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25 Sinister Lex Luthor Quotes from the Mouth of Gene Hackman

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Sinister Lex Luthor Quotes (also, somewhat humorous)

When it comes to Lex Luthor moments there are few who are as memorable as the portrayal that Gene Hackman laid down in the Superman movies of the 1970s and 1980s. Gene Hackman played to the strengths of the character as much as the weaknesses. Luthor was the comedic relief of the stale moments and also the sinister villain plotting world domination.

Here is our collection of the most exciting, sinister and comedic Lex Luthor quotes courtesy of Gene Hackman. Enjoy!

1. “Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it’s a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.”

2. “We all have our little faults. Mine’s in California.”

3. “It’s amazing that brain can generate enough power to keep those legs moving.”

4. “You were great in your day, Superman. But it just stands to reason, when it came time to cash in your chips, this old… diseased… maniac would be your banker.”

5. “There’s a strong streak of good in you, Superman. But then nobody’s perfect… almost nobody.”

6. Superman: “Is that how a warped brain like yours gets its kicks? By planning the death of innocent people?”
Lex Luthor: “No, by causing the death of innocent people.”

7. “LEX LUTHOR! Possibly you’ve heard the name? The Greatest Criminal Mind on Earth!”

8. Eve Teschmacher: “I like trees.”
Lex Luthor: “So does your average cocker spaniel.”

9. Lex Luthor: “This is how it ends for the greatest criminal mind of our time. Not with a whimper, not with a bang. How do they choose to reward Lex Luthor… the greatest genius in this world? Do they give him glory or treasure? What, matter of fact, do they give him?”
Prison Warden : “Life plus 25, Luthor. Get to work.”

10. General Zod: [to Superman]  “Your powers are identical to mine. But we are three. We could tear you limb from limb.”
Lex Luthor: “Do it, Your Grace. Just grab a leg and just make a wish.”

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11. Lex Luthor: “Guy’s a clod… Promises were made, gifts exchanged. I gotta hand it to you, you know… You always told the truth. A guy always knew where he stood with you. You kept everything pure and simple. I’ve always respected you for that.”
Superman: “I guess there’s some good in you after all, Lex Luthor.”
Lex Luthor : “Oh, yeah… I’m full of good. I just don’t get to use it very often.”

12. General Zod: “Lex Luthor, ruler of Australia, activate the machine.”
[Non grabs Luthor and flies him up to the control panel] 
Lex Luthor: “Thank you.”

13. Superman: [at the Fortress of Solitude; whispering to Luthor]  “Try and get them all into this molecule chamber. It takes away their powers, see… and turns them into ordinary human beings. Now if you could…”
[Zod approaches] 
Superman: “Shh, shh!”
Lex Luthor: [pauses] “General, don’t go in there. It’s a trap.”
Superman: “Luthor, you poisonous snake!”

14. Lex Luthor: “Superman! Thank God!”
[sees Zod glaring at him] 
Lex Luthor: “I mean, get him!”

15. General Zod: “He flies then?”
Lex Luthor: “Constantly.”
General Zod: “He has powers as we do?”
Lex Luthor: “Certainly. But, oh Magnificent One, he is one, while you are three.”
[Non growls] 
Lex Luthor: “Or four, if you count him twice!”

16. “Lenny, let’s try and keep your IQ a family secret.”

17. “Lenny, I’ve always considered you the Dutch Elm disease in my family tree.”

18. “He gets his energy from the sun. Without it, he’s like you at night – useless.”

19. Nuclear Man: “Destroy Superman.”
Lex Luthor: “Later.”
Lex Luthor : [to Superman]  “He’s a little bit anxious. Can you blame him?”

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20. “Goodnight, sweet prince. Parting is… inevitable.”

21. Lex Luthor: [introduces Nuclear Man to Superman]  “Look closely at the cell structure. You see anything familiar?”
Superman: “You’ve broken all the laws of man, Luthor. Now it looks as though you’ve broken all the laws of nature, too. I can only assume you must have hidden a device of some kind on one of the missiles I hurled into the sun.”
Lex Luthor: “You know, Mr. Muscle, I’m really gonna miss these little chats we had together. You’re the only one that could keep up with me.”

22. Lex Luthor: “Destroy Superman!”
Nuclear Man: “First, I have fun.”

23. Lenny: “You gonna skip the country, Uncle Lex?”
Lex Luthor: “Lenny, you pathetic product of the public school system, your Uncle Lex has had nothing on his mind the past few years except for one thing:”
Lenny, Lex Luthor: “Destroy Superman!”

24. “A hearty bienvenue to Jean-Pierre Dubois, nuclear warhead dealer to the world. His motto is: ‘If you didn’t buy it from Jean-Pierre, you didn’t buy it on ze black market.'”

25. Lenny: “You know what this means, Uncle Lex?”
Lex Luthor: “What?”
Lenny: “We’re gonna be parents!”

What’s your favourite Lex Luthor movie quote?

What did you think? Which of the above are your favourite Lex Luthor Quotes? Leave a comment below if we missed any favourites of yours!

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