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V.I.L.E. Organization

    General 
  • Adaptational Badass: To coincide with Carmen's Adaptational Heroism. In the games, V.I.L.E. is Carmen's band of flunkies - dangerous to be sure, but portrayed as following her whims without question and being much less effective without her direction. Here, they're a ubiquitous criminal organization on their own worthy of any spy epic without her.
  • Color Motifs: Many of the scenes involving the organization involves green.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: VILE is a pretty diverse organisation, both among its operatives and in its ruling council.
  • 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.
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V.I.L.E. Council

    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.
  • 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.
  • Town Girls: Coach Brunt is the Butch (the largest, strongest, and teaches physical conditioning); Countess Cleo is the Femme (dresses in fashionable clothing, her heists are of valuable artifacts, and is the most cultured of her peers); Dr. Bellum is the Neither (an inventor who is not entirely feminine or masculine).
  • 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.

    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.
  • Doting Parent: Carmen says that Brunt was like this to her. After Carmen pulls a prank that gets her in trouble with the janitors on V.I.L.E., Brunt tosses the janitor away and offers her a cupcake.
  • 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.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Coach Brunt is revealed to be worse than most of the other teachers and graduates. The students will just do the mission and leave; she takes pleasure in personally torturing Chase. To her credit, however, even though she also seems to take pleasure in beating up Carmen, she does make one last effort to convince Carmen to return to VILE and when that effort fails, she takes no pleasure in trying to kill Carmen.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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     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.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Dr. Bellum, when she finds out that Carmen stole a cellphone from the Janitors, doesn't understand why Carmen didn't turn in "stolen property" for extra credit.
  • 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.
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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.

     Crackle 

Graham "Gray" / Crackle

Voiced by: Michael Goldsmith
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Another one of Carmen's classmates. The two had a close, sibling-like relationship before Carmen left V.I.L.E.


  • 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.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the novelization, Gray shows more guilt when Carmen recalls how he fired on an innocent man. He also is more regretful about taking her in as a V.I.L.E. captive when she offers for him to join her team.
  • 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: She took Shadow-san's origami lessons to heart, and specializes in folding paper stars sharp enough to cut through stone. She can use them as daggers and can fold them fast enough to make a veritable storm of razor origami art.
  • 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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