Superman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 8

Stolen Memories

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Nov 02, 1996 on The WB
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Episode Summary


Brainiac, once Krypton's all-knowing planetary computer, comes to Earth as part of his information-gathering trek across the galaxy. But, as Superman discovers, Brainiac's intent after gathering the world's knowledge is to destroy the Earth.

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  • Brainiac

    Superman finally meets Brainiac when the Kryptonian artificial intelligence makes its way to Earth to absorb its knowledge and offer Superman access to what remains of the knowledge of his homeworld. A strong episode, that compares favorably to the recent DC animated movie Superman: Unbound, this is a must-see for any fan of Brainiac.

    You can find my full recap and review (with pics) at RazorFine
  • Just A Classic.

    This is one of the top episodes of the series,well because we finally meet the thing that destroyed Krypton in the first place,an all-knowing planetary computer who goes by the name of Brainiac.Plain and simple Brainiac is just cold and I don't mean like Mr.Freeze cold I mean like cold without any warmth at all,he will stop at nothing to get all the information of every planet and destroy them.I personally found it superb because there's great sympathy in this episode,you can't but feel sorry for Superman after what Brainiac did to him,his family,and his people.Plus Luthor is in this episode,and you know he's going to make it interesting.It's so awesome to see Superman get revenge on Brainiac by totally trashing and destroying him and his ship,but this isn't the last we've heard of Brainiac.And a fantastic job by Corey Burton as Brainiac's voice it's cold and chilling so you hang on every word he says.moreless
Christopher McDonald

Christopher McDonald


Guest Star

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Angela Chen

Recurring Role

Corey Burton

Corey Burton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Superman and Brainiac fall from Brainiac's control chair, the four walkways below them are all intact. After the camera angle changes, one of the walkways is destroyed.

    • When Brainiac's hologram disappears in a flash of light during his and Luthor's first meeting, if you use slow motion, you can see that the flash is actually a reused clip from the destruction of Krypton, complete with Krypton's moon in the foreground.

    • Superman recognized the Kryptonian script in Brainiac's ship, suggesting that the module his parents placed in his ship implanted a lot of knowledge about Krypton (again, as in Byrne's "Man of Steel"). This raises a question: did his memories of the death of Krypton come from Brainiac's orb (which seems awfully sloppy on Brainiac's part) or from the module his parents sent?

    • During the scene in which Brainiac first tries to convince Superman to join him, you can see a stylized image on the wall of Brainiac's ship that strongly resembles Brainiac from his classical appearance from the comic books, what with the bright green skin, and purple shirt complete with an oversized collar.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Programmer: It'll take years to rebuild these systems.
      Lex: You have two weeks.

    • Brainiac: I apologize for any discomfort, but it was important that I accurately gauged your powers.
      Superman: Why? Morbid curiosity?
      Brainiac: Curiosity, yes. Morbid, hardly. You see we have more in common than you could possibly know, Kal-El.
      Superman: How do you know my name? Have you been to Krypton?
      Brainiac: I am Krypton.

    • Councilman: So, Mr. Luthor, how long did you intend to keep your rendezvous a secret? In case you haven't heard there's a thing known as National Security.
      Lex Luthor: There's also a thing known as Free Enterprise. It was LexCorp that scanned the heavens. It was LexCorp that made contact, and it will be LexCorp that reaps the benefits.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Superman is returning from a flight to Alpha Centauri in his escape rocket, which was modified by S.T.A.R. Labs in "The Main Man," suggesting that "Stolen Memories" may take place after "The Main Man."

    • Brainiac has been traveling throughout the Universe and gathering information about several planets since "The Last Son of Krypton."

    • This marks the first appearance of what will later be known as Superman's 'Fortress of Solitude.' It is located in the Arctic (as opposed to the Antarctic).


    • Music and Imagery

      This episode contained several visual references to the old Max Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 1940's. The first one was Superman's battle with several robots which resembled those from the 1941 animated feature "The Mechanical Monsters" in both appearance and the manner in which they "gang up" on Superman. The second was when Brainiac attacked Superman with a laser blast, which Superman repelled by punching. In the debut animated feature "Superman" Superman also illogically repelled a mad scientist's laser blast by punching at it.