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: She's the benevolent mentor figure who recruited the Planeteers and directs them on their missions.
* 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.
* GoodIsNotSoft: She's usually gentle, soft-spoken and motherly... and didn't have a second thought about getting violent with her EvilCounterpart when he messed with her Planeteers too much.
* HotGoddess: She is the Spirit of the Earth (or goddess in Greek mythology) and certainly beautiful.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Since season 4. Prior to that, they looked more [[PurpleEyes light violet]].
* MamaBear: Heavens help you if you mess with her Planeteers enough to get her attention. While she rarely directly intervenes unless she has to, she's been known to jump to the kids' defense if they've really gotten in danger over their heads, 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 the Planeteers and/or Earth on a few occasions when the kids really are overpowered and unable to defend themselves, call Captain Planet, or stop a disaster from happening. She can also cause illusions to appear, showing the likely effect of an impending eco-disaster and its long-term consequences if left unchecked.
* MortalityEnsues: If Gaia or the Earth itself is ever severely harmed or weakened, she loses her powers and becomes mortal.
* MotherNature: Literally.
* NoodleIncident: So... what exactly happened that resulted in Zarm hating her?
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent
* ParentalSubstitute: To the Planeteers.
* 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 is a PhysicalGoddess.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Actually, it's far more. See TimeAbyss below.
* 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 created monsters to do the work. Also in the myths, she couldn't care less if the humans polluted or destroyed 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?
** Given that in the first episode, she calls her century-long sleep "a little nap", he might have told the truth.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The unnatural, light hue was introduced in season 4. Prior to that, Gaia's hair was black or at least very dark blue[[note]]The ''actual'' hue depended on the overall coloring of the episode in question, but was the same one that Kwame, Gi and Ma-Ti shared[[/note]].


->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
* CatchPhrase: "Let our powers combine!"
* DishingOutDirt: His power element is Earth.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic and The Guardian.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Especially elephants.
* GreenAesop: His issue of choice is deforestation and the plundering of nonrenewable natural resources.
* {{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: One of his powers is to create magnets that only attract what needs to be magnetized.
* StandardizedLeader: Poor Kwame doesn't have nearly as much personality as his teammates, and gets less CharacterDevelopment overall. There are some episodes where he doesn't even speak except to play his part in calling out Captain Planet, and sometimes his scenes consist entirely of StockFootage.
* 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 ([[BigApplesauce New York]] to be exact), 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: He more or less exists as a stand-in for the viewer to be taught the lesson of the day in each episode.
* BelligerentSexualTension: He's the JerkWithAHeartOfGold, Linka's the {{Tsundere}}.
* BrooklynRage: He's from there and has a short fuse.
* ButtMonkey: Disrespected by the villains, constantly butting heads with his teammates; Wheeler gets it rough. He takes it all in stride for the most part, but even he has his limits.
* ChickMagnet: He attracts a few girls over the course of the series, most notably Linka.
* 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: His role in the series is to disagree with is more ecologically sensitive friends. Usually it's to prove that certain "common sense" impressions of environmental problems are actually wrong.
* 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: Almost all internal dissent comes from Wheeler, to the extent that when ''anybody else'' has a beef with the group, it's a big deal.
* 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: If Linka's not the one captured or put in peril, then it's most likely going to be Wheeler.
* TheDragAlong: Unlike his more eager comrades, he's much less enthusiastic about his mission to save the planet. He does care about the environment, but sometimes it just seems like too much work with no payoff.
* {{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. His issue of choice is urban sprawl and population issues. His character is meant to represent pollution that comes about through carelessness rather than greed or malice.
* HotBlooded: He has the most easily triggered temper out of all the Planeteers.
* InverseLawOfUtilityAndLethality: His ring is definitely the best option in a straight up fight, but its virtually useless for anything other than setting stuff on fire.
* 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. He goes along without question for their first mission, but he complains the whole time.
* 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's 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]]
* RedIsHeroic: He has red hair and is one of the good guys--or at least, he tries his best to be.
* 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 (presumably Russia or Ukraine), 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.
* BareYourMidriff: In at least 2 episodes, notably "Teers in the Hood". In fact, the shirt shows enough midriff that it may as well be a bra. But it isn't, because well, Captain Planet is a kid's show.
* BreakTheCutie: In the episode "Mind Pollution" after she becomes addicted to the drug bliss after her cousin slips it in her drink, and her cousin Boris [=ODs=] on Bliss and dies.
* BelligerentSexualTension: She's the {{Tsundere}}, Wheeler's the JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* TheBigGirl: She's only slightly shorter than Wheeler, who is only slightly shorter than Kwame.
* BlowYouAway: Her powers range from small gusts to localized tornados and everything in between.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Sometimes.
* CaptiveDate: Becomes this to Hoggish Greedly Junior in "Smog Hog". However HGJ has an asthma attack and she saves him out of pity.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She claims not to be interested in Wheeler, but shows obvious jealousy when he shows interest in any other girl.
* ChummyCommies: She's from the Soviet Union, but gets along just fine with Wheeler and her other comrades. Downplayed in that she treats Wheeler with some coldness when they first meet because he's an American, but this doesn't last long.
* DamselInDistress: Chances are good that if someone's getting captured by the villain, it's Linka.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She starts off particularly icy towards Wheeler, but she gradually warms up to him.
* 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.
* GeniusBruiser: In line with being TheBigGuy.
* 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: Her issue of choice is human casualties of environmental degradation. This includes thing such as war, drugs, and disease. It's hardly surprising that Linka-focused episodes tend to be the darkest in the series.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She's a little on the unfriendly side, but she's undoubtedly a good person.
* 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: She's had a difficult life, but you could never tell just by looking at her.
* SensualSlavs: A G-rated version. It's a hit with men in-universe, but especially with Wheeler.
* SheCleansUpNicely: She's hardly plain to begin with, but in a fancy dress? [[ See for yourself.]]
* 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 East Asia (most likely South Korea), 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 (in which Creator/JaniceKawaye ''is'' fluent), but otherwise has no discernible accent. Her name, however, is actually [[ Korean]] This isn't impossible, as there are many individuals with mixed Japanese/Korean ancestry.
* 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 it does go to her shoulders in Season 6.
* BrainyBrunette: She's highly knowledgeable about marine biology, and she pretty good with machines. Compare Linka who, while not stupid by any means, is far less cerebral.
* TheChick: She takes much more of a passive role than Linka does, and acts as a calming influence on the other planeteers.
* CoolBigSis: To Ma-Ti, to whom she acts as sort of a mentor.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: the phlegmatic Idealist.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Especially dolphins.
* GreenAesop: Her issue of choice is protecting wildlife and the oceans. She has a particular affinity for sea life, especially sharks and dolphins.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The reason why she didn't drown the gangster.
* JumpedAtTheCall: She's only too eager to make good on her promise to protect the oceans with her new powers. In the BadFuture where the group never meets up, she even tries to form her own group of Planeteers, but fails due to lack of interest.
* MakingASplash: Comes complete with...
** ElementalBaggage: Her ring can only manipulate water sources, so if she's not near a lake or the ocean, she can't use her powers.
* NatureVersusNurture: She gets into this debate with Zarm, Gi believing that children become evil by being taught, and Zarm believing that humanity is self-destructive by nature.
* NoKoreansInJapan: Evidently averted, if her name and language are taken at face value.
* PluckyGirl: Very high-spirited, even for this group.
* RousseauWasRight: Her philosophy of life.
--> -- '''Gi:''' The world would be different if it were in the hands of children, before hate and prejudice mess up their minds.
* SheCleansUpNicely
* TheSmartGirl: The designated technician of the group, and the one with the most scientific knowledge of the group.
* TeamMom: When Gaia's not around.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Linka's girly girl.
* TomboyishName: Gi is actually a boy's name in Korean.
* UnstoppableRage: When she snaps, she goes directly into this.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: While Ma-Ti has this reputation amongst the fanbase, in-universe, Gi's power is the most often rendered useless due to her ElementalBaggage.
* 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: He's friendly and compassionate to everyone, even the villains. He rarely gets angry, and even when he does, he doesn't lash out.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Not even in his teens and painfully aware of the limitations this can put on him. It doesn't help that the rest of the crew sometimes shows some inclinations towards babying him, which he dislikes.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When he got to meet the guy who was apparently to blame for the deaths of his parents.
* CripplingOverspecialization: There's been quite a bit of cultural commentary [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower for]] and [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway against]] power of "heart," and other powers of the nature of little ''apparent'' use. That said, while Ma-Ti doesn't have tremendous power over the physical world like his teammates, he's king when dealing in his own element.
** TheBeastMaster
** TheEmpath
** ImmuneToMindControl
** LivingLieDetector
** MySignificanceSenseIsTingling
** SpiderSense
* DistressedDude: Is the most likely Planeteer to end up captured by the villains of any given episode. It doesn't help that he's got the worst fighting skills of the group and the least inclination for, and therefore practice with, using his powers offensively.
* 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: If his power of Heart is being overwhelmed, he'll clutch his head. Makes sense, considering that "Heart" is essentially "Mind" or "Soul."
* GreenAesop: His issue of choice is conflict over land and resources. Sometimes this verges into tackling racial and national prejudice.
* TheHeart: Naturally. Being the kindest and most level-headed of the group is why he is given the power of heart in the first place
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower -> WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: TropeNamer and [[TropeCodifier Codifier]]. "Heart" seems like a stupid power when compared to the ability to create earthquakes and fires at will. However, Heart is actually potentially the most powerful of all of the elemental powers. It grants the user the total power to influence anyone and anything, including animals, people, and even the ''cells inside a human body''. Its telepathic abilities have no defined limits, meaning that Ma-Ti can communicate with anyone and everyone on the planet if he wanted to. There's also the fact that, while the absence of one of the other rings will make Captain Planet lose some of his powers, without the Heart ring, Captain Planet cannot be formed at all.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He takes a dim view of his role on the team, and makes this known to others.
* InverseLawOfUtilityAndLethality: He's on the opposite end of this with Wheeler. He's pretty much useless in a fight, but his power is the most useful for pretty much everything else. It's one of the reasons why HeartIsAnAwesomePower.
* JumpedAtTheCall: He takes absolutely no convincing to become a planeteer. He even understands his power immediately without Gaia needing to explain.
* 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. His purpose is to demonstrate to the target audience that yes, kids can also make a difference in the environment.
* KidHero: Again, he's a good bit younger than the other Planeteers.
* TheLoad: Self-admitted at some point.
* {{Malaproper}}: Though not nearly as bad as Linka.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: As part of his Heart power, he can sense when he and his friends are in danger or something important is happening.
* NiceGuy: The nicest of them all, in fact.
* 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).

->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker

Ma-Ti's troublesome pet monkey, whom he had rescued before he became a Planeteer and from whom he received his ring.

* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: He's a pretty obvious take on the whole "4 or 5 kids and a pet" formula, but better, because this one's a monkey. And an exotic one at that.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: A capuchin, so cute even for a monkey.
* TeamPet: Mainly Ma-ti's pet, but he travels with the group.
* 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: He has all of the colors of the planeteers elements reflected in his design: Earth is his green hair, Fire is his red clothes, Wind and Water are his blue-white skin, and Heart is his yellow chest piece.
* AllYourPowersCombined: TropeNamer[[note]]Sort of. The actual phrase was "By your powers combined"[[/note]].
* AllergicToEvil: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's hate was so strong being near it weakened him.
* BoisterousBruiser: Take Spiderman's wisecracking and make it more hammy and bombastic and you'll have Captain Planet.
* CaptainSuperhero: Provides the trope image.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "The Power is Yours."
* ChromeChampion: His skin is entirely a shining, metallic blue.
* DramaPreservingHandicap: His weakness to pollution never really comes into play unless the episode needs to last a bit longer. Or is a two-parter.
* ElementalPowers
** AnIcePerson
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** ShockAndAwe
* EternalHero: Captain Planet has existed and will continue to exist as long as the planet has a will to protect itself.
* FlyingBrick: Even without his elemental powers, he's still super strong and NighInvulnerable. However, he can't fly unless he has Linka's wind power.
* TheGoodCaptain: A textbook example. His EvilCounterpart Captain Pollution is an intentional inversion.
* GoodHairEvilHair: His green mullet, which, surprisingly, [[NarmCharm he pulls off]].
* GreenAesop: A walking, talking one. Though, unlike the planeteers, his comes off as more of a SpaceWhaleAesop: don't harm the planet or it'll break its foot off in your ass.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: He puts all of the planeteers to better use than any of them can individually, including Ma-Ti and Gi's.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Something had to be very wrong when he ''wasn't'' dishing out lame puns...
* IncomingHam: Announces his presence with a hearty "By your powers combined, I AM CAPTAIN PLANET!" He only gets less subtle from there.
* InvincibleHero: He can be hurt by pollution, but in most episodes, he literally just appears and fixes everything in two minutes, tops.
* LargeHam: Holy crap, is he. Loud, over-the-top wisecracking, HurricaneOfPuns, a costume that's essentially a man-bikini with boots, a dark green mullet. Yeah.
* LimitBreak: He's, essentially, the Planeteers' walking, talking LimitBreak. He's summoned when it's time to whip out the big guns, and, as mentioned in the theme, he's their powers magnified.
* NiceGuy: Incredibly nice, even to the villains. He also never resorts to direct violence, instead using his powers to foil the bad guys' plans and correct the ecological damage. The exceptions, of course, are Captain Pollution and Zarm, who really don't give him much choice.
* 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: This spirit of the earth also happens to be a hammy CaptainSuperhero.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The only times that [[BigFun the]] [[PluckyComicRelief captain]] gets serious, is when the stakes are [[LetsGetDangerous amazingly high]] or when he's facing someone who is... [[KnightOfCerebus a bit dark]] or doing something that's... [[MoralEventHorizon bit too much]] even when compared to the other villains who actively trying to instigate environmental disaster.
* PapaWolf: If you're a villain, messing with his Planeteers (especially when he ''sees'' you doing it) is a ''huge'' mistake.
* ParentalSubstitute: To the Planeteers.
* PungeonMaster: Every single word out of his mouth is some sort of pun, except when giving exposition or [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness the stakes are high enough.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: "The Conqueror" implies Cap was around back when Zarm was getting banished ages ago.
* SaveTheVillain: Many times, occasionally {{Lampshaded}} and according to Dr. Blight: [[AllThereInTheManual "It's in (his) hero's manual!"]]
* SelectiveMagnetism: He inherits this from Kwame, only with much more power behind it.
* SuperStrength: There's really nothing he's been shown to not be able to lift, crush, or reshape with ease.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: The captain was not happy when Verminous Skumm turned innocent kids [[TheCorruption into mindless, drug addled zombies]] that would obey Skumm's every command if it meant they could keep poisoning themselves with Bliss. [[PungeonMaster Captain Planet]] [[PluckyComicRelief was not only uncharacteristically angry]] he only cracked two jokes [[PreAsskickingOneliner and even they were used without irony]].
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: "By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!"
* UpUpAndAway: He flies in the traditional pose. He doesn't need to, but does it anyway because he's a showoff.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Pollution, including (famously) the hate behind Hitler's DeathGlare. The same things that fuel Captain Pollution (see his own entry).
* [[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]].

* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: All of the human ones of them have disgusting, villainous-sounding names, which also double as {{Punny Name}}s or {{Meaningful Name}}s as well.
** Hoggish Greedly; References his AnimalMotifs and his greed, in a PunnyName sort of way.
** Looten Plunder; Sounds like "Loot and Plunder" (read: steal stuff), fitting his motif as a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
** Sly Sludge; References his criminal motif, ''slyly'' disposing of garbage and ''sludge'' in ways that ultimately hurts the environment to make a quick profit.
** Duke Nukem; Combines obvious AristocratsAreEvil connotations with "nuke 'em", referencing his status as a NuclearNasty.
** Verminous Skumm; References both his RatMan nature (making him a vermin, or literally verminous), his status as ThePigPen, and his status as the show's KnightOfCerebus until Zarm arrived (making him a real scumbag).
** Dr. Blight; References her criminal motif, using science to blight and befoul the world around her, just because she can.
* PsychoRangers: Dr Blight, Duke Nukem, Looten Plunder, Sly Sludge and Verminous Skumm temporarily became this trope during the ''Mission to Save Earth'' two-parter. They managed to create evil counterparts to the Planeteers' rings, which were even able to summon Captain Pollution, an evil counterpart to Captain Planet.

[[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.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: In one episode, he and Verminous Skumm team up to gather turtle eggs. He trips whilst carrying some eggs poisoned by Skumm, and grows into a gargantuan monster version of himself.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He seems to be more concerned with consuming as much as he can than he is with actually turning a profit. It's implied that he can get away with it because he's got an obscene amount of OldMoney in reserve, but his final appearance has him living in a hovel with Rigger, suggesting that his luck finally ran out.
* CorruptHick: Although a big businessman, he has a really "hickish" attitude and vocabulary.
* 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.]]
* EvilRedhead: Sports a distinct red Mohawk.
* FatBastard: As part of his AnimalMotifs and pollution symbolism. He's not morbidly obese, but he's definitely a hefty man, and less than healthy as a result.
* GenerationXerox: He's very similar to his grandfather Don Porkaloin, and his son Junior is just like him. [[spoiler: Ironically, both end up reforming and becoming very different.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: He was forced to quit crime after failing a SecretTestOfCharacter from his eco-conscious grandfather, who also convinced Rigger to go green as well.]]
* 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 work with the Planeteers rather than let him die.
* PigMan: Not literally, but his pointed ears, weight problem and upturned nose, as well as the snorting laugh he makes, does give him a subtle motif. In the episode where he and Verminous Skumm team up, the gigantic Greedly does look a bit more like a pig-man as a result.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: He does a whole bunch of things that are not only unethical, but blatantly illegal. He doesn't care because, hey, he's rich.
* 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.

* TheBadGuyWins: He got away with cutting down a forest where endangered species live, making him the only villain to defeat the Planeteers.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The most prominent example in the show.
* EvilCounterpart: To Kwame, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
* EvilPoacher: He's often involved in illegally killing animals, either for profit or for his own pleasure.
* EvilRedhead: He's the only Eco Villain with red hair.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Just take a good look at his suit.
* 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
* 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, short-term thinking, laziness, and the environmental problems caused by waste disposal. He is probably the most "realistic" of the Eco-Villains in that he seems to not be truly evil, but merely unconcerned with the environmental effects of his various schemes.

* AntiVillain: He's certainly not malicious. Just very, very careless about where he dumps garbage. [[spoiler: Which he ultimately abandons]].
* BaldOfEvil: Almost, in that he's not entirely bald. [[spoiler: And he does eventually clean up his act and quit being an Eco Villain.]]
* 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: A much more downplayed example than Plunder and Greedly. Sly's not evil, he's just short-sighted, greedy, and lazy. [[spoiler: Once he realizes that he can actually turn a profit and make his life easier through environmentally friendly means, he's stops being a villain entirely.]]
* 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, his being Smog.
* 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. [[spoiler: In fact, he does exactly that in his final appearance.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Not as rich as some of the other Villains, but he does use his wealth and connections, when he has them, to get away with stuff.

[[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.
* TheBrute: He was the only one of the main villains who was a direct physical threat to Captain Planet, so he often fulfilled this role even though he originated as a MadScientist.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Frankly, Duke Nukem's portrayal, abilities and goals ping-pong all over the place during the show, with different episodes giving him different traits and rationale.
* 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.
* HorrorHunger: DependingOnTheWriter. In some episodes, he's portrayed as actively needing nuclear radiation to survive.
* 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 he was once referred to Kwame as "Dr. Duke Nukem."
* ObviouslyEvil: Look at the man. Do you really need any more of a hint that he's evil?
* PlagueMaster: Radiation sickness and fallout rather than plague, but close enough.
* PlayingWithFire: '''Poison''' fire, baby.
* RadiationImmuneMutants: Of the "actively absorbs it and is nourished by it" variety.
* SuperStrength: He's stronger than an average human as part of his mutation, which is another reason not to let him get too close.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Depending on your interpretation of him, Duke Nukem can become a guy who just wants the things any normal human wants; food, a good living environment, and companionship. Only thing is he's a walking dirty reactor, so getting those things would require polluting the world with radioactive fallout and transforming humanity into mutants like himself.
* VillainSong: He can once be heard singing in the shower whilst bathing in the radioactive coolant of a nuclear power plant. ''"My name is Duke Nukem/I'm a nuclear shark/I'm hotter than Elvis/and I glow in the dark!"''
* WalkingWasteland: DependingOnTheWriter. Sometimes he's portrayed as leaving a heavy trail of fallout in his wake, making it a ''very'' bad idea to go near him without protective equipment. Other times he can interact with people harmlessly. It may depend on how much radiation he's recently absorbed.
* 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.

* BalefulPolymorph: In one episode he has a toxic chemical compound that can mutate humans into rat-people like himself.
* BigNo: Let's out a terrifying one at the end of "Mind Pollution" when he accidentally eats one of his own Bliss pills, in affect polluting himself.
* CardCarryingVillain: He revels in the fact that he's evil, mostly because he's also a huge misanthrope.
* 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 (although he also mentions that it helps his long-term goals by reinforcing misinformation about the disease, encouraging the spread).
* GagNose: It evokes a rat-like snout without actually making him a PettingZooPerson.
* InTheHood: Always wears a hood to cover up his hideous, rodent-like facial features.
* 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".
* LittleBitBeastly: He has rodent-like facial features, verminous claws for hands/feet and a lashing rat's tail.
* ObviouslyEvil: Oh, gee, the giant man with a rat's tail and rat-like facial features running around in dirty, smelly clothes in the sewers and garbage dumps and calling himself Verminous Skumm is evil. However would you have guessed?
* PlagueMaster: He tends to rely on toxic chemical compounds, like his "Skummy Brew" (which turns people into RatMen) and Bliss (a highly addictive drug), but the effects are ultimately the same.
* RatMen: He looks like a cross between a rat and a human.
* RodentOfUnusualSize: Specifically, he's part of an entire race of RatMen, and his ultimate goal is often stated as being to destroy humanity so they can take over the ruins.
* YouDirtyRat: His rat-like traits are used for the symbolism of pollution, decay and death.

[[folder:Dr. 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.
* BeautyIsBad: She's pretty attractive (except for what's under her hair), but she's also a total ''bitch''.
* 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: The only female amongst the villains, and generally more subtle in her machinations than the others.
* EvilCounterpart: To Ma-Ti, as one of the Captain Pollution ring bearers.
* EvilGenius: She's the smartest of the main villains, being a MadScientist.
* 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: Shows quite a vain streak for a scientist.
* ForScience: Why she wrecks the environment; she cares more about doing science than thinking about the potential consequences of her experiments on the world around her.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Considering she takes on Captain Planet and the Planeteers after losing her eye.]]
* 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: The skintight clothing and the sultry, seductive voice are the closest this show ever gets to fanservice.
* MuggedForDisguise: Does this to her sister Bambi in one episode.
* NerdsAreSexy: This one certainly is.
* OmnicidalManiac: She's the only Eco-Villain, other than Zarm, who seems actively excited by the prospect of killing off the entire planet. In one episode, as mentioned under RefugeInAudacity, she decides to go back in time and ''sell a nuclear bomb to Hitler''. Another, equally powerful, example is the episode ''Planeteers Under Glass'', in which she seizes control of a virtual reality simulator and uses it to create a virtual earth that she pollutes until it becomes completely incapable of supporting life, culminating in the program imploding after it depicts the last human -- a grotesque, demonic-looking cyber-mutant -- dying as it sinks to its knees and raises a fist in defiance at the heavens. Blight wonders for barely a second if maybe she went too far, then gleefully dismisses the idea, lamenting that she can't start it up again and enjoy running the nightmare scenario all over again.
* PeekABangs: Wears her hair like this. [[spoiler: Turns out it's to hide the fact she's TwoFaced.]]
* 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 Website/YouTube, most people wouldn't even believe the episode exists.
* RichBitch: Generally she's shown as extremely wealthy. Her brand of science may be destructive and evil, but the profit margins are clearly extreme.
* {{Robosexual}}: She and MAL flirt with each other at least [[OnceAnEpisode once every episode that they're both in]]. She even kisses him once in a while.
* ScienceIsBad: Her entire purpose is to showcase just how terrifying science can be if it's not held back by some level of morality or sanity.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: She's arguably even more successful at bankrolling her brand of evil than Plunder and Greedly are.
* ShesGotLegs: She is shown to have fine legs in "Hollywaste" and "Who's Running the Show."
* SkunkStripe: Has a very pronounced streak of white on the left side of her hair. Particularly jarring because she's blonde otherwise.
* TooManyBelts: Downplayed. She wears two belts around her waist, for no particular reason.
* 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/{{Sting}} in 19901992, Creator/DavidWarner in 1993, Creator/MalcolmMcDowell in 19941995

A former spirit of the Earth, who left Gaia in search of other worlds and ended up laying other populous planets to ruin. He is without a doubt the most dangerous off the villains because he represents the most evil and destructive dangers of them all, namely war, hatred, corruption, and the abuse of power.

* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of war and hatred. While not touched on in depth, Zarm was most likely representative of nature as uncaring and driven by competition. It's not a stretch to imagine how a nature spirit that once simply represented survival of the fittest could become a spirit of conquest and subjugation. It makes even more sense if both Gaia and he were affected by the emergence of sentient creatures (humans) and also became more sentient and aware (what with them being a representation of nature and humans being a part of nature). Gaia most likely took on human traits that she had the most affinity with (compassion, understanding, love) while Zarm had a greater affinity with mankind's more negative aspects (callousness, ambition, and hate).
* ApocalypseHow: Class 6. Zarm drove the last planet he visited to fight a global nuclear war. As a result it became, as Gaia says, "a lifeless husk".
* BigBad: The opposing spirit to [[BigGood Gaia]], who forces the other villains to cooperate under his command and decimate the world under the war and hatred he symbolizes.
* CardCarryingVillain: He makes no bones about the fact that he's a spirit of destruction and domination.
* CompellingVoice: It's incredibly effective; the only person it doesn't work on is Ma-Ti.
* 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: His modus operandi: play on people's ignorance to turn them against each other, or else manipulate their hearts to stoke hatred and strife.
* 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's good at feigning kindness. He managed to: fool the Planeteers in "The Conqueror", turn a naive boy's wishes against his village in "The Dreammaker", and escalate the conflict between parents of two kids in "In Zarm's Way".
** In "The Conqueror", he's also noted to have manipulated an entire planet planet's population to destroy itself by helping it develop nuclear weapons.
* 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.
* IcyBlueEyes: Depending on the episode, he has either these or {{gray|Eyes}}, or even {{green|Eyes}}ish irises. All these colors ultimately mean the same, though: he's cold, cruel and ''definitely'' not the type of guy you should trust.
* 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]].
* KnightOfCerebus: He's by far the most deadly and dangerous villain, capable of laying waste to entire planets. Much like Skumm, he primarily targets people rather than the environment. In his very first appearance he comes close to manipulating the Planeteers into starting a nuclear war.
* 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: He uses them for disguise. It makes him an even more effective manipulator than he already is.
* NatureIsNotNice: He's an Earth spirit like Gaia but he embodies the amorality and cruelty of nature where only [[MightMakesRight only the strong survive]]. He also encourages [[TheSocialDarwinist ruthless competition and natural selection]] by supporting dictatorships and spreading conflict.
* 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: In his case, he's the closest thing this world has to the Devil.
* PhysicalGod: Much like Gaia. Unlike Gaia, he's a GodOfEvil.
* PowerOfHate: Weaponized. Zarm doesn't need to directly fight most of the time; he's just that good at getting people to hate each other.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He's been exiled ''ages'' ago.
* 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: His might makes right philosophy would be a textbook example of this, but for his nasty habit of making both sides of the conflict destroy each other.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: As shown in the "Summit to Save Earth, Part 1" episode, he can pull this off easily and perfectly, to the point of getting the voice just right. [[spoiler:He even manages to coax out the rings from the Planeteers by impersonating ''Gaia''. The fact that he earlier has stolen the Heart ring, thus making [[LivingLieDetector Ma-Ti]] unable to see through the ruse and alert the others until it was too late, certainly helped his case, though.]]
* 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.

* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:After his first appearance.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: He's a living incarnation of MotiveDecay: while the other villains usually have some sort of ulterior motive for damaging the environment, Captain Pollution just wants to pollute for its own sake.
* 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: He has all of Captain Planet's hammy charm, but none of his positive qualities.
* FlyingBrick: The one power he shares with Captain Planet.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: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: He's an artifically created spirit, designed to be an EvilCounterpart to the more benevolent Captain Planet.
* PlagueMaster: He can generate toxins and smog at will. Also nuclear radiation, but this is portrayed more as FrickinLaserBeams
* WalkingWasteland: Anything he touches is instantly polluted.
* 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: They're not ''especially'' cruel as far as hunters go, but they do hunt endangered species doggedly without much regard for their long-term survival.
* EgomaniacHunter: Unlike Plunder and Bleak, who hunt with a profit motive, the Slaughters do it just because they enjoy it.
* EvilPoacher: They go above and beyond the call of duty, apparently hunting endangered animals just because they're endangered.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Slaughter is bad enough on its own, but Stalker Slaughter? No thanks. Even Mame sounds like "Maim".

[[folder: Henchmen]]
->Voiced by: John Ratzenberger (Rigger), S. Scott Bullock (Argos Bleak), Dick Gautier (Oakey Pinehead), Creator/FrankWelker (Dokey Pinehead, Leadsuit, and Tank Flusher III), Cam Clarke (Ooze), David Rappaport (MAL, first four appearances), Creator/TimCurry (MAL, "Don't Drink the Water" and onward)

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]].
* CargoShip: InUniverse, Dr. Blight treats [=MAL=] like he's her boyfriend, in what is an unhealthy combination of admiraiton for his super-intellegence and InLoveWithYourCarnage. [=MAL=] doesn't quite reciprocate, because, well...he's a computer.
* 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.
* DeadpanSnarker: [=MAL=] constantly, and Rigger whenever he thinks he can get away with it.
* 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.]]
* HypercompetentSidekick [=MAL=] is more competent as a villain than all of the Eco-Villains and their sidekicks put together. He's always the brains behind the operation when he's involved. His only flaw is that he's loyal to Dr. Blight, and will follow her orders even against his better judgment. Also, Argos Bleak is far more effective in his own episode than he is when working for Looten Plunder.
* 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.
* LegacyOfService: Rigger works for Greedly because his grandfather, a real estate developer, made a deal with Greedly's grandfather, Godfather {{Expy}} Don Porkaloin, that his family would serve the Don's family for three generations in exchange for the Don's (less-than-legal) help in securing some permits to build on the beach.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dr. Blight's computer assistant is named [=MAL=] which is French for "Evil", as well as ShoutOut to [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey another evil computer]]. Also Argos Bleak, "argos" being a near synonym for "bleak" in Greek.
* 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.