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Lex Luthor

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Real Identity: Lex Luthor
Appearances: Repulse!, Luthor in Paradise, and Inside Job
Appearances (Webisodes): It's a Trap!
Powers/Skills: Scientific Genius, Engineering, and Piloting
Voiced By: James Woods

Lex Luthor is an evil genius and Superman's greatest enemy. He wears an indestructible battle suit of his own design. Luthor engineered nanobots designed to feed on the solar radiation in a Kryptonian body, namely Superman's, and called it Repulse. The Repulse would replicate into the millions and produce a geometrically increasing repulsive electromagnetic charge. Everything around Superman would be repelled and he would be a constant danger. Luthor coated himself in Repulse and roamed the streets of Metropolis to lure Superman into battle. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkman responded. Eventually, Superman cut a hole in the street with heat vision and Luthor fell into the sewers. He returned to his underground lair but was followed by Superman. Superman grabbed Repulse and realized it was Luthor all along. Luthor was turned over to the police and incarcerated at Stryker's Island Penitentiary. Superman was overcome by the Repulse and flew into space.

Wonder Woman and Hawkman went to Stryker's and demanded to know how to save Superman. Luthor claimed he didn't know what they were talking about. Hawkman dispensed with formalities and pulled off a section of the prison door. Wonder Woman stepped in and slammed Luthor against the wall then tied him up in the Lasso of Truth. She asked again. Luthor was compelled to tell the truth and explained what his Repulse was then theorized something more powerful than the Sun could drain off the power of the nanobots. Wonder Woman and Hawkman took Luthor with them on Justice-1 and flew to Black Hole XT-357. While they watched Superman flew near the black hole's event horizon and drain the Repulse, Luthor rescaped his restraints and hijacked Justice-2. He opened fire on Superman in an effort to push him into the black hole. However, a meteor collided with Justice-2 and sent Luthor flying towards the black hole. Superman went after Luthor. Luthor marveled at seeing the center but knew the Repulse's protection wouldn't last. Superman saw the Lasso of Truth and grabbed hold. Wonder Woman pulled them out. The last of the Repulse drained off. Luthor realized the Repulse was still operating in the collapsing black hole and advised a quick departure. Soon after, a massive explosion was triggered. Luthor was returned to prison and Superman was medically cleared.

Circe and Luthor allied together to steal the Oculus of the Argo from Hippolyta and share its power then conquer Olympus. However, Luthor always planned to double cross her. He arrived on Themyscira then breached Hippolyta's throne room. He easily melted the swords of her guards then knocked them out. He requested the Oculus of the Argo to her surprise. She knew her staff would lead him to it. Luthor fired his gauntlet at her but the staff absorbed the energy and redirected it back at him. Luthor shot a column and it pinned Hippolyta. Wonder Woman suddenly arrived and blocked his next salvo then uppercut him. Circe blasted her out of the temple then trapped her in the Hands of Hercules. Luthor asked for the staff again but Hippolyta refused and flipped him. Circe took advantage of the distraction and blasted her. She took the staff and created a portal to the Fallen Realm. They found the Oculus in a temple. Luthor shed his battle suit and put the Oculus on his chest.

Luthor was infused with the power of Zeus. He even took on his godly visage - a toga, beard, and lovely flowing hair. Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman insisted Luthor would betray her but he threw lightning bolts at them. Superman wasn't impressed. Circe proceeded to turn them into trees as a warning to their other enemies. Luthor found it creative but wanted them to leave quickly. Superman used his heat vision to blast Circe away then Wonder Woman threw her lasso on him. He was told to reveal his plan. He complied. Wonder Woman then asked what of Circe. Luthor couldn't resist and quickly admitted he was going to ditch her the minute they took over Olympus. Circe was infuriated and couldn't believe she almost made him her equal. Luthor was amused and announced he was her superior. She wasn't so sure and pointed. The Oculus fell off Luthor and he returned to normal. Circe zapped Luthor in the butt repeatedly then released Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman from her spell when she was done with him. Superman apprehended Luthor.

Luthor broke into a branch of S.T.A.R. Labs in Metropolis. Police officers and S.W.A.T. fired in vain at Luthor's force field as he walked to a vault. He was disappointed when only Batman arrived then threw an exploding Batarang at him. He casually picked it off his armor and let it detonate in his glove. He shot at Batman. Wonder Woman ordered him to surrender and kicked Luthor into a wall. A small piece of debris bounced off his head. He activated a shoulder cannon. Wonder Woman jeered him to try it. Luthor indulged her but instead of shooting it at her, he fired a cluster missile upwards at the ceiling. While she held up a large slab that fell to protect the people in the room, Luthor flew out of the hole. He quickly modified the stolen item. Superman was waiting and mused it was over. Luthor was annoyed and launched his weapon. It dispersed a green gas over the city. Superman inhaled it and flew off into space to exhale it. Luthor fled the scene. In reality, Superman was infected with nanobots programmed to harvest the solar energy in Superman's cells, effectively killing him. Batman, in his Batjet, and Wonder Woman surrounded Luthor. He mocked them. Superman returned and lost consciousness.

Luthor flew off and returned to his lair to watch Superman's death. He observed the livestream from Superman's bloodstream and gloated his vitals dropped. He estimated Superman would be dead within the hour. The nanobot feed went offline after Wonder Woman punched out its energy harvesting machine. Luthor was irate Superman was convalescing but soon realized the Atom was assisting in his recovery. Luthor flew to the Watchtower and breached its dome. Red Tornado tried to defend the base and blasted Luthor with his tornado attacks. Luthor affixed himself in the breach with grapnel lines then fired off a powerful electrical blast that took Tornado out. Luthor located Superman, unconscious and unprotected. He brandished a Kryptonite ray gun and blasted Superman. The Atom exited Superman's mouth and knocked the gun out of his hands. Luthor opened fire and chased after Atom. He eventually blasted him into wall. Luthor readied the finishing blow but Superman sneezed Batman and Wonder Woman out. They returned to normal size and happened to fall on Luthor. Wonder Woman knocked Luthor in the head then tied his hands up with her Lasso of Truth.

Following the principle of "know thine enemy," Luthor studied every detail about Superman and formulated a trap for him. He made up a name of a woman he kidnapped, Brie Gruyere, and sent a message to Superman. He anticipated where Superman would step and set a trigger for a cannon in the ceiling that would electrocute him. He then figured out which floor of a building Superman would tackle him into and tied up the Brie mannequin to a chair and hid a Kryptonite-armed baseball bat there. Superman found the hideout and performed as he anticipated. Superman threw the girder pinning Luthor up through the hole in the ceiling then walked to the Brie mannequin. He was gased but questioned every aspect of Luthor's plan and how he could have correctly guessed it. Luthor indulged him and explained then got out the baseball bat. Superman even questioned it. Luthor stammered simplicity was deceptively complicated. Just as he prepared to strike Superman, the girder from earlier landed on top of Luthor. Superman revealed he knew something was wrong once he realized the name of the victim was two cheeses put together.

For unknown reasons, Luthor hired Deadshot to take out Wonder Woman. He failed.