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Characters: Captain Planet and the Planeteers
The characters list for Captain Planet and the Planeteers

The Planeteers

The Planeteers are five teenagers from five different continents assembled by Gaia, the Spirit of the Earth to defend the world from pollution, criminals, and natural disasters. When the situation is too much for them to handle they let their powers combine to summon the environmental superhero, Captain Planet. They have a monkey on their team too.

Voiced by: Whoopi Goldberg in 19901993, Margot Kidder in 19931995

Gaia, the spirit of Earth, is the protector of the planet. She brought the Planeteers to her home, Hope Island to help her in the battle to save Earth.

Voiced by: LeVar Burton

A 16-year-old conservationist from Africa, Kwame is the group's level-headed voice of reason and de facto leader. Kwame's ring was of the element earth, used to create small, localized earthquakes; move rocks in the earth; cause holes or furrows in the earth for planting; create tiny islands by raising rocks from the shallows of the ocean; and turn mud into solid ground.

Voiced by: Joey Dedio

A 17-year-old street-wise smart alec from North America, Wheeler probably knows the least about pertaining to the environment but his heart is always in the right place. While he has been known to flirt with other women, he developed feelings for Linka. Wheeler's ring was the element of fire, used to create tiny bolts of lightning or create and direct small fires.

Voiced by: Kath Soucie

A 16-year-old ornithology expert from Eastern Europe, Linka is the team's no-nonsense strategist and computer expert. Linka likes to think logically, and use common sense when on missions, but has developed feelings for the impulsive Wheeler. Linka's ring was the element of wind, used to command it to swirl or gust, or create small tornadoes.

Voiced by: Janice Kawaye

A college student of marine biology from Southeast Asia, Gi is skilled in high-tech equipment and, like Linka, is a computer expert. She is very passionate and protective of both ocean life and her friends and family. Gi's ring was the element of water, used to control any water source, creating small squirts to waves and water spouts depending on the size of the source.

Voiced by: Scott Menville

A member of the Kayapo Indian tribe in South America, Ma-Ti is the youngest Planeteer at 12. Ma-Ti's ring was the element of heart, which enables him to communicate telepathically with animals, the other Planeteers, and Gaia.

Voiced by: Frank Welker

Ma-Ti's troublesome pet monkey, who he had rescued before he became a Planeteer.

Captain Planet
Voiced by: David Coburn

Captain Planet is the result of the Planeteers powers being combined and magnified. He is summoned by the Planeteers as a last resort to save the day. He can use all the Planteers powers and blend them to make more. His weaknesses are various forms of pollution and hate (mental pollution).

Eco Villains

The Eco Villains are a small group of villains and their subordinates who wreak havoc on the Earth with pollution, wildlife endangerment or shady business dealings. Many of them do this out of short-sighted Greed, but for others it's never explained besides the fact that they can.

Hoggish Greedly
Voiced by: Edward Asner

A man resembling a pig who represents the environmental damage caused by the exploitation of natural resources and overconsumption.

Looten Plunder
Voiced by: James Coburn in 19901992, Ed Gilbert in 19931995

A wealthy poacher and greedy businessman who represents the evils of uncontrolled capitalism, unethical business actions, and globalization.

Sly Sludge
Voiced by: Martin Sheen in 19901992, Jim Cummings in 19931995

An unscrupulous waste disposer who represents the harm caused by ignorance and laziness, and the environmental problems caused by waste disposal.

  • Bald of Evil: Almost.
  • Butt Monkey: Let's face it- if anything could happen to Sly Sludge, it would. Every episode he's in, he's either comically injured or just plain humiliated.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: More than once, he's come up with relatively ingenious ways of handling waste disposal, just not recycling, and is good friends with Dr. Blight, who can create just about anything technological. He never thinks to use any of his resources beyond quick waste dumping scams.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Linka, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
  • Fat Bastard: But not as fat nor as mean as Hoggish Greedly.
  • Fat Idiot: Most of his plans backfire because he doesn't think about the long-term consequences or the processes involved.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Lazy Bum: Many of his waste dumping scams harm the environment because of how short-sighted and hasty they are. As noted above, if he weren't so lazy and short-sighted, he'd probably be able to get rich and help the public good, with the added benefit of not attracting the Captain's attention.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!

Duke Nukem
Voiced by: Dean Stockwell in 19901992, Maurice LaMarche in 19931995

A radioactive mutant who represents the perils of nuclear power and ozone depletion. Also one of the few enemies on the show to have superpowers like the protagonists.

Verminous Skumm
Voiced by: Jeff Goldblum in 1990, Maurice LaMarche in 19911995

A part man, part rat creature who represents the evils of poor sanitation, disease, urban decay, and uncontrolled crime.

  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangster: He's the leader of the chaotic youth gangs in Utopia and Talkin' Trash, using this trope in full effect to trick them into trashing their own communities.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gi, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
  • Expy: He's very similar to The Rat King.
  • For the Evulz: Eventually his only reason for doing anything is apparently to destroy the environment or (more often) ruin people's lives for laughs, and he only occasionally mentions ruling the wreckage he intends to leave behind. An entire episode focuses on his efforts to stir up prejudice against an HIV-positive kid just for the hell of it.
  • Gag Nose
  • In the Hood
  • Knight of Cerebus: The episodes with him as the main villain are normally Darker and Edgier. For example, someone actually died as a direct result of his actions, and it was even a relative of a main character. He's usually focused on hurting people rather than the environment. In his first episode, he creates a cloud of acid rain, not to destroy a forest or something but to destroy a city.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He gets a taste of his own medicine at the end of "Mind Pollution".
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast
  • Obviously Evil
  • Plague Master
  • Rodent of Unusual Size
  • You Dirty Rat: He's the leader of an entire race of these. His ultimate goal is to destroy humanity so they can take over the ruins.

Dr. Barbara "Babs" Blight
Voiced by: Meg Ryan in 1990, Mary Kay Bergman in 19911995

A Mad Scientist who represents the dangers of uncontrolled technology (specifically dealing with the military-industrial complex) and unethical scientific experimentation.

Voiced by: Sting in 19901992, David Warner in 1993, Malcolm McDowell in 19941995

A former spirit of the Earth, who left Gaia in search of other lands and ended up laying other populous planets to ruin. Represents war and hatred.

Captain Pollution
Voiced by: David Coburn

An evil counterpart to Captain Planet that is a result of the combination and magnification of the powers of rings of destructions created by Dr. Blight. He has the powers of super radiation, deforestation, smog, toxics, and hate and consuming and bathing in more pollution makes him bigger and stronger. He is defeated twice by Captain Planet, the latter may have been for good.

The Slaughters

A family of poachers led by Mame Slaughter and her son and second-in-command, Stalker Slaughter, represents the dangers of poaching and hunting endangered animals.


The various henchmen for the Eco Villains that include Rigger, Greedly's Yes-Man (well "yep" man); Argos Bleek, a mercenary soldier, and leader of Plunder's private army; Oakey and Dokey, Plunder's two unintelligent lumberjack employees; Ooze, Sludge's whiner sidekick; Tank Flusher III, Sludge's strongman garbage collector; Leadsuit, Nukem's cowardly errand boy; the Rat Pack, Skumm's part man, part rat thugs who eventually dwindle in size into just one rather competent nameless henchman; and MAL, Dr. Blight's evil high-intellectual supercomputer.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Bleek, when he went solo in the episode The Predator to hunt Basking Sharks, and was a very competent and effective villain.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Argos Bleek, Author, Lecturer, Ruthless Terrorist.
  • Dark Mistress: Sometimes, it's kind of hard to read Dr. Blight and MAL's interaction as anything other than a weird romantic relationship.
  • The Dragon: Argos Bleek is the most physically intimidating henchman character in the show, and the only one that got his own episode as the villain.
  • Dumb Muscle: Rigger, Tank Flusher III and the Pinehead Brothers are the most prone to slapstick bumbling and angering their bosses through being idiots.
  • Fat Bastard / Fat Idiot: Ooze is even slimier than Sly—and just as dumb.
  • Harmless Villain: Leadsuit and Ooze are never a threat to the Planeteers, if they even encounter them at all, and seem to exist just so their bosses can have somebody to talk to.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Rigger, Ooze and Tank Flusher III.
  • The Igor: MAL and Leadsuit, who both work for scientist=type villains. Leadsuit himself became a reference to the original Igor in "The Energy Vampire", after an injury gave him a hunched back.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: The Rat Pack.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Rigger, Ooze and Leadsuit. Though Rigger is shown to be as technologically proficient as his boss, Ooze and Leadsuit exist only so that Sly Sludge and Duke Nukem don't end up talking to themselves.
  • Yes Men: Rigger, Ooze and Leadsuit.

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