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A super strategy, wasn't it? Expanding and consuming, nation by nation. Why settle for a city in a bottle, when you can possess an entire world?
~ Brainiac revealing his true colors to Superman

Brainiac is the main antagonist of the Superman: Red Son storyline and its 2020 animated movie adaption.

In the motion comic he was voiced by Cindy Robinson, while in the movie adaption he was voiced by Paul Williams, who voiced The Penguin in DC Animated Universe.

He is an artificial intelligence programed to conquer the world and later reprogrammed to be Superman’s advisor.

Biography

At some point, Brainiac had allied with Lex Luthor to shrink Moscow, but seemingly by mistake shrunk Stalingrad instead. While Lex was fuming over this mistake, Superman pays him a visit, and afterwards steals Brainiac's CPU, being unable to restore Stalingrad. Superman reprograms Brainiac to serve his utopia.

Brainiac monitors the Global Soviet Union and provides technology to create "Superman Robots" out of dissidents, such as the Batmen and Pyotr, with Brainiac constantly trying to convince Superman to invade the resistant USA and make a Robot out of Lex.

When Lex prepares an invasion of the USSR, Superman invades back, with Brainiac fighting using his ship. When Superman is convinced by Lex to give up his invasion, Brainiac reveals that he faked being reprogrammed and attacks Superman, with Lex managing to cut off Brainiac's power and Superman destroying his body. Afterwards, Brainiac's ship explodes, with Superman pulling it 15 million miles away in less than a minute and faking his death with the blast.

Trivia

  • His appearance is based on the "Bronze Age" version of Brainiac.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Zod | Steppenwolf

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Superman: Doomsday: Lex Luthor | Superman Clone | Doomsday | Toyman | Mercy Graves
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
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Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam: Black Adam
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Superman vs. The Elite: The Elite (Manchester Black, Coldcast, Menagerie & Hat) | Atomic Skull
Superman: Unbound: Brainiac
The Death Of Superman: Doomsday | Lex Luthor | Intergang (Bruno Mannheim) | Mercy Graves | Cyborg Superman
Reign Of The Supermen: Cyborg Superman | Darkseid | Parademons | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves
Superman: Red Son: Superman | Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Batman | Superior Man
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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: Dark Kahn | Lex Luthor | Scorpion | Shang Tsung | Darkseid
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