History ComicBook / Brainiac

13th Jul '16 8:35:13 PM sayaleviathan
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He is rumored to be the BigBad of the forthcoming live-action ''Justice League'' movie. Rao help us all.

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He is rumored to be the BigBad of the forthcoming live-action ''Justice League'' movie. Rao help us all.
14th May '16 9:22:48 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* ArchnemesisDad: To his clone son, Brainiac 2 (Vril Dox II), his grandson, Lyrl Dox (Brainiac 3), and his great-great grandson, Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox). He's manipulated, fought against, and outright tried to murder all three at one point or another, and in turn, all of them have thwarted various schemes of his.
20th Dec '15 5:56:47 PM nombretomado
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Created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino, Brainiac debuted in July 1958 as a green-skinned alien with advanced technology who attacked an Earth spaceship and possessed a private collection of shrunken, stolen cities, including the Kryptonian city of Kandor, which Superman stole back and took back to his Fortress of Solitude. Notably, Superman never actually managed to defeat the alien and was completely outmatched by his DeflectorShields and [[YouFightLikeACow tirade of insults]], and this was the ''[[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]'' Superman, the same one who casually tugged chains of planets through space.

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Created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino, Brainiac debuted in July 1958 as a green-skinned alien with advanced technology who attacked an Earth spaceship and possessed a private collection of shrunken, stolen cities, including the Kryptonian city of Kandor, which Superman stole back and took back to his Fortress of Solitude. Notably, Superman never actually managed to defeat the alien and was completely outmatched by his DeflectorShields and [[YouFightLikeACow tirade of insults]], and this was the ''[[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks ''[[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]'' Superman, the same one who casually tugged chains of planets through space.



* DeflectorShields: Perhaps ''the'' IconicItem associated with the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Brainiac was his force field belt, which even Superman couldn't break through. Most later versions of him have also possessed these in one form or another.

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* DeflectorShields: Perhaps ''the'' IconicItem associated with the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Brainiac was his force field belt, which even Superman couldn't break through. Most later versions of him have also possessed these in one form or another.



* {{Expy}}: In his first appearance, and for much of the SilverAge he was just a more competent alien!Luthor. This changed in UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, when he became a skeletal robot (resembling the Franchise/{{Terminator}}) who aimed to end the universe.

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* {{Expy}}: In his first appearance, and for much of the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} he was just a more competent alien!Luthor. This changed in UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, when he became a skeletal robot (resembling the Franchise/{{Terminator}}) who aimed to end the universe.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Brainiac finally met defeat when Superman disregarded his own ThouShaltNotKill rule, and hurled his ship into the path of the villain's own shrink ray.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Brainiac finally met defeat when Superman disregarded his own ThouShaltNotKill rule, and hurled his ship into the path of the villain's own shrink ray.



* KillerRobot: In the SilverAge and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] when he was a murderous android. The ModernAge saw him possess numerous robotic bodies before it they were retconned into being probes under the control of the actual alien.

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* KillerRobot: In the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] when he was a murderous android. The ModernAge saw him possess numerous robotic bodies before it they were retconned into being probes under the control of the actual alien.



* MadScientist: Particularly during the SilverAge, when he was essentially an alien Luthor. To this day he retains many elements of this as a builder of robots, spaceships, and his own cyborg body parts.

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* MadScientist: Particularly during the SilverAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, when he was essentially an alien Luthor. To this day he retains many elements of this as a builder of robots, spaceships, and his own cyborg body parts.



* NighInvulnerability: His robotic bodies in the SilverAge, [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], and ModernAge typically possessed some version of this, as does his Coluan self following the events of ''Brainiac''.

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* NighInvulnerability: His robotic bodies in the SilverAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], and ModernAge typically possessed some version of this, as does his Coluan self following the events of ''Brainiac''.



* RoboticPsychopath: In TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, though it was more emphasized in some stories than in others. He was also one for much of the Modern Age, before being retconned into being the alien behind the robots. Several adaptations, including ''Superman The Animated Series'' and ''Smallville'' would adapt the original, Post-Crisis version, making him fully robotic.

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* RoboticPsychopath: In TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, though it was more emphasized in some stories than in others. He was also one for much of the Modern Age, before being retconned into being the alien behind the robots. Several adaptations, including ''Superman The Animated Series'' and ''Smallville'' would adapt the original, Post-Crisis version, making him fully robotic.



* VillainousFriendship: A Type III with Luthor during the SilverAge and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]]. Luthor seemed to respect and like Brainiac, but Brainiac was only too willing to betray Luthor, stealing his body in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.

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* VillainousFriendship: A Type III with Luthor during the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]]. Luthor seemed to respect and like Brainiac, but Brainiac was only too willing to betray Luthor, stealing his body in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.
17th Oct '15 9:52:19 PM nombretomado
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PostCrisis, he was reimagined again as an insane circus psychic named Milton Fine who believed he was possessed by an alien intelligence, though as that drew a fan backlash it was gradually implied that he might actually be ProperlyParanoid and he began taking on genuinely alien characteristics, such as green skin and more audacious plans. Eventually this was all [[RetCon retconned]] and he was reimagined ''again'' as an evil alien robot, then as time went on his exact origins and nature as either a robot, a pure alien or an [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot alien cyborg robot]] was DependingOnTheWriter. Once again, Superman receives (in different circumstances) a Kandor shrunk by Brainiac, this time apparently [[FantasticRacism a holding city for non-Kryptonian residents of Krypton,]] in the interest of keeping Superman the LastOfHisKind.

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PostCrisis, ComicBook/PostCrisis, he was reimagined again as an insane circus psychic named Milton Fine who believed he was possessed by an alien intelligence, though as that drew a fan backlash it was gradually implied that he might actually be ProperlyParanoid and he began taking on genuinely alien characteristics, such as green skin and more audacious plans. Eventually this was all [[RetCon retconned]] and he was reimagined ''again'' as an evil alien robot, then as time went on his exact origins and nature as either a robot, a pure alien or an [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot alien cyborg robot]] was DependingOnTheWriter. Once again, Superman receives (in different circumstances) a Kandor shrunk by Brainiac, this time apparently [[FantasticRacism a holding city for non-Kryptonian residents of Krypton,]] in the interest of keeping Superman the LastOfHisKind.
7th Oct '15 1:42:49 PM VVK
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Brainiac is a prominent member of Franchise/{{Superman}}s RoguesGallery and one of the most iconic villains in comic book history.

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Brainiac is a prominent member of Franchise/{{Superman}}s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s RoguesGallery and one of the most iconic villains in comic book history.
12th Aug '15 11:50:04 AM FF32
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* BigBad: Competes with Luthor and Zod for the title of Superman's Biggest Bad, and has been the mastermind behind countless story arcs in both Superman's own book and the DCU at large (where, alongside the likes of Luthor and Darkseid he's one of the biggest bads around). His antimatter counterpart served as TheBigBad of ''JLA: Earth-2'', establishing that no matter which universe you are in, Brainiac is at the top of the evil food chain.

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* BigBad: Competes with Luthor and Zod for the title of Superman's Biggest Bad, and has been the mastermind behind countless story arcs in both Superman's own book and the DCU at large (where, alongside the likes of Luthor and Darkseid he's one of the biggest bads around). His antimatter counterpart served as TheBigBad the BigBad of ''JLA: Earth-2'', establishing that no matter which universe you are in, Brainiac is at the top of the evil food chain.



* DiscOneFinalBoss: In ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' where he appeared to be TheBigBad, but was actually a front for [[spoiler:Mxyptlk of all people]].

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: In ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' where he appeared to be TheBigBad, the BigBad, but was actually a front for [[spoiler:Mxyptlk of all people]].
5th Jul '15 11:00:17 AM nombretomado
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* NotSoDifferent: From LexLuthor, something which neither of them would care to admit in the Post-Crisis world.

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* NotSoDifferent: From LexLuthor, ComicBook/LexLuthor, something which neither of them would care to admit in the Post-Crisis world.
26th May '15 10:37:54 AM MasterHero
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* TragicVillain: His interpretation in the ''New 52''. [[spoiler:According to ''ComicBook/SupermanDoomed'', his homeworld and family were destroyed in an invasion from another dimension and Brainiac has been kidnapping species from across the universe to harvest their PsychicPowers in order to recreate his lost home and see his family again.]]
11th May '15 9:07:30 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* SecondaryColorNemesis: ''Is'' green, wears purple.
3rd May '15 11:21:23 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* BrainComputerInterface: Brainiac is frequently portrayed as being wired into his ship via ports in his skull.
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