The Weird Trade Union governing nearly all super-villains in the United States.
- 13 Is Unlucky: Their ruling body is called the Council of Thirteen, signifying that they are in charge of a powerful organization of supervillains. In Season 7, however, it is revealed that this is just one of the little changes made by the Sovereign; the Council doesn't need thirteen members, and the difficulties they have finding new members lead them to abandon the numerical significance altogether. So in the end, it is Subverted.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: A big reason why the OSI tolerates them is that the Guild puts careful restrictions on supervillainy and cracks down hard on rulebreakers. Without the GCI, the world would be left with a bunch of aimless lunatics running around in laser-eyed octopus tanks wreaking havoc.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: One of the Guild rules is that a Villain can't kill another villain.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: The Council of 13 are the leaders of the Guild and by extension the heads of supervillainy. The newest incarnation specifically takes prominence in Season 6, whereas the incarnation at the start of the show were mostly unimportant Greater Scope Villains who, in any case, were Co-Dragons to the Sovereign and had a majority of their membership killed off by him once they were properly introduced.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: The Guild funds itself by taking generous cuts from the crimes of its affiliated villains, with various incentives put in place to encourage its members to earn more for them.
- Contractual Genre Blindness: Literally. The Guild operates in a very bureaucratic manner and thus have various codes and guidelines on how villains and their "arches" must operate.
- Drugs Are Bad: One of the common conditions in the deals they've made with various government agencies is that their members are not allowed to deal in illegal narcotics. When Dr. Z is arrested in Singapore for possession of cocaine, the rest of the Guild leaves him to escape prison on his own due to the nature of the crime he was arrested for.
- Enemy Civil War: A very brief one in "All This and Gargantua-2," between the Sovereign and what's left of the Council. Recovering from this is one of the main plot points of the Guild in Seasons 6 and 7.
- Interservice Rivalry: After a long, bloody history with the O.S.I., they and the Guild eventually worked out a begrudging peace between them, having agreed to a long series of interagency agreements and amendments to control the classic narrative of "protagonist vs. antagonist" between their members, thus organizing the havoc and mayhem their antics cause into a controlled system.
- In "Arrears of Science", it is revealed that the Guild framed fellow supervillain organization S.P.H.I.N.X. for the "death" of Jonas Venture so that O.S.I. would step in and eliminate them, thus leaving the Guild with a monopoly on all villainous activity in North America.
- Milkman Conspiracy: Inverted. The villainous version of the Guild was "founded" by Fantomas when he kidnapped and imprisoned (and sometimes faked the demises of) various musicians to fulfill his mad dream of fronting a "rock and roll orchestra" with his sousaphone. From there, the likes of Dragoon and Red Mantle stuck around and used their newfound anonymity as dead men and Fantomas' leftover resources to form a supervillain criminal cabal.
- My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Naturally, their system is heavily biased towards the prosperity and protection of villains, with the Monarch getting away with killing several super scientists the Guild tried to set him up with when Rusty was the official arch of Sgt. Hatred at the time.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: For all of their silliness they are still a dangerous criminal organization.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Guild as a whole is this. While they may be a bunch of costumed freaks running around causing trouble for assorted heroes, the O.S.I tolerates this because the Guild puts strict rules on arching. Without an outlet for them to do so, they would be a bunch of pissed-off nutjobs with exotic weapons and no compunction against causing massive collateral damage.
- Even despite being played for laughs in later seasons, they are still shown to be highly competent. Examples include having a high-ranked mole within the O.S.I before they were well known; having a super-majority stake in villainy before Season 6; and manipulating the O.S.I into believing S.P.H.I.N.X was responsible for the Movie Night Massacre, effectively eliminating their main competition cleanly while removing blame from them.
- Pragmatic Villainy: They are a dangerous and evil organization but every one of their regulations is a compromise with the OSI so they can keep committing evil, and at the same time keep their members safe, without the risk of escalating aggression into an all-out war.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Given the nature of the Guild, it operates less like a Legion of Doom out for world conquest and more like a business providing for super-criminals in an international cops-and-robbers game, working with O.S.I. to keep the classic "heroes vs. villains" narrative balanced and safe for the participants (or at least as safe as such a life can be).
- Random Power Ranking: Guild Members are measured on an "Equally Matched Aggression" ranking system that serves as a rough estimate of their threat level (a combination of personal threat and resources at their disposal) and is meant to ensure that villains find a nemesis of equal footing and don't get themselves or their enemies killed in a one-sided battle.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: One of the forms of protection that the Guild supposedly guarantees to those who fight their members is that villains affiliated with them will not engage in untoward sexual behavior to heroes they have at their mercy. Although, Sgt. Hatred managed to get away with touching Hank and Dean inappropriately after he got them drunk from a bit of wine.
- Super Registration Act: They function as a version of this for the bad guys.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Downplayed: The Guild discourage the villains from killing their heroes, at least early in their career, and killing other villains, but it can be acceptable in certain situations. A major reason is to avoid escalating conflicts to extreme levels.
- Weird Trade Union: While superficially wearing the trappings of a Nebulous Evil Organization, in practice, the Guild is simply one of these for supervillains and their henchmen.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Fantômas usurped the guild Leadership and remade it into the villainous organization. He also ironically renamed it after a statement Oscar Wilde made decrying the path the guild was on."For shame! This guild was founded to protect and serve humanity's best. Not be a guild... of calamitous intent."
- Generation Xerox: The original Guild membership mirrors that of the current cast. Lloyd Venture and bodyguard Eugen Sandow show that the OSI has constantly had a Venture protected by one of their ranks as a bodyguard. Steven Rattazzi uses his same voice for Dr. Orpheus as he does for Crowley. And Fantômas is explicitly stated to be Phantom Limb's grandfather
- Historical Domain Character: Aside from Colonel Venture, other members of the guild were occultist Aleister Crowley, authors Samuel Clemens and Oscar Wilde, and Colonel Venture's bodyguard is "Father of Bodybuilding" Eugen Sandow. Their rivals include inventor Nikola Tesla and his army of Avon Ladies.
- Public Domain Character: Fantômas is the only non-original fictional character amongst the original Guild's members.
"David Bowie" (The Sovereign)
"Pay no attention to the handsome and ageless rock star hiding behind the couch! I am the mighty Sovereign!"
The enigmatic leader of the Guild, who just happens to be none other than David Bowie. Or really, a shapeshifter impersonating Bowie.
- Actually a Doombot: Turns out he's not David Bowie, but a shapeshifter impersonating him.
- Affably Evil: Running the biggest supervillain organization in the world, but we've never really seen any evidence of him being a bad guy (though Brock wants to kill him over something he did in Berlin).
- Bait the Dog: Comes off just as affable and quirky as any other villain on the show despite being the head of a global evil organization. Then All This and Gargantua-2 comes along and he tries to murder most of his own allies and a lot of innocent civilians just to welch out on a Deal with the Devil he made with the Investors. He even lampshades it to Doctor Girlfriend, pointing out that it's hardly a surprise that the leader of the biggest supervillain syndicate in the world would be, you know, evil.
- Big Bad: Arranges the events of All This and Gargantua-2 to kill the Investors.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Admits it in his own snarky way."Right, the heir to the global evil organization is a bad man, who'd've guessed? Total shocker."
- Celebrity Impersonator: James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture, Phantom Limb, etc). Allegedly, they tried to get the real Bowie, but he declined. This is also lampshaded with Sovereign's first appearance as Bowie.
- And according to Monstroso, he isn't the real Bowie at all, merely a former shape-shifting super-villain who uses Bowie as his favorite public persona. Though apparently the two did meet and collaborate back in the '70s. Granted, this does explain a few things and allows the show to keep using him as often as it does.
- The Chessmaster: In the conflicts he has been featured in, he has demonstrated an aptitude for thinking a few steps ahead of his opposition. Proves to be in over his head against the Investors and Killinger, however.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Noticeably avoids this until the fifth season, where he tries to pull a three-way backstab in events culminating in All This and Gargantua-2. He has most of the Guild's Council of Thirteen killed, promises Phantom Limb and the Revenge Society the open seats, then leaves them to die on the exploding Gargantua-2 while at the same time trying to have the Investors killed to get out of a deal he made with them. He almost gets away with it if not for an accidental shot from Head Shot...
- Deadpan Snarker: Has shades of this.
- Deal with the Devil: It turns out that he rose to the position of Sovereign thanks to a deal with the Investors. He tries to have them killed in All This and Gargantua-2 before they collect on their end of the deal.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Headshot accidentally kills him when he fires randomly into the air, killing him in his eagle form.
- Disney Villain Death: ...well, we see an eagle fall dead afterwards.
- Faux Affably Evil: He may be pleasant and charming, but he reveals his true colors in All This and Gargantua-2 when he tries killing off the Council of Thirteen to cover his own ass and nearly kills every innocent aboard Gargantua-2 to get out of paying back the Investors.The Soverign: "Right, the head of a global evil organization is a bad man? Who'd have guessed it? Total shocker."
- Frame-Up: After the Movie Night incident, he quickly used his powers to impersonate SPHINX Commander and pinned the entire thing on SPHINX. Kicking off the Pyramid Wars and wiping out their biggest source of competition.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Even though he's not the real David Bowie, he's still the head of a major criminal organization thanks to a deal with the Investors.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of sorts. He finally takes center stage in the special, All This and Gargantua-2, where he's in a Big Bad Ensemble with the Investors.
- Huge Holographic Head: The majority of his public appearances.
- I Just Want to Be Special: His deal with The Investors turns out to have been mainly for the shapeshifting abilities. Dr. Mrs. The Monarch calls him out as a loser who just acts like important people. He doesn't disagree.Dr. Mrs. The Monarch: "So, who are you really?"
Sovereign: "Oh, no one. Just someone who wanted to be anyone but himself.
- Karmic Death: As pointed out by 21 in the recap of season 5, it's poetic that a chump who wanted to be somebody died a chump's death of accidentally being killed by Headshot in his bird form.
- Killed Off for Real: Accidentally taken out by Headshot. ...Maybe.
- And confirmed by Dr. Mrs The Monarch in Hostile Makeover.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Seems to shrug off that which would outright destroy an ordinary person. But even if he can shrug off Phantom Limb's death touch, he's not immune to bullets. Maybe.
- Noble Demon: When you're in charge of an organization that enforces Even Evil Has Standards on the supervillain community, you can't avoid being this trope. Except that he dropped the "Noble" bit by All This And Gargantua-2.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: David Bowie, though not explicitly mentioned as much as before, it's still obvious.
- Noodle Incident: What did he pull on Brock in Berlin? And was that even him or the real David Bowie? Brock does claim to have met both...
- Open Secret: The true identity of The Sovereign is a carefully guarded Guild secret... but everyone already knows he is David Bowie...
- ...or so it appeared until Season 5, where he is revealed to be a shapeshifter impersonating David Bowie.
- Pet the Dog: He genuinely wanted to help Sheila and The Monarch get married, he's quite polite to Dean and even Rusty, and even takes time to offer Phantom Limb himself a chance to return to the Guild for medical treatment after the Sovereign's Diamond Dogs catch Limb robbing State University. He had to do none of that.
- Rotoscoping: His appearance as the Sovereign has extremely naturalistic animation.
- Underestimating Badassery: That said, it's fairly clear that Sovereign underestimates Phantom Limb's abilities, as Limb has escaped Sovereign himself and several Guild ambushes, the latter with ease.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His primary power.
Three amazingly creepy men in suits. They exist to make deals with people. The deals frequently end badly for the person who makes them.
- Ambiguously Human: Are they magically empowered humans, vampires, demons, or some other malevolent entities? As of All This and Gargantua-2, they are revealed to be some form of a higher being, of the same order as Dr. Killinger. Whether alien or demonic is still not revealed.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Their lightsaber battle with Dr. Killinger is revealed to be one of these once outsiders enter the room to witness it. Skeiron and Lips are shown to be dead after having been slain during the psychic contest, leaving Caicias and Killinger staring at each other in a Pstandard Psychic Pstance.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With the Sovereign in All This and Gargantua-2, the Sovereign arranging for the destruction of the titular ship to kill them.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: They appear to be equals in power, with none being in charge of the others.
- Cain and Abel: Killinger reveals them all to be brothers, making them the three Cains to his Antivillainous Abel.
- Classical Mythology: As revealed in All This and Gargantua-2, they are named Lips, Caicias, and Skeiron after the Greek gods of the southwest, northeast, and northwest winds, respectively.
- Deal with the Devil: And according to Brock, only Billy and White have "Borrowed money from them, and lived to panic about it". The Sovereign made one with them to become the leader of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, and his plan to destroy Gargantua-2 is an effort to kill them before they can collect on his part of the bargain.
- The Dreaded: When they come to collect on your end of whatever deal you made with them. Even the 10-foot tall supervillain lawyer, Monstroso, is scared out of his mind when they show up for him in "O.S.I. Love You."
- Early-Bird Cameo: They first appeared in the background behind the speakers at the state university in the episode "Pomp & Circuitry." They were said to be there representing the General Consolidated Insurance company...
- Greater-Scope Villain: In All This and Gargantua-2, they're revealed to be the true power behind the Guild of Calamitous Intent, the Sovereign having made a Deal with the Devil with them to gain his power.
- Humanoid Abomination: All three of them. It was previously hinted that they weren't humans, and confirmed in All This and Gargantua-2 where they're revealed to be the same kind of higher life form as Dr. Killinger. What that life form is, though, is never explained. It's possible, for example, that they are the Greek gods of the Southwest, Northeast, and Northwest winds - because why not.
- Intangible Men: Bullets and knives just pass right through them. They can also walk through walls and floors. And reach inside peoples chests, and phase them through walls.
- Killed Off for Real: By Dr. Killinger in All This and Gargantua-2.
- Knights Of Cerebus: Unlike such villains as The Monarch, their actions and presence are NEVER played for laughs.
- Masters Of Disguise: As shown during "O.S.I. Love You" then can perfectly impersonate two O.S.I. agents, and a nonexistent third rookie agent.
- Power Floats: We rarely see them walk when not shape-shifted, which adds to their creepiness.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Caicias suffers one at the tail end of the Battle in the Center of the Mind with Killinger after his brothers are slain, showing how Killinger has the upper hand.
- Psychic Powers: The Investors generally don't actually directly interact with the people around them, but rather use mental projections. It's why they don't show up on camera. When it looks like they're taking Killinger on in an epic lightsaber duel, that turns out to be a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
- Siblings in Crime: They're brothers.
- The Voiceless: Until "O.S.I. Love You" when disguised as the O.S.I. company men. Later, in All This and Gargantua-2, they speak in their own voices for the first time.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of their powers, as seen in "O.S.I. Love You" when they perfectly impersonate the O.S.I. agents.
Council of Thirteen
Dr. Hamilton G. Fantomas (Phantom Limb, Revenge)
Hamilton Fantomas is the grandson of the adventurer and Guild founder Fantômas. Born with atrophied limbs, his attempts to speed up their muscle growth instead gave him invisible hands that could kill with a touch. He eventually worked his way up in the Guild, always with an eye on the Sovereign's position. Dr. Girlfriend used to work with him and date him as Queen Etherea before meeting the Monarch; she goes back to him in season two, securing his position as the Big Bad of that season. After she leaves him and marries the Monarch, Phantom Limb loses his grip on reality and forms his own rival supervillain group known as the Revenge Society, while also trying to take over the Guild regardless. After taking more people into the Revenge Society, he tries to eliminate the Investors for the Sovereign to gain entry onto the Council of Thirteen but is double- or perhaps triple-crossed. In the end, Dr. Killinger makes him a member of the new Council of Thirteen after the Sovereign's death.
- All Men Are Perverts: He really, really likes making Dr. Girlfriend wear her Queen Etherea costume.
- Ambiguously Brown: Possibly some sort of ethnicity unless that's just a tan.
- The Monarch states that Phantom Limb "wears an awful lot of purple for a white guy," but that's about it for ethnic information.
- His appearances in season 4 show him with lighter skin than previously, meaning that it was a tan.
- His appearance is specifically modelled on that of Fantômas as played in 1960s films by a blue-cowled Jean Marais, who generally was very darkly tanned.
- An Arm and a Leg: He loses an arm, leg and implicitly his penis after his altercation with the Sovereign ended with his airship crashing. Impossible reconstructed his machine and at the very least Limb's arm and leg have been restored.
- Big Bad: Mutual enemy to Dr. Venture and The Monarch in season 2
- Big Bad Wannabe: In Seasons 4 and 5. He spends the latter half of season 4 recovering and slowly building a team of his own and is absent in season 5 apart from a cameo in Bot Seeks Bot, which shows that the revenge society has been watching the council meetings. Then we find out that he is being manipulated by the Sovereign as part of an elaborate scheme to kill the Investors by destroying Gargantua 2.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He makes a lot of grand speeches about how awesome it is to be evil.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: After getting kicked out of the Guild, he gets a little...batty.
- Companion Cube: In season 4, he now has a new Guild consisting of a toaster, a mug and one of Dr. Girlfriend's shoes. Turns out they're not so harmless, as he manipulates them with his detached invisible limbs to use in combat.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Wicked Cultured Man of Wealth and Taste Villain. He comes across as charming, handsome and Faux Affably Evil. He is educated, well-spoken has a taste for foreign and exotic food, has refined and excellent taste in decor and is a competent villain, capable of earning Brock Samson's respect. As time goes on, however, he is shown to actually be a foppish, narcissistic Wicked Pretentious Big Bad Wannabe who seems to think that he's special for appreciating serrated knives and struggles to function as an effective villain when he is no longer backed by the Guild.
- Detachment Combat: He can still control and re-attach his invisible limbs after they have been cut off.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Mostly for aesthetic purposes as he can use his powers through clothing quite easily.
- The Dragon: Actually averted. When first introduced, he implies that he is second-in-command after The Sovereign, and is clearly in place to usurp him... but then the Council is introduced properly, and we learn he is not second-in-command, but fifteenth at most, and the Sovereign never actually trusted him at all. It's played straight in All This and Gargantua-2, where Phantom Limb has the Revenge Society attack the Gargantua-2 on behalf of the Sovereign, in exchange for seats on the Council of Thirteen—though the Sovereign backstabs him in the end.
- Evil Counterpart: To Hunter Gathers. Both were originally archenemies, and both left their respective organizations (Hunter, because he was fed up with "hot bureaucracy, poured in [his] lap", Phantom Limb because of a failed coup to take over the Guild) and formed their own groups to be/fight evil on their own terms. Interestingly, despite SPHINX's purpose being fighting villains who don't sign up with the Guild, their respective organizations never clashed onscreen.
- Eviler Than Thou: Downplayed. He's by far the vilest and most experienced member of the Revenge Society, having years of Guild membership under his belt, but knows well enough to be a team player and is an effective leader.
- FaceHeel Turn: A former boy adventurer turned amoral university professor cum supervillain.
- Faux Affably Evil: Especially during season 4.
- Averted with his second Revenge Society. While he's short and impatient with them, he attempts to cut a deal with the Sovereign to keep them alive and replace the Council. When they die anyway, he's genuinely remorseful and feels he's no longer worthy of being on the Council himself.
- Groin Attack: He loses his penis at the end of Season 2, but he eventually gets a new one after he's healed by Richard Impossible.
- HeelFace Turn: Sort of. While he never joins the heroes, Post-All This And Gargantua 2 he's rejoined the Guild as part of the reformed Council of 13 and is much more of a team player. Notably, he seems to have dropped any misogynist attitude towards Dr. Girlfriend, being very respectful of her ability as a fellow Council member.
- Improbable Weapon User: Successfully disables a series of Guild death-traps using a common household toaster and later disarms a group of Guild soldiers using a high-heeled shoe as a boomerang in the episode The Revenge Society.
- Knight of Cerebus: Comes far closer to killing the Venture family than anyone else has in Victor. Echo. November.. Even certified badass Brock realizes that they "might not make it this time" when he realizes it's the Guild Strangers they're up against instead of the usual henchmen rabble.
- Large Ham: He's very fond of dramatic hand motions. Not that the viewer can see them."I'm wringing my hands.........MENACINGLY!"
- Legacy Character: He is the grandson of Fantômas.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Has a very sophisticated, aristocratic manner about him, likes fine cheeses and wines, lives in a home based on the Frank Lloyd Wright "Storer House," and sells stolen artwork as his brand of supervillainy.
- Mask of Sanity: The Invisible Hand of Fate depicts him as rather unhinged even before becoming a supervillain, which informs his mentally unstable actions that vary in manicness and lucidity for the next two seasons.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Once he realizes that the Sovereign betrayed him and the Revenge Society to die on Gargantua-2 after going behind the backs of his teammates to make a deal with him. He gets hit with this so badly that he genuinely considers himself unworthy of a place in the new Council of 13, a position he fiercely coveted until that point.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Phantom Limb's powers continue to change. In Season 1 his hands caused veins to pop up on people when he uses his touch of death, and they don't seem to glow (he was wearing a heavy coat, but no light came out of the disconnect between gloves and sleeves). All other appearances neglect the veins and have his arms glow green and red for the touch of death. Season 4 shows he can detach and control his limbs. His limbs glow blue now and his powers seem to be electricity based, as he stunned Dean instead of killing him, and it seems he can regulate how much charge they give.
- Not Quite Dead: Wisdom, the coffee cup, who has been put back together after Limb accused him of being the Sovereign.
- Ironically, Chuck (the toaster) and Lady Nightshade (the shoe) "perished" in the scuffle that occurred after his escape.
- Obfuscating Insanity/He's Back: In "Pomp and Circuitry", it's revealed that he was waiting for the perfect time to strike. He then proceeds to launch his plan to form a new team with failures of superheroes and villains, and so far it's working.
- And despite some initial pitfalls due to Professor Impossible's inexperience, he manages to nearly kill Doctor Venture, if not for Fat Chance accidentally tripping onto him.
- Punny Name: Phantom limb syndrome
- Put on a Bus: Disappears after the end of season 2 (save for the flashbacks and The Stinger of the season 3 opener), but...
- The Bus Came Back: ...comes back with a vengeance in the middle of season 4.
- Red Right Hand: Invisible limbs that can kill with a touch.
- Romantic False Lead: His initial role.
- Rule of Funny: The only possible explanation for all of the things that he manages to do (without his prosthetics) with just one arm and one leg...
- Shoe Slap: Uses a high-heeled shoe like a boomerang in The Revenge Society.
- Shout-Out: To pulp hero The Phantom, between the names and similar costumes.
- Small Reference Pools: Want to know just how well this show averts this? One of its major villains is a descendent of Fantômas, a French character who is largely unknown in the US. The trope itself is, fittingly, one of his pet peeves, as seen when he tried to sell a Rembrandt to a Mafioso who only wanted the Mona Lisa.
- Smug Snake: His overconfidence almost always leads to his downfall.
- The Starscream: To the Guild Sovereign.
- Start My Own: In the second half of season four, he tells the Sovereign he's going to start his own guild with Wisdom, Professor Impossible, Baron Underbheit, Lady Hawke Johnson/Lyndon Bee and Fat Chance.
- Stay in the Kitchen: A thoroughly unsympathetic example. There is no misguided chivalry at work here, just plain old misogyny. Dr. Girlfriend left him initially because he let her engineering proficiency go to waste in favor of using her as arm candy.(After Dr. Girlfriend calls him out on crashing her wedding.) Sweet girl, you're being irrational, and such is the curse of your sex. I forgive you.
- Straw Misogynist: He seduces and hires Dr. Girlfriend as his Number Two (who is established to be a fully-capable Gadgeteer Genius) as nothing more than arm-candy, complete with a super-revealing outfit. This has led to Dr. Girlfriend breaking up with him twice for the Monarch who, when his Hair-Trigger Temper does not get the better of him, respects her as an equal.
- Super Power Lottery: "I can kill a man by simply touching him. Now what were your special powers again?"
- Touch of Death: Though it's been shown in "Bright Lights, Dean City" he can control it to merely knock out his foe if necessary.
- Villainous Breakdown: By season four has gone completely off his rocker. See Companion Cube.
- Villainous Friendship: By the time of All This and Gargantua-2, he does actually feel some affection for the other members of the Revenge Society. He doesn't want Sovereign to kill them after they have outlived their usefulness and feels remorse for "betraying" the Revenge Society, even though he tried to justify it to them by saying he was doing it so they could all be on the Council of Thirteen.
- Visible Invisibility: His limbs avert the trope, which is an occasional source of humor - such as when he tried "wringing [his] hands - menacingly!", only for nobody to know what he was doing.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Subverted. In his first appearance, his only visible power is having invisible limbs. Later, it turns out that his limbs can instantly kill by touch, deflect projectiles, become electrified, and can be detached and remotely operated.
- Wicked Cultured: A definite example. once called out for having sold out his villainous principles for high culture accoutrements such as dealing in stolen art instead of 'the old stuff'. (In the same episode, he laments how many of his fellow art thieves want to steal the Mona Lisa, for no other reason than it's a famous painting, and not because they appreciate it as art.)
Dragoon voiced by: Christopher McCulloch
Dragoon: What does that have to do with anything?
Red Mantle: Nothing, I've just been wanting to say that all day. I got sick of waiting for an opportunity.
Two members of the Guild's Council of Thirteen, they moved into the spotlight in season four. They have spent decades in the Guild headquarters, leaving both of them out-of-touch with the outside world. After a near-fatal encounter with Phantom Limb, Dragoon's life was saved when Billy Quizboy attached his head to Red Mantle's shoulder.
- Ascended ExtraDoc Hammer: We took silhouettes and gave them an episode.
- Bling of War: Dragoon's outfit appeared to be a 19th century ceremonial Prussian military uniform.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Dragoon is credited for overseeing the execution of the Iron Infidels, something he doesn't even remember.
- Clothes Make the Superman: If a throwaway line in the season 5 Halloween special is to be believed, Red Mantle's magical powers come from, surprise surprise, his red mantle.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Red Mantle's apparent power (or at least one of them,) as seen in the season 5 episode "Bot Seeks Bot" when he uses this power to move dirt onto the grave of the deceased Councilman #4.
- Enemy Mine: Pulls this along with Dr. Z in All this and Gargantua 2, defecting to the OSI in return for protection from the Sovereign.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Dragoon.
- Hellish Pupils: Dragoon has slit pupils. He might be a very very mild case of Draconic Humanoid, to go with the usual pop-cultural dragon/dragoon thing, but it's kind of a mystery.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: It is made very clear that they are actually Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, with the plane crash that killed both musicians merely a cover for their induction into the Guild's Council.
- Magic Is Evil: Dragoon's views on sorcery are extremely backwards and judgemental, especially for a supervillain. He calls all displays of magic "blasphemous" and "dark-sided", which makes his attachment to Red Mantle, a spellcaster himself, rather awkward.
- Multiple Head Case: They had to spend some time adjusting and coordinating to this arrangement. Dragoon insists that he will eventually take over the whole body.Dragoon: I've been standing here all day with my dick in my hand!Red Mantle: That was MY dick.
- Racist Grandpa: The only way Dragoon will attend Orpheus' gathering of mystics and mages in "A Very Venture Halloween" is in costume, so they dress as The Thing with Two Heads, complete with Dragoon in blackface as Rosey Grier. Jefferson is horrified, while Red Mantle is just embarrassed.
- Retired Badass: Guild masterminds and Dragoon still had some fight in him before losing his body.
- Scatterbrained Senior: Dragoon appears to be going mildly senile. Whether it's just him or a side effect of his head transplant is unclear.
- Silence, You Fool!: Dragoon hung several lampshades on this during the Council's first appearance.
- Stout Strength: Dragoon, before their merging, was able to throw Phantom Limb around the Council Chamber like a ragdoll.
- Those Two Guys: Not like they have much of a choice.
- Villainous Friendship: Red Mantle is revealed to have been on very good terms with Councilman #4, going so far as to mourn at the latter's funeral. The sentiment is not shared by Dragoon, who never cared for him.
Much like Action Johnny, Dr. Z is an obvious stand-in for Jonny Quest's Dr. Zin. However, 40 years on, Dr. Z has retired from professional supervillainy and no longer arches Action Johnny. He has since settled down and married, and he even adopts the permanently young boy adventurer Ro-Boy. However, he is still an active member of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, serving as one of the Council of 13.
- Affably Evil: He definitely comes across as this when a group of washed-up boy adventurers threaten him in his own home, and he and his wife invite them in, sit them down and try to help them let go of the past that's haunting them.
- Alter Kocker: Hammer and Publick have commented occasionally on how his accent tends to skew vaguely Yiddish just because he's old and that's a thing.
- Ambiguously Bi: When Dr. Z comments on how much he loves his wife, Mrs. Z makes a comment that she thought she was his "beard", meaning he allegedly married her to claim to the world that he was straight. He also slept with the Blue Morpho, although he was under the impression that he had seduced tennis champion and lesbian Billie Jean King.
- Bad Boss: Years of being Surrounded by Idiots caused him to adopt a "zero bungle tolerance" policy in regards to his minions, to who he insultingly refers to as "bunglers" by default.
- Buffy Speak: Lapses into this as English isn't his first language, such as describing a "cyborg" as a "super cool robot" who "had parts of a real live guy".
- Cool Old Guy: Despite being a villain, he shows up to Dr. Venture's day camp to put on a show for the kids. He also provides therapy to the boy adventure's therapy group.
- Even Evil Has Standards: After finding out that Venturion (whom he would, later on, reprogram into being Vendata) was actually a cyborg and was thrown out. A part of him contemplated on putting him out of his misery before ultimately turning him into a weapon against Jonas, which says a smidge more about his moral and ethical boundaries for being a Super Scientist when compared to the former.
- Evil Knockoff: Enjoyed commandeering or replicating Jonas Venture's creations so he could use them against him.
- Expy: As previously stated, a parody and then obviously hinted as being the original Dr. Zin from Jonny Quest.
- Happily Married: One of his regrets is that he never married his wife earlier before she became barren.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: When he meets up with Johnny in rehab, he awkwardly clarifies that his conflict with Johnny and his father was strictly an Arch relationship shortly after he gets caught up in the minutiae of how the word "platonic" (which is how he initially described said rivalry) is derived from Plato who himself promoted pederasty.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: When on the Council of Thirteen telescreens, he wears fake ears and a fake mustache to hide his identity. Since he survived the purge of the Council, it seems to have worked.
- When on the run from the Sovereign, dresses as a rabbi. He's still clearly an Asian man.
- Parental Substitute: He has come to love Johnny as his own, and Z wants him to move in with him and his wife since they're actually in better health than him and can take care of him.
- Pet the Dog: He's come to view Johnny as the son he never had and fondly recalls his time with him as an arch. When he is forced to retire as an active villain, his final arch is Johnny and he offers to let him move into his home and help get Johnny's life back together. Johnny decides that he might take the offer, but he's going to need time to think on it and maybe he can just borrow a few bucks from Dr. Z for now. In exchange, Johnny says he'll run and hide from the Dr. so that the man can relive his nostalgia.
- Retired Monster: Subverted. Acts like one in public or when talking with retired boy adventurers like Rusty or Action Johnny, while he is in fact one of the leaders of the Guild of Calamitous Intent.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Partly due to the public believing he's retired, they at least regard him as a classic professional villain.
A former inmate at Dunwich Asylum, and former member of the Revenge Society. After the destruction of Gargantua-2, and the dissolution of the Society, he joined the Guild as a member of the Council of Thirteen.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in Momma's Boys as an inmate at the Dunwich Asylum before joining the Revenge Society in All This and Gargantua-2.
- Expy: A pretty obvious one of Two-Face. Hasn't been seen flipping a coin yet, however.
- Fusion Dance: Season 7 revealed that his right side actually used to be his arch, Right Wing, until something happened that had Radical Left absorb him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: After joining the society.
- Two-Faced: His left side wants anarchy! His right side wants a nice home in the suburbs.
A virus-themed villain and former arch for Professor Impossible. Also an on-again-off-again member of the Council.
- Affably Evil: Arches Professor Impossible (before his FaceHeel Turn to Professor Incorrigable) but when Richard falls into a deep depression over losing Sally, Phineas tries to arch him simply to get him out of his funk, implying they otherwise have an amicable relationship despite their roles as protagonist and antagonist.
- Punny Name: A double dose. Of famed head injury survivor Phineas Gage and a bacteriophage.
- Put on a Bus: When he first uses the teleporter it reacts badly with his cybernetics and puts him in a coma.
- Rules Lawyer: Knows the Guild rule-book word for word. His knowledge of which eventually gets him a council spot.
Another of Wide Wale's subcontracting archvillains for Dr. Venture. He's infamous within the Guild for his powers and viciousness, but that's simply his public persona. The rest of the time, he's a normal family man. One who appears to be a red skeleton with the ability to vaporize anyone in his way. By Season 7, he's gained a seat on the Council.
- Affably Evil: They don't come any more affable. When not in-character, he's incredibly friendly and wholesome, which only makes it more terrifying when he gets in-character.
- Almighty Janitor: He's a veteran villain who's stuck under the employ of the significantly junior (relative to him) Wide Wale, a position he can't shirk because he's been unable to fulfil his villainous obligations to the Guild due to declining health and his commitment to his family. Season 7 has him reveal that he's hoping to get out from under Ong by scheming his way into the Council of Thirteen.
- After "The Terminus Mandate" he has a seat at the council.
- Ambiguously Human: It is mentioned by various characters that Red Death is considered a veteran of the villain business, being referred to as "a legend" by Hunter Gathers and "an old man" by the Monarch. Despite this, he has a fairly young wife and a daughter still in grade school and shows no signs typical of a middle-aged or elderly man. If he ever was human, he clearly is not now, his whole body a deep shade of red and his head looking similar to a skull, able to turn his eyes yellow when feeling blood-thirsty. Whether or not he was human at one point and was transformed by magic or Weird Science or if he is something else entirely is never established. Whatever he is, it's apparently genetic as his daughter shares his skeletal appearance.
- Ax-Crazy: Don't let his Affably Evil nature fool you - Red Death is incredibly bloodthirsty, and in fact seems to use the Guild specifically as an outlet for his killing instincts. He only mellowed out in the first place because he murdered his original archenemy, burned his house down, and butchered his entire family with his bare hands, which left him aimless enough to have an epiphany about his unhealthy lifestyle. He later offers to brutally murder the deranged Maestro Wave for Monarch and 21, entirely to satiate his pent-up bloodlust after chasing the two of them down earlier.
- Berserk Button: After seeing what he did to Blind Rage, it appears that chauvinism and boorish behavior is something that gets under his skin.
- Been There, Shaped History: He was on Gargantua-1 during the infamous "Movie Night". He can still describe in graphic detail what happened to those not lucky enough to have their spacesuit helmets on.
- Consummate Professional: By villain standards, anyways. While he's a bloodthirsty psychopath, he keeps his bloodlust restrained when not being a villain because he killed his own Arch-Enemy long ago.Red Death: "We're all villains, Monarch. With rules, we get to spill blood and taste victory! Heck, I really wanted to kill something tonight, you know? But... rules. They help us hate."
- Subverted in The Terminus Mandate. Told to go on one last arching and volunteering to give the Peril Partnership their payout, he instead throws away the letter containing the profile of his final arch, and gives Blind Rage a humiliating death, spiting the Partnership AND the Guild decision to pay.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He apparently hurt his loved ones when he was arching a long time ago. Also, he was at the Movie Night Massacre. He claims that it wasn't him who did it, but when he talks about it, it's unclear whether he is having a PTSD flashback or a fond reminiscence of the event. That's how messed up he is.
- Dented Iron: Season 7 opens with him revealing that he's getting on in years and that with arching getting harder and harder for him and very few career opportunities outside of being a supervillain, he wants a seat on the Council of Thirteen so he can support his family through the office's generous pension plan.
- Do Wrong, Right:
- Because his family weren't in any real danger, he forgives Monarch for trying to blackmail him and steps down from arching Rusty, but encourages the villain to get his rivalry over with and kill his archenemy or he's just going to keep lashing out and hurting the people close to him.
- His lecture to Blind Rage has shades of this, emphasizing his respect for gentlemanly Dastardly Whiplash villainy in stark contrast to Blind Rage's Politically Incorrect Villain boorishness.
- Establishing Character Moment: When we first meet him, he quickly disarms the Monarch with his affable nature, even praising his human puppet trick from a previous episode. Then he puts his Game Face on as he recounts the importance of a good work-life balance, all while nearly making the Monarch piss himself in fear.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a loving wife and daughter.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Killing people and plotting global dominance is part of the supervillain gig, but being a boorish prick and sexually harassing a female colleague? Red Death does not take to that lightly.
- Evil Old Folks: He's over 80 years old and has been a supervillain for most of that time.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His sonorous baritone makes him all the more intimidating, though it also sounds quite smooth when he's not in character.
- Expy: He's essentially the Red Skull as the Horseman of Death. His costume is also extremely similar to that of the D-Lister Batman villain Reaper.
- Foil: Shares Brock's bloodthirst, killing efficiency, and hidden nice guy personality.
- Game Face: When he gets in-character (or lapses into his Ax-Crazy habits), his eyes brighten to have yellow sclera and red irises, his voice becomes more guttural, and his skin darkens to a more pronounced shade of red.
- Good Old Ways: Reminisces about how old-school arching had genius and class, like how tying someone to the train tracks is simple, inexpensive, personal, deadly, and gives the victim hope that they might escape.
- Grim Reaper: He looks and dresses like one, and even wields a scythe.
- Guttural Growler: When he's putting his Game Face on.
- Happily Married: He adores his wife and she (evidently knowledgeable about the nature of his work) obviously does so likewise, calling him little nicknames and making sure he has his dinner as he likes it if she has to pack it up so he can go on an arching. It's hinted they do have disputes about his work life, as his wife does worry about his safety and what consequences might happen if Red Death brings his work home with him.
- Hero Killer: He killed his original arch-enemy long ago, and is implied to have killed several other heroes since then.
- Large Ham: He is of course voiced by Clancy Brown.
- Last Episode, New Character: He first appears in the season 6 finale before becoming a recurring character in season 7.
- Lean and Mean: As you'd expect from someone who is literally a skeleton from the neck up. His muscular appearance when he's on the job is due to his padded costume, not that this makes him any less dangerous.
- Like Father Unlike Daughter: Continuing what is a central theme of the series, Red Death's daughter inherited his terrifying visage, but she does not know her father is a supervillain and acts as a standard pre-teen, going as far as to mistaken Dr. Mrs the Monarch for a princess. She does, however, seem to have inherited his evil attitude, evidenced by her bullying another girl at the playground.
- MayflyDecember Romance: He's been a supervillain since the 1940s. His wife looks to be in her 30s at most.
- Mood-Swinger: Switches back and forth from a reasonably, friendly demeanor to full-on evil supervillainy.
- Mugging the Monster: Monarch and 21 try to threaten Red Death by lying that they kidnapped his wife and daughter. Red Death counter-threatens that he will come and kill them if they don't release his family. He then proceeds to effortlessly locate their hideout, and they're reduced to pathetically begging for mercy until he relents.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Any plan of his own or any plan trying to involve has to result in him killing somebody in some way. He only goes along with Sheila's mostly non-lethal way to resolve the crisis in the Season 7 premiere when it's implied that he'll get to kill some OSI agents instead of the Blue Morpho.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He may have a flair for the dramatic, but only because he is sure he's going to win, and you're not going to escape. When he decides to get serious, he is terrifyingly efficient and effective, as evidenced when he receives a phone call that his wife and child have been kidnapped, the 'kidnappers' (Monarch and 21 as Blue Morpho and Kato) barely get their demands out of the way before Red Death goes full-on Liam Neeson on them, stuffing their threats and easily hunting them down.
- Noodle Incident: He only realized he had "lost his way" after he did "terrible things" to his loved ones at the time.
- Papa Wolf: When Monarch tries to trick him into thinking that the Blue Morpho has kidnapped his wife and daughter, Red Death paraphrases Brian Mill's speech and immediately tracks them down. When they prove that his family is safe, however, he calms down.
- Retired Badass: With the other council members, he retires from active arching. Possibly subverted, since he throws away his final arch and murders Blind Rage rather than follow the guild's vote. He seemingly has no plans to stop his villainy.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he's "in character" (as a supervillain), his eyes turn yellow, and his pupils red.
- Shout-Out: His armor is borrowed from Bram Stoker's Dracula, and his name (and some of his thematics) are from the Edgar Allan Poe story Masque of the Red Death.
- Skull for a Head: He's a Red Skull parody, so it comes with the territory.
- Sinister Scythe: To fit his Grim Reaper look, he wields a scythe that glows red and shoots out a Sword Beam that can disintegrate anything.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Despite looking like a skinless Red Skull, he has a very attractive wife. His daughter however looks exactly like him.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His civilian clothes don't even bother with hiding his nightmarish, inhuman face, but nobody ever seems to notice. The same goes for his daughter as well.
- Vague Age: He's been a supervillain since the '40s, and the only noticeable difference between him in the current day and the eighties is his very prominent mohawk. The lack of any concrete information or change in his facial features makes it very difficult to tell exactly how old he is.
- It's implied that he ages slower than the typical person, or even not at all. Back in '81, when he would have presumably been in his 40s, he was found kicking it with the "new meat" of the Guild during their raid on Gargantua-1.
- Villain Cred: Has great respect for Vendata, calling him a tactical genius.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: He tells Monarch that his obsession with exclusively arching one person is a self-destructive and self-feeding issue, and that he would be much better off killing Rusty and moving on to bigger things, just as Red Death himself had done.
- Worthy Opponent: He's highly respected not just by the Guild but by the OSI, Brock in particular.
Former Council Members
Mommy Longlegs voiced by: Paget Brewster
Monseñor voiced by: Larry Murphy
The other former members of the Council of Thirteen before the Sovereign's purge, most of whom were killed in the process. Membership:
Councilman 2: Wild Fop
Councilman 3: Red Mantle (See above)
Councilman 4: Boggles the Clue Clown
Councilman 5: Dr. Z (See above)
Councilman 6: Monseñor
Councilman 7: Don Hell
Councilman 8: Dragoon (See above)
Councilman 9: Steppenwolf
Councilman 10: Unnamed
Councilman 11: Mommy Longlegs
Councilman 12: The Nerve
Councilman 13: The Sovereign (See above)
- Brain in a Jar: The Nerve
- The Dandy: Wild Fop
- Hive Mind: Mommy Longlegs spoke with multiple voices at once and speaks in a "communal language of the colony" when worried.
- Masked Luchador: Monseñor, who also has the cliché Catholic priest theming as well.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Aside from the Sovereign's impersonation of David Bowie, Don Hell is a reference to Don Hill, a New York City dance club owner.
- Spiders Are Scary: Mommy Longlegs' motif, although she seems to actually be a caring grandmother to members of her colony.
- The Unnamed: Councilman 10's villainous name was never revealed before or after his death at the hands of the Sovereign.
- Vampires Own Night Clubs: Don Hell owns his own nightclub.
- The Voiceless: Councilman 10 did not speak English or any human language whatsoever.
- Wolf Man: Steppenwolf.
Previously, Councilman 1 of the Guild, Brock Samson and the OSI try to manipulate him into giving up information on the Guild. His whereabouts afterwards were unknown and his seat on the Council was given away. For more information, see The Blue Morpho.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns for "Arrears in Science", after having been presumed dead since the events of "Bot Seeks Bot".
- Butt-Monkey: He's openly disrespected by his fellow Councilmembers, who think of him as a "stick in the mud" and a "killjoy," and his date with Ghost Robot is really just a setup so the OSI can tap him for information. It isn't even initially clear if he survives afterwards since the Sovereign immediately asks Doctor Mrs. The Monarch if she wants his seat on the Council. It turns out he survived, and his life may have been even worse before becoming a cyborg.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Originally Vendata just seems like a throwaway character who would only have importance in the episode "Bot Seeks Bot." Then "Arrears in Science" comes along and it's revealed he's the original Blue Morpho and the long lost father of the Monarch.
- The Comically Serious: Due to being an—apparently—emotionless cyborg who prioritizes doing things by the book, he remains stoic and nonplussed when faced with the insanity surrounding him.
- 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 the utmost respect.
- Cyborg: He's still got his human face and brain despite the rest of him being robotic.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In his original appearances as a silhouetted member of the Council of Thirteen, his voice isn't as loud or droning.
- Evil Former Friend: Of Dr. Jonas Venture and the rest of the original Team Venture, though we also learn Jonas' friendship was anything but genuine. Furthermore, Vendata is pegged to be the most likely culprit of the Movie Night Massacre, which resulted in Jonas' death.
- Expy: Of Alex Murphy from Robocop. Both are cyborgs who possess more emotion than they show, both talk in a similar manner, and both of them were heroes brought back from the dead through cybernetics.
- Foreshadowing: In "Bot Seeks Bot" Vendata begins shifting between his current memories and those he had before becoming a cyborg. At one point he mentions having a wife and being in a plane crash. The Monarch's parents died in a plane crash.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His council-mates on the Guild ubiquitously can't stand him and find him both irritating and dull. Averted with Red Death and his old group, who respected and looked up to him.
- Generation Xerox: Just like his son, he went behind the Guild's rules and regulations to antagonize a Venture.
- Honey Trap: Brock Samson and the OSI set him up on a date with Ghost Robot to pry information out of him.
- 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 original personality.
- Never Found the Body: When the Guild's new leadership is trying to fill seats on the Council of Thirteen, Vendata is mentioned as missing, but they decide they can't wait for him to resurface. It's revealed in "Arrears in Science" that Vendata regained his original memories and spent the entire time since "Bot Seeks Bot" walking back to his home in Newark.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: After spending his entire spotlight episode as the comedic relief villain, it turns out that used to be a highly-respected cohort of Red Death, and that he single-handedly planned, and (almost) successfully pulled off, a hijacking of Gargantua-1 with a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits, which led to the Movie Night Massacre.
- Punny Name: A mash-up of "vendetta" and "data". May overlap with Meaningful Name, with the implication that Vendata perpetrated the Movie Night Massacre out of a subconscious desire for vengeance against Jonas Venture.
- Reforged into a Minion: Zig-zagged. Dr. Z reveals he found Venturion's remains in a dumpster outside the Venture Compound (after having been destroyed by Kano) and decided to rebuild him as a tool to arch Jonas Venture, giving him an Evil Makeover and installing a Morality Dial. However, Dr. Z was arrested in a drug bust before Vendata awoke, leaving the abandoned cyborg to become a wholly independent villain rather than a lackey of Z.
- The Stoic: Even when he's surprised, his tone and facial expression barely change.Red Death: [...] But Vendata wasn't laughing. No, he suddenly got this real serious look on his face.
Red Mantle: Did he have any other look?
Dragoon: The man was a genuine cy-bore!
- Tin Man: As a machine, others claim him to be an emotionless husk, although his inner self shows that this is far from the truth and Red Death seems to have picked up on his subtler emotional cues.
- Walking Spoiler: It becomes much more difficult to talk about him after "Arrears in Science" reveals he's the original Blue Morpho, the Monarch's father and the possible murderer of Jonas Venture Sr., though he claims he has no memory of that last one.
Chester Ong (Wide Wale)
Formerly Chester Ong, now a supervillain from New York City who lives in a penthouse apartment across the way from Ventech Tower. He is made the newest member of the Council of Thirteen in exchange for one favor from Dr. Mrs. The Monarch: exclusive arching rights to Dr. Thaddeus Venture. In Season 7, he decides to resign his membership on the Council when he realizes he wouldn't be permitted to keep arching and still has old grudges he's not ready to give up on.
- Archenemy: He gets exclusive arching rights on Dr. Venture after the latter's newfound fortune. This is only from a technical standpoint since there's absolutely no personal enmity between them, it's just part of the Guild's bureaucracy. Then it turns out that he probably did it to spite the Monarch for killing his brother since villains aren't allowed to kill each other.
- Bald of Evil: His head is as smooth as a whale, and he's indeed a supervillain.
- Benevolent Boss: Despite being a ruthless Level-10 Mafia supervillain, Wide Wale is pretty affable with his employees, telling his personal butler Barnacle Badhul (who has a very visible skin condition) to be proud of his appearance and enters into causal banter about their personal friends with Rocco.
- Big Bad Ensemble: While the Monarch is still trying to kill Dr. Venture, Wale officially holds the arching rights to him in Season 6. Wale doesn't really have any personal enmity with Dr. Venture, though, and subcontracts his arching to other villains (who the Monarch begins killing as the Blue Morpho).
- Big Brother Worship: From the way Wide Wale talks about him, he worshipped the ground his older brother walked on, and he still speaks fondly of Douglas' skills today. The freak lab accident that turned him into a monstrous Fishman came from a misguided attempt to make his brother proud after procuring the wrong specimen for his brother.
- There was another Dr. Ong in Venture Bros., a Dr. Douglas Ong who became the super-scientist Dr. Dugong, otherwise known as one of the many super scientists The Monarch murdered while unable to arch Dr. Venture.
- In fact, Hunter reveals that Dr. Chester worked with his brother Doug when looking into curing cancer, and a later episode confirms they are indeed brothers.
- The Don: He treats his supervillainy in New York as if he were the head of the mob, including treating his daughter Sirena as his Mafia Princess.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The character design of Wale was previously used in the season 5 episode "Momma's Boys" as a Dunwitch inmate.
- Ethnicity Obscuring Mutation: The Monarch guessed from the surname "Ong" that Wide Wale was Asian-American. Wale says his real family name is Welsh, suggesting he's Caucasian, but you can't tell with how whale-like he became.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deconstruction. His love for his family causes him to do some outrageously illegal activities to either provide a nice life for them or to further their dreams. This same affection also makes him extremely controlling to the point that he used the threat of the Blue Morpho to put his daughter under house arrest (after he had already captured him) and Douglas faked his own death at the hands of the Monarch because he feared being at Chester's mercy in his weakened state.
- Expy: He's a parody of Tobias Whale from DC, who is himself an Alternate Company Equivalent to the Marvel character Kingpin (who Wale's apparent A-lister status seems to suggest).
- Fallen Hero: He was a former scientist who did everything in his power to help his brother, Douglas Ong utilize the secrets of the ocean to benefit mankind which would have included, but wouldn't be limited to, spoofing the natural high-resistance to cancer that sharks and cuttlefish possess.
- Fauxreigner: When The Monarch points out that his surname "Ong" sounds more Asian than anything Italian and Dr. Dugong didn't speak with an Italian accent, he and Rocco begin to question Wide Wale's accent. Wale admits that he only became fluent in Italian after attending the University of Palermo on a work-study visa and his wife is Italian on her mother's side.
- Large and in Charge: In charge of the villains of New York and now a member of the Council of Thirteen.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He was a criminal even before his mutation, stealing his universe's equivalent of Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (which was virtually the same except instead of a tiger shark, it contained a preserved megalodon) because he thought it would help advance his brother's research.
- Overprotective Dad: Wide Wale is this to his daughter. In addition to sending his henchmen after guys she dates, he also uses the Blue Morpho's attacks as a pretext to keep her imprisoned in their suite even after he's already caught him.
- Professor Guinea Pig: He tried to mutate himself on purpose to act as "the missing link" between man and aquatic life so that Douglas could study his genetics to further their experiments. When his brother tried to stop him, they both wound up warped by the device.
- Punny Name: Wide wale is a type of corduroy that Wide Wale seems to prefer wearing. He is also part whale, and very wide.
- Unmoving Plaid: His corduroy suit seems to ignore logical contours and folds.
- You Killed My Father: It's strongly implied the main reason why he wanted to be Venture's archnemesis was to screw with the Monarch in revenge for the Monarch seemingly killing his older brother. He keeps a lid on how angry he is until he has the Monarch alone and in his clutches.
Monarch: "Oh this isn't gay. But King Gorilla over there is! And I bet he can't wait to snap off a piece of your dick in his ***!"
King Gorilla: (Kissy lips.)
A tough old talking gorilla who served time in prison alongside The Monarch. He made a deal with the Investors to donate his heart to Monstroso when he dies in exchange for getting out on his life sentence.
- Black Comedy Rape: He's a common committer of Prison Rape. He even receives a "Statutory Ape" t-shirt as a gag gift for his birthday (which he's delighted with), implying he's somewhat known for this in the villain community.
- The Bus Came Back: In Season 4, dying from lung cancer. His life sentence was commuted upon the condition that he give up his heart to Monstroso upon his death.
- Captain Ersatz: To two DC Comics villains, Gorilla Grodd and Monsieur Mallah (the latter of whom is also gay).
- Character Death: Courtesy of The Investors.
- Face Death with Dignity: When The Investors come to collect his heart. He doesn't panic, just gruffly tells them to get it over with.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To get the Monarch out and back to Doctor Girlfriend, he helps him break out, knowing full and well the Guild will be on his ass. He was let out in season four.
- Also a villainous example, he would eventually give his heart to a dying Monstroso, who arranged his release from prison in return.
- Incurable Cough of Death: His lung cancer proved to be fatal. Or rather would have been fatal, had the Investors not ripped out his heart to give to Monstroso.
- Killer Gorilla: Well, he is a gorilla supervillain.
- Maniac Monkeys: The Venture universe's contribution to the lineup of evil-talking gorillas.
- Manly Gay: He's a supervillain gorilla with none of the stereotypical mannerisms.
- Prison Rape: He tried to rape The Monarch once, but he couldn't get it up because Monarch looked too much like a girl from behind. He even brought him back to his cell so that he could look at his porn at the same time, but still felt nothing.
- Put on a Bus: After playing a major part in the season two premiere, he vanished from the show.
Dr. Girlfriend: "Monstroso? That's what this is about? He's the king of the double cross. I mean, think about it, he's a lawyer and a supervillain. That's like a shark with a grenade launcher on its head."
An influential supervillain and lawyer. The Monarch tries to team up with him to screw over Venture at the season four midpoint. This ends about as well as you'd expect (remember, this is a show about failure). Captured by the OSI during Season 5, and (possibly) killed by the Investors as an anti-snitching measure.
- Affably Evil: He's pretty nice to Billy, Butt-Monkey among Butt Monkies, in The Silent Partners, showing him a great time on his Cool Ship, sympathizing with his problems and finally helping him get laid. Granted he was trying to butter Billy up before asking him to perform a heart transplant, but it's not like he couldn't have simply put a gun to his head or counted on the bribe of becoming a real doctor - he went out of his way to show Billy a good time.
- Amoral Attorney: He's a supervillain lawyer.
- Ascended Extra: We first hear about Monstroso in the henchman-published book that leads to the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend's break-up in the first season.Monarch: And there's this picture of you in Monstroso's lap!
Dr. Girlfriend: That was at a party. Look at his lap! There's like five people on there!
- Big Beautiful Man: We've gotten enough looks at him shirtless and he's got a physique that can be considered a cross between Brock and 21's.
- The Brute: Subverted. He's an Amoral Attorney Of Wealth And Taste who happens to be a ten-foot-tall wrestler.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Devil motifs. Really.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Double-crossing is his MO, and it's perfectly allowable (and encouraged) by Guild law.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: During the second half of the fourth season, after recovering from a mid-season surgery.
- Disney Villain Death: Seemingly dropped to his doom by The Investors.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has an inhumanly deep voice.
- Expy: Shares many similarities with Marvel Comics villain, The Kingpin, including his monstrous size, nice suit, and being a businessman running a criminal empire. He also shares some traits with Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, including his facial hair, devil hood, and general devil motif.
- Genius Bruiser: Obviously very intelligent, he also seems to be just as strong as he looks since he actually survived the epic beatdown delivered by Brock and 21.
- Karma Houdini: Subverted at the very last minute in his first appearance.
- Large and in Charge: 7'4, to be specific.◊
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He's a supervillain lawyer businessman with a massive yacht and a taste for fine cigars.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A play on "monstrous".
- Never Found the Body: In "Operation P.R.O.M.", he and Molotov are in a limo as it falls down a cliff and explodes, and in the Season 5 premiere his "body" turns out to be an inflatable decoy. Five episodes after the reveal he's still alive. But in that same episode he goes missing again after being phased through the wall of the OSI airship and dropped from hundreds of feet in the air.
- Oh, Crap!: When The Investors appear during his interrogation on the O.S.I. Heli-Carrier, he has a severe freakout. Nothing had fazed him before, from fighting 21 and Brock simultaneously to being at the mercy of the O.S.I. Now he's scared witless.
- Running Gag: He offers the Monarch a cigar four times in about ninety seconds."Fine, yes! Gimme a fucking cigar!"
- Smug Snake: Trying to defeat both the Venture family and The Monarch simultaneously... with zoning law fine print.
- Square-Cube Law: Though it doesn't seem to be as bad as Humongoloid, it's suggested he has similar problems with moving, breathing, and stamina. That he had to get his heart transplanted from a giant gorilla kinda speaks volumes.
"Save my place in the queue. There's something I feel I must do. Something torrid."
The Order of the Triad's Guild-sanctioned archenemy, who has a fire theme.
- Captain Ersatz: Sort of a fusion of Pyro of the X-Men (for his powers and ethnicity, although Torrid can create flame and teleport), Deadman (for his costume), and Dormammu (from Doctor Strange) (for his mythical connections).
- Gass Hole: Much fuss is made over the smell he leaves behind in the Venture bathroom.
- Land Down Under: He speaks with an Australian accent.
- Never Found the Body: The Order of the Triad seem to currently believe he's dead.
- Playing with Fire: Being a Captain Ersatz of Pyro.
- Teleport Spam: When necessary. He uses it more to dodge than to attack.
"You win this time, but mark my words, and mark them well: I will get you, Quiz Boy!"
The newest member of the Guild of Calamitous Intent as of the Season 5 premiere, who specifically joins to arch Billy Quiz Boy. He is also incredibly rich and is a collector and fanboy of antiques from movies and TV shows.
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: He even claims his "superpower" is the fact he has "lots of money".
- Arch-Enemy: To Billy Quizboy. In fact, he joined the Guild specifically to legally, officially arch him.
- Ascended Extra: He appears as a background character in the first four seasons, most memorably getting Baron Underbheit's boot in his ass at Rusty's yard sale.
- The Collector: Of numerous pop cultural icons, many of them ridiculously expensive. Billy utterly hates him for this, because he never lets anyone else see them except to show off and damages them for his own amusement (like altering Auric Goldfinger's pajamas so they'd fit him). He also collects albinos.
- Didn't Think This Through: He breaks into the apartment of Colonel Gentleman and Rose Whalen in an attempt to intimidate Billy. Colonel Gentleman subdues him with ease and happily stands aside as Rose immediately beats him to a pulp when he tells her that Augustus is after Billy.
- Evil Counterpart: To Billy, sharing his fanboyish obsession with pop culture artifacts. He is also attended by an albino servant who is the silent, athletic Asian version of Pete White.
- Evil Is Petty: Will often use items from his collection to do little more than anger Billy. Such as using a puppet from a show Billy loved as a kid as a shower mitt. When Billy and Pete come to his house to try to barter with him for a flying ship, he agrees on the condition that Billy eat a dollar's worth of pennies. The reason? Billy outbid him for an action figure on eBay.
- Expy: He's a rich snobbish version of Comic Book Guy (especially his voice).
- Friendly Enemy: To an extent. He and Billy Quizboy genuinely piss each other off, but at the same time, they obviously both enjoy arching each other, so he's an example of how Arching is actually supposed to go.
- Harmless Villain: He has an EMA level of 1 since he's incompetent at anything regarding actual supervillainy and has no weapons or henchmen at his disposal. He mostly uses his immense wealth for little more than annoying Billy or distracting him to steal from him.
- Hypocrite: He still holds a grudge against Billy for cheating on the Quizboys show in his youth, yet he cheats audaciously in the Spanakopita events.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: When Pete and Billy infiltrate his boat in "Spanakopita!", he responds by tranquillizing them and tying them up on rocks to be burnt by the sun, a particularly grisly fate for Pete especially. This seems to be a one-off exception because in every other instance he's portrayed as a Harmless Villain.
- Opaque Lenses: When he fully becomes a villain. We can see his eyes in his earlier appearances.
- Poke the Poodle: Really, most of what he does isn't even illegal, let alone evil, but it's all calculated to get under Billy's skin.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Tries to pull one on Rusty and Billy by announcing he bought the island where Spanakopita is held after they win the final event, unaware that the locals had sold him "Spanakopita," the spinach pastry, rather than "Spanakos," the actual name of the island. What's more, the locals were scamming him as well as Rusty the entire time.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Manages to bypass many of the Guild's set rules (such as new members being unable to choose their own archenemy) by bribing them with money.
- He likewise bribes his way through the Spanakopita events just to get under Billy and Rusty's skin.
- Shadow Archetype: His enmity with Billy is a stripped down reflection of the rivalry between the Monarch and Rusty sans nuance of character development. To wit, an extremely rich and petty man who devotes considerable time and resources to tormenting a significantly poorer fellow who just wants to be left alone and can't hope to meaningfully retaliate. Like Malcom and Rusty, they're both redheads to boot.
- Un Evil Laugh: When being trained to do an Evil Laugh, St. Cloud can only mutter out a pathetic "Nyeh heh heh" that the Monarch and 21 consider creepy, and not in a villainous way.
- Villain Decay: In seasons five and six, while he's not exactly threatening, St. Cloud is very good at getting under Billy's skin, which seems to be his main objective anyway. When he returns to arch Billy in season seven, he's shown to be utterly inept at it. Probably justified in that while St. Cloud excels at petty trolling, the supervillain theatrics that the Monarch tries to make him replicate are a poor fit for him.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He acts friendly with the Monarch in his first appearance only to screw him over. In his second episode, he plots an elaborate heist, with his real plan being to betray his entire crew after using them as decoys.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in All This and Gargantua 2, three episodes before his real debut.
- Face Death with Dignity: His reaction to a damaged helicopter about to crash into him is a nonchalant, "Ain't that just a turd in your punchbowl?"
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a smooth talker with a "swinger" style of speaking but it isn't genuine and he just acts affable to manipulate others.
- Me's a Crowd: His main power. Each duplicate of himself can recall himself at any moment and rejoin the original.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks and talks just like Dean Martin.
- Schemer: In season 6 he frames The Monarch for illegally arching Dr. Venture by creating a duplicate, stealing his costume while tricking him into changing out of it for a party at Wide Wale's apartment, tranquillizes him to incapacitate him, and then trashes Dr. Venture's penthouse, all while tricking Dr. Mrs. The Monarch into checking up on her husband to only direct her attention to his own duplicate in The Monarch suit across the way.
- Season 7 has him return as the leader of a group of supervillains intending to steal Dr. Venture's latest successful teleporter invention. With The Monarch subbing in for Tiny Eagle who was killed by Brock earlier in the episode, he sets it up so a group comprising Tunnel Vision, Ramburglar, Presto Change-O, and Dot Comm infiltrate VenTech Tower while The Monarch does aerial recon and "Driver X" drives the getaway car. His real plan is to use this team as decoys so his army of duplicates can steal the teleporter pads which he knew would end up in the Ventures' panic room, and Driver X is just another one of his duplicates. However, he doesn't account for The Monarch not bringing his functional wings with him and 21 discovering his actual plans on the way out of the building. In the end, The Monarch and 21 end up with both teleporter pads and Copycat is most definitely dead from the helicopter his duplicate was flying got shot down between buildings only to crash into his apartment.
- Uncertain Doom: He presumably dies when a helicopter crashes into him, though the camera cuts away from him before the exact moment it happens and other villains have survived worse. The somewhat unclear nature of his powers also makes it uncertain if he could have survived by having a duplicate outside of the impact site.
- Closed Circle: Spends his whole episode trapped and shackled inside a bathroom.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Has killed and eaten the buttocks of his fellow prisoners out of the belief that the food his captor has given him is poisonous. It's not.
- Karmic Death: Is murdered by Red Death. But seeing as how he killed The Termite (and likely more people) in a fit of paranoid rage, no sympathy is given.
- Properly Paranoid: Subverted. He earnestly believes that his food is deadly and that his captor is just toying with him, but that is not really the case.
- Sanity Slippage: Being trapped inside a bathroom for weeks has turned him into a paranoid and insane wreck.
- Alone with the Psycho: Slowly realizes that Maestro Wave, the only other prisoner, has gone insane and is already plotting to kill him.
- Character Death: Has his head bashed with a pipe by The Termite.
- Closed Circle: Spends his whole episode trapped and shackled inside a bathroom.
- Straight Man: To Maestro Wave, at least for the first half.
- Useless Without Powers: If he still had his power suit on, he would've been able to free himself and Maestro Wave from their chains in the bathroom.
- The Generic Guy: Other than his power to dig, Tunnel Vision has a shockingly normal personality in comparison to everyone else on the heist team.
- Recurring Extra: Up until his final and only prominent appearance in The Unicorn in Captivity.
- Uncertain Doom: Last seen being dragged into the sewers by Brock Samson. Likely to his death.
- Body Horror: Some of his transformations definitely invoke this.
- Fatal Flaw: While he can transform into anything, he cant change his color scheme or voice. Brock manages to find him through this.
- Monster Clown: A gentler example. He isn't outright malicious or even that bad of a guy but he sides with the Guild.
- Non-Action Guy: He uses his shapeshifting abilities mostly for mobility and subterfuge but can't seem to do much in a fight.
- Practically Joker: Less vicious than his inspiration, but as a jester that cracks jokes he does take notes from the Joker. And his voice actor.
- Uncertain Doom: The last we see of him is him getting stabbed in the head by Brock Samson but is still somehow alive.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His main power. He can transform and contort his body into any shape or form.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Tanks for Nuthin', a look at Dr. Mrs. the Monarch's email inbox shows she had applied to become a member of the Council.
- Mission Control: Her role during the heist.
- Recurring Extra: Appeared a few times in Guild crowd shots and had only a few lines before The Unicorn in Captivity gave her a role in Copycat's heist.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Falls out of the escape van right as 21 drives away, leaving her fate unknown.
- Badass Normal: Just a guy with some boxing gloves. Subverted in that all he manages to really do is temporarily kidnap Rusty.
- Boom, Headshot!: After Pistol-Whipping him to near-death, the Action Man finishes him off like this.
- Bullying a Dragon: Seriously, what kind of idiot decides to pick on the original Team Venture with no superpowers or special technology?
- Combat Aestheticist: Styled himself after a stereotypical gay-Nineties gentleman boxer, complete with waxed mustache, interjections like "Goshen!" and an exaggerated orthodox stance. This proved completely useless against an unhesitating armed opponent, as Action Man dodged his first slow punch and then took the opportunity to club him senseless.
- Defiant to the End: Tells the Action Man to "Kiss [his] ass!" after he's been beaten to a pulp.
- Posthumous Character: Long-dead, courtesy of the Action Man.
Wide Wale's Sub-arches
The various members that Wide Wale hired as a result of a Guild bylaw that allowed him to subcontract his arching of Dr. Venture to other super-villains.
An Irish-American supervillain who may or may not be part simian. All he really does is harass and bother Dr. Venture, Brock, and Hatred. Killed in action when Dr. Venture's "god gas" experiment goes awry, The Monarch and 21 as the Blue Morpho and Kano arrive, and 21 accidentally kills him by punching him such that he falls into a massive hole in the ground floor caused by Wide Wale's last direct attempt at arching Dr. Venture.
Haranguetan's wife. She presses Dr. Mrs. The Monarch to help her regain the Haranguetank, an RV that serves as her home with Haranguetan. She uncovers the camera footage on Dr. Mrs. The Monarch's computer that suggests that Dr. Venture killed her husband as the Blue Morpho and drives the Haranguetank to kill him, but swerves out of the way to avoid crashing into Hank and Dean and ends up in the hole in Ventech's ground floor like her husband. Along with Think Tank. She survives. Think Tank however ends up in a coma.
Think Tank is Dr. Nidaba, Dean's philosophy professor at Stuyvesant University. He has psychic powers and drives around in a purple tank. Battleaxe accidentally runs him down in the Haranguetank after she loses control when avoiding Hank and Dean. Season 7 shows him alive, but comatose.
- Affably Evil: Aside from Red Death, he's one of the most genuinely polite super-villains in the Guild. He makes sure his student, Dean, doesn't go home the night he plans on launching an attack, and he seems to want a worthy adversary.
- Antagonist in Mourning: After being rendered comatose, the superhero Stars and Garters visits him in the hospital and plays guitar for him after being told music helps in the healing process. Given his team member, Warriana has apparently battled him in the past, it can be presumed Stars and Garters was one of Think Tank's "jock" nemeses.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He deduces Dean was attacked by Wide Wale and visited someone in the hospital in this manner.
- Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Think Tank is disappointed that he's often pitted against "jock" heroes instead of a fellow genius. It's one of the reasons he's so excited to get a scientist nemesis like Rusty.
- Convenient Coma: After Battleaxe runs him over, Nidaba ends up comatose. Presently he shares a hospital room with Rusty Venture.
- Evil Teacher: He's a super-villain philosophy teacher. In a twist, he acts like a Cool Teacher—at least in the sense, he cares about his students, like Dean, whom he warns away from the place he plans to attack later.
- Expy: He's an obvious parody of MODOK.
- Friendly Enemy: He tries to be this to Rusty, whom he mistakenly believes to be a Worthy Opponent, but given that it's Rusty, it's taxing.
- Mind over Matter: He fights with telekinetic powers.
- My Brain Is Big: He has a comically huge head in contrast to his small body.
- Not Quite Dead: Seemingly killed when Battleaxe accidentally runs him over, it turns out he survived and is comatose.
- Pet the Dog: Advises his student Dean to avoid going home that night, so he won't be in danger while his father is being arched.
- Scary Black Man: You'd think this would be averted because he doesn't seem physically threatening, but notice that over the course of what must have been at least ten minutes of trying he can't get a cab to stop for him in Midtown.
- Smart People Play Chess: This was his goal of arching Dr. Venture, a game of chess. However, chess isn't Rusty's game of choice.
- Worthy Opponent: He deems Rusty to be more of an intellectual equal than previous heroes he's had to fight. Clearly, he has no idea which Doctor Venture he got. While Rusty is smart, he has no patience and dislikes chess. J.J. would have been a better fit for him.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Warhammer apparently tends to be wrapped up in a passion project, finding a new muse and involving them in a project, only to lose interest just as quickly.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite their eccentricities (even by supervillain standards), they are pretty effective at what they do. They manage to infiltrate and set up their party within the VenTech Penthouse without anyone noticing, they tranquillize Sgt. Hatred, prevent Rusty from calling Brock for help immediately and then rob him blind and (nearly) get away with it, comes across as pretty impressive. The only thing they were unable to account for being the Blue Morpho (the Monarch in disguise) appearing as a sudden Third Party. Granted Dr. Venture is not the most astute or attentive individual and Sgt. Hatred was still healing from his injuries, but the fact that they rank up high enough in the Guilds ranks to be allowed to arch him speaks volumes.
- Cloudcuckoolander:Warhammer: Somebody gave me this communicator watch. I think it was Eenie. Yeah, yeah it was Eenie. And-and she said I could talk to God with it, but I-I don't have anything to say [his lip briefly trembles]. Here [gives it to Rusty] n-now you can talk to God.
- Drugs Are Bad: They are villains and they provide an entire candy store's worth of drugs for their parties.
- Expy: Wes Warhammer is clearly supposed to be Andy Warhol and Lex Luthor combined. The whole of the Doom Factory are parodies of Warhol's various muses and his "The Factory" studio, as well as the Legion of Doom.
- Frigid is Captain Cold.
- Serpentine is The Riddler with an added snake theme.
- Eenie-Meanie is Bumblebee, though her role in the Legion suggests a bit of Toyman.
- Gerard the Gorilla is Gorilla Grodd.
- Black Mariah is Black Manta.
- Trashenstein is Solomon Grundy.
- Billy Maim's mannerisms are borrowed from Cheetah.
- She-Hemoth is Giganta.
- Ultra-Violent is Star Sapphire.
- Hard Candy is Bizarro.
- Legion of Doom: As a parody of the Trope Namer.
- Mad Artist: More of a gimmick than a motivation (understandable considering they are based on famed pop artist Andy Warhol and the Warhol Superstars). They are referred to as " a part of this new breed of Post-Modern Artsy villain" by 21 and have had an article of Modern Villain done on their hideout. Their big plan involves throwing a party at their archs home (in this case being Rusty Venture's penthouse) where they proceed to rob them blind in the chaos. They fill their lair and the penthouse with metallic mylar-balloons filled with helium similar to the Andy Warhol and Billy Klüver's "Silver Clouds", Gerard Gorilla is always seen making screenprints, they send a threat in the form of a Screamer Prank referencing the art film Empire, Warhammer distracts Rusty by making him the star of a minimalist film, they fill the penthouse with Marilyn Diptych-esq depictions of Rusty Venture, etc.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: All of them are based on individual members of Warhol's cohort, aside from Wes Warhammer being based on Warhol himself.
- Frigid: Brigid Berlin.
- Serpentine: Ondine.
- Eenie-Meanie: Edie Sedgwick.
- Gerard the Gorilla: Gerard Malanga.
- Black Mariah: Paul Morrisey.
- Trashenstein: Joe Dalessandro.
- Ultra Violent: Ultra Violet.
- Billy Maim: Billy Name.
- She-Hemoth: Holly Woodlawn.
- Hard Candy: Candy Darling.
- Sissy Villain: While only brief, Warhammer's first interaction with Rusty comes across as very suggestive.Warhammer: Hi. You must be Rusty. Wow, it's — it's so great to finally meet you. You're really such a beauty. [He takes off Rusty's glasses.]
Rusty: Please, don't hurt me.
Warhammer: You're the boss, applesauce.
- Whole Costume Reference: Trashenstein, as his name suggests, is based on Joe Dalessandro's look in Flesh for Frankenstein (nude and covered in stitches, with bandages over his genitals), combined with the long hair and headband he wore in Trash.
The next in line to arch Dr. Venture under Wide Wale's command. To cover up his identity as The Blue Morpho, The Monarch has 21 kidnap him in his place while he arches Dr. Heiney. His final fate is not made clear. The Monarch ordered 21 to execute him, but 21 has been suffering from guilt and PTSD after having accidentally murdered Haranguetan. All we see in the end is 21 burying Wandering Spider's mechanical spider legs in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
- Asshole Victim: Spends most of his on-screen time begging for his life from 21, but he is still a supervillain.
- Expy: A sort of Doctor Octopus with his four additional mechanical legs.
- Never Found the Body: He was presumed dead and a funeral was held for him due to 21 (acting as the Blue Morpho) making him call Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and leave a voicemail. His actual fate is ambiguous.
- Stealth Pun: He appears to be Afro-Latino, and his villain persona is based on the Brazilian Wandering Spider.
- Tranquilizer Dart: His weapons, aside from his mechanical legs, are neurotoxin darts that may or may not be PhTx3 (the one actual Brazilian Wandering Spiders produce) based on 21 getting paralysis and priapism.
"Killinger. Dr. Henry Killinger. And this is my Magic Murder Bag."
- The Ace: Fixes up everything with a wave of his hand and with his impressive psychological and management planning skills. And his Magic Murder Bag.
- Affably Evil: To the point that the "evil" part is debatable, though he did try to turn Thaddeus Venture officially evil and have him arch his own brother.
- Ambiguously Human: Revealed in All This and Gargantua-2 to be a being on the same order as the Investors. Exactly what type of higher being (alien, demon, etc.) is still unknown.
- Anti-Villain: He only ever helps those he works for, and teaches them in such a way that they grow and earn what they desire. It just so happens that those he helps are always villains, along with the occasional morally-questionable protagonist.
- Bag of Holding: His Magic Murder Bag, which looks evil, but holds at least an umbrella and whatever he needs to help somebody fix their personal issues (i.e. a bouquet and the Monarch's journal) rather than any real implements of murder. The exception is the time he used it to silence the complaints of several union leaders causing problems for Rusty's work by reducing them to ash.
- Big Good: A fascinating Reconstruction of this trope from the perspective of the villains. Rather than be the supreme evil leader Big Bad, Killinger is akin to a life coach designed to improve the psychology and wellbeing of his clients however he can. Even though he's slowly turning them to the path of evil, all of his clients actually really enjoy his work and seem to be happier, healthier people than they were before. He even takes this to the next level by ascending to Greater-Scope Villain level and becoming the head of the Guild, where he seeks to reform it from the inside out.
- Bond, James Bond: Introduces himself this way.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a German-accented old man with a propensity for calling people "silly billy" who flies around with his umbrella while wearing a skull mask, black doctor's garb, and bunny slippers...and has completely turned around the fortunes of everyone he has worked for, usually while helping them realize the hidden potential they had all the long.
- The Chessmaster: Of all the factions manipulating one another during the Gargantua 2 incident, he comes out on top.
- Combat Pragmatist: While he and the last Investor are having their epic lightsaber battle, the Monarch and the Guild Resistance pop in, revealing that they were simply having a psychic battle. When the Investor becomes distracted by the intruders, Killinger stabs him with his Umbrella in the physical world.
- Dressed to Heal: Besides his bunny slippers and skull half-mask, he wears a black doctor's uniform, complete with a stethoscope, the medical bag he keeps handcuffed to him, and red highlighting. Oddly enough, he actually gets closer to fulfilling this trope without edging into Deadly Doctor territory beyond aesthetics.
- Evil Chancellor: Inverted, Killinger only operates to improve the lives of those he is charged with rather than undermine their every move.
- Evil Mentor: Tries to be one toward Rusty in The Doctor is Sin, though he's more benevolent than most examples. (His teaching doesn't take, but it does give Rusty a much-needed Heel Realization.) In a twist on this trope, he's not so much a mentor that turns people evil and more simply a mentor to evil people (The Monarch, Phantom Limb, etc.) The fact that Rusty attracted his attention says a lot more about HIS character than it does Killinger's.
- Humanoid Abomination: A benevolent one, in contrast to his siblings.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He makes wonders for those he helps, though his true calling is to make them realize just how far they can go without him.
- Inexplicably Awesome: He can do practically anything and has no backstory or rational explanation for anything he does. And he has a Magic Murder Bag. As it turns out, he and the Investors are of the same mysterious species.
- Magical Guardian: For the people he assists, he does have elements of this even down to the Parasol Parachute.
- Nice Shoes: Always shown wearing a pair of bedroom skull slippers.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: Perhaps the strongest example in the series. Considering how he killed all three Investors at once without a scratch, he may be a Physical God.
- No-Sell: He appears to be impervious to magical attacks, or at least those of Dr. Orpheus.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Possibly subverted. His mention of working for Richard Nixon implies that he may actually be this universe's Henry Kissinger, not merely based on him.
- Physical God: He may in fact be Apeliotes the Greco-Roman god of the southeast wind.
- Parasol Parachute: Like the above-mentioned English nanny, he can use his umbrella to fly. Also, as a conduit for his more supernatural abilities a la Hagrid. This may just be largely so people aren't put off by him in the same way they are with The Investors.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Played with. He does wear a lot of red and black, and he does mostly help villains, but he himself is so anti-villainous and affable that he barely qualifies as "evil."
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Very politely leaves The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend to fend for themselves when Phantom Limb attacks the Flying Cocoon in the second season finale.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Has only had three major appearances to date (with a few bit appearances in other episodes,) but has made a significant impact on the Venture universe in each. (Helping to rebuild the Monarch's organization and reunite him with Dr. Girlfriend in one, setting Monarch down the path of becoming a Not-So-Harmless Villain, and giving Rusty Venture a much needed Heel Realization in another, which eventually helped to bring out more of Rusty's heart of gold tendencies.) These pale, however, in comparison to his third appearance, where he slays the Investors and reforms the Guild of Calamitous Intent after the Sovereign's defeat.
- Trickster Mentor: Another inversion. While he is astoundingly good at managing and organizing supervillain operations, his actions ultimately lead his clients to realize something about themselves but is usually a truth they've either pushed aside or were unaware of. All a part of the growing process Killinger employs as a life coach.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Sometimes when he flies away, he gets stuck."My umbrella is caught on something... I require assistance."
Phantom Limb: ...Very well, but you may have to give me the shot in my derriere. Needles can't penetrate my electro-impalpable limbs!
Watch: Yeah, 'needles'. Good one. Try Giant Metal Spikes.
Ward: They're wonderful and frightening and they go in through your neck and they replace all your blood!
Watch: You get your blood back at the end of the summit, unless that 'loss of life' thing happens. Then we send your next of kin a big jar of blood and a very nice card.
High-ranking Guild communications officers, who report directly to the Sovereign. They're fairly good at their jobs, when not distracted by inconsequential matters, be they misplaced juice boxes or mp3 selection.
- Author Avatar: Their conversations are often taken from actual conversations between Jackson and Doc. As a bonus, Doc and Ward (whom he voices) are both blonds.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They're quite idiotic and can sometimes make you wonder how they even got a high-ranking in the Guild, but the special "All This For Gargantua-2" shows that they are fairly competent and smart.
- Idiot Ball: Failed to notice Phantom Limb's escape from Guild HQ, due to Watch having a bug clinging to his back.Watch: Aah! It's one of those ones that flies!
- La Résistance: They help form the "Guild Resistance" against the increasingly murderous Sovereign in "All This and Gargantua-2."
- Punch-Clock Villain: Almost to the point of Minion with an F in Evil in places. You'd have a very hard time naming any point where they actually did something evil.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To henchmen 21 and 24.
- Those Two Bad Guys: And they're constantly bickering and trip each other up at every turn.
Wide Wale's daughter and Hank's love interest. The feeling's mutual.
- Beauty Mark: She has one under her right eye.
- Brooklyn Rage: She's got the accent and the temper, but she only lashes out at her dad and his minions for interfering with her life. To everyone else, she's pretty nice, if rather foul-mouthed.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Her father tries to keep her unaware of certain parts of his life, ostensibly for her protection. Though this can reach comically unnecessary levels, like when her dad didn't even tell her she had an uncle.
- Mafia Princess: To Wide Wale's The Don. With his mafia schtick, Wide Wale keeps Sirena mostly locked away in their penthouse "for her protection." She's aware of her dad's activities and is pissed about how they interfere with her life.
- Meaningful Name: Due to super-science, she can breathe underwater and needs to get her skin wet every six hours. She's also named "Sirena" and is a love interest for Hank.
- Sirens, however, tempted sailors to their deaths thanks to their beautiful voices. Sirena's voice, with her harsh Brooklyn accent and foul mouth, is easily the most abrasive part about her. Though she's still popular with guys.
- Nice Girl: Mostly with the Venture Brothers and when she's had some time and distance between herself and Wale's smothering parenting style.
- Not So Above It All: She found Hank's attempts to impress her rather charming, if a bit childish."Four different albinos held us up! It's cute."
- Our Mermaids Are Different: As her father managed to use superscience to transform himself into a part-whale creature, Sirena herself hasn't escaped the super-science transformation into a part-aquatic creature. She possesses gills and apparently has to get her skin wet every six hours. Although she insists she's "not a friggin' mermaid".
- Seen It All: Hank apparently told her off-screen that both he and Dean are clones. She took it in stride.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It's played as an inversion of All Girls Want Bad Boys, since Sirena's a "bad girl" who's only dated good guys like Hank and previously Brown Widow (although, likely, she didn't know of his super alter-ego). Hank believes that she's only into him to piss off her father, but Sirena tells him that she is having fun on their date."I'm used to guys just trying to get me drunk and then mess around!"
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Sirena is dating Hank while her father is the assigned archenemy of Hank's father.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Triana Orpheus as the daughter of a doctor who is a Venture Brother love interest and is the only other woman in the show besides Triana to give Dean an erection.
- Voiced by: Mark Gagliardi.
Wide Wale's top henchman. A big Guido stereotype with an overprotective nature regarding Sirena.
- Bodyguard Crush: He seems a little too interested in Sirena at times.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He's an awkward Moment Killer prone to interrupting those around him with non-sequiturs and other poorly timed and thought-out commentary.
- Composite Character: He's a mixture of Brock's competence in combat and Sgt. Hatred's gun-totting immature goofiness.
- The Dragon: Wide Wale's #2 and most seen associate.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He easily captures Sheila during the Season 7 two-part premiere.
- Voiced by: James Adomian
A Guild Stranger. In place of part of his skull, he has a plastic dome on his head with tubes coming out of it. Also a mole from the Guild's Canadian rivals, the Peril Partnership.
- Dating Catwoman: He's the "Catwoman" as he forms a relationship with OSI Agent Kimberly McManus.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: After stealing a weather machine to get Kimberly's attention, the Guild decides enough is enough and blank his memory of her.
- The Mole: He's acting a mole for the Guild's Canadian rivals, the Peril Partnership. After some threats from Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, he agrees to act as a double agent for the Guild if they help him get his girlfriend back.
- Pet the Dog: He has a pet dog that he's fond of.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's a pretty nice guy whose job consists of being a mook for an evil organization.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: In love with a Guild agent named Kimberly.
- Tin Man: He claims that due to the procedures performed on him, he can't feel sadness, saying you could shoot his dog in front of him and he wouldn't cry. Then he asks the person he's talking to not to shoot Billy because "he's a good boy." He also shows a lot of fear when Dr. Mrs. The Monarch gives him a To the Pain threat.
- You Are Number 6: Only referred to by his Stranger identification.