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The Delightful Children from Down the Lane / Sector Z
Clockwise from top: David, Lenny, Constance, Bruce, 'Ashley'
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"Hello Kids Next Door. Perhaps you would like to try kicking our posteriors now?"

Father's eerie children, supposedly an adult's view of the "perfect" kids. They are educated, well-dressed and polite, but uncivilized in their burning hatred for the Kids Next Door. They always appear clustered together, move as one and speak in perfect unison. They are the most recurring villains of the show. They are voiced by Benjamin Diskin, Dee Bradley Baker, and Cree Summer. As Sector Z, they are voiced by Ogie Banks, Jennifer Hale, Tom Kenny, and Dave Wittenberg.

  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Every year, they hold a birthday party where all of the hungry guests are forced to watch as they eat the cake themselves. And every year, Sector V crashes the party and tries to steal the cake.
  • And I Must Scream: When they're briefly de-brainwashed, Sector Z make it very clear that they are aware of what has been done to them, though they don't mention the evil actions that they had committed.
  • Animal Motifs: Being a group of brainwashed people who more or less share a brain and are constantly acting as one unit, it only fits that their animal form in "Operation: G.R.A.D.U.A.T.E.S" was a flock of sheep.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Sector V as a whole.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike some KND villains, they technically have no superpowers.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: When Father isn't involved in the plot, they take this position as a whole.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: They're revealed to be Sector Z in Operation: Z.E.R.O.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Subverted in Operation Z.E.R.O. when their true identity is revealed.
  • Cereal Vice Reward: The "C.A.K.E.D." missions.
  • Chronic Villainy: Literally. They're so brainwashed that any reversing is only temporary.
  • The Collector of the Strange: Toenails.
  • Creepy Children: They are disturbing enough already with their habit of speaking as one in Creepy Monotone, but it gets even worse when you learn why they are like this.
  • Creepy Monotone: They speak in a chillingly flat voice.
  • Disney Villain Death: In "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.", they end up falling to their doom, though it's implied that they survived.
  • Ditzy Genius: Most of their plans fail either because of their own incompetence or because of their dim view of the heroes' own intelligence. Two of the best examples of are "Operation: F.L.A.V.O.R." and "Operation: U.N.D.E.R.C.O.V.E.R.".
  • The Dividual: They move, speak, think, and act as a single unit.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Even they don't like to eat broccoli.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Father.
  • Enfant Terrible: They're close to psychotic, but to most adults they seem like perfect (if somewhat creepy) children. They're great at using this to their advantage.
  • Enemy Mine
    • With the KND in Operation: Z.E.R.O..
    • And to a lesser extent "Operation: Z.O.O.", when they cooperate with Sector V to escape the children's zoo.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being malicious children, they sincerely care about Father, making everything look much more tragic in retrospect.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: They sell out Father in "Operation: I.T." because even they don't like broccoli.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sector V.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: They certainly do.
  • Face–Heel Turn: They were once KND operatives before being "delightfulized".
  • Fallen Heroes: They were once for good, but were brainwashed into the "perfect" children.
  • Famous Last Words: As Sector Z in Operation: Z.E.R.O.: "Tell... the Kids Next Door... that we miss them!"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite their polite matters, they are quite dangerous to the KND.
  • Final Boss: Of the KND online game, Protect and Swerve.
  • The Heavy: Father is the main Big Bad, but it is they who carry out their evil plans and the archenemies of Sector V. They are the most visible antagonists despite being seconds-in-command to Father.
  • Hive Mind/I Am Legion/Speak in Unison/Voice of the Legion: They talk and act as if they are just one person instead of five. Sometimes, they even refer themselves individually such as "I", "my", and "me", instead of "we", "ours", and "us".
  • Hypocrite: They never get tired of calling the KND stupid or foolish, despite the fact that the reason their plans keep failing is because their own intelligence can be compared to that of a box of hammers.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting their cold and calculating nature. Turns out, their blue eyes are not natural, and in fact are a symptom of Delightfulization. When turned back into Sector Z, they actually have Black Bead Eyes.
  • Jerkasses: Despite their image as "perfect children", they're sadistic and cruel to everyone else of their own kind, particularly whenever it's their birthday where they never share their cake with other kids and flaunt it.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Oh boy they are obviously are.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: They nearly always get beaten by Sector V one way or another in revenge for their schemes. Many episodes end with them suffering some humiliating punishment; they've been force-fed Gramma Stuffum's food, attacked by a horde of wild Rainbow Monkeys, beaten up by the Big Badolescent, covered in mashed potatoes, infected by lice, tricked into eating birthday cake covered in bird poop, etc.
  • Logical Weakness: They are perfect, goody-goody children who are hardwired to obey adults at all times. This includes all adults, including ones who are obviously not on their side. Numbuh 1, when he was temporarily turned into an adult, took advantage of this in order to get them to hand over an age-changing device.
    Adult Numbuh 1: Alright, you brats. Gimme that device.
    Delightful Children: Why would we give it to you?
    Adult Numbuh 1: Because I'm an adult, and goody-goody brats like you have to obey adults. So gimme.
    Delightful Children: (look at each other, then hand the device to Numbuh 1) No fair.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Light Blue.
  • No Name Given: The blonde haired girl has yet to be officially named. Fans have taken to calling her "Ashley".
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: On multiple occasions, they have outright tried to kill Sector V.
    Delightful Children: (about to kill Numbuh 1 with a giant sword during their birthday party) Now it's time to play our favorite party game: pin the sword through the Nigel!
  • One-Winged Angel: In "The Grim Adventures of the KND", as the Delightful Reaper.
  • The Psycho Rangers: They look eerily similar to Sector V and even have their same voice actors (sans Lauren Tom) when they're delightfulized anyway.
  • Resist the Beast: When the delightfulization begins to return in Operation: Z.E.R.O. They ultimately fail.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Their wardrobe is mainly comprised of nothing but this.
  • Sharp Dressed Children: They're all very well dressed in what appear to be school uniforms.
  • Shout-Out: They seem to based on the antagonists in one of the Co-Creator's 1996 KaBlam! Sketch The Off-Beats known as The Populars.
    • This is even lampshaded in "Operation R.E.P.O.R.T." When Numbuh 5 tells her story about getting the pizza, the Delightfuls look just like the Populars.
    • Their creepy unison speech and the design of some of them, especially the middle boy, is a clear reference to the children from Village of the Damned (1960).
  • Stepford Smilers: They've all been brainwashed to be "delightful."
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: They all share a single mind, and that mind is a little...odd.
  • Student Council President: In "Operation: E.L.E.C.T.I.O.N.S.". Lampshaded in "U.N.D.E.R.C.O.V.E.R." by Lenny.
  • Terms of Endangerment: In "Operation D.A.T.E.", they mockingly call Numbuh 1 "Nigie" after hearing his girlfriend Lizzie use the name for him during their "date".
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Compared to the KND, they're much more disturbing.
  • Theme Naming: Their KND operative numbers are Numbuhs 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5. Certainly gives them more reflection.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Two of the Delightful Children are girls, while the other three are boys.
  • Unrelated Brothers: The Delightful Children are not actually related to each other or Father, they are in fact the former members of Sector Z, who Father permanently brainwashed into serving as his adoptive children.
  • Vocal Evolution: In latter seasons almost to the point of being Axe-Crazy.
  • Villain Episode: "Operation: P.A.R.T.Y."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The one thing they fear above all is Father's fiery wrath. In "Operation: P.A.R.T.Y.", when they accidentally invite a bunch of teens over when Father is at the spa, resulting in an uncontrollable Wild Teen Party taking place at their mansion, they're so afraid of Father coming home and discovering the mess that they actually call the Kids Next Door to help them get rid of the teens.
  • Wicked Cultured: Taught by Father himself.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After their origins were revealed in Operation: Z.E.R.O.. They were once KND operatives, but were delightfulized by Father into becoming his perfect children. The delightfulization is permanent, and any attempt to return them to their previous selves can only be temporary.

The short, blond boy.

The African-American boy with a football helmet.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Unlike his "siblings", Lenny has dark skin.
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Lenny has headgear underneath his football helmet.
  • Cool Helmet: His trademark football helmet.
  • Fake Defector: He pretends to have been an undercover agent for the KND so he can get some top secret files in ""Operation: U.N.D.E.R.C.O.V.E.R." Fortunately, everyone (except Numbuh 4) knew he was lying, so they gave him a bomb instead.
  • The Faceless/Never Bare Headed: His face is hidden. He shows his face In "Operation: U.N.D.E.R.C.O.V.E.R.".
  • Fang Thpeak: Though his lisp is the result of his retainer rather than fangs.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The other four are able to speak in unison without him a few times to chew him out. Though this was partially due to their Fake Defector plan, even after he returned to their side they placed all the blame on him for their plan failing and called him an idiot.

The sandy blond-haired girl with a pink bow.

  • No Name Given: "Ashley" is in quotation marks because it's the most common name given to her by fans. She's the only one of the Delightful Children who hasn't been given an official individual name.

The tallest of the group.


The braid haired chubby girl.

  • Eye Glasses: She has these.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Shaped up to look like devil horns.
  • Identical Stranger: She looks very similar to Lizzie only shorter, brown hair instead of red, and slightly different glasses. Nobody ever addresses this, though once the Delightful Children hired a group of similarly looking Children to distract the Kids Next Door and Lizzie disguised as Constance.


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