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


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  • 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 and makes most of Carmen's gadgets. With Shadow-san he's added muscle and the advisor of the group.
  • Five-Man Band: As of Season 2, Carmen is The Leader, Shadow-san is the Lancer with The Big Guy and The Smart Guy roles changing between Zack, Ivy and Player depending on the situation (Zack and Ivy being the former for muscle, distraction and getaways and Ivy and Player as the latter with Ivy the inventor and Player the hacker.)
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    Carmen Sandiego/Black Sheep 

Carmen Sandiego

Voiced by: Gina Rodriguez (English), Asami Seto (Japanese), Ivett Toriz (Latin American Spanish)
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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.


  • The Ace: Carmen is the best student at V.I.L.E.'s school, excelling in all parts of the course.
  • Action Girl: Any good thief has to be incredibly agile, especially when people try to interfere with her plans.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Carmen's classic backstory is that she is an ACME agent turned traitor after getting bored with her job and wanting a challenge, and all the other V.I.L.E. villains work for her. The game Where in Time illustrates that her stealing historical objects could cause a moral hazard by changing history. Not to mention that in Word Detective, she subjects captured ACME agents to her Babble-On Machine and was going to steal language from everyone. This reimagining has her wanting to be a thief since childhood. But after other V.I.L.E. agents attempt to kill anyone in their way, she decides to follow the path of Robin Hood instead. No doubt they wanted to make the title character the protagonist instead of the person the Player has to stop.
  • 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 her trademark name when she looked inside 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As a teen, all Carmen wanted was to be a V.I.L.E. thief and see the world. When she sneaks out during a graduation heist, she comes to the Awful Truth that of how cold and ruthless her organization, including her adoptive parents, really are.
  • 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-Coded Eyes: Her gray eyes fit her morally gray status as being Just Like Robin Hood.
  • 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: A V.I.L.E. agent supposedly found Carmen abandoned by the side of a road in Argentina. It was Shadow-san. The season 2 finale then reveals that wasn't even the case, making this a subversion.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted. Gray seems to think Carmen must have had some reason to defect and betray all of V.I.L.E, and seems genuinely concerned while planning to hand her over to Brunt and the other V.I.L.E. agents she betrayed. Carmen tells Gray that she had a lovely childhood, and her reasons for defecting were not because of any abuse — no one was allowed to hurt her — or because of Shadow-san failing her on purpose. She couldn't abide that her family was willing to kill people to steal, and treating it like a game.
  • 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.
  • Happily Adopted: The V.I.L.E. Council raised and gave her everything a child could ever possibly want.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Carmen severs ties with V.I.L.E. and runs away to the mainland, determined to take down her former family by stealing the objects they want. She's still a thief, however, and she trolls any local cops that are on her tail.
  • Heel Realization: When Carmen talks with the head archaeologist at the dig in Casablanca, and he says that stealing their relic would mean that it would take the knowledge of it from the world. Finding out that V.I.L.E.'s last letter stands for "evil" cemented it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • That said, in a subversion of Paper-Thin Disguise, Chase Devineaux actually knows what she looks like thanks to having seen her face on a couple of occasions so he can pick her out regardless of what she's wearing. Later on A.C.M.E. also is able to identify her on sight, attire notwithstanding, thanks to the Chief seeing her face-to-face when she went to rescue Chase.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: The main reason she wanted to be a VILE thief was so she could see the world.
  • In the Blood: Carmen's father was an elite thief and stealth extraordinaire, enough to be the V.I.L.E. faculty's authority on the matter. Carmen inherits his knack for thievery but she also inherited his desire to leave V.I.L.E. after having reservations about their line of work.
  • 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She describes her relationship with Gray as this, before she discovered that he was willing to resort to lethal force against an innocent. Subverted after his mind wipe, when he asks her out on a date, though it's unclear if she saw it like that.
  • 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.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Carmen's mother was Latina, and her father White.
  • 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... or intangible concepts...) that past Carmens 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 V.I.L.E. 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".
    • In the season 2 finale Shadow-san finally reveals everything he knows. His predecessor as instructor of Stealth 101 was a man named Dexter Wolfe “The Wolf” who was constantly out thieving. One day the rest of the faculty realized that his behavior had changed and it was clear that he intended to leave V.I.L.E., so Shadow-san, a first year operative was sent to find out the nature of his betrayal and tie up loose ends. In Argentina he found out why Wolfe was leaving V.I.L.E.: Carmen. Unfortunately it turns out the authorities were on his tail as well and in the ruckus, Wolfe was shot by the woman who would become Chief of ACME. Shadow-san then set fire to the villa to erase evidence, taking with him only Carmen and a set of Russian nesting dolls that were the only thing that could calm a baby Carmen down. He kept the details hidden to the faculty who didn’t have the heart to kill a defenseless baby. Carmen and everyone eventually discover that Wolfe was intending to meet with Vera Cruz, her likely mother and start a new life together.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Carmen rarely loses her cool. "The Need For Speed Caper" has her chew out Zack and Ivy for causing a ruckus and getting arrested.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Downplayed. Despite being raised in a criminal organization, Carmen was given a loving childhood filled with the best education and whatever she wanted. And the only reason she originally wanted to leave was to become a V.I.L.E. thief like all the students who graduated before her. However, after her defection, she is starting how much of her backstory her adoptive parents told her is true.
  • 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.
  • The Red Baron: Chase calls Carmen "La Femme Rouge," or "The Red Lady," and the "Crimson Ghost".
  • 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.
  • Shoe Phone: Some of Carmen's thieving tools, like a lockpick disguised as a tube of lipstick, are this.
  • Spoiled Brat: Carmen admits that, thanks to Brunt protecting her from any punishment that could come from her childish pranks on V.I.L.E., that she was this as "Black Sheep". She would "get away with murder" metaphorically, and she believed Brunt was her actual mother.
  • Taught by Experience: Carmen, after being told off constantly for her impulsive nature, learns from her mistakes as she plans her escape from V.I.L.E. Island. She memorizes everyone's routines, incapacitates anyone who can stop her, and improvises when items like welded bolts stand in her way.
  • 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.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Isle of V.I.L.E. While her adopted family and trainees were remorseless, violent thieves, Carmen was horrified at their willingness to kill.
  • 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.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: A variant. All trainees on the Isle of V.I.L.E. are given codenames; until that happens, they go by their first names only. But when the instructors find her as a baby and raise her on the Isle, instead of giving her a real name, they just give her a code name early: Black Sheep. When she meets Player for the first time and introduces herself as "Black Sheep", he genuinely thinks she's referring to a codename.

    Player 

The Player

Voiced by: Finn Wolfhard (English), Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Armando Corona (Latin American Spanish)
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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 him 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.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Just like Carmen, to highlight how he’s also doing some morally grey things.
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed with Player, but he has this reaction on hearing that Gray is Carmen's best friend, or school friend as Carmen amends. It factors into his convincing Carmen not to meet up with a seemingly amnesiac Gray, who's returned to his electrician job, though he's also right that it's weird that V.I.L.E. would host a heist at the same opera house where Gray works.
  • 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 and his icon was a white fedora.
  • 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!
  • Properly Paranoid: Zigzagged. He notes to Carmen in the Season 2 premier that Shadow-san's "gift" of the hardrive is either a blessing or a trail of breadcrumbs. Shadow-san does state that the hard-drive was the latter, it was mostly to get the other V.I.L.E henchmen off of his back before revealing that he's on Carmen's side all along.
  • 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.
    • In season 2 he mentions that he doesn't have a learner's permit yet and in the flashback sequence where he says that, he has his present appearance (meaning it took place in the recent past). So he could be no older than 16; on the other hand, given his lifestyle, it's possible he's older and just hasn't gotten around to getting a permit yet.
  • 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 (English), Shogo Badori (Japanese), Jhonny Torres (Latin American Spanish)
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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. A later episode does clarify that they were only doing one heist to pay off a loan shark (and were certain that the target was a front for the Mob, which... wasn't too far off the mark), and were otherwise focusing on racing as a way to stay out of crime.
  • 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. Season 2 reveals he was at one point an amateur race driver, hence his wheelman skills (although the last race he was in he crashed his car).
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do NOT call Boston "Beantown"!
    • And do not call him an amateur driver!
  • Big Eater: Frequently talks about eating, unless it's fish which he hates.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Ivy, as they are siblings working with Carmen, and previously they were a racing team with Zack as the driver and Ivy as the mechanic.
  • Catchphrase: "Boo-yah!"
  • 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. Later on in the flight to Indonesia, we see him arguing over Ivy on how his sister didn't buy anything to eat, showing off his appetite.
  • 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. Justified in that he was skilled in driving to the point of being part of the pro-circuit had he not crash the car in his last race.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: When Carmen trains him to become the Duke and put him in a suit in "The Duke of Vermeer Caper". He looks quite handsome. This is shown again in "The Need For Speed Caper".
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue eyes to match his ditzy, but friendly nature.
  • Oblivious to Hatred: He believes Shadow-san is his mentor, never catching on that the man's transparently considers him a nuisance.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He's usually fun, goofy and friendly. "The Need For Speed Caper" has him mostly scowling since he's in the presence of his rival Trey Sterling and how he brought up memories of the crash that prevented him and Ivy from reaching the pro-circuit.
  • 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 (English), Misaki Ikeda (Japanese), Cynthia Chong (Latin American Spanish)
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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. A later episode does clarify that they were only doing one heist to pay off a loan shark (and were certain that the target was a front for the Mob, which... wasn't too far off the mark), and were otherwise focusing on racing as a way to stay out of crime.
  • 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. Justified in that the Ivy in this series was mostly a mechanic in comparison to a combat expert.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Zack, as they are siblings working with Carmen, and before meeting Carmen she was the mechanic to his driver as a two-person racing team.
  • 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.
  • I Call It "Vera": Ivy call her Surveillance Drone "Red Sphere".
    • The race car she worked on for Zack's racing career was named "Lydia".
  • 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".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Has to act like Carmen in "The Stockholm Syndrome Caper" and makes it out with the data chip from the heist with everyone else believing she was truly Carmen.
  • Wrench Wench: Was Zack’s mechanic when they were still on the amateur race circuit. She built and tuned the car he drove until he crashed it. After that it appears she became Carmen's gadgeteer, designing her tech such as the grapple and the drone.
  • Youthful Freckles: Like her brother, Ivy has freckles that go with her also being a Fiery Redhead.

    Shadow-san 

Shadow-san/Suhara

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Voiced by: Paul Nakauchi

Formerly one of V.I.L.E.'s five instructors, he was the most vocally opposed to Carmen becoming a thief; however, this was because he didn't want her to throw her life away working for V.I.L.E. Starting in season 2, he becomes a member of Carmen's team.


  • Ascended Extra: Originally just part of the council of V.I.L.E, the season 1 finale and season 2 gives him a bigger role. In particular he's now allied with Carmen and more of his backstory is expanded on.
  • The Atoner: A two-fer. He tried to make Carmen walk away from being a thief because he felt like she deserved better than living a life of crime. This also stems in his backstory in how he caused a huge drift in his relationship with his older brother by stealing his samurai sword from the museum said older brother worked for.
  • 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.
  • Black Sheep: The hoodlum younger brother of a respectable scholar, who stole an heirloom blade as part of his initiation into V.I.L.E. Even when he returns the blade after his Heel–Face Turn, his brother still doesn't welcome him back.
  • Canon Character All Along: His real name is Suhara, the name of Carmen's ACME partner and mentor in the previous show.
  • The Comically Serious: The role he settles into after defecting from V.I.L.E. and joining Carmen's crew, often sternly quipping about Zack and Ivy's always-on goofiness and being unfazed by their attempts to get him to lighten up.
  • Cool Mask: "The Hot Rocks of Rio Caper (Part 1)" has him wear a crow mask to hide his identity.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted. Upon returning his sword to the museum he stole it from — the same museum that his brother was the curator for — he bows and states that he does not deserve forgiveness and only asks to at least cleanse himself of the sin he committed. When he looks up, he sees the shadow of his brother walking away.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When he was tasked to steal his samurai sword as his initation, he couldn't find it in him to attack his older brother and instead ran away.
  • 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.
    • Season 2 reveals that he wasn't able to bring himself to actually carry out the assassination mission that would see him elevated to full faculty member, feeling empathetic for Dexter Wolfe's reasons for wanting to disassociate with V.I.L.E. However fate had other plans and it ended up working out anyway.
  • 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.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Surprisingly enough he was the foolish to his older brother Hideo’s responsible.
  • 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. By and large it was adopting Carmen that set him straight and made him rethink his life choices. Prior to that he was every bit of a ruthless V.I.L.E. operative as any, as his past alludes to.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Shadow-san knocking out Brunt and helping an injured Carmen escape the police cements his openly turning against V.I.L.E. He was on Carmen's side before, but he made his treason as open as she made hers. Come season two, he's fighting alongside her and has joined the team, while promising to help her find her family.
  • 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 first season finale and season 2.
  • Improbable Weapon User: "The Daisho Caper" reveals that he once took down a dozen opponents with a pair of chopsticks. He uses a pair against a yakuza thug wielding his sword.
  • Ironic Name: He wears the trappings of 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.
  • Japanese Delinquents: How he spent his youth, compared to his by-the-books, straight-laced older brother.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tried to block Carmen's path to becoming a thief. 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, he defects and joins her.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His weapon of choice. It was part of a daisho, a matching set that he was to steal from the ancient castle and museum his older brother was curator of as part of his initiation to V.I.L.E. He returns it at the end of "The Daisho Caper".
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you're reading this profile on this section of the character page then you learned that he's defected from VILE at the end of Season 1.
  • Love Redeems: Parental love at least. Shadow-san is an established criminal and a jerk, but it's revealed he was always looking out for Carmen since he rescued her as a baby. His first subtle act of treason against V.I.L.E. is him sabotaging the Janitor's helicopter, and he would have joined Carmen on her escape boat if she hadn't driven away so quickly; he admits he was proud of her for escaping. Then he knocks out Coach Brunt to stop her from killing Carmen in the first season finale, and helps Carmen escape the locked room before the police come.
  • Ninja: He educates the gang on the difference between the honorable samurai and the sneaky, pragmatic ninja. When Zack asks which one he is, he scowls, as if the answer should be obvious.
  • 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 cracks a smile, usually having a neutral, unfazed expression or a scowl. When he is smiling it's usually pretty sinister.
  • Samurai: He's dressed in this aesthetic though he considers himself more of a ninja. It draws unnecessary attention when he's just walking about and eventually he gets some conventional civilian duds.
  • The Stoic: He rarely emotes.
  • Stealth Expert: He handles the stealth instruction at V.I.L.E. Academy. Ironically, his outfit draws more attention to himself than he would prefer, so he eventually adopts a more conventional look to stay Hidden in Plain Sight.
  • That Man Is Dead: Tells Carmen that Suhara is dead and that he goes by the name of Shadow-san now.
  • 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 can crush Carmen to death at the end of "The French Connection Caper".
  • Walking Spoiler: Thanks to how important he is to Carmen's past and her escape from V.I.L.E., it's difficult to talk about his complete role in the series or how he's allied with her now.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: He taught origami lessons so thieves could develop a light touch when pickpocketing.
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