Charming and sophistcated, Sir Charles Lytton is the archetypal "Gentleman Criminal". After travelling across the world, Sir Charles decided to relocate his affairs to the far east, to sample the culture, the nightlife and it's many hidden treasures.
Lytton is a gentleman and a born member of the aristocracy. He is more commonly known/identified as the notorious thief The Phantom. A number of different, somewhat conflicting origin stories exist to explain why a genuine member of the british aristocracy would become a thief, involving from having been robbed from his inheritance, poverty in childhood, boredom or overindulgence in charity. With his secret identity exposed Sir Charles is forced to create and maintain a large number of false ones, of which the main one is Lord William Aberdeen. Depending on the circles in which he travels this title could well be genuine, the name and identity are false.
The character, though originally a sort of a hero villain, grew more and more into a heroic character, a thief, certainly, but a thief like Robin Hood, embodiment of the ideals of the nobility, protecting the weak, punishing and reforming the bad guys (by theft), supporting the poor, as well as aiding the ill.
Sir Charles keeps himself fit and always eat healthily and well
As a result of this regime his true age is always somewhat unclear. As a very handsome and muscular man he cannot disguise himself as a female convincingly. Sir Charles cannot be hypnotised by normal means, but can hypnotise people himself. He speaks quite some languages, including German, French, Russian and Mandarin. Considering less exceptional abilities, they can be simply summarized by stating that, but for eating with chopsticks, Sir Charles can do everything.
Sir Charles is refreshingly free from racist views. A Great War induced dislike towards Germans is present.
His arch-enemy is the rather incompetent inspector Baxter (Scotland Yard), whose more competent assistant is an admirer of The Phantom.