Lionel Luthor grew up as the son of Scottish immigrants Lachlan Luthor and Eliza Luthor in Suicide Slums. As a teenager, Lionel conspired with Morgan Edge to kill his parents to collect the insurance money to fund LuthorCorp, and their criminal dealings continued well into their adult years after their lives have taken divergent turns. Sometime before the 1980's, Lionel married a woman named Lillian. In 1980, Lionel and Lillian had their first child Alexander "Lex" Luthor and hired a woman named Pamela Jenkins as a nanny to their household. In 1981, Lionel fathered his second child Lutessa Lena Luthor with Pamela. Lionel founded a secret Society called "Veritas" in order to locate a prophesized "Traveler" that would bring great change to Earth. Lionel bought a Scottish mansion and had it shipped to America and reassembled in Smallville, Kansas. Lionel murdered his fellow Veritas members Robert and Laura Queen in order to keep the Traveler for himself. While on a business meeting in Smallville, Lionel and Lex were caught in the meteor shower. Lionel finds Lex in a cornfield, completely bald. He also finds a baby in the field. He soon realizes the baby is the Traveler he has been searching for and adopts him, naming him Clark. In 1993, Lionel's wife dies of a heart condition and Lionel forces Pamela to leave. Lionel raises Lex, Tess and Clark together training each of them to be his heir and pitting them against one another in the hopes that one of them would prove a worthy successor to his empire. However, his primary hope was that Clark would prove the most worthy due to his alien powers. Due to her rebellious attitude, Lionel cut Tess off financially. Clark took on a more dotting son role as he was being groomed and trained by Lionel but Clark secretly hated his adopted father and wanted nothing more than to get out from under his control and kill as many people as possible to do it. When Lex branded Clark with the family crest on his arm using gold kryptonite, Lionel gave his approval for Clark to retaliate by killing Lex. Lionel used Clark's powers to expend LuthorCorp into a new empire and they took control of Metropolis by turning it into a dark and depressing city. In order to accomplish his evil goals, Clark took on the identity of Ultraman, much to Lionel's approval, feeling a secret identity would allow him to get away with his destructive desires and keep the family name unharmed like when Clark murdered the Swanns. When Clark Kent of Earth-1 accidentally switched places with Clark Luthor of Earth-2 using the mirror box, Clark found himself greeted by Lionel in his doppelganger's bedroom with two girls in the Luthor Mansion. After Lionel lectured Clark, they dueled with swords laced with blue kryptonite. Lionel later caught Tess sneaking around into Lionel's office to get a hold of a journal that had information regarding the mirror box. Before having Tess arrested by his guards, Lionel claimed that she was not a worthy heir to the Luthor name. Tess got a parting shot at Lionel and slapped him before being dragged away. When Clark went to the Fortress of Solitude in the hopes of getting help from Jor-El, Lionel was there and had the Fortress integrated with Earth technology. Lionel stated that he caught Tess trying to locate the mirror box, which was odd as he had done all he could to destroy any Kryptonian artifacts. Clark lied and claimed he asked Tess to help in order to destroy the box and Lionel then lied, claiming that Oliver Queen while Lionel himself had the Mirror Box. He had instead wanted to locate Oliver and to discover if Clark was going to betray him as he once assumed. Lionel stopped Oliver from killing Clark using kryptonite rays and a gun, but then instead of helping Clark, Lionel said that he had failed him as a father, as well as that if he were a true Luthor he would have killed Lionel by now and Lionel blamed himself. Lionel started to beat Clark with his belt as he ranted about how only the strong survive and how he will be the strongest in this earth, or any other. At this point, Oliver realized that Clark was the "good one" and turned off the kryptonite. When Clark grabbed the mirror box and activated it, Lionel was transported to Earth-1 along with that earth's Clark. Lionel researched everything to find out more about his doppelganger. He discovered the existence of Alexander Luthor, the partial genetic clone of his son Lex's counterpart. When Tess Mercer was walking to her office, Lionel was sitting there waiting for her. He reached out to her, to be the father that she needed and be there for Alexander. He intended on finding Alexander before Tess did and do right by him. Lionel managed to find Alexander in Suicide Slums, staying in an old apartment. He realized that it was him who attacked Senator Martha Kent in a failed attempt to kill Clark. Lionel managed to take "back" LuthorCorp and returned Alexander to LuthorCorp. When Alexander thought that Lionel still favored Clark, he decided to do away with both his "father" and Martha. After Lionel was saved by Clark, Lionel watched the Luthor Mansion burn to the ground. For weeks, Lionel remained in control of LuthorCorp. Lionel went to Cadmus Labs, finding Tess there as well. He vowed that he would have his "son" Alexander, but Tess showed him Alexander’s "remains". Lionel discovered she was lying by using the remains of one of Lex's failed clones after torturing Dr. Lamell and went to find his "son". Lionel realized Alexander was now called Conner Kent and had changed his hair and developed Kryptonian abilities like Clark due to being a Kryptonian/Human hybrid. He reached out to Conner and gave him red kryptonite via a ring, causing Conner to take on an appearance and personality closer to that of Lex's. Lionel then took Conner to Lois Lane and kidnapped her because she was in his office going through the files on his computer regarding him being a "fake" Lionel. Before he could put an end to Lois by shooting her, Conner whisked her away. He realized that the red kryptonite made Conner more excited in his infatuation with Lois and then continued to track Conner back to the Luthor Mansion's remains where he had to subdue Clark and Conner with green kryptonite. He tried to remind Conner about the fact he is still a Luthor and not a Kent, but Conner remained on Clark's side. Returning to his empire, Lionel was eventually thrown out by Tess who regained control of the company and started tracking every step he took. Lionel was approached by Darkseid and offered immortality in exchange for his loyalty, but Lionel refused. When Clark Luthor used the mirror box to travel to Earth-1, he set out to find Lionel to have his revenge for everything that had been done to him during his life. It was discovered that Tess had the ability to track Lionel's movements and she diverted Clark Luthor before he could kill Lionel, only for Clark to attempt to kill Tess for her betrayal. At some point, Lionel used his limitless funds to create the biochemical researching company PreClox and discovered that Lex Luthor had instituted another project called Cadmus Labs deep inside the chambers beneath the Luthor Mansion where Lex had taken his many clones's best pieces to create the perfected clone but was missing a heart. After failing to locate Conner, Lionel launched a plan to capture Tess so that her heart could be removed for Lex. Shortly before the surgery, Tess escaped and shot Lionel in the chest. Darkseid returned to Lionel offering him the deal that Lionel had previously turned down, Lionel said he had never intended to live forever and only wanted Lex's life to be restored, considering him to be the one worthy of his legacy. As per their deal, Darkseid ripped out Lionel's still beating heart and placed it into Lex. After Lex was effectively restored, Lionel's corpse was used as a vessel for Darkseid to combat against Clark, but was destroyed in the process, ending Lionel's reign of tyranny once and for all.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Genius-level Intellect
- Business Management: Lionel is an incredibly savvy as well as cut throat businessman. He has expanded his company, LuthorCorp into an empire that includes the Metropolis news paper "LuthorCorp Media".