Each of the Nine was a fragment of the scientists soul. Ok, fine I get that.
3, 4, 7, 9 are alive. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 8 are sucked into the machine, via the macguffin that 9 installs (Nice Job Breaking It Hero
). The one the scientist entrusts them with for some reason.
Of course AI Is A Crapshoot
as the Nazis By Any Other Name
soon learn, setting up the Apocalypse How
. The movie of course takes place After The End
The team contains: Action Girl
(7), Dumb Muscle
(8), Gadgeteer Genius
(2), Mad Oracle
(6), Twin Telepathy
(3/4), The Woobie
(6), Grumpy Old Man
(1), and of course The Everyman
So the awakened Mr. Fab with the Glowing Eyes Of Doom
starts eating them one at a time. They free the four souls (1/2 of a human soul) and send them up into the ether ("They're Free Now") which Saves The World with their Heroic Sacrifice
So what the hell was the plan of that scientist initially? Considering he provided the stitchpunks with both the magic video box, and the soul sucker.