Characters: Captain Planet and the Planeteers

The characters list for Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

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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.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Justified. As the spirit of Earth, she combines traits of four most common ethnicities: dark skin (not as dark as Kwame's, though), long, wavy dark hair most common among Latin Americans, high cheekbones common in Asians, and blue eyes most prevalent in Caucasians.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's generally calm and collected, but in the episode "No Place Like Home", seeing a wolf family suffer because of human thoughtlessness makes her furious enough to leave Hope Island in a red flame (with an ominous tune to match her mood). Too bad Dr. Blight later exploits the situation to change Gaia into a mortal.
  • Big Good: Though she does rely on others to do her work. Then again, how much CAN she do if she's unable to physically leave Hope Island for more than a day?
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and eyes.
  • Fisher Queen: Her health is directly linked to the health of both Hope Island specifically and the Earth in general. If the Earth gets "sick", she suffers and gets weakened, too. It's also implied her mood can cause certain natural occurrences to happen. For example, in "A Twist of Fate", when she's having a serious discussion with the Planeteers, and Wheeler fails to fully grasp what she's trying to tell them, there's a small earthquake.
    Wheeler: You don't have to get mad!
    Gaia: When I do get mad, you'll know it, but that wasn't me.
  • Green Aesop: As the spirit of the Earth and the mentor for the "good guys", Gaia is certainly this.
  • Goddess Of Good: While referred to as the spirit of the Earth, rather than goddess in the show, she is the mentor of the Planeteers and the protector of the planet and its biodiversity.
  • Hot Goddess: She is the Spirit of the Earth (or Goddess in Greek mythology) and certainly beautiful.
  • Mama Bear: While she rarely directly intervenes unless she has to, she has been known to jump to the Planeteers' defense if they've really gotten in over their heads and are in danger, even if that means a full-on power battle against Zarm.
  • Master of Illusion: A rare good example. She appears as a semi-transparent apparition to the Planeteers when they need her advice/guidance when out on missions, as she's unable to appear physically anywhere outside of Hope Island. She uses her powers against the bad guys to protect either the Planeteers or Earth (or both) on a few occasions when they really are overpowered and unable to defend themselves, call Captain Planet, or stop disaster from happening. She can also cause illusions to appear, showing the likely effect of a impending eco-disaster and its long-term consequences if left unchecked.
  • Mother Nature: Literally.
  • Noodle Incident: So... what exactly happened that resulted in Zarm hating her?
  • Our Spirits Are Different
  • Parental Substitute
  • Physical Goddess: Her powers are part of her and as the literal spirit of the Earth she has all the powers of nature at her disposal.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She wears a purple dress, and as Spirit of the Earth has all the powers of nature and some others (such as telepathy) at her disposal.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: How the powerful titaness of the earth from the Greek Mythology became an entity that relies on others to do her work. Maybe she's just lazy? In the myths, Gaia was lazy and she created monsters to do the work. Also in the myths, she couldn't care less if the humans pollute or destroy the planet.
    • Possibly she's trying to avoid Holding Out for a Hero syndrome, and the whole "the power is yours" message wouldn't work if she swooped in to magically fix the consequences of humanity's destructive behavior all the time. Rather than that, she opts for the method the real-life parents use to teach responsibility to their kids. She IS the Mother Nature, after all.
    Gaia (seeing Greedly's drilling platform): It's those poor, silly humans again. They're gonna destroy my planet if they keep going on like this. What's a mother to do?
    • Plus, even Gaia can't be everywhere. In fact, she must return to Hope Island before dawn if she doesn't want to put the planet in jeopardy.
  • Sexy Mentor
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Wise, respectable and generally above lying, one time she twisted Dr. Blight's "Freaky Friday" Flip to make MAL do her bidding even after she switched back. On a daily basis, she'd have to be steel willed to put up with the pollution of the villains.
  • Synchronization : Gaia's health is linked to Hope Island and the health of the Earth in general; severe damage done to either can cause her equally severe physical pain and/or weaken and make her ill. Likewise, Earth itself has been hinted to be in danger whenever Gaia has been seriously harmed and her life threatened and on the occasions, she has been changed into a mortal.
  • Team Mom: The archetypal and literal "Mother Earth", she does take on the role of surrogate parent to the Planeteers at times, especially towards Ma-Ti. Parental Favoritism, anyone?
    • Guess this is why, when Gaia's life is in danger (courtesy of Zarm or other Eco-villains), the Planeteers won't give up until they've saved her.
  • Time Abyss: If Zarm's words from "Summit to Save Earth, Part 2" can be relied on, Gaia is about the Earth's age... or older.
    Linka: What have you done to Gaia?!
    Zarm: Gaia is simply starting to show her true age. (mockingly:) What is it, Gaia? Five, six billion years old?
    • He might have told the truth, though. In the very first episode, she calls her century-long sleep "a little nap".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though in some shots of the oldest episodes, it's so dark it looks black.


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 and he definitely has the most street smarts. 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, whom he had rescued before he became a Planeteer.

    Captain Planet 

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 Planeteers 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 

Hoggish Greedly
Voiced by: Edward Asner

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

    Looten Plunder 

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 

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.

  • Anti-Villain: He's certainly not malicious. Just very, very careless about where he dumps garbage. Which he ultimately abandons.
  • 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: In his final appearance, he FINALLY wises up and realizes he can make a fortune by running an honest recycling facility rather than being a villain.
  • 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 

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.

  • Artistic License Nuclear Physics: ...It was a different time. Paranoia at this new-fangled nuclear power business was the prime motive in his creation. Also, the fact that everyone he ever interacts with on the show DOESN'T have super-cancer is part of the license.
  • Dumb Muscle: In the later episodes, he becomes less articulate and guileful, and his plans for gaining radiation became even more simplistic and bare. If you're feeling charitable, you can chalk it up to his progressing mutation robbing him of his higher brain functions.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Wheeler, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
  • For the Evulz: ...Kinda? Some episodes, he needs nuclear materials to eat, some episodes he could just eat human food but chooses to devour nuclear radiation to grow more powerful, and sometimes he wants to take over the world and turn everyone into a mutant like him.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: He requires it to feed... maybe. Maybe he just wants more to fuel his desire to remake humanity in his likeness and transform the world into a wasteland of nuclear power. Depends on the episode, really.
  • Mad Scientist: Supposedly, Duke Nukem became the way he is due to a nuclear experiment, and was once referred to Kwame as "Dr. Duke Nukem."
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast
  • Obviously Evil
  • Plague Master
  • Playing with Fire: Poison fire, baby.
  • Radiation Immune Mutants
  • Super Strength
  • Villain Song: "My name is Duke Nukem/I'm a nuclear shark/I'm hotter than Elvis/and I glow in the dark!"
  • Walking Wasteland
  • X-Ray Vision: Hey, it's radiation too!

    Verminous Skumm 

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, a couple of kids have actually died as a direct result of his actions, and one of them 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.

    Babs Blight 

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.

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of war and hatred.
  • Big Bad: Immortal? Check. Equal in power to Gaia? Check. Claims to have been behind almost every dictator in history? Check. Managed to force all the other villains to cooperate under his command? Check. Corrupted four of the Planeteers enough that they stopped listening to Ma-Ti? Check. Did it upon their first encounter? Check.
  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Compelling Voice
  • The Corrupter: He managed to corrupt four of the Planeteers with Iron Fists. If it weren't for Ma-Ti resisting the temptation and alerting Gaia, the others would have started a nuclear war.
  • Divide and Conquer
  • Evil Brit: Evident especially in the episodes where Sting voices him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gaia.
  • Eviler Than Thou: In "Summit to Save Earth, Part 1", he unites the other Eco-villains under his command... and manages to get away with flat-out insulting them.
    Zarm: You, miserable worms, develop a plan? HA! You'll never figure out a way to stop Captain Planet. And he will show up; and wipe you off the face of the Earth! That's why you bumbling incompetents will be working for me.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He pretended to be nice to fool the Planeteers in "The Conqueror", to turn a naive boy's wishes against his village in "The Dreammaker" and to escalate the conflict between parents of two kids in "In Zarm's Way".
  • For the Evulz: Despite the stereotype, the other villains generally had some kind of motive for whatever harm they were doing to the planet. Zarm, on the other hand, was out to foment conflict and destruction (up to and including nuclear wars) just because he hated humans, Earth and Gaia.
  • God of Evil
  • Jackass Genie: Did this in one episode, twisting a naive and oblivious kid's wishes and letting the people of his village do it too until the entire village almost became a wasteland and a warzone.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Summit to Save Earth, Part 2", making Gaia a very old mortal, turning Earth into a Crapsack World, and letting the Planeteers out 10 years into the future to "enjoy" their dying planet is not enough for him. Thus, just when the Planeteers are about to leave, and can't stop him, he accelerates Gaia's aging significantly. Then, there are a few times in the episode when he's shown mocking her mercilessly. And finally, he makes her Planeteers play a sick game before her very eyes.
  • Large Ham: Quite surprisingly, yes; especially in "Summit to Save Earth, Part 1".
    Zarm: At last! The Earth is finally polluted enough for me! (Plunder walks in and hits him with the door): No-one sneaks up on me!
  • Let's You and Him Fight: One of the ways he operates is to get people to fight each other until they are all dead, like the aliens from the Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street".
  • Light Is Not Good: In his first appearance, and occasionally thereafter in disguise, he posed as a benevolent spirit of the same kind as Gaia.
  • Master of Illusion
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He almost won in "The Conqueror"... and then he just had to try to kill Gaia before the eyes of the Planeteers, four of whom were convinced he was a good guy. Cue his "conquerors" abandoning him.
  • Noodle Incident: Gaia says in "The Conqueror" that Zarm once was the Spirit of Earth, like herself, but "left in search of other worlds". So... what exactly did happen that resulted in him leaving the Earth and seeking revenge on Gaia?
  • Our Spirits Are Different
  • Physical God
  • Power Of Hate
  • Satanic Archetype: He's not only plain evil, with no redeeming qualities, but also dangerously intelligent and cunning.
  • Significant Anagram: Might be a stretch, but "Mars" was the Roman god of war.
  • Social Darwinist
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Played straight in Seasons 1 and 2, later changed to black.

     Captain Pollution 
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 destruction 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 
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 Bleak, 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: Bleak, 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 Bleak, 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 Bleak 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.