Superman: The Animated Series

Lex Luthor: Lois, it almost sounds as if your friend here is suggesting I should be glad that my suit was stolen. You're very amusing Mr... Kent, is it? Yes, I'll remember that.

(Lex Luthor sees Superman hovering outside his bay window, silently staring at him.)
Lex Luthor: I'm afraid we already have a window washer.
Lex Luthor: Oh, the silent treatment, eh? Well, I don't know what you thought you heard out there, but I know what you can prove, and it's nothing. You see, uh... Super-man... I own Metropolis. My technology built it, my will keeps it going, and nearly two-thirds of its people work for me whether they know it or not. Even you have to admit, it's a model of efficiency. And yet, I've often thought... why limit myself to just one city? A being with your abilities could be very useful to me on a, shall we say, global scale? Why don't you float on in and we'll discuss it?
(pause; Lex loses his composure)

Lex Luthor: Well, next time you see one of my museums being robbed, call someone who can do something about it, like the police!

Lex Luthor: You work for me, Peterson, don't forget that! There shouldn't be an opinion in your head that I haven't put there!

Lex Luthor: As long as I have the rock, you can't stop me. But it is bothersome to have you always trying, so, the deal is this: you leave me and my operations alone, and I and my little green rock will leave you alone.
Superman: I don't make deals with criminals.
Lex Luthor: I control everything in this town, Superman. Your cooperation is not really necessary. The offer was merely a courtesy.
Superman: You will never control me, Luthor. Never! (takes off)
Lex Luthor: Well then, I guess I'll have to kill you.

Lex Luthor: Ah, Professor, Mercy will see you safely home now, won't you my dear?
Professor Peterson: Please, no! I-I-I mean, I can see myself home, really!
Lex Luthor: But I insist. Metropolis can be such a dangerous city, Peterson. I'd hate to wake up tomorrow and find out that something terrible had happened to you...

Lex Luthor: I have a luncheon to attend, but I expect to hear the tragic news about him just before dessert.

Superman: I know about Dr. Vale. It's just a matter of time before the police find them.
Lex Luthor: And what makes you think there's any of him left to find?

Councilman: So, Mr. Luthor, how long did you intend to keep your rendezvous a secret? In case you haven't heard, there's a thing known as "national security."
Lex Luthor: There's also a thing known as free enterprise. It was LexCorp that scanned the heavens, it was LexCorp that made contact and it will be LexCorp that reaps the benefits.

Superman: It was several hours after I touched the orb that I saw the images. It's too soon to trust him completely.
Lex Luthor: (laughs) I never trust anyone completely. Since Brainiac arrived I've had him targeted from land base platforms with a payload of six and a half megatons. Enough firepower to incinerate Metropolis county.
Superman: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
Lex Luthor: Precisely. Although in your case, I'll make an exception.

Programmer: It'll take years to rebuild these systems.
Lex Luthor: You have two weeks.

Bizarro: I... have... problem.
Lex Luthor: My friend, I would call that an understatement.

(Bizarro crashes through Lex's Lab ceiling)
Lex Luthor: That's coming out of your pay.

Bizarro: Me am Superman! Me am hero!
Lex Luthor: Sorry, my friend, but you am toast.

(On the phone)
Lois Lane: Come on, Lex! Those are your satellites up there and Lytener worked for you before, how do you expect me to believe you have nothing to do with it.
Lex Luthor: What you believe makes little difference to me. The fact is I did provide Lytener resources while behind bars, but only to legitimate LexCorp research. I had no idea he escaped and I certainly didn't tell him to highjack my satellites to his own revenge.
Lois Lane: Heck, why not? You'd love to see Superman dead!
Lex Luthor: Oh please, Lois, forget that I'm losing millions in communication's revenues, do you really think I'd jeopardize the welfare of the planet to settle my personal grudge with Superman? (grins)

Mercy Graves: What would you do without me?
Lex Luthor: Let's hope it never comes to that.

Brainiac: I needed a way of attracting your attention.
Lex Luthor: There's always e-mail.

Harley Quinn: You... you mean he's going to kill us?
Lex Luthor: No. She is. I abhor violence.

Lois Lane: Trying to put the Man of Steel out of business, Lex?
Lex Luthor: I'd think, Ms. Lane with your knack for getting into trouble, you'd appreciate a few extra rescuers.

Mercy Graves: He's a completely different person.
Lex Luthor: Soon to be a very dead one. I don't know what twist of fate caused this change, but Superman's handed us the perfect opportunity to destroy him. I intend to exploit it.

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