- "Caretaker android mach IV, with many other functions."
Kelex is the design name of multiple robotic assistants from Krypton.
One Kelex appeared in Kara's dream, induced by an alien plant. It introduced itself to Kara as her medical attendant, when she "woke" up, much to her confusion. In order to calm her down, Kelex told Kara that her confusion would abate as her temperature stabilized. It then prompted her to get dressed.
During Non's takeover of National City, Kara arrived at the Fortress looking for Superman. Kelex informed her that her cousin was dealing with a matter offworld. Kelex refused to give Kara information on Myriad, and instead directed her to a hologram of her mother.
When Hank Henshaw infiltrated the Fortress, Kelex threatened him with disintegration if he did not identify himself. Henshaw poured blood stolen from Kara on the console, causing Kelex to identify him as Kara, and thus freely provided information on the Medusa virus. Henshaw subsequently reprogrammed Kelex to attack Kara on sight, forcing her to destroy it.
Afterwards, the Kelex are seen performing Argo City after an incident.
When Nia Nal was brought to the Fortress by Supergirl and Querl Dox, Nia was fascinated that there was a robot, causing Kelex to introduce itself. Querl and Kelex had a cold exchange, demonstrating their dislike for one another, though Supergirl had no idea why.
After seeing the damage Earth's oceans were taking from pollution, Zor-El used Kelex for the host of his Oscar program to turn trash into energy; upgraded him with Coluan technology creating a self-replinishing cleaner. However, Kelex was taken over by a parasitic organism in the D.E.O. wreckage and turned into the core of a garbage monster. Brainy later freed him and Kara tossed the trash into the sun.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Kelex is a Kryptonian service robot, owned by the House of El and originally charged with monitoring a younger Jor-El. It was created by John Byrne and Dick Giordano, debuting in The Man of Steel #1 (October 1986).