This article is about the DC Comics villain. For the other DC Comics characters, see Brainiac 2, Brainiac 5, and Brainiac 8. For other things called "brainiac", see Brainiac (disambiguation).

Brainiac in Superman: Secret Files and Origins 2009

(October 2009). Art by Francis Manapul.

Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #242 (July 1958)
Created by Otto Binder

Al Plastino

In-story information
Alter ego Vril Dox
Species Coluan
Place of origin Colu
Team affiliations
  • Anti-Justice League
  • Legion of Doom
Partnerships Lex Luthor
Notable aliases Dr. Milton Moses Fine, Pulsar Stargrave, the Terror of Kandor, the Collector of Worlds
  • Cyborg/Android Body grants:
    • Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, longevity, and durability
    • Flight
    • Regenerative healing factor
  • Technopathy
  • Superhuman intelligence
  • Energy projection
  • Projection of superhumanly strong and durable tendrils
  • Ability to take possessionof other beings
  • Generation of impenetrable force fields
  • Utilizes advanced weaponry and equipment
  • Vast psychic powers (sometimes)
    • Telepathy
    • Telekinesis
    • Mind control
    • Matter manipulation
    • Astral projection

Brainiac is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, usually as an adversary of Superman, his second deadliest archenemy after Lex Luthor, and a frequent enemy of the Justice League.

Brainiac is typically depicted as an extraterrestrial cyborg or android. He is one of Superman's primary enemies, and is responsible for shrinking and stealing Kandor, the capital city of Superman's home planet Krypton. In some continuities, he is also responsible for Krypton's destruction. Due to multiple revisions of DC's continuity, several variations of Brainiac have appeared. Most incarnations of Brainiac depict him as a green-skinned being in humanoidform. He is bald, with a set of linked electrode-like objects (sometimes glowing) protruding from his skull.

His name is a portmanteau of the words brain and maniac.[1] In 2009, Brainiac was ranked as IGN's 17th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[2]

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