History Comicbook / Brainiac

14th Feb '18 8:34:10 PM NogaiKhan
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* VillainRespect: Brainiac respects knowledge above all. He's disdainful of Superman because "Earth made [him] into a simple brute", but his complimentary of Luthor's SuperIntelligence, considering him the closest thing in the universe to a peer intellect.

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* VillainRespect: Brainiac respects knowledge above all. He's disdainful of Superman because "Earth made [him] into a simple brute", but his is complimentary of Luthor's SuperIntelligence, considering him the closest thing in the universe to a peer intellect.
14th Feb '18 8:33:42 PM NogaiKhan
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* GodzillaThreshold: His existence is one, Post-Crisis. Along with Cyborg-Superman, Darkseid, Imperiex, the Anti-Monitor, Zod, and a handful of others Brainiac is one of the very few beings who Superman is willing to kill. He's also a big enough threat that bitter enemies will often unite to take him down. Who else could make [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Superman and Darkseid fight]] [[ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar on the same side?]] Or [[ComicBook/NewKrypton Superman, Zod, and Luthor?]]


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* OutGambitted: For all his brilliance, this has happened a few times to him, usually at the hands of Lex Luthor. Most notably in ComicBook/TheBlackRing.


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* VillainRespect: Brainiac respects knowledge above all. He's disdainful of Superman because "Earth made [him] into a simple brute", but his complimentary of Luthor's SuperIntelligence, considering him the closest thing in the universe to a peer intellect.
6th Feb '18 2:13:18 PM NogaiKhan
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* MultipleChoicePast: Past ''and'' ending. In ''Adventure Comics'' vol. 2, #9, Brainiac's 31st century descendant Brainiac 5 comments that at one point the original Brainiac simply disappeared from history (or, at least, stopped blowing up planets), with no one knowing exactly what happened to him. The leading theories are that he either died, traveled to the future to become Pulsar Stargrave, or was destroyed when he was sent back to the birth of creation and "had his miserable life snuffed out by an ancient power greater than his." The events of ''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar'' heavily implies that the latter is the truth (and, by extension, that Brainiac 13 is the real Brainiac in chronologically his last form), as Brainiac 13 gets sent back in time to be disintegrated in the Big Bang by Superman, Darkseid, and Luthor at the end of it.
4th Feb '18 9:26:27 PM NogaiKhan
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Brainiac can't understand what Superman sees in Earth, as its scientific and technological advances are nothing compared to Krypton's. He never considers less quantifiable qualities, like love or family.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Brainiac can't understand what Superman sees in Earth, as its scientific and technological advances are nothing compared to Krypton's. He never considers less quantifiable qualities, like love or family. Epitomized near the climax of the ''Brainiac'' arc, when Brainiac has beaten and imprisoned Superman. He derides Earth for its perceived flaws, concluding that its technology is primitive and its culture useless, and asks Superman what it could possibly offer him. The whole time he's talking, Lois Lane, thinking the end is nigh, is desperately crying out to Superman from the shrunken Metropolis, trying to tell him she loves him before it's too late. The implication is that if Brainiac had listened to her, he would have the answer to his question.


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* TerrifiedOfGerms: The true Post-Crisis Brainiac was seriously mysophobic, at least in his first appearance; Superman was able to beat him by knocking him into a swamp, which caused full-on SensoryOverload from the sounds and microscopic organisms that severely debilitated and stunned him. This weakness hasn't reappeared since and he's been seen walking around on Earth's surface without trouble, implying he fixed it, but he still dislikes being outside of his ship for longer than strictly necessary.
4th Feb '18 9:06:02 PM NogaiKhan
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* FlyingBrick: Post-2008, his probes. They're strong enough to make Superman bleed and give Supergirl trouble in numbers, tough enough to survive some of Superman's weaker blows (at full strength he can tear through them though) and NoSell small arms, can shoot energy beams and harpoons, can generate force fields that can block Superman's heat vision, and of course can fly. His Bronze Age SkeleBot incarnation had pretty much the same power set.


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* MythologyGag: His robotic probes post-2008 resemble his Bronze Age SkeleBot incarnation, likely because that incarnation actually was [[ActuallyADoombot supposed to be one of those probes.]]
4th Feb '18 7:53:41 PM FateStayWho
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* TheArtifact: In the Bronze Age, Brainiac's skull shaped CoolStarship was modeled after Brainiac's head in his SkeleBot phase. While Brainiac would go back to older his green skinned appearance, the design of his ship stuck.
3rd Feb '18 8:02:56 PM NogaiKhan
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* ShootingSuperman: ''Inverted''- the TropeNamer is constantly doing this to ''him'', forgetting that Brainiac's ship-mounted shields are not only basically invulnerable, but often hit back with more energy than they're struck with, damaging or killing the attacker. Superman eventually learns and tries different tactics. PlayedForDrama in ''New Krypton'', where Zod (ignoring Superman's warnings) wastes hundreds of Kryptonian lives in a vain attempt to break through Brainiac's force fields.


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* UnskilledButStrong: Post-2008. Brainiac is pound-for-pound as strong as Superman and [[EvilIsBigger much bigger,]] meaning he can overpower the Man of Steel and is among the physically strongest beings in the DC Universe. ''However'', despite his vast intellect, he's generally not a skilled fighter (likely due to so few beings in the universe being able to challenge him to begin with), with the 2009 ''Superman Secret Files'' even noting that his style "appears sluggish and lumbering." This is shown quite clearly at the end of the ''Last Stand of New Krypton'' story line; when they're both powered, Brainiac easily trumps Zod, but when they're both depowered, Zod manages to beat down Brainiac despite being a good fifty pounds lighter, boasting that he has a warrior's instincts and skill which Brainiac lacks. Brainiac's not ''completely'' inept however; one of the reasons he was able to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] the Justice League so easily when possessing Doomsday was that (in Wonder Woman's words) they were expecting to fight a wild animal, while Brainiac actually fought tactically.
3rd Feb '18 7:52:42 PM NogaiKhan
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** ''Action Comics #339:'' Supergirl attempts to attack Brainiac's ship but is incapacitated and nearly killed when she strikes its force field and it responds by repulsing her attack and blasting her. Brainiac then comments that he's looking for Superman, not Supergirl, and departs without bothering to confirm her death. She was basically a bug on his windshield. Later she attempts to capture him again, but is unable to breach his personal belt-generated force field, and he contemptuously shoots her with a kryptonite ray gun before leaving her for dead and walking away to find her cousin.
31st Jan '18 1:35:08 PM NogaiKhan
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