Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Luthor is the archenemy of Superman, though given his high status as a supervillain, he has also come into conflict with Batman and other superheroes in the DC Universe. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the character first appeared in Action Comics #23 (April 1940).
"Gods are selfish beings who fly around in little red capes and don't share their powers with mankind. No Kitty, I don't want to be a God, I just want to bring fire to the people" (Superman Returns)
"A life, some would argue, is a series of problems. There’s no denying the truth in that – but why get lost in it? Why not rise above the truth… and lead a good life? Shouldn’t we all look at problems as a chance for us to find… solutions?" (Lex Luthor: The Man Of Steel)
"I believe there’s something inherently dangerous when something real becomes mythic. Because when faced with a myth we can’t win. So the mythic must be exposed for what it is. So we can believe in ourselves. Because it’s only what’s in us…the drive to be mythic…that matters." (Lex Luthor: The Man Of Steel)
"But one thing’s clear, beyond the mask he wears… is his passion. A palpable thing, that’s almost greater then the man himself. And if there’s passion… there’s desire. And desire means there’s a hole in the man. (About Bruce Wayne/Batman)" (Lex Luthor: The Man Of Steel)
"What gives measure to a man's choices is what he has to give up to make them." (Lex Luthor: The Man Of Steel)
(Talking to Superman) "You profess a love for humanity, but that's an emotion you cannot possibly know, because those same abilities make it impossible for you to know it's opposite, it's something that today has its grip on every heart of Metropolis, fear" (Lex Luthor: The Man Of Steel)
"But then, Hope is an aspiration, a beacon that shines brighter than any star lighting the way for all mankind, Hope is the refusal of the inevitable, a hand lifted to the clouds, Hope is what makes us humans, for when reality threatens to destroy us, we reach inward, and we create Hope. It's the greatest gift we can give each other, though it may just be the foundation to a house of cards" (Lex Luthor: The Man Of Steel)
"You know, I used to think that it was our families that makes us who we are? Then I hoped it was our friends. But if you look at history, the great men and women of the world have always been defined... by their enemies" (Smallville Series)
(Talking to Superman)You need me, you wouldn't be much of a hero without a villain, and you love been a hero don't you? The cheering children, the swooning women; you love it so much it's made you my most reliable accomplice. - Accomplice? What the... You could have crush me any time you wanted, and it wasn't the law or the will of the people that stopped you. It was your ego, being a hero was too important. You're as much responsible for this as I am, so go ahead fix it somehow, put me on trial, lock me up, but I'll beat... and then we start the whole thing all over again. (Justice League: A Better World)
"We want to destroy an indestructible being. My contact is an expert in that field. He is charging us one million dollars for a ten-minute consultation, but I think you will agree it is well worth the price. Gentlemen, I give you.... Mr Lex Luthor.
Our ten minutes start now." -- Swamp Thing #53