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Real Identity: Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor
Powers/Skills: Genius, Science, Technology, and Manipulation
Voiced By: Anthony LaPaglia
Lex Luthor was born in the impoverished Suicide Slums in Metropolis to abusive parents. Without their knowledge, Luthor took out a large insurance policy on them. He then engineered events to have them killed in a horrifying car accident. When he was of age to collect the insurance money, Luthor went on to graduate from the prestigious MIT and built the LexWing airplane. The aircraft's sale became the foundation of his industrial empire, LexCorp. Unchecked, Luthor established a dominant hold over Metropolis, garnered lucrative government contracts and illegally conducted sales with foreign countries. He operated on the Survival of the Smartest doctrine; brain beats brawn. The only man to openly oppose him was Superman and the two continued to clash.
Eventually, Luthor was revealed to be the villain he was. Over the years, he tried to use Kryptonite, robots, and elaborate death traps to kill Superman. Angered by his mortality and Superman's immortality, Luthor continued to obsess over Superman. He concluded he was a fascist who stood in the way of his self-realization. If Superman hadn't deliberately stood in his way over and over, he believed he'd be in charge of the world.
Lex Luthor was given a full pardon by the President of the United States of America in exchange for working for the federal government. He told the world he reformed and quietly invested in water and dammed over 15 rivers with the intent to profit from a global water shortage brought about by tampering with the Sun. 26 months later, Luthor secretly allied with Solaris and created a genetically modified suicide bomb from one of Dr. Quintum's G-Types in an effort to lure Superman to the Sun and overexpose his cells to solar radiation. He remote-controlled the G-Type with a voice command sequence he designed. It took nine minutes for the signal to reach the Sun and required Luthor to time the transmissions. But the ruse worked. Luthor used the DNA P.R.O.J.E.C.T. to kill Superman. He was soon arrested on charges of attempted murder and crimes against humanity. During his trial in the Court of International Justice, Luthor was compared to Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Al Capone, and Adolf Hitler. He was found to be a human monster and an ammoral, sociopathic predator driven by greed and a gradiose self-delusion.
Lex Luthor was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to death by the electric chair. Luthor's last wish was to drink the perfect cocktail. He spiked it with a hidden pre-programmed shapeshifting molecule that contained Superman's 24 hour Super Serum. Luthor survived the electric chair and escaped Stryker's Island. While he prepared to take over the world, Luthor released his prison-mates to distract the Science Police and Special Crimes Unit. Superman, on the verge of death, stood in his path one last time. Utilizing the Gravity Gun, Superman increased Luthor's personal gravity 500 times. This forced his metabolism to accelerate in order to compensate and burn out his super powers. Upon coming to a stunning revelation, Luthor was powerless again. While awaiting his second execution, Luthor saw the error of his ways and reverse-engineered Superman's eight billion letter genetic sequence from the Super Serum. He also figured how to replicate it by combining human and Kryptonian strands and gave both sets of information to Dr. Quintum.