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I'm implying that I'm smarter than you because my brain is bigger.

– Brainstorm to Azmuth.[1]

Brainstorm (alternatively spelled as Brain Storm)[2] is the Omnitrix's DNA sample of a Cerebrocrustacean from the planet Encephalonus IV.

Appearance

Ben as Brainstorm

Brainstorm has a light orange crab-like appearance with pincers for hands. He can open his skull plates at will to reveal his huge brain, which is pink in color.

In Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, Brainstorm had six legs and wore a silver and black neck brace with the original Omnitrix/Ultimatrix symbol on it to help him hold up his head.

In Heroes United, Brainstorm looked mostly the same except his shell was a more vibrant orange and his skull plates were black.

In Omniverse, Brainstorm has a black loincloth with a green stripe in the center of it on the bottom of his body. He also has a black stripe in the center of his head with a green stripe running across it. He now has four legs instead of six, and each leg has a single joint instead of two, with a black stripe on each one. The hair-like spikes on Brainstorm's face and forehead are now longer, and his eyes connect to a large black strip that extends around his forehead. He also has two spikes on each elbow, and he wears the Omnitrix symbol on a white and green neck brace.

Albedo as Negative Brainstorm

In Ultimate Alien, Negative Brainstorm looked just like Ben's Brainstorm in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien except his eyes were recolored red and he lacked an Ultimatrix symbol.

In Omniverse, Negative Brainstorm looks just like Ben's Brainstorm in the same series, except his shell is recolored pale pink, his teeth are recolored yellowish, his eyes and shell stripes are recolored red, and he wears a red Ultimatrix symbol on a red and white neck brace.

Personality

Brainstorm usually speaks with very high vocabulary, which can make it difficult for others to understand what he is talking about.[3] He can also come off as arrogant and egotistical due to his intelligence, as according to him, he has skill, not luck.[4][5]

Powers and Abilities

Their advantage: superior numbers. My advantage: superior intelligence!

– Brainstorm, analyzing The Vengers.[4]

Brainstorm's cranium holds an immense brain, giving him super-massive intelligence, much like Grey Matter. He can solve very difficult calculations mentally in roughly seconds, and knows and can visualize equations and movement of objects as if they're actually there.[6] He can even determine mechanical values and physical properties by simply looking at them.

With his intellect, Brainstorm can perfectly understand the mindsets and mannerisms of his enemies, take advantage of weaknesses, and any useful objects around him, so he can know exactly what moves to make to take down his enemies. His IQ is shown to be 10^30, or one nonillion.[4]

Brainstorm can produce and manipulate electricity[note 1] in a variety of ways, such as electrocuting or launching enemies and disabling or destroying machinery, by opening the exoskeleton plates on his skull. He can also charge up his electrical energy to produce a concentrated beam of electricity strong enough to blast Ship out of the air.[8] Additionally, he can control the voltage of his electrokinetic attacks.[4]

Brainstorm can create electric field waves from his brain to block attacks and knock away enemies[9] and generate protective force fields powerful enough to topple an Evolved Arburian Pelarota.[10]

Brainstorm can use his electrokinesis to telekinetically move objects, size and mass ranging from trains to living beings without damaging or hurting them.[11] He can also generate and fire electricity from both his pincers and his brain that can control machinery and other technology, giving him a form of technokinesis.

Brainstorm is strong enough to pin opponents against walls using his pincers[4] and rip an Arachnichimp's webs off his face.[5] His pincers are also sharp enough to stab through metal.[4]

Brainstorm is very durable thanks to his shell.[4]

Brainstorm seems to have enhanced dexterity, as he can use a golf club very easily despite having pincers.[6]

Brainstorm is very agile and can perform acrobatics such as somersaults and forward rolls.[12]

Brainstorm can scale walls[4] and walk on an Arachnichimp's webs.[5]

Brainstorm can levitate several stories above the ground.[11][9]

Much like Ripjaws, Brainstorm is capable of breathing underwater[13] thanks to his gills, which he has to keep them moist when he is on land.[DM 1]

Brainstorm's shell gives him a protective coat-like layer, which can resist the cold temperatures of places such as mountains.[14]

Weaknesses

The sonic screams of a Sonorosian can give Brainstorm a headache and make it hard for him to concentrate, suggesting that concentration is required for him to use his powers.[15]

As mentioned above, Brainstorm tends to be rather arrogant and egotistical, which can make him forget to do simple things, as shown when he was too busy trying to convince an escaped Spidermonkey to return to the Omnitrix that Gwen had to remind him that, being in close proximity, he merely had to reabsorb him.[5]

Brainstorm's electric attacks are ineffective against weapons that were made specifically for electrokinetic aliens, such as Aggregor's spear.[16]

Though Brainstorm can tear it off, he can be immobilized by an Arachnichimp's webbing if he gets hit with enough of it.[5]

Brainstorm is vulnerable to being trapped by his species' natural predator, Vicetopus, as demonstrated with Dr. Psychobos.[17]

Even though Brainstorm can breathe underwater, water can short him out.[18]

If Brainstorm's shell is closed when releasing electricity, it will shock and injure his brain, as also demonstrated with Dr. Psychobos.[19]

Brainstorm is vulnerable to the gravikinetic abilities of a Galilean, as demonstrated with Servantis.[20]

History

Alien Force

Ultimate Alien

Omniverse

Appearances

Video Games

Brainstorm in Vilgax Attacks

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks

Brainstorm is a playable alien in the game. He can launch energy bolts and create large energy blasts.

Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable Versions

Due to the Omnitrix rebooting after Ben's abuse of the quick-change feature during his battle with an animated Mr. Smoothy mascot, Brainstorm was temporarily locked until Ben's arrival on Encephalonus IV.

Brainstorm is able to use his vast intellect to interact with computers for a variety of purposes, such as uploading a virus or unlocking a sealed gate. Similar to Chromastone, Brainstorm's unique block animation allows him to redirect focused energy beams to provide power to structures.

Lightning Storm is an unlockable combo move for Brainstorm.

Brainstorm is vital for progression on the Bellwood, Encephalonus IV, and Mor' Otesi levels of the game.

Nintendo DS Version

Brainstorm and Big Chill are reunlocked upon Ben's arrival on Encephalonus IV.

Brainstorm is able to provide power to lifts scattered around Encephalonus IV.

Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex

Brainstorm is a playable alien in the game.

Due to the Omnitrix shorting out after Ben fiddled with it, Brainstorm and Swampfire were the only aliens available on Ben's arsenal at the beginning of the game.

Brainstorm is able to power generators, in order to move platforms or to open sealed gates.

Brainstorm's small size allows him to navigate areas that most of Ben's aliens and Ben himself are unable to access.

Brainstorm is the only alien form capable of defeating Techadon Kevin.

Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Albanian Mendjendrituri, Truri From mendjendritur, bright minded and trur, brain
Arabic برينستورم From the original English name
Bulgarian Мозъчен Щурм/Mozŭčen šturm From мозък/mozŭk, brain and щурм/shturm, rush
Chinese 蟹甲智多星 From 蟹甲 (Xiè Jiǎ), crab armor, and 智多星 (Zhì Duō Xīng), sage
Croatian Intelekus From intelekt, intellect
Danish Hjernestorm From hjernestorm, brainstorm
Dutch Brainstorm From the original English name
French Méga-Méninges From méga, mega and méninges, brain
German Superhirn From super and hirn, brain
Greek Εγκέφαλος From εγκέφαλος, brain
Hebrew ראש גדול From ראש, head and גדול, big
Hungarian Észlény From ész, mind and lény, being
Italian Cervellotico From cervellotico, mastermind
Korean 브레인스톰 From the original English name
Norwegian Brainstorm From the original English name
Polish Łebkrab From łeb, brain and krab, crab
Portuguese (Br) Artrópode From artrópode, arthropod
Romanian Encefal from encefal, brain
Russian Мудрый Краб
Краб
From мудрый, wise and краб, crab
From краб, crab
Serbian Intelektus From intelekt, intellect
Spanish (HA) Cerebrón
Brainstorm (The Vengers)
From cerebrón, big brain
From the original English name
Spanish (Spain) Cerebro From cerebro, brain
Swedish Hjärnstorm From hjärn, brain and storm
Turkish Fırtına Beyin From fırtına, storm and beyin, brain

Etymology

Brainstorm's name comes from the word "brainstorm", which means a spontaneous group discussion to create new ideas and solve problems. It references how he always creates new ideas and solves problems with his IQ. It also refers to the electrical powers in his brain, as electricity is usually produced from "storm" clouds.

Trivia

  • Brainstorm had concept art drawn by Eric Canete, whereas his final design was created by Glenn Wong, with color styling by Chris Hooten.[GW 1]
  • In Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, Brainstorm originally spoke with a British accent. As of Omniverse, Brainstorm now speaks with an Austrian accent.
    • The reason Brainstorm has a British accent in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien is because the British are stereotyped to being smart and royal.
    • Brainstorm's accent in Omniverse is based on that of Ludwig Von Drake.[DJW 1]
  • Brainstorm's mouth does not move except to show emotion. He does not speak through his mouth because his thoughts are projected as sound waves.[DJW 2]
  • Bandai cards incorrectly state Brainstorm is a cetacean, though he is more based off a crustacean.
  • Brainstorm was originally one of two aliens featured in Ultimate Alien who generate yellow electricity; the other being Shocksquatch.
  • In Derrick J. Wyatt's opinion, Brainstorm is a brain alien with some minorly electric side powers, hence why he did not appear in Max's Monster alongside the rest of Ben's electric-based aliens.[DJW 3]
  • Madison likes Brainstorm better than Rath and refers to him as "the brain crab."[21]
  • Brainstorm was considered to appear in the reboot but did not make the cut as an electric alien for Ben because Shock Rock was created for plot purposes.[DR 1]

Notes

  1. Brainstorm's electricity was originally yellow in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien before being recolored green in Omniverse. Meanwhile, alternate versions of Brainstorm are shown generating electricity in different colors. For example, Negative Brainstorm's electricity is colored red.[7]

References

Glenn Wong

Dwayne McDuffie

Derrick J. Wyatt

Duncan Rouleau

Transformations
Introduced in Ben 10 ArctiguanaBlitzwolferBuzzshockCannonboltDiamondheadDittoEye GuyFour ArmsFrankenstrikeGhostfreakGrey MatterHeatblastRipjawsSnare-ohSpitterStinkflyUpchuckUpgradeWay BigWildmuttWildvineXLR8
Introduced in Alien Force Alien XBig ChillBrainstormChromastoneEcho EchoGoopHumungousaurJetrayLodestarNanomechRathSpidermonkeySwampfire
Introduced in Ultimate Alien AmpfibianArmodrilloChamalienClockworkEatleFasttrackJuryriggNRGShocksquatchTerraspinWater Hazard
Introduced in Omniverse AstrodactylAtomixBall WeevilBloxxBullfragCrashhopperFeedbackGravattackGutrotKickin HawkMole-StachePesky DustThe WorstToepickWalkatroutWhampire
Future Aliens SandboxShellheadSnakepit
Ultimate Aliens AlbedoArctiguanaBig ChillCannonboltEcho EchoGravattackHumungousaurRathSpidermonkeySwampfireWay BigWildmutt
Fusion Aliens Atomic-XBig ChuckCrashockerDiamond MatterFourmungousaurHeat JawsHumungoopsaurStink ArmsUprigg
Concept Fusion Aliens GravadactylXLRG
Other Aliens in Official Media AntigraviteslaBob the BlobCartoon Network AlienEon (Retconned)MoyoInvinciblePlantapocalypsePortalerRocksShadowmanSquidstrictorStretcheleo
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