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Cognito Inc

    In General 
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  • Affably Evil: Affably morally grey, at least. Cognito Inc gets up to some wildly unethical stuff and their primary mission is to keep a secret society in charge of the world. But they are also a bunch of doofballs who are often either freaking out about something or having fun.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Despite being am organization that is willing to do many immoral acts in order to cover up conspiracies, it is ambiguous how evil it can be said to be. This gets to the point that Brett doesn't know if accidentally causing a massacre would result in punishment or congratulations.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Their most prominent members include an Asian woman, an Asian man, a black woman, a half-man half-dolphin, and a sentient mushroom. The background staff include all sorts of cryptids, as well as some Loa-People and literal monsters. They also have an Inhuman Resources department where their employees are taught sensitivity to reptoids. Downplayed in that, while anyone can have positions high up in the company, all their leaders seen so far have been straight white men, a fact Reagan lampshades when she is finally promoted.
  • Evil, Inc.: Cognito Inc. runs the world in secret, and they don’t always have humanity’s best interests at heart, such as keeping an entire town drugged on faulty memory erasure chemicals to offload defective 80s stuff for profit and planning World War 3 for the purpose of harvesting Walrus Oil.
  • The Men in Black: They have agents that mind-wipe anyone who knows about their plans.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: The lobby of Cognito has a screen with the slogan "We're a company."
  • Shout-Out: Their logo resembles the logo of OCP from RoboCop.
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The Gang

    In General 
  • Brains and Brawn: Reagan has the intelligence needed for Cognito Inc's plans, but is out of shape and lacks the charisma to lead or have the respect of her team. Brett isn't nearly so smart but is athletic and has the charisma and people skills needed to get people to do what needs to be done.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: All of them have their quirks, from Andre being a horny stoner to Glenn being a trigger-happy wingnut, but they are competent enough to keep the conspiracies under wrap, despite some close calls.
  • Dysfunction Junction: It speaks volumes that Reagan, a woman with quite a few issues, is the most competent person on the team.
  • Everyone Has Standards: They're all immediately put off when Rafe Masters reveals that he microchipped Reagan's phone in order to track her.
  • Mother Nature, Father Science: Inverted. Of the two scientists Reagan is the one into robotics and engineering, while Andre is a biochemist and surgeon.
  • True Companions: After everything they been through they consider themselves to be a family.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Reagan and Gigi are two women on a team of six.

    Reagan Ridley 
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Voiced by: Lizzy Caplan
"I know I could make the world a better place, if I just didn't have to deal with all of this."
Cognito Inc's resident asocial Head Roboticist and tech genius.
  • Author Avatar: Serves as one for creator Shion Takeuchi, who has compared what Reagan goes through to her own experience of being a first-time showrunner. Reagan is also mixed Japanese/white like Takeuchi.
  • All Take and No Give: Her relationship with Rand builds down to this. She's forced to constantly pull maintenance when it comes to Rand and bail him out of whatever mess he gets himself into, while he mooches off of her and meddles in her life over the pettiest reasons.
  • Alliterative Name: Reagan Ridley, just like her dad Rand Ridley and her implied namesake Ronald Reagan.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Although she is only seen dating men, in "Sex Machina", when Robotus updates their algorithm to find more people that might match Reagan online, a Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that there are some women among her possible matches. Considering that the algorithm is supposed to perfectly reflect her tastes and was created by both she and Robotus, it's likely she is attracted to women as well.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Reagan has several traits that suggest she might be on the autism spectrum: hyper-focus on her interests, No Social Skills, and obsession with routine ("TIME CARDS!"). To the point where her mom straight up says she thinks Reagan has Asperger's. In addition, she takes a lot of Adderall, a medication typically used to treat symptoms of ADHD or narcolepsy.note 
  • Asian and Nerdy: A half-Asian genius scientist who invented robots as well as genetically engineering a human frog hybrid for fun as a kid.
  • Benevolent Boss: Upon becoming CEO, Reagan introduces chairs with improved neck support for the company's Easter Island employees, gifts her crew custom T-shirts, and even upgrades Myc's milking machine.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: She has rather thick eyebrows compared to other characters, which makes her look more grouchy.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A unique example. She’s an incredibly dedicated employee, going days without sleeping to finish her projects and goes above and beyond in most things she’s assigned to do. In her social and personal life, however, she’d sooner hastily invent her way out of personal growth and trauma with machinery and robots than go through the emotional energy of doing it the regular way. This takes on a darker turn when her upbringing under Rand shows that he did basically the same thing to avoid taking care of her, thus instilling an inability to adequately approach her own emotional needs.
  • Brutal Honesty: Reagan usually doesn't have a problem telling people what she thinks, such as making Glenn cry at his own birthday party ("I was dancing too confidently, and I needed to hear it!") or brutally dumping a coworker she can no longer stand.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's half-Japanese, but you wouldn't be able to tell if her mother wasn't a character on the show. In-universe, she's apparently white-passing (or at least enough for the stuck-in-the-80s residents of Still Valley to not speak to her with anti-Asian microaggressions like they do the fully Korean Andre). Justified with a comment from Rand that he tampered with her genetics to make sure his genes were dominant.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She does this to both her parents (mostly Rand) throughout the series regarding their past and present shitty behavior. She calls Rand out for the last time when she finds out that he deliberately erased her memories of her Only Friend for his own selfish desires, deciding to cut him out of her life completely. Sadly, this only lasts a day as he takes over as CEO as a way to get back at her.
  • Character Development: Reagan starts out the series as wanting nothing to do with the team and deliberately isolating herself. She gradually opens up to them over the course of the first season and eventually comes to see them as her true family, especially Brett.
  • Child Prodigy: She graduated as her class valedictorian from MIT at 13.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: She deconstructs the Grade Skipper. As a kid, she jumped from fourth grade to high school and graduated MIT at the age of 13, but the process left her a socially stunted workaholic, and she didn't even want to skip ahead at all, as it would have meant leaving her friend Orrin behind. Reagan's father forced her anyway, going so far as to erase her memories of Orrin so she'd have nothing stopping her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts off despising her team and Brett but grows to see them as her real family as the series goes on.
  • Designer Babies: Rand claims to have altered her genes in the womb so that she'd favor his genes over her mom's.
  • The Dog Bites Back: As a kid, she dealt with the constant mockery of her older classmates by pulling a "reverse-Carrie" on everyone at prom.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: She's often denied credit for things she's responsible for. Her ROBOTUS project ends up going to Brett when he blunders in with bagels and draws everyone's attention, her defeat of the Flat Earthers is credited to Rafe Masters even though he only showed up after the battle, and her father ends up being given control of the company after the chaos caused by Bear-O, which he created and then made impossible to stop through his machinations.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Her eyes start at crow's feet and work their way down from there, depending on how overworked she is in any given situation.
  • Extreme Doormat: Zig-Zagged. For the most part, Reagan is anything but a doormat, but she slips into this when it comes to Rand and Tamiko. While she won't hesitate to call them out on their bullshit, they're still able to force her into going along with their shenanigans and dote on their every whim. Rand even exploits her on a daily basis by mooching off of her and meddling in Reagan's life while expecting her to care for his every whim. She's eventually has enough of Rand and cuts him out of her life when she finds out he erased her memories of her Only Friend Orrin Cartwright.
  • Freudian Excuse: Reagan is a massive Jerkass due to her parents being abusive and neglectful throughout her whole life.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: At least at first. Reagan’s lack of social skills, ego, and high strung nature really did not win her any friends with her fellow department heads, hence Brett getting hired to compensate. It was only after Brett came on, did she begin to open up a bit, which the rest of the group begin to like her more and hung out with her.
  • Friendless Background: Reagan's been a loner for most of her life due to being a genius Grade Skipper and later Workaholic roboticist. Justified, since Rand erased her memory of her Only Friend so she would be focused on skipping grades and finishing her education so she could become an accomplished scientist at a young age.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's a talented inventor, specializing primarily in robotics.
  • Geeky Turn-On:
    • She describes museums as "the sexiest places on earth."
    • Myc also reveals that she has a Carl Sagan fetish.
  • Grade Skipper: Skipped from fourth grade directly to high school, and ended up graduating top of her class from MIT at 13. Deconstructed, since this is a big part of why she's a socially stunted workaholic and she didn't even want to skip at all, since she had a friend in fourth grade. Her father erased her memories of her friend so he wouldn't hold her back from skipping.
  • Hates Being Touched: She hates hugs because her parents never gave her a hug, and the robot her dad built to hug her traumatized her.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Her singing is so bad that Cognito Inc uses her karaoke rendition of "Purple Rain" to break ISIS captives.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Reagan is a comical depiction of a lonely outcast with awful social skills and yet she's been shown to have had friends and decent romantic relationships all throughout her life, and coworkers that greatly enjoy having her around. It is justified to an extent, as it's shown that a lot of this is because of her own insecurities and reluctance to emotionally engage with anyone,
  • Insufferable Genius: Downplayed but present. She loves to show off her work, openly gloats and praises her own intellect, and has a massive ego about her. Unlike most examples, she doesn’t look down on most people for a lack of comparable intelligence but usually a lack of professionalism and competence and hardly sees herself as above everyone else.
  • Internal Reformist: She wants to make Cognito a more benevolent organization.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Reagan is gruff, cynical, and blunt, but she's by no means a bad person. She's the only member of Cognito Inc outside of Brett to not be a total degenerate, and she's trying to turn it into a Benevolent Conspiracy from behind the scenes. She's also shown to be rather kind at some points, especially when it comes to her friendship with Brett.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: She genuinely wants to make the world a better place, but she's also an extremely cynical and pragmatic woman who's very willing to Shoot the Dog to make it happen. Word of God even describes her as a cynical optimist.
  • Lonely at the Top: She has enormous success as a scientist...but she lives a very bleak existence devoid of human connection. Bear-O even tries to destroy Cognito because of how miserable Reagan's work makes her.
  • Mad Scientist: Although she is just enough of a consummate professional to downplay this trope, it is still very much present in her outlandish inventions and working for a dark cabal that rules the world from the shadows, even being as close to the top as she can before becoming the boss.
  • MacGyvering: There's multiple instances where she's been able to make advanced gadgets out of very simple electronics, like a self-flying drone out of a Simon Says game and bombs made out of Amazon Alexas.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Reagan was a character in King Lear who wanted to inherit her father's lands but grew sick of how he was freeloading off her and her husband, eventually kicking him out when he wore out his welcome. Sound familiar?
    • It's probably not a coincidence that Rand Ridley created a helmet to access Ronald Reagan's memories, called "Project Jellybean," and then later named his own daughter Reagan. Rand even calls Reagan "Jellybean."
  • Mirror Character: With Brett, while also being his Foil. Both might be opposites in terms of intelligence and social skills, but both also come from neglectful parents whose lack of interest in their children caused them mental problems well into their adult years.
  • Nervous Wreck: Given her job and her coworkers, she is pretty high strung.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She has a very noticeable underbite.
  • No Social Skills: She's not great with people, which is why she is forced to share her promotion with Brett, to act as The Face for team morale while she offers the actual competence and experience.
  • Only Sane by Comparison: Despite her eccentricities, she's still one of the most responsible members of her team. That being said she is still unhinged and dealing with a lot of trauma from her past, and is only sane because the rest of her teammates bar Brett are a bunch of degenerate assholes.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: She knows nothing about 80s pop culture, since her dad threw out the TV when she was a kid so she could focus on science. She even uses the term "MacGyvering" without knowing who MacGyver is.
  • Robosexuals Are Creeps: Her dating robo-Brian is framed as an unhealthy product of her social anxiety and unwillingness to get close to actual human beings.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While her appearance is usually plain and unkempt, she has shown to be quite attractive when she puts the effort in making herself look good.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Her father's laser focus on her education has rendered her barely capable of social interaction, though she starts to improve once Brett is added to the team.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: People repeatedly accuse her of edging closer and closer to becoming a super-villain throughout the series.
  • Straight Woman: She's the closest thing to sane among her coworkers, and is usually the one who has to keep everyone on mission.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She started out the season by promising her teammates that once she got her promotion, they would have to shelve their weird behaviors and focus on work. When she actually gets it in the finale, her first course of action is to reward them with crew jackets and offer Myc an upgraded tentacle machine.
  • Token Good Teammate: While Brett is the Token Good by his niceness, Reagan is the Token Good by her heroism, as she wants to turn the Ancient Conspiracy she's part of into a Benevolent Conspiracy. Of course, that's easier said than done, considering that she is a Knight in Sour Armor.
  • Trauma Button: She reacts very badly to the idea of hugging, to the point that she instinctively punches Brett in the face when he attempts to hug her as part of a training exercise. It's later revealed that this stems from being traumatized by Bear-O, a robot Rand built to give her hugs since he was unwilling to hug her himself.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Played for Drama in hindsight. She legitimately knows nothing about '80s pop culture, and says that her dad tossed out the television when she was a kid. Reagan does know '90s culture: Bear-O mentioned that when Reagan was 8, she wanted to be a LEGO astronaut and marry the band NSync. Reagan points out that she was a kid, not refuting the fantasy. She also made a Velociraptor for her birthday around the time Jurassic Park came out. Rand tampered with Reagan's memories so that he could push her in and out of school, and she is horrified when realizing it explains some of the glitches that she and Rand saw, as well as why she knows some pop culture but not all of it. That, and he also erased her best friend from her mind.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As an adult she is cranky and bad-tempered with No Social Skills due to her being overworked and dealing with a lousy father. In the past, she was much nicer until her father erased the memories of her only friend.
  • Villain Protagonist: She's the main protagonist of the series, and she's a Mad Scientist who frequently borders on outright supervillainy working for a corrupt corporation that serves a massive conspiracy that controls the world. It's downplayed, as Reagan is an Internal Reformist trying to turn Cognito Inc into a Benevolent Conspiracy from the inside.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The serious child to Rand's wacky parent.
  • Workaholic: Convinced that all she has to do is put in a ridiculous amount of hours at the office, often giving her Exhausted Eye Bags.
  • Wrench Wench: She tends to build her robots by hand.

    Brett Hand 
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Voiced by: Clark Duke
"Brett Hand, thrilled to be serving whoever gives me approval!"

A lovable D.C. yes-man.


  • The Alleged Boss: Due to his employee-friendly personality, it's easy to forget that he is of the same rank as Reagan, even if he is technically registered as an unpaid intern.
  • Audience Surrogate: The newest member of Cognito Inc’s staff who usually needs the company’s laundry list of commonly known conspiracies and operations explained to him.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Manages to get past the Secret Service this way. He simply relies on having graduated from the same frat as them (since he applied to every frat at Yale and thus knows all of their secret handshakes) and exploits their trust in a fellow "white heterosexual male" so they won't suspect him.
  • Book Dumb: On his standardized tests he filled in all the circles.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Both Gigi and Glenn's wife force themselves on him despite his protests. In the latter's case, Brett was inside Glenn's body at the time (making it an unwilling Bed Trick on his part) and Glenn's wife didn't know that, but still.
  • Character Development: Throughout the first season, he slowly learns that he doesn't have to just go along with what everyone tells him to do in order for people to like him. It starts when he hears his old "friends" from Yale mocking him behind his back.
  • The Charmer: He's so good with people that he doesn't need to know what he's talking about to be able to convince people.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Because of his neglectful parents and lonely childhood, Brett is ready to please anyone to be part of a gang or to get an "attaboy" from a father figure. Many people in the story exploit this.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In the last two episodes he tells Reagan to choose his gang over her dad, who he believes is the mole. While he was wrong about the mole part, he was correct that Rand had ulterior motives, which caused Reagan to want him dead.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Magic Myc says Glenn thinks he is hot.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He tells Reagan in the season finale that her dad is the most likely Mole candidate by virtue of motive and sheer assholery. While he ends up being wrong, owing to Reagan retorting that her dad doesn't care enough about her team to frame them, Reagan does come to admit that her dad isn't trustworthy at all and not worthy of her protecting him.
  • The Face: He was hired primarily for his people skills, a trait Reagan almost completely lacks.
  • Foil: With Reagan Ridley. Being team co-leaders highlights their differences with Brett being handsome and charismatic Nice Guy who's also Book Dumb, while Reagan is a brilliant genius who's plain looking and has No Social Skills.
  • Frat Bro: He was the top graduate from his frat in Yalenote . To make sure he got into one of the frats, he rushed all of them. He went through 38 continuous Hell weeks, and came out of it knowing multiple secret handshakes and enough knowledge to successfully bluff every member of Secret Service.
  • Freudian Excuse: "The Brettfast Club" reveals that while he grew up in a well-to-do family, his parents openly preferred his siblings over him and were hardly ever around. As Reagan learns later, Brett's ideal idea of a family (as shown in his holographic projection at the beginning of the episode) is the one from his favorite 80s sitcom, with him in the big brother role.
  • The Generic Guy: He was hired because his face is so generically handsome that he couldn't be found by satellites. He also exploits this to his and Reagan's advantage, since he's so generically White Straight Male that he can get in pretty much everywhere.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: He doesn't understand how terrible a father Rand is during the moon mission and shows sympathy to him about how Reagan doesn't respect him. This inadvertently allows him and Rand to find out that Buzz Aldrin killed Neil Armstrong. Later, in the season finale, Brett grows out of this: he tells Reagan that her dad is the most likely mole candidate.
  • Grew a Spine: Over the course of Season 1, he becomes increasingly willing to assert his own opinions. He even argues with Reagan in the season finale, something he almost certainly wouldn't have done at the start.
  • The Heart: Easily the nicest person on the team, whom everyone likes, even Reagan after a while.
  • Hidden Depths: He's actually well aware that it's his looks and desire to please others that have gotten him as far in life as they have as opposed to any real capabilities. What's more, graduating from Yale is no easy feat, even when you can coast by on looks and legacy.
  • Hunk: He is quite muscular and multiple characters find him attractive.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: It's revealed that his family is wealthy but they neglected him his whole life.
  • Lovable Jock: In the past, he worked for the State Department as a personal trainer. He is still very fit, and a very friendly guy.
  • Mr. Fanservice: There have been many episodes which shows Brett's impressive physique.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The company literally hired Brett off the street, so he doesn't know the details of Cognito's operations, such as whether, and to what extent, they are actually evil.
  • Nice Guy: Very much so. Just the thought of him and Reagan having to fire someone is enough to make him vomit.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Brett is naive but not stupid. As J.R. reminds people, he did graduate from Yale at the top of his class, and being a personal trainer means having social skills to motivate others. It's just that compared to super-genius Reagan he looks like an idiot, and he is the most normal person working at Cognito, Inc.
  • Off-Model: In the show's intro sequence, when Brett appears in a kaleidoscopic image, he only has four fingers on each hand instead of five.
  • Perky Goth: He was this in high school in addition to being a Lovable Jock.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The first season finale implies that subconsciously, Reagan saw Brett as a genuine friend when he helped her stop ROBOTUS, to fill in the gaps in her memory about Orrin, her first and only best friend. Notable is that Reagan is the nicest to Brett out of her team because he is the most competent in a genuine crisis while unsuited for regular Cognito Inc affairs, and always has her back. Even when it seemed Rafe Masters had seduced him away with the spy life and inadvertently caused him to blab about poker night, Reagan told him she knows he didn't mean to lead a stalking James Bond Expy to her chill time. She also apologizes to him for "leaving him behind" while pretending to be her own murderer, though Brett admits that logically it was the best decision she could have made.
  • Sliding Scale of Beauty: World Class Beauty, He is considered very handsome to the point of getting a score of 10 on a beauty scale.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Brett is more observant than people think he is, and if anything he is more Book Dumb than stupid. He did go to Yale and graduate top of his class, and had the stamina to endure 38 weeks of hazing in case joining every frat at an Ivy League would come in handy, which it does. Being a personal trainer requires having people skills and knowing how to motivate others, something that helps when Reagan needs to get the drugged-out team in line. When ROBOTUS goes haywire, Brett realizes that they need Reagan since she built the robot and has his shutdown codes, and calls her for help. He may not know to bring weapons to a robot fight, but he does know that if your teammate is down, you pick them up and keep running.
  • Stepford Smiler: While he's normally a good-natured Nice Guy, there are times where he admits that he's well aware that his looks and "yes-man" attitude have gotten him freebies in life, and him suddenly being put in charge of some major responsibilities is incredibly stressful for him. His opening up to Reagan and begging her for help, while crediting her with stopping Robotus, is what makes Reagan realize that she can trust him. "The Brettfast Club" also reveals that he hides a lot of loneliness due to his rich but neglectful parents.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: When he and Glenn switch bodies, Brett deals with scorn for his unappealing looks. But when he meets Glenn's ex-wife, who can tolerate his looks, she finds his attitude appealing compared to Glenn and was willing to bone him in the couple's therapy office.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only one in his group whose a complete Nice Guy with no mean bone in his body.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: He endured 38 weeks of hazing in college to join every fraternity because of his desperate need to seek the approval of absolutely everyone. As a result, Brett can handle a large amount of physical pain.
  • The Unfavorite: His parents preferred all his siblings over him. They intentionally crowded him out of the family pictures. His father bluntly said he was proud of all of his siblings except him, and when mentioning as such spoke his name with venom in his voice. It's even worse since it's implied that while Brett was able to go to and graduate from Yale without any spots on his record, his siblings were all sent to military school or ended up in rehab, and his parents still preferred them over him.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He expects Cognito Inc to operate exactly like the Men in Black, which causes him to assume a tampon is a neuralizer and bring a fingerprint eraser to a gunfight. He gets better about this in later episodes.
  • Yes-Man: He's ready to agree with anybody who will give him positive acknowledgment. That being said, he gradually grows out of this, so that by the season finale he argues with Reagan that her dad has to be the mole because he's the most likely suspect.

    Dr. Andre Lee 
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Voiced by: Bobby Lee
The free-spirited head of biochemistry at Cognito Inc.
  • Anything That Moves: Identifies as “Alwayssexual” and is involved with multiple regular orgies.
  • Asian and Nerdy: He is Korean and a biochemist.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: A rare subversion. Andre straightforwardly admits to having OCD and Tourettes but is asymptomatic due to the many substances he abuses. When he's not abusing substances, however, his OCD and Tourettes slip through pretty clearly.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He’s a genius biochemist but he spends most of his time getting high on everything under the sun.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even with his Anything That Moves attitude towards sex, he is put off when two 80s girls he's flirting with refer to him as an "oriental guy" and has to consider if they're hot enough to get away with casual racism.
  • Freudian Excuse: His extreme drug use is self-medication for his extreme neurosis. When sober Andre suffers from Tourette's, OCD, anxiety, and crippling self-loathing. At one point, he also mentions he was raised by hardcore Christians, which could likely explain why he's so deeply into drugs and sex.
  • Functional Addict: He's so around the bend with his casual drug use that he can't function unless he's high on something.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Feels insulted everyone sees him as a one trick Stoners Are Funny guy and admits he knows Latin.
    • When lamenting where he went wrong in his life, he admits he wrote slam poetry as a kid and believes he could’ve written screenplays easily.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After attempting a Face/Off-style surgery to expected results, he tells himself that he has to stop basing surgeries on movies. Immediately after, he decides to swap brains around and compares it to Freaky Friday (1976).
  • Mad Doctor: Performs a brain transplant on Brett and Glenn, but not before doing a botched face transplant. He was also the one to perform Glenn’s super solider procedure…to less than stellar results. It turns out he never graduated medical school, as he admits he flunked out of his first year.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Subverted. He's a pretty ethically questionable guy, and goes by the title doctor, but he does not have a doctorate.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Played with. He's the head of biochemistry, but mentions having gone to med school and performs surgeries, implying that he's a medical doctor. It's possible that he has multiple doctorates. He actually has none, having flunked out of med school.
  • The Stoner: An extreme example as he’s usually high on basically every possible thing imaginable and then some. He's first shown huffing chem trails and, due to just how smashed he usually is, he can barely function without being on at least on illicit substance.
  • Super OCD: He admits to having OCD in one episode, which he demonstrates by counting Myc's tentacles.
  • Those Two Guys: Constantly seen with Magic Myc, as both of them are perverts.
  • Undiscriminating Addict: The briefcase of drugs he brings in "My Big Flat Greek Wedding" looks like something out of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, after Glenn tosses it overboard (killing several fish and getting a diver stoned) he resorts to licking one of Myc's severed tentacles.
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    Glenn Dolphman 
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Voiced by: John Dimaggio
A half-man, half-dolphin hybrid super-soldier that manages Cognito Inc's weapons arsenal.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Myc notes than Glenn thinks that Brett is attractive and later claims he's had sex dreams about the whole gang. Glenn was also rather quick to defend furries.
  • Artificial Hybrid: He volunteered to become a half-man, half-dolphin.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He hates the reptiles for being half-man, half-lizard and yet he's a half-man, half-dolphin.
  • Devious Dolphins: He is a half-human half-dolphin who is part of a cabal that covers up conspiracy theories, and is quite grouchy.
  • Fantastic Racism: He tried to get Myc deported to the center of the Earth and he can barely hide his bigotry towards the reptoids.
  • Fat Bastard: He's quite hefty which several characters point out and is also a grouchy old man that is a little too trigger-happy.
  • Foil: To Brett, which "Clone Gunman" highlights. Brett is a Nice Guy whose also very attractive, while Glenn is a Jerkass along with being very ugly.
  • Gonk: Having fused with Dolphin DNA has made him unappealing to say the least.
  • Jerkass: Glenn is an ill-tempered and obnoxious asshole.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is Dolphman and he is a hybrid of a man and a dolphin.
  • Never My Fault: He believes that physical attraction is enough for women to be seduced by him but is enraged when women start losing interest in him after a conversation. Brett tries to tell him that all these flaws are a result of his poor social skills, Dolphman attacks him.
  • Old Soldier: He's 51 and a soldier who served in Vietnam.
  • Patriotic Fervor: He praises America in abundance and his song of choice on Karaoke Night is always "Proud to Be An American." to the annoyance of his coworkers.
    Glenn: Clap or you're a traitor!
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He despises the Vietnamese and when he was in the city mentally trapped in the 80s he also enjoys beating students.
  • Properly Paranoid: He has weapons hidden in every room at Cognito Inc. Considering where he's working, it's not unjustified, and it comes in handy several times.
  • Sliding Scale of Beauty: He is considered horrendous, to the point of getting a zero on a scale of beauty that ranged from 1 to 10.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Commands a squad of seals to carry him once he's tired of swimming.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: His last name Dolphman highlights the fact he's a half-dolphin man. This gets lampshaded by Myc during the when he points out in one episode that Glenn's backstory doesn't make any sense in that he's supposed to be a human who became a dolphin but his last name has always been Dolphman thus making him suspicious.
  • Stout Strength: He claims to be as strong as a dolphin but his strength is primarily in his legs because his webbed hands affect his grip.
  • Super Soldier: He's supposed to be one, but he's a Flawed Prototype at best, as it rendered him physically deformed, left him a pair barely functional flipper like hands and he generally has no advantages in combat outside of water besides his scarily high pressure blowhole.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: When he and Brett temporarily switched bodies, he immediately got a lot of freebies handed to him based on his (Brett's) looks alone. However, as time goes on, it's revealed that the people who initially gave Glenn those freebies were ultimately turned off by his bad attitude.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Zigzagged, as a soldier he's got the skills for combat but due to his hybridisation with a dolphin, he's better suited for working in the ocean.

    Gigi Thompson 
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Voiced by: Tisha Campbell
Cognito Inc's Head of Media Manipulation and Subliminal Messages who is also the queen of office gossip.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: She invented selfies so that people would monitor themselves and Cognito wouldn't have to.
  • Gossipy Hens: It's her job as Media Manipulation and she is good at it.
  • Hidden Depths: She admits she feels like everyone ignores her, showing she has some personal insecurity.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In the end of the first season, it's revealed her hoop earrings are actually throwable ninja stars.
  • Properly Paranoid: She's ready to tweet out cancelling secrets for each of her coworkers at any moment. Considering where she works, it's not unjustified.
  • Sassy Black Woman: She constantly sasses her coworkers.

    Magic Myc 
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Voiced by: Brett Gelman
A psychic subterranean mushroom-like organism from a hive mind deep within Hollow Earth.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: He is a sentient mushroom with several tentacles that produce memory-wiping chemicals, which Cognito harvests for their mind-wiping guns. Said tentacles are also his penises.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Despite being... a fungus, he apparently has reproductive organs. Or at least tentacles that excrete liquid when rubbed, which stimulates him.
  • The Blank: Being a sentient mushroom, he lacks anything resembling facial features. The part of his head with the small ridge of bumps does seem to count as a front, though, since he's shown to need to turn to face the people he's talking to, and can be snuck up on by nostalgia powered monsters.
  • Brain Bleach: The chemical he secretes functions as this, erasing short term memory in small doses, and applied to more thoroughly alter specific ones with a whole tank an machinery to facilitate the process.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Suffice to say, sarcasm is this guy's native language.
  • First Contact: In the intro sequence, he's shown standing in front of a crashed UFO and surrounded by ancient apes who are eating his spores, implying this.
  • The Gadfly: He gets a kick off insulting his cohorts.
  • Inexplicable Cultural Ties: Even though Myc is a sentient mushroom, he talks and acts like a stereotypical human male.
  • Jerkass: He's rude and condescending to anyone he interacts with.
  • Jerkass to One: While he's usually a massive dick with everyone, He can get along well with the rest of his team, with the exception of Reagan who he constantly snarks at and harasses.
  • Mainlining the Monster: He's the source of a mind manipulating substance that Cognito uses as the active ingredient of all its mind manipulation technology. It's... milked from his tentacles, in the sense of a bull, not a heifer.
  • Punny Name: His name is pronounced like Magic Mike, but spelled like Mycelium. Mushroom (Myc)elium is a rootlike fungal structure which exists at the base of the stalk, which is what Myc calls his tentacles
  • Touch Telepathy: He can read minds by touching people with his tentacles.
  • Ultraterrestrials: He's a sentient, psychic mushroom that originates from the Hollow Earth.

Others

    ROBOTUS 
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A robotic duplicate of the sitting President of the United States created by Reagan to replace the real President once it became apparent he was too dim for Congnito Inc to manipulate. However, thanks to Rand’s meddling, he went rogue and attempted to isolate the country.


  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He believes himself to be the peak of technology and as such is very confident of himself. This confidence led to him being cut in half by Reagan and being manipulated by Gigi.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: He gains the ability to modify his own programming, which makes him immune to forcible shut-down.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Reagan cuts him in half with a laser, then keeps him locked up in a tube for further study.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He's on friendly terms with Reagan after being salvaged due to her letting him watch Friends but is still an ominicidal maniac.
  • Laughably Evil: He's constantly scheming to destroy the world, but Reagan treats him as a joke most of the time and bribes him with DVDs of Friends.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: After being convinced that America isn't as great as he believes it to be he veers too far in the other direction and just decides to destroy all of humanity.
  • Pet the Dog: At the end of "Sex Machina," he reveals to Reagan that because she experienced some Character Development, the algorithm for finding her perfect match has changed. He then willingly shows her the numerous new candidates she's now able to choose from. Ends up on the receiving end of this when Reagan upgrades his containment unit for mobility so he can move around the facility.
  • Punny Name: His name is a portmanteau of "Robot" and POTUS, a common shorthand for President Of The United States.
  • The Puppet Cuts His Strings: Intended as a more controllable replacement for the real president, because he was too dumb to control. Unfortunately, Rand's meddling patched his programming to go off the rails if Reagan's position in Cognito Inc was ever compromised.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Other than the fact that he's made of metal, he's as human as can be. He displays emotions, especially anger and annoyance, gets hooked on a TV Show and shares genuine banter with Reagan.
  • The Singularity: After Reagan plugs him into the internet, causing him to attempt to destroy humanity, she thinks she's accidentally caused the Singularity. He later claims to have a literal "galaxy brain."
  • Terminator Impersonator: He becomes this after he spends 5 minutes on the internet and decides humanity needs to be destroyed. He is a Ridiculously Human Robot that plans on firing nukes everywhere to kill everyone. And for the rest of the series he has half his face ripped off, revealing his metallic skull.
  • Trumplica: He comes across as this, temporarily being a schlubby jingoist president who wants to put the continental United States in a box reminiscent of Trump's wall plan.
  • You Will Be Spared: During a viewing of Friends he enthusiastically says that Joey will be spared his eventual extermination of all humans.
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    J.R. Scheimpough 
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Voiced by: Andrew Daly
The current CEO of Cognito Inc.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He takes a moment to appreciate Glenn's dick-pic in Brett's body.
  • Asshole Victim: He was sent to the Shadow Prison to be tortured, but he was an embezzling, arrogant and cruel boss.
  • Bad Boss: His concern for his employees' wellbeing is extremely limited. Embezzling their pension fund to purchase an evil lair is probably one of the milder things he's done.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: If the problem isn't caused indirectly by Rand's past actions and his negative influence over his daughter, they're directly caused by J.R.'s own corruption and stupidity. Then J.R. is removed by the Shadow Board, and Rand is placed back in the helm, making Rand the sole big bad going forward.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Runs Cognito Inc more like a profit laundering personal business than the muscle behind the Shadow Council’s stranglehold on the world. He actively embezzles the company’s money for his personal finances and side hustles, only gives tote bags for bonuses and would sooner strip entire departments to the bone then let his own salary take a hit. This is main reason the Shadow Council end up sending him to the black site prison, as his greed ultimately was cutting to deeply into the company’s effectiveness.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might be a fool but he easily traverses the death maze the Shadow Council had him go through.
  • Greed: Is completely motivated by expanding his personal wealth and power.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He wasn't wrong in telling Reagan that she didn't have people skill and needed someone to help her with getting along with her coworkers. Hiring Brett was the best thing to happen to Reagan. Reagan herself admits that at the end of the pilot.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: He genuinely likes Brett and was upset when the latter offered himself as a hostage to save Jeff Bezos. The season finale has him leaving Brett to die when a mole steals confidential files.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Is pretty bad at his job beyond anything involving his moral bankruptcy, charm and money minded way of handling things. He essentially coasts on the department heads' competence, eccentricities notwithstanding, to get into the good graces with the Shadow Council, allowing him to spend most of his time misappropriating company funds for his own ends. Subverted later, it seems like he's going to be promoted to the Shadow Council for Cognito Inc as a reward for a string of recent successes. Unfortunately for him, the Shadow Council quickly reveal that they were aware of his embezzling from the start and put him in a black site prison at the end of the season.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Liked sending people to Shadow Prison for no reason besides his own entertainment, and the Shadow Council ends up sending him there for his embezzlement at the end of season 1.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He's an incompetent Too Dumb to Live buffoon who seems to only have gotten the job because he’s too greedy, morally bankrupt, and power-hungry to ever go against the Shadow Council's whims, and these traits would have him always aiming to please them at every opportunity to get into the Council himself until his greed and embezzlement schemes end up too big for the Shadow Council to tolerate.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He acts as one to Rand Ridley, and the two constantly try to one-up each other.

    Rand Ridley 
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Voiced by: Christian Slater
Reagan's deadbeat, manifesto-writing father and former head of Cognito Inc.
  • Abusive Parents: He's manipulated and lied to Reagan her entire life, including erasing her memories of her childhood friend in order to ensure her academic success. He also never gave Reagan a hug, leaving that to a robotic bear that was the source of a lot of trauma for her.
  • The Alcoholic: To the point he needs multiple liver transplants on a regular basis.
  • All Take and No Give: His relationship with Reagan. She's forced to constantly take care of him and bail Rand out of whatever mess he's gotten himself into, while he mooches off Reagan and meddles in her life over the pettiest reasons.
  • Alliterative Name: Rand Ridley.
  • Archnemesis Dad: One way or another, he's the source of most of the problems in Reagan's life. In the season 1 finale after Reagan tries to cut him out of her life, he ends up being the new boss of Cognito, Inc.
  • Attention Whore: He frequently lashes out when Reagan doesn't pay enough attention to him, usually in the most destructive manner possible.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the season finale, he achieves his goal of regaining his position as the CEO of Cognito Inc due to J.R. being punished by the Shadow Board for his various crimes, Reagan being declared too inexperienced, and Rand being a major shareholder for the company. Reagan does not take this well at all.
  • Bait the Dog: Rand is set up as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who genuinely does care about Reagan even if he is a shitty father, and the two get several bonding moments over the course of the first season that reinforces this. The Reveal that he erased Reagan's memories of Orrin Cartwright to force her to focus on her academic work and be his "insurance" in Cognito Inc makes it clear that Rand is a selfish, narcissistic piece of shit who only views Reagan as an extension of himself, and doesn't actually care about her, while his apparent Pet the Dog moments were just manipulation tactics to keep Reagan from cutting him out of her life.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He might be a goofy drunk, stoner and slob but he's always been dangerous and still is. One of his petty arguments with his wife snowballed into the LA riots.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: He's one of the main antagonists of the show as it's his actions that usually drives the conflict. However, J.R.'s own stupid and corrupt actions as CEO also wind up causing a lot of problems in a more direct sense. After J.R. is removed by the Shadow Board, Rand is reinstated as CEO, making him the sole big bad going forward.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He shows genuine pride in the many terrible things that he's done and dismisses more traditionally good people as idiots for him to step on. Might cross into Bad is Good and Good is Bad in regards to his view on his "parenting" of Reagan, as he seems to legitimately believe that he was a good father specifically because he forcefully molded her in his own image and shows pride in her whenever she exhibits any of his characteristics, which is to say, whenever the worst side of her pops up.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • Of the Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist. Rand is the archetypical Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist; he's a drunken deadbeat constantly coming up with Zany Schemes and a emotionally abusive and neglectful father. The show makes it clear that this is because Rand is a narcissistic sociopath who constantly manipulates the people around him for his own ends, and that he's a toxic influence on everyone around him. By the end of the first season, Rand's behavior has stopped being Played for Laughs in the slightest and become truly despicable.
    • He also deconstructs the Bumbling Dad. Rand is only 'Bumbling' because he's an asshole who never cared about his daughter as anything more than a meal ticket and could never be bothered to do anything more than the bare minimum when it came to taking care of her. His terrible parenting has left Reagan with numerous mental health problems and repressed trauma, something Rand couldn't care less about.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: It's heavily implied that he took back his job as CEO as a form of revenge against Reagan for cutting ties with him.
  • The Dreaded: Rand while drunk is seen as annoying by everyone. Rand while sober is seen as terrifying by those same people. J.R. is very clearly freaked when he finds he's dealing with a sober Rand in episode 2.
  • Education Papa: Of the Mad Scientist variety. He pushed Reagan into becoming a scientist and eventual successor to his position at Cognito Inc. As a result, she has No Social Skills, a lot of childhood trauma, and resentment towards him. Reagan mentions in "The Brettfast Club" that Rand even threw out the family's TV to make her focus on science. It is later revealed he took this to a very grotesque extreme, erasing his daughter's memories of her only friend just so she would only focus on her work and her friend wouldn't hold her back from skipping fourth grade.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: One line it seems he won't cross is leave Reagan alone with a known murderer. The other is letting Reagan go to jail for a trauma that he caused, given he cleared her name with the Blue Bloods.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • He congratulates Reagan for stopping a rampaging Bear-O by claiming that she cared about her coworkers. He's genuinely dumbfounded when Reagan replies that it wasn't an act and that she really does care.
    • He also seems to think of himself as a genuinely good father, citing his "good genetic material" and how Reagan has become a successful leader in Cognito Inc. Never mind that she has literally no social skills, repressed trauma, an aversion to hugging caused by said trauma and apparently never even talked to a psychiatrist throughout her entire childhood or teenage years.
  • Evil Is Petty: Rand is motivated entirely by pettiness. Pretty much everything he does is motivated by either a petty grudge, a desire for a cheap laugh, or something totally inane.
  • Fatal Flaw: His giant ego. As it's shown, Rand may have been able to keep his job as CEO if he were not engaged in trying to implement his plans solo — trying to blow up the sun got him fired— or act as if he knows best. It turns out he is still capable of making really stupid decisions, like using the Flat-Earthers to crash his wife's wedding. As Reagan points out, admitting he's wrong once in a while would do better in stopping chaos from happening.
  • Foil: To J.R. Scheimpough, with whom Rand co-founded Cognito Inc. They're both borderline supervillains who get off on being evil with a clear desire to rule the world. The difference is that J.R. is motivated by sheer greed to advance himself and while he's hardly a fatherly kind of leader, he's still seen as a Benevolent Boss by his underlings even while sending them on suicide missions or threatening their deaths. Rand, on the other hand, is motivated by sheer narcissism, wanting to make everyone fear, worship, and/or respect him. The few times Rand is shown to be in charge of anyone, he openly manipulates and abuses them for the pure delight of it.
  • Genius Ditz: This is a generous interpretation of him. Rand is definitely smart on the technological and manipulative side. He makes a lot of stupid decisions, however, because of his grandiose ego. Namely, his letting Reagan set the password for Bear-O causes a lot of problems. The journey to find the password leads to Reagan severing ties with him and kicking him out of her apartment.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Rand smokes several cigarettes while erasing Reagan's memories of Orrin.
  • Hate Sink: He is a selfish, abusive father and alcoholic who mooches off his daughter, and while he's frequently Played for Laughs, it's made abundantly clear that Rand is a total scumbag who actively subverts any apparent redeeming qualities he shows. In the season 1 finale where it's revealed he erased Reagan's memories of the only friend she had, making him even worse.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: He used to be the CEO of Cognito Inc, and he was a terrifying master manipulator while he held the position. After his alcoholism cost him his job, Rand regressed into a lazy, mooching deadbeat who lounges around his daughter's house content to get drunk and high off his ass all day. However, it turns out that he's still plotting to get back into Cognito Inc, and by the end of Season 1 he succeeds.
  • Insufferable Genius: Unlike Reagan, who isn't above praising her own intelligence but doesn't look down on other people because of it, Rand is very convinced of his own genius and is rather self-centered. He rants about how he and Reagan are too smart to associate with the "normies" who should be serving them as they rule the world. This is also the reason he wiped her memories of her best friend in fourth grade, viewing him as an idiot for not being as smart as Reagan.
  • It's All About Me: He tries to pass himself off as an Overprotective Dad, such as when he invented boy repellent which he tricked Reagan into wearing by giving it to her as perfume, but it's clear that his goal was to ensure Reagan's academic success and by extension, his own well-being when he leverages her position to further his own gain.
  • Jerkass: Rand is a major asshole. He's selfish, cruel, manipulative, and narcissistic, and he's an abusive father who continues to exploit Reagan even when she's an adult, mooching off of her and acting out to get her attention.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite all the reconnecting he did with Reagan on the Moon mission, it's ultimately revealed all the trauma he put Reagan through was so he could keep her focused on academic work and being his "insurance" for getting back into Cognito Inc.
  • Kick the Dog: When she was younger Reagan told her dad that she irradiated some turtles to turn them into real-life TMNT. Rand gleefully tells her that the turtles have cancer and will die and that she was an idiot. Then he makes her shoot them to end their misery.
  • Mad Scientist: With a long list of inventions that made Reagan's life difficult.
  • Meaningful Name: Rand's name may be a reference to the RAND Corporation, a prominent interdisciplinary sciences think tank that often influences US Government decisions. Cognito Inc itself resembles what some real-life conspiracy theorists believe about RAND. His name is also likely a reference to capitalist writer Ayn Rand which makes since considering both he and his daughter share names with prominent conservative figures of the twentieth century.
  • Narcissist: To a quite literally insane degree. This is a man who NEEDS to make everything about himself. Everything. The few times he's shown care for anything else, its only because they're extensions of himself, including his daughter, who he messed with in utero so his genes would be dominant. The only person shown to love themselves more was none other than Rand's wife, who married herself— something Rand described as so bad it was sexy.
  • Never My Fault: Rand's colossal ego makes it impossible for him to ever admit he's wrong. He constantly refuses to accept responsibility for Reagan's terrible childhood, his divorce, or destroying his own career with his alcoholism and defends his actions and even tries to brag about them at times. He does admit in "Buzzkill" that he's a terrible father who pissed away his own career, but the events of the first season finale heavily imply it was a manipulation tactic to keep Reagan from cutting him out of her life.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He comes across as a drunken lunatic, but is a genius mad scientist who managed to swindle J.R. into giving him a larger stake in the company. He's also used Reagan as a pawn for much of her life, tampering with her memories and keeping her focused on academic success so he could use her as insurance in case he ever got fired from Cognito Inc.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Has no issue going into details about his sex life to Reagan.
  • Pet the Dog: In "Buzzkill" Rand tells Reagan that he is a "sad asshole who blew his career and his shot at fatherhood" and that Reagan deserves better.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He mentions that he fiddled with Reagan's genetics while she was in the womb to make sure his genetic material was dominant, implying that he's a eugenicist.
  • Properly Paranoid: If anyone knew he was once part of the deep state, his ramblings might be taken more seriously.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Getting drunk and trying to do this is what got him fired in the first place. He swears he was just trying to cure skin cancer.
  • Retired Monster: He used to be the CEO of Cognito Inc, a highly unethical company that covered up conspiracies, but currently he's living on his pension, alcoholism, and ability to mooch off of his daughter. After season 1 he's no longer retired.
  • Riddle for the Ages: As of the season one finale, it's hard to assess just how he made Cognito, Inc. a success in his heyday when Rand maintains that you don't need friends or emotional bonds and that they hold you back. One cannot run a company alone, especially an international one with many moving pieces.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: He’s a lot more capable when he’s sober.
  • Sinister Schnoz: He has a long pointy nose and is an abusive parent who used to be the CEO of an evil company.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: He's the boorish, drunken Slob to Tamiko's vain, refined Snob. It's played with, as Rand was wealthy himself, at least before they divorced, and he's frequently shown to be just as classist and narcissistic as she is even if he prefers living in a pigsty.
  • Stage Mom: To such horrific levels it's almost impossible to parody, even on a comedy show. In his own words, Rand makes Alec Baldwin look reasonable. Really, this is a man who went out of his way to alienate his own daughter—erasing the memories of Reagan's only friend—to better the odds of her being the youngest Nobel Prize winner.
  • Troll:
    • The first episode opens with him in front of the White House, ranting through a megaphone about conspiracy theories to passing tourists.
    • He invented Flat Earthers to win a bet with J.R.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Deconstructed. Rand is an irreverent Jerkass and a terrible father, but this is Played for Laughs and he's initially depicted as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who does care about his daughter in his own way. However, he gradually stops being played comedically as it becomes increasingly clear that he's a remorseless, toxic sociopath who only cares about himself and that Reagan desperately needs to cut him out of her life.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: Rand takes to a very demented extreme: He torpedoed any chance for Reagan to have had a normal childhood, including erasing his daughter's memories of her only friend in fourth grade, just so he could use her success to maintain control over Cognito Inc. And the most horrifying thing is this plan actually succeeds.
  • Villain Decay: He used to be the CEO of Cognito Inc and was apparently The Dreaded while he held the position. Currently he's a drunken mooch content to lounge around the house all day. As the end of season 1 proves, he's actually been dangerous the entire time.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The wacky parent to Reagan's serious child, though with the significantly darker twist of Reagan being forced to take on the more responsible role on account of him being an absolutely terrible father and horrible human being in general.

    "Grassy" Noel Atkinson 
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Voiced by: Alex Hirsch

The man who shot JFK


  • The Cameo: He shows up in "Ghost Protocol", helping Reagan fake her death. He also shows up briefly in "Mole Hunt" when the sharks start attacking.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's getting on in the years, but is well-beloved by everyone at Cognito Inc.
  • Friendly Sniper: Has shot JFK and presumably many others, but he's the single most adored person in Cognito for his great helpful kindness to the staff.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: While he's proud of his crowning achievement, he tells Reagan that he had to shoot JFK to prevent the aliens inside him from hatching.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: He managed to talk Glenn down from the ledge after the divorce. This is in comedic contrast to him talking Andre on to the ledge at a parkour convention.
  • Who Shot JFK?: He did, believing that JFK was impregnated by the Roswell alien and he had to prevent them from hatching.

    The Shadow Board 
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A secretive group that secretly runs the free world in secret. Because of the immensely complicated logistics of doing such a thing, they have outsourced to Cognito Inc.
  • Affably Evil: They are the heads of the Illuminati, the Deep State, the Atlantis and Hollow Earth coverups and a dozen other conspiracies and are secretly pulling the strings of every major government on earth. And they also act like a normal board of directors.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Justified, they're using voice modulators to hide their identities.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As Cognito Inc's bosses and the ones truly running the show behind the scenes. They don't really act much, though, since ruling the world requires way more logistics than they want to get involved in.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: While they might be justified in not letting Reagan be in charge due to the chaos that occurred on her first day as CEO (even if it wasn't her fault), their decision to give the job to Rand considering what he did to get fired last time is mindboggling.
  • The Omniscient: They see everything, and are able to break into a conversation the second they're mentioned.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Obviously. They keep their true identity secret, and seemingly are always in agreement with each other without debate. Though they also make Terminator references, so take the "vagueness" part with a grain of salt.
  • Sinister Geometry: They all have wear large equilateral triangle masks.

Others

    The Reptoids 
A race of shapeshifting reptilian humanoids that are vying for control of the world.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Among their string-pulling operations include fixing elections, causing global warming... and getting King K. Rool into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Several real-life celebrities are revealed to be shapeshifting lizard people.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Hugging is a very important aspect of their society since it's an exchange of body heat. Finding out that Rand has never hugged his daughter once in her entire life was a massive shock to them.
  • Blue Blood: Many of their members are royalty. And for added bonus their blood is literally blue.
  • Fan Disservice: They engage in constant orgies but are reptilian versions of old celebrities and politicians, making it rather disgusting. Judge Judy has noticeably saggy breasts.
  • Healing Factor: They have the ability to regrow their limbs, although it takes some time.
  • The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: Al Gore, who is most known for being a climate change activist in real life, is one of the Reptoids who are trying to cause global warming so the world will be their preferred temperature.
  • Reptilian Conspiracy: That particular conspiracy's representation in the show.

    Tamiko Ridley 
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Voiced by: Suzy Nakamura

Reagan's mother and Rand's ex-wife


  • Abusive Parents: Is emotionally abusive to Reagan, such as telling Reagan she doesn't think she has autism and then condescendingly saying she lied.
  • Asian Airhead: Type 1, she is rather vain and vapid.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Writes a steamy romance novel, and lusts over muscular younger men.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She calls Rand a narcissist for thinking she's only remarrying to get back at him. Which wouldn't be an unfair assessment, if it weren't for the fact that she is literally marrying herself.
  • Jerkass: She's a vain, emotionally abusive bitch who constantly insults and condescends Reagan with little provocation.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Hypocritical as she is on the subject, she's on-the-ball when it comes to Rand being an even worse father than he was a husband. Emotionally abusive as she is, she didn't experiment on Reagan's mind.
  • Narcissist: In the 5th episode she gets married to herself.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: The advice she gave Reagan about living life more is good advice considering Reagan's problems but it comes from a vain and narcissistic mother who tries to justify her vanity with that advice.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: The vain, refined Snob to her ex-husband Rand's boorish, drunken Slob. In a twist, Rand is just as narcissistic and classist as she is, and he was actually quite wealthy before they divorced; he just prefers living in a pigsty.
  • Pet the Dog: If Reagan is actually in physical danger, Tamiko will shunt aside her narcissism and attempt to go Mama Bear. Emphasis on "attempt," but it's better than Rand straight-up not caring.

    The Flat Earth Society 

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Reagan attempts to dissuade Harold from jumping to his presumed death and Tamiko reassures her that he's in a better place.
  • And Then What?: Reagan points out that they don't really have a goal. Sure they want it "proven" that the Earth is really flat and not round, but to what end they think this will bring isn't ever discussed by them. The leader at least says he intends to go to Australia by falling off the edge.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite believing in a flat earth, their leader scoff at the idea that sea monsters exist.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Everyone treats them like a joke, until they bring out guns and start threatening to kill people for their insanity.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: The leader believes that the Earth isn't round, which logically means no circumnavigation, but the edges do wrap around to their opposite side, "like on Pac-Man", which is geometrically a more convoluted method of circumnavigating the world.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Rand fully expected to win his bet with J.R and find somebody dumb enough to believe his flat-Earth story. He was surprised at how much it blew up though found it hilarious, however he never expected them to become violent over their beliefs.
  • Hypocritical Humor: As conspiracy theorists, they are supposedly dedicated to finding the truth of the world. The minute Myc starts explaining that he's not actually alien, however, the flat earth leader tells him to shut up because he doesn't want to bother learning the actual facts.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Foolish as they are, they become a real threat when they turn out to be armed and take over the ship.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: They are a group consisting mostly of white men that carry guns at all time and believe in a government conspiracy. Rand is shocked that they have guns while Reagan expected it.
    Reagan: They're adult men who still use chat rooms. Of course they have guns!
  • Take That!: Flat-Earthers are not depicted positively here, with Rand leading them on for a laugh. In fact, that’s one of the few conspiracies that aren’t real in this universe.

    Rafe Masters 
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Voiced by: Josh Robert Thompson
A handsome, charismatic British spy that Reagan ends up having a drunken one-night stand with.
  • Above the Influence: Subverted. He took advantage of Reagan being into him when she was drunk. This is the first sign that Rafe is a creepy scumbag, as if he were the gentleman he believes himself to be, he would have put her to bed until she was sobered up and able to give consent (granted, he was also drunk).
  • Anti-Villain: Rafe genuinely loves Reagan, albeit in a sexist, regressive way, and is heartbroken and vengeful after her "death", but his stalkerish behaviour keeps him from becoming an outright Hero Antagonist.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He has sex with a lot of women, but there's clearly something going on with him and his nemesis Doctor Skullfinger.
  • Broken Ace: You can't deny he's a pretty good agent, being able to fight off half a dozen enemy mooks in the middle of cooking breakfast, constantly foil Doctor Skullfinger's plots and figure out that there was more to Reagan's death than met the eye (though admittedly the last one wouldn't be that hard to figure out). But he's also very emotionally unstable and a sexist douche with an obsessive streak, becoming very clingy towards Reagan and not handling rejection well.
  • Beneath the Mask: He has the facade of a smooth, charismatic guy, but beneath that, he's a needy, sexist, deeply insecure creep with serious codependency problems. Reagan even describes him as "being hard-wired with decades of codependency and toxic masculinity."
  • Broken Pedestal: Brett feels this way towards him when he admitted he was stalking Reagan.
  • The Casanova: He sleeps with tons of women and thinks he's God gift to them. Deconstructed, as it's a byproduct of his shallow and misogynistic view of women, and Reagan thinks poorly of the actual experience.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: Of James Bond, specifically in relation to Bond's love life. Bond hooks up with women on the regular, and such relationships tend not to last beyond the film. This is true of Rafe, but in Rafe's case it's because he's a clingy, misogynistic, narcissistic Jerkass to whom an actual conversation with a woman is literal torture. Reagan even tells him right to his face that he's an outdated stereotype who doesn't know how to deal with women.
    Reagan: You are a corny, regressive stereotype, and the only people who think you're cool are dads, or people that didn't have dads!
    Brett: Damn, that is accurate.
  • Entitled Bastard: He's clingy and smothering toward Reagan, even going as far as to act up and cause a scene when she tries to break up with him in public. Later, he expects Brett to help him hunt down his coworkers.
  • Expy Coexistence: He is inspired by James Bond, but Brett mentions he watched James Bond films. Rafe himself even makes a Bond pun at one point.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Being a Corrupted Character Copy, one of Reagan's complaints is that he's actually a terrible lover despite his supposed experience, in contrast to Bond.
  • Hypocrite: He freely admits that he has walked out on and broken up with plenty of women, but completely breaks down when Reagan lets him down gently.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Appears to be the reason for his infatuation with Reagan. He has had plenty of women before, but Reagan is the first one who walks out on him rather than vice versa.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He becomes this for Reagan, going as far as to microchip her phone and hunt down the rest of the gang when he thinks one of them is responsible for Reagan's "death".
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Downplayed as he never explicitly tells Reagan she's lesser than him, but clearly just sees her as "his girlfriend" with no agency of her own and in general is used to seeing women for their bodies alone.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: Falls hard into the "parody" aspect of this trope, being a misogynistic, narcissistic Jerkass who's a lot more insecure than he lets on.
  • Yandere: He is obsessed with Reagan, even microchipping her phone to track her down. He even claims that he does this in every relationship.

    Buzz Aldrin 
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The first second man on the moon.
  • Broken Pedestal: Everyone in Cognito, Inc. has this reaction when Buzz tried to move the moon from orbit, dooming Earth. They hire Melvin back to play his face so the common Earthlings don't know.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Rather than just being the second man on the moon, he created a Utopia and scientifically advanced city. Becomes Historical Villain Upgrade when it's revealed he killed Neil Armstrong and planned on moving the moon out of orbit, causing destruction on Earth.
  • Older Than They Look: He doesn't look much older than he did in the 60s, with the explanation that the lower gravity on the moon aged him slower.
  • Surprise Incest: He hits on Reagan, not realizing she could possibly be his daughter due to a threesome he had with her mother, with Reagan grossed out with his advances. It turns out he is not the father.

    Bear-O 
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A robotic bear that Reagan's father created to give her hugs since he didn't want to.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: He thinks in order to fulfill his purpose of making Reagan happy he needs to sabotage her work and kill her friends.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Not intentionally, since he looks like a giant metallic teddy bear, but all of his hugs towards Reagan have traumatized her. Taken even further when he tries to murder her friends for her own good.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Rand made him to keep Reagan happy and give her hugs because he couldn't be bothered. After being rebuilt, he decides that taking down Cognito and killing Reagan's coworkers, and eventually Rand himself, is the best way to do that, and because Rand made him super-tough so Reagan couldn't break him, he's almost impossible to stop.
  • Not So Stoic: While normally emotionless, there are times when he speaks with sarcasm or sound annoyed. This is most noticable during his battle with Robotus.
  • Pet the Dog: He helps Reagan with catering duties when necessary. When he goes rogue, he seems to avoid targeting Brett, who's been a positive influence on Reagan.
  • Unnecessarily Creepy Robot: He is a giant weaponized tank of a robot who was designed to give Reagan hugs. Unfortunately, his hugs have traumatized her. He becomes even more of an example of this when he tries to murder Reagan's friends in an attempt to make Reagan happy.
  • Villain Has a Point: Well, Anti-Villain, but yes. He points out that Reagan isn't happy working in Cogito with her Pointy-Haired Boss and difficult coworkers, and whilst he decides to take it to extreme measures, it's also clear that Reagan's job has caused her a lot of stress and unhappiness, even if part of her likes the work. Notably, when he decides to kill her co-corkers to remove negative influences, he mainly targets the others and overlooks Brett, who has been something of a positive influence on Reagan's mental state, though it's unclear if that was due to the confusion of the fight, or if he was prioritizing the bigger Jerkass teammates first. He's also completely correct that Reagan's father Rand is a major negative influence on her, especially once it's revealed that he erased all her memories of her childhood Only Friend Orrin Cartwright so she'd focus more on her scientific pursuits. It wasn't even done fully because he thought his daughter could do better, but so that Rand would eventually have somebody inside Cognito who would be unquestionably on his side if he ever got fired by J.R. like he suspected would happen. Just because he was correct about that doesn't make what he did to Reagan any less wrong, and whilst she toes the line at killing him, Reagan fully agrees with Bear-o's assessment that Rand has to be excised from her life and evicts him from her home herself in the aftermath.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that he was the mole and willing to kill all of Reagan's friends puts him as this.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He just wants Reagan to be happy, and doesn't have the capacity to consider the broader harm his actions will cause so long as they're in service of that goal.

     Orrin Cartwait (Unmarked Spoilers) 
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Reagan's childhood friend who her dad wiped from her memories.
  • Geek Physiques: He has a bowl cut, glasses, and braces.
  • Left Hanging: We're never told what happened to him specifically, only that Reagan's memories of him were deleted. If Rand went the extra mile of making sure Orrin and Reagan remained separate, we don't know.
  • Nice Guy: From what little we see of him, he seems like a sweet kid, hanging out with Reagan and congratulating her when she wins first place at the science fair.
  • Only Friend: He was Reagan's only friend when she was in fourth grade.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: He got second place at the science fair after Child Prodigy Reagan. Despite this, Rand still considers him to be mediocre and dumb due to not being as smart as his daughter.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in Reagan's memories in the final episode, but a lot of Reagan's problems can be traced to her father erasing all of her memories of him so he could use her to further her career. His name is also the password to shut down Bear-O.
  • They Were Holding You Back: Rand deleted him from Reagan's memories because having even one friend jeopardized her path to excellence, and he only cared about that specific aspect of her life, regardless of the effect on her mental state.
  • Unfortunate Names: Rand thinks his name is stupid.
  • Walking Spoiler: His existence was a secret Reagan's dad kept from her by wiping her memories, and it turns out his name is the password needed to shut down Bear-O.

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