, comments on the recent revelation of Superman being an alien. Lex seems not to care too much about it, feeling that somehow he already knew. Otis also informs Lex that the recent crash in Russia has yielded similar readings came from the ship that crashed in Smallville months ago and it is now kept in S.T.A.R. Labs. Lex realises that the "thing" that fell in Russia may be from alternate reality too so he orders Otis to prepare the jet so they can travel to Russia.
Boarding the plane, Otis tells his boss that he has invited the press to chronicle his "greatness", much to Lex's annoyance. They then watch as Superman fly over them with Lex seeing it as a challenge but Clark, who is inside the plane as a representative of the Daily Plane, says that it might be more of a reminder. Lex is obviously disappointed having Clark Kent accompanying him in his travel, saying that Lois Lane would be better company.Inside Lex's jet, Clark interviews Lex about what he believes crashed in Russia and asks him why he is so interested on that and if it has something to do with his alleged attack at S.T.A.R. Labs. He then asks him about his rivalry with Superman but Lex responds by saying he doesn't trust Superman and in fact nobody should trust him, he also says he is glad the world is finally starting to sober up. Clark then says that his Lex's amnesia is not a secret so he asks him if it has something to do with that and Lex says he is not sure but maybe his hatred for the superhero has something to do with his old life.
After that Lex starts to ask Clark about his relationship with Lois and why they haven't get married yet but Clark says they just haven't find the right moment yet. So Lex advises him not to wait too long, mentioning the amount of coverage Lois gives to Superman, indicating with that he might lose her to another man. Suddenly the jet gets into a big storm and because of a lightning they lose an engine so Clark prepares to take action but surprisingly someone else catches the jet from its fall. At first, Lex thinks that Superman might have saved them, something that makes him clearly irritated but it is revealed they were saved by a Russian team of superheroes, called the Rocket Red Brigade, who welcomes them in Moscow.
Meanwhile the Russian Prime Minister is informed that the President wants to talk to him about an important matter but he says that it has to wait because he wants to meet with Lex Luthor and find out what he has to offer for his prisoner, revealing that he has already imprisoned the fallen Monitor.
In Moscow, Lex Luthor meets with the Russian Prime Minister and they talk about the alien. The Soviet leader has granted him the privilege of seeing him first out of gratitude because in the past, Lex helped his nephew Mikhail with his metahuman condition. Lex tells to him everything he knows about the being who fell from the sky, that it is not of this world and is responsible for the destruction of an entire parallel Earth. The conversation is settled with Lex Luthor taking a look on the captive Monitor, and offering a lot of money to the Prime Minister to take him back to the U.S.
Lex questions the Monitor, who reveals that his name is Ray-Lan. Luthor attempts to negotiate with him but Ray-Lan shows his contempt for this world, so when Lex, seemingly disappointed with him, decides to leave, Ray-Lan says that he knows what is happening on this world and what actually happened to his mind, offering to fill his memory gaps. Luthor then asks Ray-Lan what does he want in exchange.
The freed Monitor is killing soldiers on his way out of the facility. Lex asks him why he does that, and Ray-Lan responds that if he does not understand his purpose, he doesn't deserve to live so he proceeds to kill Lex too. Fortunately, Superman's timely intervention saves Luthor, and the fight between Superman and Ray-Lan begins. After the fight Ray-Lan, who lands on a building, succeeds to escape, while Lex wonders where he has gone, but Superman, seeing his own blood on his hands wonders how the Monitor could hurt him.
Ray-Lan has just escaped from the facility in Moscow he was held captive thanks to the chaos he created. Ignoring Lex who shouts at him to follow the Monitor, Superman flies above the clouds.
Switching back to his civillain disguise, Clark returns to the scene of conflict and reunites with Lex Luthor. Lex decides to go and find the Monitor on his own, whom he can trace through a device. Clark goes with him and when Lex thinks Clark can not hear him, he tells to Otis that he took Clark with him because he wouldn't mind if something happened to him.
Later near in Russia, Clark and Lex have tracked the Monitor in the abandoned and radioactive city of Chernobyl. While searching the place they find there a hole in the ground that leads them to an underground level where a huge spaceship is hidden.
Lex and Clark explore Monitor's spacecraft. Lex tells to Clark that the meteor shower that caused the accident of Karolyev ("Guardian") were the remains of a destroyed parallel Earth, and that suggests the existence of others. In fact, deep inside the spaceship, the two discover a glass tube-like structure that somehow contains several parallel earths that have already been decimated. But before they could react to the incredible view, the Monitor appears and tells them that their world has already far exceeded its useful life, and the two of them will not live to see its end.
Beneath Chernobyl, Clark and Lex try to escape from the Monitor, who is stalking them through his ship while revealing bits and pieces of his plan. Eventually Lex and Clark manage to escape the ship, which fires its thrusts in preparation to take off. Clark takes advantage and flies himself and Lex out, timing his movements to make it look like they were thrown out by the blast. They land on a bridge, and the Monitor surprises them and shoots Clark in the chest, sending him flying through the air and into a frozen lake. Lex dives in after him and approaches the sinking body of an unconscious Clark, whose shirt has been ripped off by the hit of the Monitor, revealing his Superman costume.
Lex is diving into the frozen lake trying to reach Clark, but another shot coming from the Monitor hits Clark and makes him sink deeper in the water, making him unreachable. Luckily for Clark, Lex couldn't reach him and so he did not see his Superman costume inside the shreds of his civilian clothes. Ray-Lan grabs Lex from the icy water, throws him on the snow and says to him that he will end up dead like Clark because he does not deserve to witness the majesty of the final destruction of this Earth. Lex, who is suffering from hypothermia, asks Ray-Lan to answer him just one question for himself, why does he hate Superman so much and why, though his memories are gone, he still feels that terrible hatred for him when he sees the "S" on his chest.
Ray-Lan does not have the time to answer Lex's question as Superman appears and attacks the Monitor, throwing him far away in the forest. Because of his hypothermia, Lex has fainted and Superman lights a fire around him to warm his body.
Ray-Lan remotely controls his ship but Superman swoops down and destroys his arm cannon. Lex tells Superman to kill the Monitor or else his peers will keep coming. Superman tells him that's not his style and then flies directly into the beam of the ship, using it against itself and destroys it. As he falls, the ship causes a great explosion throwing shrapnel and fire, but fortunately Otis, wearing an armor of the Rocket Reds that he "borrowed", intervenes and saves Lex.
- "An LMN top story, President-elect Luthor will be giving a speech this evening on his new economic recovery plan." - Internet Reporter, Finale, Part 2
In the year 2013, Lex was running against the current President in the 2013 Presidential election, much to Lois's disgust.
In the year 2018, Lex's representative was trying to strong arm the Daily Planet in order to print or kill stories in Lex's favor, much to the dismay of its Editor-In-Chief Perry White. By 2018, Lex had been elected President of the United States.
After Lex lost the senatorial race to Jonathan, Lex drunkenly asked Lana what she knew about Clark. He chased Lana in his car, and Lana was killed in a car crash. Lex also witnessed Clark super-speed to the scene of the accident. However, due to Clark reversing time, Lana didn't die in a car crash and Lex didn't see Clark.
In an alternate universe, Lex was President of the United States. Along with his Chief of Staff Milton Fine (aka Brainiac), Lex was planning on destroying half the world with nuclear weapons in order to reshape it in to his new order.
Season Ten (Earth-2)Edit
See: Lex Luthor
In The ComicsEditLex Luthor has been Superman's archenemy for most of the superhero's existence, having been envisioned as his dual opposite; morally depraved and relying on intellect over strength. Due to several shifts of continuity, Luthor's history has varied over the years. He was first introduced as a mad scientist and career criminal who knew Superman as a child (then known as Superboy) and blamed him for the loss of his hair following a failed experiement.
Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, however, Luthor was reimagined as a wealthy scientist and CEO of one of the most powerful high-tech conglomerates in the world, LexCorp. After many defeats at the hands of Superman, Luthor turned his sights on more power, starting a campaign to become president of the United States of America; Luthor managed to secure his presidency and became more dangerous than ever.
Because of major changes in the history of the DC Universe Lex's backstory was changed like many others in the DC universe. Many new changes mirror the Smallville television series. Lex's family background has a long history with the city of Metropolis. Some of Lex's ancestors were among the pilgrims who founded the city, others were amongst the Native Americans who were to meet them. Over the centuries, the Luthor family became wealthy and influential, Lex's great-grandfather Wallace Luthor being a millionaire industrialist at the beginning of the 20th Century. He lost his fortune though, in the stock market crash of 1929, and went to his grave a pauper after having to declare bankruptcy.
The family fortune would not be rebuilt until the arrival of Lex Luthor, the son of Lionel Luthor (an abusive alcoholic) and Letitia Luthor. Lex cared little for his parents, though he did love his sister, Lena. In his teens, he lived for a time in Smallville with his aunt, also called Lena, and there he met the young Clark Kent and his friends Lana Lang and Pete Ross. The stand-offish and superior Lex was friendly with Clark for a time, but eventually left Smallville under a cloud of suspicion after his father died in mysterious circumstances (engineered by Lex, though this could not be proved). Leaving his sister behind in Smallville, Lex left for Metropolis and founded LexCorp.
Lex turned the company into a multi-national corporation that would ultimately come to dominate the city of Metropolis and own every media in the city and use it to enforce his public image as a wealthy benefactor. The one paper outlet that had always stood free was the Daily Planet (he would come to buy it much later). One such critic was the young reporter and Editor In Chief Perry White, whom Luthor detested, due to his outspoken attitudes, even when the Planet condemned his actions with an outrageous editorial signed by White himself. As a result, when Clark Kent is first inducted into the Planet, the newspaper is almost bankrupt, dilapidated and unable to afford new reporters. Luthor made many criminal connections and industries, anything to help him rise to be the unchallenged master of Metropolis. His legitimate businesses attached to LexCorp stretched from anything from telephone companies to personal gaming devices. As part of his image, Lex created the illusion of being a caring philanthropist. He became the most powerful man in Metropolis, both financially and in the world of organized crime. Lex would create havoc on the streets by selling weapons to the gangs of Metropolis and using his female staff of underlings to keep blackmail files on all of the organized crime groups in the city, so that Lex could use them to further any schemes he had planned. However, this all ended with the arrival of Superman.
During the several months after Superman first arrived in Metropolis, as part of his philanthropic image, Luthor, by this time the most powerful man in Metropolis, had taken to picking a random person from the supplicants who gathered at LexCorp's gates every morning in order to bestow the chance of a new life upon them.
His choice on this occasion, though, was Rudy Jones who, after eating a donut contaminated by an unknown chemical compound, was transformed into the Parasite. Superman stopped the Parasite's rampage, overshadowing Luthor and infuriating him. Lex contacted General Sam Lane, who was convinced Superman was a threat, and informed him that Superman was an alien. He transformed one of Lane's men, Sgt. John Corben, into Metallo and sent him out after Superman, but Metallo was defeated and Superman, previously an object of suspicion in the city, feted as a hero. When Luthor came to bestow his gifts on a grateful populace the next day, no-one was there; Lex was no longer the most powerful man in Metropolis. This cemented Lex's lifelong hatred of the Man of Steel. Eventually, Luthor went from hero of the people to public enemy number one. Not much else is known on Lex's new backstory as it has only been elaborated. Lex also seems to have a hatred for Clark as well as Superman shown when he assaulted a powerless Clark. This Lex is described as both a "shrewd businessman" and scientist, as well as a criminal mastermind.
Distinguishing Luthor from the majority of Superman's rogues gallery is his normality; Luthor is an innovator and possesses no special abilities besides that of his own cunning; however, he did have a talent for manipulating other super villains so that they would work with his plans, Luthor owned a crystal, which could help him bend people's will, to more easily control them. He is bent on destroying Superman, whom he perceives as an alien threat.
Though the show has not shown his full potential, Lex's scientific knowledge is at genius-level. Rather than harnessing his genius for good, Luthor seizes power for his own benefit and is a threat at large. He claims that as soon as he kills Superman, he will move onto "solving all of the world's problems", but during the recent One Year Later storyline, where Clark lost his powers for a year, all that Lex accomplished was the creation of temporary superhumans and digging up a Kryptonian warship that he attempted to use to destroy Metropolis.
Lex has also developed another surprising connection to Superman, in the form of Superboy.
When Superman was supposedly killed during his battle with Doomsday, Project Cadmus worked to create a Superman clone. However due to Kryptonian DNA being difficult to clone, they merged Superman's DNA with a human's. Originally it was believed to be the DNA of Cadmus' Director Westfield. In truth however, Lex, who was working with Cadmus, had his DNA used instead. Lex has in the past demonstrated a father-like behavior towards Superboy, but following Superboy's death and resurrection, Lex has severed any emotional ties, calling Superboy "a failed experiment".
Following the events of the War of the Supermen, Lex Luthor has been pardoned by the current President of the United States, and had regained complete control of LexCorp. He, however, has become obsessed with the Lantern Rings, ever since becoming the Orange Lantern during the Blackest Night. He and a robotic Lois Lane now search the world for the rings, particularly the Black Lantern Ring.Lex managed to locate the Black Lantern power, and along with a Phantom Zone child, became a god-like entity. He immediately turned his attention to destroying Superman, stating that in doing so would he save humanity. Lex attempted to first demoralize and break Superman emotionally, stating that he was incapable of human emotion. However, Superman proved him wrong by revealing his most painful memory; the death of Jonathan Kent, which resulted in Lex finally discovering Superman's true identity. Lex was then given the option of giving the universe happiness and peace with his new power or to destroy Superman. Lex's ego opted him to destroy Superman, which ironically made him incapable of doing so as the Phantom Zone Child fought against his evil and resulted in Lex losing both his powers and memories. He then vanished abruptly through a mysterious Phantom Zone portal, seemingly forever. His current whereabouts are unknown.
After Flashpoint Lex Luthor is hired by the government to take down Superman. LexCorp also exists. He is hired by General Sam Lane to capture Superman in his early years. He sets up a trap for Superman with a train. Superman barely stops it and is left unconscious. Lex collects him and puts him through a lot of tests and experiments though Superman later manages to escape.
- Family relationships
- Lex and Lionel - Details on their complicated relationship as father and son.
- Lex and Tess - Details on their complicated relationship.
- Male relationships
- Clark and Lex - Details on their friendship turned rivalry.
- Lex and Oliver - Details on their hostile rivalry.
- Lex and Jonathan - Details on how they went from being friends to total strangers.
- Lex and Jason - Details on their manipulative relationship
- Lex and Brainiac - Details on their manipulative partnership.
- Female relationships
- Lex and Lana - Details on how they went from being friends to enemies.
- Chloe and Lex - Details on their complex relationship.
- Lex and Lois - Details on how they went from being total strangers to enemies.
- Lex and Helen - Details on their relationship which leads to marriage and manipulation.
- Lex and Kara - Details on their relationship and Lex's strange obsession with her.
- Love Triangles
- Clark, Lex and Lana - Details on their love triangle throughout the years.
- Lex, Lana and Jason - Details on their love triangle during season 4.
- Lex Luthor first appeared in Action Comics #23 (April 1940).
- In the comics, Lex's birthday is September 28.
- Lex has had three weddings: Desirée Atkins, Helen Bryce, and Lana Lang, who used the name Lana Luthor while she was married to him.
- Lex is 6 feet tall.
- Had the first meteor shower not happened, Lex would have curly red hair.
- Lex was nine years old when the meteor shower occurred, which puts his birth year at 1979 or 1980.
- Lex is left-handed.
- Lex is highly trained in multiple forms of combat (including judo, fencing, boxing, and taekwondo).
- He speaks fluent German, and Japanese.
- Lex was named after Alexander the Great.
- Lex received a copy of The Will to Power for his 10th birthday, and a copy of The Art of War for his 14th birthday.
- Lex is (or at least was) an avid fan of Warrior Angel. He claims to have not read it since he and Clark were friends, but still keeps his collection in cataloged protective sleeves and is well-versed in the comic's plotlines and details..
- The code for the safe behind Lex's bookshelf is "15988".
- As a child, Lex had a pet bird named Feathers.
- Lex is Catholic.
- Lex appears in the beginning of Season Ten and the ending of Season Ten.
- Season One: Pilot, Metamorphosis, Hothead, X-Ray, Cool, Hourglass, Craving, Jitters, Rogue, Shimmer, Hug, Leech, Kinetic, Zero, Nicodemus, Stray, Reaper, Drone, Crush, Obscura, Tempest
- Season Two: Vortex, Heat, Duplicity, Red, Nocturne, Redux, Lineage, Ryan, Dichotic, Skinwalker, Visage, Insurgence, Insurgence, Suspect, Rush, Prodigal, Fever, Rosetta, Visitor, Precipice, Witness, Accelerate, Calling, Exodus
- Season Three: Exile, Phoenix, Extinction, Slumber, Perry, Relic, Magnetic, Shattered, Asylum, Whisper, Delete, Hereafter, Velocity, Obsession, Resurrection, Crisis, Legacy, Truth, Memoria, Talisman, Forsaken, Covenant
- Season Four: Crusade, Gone, Façade, Devoted, Run, Transference, Jinx, Spell, Bound, Scare, Unsafe, Pariah, Recruit, Krypto, Sacred, Lucy, Onyx, Spirit, Blank, Ageless, Forever, Commencement
- Season Five: Arrival, Mortal, Hidden, Aqua, Thirst, Exposed, Splinter, Solitude, Lexmas, Fanatic, Lockdown, Reckoning, Vengeance, Tomb, Cyborg, Hypnotic, Void, Fragile, Mercy, Fade, Oracle, Vessel
- Season Six: Zod, Sneeze, Wither, Arrow, Reunion, Fallout, Rage, Static, Subterranean, Hydro, Justice, Labyrinth, Crimson, Trespass, Freak, Promise, Combat, Progeny, Nemesis, Noir, Prototype, Phantom
- Season Seven: Bizarro, Kara, Fierce, Cure, Action, Lara, Wrath, Blue, Gemini, Persona, Siren, Fracture, Hero, Traveler, Veritas, Descent, Sleeper, Apocalypse, Quest, Arctic
- Season Eight: Bride, Requiem, Eternal
- Season Nine: Echo
- Season Ten: Lazarus, Finale, Part 2
- Season Eleven: Guardian, Detective, Haunted, Olympus, Hollow
- Smallville Miniseries: Alien
- Lex has been knocked unconscious more times than any other character on Smallville a total of 49 times as of Season Seven.
- Like his comic counterpart, Lex Luthor has been married many times. The Smallville version married three women, one of them being Lana Lang. The comics noted that Lex has married more than three women some of them being Contessa Erica Alexandra Del Portenza, Alexandra Luthor from Earth One novel, Ardora, an alien from the planet Lexor, Elizabeth Perske, Gertrude Vanderworth from the film Superman Returns. Lois Lane, renamed to Lois Luthor, has also appeared many times as the wife of Lex Luthor but mostly on alternate timelines.
- In the comics Lex has also appeared as a father. Some of the characters that appeared to be his children are Jerry White, his son with Perry White's wife Alice White (née Spencer), Lex Luthor Jr, his son with Ardora, Lena Luthor II, his daughter with his last wife Contessa Erica Alexandra Del Portenza, Lucinda Luthor (née Walters), his daughter that appeares in Batman Beyond Unlimited comic series, Alexander Luthor Jr, the son of his alternate self from Earth-Three, Conner Kent/Kon-El also known as Superboy, the clone that was created half of his DNA and half of Superman's DNA appeared in the storyline Titans Tomorrow with Lex as his surrogate father, Alexis Luthor, a descendant of Lex that appeared in the animated TV series Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Lex had 7 main steps in descending to darkness: 1st was his failed childhood life especially by his father Lionel and having no actual friends, 2nd was when he was constantly bullied as a teenager by Oliver and his two friends which meant he had to get stronger so he wouldn't get picked on anymore by anyone, 3rd was his friendship with Clark breaking, 4th was fear of aliens and wanting protection led to his control of 33.1 and destruction of his marriage with Lana, 5th was his failure in achieving the last bit of love by killing his "brother" Grant, 6th was killing his father Lionel, and 7th killing the child within him that represented the last bit of good/light in him led to his embracement in darkness. After embracing the darkness, he became the villain of the story by finding the orb and attempting to destroy Clark and his fortress. 3 years later, he finally fully embraces his destiny along with Clark's, kills his sister Tess, and losing his memories of what made the pain, betrayal and anger as well as his destiny.
- Lex discovers he has an increased white blood cell count, which he speculates might be why he's never been sick since the day he was caught in the first meteor shower.
- Through the years and the many different versions of the character Lex has almost always had in his side a female character who would appear as his henchwoman and most of the time his love interest. These characters are Miss Eve Teschmacher from the live action films Superman as well as Superman II and later in the comics, Katherine "Kitty" Kowalski from the film Superman Returns, Darla from the live action TV series Superboy, Jessica Morganberry from the 1988 Superman animated series, Mercedes "Mercy" Graves from the animated TV series and later in the comics with Hope Taya from the graphic novel Luthor, Mona also from the Luthor novel, his niece Nasthalthia "Nasty" Luthor from the Pre-crisis comics and the All-Star Superman novel, Wanda Nordo and Lois Lane Robot also from the comics. In the new 52, the characters who appear to have that role next to Lex are both robots, Alphina, an octoppus like robot-woman and Aria. The Smallville equivalent of these characters is Tess Mercer.
- Lex Luthor also had some male assistants most notably Otis from Superman films, his nephew Lenny Luthor from the film Superman IV, Sydney Happersen and many others.
- Lex is the only main character to never set foot inside the Isis Foundation and Watchtower.
- Lex's gun of choice is the nickel plated 9MM baretta.
- Lex has discovered Clark's secret eight times.
- Lex has met every main character except Major Zod.
- Lex has successfully break up Clark and Lana three times.
- In the recurring theme of a Luthor killing another Luthor, Lex has murdered the most members of his family.
- Lex was an anti-hero during Season One, Season Two, Season Three and Season Four, a supporting antagonist in Season Five, the main antagonist in Season Six and Season Seven, and a minor antagonist in Season Eight and Season Ten.
- Lex Luthor is the third main character (after Clark Kent and Chloe Sullivan) to appear in all ten seasons.
- Although X's identity was never revealed on the show, writer and producer Al Septien revealed that X was Lex in a twitter post: "As Lex ("X") recovered, his people stole it from Tess and he sent it to Clark hoping it would finish him by sending him to PZ."  However, it's unclear how Lex's team was able to reprogram the Crystal of Knowledge, a highly advanced piece of Kryptonian technology, to send someone into the Phantom Zone.
- Writers Bryan Q. Miller and Al Septien confirmed that the Lex in Finale, Part 2 and season 11 is composed of the original that was crushed in Arctic and later blown up in Requiem, as well as his failed clones' best pieces.
Other faces of Lex LuthorEdit
- ↑ Pilot
- ↑ Examples of Lex wearing a typical style suit are in Leech, Heat, Solitude, Exodus, Extinction, Covenant, Reunion, Crimson, Descent and Sleeper.
- ↑ Zero, Heat, Exile, Phoenix, Lexmas, Lockdown, Cure, Siren, Fracture, Quest, Bride and Requiem
- ↑ Lex's attire in Arctic was a modified version of what he wore when he was possessed by Zod in Vessel and Zod.
- ↑ Finale, Part 2
- ↑ Lex was shown wearing the white suit in Cassandra Carver's vision in Hourglass and in his own nightmare in Scare. His evil side wore this suit within his mind in Fracture. Lex himself next wore the suit in the alternate universe shown in Apocalypse, while in a spiritual cornfield in Lazarus and one final time when Lex became President-elect in Finale, Part 2.
- ↑ While Lex often talks often about how he felt abandoned by his father almost recurringly, he occasionally speaks fondly of his mother in Crush and Prodigal.
- ↑ Lionel is seen berating Lex for being afraid on the helicopter ride in the Pilot and striking Lex in Memoria and Fracture.
- ↑ Lex was the only one at his own birthday party in Memoria and was taunted by Oliver in Reunion.
- ↑ As a child, Lex enjoyed Lionel's gift in Memoria, played with Oliver and Jason in Veritas, and played with Davis Bloome in Eternal. As a teenager, Lex and his childhood friend Duncan Allenmeyer talked about using their wealth to help the poor in Reunion.
- ↑ As a teenager, Lex in anger beat up Duncan Allenmeyer (his only true friend) in order to be "friends" with Oliver in Reunion.
- ↑ Lex was depicted as party boy in Zero and he states in the Pilot that he has been sent to manage the Fertilizer Plant as a lesson.
- ↑ In Hothead, Lex talked about how he wanted to challenge his father's business practices, and when Lionel demanded that he fire hundreds of workers, Lex figured out a way to keep them.
- ↑ Tempest
- ↑ Lex talks to Clark about their respective fathers (Lionel and Jonathan) in Reaper and Descent.
- ↑ "I love you like a brother Clark, but it has to end this way. I'm sorry." Lex to Clark, Arctic
- ↑ Lex's desperation for familial love seemingly fueled his motivation for the creation of Project Gemini.
- ↑ Lex gives biblical allusions in Exposed, Prodigal, Phoenix, Shattered, among others and mentions that he prays in Phoenix and Hydro.
- ↑ Lex played the piano in Lucy and Spell.
- ↑ several of Lex's expensive sports cars can be seen on the Cars page
- ↑ Covenant
- ↑ Descent
- ↑ Splinter and Persona
- ↑ Lex had a fencing competition with his father Lionel in Hothead and Onyx and fenced with his "brother" Grant Gabriel in Gemini.
- ↑ Gemini
- ↑ Vortex
- ↑ Siren
- ↑ Lexmas
- ↑ Lex is seen working with the military as early as Aqua and continuing with Project Ares.
- ↑ Lex tortured Bart Allen in Justice, was more concerned with Jed McNally's powers than his life in Subterranean, and threatened Chloe with a fate worse than jail after forcing her mother to control her in Progeny.
- ↑ Although not explicitly stated onscreen, series creator Al Gough told TVGuide.com: "It was a desperate and sad thing for him to do. However, the explanation was given — Lex didn't feel Lana would marry him for himself, so he faked the pregnancy to seal the deal, then stopped drugging her with hormones after the wedding, so she thought she had a miscarriage. Remember, gang, this is one of the reasons he becomes evil, because he is desperate for love that he cannot get from his father or from Lana." 
- ↑ Lex killed Lois' profile of him in Gemini.
- ↑ Chloe was unable to access a photograph in Hero and learned that Lex is monitoring her files. They argued about whether Lex had rights to copy her computer files and he told her that she could quit if she didn't like the way he ran the paper.
- ↑ Lex fired Chloe in Descent for hiding the Veritas key from him.
- ↑ The biggest example of this is in the first few seasons, where he often offers to help Clark (and the Kents) and yet simultaneously secretly searches for the truth about Clark's powers. He spends much of Season Seven in search of Kara's secret as well.
- ↑ In Zero, Lex says, "The truth is, I'd do anything to protect my friends." In Magnetic, he tells Chloe that he will protect her against his father: "I'll protect you, Chloe. You have my word. But in order to do that, I need to know what you found out about my father." In Commencement, he tells Lana (after she killed Genevieve Teague), "Now, I'll do anything I can to protect you including supporting whatever story of self-defense you want to run with."
- ↑ Examples include Clark Kent, Lana Lang, Chloe Sullivan and Grant Gabriel. He promised to do anything to protect Grant from Lionel, including transfer him to an overseas posting at another newspaper. When Grant refused his help, Lex had him murdered.
- ↑ In Season Seven, Lex recreated this dynamic of publicly offering someone help while secretly investigating them with Kara Kent as after she saved him from drowning in Bizarro, he told her, "Your secret's safe with me. I've already protected you, like I would have protected others close to me if they would have told me the truth. This time, I'm hoping to change all that. I just need you to be honest with me."
- ↑ In Season One, he risked all of his money to save the employees of LexCorp from losing their jobs; he was able to do so, but Lionel blackmailed his board members and he lost his company and wealth. In Season Six, he built an army of superpowered soldiers to protect Earth against aliens and kryptofreaks. Or as he put it, "What you're being asked to do is help protect the world; unstable criminals with dangerous powers are becoming more and more common. Humanity's only chance of surviving the onslaught is this project."
- ↑ Lex somewhat realized the effect of Lana's "baby" in Promise, wonders why Kara saved him in Bizarro, acknowlegdes he was abusive towards Lana in Kara, says he loves Clark like a brother after destroying the Fortress of Solitude in Arctic, and stabbed Tess because he didn't want her to go through what he did in Finale, Part 2.
- ↑ Lex had no problem admitting that he was the villain to Clark's hero, and that they would help each other by opposing each other in Finale, Part 2.
- ↑ Lex fatally stabbed Tess because (in his mind) it would prevent his "dear little sister" turning into him in Finale, Part 2.
- ↑ By 2018, Lex is elected President, has an ecomonic stimulus plan, and is trying to print or kill stories in Lex's favor at the Daily Planet much to Perry White's dismay.
- ↑ He states that he has not been sick since the meteor shower in Craving, where he also states that his asthma went away after the shower. He also states that he has never been sick in Extinction. He is seen losing his hair after being caught in the shower in the Pilot and wonders what he would look like with hair in Lockdown, indicating that he is not bald by choice.
- ↑ Lionel points this out to Lex in Descent.
- ↑ Siren
- ↑ Guardian
- ↑ http://www.vleonard.com/shimmygloss/luthorlogin/
- ↑ Smallville #2: What I Did On My Summer Vacation
- ↑ Smallville #3: Chimera, Part 1
- ↑ Smallville #4: Chimera, Part 2
- ↑ Smallville #6: ID (which takes place after Magnetic)
- ↑ Smallville #8: Captive
- ↑ Heat
- ↑ Exodus
- ↑ Promise
- ↑ Pilot
- ↑ Legacy
- ↑ Fragile
- ↑ Lex tells Clark this in Reaper, and in Fanatic he and Lionel are quoting The Art of War and Lex remarks that he would have preferred a bike for his fourteenth birthday.
- ↑ Lex showed Ryan James his collection in Stray. In Action, Clark asks Lex if he knew of any motivation to kill the movie's star, and Lex explains that the movie plotline differs from the comics; he retrieves a particular issue from his collection, where they are seen kept in protective sleeves.
- ↑ Shattered
- ↑ Eternal
- ↑ Stray
- ↑ Craving
- ↑ Lex used it when he shot and killed Roger Nixon to save Clark and Jonathan in Vortex, to shoot Morgan Edge in Shattered, to defend himself from Lionel (in Clark's body) in Transference, to defend himself against Clark in Splinter, used it to shoot Marcus Becker with it in Fade, used it to simultaneously shoot at Oliver in Rage, used it to defend himself against Kal in Crimson, used it shoot at Wes Keenan in Prototype, used it to shoot Curtis Knox six times in Cure, used it to kill Adrian Cross in cold blood in Gemini, used two of them to shoot both Green Arrow and Black Canary at the same time in Siren, used it to shoot at Jacob Finley in Fracture, used it to intimiate Lionel in Descent and shot Clark and Kara (using Kryptonite bullets) in the alternate universe shown in Apocalypse.
- ↑ Lex discovered Clark's secret in Hug but forgot after being influenced by Bob Rickman, Clark dreamed that Lex found out with disastrous results in Slumber, Lex found out again while being saved by Clark from Morgan Edge's car in Shattered but forgot completely due to Lionel's electroshock therapy in Asylum, Lex's evil half discovered Clark's secret in Onyx but was merged together with black kryptonite to the original Lex which had no idea of what his other half did, Lex himself discovered Clark's secret in Reckoning after Lana's death but this was undone when Clark travelled back in time to prevent Lana's death and in Vessel just prior to completely becoming Zod's vessel but completely forgot after Zod's wraith was removed by Clark in Zod. The eighth (and final) time was thanks to Brainiac to which Lex used the knowledge to use the orb to destroy the Fortress of Solitude on him and Clark in Arctic but completely forgot Clark's secret (along with his entire life) thanks to Tess in Finale, Part 2.
- ↑ Hypnotic, Arctic and Requiem
- ↑ Lex personally gunned down Adrian Cross in Gemini, had an assassin kill Grant Gabriel in Persona, pushed Lionel 40 stories to his death in Descent and stabbed Tess in Finale, Part 2.
- ↑ Lex appeared as a series regular protrayed by Michael Rosenbaum in every episode of Season One to Season Seven. Younger versions of the character were protrayed by Matthew Munn in Pilot and Lineage, Wayne Dalglish in Memoria, Lucas Grabeel in Reunion, and Connor Stanhope in Fracture, Veritas, Descent and Eternal. After Rosenbaum left the show, Lex was no longer a series regular and was portrayed by Kevin Miller in Season Eight and Ayron Howey in Season Nine. In Season Ten, Mackenzie Gray made an uncredited cameo as Lex in Lazarus and Rosenbaum returned as the character in Finale, Part 2.
- ↑ http://twitter.com/alseptien/status/12090578146
- ↑ https://twitter.com/bryanQmiller/status/216338452273299456
- ↑ https://twitter.com/bryanQmiller/status/327982770922090497
- ↑ https://twitter.com/bryanQmiller/status/217329587808505857
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