- 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Not overtly but they still do it. Before anyone is actually initiated as a full V.I.L.E. operative, they introduce themselves as the "Valuable Imports, Lavish Exports" company. It's not until they graduate from their thieves' academy that they reveal that "V.I.L.E." is actually short for "Villains International League of Evil", which is about as unsubtle as you can get (although using the acronym "V.I.L.E.", even if it means "Valuable Imports, Lavish Exports", does establish a certain baseline from the off).
- 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.
- Honor Among Thieves: The leading council expects and instills loyalty to all of its agents. Coach Brunt routinely considers the group "family." To betray one's family, to leave the group, or to make war against them is a heinous crime in their eyes.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When the police are getting close, or a mission is compromised and not able to succeed, the organization prefers their operatives to cut their losses and retreat, rather than pursue the goal and risk greater losses or even being captured by the police.
- Lethal Chef: There's a joke that any food produced by V.I.L.E. is as bad as the name implies. Big Eater Zack was disgusted by the donuts they made for a store cover and a child Carmen was driven to tears by V.I.L.E. brand imitation rice.
- Resignations Not Accepted: No one in V.I.L.E. is allowed to leave once they join. Even members of V.I.L.E's council aren't immune to this. When Carmen's father tried to leave, they sent Shadow-san to kill him. Shadow-san doesnt kill Carmens father, but the guy still dies when the woman who became the Chief of ACME shot him in the mistaken belief that the guy was going to pull out a gun.
- Revealing Cover-Up: The Cleaners always manage to rescue any captured operatives 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.
- 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 HeelFace Turn.
- Badass Teacher: They teach their students combat, gadgetry, stealth, masterminding, and cultural knowledge.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: VILE is led by the five teachers who are of equal authority, they reach decisions by a majority vote. That said, Professor Maelstrom does seem to have the most influence of any member of the council and is often the one calling the shots on the whole, even if they are voted upon once the proposal is made.
- Cosmopolitan Council: The teachers are five powerful individuals from various ethnic backgrounds. Brunt is American, Shadow-san is Japanese, and Professor Maelstrom is Swedish (which is essentially outright confirmed in Season 2). Those are the only three confirmed ones. Countess Cleo seem to be of European origin, considering her title and properties, and Dr. Bellum's origin is unclear. The novelization of the first two episodes claims Countess Cleo is Egyptian and Bellum is Indian.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Shadow-san's betrayal is this from their point-of-view. They worked alongside Shadow-san for years and considered him a member of their "family". His defection caught them completely off-guard.
- 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.
- Evil Power Vacuum:
- With Shadow-san officially defecting a major plot point of Season 2 is finding someone to fill his seat.
- Shadow-san filled the seat that previously belonged to Carmen's father before he attempted to leave VILE.
- Good Parents: Zigzagged. While they raise and provide Carmen with everything she needed, they are also amoral thieves. And judging by Carmen and Coach Brunt's obvious affection towards each other during her childhood, it's likely that Brunt was the only one in the Council who had a direct hand in actually caring for her.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: While they are largely oriented in the same way to continue their thieving and villainy to gain wealth and status, each one has their own likes, interests, and distinct personalities. They will act petty, such as Malestrom wanting gold cufflinks made from a rare Equadorian Escudo to rub in Cleo's face, or snark at the others failures, such as Shadowsan's suggestion to use Tigress against Carmen in "The Lucky Cat Caper" resulting in Tigress' failure and Coach Brunt knocking him for it, not realizing that he intended for Carmen to beat Tigress. That said, they will settle their problems civily and democractially by voting and respecting the will of the Council.
- Platonic Co-Parenting: Carmen was raised since her youth by the five main faculty members of V.I.L.E.: Coach Brunt, Dr. Bellum, Countess Cleo, Professor Maelstrom, and Shadowsan. Each one takes a different level of intimacy and love towards their ward with Coach Brunt pampering and spoiling the young girl to Shadowsan's standoffish behavior. The rest are somewhere in between. It is a genuinely happy relationship, which makes Carmen's recognition of how evil they could be and her betraying them all the more shocking to, as she puts it, the only family she's ever known.
- 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 because they acknowledge that it does happen. 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.
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.
- Berserk Button: Betrayal. She gave a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Carmen and then tried to kill her for leaving V.I.L.E. When Shadow-san similarly defected, she completely lost her temper and started throwing a tantrum.
- Brawn Hilda: She's easily the biggest and strongest person, male or female, on the show.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: She's a very large, strong and ruthless fighter but she takes an instant liking to the infant Carman and even tears up when Black Sheep passes her trials.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Displays an almost superhuman degree of strength, which appears to be entirely the result of training.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Has green hair and eyes.
- Deep South: Has a southern accent, and has stated herself 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 compares it to the U.S. Constitution.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She honestly loved Carmen like a daughter and has no choice but to crush said daughter when Carmen decides to leave.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's shocked by Maelstrom's suggestion that she secretly killed Shadow-san due to their Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. Brunt admits that while she doesn't like Shadow-san, she still considers him "family" and you don't betray family.
- 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 Detective Chase. To her credit, however, even though she also initially 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.
- I Have No Son!: The most attached member of the council to Carmen before she turned on them and afterwards she is fairly verbal about how that attachment no longer plays a role in how she will deal with Carmen the next time they meet (due to the other council members doubting her commitment to doing what must be done).
- 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 is 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.
- Meaningful Name: As with all members of V.I.L.E. In addition to sounding similar to "grunt" and "blunt", the brunt is the single greatest point of impact or burden of a thing, such as to "get to the brunt of the matter" or to "take the brunt of a blow." Needless to say, it fits well with her straightforward personality and love of physical violence, and her being possibly the most sadistic of the V.I.L.E. faculty.
- Parental Substitute: She was like a mother to Carmen, moreso than Cleo or Bellum. She would hug her, love her, protect her from the consequences of Carmen's pranks and reward her with a cupcake.
- 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.
- Self-Deprecation: She mentions during the training sessions of new recruits to protect the face or they might end up with a mug like hers.
- Smarter Than You Look: While she may come off as Dumb Muscle, she's shown to be quite intelligent, such as knowing the U.S. Constitution. She shows it further by quickly understanding Maelstrom's gambit in the season 2 finale by telling Carmen that Shadowsan killed her father on orders from V.I.L.E. in order to turn the two against each other, though she does admit to not liking such methods personally.
- 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.
Professor Gunnar Maelstrom
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.
- Adaptational Job Change: In Where on Earth, he was a marine archaeologist before turning to a life of crime. Here, he's a Psycho Psychologist, though there is a reference to his original series counterpart's MO in the fact that the back wall of his office/classroom is a large marine tank full of jellyfish.
- Bald of Evil: His head is completely bald, save for his sideburns.
- Evil Is Petty: The Dubloon Caper has him want the valuable doubloon just to melt it down into a pair of cufflinks to make Countess Cleo jealous.
- For the Evulz: This is Professor Maelstrom's entire M.O. In keeping with his name, his main desire is to spread chaos and disorder, with any actual gain being a secondary concern at best. In "The Fishy Doubloon Caper" he plots to steal a gold doubloon which he (incorrectly) believes is worth millions just so he can melt it down and make it into solid gold cufflinks. Later, in "The Chasing Paper Caper", he plots to steal the Magna Carta, not for sale or ransom, but to prove that evil can win out over law and order.
- Inkblot Test: Gives these out.
- Meaningful Name: As with all members of V.I.L.E. A maelstrom is a violent whirlpool, a turbulent storm, or sometimes used to refer to a general state of chaos. Professor Maelstrom is a Psycho Psychologist who openly admits to being unhinged, and generally supports capers intended to spread chaos and disorder with any gain of money or influence being secondary at best.
- Psycho Psychologist: His expertise in V.I.L.E. is psychologically evaluating students. He himself is amoral and also has an apparent fondness for the more psychotic recruits.
- Norse by Norsewest: His first name was a hint that he is of Scandinavian ethnicity, and by the end of the Stockholm Syndrome Caper, he has admitted that he is from Sweden.
- The One Guy: Following Shadow-san's defection, Maelstrom is the only male member of the V.I.L.E council until Roundabout is made a member in the season 2 finale.
- Related in the Adaptation: In Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, he was caught by then-ACME Agent Carmen Sandiego and had no connection to VILE. Here, he is one of V.I.L.E.'s leaders and Carmen's adoptive parents.
- They Called Me Mad!: Freely admits this, but dismisses it as just a label used by the ignorant.
- White Hair, Black Heart: White hair and freely admits to being crazy. He's also a villain.
- Whole Costume Reference: His outfit (tan slacks, dark turtleneck, black jacket with white piping) is an exact replica of the one Patrick McGoohan wore in The Prisoner.
- Would Hurt a Child: When Shadow-san first brought an infant Carmen to the council, Maelstrom's suggestion to Leave No Witnesses implies that he had no qualms about killing a toddler.
Dr. Saira Bellum
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:
- When Dr. Bellum finds out that Carmen stole a cellphone from the Janitors, she doesn't understand why Carmen didn't turn in "stolen property" for extra credit.
- In season 2, when Neal the Eel says "Bob's your uncle", she's confused at his exclamation because none of her seven uncles are named Bob.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: A dispute over Carmen being forced to work alone in "To Steal or Not to Steal" leads to:Dr. Bellum: Hm. I hadn't considered how reliant you've become on your own operatives.
Carmen: They are not "operatives". They're my friends.
Dr. Bellum: Hahahahahahaha! Hahahahahahahaha... ha ha... [frowns] ...oh. I thought you were making a funny.
- For Science!: Dr. Saira Bellum, V.I.L.E.'s chief scientist. While she certainly doesn't seem to mind the money and power, her primary interest seems to be in creating lots of fancy toys to terrorize people with.
- 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.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Twenty years ago her hair was done in a Bride of Frankenstein style.
- Literal-Minded: She absolutely abhors idioms and turns of phrase, as they can easily confuse her.
- Mad Scientist: Hits most of the typical appearance and personality traits.
- Meaningful Name: As with all members of V.I.L.E. Saira Bellum sounds like cerebellum, a part of the brain, and refers to her being the smartest of the V.I.L.E. faculty, and the one most interested in science and technology.
- 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. When her past self is shown via flashback, she had Bride of Frankenstein hair, complete with the white streak up the side.
- Name's the Same: One might recall that The Powerpuff Girls did the exact same punnote for the mayor's assistant.
- Perky Female Minion: She enjoys watching cat videos and can get easily distracted.
- Pet the Dog: When Shadow-san brings in Wolfe's baby daughter, she actually advocates for her and justifies it by pointing out that little Carmen is too young to remember anything.
- 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. Officially confirmed in this height chart as she's 5'1".
- Spell My Name with an "S": While it's spelled "Saira", Season 2 confirms that it's pronounced like "Sara".
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.
- Child Hater: She shows visible disgust upon first meeting Carmen as a baby, perhaps because she values refinement and babies are rather messy.
- The Fashionista:
- She always wears very fancy dresses that make her stand out more than her colleagues.
- She was apparently a former model, although the episode where this is mentioned also mentions she somehow didn't cut it or fell out of the profession (likely due to her criminal activities), calling her a "failed" model.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: As with all members of V.I.L.E. Countess Cleo is of course named for the Queen of the Nile herself, Cleopatra VII, famously known (at least in media) for her beauty, class, and hedonistic lifestyle. Countess Cleo is a Wicked Cultured evil Fashionista who is also the most materialistic of all the faculty.
- Older Than They Look: She doesn't look like she's aged a day since Carmen was brought to the Isle of V.I.L.E. almost twenty years ago. Given her specialty and background, she probably has some beauty tricks to help her stay that way.
- Shoulders of Doom: She could probably skewer someone with the shoulders of her dress.
- Statuesque Stunner: This official height chart states that Countess Cleo is 6'0" and she's a beauty.
- Wicked Cultured: She wears fancy dresses, steals works of art, values proper decorum, and is one of the leaders of VILE.
- Boring, but Practical: His methods are less showy and elaborate than those of the other candidates, or even the existing instructors, but get results.
- Evil Brit: He's this, given that he's a V.I.L.E. instructor who has infiltrated Her Majesty's secret service.
- Meaningful Name: As with all members of V.I.L.E. Roundabout speaks in a "roundabout" way with people, making sure to imply something without saying it, and covertly having people tell him what he wants to hear.
- The Mole: Has infiltrated Her Majestys secret service allowing him to get intel on when authorities arrive.
- Stealth Expert: In a roundabout way. His stealth expertise is by avoiding detection through diversionary tactics. Diverting attention away from himself rather than avoiding it altogether.
- The Strategist: Is using his position to keep track of both V.I.L.E. and ACME movements and coordinate V.I.L.E. operatives to stay one step ahead of ACME.
- Up Through the Ranks: A senior agent of V.I.L.E. who was promoted to the inner council at the end of season 2.
- Walking Spoiler: The search for someone to fill Shadow-san's seat was a season-long search, making the fact that he won a major spoiler.
Sheena / Tigress
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-like 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.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: In "To Steal or Not to Steal," if you help Tigress out of the pit instead of leaving her, Tigress actually returns the favor in helping Carmen rescue Zack and Ivy from the Arctic base.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hidden Depths: Generally, she's a Jerkass to Carmen and tries to one-up her anytime they meet. In the interactive special "To Steal or Not to Steal", if Carmen chooses to help Tigress when she falls into a pit trap, Tigress returns the favor by helping Carmen rescue Zack and Ivy.
- 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.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: There isn't a standard issue V.I.L.E. outfit but Tigress's outfit is by far the most radical of the group of students shown. In contrast to the dark colors worn by Crackle, Le Chevre, and El Topo (as well as Black Sheep's sneaking outfit), Tigress dons a green bodysuit with orange tiger-stripe highlights and black sleeves and boots. When she's with the other graduates she certainly stands out a fair bit by comparison.
- Pet the Dog: Surprisingly, she has a moment of this in To Steal or Not to Steal. Should you choose to help Tigress when she falls into a pit trap and then rescue Zach and Ivy from the Arctic base, she thanks Carmen for it by aiding her in rescuing them.
- 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.
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.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Doesn't appear at all in season 2.
- 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" 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 a 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.
- Put On The Bus: Unlike the other VILE students, Mime Bomb doesn't appear in Season 2.
- 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.
A classmate of Carmens 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 an Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Womanchild rather than a literal child.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Kimiko Glenn's naturally high-pitched voice suits Paper Star's Creepy Child-like nature extremely well.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Her reliance on paper is both convenient and a hindrance, depending on the situation. It lets her craft new weapons almost anywhere thanks to the abundance of paper in the world but it also means she's subject to the flaws of using paper (such as losing its effectiveness in heavy winds). If she kept a backup weapon on her person that didn't rely on paper she'd probably present more than a match for Carmen.
- 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.
- The Dragon: Serves as this to Lady Dokuso in "The Daisho Caper".
- 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.
- 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.
- Shes 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, shes not nearly as good as she thinks she is. While Paper Star doesnt 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. She's also overtly sadistic (mincing no words that she will make Carmen bleed) and even assaults her own allies just so she can get her own way.
- 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. Water and glue also have been shown to be effective.
- 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 Carmens flashback, it appears to be dyed.
- Odango Hair: In two long and curved buns with a bit of Fashionable Asymmetry as they are differently colored on each side of her head.
- 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. Though shes not really innocent.
- 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.
Jean-Paul / Le Chèvre
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 is intended to mean "Goat" in French but truly means "goat cheese" instead, 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. And he's so cheesy.
- 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-five each other first from the top than the bottom.
- Le Parkour: His specialty is leaping.
- Pet the Dog: When he first encounters Carmen after she left V.I.L.E, he begs Carmen to stop and offers to let her go.
- Those Two Guys: He's rarely seen without his partner, El Topo, being somewhere close by.
Antonio / El Topo
One of Carmen's original classmates, he prefers to get the drop on the loot from below.
- Affably Evil: He may be a V.I.L.E. operative, but hes quite a nice guy. Notacible in "To Steal or not to Steal" if Carmen chooses him for backup; he holds no ill will towards her and values her safety almost as much as he does Le Chèvre, and is overall much nicer to Carmen than Le Chèvre.
- 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.
- Nothing Personal: If Carmen works with him in "To Steal or Not to Steal", he is happy to see her. He mentions he holds no genuine ill-will against her and only works against or with her due to their roles in life.
- Smarter Than You Look: While looking like a simple muscular brute, in "To Steal or Not to Steal" he reveals he is tardy to his rendevou with Carmen because he was studying the lab's potential entry points and exit points for the mission. True to this, when Carmen is running from ACME with the goods, El Topo's foresight allows Carmen to escape into the drainage tunnel under an attraction and be missed by ACME agents pursuing her.
- 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".
- Top-Heavy Guy: A broad upper physique with slim legs.
- Tunnel King: Fitting his mole motif, he usually works underground with robotic claws that let him dig through dirt.
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.
- Villain of the Week: She returns as the main antagonist of the episode "The Fashionista Caper", where she attempts to gain V.I.L.E's favor by attempting to eliminate Carmen.
Vlad and Boris / The Cleaners
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.
- Consummate Professional: They do their job quickly, quietly, and without complaint. As Shadowsan notes, they are without fear. The sight of Carmen fighting Dash and possibly winning doesn't stop them from their job in taking the stolen goods they are after. Once they secured the merchandise, then they called Dash to retreat to the chopper for the escape.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": They're only known as "the Cleaners". Per Carmen in the Pilot, their actual names are Vlad and Boris. Which is who isn't revealed.
- 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.
One of Countess Cleo's underlings who appears in "The Duke of Vermeer Caper"
- The Dragon: He is Cleo's main underling she turns to to help with her crimes.
- 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. In Season 2, he reveals he has skills in sewing to be able to insert mind control technology into the headwear of four models.
- Nice Hat: Wears a snazzy black hat. Season 2 shows that his hat has blades and he can control it.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He's always seen wearing a nice suit.
A senior member of V.I.L.E residing in Japan. She teams up with Paper Star during "The Daisho Caper"
- Beauty Mark: Has a mole on the bottom left corner of her lip.
- Cool Shades: Wears a a pair of black sunglasses when on a mission.
- Crazy-Prepared: She just so happens to poison a pair of chopsticks that Shadow-san was going to use as weapons.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She appears as one of Countess Cleo's guests in "The Duke of Vermeer Caper" before being formally introduced in season two.
- Kimono Is Traditional: First introduced in a kimono.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears a white kimono, but Japanese considers white as the color of death and she is one mean lady. Her headquarters is also a sort of neon-lit back alley bar in Japan.
- Master Poisoner: Her specialty.
- Meaningful Name: Dokuso is Japanese for "Poison" and Paper Star states that she's famous for her poison medicines.
- Names To Run Away From Very Fast: Her name translates to "Lady Poison".
- Parasol of Pain: Her weapon is a paper parasol.
- Poison Is Evil: Is an expert in poison and she's a member of VILE.
- Smoke Out: She uses a smoke-bomb to escape when Carmen has her at sword point.
- Villain of the Week: She is the main antagonist for the episode "The Daisho Caper", where she tries to set a trap for Shadow-san in order to become a member of V.I.L.E's council.
A mechanic from the United Kingdom who is good friends with Coach Brunt. She appears in "The Need For Speed Caper" hoping to hijack a state-of-the-art car.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She's simply known as "The Mechanic".
- Evil Brit: British and a member of V.I.L.E.
- Evil Counterpart: Essentially one to Ivy, both whom are good at fixing cars. The major difference is that Ivy wants nothing to do with the criminal underworld, whereas The Mechanic's far too happy where she is.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Aside from Coach Brunt, none of the top brass at V.I.L.E. likes her.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Brunt are on great terms with each other.
- Lower-Class Lout: Speaks with a Cockney accent and wears grease-stained overalls even when meeting with V.I.L.E.'s faculty.
- Villain of the Week: She's the main villain of the episode "The Need For Speed Caper", where she attempts to steal an expensive race car in order to get a seat on V.I.L.E's council.
- Wrench Wench: She's a mechanic with her own chop shop that strips cars to their bare essentials.
The Mechanic's right-hand woman.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced early in "The Need For Speed Caper" as a nameless high-class woman seemingly charmed by Stirling. We don't see her again until after she pulls off the heist.
- The Dragon: To the Mechanic.
- Evil Counterpart: To Zack; both are the getaway drivers for their respective teams, but with opposing alignments.
- Getaway Driver: It's her title.
- Honey Trap: She seduces Stirling in order to steal the car he was going to drive.
- No Name Given: Just like her boss, she's only known as "The Driver".
- Samus Is a Girl: When stealing the car, she initially appears in a concealing helmet and body suit. She takes off her helmet after she steals the car.
Neal the Eel
A V.I.L.E. thief known for being able to get in and out of the tightest spots.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Uses these in his heists.
- Animal Motifs: As his name indicates, eels. His name rhymes with it and he's as Slippery as an Eel.
- Confusion Fu: He's quite good at fighting in awkward positions, and slipping and sliding around the battlefield
- Early-Bird Cameo: Dr. Bellum makes mention of him an episode or two before his first appearance as her suggestion to fill the opening in the faculty.
- Slippery as an Eel: He's flexible enough to squeeze in and out of the smallest spaces, and is associated with eels.
- Stealth Expert: As someone who can fit into and squeeze out of small spaces
Graham "Gray" / Crackle
One of Carmen's original classmates, the two were rather close before she left V.I.L.E. After he ended up captured by Interpol in the pilot, Dr. Bellum wiped his memory of his time in the organization and sent him back to his old life.
- Actually Pretty Funny: His first interaction with Carmen was by making fun of her nickname, "Lambkins", to which she responds by pulling him backwards and threatening him. Crackle looks back at their 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.
- Amnesiac Resonance: In "The Crackle Goes Kiwi Caper", he saves Carmen by using an electrical staff — his former Weapon of Choice — and instinctively knows how to work V.I.L.E. tech, despite claiming that he's just a stage lighting technician and that it's far above his pay grade.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His electrician uniform is practically a recolor of his thief outfit.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Carmen ultimately decides not to take up the amnesiac Gray on his initial 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. She does get in contact with him later, however.
- Eureka Moment: Obtained his nickname after he said that everyone else's suggestions didn't "crackle" with him.
- 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.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In flashbacks during Carmen's time at V.I.L.E. academy, he has his bangs swept across his forehead. In the present, after Carmen defects, his bangs are now sticking straight upwards, and stay the same after he gets hit with Laser-Guided Amnesia.
- 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. It was more than likely mutual, given that they first met when Gray was at least 18 and Carmen was an underage teen. Possibly subverted when Gray's memory is erased and he sets up a date with the present-day 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.
- Motif: Electricity. His weapon of choice was an electrical staff and he was an electrician in his previous job.
- 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. He comes back in season 2, where Carmen gets him to help her raid Bellum's lab.
- 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. 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 electrical staff.
- Walking Spoiler: It's really 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 he has his his memory wiped and is Put on a Bus without any major on-screen fights or victories. He does return for an episode in season 2, though.
- 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.
The agent that formerly held Shadow-san's position in V.I.L.E.'s inner circle.
- Ambiguously Brown: His exact ethnicity is unknown. He's probably Argentinian, given he had a safe house there.
- Animal Motifs: Wolves. His last name was is basically wolf with an "e". He had a lone wolf attitude. His professional title was "The Wolf". And his final act was him going Papa Wolf for Carmen.Shadow-san: For like his namesake, "The Wolf" relished the hunt far too much to lead an idle, academic life.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: His last name is Wolfe. That is all.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has thick eyebrows. Like his daughter, Carmen.
- Disappeared Dad: To Carmen herself.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He wanted to give up his criminal life for Carmen's sake. He also deeply cared for Carmen's birth mother, "Vera Cruz".
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: The central reason he left V.I.L.E. was because he didn't want Carmen to grow up in the criminal organization.
- Generation Xerox: Like his daughter, Dexter was a famous superthief who ultimately abandoned V.I.L.E. for personal reasons. However, he died when he attempted to do so.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Tried to leave V.I.L.E. after Carmen was born, but was killed by Interpol before he could do so.
- Love Redeems: Dexter's fatherly love towards Carmen is what motivated him to defect V.I.L.E.
- Not His Sled: Anyone familiar with the original series might expect Carmen's father to be Argentine businessman Malcom Avalon, further backed up by the fact that Carmen was found in Argentina and Player even suggests that Carmen was kidnapped from wealthy parents as a baby. However, come the end of Season 2, it is revealed that this is not the case.
- Papa Wolf: His last act was making sure a baby Carmen was safe and only thought of her safety during the night he died. In fact, his whole reason for defecting V.I.L.E. was for his daughter's sake.
- Phantom Thief: The brief flashback we see of him has him robbing everyone on a yacht over the course of around thirty seconds, including the shirt off a man's back, before escaping without being noticed.
- Posthumous Character: Died years before the events of the series.
- Red Baron: Known as "The Wolf".
- Stealth Expert: The former stealth instructor of V.I.L.E. And he was a true expert on the craft.
- Walking Spoiler: Everything we learn about him is a major spoiler of some kind.
See his entry under Carmen's gang.