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->''"Go Team Venture!"''

'''''The Venture Brothers''''' (2003-present) is a cartoon series on Creator/AdultSwim[=/=]Creator/CartoonNetwork that focuses upon the lives and adventures of the Venture brothers (snarky Hank and brainy Dean) and their father, scientist/adventurer Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture (who has grown bitter and abusive towards his own children due to his failure to live up to the legacy of his super-scientist father Jonas Venture, making him a sort of pulp version of a FormerChildStar). They are followed by their government issued bodyguards: first Brock Samson, an ex-black ops agent (described by arch-enemy the Monarch as a [[HeroicComedicSociopath "Swedish murder machine"]]) and then Sergeant Hatred, a former super-villain/recovering pedophile who was drafted by the military to replace Brock when he quit the job.

The Venture family travels the world, getting into all sorts of bizarre adventures and spoofing the everloving hell out of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' along the way -- at least at first. The series [[GrowingTheBeard quickly developed]] into something far more interesting than a mean spirited ''Jonny Quest'' parody as the characters gained depth and the show took a dark turn into deconstructing the entire "youth adventure" genre. The focus of the series shifted from the brothers and onto Rusty Venture, and as the theme of "failure" became the central element of the series, the episodes began to show what happens to boy adventurers as they grow up and discover that their [[TheSixties 1960s]] childhood's promises of peace, love, and super science fail to materialise over the course of their own lives.

There is also [[EnsembleDarkhorse The Monarch]], Rusty Venture's longtime nemesis who transforms from lame joke villain based around butterflies to bad-ass super-villain; his quest to win back his girlfriend and get revenge against fellow villain Phantom Limb, who framed him for murder, catapults him into the spotlight in a number of episodes.

Notable for, out of all of Creator/AdultSwim's original shows, coming the closest to making ''any actual sense''. As the seasons go by, episodes focus more on the characters' bizarre and intersecting backgrounds, while surprisingly deep CharacterDevelopment [[CerebusSyndrome adds delicious layers to the humor]].

Music/JGThirlwell (aka Foetus) does the soundtrack, which is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome]].[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuxRxO0Y_g4 Witness!]][[/note]]

It's now up to its fifth season, with the sixth set to air sometime in 2015. There is a [[Characters/TheVentureBrothers Character Sheet]] for the series, a detailed [[Recap/TheVentureBrothers Episode Guide]], a [[WhamEpisode/TheVentureBrothers Wham Episode]] page, and a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/TheVentureBros Best Episode Crowner]].
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!!''The Venture Brothers'' provides examples of:

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Dr. Quymn's pseudo-ButchLesbian bodyguard, [[http://venturefans.org/vbwiki/Ginnie Ginnie]], coming on to Brock. Not that it stops Brock from reciprocating.
* AbusiveParents: A running theme is that only horrible parents would drag their kids into dangerous adventures week after week.
** Rusty is just as selfish, reckless, and condescending towards Hank and Dean as he is to everyone else. He has almost no regard for the safety and well-being of his sons, who get dragged onto adventures where they often get kidnapped. [[spoiler:In fact, both boys have actually been killed and replaced several times over the years, necessitating their replacement by near-identical clones that Rusty has kept since they were born]]. Under the guidance of their father (and learning beds), Hank and Dean have grown up to be socially awkward teenagers without the knowledge or skills to succeed in regular society.
** While Jonas Sr. seems like the perfect role model, flashbacks reveal him to be just about as bad as Rusty when it comes to parenting. He routinely torments Rusty with dangerous experiments and adventures. When he's not completely neglectful, he's bringing Rusty along to orgies and publicly humiliating him in front of his team.
** Although Doctor Orpheus is a surprisingly caring and domestic father, he keeps a dimension gateway in Triana's closet and mindwipes her every time she opens the door, leading to some cumulative trauma.
--->Well, you see, dear, I was just...Oh this is pointless. SLEEEEEEEEEEEEP! In your sleep everything is forgotten.
** Dr. Impossible fails to refer to his infant son by name, referring to him as [-THE CHILD-], when he even remembers he has a son. Then there's this gem:
--->'''Sally Impossible:''' What could ''possibly'' be more important than your son?\\
'''Richard Impossible:''' Sssssssscience?
** The [[HardyBoys Hale Brothers]] were driven to murder their father by his psychological abuse. Maybe. It was never proven (Dale hints that they did it, but it could just be SurvivorGuilt).
** [[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest Action Johnny]] is another former boy adventurer and recovered addict with severe father issues.
* TheAce:
** Dr. Henry Killinger will fix all of your problems, personal or career-related, with his "magical murder bag." He isn't just TheAce, he's a character for whom the role of TheAce is played straight but turned up to eleven so he'll have huge comedic effect.
** Brock Samson as well -- the posterboy for the HypercompetentSidekick, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer as long as the solution is killing something.]]
** The super-intelligent, incredibly-handsome, fabulously-wealthy, and outwardly-perfect Dr. Jonas Venture. Jonas Jr. skirts this trope but keeps from falling in by being a dwarf who spent several decades being mistaken for a tumor.
** Dr. Girlfriend/Dr. My Wife is another HypercompetentSidekick. She's clearly the brains of the Monarch operation.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
** Go-Fish's specialties: Aquatic Annihilations, Moist Murders, Sea Slayings, Liquid Lynchings.
** 21's insistence that the "Monarch Mind Infractor" should have been called the "Monarch Mind Machine" or the "Monarch Mind Mutilator."
** There is "The Mighty Monarch!" himself, along with his Monarch-Mobile. In the episode "Shadowman 9 in the Cradle of Destiny," he poses as The Mighty Manotaur, a supervillain with a Malevolent Murder Maze.
** Phantom Limb calls Billy his "prodigiously perspicacious protégé."
** Also the Murderous Moppets.
* AdobeFlash: Only for the PilotEpisode.
* AdolfHitler:
** Girl Hitler, a minor recurring character, looks pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what you would expect her to look like]]: a woman who looks and acts like Adolf Hitler, mustache included. She turns out not to actually be evil, but her catchphrase is "you mess with ze girl..." (arm shoots up in Nazi salute) "...and you get ze Hitlahr!"
** In the fourth season premier, Hitler himself appears possessing a dog. The Nazis want to use Rusty's (now revealed) cloning technology to bring him back. Dean grows attached to the dog. "He's not all bad. Hitler just needs someone to believe in him. Can't you just give Hitler a chance!" [[spoiler:The answer is no. No you can not.]]
* AdventurerOutfit: The Professor when in the jungle.
* AffablyEvil:
** Phantom Limb[[spoiler: Not so much since he was imprisoned and stripped of his Guild membership for attempting to usurp control of the Guild from David Bowie.]]
** Dr. Henry Killinger, who appears to help people by drastically improving their lives, [[spoiler:but then turns out to be setting them up as super-villains that are "destined" to plague some specific good guy he's picked out for them]].
** Both the Monarch and Doctor Girlfriend
** Henchmen #21 and #24 [[spoiler: As of the Season 5 premiere, 21- or rather Gary- is now the only member of Sphinx, and he's trying to keep it as a good-guy organization. He goes so far as to protect the Venture's interest!]]
** Sgt. Hatred, who vowed to subvert the trope with his rivalry with Doctor Venture, just to piss off the Monarch for stealing technology from him. [[spoiler:It worked too well as Hatred ended up replacing Brock as the Venture family's bodyguard.]]
** The Sovereign is so nice and polite in person that you tend to forget he's running the world's largest organization of costumed villains. Although considering that The Guild has rules and regulations binding them, and discourages killing (without prior escalation), they're not nearly as bad as the usual criminals. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Sovereign actually is [[spoiler:a shapeshifter impersonating Music/DavidBowie.]]
** [[spoiler: Most of the council of 13 seem like pretty likable guys; in fact, most of them are old supervillians who seem to have known each other for years. Most of them actually seem like friends who actually enjoy hanging out with each other outside of work.]]
* TheAllegedCar: Henchman #24's powder blue Nissan Stanza. It's not much to look at, but it runs okay when we see it.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Averted with the Venture family, Rusty and J.J and Hank and Dean are fraternal. Played straight with the Quymn sisters.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Keeping with the show's central theme of "failure," most of the main characters have someone "better" at what they do out there.
** Jonas Jr. is this to Rusty. Despite being a malformed twin Rusty absorbed in the womb and carried inside of himself for 43 years, JJ proves to be a far more competent scientist and far more popular with the ladies within weeks of breaking out of his brother's body.
** Phantom Limb was this compared to the Monarch early in the series. Monarch was a lame joke villain who drove Dr. Girlfriend (the only source of competence he had) back to her ex-boyfriend, Phantom Limb. Limb was a far more competent villain, having risen to the highest ranks of the Guild and given command over the best Guild operatives, as well as being far more refined and deadly in battle with his TouchOfDeath. Later, this becomes inverted, when that same refinement and professionalism drive Dr. Girlfriend back to the Monarch, as Monarch proves he is far more passionate about his career and about Dr. Girlfriend herself.
** Dr. Orpheus has one in the Outrider, the man his wife left him for. Orpheus has trained his entire life just to "perceive that there is a second world," while the Outrider is able to travel through it. (This too, eventually inverses itself in a way, when it is shown that the Outrider cheated to obtain his powers while Orpheus' master admits that Orpheus is truly his best student.)
* AmazonBrigade: Molotov's Blackhearts.
* AmbiguousGender:
** Doctor Girlfriend, whose chain-smoker voice makes many think she's a man.
** Hunter Gathers. He supposedly got GRS to go undercover (and avoid being assassinated for being a rouge agent), but after de-transisioning he misses his breasts (and he did a lot of cross-dressing before the operation as well).
* AmbiguouslyGay: Everyone seems to see Pete White as this, much to his frustration.
* AmoralAttorney: Monstroso. "He's a supervillain ''and'' a lawyer! That's like a shark with a grenade launcher on its head!"
* AnachronicOrder:
** "Blood of The Father, Heart Of Steel". The part of the story focusing on the Venture family is done BackToFront, starting with the climax of the StupidJetpackHitler plot and running to the start. However, at the same time, we see what's been happening to Brock; his plot is told in ''normal'' chronological order, and is played in between segments of the Venture family plot. The timeline is established by titles displaying the CGC value of #21's ''Marvel Comics'' #1 and by the length of Hank's hair.
** Season one and two had similar out-of-order problems upon first airing. Phantom Limb's debut episode didn't air originally until the week before "The Trial of the Monarch" when it was supposed to air earlier in the season. Similarly, "Assassinanny 911" originally aired as the third episode of season two when it was originally supposed to air midway through the season, meaning Triana's friend Kim was shown hanging around before she was to be officially introduced. The later created (temporarily) a WhatHappenedToTheMouse scenario as her debut episode (Victor.Echo.November) ended with Kim being given a Guild contact card and Kim proclaiming that she was going to become a villain and torment the Venture Brothers, after Hank kept accusing her of being a super-villain. When aired in proper order, "Assassinanny 911" reveals that she didn't go through with it.
** The entirety of ''[[HalloweenSpecial The Very Venture Halloween Special]]'' takes place during the first commercial break of ''What Color Is Your Cleansuit?'', the first episode of season five. This is a bit problematic, as ''before'' the break, Dean just becomes a goth, which he was throughout the entirety of the Halloween special, but immediately afterwards, he knows [[spoiler:that he and Hank are clones]].
* AndStarring: Creator/KevinConroy and Creator/NathanFillion got these in their guest appearances.
* AnimalAssassin: The Monarch is a fan of these. He sends a tarantula to kill Doctor Venture in his sleep, but it was thwarted by a scorpion sent by Baron Ünderbheit. He also put 21 up to the task of killing Venture's psychiatrist by planting a snake in the air vents of his office. He has also used caterpillars and dangled the Venture family above an amazonian river filled with Candiru fish. Rusty is saved from a cobra in a package by virtue of [[ForgotToFeedTheMonster having left said package on his desk for several years.]]
* AnimationBump: On top of the to-be-expected ArtEvolution, the pilot was, instead of having higher quality animation, animated in ''Adobe Flash''.
* {{Anticlimax}}: Pretty common on this show.
** [[spoiler:The Orb was actually broken by Sandow and thus completely useless.]]
** Home Insecurity, where The Monarch and Underbeit trade lasers and daggers, and get ready to fight, but peter out because they were just grandstanding.
** Bright Lights Dean City, where The Revenge Society, made of newcomers, and old faces, have spent the entire B-plot trying to kill Dr. Venture, and they finally have him surrounded, until one guy trips and [[ItMakesSenseInContext sends Dr. Venture to another dimension]].
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Dr. Orpheus can fall into this one during his dramatic speeches. Combine it with his LargeHam tendencies and swelling music {{Leitmotif}}, and [[MundaneMadeAwesome anything he says sounds more dramatic.]] [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Dr. Venture in "The Trial of the Monarch", who comments on this tendency with a near-''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' level of [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] as Orpheus testifies in court.
* AnyoneCanDie: At the end of season one the series hadn't been picked up for another season, so [[spoiler:the main characters both]] get killed, only to turn out in the next season's premier (which was produced over a year later) [[spoiler:to have been clones (which explains why their father ignores them so much - he's already coped with the deaths of the originals)]]. The later death of [[spoiler:Henchman #24]] is a WhamEpisode worthy of spoiler tags, and was a total shock to the fanbase since the show's focus had shifted so much since the first season.
* AnythingThatMoves:
** In a DVD commentary for season two, Col. Gentleman was stated to be above sexuality. "Of course I'm having sex with Kiki, what would you do with him? Look at 'im, he's beautiful! That doesn't make me gay, that makes me smart!"
** Dr. Girlfriend[=/=]Mrs. The Monarch[=/=]Queen Etheria had ''quite'' an interesting personal life before joining up with the Monarch. [[spoiler:The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch are the most notorious swingers in the Guild. When #21 confesses to his makeout session with the Monarch's wife, the Monarch doesn't even bat an eye. Manta Claus did much nastier things to his woman ''while he watched''. And then she made them all breakfast!]]
** Brock Samson. The early episodes show him bedding mostly unattractive women and even paying a particularly skanky prostitute. Later he's shown to be more of a memetic sex god, having bedded most of the female characters on the show.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Rusty and Dr Orpheus spend the entirety of "Return to the House of Mummies pt II" debating this.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Dr. Girlfriend is the TropeNamer! When Brock discovers in bed, she says something along these lines. Brock declines, still suspecting that she's a post-op transsexual. Dr. Girlfriend is somewhat disappointed and pouts that she's not going to beg.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** From "Any Which Way But Zeus," various villains must submit to a power inhibitor for a joint hero/villain summit. After reading off a long list of side-effects, one of which is "loss of life."
** Dr Venture's id: "And there shall be laughing! And mirth! And also ass-grabbing!"
* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving - Played with when Brock gets this in "Mid-Life Chrysalis" during an exam required to renew his (literal) license to kill. The test-giver isn't actually upset by the "arson" and "murder" parts, he's ''impressed''.
* ArtEvolution:
** The main cast's faces became a lot more detailed by season two, while Dr. Orpheus' face just settled. Backgrounds were more detailed by season three. By season four there is more detail all around and the colors are more vibrant.
** Even between the first episode and second episode, the character designs shifted a fair bit, gaining more vivid colors, darker and more defined lines, and other little changes. This resulted in the titles looking a little... odd... since they still use all the designs from the first episode.
* AttractiveBentGender: Baron Ünderbheit mistakenly attempts to marry Dean when he is dressed as Slave Leia.
* AuthorAppeal: In the DVD commentary for the Doc Hammer-written "ORB", Jackson Publick remarks that the script was "a list of stuff Doc likes." Most notably, allusions to late 19th/early 20th century American painters. (Doc Hammer is [[http://doc-hammer.deviantart.com/ also a painter]].)
* AuthorAvatar:
** In the DVD commentaries, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick have said whenever they're stuck on the writing, they create a pair of characters loosely based on (and frequently voiced by) themselves. #21 and #24 are the Ur-example; others include Watch and Ward, the Moppets and the 'Lepidopterists' Agents Doe and Cardholder.
** Of course it has been suggested that [[http://i.cdn.turner.com/asfix/repository/8a25c3920eaf5fa6010eafac52fc00ef/thumbnail_2152.jpg Pete White]] looks suspiciously like [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Doc_Hammer_by_Gage_Skidmore.jpg Doc Hammer]], and they share a love of 80's electronica.
** Pete White is Doc Hammer if he was albino and voiced by Jackson Publick; Billy Quizboy is Jackson Publick if he was a little person and voiced by Doc Hammer.
* AuthorFilibuster: Possibly a subversion, but: the season four episode had two (Pro-Choice and Anti-Vegan/Vegetarianism) for the price of one, when now ImaginaryFriend 24 delivers a tangent about the "truth" about souls: everything BUT unborn babies have souls (babies don't get their souls until their first year of life) and that God doesn't care if you eat animals/plants that have souls.
* AwesomeButImpractical: A common source of humor in regards to many of the {{Zeerust}} devices.
** Jetpacks. "My shoe is on fire!"
** The Walking Eye, which of course has many important uses: ...[[ShapedLikeItself general Walking Eye stuff]].
** The Monarch's Flying Car, for a host of reasons. (Expensive fuel, being mistaken for a UFO, difficulty landing...)
** The Monarch's Battle Panoply (Erratic flight, inability to aim, inability to move arms or legs...)
** 21's design for the Mark V henchman battle armor. It's far too advanced for current technology to actually ''create'' most of its systems.
** Subverted occasionally as 21 thinks that the henchman suits are just for show, but turn out to include first night vision goggles and later the seemingly impossible functional butterfly wings.
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[spoiler:Hank and Dean, though season three removes the resurrection option from the table]].
** Colonel Gentleman, whose season two death was handwaved away as being in a diabetic coma.
** Brock, in the first episode, after getting shot with hundreds of The Monarch's henchmen's tranquilizer darts, getting run over by the Monarch Mobile, and buried.
** [[spoiler:Henchman 24]] returns in season four as an Obi-Wan-esque ghost. In the season four finale, [[spoiler:it is revealed that he wasn't a ghost at all, but just 21's wishful hallucination]].
* {{Badass}}: Brock Samson, to the point of [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction.]]
-->'''Brock:''' I've seen enough spinnin' butterfly... naked boy armies... screw this... I'd rather, uh, quit.
-->'''Brock:''' Look, you don't want my life, Hank. This job's not all it's cracked up to be. I've been at this for over twenty years and what do I have to show for it? A metal plate in my chest, Vatican karate gorilla blood on my hands and a footlocker full of [[BlandNameProduct Manboro miles]]?
* BananaRepublic: Puerto Bahía. Its president is in US pay, and the country seems to support itself mostly on coffee cultivation and slave labour.
* BattleCry:
** O.S.I.! O.S.I.! O.S.I.!
** Also "SPHINX!" said with a lisp by Shoreleave.
** Actionman will yell "ACTION, ACTION, ACTION!" repeatedly while shooting costumed mooks in the face.
* BearsAreBadNews: That creepy as sin bear supervillain in Bright Lights, Dean City, who frightened the hell out of the Revenge Society's leaders. He's dripping in blood, has a scary costume, never speaks, shows up out of nowhere, and has a knife (identified as Scare Bear in commentary).
* BecauseYouCanCope:
** Subverted: Rusty routinely saddles Hank with the lion's share of the emotional trauma of being a boy adventurer because [[spoiler:Hank knows it's all fake. Doc Venture tries to protect Dean while maintaining his belief in super science and the threat of costumed aggression.]]
** Subverted: In the Halloween Special, Dean decides to handle the emotional trauma of knowing the Venture brothers are [[spoiler: clones]] by himself and not reveal this information to Hank, to spare him the pain of knowing.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Music/BuddyHolly and the Big Bopper -- among others -- are alive and members of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, which previously counted as members MarkTwain, Creator/AleisterCrowley, and OscarWilde, to name a few.
* BerserkButton:
** Don't make fun of Brock Samson.
--->So... anyone who doesn't immediately show you respect, you murder?
** Also, apparently, rudely hitting on Triana Orpheus in front of Dean. Or her father.
** ''Never'' mention Wonderboy or the Monarch to Captain Sunshine. Especially not in the same breath. Just ask Scorpio.
** And don't talk about Dr. Quest in front of Action Johnny!
** Don't say ''anything'' about 24 [[spoiler:post-mortem]] in the presence of [[spoiler:[[AlliterativeName Two-Ton Twenty-One]]]].
--->[[spoiler:That was no car accident! 24 died in a car ''intentional.'']]
* BerserkerTears: Dean. See above.
* BestHerToBedHer:
** Gender reversed: Brock Samson fell in love with Molotov Cocktease when, the first time they met, [[spoiler:she tied him to the bed and set the building on fire, and stole his cigarettes.]].
** And Ginny, who is clearly attracted to Brock and considers him the only real man she's ever met.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: This may as well be the mantra of the entire show. Every character has some weird quirky thing going on and are insanely comedic, but a large portion of them can be extremely dangerous as well.
* BigBad: The Monarch in season one.
** Phantom Limb in season two.
** [[spoiler:Molotov Cocktease and Colonel Hunter Gathers' Black Hearts Mercenary group]] in season three.
** Subverted, however, with Sgt. Hatred in season three; while he's Rusty's official nemesis for that season, he is dead set on gaining Rusty's respect and love, largely to torment the Monarch by not killing Rusty.
** And back to the Monarch again in season four. [[spoiler:Phantom Limb]] has returned as of season four and is back on his game, fully intent on taking back the position.
* BiggusDickus: Brock, Jonas Venture, the Monarch, and Monstroso all have big dicks.
** Also implied to be the case with Dean, at least in the time between Billy Quizboy hooking him up with 'the full package' during surgery to cure his testicular torsion and [[spoiler:that particular body dying at the end of season 1]]
* BilingualBonus: In the pilot, the character "Otaku Sensuri" is introduced as representing "the Onani Corporation of Japan". Onani, in Danish and Japanese, means masturbation, and "onanism" is an [[ViewersAreGeniuses archaic English]] word for masturbation. Not to mention "Sensuri" - or rather, "senzuri" - is itself another Japanese slang word for masturbation. Pair this with the well-known word "Otaku" (meaning "fanboy"), and the whole damn company is basically about FanWank... whether literal or metaphorical is best left unsaid. In English, the sin of Onan refers to a Biblical tale of a guy who loves to spill his seed. Hardly an archaic use; anyone well versed in Judeo-Christian theology would understand that an Onanist is a wanker. The Danish term would have the same origin, don't know about the Japanese term.
* BitingTheHandHumor:
** Done ''very'' subtly. The creators had to fight tooth and nail with Cartoon Network to get them to cough up the money to use a licensed song in the second season premier. According to the commentary for that episode, the network may well have had a decent point because (according to Doc Hammer) the rights cost an eighth of entire series budget.
** The same commentary plays with biting the hand humour too, playing a message from CN denying them the money, and revealing that the network only agreed after seeing the scene cut to music written by Doc Hammer which was bad enough to convince them they needed the track to make the sequence work.
** The third season premier has the Guild's Council showing a video of the Monarch having sex with Doctor Girlfriend for the first time, only to replace the song (by TheSugarcubes) with generic music (Brock's training song from season one) because they couldn't afford the rights, much to the Monarch's annoyance.
** Venture Bros. box sets tend to have some digs at Adult Swim:
--->'''Billy Quizboy (Narrating):''' ... With more special features than an Adult Swim DVD.
* BittersweetEnding:
** The season three finale. [[spoiler:The three assassins who tried to kill Brock turned out to ''not'' have been with the OSI, but they were Molotov's assassin rivals. However, the others don't know yet and Molotov is still likely not an enemy of the Venture family, so they're safe for the time being; it also appears Sergeant Hatred might perform a HeelFaceTurn. However, Brock's experience with the whole situation convinces him to quit the OSI, thus he also quits being the family bodyguard. Finally, the attack on the Venture Compound by the Monarch left the boys' clones destroyed, but Dr. Venture may be likely to protect his boys more often (as he told Hank, "you only live once"). His cloning experiments (which are illegal) have been made public. [[RecurringHenchman 24]] and H.E.L.P.eR are dead; the former now talks with his best friend, Henchman 21, from beyond the grave (he also helped said friend become a {{Badass}}) and the latter had his head placed on a walking eye Dr. Venture made some time ago.]]
** Season four's finale, similarly. [[spoiler:The episode balances out ending relationships while also starting some new ones. Dean is forced to give up on Triana again. Molotov leaves Brock for Monstroso and seemingly commits suicide with Monstroso rather than being captured. Henchman 21 is fully disillusioned with Dr. Girlfriend as well as the Monarch, quitting and flipping them off but opening the door for a full HeelFaceTurn, as well as being forced to finally face the fact that his best friend is truly dead and he's been hallucinating him this entire season. At the same time the Alchemist finally hooks up with Shore Leave and Sgt. Hatred is reunited with Princess Tinyfeet. Hunter Gathers is finally able to end the feud with OSI, but at the same time General Triester ejects himself to a possible death in search of an alien cure after being shown to be a really good guy. Finally, 21 buries 24's skull, putting him behind him.]] In regards to [[spoiler:Molotov's death]], however, the creators of the series have stated numerous times that no one is dead unless you see them [[NeverFoundTheBody die on screen.]]
* BlackComedy:
** The conversation that [[TropeNamer named the trope]] PoweredByAForsakenChild.
** Sgt. Hatred's attraction to underage boys has been PlayedForLaughs.
** Invoked during a funeral. The MonsterClown-themed super villain (that just died) has the man doing eulogy make a "jack in the box" joke with his own casket because said villain wanted "the last laugh.". The audience is unamused especially the Dragoon who openly dismisses the joke (but never liked the man's jokes to begin with).
* BlackComedyRape:
** King Gorilla trying and failing to rape the Monarch in prison (he proved unable to because The Monarch was too feminine for his tastes), even funnier as the Monarch also seemed disappointed.and
** Nancy and Drew Quymn attempting to rape Dean.
** Now some people may say that Rusty having sex with an underage girl (statutory rape) isn't funny, but those people just don't get the swinging Rusty Venture.
** In two episodes of season two Hank alludes to unseen incidents where he and Dean were Bad Touched by Sgt. Hatred, and they were both hilarious moments.
** In "The Revenge Society" short-statured Billy Quizboy wakes up from what he believes was a dream only to be greeted by recovering pedophile Sgt. Hatred. A later episode says all they did was cuddle.
* BlatantLies: Practically the only thing that comes out of Dermot's mouth.
* BloodIsTheNewBlack: After a fight Brock (especially in earlier seasons or flashbacks) will often be shown covered in paint-like swaths of blood.
* BodyBackupDrive: The Venture Brothers had a backup army of clones, at least until their dad had to stop cloning them for legal reasons.
* BondVillainStupidity: Why not just kill a hero? Because the Guild of Calamitous Intent's bylaws prevent it. In fact, supervillains are generally not even allowed to arm their henchmen with actual guns, which is why the Monarch and his henchmen use darts. [[JokerImmunity Heroes also have to adhere to this]] if they don't want to piss off the Guild, which is described as a powder keg of psychos who like using kid gloves but have access to far, far worse.
* BoredWithInsanity: After his escape from the Guild of Calamitous Intent's prison in season four, Phantom Limb gradually regains his sanity, culminating when Professor Impossible restores his limbs completely with the added side effect of screwing on his head tightly in place.
* BoringButPractical: Monstroso's plan to take down Venture was to do it bureaucratically rather than some grandiose invasion like the Monarch had hoped for.
* BottleEpisode: "Tag Sale - You're It!" was meant to be one, as it took place entirely on the Venture compound, except that Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick loaded the background with brand-new bit characters, going against the whole idea... They tend to do that a lot.
* BrainBleach: When Hank finds out that [[spoiler: Dermot's older sister--to whom he lost his virginity--is not only Dermot's mother, but Rusty is Dermot's father]] he goes to Brock at SPHINX headquarters to have his recent memories erased.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Hank and Dean in "The Incredible Mr. Brisby."
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Gary (21), [[spoiler: as the sole remaining member of SPHINX]], once tries to predict The Monarch's new weapon gimmick based on his apparent tactics. He guesses that it's either something with acid, or some kind of magnet. Cut to The Monarch, ordering his minions to "ready the acid magnet!"
* BreakTheCutie:
** The Monarch dumping Dr. Girlfriend in "Trial of the Monarch", especially given how the Monarch reduced his lover to tears by calling her a whore. Unseen, but mentioned, was Dr. Quymn's off-camera break-up with the father of her two kids, which left her emotionally destroyed until her childhood friend Rusty came back into her life.
** Rusty's childhood consisted of a lot of this, thanks to his father being a complete JerkAss, a constant with the fathers/guardians of former boy adventurers/detectives. Thus, this applies to Dean Venture as well.
** Lovable loser Henchman 21 gets broken in season four. Which comes as a result of his being broken in the season three finale.
* BrickJoke:
** There are a few here and there, but the CallBack to "Dawn Venture" in the third season finale was a stealth CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** In one of the earlier seasons, it's mentioned that the boys had a crush on the postwoman who delivered to the Venture compound, as she was the only female they ever saw. Hank tries to take her to prom in the season four finale.
** The Monarch orders 21 and 24 from prison to dispose of the charred remains of Wonderboy, [[spoiler:whom he later admits he "kind of slew" during his period of heavy drinking following the breakup with Dr. Girlfriend.]] In the season three premiere, the Monarch told an offhand war story about "Captain Sunshine" in which he [[BigBadWannabe tricked the hero into thinking that the Monarch was invulnerable.]] For all the viewers know, this is just some guy the Monarch made up to impress Dr. Girlfriend. Captain Sunshine charges into the story in the second episode of season four and loudly declares that he knows the Monarch is invulnerable. He is also still very angry that The Monarch killed his sidekick, Wonderboy.
** Both Monstroso and Sgt. Hatred are also characters based off Brick Jokes. #21 mentions that most of the Monarch's henchmen went to work for Monstroso when the Monarch was sent to prison, and Sgt. Hatred was originally just some guy the Monarch stole technology from (and his henchmen played pranks on), only to become a main character by Season 4.
** 21 realizes Hank's immortality in season two and tells him he's the Franchise/{{Highlander}}. In season four, after Hank's clones are all destroyed, 21 tells him that it looks like he won't see the Quickening after all.
** In the season 4's finale, [[spoiler:one of Hunter's demands to General Treister in exchange for Monstroso is for the O.S.I to stop sending agents to try and infiltrate SPHINX, as they're starting to get tired of killing them and can't afford the body bags. By the end of the episode, it's implied that all but five of the SPHINX agents are O.S.I moles.]]
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Rusty can be pretty competent when necessary (he's certainly adept at [[spoiler:cloning]] and weapons of mass destruction). It has been shown however that many of Dr. Venture's inventions are in fact creations of his late father, and sometimes his own modifications to his father's work.
** [[spoiler:In the Halloween Special, it's revealed that Ben and Jonas Venture were the ones who perfected the technology. Besides "is Rusty a clone, too?", it raises the question of whether he actually has the chops to be for super-science at all. He never earned his doctorate, and the few impressive things he's made (Guardo, Ooo-Ray), have all been in early episodes]].\\
His most recent "successful" creation in the season 5 premiere, a force field for the Gargantua-1 station he helped cause to self-destruct, was still largely developed and built by many other college intern scientists ([[spoiler:who had begun experiencing "Einstein levels of mental processing" due to the radiation it emitted]]).
** That said, in addition to Guardo and the Ooo Ray, Rusty also created the Joy Can and managed to bring the dead back to life. Given the nature of all of these accomplishments (a [[KillerRobot killer robot]], a [[DeathRay deathray]], a [[LotusEaterMachine lotus eater machine]] that is [[PoweredByAForsakenChild powered by a forsaken child]], and [[NightOfTheLivingMooks zombie soldiers]], it may well be that Rusty is brilliant, but ''only when it comes to stereotypically evil science''. [[spoiler: Doctor Killinger certainly believed it to be the case.]]
** It's also implied that Pete White is a skilled scientist as well, though he spends most of his time playing video games and goofing off. However, Pete White's specialty is computers and technology, with most of his hobbies (video games, radio, internet) reflecting that.
** Dr. Girlfriend went to college for a degree in science, designed the Monarch's working wings and the cocoon's security system. She mostly makes snacks for henchmen and reads all day. She had great potential as a supervillain but she prefers to be the power behind the throne because it's easier.
* BrokenPedestal: The series has made a point of showing that Jonas Sr. was really a {{Jerkass}} whose actions either psychologically damaged Rusty or caused incredible amounts of suffering to others.
* BuffySpeak: Jefferson Twilight tends to do this a lot. Nik-L-Nips. That is all.
* BunglingInventor: Dr. Venture. He can be somewhat capable when he applies himself, however his BrilliantButLazy tendencies lead to failure more often than not.
* BuriedAlive: Brock in "Dia De Los Dangerous"
* TheBusCameBack: Venturestein in "Venture Libre." The German Plastic Surgeon shows up working for the OSI in "O.S.I. Love You." Baron Ünderbheit reappears in the second half of Season 4 after having been put on a bus early in Season 2.
* ButterFace:
** Anna Baldavich. [[TakeOurWordForIt Apparently]]. When [[spoiler: she died in season two, a news banner states she receives a closed-casket funeral.]]
** Col. Hunter Gathers after his sex change. [[AttractiveBentGender Body of a supermodel]], same face as before (beard included.)
* ButtMonkey:
** Billy Quizboy. Most of the characters are on the receiving end of tons of abuse, but Billy is roundly dismissed as a loser even among his fellow losers. However, [[BewareTheNiceOnes don't push him too far]]. He's [[GroinAttack groin punched]] [[BadAss Brock Samson]] and lived, not to mention he apparently managed to shake off the effect of O.S.I. brainwashing technology as well as being shown to be a brilliant amateur surgeon.
** Subverted with the Monarch: the pilot shows him as a hapless punching bag for Team Venture, but as the series progresses, the Monarch takes less abuse and becomes more of a dominant figure.
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Dr. Jonas Venture, Jr.]]
* CampGay:
** The Alchemist, who ironically is the one member of the Order of the Triad who also sees how utterly silly the trappings of super-heroism is and constantly busts Dr. Orpheus's balls whenever he starts taking things way too seriously.
-->'''The Alchemist:''' But being a magic super hero that keeps chasing the same guy? It’s completely gay. That is coming from a guy that voluntarily has sex with men!
** Most of the members of the aforementioned OSI, who resemble TheVillagePeople and are all very enthusiastic about "hitting the showers" together. Eventually we learn that [[HelloSailor Shoreleave]] was kicked out of the group for being gay, indicating that the group apparently lives in a TransparentCloset.
--->'''Col. Gathers:''' Oh yeah? Well, the Village People called, and ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny and they want you to fucking kill yourself, you prancing bastard!]]''
** In the The Guild flashback, OscarWilde, who's referred to by Aleister Crowley as "The ugly queen".
* CaptainErsatz: Many, MANY characters are thinly-veiled pastiches of both famous and obscure fictional characters, although it many cases this approaches subversion or deconstruction. The creators love to make 'realistic' interpretations of other characters and watch them fall apart.
** Less obviously than most, the Action News Team is based on the Freedom Fighters (including Firebrand), with Captain Sunshine being the Ray.
** Otto Aquarius aka Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}/[[{{Sub-Mariner}} Prince Namor]]
** Brown Widow, an actual SpiderMan living in New York, who shoots webbing out of the spinnerets located on his lower back. His stopping the runaway cab in a wall of web is a direct ShoutOut to the 60's animated spiderman opening credits.
** Molotov Cocktease is based off Marvel's Black Widow.
** This is {{lampshaded}} with Dr. Entman/Humongoloid. Brock says that Entman reminds him of an unnamed MarvelComics [[AntMan character]].
** Hunter Gathers is Hunter S Thompson (as written by himself).
** Col. Gentlemen aka Allan Quatermain[=/=]Film/JamesBond (as played by Creator/SeanConnery).
** King Gorilla aka [[TheFlash Gorilla Grodd]] and Monsieur Mallah and the Gorilla Crime Boss of Gotham City.
** The Grand Galactic Inquisitor is one of Jack Kirby's Celestials.
** Professor Impossible and his associates are full-on parodies of the ComicBook/FantasticFour. It's even mentioned that they won "Best Group Costume" at Halloween as the ComicBook/FantasticFour.
** Mr. Monday aka [[ComicBook/TheLongHalloween Calender Man]].
** Dr. Orpheus is an imitation of Dr. Strange and Mandrake the Magician.
** The O.S.I. and S.P.H.I.N.X. are a mixture of S.H.I.E.L.D., HYDRA and GIJoe, with a GI Joe-esque theme song for the O.S.I.
** Sphinx Commander turns out to be Cobra Commander: the Egyptian Years, complete with Chris [=McCulloch's=] heroic attempt at a Chris Latta impersonation.
** In season four, [[spoiler:Phantom Limb]] seems to have temporarily imitated a crazier Radio/TheShadow as "Revenge." Even before, [[spoiler: he was a villainous version of the Phantom, down to the purple suit with cowl and ghost motif.]] He's also a version of [[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fant%C3%B4mas Fantomas]], a French pulp character who was an influence on the Phantom. It's revealed in season 3 that Phantom Limb is a direct descendant of Fantomas]].
** "¡Viva los Muertos!" gave us the [[ScoobyDoo Mysteries Inc.]] gang with the members switched out with famous criminals.
** Rebuilt Billion-Dollar Astronaut Steve Summers is Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan.
** Captain Sunshine seems to be a cross between All-Star Batman and Superman, complete with a JasonTodd Wonderboy uniform behind glass.
** Monstroso is an evil GeniusBruiser in the mold of TheKingpin.
** Le Tueur aka Kraven the Hunter.
** General Traister is the absolute king of this. He's Nick Fury and Iron Man, and even tries to be [[spoiler:The Hulk]].
** Jefferson Twilight is {{Blade}} as originally written in the '70s. Unlike Blade, though, his vampire-hunting specialty is restricted to [[{{Blacula}} Blaculas]].
** [[DrDoom Baron Ünderbheit]]. He is even [[LampshadeHanging called a "dime-store Dr. Doom"]] when mentioned in the first episode.
** Most of the cast ends up corresponding with someone. Dr. Venture is WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest as an adult, his father was DocSavage. Visually he's based on Benton Quest... somewhat. Mostly the beard.
** Rusty's boy adventurer support group is composed of Action Johnny (WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest), middle-aged murder suspects Lance and Dale Hale (the HardyBoys), Ro-Boy (''Manga/AstroBoy''), and the first Wonder Boy (Robin, the Boy Wonder), who is now fat and broke.
** And yet it's implied, as well as being outright stated, that (at least some of) the real characters exist in-universe, like the Quest family, as well as Daphne and Velma. Even odder when you consider characters like Rusty and the fake Scooby Gang in season 2 are parodies of certain real life counterparts (Jonny Quest and, well...the Scooby Gang, respectively.) which gets even weirder when one considers that Jonny Quest and Rusty have met several times.
*** Action Jonny is Jonny Quest, but due to the possibility of a Jonny Quest reboot series, Cartoon Network asked Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick to refer to him by another name in future appearances, hence the Action Jonny moniker.
** Marsha Backwood in Season 5 is a rather obvious parody of Michelle Bachmann, even going as far as making the names sound roughly similar.
* CargoCult: The season three episode "What Goes Down Must Come Up", where [[spoiler:a group of chemically addled children trapped in an underground bunker]] derive their entire culture from [[spoiler: punchcard recordings Jonas Venture made to educate Rusty in the event of a nuclear apocalypse... and VH-1 Classic.]]
* CargoShip:
** The Monarch and his new Butterglider seen in the second part of season four. [[invoked]]
** Phantom Limb and 'Lady Nightshade,' a high-heeled shoe he stole from Dr. Girlfriend's closet.
** Rusty (Brock, Hank and Dean) with that "iron cylinder of unearthly delights" they call the Joy Can.
* CarMeetsHouse: Brock has done this intentionally on more than one occasion. Hank did it on accident once while driving Brock's car.
* CarnivalOfKillers: At the end of season three.
* CartoonBomb: The Monarch, 21, and 24 discuss using one of these on Dr. Venture, along with dropping an anvil on him and other silly attacks.
* CastHerd: Done intentionally, not for lack of characterization but in an attempt to avoid too much TalkingToHimself for creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick who voice the majority of the characters on the show.
* CastingGag: So you have Captain Sunshine, who is a combination of a Superman Expy and every Batman and Robin gay joke in the world. Who did they get to voice him? ''KevinConroy.''
* CatchPhrase "Go Team Venture!" *fanfare*
-->'''21:''' Why doesn't anyone tell me this stuff?
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: In 'Midlife Chrysalis' the Monarch watches Dr. Girlfriend seducing Dr. Venture on a video monitor. He starts rubbing his chest, his hand drifts downward... and he stops abruptly when a henchman passes through.
** In another episode, 'Tears of a Sea Cow,' the Monarch is caught by Dean having sex with a robot (don't worry, it wasn't H.E.L.P.eR!) in Dr. Venture's lab. (The robot does not appear to be sentient, otherwise this could be considered InterruptedIntimacy)
* CavemenVsAstronautsDebate: 21 and 24 debating WhoWouldWin in a fight: Anne Frank or Lizzie Borden? "We are talking about a large, healthy woman- of questionable stability..."
* CelebrityParadox: Unusually, parodies of characters and celebrities exist alongside the real thing. Rusty, modeled as a grown-up WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest, interacts with the actual Jonny Quest; Jonny and Rusty gossip about [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Daphne and Velma]] in "Self Medication" despite parodies of the characters showing up in "Viva Los Muertos!" - not even touching the fact that other characters have LampShaded Hank wearing Freddy's signature outfit; Col. Gathers points out the similarity between the 80's OSI superstars and TheVillagePeople; Professor Impossible and his family exist in a world where people read comics about ''The ComicBook/FantasticFour''; and Captain Sunshine and Wonder Boy are real while Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin are fictional.\\ [[labelnote:Here's how it works]]You know how one of the themes of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is how different the world would be if superheroes really existed? For instance, there aren't any superhero comics, since there's actual superheroes. Well, as part of the "failure" theme, ''The Venture Brothers'' shows a world that's functionally the same ''despite'' the presence of superheroes, super-science, etc. Magic and mad science exist, but are in the hands of the same inept, petty people as everything else, and are thus no more successful. In reflection of this, the world of ''The Venture Brothers'' has exactly the same escapist fantasy literature and cinema as our world; the presence of real superheroes has ''failed'' to make any impact.[[/labelnote]]
* CentralTheme: ''Failure''. Characters rarely succeed in the big epic ways that you would of come to expect from other superhero stories. {{Anticlimax}} abounds, RealityEnsues in brutally honest ways, and any victories the characters acheive are usually more of the mental or emotional variety (Rusty accepting his life, 21 recovering from [[spoiler: 24's death]] etc.).
* CelibateHero: Deconstructed with Col. Bud Manstrong, who is so sexually repressed that his girlfriend cheats on him with Brock Samson. He's shown to be a complete Mama's Boy too, and it is later revealed that [[spoiler:his mother's an EvilMatriarch whose bullying of her son has caused him to repress any and all sexual desires, to the point of having a HeroicBSOD when said girlfriend gives him a handjob right before she dies]].
* CerebusRetcon (relatively speaking): Billy's inability to remember how he got his robotic hand.
* CerebusSyndrome: Not nearly as drastic as most examples, but Venture Bros. went from being a parody of ''Jonny Quest'' and other action/adventure franchises to a more serious examination of the characters.
* ChainOfCorrections: The definition of the sex act called a "Rusty Venture."
* ChaosArchitecture: Underland is somehow in Eastern Europe and at the same time bordering with Michigan.
* CharacterDevelopment: Most of the characters started out as ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''[=/=]pulp comic parodies whose personalities could be summed up in one or two sentences, but all of them have become more complex and three-dimensional as the show progressed. For example:
** Dean has gradually changed from an enthusiastic adventure boy to a Type 2 SeenItAll who really just wants to hang out with kids his own age. He's also become more likely to get into fights. Though he hasn't [[TookALevelInBadass Taken A Level In Badass]]), let's be fair, he did manage to kneecap Baron Ünderbheit with a steel baton after being caught *completely* off-guard by The Revenge Society. Definitely an improvement over Dean's previous onscreen fight, where he just flailed wildly against Dermott. In the same scene his rape whistle seems to disable Mr. Impossible, or at least forces him to put his hands over his ears instead of using his stretching powers to subdue Dean. It takes Phantom Limb's "killer hand thing" to drop him.
** The Monarch has become more intelligent and sane in his villainy, even pulling off a BatmanGambit -- though it's possible he was always this way, since he became horrifically lethal the moment he was arching anyone other than Venture. His relationship with Doctor Girlfriend (now Dr. Mrs. The Monarch) has dramatically evolved, too.
** Brock has become more moral over the course of the show, questioning things that didn't seem right when he looked closer, leading up to [[spoiler: quitting in the season three finale.]]
** The entire purpose of Dr Henry Killinger is to force this in characters. He's like a more affable [[WalkyVerse Mike]].
** While still not all that smart, Hank isn't nearly as naive or childish as he used to be in early seasons now that he's older. The largest evidence came during his angry speech [[spoiler: when 21 kidnapped him and his brother and accused them of killing 24. Brock's absence, while unfortunate, is actually having a pretty cool effect on his personality and actions.]]
** Dr. Venture himself has slowly but surely overcome some of his daddy issues. Hand in hand with this is him becoming less callous toward his sons (if more openly vitriolic).
** Henchman 21, following [[spoiler: 24's death,]] has become one of the most competent people not just in the Monarch's organization, but in the Guild. He was actually capable of earning praise from Brock Samson [[spoiler:for their fight.]] Compare this to earlier episodes where "Death by Samson" was a ''regular'' cause of death for the Monarch's henchmen. That 21 could fight Samson to a standstill was awesome, though one wonders if Brock had brought his A game.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The writers describe their characterization process as simply writing [[RuleOfFunny whatever was funniest at the time]], then modifying the character afterward so that it comes across as HiddenDepths. An example is the change in Brock's personality over season 1 - in 'Are You There God, It's Me Dean' Doc Hammer had Brock attack the Monarch's henchman to cheer up the Monarch on his sad-excuse for a birthday, though, (as Doc explains in the commentary for the episode) at the time of writing, Brock had not shown such compassion before. Other examples are:
** Hank and Dean going from one step short of SingleMindedTwins to extreme opposites of recklessness (Hank) and cautiousness (Dean).
** The Monarch going from joke villain to a bad ass villain with character depth to make him one of the most fully developed characters of the series.
** They even do it to an entire organization. The Guild of Calamitous Intent is described in their first appearance by Brock as quick, efficient and no nonsense. He famously calls them "The only organization [he] still respects". A far cry from their later description where - while most of the guild members are individually dangerous - the guild itself is almost comically incapable and filled with red tape. The council of 13 bickers amongst themselves about anything and nothing, and even their shape-shifting leader can't keep his (assumed) identity secret from his minions.
* CheatedAngle: Dr. Girlfriend's hair in the early episodes.
* ChekhovsGun: A bunch, some huge, some subtle, like Phantom Limb using a muscle accelerator to heal Brock Samson. He says it was a left over from his day as a goodie two-shoe scientist. In season three we learn that using similar devices on himself is what gave him his powers.
* ChewToy: H.E.L.P.eR
* ChildByRape: [[spoiler:Dermott.]] Either his father knowingly had sex with a minor, which is statutory rape, or his mother mislead him about her age, which is rape by deception. Either way [[spoiler:Dermott]] is the result of a rape.
* ChildrenForcedToKill:
** A clip from ''The Rusty Venture Show'' shows young Rusty being forced to shoot a bad guy to save his father.
** In the season 3 finale, Doc tells Sgt. Hatred that his father made him kill a man with a house key. He was ten.
** Although not exactly a child, Killinger makes Hank kill a man who stole from his father.
* TheChosenZero: Dean Venture's bizarre mental breakdown during the season two finale has him imagine himself as the chosen one of a fantasy world. The ruler of the fantasy land is not impressed and assumes that it's some kind of a joke.
* ChristmasEpisode: "A Very Venture Christmas".
* CloneArmy: the second season premiere revealed [[spoiler: that the boys were clones, and Doctor Venture kept a room of clones for when they inevitably die]]. In the season 3 finale [[spoiler: Sergeant Hatred uses the boy's clones as a RedshirtArmy. They all die.]]
* CloningBlues:
** [[spoiler:Hank and Dean, upon discovering the laboratory where their clone slugs are kept, curl up and start weeping. Dr. Venture subsequently claims that the clones are [[BlatantLies a Christmas present]] in order to end their blues.]]
** In "Perchance to Dean," [[spoiler: a deformed Dean clone who was aborted as a baby but somehow survived hidden in the Venture compound, wishing he was the 'real' Dean. Oh, and also making a Dean-suit out of the skins of dead clones.]]
** "The Better Man" adds a new wrinkle to this, possibly. [[spoiler: Dean's genes are useless for reproduction, as the cloning process has made him unable to father kids that aren't freaks. Since the clones were all made at once, this must mean the cloning technology has some serious flaws.]] Of course, the Master could easily have been exaggerating to make a point.
** In the Halloween special, "A Very Venture Halloween," [[spoiler: Dean learns that he and Hank are clones; furthermore, no efforts are made to wipe his memory or cover-up the knowledge. After a brief reflection on the ethics of "playing God", he decides to drown his sorrows in cheap beer.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Hank and Dean, each in their own special way.
* ComicTrio: Starting with season four, a lot of ThoseTwoGuys-type relationships were expanded into comedy trios - the Revenge Society (Phantom Limb, Impossible, Ünderbheit), SPHINX (Brock, Hunter, and Shore Leave) and even the title duo was expanded into a trio. The Order of the Triad has been a ComicTrio since season one.
* CompanionCube: Phantom Limb's "Revenge Society" consists of a coffee mug, a toaster, and a shoe...and he talks to them. This was due to Limb's prior nervous-breakdown after suffering through various losses to the Guild and The Monarch. He eventually pulls himself together and replaces said inanimate objects with real people (Underbheit, Professor Impossible, etc.). At least, we THINK the people replaced the objects...
* ConspicuousCG: Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick have commented on how pleasantly surprised they are to get CG animation from Korea on any objects that have complex movements. Some examples are The Monarch's jet car, Sergeant Hatred's tank when it first appears on the Venture compound, and the Sphinx aircraft in the season four finale.
* ContinuityNod:
** In a throw-away line at the end of the first season, the Monarch instructs his henchmen to "send Captain Sunshine the charred remains of his beloved Wonderboy." Said Captain appears for the first time ''three seasons later.'' On top of that, Captain Sunshine's belief that the Monarch is invulnerable confirms a story that the Monarch told to impress the future Dr. Girlfriend in a flashback in the third season.
** The show actually has a ''ton''. In the first half of the season three finale, Hank mentions to professional assassin Le Tueur that he'd once dressed up in a Batman costume and jumped off the roof of his house... or at least, he thinks did-- it might have be a dream. [[spoiler: In the season two premiere, we actually see a Hank clone do exactly that in a Death Montage. Which begs the question: how does the current Hank remember that?]]
** When Dean's testicles wrap around themselves in season one, Rusty blames himself, muttering "Should have fixed this in the prototype phase," and then the second season reveals what he meant by that.
** Even one of the show's main characters started out this way. Originally Sergeant Hatred was just part of a throwaway gag; the Monarch idly mentioned he'd stolen some pieces of his Hover Tank. A whole season later, Hatred becomes Rusty's new arch enemy, thus stealing the Monarch's job. It turns out he planned this all just to get back at the Monarch for stealing his tank parts. Later still, he's promoted to one of the four main cast members when [[spoiler: Brock quits the team.]]
** While Sergeant Hatred was introduced in the season 2 finale two-parter, he becomes a recurring character in early season 3, as Doc's new Arch. However, in the previous episode, which flashes back to [[spoiler: Billy's time as an OSI Operative]], Brock gets bawled out by a shouty, redheaded OSI noncom. In the montage which ends the episode, he is shown [[spoiler: putting on a Guild of Calamitous Intent ring.]]
** In the midseason finale of season four, "Pinstripes & Poltergeists." The Monarch is executing a business deal with the hugely oversized Devil-themed villain Monstroso; as far back as the season one finale, Dr Girlfriend was assumed to have [[NoodleIncident some history]] with Monstroso, and #21 mentions that a number of his fellow henchmen went to work for Monstroso after The Monarch was sent to prison.
** When Alchemist phones up Watch and Ward to ask them what a ''Rusty Venture'' entails, they immediately reply that "the guild is not responsible if a third party kills their assigned archvillain." This is a clear reference to the Triad's nemesis being dispatched by the Outrider in an earlier episode.
** The Scooby-Doo knockoffs in Viva Los Muertos have a flashback where the Shaggy and Scooby analog brutally kill Hank and Dean. They encounter them again (as clones) and assume that they are ghosts. When the "gang" sees the tanks of clones, the Fred analog is heard to say "They're not ghosts, they're the freaking Boys From Brazil!"
** Augustus St. Cloud has been a background character since the first season. It's not till the fifth that he gets a voice and a story.
* ContractualGenreBlindness: Literally, when you sign a contract with the [[WeirdTradeUnion Guild of Calamitous Intent]].
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: 21 uses the Chinese Water Torture on Hank and Dean, which just proves to be kind of annoying at worst. Doesn't help that he neglected to keep them completely isolated and keeps telling them that they're going insane.
* CoolCar:
** Brock's Dodge Charger, which still holds together despite him using it as [[CarFu a weapon]] with some frequency. [[spoiler: And, showing how tough he is, it's shown that he tore it apart before the beginning of the two-part season three finale when it tried to kill him.]]
** The Monarch's new Monarchmobile, which can ''fly''. This is in marked contrast to his previous transport, Henchman #24's beat-up Nissan Stanza, and even the purple, war wagon Monarchmobile. Well, okay, the ''original'' original Monarchmobile was actually pretty cool - the purple war wagon he adopted later was a little fruity.
** Myra's ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' Mustang is a nice complement to Brock's Charger. The car chase scene in ''Bulitt'' is between a Mustang and Charger and is often listed as the seminal chase scene.
** Colonel Gathers' Jensen Interceptor, with gadgets similar to 007's [=DB5=]. All OSI members past and present seem to have some identifiable 'cool car' from the late 60s or early 70s.
** 'Venture Motors' SAAB 96 in which Hank and Dean were likely conceived.
* CrapsackWorld: One of the themes of the show is how the age of super-science that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s never produced the cool technology (such as jet packs and flying cars) promised to the common man.
* CreatorCameo: DocHammer [[http://i43.tinypic.com/ao5q9i.png apparently went to high school with Dermott.]]
* CripplingOverspecialization: Implied to be the bane of Jefferson Twilight, [[{{Blaxploitation}} Blacula]] hunter, since he exclusively hunts black vampires. [[{{Subverted}} Later countered]] when it's revealed that he is a former army vet and has a ton of practical skills such as the ability to drive a tank. That said, abandoned, fueled-up, ready-to-drive tanks that can actually be driven by one guy are probably ''much less'' common than Blaculas. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Nelson#Tank_rampage Don't...be so sure.]]
* CrossdressingVoices: Dr. Girlfriend
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** Hank handily beats all the "tests" thrown at him by a secret organization he wants to join, all of which were designed to make him go away. Hank himself points out that he's spent so much time with people trying to kill him or abduct him that this stuff is old hat.
** In season 5 "Venture Libre" [[spoiler: Hank gets separated from the group, overdoses on caffeine, then decides to go Batman on Venturestein's Guerrilla Faction. And it works...sort of.]]
* CrypticBackgroundReference: Many characters and elements started as offhand references. Baron Ünderbheit, Monstroso, Sgt. Hatred, Truckules and Captain Sunshine were all briefly alluded to as part of the show's world-building before they became important parts of the story.
* CurbStompBattle: Though ''any'' scene where Brock puts a beatdown on the Monarch's henchman is an example, nowhere is this more noticeable than in the first episode where he runs them over with his car. He had to turn his windshield wipers on to clear the blood away so he could find more to run over.
* CutLexLuthorACheck:
** Referenced; the Monarch paid a couple million dollars for some robot caterpillars just so that he could ransom the Venture boys for ten million. He explicitly says that he is doing this ForTheEvulz.
** Played straight with Jonas Jr. who makes a comfortable living selling the advanced tech he initially improvised to try and kill Rusty.
* CyanidePill: Brock has a false tooth loaded with arsenic, which he offers to Dr. Venture in "Love Bheits".
* DarkMistress: The Monarch's right-hand woman, former TropeNamer.
* ADateWithRosiePalms:
** "Don't knock or anything! It's not like I live with 80 guys and no women, so there is ''no chance that I am masturbating!''"
** '''Dean:''' "I'm practicing being a boyfriend, Pop!" [[spoiler:Subverted. He's just kissing his hand]].
** The episode "Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner" is one long masturbation joke.
* DeadForReal: [[spoiler: Wisdom; henchman 24]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Any deal made with "the Investors," a trio of mysterious [[IntangibleMan Intangible Men]] in the employ of the Guild.
* DeathMontage: When we find out [[spoiler: the boys are clones]], we are treated to a hilarious montage.
* DeconstructiveParody: The show starts out as an analysis of how boy adventurers like WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest would fare later in life.
* DeconstructorFleet: On top of the genres mentioned above and the several tropes listed on this page, specific episodes have also featured grim BlackComedy deconstructions of ''The ComicBook/FantasticFour'' and ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.
* DecoyProtagonist: The Venture Brothers aren't necessarily the protagonists. The show is constructed as more of an ensemble piece than anything else. Many episodes focus on Dr. Venture and Brock, and the season arcs in general seem to narrate the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend as they become professional villains.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: In the flashbacks to the original Team Venture.
* DenOfIniquity: A low-key example of this appears in the fourth season; it's a room inside the Monarch's cocoon where his minions would quietly gather for drinks on their downtime.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Outrider literally does this in "The Better Man."
* DisneyVillainDeath: Both [[spoiler: Molotov Cocktease and Monstroso go off a cliff in a limo in the season four finale. The explosion is rather telling.]] Still, we [[NeverFoundTheBody just saw the car explode, not the occupants]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: A guy they knew in college [[spoiler: actually his robot clone, the real person was dead]] tries to get back at his college associates for his mistaken belief that they were doing everything they could to separate him from his crush. Rusty has this following gem: "Oh come on! You're going to kill me because I had fake sex on graph paper with a girl who barely spoke to you in real life??"
* DistaffCounterpart: Dr. Quymn's twin daughters, Nancy and Drew, were [[WordOfGod written to be counterparts of Dean and Hank]], but with far more worldliness. Dr. Quymn herself is one to Rusty Venture. Ginnie Dunne fills the spot in comparison to Brock.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Professor Richard Impossible.
* DistressedDude: The young Rusty Venture, to the point where there's a [[WeirdTradeUnion Guild of Calamitous Intent]] bylaw for hostages known as "Rusty's Law".
* DocumentaryEpisode: "From The Ladle To The Grave:The Story of Shallow Gravy"
* DoesntLikeGuns: Brock, who will gladly crush you with knives and bare hands instead. However, he does geek out when Jonas Jr. shows him his late '60s DeathRay, and really wants to shoot it.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Hank's reactions to Sgt. Hatred being his new bodyguard clearly resemble those of a stepchild not liking their stepfather. "You're not my real bodyguard!"
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: This happens with Hank and Brock.
* DoomedNewClothes: We'll miss you, Butterglider.
* TheDragon:
** Dr. Girlfriend made a career out of playing "Number 2" to various supervillains, including the Monarch and Phantom Limb. Shortly after their marriage, however, she and the Monarch became an EvilDuo, with the Pupa Twins (formerly Dr. Girlfriend's Murderous Moppets) acting as twin Dragons.
** The Pupa Twins eventually lose their Dragon position to Henchman 21, or as the other henchmen call him, [[TookALevelInBadass General 21 and Two-Ton]] [[AlliterativeName Twenty-One.]]
** Depending on whether or not one sees Rusty as a VillainProtagonist, Brock Samson could also count.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Attempted by the original Venture Team in ''{{Fembot}} swimsuits''.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Col. Hunter Gathers; Sgt. Hatred; 21.
* DudeNotFunny:
** Invoked in-universe when the Monarch accidentally brings cigarettes to King Gorilla's welcome home party. To be fair, he expected the cancer about as much as we did.
** The Monarch calls Jonas Venture Jr. a retard in the presence of mentally challenged Ned Impossible. Jonas calls The Monarch out on it.
* DumbassHasAPoint: When Dermott gives Dean girl advice, Hank marvels that it was actually ''good''.
* DumbMuscle: Deconstructed with Ned Impossible, who was mentally challenged before the freak accident that gave him superhuman strength.
* DysfunctionJunction: The characters who ''don't'' have multiple mental issues can probably be counted on the fingers of one hand.
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* EasilyForgiven:
** Heroes and villains are often friendly enough to talk with each other and even work together as a means to an end, then they are right back to fighting not long afterwards.
** From "The Revenge Society" in a flashback [[spoiler: about the orb, Sandow, Lloyd Venture's bodyguard, breaks the orb and spares Lloyd's life. At first, Lloyd is pissed because he wanted to use it to help humanity until Sandow tells him that his orders ''had been'' to kill Lloyd if he tried to use the orb. Lloyd quickly drops the matter and even thanks Sandow for his work.]]
* EliteMooks:
** Subverted with the "Black Guards" of the Monarch while he was working with Dr. Henry Killinger. They were actually just the Monarch's normal incompetent henchmen with more intimidating uniforms. (Dr. Girlfriend, unarmed, defeats several without issue at one point.)
** Guild "Strangers" are implied to be EliteMooks, and during most of their appearances, are shown to be much more competent than the usual supervillain mooks.
* EmbarrassingFirstName:
** Sgt. Hatred. It's Courtney.
** Rusty himself is shocked to find out "Rusty Venture" is a term for a dirty sex act.
* EmoTeen: Hank in season four [[spoiler: and Dean in season five]]
* EqualOpportunityEvil: in Ünderland, both men and women are apparently subject to conscription into Baron von Ünderbheit's army until age 38, at which point YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* EskimosArentReal: In "Ghosts Of The Sargasso":
-->'''Hank:''' Brock, if pirates are real, then all bets are off! Santa Claus could be real! The Easter Bunny could be real!\\
'''Brock:''' Hank, no one said pirates aren't real.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rusty Venture (who's just very, ''very'' morally ambiguous, as opposed to evil) [[spoiler: refusing to clone Hitler in the season four opener]].
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether:
** Rusty was in college with Baron von Ünderbheit (similar to [[CaptainErsatz Doctor Doom's]] relation with [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]]), as well as Pete White, Brock Samson, and the Monarch. This is quickly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Hank. Also, Professor Impossible was one of their teachers.
** It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Billy Quizboy and Dr. Girlfriend]] ''also'' went to State University, but not at the same time as everyone else, and that [[spoiler:Phantom Limb]] used to ''teach'' there, having taken over Professor Impossible's position at the school when Impossible was involved in a scandal involving a student named "Sally".
** It's lampshaded again in season four when the Monarch meets Pete White for the first time, and remembers White from his college radio show and acts surprised that they hadn't met before then.
** Season three also implied that Phantom Limb and Professor Impossible worked under Jonas Venture Sr. as part of group of assistants to his scientific work. Professor Impossible confirms this in season four in a conversation with Dean.
** However, Dr. Orpheus went to "a junior college upstate" where he majored in communications ([[Literature/{{Discworld}} Post-Mortem Communications?]]). And the Doctor title was bestowed upon him by a higher power than a mere college professor.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Brock was told never to kill women or children as an OSI officer, which led him to [[spoiler:refuse to kill his former superior]] in "Assassinanny 911" when [[spoiler:he underwent a sex change to be a woman]]. This rule and the above example pretty much [[spoiler: cause the events of the third season finale.]] Brock will hit Molotov Cocktease, but she's as tough as he is and ''likes it''.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Monarch's Death's Head Panoply at the end of season three.
* EvilCostumeSwitch:
** [[spoiler:Professor Impossible]] dons a darker outfit following his HeelFaceTurn with Phantom Limb.
** Dr. Venture would have had one in "The Doctor is Sin" if [[spoiler:he had agreed to become a super villain.]]
* EvilLaugh: The Monarch loves a good laugh.
* EvilOverlooker: On the cover of the [[BetterOnDVD DVD]] for season two.
* {{Expy}}: The entire show is one giant satirical deconstruction of various classic animated and comic book heroes, and kudos if you can pinpoint them all.
* EyeCam: A few times. Most notably, the episode that introduces Venturestein is shown extensively from his POV.
* FaceHeelTurn:
** [[spoiler: Richard Impossible]]. After his wife left him, Phantom Limb did not have to do too much work to talk him into it.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Colonel Hunter Gathers]].
** In the season four finale it is revealed [[spoiler:that Doe and Cardholder are double agents for the GCI.]]
* TheFaceless:
** The Sovereign, up until the season two finale, where he is revealed to be [[spoiler:DavidBowie.]]
** The Council of Thirteen, though some of them can be identified by their silhouettes (Wild Fop, for one...) However, Word of God says that they often use silhouettes when they haven't decided exactly what a character will look like.
*** Two councilmen, 8 and 3, were revealed in ''The Revenge Society'' as Dragoon and Red Mantle (or as [[spoiler:The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly]] in their earlier days).
*** One of the councilmen can be easily identified as Dr. Z (an [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]] of [[JonnyQuest Dr. Zin]]), who himself made appearances as a civilian on a few occasions throughout Season 3.
* FailOSuckyname: Pretty much every bad guy on the show, really. Just look at the names on the CharacterSheet. Villains with dumb names is clearly an intentional part of the plot.
* FakeCrossOver:
** Race Bannon from ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' makes an appearance in "Ice Station-- Impossible!", but dies onscreen within minutes of appearing (he later appears as an OSI interrogator in a flashback in season three). In the season two episode "Twenty Years to Midnight", the group has an encounter with a deranged, drug-addled, middle-aged WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest. Though Warner owns rights to both the Venture Brothers and Jonny Quest, the character names were changed in season three due to possible interest in reviving the Quest franchise. Thus, WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest became "Action Johnny," Doctor Zin became Doctor Z, and Hadji became Radji, who works for Jonas Jr. and has a strained relationship with his wife due to his desire to help the drug addicted Action Johnny.
** In "The Buddy System," The Captain (fake GhostPirate) describes his past adventures as a villain to the kids, which all sound like episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', particularly the part about getting to meet "the guy who did the vaice fer WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget." The implication is that the Captain is, in fact, really from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.
** "Self Medication" included some dialogue between Dr. Venture and his fellow former boy adventurers that referred to Daphne and Velma as if they were real, with Action Johnny having slept with Velma, much to the surprise of his companions who all thought she was a lesbian.
* FakeHigh: Unfortunately the victim of the prank was allergic to oregano.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: ''For everyone.'' This trope is practically enforced since it's a theme of the show.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler:Dermott's "sister" Nikki turns out to be his mother. His father is Rusty Venture.]]
* FamousAncestor:
** Subverted with Rusty. He's the son of the famous Dr. Jonas Venture and is descended from a long line of super scientists, but he's nowhere near as competent as they were.
** Phantom Limb is the grandson of Literature/{{Fantomas}}.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: {{Lampshaded}}.
-->'''Pete White:''' ''{{Innerspace}}'' is not a classic.\\
'''Master Billy Quizboy:''' Whatever, I was talking about ''Film/FantasticVoyage'' anyway.
* FanWank: InUniverse Example: In addition to [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny who would win a fight between Lizzy Borden and Anne Frank]], 21 and 24 also debated such important topics as the reproductive strategy of Smurfs.
-->'''21:''' Smurfs! Don't! Lay! Eggs!
* FastballSpecial: Villanous Example in "Pomp and Circuitry" with [[spoiler: Phantom Limb]] as the ammo and Richard Impossible as the pitcher.
* {{Fembot}}: The Leslie Cohen gynoids in "Past Tense".
* FetusTerrible:
** [[spoiler:Jonas Venture Jr., Dr. Venture's fetus-in-fetu parasitic vanishing temporarily evil twin.]]
** As well as Tiny Attorney, inverted as the parasitic twin is a Matlock-esque Southern gentleman and the brains of the operation while the host is an inbred simpleton who doesn't speak. Tiny Attorney is a direct shoutout to "Kuato", the leader of the Mutant Rebellion in Arnold's ''Total Recall''.
* FilmNoir: Hank's detective agency daydreams are a parody of this.
* FlatWhat: Hank delivers one of these in "Pinstripes & Poltergeists", when, after being assured that SPHINX can effortlessly erase their minds, [[spoiler: Doc Venture casually tells him and Dean they're clones]].
* FogFeet:
** The Phantom Limb has a very dangerous version of this trope.
** Not to mention cameo villain [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Intangible Fancy]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''LOADS''
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Lampshaded in "Return to Malice", where Sergeant Hatred apparently didn't try to just contact the boys on their wrist communicators.
* ForgotToFeedTheMonster: "Okay, who forgot to feed the butterflies?"
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Played with in "Twenty Years to Midnight", where [[spoiler:an alien takes the form of Dr. Venture's father, much to his annoyance. He eventually berates the alien until it reveals his true form, which is indeed very disturbing.]]
* FormallyNamedPet: The Monarch keeps his old cat, Mister Mostly Mittens, mounted in his dining room. "Mostly," since it had three white paws and one non-white paw.
* ForScience:
** Dr. Venture sees science only as a [[MealTicket means to an end]]; his underlying motivation is MoneyDearBoy, and to a slightly lesser but still very strong degree, recognition. ''How'' he gets there is of little importance to him. And he is willing to produce morally unsound creations, like Venture's Joycan, a LotusEaterMachine PoweredByAForsakenChild. Later on, however, he becomes more concerned about his family taking [[spoiler:greater interest in his sons' well-being after all of their clones are destroyed at the end of that same season]].
** Professor Impossible's treatment of his wife and son borders on cruelty. At best, he treats them as possessions and not as human beings. Later seasons, however, have implied has come to take his family for granted as a result of his scientific exploits rather than neglecting to care for them at all; examples are [[spoiler:the mess Dr. Impossible has become as a result of Sally's leaving him in season three]].
* FrankensteinsMonster: Venturestein.
* FreakLabAccident:
** One was involved for Phantom Limb, Dr. Entman/Humongoloid, and Dr. Dugong (if indeed that is not a costume).
** Season one has Baron Ünderbheit suggesting Rusty Venture was responsible for the loss of his jaw during a lab accident, [[spoiler:though it turns out the explosion was caused by the Monarch in an attempt to kill Rusty.]]
** "Bright Lights, Dean City" in season four expands on this, showing that freak lab accidents have created quite a few notables in the show's setting. Brown Widow (the Spider-Man shoutout) is another example, and even notes that the experience soured him on exploring further careers in super-science.
** Happens to Salazar Paloman in a story in the fifth season opener. He gets turned into a giant gold coloured Beetle and supposedly joined the circus. [[spoiler:Eventually he got himself cured and is a leading expert of reversing genetic mutation]].
* FreezeFrameBonus: In "Spanakopita!" When Rusty first returns to the island of Spanikos after being there once when he was a kid, he is seen wearing his College attire as seen in season one's "Past Tense". [[FridgeBrilliance The same clothes he was wearing when he learned his father just passed away and went back to where he had the time of his life.]]
* FreudianSlip: When the Monarch is handing out orders on who each of his henchmen is to "find and subdue," Dr. Mrs. the Monarch accidentally says "find and ''seduce'' Brock Samson."
* FriendlyEnemy: Sergeant Hatred. "I'm going to make his life wonderful! And you can't do squat about it!"
* FullFrontalAssault: Brock in "Victor. Echo. November."
* GambitPileup: "Operation P.R.O.M." is this trope
* GambitRoulette:
** Brock is a victim of a one by [[spoiler:Molotov Cocktease and Hunter Gathers, as they trick Brock into thinking OSI is out to kill him to get him to eliminate the competition for their new assassination agency which was organized by Hunter Gathers, to get Brock free of O.S.I. and recruit him for the newly restructured SPHINX which was planned by General Treister to install Hunter as new head of the O.S.I. and flush out Doe and Cardholder as moles]].
** "The Lepidopterists": [[spoiler:The Monarch, by arching Jonas Jr. and riling him into serious retaliation, trick everyone into thinking J.J. nearly destroyed him. Long story short, he and his men were fine and the Monarch was granted the right by Guild law to get revenge upon J.J. by attacking his family, finally making it possible for him to once more assault Thaddeus Venture without incurring the wrath of the Guild.]]
* GenreSavvy: Almost all of the cast is genre savvy, some (like #21 and #24) dangerously so. In other cases, such as Dean and Hank, they're genre savvy to the point of it interfering with their social lives.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Colonel Horace [[MeaningfulName Gentleman]]
* GetOut: Final line of an episode
-->'''Captain Sunshine:''' ''Get out of my Sanctum Solarium!''
* GhostlyGlide: The sinister cadre known as The Silent Partners are shown not only gliding smoothly from place to place, but also have the habit of entering or leaving a room by levitating out of/ in to the floor.
* GhostPirate: Or so it seems, until it proves to be a hoax by not-so-ghostly pirates.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Girl Hitler has a Hitler moustache, as her name implies.
* GivingUpOnLogic: Happens all the time and is frequently {{Lampshaded}} when it does. Most of the main cast doesn't even bother to question truly absurd things anymore, and when a newer and/or more sane character tries to question something bizarre, the other characters will often mention a ContinuityNod or NoodleIncident that makes the current situation seem downright reasonable by comparison. A few specific examples:
** When Rusty notes that Hank is taking the whole Rusty has been turned into a caterpillar thing awfully well, Hank just shrugs and points out all the other crazy stuff they've been involved in. Rusty winds up agreeing.
** In the season three two-part finale, "The Family that Slays Together...," there is a final epic battle between [[spoiler: an O.S.I. army, an army of Monarch henchmen, and an army of naked Hank and Dean clones led by Sgt. Hatred. Most of those involved don't see this as anything particularly unusual, but it proves to be the straw that breaks the camel's back for OnlySaneMan/[[{{Badass}} Badass Bodyguard]] Brock Sampson. He mentions some of the weird things he's seen over his years as the Venture family bodyguard and quits on the spot.]]
** Discussed by Hank and Dermott in the season five episode "Momma's Boys" when [[spoiler: Dermott questions how Rusty could possibly believe that his friend "Teddy," which is actually just a talking teddy bear the boys were using to play a prank on him, is in danger.]] Hank mentions some of the outlandish things that have actually happened, which make the Teddy situation seem perfectly reasonable by comparison.
* GoingCommando: Rusty in "Ice Station -- Impossible!" [[spoiler:which turns out to be a bad idea after his Impossible jumpsuit shatters.]]
* GoodCostumeSwitch: Seargent Hatred not only switches to a venture compound suit, he also removed the H tattoo on his face and replaces it with a V tattoo. Better, it used to say HATRED down his front, he removed all but the D because that one was "in a tender area".. so now it just says.. VD...
* GoodNewsBadNews
-->'''Gathers:''' Do you want the bad news or the good news first?\\
'''Brock:''' I don't know, the good I guess.\\
'''Gathers:''' ''There is no good news!'' Just bad news and ''weird'' news.
* GothGirlsKnowMagic: A somewhat less surprising (and less "rebellious", as it's actually the "family business") example is Triana Orpheus. The Goth girl daughter of necromancer extraordinaire Dr. Byron Orpheus, Triana is studying magic with her mother, also an accomplished sorceress.
* GreatEscape: The Monarch's escape plan, after being [[WronglyAccused framed for a murder that didn't happen]], involved the cooperation of several fellow imprisoned villains... who all looked the other way when he made his move due to threats of death from Phantom Limb (who framed the Monarch so he could reclaim his ex). He got out with help from King Gorilla, who defied Phantom Limb due to his own issues with the Guild and the Monarch's reveal why he was framed.
* GrievousHarmWithABody:
** In Hank and Dean's [[UnreliableNarrator testimony]] in "The Trial of the Monarch," Brock has knocked off a stone golem's arm and proceeded to repeatedly punch it in the crotch with said arm.
** In "Ghosts of the Sargasso", after clamping the arm of a "ghost pirate" in his buttocks, Brock dispatches both of his captors by [[GrievousHarmWithABody swinging the clamped pirate bodily into the other]].
** In "Love-Bheits" Brock impales two mooks on opposite ends of a spear like weapon, then uses them to take down a third mook.
** Hatred finds himself [[spoiler: using a shrink ray to enlarge Dr. Venture to massive proportions]] to save him from the Monarch, and indirectly crushing the villain as a result.
* TheGrotesque: D-19, [[spoiler:an aborted, disfigured clone of Dean who only wants to be accepted by Dr. Venture as his son.]]
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy:
** Played straight and parodied here and there.
-->'''Military Policeman 1:''' Oh, uh, I'm sorry, sir. Go on ahead.\\
'''Military Policeman 2:''' What are you doing? Why'd you let 'im go?\\
'''[=MP1=]:''' What? It's just a bunch of vets campin'.\\
'''[=MP2=]:''' Dude, that was a ''shaved Bigfoot'' and Steve Summers in a wig ''made out of'' shaved Bigfoot.
** Subverted in the "The Incredible Mr. Brisby" when Mandalay pulls a captain sensible and opts not to fight a pissed off Brock Samson, stepping aside so he could rescue the Ventures.
* HahvahdYahdInMyCah: Pete White.
* HairTriggerSoundEffect: Go ahead, just mention SPHINX *Sphinx!*
* {{Hallucinations}}:
** After [[spoiler: 24]]'s death, [[spoiler: 21]] began carrying around his skull and talking to it. In the season four mid-season finale, [[spoiler: 24]] appears as a ghost only [[spoiler: 21]] can see and gives him advice in combat situations. At one point, he (the ghost) implies that he may be only a product of imagination, giving [[spoiler:21]] confidence in his own abilities. Which is met with a frantic "NO! You are real!" In the season four finale, it is confirmed that [[spoiler:24]] is a hallucination, not a ghost.
** In "Showdown at Cremation Creek Pt. I and II" Dean has a complete (peaceful) breakdown where he imagines that a trek through the inside of the cocoon's engine room is a magical adventure with his childhood hero, Giant Boy Detective, and he is TheChosenOne. It's basically an extra-Freudian ''[[Literature/TheNeverEndingStory Never Ending Story]]''.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: Phantom Limb]], who has one arm, one leg, and one testicle, goes up against an army of robotic Diamond Dogs, Guild Foot Soldiers and 15 foot robots. It doesn't end well for the army.
* HardGay: King Gorilla and Shore Leave.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Played with between the Outrider and Dr. Orpheus in ''The Better Man''. The Outrider has gained an ability Orpheus never has, the ability to travel between worlds, but cheated to get it. However, by cheating instead of working hard, the Outrider has made time for his wife (Dr. Orpheus' ex-wife) who left Orpheus because he was a workaholic who never had time for her. In the end, Outrider admits that Orpheus is the better sorcerer, but at too high of a cost.
* HarmlessVillain: Sergeant Hatred.
** Most of the villains foul up somewhere and become this.
** Seems to be what the Guild of Calamitous Intent and the OSI are designed for. The members seen seem to be more about annoying their arches rather than outright killing them.
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: Brock and Rusty to the twins (well, the show is satirizing ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' after all). Brock seems to fulfill the "mother" duties, being much more personally involved with the boys than Rusty.
* HatesSmallTalk: In episode with the WaltDisney {{Expy}} Mr. Brisbee, Brock at first tries to get along with Brisbee's bodyguard, but the other is completely silent and rude. Later on Brock is bored and tries to light a cigarette but can't, at which point the other bodyguard produces a lighter, prompting Brock to say "You're all right." Of course, it was all a trick to knock him out.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Sgt. Hatred has replaced Brock as the Venture family bodyguard.
** [[spoiler: Gary (21) leaves The Monarch]] in "Operation P.R.O.M."
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:Dr. Venture]] in "The Doctor Is Sin".
* HelicopterPack: In "Hate Floats" Brock Sampson and Phantom Limb find a couple of them.
* HeroesRUs: The OSI, technically.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Dean]] has a very minor one in the Halloween special when he wakes up on the examining table of an aged geneticist named Ben, who reveals that [[spoiler: he is actually a clone born in a lab tank]]. Ben helps to talk him through it though.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Inverted for a villain with Sergeant Hatred. He was originally a catch-all for whenever another villain needed to be mentioned, particularly for 21 and 24 to steal stuff from. He eventually gained a few [[{{Shotacon}} unsavory quirks]] from offhand mentions before he debuted in the series proper and was integrated into the main cast.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** Dr. Venture and Brock Samson
** Later, Dr. Venture and Sgt. Hatred
** Pete White and Billy Quizboy
** Watch and Ward [[spoiler: Operation P.R.O.M. offers the strong possibility that Watch is gay (Ward doesn't seem to mind, though), but this trope allows one or both of the 'life partners' to be homosexual, as long as there is no actual romantic link between them.]]
** Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder
** #21 and #24
** Tim Tom and Kevin
** Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: The Monarch's {{Mooks}} wear bright yellow uniforms with ridiculous oversized butterfly wings on the back. LampShaded in season four when 21 complains that their uniforms make them stand out without actually providing any protection and that the non-retractable wings make it difficult to get through all the tapered doorways in the Cocoon.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Everyone in Dr. Venture's therapy group, which consists of expies of Robin, Jonny Quest, and the Hardy Boys. They even refer to him as "Johnny".
* HistoricalInJoke: The ghost of Abraham Lincoln pins [[spoiler: Colonel Manstrong]] in a full nelson, referencing Lincoln's past as a wrestler.
* HollywoodNerd:
** Henchman #21, whose "weapons arsenal" consists of replicas, collectibles, and Hulk Hands.
** Jean-Claude [=LeTueur=] is a handsome and extremely wealthy assassin whose last known whereabouts were the San Diego Comic Con; when asked by customs at the airport whether he had anything to declare, he shouted "Excelsior!"
* HomoeroticDream: One of the members of SPHINX makes a comment about having one of these.
-->I had an erotic dream about Henry Rollins list night, and I'm straight as an arrow!
* HoverTank: Sgt. Hatred's vehicle
* HypocriticalHumor: Rusty tells Hank how awkward his 16th birthday was because his father invited prostitutes to the party. For Hank and Dean's home school prom, he tries to hire some whores for it.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: Henchmen 21 and 24 debate who would win in a fistfight between Lizzie Borden and Anne Frank.
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* IHaveNoSon: Lance Hale considers Dale his "allegedly" twin brother.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Hank tries to justify getting a chance to shoot at Neo-Nazis by referencing his skill in ''MedalOfHonor.''
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Shore Leave is deadly accurate with his pistols, being able to shoot specific targets on 21's costume from a large distance. One handed. Also Sgt. Hatred, able to do the same thing but with a scoped rifle.
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** A lot of characters are named based on puns, such as Phantom Limb, Manotaur, Quentin Ball, Killermanjaro, and "Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Nightmare-coat".
** Also, Dr. Dugongs "Cuddlefish".
** In "Home Insecurity", Baron Ünterbheit presents three disloyal high-level henches with gifts of Tiger Balm, exits the room, then, after the henches contemplate Ünterbheit's apparent mercy, sends in killer tigers with bombs.
* IndianBurialGround: The X-1's hangar is built over one.
* INeedNoLadders: In the mid-season finale of the forth season, [[spoiler: Brock]] is about to charge into a the lab of an evil (non sanctioned) scientist. he uses a rope arrow, despite being told that there is a ladder next to him, because, well "where's the fun in that?".
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: The Monarch and the Ghost Pirate Captain, the latter being a parody of ''ScoobyDoo'' villains (at first).
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Spanakopita!
* InkSuitActor: A sort of inverted example, the duo Pete White and Billy Quizboy look a lot like creators Doc Hammer and Chris [=McCulloch=] (AKA Jackson Publick), with added deformities. Inverted because each character is voiced by the ''other'' voice actor. Whether the in-joke stops there or extends to a mechanism for Doc and Chris to poke fun at each other is uncertain, you'd have to know them to tell I s'pose.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Judging by the boys' recollections and Brock's flashbacks, a good chunk of the family's adventures.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Shore Leave:''' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waylon_Flowers Waylon Flowers]] called, he wants his Madame back. Boom!\\
'''Col. Hunter Gathers:''' Oh yeah? Well, the VillagePeople called, and ''THEY WANT YOU TO FUCKING KILL YOURSELF, YOU PRANCING BASTARD!''
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: H.E.L.P.eR.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Averted. When the Outrider tries to convince Dean to think like this Dean shoots right back [[spoiler: You know what I think, Fuck You]]
* JailBake: Phantom Limb sends his regards to King Gorilla by baking a "Tarzan" into a cake.
* {{Jerkass}}: Almost everyone gets a turn.
** Dr. Venture, most of the time.
** Prof. Impossible (who attempts to keep his family a hidden secret).
** Dermott (who is just a stupid JerkAss).
** Brock has slept with a lot of women, and occasionally (if unintentionally) beats up their significant others shortly afterwards.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Brock Samson as of season three. Even after being terminated from his mission, he continued caring for the safety of Venture and, more noticeably, the boys, when facing three deadly assassins.
** Orpheus' master never misses the opportunity to mock Orpheus for his failures in life, [[spoiler:or Triana for how she could possibly fail]], but he arguably does this for his pupil's benefit (to show him where he's gone wrong and encourage him to change).
** Rusty Venture has some genuinely soft moments like when he [[spoiler: cried over Brock's "grave" in "Dia de Los Dangerous!," or when he ordered Brock to spare the life of his brother who just tried to vaporise him with a laser,]] but then there are times like when [[spoiler: he used the soul of an orphaned child to power a sentient "pleasure chamber" in "Eeney, Meeney, Miney...Magic!"]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: ''Assisted Suicide'', and briefly in ''The Doctor is Sin.''
* KarmaHoudini: Arguably, Pete White. He basically destroyed Billy Quizboy's life, first ruining his reputation as a quizboy by cheating for him, then losing both the money that Billy had been saving for college and the boy's hand by accidentally entering him in a dogfighting ring. In order to retain Billy's friendship Jack had his memory wiped, allowing him to completely avoid the consequences. It's really no wonder that Zero introduced Billy as "under the villain Pete White."
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Henchman [[spoiler: Number 21]] and Dr. [[spoiler: Mrs. the Monarch]].
* KissingWarmUp: Dean practices kissing on his hand. When he later describes it as "practicing being a boyfriend," it's [[ADateWithRosiePalms not taken the right way]].
* KnifeNut: Brock.
** The Moppets. "We can take out his tongue - " "With a ''knife!''" "Remove his heart - " "Yeah, with a ''KNIFE!''" "A BIGGER knife!" "Fuckin' '''''KNIFE!!'''''"
* KnightOfCerebus: For a little while, Phantom Limb in "Victor. Echo. November.", when he [[spoiler: calls in an order with the Guild to kill the Venture family]] and [[spoiler:Doctor Venture loses his left arm]].
* TheKrampus: In the Christmas special, the Krampus is accidentally summoned by Hank and Dean and proceeds to punish Rusty Venture.
* LampshadeHanging: ''Excessive'' lampshading in the Season 4 Volume 2 DVD, even invoking TVTropes and a few tropes by name.
* LargeHam: The Monarch, who does it for fun and show, and Doctor Orpheus, who seems incapable of ''not'' doing it.
** The only time that Orpheus doesn't speak this way is when he delivers withering sarcasm.
* LastUnsmokedCigarette: In the episode, "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman," Dr. Quymn wears a crystal necklace throughout the episode. We find out after she suffers an epileptic seizure and her home burns down that it's her last cigarette, which she proceeds to smoke to deal with the stresses of the evening.
* LeaderFormsTheHead: Comes up when JJ Venture's team spoofs ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' with the "Ventronic," complete with the "I form the " exclamations. The combined form has two heads, the one formed from JJ's robot, and the "left arm" clown head, shaped in a way to be recognizable and comfortable to Ned. Instead of just putting the clown head on top, they wind up with a stubby, useless arm, not too dissimilar to JJ himself.
* LegacyCharacter: Captain Sunshine, as it turns out. Not surprising since most of his character is a parody of Batman and the first Robin later assumed the title.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Dr. Orpheus has his own ''dramatically'' '''RISING MUSIC''' ''whenever he'' '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioEgPlxjDok SPEAKS ALLLLOUD!]]''''' Which is to say pretty much all the time.
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: Dean: "My big gift is a jumpsuit???" Dr.Venture: "Speedsuit Dean, Speedsuit. I don't ever want to hear you say jumpsuit again."
* LightIsNotGood: Captain Sunshine, who is solar powered, just for extra irony. Well, OK, he's still a super''hero'', but he does some... questionable things.
* LightningBruiser: Brock Sampson.
* LimaSyndrome: The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend develop this regarding the boys in the first episode after Dr. Venture doesn't respond to their (numerous) ransom demands.
** Happens again during a flashback in the episode "Spanakopita!," where a young Rusty Venture is accidentally kidnapped by Greek pirates. When his father, Jonas Venture Sr., doesn't respond to their ransom demands, the pirates throw the distraught Rusty (who they felt bad for due to his neglectful father,) a festival complete with games.
* LimitedWardrobe: Most of the cast. Exceptions include Brock, who has been seen wearing at least three different shirts.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the episode "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean":
--->'''Hank:''' I had to sleep in my clothes! Now I feel gross wearing them two days in a row!\\
'''Monarch:''' You're kidding me, right? That's the only outfit I've ever seen you in!\\
'''Hank:''' Well, that doesn't mean I never wash it.\\
'''Monarch:''' Fair enough.
*** After which, Hank spends most of the rest of the episode in a minion costume.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Escape to the House of Mummies Part II", when we learn Triana Orpheus always wears the same outfit due to a maddening fear of her closet, it being the doorway to the Necropolis.
* TheLoad: Hank and Dean, most of the time. Dr. Venture on occasion.
* LogicBomb: In season four, Sergeant Hatred speaks nonsense to the robotic guard outside Malice. The guard's head shoots sparks and its face pops off because while it's programed to answer over 700 questions, "none of which include chicken fingers."
* LostHimInACardGame: St. Cloud challenges Billy Quizboy to bet Pete White on a quiz competition. Billy accepts immediately. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Billy wins.]]
* LotusEaterMachine: The Joycan.
* LoveFreak: King Gorilla. The only reason he helped the Monarch escape from prison was in the name of love.
* LoveRedeems: WordOfGod states that the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend are meant to be a subversion: they have a functioning and loving relationship while still being irredeemably evil villains who kill people at the drop of a hat. The prevalence of the trope combined with the [[ComedicSociopathy hilarious]] and [[CrossesTheLineTwice over the top]] nature of their MoralEventHorizon moments make it a little hard to realize that this is happening.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Dermott has told at least one person that he is [[spoiler: Brock Samson]]'s long lost son. It's revealed that [[spoiler: Dr. Venture is actually his father.]]
* UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson: The characters Lady Hawk Johnson and Lyndon Bee.
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* MachineEmpathy: Brock Samson has demonstrated the ability to sense when someone's in his car even if he's not physically present. Hank, upon witnessing a demonstration of this talent (which, despite the presence of superpowers and magic in this setting, seems to be purely mundane), comments to another character "I've seen him do that from a continent away."
* MadeOfIron: Brock and Molotov
* MadeOfPlasticine: Just about everybody who goes up ''against'' Brock, but especially the Monarch's {{Mook}}s.
* MadScientist[=/=]MadDoctor:
** Dr. Venture (Rusty, with the others tied for second)
** Dr. Orpheus (Although he prefers magic to science: his doctorate is in Communications with a minor in Women's Studies)
** Dr. Impossible (May have intentionally caused the accident which gave him superpowers and [[BlessedWithSuck disfigured the rest of his family]])
** Dr. Girlfriend (Actually quite rational, apart from her staying with the Monarch)
** Dr. Henry Killinger (Utterly sane. ''Terrifyingly'' sane. Probably the most horrifyingly sane man on the planet.)
* MagicBullets
-->'''Hank:''' I'm gonna take my shot now. I have it figured out that if I can just skim Pop's belt buckle, maybe the bullet will ricochet off it and kill the guy with the gun!\\
'''Sergeant Hatred:''' Hank, I will give you ''so much money'' to ''not'' shoot your dad.
* MagicEye: Jefferson Twilight's "Blood Eye," which allows him to track and hunt Blaculas.
* MagicVersusScience: The rivalry between Doctor Venture and Doctor Orpheus that comes to a head with the TwoLinesNoWaiting challenge to shrink themselves. [[spoiler:Dr. Orpheus ends up quitting because his master tells him how, philosophically, he's already as small as he can get in comparison with the vastness of the universe. Venture wins by default because Orpheus was the bigger man in admitting his failure, faster than Rusty could say he couldn't fix his father's shrink ray even with Pete and Billy's help.]]
* {{Malaproper}}: Hank
-->'''Hank (to Sgt. Hatred):''' I already know you used to be a pedestrian.
* ManChild: Captain Sunshine.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Rusty is embarrassed about not losing his virginity until he was 24. Billy Quizboy was ridiculed for being a virgin in his mid-30s, until season four, when [[spoiler:Monstroso treated him to three prostitutes as part of the payment for Monstroso's heart transplant.]] As of season four, ladies and gentlemen, [[spoiler:Hank had sex. With his best friend's hot mom. Who was knocked up at age 15 by Rusty Venture. And then got his memory wiped because remembering that last bit was too much to bear.]]
** And even though [[spoiler: he had his memory wiped, he left a message for himself that he did indeed have sex.]]
* ManlyTears: A more sound-based example: [[spoiler: Brock is sobbing when he's seen destroying his CoolCar after it tried to kill him]].
* MauveShirt: #21 and #24. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with that page's quote. By the season three episode "The Lepidoperists" they become DangerouslyGenreSavvy, though. [[spoiler:#24 has since died (probably) for violating one of the rules.]]
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou
* MeaningfulName:
** Assassins Jean-Claude [=LeTueur=], Russel Sturgeon, and Heinrich Triggermensch; "Le Tueur" is French for "The Killer", Sturgeon is a kind of fish (and Rus specializes in maritime assassinations and general aquatic activity), and Herr Triggermensch ("Hair Trigger"), (German: Mr. Trigger-person, or Trigger-man) is a former biathlete, expert marksman, and gun fetishist.
** Brock Samson himself: while his name is mostly meant to bring to mind "Race Bannon", he's an immensely strong guy with long hair, like the biblical Samson. The name "Brock" sounds like "brick" and "rock," and also means "badger," which all speak to his toughness. Finally, as Brock has been established as being of Swedish heritage, it's worth noting that Swedish surnames are (or were) often literal - "Johansson" means "son of Johan," "Swenson" means "son of Sven," and so on. This would make Brock Samson the "Son of Sam," a possible reference to David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam serial killer. Given Brock's over-the-top violent predilections, this seems quite fitting.
** The Venture family will often "venture" into danger. This is also a reference to ''Jonny Quest'' and his similar surname.
** Molotov Cocktease is a play on "molotov cocktail" and a "cocktease." She's a deadly Russian who continually leads Brock on.
** The DistaffCounterpart of Dr Venture is Dr Quymn. Her surname is a homophone of "quim," [[CountryMatters an old British term for a certain part of the female body]].
** Otaku Sensuri, of the Onani Corporation (see BilingualBonus above) is caught [[ADateWithRosiePalms getting very "excited"]] in the presence of Dr. Venture's Oooo Ray.
* TheMenInBlack: Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder.
* MindScrew: The Christmas Special. It's a dream within a dream within a nightmare and when Dr. Venture wakes up from it, his legs are gone and the four of them are in Bethlehem.
* MissingMom: Nearly omnipresent. Rusty's mother is never even referred to, Hank and Dean's mother left right after they were born [[spoiler: on account of maybe being taken to a mental institute]], and Triana's mother left her husband for another man.
* MistakenForGay: Brock Samson and Dr. Venture, dressed as [[RockyHorrorPictureShow Rocky and Dr. Frank-N-Furter]], respectively:
-->'''Doctor:''' (Venture is taken to the emergency room to extract a tumor) Sorry, medical personnel only.\\
'''Brock:''' I go where he goes.\\
'''Doctor:''' Oh. You must be his... ''partner'' then?\\
'''Brock:''' No, it's more like I work for him-- ''Wait a minute''! '''NO!!'''
** Pete White. Frequently, and much to his annoyance.
* MixedMetaphor: Fairly common, due to the prevalence of BuffySpeak.
-->'''Phantom Limb:''' Let the rats desert the ship. It's the big-fish-rats we're after.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Discussed by the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Pirate Captain]] at his booth in ''The Buddy System.'' He touts the benefits of being a "small-time diversionary menace," playing off his original role as a parody of a ScoobyDoo villain, as opposed to a [[ArcVillain career]] [[BigBad supervillain]].
* MostAnnoyingSound: InUniverse at the least. The Grand Galactic Inquisitor's presence is irritating enough (''IGNORE ME!'') but his voice is relayed through a rattling, low-quality speaker by somebody standing too close to the microphone. It's enough to make Hank [[GroinAttack grab his crotch in pain.]]
* MotionlessMakeover: In "O.R.B.", Hank and Dean cover Orpheus in toilet paper while he's astral projecting, which freezes his body.
* MotiveDecay: Appears to happen in an episode when The Monarch suddenly demands ransom money instead of his usual MO of trying to kill Dr. Venture. It's revealed that he is simply doing it to hurt Rusty where it hurts. His wallet.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Sergeant Hatred in OSI.]]
** [[spoiler:Hunter Gathers in the Black Hearts,]] though it turns out [[spoiler: Hunter Gathers was working for SPHINX the entire time, and has recruited Brock, Shore Leave and a whole slew of former OSI agents into his organization.]]
** If Phantom Limb's plan in "Bright Lights, Dean's City" is to be believed, [[spoiler:The Moppets..]]
** [[spoiler: Agents Doe and Cardholder for the Guild]] in OSI.
** [[spoiler:Sky Pilot/Mile High for the OSI]] in SPHINX
* MrAltDisney: Roy Brisby, creator of [[TheSecretOfNIMH Brisbyland]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Everybody but Brock indulges in this.
** #21 donning his henchmen uniform while humming ''Mars, the Bringer of War'' and providing his own sound effects. Then, when #24 shows up and sings along with him, it becomes an instant CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** '''Doctor Byron Orpheus!''' and The Order of The Triad
** ''Go Team Venture!'' (except when the original 60s team does it)
** The "Ooo Ray"
** #21's "weapon stockpile"
** Dr. Dugong
** Phantom Limb's selling of stolen artwork as supervillainy.
** Music/LedZeppelin (according to H.E.L.P.eR, at least).
** Dr. Zin Of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', who revels in acting out as a LargeHam to the benefit of younger villains and heroes and to entertain kids.
* MundaneSolution: How do you dissolve an impenetrable shield generator force field? [[spoiler:Put a little club soda on it.]]
* MushroomSamba: At a spiritual healing party held by Dr. Orpheus, Brock ingests an hallucinogen of sorts and then rides the beautiful dolphin into the bosom of his wisdom-dispencing motherfather figure.
** In the episode "What Goes Down Must Come Up." we see a flashback where the original team Venture inhales a little too much of what is supposed to be a mood-enhancing drug. The hallucinations they (and the children with them) subsequently have are positively terrifying.
** When Brock gets orders to kill Hunter and Molotov Cocktease comes to babysit the Ventures, Hank gets pricked in the neck when he accidentally discharges Molotov's boot heel spike. The resulting hallucinations convince him that killing his father will allow him to be with Molotov. He may have been more successful had his weapon of choice not been a papier-mache model sword.
* MyBelovedSmother: "Colonel Bud Manstrong, listen to your mother!"
* MyBrainIsBig: Subverted with Billy Quizboy, who is actually a hydrocephalic. Jonas Venture-era villain Brainulo acts like this, but in the DVD commentary, the idea that Brainulo doesn't have any actual inborn mental powers (and that he was originally written as if this were the case) is raised.
* NemeanSkinning: Brock does this to a polar bear in "Ice Station Impossible".
** And to [[spoiler: EdgarAllanPoe in the fake preview for "Escape to the House of Mummies part 3" ]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Henchman 1/Scott Hall.]] After two seasons of being presumed dead, [[spoiler:he appears in season four as "Zero."]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[http://video.adultswim.com/the-venture-bros/the-venture-bros-season-4-trailer.html The fourth season trailer]] (beware of spoilers if you haven't watched up to the [[WhamEpisode season three finale]]). Several clips used in it turn out to be fake-outs of some sort, especially the clip of [[spoiler: Future!Doctor Venture juxtaposed with a shot of Dean aging - the two scenes have ''nothing to do with each other'' in the series, and Future!Doctor Venture is just David Bowie in disguise. The trailer also milks fantasy sequences and out-of-context lines for as many cool scenes as they can.]]
** The Trailer for ''The Better Man'' focused on a [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Hell Beast From Hell,"]] who was even in the ColdOpen and wasn't even from Hell. Despite physical appearances, it was ''not'' on the level of Cthulhu. The rest of the trailer talked about Triana entering a "portal to the Second World." Except it's ''not'' a portal to the Second World. Orpheus doesn't ''have'' a portal to the Second World. Half the episode ''centered'' on Orpheus not having a portal to the Second World.
** None of the season four trailers can be trusted: AT.ALL!
* NiceGuy: Byron Orpheus, [[LargeHam theatrics]] notwithstanding.
-->'''Orpheus:''' I'm making my famous fritatas!\\
'''Orpheus:''' Who wants ''PIZZA ROLLS?''\\
'''Orpheus:''' I would make a whizbang salesman!
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Brock Samson's [[LotusEaterMachine Joy Can]] vision includes ninjas raining from the sky, cowboys with flamethrowers riding [[TyrannosaurusRex Tyrannosaurs]], polar bears on motorcycles with scuba divers manning machine guns in the sidecars.
* NippleAndDimed: Near the end of season three when the Monarch, his wife, 21, 24, Tim-Tom, and Kevin break into the Venture compound, Dr. Mrs. the Monarch waits in Brock's room so that she can [[FreudianSlip seduce... er, subdue]] him when he shows up. As she adjusts her outfit, you can briefly see one of her nipples.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Dr. Henry Killinger looks, sounds, and acts a lot like former Secretary of State Dr. Henry '''Kiss'''inger, right down to his magic murder bag. Then again, it's heavily implied that that's ''exactly'' who he is. As if the name didn't give it away.
** Brock's mentor, Col. Hunter Gathers, is a distillation of the public persona of Dr HunterSThompson, with the addition of a [[spoiler:gender dysmorphism]] of which Thompson appeared to be free, or perhaps medicated out of existence.
** Col. Gentleman, while he looks and sounds like SeanConnery, shares many of the personal traits of the late William S. Burroughs: a relationship with a Maghrebi adolescent boy named 'Kiki', a fondness for hashish, and a tendency to write on and on and on like a crazy person.
** Mr. Brisby is a jaundiced view of WaltDisney, differing only in that he appears to have been limited to a wheelchair for the past twenty years, as opposed to having died and been kept frozen in the basement of Tomorrowland.
** DavidBowie and his associates Iggy Pop and Klaus Nomi. David Bowie gets another subtle one in "ORB" during the flashback to the Victorian Era Guild: "[[Film/ThePrestige Tesla]] and the Avon Ladies are attacking."
** Brian Eno shows up, too, in "The Revenge Society". Flying in the Warm Jets, no less.
** When 21 and 24 finally see each other out of costume, they comment that they look like KevinSmith without a beard and [[{{Seinfeld}} Jerry Seinfeld]] with a unibrow, respectively.
** Appearing for only a few seconds is the BDSM-themed supervillainess Bettie Rage.
** Guild council members Red Mantle and Dragoon describe an alternate explanation of the events of [[DonMcLean The Day The Music Died]] in ''The Revenge Society''.
** The Revenge Society later picks up married couple Lady Hawk Johnson and Lyndon Bee. And yes, they do look and sound exactly like President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife "Lady Bird" Johnson.
** Keith Flint is seen running around in the forgotten underground of the Venture Compound.
** Lloyd Venture, Rusty's grandfather and [[spoiler: founder of the Guild of Calamitous Intent,]] is TheodoreRoosevelt through and through, including physical appearance, dress, and unique manner of speaking.
* NoDelaysForTheWicked: Subverted--the Guild of Calamitous Intent's [[ObstructiveBureaucrat labyrinthine rules]] for "arching" often delay the Monarch's schemes long enough to reference the documentation. However, the protagonists are similarly constrained by GCI policies.
* NoIndoorVoice:
** Byron Orpheus and the Grand Galactic Inquisitor.
-->'''''IGNORE ME!!!'''''
** ''SPHINX COMMANDER - MYTHIC MASTERMIND'', also known as Michael, to the point where he's yelling even when he's spying on his ex.
-->'''Bypasser:''' You're waking up the whole block with that screaming. What are you doin'?\\
'''Michael:''' MY GIRLFRIEND LIVES THERE!\\
'''Bypasser:''' [[LampshadeHanging Why are you still screaming?]]
* NominalImportance: Henchman #1 is a study in all aspects of the trope. [[spoiler: It doesn't appear to save him (turns out it he survived long to become insane, though)]].
-->'''24:''' You are nameless-\\
'''1:''' I'm Scott Hall! My name is Scott Hall!\\
'''24:''' Mmmmm, nope! Not gonna help!\\
'''21:''' Yeah, now it's just pathos. You're all dying in my lap and I'm all, SCOTT, SCOTT DON'T YOU QUIT ON US, DON'T YOU DARE!\\
'''24:''' You've just made your unavoidable death ''more pathetic.''\\
Ironically, we learn 21's name (Gary), [[spoiler: but not 24's.]]
* NoodleImplements: The Nozzle is wonderfully lampshaded.
-->'''Master Billy Quizboy:''' What the Hell was that thing?\\
'''Col. Hunter Gathers:''' I have no idea.
* NoodleIncident:
** The reason the Monarch hates Dr. Venture.
** Dr. Venture is understandably concerned when he loses a kidney in the first episode, because he had already lost the other one before the series.
** The first season finale ''Return to Spider-Skull Island'' begins after a non-specifically disastrous showing of TheRockyHorrorPictureShow.
** The episode ''Past Tense'' starts with the Venture family having been delayed by saving the "ant people" and being rewarded with their great treasure...a half eaten Jolly Rancher.
** In ''Love Bheits,'' Brock mentions a villain known as the "Wallflower" that the family previous encountered. According to Rusty: "Lamest. Villain. Ever."
* NoteToSelf: Hank does this prior to a memory wipe so he'll know [[spoiler:he finally got laid]], leaving out the part that it was with [[spoiler:Dermott's mother (who he thought was his sister) who had been knocked up by Rusty]].
* NotMeThisTime:
** When Rusty and Brock are [[spoiler: knocked out and kidnapped by a flying coffin]], Hank and Dean immediately call the [[BigBad Monarch]] and demand he return them. He responds that it wasn't him this time, but "I have something planned for Thursday."
** In the same episode, Brock accuses Baron Von Underbheit that he's responsible for kidnapping them. As Baron Underbheit is also in this predicament, he quips, [[DeadpanSnarker "As usual, your detective skills are impeccable, Samson. You have succeeded in exposing my sinister plan to lock myself in a dungeon, chained to an albino."]]
** Rusty proclaims this in "Pomp and Circuitry" when the new wing of State University blows up -- tacitly admitting responsibility for the lab accident that cost Baron Underbheit his jaw [[spoiler:even though it was actually the Monarch. (Of course, Rusty probably doesn't know it's the Monarch's fault.)]]
* NotQuiteStarring:
** DavidBowie, aka [[spoiler:the Sovereign]], in the two-part season two finale. His first appearance is even accompanied by text at the bottom of the screen that says, "celebrity voice impersonated". Allegedly, they tried to get DavidBowie himself but he didn't get back to them before the episode aired.
** Fun Fact: His voice actor is the same as Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" S. Venture ''and'' his twin brother, Dr. Jonas Venture Jr. Oh, and Phantom Limb. [[PigeonholedVoiceActor They're all, more or less, scientists]].
* NotSoDifferent:
** [[VillainProtagonist Rusty]] and the Monarch, stated by Dr. Girlfriend.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Phantom Limb is about to begin a speech about how NotSoDifferent he and Brock are, but Brock cuts him off, saying he knows that speech well enough from hearing it every time.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Monarch. Do ''not'' screw around with the king butterfly, man.
** Pretty much called out in "The Lepidopterists" where not playing by Guild rules to satisfy their crazy supervillain games ends up getting a lot of people dead. When bored supervillains don't have heroes to play stupid games with they tend to commit real crimes.
** Revenge, [[spoiler: Phantom Limb's alter-ego after he snaps]], appears to be completely insane, as his revenge society initially consists of a Wisdom (a mug), Chuck (a toaster), and Lady Nightshade (a woman's dress shoe). However, all end up being useful to some degree, demonstrating that Revenge is, as he puts it, "Fruit-loop as a fox!"
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In "Spanakopita!", Sgt. Hatred sneaks past St. Cloud's hotel window and sees St. Cloud with his albino manservant kneeling in front of him and seemingly giving him a blowjob. Turns out the manservant is just drawing abs on him.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Dr. Venture never seemed to realize that his huge accumulation of horrible deeds could qualify him as a "bad person."
* {{Oculothorax}}: "Release the walking eye!" Dr. Venture's eye robot.
* OffScreenMomentOfAwesome: Used frequently. The Audience is never shown [[spoiler: The end of Brock's fight with Henchman 21, 21 and Brock vs. Monstrosso, Brock and the rest of the family fighting the fly women in (P.R.O.M.), 21 and Sphinx fighting the Monstroso henchmen, and the battles between The monarch Henchmen and the OSI and the Monarch henchmen vs. guild henchmen, are continuously cut away from to showcase other characters antics]] The build up to these fight scenes, and no payoff represent the theme of failure in the show.
* OhCrap:
** Doctor Venture in "From The Ladle To The Grave The Story of Shallow Gravy" when [[spoiler: He hears Dermotts last name and figures out that he's the boy's father.]]
** Hunter Gathers gets a nice one [[spoiler:when he realizes that the 'suits' who'd been interviewing all the people involved in the Molostro incident were impostors.]]
*** Sgt. Hatred gets a great one in Diving Bell vs. The Butter-Glider
--->'''21:''' (''leading a horde of henchmen'') You see... we're what you might call "on strike". So no Monarch, no Guild. No Guild, no Guild rules.
--->'''Hatred:''' (''gasps'') They've gone rogue. (''begins running back to the compound entrance'') CODE RED! CODE RED!
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The Council of Thirteen
* OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement:
** Rusty Venture once killed a man with a housekey. His father forced him to. He was ten.
** Brock once ''exploded a man's head'' with a sock full of ''party snaps.''
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou:
** The Monarch and Baron Ünderbheit argue with each other over who can claim this title; disputes of this nature are apparently arbitrated by [[WeirdTradeUnion The Guild of Calamitous Intent]].
** This is how Molotov views Brock when they aren't [[SlapSlapKiss making out]].
--->'''Molotov:''' You know I'd never let anyone kill my Samson. That is ''my'' job.
* OnlySaneMan: Subverted in that pretty much every character feels like this at one point, only to turn around later and act unstable again.
* OnTheRebound: After being dumped by The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend then shows up at [[NewOldFlame Phantom Limb]]'s place, completely despondent, and begins dating him.
* OutOfFocus: Triana seemed like she'd end up being Dean's love interest in the show, but midway through season two the Venture brothers stopped being the real center of the show, and thus Triana became more of a background character seen now and then. Because she's too [[NiceGuy well-adjusted]] to be interesting at all. The fact that she's voiced by Doc Hammer's ex doesn't really help, either.
* OverlyLongGag: "We are about to engage...THE NOZZLE."
* OvershadowedByAwesome: As more time passes with Sgt. Hatred as the Venture bodyguard, we get to see that he actually has some competence, but it's all too easy to compare him to [[{{Badass}} Brock]].
* PaperThinDisguise:
** Despite the fact that Jonas Venture Senior is a 6'2" white guy claiming to be "Japanese man from the village of Japaninawa", despite dressing like a Chinese person and holding the outer corners of his eyes with his fingertips to make them look slanted, and despite Scaramantula explicitly pointing these facts out, he never fully realizes that he's talking to the man he's planning on blackmailing.
** Also, Hank in "Showdown at Cremation Creek":
--->'''Hank:''' Hello-ski! I am, how you say? Russian Guyovitch!
** The superteam in "Handsome Ransom" is instantly recognizable as the Action News team.
* ParodyMagicSpell: "Everybody Come to Hank's" uses this. When assisting Orpheus casting a spell, an incantation is required, and The Alchemist decides to have fun with it.
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler:Hank and Dean's clone storage]].
* PerkyGoth: Triana Orpheus, with the twist that her single father is a NiceGuy LargeHam Necromancer.
* PinealWeirdness: Dr. Venture's LotusEaterMachine "The Joy Can" operates by creating a direct link to the subject's pineal gland.
* PingPongNaivete: Hank and Dean, about sex, reality in general, and the fact that Brock kills people in front of them on a regular basis. May have something to do with those learning beds, which Dr. Venture believes screwed up his own social life. [[spoiler:This was also due to their clones not getting the advantage of first-hand experience for very long; the current Hank and Dean are getting much more well-rounded the longer they're alive]].
* PinkySwear: Between the Monarch and Dr.Girlfriend.
* APirate400YearsTooLate: The episode "Ghosts of the Sargasso".
* PlotArmor: By season three, Henchman #21 mentions how he and #24 can't die, having practically become main characters. Henchman #24 tells him not to jinx it. [[spoiler:It's good advice.]]
* PoweredArmor:
** The Monarch's "Death's Head Panoply", which couldn't be controlled due to insufficient testing.
** The SPHINX Countess' strength suit, appropriated by Hank.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: TropeNamer (the [[LotusEaterMachine Joycan]]).
* [[ThePowerofRock The Power of Progressive Rock]]: The inspiration for Rusty's science (and Dean's attempt.)
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Captain Sunshine's gimmick.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Orpheus's Master is a shape-shifter and [[GenreSavvy well aware]] of the benefits. First demonstrated when he takes the form of Cerberus and one of his three heads continuously licks his genitals, which he admits to loving (but he can also taste it, which is maddening). Then later when he takes the form of Catherine the Great's horse (a scene that was mostly cut, but is included in the DVD extras), and finally [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when he takes the form of Orpheus's surprisingly ''still hot'' ex-wife and claims he's going to jump rope naked in front of a mirror, in her body, after Orpheus leaves. "I mean would you look at these breasts? You could bounce a penis off these!"
* PrecisionFStrike: Dean launches one at the end of Operation P.R.O.M. Particularly effective since Dean previously had a comic aversion to "bad" words.
* PreviouslyOn:
** Parodied in "Return to the House of Mummies Part II", where the five minute PreviouslyOn is all that exists of Part I. Ends with an OnTheNext for a Part III which we never get to see either.
** In "Showdown at Cremation Creek Part 2," there is a PreviouslyOn which basically shows the major events of the previous episode in super-fast motion, ending with the scene of the cliffhanger, played normally.
* ProductPlacement: Brock: "Ever heard a ''Real Doll''? It's a type of sex doll that you can make look like anyone. You can even put a uhhh.."
* PsychicNosebleed: Happens to Dr. Orpheus when he tries to probe Dr. Henry Killinger's mind.
* PsychoForHire: Herr Trigger, one of the three assassins sent to kill Brock. He is a gun fetishist and considers his job to be "ecstasy".
* PunchClockVillain: The Monarch's henchmen, and, previously, [[spoiler:the Monarch and Henchman #24]] for Phantom Limb, as well as Dr. Venture's single-episode "Venchmen". Mr. Brisbys bodyguard, Mandalay, was a great example of this as well.
* PutOnABus:
** [[spoiler:Baron Ünderbheit]] after he was exiled from [[spoiler:Ünderland]] and refused lodging by the Monarch in "Love Bheits".
** [[spoiler:Triana decided to live with her mom for a while.]] [[spoiler:It's debatable whether or not this actually a case of being put on a bus. Being a background character most of the time her absence is no greater than that of several other characters. Orpheus for example is absent for six episodes at the start of Season Four, which is roughly the same number of episodes Triana is absent for.]]
** The Frankenstein Minion and the German Plastic Surgeon.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Dr. Venture accuses actual Nazis of stooping to this "old cliché", mostly due to skepticism over their [[YourCostumeNeedsWork atrocious German accents]].
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: When the boys had to round up the original Team Venture to save Brock and Rusty.
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* TheRashomon: In "Victor. Echo. November.", three completely different origin stories are given for Phantom Limb by various characters and all of them involving Billy Quizboy somehow. In 'The Invisible Hand of Fate" Limb's origin is revealed and [[ContinuityNod did indeed involve Billy]].
* RawEggsMakeYouStronger: In season one, Hank gives Brock a glass of raw eggs when he starts training to get his secret agent license back.
-->'''Hank:''' "When I'm through with you, you're going to eat lightning and crap thunder!"\\
'''Dean:''' "It looks more like he's going to eat eggs and crap... eggs."
* Main/{{Reconstruction}}: Much of the second and third seasons were spent lampshading the utter ludicrousness of the Guild of Calamitous Intent and the Office of Strategic Intelligence's secret costumed battle for supremacy, showing them both to be hidebound, ossified and frankly, quite ineffectual. Eventually, certain members of OSI saw through this and decided enough was enough, dug out some old equipment, and thus SPHINX was (re)born, as a more dynamic alternative focused on actually eliminating threats (costumed and otherwise) and not maintaining a BS status quo.
* RedOniBlueOni: Between the two most recent Venture body guards. To illustrate, Brock is a fit, KnifeNut and man of few words, Sgt. Hatred on the other hand is an overweight, pistol wielding fellow who talks a lot.
* RedRightHand: This one is extremely common on the show. Almost every single villain, and a sizable fraction of the heroes, have some kind of freakish physical trait. Notable examples are Phantom Limb, whose arms and legs are invisible, and Scaramantula, who has ''eight'' fingers on his right hand and wears a rubber four-legged spider on his nose (with his eyebrows and mustache forming the other four legs).
* RedShirt: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] incessantly by Henchmen #21 and #24 with Henchman #1.
* RedShirtArmy: The Monarch's henchmen, more than any other supervillain, especially right after breaking out of prison and hiring a bunch of thugs off the street.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: For all his money problems Doc Venture never considers selling cloned organs. However, the clone slugs seem to grow in real time, so doing so wouldn't be very fast. He ''was'' able to make a "quick and dirty" clone of a boy who died in "The Buddy System," but the quality of that clone was pretty questionable. [[spoiler: Though Dr. Venture did mention that this clone would "get better" with time, and that he had fixed several genetic anomalies while the clone was incubating. "I did his parents a favor, it was a real mess in there."]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: In the season four premiere, 21 tries to convince Dr. Venture to clone [[spoiler: 24]]. However, as the only payment he can come up with is a vintage comic book, Doc declines. In "Handsome Ransom", Capt. Sunshine seeks to make Hank his new Wonderboy. It's clear he's desperately trying to use Hank to replace his slain sidekick because he's not ready to deal with it, spoiling and sheltering him for fear that he'll feel that loss again.
* RetiredBadassRoundup: In the episode ''Past Tense'', when Rusty and Brock are kidnapped, Hank and Dean reunite the original Team Venture to track them down.
* ReunionRevenge: "Past Tense" centers on Dr. Venture, Brock, Pete White and Baron Ünderbheit being kidnapped by a supposedly ([[spoiler:and actually]]) dead college classmate for their "crimes" against him - all of which are extremely minor, petty pranks which he thinks ruined his chances with the girl of his dreams (they didn't; he was a total loser and she wasn't interested).
* TheReveal: Averted. One detail contributing to the Monarch's enigmatic quality was that he always wears a hood, leaving all but his face obscured except in flashbacks... then, in "The Diving Bell vs. The Butter Glider," he unceremoniously appears without the hood. The mystery is dispelled in an extremely undramatic manner.
* RobotBuddy: H.E.L.P.eR
* RuleBreakerRuleNamer: The supervillain guild has a number of hostage-related regulations named after Doctor Venture, since he was constantly getting kidnapped as a boy hero.
* RuleOfFunny:
** Just about every horribly violent thing that Brock does to the {{Mook}}s in the show. Pole-vaulting by lodging the pole in a guard's throat ([[ItMakesSenseInContext writing cannot explain this adequately]]), brutalizing two people with only his ass muscles, [[BlackComedy racking up a massive kill count]] as part of a staged battle just to give the Monarch a birthday gift, [[MadeOfPlasticine decapitating somebody with a shark's mouth]], and more.
** Doc Hammer commented that episode four, trope namer for PoweredByAForsakenChild, was a bit too early for such a MoralEventHorizon moment on Rusty's part, but they went with it anyway because it was funny.
* RunningGag:
** Several, including 24's [[TheAllegedCar Nissan Stanza]] and 21 complaining about not being told about things, such as the fact that the wings on the henchmen's costumes are actually flight-capable. There are also other episode-specific ones, such as the lingering smell of the stinkbomb in season four's finale.
** There's also the episode commentaries. Throughout the entire series Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick joked about how no-one would listen to the commentary before seeing the episode. (Sometimes the season.) This culminated in season three when, at the beginning of ''every'' commentary, Doc told the listener that [[spoiler:24 dies at the end of the season]]. (See YouShouldKnowThisAlready) This was later paid off when they were given a signed photograph by the ''one'' person who had listened to the commentary before seeing the episode.
* SadistShow: WordOfGod says that the show is about "failure." Just to illustrate how dedicated the producers are to this concept, one episode showed the home of former game show host Pete White. He lived in a trailer, the standard fictional home of losers. In the establishing shot, a billboard is shown in the foreground informing the viewer that that trailer is the only house of a planned subdivision. The character is a failure, his home's a failure, and ''the ground his home is standing on for miles around'' is a failure. However, the show also subverts this: Rusty and a lot of his generation seem either doomed to the results of their "Adventure" lifestyles or partially breaking away from them, such the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend's marriage, 21 growing up, and even Rusty settling his issues. Their children however are moving on and showing signs that they'll break this cycle and either be successful or at least not be psychologically scarred.
* SadTimesMontage: After [[spoiler: Hank and Dean are killed]], the first episode of Season 2 opens with a montage of characters looking depressed, Doc breaking down, fleeing the compound in the X-1, and Brock tracking him through various exotic locales as Doc "finds himself". Unusually for most montages of this type, the accompanying music is an upbeat techno track, which undergoes a DiegeticSwitch as Brock finally catches Doc at a rave.
* ScarecrowSolution: "Escape To The House of Mummies Part II". Dr. Venture, sitting on Brock's shoulders and dressed in a green blanket waves a flashlight at cultists to save Hank and Dean. It doesn't work.
* ScaryBlackMan: Mandalay, Mr. Brisby's bodyguard, who dwarfs even Brock in size and is just as intimidating.
* ScienceHero: Every Dr. Venture except Rusty.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Mandaley does this just after Brock returns. He immediately breaks his usual silent personality, says he isn't paid enough and simply leaves.
** During the season three finale [[spoiler: Brock quits his job at the OSI as a secret agent ''and'' his job for Venture as a bodyguard because he can no longer stand all the weird, jacked-up crap he has to deal with on a daily basis.]]
** 21 does this at the end of Season 4, seemingly fed up with the Monarch and just leaves.
* SearchingTheStalls: Brock is looking for Phantom Limb inside a bathroom. He begins searching each stall, encountering a different villain in each one, before finding his target. [[spoiler: It has to be said that at this point Brock is completely naked and covered in blood. His appearance quickly cures 24's constipation as he sits on the john]]
* SecretWeapon: Subverted with the Monarch's Death's Head Panoply, a set of PoweredArmor that isn't actually powered, and is in fact too heavy for the Monarch to move in. [[spoiler:Doubly subverted when the Monarch actually activates it, and does manage to take out a large chunk of ''three armies'' with it (well, two armies, one of which was his own, and a bunch of naked clones), and then triply subverted when he loses control and falls over. The armor spun so badly the Monarch was dizzy to the point of vomiting uncontrollably.]]
* SeenItAll: Everybody in the entire Venture universe.
** Played straight in the season three finale...
--->'''Doc Venture:''' You don't know me. Why in my prime I saw some things that would make your head spin!\\
'''Sgt. Hatred:''' Yeah, I've seen a guy's head spin, like right off his neck. Why? 'Cuz I ''punched'' him! Top That!\\
'''Doc Venture:''' Okay, okay... My father made me kill a man- kill a man! -with a ''house key''. I was ten.\\
'''Sgt. Hatred:''' That's nothing. I ate a whole Labrador retriever once!
** ... and subverted.
--->[[spoiler:'''Brock:''' I've seen enough spinnin' butterfly... naked boy armies... screw this... I'd rather, uh, quit.]]
** ... and averted completely in another episode.
--->[[spoiler:'''Dr. Mrs. the Monarch:''']] Gary, you've seen too much.\\
'''Henchman 21:''' I've seen my only real friend die. I've seen a giant penny roll over a guy dressed like a rainbow. I've seen the ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' kill screen. [[Film/BladeRunner I've seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dr. Mrs. the Monarch:''']] ([[ItMakesSenseInContext in a cheerleader's costume]]) Oh, G-A-R-Y! You ain't got no alibi! You're Gary! What, what?!? You're Gary!\\
'''Henchman 21:''' Okay, I have not seen that ever!
* SeinfeldianConversation: This show is '''''very''''' dialogue-heavy. A large chunk of it consists of nerdy trivia.
* SequelHook: Each season finale had these. In fact, seasons one and especially three have had full on CliffHanger deaths. On killing [[spoiler: Henchman 24]], Doc Hammer stated that it was such a stupid decision that you ''have'' to see where they're going with it.
-->'''Hammer:''' I mean, who the hell kills [[spoiler:''one half'' of a comedy duo?]]
* SequentialSymptomSyndrome: Hank displays the symptoms of "Goliath Serum" poisoning while watching a filmstrip describing its effects.
* SeriousBusiness: Most supervillians take themselves very seriously. ''Especially'' the Monarch:
-->'''Jollyrancher82:''' I just thought, you know, "The Monarch," I thought you were into cosplay?\\
'''Monarch''': Real name. And I am into costume ''business'', not costume ''play''.
* ShipSinking: "The Better Man" has one of more gentle examples. "Operation P.R.O.M" torpedos the [[spoiler: Molotov/Brock]] pairing. [[spoiler: She threw him over for Monstroso!]] It also drives another nail in the coffin of the [[spoiler: Dean/Triana]] ship [[spoiler: by introducing Triana's [[RomanticFalseLead new boyfriend]]]].
* ShipTease: It's common knowledge (to the fans and of course Henchman 24) that Henchman 21 has a thing for Mrs. the Monarch and it's generally seen as one-sided...until season four's episode "Assisted Suicide" where the two of them are seen bonding over an unconscious Monarch. 21 ups the ante by [[spoiler: kissing Dr. Mrs. the Monarch... seconds before the Monarch wakes up from his mind-control arching. Thankfully, he didn't catch them but the damage is still done.]] The more interesting part is that Mrs. the Monarch does genuinely like 21 so maybe it's not as one-sided as we think.
** Additionally, the status of Pete White and Billy Quizboy as HeterosexualLifePartners has been milked for a good number of jokes in the fandom, including [[WordOfGod Jackson Publick]] himself quipping that they "do it in [his] fanfiction". Given allegorical versions of themselves have made out by request as of season four, it appears Mr. Publick is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
--->'''Fan:''' When are Pete and Billy going to get girlfriends?\\
'''Doc:''' I thought you were going to ask the more obvious question. "When are they going to get...''it on?''"\\
'''Jackson:''' Like they do in my fan stories.\\
'''Doc:''' Like I read on the internet.\\
Then there's Shoreleave's sarcastic "Oh yeah, friend. ''Friend.''" in "The Silent Partners." Honestly, that entire episode, especially right after [[spoiler:the offscreen kiss in]] "Assisted Suicide" was just ''begging'' for more people to ship those two.
* ShootingGallery: Subverted. Brock has to prove his marksmanship skills at a shooting gallery as part of a test to [[spoiler: get his OSI license renewed]], but refuses to use the gun he is given, opting instead to jump over the barricade and tear apart the bad guy card board cut-outs with his knife (and using one innoncent bystandard cut-out as a club, which he props back up after destroying all the other targets).
* {{Shotacon}}:
** Sgt. Hatred. This gets presented in a sympathetic light eventually. It is implied that the government's super soldiers serum might have made him a pedophile, and he spends a great deal of time trying to suppress his urges.
** Captain Sunshine's gimmick is walking this line. All Wonder Boy-related dialog in ''Handsom Ransom'' can be taken more than one way, but WordOfGod from Jackson Publick's blog says that he is not a pedophile. This comes to a head as Hank is handed a tube of KY as he goes to bed at Captain Sunshine's house. Hank asks what it is for, and the butler simply advises application to the "inner thighs and buttocks." This leads the viewer to think that Hank will receive a visitation in the night, but not so. The KY is to assist in ''costume switching,'' lampshaded as the Monarch accidentally ends up in the "costume slide" and pops out at the bottom wearing a Wonder Boy outfit (that is way too small for him). The Monarch spends the next few moments unstuffing the wedgie from the costume out of his rear end.
* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/TheVentureBrothers own page]]. The [[Recap/TheVentureBrothers Episode Recaps]] also list the shout outs from each episode.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The stolen Rembrandt painting that Phantom Limb tries to sell to a Mafioso is a real painting that is currently missing.
** In the season three episode "ORB", after Brock and Kano listen to Sandow's recording:
--->'''Kano:''' That's about it. The rest is Sandow listing chocolate recipes. That's why I kept it. I like to bake.\\
The real Eugene Sandow had several ill-fated attempts at opening cocoa factories in the 1910s.
* SiblingYinYang: Hank and Dean are this in later seasons.
* SideEffectsInclude: "In Every Which Way But Zeus", the side-effects of the power inhibitor are as follows:
-->'''Ward:''' Side effects may include: Nausea, headaches, insomnia, constipation, oily discharge, severe deja vu, stiffness in joints, blurred vision or temporary blindness, loss of life, diarrhea, thrombosis, and rectal bleeding.
* SilenceYouFool: The Council of Thirteen in the season three opener. Lampshaded when the first council member to shout it out has to explain himself to one of his confused comrades ("I was just trying to sound intimidating"), then subverted when another member attempts it and repeatedly screws up the timing ("Ok, you need to do that when SHE'S talking").
* SimpleCountryLawyer: Tiny Attourney
* SingleTargetSexuality: SPHINX Commander has an extreme case of this for Countess, to the point that he treats Hank as her because he's wearing her armour.
* TheSixties: Most of the characters are drawn from the books, comics, movies, and cartoons of that decade, but with [[{{Deconstruction}} modern twists]].
* SlapSlapKiss: Brock's relationship with Molotov Cocktease is.... ''volatile''.
* SleepLearning: Hank and Dean. Dean has expressed a dislike/fear of this at multiple points.
* SmallReferencePools: Averted, inverted, and thrown out the window on fire.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Dr. Henry Killinger 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. [[spoiler: 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, that eventually helped to bring out more of Rusty's JerkassWithAHeartOfGold tendencies.]]
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* SmugSnake: Phantom Limb. Oh so much.
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* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: The only reason Molotov's Black Hearts were prevented from murdering everyone present at the prom during Operation P.R.O.M was thanks to Rusty drugging them with his Spanish Fly. Which then subsequently turned them into mutant flies.]]
* SpecialEditionTitle:
** Season 2 opener swapped out Hank and Dean for Rusty and Jonas Jr. for its opening credits, on account that [[spoiler:Hank and Dean are dead]].
** Season 3 opener swapped out the Venture compound for The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend (in the places of Hank and Dean) and Henchmen 21 and 24.
* SpiderTank: [[spoiler:The new [=H.E.L.P.eR=]]] as well as the Walking Eye.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Baron Ünderbheit has these on his armour
* SpiritAdvisor: In season four, [[spoiler:24 appears to be this to 21, [[{{Hallucinations}} until the season finale.]]]] The Master is one to Dr. Orpheus, and Dr. Orpheus helps Brock get in touch with a spirit guide that takes the form of Col. Gathers in season two. Jonas Venture gives Rusty this piece of unheeded advice in an early episode:
-->'''Dr. Venture:''' You dont need diet pills, you just need to work a few things out.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Shares a creator, an actor, and several themes with TheTick.
* StairsAreFaster: The Monarch and Henchman 21 take the chute down to the Monarchmobile while Henchman 24 takes the more sensible stairs. He gets there first and closes the sunroof just as they would fall into the car.
* StalkerWithACrush: Myra, Rusty's old bodyguard. In her defense, it's not exactly her fault she thought there was something between them after she [[spoiler: is implied to have had his children. See ShrugOfGod.]]
* StealthPun: In the season four finale, "Operation: P.R.O.M." Sgt Hatred has most of his HATRED tatoos removed, with the exception of the D, as it's [[GroinAttack in kind of a tender area]], and replaces the H with a V for "Venture," meaning his tattos now read "VD," venereal disease.
* StockScream In particular the Wilhelm Scream, but since this series a huge {{Deconstruction}} of the [[IWantMyJetPack future of yesterday]] it's probably a homage to it more than anything else.
* StraightGay:
** The Alchemist and Colonel Gentleman.
-->'''The Alchemist:''' ''But being a magic super hero that keeps chasing the same guy? It's completely gay. That is coming from a guy that voluntarily has sex with men!''
** Played with for born-again Holy Diver (Shore Leave) and Sky Pilot (Mile High), who were allegedly Gay Straight, but they later revealed this to be a cover up. Mile High appears to be straight, while Shore Leave is actually still [[CampGay very, very gay]]. Hell, [[HelloSailor he's in the navy]].
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Happens to Dean in "A Very Venture Halloween". [[spoiler: Subverted when he is just given a medical check-up and then released unharmed.]]
* StrawFeminist: Ginny, Dr Quymn's bodyguard.
* SympathyForTheHero: Monarch has a moment of it for Dr. Venture when he finds that Venture is already too broken for for Monarch's attempts to unleash sanity breaking mental trauma to work.
-->What can I do to this guy that life hasn't already?
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:Season four revealed that Eugene Sandow actually broke the Orb, instead of killing Colonel Venture. This could be justified as Sandow couldn't bring himself to kill Venture, but the potential threat the Orb poses was too great.]]
* TakeOurWordForIt: Lt. Baldavitch's face. The alien (disguised as Jonas Venture Sr.) in "Twenty Years to Midnight" as well. Annoyed by Rusty's berating him for showing up as his dad, he reveals his true appearance to everyone's horror.
* TapOnTheHead: Lampshaded in "The Revenge Society"
-->'''Dragoon:''' What is this, an episode of GilligansIsland? Everybody gets hit once and they are instantly unconscious?\\
'''Red Mantle:''' Good one. Six bucks says he has [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] when he wakes up.
* TeamHandStack:
** Inverted with "Go Team Venture"...where the Venture brothers' catch phrase is uttered, only by them, at the end of a caper and almost always ironically.
** Double subverted when the original Team Venture does it.
** They ''all'' do it with two fingers raised in a "V," but only the two Venture-brothers do it by touching their V'ed fingers together in a victory celebration ''after'' the adventure; meanwhile only the original Team Venture simply raises their fingers when they're about to join together in a battle.
* TechnicalPacifist: The Guild of Calamitous Intent forces this on their members. Weapon tiers are strictly enforced.
* TedBaxter:
** Rusty Venture. He believes himself to be a towering pillar of awesome who just so happens to shun the spotlight (going so far as stating that he has a standing policy of shunning the media and not doing interviews), but the rest of the world views him as a has-been, wanna-be, and uses his name for a ridiculously long series of bizarre sex-acts. Also the Venture Brothers (Hank in particular) themselves seem to be oblivious to how pathetic they really are.
** Subverted with the Monarch, who, despite going around making up crap about butterflies being poisonous and crap, is treated as a legitimate villain by his peers even if they mock his butterfly motif.
** If Dermott was half as awesome as he says he is, he'd be right up there with [[BadAss Brock]]. Instead, he gets his ass handed to him by Dean. Triana sees through his bullshit even before that.
* TeleporterAccident: Dr. Venture gets if torso embedded in a wall and parts of him in the television and sewer.
* TemptingFate: Do ''not'' brag about your PlotArmor. Someone dies in the season three finale, and it sure as hell isn't a Venture brother. [[spoiler:DOZENS of Venture Brothers die in that episode, just not the currently active Hank and Dean.]]
* ThatManIsDead:
-->[[spoiler:Henchman #1]] is dead! I am Zero!
* ThereAreNoTherapists:
** After three seasons of seeing how messed up Dr. Venture is, he finally goes to a therapy session. The delay is even given an in-story justification, as it's revealed that Jonas Venture, the source of all of Rusty's trauma and mental issues, ''was'' his son's therapist and messed it up royally by sneaking out while his son talked and them went on a long-winding lecture condemning his son as an ungrateful whiner who should shut his mouth and never blame his father for his life, since the isolationism and forced trauma was considered by Jonas to be something "better" than the life of most normal kids. The episode has a second justification for this trope. [[spoiler:The therapist is killed by a snake that the Monarch had 21 plant so Rusty doesn't have an excuse to get out of arching. The Monarch is ''damn'' determined to get at Rusty.]]
** In a sense, this is avoided. Dr. Orpheus provides a unique brand of mental-spiritual healing from time to time. Also in seasons two and three, there is a minor character called Dr. Killinger who functions as a therapist, particularly in his episode with Rusty. Furthermore... Rusty's aversion to therapy and unwillingness to confront himself are direct contributors to the pill-popping habit he displays throughout the series. Rusty, and perhaps the similar super-scientists Dr. Impossible and Dr. Venture, have more faith in chemicals than they do in words and emotions.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Murderous Moppets, [[spoiler: Agents Doe and Cardholder]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Pete White and Billy Quizboy, #21 and #24, Watch and Ward
* ThrowAwayGuns: "We have more bullets, you know. You have to stop doing that."
* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: Literally in "ORB."
* TimeTravel: "Escape To The House Of Mummies Part II" with Grover Cleveland's Presidential Time Machine.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: In "Now Museum, Now You Don't", Hank sticks his tongue to [[HumanPopsicle the ice block containing Ug-Ugh.]]
* TookALevelInBadass:
** 21. The mid-season finale pretty much has raised his status to one of the most competent characters on the show now, as goofy as he still acts. He even manages to go toe to toe with Brock f-ing Samson. He loses, but upon waking from being knocked out, Brock commends him for his ability. Hank also fits this when he [[spoiler: tries to join SPHINX.]]
** The Monarch starts out as an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Starting with Season 3 he gets more competent, less goofy and more frightening. When he was being shuffled from arch-to-arch in season 3 he was downright lethal, and at one point even the AxeCrazy Pupa Twins were scared of him.
** The Monarch's redshirt Henchmen themselves have become markedly more effective since the start of the show, although they still suffer massive casualties regularly. In episode one, they were literally only good for being slaughtered by Brock, but by the finale of Season 2 they're able to go toe-to-toe against the Guild's own enforcers. A season later, they manage to fight armored OSI shock troops to a stalemate.
** Season Five shows that [[spoiler: Hank has taken one to the point where he can go toe-to-toe with jungle mutants and not only survive, but beat them. Of course he was hyped up on coffee at the time...]]
* TooMuchInformation: Col. Gentleman and Sgt. Hatred's sex lives. Billy Quizboy's "guilty pleasures" list is considered too much information by Billy himself when he realizes he misunderstood the question.
* TranquillizerDart:
** Subverted in the first episode; Brock takes about a dozen butterfly darts, and only goes down when hit with a truck. Of course, [[MadeOfIron it]] ''[[MadeOfIron is]]'' [[MadeOfIron Brock]].
** The pirate captain has an addiction to tranquillizer darts in the episode "The Lepidopterists."
** 24's attempt to kill Hank in the episode "Tears of the Sea Cow" are averted because he didn't know his rifle only shot tranquillizer darts.
* {{Transsexual}}:
** [[spoiler:Brock]]'s mentor [[spoiler:Hunter S. Gathers]], though at some point between the end of season three and the beginning of season four [[spoiler: he got it reversed.]]
** Some think Dr. Girlfriend, due to her deep, masculine voice. Brock continues to make jokes about Dr. Girlfriend to both the Monarch and Phantom Limb throughout seasons one and two, and her gender is questioned when she enters a public restroom. In the season three episode "Home Is Where the Hate Is", she's caught smoking for the first time by her husband, the Monarch, at a party. After he comes to realize the clues that she's been smoking (since 1989), well...
--->'''Sgt. Hatred:''' I guess I'll say it. Her three-pack-a-day voice?
* {{Transvestite}}: In the years before [[spoiler:his gender reassignment, Col. Gathers]] evidently used any excuse to use a feminine persona as a "disguise". Even funnier as he changes neither his voice nor his permanent five-o'clock shadow.
* {{Troperiffic}}: Gee, you ''think''? The creators even state that they read TV Tropes and mention several tropes by name on the Season 4 DVD commentary.
* TryNotToDie: Brock actually says this to Hank in the season two finale.
* {{Twinmaker}}: [[spoiler: The Venture twins]] enjoy immortality through cloning until the season three finale, when their clones are used as an army during an attack on the Venture compound.
* TWordEuphemism: From the first episode:
-->'''Hank:''' Ah, double dammit!\\
'''Dean'''': "Hank! You said the double-D word!"
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* {{Uberwald}}: Ünderland, the tyrannical kingdom of darkness ruled with an iron fist by Baron Ünderbheit. It borders on Michigan.
* UltimateEvil: [[spoiler: The Leviathan from "Assisted Suicide".]]
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: 21 and 24 like to debate these. Their debut consisted of an argument about who would win in a fight between [[spoiler: Anne Frank and Lizzie Borden]]. When this conversational well runs dry, they also engage in excessive FanWank. In all cases, 24 takes whichever position is most obviously wrong. [[invoked]]
* TheUnfavorite: As the series goes on, Dr. Venture shows more contempt - or at least snark and negligence - toward Hank, brought on by Hank's TooDumbToLive TedBaxter tendencies. This lead into an unexpected CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for Rusty when he held Hank back and told him "You only live once" after [[spoiler:Hank unleashed the naked clone army to be ground up in the season three finale, thus ending their effective immortality]].
* UnInstallment: "Escape to the House of Mummies", Parts I and III
* TheUnintelligible: H.E.L.P.eR
* UnknownRival: The Monarch, until the end of the first season.
* TheUnreveal:
** The reason why the Monarch hates Dr. Venture so much has yet to be revealed, leading to much speculation from both fans and characters. In one episode, the Monarch begins to reminisce about the first time he felt hatred for Venture, and the screen begins to get wavy as if we're going to a flashback... only it turns out things look wavy because [[spoiler:his wings are on fire thanks to the laser security system at the Venture Compound]], and he interrupts his own reminiscence to mention this.
** In a much earlier episode, Dr Venture says he's going to get the boys a new mommy. When Dean points out they don't know anything about their mom, Rusty scratches his chin and ponders, "That's right, I never really told you boys about her..." but is interrupted by car honking and leaves on a date before going any further.
** There were several fake outs before the show finally explained how Billy lost his hand. For a few seasons it looked like they were never going to get to it.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Inverted in that Dr. Venture never learns Ginny is a woman ''because'' he's not remotely attracted to her.
* UrbanLegends:
** Kidney theft is a major plot point in "Dia De Los Dangerous" as well as the chupacabra. There are apparently ''tons'' of them.
** Billy Quizboy was granted an automatic 4.0 GPA for a semester of college because his roommate committed suicide.
* UsedFuture: Whenever a utopian project is started in the past, expect to see its ruined present equivalent to be contrasted immediately. Most of Jonas Venture Sr.'s projects fall under this.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: There are so many obscure references, to just about ''any'' topic, in each and every episode that you kind of have to be one in order to fully appreciate the humor.
* VillainEpisode: "Shadowman 9: In The Cradle Of Destiny". While many other episodes have a majority of the episode dedicated toward the Monarch, this episode did not cut to the Venture family at all. Brock has a cameo only and didn't speak.
* VillainousBreakdown: Phantom Limb. Big time.
* VillainProtagonist: The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend, and their henchmen. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Rusty and Brock]] may count for some people, though Brock is far more a NominalHero.
* VisionQuest:
** Brock Samson goes on one in "¡Viva los Muertos!"
** Dr. Orpheus' visits to his daughter's closet might qualify as well.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: With SpikesOfDoom as an added bonus and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshading]].
-->'''Doctor Orpheus:''' How fast are the spikes?\\
'''Doctor Venture:''' Uh, slower than "haunted house" spiked walls but not quite as slow as "mad scientist" spiked walls.
* WagerSlave: Dean dares Hank to drink some awful substance, and in exchange Dean will be Hank's slave.
* WasntThatFun: Appears in the season 2 finale; after fighting off dangerous Guild helicopters, having the X-1 crash into The Cocoon, and the whole lot of them winding up crashed in the Grand Canyon, Brock plucks Hank out of the water. The first thing Hank says?
-->'''Hank:''' Again! Again!
* WeaksauceWeakness: Captain Sunshine's powers don't work at night.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Speedy. Poor little guy. He was ''this'' close to earning his wings.
* WeWillMeetAgain: St. Cloud delivers an extremely straight-faced version to Billy Quizboy at the end of "What Colour Is Your Cleansuit?".
* WeirdTradeUnion: The Guild of Calamitous Intent
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rusty toward Jonas Venture. This is implied with Hank - when [[TheAce Dr Killinger]] comes to take over the Venture compound, he hangs out with Hank, encouraging him with sports and other physical activity. Season four gives us [[spoiler: D-19, a deformed clone of Dean who Rusty flushed away when he didn't come out right (though unknown to him he survived). Poor guy end up having delusions of a imaginary Rusty talking to him and trying to make a body suit out of the skin of the deceased Dean clones.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never really find out exactly what Doctor Girlfriend said to Monarch at the end of season two.
** This happens a ''lot.'' A lot of subplots are resolved just by virtue of the episode ending: Doc getting stuck in a wall, Doc and Sgt. Hatred being busted by the police while Hank runs away, Phantom Limb's fate at the end of "The Revenge Society," and the entire B-plot of "Return to the House of Mummies Part 2" ([[DontExplainTheJoke of course, that was the point.]]) Usually helped out by RuleOfFunny, as many of these resolutions are either boring or [[NoodleIncident funnier in the audience's imagination]].
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway:
** Manic 8-Ball's only power seems to be the ability to respond with Magic 8-Ball answers in his chest instead of speech.
** The Impossibles (save Dr. I) fall into this category and BlessedWithSuck: Sally's skin is invisible (making her a walking anatomy model) and her power is to make it ''opaque'', Ned's entire body is severely callused (though not invulnerable, so he's in constant pain), and Cody is instantly combustible with oxygen (he ''also'' is physically sensitive to his own power, though he seems to immediately heal when extinguished).
** lampshaded by The Order of the Triad, which includes a sorcerer and an alchemist with great magical powers... and Jefferson Twilight, whose power is to track and hunt [[{{Blaxploitation}} Blackulas]] (and [[CripplingOverspecialization only Blackulas]]).
** There's the amateur supervillain Fat Chance, a morbidly obese guy who has the power to grab items from a link to another dimension in his belly button. What comes out is entirely random, which leads to other supervillains to start pulling stuff out of him in an attempt to find something remotely useful or deadly to kill Dr. Venture with. [[spoiler: The power also works the other way]]
** One had the power of Polygamy and another the power to grow by ''barely an inch'', Prof. Impossible had to squint to even notice the difference. It turns out he was ''standing on his toes''.
* WhatTheHellDad: Especially when Sgt. Hatred is their bodyguard.
* WhatTheHellHero: Dr. Thaddeus Venture is a supposed good guy, and yet a lot of the things he does disturbs and disgusts the people around him. He has:
** Created the Joy Can, a LotusEaterMachine PoweredByAForsakenChild. Dr. Orpheus is suitably disgusted with this information.
** Revived a dead {{Mook}} and started planning on Frankensteining more dead people in order to use them as cheap labor, only to change his mind via a phone call with the military and eschew the plan in favor of using the "Venturesteins" as what amounts to ''zombie suicide bombers''. Brock Samson was quite disturbed at this.
** [[spoiler:Eschewed protecting his children in favor of letting them die to be replaced with clones, much to Brock's disgust]].
** Allowed a young child to be killed on a tour of his compound and ''returned a genetically modfied clone to his parents in his place'' (although claiming that he was doing the boy a favor since his DNA made him "a ticking timebomb for cancer"). Again, much to Brock's disgust.
** Dr. Killinger once attempted to make Rusty an official villain, only for him to back out at the last moment, horrified to know that he's potentially just that evil. Even Brock himself has some EvenEvilHasStandards moments with Rusty and is hesitant and answering Doc's question of whether or not he's a [[VillainProtagonist bad guy]] (settling for a very dark morally gray area).
** Trying to solve his money problems by stealing orangutans from the Amazon and teaching them to box. Brock (notice a pattern?) called this "a new personal low"--and not just because of the fact that orangutans don't live in the Amazon.
** Using Sally's (Richard Impossible's then wife) love for him to get a crucial machine part for him. Once again Brock calls him out for this.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Brock's usual solution to a problem is to kill the one responsible. Downplayed in later seasons, however.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Invoked almost exactly when Phantom Limb tries to claim leadership of the Guild.
-->'''Red Mantle:''' "MAKE WAY FOR THE DASHING PHANTOM LIMB!" I didn't write this crap.
* WhyAmITicking: Hank in "Ice Station Impossible".
* WilliamTelling: One set of Hank and Dean clones died trying to do this to each other simultaneously.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Dean and Triana. [[spoiler: They won't. Probably.]] Brock and Molotov. [[spoiler: Being that Molotov fell off a cliff in a vehicle that exploded, probably won't.]]
* WimpFight: ''Any'' time that Hank or Dean gets into a fistfight except that one time Dermott is being rude to Triana, and Dean ''kicks his ass.'' Brock beams with pride when he does.
* WorfHadTheFlu: In the third episode of season four, Dermott shows up to hang out with Hank. When Hank brings up the time Dean beat the shit out of him, Dermott claims he was "cheap-shotted when I wasn't ready" and "had a massive stomach flu". Obviously, he's lying.
* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack: Shore Leave says this to Col. Gathers. Gathers' comeback is unconventional:
-->The Village People called, and they want you to ''GO FUCKING KILL YOURSELF YOU PRANCING BASTARD!''
* YellowPeril:
** Parodied in a flashback where Jonas Venture Sr. infiltrates Scaramantula's evil organisation in a PaperThinDisguise as "Dr. Fanadragon" from "Japananawa".
** Dr. Zhi, an extremely AffablyEvil parody of ''JonnyQuest'''s Dr. Zin.
* YouBastard: Tiger Shark to Brock and [[spoiler: Scott Hall]] to Henchman 21.
* YouClonedHitler: Averted and Lampshaded in the season four premiere.
-->'''Hank:''' Is it me, or does like every Nazi want to clone Hitler? It's like the only thing they think of!
* YouGotMurder: Lampshaded. One afternoon, Rusty is going through some old mail when he opens a large box containing a death threat from the Monarch, involving a cobra jumping out of the box to bite him... [[ForgotToFeedTheMonster except not really]].
* YouKnowImBlackRight: Averted and parodied in "What Goes Down, Must Come Up":
-->'''Jefferson Twilight:''' [To Dr. Orpheus, regarding why Orpheus doesn't want him and the Alchemist to see his master. Note that Jefferson is black.] Yeah, tell the truth. You're embarrassed of us, aren't you? It's 'cause The Alchemist's gay, isn't it?\\
'''Doctor Orpheus''': No, it's because you soiled yourself... ''and'' he's gay.
* YoureInsane: Inverted when Phantom Limb is introducing his fellow members of "The Revenge Society", who are all inanimate objects, in front of Guild Councilman Red Mantle (who has Councilman Dragoon's head sewn onto his shoulder) and Billy (who has been stuffed inside a potato sack):
-->'''Billy''': Why can't I hear them?\\
'''Red Mantle:''' Because you are ''sane!''
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: Invoked in the DVD commentary for season three, where Doc Hammer gives away one of the season's biggest developments in the commentary for ''every'' episode.
-->[[spoiler:24 dies this season]]. (...) I just want to do that every time, because nobody should be watching this unless they've seen the season.
* YouWouldntShootMe: Brock says this to Hank and Dean when they're BrainwashedAndCrazy. In this case, though, Brock says it as a threat; it's not that they're afraid to kill him, they're afraid of what he'll do to them if they try.
* {{Zeerust}}: The entire Venture Compound, as well as the other Venture bases and various other elements of the show.
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