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     General 
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Despite being a smaller example than most, the Ventures still count for this. All of them have crippling psychological issues in one form or another, including honorary members Brock and Hatred. Dermott, while an asshole, seems to be the sole exception despite having a rather disturbing backstory, though he doesn't know the full details. Then there's the fact that both The Monarch and Blue Morpho fit into it, with The Monarch being Jonas' illegitimate child, growing up without any of his parents... and the Blue Morpho being his legal father, who suffered such a titanic amount of abuse at the hands of Jonas Venture that he may very well rival if not beat Rusty himself.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The entire team eventually, barring Brock who's just plain badass.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Due to all of them having Seen It All.
  • Magnetic Hero: The Venture family, despite their narcissistic Jerkass tendencies and/or just plain obliviousness, tends to inspire loyalty (or at least respect) among both allies and enemies.
  • Non-Action Guy: Rusty and Dean.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The creators of the show claim that before Season 3 changed everything, Team Venture did go on a multitude of more traditional pulp sci-fi adventures reminiscent of their source material with Escape to the House of Mummies Pt. 2 being a peek into their usual routine when they aren't gruesomely screwing up behind the scenes.
  • Pinball Protagonist: A lot of the time. They tend to be in the fringe of major events in the series.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A failing pill popping super scientist, an awkward neurotic teenager, an equally awkward more gungho teenager, a murderous man mountain, a decayed robot and a former pedophile.
  • Rags to Riches: The team goes through this in Season 6, due to J.J. leaving Rusty his company and assets in his will.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Being a super science family does that.

    Rusty Venture 

Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture

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Voiced By: James Urbaniak

"What I went through today was 'like a nightmare.' What happened when I was sixteen: that is my life."

Overshadowed by his famous-scientist father, Dr. Venture spends most of his time dreaming up ways to make money with his inventions and coming up with get-rich-quick schemes. Abrasive, sarcastic and selfish, he pays very little attention to his sons and depends heavily on his O.S.I. assigned bodyguards, first Brock Sampson and later Sgt. Hatred.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Dr. Mrs. The Monarch. Rusty, rotten as he is at romance, completely misread her Honey Trap ploy in Midlife Chrysalis as genuine interest. He's been creeping on her ever since.
    • Ironically, the rare occasions where he stops coming onto her, they get along pretty well.
  • Abusive Parent:
    • Towards both boys in the first three seasons, now mostly towards Hank.
    • It's eventually revealed that this is because he believes Dean is the boy adventurer and super scientist he wishes he could be, while he sees himself in Hank and feels bad about that. (But he actually gets this mixed up. Hank is the one who wants to be an adventurer, and Dean is the one who fights against it.)
    • We've yet to see how he'll genuinely react to Dean's bitter confession that he has no desire to be a scientist or adventurer. For the most part, he simply brushes it off and offers Dean the attic in exchange for helping him set up his ray shield project. In the next episode, he seems to believe that Dean is just going through a rebellious phase and that he will get over it eventually, and decides to just go along with it. Something big would need to happen for Rusty to realise what's going on.
    • In "O.S.I. Love You", Rusty voices his disdain for the Countess armor that Hank is still wearing and compares it to the Batman costume Hank obsessed over. Dean takes the opportunity to snark "Only this time, he doesn't die when he jumps off the roof." Rusty is visibly distressed when Dean mentions it, though it's not further expanded upon. Presumably it references one of Hank's deaths shown during the season 2 "death montage".
  • Actually, That's My Assistant: Several times, Brock is mistaken for Dr. Venture since he looks more impressive like one would expect the offspring of the great Jonas Venture to be. Rusty quickly corrects them.
  • Anti-Hero: Sometimes bordering on Nominal Hero or even Villain Protagonist levels.
  • Attention Whore: He has trouble accepting that he is washed-up and barely anyone has cared about him since the days he had his own cartoon show. It makes sense; he still has to deal with crazy super-villians who hate him yet the public at large barely cares who he is.
    • When a rash of sidekicks kidnappings appeared in the news he thought the common thread was the victims were boy adventurers, and then he assumed that the kidnappers would be coming for him.
    • When a large number of super-villians show up to audition to arch for the Order of the Triad, Dr. Venture cannot tolerate that they are not paying attention to him so he tempts them by loudly and publicly showing of his new walking eye (unusually for this show, this plan works perfectly).
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He complains a lot about how J.J. is better than him and feels he's flaunting his wealth and status in Rusty's face. But when J.J. reveals he's dying from cancer, he's rendered speechless and genuinely consoles his brother. Likewise when J.J. performs his Heroic Sacrifice aboard the Gargantuan-2, he throws up the "Go Team Venture" sign in salute.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Rusty's vision of the future is revealed in full during Season 6, one where super science flourishes and actually changes the world like he and his forefathers always wanted. It's also a largely impractical and unattainable vision as not even Jonas was able to make it happen.
  • Bad Boss: Season 5 opens with the problem of his employees becoming horribly mutated while working on the Ray Shields and were bent on doing the same to the world to take it over all because he didn't bother following the correct safety procedures. When he was told what his mutated employees were planning, all he takes away from it is that they finished the shields.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Many of the Guild's bylaws about ethical treatment of adventurers or arches that we see in the series were directly formed with Rusty in the background - examples including "Rusty's Law," which states captured boy adventurers will be treated by their captors with a measure of regard for their health and safety, requiring their temporary release for treatment of certain medical emergencies. Considering that it's an addendum to the Unusual Torture Act, and that there are many other laws that his father signed presumably in response to terrible things happening to his son, this has certain... implications. There's also the fact that the Equally Matched Aggression (or EMA) levels were coined after he watched the Action Man pistol whip a man to near-death and then shoot him in the face.
    • Season 7 has him preside over the signing of the Treaty of Tolerance between the Guild and the OSI, as his father did previously. After seeing both sides devolve into childish squabbling, he publically lambastes his father's parenting style and how he treated the previous signatories of the treaty being exactly the same as he would have treated himself as father to son. He then goes onto rewrite and draft the treaty personally such that both the Guild and the OSI get what they want out of it.
  • Being Good Sucks: Trying to be a Kid Hero did him zero favours with perhaps the most glaring traumatic moment being when the old Team Venture impaled him with a gag grenade when he tried to save his dog from what he thought was an actual explosive.
  • Big Good: Really, really, really stretches the definition of "good", but in comparison to the villains, he is practically a saint. Especially when compared to his father who was just straight up a psychopath. Whereas as the Monarch kills his henchmen needlessly, Rusty will just fire them or accidently mutate them. Whereas Underbeit will torture his victims to death, Rusty will make them a into Frankenstein's monster or try and mind control them. Whereas Phantom Limb will hunt and kill associates of the Monarch just to make a point, Rusty just wants to be left alone. In any other universe, Rusty would be the villain. Here even as a Nominal Hero, he's still a "good guy" even if he isn't the Bigger Good.
  • Break the Cutie: His entire childhood was a series of horrific traumas, ether at the hands his father or his father's friends; leading him to become the mess he is today. Standout examples include killing a man with his house keys. He was an Adorably Precocious Child in his youngest flashbacks, but by his college years had become a strung-out, bitter wretch.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Rusty is a pretty capable inventor and a competent scientist by himself, but due to a mix of his Freudian Excuses and the fact that he's motivated solely by profit, he usually doesn't do any more than bare minimum with his work. He has shown himself capable of converting H.E.L.P.eR to a dialysis machine, creating a robot, making Venturestein, and maintaining a clone farm, not to mention being seemingly the only person in the world able to make working Deflector Shields, but these are very rare flashes of competence.
  • Broken Pedestal: His mixed feelings for his father ultimately untangle themselves into lines of pure contempt when Season 7 provides Rusty a showcase of some of Jonas' most deplorable behaviour, so much so that he's glad that he's dead again.
  • Bungling Inventor: He's shown to be somewhat capable when he applies himself, however Brilliant, but Lazy (or brilliant but psychologically traumatized) above usually undercuts his attempts.
  • Cain and Abel: With his brother Jonas Jr. with the added twist that both see each other as the Cain. J.J. sees Rusty as the Cain for consuming him in the womb whereas Rusty sees J.J. as being a little bit too much like their father. They eventually get better.
    • Him and the Monarch may also qualify. Season 7 reveals that they may well have been playmates as kids as shown via Venturian hallucinating about his memories as the Blue Morpho. Furthermore, it is implied that the Blue Morpho was the sterile one in his marriage and Jonas' "sterility treatments" for his wife was actually an excuse for the two to have sex behind the Blue Morpho's back. Rusty and the Monarch may very well be half-brothers via Jonas. The season finale then proves this to be fact as they are half-brothers as confirmed by a blood test conducted by the Guild for The Monarchs Level 10 villain initiation ceremony.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The few women that have been attracted to him have been pretty crazy; he's generally a failure with the ladies. This may be because he uses smarmy pick up lines; when he acts normally he has better luck. A line from the Wereodile episode implies that Rusty hadn't had sex in nearly twenty years.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Rusty is painfully unaware of what goes on on the Venture compound. For example he's unaware that there is a manufacturing wing, or that his old travelling companions Hector and Swifty were living there. He was also unaware of the society of orphans living underneath him. A running gag throughout the third season involved him discovering some forgotten part of the compound and Hilarity Ensues. In addition he is oblivious to the fact that, S.P.H.I.N.X. had set up shop in the building next to him, but the boys discovered it every other week. He's so out of the loop that he never even picked up that villains had begun storing their gear at the compound, Henchman 21 remarked that he was storing a canister of nerve gas in a tree.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Rusty isn't a courageous man and can in fact be very cowardly, however it's actually rare to see him act like a Dirty Coward because a lifetime of adventuring along with seeing mind-blowing weirdness and trauma that would make Rambo curl up in a corner and start sucking his thumb has largely desensitized him to violence and danger. As such, he's more dependable in a crisis than one would first assume and it usually takes a lot for him to lose his cool. This is best summed up when Rusty exclaims "People have been trying to kill me since I could pee standing up".
  • Crazy-Prepared: He had begun his clone farm since the boys were still in infancy. Some have claimed that this gave him an excuse to not protect his sons, and maintain his emotional distance, though to his credit, some of the stuff that happened was so utterly bizarre and contrived that it's hard to blame him. Say what you will about the man, but he has foresight.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: If the plethora of anecdotes and gossip are anything to go by, not to mention the actual flashbacks. Even The Monarch admits Rusty had it rough. His father was quite emotionally abusive and outright indifferent at best, and had an entire cadre of associates and bodyguards who delighted in tormenting Rusty with public humiliation and chilling death threats. He witnessed at least as much death and drug abuse and far more sex than his own sons, and unlike them there was no attempt from his guardians to sugarcoat shield him from these sights. He was kidnapped and tortured more times than he can recall, and was even forced to kill in his childhood- at least once, though possibly more, if the cartoon of his life was at all accurate on that point.
    Dr. Venture: "My father made me kill a man– kill a man with a house key! I was ten."
  • Deadpan Snarker: He often reacts to the melodrama of his villains and over zealousness of his sons with a deadpan remark. A bit hypocritical since he gets caught up in insane drama himself on the regular.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of boy adventurers, showing the jaded, traumatized people they'd likely become.
  • Double Standard: His treatment of Hank is even more messed up when you consider that he suffers from a massive Inferiority Complex towards his own brother, and suffers a major case of "Well Done, Son!" Guy.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Done in "Bot Seeks Bot" Due to some bad timing by Brock, Shore Leave and The Monarch (it was meant as a distraction so Brock could grab him and Billy and escape from the villain club. They forgot about it when the Monarch showed up). However in the next episode it's reveals Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch dug him out and saved him. So averted.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Generally applied to him, as other characters have shown have shown disgust at Rusty's lack of standards.
    • As amoral as he can be, there are some lines even he won't cross such as cloning Hitler. note 
    • He also felt too guilty to let Brock kill his brother, even after his brother tried to kill him. He even gave his brother Spider Skull Island and the X-2.
  • Fan Disservice: Almost every time he gets naked the other characters react with shock or disgust.
  • Fetus Terrible: He ate his twin brother in the womb.
  • Former Child Star:
    • The "boy adventureer" / super-scientist equivalent. Even his biggest fan, Billy, says that he peaked too early, being an amazing sidekick but a failed scientist. Still, it seems that he's better off than some of his other colleagues.
    • Especially popular in the gay community; he was considered "a ginger Cher". Rusty learns later that there's a raunchy sex act named after him.note 
  • For Science!: Salvaging a wrecked spacecraft left untouched as a memorial for the dead? Testing cosmetics on the family dog after removing all of its skin? Stuffing reanimated corpses with explosives? Training an orangutan to box? Building a Lotus-Eater Machine that is Powered by a Forsaken Child? All for the money! The only time when he displayed any sort of discretion was when searching for the Orb, a mysterious device of unknown purpose and power.
  • Freudian Excuse: The things he's seen in his childhood and neglect from his father would make any sane person do a lot of questionable actions.
  • Fridge Horror: In-universe example. During the Shallow Gravy special, he apparently hears Dermott's last name and age for the first time. And it rather suddenly dawns on him that he's Dermott's father. invoked
  • Functional Addict: It doesn't come up as much, but he relies (or relied) on massive amounts of pills and alcohol to deal with his childhood trauma. Either it had no effect on his personal or professional life, or those were already too destroyed for the drugs to have any effect.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • He became a super-scientist like his father before him, although of dubious quality. One element they do share is laziness. Jonas Venture Sr., showed little real interest in completing projects, and frequently left them to their own devices. For example, he sealed away astronauts in a bio-dome to help them with isolation, but ultimately forgot about them. Their fate is unknown, but when the dome was unsealed, one set of bones was found ceremonially displayed on a cross. Like his father, Rusty Venture's laboratory is filled with half-done experiments that he never bothered to finish or repair, like the shrink ray.
    • His relationship with his children similarly mirrors that of his father with himself - he's neglectful towards them, only showing care, affection, or enthusiasm when it involves them fulfilling his needs and the roles he has set for them (such as his desire to have Dean become a super-scientist).
    • His Cain and Abel tendencies may be rubbing off on his kids with Dean being the Cain and Hank being the Abel since Dean is sleeping with Hank's girlfriend.
  • Genre Savvy: He had already seen every cliche in the book before he turned 16.
  • Heel Realization: When Dr. Killinger tried to make him into a villain, he was quite horrified that he's just that evil (which Brock himself is unable to fully disagree with).
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His dad started taking him on missions when he was three. Three. From then on he was subjected to a constant stream of horrors including, being kidnapped enough times to warrant having a GPS transmitter implanted in his tooth, being tortured countless times, and forced to kill several people, once with a house key, and watching countless people die in front of him. It got so bad, his dad forced the Guild to enact "Rusty's Law" limiting the amount of torture a hostage could receive, and allowing release in the case of genuine medical emergency. That, and Rusty's also the reason for the Guild's villain threat levels, on account of The Action Man brutally pistol whipping him and then shooting a man in the head in front of Rusty. Even when he wasn't on missions his dad refused to let him either attend normal school, or have friends, and forced him to take part in his experiments. Whenever he complained, his dad used his position, as his therapist, to browbeat him into compliance. The result left him "With terrors that to this day wake him up in a cold sweat." In keeping with the shows theme, most of the horrific things he was put through as a child are Played for Laughs.
    • The Action Man would routinely wake him up by dry-firing his gun into his ear, and saying "Not today Rusty, Not today."
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Formerly a famous and successful boy adventurer and heir to the prodigious Venture Industries, he is now a bitter, unsuccessful, drug-addicted CEO to a floundering science firm.
  • Informed Flaw: While we're constantly told what a failure he is, he does invent many quite impressive devices, that often fail for circumstances that were not his fault (or, if they were his fault, related only to his arrogance, and not his lack of talent).
  • Innocent Bigot: It's shown in flashbacks as a kid that he was affected by the values dissonance of the 60's such as referring to Hector as "that little brown boy" when they first met and writing that The Herculoids were hippies for not fighting in Vietnam. Not that he's any less bigoted in the present.
  • Insistent Terminology: There are a few keywords which will set him off.
    • It is a speed suit, not a jump suit. Don't ever call it a jumpsuit, not ever.
    • He is Doctor Venture, never Mister Venture. (His lack of a PhD – or any non-honorary college degree at all for that matter – notwithstanding.)
  • It's All About Me:
    Dr. Venture: You can't collect scientists and not have a Rusty Venture!note  invoked
  • Jerkass: To borrow a quote from The Order of the Stick, Dr Venture is firmly rooted at the centre of his own personal universe. It's incredibly rare for him to demonstrate any interest in the feelings or needs of anybody who isn't him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Following the events of The Doctor is Sin, more of Rusty's "heart of gold" tendencies have started to show through. That's not to say that he doesn't still have plenty of Jerkass moments, and he can still be motivated by promise of sufficient profit to do some morally questionable things, but he has softened up a bit, particularly towards his boys and brother. (As seen by him empathizing with typical unfavorite Hank and genuinely consoling his brother when he learns of J.J.'s cancer.)
  • Karma Houdini: Considering some of the horrible things that he has gotten away with, such as using an orphan's remains to power a Lotus-Eater Machine (in his defense, he didn't use the whole thing). Although when you consider how terrible his life is, you can argue he's gotten away with nothing. invoked
  • Kavorka Man: Granted, the women rarely sleep with him, but when he stops trying so hard with the sleazy come-ons and pick-up lines and just talks to them normally, they find him quite charming. This includes Unlucky Childhood Friend Dr. Quymn, Sally Impossible, and several Femme Fatale specimens such as his old (pre-Gonk) bodyguard Myra, and the partner of his arch-enemy The Monarch, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Very prone to hanging them. For example, when a villain leaves him in a room with advancing spiked walls, he calls Dr. Orpheus to say he's "trapped in a cliche."
  • Leitmotif: He has a special one for whenever he's being a Jerkass to the boys.
  • LGBT Fanbase: In Universe example. The Rusty Venture Show was apparently VERY popular in the gay community, to the point where Rusty is something of a gay icon. With an ambiguous sex act named after him. invoked
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He has no idea that the Spanakopita events are completely made up just for his amusement (and to take his money). Brock found out but decided not to tell Rusty, as it was one of the few times of the year where Rusty was truly happy. Hatred finds out and chooses to keep it secret as well.
  • Mad Scientist/Mad Doctor: The first thing he is shown doing in the pilot is turning the pet dog inside out. It only gets crazier from there.
  • Mistaken for Badass: In season 6, he is mistaken for the Blue Morpho by the Guild due to the fact that he looks enough like the Monarch from a distance as well as a mounting wall of evidence, at least until "A Party for Tarzan", where the Monarch's plan manages to go off without a hitch, thus exempting him and Venture from suspicion. Billy still believes it to be the case, even after the events of "Red Means Stop".
  • Morality Pet: Dean in season four, but Doc keeps up his Jerkass quotient by being even meaner to Hank.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He never finished college, so he is technically not a doctor. He claims to have a honorary degree (from Tijuana), which still shouldn't enable him to use the title.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: According to Word of God, he has trouble remembering what his actual experiences were and what were embellishments for the Rusty Venture cartoon. invoked
  • Mutually Unequal Relation: His "rivalry" with the Monarch is almost entirely one-sided. The Monarch could drop off the face of the Earth and Venture probably wouldn't even notice, much less care.
    • However, Rusty pulls out all the stops to mentor Billy and Pete in their first arching from Augustus St. Cloud when he learns the Monarch has been serving as St. Cloud's mentor.
  • Nerves of Steel: Zig-Zagged and Played With at times. While selfish and will often put his own well being above others means that he considers his safety first and foremost (except for a few occasions), Dr. Venture isn't easily scared or intimidated. While he is, for the most part, cowardly at heart, his own standards of danger have the bar set extremely high given that he has had to face unbelievable danger and weirdness all of his life. Rusty's not fearless so much as very desensitised to violence to the point where he considers, on a scale of 1-10, a hand grenade being a 2, a giant spider 3, and has stated that people have been trying to kill him "since he could pee standing up".
  • Noodle Incident: He frequently drops hints that whatever bizarre thing he's going through in the episode, he's been through it before, and this isn't the worst time. Example being, he claims to have been buried alive five or six times.
  • Not So Stoic: He generally takes the costant danger and horror of his life in stride thanks to his chaotic childhood, but he has his momrnts of fear and discomfort.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Most of his "expertise" seems to be in robotics and technology, but he's been shown to dabble in chemistry and biology as well. He was, after all, able to maintain a massive facility of clones of his own children and record their memories while they slept so the clones would never be the wiser when they died completely inexplicable deaths. And was sought out by relict Nazi soldiers to clone Hitler.
  • Only in It for the Money: His main motivation is to get rich, often through utterly abominable means.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nobody ever calls him "Thaddeus".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The sight of him happy - genuinely, honestly happy, as opposed to angry, bitter, and abrasive - is so infrequent and foreign to Billy and Pete that Billy considers it creepy to see it.
  • Pet the Dog: In spite of all his personal shortcomings - and there are a lot - we occasionally see that Rusty is perfectly capable of humanity.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Upon becoming the new CEO of J.J.'s company, Rusty's first act was to fire the entire board of directors and focus entirely on super-science rather than the mundane (and more profitable) applications of the company, thus quickly tanking the company's stocks.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's pretty blatantly racist and rather sexist at times, which fits in with the interpretation of him as a Villain Protagonist. Clips of him saying naively racist things as a child can be marked down as Values Dissonance. Oh, and he tried to find a way to eliminate the "gay gene" though he was most likely hoping for a payout for such an invention as you might expect, as he doesn't have any visible issue with Al or Shore Leave. invoked
  • Properly Paranoid: Discussed by Hank and Dermott in the season 5 episode "Momma's Boys" when Dermott questions how Rusty could possibly believe that his friend "Teddy," which is actually just a talking teddy bear the boys were using to play a prank on him, is in danger. Hank mentions some of the outlandish things that have actually happened in the form of Continuity Nods (i.e, 70's-era David Bowie punching out a man with no limbs on his front yard) and Noodle Incidents, which make the Teddy situation seem perfectly reasonable by comparison.
  • Punny Name: Doctor Venture's full name is Thaddeus Venture. Thad Venture. thAd venture.
  • Seen It All: In his own words, (as of All This and Gargantua-2, if you're wondering) he's "Learned not to ask," when confronted with mind-blowing weirdness. Very little can surprise or shock him, and most of the time he expresses annoyance at situations that would scare the piss out of a normal man, or the prospect of his imminent death. His reaction to multiple Guild of Calamitous Intent soldiers on his lawn, as somebody plans to activate a (possible) doomsday device is an annoyed glare that just screams "Can I go back to bed now?" Not to be confused with Only Sane Man. Which he would clearly like to be, but he fails at by virtue of being, well...you've seen the rest of the page up until now, he really doesn't seem like the most well-adjusted individual, does he?
  • Show Within a Show: He starred in a cartoon named after him; the writers have invoked the Noodle Incident in regard to its overall contents, contending that it is best left to the audience's imagination, as long as they know that it was the most awesome show ever.
  • Super Gullible: Rusty is easily convinced of lots of things, and not exactly prone to thinking too deeply about how believable something is. It's not his fault - he's Seen It All in a Fantasy Kitchen Sink World Gone Mad. To paraphrase his son Hank, if you'd seen '70s-era David Bowie punch out a man with no limbs on your lawn, you'd believe anything.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The Performer to Jonas Jr's Technician. His experiments are often more outlandish and poorly planned.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Later seasons make him a bit of a more responsible, if out-of-touch and overprotective father to Hank, Dean and Dermott. When Hank asks him for dating advice, he gives his son pamphlets on chlamydia. Another episode has him tell Dean not to sext.
  • Tragic Hero: There's every indication that, were he able to cast off the truly impressive chains of neurosis he puts on every morning, he'd be a greater man than his father.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: After J.J.'s death in All This and Gargantua-2, Rusty expects, if he's left anything at all, to get Spider Skull Island and the X-2. He passes out when it turns out that he gets a multi-billion dollar company and its headquarters in New York City.
  • Useless Protagonist: While a celebrity in the super science and supervillain world, he's a largely passive figure who has to be dragged into absurd plots against his will and even then he'll willfully only have a bit role to play in such events.
  • Villain Protagonist: To some degree. He is frequently the lesser of many evils, but he has very few personal morals. Explored in the episode "The Doctor Is Sin", where Dr. Henry Killinger tries to groom Rusty into becoming his own twin brother's archvillain.
    Rusty: Brock, am I... evil?
    Brock: Ehhh... [makes a "kind-of" hand gesture].
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He still craves his long-dead father's approval. He's gotten better about it in later seasons and is still much better off than other child adventurers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gets these a lot, almost to the point where it may no longer apply because there's little point in invoking this trope against a full-out villain. He's been getting slightly better.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Beneath all his vices and flaws, Rusty wants to bring the world into a utopic, super-science tomorrow.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: Ordered by Nazis to clone Hitler from a dog. He is not impressed.
    "Really? You went with this cliche??"
    "All you Nazis ever want is to clone Hitler!"

    Brock Samson 

Special Agent Brock Samson

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Voiced By: Patrick Warburton

"Look, you don't want my life, Hank. This job's not all it's cracked up to be. I've been at this for over twenty years and what do I have to show for it? A metal plate in my chest, Vatican karate gorilla blood on my hands and a footlocker full of Manboro miles?"

Brock Samson is the man's man of secret agents. Disdaining guns in favor of his ever-present Bowie knife, he has a license to kill and the overpowering desire to use it. Fiercely loyal to Dr. Venture and the boys, Brock will let nothing stand in the way of their safety, be it ninja, super-villain or Chupacabra.

In season four, after quitting the OSI, he joined Hunter and SPHINX. However, after the Ventures discover the SPHINX compound, he regularly interacts with them during the season's second half. After Hunter is placed as head of OSI, all members of Sphinx are rolled back into OSI, including Brock. He returns to Team Venture in Season 6, being reinstated as their bodyguard due to Rusty's rise in status following his move to New York.


  • The Ace: Brock is very over-the-top and violent, but there's no denying he's very good at what he does.
  • Almighty Janitor: His peers in the secret agent world see him as one, saying that he's a top-caliber operative wasting his time playing babysitter to a washout of a super-scientist.
  • Amazon Chaser: The only woman he's ever loved is also the only woman (and arguably person) to go toe-to-toe with him.
    • When meeting fellow bodyguard Ginny, Brock is initially put off by her hot-and-cold approach to flirting but when they start brawling, he's thoroughly enjoying himself.
    • When Warriana has Brock trapped in her truth lasso, he rather enthusiastically declares his interest in big gals.
  • Berserk Button: Endangering the boys, touching his car, taking his last cigarette, showing him disrespect... or disrespecting Led Zeppelin.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Whenever he's naked, the Censor Bar covering his privates approaches Gag Penis proportions. Though early in the series when Molotov caused a tent in his pants during their first on-screen encounter, it was of a perfectly reasonable size.
  • The Big Guy: If the fake Guild ID he presents in Bot Meets Bot is accurate, he is seven feet tall. Colonel Hunter Gathers put it best.
    Gathers: Good god they're making them big nowadays! Don't they know there's a gas crunch on? Look at the size of you!
  • Blood Knight: Clearly enjoys the physical side of his job beyond just a sense of patriotism. It comes back to bite him occasionally, and controlling it is part of his Character Development.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The majority of his kills.
  • Buried Alive: In the very first episode.
  • Characterization Marches On: Has probably had the most subtle but significant Character Development of the cast, especially if one counts the pilot (in which he abandons the Venture boys to have sex with an unattractive hooker) as canon. His earliest appearances, in which he was far more of a psycho and a womanizer, are in stark contrast to the stoic but compassionate Papa Wolf that emerged by the end of the first season. The episode "Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner" addresses one of these instances by saying that he didn't know that Lt. Baldavitch and Col. Manstrong were in a formal relationship before he had sex with the former; he apologized to Manstrong for the transgression. Brock's transformation is depicted as a new development, though, and isn't Ret-Conned. He remains a mindless killing-machine in flashbacks. He starts twitching and foaming at the mouth again occasionally if the boys are in danger.
    • In "¡Viva los Muertos!", Brock questions his willingness to kill even hapless enemies who pose no threat. He goes on a Vision Quest, but in the end, he realizes that being lethal is what he does. However, he does acknowledge that there's a difference between lethal force and soulless killing.
  • Cool Car: A Dodge Charger. He can sense if someone is in it from another country away.
  • Cyanide Pill: In a false tooth. He offers it to the Doc when captured in one episode.
  • Dating Catwoman: Enemy agent Molotov Cocktease is the only woman he has ever loved.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As someone puts it bluntly; "So, anyone who doesn't immediately show you respect, you murder?"
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Will kill by any means except by shooting with bullets. He'll throw them and use them as melee weapons, but he won't shoot them. The practical reason is that according to Brock, there's a code that the villains will never escalate their weaponry if Brock doesn't. If he doesn't use a gun, lethal as he already is, the baddies won't upgrade either.
    • That being said, he really, really wants to shoot J.J.'s "late-60s ultra death ray", a feeling that agents Cardholder and Doe share.
    • He is revealed to possess a crossbow in season 5. Not quite a gun, but still a projectile firing weapon. He gives it to Gary at the end of the episode to cheer him up after the OSI finally destroys SPHINX.
    • In Season 6 he's forced to carry a pistol, but he keeps it unloaded. Season 7 reveals it's a disguised grappling gun. He's also not above using a paint gun to train Billy.
    • Brock seems to not mind using guns in the appropriate situation as when he looked for a gun under the lobby desk of Venture Tower, he chastised Major Hatred for not keeping one there. In this situation it's justified as Brock was fighting a heavily armed kill team sent by the guild not the usual costumed villains. In this case, since the opponents were trained soldiers already using guns then he doesn't mind using as gun in kind to match the opposition.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Will often find himself disgusted by some of Rusty's actions.
    • Brock is a living legend and the Ultimate badass but he keeps his professional persona separate from his actual personality. While he enjoys being a "Swedish made murder machine" secret agent. He only acts that way when he's on the job or when he's involved with things that are job related. On more than one occasion, he's dropped the super agent persona and acted like the Nice Guy he actually is when the situation called for it. Some notable instances being:
      • When he grabbed the crotch of one of Underbeit's minions in order to interrogate him, he then stopped abruptly and went from angry to worried while telling the guy he found a lump and that the henchman most likely has testicular cancer. He immediately puts the man down and tries to console him while telling him he should probably leave to be with his wife and family.
      • When he realized that he went too far, killing the rookie henchman who was terrified and tried to escape, posing no threat to Brock or the Ventures. When the henchman is resurrected as Venturestein, and is terrified of Brock, Brock feels terrible and realizes while he enjoys fighting and killing on the job, there's a big difference between killing in self-defense or to protect someone and killing a helpless man who had no intention of fighting. From that point he resolves to rein in his blood-lust because he's a secret agent and bodyguard not a cold-blooded murderer.
  • Expy: As a young man, he tried to go to college as a Scholarship Student, but he Does Not Know His Own Strength and committed an Accidental Murder. He had to drop out of college. The very same thing happened to Hugo Danner, from the Gladiator novel, whose professor father experimented on him as a fetus, developed a reasonable degree of Invulnerability and Super Strength. The story is how about Hugo's attempts to find a Mundane Utility to those qualities were the factors that ruined his life - Brock's violence, alcoholism, and womanizing are his coping mechanisms.
  • Famous Ancestor: If Poker Night 2 is to be taken as canon, Ash Williams is one of Brock's ancestors via Time Travel.
  • Green Thumb: Not mentioned a lot, but he has a small gardening hobby. Including an herb garden and the compound lawn being his own special blend of sod types.
  • Guest Fighter: He appears as one of the opposing players in Poker Night 2 by Telltale Games.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He's a scientist's bodyguard whose main priority (at least in the beginning) is to brutally kill his enemies while having sex with as many women as possible. His college football career (and scholarship) ended when he accidentally killed another player, so he joined the Army. He wound up as a government agent with his own license to kill, which he's been known to take advantage of if a bartender makes fun of his mullet.
  • He’s Back: Well, technically, he was close by all along.
    • This happens again in Season 6 when he's once again assigned to the Ventures.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Lawnmowers, Bibles, sharks, jawbones, a sock full of party snaps... anything but a gun. At least, not in the traditional way you use a gun as a weapon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The heart of gold grows with his character development and is part of what leads to him quitting the OSI (originally) and quitting as the Venture family bodyguard. He is actually a very caring, loyal, Nice Guy.
  • Knife Nut: When given an assortment of Q-style gadgets to use, Brock pulls out his knife and insists that it is the only weapon he will ever need.
    • There is also a practical reason for him favoring his bowie knife over using guns: it prevents the Guild of Calamitous Intent from escalating the deadliness of their attacks, as they strictly control what supervillains are allowed to use to torment their arches. As long as he doesn't use anything more than his knife, fists, and the occasional improbable weapon, they can't use anything more deadly either.
  • Made of Iron: And with the power to turn anyone opposing him into Plasticine.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Brock is used to violence and a world of, in his words, "Mind blowing weirdness and moral ambiguity", but inspite of the fact that he can brush of incidence of extreme horror, violence, and death regarless of his own personal involvement, there are things even he would balk at and several times when he's admitted he went too far in the course of his duties.
    • When he kills a namelss mook for the monarch, he later feels bad when Rusty resurrects the man as venturestein and venturestain is terrified of Brock, seeing Brock a monster. Brock has some trouble with this and later comes to the relization that while he is fine with and even enjoys violence and killing in the line of duty, There is a difference between being an agent/soldier and being a psychotic murderer. He decides to control himself more and recognize when lethal force is justified as he aknowledges killing people who are fleeing from you who have no intention to fight is monsterous.
    • Gets this feeling after he finds out the truth behind the Pyramid Wars. Vendata led a team of Guild members, including Red Death, to a secret and unsanctioned arching of Jonas Venture, Sr., on board Gargantua-1. The result was the Movie Night Massacre, and Jonas Sr.'s death. To cover up the unapproved arching and the murder, the Sovereign disguised himself as SPHINX Commander and tricked the OSI into thinking that SPHINX was responsible. As Red Death tells this to the group at the diner, Brock remarks that the only reason he was drafted into OSI was to fight in the Pyramid Wars, to which Red Death thanks him for wiping out the Guild's competition.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: His ability to tell if someone is in his car.
    Shore Leave: Right, that is a legitimate superpower.
  • No-Sell: When he's sufficiently pissed off, it takes several dozen of Monarch's tranquilizer darts to knock him out. And they're strong enough to knock out a normal person instantly.
  • One-Man Army: Brock is one of the biggest badasses in the series, regularly killing the Monarchs henchmen in droves. Becomes a Deconstructed Character Archetype when a lifetime of killing people and witnessing truly bizarre things working for the OSI/Venture family leads to him having a bit of a breakdown and quitting. Of course, he gets over it by Season 4.
  • Only Sane Employee: The boys' nanny and the only thing protecting Dr. Venture from death by supervillain. For a long time he seemed to be the only competent member of the team. Provided you can avoid his control panel of Berserk Buttons.
  • Parental Substitute: For Hank, becomes a lot more evident in season four.
  • Pet the Dog: While Brock is often merciless to enemy minions, he has on occasion been nice to them. One time he sang off a guy who thought Brock had nicked a major blood vessel and thought he was bleeding to death. When he discovers testicular cancer on mook he made a Groin Attack on, he immediately lets the guy go and reconcile his condition with his wife.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves to work for SPHINX, but returns in the midseason finale.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
    • He seems to be the more 'maternal' part of the family unit as he's willing to play along with the boys' little games (even Dean's effeminate activities).
    • He's also perfectly comfortable with his sexuality, and doesn't mind being hit on, gently brushing off with an Incompatible Orientation explanation. He's notably not homophobic, considering who some of his colleagues are.
  • Rule of Cool: Everything he does runs on it. He's even badass enough to do things that are Awesome, but Impractical just because he feels like it.
  • Shooting Gallery: Using a knife and his bare hands.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: It's extremely rare for Brock to lose a fight. Molotov Cocktease seems to be the only one capable of fighting him consistently.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Often seen smoking.
  • The Stoic: When he's not engulfed in a psychotic Unstoppable Rage.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: He's comically manly at points.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Especially so in the pilot episode.
  • Tranquil Fury: "They hit me with a truck." *eye twitches*
  • Twitchy Eye: Has a very twitchy eye that manifests when he enters one of his Unstoppable Rages. This happens especially when killing people who have threatened his Family...or run him over with a truck, while he's returning the favor.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's very loyal to the people he cares about, especially the boys and Dr. Venture (even after he quits being their official bodyguard).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Not Brock, but it's offhandedly mentioned that he has a brother by the Colonel. He's never seen in the show.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Wouldn't kill a girl (unless she's a vampire). He keeps the eye he took from the woman he loves in his room as a trophy.

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The Venture Brothers

    General 
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"Go, Team Venture!"

Hank and Dean are the eponymous twin brothers of the series, as the the sons of Dr. Venture. Dermott Fictel is also Dr. Venture's son, and is Hank and Dean's half-brother.


  • The All-American Boy: At least initially.
  • Born Unlucky: See the Hank and Dean death montage, and all the times outside of that that they die.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The Brothers are portrayed as the main characters of the series, but after they're killed off in season 1, the focus shifts to a more ensemble cast, most notably Dr. Venture and the Monarch, who are arguably the real Venture Brothers.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: They were practically the same character divided in two in early episodes. They've since become Polar Opposite Twins, with Hank as a wannabe-badass Small Name, Big Ego and Dean as a nervous, awkward Non-Action Guy.
  • Emo Teen: Both boys have went through this phase.
    • Hank starts going through a rebellious phase in Season 4 due to Brock's sudden absence; he disobeys his father and his new bodyguard often and he lets his hair grow out.
    • Dean as of season 5, who now wears all black (with dyed black hair), resents his father, and refuses to go on silly adventures. At one point, he appears even to have started cutting himself, which scares Sgt. Hatred, of all people, leading to a Pet the Dog heart-to-heart moment from Hatred.
  • Flanderization: Inverted. In season 1, the two are basically 1-dimensional caricatures - basically every Hardy Boys trope played out in completeness. As the series goes on, they go through so much Character Development that they're all but unrecognizable from their Season 1 counterparts.
    • As of Season 6, Hank actually remains relatively the same, but comes off as more a Dumb Jock with a Hidden Heart of Gold, and moments of Small Name, Big Ego thrown around aplenty. His early "boy adventurer" personality is played off more as somewhere between boyish charm and constantly jumping at Calls to Adventure that may or may not be there.
    • By Season 6, Dean ultimately goes through more de-flanderizing than Hank, ending up with a radically-more Straight Man personality; he's still naive and at times too trusting, but this is played off less as him being Too Dumb to Live (as in the early seasons where he was an utter idiot) and more that he's simply so good-natured he tends to miss when people are trying to use him (though he's become just jaded enough to pick up on malintent almost as often as a normal person). If nothing else, he's far less oblivious to when people are actively trying to kill him, and reacts accordingly.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Hank gradually dropped this, while Dean clings to it. Dean became decidedly less shy about cursing at the very end of "Operation: P.R.O.M."
  • Locked Out of the Loop: They are unaware of being clones; when they eventually did see them, Dr. Venture told them the clones were going to be Christmas presents.
    • As of "A Very Venture Halloween" Dean finds out he's a clone from Ben, a geneticist who helped clone the boys, but decides not to tell Hank.
    • He finally does, after a year of angsting over it, in "The Devil's Grip". Hank takes it in stride.
    • Rusty also hid the fact that Dermott is their half-brother. This may no longer be true as of Momma's Boys.
  • Missing Mom: Since season 2, Myra was hinted at being the boys' mother. As of Momma's Boys it's revealed that she isn't.
  • Nice Guy: Both are both good-hearted and naively innocent.
  • Save the Villain: Both Hank and Dean are given their own respective opportunities to get rid of the Monarch once and for all, but instead take action to spare him as letting him die in such a way would violate their principles.
  • Shout-Out: To the Hardy Boys and other characters of that variety.
  • Sibling Triangle: End up in one of these in Season 7. Dean develops feelings for Hank's girlfriend Sirena, and Hank eventually finds them in bed together.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Especially as the series progresses.
  • Sleep Learning: The boys sleep in learning beds designed to teach them the basics they were missing out on by not having a standard school-based education. The beds also double to record the boy's memories while they sleep to be implanted into clones in the highly likely event they should die. Again.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dr. Venture made clones of the boys as they wound up getting killed a lot (14 times to be exact). In fact, they died at the end of the first season, replaced with new (but virtually identical) clones. Since then, the current incarnations have been able to stay alive.

    Dean Venture 

Dean Venture

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Voiced By: Michael Sinterniklaas
First Apperance: "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay"

"Run, orphans! Be free! And have your own room! And maybe not have to live in fear of costumed guys trying to kill you all the time! And there are no yetis freaking out on you or, like, putting you on a rocketship! Run to a place where your father won't make you get in a fight with a venus flytrap that walks and, with a gun!"

The "aww shucks" boy from down the street, Dean is a good-natured youngster who always thinks of others before himself, a trait that has earned him repeated scorn from his brother Hank. Though not the sharpest bowling ball of the bunch, he's always keen to go on another adventure. While he's physically pathetic, he shows promise as a super-scientist.As of the season 5 premiere, Dean has become much more against his father and rebellious, even showing shades of becoming goth; he wears a black jumpsuit instead of his red vest or blue company speedsuit, dyes his hair black, has an 'emo-cut', and paints his walls black. This is reminiscent of Hank in the fourth season, who also changed his look and went through a rebellious, angry phase before reverting back to his usual self. Likewise, as of "All This and Gargantua-2", Dean seems to be returning back to his old style, though he still sports long bangs.


  • Armor-Piercing Response: Delivered to Billy Quizboy when Billy got a little too fresh with him in the lab.
    Dean: Hank is following me around looking for advice on how to score with women.
    Billy: *chuckling* Do you know anything about that?
    Dean: If I did would I be down here?
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Because Dean is the great-grandson of Lloyd Venture, it makes him the rightful heir of the title of Sovereign to the Guild of Calamitous Intent. He transfers it officially to David Bowie in order to cripple Phantom Limb's claim of rulership.
  • Badass Pacifist: Shown in The High Cost of Loathing, where he manages to peacefully defuse a potential arching between The Monarch and Victor Von Helping, one that would've likely ended with The Monarch's death.
  • Berserker Tears: When he kicked Dermott's ass.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Do not be rude to Triana Orpheus in his presence. He may throw sissy punches, but he'll throw a lot of them, and he won't give you any warning first.
    • During his summer internship at Impossible industries when he was confronted by the newly minted revenge society, Dean's second reaction after blowing a rape whistle was to kneecap the biggest guy with a tactical baton! He didn't win but still...
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: He will sometimes reveal uncomfortable tidbits about his own father issues in the middle of innocent conversations.
    "I say follow your dreams, even if they're about a spider with your dad's face and he keeps trying to steal your penis."
    • Then again, he could be referring to 24's dreams (who also seems to have intense daddy issues). One that is certainly one is while first talking to Triana, he eventually brings up that he goes to school in his bed "It gets very hot in the box... that my pop made."
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • He could not tell Triana about how he felt. When he finally did he realized that their relationship wouldn't work and "Let Her Down" gently before she could.
    • He couldn't tell Doctor Venture he didn't want to be a super scientist until Season 5. That being said, he does show signs of being very good at it, even restoring H.E.L.P.e.R. to his original body in Season 5.
    • He struggled with the knowledge that he and Hank are clones and nearly told Hank multiple times, but never came through, instead changing the subject or dropping vague hints. He ultimately does tell Hank, who takes it exceptionally well.
  • Chick Magnet: While he and Hank have similar facial features, girls tend to find Dean more approachable than his manic and somewhat aggressive twin.
  • Cloning Blues: The cause of his "emo phase", along with his falling out with Triana. He doesn't take either event well and no one he talks to seems to consider the moral and philosophical implications of his situation as severely as he does, believing that it's better than being dead.
    • He eventually tells Hank after a year of struggling with it. Hank not only takes it quite well, he manages to help Dean overcome this.
    • In season 7, Dean and the H.E.L.P.eR. Model 2 he finds in Dr. Ben's house on the old Venture Compound attempt to bond over their shared scientific creations background. In the end, when the H.E.L.P.eR. decides to stay on the compound, it thanks Dean but calls him Rusty Venture. And as we know in this series, nothing exists as a throwaway joke.
  • Clone Degeneration: According to Orpheus' Master, his genetic code is so horrifically scrambled that any offspring he produces would result in a deformed mutant.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He does have one moment (in the episode "Showdown At Cremation Creek") where he goes way off in a sort of Dune/The Lord of the Rings reverie.
  • Cowardly Lion: Very meek (especially compared to his brother) but, as seen in episodes like "The Revenge Society", a pep talk can help him muster enough courage to face any challenge.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: At the risk of Professor Von Helping descending back into murderous supervillainy and to save Sirena from Gary, Dean bribes the Monarch with one million dollars to make him leave his college alone in Season 7.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He starts developing into one in "A Very Venture Halloween," including a joke that proves he is most definitely Rusty's son.
    Hank: Hey, thought you died.
    Dean: Well, wouldn't be the first time.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Triana. He decided it was for the best, though it doesn't stop him from being jealous of her new boyfriend.
  • Emo Teen: In Season 5 after Finding out he's a clone.. He grows out of it by the end of the season through Hank's encouragement.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Dr. Venture is under the assumption that Dean wants to be a boy adventurer while feeling Hank was forced into the life (it's the other way around) and thus, tries to help him. However, Dean has realized he just wants to be a reporter. He is still pretty good at the super-science stuff given he repaired H.E.L.P.eR. and helped his dad bring back the force-fields online.
    • He may be following this closer than he realizes. While his choice to try and be normal is understandably rational, Dr. Venture brushes it off as a phase with the implications that Rusty tried to do the same his age, but failed (or rather, the supervillains wouldn't let him and Rusty's own problems led him to resign himself into the life.) Whether Dean will fare better than his dad is yet to be seen (if nothing else, he is a lot more emotionally healthy and Hank's presence seems to be a big reason why.)
  • Future Loser: According to Orpheus' Master, this is Dean's fate if he ends up with Triana.
  • Genre Savvy: After learning he's a clone Dean starts taking a more careful approach and in the season 5 opener sidesteps a potentially deadly situation by choosing a nonviolent form of combat.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Absolutely refuses to swear. Even "double dammit" is too vulgar for him. Eventually subverted. The final line of the entire fourth season, was him telling the Outrider "Fuck you!"
  • The Heart: Especially in season five. Despite his crass and cynicism, he can relate to the issues of others, moving him to release the primos from captivity in one episode, and restore H.E.L.P.eR. to his original state in another. He also tries to relate to Colonel Gentleman's problems when the later has a huge fight with his lover Kiki.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Has a crush on Triana, but even before she gets a boyfriend, she was never interested in him.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Averted. He's bitter about Triana having a boyfriend she loves that isn't him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being the more crass, cynical, and self-centered of the two, Dean's still has a good heart and is naively innocent.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In the season 2 finale, he ends up admitting this during a fit of delusion. It's become his defining motivation. By season 5 he finally admits to his dad he doesn't want to be a scientist or boy adventurer. What he doesn't tell him is that it's because he knows that he and his brother are both clones after they've died over 14 times in the past.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: When exposed to the narcotics concocted by his father at the end of What Color is Your Cleansuit?, he seems to have forgotten a good chunk of the last three months, most notably his relationship with Thalia and his decision to go along with her plans and make themselves the king and queen of a new, mutant-populated world.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Defied in season three, when he starts to wear a Venture Blue speedsuit.
  • The Load: It is debatable whether he or Hank is the most useless member of the main cast.
    • Since the Halloween special and the beginning of Season 5, Dean is slowly moving out of this role now that he's aware of his status as a clone and finally admitting he wants nothing to do with being a super scientist or adventurer. In the second episode of Season 5, he flat out refuses to join Hank and Rusty on an adventure and stays home. Also, he takes the time to try and give H.E.L.P.eR. his old body back and by the episode's end he managed to succeed without destroying the base. Though he did apparently screw up H.E.L.P.eR.'s ability to play drums.
  • Named After Someone Famous: He is implied to have been named after the artist Roger Dean.
  • Nice Guy: Both him and his brother are good-hearted and naively innocent.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Utterly decimates Dermott in "The Buddy System" after one final sexist comment from Dermott about Triana is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Then again, it's also a Wimp Fight, as Dean really can't fight and Dermott's even worse.
    Dr. Z: That boy is a spinning murder top! Are you sure he's your son?
  • Only Sane Man: Possibly.
    • His awareness of his mortality and repeated deaths have led him to admit he doesn't want to be a super scientist to his father and rejects that boy adventurer lifestyle. He now swears and admits he wants a girlfriend like a normal teenager, admits he wants to live his life the way he wants to, and sidesteps possibly dangerous situations by using rationality. Whether he will succeed is a different thing though; it's implied that Dr. Venture went through a similar phase his age, but resigned himself to the life since it kept coming back.
    • By season six, it's much more obvious; when everyone else is doing ridiculous things with their new status, his plan for all the money and his life in New York is to get into a good college. And when he and his family are discussing the future of VenTech with the vice president, The Pirate Captain, he suggests a good compromise: Keep the direction of the company as Jonas Jr kept it (conventional high tech) and use the R&D department for all the super-science developments.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Mostly about sex.
  • Precision F-Strike: At the end of "Operation: P.R.O.M.", to the Outrider (also the last line of the season). "You know what I think? Fuck you!"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hank's red.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Southpaw
  • Squishy Wizard: Not an actual wizard, but smart and weak enough to fit this trope.

    Hank Venture 

Henry Alan "Hank" Venture

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Voiced by: Christopher McCulloch

"I'm all outta gun food!"

Hank often dominates his more timid brother Dean, even though at heart he is just as naive. He dotes on Brock and perhaps could be called the more "realistic" of the two brothers. He is the Bat.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Hank has many flights of fancy, imagining various unrealistic scenarios, which could be attributed to becoming way too used to his life of boy adventuring. However, in season 7 he begins to question his deep investment in his extremely flimsy alter-egos of The Bat, Enrico Matassa, and Russian Guyovich, believing he is "like the guy in Split". Dean assuages his fears, saying he doesn't have disassociative identity disorder but an "overactive mind". Hank then compares himself to "the guy in Split but when he's the guy in X-Men", before looking at the American Museum of Natural History and asking Dean if "that's the museum where everything comes alive at night", to which Dean simply laments that Hank definitely has ADHD.
    • After somehow managing to procure an oil can in the middle of his apparently real Adventures in Comaland with Action Man and Dr. Phineas Phage, and jumping into the lake of Matmos, Phage quips that Hank definitely has undiagnosed ADHD.
  • Book Dumb: Didn't graduate from his learning bednote  and has no intention of going to college.
  • Buffy Speak: He's desperate to be a badass and tries his best to come off as mature and cool, but his ignorance and immaturity cause him to speak like this. He calls ammunition "gun food" and refers to Brock's lays as "naked sex ladies".
  • Cloning Blues: Averted, when finally told this by Dean at the end of season 5. He actually finds it to be pretty cool.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    "It's like he's channeling dead crazy people!"
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In "Pomp and Circuitry". When Hunter tries throwing every crazy trap he can come up with to kill or scare him off, Hank actually uses every last bit of boy adventurer training to pass every test.
    • Also, in Venture Libre, while high on coffee beans and donning a very well-known persona, Hank single-handedly saves his father and bodyguard from a prison, after taking out multiple gun-wielding, half-man-half-animal creatures. This was after crashing a jetpack into the ground and experiencing diarrhea (from all the coffee). The boy's naive, but probably qualifies in the top levels of badass on the show, now.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Along with the jacket, Hank seems to have inherited this from Brock.
  • Expy: He looks almost exactly like Fred from Scooby-Doo.
    • Lampshaded by Triana in "Victor. Echo. November."
  • Fearless Fool: Made even worse when 21 unaware that Hank has been repeatedly cloned after his death tells Hank that he is immortal, comparing him to the Highlander.
  • Generation Xerox: At least from Doctor Venture's viewpoint for himself.
    • And it comes full circle in Everybody Comes to Hank's when, Hank loses his virginity to Dermott's mom. It's later revealed that Rusty is Dermott's father and part of the reason she was attracted to him was because he reminded her so much of Rusty.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He really wants to be a secret agent. Or Batman.
  • The Load: In early seasons, Hank's Too Dumb to Live recklessness often significantly worsened whatever dangerous situation was at hand. Starting in season 4 and continued in season 5, he Took a Level in Badass to become a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
  • Nice Guy: Hank is the more pure brother. He is good-hearted, heroic, and committed to helping his family.
  • Nerves of Steel: Downplayed because of his goofiness and naivete, but hank really has Seen It All. He rarely panics about his own safety or that of his family, performs well under stress, takes horiffic sights in stride, keeps his composure when kidnapped or threatened and often leaps into peril of his own accord, even when Dean or Dr. Venture are afraid. It seems to be his own stupidity at first, but after acing the strenuous SPHINX initiation tests it's implied that he actually does have some serious guts and skill. As the series progresses, his recklessness is portrayed less as bumbling overconfidence and more as genuine courage.
  • Only Sane Man: ...Yes, really. As of about season five, Hank might just qualify in that among the various characters of the show, he's the only one that isn't bitter or jaded, and actually accepts and enjoys the mind-blowing weirdness of his world.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Showdown at Cremation Creek".
    Hank: Hello-ski! I am, how you say? Russian Guyovitch!
    • He tries it three times - it works on Sgt. Hatred and Brock, amazingly.
  • Powered Armor: Keeps a strength suit belonging to a member of SPHINX for a time. In "O.S.I Love You", he loses the armor (leaving him with atrophied legs), which is later destroyed.
  • Precision F-Strike: Drops one after meeting Triana's boyfriend just to show Brock that "The New Hank cusses."
    • Subverted, the uncensored version reveals he said 'shit'.
  • Shout-Out: His outfit is identical to Fred's from Scooby-Doo.
    • A Running Gag is his admiration and desire to be Batman.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: or Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, depending on Rule of Funny.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Even aside from this being true, Hank is far too willing to leap into danger despite his pathetic fighting skills. The creators even specifically note that as the series progressed they developed Hank into an idiot with no sense of danger. It helps that, as of "Tears of a Sea Cow", Hank now believes he's an Immortal.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He attempted to join S.P.H.I.N.X, so Col. Gathers put him through Training from Hell... and Hank was able to pass every single test.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 4.
  • The Unfavorite: Dr. Venture verbally abuses Hank more and more as the series goes on, due to Hank's oblivious disregard for his own life (and because Venture has singled out Dean as his protege). This becomes even more pronounced when Hank goes into Emo Teen mode. Later somewhat subverted and justified in that Dr. Venture actually sees Hank as more like himself than Dean is, since Hank has no more interest in super-science than Rusty did. Dean becomes his protege because he actually wants to be a super-scientist (as far as Rusty is willing to believe, at least).

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    Dermott Fictel 

Private Dermott Fictel

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As of season three, Hank's best friend and connection to the world outside the Venture Compound. He is pretty much every jerk you ever met in high school. Dermott's mother told him that his father is at the Venture compound, and Dermott figured that Brock Samson was his father. He's actually the son of his own "sister" Nikki Fictel and Dr. Venture himself. His "sister" was a teenager, so her mother raised Dermott as her own son, while Dr. Venture was forbidden to see them again. By the 4th season, both the Order of the Triad and the members of SPHINX have learned these facts, but Dr. Venture, Hank, Dean and even Dermott himself have still been in the dark. In the Shallow Gravy Mockumentary special, Dr. Venture, upon learning Dermott's surname and age for the first time, finally had a Fridge Horror moment. The episode itself kept hanging a lampshade on this, proverbially saying that that Hank and Dermott had become brothers, and found the same father—in music.

As of Season 7, it's revealed that Dermott has joined the OSI and currently holds the rank of private.


  • Art Evolution: His more Gonk-ish looks soften up, making him look better physically.
  • Blatant Lies: Some of the stuff he says is... transparently false.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He likes to brag about being badass. In his first appearance, he mocks Brock Samson and makes claims about what a badass he is that more sound like a Chuck Norris joke. Later in the same episode, it's shown that even Dean can beat him up Wimp Fight-style. And not just beat him up, Curb Stomp him.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: He almost instantly separates Dean and Hank, as he is more similar to Hank, following the brothers' Divergent Character Evolution. He's initially made out to be Brock Samson's son, but he is actually Rusty's accidental child, thus making him the third Venture brother, and strangely enough the only brother with a confirmed mother.
  • Character Development: Becomes less of a Douche with time, dropping the Internet Tough Guy act by Season 4 and becoming Dean's friend on occasion.
  • Child by Rape: Statutory rape, anyway. The sex itself was consensual.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In the episode "Better Man," he gives good advice, telling Dean to just talk to a girl and see what happens instead of overthinking it. Dean asks if someone can go check the temperature in Hell.
  • Internet Tough Guy: Except in real life. Dermott is so fixated on convincing people he's cool that he mouths off to Brock Sampson. Brock's oath to Gathers to not harm women and children is the only thing that keeps Dermott from getting smacked upside the head.
  • Jerkass: He's a cocky, self-absorbed teenager who says obnoxious things.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While the above is true, he genuinely likes Hank and grows to be good friends with him.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Goes hand in hand with Internet Tough Guy, above. He also thinks Triana is a goth stereotype who will apparently orgasm just because Dean puts on some goth clothes and lights a fire on her lawn and immediately assumes there's an attack on the Venture Compound.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Well technically, half-brother, but still.
    • Played straight after he and Orpheus piece together that he's Rusty's son in Momma's Boys. He even calls Rusty "Dad" during the episode stinger much to the shocked expressions of Rusty, Hank and Dean.
  • Put on a Bus: Dermott is absent during the sixth season due to the action moving to New York City. He returns in "The Inamorata Consequence" as he's become a private in OSI and has been assigned to security duty during the re-signing of the Treaty of Tolerance.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In the Shallow Gravy special he remembers beating up Dean instead of the other way around. Dean outright calls him a liar when told about it.
  • Shirtless Scene: He takes off his shirt for Shallow Gravy's performance in "Operation P.R.O.M."
  • Sixth Ranger: Hangs around with the boys (mostly Hank) a lot and does a "Go Team Venture" with them in the season four finale. This turns out to be apropos because he is himself a Venture brother.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He talks about himself as if he is the ultimate badass to end them all.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hank.
  • What the Fu Are You Doing?: As perennial a trope with him as you'd expect of a self-taught master of Jeet Kun Do.

    H.E.L.P.e R. 

H.E.L.P.eR.

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Voiced by: Soul-Bot

"(unintelligible beeping noises)"

H.E.L.P.eR. stands for Helpful Electronic Lab Partner Robot (with the extra 'e' for aesthetic purposes). He was created by Jonas Venture to serve as a nanny for his son Rusty and performed well in that regard. He now serves as nanny to Hank and Dean and frequently helps the Venture family and bodyguard Brock Samson in their adventures. Years of neglect by Thaddeus have left H.E.L.P.eR. a wreck, both physically and emotionally, and it was only recently Dr. Venture realized that H.E.L.P.eR. truly did have feelings. Hank and Dean tend to treat H.E.L.P.eR. better, even if their attempts to help the robot end up occasionally causing more trouble.


  • Chew Toy: H.E.L.P.eR. gets destroyed in a variety of ways throughout the show.
  • Hidden Depths: Besides his surprising emotional range and uncanny affection for his family, H.E.L.P.er. is implied have interests and personality quirks unknown to the viewer due to his unintelligible squeaking and squawking. Based on his interactions with the Ventures, who can understand him, he seems to enjoy Maya Angelou, have strong or even elitist opinions about music and expect an upcoming war between humans and robots. Based on his inflection, the Monarch and his henchmen infer that he has a bit of a sarcastic/sassy streak, too.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Brock, at least, can understand him just fine. In the fifth season episode Momma's Boys, Hank and Dermott understand him as well, though they aren't sure how.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: The abuse and neglect he suffers can reach astronomical proportions, but as a robot he's more or less immortal. When he's broken, he can be repaired... when Dr. Venture gets around to it. When he's lost, he always finds his way home... eventually.
  • Odd Friendship: With Brock, of all people. He has a familial bond with Dr. Venture and the boys, but is shown spending time and sharing banter with Brock on multiple occasions, and the two hug twice. During the episode I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills, they drive around together and argue about music, quote poetry and discuss Myra like old friends.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Despite his presumably artificial intelligence, H.E.L.P.eR. demonstrates a remarkable range of emotion. He clearly shows jealousy, fear and affection on numerous occasions. He misses Rusty when he goes to college, gets emotional when Brock leaves to renew his license to kill and despairs when he thinks Rusty is replacing him and spitefully bars him in the panic room as punishment. Dr. Venture seems aware of H.E.L.P.er.'s depths, as he makes a comment about sending him to therapy if he get overwhelmed.
  • Robot Buddy: A battered and abused one. And tragically one-sided. In flashbacks, he is shown eagerly playing with young Rusty and is said to miss him terribly while he is away at college, but Dr. Venture barely pays him any mind as an adult despite his continued loyalty.
  • Robot Maid: Likely his intended role, though he spends most of his time as a test subject and Chew Toy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After H.E.L.P.eR.'s destruction at the end of Season 3, Rusty attached his head to the Walking Eye he had built earlier, creating a bigger, more physically imposing H.E.L.P.eR. with a laser cannon. In Season 5, he is rebuilt into his original form by Dean.
    • A deleted scene suggests he also lost a level in Badass- when Rusty was a kid, he was equipped with an arsenal of hidden weapons that quickly fell into disrepair when Rusty wouldn't do the upkeep.
  • The Unintelligible: He only communicates in beeps and boops.
  • Undying Loyalty: Part programming, part genuine attachment. This little fella will roll himself across the country or obliterate his body as a substitute for landing gear if it helps his familly. Not that they appreciate it.

    Sgt. Hatred 

Courtney Haine (Soldier-X, Sargent Hatred)

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Voiced by: Brendon Small (Season 2), Christopher McCulloch (Season 3 onward)

"There's less hatred left in this ol' Hatred."

Sgt. Hatred is a veteran member of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, and for a time was a mole for them in the OSI. A convicted pedophile, Hatred frequently has to announce that he cannot be within fifty feet of any nearby minors. He was repeatedly mentioned in season two whenever 21 and 24 stole supervillain equipment, and he becomes Dr. Venture's official Arch-Enemy after the Guild reassigns The Monarch in season three. As Venture's nemesis, Sgt. Hatred has vowed to be as nice as possible to Dr. Venture to get under The Monarch's skin in retaliation for all of the technology stolen by The Monarch's henchmen.

It is important to note that even before he reformed, he had begun actively working against his pedophilic urges, making him a rare sympathetic pedophile.

As of season four, he takes over as the Venture Family bodyguard after Brock quits. The OSI gave him the medication Nomolestol to alleviate his pedophile urges, the effectiveness of which seems to vary from episode to episode. And has had the side effect of causing him to develop feminine breasts. When Dr. Venture inherits J.J.'s company in Season 6, he's reassigned from the Venture's after Brock is reinstated. He later becomes Rusty's head of security at VenTech.


  • Affably Evil: He vowed to subvert the trope with his rivalry with Doctor Venture, just to piss off the Monarch for stealing technology from him. It worked too well as Hatred ended up replacing Brock as the Venture family's bodyguard.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted with the Monarch's darts, as the only reason he managed to recover so quickly was because he had taken a shot of adrenaline beforehand... in order to counteract the darts of the Monarch's henchmen.
  • Ascended Extra: Merely referred to in season two before making a cameo in the season finale, became a recurring character in season three, and now is part of the main cast.
  • The Atoner: Tries his hardest, even when his medication starts to run out for an episode in season 4, to avoid being a pedophile again. Also subtly an element of his relationship with the boys; He clearly cares about them and tries to mentor them, likely making up for them being two of his victims in the past.
  • Badass Boast: "I saw a guy's head spin around! Like right off his neck! Y'know why? 'Cuz I punched him!" and "I ate a whole Labrador retriever once!" No evidence yet on whether either one is truth or hyperbole, but his high rank while acting as The Mole in OSI indicates that he used to be a genuine badass.
  • Becoming the Mask: He seems to legitimately enjoy working with the Ventures, beyond just fouling up the Monarch's attempts on their lives.
    • He's even removed his tattoos (except the D, due to the sensitivity of the area) and added a V tattoo on his face for "Venture". Hilariously enough, it now spells out "VD".
  • Berserk Button: Uncle Vatred begins to bond with Gary during "The Devil's Grip", even showing extreme gratitude for having his life saved by him... But when he's misled to believe that Gary betrayed him, he flips his lid and storms the Cocoon with his hover tank.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His last name (Haine) is French for hatred.
  • Butt-Monkey: Once he becomes Venture's bodyguard, his dim but enthusiastic nature makes him a persistent target, particularly by Brock.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of the Daredevil villain Nuke.
  • Continuity Nod: Ever since the first episode of Season 5, he's had breasts, believed to be due to a reaction between his "Nomolestol" medication and his experimental super-soldier serum treatment.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has shades of this - building explosive decoys of Rusty, training the kids with weapon useage and running "kidnapping drills" among other things.
  • Creepy Uncle: Played With. He's not actually their uncle, but they sometimes call him "Uncle Vatred". He's a former child molester and super-villain. Though he has pulled a Heel–Face Turn and is currently taking medication for his pedophilliac urges, but can still cross into this territory every once in a while for Black Comedy.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Hatred is more than a little ridiculous, but he's a veteran member of both the OSI and the Guild of Calamitous Intent, and Brock trusts him enough to leave the Ventures in his care.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Averted. He's a short-tempered and stern military man, but is actually very patient and gentle with the boys, even in his training, and occasionally butts heads with Dr. Venture and Brock over their harsh approaches to parenting and bodyguarding, respectively.
  • Driven to Suicide: Tries to kill himself when Princess Tinyfeet leaves him.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Courtney.
  • Friendly Enemy: He wants to make Dr. Venture's life wonderful to piss off The Monarch. This ends up netting him the vacant Venture bodyguard seat.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His real name is Courtney.
  • Genius Bruiser: Though he's thickly-built and can certainly handle himself in a fight, his actual skills lie more in technical fields. He's also quite well-read, if his knowledge of Henry Darger is anything to go by.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Oddly enough, he barely changes in personality. (He wasn't necessarily evil or good to begin with, and was something of a Punch-Clock Villain.)
  • Henpecked Husband: According to creator commentary, and the same source said that it was going to be his main character quirk in season three. That didn't really happen.
  • Hidden Depths: Alluded to as a child molester before ever appearing on the show and later introduced as a Guild villain. But after he becomes the Ventures' bodyguard, he's shown to be a soft-hearted, broken man who only wants their respect. He loyally serves the Ventures, who mostly dismiss him as an inadequate replacement for Brock, while combatting suicidal urges, alcoholism, his failed marriage, drastic side effects from super soldier experimentation and pedophelia-repressing drugs and his own dark urges towards children, which he is deeply ashamed of and troubled by. It's also implied that his urges may be due to the super soldier project, which greatly increased his physical attributes while worsening his aggression and severely diminishing his empathy.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: His attempts at suicide in the season three finale did not go well.
    "I tried to blow my head off with a damn shrink ray and now I got a little baby tongue!"
  • Informed Ability: Partly as a consequence of being Overshadowed by Awesome, it's hard to tell he's supposed to be a Super Soldier.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Originally he had a pretty lean physique almost identical to Brock Samson, but now...
  • Idiot Ball: Carried it a lot after his Heel–Face Turn, less so over time.
  • Logic Bomb: Uses a string of nonsense words and phrases to disable a robotic security guard in Return to Malice.
    Sgt. Hatred: Robots. Programmed to respond to over 700 questions, none of which include chicken fingers.
  • The Mole: He previously held a high position in the OSI and kept them out of the Guild's business.
  • No Indoor Voice: He always talks like a Drill Instructor, loud and raspy.
  • Noodle Incident: He apparently raped Hank and Dean once, or at the very least tried to before he was introduced to the story proper.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity, or at least Affability. He's more cunning than he lets on at first, but he's also a bit of a clear-cut buffoon.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted in season three, when he insists that Rusty be the one to kill him when he's Driven to Suicide.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Compared to Brock. It's very easy to forget that they take completely different approaches to protecting the Ventures, Brock being a One-Man Army and Hatred coming closer to a Gadgeteer Genius. He seems to be training the boys to be more effective on their own as well.
    • In season 4, Henchman 21 actually mentions that the Monarch's henchmen take more casualties with Hatred as bodyguard, since unlike Brock, he has no aversion to using firearms.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The man is a hot mess, but while less competent than Brock, he's more than willing to use his former supervillain arsenal when he sees the need for it and his reckless, misplaced vengeance-fuelled hatred of Gary causes him to strike the ultimate deathblow against the Monarch's Flying Cocoon and his Fluttering Horde vis-a-vis his Flying Tank.
  • Pet the Dog: Gets genuinely worried when he thinks Dean is cutting himself, leading to a heart-to-heart between the two of them.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Calls underpants "panties", among other things.
    Hatred: I have a tattoo of Calvin and Hobbes on my thigh! Calvin isn't peeing, he's hugging Hobbes.
  • Refuge in Audacity: His aforementioned attraction to young boys, even having molested the Venture Bros. at one point before his introduction.
  • Replacement Scrappy: invoked Dr. Venture thinks of him as one for The Monarch, and later Hank and Doc consider him one to Brock.
  • Serious Business: Upon becoming the Venture family's bodyguard/head of security, Hatred takes protecting Doc and the boys very seriously - at one point, whilst freaking out in the midst of an assault on the compound, he states that his primary objective "is to protect (Rusty's) body at all cost even unto death".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Not quite as bad as Hank, but he's a bit out of shape and far too attached to the Idiot Ball to brag as much as he does. This trope applies to him less as his tenure goes on.
  • Stealth Pun: Has the word "hatred" tattooed down his body with the "H" on his face and the "D" being hid by his underwear. It's unclear if he actually has a tattoo of the "D" or he just let the joke stand as it is.
  • Super Soldier: Willingly subjected himself to a program dubbed "Soldier-X", which hints at this trope. The experiment modestly increased his strength, endurance and agility, but greatly increased his aggression and induced a massive decrease in his sense of empathy. Also, it may or may not have turned him into a pedophile.
  • Team Mom: More compassionate and sympathetic with the boys than Rusty, particularly towards Dean.
  • Undiscriminating Addict: In one episode, Sgt. Hatred, desperate for an alcohol fix, is on the floor of the bathroom spraying generic brand body spray into his mouth.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Venture Family once he joins them.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The end of season 4 seems like he'll reconcile with his wife, Princess Tinyfeet. At the beginning of season 5 however when they head back to his old house. Not only has someone moved into it but he's Princess Tinyfeet's new lover. Ouch.

    J.J. Venture 

Dr. Jonas "J.J." Venture, Jr.

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Voiced By: James Urbaniak

"But we're the Venture Brothers! Shouldn't we work together?"

Dr. Venture's twin brother whom he ate in the womb, Jonas, Jr. - or J.J. - is a two-foot tall dwarf with all of the skill, charisma, success, and hair that Rusty lacks. He is usually seen getting contracts that Rusty wants whenever Rusty calls him up for a loan. "All This and Gargantua-2" revealed that his organs had been failing for some time and he is on the verge of death, but he instead chooses to personally pilot the failing Gargantua-2 to save the fleeing passengers from catastrophic meltdown, taking his own life in the process.


  • The Ace: He's more like his father than his brother is. Complete with the insufferable ego.
  • Always Someone Better: He's the perfect heir to the Venture Science Hero tradition and always miles ahead of Rusty in success and fame.
  • Artificial Limbs: His left hand didn't form during his birthing development. After he finally leaves Rusty's body, Billy makes him a cybernetic prosthetic.
  • Characterization Marches On: Played with. His first appearance in the season 1 finale, he tries to murder Rusty. He mellows into a smug-genius characterization after he starts making a fully deserved name for himself as Jonas' true inheritor. "Now Museum Now You Don't" showed that he's something of a passive-aggressive, condescending jerk under stress, with some of it coming through normally. "The Lepidopterists" shows him to be a fan of Disproportionate Retribution who doesn't know the rules (and is irritated by the OSI-GCI relationship). Played more straight in the Season 5 premiere, where he has contracted Rusty for a large project and openly admits his surprise and gratitude when Rusty delivers beyond his expectations. That being said, he didn't know about near apocalyptic shenanigans that happened as a result of Rusty's incompetence. By All This And Gargantua-2 he seems ready to let bygones be bygones, and acts far more brotherly towards Rusty than ever, even bequeathing him the newly rebuilt Venture Industries.
  • The Charmer: Even as a malformed two-foot-tall fetus man he's amazingly successful with the ladies due to his good looks and endless charisma.
  • Combining Mecha: Pilots the core component of Ventronic, a flying Shout-Out to Voltron.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Chooses to die saving everyone aboard the Gargantua-2 rather slowly/painfully from cancer, and does so with a smile on his face.
  • Dead Guy Junior: By his own choice.
  • Dramatic Irony: Jonas Junior's apparent competence and good-natured personality are an ironic twist of fate, particularly given his claim in his first appearance the he was the son that Jonas Venture Senior should have had. Given the increasing indications thought out the series that many of Thaddeus' issues and failings are the results of shortcomings in his father's parenting, combined with various traumatic experiences incurred during his childhood as a boy adventurer, it could be surmised that Jonas Venture Junior is able to fulfill the role expected of a son of the great Dr. Venture better than his brother, due to the ironic fact that unlike Thaddeus, Jonas Junior wasn't actually raised by their father.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Built a mecha body out of spare parts in his first appearance and apparently created his own Combining Mecha.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pilots the cockpit containing the overloaded nuclear core of Gargantua-2 safely away from its escaping life pods. It detonates with him inside.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: He has a robot forearm covering the gimpy non-limb he had in his first appearance.
  • Hope Spot: Treister reveals that it's possible to beat cancer by being mutated into a (sentient) Hulk, but such a cure becomes a moot point as J.J. has to sacrifice his life anyway to save all the passengers on Gargantua-2.
  • Instant Expert: Earned two Ph. D.s in a month.
  • Kavorka Man: He's got a decent looking face, but he also has one arm and is two feet tall, but he's got a couple ladylovers and hooked up with Sally Impossible after only a few minutes. It's pretty well justified, though; he's incredibly wealthy, deeply intelligent, and quite charming and friendly when he needs to be.
  • Killed Off for Real: During the pre-season 6 special All This And Gargantua 2. There's a brief moment where it sounds like Dr. Orpheus might have raised him from the dead, only for him to be talking about Dean's giraffe plushie.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In a weird way, it's both his greatest strength and greatest weakness. Due to being a newcomer into the world of Science Heroes, superheroes, and villains, and not having any of his brother's neuroses, he's able to easily shake things up in the world of The Venture Bros., by creating a functioning space station that outdid Gargantua-1, making equivalents to the iPad and iPod, and creating a sustainable business empire that focuses on more down-to-earth science. It leaves him with virtually none of the hangups of a lifetime boy adventurer, scientist, or sidekick, too. However, unlike his brother, (who has Seen It All, repeatedly) this leaves him rather Genre Blind, willing to try to kill the Monarch and even make a deal with the Investors.
  • Nice Guy: Can be rather smug and condescending and does consistently treat Rusty like crap, but by the standards of the Venture universe, those are hardly the worst qualities around. He also seems to care for his nephews.
  • Put on a Bus: Spent all of season 4 working to complete a space station.
  • The Resenter: A less-extreme example; in spite of being more successful and intelligent than Rusty, he seems a touch bitter about not being regarded as Jonas Venture's son. In his first appearance, this drove him to try and kill Rusty. He's since mellowed out, but has been shown trying to erase Rusty's boyhood accomplishments from memory and replace it with himself.
  • Smug Super: Like daddy Jonas, J.J. develops a rather obtrusive ego with his massive intellect, though it tends to come out most when he's under stress.
  • The Topic of Cancer: He's dying from cancer in his final appearance, though he dies before it takes him.
  • Vocal Evolution: In his first appearance, he had a deep, raspy voice. Afterward, he gained a smooth and smug voice to go along with his role as Always Someone Better. (It's not clear if either one is an affectation, or possibly even both.)
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to his His Heroic Sacrifice at the end of "All This and Gargantua-2" and his leaving his buisness and a large sum of money to Rusty in his will.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: He manages to drop his fratricidal rage towards Rusty and does a fair amount of good with his portion of the Venture estate only to be diagnosed with cancer after escaping his brother's body.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Reveals in All This And Gargantua 2 that his organs are failing as he's dying from cancer.

    The Pirate Captain 
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Voiced By: Christopher McCulloch

"I'm really, really sorry about this whole mess, and, you know, the whole pirate thing is behind me now, and... plus, you kinda killed Steve, and burnt my ship. So, if you could give us a lift out of here I figure we'd just call it squaresies."

The leader of the "ghost pirates" in the episode "Ghosts of the Sargasso". After his initial encounter with the Venture family, he began living on the X-2 after having difficulties in finding a job. When Jonas Jr. acquired the ship, he hired the captain. He has not been referred to by any name or nickname other than "The Captain" so far. He then residds with Jonas Jr. on Spider Skull Island, fulfilling the duties of a butler, caretaker, and right-hand man. The Captain always refers to Jonas as "Chairman".

As of season six, with Jonas dead and Rusty in charge of VenTech, Captain now works for Rusty as his right-hand in running the company. Notably, he's the only person with any clout in the company that Rusty didn't fire on his first day.


  • Combining Mecha: "I form the right arm!"
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No name given, only known as "the pirate" or "the Captain."
  • Heel–Face Turn: He was never all that evil, but he's not that good of a good guy, either. He gets annoyed when J.J. dredges up his "bad guy" past, but for the most part is a loyal employee and a reliable Number Two.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He and his crew have been stuck for a decade in the Sargasso, and he fails rather miserably when attempting to take the X-2.
  • Instant Sedation: Gets addicted to it in one episode. It returns in season 6 but he seems to kick it.
  • Shout-Out: He is modeled after Scooby-Doo villains, and makes a lot of specific references to that end (such as mentioning that he got to meet Cher and "the guy who was the voice of Inspector Gadget"note , who both guest-starred on Scooby-Doo).
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the main Team Venture in Season 6 following J.J.'s death.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: And he friggin' loves it!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Despite being introduced having been lost at sea for a decade, by season 6 he's become the PR head of VenTech, and the functional leader of the company in charge of running its day to day operations while Rusty spends all the money and plays the super science game.
    • Even before this he apparently became a skilled enough sailor to re-rig a sloop and sail it with the help of Brock and Shore Leave to track an enormous mega-yacht from across the globe

The Original Team Venture

     General 
Jonas Venture Sr.'s closest friends, who followed him on adventures against the globe, defeating villains, hunting for treasure, testing gadgets, and living the high life. Depending on who you ask, the Original Team Venture were either an inspirational band of adventurers and heroes... or, as Rusty would likely describe them, a bunch of jerks with a sick sense of humor that mercilessly traumatized him.

  • Every One Has Standards: Old Team Venture is suitably uncomfortable with Jonas reviving the Blue Morpho and turning him into a (barely) sentient robot. With Col. Horace Gentleman outright saying Jonas has gone too far this time, and the Action Man asking what kind of life the Blue Morpho can have before referring to it as "Just... wrong."
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: The group can be seen as something of a Deconstruction of the trope. The original Team Venture is portrayed as a group of immoral thrill-seekers who hurt as many people as they save. However, their actions, while amusing, are also portrayed as damaging to Rusty, who had to endure their "pranks" as a kid. For context, their treatment of him (combined with his childhood) was so terrible it rendered Rusty virtually immune to mental trauma.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The original Team Venture is comprised of a super scientist, a gentleman adventurer, a gun-wielding psycho, a hulking, formerly mute martial artist, a size shifter stuck in his shrunken form, a Jehovah's Witness fishman, a brain-damaged boxer, a defrosted caveman and a Tag Along Kid.

    Jonas Venture 

Dr. Jonas Venture, Sr.

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Voiced by: Paul Boocock

"Remember Rusty, in here I’m your doctor not your father. Now lets get back to it shall we. You were telling me how you’re ungrateful for all the opportunities your father’s given you and you blame me for all your problems!"

The grand figure looming over the remains of the current world today is the legacy left behind by Dr. Jonas Venture, Sr. Adventure hero, scientist, woman-chaser, celebrity, and media darling who could do anything except raise a son. Dr. Venture lived a life of luxury and adventure, with the world constantly revolving around him, and that was the way he liked it. Too often, this ended up with Dr. Venture ignoring important things like missing colleagues, the family's cursed artifact, and non-emotionally scarring time that should have been spent with his own son. Then, he would play down any negative consequences of anything he ever did until he could forget about it.


  • Abusive Parent: Manages to top Rusty and Professor Impossible as the worst Dad in the series. He included Rusty in all his missions from ages 3-17, made him endure numerous kidnappings, and forced him to kill someone with a house key when he was ten. Whenever Rusty attempted to express his frustration, Jonas would simply disregard it and call him ungrateful. His style of parenting was so bad, that in "Are You There God, It's Me Dean", even The Monarch admitted to Hank that Jonas really did a number on him.
  • The Ace: Since he's a parody of characters like Doc Savage. Even after a lot of the varnish that is the man's legend has been wiped away throughout the series his son, the most prominent victim of his Jerkass behavior and someone well aware of the man's countless faults, freely admits that the man was "one hell of a scientist."
  • Anything That Moves: A blink and you'll miss it example in An Animosity Coalition suggests that he wanted to have sex with a seal.
  • Art Evolution: In a much more subtle example than other examples on the show, later seasons show that Jonas had pale blue eyes, much like those that young Rusty is depicted with.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Most of the world sees him as a jovial, charismatic, compassionate man of science and a great hero. In reality, he only cares about himself and has no empathy for anyone he hurts, whether that be his young son or his closest friends.
  • Break the Cutie: His abuse turned Rusty from a sweet kid, into the selfish, cruel messed-up adult he is in the present.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • He's a globetrotting super-scientist adventurer who has foiled the plots of countless supervillains. But when you dig a little deeper, you see that he was an emotionally abusive parent who constantly put his son's life in danger by dragging him along on dangerous adventures as well as being a habitual womanizer. He frequently lost interest in his projects, leaving many half-finished and anyone unfortunate enough to be involved to their own devices (E-Den, the drug addled orphans trapped beneath his compound, Dr. Entmann, Venturion etc.)
    • In-Universe, the other members of Team Venture would often enable Jonas's terrible behavior and turn a blind eye to his less admirable qualities. But when he showed off The Venturion, even they were disgusted and managed to dissuade him from pursuing the subject further.
  • The Casanova: A habitual womanizer, known to throw "key parties."
  • Crossover: According to Poker Night 2, he worked with Cave Johnson at one point. Appropriate as both were self-absorbed and eccentric men overly obsessed with science whose lifestyles wound up profoundly hurting the person closest to them.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his first appearances, Jonas seemed to be a mostly good person, and as a father was only slightly negligent and hard for Rusty to live up to. It isn't until we later learn about some of the darker secrets of Venture Industries (such as keeping a population of drug-addicted orphans in the tunnels beneath their house for decades) that we begin to see Jonas as he really was.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: He's version of Doc Savage and Dr. Benton Quest that's a terrible father and all around amoral.
  • Evil All Along: Throughout the show Dr. Jonas Venture was slowly revealed to be a emotionally abusive parent and habitual womanizer who frequently lost interest in his projects, leaving many half-finished and anyone involved to their own devices. Ultimately, he turns out out to be an outright villain when it's revealed that he blackmailed his former friend Blue Morpho, is implied to have slept with his wife, rebuilt him as an emotionless, amnesiatic, cyborg that went insane, and when they're reunited decades later, he has no problem killing him to steal his body for himself.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When his teammates tell Jonas he's gone too far after resurrecting the Blue Morpho as a cyborg servant, Jonas is confused why they're mad at him for bringing back their friend and discovering a new breakthrough in science.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Though known by the public for his status as a brilliant scientist, great adventurer and wonderful man, Jonas' real personality was that of an intelligent, fun-loving, irresponsible man-child who would play down any negative consequences of anything he ever did until he could forget about it.
  • False Friend: To the Blue Morpho. Even though they partnered together on many adventures, Jonas ended up videotaping the Blue Morpho cheating on his wife, used the tape to blackmail him for years, rebuilt the Morpho as a cyborg after his untimely death, grew "bored" of him and used him as a servant, and threw him away in the trash after he suffered a psychotic break. And, to top it all off, Jonas' "fertility treatments" to help the Blue Morpho's wife conceive is strongly implied to have just been him impregnating her himself.
  • Fate Worse than Death: He was all but killed during the infamous "Movie Night" on Gargantua-1 which resulted in the deaths of its crew and following his explicit instructions regarding such a mortal scenario, his teammates placed his remains in the PROBLEM Light, hoping that its regenerative abilities would restore him. However, due to being just a head with some of his nervous system, the task proved impossible, resulting in the machine locking him in a perpetual half-dead state. The old Team Venture eventually disbanded and tried to forget all about the state they had left him in. By the time he reunites with Rusty in the Season 7 premiere, Jonas has been forced to eat the rats infesting Ventech Tower to keep himself alive. Even if he doesn't stay dead, he'll likely be kept under surveillance by the OSI as one of their test subjects.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: A brilliant inventor...until he would lose interest and leave many of his projects unfinished. Rusty seems to stay afloat by (poorly) completing Jonas' unfinished work.
  • Generation Xerox: Like his father Lloyd Venture, he was a super-scientist and engaged in globe spanning adventures. He also installed this lifestyle into his son.
  • Grand Theft Me: He tries to convince Rusty and Billy to swap out his brain with that of his "friend" the roboticized Blue Morpho, which would kill the latter but allow Jonas to live.
  • Harmful to Minors: Just about anything he did with his son counts.
  • Hate Sink: In a series filled with colorful and entertaining villains, and heroes who are failures at best or ethically ambiguous jerks at worst, Jonas Venture Sr. is possibly the most detestable character in the cast. Though dead before the series began, each flashback into Rusty's childhood shows Jonas to be a narcissistic, amoral jackass who makes Rusty Venture look like father of the year. His abuse shaped his son into the mess he is in the present, abandoned a bunch of orphans underground after his insane AI tried to kill them with hallucinogenic gas, and blackmailed his "friend" the Blue Morpho with a tape of him cheating on his wife and then resurrected him as a cyborg, something even the rest of the amoral team Venture viewed as going too far.
  • It's All About Me: Dr. Venture lived a life of luxury and adventure, with the world constantly revolving around him, and that was the way he liked it.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's been dead long before the first season, or so it seemed. Turned out he was in a Fate Worse than Death in a regenerative machine. He really bites the dust in season 7 third episode, though Brock does ask Rusty if the OSI can have his head to perform experiments on.
  • Lack of Empathy: Jonas doesn't show much concern for anyone not named Jonas Venture. Repeatedly taking his son on deadly adventures as a child is the reason why Rusty turned out to be such a messed-up adult.
    • Deconstruction as this ends up coming back to bite Jonas HARD, as the same unwillingness to concern himself with other people's feelings towards him also meant Jonas was seemingly unable to realize that one of the 'friends' he had repeatedly abused, blackmailed, and consigned to a Fate Worse than Death would want to kill him. Even his treatment of Rusty accidentally caused his Fate Worse than Death when one of his toys causes Team Venture to slip and break Jonas' frozen body, leaving only his head to be preserved.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Jonas made a career out of conducting unethical science experiments on people, the most notable of which being his resurrection of his dead friend, the Blue Morpho, as a cyborg servant. At which point, he tossed the Blue Morpho into the trash (entirely literally) and forgot about him. In the end, not only is the roboticized Blue Morpho one of the key suspects in Jonas' murder, but Jonas only survived by becoming a guinea pig for one of his own experiments. He was trapped inside the PROBLEM for decades, waiting for help but unable to communicate with the outside world. Much like the Blue Morpho, he was also placed there by his friends, who proceeded to do nothing about it and leave him there. He meets his—seemingly—permanent end when he tries to steal the Blue Morpho's body. The OSI even wants to take Jonas' head to run experiments on it.
  • Life Drain: The PROBLEM Light allowed Jonas to survive his unending stasis by sucking the nutrients out of nearby lifeforms.
  • Losing Your Head: He's been reduced to just a head that's been kept alive by the P.R.O.B.L.E.M (Progressive Biological Life Extension Module). The invention was intended to revive his entire body, but the original Team Venture ended up slipping on one of Rusty's toys and ended up dropping his frozen body and shattering him.
  • Narcissist: While Jonas was indeed a brilliant scientific mind and a capable adventurer, it seems to have inflated his ego and sense of self worth far beyond that of any rational man, to the point where he doesn't care about anyone but himself and his achievements.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Died under mysterious circumstances and never said goodbye to Rusty. Near the end of the third season, it is implied that his bodyguard Kano killed him for trying to activate the O.R.B... which had ironically been rendered useless by Lloyd Venture's bodyguard Sandow. However, Kano was also the Blue Morpho's sidekick so who knows what happened... Until "Arrears in Science" where it's revealed that Kano killed the Blue Morpho, post reconstruction as Venturion, as he was attempting to kill Rusty Venture.
  • Older Than They Look: In all of the flashbacks, photographs, and videos we see of him, Jonas always appears to be the same age regardless of the time period. From the 60's to the 80's, he appears to not have aged a day. When his still-living head is found to have been preserved in the PROBLEM, he still hasn't aged, despite having to be at least in his mid-70's by then. While the latter case can possibly be justified by suspended animation stopping the aging process, the man still aged extremely gracefully over two decades.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: Has hosted a key party at least once.
  • Papa Wolf: If there is one positive trait to him, he does look after and protect his own son - as a group of poor would-be Greek kidnappers found out the hard way. Zigzagged in that Rusty is only ever in danger due to his own father's negligence and willingness to put him in dangerous situations. Not helping it is that the various Greek kidnappers actually treated Rusty better than his father could on any given day...
  • Pet the Dog: Related to Papa Wolf, for all of the torment he subjects his son through, he at least has the decency to let his son keep his happy memories before savagely beating up said would-be Greek kidnappers.
  • Playing the Victim Card: He did it to Rusty as a child while pretending to be his therapist. Instead of admitting that he was putting his son in danger and traumatizing him for life, he said Rusty was "ungrateful" and blamed him for all his problems because their adventures were really "opportunities." He also acts like it was completely unjustifiable for the Blue Morpho to seek revenge on him even after turning his "friend's" life into a living hell.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: If the fact that he thought he could get away with "Doctor Fandragon from Japananawa" is any indication.
  • Posthumous Character: Died before the series began, though is seen frequently in flashbacks.
    • The season 7 opener shows that this was not the case, technically.
  • Predecessor Villain: If there's a problem plaguing the characters (other than themselves), it can often be traced back directly or indirectly to Jonas' actions in the past.
  • Rogues Gallery: Has a fairly deep one. Just going by those shown or mentioned in the show: Scaramantula, Brainulo, Manotaur, Half-Jackal, L. Ron... The first 3 even did a Villain Team-Up to kidnap Rusty.
  • The Sociopath: Jonas ticks all the boxes. He's superficially charming while incapable of forming deep emotional attachments to his friends or his son, he practices science and adventure, not for the benefit of others, but for the fun involved, he's arrogant beyond all reason, emotionally manipulative, performs acts of extraordinary cruelty and callousness, and doesn't feel one iota of guilt for any of the pain he's caused others.
  • Spirit Advisor: But only while Rusty is off his drugs.
  • There Are No Therapists: Subverted in that he acted as one to Rusty, and by "Acted" we mean sneaking out whenever his son tried talking about his issues and calling him ungrateful for not enjoying the life of a boy adventurer.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The Blue Morpho was his friend and helped him on his adventures, in return Jonas secretly taped him cheating on his wife then used the video to blackmail him into helping him for years.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In an attempt to free himself from the Problem, he orders Billy to transport his brain into Morpho's. After Morpho disconnects from the Problem, Jonas flies into a rage and tries to kill Morpho himself.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: While the world views Jonas as a heroic adventurer and scientific genius, privately he was also a total scumbag who abused his son and hurt a lot of innocent people in his escapades.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Jonas believes that any good that comes out of his scientific breakthroughs more than makes up for his shadier actions. During Rusty's childhood, he'd act as his son's psychologist, and write-off all the danger his adventures put his son in by accusing Rusty of being "ungrateful" for all the "opportunities" he gave him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His son, Rusty, served as this to him, with Jonas being the seemingly perfect father, yet secretly abusive.
  • With Friends Like These...: Despite supposedly considering the Blue Morpho a friend, he blackmailed him into doing his dirty work by hanging the threat of destroying his marriage over his head, is implied to have slept with the Blue Morpho's wife, and brought him back from the dead as a cyborg that he quickly grew bored of and reduced to menial tasks. When the Blue Morpho suffered a psychotic break and was killed as a result, Jonas threw him away with the rest of the trash, and doesn't even bat an eye when his former friend resurfaces as a super villain years later. On that note, the rest of the team didn't seem to think that high of him since they drew the line at making the Blue Morpho into a cyborg in the first place.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Indirectly at least. Not only did he take Rusty along with him on his adventures when he was just a child despite the incredible danger, he also abandoned a bunch of orphans underground after one of his AIs pumped them full of hallucinogenic gas, and he made no effort to go back and save them.

    Col. Gentleman 

Col. Horace Gentleman

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Voiced by: Christopher McCulloch

"That baby's gonna kick like a virgin, so you have to re-level quick. Aim for the bastard's neck. Hold 'im up there, Kano! I don't care if he wets himself and your head; that boy is gonna see somebody die! And if he doesn't want it to be his father, he'll have to pull that trigger!"

The apparent second-in-command of the 60's Team Venture, Col. Gentleman is the swinger of the group.


  • Artistic License – Military: He claims to have been in the RAF, but the rank of colonel does not exist in the RAF. The equivalent rank is group captain.
  • Badass Bisexual: Bi and very much capable of fending for himself in a fight.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's certainly a nice guy, eccentrics aside. Badmouth or mistreat his friends or family and you're screwed.
  • Catchphrase: "...a smack in the mouth!" (pronounced "shmack in the mooth!")
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Enjoys making "crazy old person" lists (Ex. "Toys Col. Gentleman wishes he has when he was a lad") and, apparently, gluing bits of a battleship model to his dog in his spare time.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Almost everything we learn about his sexuality is Too Much Information. He does not identify as any kind of sexuality:
    Jackson Publick (in character during episode commentary): "Of course I have sex with Kiki! He's beautiful! That doesn't make me gay, it makes me smart!"
    • He's also the first person Shore-Leave goes to for info on the "Rusty Venture" sex act, and claims to have invented the act. Yeah, he named a gay sex act after his friend's child.
  • Dirty Old Man: Late seventies at the earliest, yet still sexually active with people young enough to be his grandchildren.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: He's taken out of the fight on Gargantua-2 after Prof. Impossible breaks his hip.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Nearly every time he talks about a woman is to mention either screwing them or giving them a "smack in the mouth."
  • Heroic BSoD: During the 5th season finale, after Kiki walks out for good. He rather glumly realizes all his favorite gay flings have passed on, that he's shacked up with a bitchy Persian a third his age, and that Tangiers has lost its appeal on top of considering his sexual preference a capital offense. He moves to the States by the end of the episode, and he and the Action Man decide to room together.
  • Manly Gay: Technically Bi, although it's somewhat clear he strongly prefers men as a rule; his autobiography is titled Gentlemen Prefer Gentleman, after all.
  • Never Mess With Grandad: He's still very capable in a fight. He even gets Brock Sampson to back off thanks to his reputation and a well-aimed cane to the throat.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is essentially what you would get if William S. Burroughs were played by Sean Connery.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Hank and Dean found him dead in the second season. Turns out it was a diabetic coma, they were just too stupid to actually check that he was alive.
  • Papa Wolf: He decks Rusty when he finds out he broke his step-daughter's heart.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: He says that Kano is an excellent pilot despite his "racial handicap." (Most likely an example of Deliberate Values Dissonance to reflect that Col. Gentlemen is rather out of touch with modern ideas about racial sensitivity.)

    The Action Man 

Rodney (The Action Man)

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Voiced by: Christopher McCulloch

"Not me, I've got two years!"

The gun-wielding psycho of the '60s Team Venture, Rodney the Action Man has cooled down significantly with age.


  • Battlecry: "AAAACCCTTTTTIIIOOOONNNN! Action! Action! Action! Action! ACTION!"
  • The Berserker: See above. In his prime he seemed to enter some kind of battle frenzy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His brutality and ruthlessness in dealing with amateur villains was the reason that the Guild established the EMA Level system.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While it's already in the General folder for team Venture, it has to be said - Rodney is easily one of the most sociopathic members of the Original Team Venture. The reason he's not the most is the fact that Jonas (who is possibly an actual sociopath) is worse, and the fact that he called Jonas Sr's resurrection of the Blue Morpho Sick and Wrong.
  • Gass Hole: Prone to flatulence at his advancing age.
  • Happily Married... to his dead friend's widow.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: For a given definition of "heroic." He used to wake up a young Rusty Venture with an empty gun pressed to the boy's head.
    • "Not today Rusty..."
  • Jerkass: Was not nice at all to Major Tom's ghost about marrying his wife, shot Orpheus without a second thought and shot Rusty's dick with a shrink ray right after Col. Gentleman pulled his shorts down in front of a large crowd at Rusty’s 16th birthday.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Surprisingly enough he and Hank hit it off pretty well. And he even admits during their time together that he does regret some of his actions to Rusty.
  • Shout-Out: His name comes from a lyric in "Ashes to Ashes," the David Bowie song that was a continuation of "Space Oddity" (and thus the story of the original Major Tom). Bowie got the name from the British equivalent of G.I. Joe.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: If the Monarch is to believed, it was Action Man's violent beat-down of a fisticuffs themed villain that lead to the OSI/Guild hero/villain system in the first place.
  • Super Soldier: He states that Jonas Sr. had him take "Go Juice" while they worked together, but he's kicked it once he retired. If Sergeant Hatred is any indication, this could be why he was so horrible to Rusty.
  • This Was His True Form: Gets called out for killing a baby on an old mission by Col. Gentleman. Action Man claims that this was the case, and the baby was a werewolf when he killed it.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the modern day, he seems a heck of a lot nicer and definitely a lot less psychotic.
  • Uncertain Doom: He eventually has the stroke that Dr. Orpheus implied would kill him, but he also appears in Hank's "coma dream," (or Hank appeared in his) suggesting that he might still be alive, albeit comatose.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: After pissing off Dr. Orpheus, the latter tells Action Man that he's going to have a stroke in two years, seventeen days (a prediction that eventually came true). This news doesn't seem to bother The Action Man in any way.
    Crl. Gentleman: We're all going to die!
    Action Man: Not me! I still got two more years!

    The Blue Morpho 

Don Fitzcarraldo (The Blue Morpho, Venturion, Vendata)

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Voiced by: Paul F. Tompkins, Doc Hammer as Vendata

Dr. Z: "The Blue Morpho was the junkyard dog of Team Venture ... if there was a dirty job the squeaky clean Jonas Venture needed done, he sent the Blue Morpho."

The Monarch's deceased father and an ally of the original Team Venture. He and his wife died in the plane crash that orphaned their son. Dr. Jonas Venture, Sr. recovered the Blue Morpho's body and turned him into a cyborg named Venturion. Venturion's programming was erratic, resulting in him nearly strangling a child Rusty to death, and was promptly terminated by Kano. He was eventually recovered by Dr. Z, who erased his memories as the Blue Morpho and Venturion, and became the supervillain Vendata. For more information, seeThe Guild.


  • Anti-Hero: Described as such, particularly as doing whatever dirty work Jonas needed done but couldn't do himself. In one case, acquiring a MacGuffin from Dr. Z after performing every known sexual act (while disguised as Billie Jean King). But hey, it was The '70s. It becomes Harsher in Hindsight with the reveal Jonas blackmailed him into it under threat of destroying the Blue Morpho's marriage.
    • The artbook suggests this to be something of an Informed Attribute on his part. From his first presentation, he looks to be the darker and more violent counterpart to squeaky-clean Science Hero Jonas, but from what we see of him, he seems to be a genuinely decent and goodhearted person, and most of his worse moments were prompted (or outright forced) by Jonas. Essentially, he's the Disney Anti-Hero to Jonas' Nominal Hero.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Attempts to blackmail Jonas Venture during one of his archings at Vendata with a orgy sex-tape, who instead laughs it off as ironic since part of the orgy was himself as Blue Morpho.
  • Butt-Monkey: His time with Team Venture and beyond see him endure unceasing humiliation and pain. Not the least of which being losing his family, body, and identity.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of The Green Hornet.
  • Came Back Wrong: Subverted, as at first it seems that when Jonas Venture, Sr. recovered his body and rebuilt him as an emotionless, amnesiatic, cyborg that he went insane. It actually ends up being revealed that his original personality survived almost entirely intact. It's just that no one, least of all Jonas, took the time or cared enough to help it resurface.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: His costume consists of a snazzy three-piece suit with a Fedora Of Ass Kicking, a Badass Long Coat, and a Domino Mask.
  • Cool Old Guy: Of Red Death's NYC-based 80's team. Although, funnily enough, this is an opinion only Red Death holds, as he cites his tactical genius and ambition with utmost respect.
  • Cuckold: Heavily implied to have become one when Jonas has him send his wife over for "fertility" treatments.
  • Cultured Badass: The entrance into his secret base is hidden in his impressive library.
  • Fallen Hero: Originally an already ruthless Anti-Hero, after his death the Blue Morpho Came Back Wrong and became the cyborg supervillain Vendata.
  • Forced into Evil: Reprogrammed and memory-wiped by Dr. Z into truly believing himself to being a villainous super-robot.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: After his death, Jonas brings him back only to put him to work as a robot butler. When this doesn't work out, he puts him out with the trash. Team Venture seem truly surprised when he reappears in the present, and it seems only Kano kept respecting his memory.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: While he was feared as The Blue Morpho, he started out his villainous career as a piece of discarded Venture technology before managing to climb the ranks of the Guild and eventually taking a seat on the Council of Thirteen.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dies smiling after finally, if very briefly, reuniting with his son.
  • Grand Theft Me: Attempted by Jonas, who tries to hijack what little there is of his body in when they meet again decades later.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Is at heart a classic hero who revels in protecting New York City, but his methods (pretending to be a villain to work from the inside) and Jonas Venture blackmailing him into taking on more lascivious missions have seriously marred his public and professional legacy in the modern day.
  • The Last Dance: Playing With. Vendata is actually just mimicking the motions he only sparsely remembers in donning the Blue Morpho suit and seeking out Jonas Venture. Once his original personality resurfaces, however, he and Jonas do reignite their conflict and fight to the death.
  • Legacy Character: The Monarch dons the suit and mask in Season 6 and moonlights as the Blue Morpho in yet another scheme to arch Dr. Venture.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Although they both had different reasons, both Blue Morpho and Monarch end up with butterfly-themed costumed identities and a Dr. Venture as an enemy.
  • Machine Monotone: He's only able to speak in a loud, droning, robotic voice after his resurrection. This continues even after he's regained his personality.
  • Morality Dial: Had one installed by Dr. Z when converting him into Vendata.
  • Papa Wolf: During his stint as Venturion, the programming glitch that caused him to strangle a young Rusty was remembering his son's anguished screaming.
  • Price on Their Head: Due to never applying for Guild arching rights, the Guild of Calamitous Intent did this in order to stop him. According to members alive at the time, the bounty was claimed in 1976.
  • Rescue Introduction: Rescues the original Team Venture from Scaramantula.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Whether he had a job at some point is moot, but all Monarch can remember is him being an idle rich with a butterfly collecting hobby.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Who claimed his bounty and if he opened the bay doors on Gargantuan-1 are not explained... yet. He insists that the latter was not his fault, but he can't remember exactly what happened.
  • The Dog Bites Back: (possibly) Twice in season 7, episode 3. Once when he is heavily implied to open Gargantua-1's bay doors, flushing everyone aboard (including Jonas) into space... and another one when he manages to kill Jonas Sr. after he somehow manages to top all his previous cruelty.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Jonas Venture. Flashbacks and recordings show them as being good friends, while another character states that the Blue Morpho "would've done anything for Jonas Venture." Subverted: Turns out they were good friends, until the Blue Morpho decided to not engage in extramarital affairs with Jonas anymore. At which point, Jonas used a video of said affairs to blackmail him into doing "anything" for him.
  • Walking Spoiler: In addition to the spoiler that he's the Monarch's father, there's also the twist that the Blue Morpho is still alive as the super villain Vendata, and that he may or may not be Jonas Venture's murderer.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Jonas Venture brought him back to life as a cyborg called "Venturion", then threw him away after he was destroyed by Kano during a psychotic break. Dr. Z then got his hands on him and turned him into the super villain "Vendata."

    Kano 

Kano

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Voiced by: Christopher McCulloch

The silent badass of the team, Kano was the cool, silent pilot and Made of Iron martial artist. He is later revealed to have been Jonas, Sr.'s official OSI Bodyguard in the vein of Brock Samson. He was originally the sidekick of the Blue Morpho.


  • The Big Guy: With hands strong enough to crush a boulder, but gentle enough to crush a butterfly.
  • Expy: Of Kato, sidekick of The Green Hornet. Made even clearer in season 6 when it's revealed that he started off as the sidekick of the Blue Morpho, himself an expy of the Green Hornet.
  • Gentle Giant: In his old age (or maybe all along), he's become quite soft, has hobbies in cooking and karaoke. He also seemed to be the primary caretaker of Rusty and was a borderline Team Mom.
  • Meaningful Name: According to creator commentary for "Now Museum, Now You Don't", "Kano" is short for "volcano" and refers to his firebreathing powers.
  • Nice Guy: By far the nicest, well-balanced, and least sociopathic member of the original Team Venture (other than Otto Aquarius, but he can be a bible-thumping prick at times too.)
  • The Stoic: Has all of the mannerisms to go with the silence.
  • The Voiceless: Turns out that he isn't mute. He took a vow of silence for killing a "great man". When he first tells this to Brock and Brock asks him directly if he killed Jonas Venture, he "resumes" his vow of silence. But with the revelation he was Blue Morpho's sidekick, it's not clear as to which "great man" this was. Season 7 finally spells it out: after the original Blue Morpho died in a plane crash, Dr. Venture rebuilt him into the cyborg Venturion, but his programming malfunctioned and resulted in an attack on young Rusty, forcing Kano to subdue his former partner in crime-fighting by killing him for good.

    Humongoloid 

Dr. Paul Entmann (Humongoloid)

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Voiced by: Stephen DeStefano

The forgotten member of the team, Dr. Entmann was left stranded in a sealed room under the Venture Compound after an attempt to cure his super-gigantism turned him into an tiny human.


  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: When he was a giant he bore a striking resemblance to André the Giant, including slurred speech and curly hair.
  • Square-Cube Law: References it - he nearly went into cardiac arrest from the slightest activity when he was a giant, and expresses annoyance with the "many times its own weight" description of an ant's strength.

    Otto Aquarius 

Otto Aquarius (The Last Son of Atlantis)

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Voiced by: T. Ryder Smith

Son of a drunken sailor and an Atlantean princess, Otto is a standard aquatic hero who has long since given up violence as an answer to his problems after joining Jehovah's Witnesses.


    Swifty 
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Voiced by: Brendon Small

In his prime, he was a middleweight boxing champion and a good friend to Jonas Venture, Sr. After becoming a punch drunk palooka, his wife left him and Jonas gave him (and Hector) a maintenance job at the Venture Compound out of pity.


  • Dented Iron: All the hits he's taken in the past have left him with dementia pugilistica, so he's not too aware of his surroundings.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Rusty seriously doesn't remember that this guy was his dad's best pal.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Despite being grossly under qualified, Rusty fires him due to him not remembering him after working there for 30 years.
  • Jet Boots: When he was a member of Team Venture.
  • Retired Badass: He may be slow and out of shape, but damn if he can't still throw a punch.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The artbook suggest that Swifty's mental deterioration is a mix of his life as a boxer and being a draftee into the Vietnam war.
  • Talkative Loon: Speaks almost entirely in word salads nowadays. "I remember there was a ring... that loved the radio."

    Major Tom 
Voiced by: James Urbaniak

A test pilot who died in a crash while testing one of Jonas' planes. When the current Venture family and Brock Samson disturbed Tom's spirit, he climbed onto the Ventures' boat doing nothing but screaming. Eventually, Brock decapitates him and throws him back into the ocean.


    Ook Ook 
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A "mindless savage" and apparent unfrozen caveman who somehow got refrozen between 1969 and the present day.

    Hector Molina 
Doctor Orpheus:: Who is Hector Molina and why do I keep getting his junk mail?!
Voiced by: Brendon Small
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The Team Venture counterpart to Hadji, a small Mexican boy who saved Rusty's life as a boy. Grew up and got a job on the Venture Compound. Rusty actually forgot that he existed. Doctor Orpheus still gets his junk mail.



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