Machiavelli and the Luthors

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Title: Machiavelli and the Luthors
Creator: Kelex Yarou-Noona
Date(s): July 20, 2003
Medium: online
Topic: Smallville, Lex Luthor, Lionel Luthor
External Links: Machiavelli and the Luthors, Archived version
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Machiavelli and the Luthors is an essay by Kelex Yarou-Noona. It has the subtitle "A study of Machiavellian philosophy as applied to the lives of Lionel and Lex Luthor, of 'Smallville.'"

It is part of the Fanfic Symposium series.


Villains are always evil.

They have no other traits.


Villains are rarely, if ever, single-dimensional, completely evil beings. They are layered, complex characters who have an entire framework of beliefs and rationalizations to rely on when their methods or aims are called into question.

The Luthor family is no different. Relying not on rationalization or flights of fancy but the solid, if somewhat cynical teachings, of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince. Written for Italian courtiers, Machiavelli builds a ruthless, but successful, ruling body. It is this blueprint that Lionel Luthor has chosen to indoctrinate his son in.

In the following pages, point after point has been outlined and explained, in as much detail as possible, as further proof that the Luthors are, indeed, Machiavellian.