The characters list for ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''.


[[WMG: The Planeteers]]

The Planeteers are [[MultinationalTeam 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 [[AllYourPowersCombined let their powers combine]] to summon the environmental superhero, Captain Planet. They have a monkey on their team too.


->Voiced by: Creator/WhoopiGoldberg in 19901993, Creator/MargotKidder 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.

* AmbiguouslyBrown: 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: 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.
** Also, see the MamaBear example below.
* BigGood: Though she does rely on others to do her work. [[FridgeLogic Then again, how much CAN she do if she's unable to physically leave Hope Island for more than a day?]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Blue hair and eyes.
* FisherQueen: 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.
* GreenAesop: As the spirit of the Earth and the mentor for the "good guys", Gaia is certainly this.
* GoddessOfGood: 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.
* HotGoddess: She is the Spirit of the Earth (or Goddess in Greek mythology) and certainly beautiful.
* MamaBear: 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 [[Awesome/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers a full-on power battle]] [[BigBad against Zarm]].
* MasterOfIllusion: 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.
* MotherNature: Literally.
* NoodleIncident: So... what exactly happened that resulted in Zarm hating her?
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent
* ParentalSubstitute
* PhysicalGoddess: Her powers are part of her and as the literal spirit of the Earth she has all the powers of nature at her disposal.
* PurpleIsPowerful: 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.
* SadlyMythtaken: How the powerful titaness of the earth from the Myth/GreekMythology 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 HoldingOutForAHero 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. [[FridgeBrilliance 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.
* SexyMentor
* SilkHidingSteel: Wise, respectable and generally above lying, one time she twisted Dr. Blight's FreakyFridayFlip 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.
* TeamMom: The archetypal and literal "Mother Earth", she does take on the role of surrogate parent to the Planeteers at times, especially towards Ma-Ti. ParentalFavoritism, 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.
* TimeAbyss: 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".
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Though in some shots of the oldest episodes, it's so dark it looks black.

->Voiced by: Creator/LeVarBurton

A 16-year-old conservationist from Africa, Kwame is the group's level-headed voice of reason and [[StandardizedLeader 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.

* BlackAndNerdy: Par for the course when you're played by Creator/LeVarBurton.
* BrainyBrunette
* DishingOutDirt: His power element is Earth.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic and The Guardian.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Especially elephants.
* GreenAesop
* {{Invocation}}: "(Then) Let our powers combine!"
* JumpedAtTheCall: Along with Gi and Ma-Ti, he was certainly the most eager of the five to take on the role of Planeteer.
* TheLeader: None of the Planeteers officially leads the others, but Kwame being the most rational, calm, and level-headed of the group usually falls into this role.
* MandatoryLine: In later seasons. There are some episodes where he would only say the {{Invocation}} and then "Earth!"
* NatureLover: He especially loves to plant trees, and goes into the forest for solace when he is upset, or simply when he needs to think.
* NiceGuy: Patient, kind, calm, and cares about others and the environment.
* OnlySaneMan: Generally the calmest and most level headed on the team, much like Gi, only without the BewareTheNiceOnes factor.
* SelectiveMagnetism
* StandardizedLeader: Only, in a startling subversion, black and African in a role that almost always seems to go to a white guy.
* TeamDad: The most mature mentally and emotionally he often acts as the voice of reason, and looks out for the others.

->Voiced by: Creator/JoeyDedio

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.

* AbusiveParents: Wheeler's alcoholic father is the whole reason he left home.
* AudienceSurrogate
* BelligerentSexualTension: He's the JerkWithAHeartOfGold, Linka's the {{Tsundere}}.
* BrooklynRage
* ButtMonkey
* ChickMagnet
* ChivalrousPervert: He may flirt with Linka and ogle her all the time, but he truly respects her and cares about her. In one episode, Linka and him are shrunk down, and Linka has to change her clothes. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Wheeler considers peeking in on her, but changes his mind at the last moment.]]
* CommanderContrarian
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Technically, at the beginning of the episodes "Wheeler's Ark" and "Bug Off", he said things that Gaia later repeated using different words. The former was about letting wild animals live in the wild, the latter - advising Linka to stay on Hope Island when she had a cold, instead of spreading the bug around. Yet, the others never gave him any credit for it, even though they should have.
** Inverted in "Hollywaste", where he turned out to be RightForTheWrongReasons, with the others (most notably Linka) being totally wrong.
* ConflictBall
* CrazyJealousGuy: Easily gets jealous and suspicious of any other male character who shows an interest in Linka (or she shows an interest in).
* DeadpanSnarker: "What's next? Endangered rocks?"
* DistressedDude
* TheDragAlong
* {{Eagleland}}er: Has elements of both Type 1 and Type 2.
* ElementalPowers
** PlayingWithFire
** ShockAndAwe: Of mixed flavor.
* FieryRedhead: Wheeler has red hair and the temper to match.
* ForgotTheCall: The episode "A Twist of Fate".
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric and The Artisan.
* GreenAesop: ... yes, really.
* HotBlooded: He has the most easily triggered temper out of all the Planeteers.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In "Heat Wave", upon returning to Hope Island, the Planeteers find Gaia very sick and weak. The one to cradle her caringly is none other than Wheeler.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Although less so than the other Planeteers.
* KnightInSourArmor He (usually) does what is right and rushes with the others to stop the eco-villains and rescue endangered wildlife/threatened habitat/his friends, is brave, and certainly has heroic moments despite generally being the ButtMonkey. Still, that doesn't mean he doesn't complain or grumble about it at times, and even though he usually outwardly cheerful and flippant, he's also one of the more cynical Planeteers and is revealed to have come from an abusive background.
* TheLancer: Lancer and counterbalance to the more down-to-earth and thoughtful Kwame.
* LeeroyJenkins: Typical of fire elementalists.
* ManlyTears: At the end of "Summit to Save Earth, Part 1", he visibly sobs over Gaia having been turned mortal and very old.
* PungeonMaster "Looks like that project was DOMED to failure".[[note]][[LamePunReaction Wheeler!]][[/note]]
* RedHeadedHero: He has red hair and is one of the good guys.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Ma-Ti's Sensitive Guy.
* SlapSlapKiss: His relationship with Linka is this most of the time.
* ThisLoserIsYou: "Loser" is actually the wrong word, but as the only white, American character on the team and a frequent victim of the need for a holder of the StrawmanBall, it's hard not to see him as a stand-in for the sorts of first-world behaviors the show was built to try to change.

->Voiced by: Creator/KathSoucie

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.

* BelligerentSexualTension: She's the {{Tsundere}}, Wheeler's the JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* TheBigGirl: A rare class 5 example.
* BlowYouAway
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Sometimes.
* CaptiveDate: [[spoiler: Becomes this to Hoggish Greedly Junior in one episode.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl
* ChummyCommies
* DamselInDistress
* DefrostingIceQueen
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Mostly sanguine who is also the Rational. Can be the melancholic from time to time, especially to contrast Gi's RousseauWasRight philosophy.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Especially birds, naturally.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Created during the brief rapprochement between Russia and the United States, Linka is one of the precious few unambiguously heroic Russian characters in American media. The evidence suggests she's not actually Russian, or at least her family isn't; she was a Soviet citizen, though. Before the Soviet Union fell, the opening would say "Linka from the Soviet Union", and then after it fell the writers changed it to say "Eastern Europe". The episodes before then weren't changed, and the first episode has her saying to Wheeler, when he mentions that he loves her accent and asks her if she's Russian, she replies "SO-VI-YET!" as close to his face as possible to make it clear. "Please... go avay".
** Although WordOfGod, Barbara Pyle mentioned that she was indeed, Russian.
* GreenAesop
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: To Wheeler. Though it's clear she likes him.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* {{Malaproper}}: Linka's grasp on English isn't that good.
* MistakenNationality
--> '''Wheeler''': Love your accent, babe. You Russian?\\
'''Linka''': Soviet!
** Can be a case of ShownTheirWork. In the Soviet time, many USSR citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, identified as "Soviets".
* PluckyGirl
* SensualSlavs
* SheCleansUpNicely
* SlapSlapKiss: With Wheeler.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly girl to Gi's Tomboy, even though she is still an ActionGirl.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B. Linka is a pretty cool gal, but her [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend "not boyfriend"]] sets her off.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: To Wheeler.


->Voiced by: Creator/JaniceKawaye

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.

* AchillesHeel: She can't make water with her ring, so if there is no water nearby, her power is useless.
* AsianAndNerdy: Though her perfect, unaccented English lessens the impact.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Gi occasionally uses bits of Japanese, has no discernible accent, and has a name that is actually Vietnamese (and a boy's at that).
** WordOfGod says she is based off of a Malaysian environmental lawyer.
* BerserkButton: Crosses over with DoesNotLikeGuns. Threatening her friends is a surefire way to make her UnstoppableRage come out.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She almost drowned a gangster for shooting her friend.
* BoyishShortHair: Though her hair does go to her shoulders in Season 6.
* BrainyBrunette
* TheChick
* CoolBigSis
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: the phlegmatic Idealist.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Especially dolphins.
* GreenAesop
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The reason why she didn't drown the gangster.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* MakingASplash
* PluckyGirl
* RousseauWasRight: Her philosophy of life.
* SheCleansUpNicely
* TheSmartGirl
* TeamMom: When Gaia's not around.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Linka's girly girl.
* TomboyishName: Gi is actually a boy's name in Vietnamese.
* UnstoppableRage: When she snaps, she goes directly into this.
* WrenchWench: Can be seen fixing the Eco Vehicles now and again.

->Voiced by: Creator/ScottMenville

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.

* AchillesInHisTent: Once he refuses to go into a mission because he's too pissed off at his friends and insecure about his own self-worth.
* AllLovingHero
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When he got to meet up with the guy who was apparently to blame for the deaths of his parents.
* DistressedDude
* TheEmpath
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Suchi.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: shown to be in the middle of the Four Temperaments, but is an Idealist, like Gi.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Even before getting his ring.
* GottaGetYourHeadTogether
* GreenAesop
* TheHeart
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: TropeNamer and [[TropeCodifier Codifier]].
* HeroicSelfDeprecation
* JumpedAtTheCall
* JustAKid: They're all kids, but he's just 12 and feels like he hinders the team sometimes because of it.
* KidAppealCharacter: Ma-Ti technically justified this.
* KidHero: Again, he's much younger than the other Planeteers.
* LivingLieDetector:
* TheLoad: Self-admitted at some point.
* {{Malaproper}}: Not nearly as bad as Linka.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling
* NiceGuy
* NobleSavage: Taken UpToEleven whenever they visit the Amazon.
* RaisedByGrandparents: While parents are pretty rare in the series, he's specifically mentioned to be an orphan raised by his grandfather.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Wheeler's Manly Man.
* SpiderSense: His ring/power often acts as a sixth sense, warning him of danger.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: At least his power allows him to communicate with them telepathically.
* TagalongKid: He's younger than the others.
* TookALevelInBadass: "Captain Planet And The Planeteers issue #3", made famous by WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, though there are other examples.
* TenderTears
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Gaia. He's the only Planeteer to never have betrayed her (even unwittingly).
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: TropeNamer and [[TropeCodifier Codifier]].
->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker

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

* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* TeamPet
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Ma-Ti.
[[folder:Captain Planet]]

'''Captain Planet'''
->Voiced by: Creator/DavidCoburn

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).

* TheAce: "He's our powers ''magnified''".
* AllYourColorsCombined
* AllYourPowersCombined: TropeNamer[[note]]Sort of. The actual phrase was "By your powers combined"[[/note]].
* AllergicToEvil: Adolf Hitler's hate was so strong being near it weakened him.
* BoisterousBruiser
* {{Catchphrase}}: "The Power is Yours."
* ChromeChampion
* ElementalPowers
** AnIcePerson
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** ShockAndAwe
* EternalHero
* FlyingBrick
* TheGoodCaptain
* GoodHairEvilHair: His green mullet, which surprisingly, [[NarmCharm he pulls off]].
* GreenAesop
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower
* HurricaneOfPuns: Something had to be wrong when he wasn't dishing out lame puns...
* IncomingHam
* InvincibleHero: He can be hurt by pollution, but in most episodes, he literally just appears and fixes everything in two minutes, tops.
* LargeHam
* NiceGuy
* NighInvulnerability: One of his most displayed powers. In fact, even [[KryptoniteFactor pollution]] isn't a surefire way to kill him because he can be washed off and charged up with solar energy.
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent
* PapaWolf: If you're a villain, messing with his Planeteers (especially when he ''sees'' you doing it) is a ''huge'' mistake.
* ParentalSubstitute
* PungeonMaster
* SaveTheVillain: Many times, occasionally {{Lampshaded}} and according to Dr. Blight: [[AllThereInTheManual "It's in (his) hero's manual!"]]
* SelectiveMagnetism
* SuperStrength: He can give [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Patrick Star]], [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents The Crimson Chin]], and [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Ed]] some hefty competition.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: "By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!"
* UpUpAndAway
* WeaksauceWeakness: Pollution, including (famously) the hate behind Hitler's DeathGlare.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: His mullet of hair.

[[WMG: 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 [[ForTheEvulz that they can]].

[[folder:Hoggish Greedly]]


'''Hoggish Greedly'''
->Voiced by: Creator/EdwardAsner

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

* {{Acrofatic}}: His obesity doesn't get in the way of his running speed or endurance, even being able to outrun Ma-Ti in a race.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* CorruptHick
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:He really does care about his son Junior. When his own actions put Junior in harms way, he works with the Planeteers to fix what he did for his son's sake.]]
* FatBastard
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
* MoralityPet: He has a son [[GenerationXerox who is like him]] but not quite evil, and when said son was in danger due to the air pollution Greedly caused, Greedly chose to co-work with the Planeteers rather than let him die.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* PigMan: Not literally.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* StrawmanPolitical: His episodes often revolved around the negative parts of fossil fuel use.
* VillainousGlutton: He eats and litters constantly.

[[folder:Looten Plunder]]

'''Looten Plunder'''
->Voiced by: Creator/JamesCoburn in 19901992, Creator/EdGilbert in 19931995

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

* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins: He got away with cutting down a forest where endangered species live, making him the only villain to defeat the Planeteers.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilCounterpart: To Kwame, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
* EvilPoacher
* EvilRedhead
* InformedAbility: In the episode where the Eco Villains create evil duplicate of the Planeteers' rings, Looten Plunder get fire's counterpart, deforestation. He's never seen using it despite being close to an island full of trees. The only time he used the ring is for summoning [[EvilCounterpart Captain Pollution]].
* LargeHam
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* NGOSuperpower: Not only is he an international arms dealer with access to the latest, fanciest weaponry, in certain episodes he has also boasted [[PrivateMilitaryContractors his own armed forces]] ... including [[TheBattlestar his own supercarrier]].
* NothingCanStopUsNow: In his very first appearance, poaching ivory in [[DarkestAfrica Africa]], he boasts that no one can stop him. Of course, the Planeteers soon show up and summon a certain someone to prove him wrong.
* PetTheDog: Arguably, he's not ''that'' bad in "Bitter Waters" until he realizes what irrigating the desert meant in terms of ecological damage. He ''does'' give a poor reservation money and jobs by irrigating the desert, but does so the wrong way. Later on, when they develop a cleaner source of energy and income, admits they can make just as much using what they have as they can what he gave them.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: However, that doesn't help if you commit a crime on an Indian Reservation.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Implied in "Bitter Waters". Doesn't help if you commit a crime on an Indian reservation.
* SmugSnake: But once or twice he was close to become a MagnificentBastard.
* StrawmanPolitical: An extreme case.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In "Bitter Waters". He approaches a poor Indian reservation and offers them jobs and money by irrigating the area. A noble goal, but he does so the wrong way.
[[folder:Sly Sludge]]

'''Sly Sludge'''
->Voiced by: Creator/MartinSheen in 19901992, Creator/JimCummings in 19931995

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

* AntiVillain: He's certainly not malicious. Just very, very careless about where he dumps garbage. [[spoiler: Which he ultimately abandons]].
* BaldOfEvil: Almost.
* ButtMonkey: 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.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* CutLexLuthorACheck: 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.
* EvilCounterpart: To Linka, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
* FatBastard: But not as fat nor as mean as Hoggish Greedly.
* FatIdiot: Most of his plans backfire because he doesn't think about the long-term consequences or the processes involved.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: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.]]
* LazyBum: 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.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
[[folder:Duke Nukem]]

'''Duke Nukem'''
->Voiced by: Creator/DeanStockwell in 19901992, Creator/MauriceLaMarche 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.

* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: ...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.
* DumbMuscle: 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.
* EvilCounterpart: To Wheeler, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
* ForTheEvulz: ...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.
* ILoveNuclearPower: 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.
* MadScientist: Supposedly, Duke Nukem became the way he is due to a nuclear experiment, and was once referred to Kwame as "Dr. Duke Nukem."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* ObviouslyEvil
* PlagueMaster
* PlayingWithFire: '''Poison''' fire, baby.
* RadiationImmuneMutants
* SuperStrength
* VillainSong: ''"My name is Duke Nukem/I'm a nuclear shark/I'm hotter than Elvis/and I glow in the dark!"''
* WalkingWasteland
* XRayVision: Hey, it's radiation too!
[[folder:Verminous Skumm]]

'''Verminous Skumm'''
->Voiced by: Creator/JeffGoldblum in 1990, Creator/MauriceLaMarche in 19911995

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

* CardCarryingVillain
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: 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.
* EvilCounterpart: To Gi, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
* {{Expy}}: He's ''very'' similar to [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles The Rat King.]]
* ForTheEvulz: 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.
* GagNose
* InTheHood
* KnightOfCerebus: The episodes with him as the main villain are normally DarkerAndEdgier. 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.''
* LaserGuidedKarma: He gets a taste of his own medicine at the end of "Mind Pollution".
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* ObviouslyEvil
* PlagueMaster
* RodentOfUnusualSize
* YouDirtyRat: He's the leader of an entire race of these. His ultimate goal is to destroy humanity so they can take over the ruins.
[[folder:Babs Blight]]

'''Dr. Barbara "Babs" Blight'''
->Voiced by: Creator/MegRyan in 1990, Creator/MaryKayBergman in 19911995

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

* AffectionateNickname: "MAL-Baby" for her computer assistant MAL.
* BlondesAreEvil
* CainAndAbel: Has a twin sister named Bambi, who's [[SpoiledSweet her complete opposite]], which also carries onto her [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter daughter]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Though not always.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Many of her experiments seemed to have money in mind, and her business ventures revolved around profitable animal-related tests (Draize testing for cosmetics companies, running a puppy mill).
* CruellaToAnimals: The episode "101 Mutations" proves this in spades.
* TheDarkChick
* EvilCounterpart: To Ma-Ti, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
* EvilGenius
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Her hair covers up the burn on her face that also destroyed her eye.]]
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Her machines are guaranteed to fight with laser weaponry.
* TheFashionista
* ForScience
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Considering she takes on Captain Planet and the Planeteers after losing her eye.]]
* HotGirlsAreBitches
* HotScientist: Until you see what's underneath her PeekABangs.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In "Frog Day Afternoon".
* MadScientist: She takes this UpToEleven - at least according to Gi in ''Two Futures, Part I''.
-->'''Gi:''' Dr. Blight again? Even mad scientists call her crazy!
* MaleGaze: Provides it in "Tree of Life."
* MsFanservice
* MuggedForDisguise: Does this to her sister Bambi in one episode.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* NerdsAreSexy
* PeekABangs
* PinkMeansFeminine
* RedRightHand: Her haircut covers up the fact that [[spoiler: the entire left side of her face is horrifically burned]].
* RefugeInAudacity: A rarely rerun episode has her build a time machine, steal some plutonium with her future self, then go back in time ''to sell a nuke to [[ThoseWackyNazis Hitler]]''. If it weren't for YouTube, most people wouldn't even believe the episode exists.
* RichBitch
* ScienceIsBad: When she does it.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* ShesGotLegs: She is shown to have fine legs in "Hollywaste" and "Who's Running the Show."
* SkunkStripe
* TooManyBelts: Downplayed. She wears two belts.
* TwoFaced: [[spoiler:The left side of her face is badly scarred.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Sometimes Dr. Blight thinks her actions actually make the environment a nicer place, like when she planned to turn the Sahara into a big garden.
* WhoWearsShortShorts?: Wears a pair of these in "Hollywaste."
->Voiced by: [[Music/ThePolice Sting]] in 19901992, Creator/DavidWarner in 1993, Creator/MalcolmMcDowell 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.

* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of war and hatred.
* BigBad: 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.
* CardCarryingVillain
* CompellingVoice
* TheCorrupter: 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''.
* DivideAndConquer
* EvilBrit: Evident especially in the episodes where Sting voices him.
* EvilCounterpart: To Gaia.
* EvilerThanThou: 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''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: 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".
* ForTheEvulz: Despite the stereotype, the other villains ''generally'' had [[MotiveDecay 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.
* GodOfEvil
* JackassGenie: 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.
* KickTheDog: In "Summit to Save Earth, Part 2", making Gaia a very old mortal, turning Earth into a CrapsackWorld, 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, [[NightmareFuel/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers he makes her Planeteers play a sick game before her very eyes]].
* LargeHam: 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!'''
* LetsYouAndHimFight: One of the ways he operates is to get people to fight each other until they are all dead, like the aliens from the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E22TheMonstersAreDueOnMapleStreet The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street]]".
* LightIsNotGood: In his first appearance, and occasionally thereafter in disguise, he posed as a benevolent spirit of the same kind as Gaia.
* MasterOfIllusion
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: 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.
* NoodleIncident: 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?
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent
* PhysicalGod
* PowerOfHate
* SatanicArchetype: He's not only plain evil, with no redeeming qualities, but also dangerously intelligent and cunning.
* SignificantAnagram: Might be a stretch, but "Mars" was the Roman god of war.
* SocialDarwinist
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Played straight in Seasons 1 and 2, later changed to black.
[[folder: Captain Pollution]]
'''Captain Pollution'''
->Voiced by: Creator/DavidCoburn

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.

* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: After his first appearance.]]
* CardCarryingVillain
* EvilTwin: Was created from the opposites of Captain Planet's elements. As such, he and Planet are both pretty much each others KryptoniteFactor, though Pollution is far more willing to use deadly force than Planet is.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* FlyingBrick
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: After his second defeat, which makes him the first and only Captain Planet villain to actually die in the series.]]
* LavaPit: [[spoiler: Meets his end when Captain Planet drops him into one. He's last seen sinking in and apparently dies.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:After coming back to life, he absorbs a great deal of pollution and gets much larger and more monster-like.]]
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent
* PlagueMaster
* WalkingWasteland
* WeaksauceWeakness: Earth, fire, wind, and water. The same things that power up Captain Planet.
[[folder: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.

* CruellaToAnimals
* EgomaniacHunter
* EvilPoacher
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
[[folder: Henchmen]]

The various henchmen for the Eco Villains that include Rigger, Greedly's YesMan (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.

* ADayInTheLimelight: Bleak, when he went solo in the episode ''The Predator'' to hunt Basking Sharks, and was a ''very'' competent and effective villain.
* CardCarryingVillain: [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Argos Bleak, Author, Lecturer, Ruthless Terrorist]].
* DarkMistress: Sometimes, it's kind of hard to read Dr. Blight and MAL's interaction as anything ''other'' than a weird romantic relationship.
* TheDragon: Argos Bleak is the most physically intimidating henchman character in the show, and the only one that got his own episode as the villain.
* DumbMuscle: Rigger, Tank Flusher III and the Pinehead Brothers are the most prone to slapstick bumbling and angering their bosses through being idiots.
* FatBastard / FatIdiot: Ooze is even slimier than Sly -- and just as dumb.
* HarmlessVillain: 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.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Rigger, Ooze and Tank Flusher III.]]
* TheIgor: 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.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: The Rat Pack.
* SycophanticServant: 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 M|an}}en: Rigger, Ooze and Leadsuit.