Pure Evil Wiki
Note: This page is only about his Pre and Post-Crisis incarnations, as the New 52 incarnation of Brainiac was not voted to be Pure Evil, and thus only the Pre-52 version of Brainiac's info should be put here.

They call you Superman. Why would they call you that—when you are not a "man" at all? And "super"? There is nothing super about you. Not like me.
~ Brainiac expressing his god complex to Superman.
I will be everything there has ever been, Kryptonian. I will be evolved into perfection. My spinal station can process and sort the knowledge of over seven octodecillion beings. My Coluan brain, seventy times that. Knowledge is power.
~ Brainiac exclaiming his mental capacities to Superman.

Vril Dox, better known as Brainiac, is an alien android appearing as one of the main antagonists in DC Comics. He is regularly portrayed as one of Superman's arch-nemesis (a trait he shares with Lex Luthor, Darkseid and General Zod) as well as Supergirl due to his actions on the planet Krypton and has gone on to become one of the most dangerous and formidable villains in all of DC Comics since his debut.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

In General

  • Overall, Brainiac is a literally and figuratively inhuman foe with zero care for anyone or anything, and easily one of Superman's most dangerous foes who's rarely if ever played for laughs. Just like how Superman calls Lex Luthor everything bad about humanity, Supergirl calls Brainiac everything bad about aliens, and rightfully so.
  • Despite being an alien robot, he clearly has a moral agency. While he was designed to collect worlds for his masters, not only does he have a 12th-level (originally 10th-level before Lex Luthor enhanced it) intellect that far surpasses that of any human, Brainiac simply keeps said collection all to himself and goes against the objective his masters gave him, meaning he's acting out of free will and knows full-well that what he's doing is wrong but just doesn't care. He also has a lust for knowledge as well as a raging god complex, even outright calling himself more super than Kal-El. Brainiac 13 in particular tries to torture Superman to death out of sheer sadism and spite, claiming to have run simulations of his death 1,098,288,546 times.
  • He has bottled, collected and enslaved countless people on one city per planet to enhance his power and intellect, keeping them aboard his ship where they are unable to die. He then destroys said planets afterwards by firing a missile into the heart of the sun, causing a supernova and thus killing the remaining population. Judging from just this one panel, his kill count must be remarkably high. He even destroyed Krypton.

  • In his debut, he destroys the George Washington Bridge with giant tweezers.
  • He slaughters at least a quarter-population of Systus 2 in his quest to kill Superman.
  • In Crisis on Infinite Earths, he tries to conquer the five remaining Earths after Supergirl and the Flash's deaths, threatening to destroy all worlds if they don't surrender. He also kills Earth-2's Alexei Luthor (although he deserved it) mainly just for being redundant.
  • He bodyjacks Lex Luthor (his best and only friend in the supervillain community) and then leads an assault on the Fortress of Solitude, leading to the deaths of Luthor, Lana Lang, Jimmy Olsen, and Krypto the Superdog.

  • While in control of Milton Fine's body, Brainiac murdered at least four homeless people and then used their spinal fluid as fuel.
  • He conquers all of Earth as Brainiac 13, turning most of the entire population of Metropolis into his brainwashed slaves. Worse still, the brainwashing is far from Fridge Horror because Lois Lane literally cries for Superman to help her in one panel.
  • In Our Worlds at War, Brainiac 13 steals the essence of Imperiex and makes it his own, planning to recreate the entire universe by assimilating all of creation into himself.
  • He spitefully fires a missile at the Kent Family Farm after Superman defeats him, thus killing Jonathan Kent via heart attack after he and Martha dodge said missile.
  • He tries to destroy New Krypton, killing thousands before the day's saved.

  • Trivia

    • Only Brainiac's Pre and Post-Crisis incarnations are Pure Evil, because in the New 52 he's a genuinely tragic extremist trying to bring back his beloved family and homeworld.

    External Links


               SupermanLogo.png Pure Evils

    Anti-Monitor | Barbatos | Bertron | Brainiac | Darkseid | Dax Novu | Major Force | Mongul | Plasmus

    Superman: Brainiac Attacks: Brainiac
    Superman: Doomsday: Toyman
    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force
    All-Star Superman: Solaris
    Superman vs. The Elite: Atomic Skull
    Reign of the Supermen: Darkseid

    TV Shows
    Superman: The Animated Series: Brainiac | Darkseid | Granny Goodness | Karkull | Reverend Amos Howell
    Legion of Super-Heroes: Brainiac 1.0

    Superman Returns: Lex Luthor

              JusticeLeagueLogo.png Pure Evils

    Anti-Monitor | Barbatos | The Batman Who Laughs | Black Manta | Brainiac | Darkseid | Doctor Destiny | Doctor Psycho | Felix Faust | Gorilla Grodd | Joker | Krona | Ma'alefa'ak | Mister Mind | Mongul | Perpetua | Professor Zoom | Psycho-Pirate | Vandal Savage

    DCAU: Imperium | Lord Orm | Mongul | Joker | Brainiac | Darkseid | Doctor Destiny | Granny Goodness
    The Batman: The Joker | Professor Hugo Strange
    Legion of Super-Heroes: Brainiac 1.0

    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: Owlman | Superwoman
    Justice League: Doom: Vandal Savage
    Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: Professor Zoom
    Justice League: War: Darkseid
    Justice League: Steppenwolf
    Justice League Dark: Apokolips War: Darkseid
    Zack Snyder's Justice League: Darkseid

    Video Games
    Injustice: Joker | Brainiac