|Character of series LEXX|
|Title||Most powerful weapon in the two universes|
|Gender||Male (English), Female (German)|
|Affiliation||Divine Order (Formerly)|
|From||The Cluster, Light Zone|
The Lexx was created as a flagship for His Divine Shadow to use on a universe-wide cleansing. It is the spiritual successor to the previous flagship the Megashadow (and its own predecessor the Foreshadow).
- “I am The Lexx, I am the most powerful weapon of destruction in the two universes” — The Lexx
The Lexx was planned to eventually be used to destroy all human-inhabited planets to make way for a new insect era. The design of the Lexx is credited to Brizon in Lexx 2.19 "Brizon". It is possible Brizon based it on the Brunnen-G's moth ships (one of which he possessed), which was used by the ancient Brunnen-G in the latter part of The Great Insect War. Because of this it is composed of both insect and machine components. Though, despite it being engineered part insect, it does not possess the Insect Essence itself. The Lexx's love of destroying planets is more attributed to its programming and its need to feed.
As a side effect of this organic design (whether intended or not), The Lexx has the ability to breed with other insects. This was shown when it found a mate while consuming the country of Holland. Despite appearing male (gaining a female personality when the sex change virus invaded the ship in Lexx 2.7 "Love Grows"), The Lexx did have the ability to give birth to Little Lexx, as seen at the end of Lexx 4.24 "Yo Way Yo".
The Lexx has a more highly advanced weapon system than His Divine Shadow's previous flagships. It also uses a different design of weapon, as the two previous ships utilized a highly amplified version of the Black Pack weapon system. This weapon system uses The Lexx's ocular parabolae (its insect "eyes") to fire a concentrated horizontal beam of energy (a ring of energy in the later seasons, though was shown to once again use the horizontal beam of energy during the destruction of Earth in season 4), which has the ability to destroy any planet (including anomalies like Fire and Water). The weapon system is not without limits, and was shown to be unable to penetrate the shell of the Giga Shadow when he fully resurrected. It is unknown if this applies to all insects, or just ones of a certain age.
The Lexx also (possibly intended) does not have an advanced intellect, even being called stupid on a few occasions. Despite this, it carries a high amount of information if required.
The Lexx was stationed at the Special Projects Area on the Cluster, when heretics Thodin and his crew of escapees along with Zev Bellringer and Stanley Tweedle boarded the massive insect to escape from the Cluster.
At first the Lexx would not obey Stanley's command to blow up anything tied to the Divine Order, but once he passed through the fractal core into the Dark Zone, his programming or memories were washed and he obeyed Stanley Tweedle 100 per cent of the time, so long as he was holder of the Key.
Lexx took the crew to Brunnis in order to find a way to revive Kai. However, the Divine Predecessors wanted to return to the Cluster and so they plotted with Giggerota to take control of The Lexx to achieve their goal. After the predecessors deceived Giggerota, they disguised their voices as Stanley Tweedle's voice and used his severed hand to command The Lexx to lift off and leave the planet. However, a supernatural phenomenon occurred and the Brunnis Sun along with the Blue Star combined their powers to forcibly control the Lexx, guiding it back down to Brunnis so that Stan, Zev, and Kai could escape.
Lexx was eventually forced to land on a garbage planet, called Klaagia, in oder to consume more food. The inhabitants captured Stan and Zev, leaving The Lexx alone on the planet to feed. After eating enough, The Lexx had enough energy to leave the planet and use its mega weapon again. The Lexx left Klaagia while a giant Wist was riding on his back and she penetrated his hull with her tongue, sending satellite worms inside the living ship's body. The Lexx blew up Klaagia, and the Wist was killed.
The Lexx returned to the Light Zone, back through the fractal core like before, and returned to the Cluster where everything had begun. The Lexx waited in space near the planet as Zev and Kai flew down in a moth to obtain more protoblood. Meanwhile, Stanley grew increasingly confident with the power that came with controlling the Lexx, so he sent out a message on all lines that was picked up by mercenaries Feppo and Smoor, who immediately set a trap for him. The tides turned when Stan ordered Lexx to consume Feppo's vessel and excrete him and Smoor down to a marshy backwater planet, presumably inhabited by giants. Lexx tried outrunning the massive insect, the Giga Shadow, that came to life after the Divine Essence possessed its body. The Giga Shadow chased The Lexx to the fractal core, but Stan ordered him to blow it up, destroying the Giga Shadow and stranding The Lexx and his crew in the Dark Zone in the process.
The Lexx is approximately 4,340 years old when it finally dies in Lexx 4.24 "Yo Way Yo".
After the destruction of The Lexx, a Little Lexx appears in his place. It is apparently large for its age since both Stan and Xev were able to board it and fly away immediately.
Locations on the Lexx
The Bridge is where the main control module for the Lexx is located, it is also the best place to communicate with him, although he can communicate back and forth from the Moths. No one but the captain of the Lexx can control him, which requires The Key, although the Lexx is susceptible to supernatural phenomena (the Brunnis Sun and Prince at the end of Season 3).
The bridge has also drastically undergone changes from Season 1, Stan notices and comments on the changes in Lexx 2.12 "Norb" and Lexx replies that he is still growing.
- “Lurchfest maximus!” — Laleen
The Galley is where the crew goes to eat (sans Kai and, of course, 790). The goop that the Lexx produced was yellow-orange in color, but later it was green, and then blue. The Lexx might produce different looking and tasting goop depending on what he has eaten himself. Stan constantly orders delicious and exotic foods despite always getting a container filled with goop.
The toilets on the Lexx are actually mouth-like seats that have swishing tongues (used as toilet paper). Xev mentions that the sensation takes some getting used to. (Lexx 2.10 "Wake the Dead", Lexx 4.12 "Bad Carrot").
Zev/Xev's room is a dark chamber with a circular bed with a canopy (Episodes 2.1 - 2.2), when Zev became Xev the bedroom also underwent some remodeling with the bed changing into a simpler circular shape with blue and pink sheets for blankets.
Stan's room is an average-looking room save for a dead moth that he uses as a bed.
Hall of the Predecessors
The Cryochamber is located somewhere up above the Bridge and Crew Quarters since moths are required to reach it. The Cryochamber is where Kai is kept, and it is also where injured crewmen are taken to be repaired or placed into cryogenic stasis until professional medical help can be reached.
Moth Breeding Chamber
The Moth Breeding chamber is located somewhere below the bridge, it is where the moths used to explore planet's surfaces are bred. Moth breeders themselves are supposedly created and maintained within the Lexx as well.
The Landing platform is located above the Breeding chamber and connects directly to the Bridge, it is where the crew usually parks the moths whenever they return from a planet.
Unlike other insects seen in the series, Lexx is self-aware and has his own personality which appears to be male (altering to a female personality in Lexx 2.7 "Love Grows").
The Lexx also has a love for Stanley, though it does not accept commands from him when he does not possess the Key. He is the only captain (minus the Divine Shadow of his original programming), that it has referred to by name. When the Lexx comes to its eventual death, it fondly calls Stanley its best captain and that it will miss him.
Lexx was designed to be a weapon of mass-destruction for use of His Divine Shadow, but when Stan took him through the fractal core his memory was wiped and he became fully under the control of the new captain.
The Lexx is capable of emitting a large blast of energy from his eyes, which he uses to blow up planets or asteroids.
Propulsion is achieved with its main drive, which operates by expelling highly accelerated particles. In Lexx 2.12 "Norb", the main drive was reversed causing the collision of accelerated particles to produce enough flux to fry every sensitive circuit of the invading Mantrid Drones.
The Lexx's immune system is also extremely advanced, being able to counteract the bio-hazardous virus the three astronauts brought into him, in Lexx 2.7 "Love Grows". He was even able to re-assimilate the destroyed Mantrid Drones in order to repair himself in Lexx 2.12 "Norb".
- The Lexx's speech and character are similar to Hal, from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The Lexx's name, as well as the name of the series, comes from writer Lex Gigeroff, whose name also inspired Giggerota
- Xev says there is a cockroach problem aboard the Lexx in Lexx 2.7 "Love Grows"
- When filming the scenes where the Lexx is dispensing food, the crew were actually eating mashed yams in season 1, and rice pudding for later seasons.
- The Lexx was voiced by Tom Gallant.
- View more images of the Lexx