YMMV / Brainiac

  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people who know about Brainiac are more familiar with his evil AI incarnation from the cartoon than they are with the earlier comic book incarnations. This is most likely the reason it has become a frequent Ret Canon.
  • Awesome Moments:
    • In his first appearance -Action Comics #242-, Superman was unable to beat Brainiac. The Man of Steel threw chunks of planetoid at the twelfth-level intellectual until he ran out of planetoid. The whole time, Brainiac just stood still, grinning and letting his deflector shields take the blows.
    • His androids and machines nearly manage to destroy both Superman and Supergirl during the Brainiac story arc.
  • Complete Monster:
  • Can't Un-Hear It: Corey Burton's voice for Brainiac in the DCAU is what most fans tend to hear in their heads when reading his lines.
  • Evil Is Cool: Naturally. Brainiac has consistently been a threat to Superman across the decades no matter how strong the Man of Steel becomes.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Brainiac was so ubiquitous and popular in the Silver Age that his name became slang for intellectual and introduced a word in the cultural lexicon, but his cross-media appearances has prevented him from being as famous as other villains. He has yet to appear in a single Live-Action film version of Superman (which has seen three Lex Luthors and two General Zods) and his most well known appearance, the DCAU take, is different enough from his comics that they make newcomers confused about the two versions.