"Oh, FYI, I issued some shares back when we needed cash for the Nintendo Wii."
The "ever popular" Pete White is an unlikely friend of Dr. Venture who attended State University with him and Baron Underbheit in the early 1980s. He is a computer scientist and lives in a trailer with Master Billy Quizboy, where the two have launched their own tech company, Conjectural Technologies. He patterns his trademark new wave look after Phil Oakey of The Human League. And he's an albino.Tropes associated with Pete:
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Particularly towards Billy, becoming his caretaker after Billy's mind was wiped by the O.S.I. and offering his last bit of money to anyone who would help him get Billy back when he was kidnapped by the Investors.
Not Worth Memory Wiping: The O.S.I/Sphinx don't bother wiping his memory whenever they wipe Billy's. (It actually works out, since White can bring Billy to them whenever he does regain his memory.)
Punny Name: An albino with the last name of "White."
Weaksauce Weakness: White helpfully reminds people at every opportunity that he can't take much sunlight. He's even been shown to burst into flames when directly exposed to strong sunlight.
Master Billy Quizboy
"It's industrial espionage, you've come to steal our great ideas. You've been foiled; we have none!"
A hydrocephalic neurogeneticist of dubious professional accomplishment, he was once a child prodigy and often capitalizes on his pedomorphic looks to pass for one in his adulthood. His nickname stems from his reign as champion of a TV quiz show in his youth. He lives, platonically, with Pete White in a trailer which doubles as the headquarters of their startup tech business, Conjectural Technologies. His real name is William Whalen.Tropes associated with Master Billy:
Arch-Enemy: Apparently, Billy has a longstanding rivalry with the exceptionally rich collector/fanboy Augustus St. Cloud, who becomes his official arch-enemy at the beginning of season 5 (Augustus joined the Guild solely for this reason).
Ascended Fanboy: Billy is Rusty's biggest fan. He has "ascended" as far as being able to help his idol.
Brilliant, but Lazy: It is implied that he and White actually have some pretty decent skills between the two of them; they successfully cured Dean when he had a rare and embarrassing medical condition despite having no medical experience, and Billy reattached Rusty's arm after a Guild member ripped it off. However, they mostly just goof off in their spare time.
If Pete is the 'Lazy' one, Billy is the 'Brilliant' one; by "The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider" he's guiding a miniaturized submarine through Rusty's vascular system, apparently from memory.
As shown by "The Silent Partners" He's not lazy; he just never got his medical degrees and seemed to always regret it.
Butt Monkey: Being a Butt Monkey on a Sadist Show where everyone is either a Jerkass, a failure, or both is a major accomplishment. What's even funnier is that he gets so much flak despite being the useful half of his duo.
Catch Phrase: "High five!" His constant attempt to trick people into slapping his metal hand.
Honor Before Reason: He was willing to restore Monstroso, first for the money, but then because of his doctor's honor. He was still willing to let Brock kill Monstroso after he recovered, though. To be fair, Monstroso had treated him more than fairly, was offering him his life's dream, and had spent a while bonding with him; he had plenty of reasons to like the guy even knowing he was a monster.
Locked Out of the Loop: Every time he regains the memory of how he lost his eye and hand, Pete knocks him out and takes him to the O.S.I/Sphinx to have his memory wiped again.
A Man Is Not a Virgin: Rusty and White come to the conclusion that since he's a virgin, killing Billy wouldn't be murder, "just a very late abortion."
No longer a Virgin thanks to Monstroso and some prostitutes
My Brain Is Big: Billy claims that his excess of brain fluid makes him smarter. This is debatable.
Noodle Incident: He doesn't know how he got his metal hand. He eventually remembers... or maybe Col. Gathers wiped his memory again.
Off Model: His robotic left hand/arm isn't always consistent. Most of the time, it makes up his left forearm and hand, however, in some shots (such as the scene where he is performing surgery on Monstroso in The Silent Partners, it is only his left hand, stopping at his wrist.
Properly Paranoid: Apparently, Billy was right to look for conspiracy clues on his Rusty Venture DVDs.
Teen Genius: Subverted on two occasions. First, when it is revealed that he is actually in his 30's; secondly, in a flashback showing him in his actual Teen Genius phase, he is completely overwhelmed by college-level classwork. He was smart and racked up the points on quiz shows, but he didn't really display any real-world talent until he grew up and began successfully sewing limbs onto bodies with full function.
Also discussed when he acts as Dean and Hank's guidance counselor - he reminds Rusty, privately, that the boys really don't have the life skills to face the real world, and you realize that he's speaking from experience.
Order of the Triad
Dr. Byron Orpheus
"Well, if you must call me [a magician], yes. But if you are after mere parlor tricks, you'll be sorely disappointed. For if I reach behind your ear, it will not be a nickel I pull out... BUT YOUR VEEERY SOOOOUUL!!"
Necromancer extraordinaire Dr. Byron Orpheus has the tendency to speak in a ringing, melodramatic tone, often at inappropriate times and usually accompanied by dramatic music. Dr. Orpheus is divorced and has one child (Triana Orpheus). Currently living in back of the Venture Compound, in the old Advanced Arachnid Research Lab with his daughter. Although he calls himself 'Doctor', he only has a degree in Communications with a minor in Women's Studies from a community college. He does, however, claim that his title comes from a higher power. He can be an absent-minded parent, but he means well.Tropes associated with Dr. Orpheus:
Antiquated Linguistics: Will throw out some rather archaic terms, particularly during some of his more dramatic speeches. Or when simply giving the "the birds and the bees" speech to his daughter:
Dr. Orpheus: Hear me out! [clears throat] When young women reach estrus, the, uhh, lignum, ummm, craves theeee stamen-like skills of the yonie. This is quite natural.
Triana: Dad. Come on. I'm doing you a favor.
Dr. Orpheus: It's just that boys at their age have unchecked desires coursing- nay, RAGING AS A TEMPEST WOULD!! Through their tingling nethers!
Arch-Enemy: He spends the first season pining for one, and is eventually given one in the form of Torrid, who bears a physical resemblance to Doctor Strange's nemesis Dormammu, but little more.
The Artifact: Introduced as a "necromancer", and he attempts to resurrect somebody at one point while saying that it's perfectly routine. This does not get visited again for a while, and he later says that he only uses the word "necromancer" because "wizard," "sorcerer," and "magician" have fallen out of favor.
Dark Is Not Evil: In fact he's one of the most morally decent people on the show.
Informed Ability: If his master and other statements are to be believed, Orpheus is likely a very powerful necromancer. This being The Venture Bros., however, a large portion of his feats are usually just alluded to while he tends to fail on a regular basis on-screen. (Not that he doesn't have his moments.)
He does trap the souls of two rednecks in a tiny figurine because they were interfering with his quest to look out for the Venture Brothers.
He's also usually shown to be capable of effortlessly teleporting people anywhere in the world, among other useful feats. It's just that the problems he usually faces aren't ones that those kinds of powers help with; and when other people encounter problems that his powers could face, they rarely seem to think to ask him for help. The few times people do ask him for assistance with straightforward brute-force issues, he tends to resolve them very quickly.
In the Halloween special, after all the other high level magicians, including The Outrider, raise zombies while Orpheus is out moping after just having been bested by The Outrider again, The Master states in front of all of them, that Orpheus is his best pupil. Possibly it could be due to Orpheus getting the point if not the ability.
To be fair he destroys a death trap from a continent away, the time he failed to resurrect someone it was because he was already alive. He has telekinesis, can teleport easily, and can remove you soul at will. He's pretty clearly not someone to be triffled with, sillyness aside.
Nice Guy: Seriously, he's the nicest guy in the show. And a good dad, too.
No Indoor Voice: Constantly shouts over a blaring, overly dramatic soundtrack.
Orpheus: Do not be too hasty in entering that [bath]room, I had TACO BELL for lunch!
Out of Focus: Orpheus was a major supporting character throughout the first three seasons but was scaled back, almost to the point of absence in the first half of season four. He gets some more focus mid-late season four, but is once again out of focus in the first half of season five, getting only one brief appearance.
Papa Wolf: For both his own daughter and the Venture Brothers
"What's the use in training? I have no magic powers. The second someone uses magic, I get killed!"
An old friend of Dr. Orpheus. He is a black man who fights Blaculas for a living and wields two swords. He is a pastiche of the superhero Blade and the blaxploitation movie protagonist, Shaft. As a play on Blade's half-vampire thirst for blood or an artificial replacement, Jefferson Twilight suffers from diabetes and low blood-sugar, leading him to heavily thirst for sugared liquids, such as Nik-L-Nips. His left eye is discolored as it is a magical Blacula tracker he calls the "Blood Eye." The episode "What Goes Down, Must Come Up" revealed a lot of his Back Story. For example: his mother was taken by marauding Blaculas when he was ten, and he was a tank commander in the USMC.Tropes associated with Jefferson:
Badass Normal: Originally the only non-mystical member of the Triad. Later on he's revealed to be "between worlds," which, while impressive, is also an incredibly specific ability.
Buffy Speak: Starkly contrasts the grandiose speaking style of Dr. Orpheus.
Crippling Overspecialization: He often complains about the fact that there are no Blaculas for him to fight, and implies that he'd be lost if he came up against a non-black vampire. However, he does make up for it with an array of other useful skills, such as his military training.
The Hunter: Of Blackulas, after watching his mother get taken by them when he was 10.
Insistent Terminology: He hunts "Blaculas." Not African-American vampires, because there is not a sizable African-American population in Britain.
Weaksauce Weakness: In a world with real magic, super-powered heroes and villains, and actual mythical creatures, Jefferson's weakness is diabetes. He's also the only non-magical person a team of magic users that often fights other magic users.
"I care about the true spirit of the divine. I care about the universal truth. But being a magic superhero that keeps chasing the same guy is completely gay! And that is coming from a guy that voluntarily has sex with men!"
Another old friend of Dr. Orpheus, who is searching for the philosopher's stone ("as a metaphor for enlightenment") as well as a cure for AIDS. Unlike Twilight and Orpheus, it would seem that he is much less serious about his business and would rather mix business with pleasure; however, his true opinion on the Triad was revealed in the episode "Showdown at Cremation Creek", where he stated that he was more into helping the balance of the Universe than running around fighting one Super-Villain. It has been openly acknowledged that he is gay and a fan of Jimmy Buffett. He is sometimes referred to as "Al", but whether this is his real name or merely short for Alchemist is uncertain. He has an open hatred of the internet due to finding out his boyfriend was cheating on him via MySpace.Tropes associated with The Alchemist:
Foil: To Orpheus. Even more apparent when they move in together.
Leitmotif: Okay, so it may have only been in one episode ("What Goes Down Must Come Up"), but when the triad are performing magic, it's implied that The Alchemist has one too. When Orpheus does some magic, his leitmotif plays and when The Alchemist does some magic immediately afterward, a little trumpet piece plays. And immediately after that, when it's Jefferson's turn and it's revealed that he has no magic to do, it's completely silent.
Only Sane Man: Frequently the voice of reason for the Order of the Triad.
"So, I taste my own genitals... In my mouth. It's.. a conundrum"
A snarky, mysterious magician who taught Orpheus everything he knows...and takes every opportunity to shove Orpheus's failures in his face. Likes to take a form that relates to whatever problem Orpheus needs help with, which is often just an excuse for him to try out the Power Perversion Potential of Voluntary Shapeshifting. He wishes Orpheus would loosen up and act like a normal guy instead of a Large Ham.Tropes associated with Orpheus's Master:
The Faceless: We've never seen his true form, if he even has one.
Power Perversion Potential: He turns into Catherine the Great's horse so that he can re-enact Catherine's supposed sexual encounter with it teach Orpheus a lesson about biting off more than he can chew, turns into Cerberus to lick his own genitals and talk at the same time teach Orpheus a lesson about being a stuffy know-it-all, and takes the form of Orpheus's ex-wife to enjoy the curvy, sexy body hit Orpheus where it hurts the most. His shapeshifting always has a purpose and a point, but nonetheless he milks the Perversion Potential as much as he can.
Serious Business: From his dialogue, it sounds like Orpheus's supposed higher calling is actually pretty insignificant fluff that Orpheus treats as Serious Business. This could just be part of his attempt to puncture Orpheus's stuffed shirt.
Triana is the daughter of Dr. Orpheus and lives with her father in a rented out laboratory-cum-apartment within the Venture compound. She is 17, a bit of a goth, but otherwise a completely normal teenage girl. She is possibly the most down-to-earth character on the show, despite her father's tendency to dramatize. She takes an interest in kitsch. Dean had nurtured a crush her for most of the show's run. The very moment that Dean decided to tell her, Triana revealed her non-interest in him.Tropes associated with Triana:
"I just...I just wanted to kick his [Dr. Venture's] ass! I wanted to build a machine to kick his ass! I wanted to build an empire to house the machine to kick his ass!"
As Dr. Venture's self-proclaimed arch-nemesis, the Monarch plots the downfall of Team Venture with the utmost glee. His back is adorned with the wings of the mighty Monarch Butterfly from which he takes his name. Insecure and uncertain at heart, he leans on Dr. Girlfriend probably more than a super-villain should. His first name, as stated by his wife and in flashbacks, is Malcolm, while his last name is revealed in the season 1 finale to be The Monarch.Tropes associated with The Monarch:
Artistic License - Biology: A lot of jokes are made at his expense in the first season for not knowing nearly as much about monarch butterflies as he should. The very first episode does a decent example of it after he reveals that he was raised by monarch butterflies after his parents died, and was then abandoned by them.
Dr. Girlfriend: Oh sweetie. Monarch butterflies only have a lifespan of up to nine months. The Monarch: What?
Forgotten Childhood Friend: During "SPHINX Rising", he finds a picture of a young Rusty and him playing together at the Venture Compound. To say it unnerves him is a massive understatement.
For the Evulz: His sole motivation is hating Dr. Venture. It is implied that the only reason he does so is because he just feels like it.
Given the rather soul-crushing realization that he and Venture are both losers, it could simply be that he wants to destroy Rusty because the man represents everything about himself that he hates.
Freudian Excuse: When Monarch tried to kill Venture during college years, it injured Baron Underbheit and people thought Venture did it so now Monarch wants vengeance
Jerkass: He's a jerk to his men (kills them or sends them to their deaths), his fellow villains (steals their technology and frequently belittles them), and on several occasions, to his wife (pre and post marriage) as well. By numbers the only reason Rusty doesn't get the brunt of it is because they don't usually get much screen time together.
Irrational Hatred: Why he hates Venture is unexplained, nor is it likely to be anything particularly significant.
Large Ham: He loves classic-style villain speeches.
Lampshaded by Sgt. Hatred in Home is Where the Hate Is while playing charades:
Sgt. Hatred: Nope, you talked, I can't count it. Monarch: HATRED! MARK MY WORDS! ... Hatred: Blah, blah, blah. We're all supervillains here, Monarch. We've heard that speech a thousand times. You don't get the points.
Loophole Abuse: When the Guild prevented him from arching Dr. Venture, he signed up to arch Jonas Venture, Jr. and after a clever plan, earned the right to terrorize JJ's immediate relatives.
Also how he saves Rusty's life in a Guild operated night club since, as Rusty's primary arch, he has the first right to kill Dr. Venture. The other villains are forced to release him.
Not So Different: He and Rusty actually share a moment to reflect on their lives in The Devil's Grip and realize they have a lot in common.
After losing the rights to arch Dr. Venture he acutally made it a habit out of killing his new Archs too quickly.
It's also heavily implied that he does care for Rusty and the boys in a way; he wants Rusty crushed, not merely killed, and feels a connection to them due to their long adverse relationship. When he's facing people he simply doesn't care about at all, he's far, far more lethal.
The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Gets into rivalries with Baron Underbheit and Sgt. Hatred over who gets to be Rusty's Arch-Enemy. Also saves Rusty's life in a Guild operated nightclub, since, as Rusty's primary arch, he has the first right to kill Venture.
Raised by Wolves: Claims to have been raised by monarch butterflies after his parents died in a plane crash when he was a preteen. The money for his college education and villainy were provided for by a trust fund.
Running Gag: There are several instances when The Monarch is forced to take a taxi, he either shoots the cab driver, or sends his henchmen to do his dirty work to get out of paying the fare.
Trigger Happy: Approach him cautiously; he tends to shoot a lethal dosage of darts into the mouth of anybody who startles him.
The Unreveal: When remembering his first atttempt to kill Venture in college (which failed and blew off Ünderbheit jaw) in Shadowman 9, the Monarch remembers a fellow student telling him what happened. Said student used his real first name: apprently the Monarch's real name is Malcolm.
Villainous Rescue: In the season 5 episode "Bot Seeks Bot," Rusty Venture is captured in a Guild operated night club and about to be dipped into acid (even Brock Samson knows it would be suicide to attempt to rescue Doc surrounded by so many supervillains,) when Monarch shows up, citing Guild regulations which state that he has the first right to kill Venture as Venture's primary arch. The other villains are forced to release Dr. Venture.
"I was thinking of something that plays off my abilities more than my sexuality."
The husky-voiced Dr. Girlfriend is perhaps the only voice of reason in the Monarch's sad little world. Skilled and capable, she is often the only thing that makes the Monarch's plans even remotely viable. Before teaming up with the Monarch, she was involved with the Phantom Limb under the name of Queen Etherea.Tropes associated with Dr. Girlfriend:
The Dragon: She's the Monarch's right-hand woman and is in charge of his security and gadgetry; she's also a very capable combatant on her own.
Affably Evil: When Dr. Monarch was torturing H.E.L.P.eR for the Ventures' location, she put a stop to it and put a comforting arm around him. And soon had exactly the information the Monarch was trying to get...
She admits though that she was something of a failure as a solo villain.
I Have Many Names: She has been officially known as Lady Au Pair, Queen Etherea, Dr. Girlfriend, and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch; The Monarch has also called her Dr. Ex Girlfriend, Dr. Fiancee, and Dr. My Wife.
Incidentally, her first name is Sheila.
Morality Pet: Her main purpose is to make the Monarch more relatable.
Nice Hat: Based on that of Jackie Kennedy Onassis (along with her look for the first couple of seasons). Ironically, she has no idea who that is. It's implied that the guild came up with the persona for her when she wanted a 'competent female counterpart of a great leader' motif and rejected their more stripperiffic ideas.
Later, she typically dresses as like a female version of the Monarch, complete with Cool Crown.
Only Sane Man: She's one of the sanest people in the series. She's generally easygoing and her default demeanor isn't malicious, which just makes her someone you shouldn't underestimate. This is best shown in the season 5 opening, where it's revealed that to combat the supposed mutant army Dr. Venture was building, she contacted the foremost specialist on genetic mutations to create a serum to reverse the mutations and neutralize Venture's supposed army. In her words "You don't fight fire with fire you fight it with water."
Stripperiffic: Her Queen Etherea and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch costumes.
Unusually Uninteresting Sound: Her voice was completely ignored for a little less than half a season before being lampshaded, and it is usually ignored.
Vocal Dissonance: A decidedly feminine Ms. Fanservice with a deep, gruff voice that would better Brock Samson. It's justified in-universe by her pack-a-day smoking habit.
Gary (formerly Henchman "Two-Ton" 21) and the late Henchman 24
Henchman 24: Come on! They have one female servicing a large group of males. That implies a species that lays eggs.
Henchman 21: Oh my God, you're crazy! They're so obviously mammals!
Henchman 24: Please! She'd be in estrus 24/7 if she didn't lay eggs.
Henchman 21: Smurfs don't lay eggs! I won't tell you this again! Papa Smurf has a f**king beard! They're mammals!
The Monarch's henchmen are known only by their official numbers. #21 and #24 were the two best known. Somehow, despite their ineptitude and questionable loyalty, they managed to avoid the unceremonious slaying The Monarch often levies on his less fortunate henchmen. #21 (real name Gary) came into the employ of the Monarch when his henchman army kidnapped him at age 15. #24 seems to have joined of his own volition, having lost his job when the local factory closed down and his G.E.D. left many other careers inaccessible to him. He was a career henchman, first henching for Phantom Limb, alongside the future The Monarch, as seen in "Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny!". In exchange for helping The Monarch strike out on his own, 24 was allowed to come along... eventually.At the end of season three, 24 died in an explosion. 21 went a little nuts, Took a Level in Badass, and became the Monarch's drill sergeant and go-to muscle. But by the end of season four, Gary became completely disillusioned with The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch alike, and found greater peace with the various residents of the Venture compound. SPHINX quickly took Gary in even before he had decided to quit The Monarch. In the Shallow Gravy special, Gary has been shown to have stayed with SPHINX, and is interviewed under his pseudonym "The Viceroy". And in the season five premiere, he remains the sole member of SPHINX after the rest of the team rejoined with OSI. Gary tried to strike out on his own but only kept getting in the OSI's way. The original SPHINX members eventually responded to his call for new members and came to reclaim their old base in the hopes to do a suicide run against the OSI wanting to go out in blaze of glory. Which resulted in the base getting blown up, putting an end to SPHINX for good. Jobless and directionless, Gary camped out on the Venture Estate for the remainder of the season before ultimately re-joining the Monarch.Tropes associated with 21 and 24:
A Date with Rosie Palms: 24 frequently mentions that he has methods of dealing with living in a floating fortress with no women.
Affably Evil, then in "Operation: P.R.O.M.", Gary decides he probably isn't evil afterall.
Alas, Poor Yorick: After 24 dies, 21 keeps his skull as a memento, and claims he can still listen to 24 speaking to him through it.
Author Avatar: Listening to the creator commentary and seeing Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick at cons makes it very obvious that 21 and 24 are the writers. When a fan asked them to settle an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny that 21 and 24 argued about in the show, they seriously debated it with each other and were indistinguishable from the characters.
Brutal Honesty: 21 has a bit of a breakdown in "Operation: P.R.O.M." in front of The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.
Monarch: 21's bailing on us.
Dr. Mrs.: What?!
Monarch: Ask him.
21: It's true! I'm sick of this! I'm slightly drunk, I'm talking to the ghost of my fucking dead friend, I'm probably in love with you, and...so yeah, whatever, I'm over it!
Monarch: You're over it?
Dr. Mrs.: You're in love with me?
Monarch: Whoa, wait, what?!
21: We made out!
Dr. Mrs.: Well... Well, that's a stretch. We got drunk. Maybe we kissed, but uh...
Monarch: Suuuuuuuuure, you d— where was I, then, uh?
21: Where were you—you were there! We were on top of you! We made out on you!
It's also part of the reason 21 gets rid of 24's skull. He keeps showing up when he tries to masturbate.
Bullet Proof Vest: 21 bought one, it's protects him from a rifle shot from Hatred, but the force knocks him out and leaves a nasty bruise on his torso.
I Always Wanted To Do That: Instead of taking their mission seriously with #1, they hide in plain sight from Brock by pretending to be manniquins in a "villain diorama"; they comment on how little chance there is to actually do it.
Non-Action Guy: They breeze through their assignments by slacking off and using their Genre Savviness to avoid deadly cliches. This stops after the death of 24.
Plot Armor: They start bragging about it in season three. Not a good idea, as it costs 24 his life.
Punch Clock Villain: They're losers and social outcasts who are just trying not to get killed. In one episode, #24 is overheard to complain that working for the Monarch was the only job he could get after the factory he worked at closed ("It was either this or the Army").
Red Baron: 21 eventually picks up the epithet "Two Ton" 21.
In "Operation P.R.O.M.", when Dr. Orpheus helps 21 realizes that one of 24's ghost friends isn't actually dead yet, 24 vanishes, and Gary breaks down in tears. This indicates that 24 was a figment of 21's imagination the entire time. This is seemingly contradicted by 24 communicating with one of Monstroso's dead henchmen when 21 isn't exactly present onscreen, but this could simply have been an extension of 21's hallucination.
When incessantly asked about it, Jackson Publick confirmed that they intended for 24 to not really be a ghost, but ultimately, it's open to interpretation (although the "24 really was a ghost" theory only works under very specific and unlikely circumstances).
However in the same episode this badassery asserts itself he fails to find 24's killer, flubbed his attempt at Chinese Water Torture, realized that his friend's death could've been avoided if he hadn't been such a lazy coward, and accidentally gives his boss horrendous food poisoning, causing the Monarch to lose out on his chance at appearing in a high-profile supervillain magazine.
You Are in Command Now: As the sole remaining member of SPHINX (sphinx!) at the start of season 5, Gary dubs himself "SPHINX Commander" and uses that as his codename.
You Are Number Six: Subverted with 21, who sometimes went by his real name, "Gary" but now does so full-time.
The Murderous Moppets, AKA The Pupa Twins
Tim-Tom and Kevin originally served as Dr. Girlfriend's muscle when she was known as Lady Au Pair. She eventually got back in contact with them after she left The Monarch. She brought them back into the fold in time for her wedding to The Monarch, after which they started terrorizing the henchmen.Tropes associated with Tim-Tom and Kevin:
0% Approval Rating: Everyone they work with has tried to get to know, them, generally for Dr. Girlfriend's sake. They all hate them. Even Dr. Girlfriend has started feeling uncomfortable around them, which was evidently so satisfying to the Monarch that he got an erection. The Monarch has intended to kill them.
Tim-Tom Moppet: We can take out his tongue... Kevin Moppet: (with relish) With a knife! Tim-Tom Moppet: Or remove 'is 'eart... Kevin Moppet: (with great relish) Yeah, with a knife! Tim-Tom Moppet: A bigger knife! Kevin Moppet: (with greater relish) Fucking knife!
The Mole: According to Phantom Limb, they're "well-placed sleeper agents". We don't know for sure if this is correct, but the recent revelation that they were likely the ones who killed 24 (and are messing with 21's mind by crossing names off his list of suspects, which would contribute towards Limb's plan from "Bright Lights, Dean City") adds some additional proof.
A by-the-book henchman that was a stark contrast to #21 and #24. He followed all the old cliches, for which he was fiercely mocked by the Genre Savvy duo. He did go up in one final showdown with Brock that apparently ended with his death. But later came back as a centurion named Zero who used Captain Sunshine's butler Desmond (disguised as the Greek god Zeus) to kidnap Henchman and Sidekicks to fight to the death. He's later found out by 21, who distracts him while an army of supervillains attack. It's unknown whether he survived or not.Tropes associated with Henchman #1:
Badass:Just like #21 he took on Brock Samson one on one And Lived
The Caligula: He makes supervillains and super scientists fight for next to no reason other than as penitence and for his amusement.
Evil Counterpart: To 21. Both changed after a big event, both got a large number of minions. Both Took a Level in Badass. But while 21 was largely unmotivated before, Scott was already motivated. Whereas 21 has avoided becoming a villain on his own but is slowly growing into one, Scott immediately became one. Whereas 21 is fully willing to rely on dirty tactics when the situation calls for it, Scott fights with honor.
Meaningful Name: His name Zero is because he used to be a henchman. It's how 21 guesses his secret identity.
My Hero Zero: Serves not only as the Big Bad of the episode, but he turns out to be Scott Hall / Number 1, a henchman from a previous episode. Thus, while he may not be a hero, he survives not only being a henchman in a superhero/villain world, whose death is portented and lampshaded, but FIGHTING BROCK SAMPSON, which counts as a superpower in its own right.
Never Found the Body: Becomes a plot point in season four when he turns out to be the villain of "Every Which Way But Zeus".
Affably Evil: Running the biggest supervillain organization in the world, but we've never really seen any evidence of him being a bad guy (though Brock wants to kill him over something he did in Berlin).
Celebrity Impersonator: James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture, Phantom Limb, etc). Allegedly, they tried to get the real Bowie, but he declined. This is also lampshaded with Sovereign's first appearance as Bowie.
And according to Monstroso, he isn't the real Bowie. Merely a former shape-shifting super-villain, who met Bowie in the 80's, and apparently uses Bowie as his favorite public persona.
Red Mantle: Two heads are better than one! Dragoon: What does that have to do with anything? Red Mantle: Nothing, I've just been wanting to say that all day. I got sick of waiting for an opportunity.
Two members of the Guild's Council of Thirteen, they moved into the spotlight in season four. They have spent decades in the Guild headquarters, leaving both of them out-of-touch with the outside world. After a near-fatal encounter with Phantom Limb, Dragoon's life was saved when Billy Quizboy attached his head to Red Mantle's shoulder.Tropes associated with Red Mantle & Dragoon:
Dishing Out Dirt: Red Mantle's apparent power (or at least one of them,) as seen in the season 5 episode "Bot Seeks Bot" when he uses this power to move dirt onto the grave of the deceased Councilman #4.
Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: It is made very clear that they are actually Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, with the plane crash that killed both musicians merely a cover for their induction into the Guild's Council.
Multiple Head Case: They had to spend some time adjusting and coordinating to this arrangement. Dragoon insists that he will eventually take over the whole body.
Retired Badass: Guild masterminds, and Dragoon still had some fight in him before losing his body.
Silence, You Fool!: Dragoon hung several lampshades on this during the Council's first appearance.
Monarch: "Oh this isn't gay. But King Gorilla over there is! And I bet he can't wait to snap off a piece of your dick in his ***!"
A tough old talking gorilla who served time in prison alongside The Monarch. He made a deal with the Investors to donate his heart to Monstroso when he dies in exchange for getting out on his life sentence.Tropes associated with King Gorilla:
Prison Rape: He tried to rape The Monarch once, but he couldn't get it up because Monarch looked too much like a girl from behind. He even brought him back to his cell, but still felt nothing.
What Happened to the Mouse?: After playing a major part in the season two premiere, he vanished from the show despite a few hooks for future appearances. He later made his return, dying from lung cancer.
Dr. Girlfriend: "Monstroso? That's what this is about? He's the king of the double cross. I mean, think about it, he's a lawyer and a supervillain. That's like a shark with a grenade launcher on its head."
An influential supervillain and lawyer. The Monarch tries to team up with him to screw over Venture at the season four midpoint. This ends about as well as you'd expect (remember, this is a show about failure). Captured by the OSI during Season 5, and (possibly) killed by the Investors as an anti-snitching measure.Tropes associated with Monstroso:
Expy: Shares a number of similarities with Marvel Comics villain, The Kingpin, including his monstrous size, nice suit, and being a businessman running a criminal empire. He also shares some traits with Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, including his facial hair, devil hood, and general devil motif.
Genius Bruiser: Obviously very intelligent, he also seems to be just as strong as he looks since he actually survived the epic beatdown delivered by Brock and 21.
Karma Houdini: Subverted at the very last minute in his first appearance.
Never Found the Body: In "Operation P.R.O.M.", he and Molotov are in a limo as it falls down a cliff and explodes, and in the Season 5 premiere his "body" turns out to be an inflatable decoy. Five episodes after reveal he's still alive. But in that same episode he goes missing again after being phased though the wall of the OSI airship and dropped from hundreds of feet in the air.
Oh Crap: When The Investors appear during his interrogation on the O.S.I. Heli-Carrier, he has a severe freak out. Nothing had fazed him before, from fighting 21 and Brock simultaneously to being at the mercy of the O.S.I. Now he's scared witless.
Running Gag: He offers the Monarch a cigar four times in about ninety seconds.
"Fine, yes! Gimme a fucking cigar!"
Smug Snake: Trying to defeat both the Venture family and The Monarch simultaneously... with zoning law fine print.
Watch and Ward
High-ranking Guild communications officers, who report directly to the Sovereign. They're fairly good at their jobs, when not distracted by inconsequential matters, be they misplaced juice boxes or mp3 selection.Tropes associated with Watch and Ward:
Author Avatar: Their conversations are often taken from actual conversations between Jackson and Doc. As a bonus, Doc and Ward (whom he voices) are both blond.
Idiot Ball: Failed to notice Phantom Limb's escape from Guild HQ, due to Watch having a bug clinging to his back.
Captain Ersatz: Sort of a fusion of Pyro of the X-Men (for his powers and ethnicity, although Torrid can create flame and teleport), Deadman (for his costume), and Dormammu (from Doctor Strange) (for his mythical connections).
Gass Hole: Much fuss is made over the smell he leaves behind in the Venture bathroom.
"You win this time, but mark my words, and mark them well: I will get you, Quiz Boy!"
The newest member of the Guild of Calamitous Intent as of the Season 5 premier, who specifically joins to arch Billy Quiz Boy. He is also incredibly rich, and is a collector and fan boy of antiques from movies and TV shows.Tropes associated with St. Cloud:
Ascended Extra/Early-Bird Cameo: He appears as a background character in the first four seasons, most memorably getting Baron Underbheit's boot in his ass at Rusty's yard sale.
The Collector: Of in numerous pop cultural icons, many of them ridiculously expensive. Billy utterly hates him for this, because he never lets anyone else see them except to show off and damages them for his own amusement (like altering Auric Goldfinger's pajamas so they'd fit him). He also collects albinos.
Evil Is Petty: When Billy and Pete come to his house to try to barter with him for a flying ship, he agrees on the account Billy eat a dollar worth of pennies. The reason? Billy outbid him for an action figure on eBay.
Pyrrhic Victory: Tries to pull one on Rusty and Billy by announcing he bought the island where Spanakopita is held after they win the final event, unaware that the locals had sold him "Spanakopita," the spinach pastry, rather than "Spanakos," the actual name of the island. What's more the locals were scamming him as well as Rusty the entire time.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Manages to bypass many of the Guild's set rules (such as new members being unable to choose their own archenemy) by bribing them with money.
He likewise bribes his way through the Spanakopita events just to get under Billy and Rusty's skin.
Ambiguously Human: Are they magically empowered humans, demons, or some other malevolent entities?
Deal with the Devil: And according to Brock, only Billy and White have "Borrowed money from them, and lived long enough to panic about it".
The Dreaded: When they come to collect on your end of whatever deal you made with them. Even the 10 foot tall supervillain lawyer, Monstroso, is scared out of his mind when they show up for him in "O.S.I. Love You."
Early-Bird Cameo: They first appeared in the background behind the speakers at the state university in the episode "Pomp & Circuitry." They were said to be there representing the General Consolodated Insurance company...
Intangible Men: Bullets and knives just pass right through them. They can also walk through walls and floors. And reach inside peoples chests, and phase them through walls.
Masters Of Disguise: As shown during "O.S.I. Love You" then can perfectly impersonate two O.S.I. agents, and a nonexistent third rookie agent.
The Voiceless: Until "O.S.I. Love You" when disguised as the O.S.I. company men.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of their powers, as seen in "O.S.I. Love You" when they perfectly impersonate the O.S.I. agents.
The Office of Secret Intelligence, which stands in opposition to the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Most current SPHINX members were former OSI agents. OSI headquarters is a Global Airship that houses more than two thousand crew, and is almost always on the move. By the end of the fourth season, General Treister appointed a reluctant Hunter Gathers as the new leader of OSI, just before Treister launched himself into space. As of season 5 Gathers' has taken to the job and taken all of SPHINX with him, barring Gary. This section includes past and present OSI members, excepting those who have left and joined other organizations.
Col. Hunter Gathers
"Lesson number one: trust no one! The minute God crapped out the third caveman, a conspiracy was hatched against one of them!"
Brock Samson's world-weary, boisterous mentor. Current head of OSI.Tropes associated with Gathers:
Arbitrary Skepticism: Doesn't believe in vampires despite the fact that they exist in the Venture-verse.
Attractive Bent-Gender: Subverted in that while the his sex change fulfilled his dream "to have big beautiful tits", his post-op body being quite nice, his face and voice remained exactly the same.
Noodle Incident: He frequently throws out snippets of anecdotes about the "true" history of the United States, such as the fact that OSI has been defending the country since the Second American Revolution - "the invisible one!" Also that "the president isn't the president anyway, you know that."
Oh Crap: During "O.S.I Love You" when he realizes the three O.S.I agents interviewing everyone involved in the "Molostro" incident were imposters.
Running Both Sides: His fate in the season four finale; he's placed in charge of SPHINX and OSI.
Subverted in season five. He and the rest of SPHINX return to OSI while leaving Henchman 21 in charge.
Secret Test of Character: To Molotav after OSI supposedly captures her and Monstroso. Her whole break out was to test the OSI security against her as well as take out the double agents within. She passes with flying colors.
Sink or Swim Mentor: When he is training Brock. When he learns that Brock can't swim, he forces Brock into a pool where he must fight frog men and an alligator while Hunter throws grenades into the pool.
Transsexual: He eventually had it reversed, but later admits to miss being a woman. Or at least having a pair of breasts.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Would hit ("non-lethal force only") but wouldn't kill. Instills this philosophy in Brock Samson during the latter's training, and takes advantage of it later when he undergoes a sex change so Brock couldn't kill him when he quits the O.S.I.
"Look, you don't want my life, Hank. This job's not all it's cracked up to be. I've been at this for over twenty years and what do I have to show for it? A metal plate in my chest, Vatican karate gorilla blood on my hands and a footlocker full of Manboro miles?"
Brock Samson is the man's man of secret agents. Disdaining guns in favor of his ever-present Bowie knife, he has a license to kill and the overpowering desire to use it. Fiercely loyal to Dr. Venture and the boys, Brock will let nothing stand in the way of their safety, be it ninja, super-villain or Chupacabra.In season four, after quitting the OSI, he joined Hunter and SPHINX. However, after the Ventures discover the SPHINX compound, he regularly interacts with them during the season's second half.Tropes associated with Brock:
The Ace: A very over-the-top and violent variation.
Almighty Janitor: His peers in the secret agent world see him as one, saying that he's a top-caliber operative wasting his time playing babysitter to a washout of a super-scientist.
Badass: One of the purest embodiments of the trope imaginable. Even reaches the point of Deconstruction when a lifetime of killing people and witnessing truly bizarre things working for the O.S.I/Venture family leads to him having a bit of a breakdown and quitting.
Berserk Button: Anyone trying to harm the Venture family, touching his car, taking his last cigarette, showing him disrespect... or disrespecting Led Zeppelin.
Characterization Marches On: Has probably had the most subtle but significant Character Development of the cast, especially if one counts the pilot (in which he abandons the Venture boys to have sex with an unattractive hooker) as canon. His earliest appearances, in which he was far more of a psycho and a womanizer, are in stark contrast to the stoic but compassionate Papa Wolf that emerged by the end of the first season. The episode "Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner" addresses one of these instances by saying that he didn't know that Lt. Baldavitch and Col. Manstrong were in a formal relationship before he had sex with the former; he apologized to Manstrong for the transgression. Brocks transformation is depicted as a new development, though, and isn't Ret Conned. He remains a mindless killing-machine in flashbacks.
He is revealed to possess a crossbow in season 5. Not quite a gun, but still a projectile firing weapon. He gives it to Gary at the end of the episode to cheer him up after the OSI finally destroys SPHINX.)
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He's a scientist's bodyguard whose main priority (at least in the beginning) is to brutally kill his enemies while having sex with as many women as possible. His college football career (and scholarship) ended when he accidentally killed another player, so he joined the army. He wound up as a government agent with his own license to kill, which he's been known to take advantage of if a bartender makes fun of his mullet.
He's Back: Well, technically, he was close by all along.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The heart of gold grows with his character development and is part of what leads to him quitting the OSI (originally) and quitting as the Venture family bodyguard.
Knife Nut: When given an assortment of Q-style gadgets to use, Brock pulls out his knife and insists that it is the only weapon he will ever need.
There is also a practical reason for him favoring his bowie knife over using guns: it prevents the Guild of Calamitous Intent from escalating the deadliness of their attacks, as they strictly control what supervillains are allowed to use to torment their arches. As long as he doesn't use anything more than his knife, fists, and the occasional improbable weapon, they can't use anything more deadly either.
Pet the Dog: While Brock is often merciless to enemy minions, he has on occasion been nice to them. One time he sang off a guy who thought Brock had nicked a major blood vessel and thought he was bleeding to death.
Put on a Bus: Leaves to work for SPHINX, but returns in the midseason finale.
Real Men Wear Pink: He seems to be the more 'maternal' part of the family unit as he's willing to play along with the boys' little games (even Dean's effeminate activities).
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Wouldn't kill a girl (unless she's a vampire). He keeps the eye he took from the woman he loves in his room as a trophy.
"Nooo, no. That's not my gun. That's an indicator of how excited I am to do this to you. That [holds his gun up] is my gun."
An ex-OSI operative kicked out on a Don't Ask, Don't Tell violation, Shore-Leave claims to have exorcised the "demons of homosexuality" and turned to God. He and his Heterosexual Life Partner Sky Pilot run a Bible camp for kids and dress up as the Christian superheroes "The Soul Mates."In fact, the religious conversion was a cover story; Shore-Leave is one of the top agents in Hunter Gathers' SPHINX organization. He becomes Brock Samson's partner on missions.Tropes associated with Shore-Leave:
Agent Peacock: According to Word of God on the DVD Commentary, Shore Leaves plays up his "swishiness" a little bit because he enjoys creating a contrast between his Camp Gay flamboyancy and his Badass lethality, just to underscore how awesome and confident he is at both.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Shore Leave is deadly accurate with his pistols, being able to shoot specific targets on 21's costume from a large distance. One handed.
Incredibly Lame Pun: "Holy Diver" is a sailor with an anchor/cross tattoo on his chest; he was specifically created around this idea. Sky Pilot has a matching up arrow/cross tattoo, but it's not as punny.
And the constant neck craning with every syllable.
Another former OSI-agent, kicked out alongside Shore-Leave, who ended up being part of Hunter's SPHINX group as well. Doesn't play as active a role in the series as his former partner. Most of the same tropes associated with Shore-Leave (in relation to religion and the defection, at least) are shared by Sky Pilot.Tropes associated with Mile-High:
Camp Straight: Possibly. He's not in love with Shore-Leave, but may still be gay.
The Mole: He's still working for OSI, as revealed by General Treister.
Crippling Overspecialization: Headshot is a good sniper...and that's about it for his skill set. Most of the time, that would be perfectly fine. But for an O.S.I. agent, whose duties may range from infiltration to hand-to-hand combat with legitimately powered supervillains, it's rather lacking.
The former head of the OSI and apparently its founder. He's a Crazy AwesomeBadass Grandpa. Or at least he was, until he launched his body unprotected into space, with a note asking aliens to cure his cancer.Tropes associated with Treister:
Badass Grandpa: Though he is a bit of a Cloud Cuckoolander (probably comes with the territory of running an ultra-secret espionage organization), he is undoubtedly badass.
Expy: Bears a close resemblance to Nick Fury's mainstream counterpart.
He upgrades this to Obfuscating Insanity when he pretends that he truly believes himself to turn into the Incredible Hulk. This is a ploy to flush out the two O.S.I. moles Cardholder and Doe who are gaslighting him to turn him insane and take over the O.S.I.
Molotov is a former agent of an unnamed Soviet intelligence organization who turned mercenary after the Cold War. She is the love of Brock Samson's life, despite the fact that a titanium steel chastity belt and a promise to her deceased father prevent their full carnal union. Before she was a secret agent she was an Olympic athlete representing the Soviet Union. Her father and trainer was an undercover Soviet assassin.Tropes associated with Molotov:
Manipulative Bastard: She indirectly tricks Brock into being paranoid about the O.S.I. So he'll kill their top assassins.
Meaningful Name: As Brock constantly finds out on his encounters with her. Brock even refers to her as a cocktease in one of their earlier meetings years ago.
Never Found the Body: In the season four finale, she and Monstroso presumably fall to their deaths, but all we see is Brock looking away from the limo exploding.
In the season 5 premiere episode, Brock and Shore-Leave check out the wreckage, the only thing they find is a balloon shaped in Monstroso image and neither she nor him are anywhere to be found. Four episodes later confirm she's still alive.
Ms. Fanservice: Her default outfit is striperiffic and shows Absolute Cleavage.
A former OSI agent. She was at one point Dr. Venture's personal body guard and one time lover. Claims to be Hank and Dean's mother, though whether or not this is true is yet to be made certain. Brock claims she was a former member of the American Gladiators who was thrown into an insane asylum after becoming criminally obsessed with Dr. Venture. Every few years she breaks out of the asylum and kidnaps the Venture brothers.Tropes associated with Myra:
Crazy Cat Lady: She breast-feeds her cats and tries to kidnap Hank and Dean Venture.
I Was Quite a Looker: She was an attractive woman when she worked for Rusty. But all those years of crazy really changed that.
Multiple Choice Past: The only things definitively known are that she actually was Rusty's bodyguard at one point, and that he really did sleep with her at least once; other than that it's "he said, she said"
Parental Incest: She tells Dean to get undressed, calling his body "handsome" and tries to have him shoved up her lady parts to give "birth" to him (fortunately she fails). Though it's not made clear whether or not her motives are purely bat-shit maternal crazy or maternal and sexual. It's only implied that it's both. Also she's not their real mom though it may still be counted as playing the trope straight as they both saw each other as family during the time and she did try to give birth to him by shoving him in her lady parts.
Prison Riot: Managed to convert a whole crazy house into her own little personal cult army and took it over at least until Hank and 21 loused that up. Then again she was a former OSI agent.
The original bodyguard of the Quest family from Jonny Quest, after whom the character Brock Samson was designed to parody. In The Venture Bros., Race was an OSI agent who also knew Brock. Race was killed off quickly after his first appearance in the show, but appeared again later in the series in Flashbacks.
Death by Cameo: Died in the first season in his first appearance before the opening credits even start.
Writing Around Trademarks: Race Bannon has had no more mentions and appeared in no more Flashbacks since the creators of The Venture Bros. lost the right to use Jonny Quest trademarks (his last appearance lasted about 5 seconds and had Gathers calling him "Red").
Spider Skull Island
Dr. Jonas Venture, Jr.
Dr. Venture's twin brother whom he ate in the womb, Jonas, Jr. - or JJ - is a two-foot tall dwarf with all of the skill, charisma, and success that Rusty lacks. He is usually seen getting contracts that Rusty wants whenever Rusty calls him up for a loan.Tropes associated with JJ:
The Ace: He's more like his father than his brother is.
Artificial Limbs: His left hand didn't form during his birthing development. After he finally leaves Rusty's body, Billy makes him a cybernetic prosthetic.
Characterization Marches On: Played with. His first appearance in the season 1 finale, he tries to murder Rusty. This clashes a bit with his later smug-genius characterization. "Now Museum Now You Don't" showed that he's something of a passive-aggressive, condescending jerk. "The Lepidopterists" shows him to be a fan of Disproportionate Retribution who doesn't know or play by the rules. Played more straight in the Season 5 premiere, where he has contracted Rusty for a large project and openly admits his surprise and gratitude when Rusty delivers beyond his expectations. That being said, he didn't know about near apocalyptic shenanigans that happened as a result of Rusty's incompetence.
The Charmer: Even as a malformed two-foot-tall fetus man he's amazingly successful with the ladies due to his good looks and endless charisma.
The Resenter: A less-extreme example; in spite of being more successful and intelligent than Rusty, he seems a touch bitter about not being regarded as Jonas Venture's son. In his first appearance this drove him to try and kill Rusty, and while he's mellowed out he's been shown trying to erase Rusty's boyhood accomplishments from memory and replace it with himself.
Richard Impossible's now-ex-wife. When the lab accident occured that gave Richard his stretching powers, she was affected too but was much less fortunate as she was given the "power" of making her skin visible, without utilising it her skin returns to being invisible and makes for a pretty gross sight. Her other family members, who were also caught in the blast, didn't fare as well (her brother Cody ignites when exposed to oxygen, while her cousin Ned became a walking tumor). To save his public image, Richard hid them away and refused to let Sally interact with anyone. Rusty winds up meeting her by accident and she tries to use him to escape Richard's grasp but Rusty quickly abandons her. In their next encounter Rusty used her to get a vital piece of equipment he needed from Richard's lab. It was during this encounter she met Jonas Venture Jr and the two quickly hit it off. Sometime afterward she divorced Richard and went to live with J.J along with Ned and her infant son Rocket (Cody somehow still staying with Richard).Tropes associated with Sally:
Blessed with Suck: Stuck with a power she never wanted and claims it take a great deal of effort to maintain control — really, it barely even counts as a power, more like a flat-out disability.
Body Horror: When she loses control of her power, yeesh.
Took a Level in Badass: Minor one, before she was always cowering in front of her husband and gets sparks of courage if she knew she could escape or at least discredit him. She ratches up a bit when Richard shows his neglect for Rocket and by third appearance she done with his crap and is disgusted by his attempts to win her back (though she does show some appreciation for his attempted and supposed Heroic Sacrifice). She now a part of J.J fighting force, helping to defend Spider Island from the Monarch in a giant mecha.
The Pirate Captain
The leader of the "ghost pirates" in the episode "Ghosts of the Sargasso". After his initial encounter with the Venture family, he began living on the X-2 after having difficulties in finding a job. When Jonas Jr. acquired the ship, he hired the captain. He has not been referred to by any name or nickname other than "The Captain" so far. He currently resides with Jonas Jr. on Spider Skull Island and fulfills the duties of a butler, caretaker, and right-hand man. The Captain always refers to Jonas as "Chairman".Tropes associated with the Captain:
Shout-Out: He is modeled after Scooby-Doo villains, and makes a lot of specific references to that end (such as mentioning that he got to meet Cher and "the guy who was the voice of Inspector Gadget"note Don Adams, who both guest-starred on Scooby-Doo).
Sally Impossible and Cody's mentally challenged cousin. Formerly associated with Impossible Industries, Ned followed Sally to Spider Skull Island to live with Jonas Venture Jr.Tropes associated with Ned:
"No one retires from the Phantom Limb's shit list!"
The leader of the Revenge Society and the man who recruited Dr. Girlfriend into the Guild of Calamitous Intent, Hamilton G. Fantomas is the grandson of the adventurer and Guild founder Fantômas. Born with atrophied limbs, his attempts to speed up their muscle growth instead gave him invisible hands that could kill with a touch. He eventually worked his way up in the Guild, always with an eye on the Sovereign's position. Dr. Girlfriend used to work with him and date him as Queen Etherea before meeting the Monarch; she goes back to him in season two, securing his position as the Big Bad of that season.After his above origins were revealed in season three, he made a major comeback in season four as he attempted to conquer the Guild once more... and failed. Then he decided to make his own guild to piss off the Sovereign.Tropes associated with Phantom Limb:
The Monarch states that Phantom Limb "wears an awful lot of purple for a white guy," but that's about it for ethnic information.
An Arm and a Leg: He loses an arm, leg and implicitly his Penis after his altercation with the Soverign ended with his airship crashing. Impossible reconstructed his machine and at the very least Limb's arm and leg have been restored.
Big Bad: Mutual enemy to Dr. Venture and The Monarch in season 2
Bigger Bad: In Seasons 4 and 5. He spends the latter half of season 4 recovering and slowly building a team of his own, and is absent in season 5 apart from a cameo in Bot Seeks Bot, which shows that the revenge society has been watching the council meetings.
Companion Cube: In season 4, he now has a new Guild consisting of a toaster, a mug and one of Dr. Girlfriend's shoes. Turns out they're not so harmless, as he manipulates them with his detached invisible limbs to use in combat.
Detachment Combat: He can still control and re-attach his invisible limbs after they have been cut off.
Eviler than Thou: Is by far the evilest and most experienced member of the Revenge Society.
Improbable Weapon User: Successfully disables a series of Guild death-traps using a common household toaster and later disarms a group of Guild soldiers using a high-heeled shoe as a boomerang in the episode The Revenge Society.
Knight of Cerebus: Comes far closer to killing the Venture family than anyone else has in Victor. Echo. November Even certified BadassBrock realizes that they "might not make it this time" when he realizes it's the Guild Strangers they're up against instead of the usual henchmen rabble.
Large Ham: He's very fond of dramatic hand motions. Not that the viewer can see them.
Man of Wealth and Taste: Has a very sophisticated, aristocratic manner about him, likes fine cheeses and wines, lives in a home based on the Frank Lloyd Wright "Storer House," and sells stolen artwork as his brand of supervillainy.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Phantom Limb's powers continue to change. In Season 1 his hands caused veins to pop up on people when he uses his touch of death, and they don't seem to glow (he was wearing a heavy coat, but no light came out of the disconnect between gloves and sleeves). All other appearances neglect the veins and have his arms glow green and red for the touch of death. Season 4 shows he can detach and control his limbs. His limbs glow blue now and his powers seem to be electricity based, as he stunned Dean instead of killing him, and it seems he can regulate how much charge they give.
Not Quite Dead: Wisdom, the coffee cup, who has been put back together after Limb accused him of being the Sovereign.
Ironically, Chuck (the toaster) and Lady Nightshade (the shoe) "perished" in the scuffle that occurred after his escape.
Obfuscating Stupidity/He's Back: In "Pomp and Circuitry", it's revealed that he was waiting for the perfect time to strike. He then proceeds to launch his plan to form a new team with failures of superheroes and villains, and so far it's working.
And despite some initial pitfalls due to Professor Impossible's inexperience, he manages to nearly kill Doctor Venture, if not for Fat Chance accidently tripping onto him.
Small Reference Pools: Want to know just how well this show averts this? One of its major villains is a descendent of Fantômas, a French character who is largely unknown in the US. The trope itself is, fittingly, one of his pet peeves, as seen when he tried to sell a Rembrandt to a Mafioso who only wanted the Mona Lisa.
Smug Snake: His overconfidence almost always leads to his downfall.
Start My Own: In the second half of season four, he tells the Sovereign he's going to start his own guild with Wisdom, Professor Impossible, Baron Underbeit, Lady Hawke Johnson/Lyndon Bee and Fat Chance.
Stay in the Kitchen: A thoroughly unsympathetic example. There is no misguided chivalry at work here, just plain old misogyny. Dr. Girlfriend left him initially because he let her engineering proficiency go to waste in favor of using her as arm candy.
(after Dr. Girlfriend calls him out on crashing her wedding) Sweet girl, you're being irrational, and such is the curse of your sex. I forgive you.
Super Power Lottery: "I can kill a man by simply touching him. Now what were your special powers again?"
Touch of Death: Though it's been shown in "Bright Lights, Dean City" he can control it to merely knock out his foe if necessary.
Visible Invisibility: His limbs avert the trope, which is an occasional source of humor - such as when he tried "wringing [his] hands - menacingly!", only for nobody to know what he was doing.
What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Subverted. In his first appearance, his only visible power is having invisible limbs. Later, it turns out that his limbs can instantly kill by touch, deflect projectiles, and can be detached and remotely operated.
Wicked Cultured: A definite example, once called out for having sold out his villainous principles for high culture accoutrements such as dealing in stolen art instead of 'the old stuff'. (In the same episode, he laments how many of his fellow art thieves want to steal the Mona Lisa, for no other reason than it's a famous painting, and not because they appreciate it as art.)
Professor Richard Impossible
A fellow super-scientist and Captain Ersatz of Fantastic Four leader Reed Richards AKA Mr. Fantastic, but much, much darker. At first he seemed just like his counterpart... and then it was revealed his fellow members got useless, or in one case harmful, powers and that he kept them under wraps to save face. Doctor Venture won over his wife, Sally, while working with Impossible but left her behind when they left. She finally escaped with Doctor Venture's brother J.J. along with her and her son Rocket. He didn't take it well. He soon fell into a deep depression until his old buddy Phantom Limb convinced him to go over to the evil side, while remaining a super scientist to the public. He's now a super villain and part of Phantom Limb's Revenge Society.Tropes associated with Richard:
For Science!: He conducted an experiment that blew up in his face. It granted him incredible stretching powers, but left his family with painful and hideous mutations. Not only is he completely unsympathetic to their plight, but he treats them like prisoners most of the time less they embarrass him. He is a thinly-veiled parody of The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards, who has slipped into this trope from Reed Richards Is Useless more than once (most recently during Civil War). His crowning moment of For Science comes when confronted by his wife that their son was missing, he ignores her and handwaves it:
Sally "What could possibly be more important than your own son?"
Jerk Ass: He's a self-aggrandizing super scientist who would unthinkingly do horrible things for profit, glory, and scientific curiosity. While such a description would apply to many other characters in the show, Professor Impossible has repeatedly shown his contempt and lack of empathy towards others by coldly dismissing them as insignificant in the face of his own scientific pursuits and abilities.
Laughably Evil: Became waaay more humorous once he went off the deep end and joined the Revenge Society. This may have something to do with Bill Hader, though.
Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Even before his Face-Heel Turn, he was shown to have a very shaky grasp on ethics. His first solution to Hank being contaminated by The Goliath Serum was to kill him. He doesn't even pause what he's doing when he finds out that his son is missing and is only concerned about it because his wife is beating on him and berating him because of it.
Sally: What could be more important than your family?!
Not So Different: Phantom Limb points out that he wasn't that far from being a supervillain in the first place.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: While his lack of experience has kept him from being an effective supervillain thus far, it must be remembered that this is the same person who has devised a biological agent capable of turning living creatures into bombs and has harnessed his brother-in-law's self-combustion powers to provide Impossible Industries with enough free electricity to go completely "green", all of which occurred before he decided to become a real supervillain.
Nigh-Invulnerability: Although he can still be harmed, his elastic nature makes him incredibly difficult to kill or even injure.
Rubber Man: He's a spoof of the Mr. Fantastic and the only one of the Impossibles to have a useful power.
That Man Is Dead: Attempts this by calling himself Professor Incorrigible, but Limb wasn't crazy about the idea.
Villain with Good Publicity: He manages to keep up his good publicity up until his split with Sally. Though he isn't actually exposed for the Jerk Ass that he is, his mental breakdown and decline have become apparent to others.
Dr. Venture's "other" Arch-Enemy, Werner Underbheit is the tyrannical ruler of Underland (pronounced oon-derland) who lost his jaw back in college - he blames Rusty for this, although it might have been the result of The Monarch's first attempt to kill Rusty. Recently ousted as ruler. Now the muscle for the Revenge Society.Tropes associated with Underbheit:
Arch-Enemy: Considered himself Rusty Venture's arch enemy, but The Monarch completely eclipsed him during the show's run.
The Bus Came Back: Love Bheits was intended to be the last appearance of the character in the series, as Doc and Jackson didn't find him interesting enough to write for. Until season 4 that is, and the formation of the Revenge Society.
Captain Ersatz: A very blatant one of Doctor Doom, with The Monarch even making the comparison. This makes his recent team up with Dr. Impossible amusing - especially since Dr. Doom and Mr. Fantastic are also teammates in the Future Foundation now.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Subverted. He disappeared after season two, and then twenty-nine episodes later, he makes a couple cameos and becomes a member of the Revenge Society not soon after.
Knight of Cerebus: From his early appearances and the promotion of him in the show's first opening, it appears that the original plan for Underbheit was that he would act as Rusty's "real," serious Arch-Enemy while the Monarch would remain an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. However, the writers quickly found Underbheit too one-dimensional to fill that role.
A new recruit to the Revenge Society, Fat Chance was forever changed by a botched scientific experiment, which left him obese. However, it also gave him an "Enigma Hole" in his belly, which he can pull random (and occasionally useful) items from.Tropes associated with Fat Chance:
Cool Gate: His Enigma Hole, even if he has no idea what's on the other side.
Captain Ersatz: Possibly one to Chunk, a supporting character of The Flash. He also was a scientist who, due to a mishap, was rendered obese and with the power to send objects to and from a parallel universe through his body. Not a very well known character, but it'd hardly be the most obscure reference Venture Bros has made.
A married couple who you might recognize. Presumably inducted into the Revenge Society because of how pathetic almost all the other applicants were, Ladyhawke transforms into a hawk by night, and Lyndon into a bee by day.Tropes associated with Ladyhawke and Lyndon:
The grand figure looming over the remains of the current world today is the legacy left behind by Dr. Jonas Venture, Sr. Adventure hero, scientist, woman-chaser, celebrity, and media darling who could do anything except raise a son. Dr. Venture lived a life of luxury and adventure, with the world constantly revolving around him, and that was the way he liked it. Too often, this ended up with Dr. Venture ignoring important things like missing colleagues, the family's cursed artifact, and non-emotionally scarring time that should have been spent with his own son. Then, he would play down any negative consequences of anything he ever did until he could forget about it.Tropes associated with Jonas:
Abusive Parent: Manages to top Rusty and Professor Impossible as the worst Dad in the series. He included Rusty in all his missions from ages 3-17, made him endure numerous kidnappings, and forced him to kill someone with a house key. When ever Rusty attempted to express his frustration, Jonas would simply disregard it and call him ungrateful. His style of parenting was so bad, that in "Are You There God, It's Me Dean", even The Monarch admitted to Hank, that Jonas really did a number on him.
Broken Pedestal: He's a globetrotting super-scientist adventurer who has foiled the plots of countless supervillains. But when you dig a little deeper, you see that he was an emotionally abusive parent who constantly put his son's life in danger by dragging him along on dangerous adventures as well as being a habitual womanizer. He frequently lost interest in his projects, leaving many half finished and anyone unfortunate enough to be involved to their own devices (E-Den, the drug addled orphans trapped beneath his compound, Dr. Entmann, etc.)
The Casanova: A habitual womanizer, known to throw "key parties."
Characterization Marches On: His first appearances seemed to make the audience think that Rusty is a jerk for not liking his amazing father more. It isn't until we later learn about some of the darker secrets of Venture Industries (such as keeping a population of drug-addicted orphans in the tunnels beneath their house for decades) that we begin to see Jonas as he really was.
Gadgeteer Genius: A brilliant inventor...until he would lose interest and leave many of his projects unfinished. Rusty seems to stay afloat by (poorly) completing Jonas' unfinished work.
Generation Xerox: Like his father Lloyd Venture, he was a super-scientist and engaged in globe spanning adventures. He also installed this lifestyle into his son.
Never Got to Say Goodbye: Died under mysterious circumstances and never said goodbye to Rusty. Near the end of the third season, it is strongly implied that his bodyguard Kano killed him for trying to activate the O.R.B...which had ironically been rendered useless by Lloyd Venture's bodyguard Sandow.
Papa Wolf: If there is one positive trait to him, he does look after and protect his own son - as a group of poor would-be Spaniard kidnappers found out the hard way. Zig-zagged in that Rusty is only ever in danger due to his own father's negligence and willingness to put him in dangerous situations.
Pet the Dog: Related to Papa Wolf, for all of the torment he subjects his son through, he at least has the decency to let his son keep his happy memories before savagely beating up said would-be Spaniard kidnappers.
"That thing is gonna kick like a badger, so you have to re-level quick. Aim for the bastard's neck. Hold 'im up there, Kano! I don't care if he wets himself and your head; that boy is gonna see somebody die! And if he doesn't want it to be his father, he'll have to pull that trigger!"
The apparent second-in-command of the 60's Team Venture, Col. Gentleman is the swinger of the group.Tropes associated with Gentleman:
Artistic License - Military: He claims to have been in the RAF, but the rank of colonel does not exist in the RAF. The equivalent rank is group captain.
Bad Ass Grandpa: He's still very capable in a fight. He even gets Brock Sampson to back off thanks to his reputation and a well-aimed cane to the throat.
Beware the Nice Ones: He's certainly a nice guy, eccentrics aside. Badmouth or mistreat his friends or family and you're screwed.
Jackson Publick (in character during episode commentary): "Of course I have sex with Kiki! He's beautiful! That doesn't make me gay, it makes me smart!"
He's also the first person Shore-Leave goes to for info on the "Rusty Venture" sex act, and claims to have invented the act. Yeah, he named a gay sex act after his friend's child.
He-Man Woman Hater: Nearly every time he talks about a woman is to mention either screwing them or giving them a "smack in the mouth."
Heroic BSOD: During the 5th season finale, after Kiki walks out for good. He rather glumly realizes all his favorite gay flings have passed on, that he's shacked up with a bitchy Persian a third his age, and that Tangiers has lost its appeal on top of considering his sexual preference a capital offense. He moves to the States by the end of the episode, and he and the Action Man decide to room together.
Manly Gay: Although it's somewhat clear he strongly prefers men as a rule; his autobiography is titled Gentlemen Prefer Gentleman, after all.
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: For a given definition of "heroic." He used to wake up a young Rusty Venture with an empty gun pressed to the boy's head.
"Not tonight Rusty..."
Jerk Ass: Was not nice at all to Major Tom's ghost about marrying his wife, shot Orpheus without a second thought and pulled Rusty's pants down in front of a large crowd at his 16th birthday so Col.Gentleman could shoot his dick with a shrink ray.
Shout-Out: His name comes from a lyric in "Ashes to Ashes", the David Bowie song that was a continuation of "Space Oddity" (and thus the story of the original Major Tom). Bowie got the name from the British equivalent of G.I. Joe.
Super Soldier: He states that Jonas Sr. had him take "Go Juice" while they worked together, but he's kicked it once he retired. If Sergeant Hatred is any indication, this could be why he was so horrible to Rusty.
Your Days Are Numbered: After pissing off Dr. Orpheus, the latter tells Action Man that he's going to have a stroke in two years, seventeen days. This news doesn't seem to bother The Action Man in any way.
Crl. Gentleman: We're all going to die! Action Man: Not me! I still got two more years!
The silent badass of the team, Kano was the cool, silent pilot and Made of Iron martial artist. He is later revealed to have been Jonas, Sr.'s official OSI Bodyguard in the vein of Brock Samson.Tropes associated with Kano:
The Big Guy: With hands strong enough to crush a boulder, but gentle enough to crush a butterfly.
Gentle Giant: In his old age (or maybe all along), he's become quite soft, has hobbies in cooking and karaoke. He also seemed to be the primary caretaker of Rusty and was a borderline Team Mom.
Nice Guy: By far the nicest, well-balanced, and least sociopathic member of the original Team Venture (other than Otto Aquarius, but he can be a bible-thumping prick at times too.)
The Stoic: Has all of the mannerisms to go with the silence.
The Voiceless: Turns out that he isn't mute. He took a vow of silence for killing a "great man"... who may have been Dr. Venture, Sr. himself.
Dr. Paul Entmann/Humongoloid
The forgotten member of the team, Dr. Entmann was left stranded in a sealed room under the Venture Compound after an attempt to cure his super-gigantism turned him into an tiny human.Tropes associated with Entmann:
Square/Cube Law: References it - he nearly went into cardiac arrest from the slightest activity when he was a giant, and expresses annoyance with the "many times its own weight" description of an ant's strength.
Son of a drunken sailor and an Atlantean princess, Otto is a standard aquatic hero who has long since given up violence as an answer to his problems after joining Jehovah's Witnesses.Tropes associated with Aquarius
Actual Pacifist: Which is cool and all, but makes him all but useless when the boys call the original Team Venture together to save their dad.
In his prime, he was a middleweight boxing champion and a good friend to Jonas Venture, Sr. After becoming a punch drunk palooka, his wife left him and Jonas gave him (and Hector) a maintenance job at the Venture Compound out of pity.Tropes associated with Swifty:
A test pilot who died in a crash while testing one of Jonas' planes. When the current Venture family and Brock Samson disturbed Tom's spirit, he climbed onto the Ventures' boat doing nothing but screaming. Eventually, Brock decapitates him and throws him back into the ocean.Tropes associated with Major Tom
The Team Venture counterpart to Hadji, a small Mexican boy who saved Rusty's life as a boy. Grew up and got a job on the Venture Compound. Rusty actually forgot that he existed. Doctor Orpheus still gets his junk mail.Tropes associated with Hector:
Parasol Parachute: Like the above-mentioned English nanny, he can use his umbrella to fly. Also, as a conduit for his more supernatural abilities a la Hagrid.
Small Role, Big Impact: Has only had two major appearances to date (with a few bit appearances in other episodes,) but has made a significant impact on the Venture universe in each. (Helping to rebuild the Monarch's organization and reunite him with Dr. Girlfriend in one, setting Monarch down the path of becoming a Not-So-Harmless Villain, and giving Rusty Venture a much needed Heel Realization in another, which eventually helped to bring out more of Rusty's heart of gold tendencies.)
Trickster Mentor: Another inversion. While he is astoundingly good at managing and organizing supervillain operations, his actions ultimately lead his clients to realize something about themselves but is usually a truth they've either pushed aside or were unaware of. All a part of the growing process Killinger employs as a life coach.
"My umbrella is caught on something... I require assistance."
Dermott Fictel's mother. Unknown to him, Mrs. Fictel is actually Dermott's maternal grandmother. Dermott's "sister" Nikki is his real mother.Tropes associated with Mrs. Fictel:
Mama Bear: While we haven't seen it with Dermott, even if he's not really her son, she was damn mad at Rusty for getting her daughter pregnant and made sure he gave her money and left, then there's raising her daughter's son as her own.
Replacement Love Interest: Nikki was a Fangirl of Rusty Venture growing up. After getting impregnated by him, she learned that the real Rusty was far from being anything like he was on TV. Fifteen+ years later she meets Rusty's son Hank, who actually has the qualities of the person she idolized
My Girl Is a Slut: She apparently left Hatred for not being sensitive to her very kinky needs and was seen having a bizarre threesome with some of his former men. Hatred later gladly took her back and was fine with playing rough.
Too Kinky to Torture: When the Monarch kidnaps her as a bargaining chip with Hatred, he and Doctor Mrs. The Monarch don't even have to tie her up; she was already in bondage. She even ASKED to be put in the trunk.
A necromancer who married Byron Orpheus's ex-wife. The Outrider is Triana's stepfather, and she currently lives with him.Tropes associated with The Outrider:
Always Someone Better: To Orpheus at first, being able to acess the second world easily and stealing his wife (sort of). Later subverted as he took shortcuts to get that power that ended up backfiring horribly.
Berserk Button: The only time he's been seen angry at all is when he attacked what he thought was a KKK member burning a cross on his lawn (it was just Dean in a ghost costume).
Hard Work Hardly Works: Played with. To achieve his level of power, he had to take shortcuts, unlike Orpheus who worked his way there. While this did back-fire when he fought Torrid, his personal life is better than Orpheus's because The Outrider had more time for his loved ones, and other people, while Orpheus focused exclusively on his job.
Irony: It hasn't been brought up in the show yet, but according to the DVD commentary for season 4, his wife has grown tired of him the same way she had with Orpheus (she likewise has a bored expression when we first see her, as Outrider is seeing Triana off). He's clueless about it.
Nice Guy: Although like JJ He can be somewhat condescending.
Reasonable Authority Figure: One Example was when he tried to explain to Dean, that Trianna had moved on and found someone else. He also said that their relationship was over, and Dean had to accept that if he wanted her to be happy. Dean's response was a Fuck You!
Shadow Archetype: To Orpheus. Both are necromancers, both are incredibly powerful, but while Orpheus is more skilled due to all of his training, the Outrider had to get there through shortcuts. While Orpheus speaks in a grandiose manner and is so immersed in his work he and his wife drifted apart, the Outrider is fairly personable, has no trouble interacting with people, and is now married to Orpheus's ex-wife.
A handsome goth guy, he has something wrong with his legs and uses two crutches. He is also dating Triana.Tropes associated with Raven:
An astronaut that resided on the space station, Gargantua One (which was built by Jonas Venture), along with Anna. A very chaste fellow which isn't helped with both being the only two people on the station. He later reappears in the series when the station goes down and he somehow manages to pilot it into a terrorist camp, for which he receives a medal from the president.Tropes associated with Manstrong:
Accidental Hero: Celebrated as a hero, but actually blacked out from a handjob while piloting the crashing Gargantua-1 back to Earth.
A Date with Rosie Palms: Rusty calls him a "repressed masturbater" during the episode Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?
Celibate Hero: It reaches the point of deconstruction. (His girlfriend cheats on him with Brock and he blacks out during a hand job from her when they're about to die.)
Momma's Boy: Very devoted to his mother partly due to her mind-controlling him.
My Beloved Smother: Even without the mind control, his mother is very controlling and manipulative of him.
Lt. Anna Baldavich
The other astronaut on Gargantuan One, she and Bud were supposely in a relationship but Bud's resistance to her advances put a strain on that which wasn't helped when the Venture clan visited and she made out with Brock. She dies later in the series when then space station crashes back on Earth but not before trying to get into Bud's pants one more time as a final request. He blacks out midway through. She always shown from behind and her face is apparently not the most pleasant thing to look at.Tropes associated with Baldavich:
Sally Impossible's brother, who painfully bursts into flame when in contact with oxygen. As such, Cody usually has to be encased in a stasis chamber to control his condition and relieve his pain. He did not initially follow Sally and Ned to Spider Skull Island, but was kept by Richard Impossible, who harnessed Cody's heat to power Impossible Industries.Tropes associated with Cody:
People Jars: Spends most of his time in one. He is in extreme pain outside of it.
Required Secondary Powers: An Averted Trope. A perfect example of what happens when you gain the power to be on fire without having the ability to turn the fire off or be invulnerable to it.
One of the few superheroes in the Venture universe, Chuck Scarsdale is gifted with incredible solar powers by day, and works as a news anchor by night, alongside the other members of his super-team. The loss of his sidekick Wonderboy at the hands of the Monarch left him... kind-of messed up.Tropes associated with Captain Sunshine:
Alas, Poor Villain: Despite thinking it was a trick at first, he actually sobbed uncontrollably at his and presumably, the first Captain Sunshine's villain, Clue Clown's, funeral upon seeing the corpse as the "jack in the box" as the punchline for one last gag.
Dysfunction Junction: The Monarch killed the third Wonderboy, leaving him terrified that it'll happen again.
Get Out: Said to Hank when he asks if he knew Batman.
Capt. Sunshine: Get out of my Solarairium!
Legacy Character: He's the second Captain Sunshine. His butler Desmond was the first, and has the same power-set.
Replacement Goldfish: Desperately tries to make Hank into his new Wonderboy, as a way of coping with the previous Wonderboy's death at the hands of the Monarch.
Shout-Out: He's Batman (with a British butler, a stately manor, a Batcave-esque lair, Kevin Conroy, and a seeming attraction to his sidekick) with superpowers vaguely similar to those of the Ray. Even his (deceased) archnemesis is a Composite Character shout-out to The Joker and The Riddler.
He also shares a bit with Superman (his secret identity is a journalist) and Birdman (his powers depend on exposure to sunlight).
And continuing with the Michael Jackson elements, his mostly-white costume, light-based abilities, and name all echo Captain EO. (As the trope page for that film points out, "EO is so named to evoke the Greek root word meaning 'dawn'.")
A geneticist living in a house on the edge of the Venture Compound Who apparently helped both Dr. Ventures create the cloning technology that was later used for the boys. He also tells Dean he's a clone and helps the boy cope with the information.Tropes associated with Ben
Cool Old Guy: Helps Dean cope with the fact he's a clone and gives him some beer and there's owning a pet monkey.
Remember the New Guy: He worked with both Jonas and Rusty to create cloning technology and has lived on the compound for years, yet he was never hinted at or mentioned before "A Very Venture Halloween". This may be justified since Dr. Venture told his sons to stay away from his house, apparently because Ben has no problem with telling the boys that they're clones. Oh, and there's a mass grave in front of the house.
Introduced in the Season 5 premier, she is a university student who befriends a downtrodden Dean while applying for one of Dr. Venture's projects. She, along with the other applicants, mutate into a race of superhumans after being exposed to high levels of radiation. She reverts back to normal after given an antidote.Tropes associated with Thalia
Fantastically Indifferent: You wouldn't guess that something was wrong with her before she showed her new set of arms to Dr. Venture, and she only shows some mild irritation when she has to point out that they're new.
We Can Rule Together: Wanted Dean to become chief so that they could be King and Queen of the new age.
A nameless Monarch mook who had the misfortune to run into Brock during a raid on the Venture compound resulting in getting his neck snapped. Rusty used his remains to re-animate his corpse in the hopes of selling the Military an undead solider program, during the learning process he made peace with Brock. He shows up again in Season 5 having defected from the army when he recognized a friend of Rusty's during a raid on some strikers. Thanks to said friend's help his intellectual improved greatly and he started a guerrilla force to stop any mad scientists in the Amazon jungles, liberating their experiments along the way to join his cause.
Technical Pacifist: He has army training, has strength that comes with being a Frankenstein, and leads a well organized milita. But he tries to avoid needless violence if he can help it. Even letting Hank go free his father and Sgt Hatred without any resistance (since after all, they're technically family). In fact his whole plan revolved around a Shaming the Mob speech toward all the scientists and theirs experiments of the jungle to live in harmony. Which surprisingly enough works!