''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, any one of which can pop up at any moment. So here's a summary of the recurring characters.
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* ''[[Characters/TheVentureBrothersTeamVenture Team Venture]]'' [[labelnote:Note]]Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture, Dean Venture, Hank Venture, Dermott Fictel, H.E.L.P.eR, Sgt. Hatred[[/labelnote]]
* ''[[Characters/TheVentureBrothersOSI The OSI]]'' [[labelnote:Note]]Brock Samson, Col. Hunter Gathers, Shore-Leave/Holy Diver, Mile-High/Sky Pilot, Headshot and Golden Amber, General Treister, Doe and Cardholder, Molotov Cocktease, Myra Brandish, Race Bannon[[/labelnote]]
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[[folder:''Conjectural Technologies'']]
!!Pete White
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-->''"Oh, FYI, I issued some shares back when we needed cash for the Nintendo Wii."''

The "ever popular" Pete White is an unlikely friend of Dr. Venture who attended State University with him and Baron Underbheit in the early 1980s. He is a computer scientist and lives in a trailer with Master Billy Quizboy, where the two have launched their own tech company, Conjectural Technologies. He patterns his trademark new wave look after Phil Oakey of The Human League. And he's an albino.
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Tropes associated with Pete:
* BrilliantButLazy: Heavy on the "Lazy" part, since he never seems to do much. He does seem to be the defacto computer expert of the group and isn't too bad at it, however.
* CampStraight: Despite his appearance and nature, he is straight.
* TheEighties: Heavily influenced by the culture.
* HahvahdYahdInMyCah: Speaks with a New England accent.
* HeroicAlbino: Well, heroic by ''Venture Bros.'' standards.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Billy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Particularly towards Billy, becoming his caretaker after Billy's mind was wiped by the O.S.I. and offering his last bit of money to anyone who would help him get Billy back when he was kidnapped by the Investors.
* MistakenForGay: Several times, even by his best friend Billy.
* [[NotWorthKilling Not Worth Memory Wiping]]: The O.S.I/Sphinx don't bother wiping his memory whenever they wipe Billy's. (It actually works out, since White can bring Billy to them whenever he does regain his memory.)
* PunnyName: An albino with the last name of "White."
* WeaksauceWeakness: White helpfully reminds people at every opportunity that he can't take much sunlight. He's even been shown to ''burst into flames'' when directly exposed to strong sunlight.

!!Master Billy Quizboy
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-->''"It's industrial espionage, you've come to steal our great ideas. You've been foiled; we have none!"''

A hydrocephalic neurogeneticist of dubious professional accomplishment, he was once a child prodigy and often capitalizes on his pedomorphic looks to pass for one in his adulthood. His nickname stems from his reign as champion of a TV quiz show in his youth. He lives, platonically, with Pete White in a trailer which doubles as the headquarters of their startup tech business, Conjectural Technologies. His real name is William Whalen.
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Tropes associated with Master Billy:
* {{Adorkable}}: Even moreso in {{Flashback}}.
* ArchEnemy: [[RememberTheNewGuy Apparently]], Billy has a longstanding rivalry with the exceptionally rich collector/fanboy Augustus St. Cloud, who becomes his official arch-enemy at the beginning of season 5 (Augustus joined the Guild solely for this reason).
* AscendedFanboy: Billy is Rusty's biggest fan. He has "ascended" as far as being able to help his idol.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: After being pushed to far in {{Flashback}}, he managed to punch [[BadassNormal Brock Samson]] in the balls and escape from him and Col. Gathers.
* BrilliantButLazy: It is implied that he and White actually have some pretty decent skills between the two of them; they successfully cured Dean when he had a rare and embarrassing medical condition despite having no medical experience, and Billy reattached Rusty's arm after a Guild member ripped it off. However, they mostly just goof off in their spare time.
** If Pete is the 'Lazy' one, Billy is the 'Brilliant' one; by "The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider" he's guiding a miniaturized submarine through Rusty's vascular system, apparently from memory.
** As shown by "The Silent Partners" He's not lazy; he just never got his medical degrees and seemed to always regret it.
* ButtMonkey: Being a ButtMonkey on a SadistShow where everyone is either a {{Jerkass}}, a failure, or both is a major accomplishment. What's even funnier is that he gets so much flak despite being the useful half of his duo.
* CatchPhrase: "High five!" His constant attempt to trick people into slapping his metal hand.
* EyepatchOfPower
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Pete.
* HonorBeforeReason: He was willing to restore Monstroso, first for the money, but then because of his doctor's honor. He was still willing to let Brock kill Monstroso after he recovered, though. To be fair, Monstroso had treated him more than fairly, was offering him his life's dream, and had spent a while bonding with him; he had plenty of reasons to like the guy even knowing he was a monster.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Every time he regains the memory of how he lost his eye and hand, Pete knocks him out and takes him to the O.S.I/Sphinx to have his memory wiped again.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Rusty and White come to the conclusion that since he's a virgin, killing Billy wouldn't be murder, "just a very late abortion."
** [[spoiler:No longer a Virgin thanks to Monstroso and some prostitutes]]
* MyBrainIsBig: Billy claims that his excess of brain fluid makes him smarter. This is debatable.
* NiceGuy: One of the least {{Jerkass}} characters in the show.
* NoodleIncident: He doesn't know how he got his metal hand. He eventually remembers... or maybe Col. Gathers wiped his memory again.
* OffModel: His robotic left hand/arm isn't always consistent. Most of the time, it makes up his left forearm and hand, however, in some shots (such as the scene where he is performing surgery on Monstroso in ''The Silent Partners,'' it is only his left hand, stopping at his wrist.
* ProperlyParanoid: Apparently, Billy was right to look for conspiracy clues on his Rusty Venture [=DVDs=].
* TeenGenius: Subverted on two occasions. First, when it is revealed that he is actually in his 30's; secondly, in a flashback showing him in his actual TeenGenius phase, he is completely overwhelmed by college-level classwork. He was smart and racked up the points on quiz shows, but he didn't really display any real-world talent until he grew up and began successfully sewing limbs onto bodies with full function.
** Also discussed when he acts as Dean and Hank's guidance counselor - he reminds Rusty, privately, that the boys really don't have the life skills to face the real world, and you realize that he's speaking from experience.
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[[folder:''Order of the Triad'']]
!!Dr. Byron Orpheus
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-->''"Well, if you ''must'' call me [a magician], yes. But if you are after mere parlor tricks, you'll be sorely disappointed. For if I reach behind your ear, it will not be a ''nickel'' I pull out... BUT '''YOUR VEEERY SOOOOUUL'''!!"''

Necromancer extraordinaire Dr. Byron Orpheus has the tendency to speak in a ringing, melodramatic tone, often at inappropriate times and [[Main/{{Leitmotif}} usually accompanied by dramatic music]]. Dr. Orpheus is divorced and has one child (Triana Orpheus). Currently living in back of the Venture Compound, in the old Advanced Arachnid Research Lab with his daughter. Although he calls himself 'Doctor', he only has a degree in Communications with a minor in Women's Studies from a community college. He does, however, claim that his title comes from a higher power. He can be an absent-minded parent, but he means well.
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Tropes associated with Dr. Orpheus:
* ActuallyNotAVampire: Dr. Orpheus is easily mistaken for "a Dracula."
* AesopAmnesia: Apparently a common result of his chats with his Master, such as when he declared "I already know that I know nothing!" [[ComicallyMissingThePoint when he clearly hadn't learned that lesson]].
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Will throw out some rather archaic terms, particularly during some of his more dramatic speeches. Or when simply giving the "the birds and the bees" speech to his daughter:
--> '''Dr. Orpheus:''' Hear me out! [clears throat] When young women reach estrus, the, uhh, lignum, ummm, craves theeee stamen-like skills of the yonie. This is quite natural.
--> '''Triana:''' Dad. Come on. I'm doing you a favor.
--> '''Dr. Orpheus:''' It's just that boys at their age have unchecked desires coursing- nay, ''RAGING AS A TEMPEST WOULD!!'' Through their ''tingling nethers!''
* ArchEnemy: He spends the first season pining for one, and is eventually given one in the form of Torrid, who bears a physical resemblance to Comicbook/DoctorStrange's nemesis Dormammu, but little more.
* TheArtifact: Introduced as a "necromancer", and he attempts to resurrect somebody at one point while saying that it's perfectly routine. This does not get visited again for a while, and he later says that he only uses the word "necromancer" because "wizard," "sorcerer," and "magician" have fallen out of favor.
* BerserkButton: HIS DAUGHTER'S VIRGINITY IS NOT A PRIZE TO BE WON!
* CaptainErsatz: Of Comicbook/DoctorStrange.
* DarkIsNotEvil: In fact he's one of the most morally ''decent'' people on the show.
* InformedAbility: If his master and other statements are to be believed, Orpheus is likely a very powerful necromancer. This being ''The Venture Bros.'', however, a large portion of his feats are usually just alluded to while he tends to fail on a regular basis on-screen. (Not that he doesn't have his moments.)
** He does trap the souls of two rednecks in a tiny figurine because they were interfering with his quest to look out for the Venture Brothers.
** He's also usually shown to be capable of effortlessly teleporting people anywhere in the world, among other useful feats. It's just that the problems he usually faces aren't ones that those kinds of powers help with; and when other people encounter problems that his powers ''could'' face, they rarely seem to think to ask him for help. The few times people do ask him for assistance with straightforward brute-force issues, he tends to resolve them very quickly.
** In the Halloween special, after all the other high level magicians, including The Outrider, raise zombies while Orpheus is out moping after just having been bested by The Outrider again, [[spoiler: The Master states in front of all of them, that Orpheus is his best pupil. Possibly it could be due to Orpheus getting the point if not the ability.]]
** To be fair he destroys a death trap from a continent away, the time he failed to resurrect someone it was because he was already alive. He has telekinesis, can teleport easily, and can remove you soul at will. He's pretty clearly not someone to be triffled with, sillyness aside.
* LargeHam: He cannot ''stop'' being a ham.
* {{Leitmotif}}: This plays whenever he's in extra LargeHam mode, which is quite often.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: He'll gesture wildly [[MundaneMadeAwesome even if saying rather mundane things]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Any time he ''RAISES HIS VOICE'' to deliver '''MUNDAAAAANE INFORMATION''' to the tune of SWELLING MUUUUSIC!
--> "Get me... my ''BLUUUUUUUE WINDBREAKER!!!''"
--> "Who wants...''PIZZZZZZA ROLLS?!''"
* MundaneUtility: He uses his powers as a powerful necromancer to cook frittatas, among other things.
* MysticalHighCollar: Since he's an {{Expy}} of Comicbook/DoctorStrange and wears the same outfit.
* NiceGuy: Seriously, he's the nicest guy in the show. And a good dad, too.
* NoIndoorVoice: Constantly shouts over a blaring, overly dramatic soundtrack.
-->'''Orpheus:''' Do not be too hasty in entering that [bath]room, I had '''TACO BELL for lunch!'''
* OutOfFocus: Orpheus was a major supporting character throughout the first three seasons but was scaled back, almost to the point of absence in the first half of season four. He gets some more focus mid-late season four, but is once again out of focus in the first half of season five, getting only one brief appearance.
* PapaWolf: For both his own daughter and the Venture Brothers
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Didn't have anything to do with the incident, but [[TropeNamer named the trope.]]

!!Jefferson Twilight
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-->''"What's the use in training? I have no magic powers. The second someone uses magic, I get killed!"''

An old friend of Dr. Orpheus. He is a black man who fights Blaculas (black vampires) for a living and wields two swords. He is a pastiche of the superhero Blade and the blaxploitation movie protagonist, Shaft. As a play on Blade's half-vampire thirst for blood or an artificial replacement, Jefferson Twilight suffers from diabetes and low blood-sugar, leading him to heavily thirst for sugared liquids, such as Nik-L-Nips. His left eye is discolored as it is a magical Blacula tracker he calls the "Blood Eye." The episode "What Goes Down, Must Come Up" revealed a lot of his BackStory. For example: his mother was taken by marauding Blaculas when he was ten, and he was a tank commander in the USMC.
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Tropes associated with Jefferson:
* BadassNormal: Originally the only non-mystical member of the Triad. Later on he's revealed to be "between worlds," which, while impressive, is also an incredibly specific ability.
* BuffySpeak: Starkly contrasts the grandiose speaking style of Dr. Orpheus.
* CaptainErsatz: Of {{Blade}} the Vampire Hunter. Also with a dash of {{Shaft}}.
* CripplingOverspecialization: He often complains about the fact that there are no Blaculas for him to fight, and implies that he'd be lost if he came up against a non-black vampire. However, he does make up for it with an array of other useful skills, such as his military training.
* TheHunter: Of Blackulas, after watching his mother get taken by them when he was 10.
* InsistentTerminology: He hunts "Blaculas." ''Not'' African-American vampires, because there is not a sizable African-American population in ''Britain''.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Uses two of them as his primary weapons.
* MagicalEye: One that allows him to track and hunt Blaculas.
* TokenMinority: The most prominent black character in the show.
* WeaksauceWeakness: In a world with real magic, super-powered heroes and villains, and actual mythical creatures, Jefferson's weakness is ''diabetes.'' He's also the only non-magical person a team of magic users that often fights ''other'' magic users.

!!The Alchemist
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-->''"I care about the true spirit of the divine. I care about the universal truth. But being a magic superhero that keeps chasing ''the same guy'' is completely '''gay'''! And that is coming from a guy that voluntarily has sex with men!"''

Another old friend of Dr. Orpheus, who is searching for the philosopher's stone ("as a metaphor for enlightenment") as well as a cure for AIDS. Unlike Twilight and Orpheus, it would seem that he is much less serious about his business and would rather mix business with pleasure; however, his true opinion on the Triad was revealed in the episode "Showdown at Cremation Creek", where he stated that he was more into helping the balance of the Universe than running around fighting one Super-Villain. It has been openly acknowledged that he is gay and a fan of Jimmy Buffett. He is sometimes referred to as "Al", but whether this is his real name or merely short for Alchemist is uncertain. He has an open hatred of the internet due to finding out his boyfriend was cheating on him via MySpace. [[spoiler:At least that's what he thinks happened after an O.S.I. mindwipe.]]
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Tropes associated with The Alchemist:
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Foil}}: To Orpheus. Even more apparent when they move in together.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Okay, so it may have only been in one episode ("What Goes Down Must Come Up"), but when the triad are performing magic, it's implied that The Alchemist has one too. When Orpheus does some magic, his leitmotif plays and when The Alchemist does some magic immediately afterward, a little trumpet piece plays. And immediately after that, when it's Jefferson's turn and it's revealed that he has no magic to do, it's completely silent.
* OnlySaneMan: Frequently the voice of reason for the Order of the Triad.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Once turned someone's tire into gold. Why does he need to shack up with Orpheus, again?
* StraightGay: Mostly.
** CampGay: When he wants to be.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Shore Leave in "Operation P.R.O.M." [[spoiler: They did.]]

!!Orpheus's Master
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-->''"So, I taste my own genitals... In my mouth. It's.. a conundrum"''
A snarky, mysterious magician who taught Orpheus everything he knows...and takes every opportunity to shove Orpheus's failures in his face. Likes to take a form that relates to whatever problem Orpheus needs help with, which is often just an excuse for him to try out the PowerPerversionPotential of VoluntaryShapeshifting. He wishes Orpheus would loosen up and act like a normal guy instead of a LargeHam.
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Tropes associated with Orpheus's Master:
* ActorAllusion: H. Jon Benjamin plays Master essentially like [[WesternAnimation/HomeMovies Coach McGuirk]] with near omnipotent supernatural powers.[[invoked]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Loves to needle Orpheus for this - apparently their chats often result in AesopAmnesia.
* CynicalMentor
* TheFaceless: We've never seen his ''true'' form, if he even has one.
* PowerPerversionPotential: He turns into Catherine the Great's horse so that he can [[strike:re-enact Catherine's supposed sexual encounter with it]] teach Orpheus a lesson about biting off more than he can chew, turns into Cerberus to [[strike:lick his own genitals and talk at the same time]] teach Orpheus a lesson about being a stuffy know-it-all, and takes the form of [[spoiler: Orpheus's ex-wife]] to [[strike:enjoy the curvy, sexy body]] hit Orpheus where it hurts the most. His shapeshifting always has a purpose and a point, but nonetheless he milks the Perversion Potential as much as he can.
* SeriousBusiness: From his dialogue, it sounds like Orpheus's supposed higher calling is actually pretty insignificant fluff that Orpheus treats as Serious Business. This could just be part of his attempt to puncture Orpheus's stuffed shirt.
* TricksterMentor: For all the grief he gives Orpheus, he honestly does give him useful advice... albeit indirectly and in the form of riddles. His fondness of VoluntaryShapeshifting also suggests a [[TricksterArchetype Trickster]] background.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting

!!Triana Orpheus
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Triana is the daughter of Dr. Orpheus and lives with her father in a rented out laboratory-cum-apartment within the Venture compound. She is 17, a bit of a goth, but otherwise a completely normal teenage girl. She is possibly the most down-to-earth character on the show, despite her father's tendency to dramatize. She takes an interest in kitsch. Dean had nurtured a crush her for most of the show's run. [[spoiler: The very moment that Dean decided to tell her, Triana revealed her non-interest in him.]]
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Tropes associated with Triana:
* BackForTheFinale: Returned for the season four finale.
* DeadpanSnarker
* LimitedWardrobe: She always wears the same outfit, which is later [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because her father put a portal to a mystical realm in her closet.
* MissingMom: Eventually [[spoiler: leaves the Venture Compound to study magic with her mother.]]
* OnlySaneMan: During the first season and a half or so she was this around Dean and Hank, before slowly vanishing from importance.
* PerkyGoth: Phenomenally well-adjusted for the daughter of a high-level sorcerer.
** She's now studying magic herself, but her personality remains the same.
* [[spoiler: PutOnABus: May or may not partially be because she's voiced by Doc Hammer's now ex-wife.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess
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[[folder:''The Monarch and his men'']]
!!The Monarch
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-->''"I just...I just wanted to kick his [Dr. Venture's] ass! I wanted to build a ''machine'' to kick his ass! I wanted to build an empire to ''house the machine'' to '''kick his ass'''!"''

As Dr. Venture's self-proclaimed arch-nemesis, the Monarch plots the downfall of Team Venture with the utmost glee. His back is adorned with the wings of the mighty Monarch Butterfly from which he takes his name. Insecure and uncertain at heart, he leans on Dr. Girlfriend probably more than a super-villain should. His first name, as stated by his wife and in flashbacks, is Malcolm, while his last name is revealed in the season 1 finale to be [[spoiler: The Monarch]].
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Tropes associated with The Monarch:
* ArchEnemy: To Dr. Venture.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: A lot of jokes are made at his expense in the first season for not knowing nearly as much about monarch butterflies as he should. The very first episode does a decent example of it after he reveals that he was raised by monarch butterflies after his parents died, and was then abandoned by them.
-->'''Dr. Girlfriend''': Oh sweetie. Monarch butterflies only have a lifespan of up to nine months.\\
'''The Monarch''': What?
* BadBoss: He actually stays away from YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness murders, but he often kills his henchmen for either startling him, annoying him, or in one case, to downsize. It later turns out that ''all'' of his henchmen except {{Mauve Shirt}}s 21 and 24 are suicidal {{Death Seeker}}s.
* BatmanGambit: A rare case of a villain pulling one off. [[spoiler: In ''The Lepidopterists,'' he manages to get Jonas Jr. to try to kill him, thus qualifying as "prior escalation" and allowing Monarch to arch "guild sanctioned relatives," i.e., Rusty Venture.]]
* BigBadWannabe: How he started out, even taking on Captain Sunshine while still an unlicensed rookie villain. As of season four, he's reversed that position to be a big fish in a small pond.
* BiTheWay: When 21 revealed that he accidentally made out with his wife, Monarch scoffed stating that villains have threesomes all the time.
** The photo in his unauthorized biography of him "making out with Stiv Bators and Lydia Lunch."
* BrilliantButLazy: Not unlike Rusty Venture. He's [[NotSoHarmlessVillain able to demolish every]] ScienceHero the guild throws him against, and not only that, but he does it ''too quickly''. He has excellent talent at villainy, but he chooses to use it for the purpose of tormenting Rusty Venture for... [[MysteriousPast some]] [[IrrationalHatred reason]].
* CampStraight: This is also brought up when he expresses his disbelief at someone from Depeche Mode showing up at a party with a girl.
* CardCarryingVillain: He is proud to say that he is evil and lives for the torment of a guy he just doesn't like.
* CompanionCube: The Butter-Glider. He even took it on a picnic. [[CargoShip He had it in bed with him, and defended it from his wife.]]
** Before that, it was revealed that he talks to his dead stuffed cat, Mister Mostly Mittens.
* ContractualGenreBlindness: Only when arching Rusty Venture. Against anyone else, he proves to be ruthlessly effective.
* DisembodiedEyebrows: His eyebrows are so long that a very large part of each of them is not on his head.
* [[EtTuBrute Et Tu, King Gorilla?]]: He actually says this in the episode "Powerless in the Face of Death", when the latter is rather hesitant to help him escape from prison.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* [[spoiler:ForgottenChildhoodFriend: During "SPHINX Rising", he finds a picture of a young Rusty and him playing together at the Venture Compound. To say it unnerves him is a massive understatement.]]
* ForTheEvulz: His sole motivation is hating Dr. Venture. It is implied that the only reason he does so is because he just ''feels'' like it.
** Given the rather soul-crushing realization that he and Venture are both losers, it could simply be that he wants to destroy Rusty because the man represents everything about himself that he hates.
* FreudianExcuse: When Monarch tried to kill Venture during college years, it injured Baron Underbheit and people thought Venture did it so now Monarch wants vengeance. It's still left unexplained as to why Monarch tried to kill Venture in the first place.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: At first. By the end of season 2, after a little help from Dr. Killinger and reuniting with Dr. Girlfriend, he is downright ''lethal'' by season 3.
* IrrationalHatred: Why he hates Venture is unexplained, nor is it likely to be anything particularly significant.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a jerk to his men (kills them or sends them to their deaths), his fellow villains (steals their technology and frequently belittles them), and on several occasions, to his wife (pre and post marriage) as well. By numbers the only reason Rusty doesn't get the brunt of it is because they don't usually get much screen time together.
* LargeHam: He loves classic-style villain speeches.
** Lampshaded by Sgt. Hatred in ''Home is Where the Hate Is'' while playing charades:
--->'''Sgt. Hatred:''' Nope, you talked, I can't count it.\\
'''Monarch:''' HATRED! MARK MY WORDS! ...\\
'''Hatred:''' Blah, blah, blah. We're all supervillains here, Monarch. We've heard that speech a thousand times. You don't get the points.
* LoopholeAbuse: When the Guild prevented him from arching Dr. Venture, [[spoiler: he signed up to arch Jonas Venture, Jr. and after a [[BatmanGambit clever plan]], earned the right to terrorize JJ's immediate relatives.]]
** [[spoiler: Also how he saves Rusty's life in a Guild operated night club since, as Rusty's primary arch, he has the first right to kill Dr. Venture. The other villains are forced to release him.]]
* NotSoDifferent: He and Rusty actually share a moment to reflect on their lives in ''The Devil's Grip'' and realize they have a lot in common.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Posterboy for this trope. At first he seemed like an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, but it quickly turned out that he was a significantly bigger threat to people who didn't have [[{{Badass}} Brock Samson]] on their side.
** After losing the rights to arch Dr. Venture he acutally made it a habit out of killing his new Archs ''too quickly.''
** It's also heavily implied that he does care for Rusty and the boys in a way; he wants Rusty ''crushed'', not merely killed, and feels a connection to them due to their long adverse relationship. When he's facing people he simply doesn't care about at all, he's far, far more lethal.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Gets into rivalries with Baron Underbheit and Sgt. Hatred over who gets to be Rusty's ArchEnemy. [[spoiler: Also saves Rusty's life in a Guild operated nightclub, since, as Rusty's primary arch, he has the first right to kill Venture.]]
* RaisedByWolves: Claims to have been raised by monarch butterflies after his parents died in a plane crash when he was a preteen. The money for his college education and villainy were provided for by a trust fund.
* RunningGag: There are several instances when The Monarch is forced to take a taxi, he either shoots the cab driver, or sends his henchmen to do his dirty work to get out of paying the fare.
* SkewedPriorities: Everything takes backseat to tormenting Dr. Venture, except for [[PetTheDog his relationship with Dr. Girlfriend.]]
* TriggerHappy: Approach him cautiously; he tends to shoot a lethal dosage of darts into the mouth of anybody who startles him.
* TheUnreveal: When remembering his first atttempt to kill Venture in college (which failed and blew off Ünderbheit jaw) in ''Shadowman 9'', the Monarch remembers a fellow student telling him what happened. Said student used his real first name: [[spoiler:apprently the Monarch's real name is Malcolm]].
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler: In the season 5 episode "Bot Seeks Bot," Rusty Venture is captured in a Guild operated night club and about to be dipped into acid (even ''Brock Samson'' knows it would be suicide to attempt to rescue Doc surrounded by so many supervillains,) when Monarch shows up, citing Guild regulations which state that he has the first right to kill Venture as Venture's primary arch. The other villains are forced to release Dr. Venture.]]
* VillainProtagonist: He is the story's protagonist as often as the antagonist.

!!Dr. Girlfriend/Dr. Mrs. The Monarch
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-->''"I was thinking of something that plays off my abilities more than my sexuality."''

The [[CrossDressingVoices husky-voiced]] Dr. Girlfriend is perhaps the only voice of reason in the Monarch's sad little world. Skilled and capable, she is often the only thing that makes the Monarch's plans even remotely viable. Before teaming up with the Monarch, she was involved with the Phantom Limb under the name of Queen Etherea.
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Tropes associated with Dr. Girlfriend:
* AbsoluteCleavage
* AffablyEvil: When Dr. Monarch was torturing H.E.L.P.eR for the Ventures' location, she put a stop to it and put a comforting arm around him. And soon had exactly the information the Monarch was trying to get...
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: She still holds a grudge against Brock Samson for not taking advantage of her when he had the chance.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She knows what she's doing and she can be very civil and friendly, but you shouldn't let your guard down when she's around. Just ask H.E.L.P.E.R..
* DarkActionGirl
* DarkMistress: A classic example.
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheDragon: She's the Monarch's right-hand woman and is in charge of his security and gadgetry; she's also a very capable combatant on her own.
* FriendlyEnemy: She gets along really well with Dr. Venture.
* GadgeteerGenius: She designed the Monarch's wings, built his security system, replicated Captain Sunshine's solar powers, and more.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: She's TheDragon for someone she can outdo in ''a lot'' of things.
** She admits though that she was something of a failure as a solo villain.
* IHaveManyNames: She has been officially known as Lady Au Pair, Queen Etherea, Dr. Girlfriend, and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch; The Monarch has also called her Dr. Ex Girlfriend, Dr. Fiancee, and Dr. My Wife.
** Incidentally, her first name is Sheila.
* LoopholeAbuse: Her intimate knowledge of Guild law allows her to do this frequently. [[spoiler: At the end of Season 5, it's even been recognized by the Sovereign who has offered her a seat on the Council of Thirteen]].
* MoralityPet: Her main purpose is to make the Monarch more relatable.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: But at least she is clearly an engineer of some sort, and WordOfGod confirms that she has a Ph. D.
* MsFanservice: Oh yes, just look at her!
** AbsoluteCleavage
** AloofDarkHairedGirl
** LeotardOfPower
** ZettaiRyouiki
* NiceHat: Based on that of Jackie Kennedy Onassis (along with her look for the first couple of seasons). Ironically, she has no idea who that is. It's implied that the guild came up with the persona for her when she wanted a 'competent female counterpart of a great leader' motif and rejected their more {{stripperiffic}} ideas.
** Later, she typically dresses as like a female version of the Monarch, complete with CoolCrown.
* OnlySaneMan: She's one of the sanest people in the series. She's generally easygoing and her default demeanor isn't malicious, which just makes her someone you shouldn't underestimate. This is best shown in the season 5 opening, where it's revealed that to combat the supposed mutant army Dr. Venture was building, she contacted the foremost specialist on genetic mutations [[spoiler: to create a serum to reverse the mutations and neutralize Venture's supposed army. In her words "You don't fight fire with fire you fight it with water."]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Her Queen Etherea and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch costumes.
* {{Transsexual}}: Her voice makes Brock suspect she's one, but it's later revealed she smokes a lot.
* [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Unusually Uninteresting Sound]]: Her voice was completely ignored for a little less than half a season before being lampshaded, and it is usually ignored.
* VocalDissonance: A decidedly feminine MsFanservice with a deep, gruff voice that would better Brock Samson. It's justified in-universe by her pack-a-day smoking habit.
* VocalEvolution: Her voice was even deeper and masculine in [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earlier episodes,]] but gradually became (somehow) more feminine while retaining the Brooklyn-trucker vibe.
* WholeCostumeReference: Often wears a dress and hat nearly identical to one worn by Jackie Kennedy.

!!Gary (formerly Henchman "[[RedBaron Two-Ton]]" 21) and the late Henchman 24
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-->'''Henchman 24:''' Come on! They have one female servicing a large group of males. That implies a species that lays eggs.
-->'''Henchman 21:''' Oh my God, you're crazy! They're so obviously mammals!
-->'''Henchman 24:''' Please! She'd be in estrus 24/7 if she didn't lay eggs.
-->'''Henchman 21:''' Smurfs don't lay eggs! I won't tell you this again! Papa Smurf has a f**king beard! They're mammals!

The Monarch's henchmen are known only by their official numbers. #21 and #24 were the two best known. Somehow, despite their ineptitude and questionable loyalty, they managed to avoid the unceremonious slaying The Monarch often levies on his less fortunate henchmen. #21 (real name Gary) came into the employ of the Monarch when his henchman army kidnapped him at age 15. #24 seems to have joined of his own volition, having lost his job when the local factory closed down and his G.E.D. left many other careers inaccessible to him. He was a career henchman, first henching for [[spoiler: Phantom Limb, alongside the future The Monarch, as seen in "Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny!". In exchange for helping The Monarch strike out on his own, 24 was allowed to come along... eventually.]]

At the end of season three, 24 died in an explosion. 21 went a little nuts, TookALevelInBadass, and became the Monarch's drill sergeant and go-to muscle. [[spoiler:But by the end of season four, Gary became completely disillusioned with The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch alike, and found greater peace with the various residents of the Venture compound. SPHINX quickly took Gary in even before he had decided to quit The Monarch. In the Shallow Gravy special, Gary has been shown to have stayed with SPHINX, and is interviewed under his pseudonym "The Viceroy". And in the season five premiere, he remains the sole member of SPHINX after the rest of the team rejoined with OSI.]]

[[spoiler: Gary tried to strike out on his own but only kept getting in the OSI's way. The original SPHINX members eventually responded to his call for new members and came to reclaim their old base in the hopes to do a suicide run against the OSI wanting to go out in blaze of glory. Which resulted in the base getting blown up, putting an end to SPHINX for good. Jobless and directionless, Gary camped out on the Venture Estate for the remainder of the season before ultimately re-joining the Monarch.]]
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Tropes associated with 21 and 24:
* {{Acrofatic}}: 21, along with StoutStrength, once he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] following [[spoiler: the death of 24]]. Despite his size, he becomes faster, more athletic, and capable of performing some impressive martial arts moves.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: 24 frequently mentions that he has methods of dealing with living in a floating fortress with no women.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Then in "Operation: P.R.O.M.", Gary decides he probably isn't evil afterall.]]
* AlasPoorYorick: After 24 dies, 21 keeps his skull as a memento, and claims he can still listen to 24 speaking to him through it.
* AscendedFanboy: 21 alternates between this and PunchClockVillain, depending on whether the mission features cool VillainTropes.
* AuthorAvatar: Listening to the creator commentary and seeing Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick at cons makes it very obvious that 21 and 24 ''are'' the writers. When a fan asked them to settle an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny that 21 and 24 argued about in the show, they seriously debated it with each other and were indistinguishable from the characters.
* BrutalHonesty: [[spoiler:21 has a bit of a breakdown in "Operation: P.R.O.M." in front of The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Monarch]]'''[[spoiler:: 21's bailing on us.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Dr. Mrs.]]'''[[spoiler:: What?!]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Monarch]]'''[[spoiler:: Ask him.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:21]]'''[[spoiler:: It's true! I'm sick of this! I'm slightly drunk, I'm talking to the ghost of my fucking dead friend, I'm probably in love with you, and...so yeah, whatever, I'm over it!]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Monarch]]'''[[spoiler:: You're over it?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Dr. Mrs.]]'''[[spoiler:: You're in love with me?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Monarch]]'''[[spoiler:: Whoa, wait, what?!]]
-->'''[[spoiler:21]]'''[[spoiler:: We made out!]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Dr. Mrs.]]'''[[spoiler:: Well... Well, that's a stretch. We got drunk. Maybe we kissed, but uh...]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Monarch]]'''[[spoiler:: Suuuuuuuuure, you d-- where was I, then, uh?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:21]]'''[[spoiler:: Where were you--you were there! We were on top of you! We made out on you!]]
** [[spoiler:It's also part of the reason 21 gets rid of 24's skull. He keeps showing up when he tries to masturbate.]]
* BulletProofVest: 21 bought one, it's protects him from a rifle shot from Hatred, but the force knocks him out and leaves a nasty bruise on his torso.
* DrillSergeantNasty: 21 following 24's death.
* TheEndOrIsIt: After 24 dies, we see a henchman's hand checking off a list of suspects for his killer.
** [[spoiler:It's just the Moppets trying to cover up their (likely) murder.]]
* GenreSavvy: They catch on to a lot of details regarding the workings of the Venture universe.
* HeelFaceTurn: 21 [[spoiler:leaves the Monarch and joins SPHINX.]]
** [[spoiler:HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He rejoins the Monarch at the end of season 5.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: 21 even lampshades this in a third-season episode, when The Monarch doesn't know who 24 is.
* [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I Always Wanted To Do That]]: Instead of taking their mission seriously with #1, they hide in plain sight from Brock by pretending to be manniquins in a "villain diorama"; they comment on how little chance there is to actually do it.
* LampshadeHanging: 21 in particular loves to hang them, such as commenting on their PlotArmor.
* LargeHam: Jackson Publick's delivery while voicing 24 frequently moves into MundaneMadeAwesome territory. The hamminess really fits once he becomes a SpiritAdvisor.
* MauveShirt: Subverted with 24.
* MeaningfulName: [[GeniusBonus Gary's recurring "Viceroy" identity.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Monarch_Viceroy_Mimicry_Comparison.jpg The Viceroy butterfly is so called because its appearance mimics that of the Monarch butterfly]].[[note]]They are both foul-tasting to predators, and their shared appearance reinforces the warning to not eat them.[[/note]]
* NobleTopEnforcer: Post-[[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level in Badass]], 21 becomes this is Season 4 for the Monarch. [[spoiler: This eventually leads to [[HeelFaceTurn him quitting]] in the season finale.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: 24 is voiced as an imitation of Ray Romano. Out of costume, 21 and 24 look like KevinSmith without a beard and Jerry Seinfeld with a unibrow, respectively.
* NonActionGuy: They breeze through their assignments by slacking off and using their [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] to avoid deadly cliches. This stops after the death of 24.
* PlotArmor: They start bragging about it in season three. Not a good idea, as it costs 24 his life.
* PunchClockVillain: They're losers and social outcasts who are just trying not to get killed. In one episode, #24 is overheard to complain that working for the Monarch was the only job he could get after the factory he worked at closed ("It was either this or the Army").
* RedBaron: 21 eventually picks up the epithet "Two Ton" 21.
* [[spoiler: ScrewThisImOuttaHere: 21 in "Operation: P.R.O.M."]]
* StoutStrength: 21, along with {{Acrofatic}}, once he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] following [[spoiler: the death of 24]]. He's even larger now, with a still-massive gut, but a clear increase in strength.
* TalkingToTheDead: In season four, 21 starts talking to 24's skull.
** [[spoiler: In "Operation P.R.O.M.", when Dr. Orpheus helps 21 realizes that one of 24's ghost friends isn't actually dead yet, 24 vanishes, and Gary breaks down in tears. This indicates that 24 was a figment of 21's imagination the entire time. This is seemingly contradicted by 24 communicating with one of Monstroso's dead henchmen when 21 isn't exactly present onscreen, but this could simply have been an extension of 21's hallucination.]]
** When incessantly asked about it, Jackson Publick confirmed that [[spoiler:they ''intended'' for 24 to not really be a ghost, but ultimately, it's open to interpretation (although the "24 really was a ghost" theory only works under very specific and unlikely circumstances).]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Among The Monarch's henchmen.
* TookALevelInBadass: The biggest example in the show. Following the events of the season three finale, NonActionGuy 21 becomes "Two Ton 21," the {{Badass}} DrillSergeantNasty of the Monarch's henchman; turns his tubbiness into StoutStrength; fights Sgt. Hatred to a standstill; and impresses Brock Samson with his fighting skills and sheer balls.
** However in the same episode this badassery asserts itself he fails to find 24's killer, flubbed his attempt at Chinese Water Torture, realized that his friend's death could've been avoided if he hadn't been such a lazy coward, and accidentally gives his boss horrendous food poisoning, causing the Monarch to lose out on his chance at appearing in a high-profile supervillain magazine.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In "The Lepidopterists".
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Their favorite subject of conversation, along with copious FanWank. 24 always takes the less logical position. [[invoked]]
* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler:As the sole remaining member of SPHINX [[RunningGag (sphinx!)]] at the start of season 5, Gary dubs himself "SPHINX Commander" and uses that as his codename]].
* YouAreNumberSix: Subverted with 21, who sometimes went by his real name, "Gary" [[spoiler: but now does so full-time]].


!!The Murderous Moppets, AKA The Pupa Twins
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Tim-Tom and Kevin originally served as Dr. Girlfriend's [[TheDragon muscle]] when she was known as Lady Au Pair. She eventually got back in contact with them after she left The Monarch. She brought them back into the fold in time for her wedding to The Monarch, after which they started terrorizing the henchmen.
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Tropes associated with Tim-Tom and Kevin:
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everyone they work with has tried to get to know, them, generally for Dr. Girlfriend's sake. They ''all'' hate them. [[spoiler: Even Dr. Girlfriend has started feeling uncomfortable around them, which was evidently so satisfying to the Monarch that he got an erection.]] The Monarch has intended to kill them.
* AerithAndBob:
--> '''Doc Hammer''': "You want one to be named like a Moppet - like Tim-Tom - and the other one to just walk in with like, 'What's your name?' 'Kevin.' 'Good enough!'"
* AxCrazy: They [[KnifeNut like knives]] a little too much.
* KnifeNut:
-->'''Tim-Tom Moppet:''' We can take out his tongue...\
'''Kevin Moppet:''' (''with relish'') With a knife!\
'''Tim-Tom Moppet:''' Or remove 'is 'eart...\
'''Kevin Moppet:''' (''with great relish'') Yeah, with a knife!\
'''Tim-Tom Moppet:''' A bigger knife!\
'''Kevin Moppet:''' (''with greater relish'') Fucking knife!
* [[spoiler:TheMole: According to Phantom Limb, they're "well-placed sleeper agents". We don't know for sure if this is correct, but the recent revelation that they were likely the ones who killed 24 (and are messing with 21's mind by crossing names off his list of suspects, which would contribute towards Limb's plan from "Bright Lights, Dean City") adds some additional proof.]]
* PermaStubble
* PsychoForHire
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: to The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend.
* SaltAndPepper
* SlasherSmile
* ThoseTwoGuys: An AxeCrazy version. They don't qualify as ThoseTwoBadGuys because they don't act like [=TTBG=]s typically do.

!!Henchman #1/Scott Hall/[[spoiler:Zero]]
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A by-the-book henchman that was a stark contrast to #21 and #24. He followed all the old cliches, for which he was fiercely mocked by the GenreSavvy duo. He did go up in one final showdown with Brock that apparently ended with his death. [[spoiler:But later came back as a centurion named Zero who used Captain Sunshine's butler Desmond (disguised as the Greek god Zeus) to kidnap Henchman and Sidekicks to fight to the death. He's later found out by 21, who distracts him while an army of supervillains attack. It's unknown whether he survived or not.]]
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Tropes associated with Henchman #1:
* {{Badass}}:Just like [[spoiler:#21]] he took on Brock Samson one on one [[spoiler:And Lived]]
* [[spoiler:TheCaligula: He makes supervillains and super scientists fight for next to no reason other than as penitence and for his amusement.]]
* [[spoiler:EvilCounterpart: To 21. Both changed after a big event, both got a large number of minions. Both TookALevelInBadass. But while 21 was largely unmotivated before, Scott was already motivated. Whereas 21 has avoided becoming a villain on his own but is slowly growing into one, Scott immediately became one. Whereas 21 is fully willing to rely on dirty tactics when the situation calls for it, Scott fights with honor.]]
* GenreBlind
* [[spoiler:KnightTemplar: His scheme is revenge on what he believes to be the problem with superheroes and villains]]
* [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan: Zeus is actually a holographic puppet used to inspire fear and confusion. He's the real one behind the Super Death Camp]]
* MauveShirt
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:His name Zero is because he used to be a henchman. It's how 21 guesses his secret identity.]]
* [[spoiler: MyHeroZero]]: Serves not only as the Big Bad of the episode, but [[spoiler:he turns out to be Scott Hall / Number 1, a henchman from a previous episode]]. Thus, while he may not be a hero, he [[spoiler:survives not only being a henchman in a superhero/villain world, whose death is portented and lampshaded, but FIGHTING BROCK SAMPSON]], which counts as a superpower in its own right.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Becomes a plot point in season four when he turns out to be the villain of "Every Which Way But Zeus".]]
* NominalImportance: A Deconstruction of this trope.
* RedShirt: Again, Deconstructed.
* StopHavingFunGuys: To #21 and #24. [[invoked]]
* ThatManIsDead: Says it word-to-word when it's revealed that he is [[spoiler:Zero]].
* YouBastard: Gives this to [[spoiler:#21]]
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[[folder:''The Guild of Calamitous Intent'']]
!!The Sovereign[=/=]David Bowie
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-->''"Pay no attention to the handsome and ageless rock star hiding behind the couch! I am the mighty Sovereign!"''

The enigmatic leader of the Guild, who just happens to be none other than Music/DavidBowie. [[spoiler:Or really, a shapeshifter impersonating Bowie.]]
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Tropes associated with The Sovereign:
* [[spoiler:ActuallyADoombot]]: [[spoiler:Turns out he's not David Bowie, but a shapeshifter impersonating him.]]
* AffablyEvil: Running the biggest supervillain organization in the world, but we've never really seen any evidence of him being a bad guy (though Brock wants to kill him over ''[[NoodleIncident something]]'' he did in Berlin).
* BiggerBad: Of sorts.
* CelebrityImpersonator: James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture, Phantom Limb, etc). Allegedly, they tried to get the real Bowie, but he declined. This is also lampshaded with Sovereign's first appearance as Bowie.
** And according to Monstroso, [[spoiler:he isn't the real Bowie. Merely a former shape-shifting super-villain, who met Bowie in the 80's, and apparently uses Bowie as his favorite public persona.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Has shades of this.
--> ''"[[CrowningMomentOfFunny No. Please don't activate a broken coffee mug]]."''
* HugeHolographicHead: The majority of his public appearances.
* NighInvulnerability: Seems to shrug off that which would outright destroy an ordinary person. [[spoiler: The greatest example of this is his apparent immunity to Phantom Limb's death touch.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Music/DavidBowie, though not explicitly mentioned as much as before, but it's still obvious.
* OpenSecret: The true identity of The Sovereign is a carefully guarded Guild secret... but everyone already knows he is Music/DavidBowie.
** [[spoiler:Averted, as revealed in Season 5.]].
* {{Rotoscoping}}: His appearance as the Sovereign has extremely naturalistic animation.
* TheSmartGuy: In the conflicts he has been featured in, he has demonstrated an aptitude for thinking a few steps ahead of his opposition.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: That said, it's fairly clear that Sovereign underestimates Phantom Limb's abilities, as Limb has escaped Sovereign himself and several Guild ambushes, the latter with ease.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: His primary power.

!!Red Mantle & Dragoon
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-->'''Red Mantle''': Two heads ''are'' better than one!\
'''Dragoon''': What does that have to do with anything?\
'''Red Mantle''': Nothing, I've just been wanting to say that all day. I got sick of waiting for an opportunity.

Two members of the Guild's [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Council of Thirteen]], they moved into the spotlight in season four. They have spent decades in the Guild headquarters, leaving both of them out-of-touch with the outside world. After a near-fatal encounter with Phantom Limb, Dragoon's life was saved when Billy Quizboy attached his head to Red Mantle's shoulder.
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Tropes associated with Red Mantle & Dragoon:
* AscendedExtra
--> '''Doc Hammer:''' We took silhouettes and gave them an episode.
* BadassGrandpa: When he still had a body, Dragoon could pick up Revenge and toss him like a ragdoll.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: If a throwaway line in the season 5 Halloween special is to be believed, Red Mantle's magical powers come from, surprise surprise, his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin red mantle.]]
* DishingOutDirt: Red Mantle's apparent power (or at least one of them,) as seen in the season 5 episode "Bot Seeks Bot" when [[spoiler: he uses this power to move dirt onto the grave of the deceased Councilman #4.]]
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: It is made ''very'' clear that they are actually Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, with the plane crash that killed both musicians merely a cover for their induction into the Guild's Council.
* MultipleHeadCase: They had to spend some time adjusting and coordinating to this arrangement. Dragoon insists that he will eventually take over the whole body.
-->'''Dragoon''': I've been standing here all day with my dick in my hand!
-->'''Red Mantle''': [[AccidentalInnuendo That was MY dick]].
* RetiredBadass: Guild masterminds, and Dragoon still had some fight in him before losing his body.
* SilenceYouFool: Dragoon hung several lampshades on this during the Council's first appearance.
* StoutStrength[=/=]{{Acrofatic}}: Dragoon, prior to their merging.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Not like they have much of a choice.

!!King Gorilla
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-->'''Monarch''': ''"Oh this isn't gay. But King Gorilla over there is! And I bet he can't wait to snap off a piece of your dick in his ****!"''

A tough old talking gorilla who served time in prison alongside The Monarch. [[spoiler: He made a deal with the Investors to donate his heart to Monstroso when he dies in exchange for getting out on his life sentence.]]
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Tropes associated with King Gorilla:
* BlackComedyRape: See PrisonRape.
* CaptainErsatz: To two DC Comics villains, Gorilla Grodd and Monsieur Mallah (the latter of whom is also gay).
* [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity: When The Investors come to collect his heart. He doesn't panic, just gruffly tells them to get it over with.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: In order to get the Monarch out and back to Doctor Girlfriend, he helps him break out, knowing full and well the Guild will be on his ass. He was let out in season four.
** Also a villainous example, [[spoiler: he would eventually give his heart to a dying Monstroso, who arranged his release from prison in return]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: His lung cancer proved to be fatal.
** Or rather [[spoiler: ''would'' have been fatal, had the Investors not ripped out his heart to give to Monstroso.]]
* KillerGorilla: Well, he is a gorilla super villain.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* ManiacMonkeys: The Venture universe's contribution to the lineup of evil talking gorillas.
* ManlyGay
* PrisonRape: He tried to rape The Monarch once, but he couldn't get it up because Monarch looked too much like a girl from behind. He even brought him back to his cell, but still felt nothing.
* PutOnABus: After playing a major part in the season two premiere, he vanished from the show.
** TheBusCameBack: In Season 4, dying from lung cancer. His life sentence was commuted [[spoiler: upon the condition that he give up his heart to Monstroso upon his death.]]

!!Monstroso
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-->'''Dr. Girlfriend''': ''"Monstroso? That's what this is about? He's the king of the double cross. I mean, think about it, he's a lawyer and a supervillain. That's like a shark with a grenade launcher on its head."''

An influential supervillain and lawyer. The Monarch tries to team up with him to screw over Venture at the season four midpoint. This ends about as well as you'd expect (remember, this is a show about failure). [[spoiler: Captured by the OSI during Season 5, and [[NeverFoundTheBody (possibly)]] killed by the Investors as an anti-snitching measure.]]
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Tropes associated with Monstroso:
* AmoralAttorney: He's a ''supervillain lawyer.''
* BigBeautifulMan: We've gotten enough looks at him shirtless and he's got a physique that can be considered a cross between Brock and 21's.
* TheBrute: Subverted. He's a ManOfWealthAndTaste AmoralAttorney who happens to be a ten-foot-tall wrestler.`
* CardCarryingVillain: Devil motifs. Really.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Double-crossing is his MO, and it's perfectly allowable (and ''encouraged'') by Guild law.
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: Monstroso from the fourth season, after recovering from a mid-season surgery.
* [[spoiler:DisneyVillainDeath:Seemingly dropped to his doom by The Investors.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep: Has an almost inhumanly deep voice.
* {{Expy}}: Shares a number of similarities with MarvelComics villain, TheKingpin, including his monstrous size, nice suit, and being a businessman running a criminal empire. He also shares some traits with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_LaVey Anton LaVey]], founder of the Church of Satan, including his facial hair, devil hood, and general devil motif.
* GeniusBruiser: Obviously very intelligent, he also seems to be just as strong as he looks since [[spoiler: he actually ''survived'' the epic beatdown delivered by Brock and 21]].
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted at the very last minute in his first appearance.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* [[spoiler: NeverFoundTheBody: In "Operation P.R.O.M.", he and Molotov are in a limo as it falls down a cliff and explodes, and in the Season 5 premiere his "body" turns out to be an inflatable decoy. Five episodes after reveal he's still alive. But in that same episode he goes missing ''again'' after being phased though the wall of the OSI airship and dropped from hundreds of feet in the air.]]
* OhCrap: When [[spoiler:The Investors appear during his interrogation on the O.S.I. Heli-Carrier]], he has a severe freak out. Nothing had fazed him before, from fighting 21 and Brock simultaneously to being [[spoiler: at the mercy of the O.S.I.]] Now he's scared witless.
* RunningGag: He offers the Monarch a cigar four times in about ninety seconds.
--> "Fine, yes! Gimme a fucking cigar!"
* SmugSnake: Trying to defeat both the Venture family and The Monarch simultaneously... with zoning law fine print.

!!Watch and Ward
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High-ranking Guild communications officers, who report directly to the Sovereign. They're fairly good at their jobs, when not distracted by inconsequential matters, be they misplaced juice boxes or mp3 selection.
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Tropes associated with Watch and Ward:
* AuthorAvatar: Their conversations are often taken from actual conversations between Jackson and Doc. As a bonus, Doc and Ward (whom he voices) are both blond.
* IdiotBall: Failed to notice Phantom Limb's escape from Guild HQ, due to Watch having a bug clinging to his back.
-->'''Watch''': Aah! It's one of those ones that flies!
* [[spoiler:StraightGay: Watch.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: And they're constantly bickering and trip each other up at every turn.

!!Torrid
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-->''"Save my place in the queue. There's something I feel I must do. Something ''[[NameDrop torrid.]]"''

The Order of the Triad's Guild-sanctioned archenemy, who has a fire theme.
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Tropes associated with Torrid:
* UsefulNotes/AustralianAccent
* CaptainErsatz: Sort of a fusion of Pyro of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} (for his powers and ethnicity, although Torrid can create flame and teleport), Comicbook/{{Deadman}} (for his costume), and Dormammu (from ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'') (for his mythical connections).
* GassHole: Much fuss is made over the smell he leaves behind in the Venture bathroom.
* NeverFoundTheBody: The Order of the Triad seem to currently believe he's dead.
* PlayingWithFire: Being a CaptainErsatz of Pyro
* TeleportSpam

!!Augustus St. Cloud
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-->''"You win this time, but mark my words, and mark them well: I will get you, Quiz Boy!"''

The newest member of the Guild of Calamitous Intent as of the Season 5 premier, who specifically joins to arch Billy Quiz Boy. He is also incredibly rich, and is a collector and fan boy of antiques from movies and TV shows.
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Tropes associated with St. Cloud:
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: He even claims his "superpower" is the fact he has "lots of money".
* AscendedExtra[=/=]EarlyBirdCameo: He appears as a background character in the first four seasons, most memorably getting Baron Underbheit's boot in his ass at Rusty's yard sale.
* TheCollector: Of in numerous pop cultural icons, many of them ridiculously expensive. Billy utterly hates him for this, because he never lets anyone else see them except to show off and damages them for his own amusement (like altering [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Auric Goldfinger's]] pajamas so they'd fit him). He also collects albinos.
* EvilIsPetty: When Billy and Pete come to his house to try to barter with him for a flying ship, he agrees on the account Billy eat a dollar worth of pennies. The reason? Billy outbid him for an action figure on eBay.
* {{Expy}}: He's a rich snobbish version of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Comic Book Guy]] (especially his voice).
* {{Hypocrite}}: He still holds a grudge against Billy for cheating on the ''Quizboys'' show in his youth, yet himself cheats audaciously in the Spanakopita events.
* OpaqueLenses
* PyrrhicVictory: Tries to pull one on Rusty and Billy by announcing he bought the island where Spanakopita is held after they win the final event, unaware [[spoiler: that the locals had sold him "Spanakopita," the spinach pastry, rather than "Spanakos," the actual name of the island. What's more the locals were scamming him as well as Rusty the entire time.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Manages to bypass many of the Guild's set rules (such as new members being unable to choose their own archenemy) by bribing them with money.
** He likewise bribes his way through the Spanakopita events just to get under Billy and Rusty's skin.

!!The Investors
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Three amazingly creepy men in suits. They exist to make deals with people. The deals [[DealWithTheDevil frequently end badly for the person who makes them]].
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Tropes Associated with The Investors:
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Are they magically empowered humans, demons, or some other malevolent entities?
* DealWithTheDevil: And according to Brock, only Billy and White have "Borrowed money from them, and lived long enough to panic about it".
* TheDreaded: When they come to collect on your end of whatever deal you made with them. Even the 10 foot tall supervillain lawyer, Monstroso, is scared out of his mind when [[spoiler: they show up for him in "O.S.I. Love You."]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: They first appeared in the background behind the speakers at the state university in the episode "Pomp & Circuitry." They were said to be there representing the '''G'''eneral '''C'''onsolodated '''I'''nsurance company...
* [[IntangibleMan Intangible Men]]: Bullets and knives just pass right through them. They can also walk through walls and floors. And [[spoiler:reach inside peoples chests, and phase them through walls]].
* [[spoiler:[[MasterOfDisguise Masters Of Disguise:]] As shown during "O.S.I. Love You" then can perfectly impersonate two O.S.I. agents, and a nonexistent third rookie agent.]]
* PowerFloats[=/=]GhostlyGlide: We almost never see them walk [[spoiler:when not shape-shifted]], which adds to their creepiness.
* TheVoiceless: Until [[spoiler:"O.S.I. Love You" when disguised as the O.S.I. company men.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: One of their powers, as seen in [[spoiler: "O.S.I. Love You" when they perfectly impersonate the O.S.I. agents.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Spider Skull Island'']]
!!Dr. Jonas Venture, Jr.
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Dr. Venture's twin brother [[spoiler: whom he ate in the womb]], Jonas, Jr. - or JJ - is a two-foot tall dwarf with all of the skill, charisma, success, and hair that Rusty lacks. He is usually seen getting contracts that Rusty wants whenever Rusty calls him up for a loan.
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Tropes associated with JJ:
* TheAce: He's more like his father than his brother is.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: He's the perfect heir to the Venture ScienceHero tradition and always miles ahead of Rusty in success and fame.
* ArtificialLimbs: His left hand didn't form during his birthing development. After he finally leaves Rusty's body, Billy makes him a cybernetic prosthetic.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Played with. His first appearance in the season 1 finale, he tries to murder Rusty. He mellows into a smug-genius characterization after he starts making a name for himself. "Now Museum Now You Don't" showed that he's something of a passive-aggressive, condescending jerk. "The Lepidopterists" shows him to be a fan of DisproportionateRetribution who doesn't know or play by the rules. [[spoiler: Played more straight in the Season 5 premiere, where he has contracted Rusty for a large project and openly admits his surprise and gratitude when Rusty delivers beyond his expectations. That being said, he didn't know about [[NoodleIncident near apocalyptic shenanigans]] that happened as a result of Rusty's incompetence.]]
* TheCharmer: Even as a malformed two-foot-tall fetus man he's amazingly successful with the ladies due to his good looks and endless charisma.
* CombiningMecha: Pilots the core component of Ventronic, a walking ShoutOut to {{Voltron}}.
* DeadGuyJunior: By his own choice.
* GadgeteerGenius: Built a mecha body out of spare parts in his first appearance and apparently created his own CombiningMecha.
* HollywoodCyborg: He has a robot forearm covering the gimpy non-limb he had in his first appearance.
* InstantExpert: Earned two Ph. D.s [[RuleOfFunny in a month]].
* NiceGuy: Can be rather smug and condescending, but by the standards of the Venture universe, those are hardly the worst qualities around. He also seems to care for his nephews.
* PutOnABus: Spent all of season 4 on a space station.
* TheResenter: A less-extreme example; in spite of being more successful and intelligent than Rusty, he seems a touch bitter about not being regarded as Jonas Venture's son. In his first appearance, this drove him to try and kill Rusty and while he's mellowed out, he's been shown trying to erase Rusty's boyhood accomplishments from memory and replace it with himself.
* SmugSuper
* VocalEvolution: In his first appearance, he had a deep, raspy voice. Afterward, he gained a smooth and smug voice to go along with his role as AlwaysSomeoneBetter.

!!Sally Impossible
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Richard Impossible's now-ex-wife. When the lab accident occured that gave Richard his stretching powers, she was affected too but was much less fortunate as she was given the "power" of making her skin visible, without utilising it her skin ''returns'' to being invisible and makes for a pretty gross sight. Her other family members, who were also caught in the blast, didn't fare as well (her brother Cody ignites when exposed to oxygen, while her cousin Ned became a walking tumor). To save his public image, Richard hid them away and refused to let Sally interact with anyone. Rusty winds up meeting her by accident and she tries to use him to escape Richard's grasp but Rusty quickly abandons her. In their next encounter Rusty used her to get a vital piece of equipment he needed from Richard's lab. It was during this encounter she met Jonas Venture Jr and the two quickly hit it off. Sometime afterward she divorced Richard and went to live with J.J along with Ned and her infant son Rocket (Cody somehow still staying with Richard).
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Tropes associated with Sally:
* BlessedWithSuck: Stuck with a power she never wanted and claims it take a great deal of effort to maintain control -- really, it barely even counts as a ''power'', more like a flat-out disability.
* BodyHorror: When she loses control of her power, yeesh.
* CaptainErsatz: Of The Invisible Woman from ''Franchise/FantasticFour''.
* TookALevelInBadass: Minor one, before she was always cowering in front of her husband and gets sparks of courage if she knew she could escape or at least discredit him. She ratches up a bit when Richard shows his neglect for Rocket and by third appearance she done with his crap and is disgusted by his attempts to win her back (though she does show some appreciation for his attempted and supposed HeroicSacrifice). She now a part of J.J fighting force, helping to defend Spider Island from the Monarch in a giant mecha.

!!The Pirate Captain
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The leader of the "ghost pirates" in the episode "Ghosts of the Sargasso". After his initial encounter with the Venture family, he began living on the X-2 after having difficulties in finding a job. When Jonas Jr. acquired the ship, he hired the captain. He has not been referred to by any name or nickname other than "The Captain" so far. He currently resides with Jonas Jr. on Spider Skull Island and fulfills the duties of a butler, caretaker, and right-hand man. The Captain always refers to Jonas as "Chairman".
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Tropes associated with the Captain:
* CombiningMecha: "[[{{Voltron}} I form the right arm!]]"
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: No name given, only known as "the pirate" or "the Captain."
* HeelFaceTurn: He was never all that evil, but he's not that good of a good guy, either. He gets annoyed when JJ dredges up his "bad guy" past.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* InstantSedation: Gets ''addicted'' to it in one episode.
* ShoutOut: He is modeled after ''ScoobyDoo'' villains, and makes a lot of specific references to that end (such as mentioning that he got to meet Cher and "the guy who was the voice of InspectorGadget"[[note]]Don Adams[[/note]], who both guest-starred on ''ScoobyDoo'').
* TalkLikeAPirate: And he friggin' loves it!

!!Ned
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Sally Impossible and Cody's mentally challenged cousin. Formerly associated with Impossible Industries, Ned followed Sally to Spider Skull Island to live with Jonas Venture Jr.
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Tropes associated with Ned:
* CaptainErsatz: Of The Thing from ''Franchise/FantasticFour'', except mentally handicapped.
* TheDitz
* HandicappedBadass
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The Revenge Society'']]
!!Phantom Limb
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-->''"No one retires from the Phantom Limb's shit list!"''

The leader of the Revenge Society and the man who recruited Dr. Girlfriend into the Guild of Calamitous Intent, Hamilton G. Fantomas is the [[LegacyCharacter grandson]] of the adventurer and Guild founder Literature/{{Fantomas}}. Born with atrophied limbs, his attempts to speed up their muscle growth instead gave him invisible hands that could kill with a touch. He eventually worked his way up in the Guild, always with [[TheStarscream an eye on the Sovereign's position]]. Dr. Girlfriend used to work with him and date him as Queen Etherea before meeting the Monarch; she goes back to him in season two, securing his position as the BigBad of that season.

After his above origins were revealed in season three, he made a major comeback in season four as he attempted to conquer the Guild once more... and failed. Then he decided to make his own guild to piss off the Sovereign.
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Tropes associated with Phantom Limb:
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Possibly some sort of ethnicity unless that's just a tan.
** The Monarch states that Phantom Limb "wears an awful lot of purple for a white guy," but that's about it for ethnic information.
* AnArmAndALeg: He loses an arm, leg and implicitly his Penis after his altercation with the Soverign ended with his airship crashing. Impossible reconstructed his machine and at the very least Limb's arm and leg have been restored.
* BigBad: Mutual enemy to Dr. Venture and The Monarch in season 2
** BiggerBad: In Seasons 4 and 5. He spends the latter half of season 4 recovering and slowly building a team of his own, and is absent in season 5 [[spoiler:apart from a cameo in Bot Seeks Bot, which shows that the revenge society has been watching the council meetings.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: He makes a lot of grand speeches about how [[ForTheEvulz awesome it is to be evil]].
* CloudCuckooLander: After getting kicked out of the Guild, he gets a little...[[SanitySlippage batty]].
* CompanionCube: In season 4, he now has a new Guild consisting of a toaster, a mug and one of Dr. Girlfriend's shoes. Turns out they're not so harmless, as he manipulates them with his detached invisible limbs to use in combat.
* DetachmentCombat: He can still control and re-attach his invisible limbs after they have been cut off.
* EvilerThanThou: Is by far the evilest and most experienced member of the Revenge Society.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Especially during season 4.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Successfully disables a series of Guild death-traps using a common household ''toaster'' and later disarms a group of Guild soldiers using a ''high-heeled shoe'' as a boomerang in the episode ''The Revenge Society.''
* KnightOfCerebus: Comes far closer to killing the Venture family than anyone else has in ''Victor. Echo. November ''Even certified {{Badass}} ''Brock'' realizes that they "might not make it this time" when he realizes it's the [[EliteMooks Guild Strangers]] they're up against instead of the usual [[{{Mooks}} henchmen rabble.]]
* LargeHam: He's very fond of dramatic hand motions. Not that the viewer can see them.
--> "I'm wringing my hands.........MENACINGLY!"
* LegacyCharacter: He is the grandson of Literature/{{Fantomas}}.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Has a very sophisticated, aristocratic manner about him, likes fine cheeses and wines, lives in a home based on the Frank Lloyd Wright [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storer_House_%28Los_Angeles%29 "Storer House,"]] and sells stolen artwork as his brand of supervillainy.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Phantom Limb's powers continue to change. In Season 1 his hands caused veins to pop up on people when he uses his touch of death, and they don't seem to glow (he was wearing a heavy coat, but no light came out of the disconnect between gloves and sleeves). All other appearances neglect the veins and have his arms glow green and red for the touch of death. Season 4 shows he can detach and control his limbs. His limbs glow blue now and his powers seem to be electricity based, as he stunned Dean instead of killing him, and it seems he can regulate how much charge they give.
* NotQuiteDead: Wisdom, the coffee cup, who has been put back together after Limb accused him of being the Sovereign.
** Ironically, Chuck (the toaster) and Lady Nightshade (the shoe) "perished" in the scuffle that occurred after his escape.
* ObfuscatingInsanity[=/=]HesBack: In "Pomp and Circuitry", it's revealed that he was waiting for the perfect time to strike. He then proceeds to launch his plan to form a new team with failures of superheroes and villains, and so far it's working.
** And despite some initial pitfalls due to Professor Impossible's inexperience, he manages to nearly kill Doctor Venture, if not for Fat Chance accidently tripping onto him.
* PerverseSexualLust: He really, really likes making Dr. Girlfriend wear her [[{{Stripperiffic}} Queen Etherea costume]].
* PunnyName: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_limb Phantom limb syndrome]]
* RedRightHand: Invisible limbs that can kill with a touch.
* RomanticFalseLead: His initial role.
* RuleOfFunny: The only possible explanation for all of the things that he manages to do (without his prosthetics) with just one arm and one leg...
* ShoeSlap: Uses a high-heeled shoe like a boomerang in ''The Revenge Society.''
* ShoutOut: To obscure comic hero ComicStrip/ThePhantom, between the names and similar costumes.
* SmallReferencePools: Want to know just how well this show averts this? One of its major villains is a descendent of Fantômas, a French character who is largely unknown in the US. The trope itself is, fittingly, one of his pet peeves, as seen when he tried to sell a Rembrandt to a Mafioso who only wanted the Mona Lisa.
* SmugSnake: His overconfidence almost always leads to his downfall.
* TheStarscream: To the Guild Sovereign.
* StartMyOwn: In the second half of season four, he tells the Sovereign he's going to start his own guild with [[CompanionCube Wisdom]], Professor Impossible, Baron Underbeit, Lady Hawke Johnson/Lyndon Bee and Fat Chance.
* StayInTheKitchen: A thoroughly unsympathetic example. There is no misguided chivalry at work here, just plain old misogyny. Dr. Girlfriend left him initially because he let her engineering proficiency go to waste in favor of using her as arm candy.
-->(After Dr. Girlfriend calls him out on crashing her wedding.) Sweet girl, you're being irrational, and such is the curse of your sex. I forgive you.
* SuperPowerLottery: "I can kill a man by simply touching him. Now what were your special powers again?"
* TouchOfDeath: Though it's been shown in "Bright Lights, Dean City" he can control it to merely knock out his foe if necessary.
* VillainousBreakdown: By season four has gone completely off his rocker. See CompanionCube.
* VisibleInvisibility: His limbs avert the trope, which is an occasional source of humor - such as when he tried "wringing [his] hands - [[MundaneMadeAwesome menacingly]]!", only for nobody to know what he was doing.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Subverted. In his first appearance, his only [[IncrediblyLamePun visible]] power is having invisible limbs. Later, it turns out that his limbs can instantly kill by touch, deflect projectiles, and can be detached and remotely operated.
* WickedCultured: A definite example, once called out for having sold out his villainous principles for high culture accoutrements such as dealing in stolen art instead of 'the old stuff'. (In the same episode, he laments how many of his fellow art thieves want to steal the Mona Lisa, for no other reason than it's a famous painting, and not because they appreciate it as art.)

!!Professor Richard Impossible
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A fellow super-scientist and CaptainErsatz of ''Franchise/FantasticFour'' leader Reed Richards AKA Mr. Fantastic, but much, much darker. At first he seemed just like his counterpart... and then it was revealed his fellow members got useless, or in one case harmful, powers and that he kept them under wraps to save face. Doctor Venture won over his wife, Sally, while working with Impossible but left her behind when they left. She finally escaped with Doctor Venture's brother J.J. along with her and her son Rocket. He didn't take it well. He soon fell into a deep depression until his old buddy Phantom Limb convinced him to go over to the evil side, while remaining a super scientist to the public. He's now a super villain and part of Phantom Limb's Revenge Society.
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Tropes associated with Richard:
* AccidentalHero: Saves whole Spider Skull Island from being exploded while trying to [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]].
* BeardOfSorrow: Starts to grow one after Sally dumps him. Shaves it (with the help of Phantom Limb) immediately after joining the Revenge Society.
* CaptainErsatz: Of [[Franchise/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]].
* CardCarryingVillain: He really enjoys his new status of villain, [[ThatManIsDead changing his name]], throwing [[IncrediblyLamePun puns]] and all the stuff.
* TheDragon[=/=]EvilGenius: For the Revenge Society.
* DrivenToSuicide: Tried to kill himself at least two times after Sally dumped him.
* DomesticAbuser
* FaceHeelTurn: Well, he was always a dick, but he's dropped all pretense of being one of the "good guys" now.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ForScience: He conducted an experiment that blew up in his face. It granted him incredible stretching powers, but left his family with painful and hideous mutations. Not only is he completely unsympathetic to their plight, but he treats them like prisoners most of the time less they embarrass him. He is a thinly-veiled parody of ''The ComicBook/FantasticFour''[='=]s Reed Richards, who has slipped into this trope from ReedRichardsIsUseless more than once (most recently during ''ComicBook/CivilWar''). His crowning moment of For Science comes when confronted by his wife that their son was missing, he ignores her and handwaves it:
-->'''Sally''' "What could possibly be more important than your own son?"
-->'''Richard''' "... sssssssssssscience?"
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Has been unable to kill himself because his rubber body is so durable.
* IHaveNoSon: Barely acknowledges the existence of his son, Rocket. He even attempts to justify his neglect by claiming that Rocket is probably not his biological son.
* InsufferableGenius[=/=]SmugSuper: As a Reed Richards parody, he takes all of Reed's faults and turns them UpToEleven.
* JerkAss: He's a self-aggrandizing super scientist who would unthinkingly do horrible things for profit, glory, and scientific curiosity. While such a description would apply to many other characters in the show, Professor Impossible has repeatedly shown his contempt and lack of empathy towards others by coldly dismissing them as insignificant in the face of his own scientific pursuits and abilities.
* LaughablyEvil: Became waaay more humorous once he went off the deep end and joined the Revenge Society. This may have something to do with Bill Hader, though.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Even before his FaceHeelTurn, he was shown to have a very shaky grasp on ethics. His ''first'' solution to Hank being contaminated by [[SpontaneousHumanCombustion The Goliath Serum]] was to kill him. He doesn't even pause what he's doing when he finds out that his son is missing and is only concerned about it because his wife is beating on him and berating him because of it.
* NotSoDifferent: Phantom Limb points out that he wasn't that far from being a supervillain in the first place.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: While his lack of experience has kept him from being an effective supervillain thus far, it must be remembered that this is the same person who has devised a biological agent capable of turning living creatures into bombs and has harnessed [[spoiler: his brother-in-law's self-combustion powers]] to provide Impossible Industries with enough free electricity to go completely "green", all of which occurred before he decided to become a real supervillain.
* NighInvulnerability: Although he can still be harmed, his elastic nature makes him incredibly difficult to kill or even injure.
* RubberMan: He's a spoof of the Mr. Fantastic and the only one of the Impossibles to have a useful power.
* ThatManIsDead: Attempts this by calling himself Professor Incorrigible, but Limb wasn't crazy about the idea.
* TheSociopath: A high-functioning and affable one (in a 1950's TV-dad kind of way), but his interactions with people underlines that this guy has ''serious'' difficulty differentiating between people and disposable lab rats.
* VillainousBreakDown: After Sally leaves him.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He manages to keep up his good publicity up until his split with Sally. Though he isn't actually exposed for the JerkAss that he is, his mental breakdown and decline have become apparent to others.

!!Baron Underbheit
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Dr. Venture's "other" ArchEnemy, Werner Underbheit is the tyrannical ruler of [[{{Ruritania}} Underland]] (pronounced oon-derland) who lost his jaw back in college - he blames Rusty for this, although it might have been the result of The Monarch's first attempt to kill Rusty. Recently ousted as ruler. Now the muscle for the Revenge Society.
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Tropes associated with Underbheit:
* ArchEnemy: Considered himself Rusty Venture's arch enemy, but The Monarch completely eclipsed him during the show's run.
* TheBluebeard: Has killed his seven former wives.
* TheBrute: For the Revenge Society.
* TheBusCameBack: ''Love Bheits'' was intended to be the last appearance of the character in the series, as Doc and Jackson didn't find him interesting enough to write for. Until season 4 that is, and the formation of the Revenge Society.
* CaptainErsatz: A very blatant one of DoctorDoom, with The Monarch even making the comparison. This makes his recent team up with Dr. Impossible amusing - especially since Dr. Doom and Mr. Fantastic are ''also'' teammates in the Future Foundation now.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Subverted. He disappeared after season two, and then twenty-nine episodes later, he makes a couple cameos and becomes a member of the Revenge Society not soon after.
* EvilOverlord: Of Ünderland [[spoiler: until his deposition in Season 2.]]
* {{Expy}}: Monarch himself calls him a "dime-store DoctorDoom".
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Underbheit anticipate this in he re-introduction in season four, [[NeckSnap providing an immediate demonstration]]. [[spoiler: Turns out he was WrongGenreSavvy and LeeroyJenkins about it. They only need him to sign a contract.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: From his early appearances and the promotion of him in the show's first opening, it appears that the original plan for Underbheit was that he would act as Rusty's "real," serious ArchEnemy while the Monarch would remain an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. However, the writers quickly found Underbheit too one-dimensional to fill that role.
* RedRightHand: Has a prosthetic metal jaw.
* {{Ruritania}}: Underland. [[spoiler: Subversion: it's located near Michigan.]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: Has these on his armour
* SweetOnPollyOliver: Tried to marry the captive Dean Venture (who was dressed as [[StarWars Princess Leia]] for a fancy dress party), mistaking him for a girl.

!!Fat Chance
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A new recruit to the Revenge Society, Fat Chance was forever changed by a botched scientific experiment, which left him obese. However, it also gave him an "Enigma Hole" in his belly, which he can pull random (and occasionally useful) items from.
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Tropes associated with Fat Chance:
* BrooklynRage
* CoolGate: His Enigma Hole, even if he has no idea what's on the other side.
* CaptainErsatz: Possibly one to Chunk, a supporting character of TheFlash. He also was a scientist who, due to a mishap, was rendered obese and with the power to send objects to and from a parallel universe through his body. Not a very well known character, but it'd hardly be the most obscure reference Venture Bros has made.
* FatIdiot: To an extent.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Uses his name to create these.

!!Ladyhawke Johnson and Lyndon Bee

A married couple who you might recognize. Presumably inducted into the Revenge Society because of how pathetic almost all the other applicants were, Ladyhawke transforms into a hawk by night, and Lyndon into a bee by day.
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Tropes associated with Ladyhawke and Lyndon:
* HappilyMarried: Despite only seeing each other during an eclipse.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting
* UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Based on the former US President and his wife.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/LadyHawke''.

!!Brick Frog

A failed applicant for the society, he's a guy in a frog suit with a sack of bricks.
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Tropes associated with Brick Frog:
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Awesome Pun]]: You know what that indentation that some bricks have is called? A frog.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The Original Team Venture'']]
!!Dr. Jonas Venture, Sr.
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The grand figure looming over the remains of the current world today is the legacy left behind by Dr. Jonas Venture, Sr. Adventure hero, scientist, woman-chaser, celebrity, and media darling who could do anything ''except'' raise a son. Dr. Venture lived a life of luxury and adventure, with the world constantly revolving around him, and that was the way he liked it. Too often, this ended up with Dr. Venture ignoring important things like missing colleagues, the family's cursed artifact, and non-emotionally scarring time that should have been spent with his own son. Then, he would play down any negative consequences of anything he ever did until he could forget about it.
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Tropes associated with Jonas:
* AbusiveParent: Manages to top Rusty and Professor Impossible as the worst Dad in the series. He included Rusty in all his missions from ages 3-17, made him endure numerous kidnappings, and forced him to kill someone with a house key. When ever Rusty attempted to express his frustration, Jonas would simply disregard it and call him ungrateful. His style of parenting was so bad, that in "Are You There God, It's Me Dean", even The Monarch admitted to Hank, that Jonas really did a number on him.
* TheAce: Since he's a parody of characters like DocSavage.
* BreakTheCutie: To Rusty.
* BrokenPedestal: He's a globetrotting super-scientist adventurer who has foiled the plots of countless supervillains. But when you dig a little deeper, you see that he was an emotionally abusive parent who constantly put his son's life in danger by dragging him along on dangerous adventures as well as being a habitual womanizer. He frequently lost interest in his projects, leaving many half finished and anyone unfortunate enough to be involved to their own devices (E-Den, the drug addled orphans trapped beneath his compound, Dr. Entmann, etc.)
* TheCasanova: A habitual womanizer, known to throw "key parties."
* {{Crossover}}: According to ''VideoGame/PokerNight2'', he worked with [[{{VideoGame/Portal2}} Cave Johnson]] at one point.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: His first appearances seemed to make the audience think that Rusty is a jerk for not liking his amazing father more. It isn't until we later learn about some of the darker secrets of Venture Industries (such as keeping a population of drug-addicted orphans in the tunnels beneath their house for decades) that we begin to see Jonas as he really was.
* {{Expy}}: Is a [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] version of DocSavage and [[JonnyQuest Dr. Benton Quest]].
* GadgeteerGenius: A brilliant inventor...until he would lose interest and leave many of his projects unfinished. Rusty seems to stay afloat by (poorly) completing Jonas' unfinished work.
* GenerationXerox: Like his father Lloyd Venture, he was a super-scientist and engaged in globe spanning adventures. He also installed this lifestyle into his son.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Died under mysterious circumstances and never said goodbye to Rusty. Near the end of the third season, [[spoiler: it is strongly implied that his bodyguard Kano killed him for trying to activate the O.R.B...which had ironically been rendered useless by Lloyd Venture's bodyguard Sandow.]]
* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: Has hosted a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_party#Key_parties key party]] at least once.
* PapaWolf: If there is one positive trait to him, he does look after and protect his own son - as a group of poor would-be Greek kidnappers found out the hard way. Zig-zagged in that Rusty is only ever in danger due to his own father's negligence and willingness to put him in dangerous situations.
* PetTheDog: Related to PapaWolf, for all of the torment he subjects his son through, he at least has the decency to let his son keep his happy memories before savagely beating up said would-be Greek kidnappers.
* PosthumousCharacter: Died before the series began, though is seen frequently in flashbacks.
* RoguesGallery: Has a fairly deep one. Just going by those shown or mentioned in the show: Scaramantula, Brainulo, Manotaur, Half-Jackal, [[ChurchOfHappyology L. Ron]]... The first 3 even did a VillainTeamUp to kidnap Rusty.
* SpiritAdvisor: But only while Rusty is off his drugs.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted in that he acted as one to Rusty, and by "Acted" we mean sneaking out whenever his son tried talking about his issues and calling him ungrateful for [[IJustWantToBeNormal not enjoying the life of a boy adventurer]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: to Rusty.
* WhatTheHellDad: He took Rusty with him on dangerous adventures as he didn't see anything wrong with it and didn't get why Rusty would want a normal life. Needless to say, it's understandable why he would considering that he had to kill a man at a young age twice among other things.

!!Col. Gentleman
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-->''"That thing is gonna kick like a badger, so you have to re-level quick. Aim for the bastard's neck. Hold 'im up there, Kano! I don't care if he wets himself and your head; that boy is gonna see somebody die! And if he doesn't want it to be his father, he'll have to pull that trigger!"''

The apparent second-in-command of the 60's Team Venture, Col. Gentleman is the swinger of the group.
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Tropes associated with Gentleman:
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: He claims to have been in the RAF, but the rank of colonel does not exist in the RAF. The equivalent rank is group captain.
* BadAssGrandpa: He's still very capable in a fight. He even gets Brock Sampson to back off thanks to his reputation and a well-aimed cane to the throat.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's certainly a nice guy, eccentrics aside. Badmouth or mistreat his friends or family and you're ''screwed.''
* CatchPhrase: "...a smack in the mouth!" (pronounced "[[FunetikAksent shmack in the mooth!]]")
* CloudCuckoolander: Enjoys making "crazy old person" lists and, apparently, gluing bits of a battleship model to his dog in his spare time.
* DepravedBisexual: Almost everything we learn about his sexuality is TooMuchInformation. He does ''not'' identify as any kind of sexuality:
-->'''Jackson Publick (in character during episode commentary):''' "Of course I have sex with Kiki! He's ''beautiful!'' That doesn't make me gay, it makes me smart!"
** He's also the first person Shore-Leave goes to for info on the "Rusty Venture" sex act, and claims to have invented the act. Yeah, he named a gay sex act after his friend's child.
* HeManWomanHater: Nearly every time he talks about a woman is to mention either screwing them or giving them a "smack in the mouth."
* HeroicBSOD: During the 5th season finale, after Kiki walks out for good. He rather glumly realizes all his favorite gay flings have passed on, that he's shacked up with a bitchy Persian a third his age, and that Tangiers has lost its appeal [[spoiler:on top of considering his sexual preference a capital offense. He moves to the States by the end of the episode, and he and the Action Man decide to room together.]]
* ManlyGay: Although it's somewhat clear he strongly prefers men as a rule; his autobiography is titled ''Gentlemen Prefer Gentleman'', after all.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He is essentially what you would get if William S. Burroughs were played by SeanConnery.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Hank and Dean found him dead in the second season. Turns out it was a diabetic coma, they were just too stupid to actually check that he was alive.
* PapaWolf: He punches out Rusty when he finds out he broke his step-daughter's heart.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: He says that Kano is an excellent pilot despite his "racial handicap."
** Most likely is an example of DeliberateValuesDissonance to reflect that Col. Gentlemen is rather out of touch with modern ideas about racial sensitivity.

!!The Action Man
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The gun-wielding psycho of the '60s Team Venture, Rodney the Action Man has cooled down significantly with age.
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Tropes associated with The Action Man:
* BattleCry: "AAAACCCTTTTTIIIOOOONNNN! Action! Action! Action! Action! ACTION!"
* TheBerserker: See above. In his prime he seemed to enter some kind of battle frenzy.
* GassHole: Prone to flatulence at his advancing age.
* HappilyMarried... to his dead friend's widow.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: For a given definition of "heroic." He used to wake up a young Rusty Venture with an empty gun pressed to the boy's head.
** "Not ''tonight'' Rusty..."
* JerkAss: Was not nice at all to Major Tom's ghost about marrying his wife, shot Orpheus without a second thought and pulled Rusty's pants down in front of a large crowd at his 16th birthday so Col.Gentleman could shoot his dick with a shrink ray.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Surprisingly enough he and Hank hit it off pretty well. And he even admits during their time together that he does regret some of his actions to Rusty.
* ShoutOut: His name comes from a lyric in "Ashes to Ashes", the DavidBowie song that was a continuation of "Space Oddity" (and thus the story of the original Major Tom). Bowie got the name from the British equivalent of Franchise/GIJoe.
* SuperSoldier: He states that Jonas Sr. had him take "Go Juice" while they worked together, but he's kicked it once he retired. If Sergeant Hatred is any indication, this could be why he was so horrible to Rusty.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: After pissing off Dr. Orpheus, the latter tells Action Man that he's going to have a stroke in two years, seventeen days. This news doesn't seem to bother The Action Man in any way.
-->'''Crl. Gentleman:''' We're all going to die!\\
'''Action Man:''' Not me! I still got two more years!

!!Kano
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The silent badass of the team, Kano was the cool, silent pilot and MadeOfIron martial artist. He is later revealed to have been Jonas, Sr.'s official OSI Bodyguard in the vein of Brock Samson.
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Tropes associated with Kano:
* TheBigGuy: With hands strong enough to crush a boulder, but gentle enough to crush a butterfly.
* GentleGiant: In his old age (or maybe all along), he's become quite soft, has hobbies in cooking and karaoke. He also seemed to be the primary caretaker of Rusty and was a borderline TeamMom.
* MadeOfIron
* MeaningfulName: According to creator commentary for "Now Museum, Now You Don't", "Kano" is short for "volcano" and refers to his [[BreathWeapon firebreathing powers]].
* NiceGuy: By far the nicest, well-balanced, and least sociopathic member of the original Team Venture (other than Otto Aquarius, but he can be a bible-thumping prick at times too.)
* TheStoic: Has all of the mannerisms to go with the silence.
* TheVoiceless: [[spoiler:Turns out that he isn't mute. He took a vow of silence for killing a "great man"... who may have been Dr. Venture, Sr. himself.]]

!!Dr. Paul Entmann/Humongoloid
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The forgotten member of the team, Dr. Entmann was left stranded in a sealed room under the Venture Compound after an attempt to cure his super-gigantism turned him into an tiny human.
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Tropes associated with Entmann:
* CaptainErsatz: Of [[MarvelUniverse Dr. Pym/Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket.]] Thoroughly lampshaded when Brock says he reminds him of a Marvel hero and Entmann's guesses ("Hawkeye?" "Sub-Mariner?") are way off.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: With a ShapeshifterModeLock at tiny size.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Was visiting Action Man in the retirement home but got crushed underneath a rocking chair.]]
* MightyGlacier: As the Humongoloid (his giant form) but he was more BlessedWithSuck if anything.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: When he was a giant he bore a striking resemblance to AndreTheGiant, including slurred speech and curly hair.
* SquareCubeLaw: References it - he nearly went into cardiac arrest from the slightest activity when he was a giant, and expresses annoyance with the "many times its own weight" description of an ant's strength.

!!Otto Aquarius
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Son of a drunken sailor and an Atlantean princess, Otto is a standard aquatic hero who has long since given up violence as an answer to his problems after joining Jehovah's Witnesses.
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Tropes associated with Aquarius
* ActualPacifist: Which is cool and all, but makes him all but useless when the boys call the original Team Venture together to save their dad.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Of either Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}...or [[OlderThanTheyThink the Sub-Mariner]]. There are just enough details that he could really be either.
* {{Atlantis}}
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Salutations".
* FishPerson
* HalfHumanHybrid
* HollywoodJehovahsWitness
* OlderThanTheyLook: Has his half-Atlantean DNA to thank for that.

!!Swifty
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In his prime, he was a middleweight boxing champion and a good friend to Jonas Venture, Sr. After becoming a punch drunk palooka, his wife left him and Jonas gave him (and Hector) a maintenance job at the Venture Compound out of pity.
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Tropes associated with Swifty:
* DentedIron: All the hits he's taken in the past have left him with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia_pugilistica dementia pugilistica]], so he's not too aware of his surroundings.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: Rusty seriously doesn't remember that this guy was his dad's best pal.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Despite being grossly under qualified, Rusty fires him due to him not remembering him after working there for 30 years.
* [[JetPack Jet Boots]]: When he was a member of Team Venture.
* RetiredBadass: He may be slow and out of shape, but damn if he can't still throw a punch.
* TalkativeLoon: Speaks almost entirely in {{word salad}}s nowadays. "I remember there was a ''ring''... that ''loved'' the radio."

!!Major Tom
A test pilot who died in a crash while testing one of Jonas' planes. When the current Venture family and Brock Samson disturbed Tom's spirit, he climbed onto the Ventures' boat doing nothing but screaming. Eventually, Brock decapitates him and throws him back into the ocean.
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Tropes associated with Major Tom
* AcePilot
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Well being dead helped this, but he's never seen with the rest of Team Venture in flashbacks, even after Aquarius, Swifty, Hector and Ook Ook were retroactively added.
* DemBones: His face and left arm at least.
* LosingYourHead
* MajorlyAwesome
* OverlyLongScream
** SkywardScream: After discovering his widow married the Action Man.
* FlamingSkulls
* TheUndead

!!Ook Ook
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A "mindless savage" and apparent unfrozen caveman who somehow got refrozen between 1969 and the present day.
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Tropes associated with Ook Ook:
* BadWithTheBone
* ContemporaryCaveman
* FlatCharacter: Was only in one episode so it makes sense.
* HumanPopsicle: Even manages to get ''refrozen'' between 1969 and the present day.
* PokemonSpeak

!!Hector Molina
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The Team Venture counterpart to [[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest Hadji]], a small Mexican boy who saved Rusty's life as a boy. Grew up and got a job on the Venture Compound. Rusty actually forgot that he existed. [[BerserkButton Doctor Orpheus still gets his junk mail.]]
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Tropes associated with Hector:
* AManIsNotAVirgin: In his 40s, he never even kissed a girl yet.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: Rusty has no idea who he is anymore.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Like Swifty, Rusty fires him at the drop of a hat.
* HeroicBystander: Becomes a member of Team Venture after saving Doctor Jonas Venture's life by shielding him from a spear with an Aztec calendar as a child.
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!!([[WritingAroundTrademarks Action]]) [[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest Jo]]([[WritingAroundTrademarks h]])[[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest nny]] ([[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest Quest]])
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You might know him from ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''. He's picked up a few drug addictions and rage issues since then.
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Tropes associated with Jo(h)nny:
* BerserkButton: ''Do NOT'' mention his father. Surprising him with Dr. Z is also a bad idea. Seems to be getting better about this in later seasons, at least.
* {{Wangst}}: Deliberately invoked in as dramatic a way as possible.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: The writers are no longer allowed to call him "Jonny Quest" so that he doesn't do too much damage to the brand name.
** He still plainly ''is'' Jonny Quest, they just don't/can't call him that.
** Also justifiable because Johnny despises his father and refuses to be associated with him, claiming at the Rusty Venture daycamp that orphan boys were lucky not to have a father.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's actually older than Rusty, a fact he likes to poke fun at during therapy.

!!Dr. Henry Killinger
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The Film/MaryPoppins of evil. He seeks to help others find their true purpose and fulfillment in life. He has a Magic Murder Bag.
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Tropes associated with Killinger:
* TheAce: Fixes up everything with a wave of his hand and with his impressive psychological and management planning skills. And his Magic Murder Bag.
* AffablyEvil: To the point that the "evil" part is debatable.
* BondJamesBond: Introduces himself this way.
* HypercompetentSidekick: He makes wonders for those he helps, though his true calling is to make them realize just how far they can go without him.
* InexplicablyAwesome: He can do [[GodModeSue practically anything]] and has no backstory or rational explanation for anything he does. And he has a [[RunningGag Magic Murder Bag]].
* EvilChancellor: Inverted, Killinger only operates to improve the lives of those he is charged with rather than undermine their every move.
* MagicalGuardian: For the people he assists, he does have elements of this even down to the ParasolParachute.
* NiceShoes: Always shown wearing a pair of bedroom skull slippers.
* NoSell: He appears to be impervious to magical attacks, or at least those of Dr. Orpheus.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Possibly subverted. His mention of working for RichardNixon implies that he may actually ''be'' this universe's Henry Kissinger, not merely based on him.
* ParasolParachute: Like the above-mentioned English nanny, he can use his umbrella to fly. Also, as a conduit for his more supernatural abilities a la [[Franchise/HarryPotter Hagrid]].
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Has only had two major appearances to date (with a few bit appearances in other episodes,) but has made a significant impact on the Venture universe in each. (Helping to rebuild the Monarch's organization and reunite him with Dr. Girlfriend in one, setting Monarch down the path of becoming a NotSoHarmlessVillain, and giving Rusty Venture a much needed HeelRealization in another, which eventually helped to bring out more of Rusty's [[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] tendencies.)
* TricksterMentor: Another inversion. While he is astoundingly good at managing and organizing supervillain operations, his actions ultimately lead his clients to realize something about themselves but is usually a truth they've either pushed aside or were unaware of. All a part of the growing process Killinger employs as a life coach.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Sometimes when he flies away, he gets stuck.
--> "My umbrella is caught on something... I require assistance."

!!Mrs. Fictel
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Dermott Fictel's mother. [[spoiler:Unknown to him, Mrs. Fictel is actually Dermott's maternal grandmother. Dermott's "sister" Nikki is his real mother.]]
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Tropes associated with Mrs. Fictel:
* MamaBear: [[spoiler: While we haven't seen it with Dermott, even if he's not really her son, she was damn mad at Rusty for getting her daughter pregnant and made sure he gave her money and left, then there's raising her daughter's son as her own.]]

!!Nikki Fictel
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Dermott Fictel's sister. [[spoiler:[[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo Actually his mother]].]]
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Tropes associated with Nikki:
* CoolBigSis: [[spoiler: Or at least the role she plays.]]
* FanGirl: Of Rusty Venture.
* FemmeFatale: Is introduced in this fashion during Hank's FilmNoir fantasy.
* MoreThanMeetsTheEye: In true FemmeFatale fashion.
* [[spoiler: MrsRobinson: She is nearly twice Hank's age.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: The timeline means she is at least in her early 30's, but she doesn't really appear to be that much older than Hank or Dermott.]]
* ReplacementLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Nikki was a FanGirl of Rusty Venture growing up. After getting impregnated by him, she learned that the ''real'' Rusty was far from being anything like he was on TV. Fifteen+ years later she meets Rusty's son Hank, who actually has the qualities of the person she idolized]].
* [[spoiler: TeenPregnancy]]


!!Kim
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Triana's once best friend. Has gained quite the fan following despite appearing for all of two episodes in season two.
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Tropes associated with Kim:
* ApatheticCitizens: Is not fazed in the slightest by Phantom Limb's lack of arms. Or being the offered the chance to become a supervillain.
* [[MistakenForSubculture Mistaken For Supervillian]]: Is mistaken for a supervillain by both Hank and Doctor Girlfriend due to her outfit and hair. She decides just to roll with it.
* PerkyGoth
* PutOnABusToHell: Was revealed to have fallen in with preppies, then addicted to drugs before becoming a born-again Christian. Now resides in Florida.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Her outfit in "Victor. Echo. November.".
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Her reaction to being offered membership into the Guild of Calamitous Intent.

!!Princess Tinyfeet
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Sgt.Hatred's wife and later ex-wife. [[spoiler: And apparently wife again. Or not.]]
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Tropes associated with Tinyfeet:
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins
* DoesNotLikeShoes
* MyGirlIsASlut: She apparently left Hatred for not being sensitive to her very kinky needs and was seen having a bizarre threesome with some of his former men. [[spoiler:Hatred later gladly took her back and was fine with playing rough.]]
* [[spoiler:TooKinkyToTorture]]: [[spoiler:When the Monarch kidnaps her as a bargaining chip with Hatred, he and Doctor Mrs. The Monarch don't even have to tie her up; she was already in bondage. She even ASKED to be put in the trunk.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[spoiler:Spends "Operation P.R.O.M." in bondage with a ball gag in her mouth, and still manages to win Prom Queen.]]

!!The Outrider
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A necromancer who married Byron Orpheus's ex-wife. The Outrider is Triana's stepfather, and she currently lives with him.
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Tropes associated with The Outrider:
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Orpheus at first, being able to acess the second world easily and stealing his wife (sort of). Later subverted as he took shortcuts to get that power that ended up backfiring horribly.
* BerserkButton: The only time he's been seen angry at all is when he attacked what he thought was a KKK member burning a cross on his lawn (it was just Dean in a ghost costume).
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Played with. To achieve his level of power, he had to take shortcuts, unlike Orpheus who worked his way there. While this did back-fire when he fought Torrid, his personal life is better than Orpheus's because The Outrider had more time for his loved ones, and other people, while Orpheus focused exclusively on his job.
* {{Irony}}: It hasn't been brought up in the show yet, but according to the DVD commentary for season 4, his wife has grown tired of him the same way she had with Orpheus (she likewise has a bored expression when we first see her, as Outrider is seeing Triana off). He's clueless about it.
* NiceGuy: Although like JJ He can be somewhat condescending.
* NiceHat
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: One example was when he tried to explain to Dean, that Trianna [[spoiler: had moved on and found someone else. He also said that their relationship was over, and Dean had to accept that if he wanted her to be happy]]. Dean's response was a [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck You!]]
* ShadowArchetype: To Orpheus. Both are necromancers, both are incredibly powerful, but while Orpheus is more skilled due to all of his training, the Outrider had to get there through shortcuts. While Orpheus speaks in a grandiose manner and is so immersed in his work he and his wife drifted apart, the Outrider is fairly personable, has no trouble interacting with people, and is now married to Orpheus's ex-wife.

!!Raven
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A handsome goth guy, he has something wrong with his legs and uses two crutches. [[spoiler: He is also dating Triana.]]
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Tropes associated with Raven:
* DisabledLoveInterest: A {{Goth}} who walks with crutches and looks like [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]].
* {{Expy}}: Looks exactly like Robert Pattinson playing [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]].
* {{Goth}}
* TakeThat: He's [[StealthPun lame]] and looks like ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'''s male lead.
* TallDarkAndHandsome

!!Col. Bud Manstrong
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An astronaut that resided on the space station, Gargantua One (which was built by Jonas Venture), along with Anna. A very chaste fellow which isn't helped with both being the only two people on the station. He later reappears in the series when the station goes down and he somehow manages to pilot it into a terrorist camp, for which he receives a medal from the president.
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Tropes associated with Manstrong:
* AccidentalHero: Celebrated as a hero, but actually [[spoiler:''blacked out'' from a handjob]] while piloting the crashing Gargantua-1 back to Earth.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Rusty calls him a "repressed masturbater" during the episode ''Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?''
* CelibateHero: It reaches the point of deconstruction. (His girlfriend cheats on him with Brock and he blacks out during a hand job from her when they're about to die.)
* MommasBoy: Very devoted to his mother [[spoiler: partly due to her mind-controlling him.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: Even without the [[spoiler: mind control,]] his mother is very controlling and manipulative of him.

!!Lt. Anna Baldavich
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The other astronaut on Gargantuan One, she and Bud were supposely in a relationship but Bud's resistance to her advances put a strain on that which wasn't helped when the Venture clan visited and she made out with Brock. She dies later in the series when then space station crashes back on Earth [[spoiler: but not before trying to get into Bud's pants one more time as a final request. He blacks out midway through.]] She always shown from behind and her face is apparently not the most pleasant thing to look at.
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Tropes associated with Baldavich:
* ButterFace: A TakeOurWordForIt example.
* {{Expy}}: She HAS to be a ShoutOut to Miss Bellum of PowerpuffGirls fame!
* TheFaceless: [[TakeOurWordForIt And for a good reason]].
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]

!!Cody
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Sally Impossible's brother, who painfully bursts into flame when in contact with oxygen. As such, Cody usually has to be encased in a stasis chamber to control his condition and relieve his pain. He did not initially follow Sally and Ned to Spider Skull Island, but was kept by Richard Impossible, who harnessed Cody's heat to power Impossible Industries.
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Tropes associated with Cody:
* BlessedWithSuck: He has PlayingWithFire powers... and can't turn them off, and is not immune to them either.
* CaptainErsatz: Of The Human Torch from ''Franchise/FantasticFour'', except without any control of his fire powers.
* ManOnFire: Whenever he comes into contact with oxygen, this happens. He's even [[AppropriatedAppellation called this]].
* PeopleJars: Spends most of his time in one. He is in extreme pain outside of it.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: An AvertedTrope. A perfect example of what happens when you gain the power to be on fire without having the ability to turn the fire off or be invulnerable to it.

!!Captain Sunshine
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One of the few superheroes in the Venture universe, Chuck Scarsdale is gifted with incredible solar powers by day, and works as a news anchor by night, alongside the other members of his super-team. The loss of his sidekick Wonderboy at the hands of the Monarch left him... kind-of messed up.
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Tropes associated with Captain Sunshine:
* AlasPoorVillain: Despite thinking it was a trick at first, he actually sobbed uncontrollably at his [[spoiler:and presumably, the first Captain Sunshine's]] villain, Clue Clown's, funeral upon seeing the corpse as the "jack in the box" as the punchline for one last gag.
* DysfunctionJunction: The Monarch killed the third Wonderboy, leaving him terrified that it'll happen again.
* GetOut: Said to Hank when he asks if he knew Batman.
--> Capt. Sunshine: '''Get out of my Solarairium!'''
* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler:He's the second Captain Sunshine. His butler Desmond was the first, and has the same power-set.]]
* LightEmUp
* ManlyGay
* MistakenForPedophile: [[WordOfGod According to Jackson]], [[spoiler:he's not a pedophile, just REALLY emotionally scarred]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[MichaelJackson Lives in a Neverland Ranch-style mansion, and has a slightly creepy devotion to his young sidekick.]]
** The episode in which Captain Sunshine made his first appearance was written ''before'' [[TooSoon Michael Jackson's death]].
* PaperThinDisguise: The Action News team that Scarsdale is a part of is very blatantly the superteam that Captain Sunshine is a part of.
* ThePowerOfTheSun: His gimmick.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Desperately tries to make Hank into his new Wonderboy, as a way of coping with the previous Wonderboy's death at the hands of the Monarch.
* ShoutOut: He's Batman (with a British butler, a stately manor, a Batcave-esque lair, KevinConroy, and a seeming attraction to his sidekick) with superpowers vaguely similar to those of the Ray. Even his (deceased) archnemesis is a CompositeCharacter shout-out to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and The Riddler.
** He also shares a bit with Superman (his secret identity is a journalist) and Birdman (his powers depend on exposure to sunlight).
** His superteam is an {{Expy}} of the {{Comicbook/Freedom Fighters}}.
** And continuing with the MichaelJackson elements, his mostly-white costume, light-based abilities, and name all echo Film/CaptainEO. (As the trope page for that film points out, "EO is so named to evoke the Greek root word meaning 'dawn'.")

!!Ben
A geneticist living in a house on the edge of the Venture Compound [[spoiler:Who apparently helped both Dr. Ventures create the cloning technology that was later used for the boys. He also tells Dean he's a clone and helps the boy cope with the information.]]
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Tropes associated with Ben
* CoolOldGuy: Helps [[spoiler: Dean cope with the fact he's a clone and gives him some beer ]] and there's owning a pet monkey.
* CoolPet: His monkey Rico.
* RememberTheNewGuy: He worked with both Jonas and Rusty to [[spoiler: create cloning technology]] and has lived on the compound for years, yet he was never hinted at or mentioned before "A Very Venture Halloween". [[spoiler: This may be justified since Dr. Venture told his sons to stay away from his house, apparently because Ben has no problem with telling the boys that they're clones. Oh, and there's a mass grave in front of the house.]]

!!Thalia
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Introduced in the Season 5 premier, she is a university student who befriends a downtrodden Dean while applying for one of Dr. Venture's projects. [[spoiler:She, along with the other applicants, mutate into a race of superhumans after being exposed to high levels of radiation. She reverts back to normal after given an antidote.]]
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Tropes associated with Thalia
* FantasticallyIndifferent: You wouldn't guess that something was wrong with her before [[spoiler: she showed her new set of arms to Dr. Venture, and she only shows some mild irritation when she has to point out that they're ''new''.]]
* HollywoodNerd
* [[spoiler:InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Being exposed to radiation mutates her into a superhuman with telepathic powers, and an extra set of arms.]]
** [[spoiler:BroughtDownToNormal: Reverts back to being human after being exposed to an antidote.]]
* [[spoiler:LaserGuidedAmnesia: When reverted back to normal with the rest of those exposed, she and the others appear to lose their memories about their time at the Venture Compound. ]]
* NerdGlasses
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's the only girl of the Palaemon Project workers.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: Wanted Dean to become chief so that they could be King and Queen of the new age.]]

!! Venturestein
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A nameless Monarch mook who had the misfortune to run into Brock during a raid on the Venture compound resulting in getting his neck snapped. Rusty used his remains to re-animate his corpse in the hopes of selling the Military an undead solider program, during the learning process he made peace with Brock. He shows up again in Season 5 having defected from the army when he recognized a friend of Rusty's during a raid on some strikers. Thanks to said friend's help his intellectual improved greatly and he started a guerrilla force to stop any mad scientists in the Amazon jungles, liberating their experiments along the way to join his cause.

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* DefectorFromDecadence
* FrankensteinsMonster: He's actually kind of scrawny, but he's got the requisite HulkSpeak, stitched-together head, and neck bolts.
* HulkSpeak: In his second appearance. Though unlike most examples, he is actually quite intelligent in most areas, able to perfectly understand concepts like communism, rebellion, the internet, and guerilla warfare. It's just his language skills that are lacking.
* NeckSnap: How he originally died
* TechnicalPacifist: He has army training, has strength that comes with being a Frankenstein, and leads a well-organized milita. But he tries to avoid needless violence if he can help it. Even letting Hank go free his father and Sgt Hatred without any resistance (since after all, they're technically family). In fact his whole plan revolved around a ShamingTheMob speech toward all the scientists and their experiments of the jungle to live in harmony. ''Which surprisingly enough works!''
* TookALevelInBadass: Was mostly a dumb brute when he started off. Some army training and teachings from UsefulNotes/CheGuevara made him much more formidable.
* TheUndead
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