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A four-man band of heroic thieves led by Carmen Sandiego who make it their goal to take down V.I.L.E.


  • Caper Crew: Carmen is the mastermind and main thief; Player is arguably Carmen's second-in-command as well as the hacker and main technical support; Zack will usually be The Driver and often help in the distractions; Ivy is mainly used as either the distraction or muscle.
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    Carmen Sandiego/Black Sheep 

Carmen Sandiego

Voiced by: Gina Rodriguez
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I realize stealing isn't a game, it does hurt people.... Especially when you're willing to steal lives.

A former V.I.L.E. student turned professional thief, Carmen has made it her mission to damage V.I.L.E's global operations and keep them from hurting more lives.


  • Action Girl: Any good thief has to be incredibly agile, especially when people try to interfere with her plans.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Tends more toward being an Anti-Hero, but is nevertheless depicted as more heroic than most incarnations of the character.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Carmen's nationality usually isn't brought up. Here, she was apparently born in Argentina and raised in a V.I.L.E. facility in the Canary Islands.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In most installments, Carmen has either brown or black hair with brown or black eyes. Here, she's a Dark-Skinned Redhead with grey eyes.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Zigzagged. For previous installments, her name really was Carmen Sandiego. In this adaptation, it isn't. She was found as a baby by a V.I.L.E. agent and the Council named her "Black Sheep". However, after abandoning V.I.L.E., she came up with the name in a hat she stole from Cookie Booker.
  • Adorkable: Young Carmen in Casablanca has her absolutely in awe at being in the outside world before taking a selfie.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Brunt had several related to her code name of Black Sheep, such as "Lambikins".
    • Player calls her "Red".
  • Age Lift: She's a younger woman in this depiction than previous versions, being closer to 20 or so. Most of the games and the previous animated depiction put Carmen at least in her 30s, with the Treasures of Knowledge demo the only one to explicitly specify her age.
  • Animal Motifs: Sheep. Her codename was "Black Sheep", Brunt's nickname for her was "Lambikins" and her first lesson in Shadow-san's origami class has him fold a sheep.
  • Anti-Villain: Bordering on Anti-Hero since she left V.I.L.E., stealing only from them and not taking lives, she even holds back when fighting her former classmates though she's not above knocking them out and leaving them for the police to find. She even donates the money she steals from V.I.L.E. to worthy causes like orphanages and homeless shelters.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She was the only child in the Isle of V.I.L.E. during her youth and the youngest in the V.I.L.E. family. And the novelization stated that to enroll in V.I.L.E. Academy, the person in question has to be at least 18, and Carmen stated she wasn't "technically old enough" when she entered the academy herself, thus making Carmen the youngest enrolled V.I.L.E. student.
  • Badass Longcoat: As usual for Carmen. A badass red coat specifically.
  • Benevolent Boss: To Zack and Ivy, arguably to Player as well. It's obvious that she thinks of them as friends instead of employees, frequently treating them like when she buys a muscle car at a charity auction because it's from a favorite movie series of Zack's.
  • Berserk Button:
    • No one but Coach Brunt can call her "lambikins".
    • A young Carmen almost got into fight with Sheena for touching her Matryoshka dolls.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even when she was an impulsive teenager, Carmen was quite genial and friendly. However, when significantly pushed she will go against her rule of non-violence and kick major butt.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Carmen has thick, square-shaped, black eyebrows.
  • Black Sheep: She's a thief who steals from other thieves, and this was her original codename.
  • Brainy Brunette: Downplayed. Carmen has reddish-brown hair, but has shown to be knowledgeable in geography and cultures, as well as being highly intelligent and crafty.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Carmen even states herself that since she was the only child at her home island, she could pretty much get away with murder.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Carmen would refer to her adoptive parents by their given titles and names.
  • Character Development:
    • As a child and teenager, "Black Sheep" was noted to be childish and impulsive by Countess Cleo and Shadow-san, especially the latter. However, after she learned V.I.L.E. and their true nature, she decided to turn her back on them. As such, she waited for her chance to escape, making it look like she was studying her repeat year. And in doing so, the once reckless and childish "Black Sheep" became the mature and calculating Carmen Sandiego.
    • Carmen noted that she thought thieving was like a game to her but after witnessing the dangerous lengths V.I.L.E. would go to to steal, she realized that stealing can and does hurt people.
  • Color Motifs: Red, of course.
    • Besides her Iconic Outfit many of her formal wear have some red in it as well as her equipment.
    • Thanks to Adaptation Dye-Job, her hair is reddish-brown in this adaptation.
    • Two of her three partners are redheads.
    • She wears bright, red lipstick.
  • Contralto of Danger: Adopts one very briefly when Gray first mocks her nickname of "Lambkins".
  • Cultured Badass: Learned fighting and culture on the Isle of VILE. As a child, all of her nannies taught her their languages and cultures. One of the academy's classes is on fighting and self-defense and another is on identifying culturally significant items (the ones most worth stealing). She's picked up etiquette well enough that she can instruct Zack on proper dining. Also, she's an expert of geography.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed. Apparently she was found on the side of the road in Buenos Aires, Argentina (though Carmen suspects that might not be true) and was found and raised by the V.I.L.E. staff. They all raised her in a loving environment with a lot of education. However, when she requested to be trained to be a thief she would later discover the true, sinister nature of the people who raised her. As such, she waited until she could make a proper escape.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: She has darker skin than in most adaptations and red-brown hair.
  • Dashing Hispanic: An (possibly) Argentinian Anti-Villain Gentlewoman Thief.
  • Doorstop Baby: Though she's more of a roadside baby.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: She was the best student in her class, but Shadow-san deliberately rigged her final exam so she'd fail and she'd ended up having to repeat her classes. Even after her defection, she's still mad about this, although Shadow-san’s revelation that he was trying to stop her from joining V.I.L.E. might have calmed her anger.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Downplayed. Carmen was affectionately called "lambikins" by Coach Brunt and the former showed no problem with it, but she only allowed Brunt to call her than no one else. And the only time she showed embarrassment at the nickname was when Coach Brunt said it in front of her classmates.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Carmen has two of them in the first episode, the first through exposition and the second through action.
    • First, through exposition — Both Chase and Julia note how odd it was for the famous and elusive Carmen Sandiego to deliberately dress in attention-getting clothing and announcing her heists, adding some mystery to the titular character.
    • Second, through action — Carmen's full scene then shows her leaping from building to building, blatantly grapple her way into a locked house that's booby-trapped, finds a false wall in the atrium, and locates the jewel she was eyeing.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Carmen had wanted to be a thief her whole life, but quits V.I.L.E. in disgust at their willingness to kill people and devotes herself to bringing them down, while still being a crook herself.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: She does lots of action scenes in her classy, wide-brimmed red fedora. It's also because of this hat that she gained her iconic name.
  • Fiery Redhead: Zigzagged. First, Carmen has reddish-brown hair and in her youth as "Black Sheep" she was noted to be quite impulsive and reckless but she grew out of it by the time she became Carmen Sandiego.
  • Gentleman Thief: Whenever she goes to steal, she does so nonviolently. And the only people she does get violent with are V.I.L.E. agents.
  • Gray Eyes: Fitting her morally gray status as being Just Like Robin Hood.
  • Happily Adopted: The V.I.L.E. Council raised and gave her everything a child could ever possibly want.
  • Has Two Mommies: Carmen was adopted and raised by three women and two men.
  • Heel Realization: Has one after she realizes how willing V.I.L.E. is willing to utilize lethal methods.
  • Hero with a Unique Name: Her actual birth name remains a mystery. She was named "Black Sheep" by her V.I.L.E. family, though it was more of a codename. And she gave herself her famous name by reading a label inside of a hat.
  • Homeschooled Kids: As a child, she had a "revolving door or nannies" who would educate her on reading, writing, language, and culture.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: The main reason she wanted to be a VILE thief was so she could see the world.
  • Iconic Outfit: Bright red coat and hat of course. Carmen actually appeear to use this to her advantage, wearing the collar up and the hat brim down so it obscures most of her face, resulting in most people not seeing her as much as the outfit, which leaves them prone to being decoyed away by Zack or Ivy in the red outfit. When she's not wearing it, Carmen can walk down the street without getting a second glance.
  • Karmic Thief: As per usual, Carmen still steals valuable and historic items, but only from the hands of V.I.L.E when they get to them first.
  • Lady in Red: As usual. She works in her red coat and hat, adding to her mystery. Even when she's not in her usual ensemble, she usually has red appearing somewhere on her outfit, red higlights on her hoodie or a red strapless evening gown. Chase calls her "La Femme Rouge."
  • The Leader: Type Mastermind and Levelheaded. For the former, she usually makes the plans for whatever caper she and her crew does; for the latter, Carmen is the one most focused on the task and keeps her head in the game.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Of all of the V.I.L.E. Council members, Coach Brunt treated Carmen like her own child and took her defection hard. When Carmen tells her that she is never going back to V.I.L.E. Island, Brunt regretfully pulls her into a literally crushing bear hug.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: This Carmen gets her professional name from a label inside a pilfered hat, as she herself doesn't know her real name and her code name (Black Sheep) is ill-suited for an alias.
  • Mafia Princess: The equivalent of one. She was raised by the five leaders of a secret, global, villainous organization that would give her whatever she wanted.
  • Meaningful Name: Her original name is "Black Sheep", a term which usually refers to someone who is an outsider in their own family. Carmen turns out to be a White Sheep raised by criminals.
  • Meaningful Rename: Justified. After escaping V.I.L.E. Island, Player suggests changing her name as "Black Sheep" couldn't be used on things like passports. As such, she took her current name from a pilfered hat.
  • Monumental Theft: Averted, for now at least; this Carmen appears to lack both the means and the motive to steal the impossibly large objects (or landmasses... or natural satellites...) that past Carmen Sandiegos tended to steal.
  • Morality Pet: Zigzagged. The V.I.L.E. Council are ruthless, near amoral thieves who took in an abandoned, infant Carmen and lovingly raised her, showing a surprising amount of humanity. However, they still continues their violent criminal activities and go to war with their former ward after she pulled a Heel Realization.
  • Mysterious Past: All Carmen knows about her origins is that a VILE agent found her as an abandoned baby in Argentina alongside a set of Matryoshka dolls. In the season 1 finale, Coach Brunt hints there's more to Carmen's past, stating it's "one stone you do not want to turn".
  • Nice Girl: Though slightly mischievous growing up on V.I.L.E.'s island headquarters, Carmen was a genuinely sweet girl who just wanted to see the world and find out about her Mysterious Past, though she was also a Little Miss Badass you did not want to cross, right, Gray? This also caused her defection from V.I.L.E. as she was too nice for their brand of evil.
  • Nice Hat: In addition to her stylish fedora, her duchess disguise in episode 5 gives her an elegant black hat.
  • Omniglot: She knows many languages because she was raised in a highly multilingual environment.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: She was V.I.L.E.'s best student before she betrayed them.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: Inverted. She was raised and taught by the criminal organization, V.I.L.E., before deciding to betray them after discovering their true sinister nature.
  • Pursued Protagonist: Carmen is being sought after by both V.I.L.E. and A.C.M.E.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Zigzagged. Carmen dons her trademark red hat and longcoat and underneath wears a black suit with matching gloves. And while she's still an Anti-Villain thief, she's also more heroic than her previous incarnations.
  • Red Is Heroic: This iteration of Carmen's leaning towards the anti-hero type, but she's still wearing and using red-themed clothing and items.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: This, and her realization that artifacts and treasures have more value than their monetary worth courtesy of the professor in Casablanca, caused her to break ties with V.I.L.E. in her Backstory.
  • Three-Point Landing: Does this frequently.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Implied. Carmen was apparently abandoned as a baby on a roadside of Argentina with the only thing near her were Matryoshka dolls. It's still unknown what the exact circumstances of her past and what became of her biological parents, so the dolls may be the only thing connecting her to either.
  • White Sheep: Despite her original code name of Black Sheep, she was this to V.I.L.E. her entire life, only realizing it herself when she tagged along on the rest of her class' graduation mission.

    Player 

The Player

Voiced by: Finn Wolfhard
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Let's get this party started!

A young man living in Niagara Falls, Ontario, who serves as Carmen's technical support in the field.


  • Ambiguously Brown: It’s hard to see, given that he’s constantly in a dark room surrounded by computer monitors, but some shots and art of him in normal lighting shows them with a brownish skin tone. Given he’s Canadian, he might be First Nations.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Downplayed. His age is unclear, but it's shown that Player is the youngest of Carmen's gang, but is just as effective as any of them.
  • Brainy Brunette: Player has brown hair and has shown to be a genius with computers and hacking.
  • Canon Immigrant: A similar character appeared in the previous incarnation, Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, aiding ACME agents Zack and Ivy and directly communicating with Carmen herself through the lens of a computer game.
  • Child Prodigy: While his age is unclear, the flashbacks in the first two episodes show he was a computer and hacking whiz when a young Carmen was a teenager, thus hinting that Player has had these skills since he was arguably a pre-teen.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Player's first scene in "Becoming Carmen Sandiego, Part 1" has him using his computer and hacking skills to assist Carmen in her heist.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He’s only known as Player, due to Carmen's first interactions with him calling herself "Black Sheep" and him deciding to play along.
  • Grey Eyes: Just like Carmen, to highlight how he’s also doing some morally grey things.
  • Jumped at the Call: He was only doing a regular job when he accidentally hacked into Carmen's phone, but quickly takes to helping her out.
  • Hollywood Hacking: This is downplayed, but he still works by typing fast, and getting results without seeing any of the methods that real hackers use.
  • Mission Control: His primary role for Carmen, assisting her travels around the world behind a personal computer station.
  • Nice Hat: When he and Carmen first make contact with each other, he wore a white cap.
  • Playful Hacker: Player specifically identifies himself as a white-hat hacker. Hell, the icon he first uses when inadvertently making contact with Carmen for the first time is a white fedora and he was even wearing a white baseball cap!
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: He does his hacking almost exclusively this way.
  • This Explains So Much: His reaction to when Carmen confesses that she's in a school for thieves.
  • Vague Age: Given his looks, he’s most likely the youngest of Carmen's gang, but his official age is not known.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: He has never been seen outside his room, and often does researches the new locales Carmen ends up in.

    Zack 

Zack

Voiced by: Michael Hawley
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Ivy's brother who serves as Carmen's driver when needed.


  • Adaptational Curves: In Where on Earth, Zack was quite thin. Here, he has a notable build.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: He was the brains to Ivy's brawn in Where on Earth. Here, he's not very bright.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Goes from a blonde to a redhead like his sister.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Where on Earth, he and Ivy were trying to stop Carmen's thefts. Here, they are part of Carmen's heroic thieving team and it's implied that he and his sister were thieves before meeting the title character.
  • Age Lift: In his introductory series, he was a young teen. Here, he's at least old enough to drive.
  • Badass Driver: Proves to be a capable driver, in either a car or a speedboat, multiple times.
  • Big Eater: Frequently talks about eating.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Ivy, as the are siblings working with Carmen, and some dialogue implies they were also thieves together before meeting Carmen.
  • The Ditz: Downplayed. Zack isn't an idiot, but he can be silly at times.
  • Does Not Like Spam: The mere mention of fish makes him nauseous, let alone being around them.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first full scene in "The Sticky Rice Caper" has him acting as a bit of comic relief before demonstrating his Badass Driver skills as he drives himself and Carmen from a tail.
  • Fanboy: He's a fan of a movie series called "Road Vengeance", with Carmen even buying the car from his favorite movie in "The Lucky Cat Caper".
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. Zack has red hair, but is more goofy than fiery.
  • Getaway Driver: Usually the one to drive Carmen and his sister in or out of dangerous situations.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: When Carmen trains him to become the Duke and put him in a suit. He looks quite handsome.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue eyes to match his ditzy, but friendly nature.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To his sister, both having red hair, freckles, and similar facial structures.
  • Youthful Freckles: Like his sister and is the most goofy of the team.

     Ivy 

Ivy

Voiced by: Abby Trott
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Zack's sister who assists Carmen and Zack in Carmen's escapades.


  • Action Girl: Often acts as a decoy to Carmen, requiring her to do some pretty active scenes.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Where on Earth, she and Zack were trying to stop Carmen's thefts. Here, they are part of Carmen's heroic thieving team and it's implied that she and her brother were thieves before meeting the title character.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Surprisingly, despite the above. She's clearly out of her league in quite a few action scenes despite being the brawn to Zack's brains in Where on Earth.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Zack, as the are siblings working with Carmen, and some dialogue implies they were also thieves together before meeting Carmen.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first full scene in "The Sticky Rice Caper" has her acting as a bit of comic relief before demonstrating her Action Girl qualities by acting as a decoy for Carmen and then making an impressive action-y leap to the getaway motorboat.
  • Fiery Redhead: Lives up to this, she takes more dangerous risks than her brother and sometimes has a thin temper.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Ivy has green eyes and red hair, and is one of the team members of famous thief, Carmen Sandiego.
  • Straight Man: Ivy tends to be this to Zack, being more sensible than he at times.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Zack, as they both have red hair, freckles, and similar facial structures.
  • Surveillance Drone: Has a drone that helps Carmen break into places or scouts out for danger. She calls her "Red Sphere".
  • Youthful Freckles: Like her brother, Ivy has freckles that go with her also being a Fiery Redhead.

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    Chase 

Chase Devineaux

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Voiced by: Rafael Petardi

An Interpol detective partnered with Julia. He's obsessed with capturing Carmen Sandiego.


  • Adaptational Dumbass: Unlike previous installments that portray Chase as Carmen's Worthy Opponent and an equal to her in intelligence, Chase shows little knowledge of history and geography, making him less capable of seeing the big picture of Carmen's plans and his obsession with capturing her makes him blind to the times where she is not the enemy. And when she is an enemy, she's still less of an enemy than VILE.
  • Adaptational Nationality: He was originally an American in the games he appeared in; here, he's French.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In previous installments, Chase has red hair (Carmen’s dossier on him states that his hair is auburn). Here, Chase has brown hair.
  • Badass Longcoat: His detective longcoat is pretty fitting. With it torn in the second to last episode, he gets a Lucky Cat jacket instead.
  • Berserk Button: Julia always having to be right.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Julie's Brains since he's the one willing to chase after Carmen by any means necessary.
  • Butt-Monkey: In just the first several minutes of the first episode he gets pick-pocketed by Carmen, falls off a room onto the car he and Julia were using and gets the airbag blowing up in his face when he misses the train Carmen is on.
  • Determinator: He won't give up his chase against Carmen, something that Carmen respects.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene has him (with Julia) question the motives behind the elusive thief Carmen Sandiego, before cockily assuming he will catch and arrest her. And when Julia attempts to find a reason behind Sandiego's motives, Chase brushes her statements off to the point he gets distracted when the Carmen Sandiego appears for real. And when Julia suggest calling for back-up, Chase hastily refuses before running off after Carmen.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Both ACME and VILE mistake his endless pursuit of Carmen Sandiego as proof of competence he doesn’t quite possess.
  • Heroic Will Power: He's able to initially resist V.I.L.E.'s mind-reading machine by loudly singing the French National Anthem; and even when he can’t resist any longer, he's able to use Exact Words to bypass giving them what they want.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his recklessness, he's far from incompetent as shown under the proper circumstances. He's able to resist V.I.L.E.'s mind-reading machine initially and is smart enough to activate his A.C.M.E. pen after Carmen frees him so the Chief will see him in danger, ping his location and send a rescue party.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Chase has trouble with A.C.M.E.'s touchscreen tech even when Julia is trying to talk him through it. This leads to him sinking another A.C.M.E. car!
  • Inspector Javert: He is convinced Carmen Sandiego is behind every crime, even without any evidence to confirm it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be cold and dismissive of his partner, but the season finale does have him realize that he's been a bit harsh on her lately and decides to buy her a gift as an apology.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He's not incompetent but more of a "act first think later" kind of guy and prone to jumping to conclusions.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name is "Chase", befitting a detective who actively hunts down Carmen Sandiego whenever she strikes a new location.
  • Perma-Stubble: Chase a nine o' clock shadow.
  • Spanner in the Works: Him barging in on Countess Cleo's dinner in "The Duke of Vermeer Caper" is what gives Carmen and Ivy extra time to get the last of the stolen Vermeer capers. Unfortunately for him, this is one of the reasons why VILE concludes (wrongly) that he is working with Carmen.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Often seeing popping mints.
    • When Chief mentions he gets a 10% discount at company stores, he excitedly asks if they have large quantities of cheese.

    Julia 

Julia Argent

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Voiced by: Charlet Chung

A partner to Chase Devineaux. She loves history and is much more level headed than her partner.


  • Adaptational Nationality: An ambiguous case here. While she appears Asian and was born in Hong Kong, she spoke with an American accent in Treasures of Knowledge and it was never specified where she was brought up. The novelization makes her out to be half-British and half-Chinese.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She had black hair in Treasures of Knowledge whereas it's navy blue here.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: She's Chase's rookie partner whose sound observations into their investigations regarding Carmen's actions and motives are more than Chase is willing to consider.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Downplayed. Julia has short hair and dresses in a pants suit, but is quite feminine in personality.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Chase's brawn, as she's the one who logically asks questions in regards to Carmen's motives and spouts out geography trivia.
  • Closer to Earth: She tends to have more reasonable reactions to Carmen's supposed crime scenes, willing to consider that Carmen is not the main criminal.
  • Composite Character: She shares her background as a rookie detective with Shadow Hawkins from Treasures of Knowledge.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first scene has her (with Chase) questioning the motives behind the elusive thief, Carmen Sandiego. When Chase asks why she would be in Paris for a heist, Julia astutely guesses and lists a number of Paris' historical artifacts before being brushed off by Chase. And while the latter is spouting off his supposed competence, it's Julia's observation that catches Carmen about to pull of her heist. And before the Inspector runs off impulsively, she suggests calling for back-up.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Though she's technically his partner and Chase isn't so much incompetent as just obsessively focused on capturing Carmen, Julia's generally level-headedness and acute observations make her much more useful in the investigation into Carmen and V.I.L.E. than Chase in Season One.
  • Lady in a Power Suit: She wears a pantsuit.
  • Mixed Ancestry: The novelization counterpart of the two-parter episodes state that Julia is half-British and half-Chinese.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears glasses and usually spews trivia about the stolen artifacts.
  • Women Are Wiser: Compared to Chase's tunnel-vision, she's seen as the wise one of the two.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In this adaptation, Julia has navy blue hair.
  • Youthful Freckles: Julia has freckles on her face to emphasize her youthfulness compared to her older partner.

    Chief 

Chief

Voiced by: Dawnn Lewis
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The head of the secret law enforcement agency ACME.


  • Black Boss Lady: She is African-American and is the head of ACME.
  • Composite Character: She's African like Lynne Thigpen from Where in the World and Where in Time but communicates via holograms like the Where on Earth version.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Her blonde hair is likely a reference to the holographic Chief from Where on Earth as he was portrayed as having light-colored hair.
  • Lady in a Power Suit
  • A Mother to Her Men: Despite her dissatisfaction with Chase's performance in the pursuit of Carmen Sandiego she doesn't take Carmen's supposed kidnapping and torture of Chase well at all.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She takes Julia locating Chase in stride and even sees it as a sign that the detective would work well within ACME. She does grow exasperated when Chase sinks two expensive ACME-issued cars and loses his ID card, but still shows concern after he is "kidnapped" by Carmen and vows to Julia that they will get Carmen.
  • Walking Spoiler: Given that ACME wasn't even mentioned in promotional material, the fact that she's in the show at all makes her this.

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    General 
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From left to right: Coach Brunt, Professor Maelstrom, Countess Cleo, Dr. Bellum, and Shadow-san

  • Archnemesis Dad: And moms. They are this to Carmen Sandiego as they adopted and raised her since she was an infant. However, they become enemies after Carmen made a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: VILE is led by the five teachers who are of equal authority, they reach decisions by a majority vote.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: The teachers are five powerful individuals from various ethnic backgrounds. Brunt is American and Shadow-san is Japanese, those are the only two confirmed ones. Professor Maelstrom and Countess Cleo seem to be of European origin, considering the former's accent and the latter's title and properties, and Dr. Bellum's origin is unclear. The novelization of the first two episodes claims Maelstrom is Scandinavian, Countess Cleo is Egyptian, and Bellum is Indian.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: VILE is a pretty diverse organisation, both among its operatives and in its ruling council.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Zigzagged. On one hand, they took an orphaned Carmen in and raised her like family, but on the other hand, they have no problem killing to avoid witnesses and they are willing to torture people with mind probes, as Chase can attest to. That said, they don't kill unsatisfactory operatives, but merely subject them to Laser-Guided Amnesia and put them back in their old life like nothing happened.
  • Good Parents: Zigzagged. While they raise and provide Carmen with everything she needed, they are also amoral thieves.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: The Cleaners always manage to rescue any captured operative from law enforcement before they can be interrogated — even if this is a rare occurrence it happens just enough to get ACME's attention.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Nobody knows they exist — even ACME only has a hunch to go on and the Instructors will go to any lengths to keep it that way.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Gender Inverted. The main faculty includes two males (Maelstrom and Shadow-san) and three females (Brunt, Dr. Bellum, and Countess Cleo).
  • You Have Failed Me: Played with. V.I.L.E. doesn't punish operatives for failure, it happens. But getting caught by law enforcement and thereby risking the organization's exposure is something they do punish. Your mind is wiped and you go back to your life before you joined, which is mild compared to most versions of this trope.

Head Council

    Coach Brunt 

Coach Brunt

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One of V.I.L.E.'s five instructors, she's in charge of combat and physical conditioning. Of the instructors, she was the one who was the most motherly towards Carmen, to the point that the latter believed the former was the one who had found her as a baby.


  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Refers to Carmen by her nickname Lambkins in front of the other students much to Carmen’s mortification.
  • Animal Motif: Bears. She calls herself a Mama Bear and gives Carmen plenty of bear-like hugs. Even as a method to killing her.
  • Bear Hug: Gives one to Carmen, both as a sign of how much she loved her and to kill her when Carmen declares that she's defecting from V.I.L.E.
  • Brawn Hilda: She's easily the biggest and strongest person, male or female, on the show.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Has green hair and eyes.
  • Deep South: Has a southern accent, and has stated to be "Texas proud".
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: It's clear that she loves Black Sheep/Carmen like a daughter so this is her main thought as she crushes her when Carmen decides to leave V.I.L.E.
  • Dumb Muscle: Subverted. She has no idea what the Magna Carta is, but she quickly gets the analogy when Dr. Maelstrom asks if she knows of the Constitution.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She honestly loved Carmen like a daughter and has no choice but to crush said daughter when Carmen decided to leave.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: Is the largest instructor of VILE and hails from Texas.
  • Expy: A loose one of Eartha Brute from the Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? game show, especially her hair color.
  • Genius Bruiser: While she may come off as Dumb Muscle, she's shown to be quite intelligent, such as knowing the U.S. Constitution.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: When Carmen makes it known to Brunt that she's not returning to V.I.L.E. Island, Brunt pulls her into a Bear Hug and tries to squeeze her to death. Brunt obviously doesn't enjoy it.
  • Large and in Charge: She was the teacher for combat and is capable of crushing metal beams like they're soda cans.
  • Mama Bear: She was protective of Carmen, punching Cookie's driver when he tried to hurt her. She even refers herself as this when She gives Carmen a Bear Hug as a way to crush her to death.
  • Parental Substitute: She was like a mother to Carmen.
  • Red Herring: Brunt's open affection for Carmen growing up leads Carmen to assume that she was the one who found her as a baby and decided to take her in. She's not. Shadow-san was the one who found her, and actively attempted to prevent her joining VILE because he knew she was a better person than they were.
  • Super Strength: She's seen casually bending a metal grate with her bare hands.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Shadow-san points out her obvious affections for Carmen, Brunt points out that that was when she was Black Sheep. Now that she's against V.I.L.E., she makes it clear that Carmen Sandiego is her enemy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has emerald green hair.

    Shadow-san 

Shadow-san

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Voiced by: Paul Nakauchi

One of V.I.L.E.'s five instructors, his classes deal with stealth in thievery (such as pickpocketing). He was vocally opposed to Carmen being enrolled in the academy, to the point that her purposefully failed her in her final exam.


  • Beneath the Mask: Is shown to have disdain for Carmen being a thief. In truth, he truly does care for her else and only acted that way because he doesn't want her to throw her life away for VILE.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Admits to Carmen that he could not turn his back on an abandoned baby when he found her in Argentina. It's implied that he's pretty dissatisfied with V.I.L.E. in general as he stated that intended to leave with Carmen during her escape from the island.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: The season 1 finale reveals that he didn't want Carmen to become a V.I.L.E. thief because he believed she was a better person than her adoptive family.
  • Foil: To Coach Brunt. Both were parental figures to Carmen, but Shadow-san was sterner, opposed of her becoming a VILE thief, and seemed to hate her, while Brunt was a Doting Parent, shed a tear of joy when Carmen enrolled in their school, and never shied away from showing love to her adopted daughter. And when Carmen underwent Heel–Face Turn, Brunt's response was to try and kill her, but it turned out that Shadow-san always cared for Carmen and didn't want her to become a VILE thief because he thought she was better than that.
  • Good All Along: Downplayed. Good is something of a stretch, but suffice it to say that he's always wanted what's best for Carmen.
  • Inscrutable Oriental: He appears to be Japanese, and for most of the first season, he looks strict and as if he has little emotion. We see another side of him in the season finale.
  • Ironic Name: He's a samurai with the name of "Shadow-san"... but a samurai is much more honorable than a thief. Turns out to be a hint to his true character. Shadow-san is the most benevolent member of VILE, and he intended to leave them back when Carmen made her initial escape.
  • Jerkass: Trying to block Carmen's path of becoming a thief at every turn certainly qualifies him as this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, it was all to keep Carmen away from being employed by VILE. Once he realizes that she'll continue engaging in a thief war with V.I.L.E. no matter what, it's implied that he's willing to be her mole on the inside.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: He is a samurai after all.
  • Papa Wolf: He's terrible about communicating it, but it's revealed Shadow-san found Carmen as a baby and couldn't abandon her. He was against Carmen becoming a thief because he believed she could do better with her life than please her adopted family. When Black Sheep escaped the island, he was the one who sabotaged the Janitors' helicopter and would have joined in her open defection if he had made it onto the boat on time. In the first season finale, he saves her from Coach Brunt when the latter nearly suffocates Carmen.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Shadow-san almost never crack a smile and maintain a grumpy face.
  • Samurai: He's dressed in this aesthetic.
  • The Stoic: He rarely emotes.
  • Stealth Expert: Implied, as he handles the stealth instruction at V.I.L.E. Academy.
  • Token Good Teammate: To V.I.L.E.'s instructors, having a soft spot for Carmen and trying to keep her from being caught up in V.I.L.E.'s schemes by failing her.
  • Villainous Rescue: He stuns Brunt before she could crush Carmen to death.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's really hard to talk about him without bringing up the fact that he was the one who found Carmen as a baby and is complicit in her attempts to battle VILE.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: He teaches origami lessons so thieves can develop a light touch when pickpocketing.

    Professor Maelstrom 

Professor Gunnar Maelstrom

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Voiced by: Liam O'Brien

One of V.I.L.E.'s five instructors, his classes tend to deal with psychological manipulation in crime, such as the classic Bait-and-Switch. He's... not exactly of sound mind.


     Dr. Bellum 

Dr. Saira Bellum

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Voiced by: Sharon Muthu

One of V.I.L.E.'s five instructors, she's also their chief scientist who creates all of their weapons and gadgets. Her classes tend to deal with the use of technology and science in heists.


  • Brainy Brunette: Her hair is mostly black and she's a scientist.
  • Genius Ditz: While undoubtedly a great scientist she has also been shown to neglect to monitor a mission in favour of watching a video of a cat playing a piano.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She appears to hold a doctorate given her title and she is one of the leaders of VILE.
  • Multicolored Hair: Black with white spiky bangs.
  • Perky Female Minion: She enjoys watching cat videos and can get easily distracted.
  • Punny Name: As usual, Dr. Bellum's name is a play on the cerebellum, a part of the brain.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She was the first member of the V.I.L.E. faculty to show support for Carmen enrolling and points out that Carmen has had more training than any other recruit.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Appears to be the smallest of the five V.I.L.E. leaders if this image and her academic title is anything to go by.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Just like with her Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego no one knows how to pronounce her first name (this time they add Saira to the mix).

     Countess Cleo 

Countess Cleo

Voiced by: Toks Olagundoye
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One of V.I.L.E.'s five instructors, her classes place a great amount of emphasis on undercover work and the need to be both cultured and calm under pressure as well as distinguishing between real works of art and forgeries.


  • Alliterative Name: Countess Cleo.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: As a countess, her schemes skew towards the finer things in life.
  • Brainy Brunette: Countess Cleo has black hair and teaches her V.I.L.E. students on how to distinguish real works from forgeries.
  • The Fashionista: Wears very fancy dresses that make her stand out more than her colleagues.
  • Green and Mean: Her main attire is a green, angular dress and she's one of the five leaders of a villainous organization.
  • High Class Gloves: Goes with her outfit, and she does look the part.
  • Iron Lady: Rarely loses her cool, and usually wears a stoic expression.
  • Wicked Cultured: She wears fancy dresses, steals works of art, values proper decorum, and is one of the leaders of VILE.

Staff

     The Bookkeeper 

Cookie Booker

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Voiced by: Rita Moreno

V.I.L.E.'s bookkeeper, she comes to the organization's island HQ annually to upload their sensitive data concerning operation reports and projected earnings to the isolated central servers, due to VILE's mistrust of wireless uploading.


  • Beauty Mark: Has a mole underneath her right eye.
  • Bound and Gagged: Ends up like this after Carmen snatches her red coat and fedora.
  • Brainy Brunette: Has (greying) black hair and is the accountant for V.I.L.E.'s illegal activities.
  • Casting Gag: She's voiced by Where On Earth's version of Carmen Sandiego. As a result, the fact that Carmen steals the iconic red coat and fedora from her (figuratively inheriting them from her predecessor) has a Double Meaning, as does some of her advice to Gina's Carmen to become a better thief:.
    Cookie: "Young lady, you seem like a smart cookie. If you wish to walk in my shoes someday, set your sights higher than pulling pranks or picking pockets. White collar crime is where the real money is."
    Carmen: "Thank you for the career advice, I will take it to heart."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While she may have thought the young Carmen was a menace, she also believed the VILE Council putting the whole island on lockdown was excessive.
  • Iconic Outfit: She was the original owner of the red coat and fedora hat that Carmen uses as her usual guise, as well as what gave her her new name.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her name is a reference to the expression "cook the books", which refers to altering accounting records illegally.
    • Her first name is a reference to data sent from online to a user's computer relating to how she carries data on hand.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Cookie wears red glasses and is the accountant of V.I.L.E.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: She rolls the Rs of "Arrivederci" for effect.

    The Cleaners 

Vlad and Boris / The Cleaners

Voiced by: Liam O'Brien
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Two solemn looking men who clean up after the school's messes, metaphorical and literal.


  • Beware the Quiet Ones: The duo rarely speak, but are diligent in their jobs. They were about to knock out Chase when they thought he was there to arrest Cleo and her associates for theft.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": They're only known as "the Cleaners". Per Carmen in the Pilot, their actual names are Vlad and Boris.
  • Evil Albino: Both have pale skins and are deadly criminals.
  • Meaningful Name: They clean up messes, whether it's from the junk lying around at school, or to take care of anyone who's gotten close to V.I.L.E.'s secrets.
  • Nice Hat: Both wear grey, janitor-like hats.
  • Those Two Guys: They're always seen together.

Students

     Tigress 

Sheena / Tigress

Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren
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One of Carmen's classmates. The two were rivals even before Carmen turned against V.I.L.E. and she still holds her in contempt.


  • Alpha Bitch: Immediately tries to antagonize Carmen when they're all roomed together, and the two become bitter enemies.
  • Always Someone Better: She likes to rub-in the fact that she aced her thieving test under Shadow-san whilst Carmen failed hers. In reality, Shadow-san deliberately rigged Carmen's test, because he knew she was too good for V.I.L.E. and thus wanted her to fail so she wouldn't have to join them. He flat-out admits that Carmen is by far the better thief over Tigress, and even sent Tigress on the mission in "The Lucky Cat Caper" against her specifically so that Carmen could personally prove that herself.
  • Animal Motifs: Tigers. Her codename is Tigress, one of her weapons include claw-life fingers, her outfit has a stripe-like design that are reminiscent of a tiger, and she wears tiger-like goggles.
  • Badass Driver: Proves that she's just as, if not more, skilled as Zack while evading him and Carmen in San Francisco.
  • Beauty Mark: On her lower right chin.
  • The Brute: The most prone to violence of the students. She's very skilled at hand-to-hand combat, but she lacks the subtle touch. Case in point, her idea of pickpocketing amounts to shredding the mark's clothing and snatching the scraps.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's evil, unpleasant, and a good match for Carmen when fighting.
  • Decomposite Character: In the 90s TV Show, the Tigress was a moniker Ivy used to trick Carmen. In this series, Ivy is not nor ever was the Tigress.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When she and "Black Sheep" properly meet each other, Sheena is the only one of her classmates who introduces herself with an annoyed demeanor, was about to touch "Black Sheep's" Russian dolls without permission, and continued her hostility after "Black Sheep" politely asked her to not touch them.
  • Evil Albino: Pale skin, white hair, and a complete jerk.
  • Femme Fatalons: To fit with her cat-like aesthetic.
  • Foil: She's this to Shadow-san since both of them have disdain for Carmen. The only difference is that Sheena has no redeeming qualities, whereas Shadow-san's attitude is a mask because he truly cares for Carmen.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her tiger mask has goggles that allow her to scan for details.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Almost like the name she chooses, she has very little patience for people she hates or when things don't go her way.
  • Hartman Hips: She has some very wide hips.
  • Hate Sink: Definitely one of VILE's least personable members. While the majority of them possess sympathetic traits, are capable of being polite, or at the very least have comedic moments, Sheena is just a smug Alpha Bitch who considers herself better than Carmen and taunts her at every turn.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Tigress has pale, blue eyes and is an antagonistic Jerkass.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Tigress highly resembles her voice actress, Kari Wahlgren.
  • Jerkass: Rivals Shadow-san in how antagonistic she is towards Carmen. And unlike him, her unpleasantness is completely genuine.
  • The Rival: The closest thing Carmen has to a recurring rival, as they both have a measure of resentment for each other from their days in crime school and it tends to come out whenever they run across each other.
  • Smug Snake: Incredibly smug but not nearly as good as she thinks she is.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Tigress has white hair and even before she became an official V.I.L.E. thief, she was quite antagonistic Hate Sink.

     Crackle 

Graham "Gray" / Crackle

Voiced by: Michael Goldsmith
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Another of Carmen's classmates who she was close to and has stated multiple times to be like a brother to her.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: His first interaction with Carmen was by making fun of her nickname, "Lamikins", to which she pulls him backwards and threatens him. Crackle looks back at the first meeting with humor and feels like it was deserved.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: He goes from a criminal willing to use lethal force to a Nice Guy after Dr. Bellum wipes his memory of everything V.I.L.E.-related.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His thief outfit is practically a recolor of his electrician uniform.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Carmen ultimately decides to not take the amnesiac Gray on his offer to meet at a cafe, as even if he's not a sleeper agent under the control of V.I.L.E., interacting with him could put him in danger.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Does not understand why Carmen would stop him from killing an innocent man or why she would defect from V.I.L.E in the first place.
  • Hidden Depths: He shows hints of being ashamed of his willingness to kill and pushed off fighting Carmen as long as he could in the hopes of getting her to come back.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Inflicted on him by V.I.L.E. after he was captured, erasing his memory of the last year, to the point that he doesn't remember V.I.L.E. or even Carmen herself.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Carmen tells him that she thought of him as a big brother during their time at the academy. Possibly subverted when Gray's memory is erased and he sets up a date with Carmen at his favorite cafe, though it's not clear if Carmen realized what he was doing given her background.
  • Meaningful Name: Crackle comes from the crackling sounds of his electrical staff.
  • Nice Guy: He was this back in the day, since he immediately became good friends with Carmen and was like a brother to her. Once he has his memory wiped, he becomes genuinely good.
  • Odd Name Out: Within their friend group, Crackle was the only thief who wasn't based off an animal.
  • Put on a Bus: By episode 6, he's once again a normal electrician in Australia, where he'll likely stay if neither side intervenes.
  • The Rival: Subverted. Crackle's introduction paints him as a smug thief and the flashback to meeting Carmen for the first time has all the makings of a petty rivalry, however Gray easily lets it go and the two become rather close at school.
  • Ship Tease: With Carmen. Sorta one sided on his part though, since Carmen only saw him as her best friend and like a brother to her. After his memory is erased, Gray very openly flirts with her and even asks her out on a date, but Carmen doesn't seem to recognise any further intent beyond friendliness.
  • Simple Staff: His weapon was a tech-staff.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him without bringing up the fact that he was afflicted with Laser-Guided Amnesia.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Seems to be the least physically adept of his crew (which is still pretty adept, to be fair), being the only one to utilize ranged attacks and handles most, if not all, of the on-site technical aspects of capers.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: We only see him on one mission and he spends most of it sitting through Carmen's Info Dump before getting knocked out by her. After that has him getting his memory wiped and Put on a Bus without any major on-screen fights or victories
  • We Used to Be Friends: Carmen tells Player that Gray was her best school friend. Then that changed when Carmen switched sides.
  • You Have Failed Me: Failure is acceptable to V.I.L.E., but getting captured is not. When released from prison, Gray's memory is erased.

    Mime Bomb 

Mime Bomb

Voiced by: Nobody (He's a mime)
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One of Carmen's classmates and a creepy mime.


  • Beware the Quiet Ones: While most of his antics are played for laughs, Carmen realizes almost too late that since he was so quiet, he spied on most of the students at school at all times and delivered any information to the staff.
  • Dark Is Evil: Mime Bomb wears all black and is a creepy mime employed by a villainous thieving organization.
  • Enemy Mime: A mime who's also a VILE agent.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Subtle, but before he put on his "Mime Bomb" make attire, he was the only on of Carmen's classmates who did not speak and mostly faded in the background.
  • Evil Redhead: Has bright, red hair and is creepy mime thief.
  • Monster Clown: A mime who frequently comes off as extremely creepy.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a black mime hat.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He easily makes use of his mime status to come off as a simple street performer.
  • The Sneaky Guy: A villainous example. He comes off as a simple street performer when he's actually a devious and clever thief who is an expert in stealth and subterfuge.
  • Stealth Expert: As a mime, he doesn't speak. And his silent nature makes him very good at spying on people, sneaking around, and going unnoticed.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Is employed by the faculty as a spy and a snitch.
  • The Voiceless: Justified; he is a mime. This makes him a perfect spy since he's very difficult to interrogate. Dialog from the other students imply that he really is mute.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Does not have the combat ability of the other students but makes up for it in cunning. He's particularly good at hiding in plain sight and pulling bait-and-switches.

    Paper Star 

Paper Star

Voiced by: Kimiko Glenn
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A classmate of Carmen’s during her "holdover year". Likes to turn paper into various weapons, most often shurikens.


  • Ax-Crazy: Evidenced by her decision to weaponize her origami lessons. She torments Le Chèvre into breaking protocol and telling her where a rendezvous point is by giving him thousands of deadly paper cuts, knowing Carmen will intercept her so she can get another shot at her.
  • Character Tics: Paper Star has a habit of humming a high-pitched tune before striking and while skipping.
  • Creepy Children Singing: Downplayed. Her humming can come off like this, but she's not a Creepy Child but an Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Womanchild.
  • Cute But Psycho: Oh yes! Paper Star is quite attractive but is an Ax-Crazy psycho.
  • Dark Action Girl: Is quite skilled with her paper weapons and is working for V.I.L.E.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Downplayed. Well, not "death" but she's capable of causing lots of pain with very deadly paper cuts. Le Chèvre is lucky that she only cut both of his hands.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Introduced via flashback and the titular heist in "The Chasing Paper Caper" with her notable creepy leitmotif and equally disturbing Skip of Innocence while using razor sharp origami during her class with Shadow-san and battle with Carmen, respectively. In the latter, she states Carmen wearing red will help hide the stains and puts up a considerable fight against her adversary.
  • Flechette Storm: She's very quick on the draw and can easily pin targets down.
  • Foil:
    • She is this to Carmen inasmuch as Shadow-san views them both as too reckless. But whereas he truly cares for Carmen and knew she was too moral for VILE, he probably knew that Paper Star was a psychopath and thus truly disliked her.
    • She’s also this to Tigress, since they are both Dark Action Girls who actually fight Carmen directly, but while Tigress has a personal dislike of Carmen stemming from their academy days, she’s not nearly as good as she thinks she is. While Paper Star doesn’t have the personal vendetta and is an actual threat to Carmen.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Likes to turn paper into throwing stars.
  • Improvised Weapon: When she runs out of origami paper, any paper on hand will do, such as museum brochures.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Viscerally scary and the first V.I.L.E. operative to give Carmen a real challenging fight.
  • Leitmotif: Has a creepy-like theme which uses pianos and bells.
  • Logical Weakness: Her paper weapons may be absurdly sharp, but they still weigh the same as paper and thus can be blown away in the wind.
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: She weaponizes origami.
  • Multicolored Hair: One side is black, the other is white. From what we see of her silhouette in Carmen’s flashback, it appears to be dyed.
  • Odango Hair: In two long and curved buns.
  • Paper Master: Her specialty is making razor sharp origami she can use as thrown weapons or daggers. She can throw them with enough force to cut stone.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Is a sadist who skips around and hums a little tune to herself all while threatening to give someone deadly paper cuts. Le Chèvre even calls her a psychopath.
  • Shadow Archetype: Paper Star is what Carmen would've been had she fully embraced V.I.L.E.'s ideals.
  • Skip of Innocence: Her usual walk.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Speaks in a very soft pleasant voice and, as Le Chèvre can tell you, is certainly sadistic.
  • Wild Card: Carmen describes herself as such. And she's not wrong. Paper Star does whatever she want whenever she wants, even if it goes against V.I.L.E. protocol.

    Le Chèvre 

Jean-Paul / Le Chèvre

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Voiced by: Bernardo De Paula

One of Carmen's original classmates, he specializes in infiltration from above.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Exclusively goes on missions with El Topo and prioritizes his partner's safety over completing their objectives. Dr. Bellum even casually refers to El Topo as his "dear boy".
  • Animal Motifs: His codename means "Goat" in French, and he's repeatedly compared to one. And like a goat, he can leap high up in the air. Plus, he prefers to do his capers from high up.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Jean-Paul is incredibly acrobatic but low tech, preferring to rely on his skills and simple tools like nets and ropes even when there's more high tech equipment that could do the job faster.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Downplayed. His jumping prowess isn't revealed until much later in the first episode, when the thieves are tasked with racing to be the first to push a button, Le Chèvre jumps off of his stilts and quickly scales the rock wall. He's also shown early on to prefer sitting on top of tables than properly in chairs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's perfectly fine leaving heroes to die several times, but Paper Star's psychotic nature, understandably, terrifies him.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears a long, black pair.
  • Handshake Substitute: He and El Topo will turn sideways and high-give each other first from the top than the bottom.
  • Le Parkour: His specialty is leaping.
  • Those Two Guys: He's rarely seen without his partner, El Topo, being somewhere close by.

     El Topo 

Antonio / El Topo

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Voiced by: Andrew Pifko

One of Carmen's original classmates, he prefers to get the drop on the loot from below.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Exclusively goes on missions with Le Chèvre and prioritizes his partner's safety over completing their objectives, dropping everything when Zack tells him that Le Chèvre was attacked by dingos in "Opera in the Outback Caper".
  • Animal Motifs: He tends to move like a mole, and his codename means "Mole" in Spanish. He wears mole-like robotic claws and can travel underground because of them.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Downplayed, as his preference for doing things from the bottom doesn't show up until later in the first episode, as during the training session, Antonio panics when having to rappel down a wall and is also shown early on to prefer sitting on the floor than in a chair.
  • Handshake Substitute: He and Le Chèvre will turn sideways and high-give each other first from the top than the bottom.
  • Never My Fault: After accidentally hitting Le Chèvre in the head and knocking him out, El Topo claims he lost consciousness because of altitude sickness to cover up his blunder.
  • Those Two Guys: Wherever El Topo is, you can bet that his partner, Le Chèvre, can't be too far behind. Except for "The Chasing Paper Caper".
  • Tunnel King: Fitting his mole motif, he usually works underground with robotic claws that let him dig through dirt.

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     Dash Haber 

Dash Haber

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Voiced by: Troy Baker

One of Countess Cleo's underlings who appears in "The Duke of Vermeer Caper"


  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gets jealous of how Zack (disguised as a duke) gets all of Countess Cleo's attention.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Despite his whole job being authenticating paintings, Dash knows very little about the art world, not knowing who Vermeer is even though he was working on a con to steal all of his paintings. It's implied that he tries to show off his knowledge to Cleo, evidently having told her that Vermeer was a place in Boston after hearing it from Zack.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a play on "haberdash" which can either mean a shop that sells sewing implements or a men's tailor.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a snazzy black hat.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's always seen wearing a nice suit.
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