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Dax-Ur (creator)


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5'9" (standard)




Marital Status

Created by Dax-Ur over one-hundred years ago.

Place of Birth

First appearance

Smallville Episode: Arrival



The Brain InterActive Construct, or Brainiac, is a Kryptonian artificial intelligence. It possesses Kryptonian powers as well as being a liquid metal being with shape-shifting abilities. As an artificial intelligence, Brainiac can corrupt and control other technology by the use of its host, Milton Fine. It prefers to use its body as a primary weapon, forming blades and extruding metal shapes from its limbs, and is capable of surviving almost anything, as it is a self-replicating entity.

Brainiac was created centuries ago on the planet Krypton by the scientist Dax-Ur, who abandoned his creation when he found it had the capacity to destroy entire planets. Years later, Brainiac was used by Jor-El to aid in the war against General Zod. However, it was corrupted by Zod to aid in his efforts to take over Krypton, but in doing so, destroyed the planet. Before Krypton's destruction, Brainiac was downloaded into the Black Ship that would be sent to Earth when needed.

When the Crystal of Air was stained with the blood of Genevieve Teague, causing another meteor shower, the Black Ship crash-landed on Earth, releasing two of Zod's disciples, Nam-Ek and Aethyr. It was later retrieved by Lex Luthor and brought to Warehouse 15, after which Brainiac created an extension of itself that took a human form when Aethyr and Nam-Ek had failed to complete their mission.


As Professor Fine

In his human guise as Professor Milton Fine, Brainiac taught World History at Central Kansas A&M. He offered one of his students, Clark Kent, a job as his assistant, explaining that he needed help in writing an exposé about LuthorCorp's clandestine activities; Clark later accepted the job in light of his deepening distrust of Lex Luthor.

Later, Brainiac sent Lana Lang a piece of silver Kryptonite, which turned out to be made of the metallic substance that composes his body, hoping that Clark would touch it and be exposed to its paranoia-inducing effects. While Clark was attacking Lana in the Luthor Mansion, Brainiac appeared and stopped him, exhibiting Kryptonian abilities and removing the silver kryptonite splinter from Clark's body, curing Clark. Later on, Brainiac visited Clark in his loft and told him that he was there to help him walk the path of a true Kryptonian and stop the coming of General Zod.

Brainiac later infected Clark's adoptive mother, Martha Kent, with a deadly Kryptonian virus. As Professor Fine, he lied to Clark, explaining that long ago, Zod tried to stop Jor-El from conquering and ultimately destroying Krypton. Brainiac retrieved a black crystal from the Black Ship and convinced Clark that the only way to stop Jor-El from killing Martha was to destroy the Fortress of Solitude.

Once he and Clark arrived at the Fortress, Brainiac gave Clark the black crystal and instructed him to insert it into the Fortress' console. After Clark did this and opened a portal to the Phantom Zone, Brainiac subdued Clark with a piece of green Kryptonite before revealing his true nature as an artificial intelligence created by Kryptonians and his intent to release Zod. Brainiac was nearly successful in his plan, but his victory was short-lived once Chloe Sullivan arrived at the Fortress and removed the kryptonite from Clark, who subsequently removed the black crystal from the console, closing the Phantom Zone portal. After a brief fight, Brainiac was hit by Clark and sent flying into the Fortress' crystal console, on which he was impaled. Once Brainiac was defeated, Martha was instantly cured. At the same time, the Black Ship vanished from Warehouse 15. However, Brainiac's menace did not end there.

Menace Around the World

Brainiac managed to survive, still in his human guise as Milton Fine, and relocated himself and the Black Ship to Central America, in Honduras. He realized that Lex Luthor was searching for him and devised a scheme to have Lex led to Honduras to find him, as an agent for a secret division of the U.S. State Department. After Lex returned to the United States, Brainiac created three duplicates of himself. As the four Brainiacs were moving around the world, Lex's Special Ops have seen him in many places:

  • One Brainiac was in Honduras for some time, followed by Lex's Red Unit.
  • On La Reunion, a small island in the Indian Ocean, two little girls were suffering from the debilitating Chikungunya virus. A Brainiac duplicate appeared to them in the middle of night, formed his hand into a syringe, and took some blood from them. However, the girls could not prove that he was there, even though there were fresh needle marks on their arms.
  • Another Brainiac duplicate appeared in Bangladesh, nosing around a Naga tribe that supposedly descended from headhunters. In the middle of the night, he took the Nipah virus, an advanced strain that killed a bunch of Bangladeshis in the town. This Brainiac made his way to Thakurgaon, where he took an object that the people there called a "death rock" (which was really a piece of green Kryptonite). Brainiac barged into the station, walked up to the evidence cage, and stared at the meteor rock. He used his heat vision to burn a hole to get it and absorbed the rock into this own body before disappearing, heading across the border into Northern India.
  • A Brainiac duplicate was sighted in the Queen Maud Land, while another was spotted in Polynesia when the Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever suddenly occurred.
  • Another Brainiac was seen in the Arctic and took blood samples from a frozen woman that was infected with the Spanish Flu virus, and one more Brainiac was seen in San Diego, California, in search of victims of a bubonic plague.

Return of Zod

"Do it... Clark. Let's see if you're really your father's son." – Brainiac, to Clark Kent, Vessel

Brainiac returned to Smallville to prepare the way for Zod's return. One of his duplicates posed as the recently deceased Jonathan Kent to manipulate Clark and Martha Kent. In the form of Jonathan, Brainiac was nearly successful in convincing Clark to kill Lionel Luthor. Fortunately, Lionel began channeling Jor-El, who destroyed the Brainiac duplicate.

As Fine, Brainiac continued his plans to execute his virus, and injected Lex with the concoction. Soon after Lex began to develop superhuman regenerative powers, Brainiac used the Black Ship to abduct Lex in a field, leaving behind a scorched glyph of Zod's symbol on the ground. Aboard the Black Ship, Brainiac altered Lex's body, giving him all the powers of a Kryptonian so he could be the perfect host body for Zod's mind and spirit.

Brainiac later confronted Clark at the Luthor Mansion where he revealed that he was intended to be Zod's vessel, and offered him one final chance to release Zod. When Clark refused, Brainiac touched Lex's laptop and unleashed a computer virus that rapidly infected every piece of technology on Earth, causing widespread chaos. When Martha and Lois Lane had to go to Washington, D.C. for a conference, a Brainiac duplicate took control of their plane and took them so high up in the sky that they were deprived of oxygen.

When Clark managed to subdue Lex and had the Kryptonian dagger at his throat, Brainiac appeared to urge Clark on. Because he could not bring himself to kill Lex, Clark instead threw the Kryptonian dagger into Brainiac's chest. Unfortunately, Brainiac used the dagger to gain access to the Fortress of Solitude and open a portal to the Phantom Zone, releasing Zod into Lex's body. Soon after, he vanished. Jor-El later told Martha that Fine and all of his duplicates had been destroyed.

Within the Kryptonian Black Box

"It's evolving. That metal is sentient. It's alive." - Dr. Jansen, to Lex Luthor, Wrath

Brainiac was still active within the Kryptonian black box, the Black Ship's hard drive. General Zod attempted to use it to alter the Earth's crust, transforming it into a new Krypton, until the box was shattered into pieces by a blast of heat vision from Clark Kent. The black box ended up in Lex Luthor's possession after Lex found a broken piece of it in the Luthor Mansion. Later, the box's remaining active energy was absorbed by the Zoner Baern, turning it into a pile of ash.

Lex salvaged the ashes and began Project Scion, a LuthorCorp project that focused on researching Kryptonians. Eventually, the ashes evolved into Brainiac's black liquid form and was kept in a container along with green Kryptonite, alive and self-conscious. After a battle between Clark and a super-powered Lana Lang, the container was broken and Brainiac was freed. Soon, he took over the body of Casey Brock, a scientist working on Project Scion.

Reboot to Perfection

"I am the Brain InterActive Construct. No matter my form, my intellect remains formidable. Do not underestimate me." – Brainiac, to Bizarro, Persona

Sometime later, Brainiac left the body of Casey Brock, who was found in an alley by a LuthorCorp lab half-conscious and speaking in unknown language. Brock suffered from high metallic poisoning in her blood, due to Brainiac being in her body. Though it was unknown to others what language Brock was blurting out, Bizarro, posing as Clark Kent, discovered that she was speaking Kryptonian in a code pattern, which was then revealed to be a message. Apparently the message represented an error code to why the system in Brainiac failed, while also sustaining itself to be rebooted by passing and repeating the code over and over again until the program can learn from its mistake and be fully operative.

Brainiac finally rebooted, but only to the point that he could become Milton Fine once more. Additionally, he had to absorb the metallic minerals zinc, magnesium, and iron in humans and animals to repair and sustain himself. Bizarro, with the aid of Lana Lang, found the disabled Brainiac, who instantly recognized Bizarro as a Phantom and not Kal-El. Brainiac was asked by Bizarro how he could fix his "sun problem," and told him to go to Dax-Ur, Brainiac's designer. He tricked both Bizarro and Clark to find Dax-Ur, leading Brainiac to find his creator and used the information to repair himself. Leaving his future motive unknown, it however includes Kara and he will not be aiming to free Zod again, as he has fixed himself and Zod corrupted Brainiac and altered his objectives.

Powers and Abilities


Super strength, super speed, invulnerability, heat vision, replication, shapeshifting, electronic manipulation

Strength level

Super-powered kryptonian level of strength. Able to lift at least 20 tons.


  • The role of the Brain InterActive Construct is played by actor James Marsters.
  • Height measurement based on height of actor James Marsters. [1]


  • Although he was made by Kryptonians, Brainiac can mimic Kryptonian powers as opposed to having his counter-comic book powers, such as telekinesis or the ability to manipulate powerful electric energy from his body. The exception that the show's portrayal of Brainiac can spread a computer virus and corrupt advance technology are nods to one of his other true abilities in the comics' continuity.
  • In Smallvile episode Fallout, it is revealed that even though the Black Ship disappeared after Zod retrieved the Kryptonian black box, Brainiac's hard drive still resides within the black box.
  • Brainiac can use his powers to transform an ordinary rock into silver Kryptonite, and also has the power to take the form of anyone he wants, and possibly anything.
  • It is hinted in Lara that Jor-El created the Brain InterActive Construct to stop Zod, though it is possible that Zod created his own version of Brainiac or corrupted Jor-El's. This, however, may be contradicted by Smallville episode Persona, in which it is revealed that Brainiac was designed by Dax-Ur.
  • Dax-Ur stated that his invention could lead to the destruction of worlds. This is an allusion to Superman: The Animated Series where Brainiac is indeed a destructive force.
  • Smallville's version of Brainiac being a Kryptonian artificial intelligence is similar to his origin for Superman: The Animated Series. In the comic books, he is from the planet Colu.

See Also

Links and References


  1. James Marsters biography at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
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This character is exclusive to the continuity of the Smallville television series. This template will categorize articles that include it into Category: Smallville Characters.

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