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It's interesting to note that most members of the Dox/Brainiac "lineage" have an ingrained tendency to collect, gather, or become part of groups. Brainiac I is, of course, an archetypal example, but Brainiac II created L.E.G.I.O.N./R.E.B.E.L.S., Brainiac V is a core L.E.G.I.O.N. member, and even Brainiac III's plan involved creating a sentient neutron star/AI (never a good idea). Perhaps, for all their fabled coldness, Coluans are a deeply gregarious society (net-mediated, like most of us *g*), and their (self-)exiled members miss this at some level.

(This is a Watsonian explanation, of course. From an (ironically) Doylean point of view, what's the point of a Holmes if you don't give him at least one Watson?)

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odditycollector
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Perhaps, for all their fabled coldness, Coluans are a deeply gregarious society
greenygal has 100% convinced me of this. It's a more interesting theory.

Not that us aliens would pick up on it, because they are not interested in talking to *us*. (Except the Doxes, and wow there is a bad representative sample to generalize stereotypes from.)
__marcelo
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
(Except the Doxes, and wow there is a bad representative sample to generalize stereotypes from.)

Heh. That's so very true.
odditycollector
Dec. 11th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
If they cared more, I bet it would be pretty annoying the galactic reputation Colu's acquired, thanks to those weirdos.
genre_savvy
Dec. 9th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
I'm thinking Brainiac 5 might be the exception that proves the rule (as far as Doxes go). In the reboot continuity, Brainy didn't have parents. His father is unknown and his mother abandoned him shortly after giving birth, so he became a ward of the government. He was a 12th-level freak descended from evil geniuses, but the government knew a lucrative business opportunity when they saw one. So they allowed him to be raised by robots, denied him any chance to socialize normally, and made a lot of money off of his inventions.

Basically, by the time Brainy was forced to join the Legion, he was so starved for contact that he would've hung out with anyone, but too proud to admit it. And then his teammates started yelling at him about his total lack of social skills...Ouch.

I adopt the deeply fucked up characters as my favorites, in case you couldn't tell from my rampant fan-girling of Bruce and Tim. *g*
__marcelo
Dec. 9th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Poor Brainy! No wonder he has such a dim view of governments...
genre_savvy
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
The fun part? When the 3 Legions met up that one time, reboot!Brainy got dubbed "the nice one" by the fanboys at my local comics shop because he's the one urging the other two versions of himself to stop fighting and concentrate on saving the universe. The threeboot!Brainy (a.k.a. bitchy!Brainy) was a 12th-level intellect on a planet of even smarter Coluans so he has a chip on his shoulder about having been considered stupid his entire life. As far as I know, the adult!Brainy had a real childhood and real parents, so I have no idea what his problem is.

tl;dr: Being raised by robots in total isolation actually made reboot!Brainy a nicer person than his AU selves.
oflittlefaith
Dec. 9th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
I think I may be missing something in the end note. Is a Watsonian explanation referring to John Watson M.D., or to someone else?
__marcelo
Dec. 9th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
I don't quite remember who I picked that usage from (one or more people in my friendlist, I'm sure). A Watsonian explanation is one that makes sense inside the context of the fictional universe (e.g., Holmes faked his death at Reichenbach falls because he knew Moriarty's people would come after him), while a Doylean explanation is one that refers to the author, editorial mandates, etc (e.g., Holmes faked his death at Reichenbach falls because at the moment Doyle truly meant to kill him).
browngirl
Dec. 9th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
You got it where I got it from: cereta.

(And I think you're right about the Braniacs.)
__marcelo
Dec. 9th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
*thankful hugs* Yep, it was from her. Thanks!
oflittlefaith
Dec. 10th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
That's what it's called. Nice. And agreed.
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