Dr. Venture's arch enemy, his wife/equal partner, second in command and pains in his ass.
Malcom Fitzcarraldo / The Mighty Monarch / Blue Morpho II
"I just...I just wanted to kick his [Dr. Venture's] ass! I wanted to build a machine to kick his ass! I wanted to build an empire to house the machine to kick his ass!"
As Dr. Venture's self-proclaimed arch-nemesis, the Monarch plots the downfall of Team Venture with the utmost glee. His back is adorned with the wings of the mighty Monarch Butterfly from which he takes his name. Insecure and uncertain at heart, he leans on Dr. Girlfriend probably more than a super-villain should. His first name, as stated by his father and in flashbacks, is Malcom, while his last name is revealed in Season 7 to be Fitzcarraldo.
- Animal Motif: The Monarch Butterfly. Duh. Changed to the Morpho Butterfly when he takes on his father's hero identity the Blue Morpho.
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: He inherited a rather hefty trust fund from his parents, which is suggested to be how he pays for his equipment (supplemented by stealing from other villains).
- Reality Ensues by Season 7, where his account is finally overdrawn.
- Arch-Enemy: To Dr. Venture. Unlike many of the others, it's not just "arching", but that he genuinely wants to be his arch-enemy full time and not be reassigned.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Though he himself isn't one, he has something of a royalty theme in his villain work, including a crown, a throne, and lots of gold armor. It was suggested by Dr. Girlfriend, as prior to this, he wasn't aware that "monarch" could mean "king."
- Artistic License Biology: A lot of jokes are made at his expense in the first season for not knowing nearly as much about monarch butterflies as he should. The very first episode does a decent example of it after he reveals that he was raised by monarch butterflies after his parents died, and was then abandoned by them. Brought back later on when it's revealed that he has no idea what the link between a guy calling himself the Blue Morpho and a guy who collects butterflies might be, because he had no idea what a "morpho" is.Dr. Girlfriend: Oh sweetie. Butterflies only live about nine months.
The Monarch: What?
- Bad Boss: He actually stays away from You Have Outlived Your Usefulness murders, but he often kills his henchmen for either startling him, annoying him, or in one case, to downsize. It later turns out that all of his henchmen except Mauve Shirts 21 and 24 are suicidal Death Seekers.
- Badass on Paper: For a guy dressed like a butterfly, the Monarch has one impressive resume. He committed what was essentially an act of terrorism in college and got away with it scot-free, was able to became a full-on super villain before he got his trust-fund and while registered as a lowly henchmen in the Guild, seduced (twice) and eventually married his boss' girlfriend, built a fully-function floating palace with an army of henchmen so loyal to him that they would give their lives for him, has escaped a prison built specifically to house super villains with all but one of his cohorts betraying him, has killed every Science Hero he was assigned to by the Guild with amazing ease, has managed to always become Rusty's arch nemesis despite being legally red-taped numerous times and - to top it all off - has survived several encounters with Brock Samson. With this in mind, he probably could have had everyone in the Venture compound killed many times over ( or definitely has in the case of Dean and Hank) and simply chooses not to because of his obsession with annoying Dr. Venture.
- Batman Gambit: A rare case of a villain pulling one off. In The Lepidopterists, he manages to get Jonas Jr. to try to kill him, thus qualifying as "prior escalation" and allowing Monarch to arch "guild sanctioned relatives," i.e., Rusty Venture.
- Big Bad Wannabe: How he started out, even taking on Captain Sunshine while still an unlicensed rookie villain. As of season four, he's reversed that position to be a big fish in a small pond. Then, after his wife gets promoted to the Council for Thirteen in season five, he is back to fitting the trope since he now wants to be on the council as well. Averted in the season 7 finale, where he becomes a Level 10 Villain despite not having the resources other Level 10 Villains have.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Not unlike Rusty Venture. He's able to demolish every Science Hero the guild throws him against, and not only that, but he does it too quickly. He has excellent talent at villainy, but he chooses to use it for the purpose of tormenting Rusty Venture for... some reason.
- Broken Pedestal: His admiration for his father's vigilante racket is immediately superseded by disgust when he finds out that he cheated on his mother with Jill St. John, Stella Stevens, and Jonas Venture.
- Cain and Abel: He's actually Rusty's other brother that wants him dead.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He is proud to say that he is evil and lives for the torment of a guy he just doesn't like.
- Companion Cube: The Butter-Glider. He even took it on a picnic. He had it in bed with him, and defended it from his wife.
- Before that, it was revealed that he talks to his dead stuffed cat, Mister Mostly Mittens.
- Contractual Genre Blindness: Only when arching Rusty Venture. Against anyone else, he proves to be ruthlessly effective.
- Cowboy Cop: A villainous example he has always been willing to disregard the Guilds strict rules to arch Doctor Venture the way he wishes.
- Dead Guy on Display: He's kept his "mother" butterfly's preserved carcass in a frame so he can always have her close by when he's feeling down.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His lifelong vendetta against Rusty Venture may just be due to a fight over a toy during their childhood, though it's hinted that Rusty also made fun of his poetry while in college.
- The Dreaded: As the Blue Morpho, he is this to the Guild of Calamitous Intent.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He actually says this in the episode "Powerless in the Face of Death", when King Gorilla is rather hesitant to help him escape from prison.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In spite of being a Card-Carrying Villain he will often express shock when Rusty's be a particular Jerkass.
- Evil Is Petty: While he hates Rusty with an all-consuming passion, he mostly seems to want to annoy him rather than actually destroy him.
- Foe Yay: He once raped a robot because it had Rusty's face on it.
- Foil: To his nemesis, in a number of ways:
- Rusty and The Monarch both inherited hefty fortunes from their departed parents, but Rusty lost his father in his adulthood and cruises through the super science world on the coattails of others' successes, and The Monarch was orphaned as a child and clawed his way into super villainy by his own merits.
- The Monarch has a somewhat tumultuous but long-standing and deeply romantic and intimate relationship with Dr. Girlfriend built on trust and respect, where Dr. Venture is a pitifully lonely bachelor and Casanova Wannabe.
- The Monarch's hatred for Dr. Venture is almost tragically one-sided, to the point that he's usually considered a persistent nuisance at worst. This is largely thanks to their difference in manpower, with The Monarch's utterly inept legions of devoted henchmen falling in almost comical droves before Dr. Venture's single bodyguard.
- Dr. Venture is a rather apathetic man in matters where his own ego and wealth aren't concerned, including The Monarch's one-sided obsession with ruining his life, and is riddled with self-doubt and unresolved trauma. The Monarch is defined by his almost inspiring passion for hatred and villainy, and has so much confidence in his abilities and purpose that his countless failures, his wife's pleas, Brock's wrath and even strict Guild restrictions cannot dissuade him from pursuing his goal.
- Doctor Venture is a Failure Hero, and Killinger suggested he would likely be much more dangerous as a villain. The Monarch is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who proves frighteningly effective whenever he assumes the mantle of heroism. This even goes in line with their fathers; both had heroic fathers, but Rusty is universally agreed to be a disgrace to his father's legacy, while the Monarch had criminals fearing the return of the Blue Morpho after just his first night out.
- Forgot I Could Fly: When the Monarch panics, he either immediately uses his wings to fly away or fails to use them at all.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: During "SPHINX Rising", he finds a picture of a young Rusty and him playing together at the Venture Compound. To say it unnerves him is a massive understatement.
- For the Evulz: His sole motivation is hating Dr. Venture. It is implied that the only reason he does so is because he just feels like it.
- Given the rather soul-crushing realization that he and Venture are both losers, it could simply be that he wants to destroy Rusty because the man represents everything about himself that he hates.
- Seasons six and seven loosely hint that that his hatred of Rusty actually subconsciously stems from a relatively minor incident where they got into a fight over a toy as children that neither of them actually remembers. Seasons one and three also previously hinted how Rusty mocked his poems during college.
- Freudian Excuse: When Monarch tried to kill Venture during college years, it injured Baron Underbheit and people thought Venture did it so now Monarch wants vengeance. It's still left unexplained as to why Monarch tried to kill Venture in the first place.
- Heroic Lineage: Season 6 reveals that he is the son of the Blue Morpho, an expy of The Green Hornet.
- Well he's legally the son of the Blue Morpho. Once season 7 starts, it's soon heavily implied and then confirmed in the season finale that his biological father is Jonas Venture, Sr.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": As revealed in the season 1 finale, his surname really is The Monarch.
- Jossed. His real name is Malcom Fitzcarraldo.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: During Season 3, he tries to kill Rusty by planting a small explosive on his back that willl cause him to violently explode. Minutes later, he finds himself in the same hot tub as him, but luckily for them both, the water shorts out the bomb.
- Hour Glass Plot: Money-wise, his and Rusty's statuses gradually switch places with Rusty going from his father's increasingly dilapidated compound to his brother's high-tech skyscraper while the Monarch goes from thumbing his nose at his rival from a flying cocoon fortress to slumming it in his condemned family home that he hasn't visited since his parents died.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Most of his villains, and sometimes even his cohorts, bemoan the fact that he wasted his prime years and a substantial fortune on inconveniencing a burnt-out slacker like Rusty. The Monarch himself has moments of doubt when he appears to be on the cusp of realizing the futility of his grudge, but stubbornly psyches himself back into arching his hated enemy again and again.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: At first. By the end of season 2, after a little help from Dr. Killinger and reuniting with Dr. Girlfriend, he is downright lethal by season 3.
- Irrational Hatred: Why he hates Venture is unexplained, nor is it likely to be anything particularly significant.
- It's All About Me: And his hatred of Rusty Venture. His wife is a close second however. But not all that close.
- Jerkass: He's a jerk to his men (kills them or sends them to their deaths), his fellow villains (steals their technology and frequently belittles them), and on several occasions, to his wife (pre- and post-marriage) as well. By numbers the only reason Rusty doesn't get the brunt of it is because they don't usually get much screen time together.
- Karma Houdini: Season 7 opens with him planning to foist the blame of all his antics as the Blue Morpho on his recently returned predecessor.
- Lamarck Was Right: It turns out that his father also had a predilection for butterfly-themed costumes.
- Except it's heavily implied that his biological father is Jonas Venture, Sr., as the original Blue Morpho a.k.a. Venturion a.k.a. Vendata was infertile and Dr. Venture offered his "services" in testing Mrs. Fitzcarraldo's fertility.
- Large Ham: He loves classic-style villain speeches.
- Lampshaded by Sgt. Hatred in Home is Where the Hate Is while playing charades:Sgt. Hatred: Nope, you talked, I can't count it.
Monarch: HATRED! MARK MY WORDS! ...
Hatred: Blah, blah, blah. We're all supervillains here, Monarch. We've heard that speech a thousand times. You don't get the points.
- Lampshaded by Sgt. Hatred in Home is Where the Hate Is while playing charades:
- Loophole Abuse: When the Guild prevented him from arching Dr. Venture, he signed up to arch Jonas Venture, Jr., and after a clever plan, earned the right to terrorize JJ's immediate relatives.
- Also how he saves Rusty's life in a Guild operated night club since, as Rusty's primary arch, he has the first right to kill Dr. Venture. The other villains are forced to release him.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: It was implied in the beginning of season seven, then confirmed in the finale, that he's the bastard child of Jonas Venture Senior, making him Rusty's half-brother. He doesn't take the reveal well.
- Monstrous Cannibalism: He considers himself kin to butterflies, but he's not averse to eating them if he feels like it.
- Mutually Unequal Relation: The Monarch's rivalry with Rusty Venture is almost entirely one-sided. The Monarch could drop off the face of the Earth and Venture probably wouldn't even notice, much less care.
- Not So Different: He and Rusty actually share a moment to reflect on their lives in The Devil's Grip and realize they have a lot in common.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain:
- Poster boy for this trope. At first he seemed like an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, but it quickly turned out that he was a significantly bigger threat to people who didn't have Brock Samson on their side.
- After losing the rights to arch Dr. Venture he actually made it a habit out of killing his new Arches too quickly.
- It's also heavily implied that he does care for Rusty and the boys in a way; he wants Rusty crushed, not merely killed, and feels a connection to them due to their long adversarial relationship. When he's facing people he simply doesn't care about at all, he's far, far more lethal.
- Eventually recognized for this when he becomes a Level 10 Villain for the Guild.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His first name has rarely - once - been mentioned on-screen.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Gets into rivalries with Baron Underbheit and Sgt. Hatred over who gets to be Rusty's Arch-Enemy. Also saves Rusty's life in a Guild operated nightclub, since, as Rusty's primary arch, he has the first right to kill Venture. In Season Six, he becomes the new Blue Morpho in order to kill off any other potential arches of Rusty.
- Patricide: His attempt to frame his crimes on the original Blue Morpho during the opening of Season 7 results in both his success and the accidental deaths of BOTH his fathers.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Invokes this himself when he calls JJ a "retard" while arching him in "The Lepidopterists" — as he points out, he's the bad guy, he's not going to stoop to saying something embarrassing like "bungling boob" if he can, and he doesn't give a shit if it makes the mentally disabled Ned feel bad.
- Raised by Wolves: Claims to have been raised by monarch butterflies after his parents died in a plane crash when he was a preteen. The money for his college education and villainy were provided for by a trust fund.
- Redemption Promotion: He tends to show his Not-So-Harmless Villain qualities best when he's fighting other villains, especially post-Blue Morpho. In just a handful of episodes, he took out multiple powerful supervillains, including an entire team. It's a further parallel to Doctor Venture.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: He uses his family's vast fortune for the sole purpose of funding his war against Rusty and by the time Season 7 opens, he has burned through entirety of his inheritance due to poor business sense and a lack of profitable supervillainy.
- Running Gag: There are several instances when The Monarch is forced to take a taxi, he either shoots the cab driver, or sends his henchmen to do his dirty work to get out of paying the fare.
- Skewed Priorities: Everything takes backseat to tormenting Dr. Venture, except for his relationship with Dr. Girlfriend. This leads to him taking on Rusty as his best man.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His given name is written as "Malcom" in Vendata's internal display, unlike the more common spelling "Malcolm".
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Henchman 21 as of season 6.
- Trigger Happy: Approach him cautiously; he tends to shoot a lethal dosage of darts into the mouth of anybody who startles him.
- Unknown Rival: Well, hardly unknown, but his obsessive hatred of Dr Venture is largely one-sided.
- The Un-Reveal: When remembering his first attempt to kill Venture in college (which failed and blew off Ünderbheit's jaw) in Shadowman 9, the Monarch remembers a fellow student telling him what happened. Said student used his real first name: apparently the Monarch's real name is Malcom.
- Villainous Friendship: Once Henchman 21 takes a level in badass and becomes the Monarch's right-hand man, the two of them actually become friends. 21 ends up turning down a chance at becoming a Level 4 villain and remaining a henchman because he doesn't have the kind of hate the Monarch has, he just wants to help his friend.
- Villainous Rescue: In the season 5 episode "Bot Seeks Bot," Rusty Venture is captured in a Guild operated night club and about to be dipped into acid (even Brock Samson knows it would be suicide to attempt to rescue Doc surrounded by so many supervillains), when Monarch shows up, citing Guild regulations which state that he has the first right to kill Venture as Venture's primary arch. The other villains are forced to release Dr. Venture.
- Villain Protagonist: He is the story's protagonist as often as the antagonist.
- Willfully Weak: There's a heavy implication that the Monarch massively pulls his punches against the Ventures. Given his track record against anyone other than them and his occasional remarks that he sees their feud as some epic rivalry it's quite likely that he's utterly uninterested in killing the Ventures and just wants their battle to continue for as long as it can.
- Would Hit a Girl: Shot his wife with a tranquilizer gun in Season 6 so he could take out more of Wide Wale's goons as the Blue Morpho. He also has a habit of tossing prostitutes into death traps after he's done having sex with them.
Dr. Sheila Fitzcarraldo / Dr. Girlfriend / Dr. Mrs. The Monarch / Queen Etherea / Lady Au Pair
"I was thinking of something that plays off my abilities more than my sexuality."
The husky-voiced Dr. Girlfriend is perhaps the only voice of reason in the Monarch's sad little world. Skilled and capable, she is often the only thing that makes the Monarch's plans even remotely viable. Before teaming up with the Monarch, she was involved with the Phantom Limb under the name of Queen Etherea.
- Absolute Cleavage: Kept in place with a lot of tape.
- Affably Evil: When The Monarch was torturing H.E.L.P.eR for the Ventures' location, she put a stop to it and put a comforting arm around him. And soon had exactly the information the Monarch was trying to get...
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: She still holds a grudge against Brock Samson for not taking advantage of her when he had the chance.
- Berserk Button: Sheila hates people who are unprofessional. She doesn't much care for chauvinistic males either, even though she often uses her assets to get the drop on lecherous men.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She knows what she's doing and she can be very civil and friendly, but you shouldn't let your guard down when she's around. Just ask H.E.L.P.E.R..
- Consummate Professional: Despite the outrageous world she lives in, Sheila really is just a hard-working executive trying to balance an unruly corporation and a dysfunctional marriage. But she does so with utmost professionalism.
- Dark Action Girl: Martial prowess isn't her specialty, but she has been shown on a few occasions to be capable of kicking ass.
- Dark Mistress: A classic example. The trope was even called the Doctor Girlfriend before it got renamed.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most often happens when whatever villains she is with jeopardizes their plans by trying to be overly macho, particularly Phantom Limb.
- The Dragon: She's the Monarch's right-hand woman and is in charge of his security and gadgetry; she's also a very capable combatant on her own.
- Dude Magnet: The Monarch, Phantom Limb, Dr. Venture, Henchman 21, and Copy Cat have all fallen for her. Though completely averted with Brock, to her irritation.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Part of the reason she leaves Phantom Limb to work for the Monarch is that the latter actually appreciates her for making his plans to go after Venture possible while Limb is more than a touch sexist and condescending to her. Eventually averted when she becomes one of the Council of Thirteen.
- Even Evil Has Standards: During her first meeting as one of the Council of Thirteen, she calls out the Sovereign's plan to destroy Gargantua-2 and all the innocent civilians onboard to be extreme and insane. Overlaps with Pragmatic Villainy due to the fact that such an action would anger the O.S.I., whom the Guild has an uneasy truce with.
- Family Versus Career: A running theme since Season 6 and continuing throughout Season 7. Sheila becomes part of the Council of 13 by the end of Season 5, thanks to her great understanding of the rules. Unfortunately, this puts a strain on her marriage when she has to enforce those rules and keep her husband from doing what he really wants to do (arch Venture, since by Season 6 starting, Doc is now Level 10 and Monarch only Level 4.) Especially since she had to give Wide Wale exclusive arching rights to get him to stay in the Guild.
- Potentially coming to a head in the Season 7 episode, The Terminus Mandate. She discovers they don't need thirteen people for the council and they could form a new ruling organization for the Guild, but it would require retiring from active villany. The Monarch does not take this well, and indeed, Sheila worries if it may be the end for the two as she has to choose between a promotion or being an active villain alongside her husband,
- Interestingly enough, we also see that Sheila was always a career-orientated woman as she herself noted, which creates a hilarious contrast to her former arch, Novia, a bride-themed heroine. Her last assignment has her meeting up with Novia and the stress causes her to have a breakdown and be comforted by Novia.
- Friendly Enemy: She gets along really well with Dr. Venture.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She designed the Monarch's wings, built his security system, replicated Captain Sunshine's solar powers, and more.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: While she is technically The Dragon, she's a lot more capable than her husband in numerous of aspects, at least when it comes to the logistics and planning.
- The reasons she is where is now is because she was something of a failure as a solo villain, something she admits. She doesn't have any superhuman powers nor the budget to develop any sort of superscience technologies. Furthermore, she was also being strangled by the Guild's red tape regarding female villains which kept her from doing anything productive as a solo Gadgeteer Genius. Additionally, she doesn't have nearly the talent for dramatics and villainous monologues that the Monarch does. Hell, she enjoys watching her husband indulge himself in what he does. At the same, the Monarch is frighteningly capable of defeating nearly any hero... he just prefers for his goal to arch Dr. Venture.
- Irony: Sheila was apparently always a career-oriented woman which contrasts against her former arch, Novia, a bridal-themed heroine as seen in the past. However, by the current time in Season 7, Sheila is now Happily Married and Affably Evil while dealing with Family Versus Career. Meanwhile her former arch is now a Black Widow who kills rich men (her latest target turning out to be Dr. Venture as revealed in the B-plot.)
- I Have Many Names: She has been officially known as Lady Au Pair, Queen Etherea, Dr. Girlfriend, and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch; The Monarch has also called her Dr. Ex Girlfriend, Dr. Fiancee, and Dr. My Wife.
- Incidentally, her first name is Sheila.
- Loophole Abuse: Her intimate knowledge of Guild law allows her to do this frequently. At the end of Season 5, it's even been recognized by the Sovereign who has offered her a seat on the Council of Thirteen.
- Morality Pet: In early seasons, her main purpose is to make the Monarch more relatable.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: But at least she is clearly an engineer of some sort, and Word of God confirms that she has a Ph. D.
- Nice Hat: Based on that of Jackie Kennedy Onassis (along with her look for the first couple of seasons). Ironically, she has no idea who that is. It's implied that the guild came up with the persona for her when she wanted a 'competent female counterpart of a great leader' motif and rejected their more stripperiffic ideas.
- Later, she typically dresses as like a female version of the Monarch, complete with Cool Crown.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: She eventually reveals in an offhand comment she's a physicist. And given the amount of technical work she does, the title is most certainly earned.
- Notably, she is one of the few regular characters who can actually call herself a doctor as she's one of the few who has a legitimate Ph.D. Rusty Venture dropped out of college after his father's death and only holds an honorary doctorate from a dubious Tijuana community college. Byron Orpheus only has a bachelors degree in communication with a minor in women's studies from a community college, whereas the Master has granted him his doctorate. Billy Quizboy, while practicing medicine for years, never went to medical school let alone completed his undergraduate degree, and only gained his doctorate as a result of the actions of Monstroso and the Investors.
- Only Sane Man: She's one of the sanest people in the series. She's generally easygoing and her default demeanor isn't malicious, which just makes her someone you shouldn't underestimate. This is best shown in the season 5 opening, where it's revealed that to combat the supposed mutant army Dr. Venture was building, she contacted the foremost specialist on genetic mutations to create a serum to reverse the mutations and neutralize Venture's supposed army. In her words "You don't fight fire with fire, you fight it with water."
- Stripperiffic: Her Queen Etherea and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch costumes.
- Taught by Experience: Had apparently been working for supervillains for some time before The Monarch met her.
- Transgender: It was heavily suggested throughout the first two seasons that she is trans, with Brock more often than not suggesting this to be true.
- Season 3 subverts thus and instead her extremely husky voice is the result of heavy smoking.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Her obviously-male voice is usually completely ignored, though it gets occasional Lampshade Hanging (especially from Brock Samson, who often seems to be the only one to notice it).
- Uptight Loves Wild: Of a sort. She's not exactly uptight but she is rather reserved and stoic to a large amount of the insanity inherent to the world while her attraction to the Monarch seems partly based in how passionate he is about the supervillain life.
- Vocal Dissonance: A decidedly feminine Ms. Fanservice with a voice gruffer and deeper than Brock Samson's. It's justified in-universe by her three-pack-a-day smoking habit, and her voice was a little lighter during college (though Brock still thinks she was born male).
- Vocal Evolution: Her voice was even deeper and masculine in earlier episodes, but gradually became (somehow) more feminine while retaining the Brooklyn-trucker vibe.
- Whole Costume Reference: Often wears a dress and hat nearly identical to one worn by Jackie Kennedy. Hilariously, as shown in "Home Is Where the Hate Is", she doesn't know who Jackie Kennedy is. In later seasons she gets a new costume to match her husband's butterfly-themed affair before wearing official Guild-themed dresses and suits in her role as Councilwoman.
Gary Fischer / Henchman 21 / The Viceroy / Kano II
"That was no car accident! That was a car intentional!"
21 came into the employ of the Monarch when his henchman army kidnapped him at age 15. He originally appeared as a recurring Red Shirt henchman, usually alongside 24. After 24 was killed, 21 went a little nuts, Took a Level in Badass, and started talking to 24's skull. At the end of season four, Gary became disillusioned with the Monarch and decided to strike out on his own, temporarily joining SPHINX under the pseudonym "Viceroy". He eventually returned to the Monarch in season 5. As of season 6 he is The Dragon (and the only henchman remaining) of the Monarch.
He's variously gone by Gary, Two-Ton Twenty-one, Sphinx Commander, Viceroy and Kano, although he's most commonly known as just "21".
- Acrofatic: Along with Stout Strength, once he takes a level in badass. Despite his size, he becomes faster, more athletic, and capable of performing some impressive martial arts moves.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: His decision to finally bury 24's skull is in part because he cant masturbate with 24's "ghost" staring at him.
- Affably Evil: Not all that evil to begin with. In "Operation: P.R.O.M.", Gary decides he probably isn't evil after all. Even when he goes back to henching he's pretty friendly with the Ventures.
- Alas, Poor Yorick: After 24 dies, 21 keeps his skull as a memento, and claims he can still listen to 24 speaking to him through it.
- All for Nothing: Got bulk up and train his fellow henchman after 21 death to prevent more henchman deaths only for all the henchman to be kill in season 6 final.
- Arch-Enemy: Due to a misunderstanding, 21 becomes one to Hatred (though it's mostly one-sided on the latter's part). In fact, when given the opportunity to attack the Monarch in Season 6, Hatred opted to pistol whip Gary instead.
- Artifact Title: Never changes his henchman designation from 21, even when he's the Monarch's #2 man.
- Ascended Fanboy: 21 alternates between this and Punch-Clock Villain, depending on whether the mission features cool Villain Tropes.
- Author Avatar: Listening to the creator commentary and seeing Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick at cons makes it very obvious that 21 and 24 are the writers. When a fan asked them to settle an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny that 21 and 24 argued about in the show, they seriously debated it with each other and were indistinguishable from the characters.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: After he Took a Level in Badass, 21 begins fighting with a retractable wrist blade.
- Brutal Honesty: 21 has a bit of a breakdown in "Operation: P.R.O.M." in front of The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.[[spoiler:Monarch: 21's bailing on us.
Dr. Mrs.: What?!
Monarch: Ask him.
21: It's true! I'm sick of this! I'm slightly drunk, I'm talking to the ghost of my fucking dead friend, I'm probably in love with you, and...so yeah, whatever, I'm over it!
Monarch: You're over it?
Dr. Mrs.: You're in love with me?
Monarch: Whoa, wait, what?!
21: We made out!
Dr. Mrs.: Well... Well, that's a stretch. We got drunk. Maybe we kissed, but uh...
Monarch: Suuuuuuuuure, you d— where was I, then, uh?
21: Where were you—you were there! We were on top of you! We made out on you!]]
- It's also part of the reason 21 gets rid of 24's skull. He keeps showing up when he tries to masturbate.
- Bulletproof Vest: After taking a level, 21 starts wearing a yellow one instead of the standard Jerkin as part of his new Non-Uniform Uniform. He apparently had to buy it out of pocket since The Monarch is incredibly cheap with his Henchmen's equipment.
- The Dreaded: As "Two-Ton" 21.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: In season 4, following 24's death. He gets softer eventually.
- Genre Savvy: He and 24 catch on to a lot of details regarding the workings of the Venture universe. Then end up paying for their hubris eventually.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Leaves the Monarch and joins S.P.H.I.N.X, but rejoins the Monarch at the end of season 5. During season 6, he starts having doubts about his villainy again after The Monarch starts ordering him to kill other villains. However, all things considered, he doesn't really change much of what he really is, making these more examples of repeated Hazy Feel Turn.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with 24 in the first three seasons. 21 even lampshades this in a third-season episode, when The Monarch doesn't know who 24 is. In later episodes, especially Season 6, he tends to get this with the Monarch instead.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: 21 becomes this to the Monarch in Season 6 due to a mixture of loyalty and process of elimination.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Instead of taking their mission seriously with #1, 21 and 24 hide in plain sight from Brock by pretending to be mannequins in a "villain diorama". 24 comments on how little chance there is to actually do it.
- Important Haircut: Sported a ponytail underneath his henchman outfit. He has it removed in "The Terminus Mandate" after he decides to embrace change.
- Lampshade Hanging: he and 24 love to hang them, such as commenting on their Plot Armor.
- Mauve Shirt: Originally. After season four he's gotten a promotion to main character.
- Meaningful Name: Gary's recurring "Viceroy" identity. The Viceroy butterfly is so called because its appearance mimics that of the Monarch butterfly◊.note
- Mook Promotion: Originally appearing as a random recurring Mook and comic relief, he's leveled up to become the Monarch's Number Two.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Post-Taking A Level in Badass, 21 becomes this is Season 4 for the Monarch. This eventually leads to him quitting in the season finale. In the season five finale, he goes back to being this for the Monarch after the OSI rejects his efforts to join, and he fails in his attempts at being a hero as the only member of SPHINX.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Out of costume, 21 looks like Kevin Smith without a beard.
- Non-Action Guy: In the first three seasons he and 24 breeze through their assignments by slacking off and using their Genre Savviness to avoid deadly cliches. No longer a Non-Action Guy after 24's death.
- Plot Armor: Starts bragging about it in season three. Not a good idea, as it costs 24 his life.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: After his aforementioned badass level taking. Still the same pop culture obsessed nerd as he always was, but now able to go toe-to-toe with Brock Sampson.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Initially he was just there for a paycheck (and because he got kidnapped). Less so after season 5.
- Red Baron: 21 eventually picks up the epithet "Two Ton" 21.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to 21's Blue. Neither are the most enthusiastic of henchmen (at least at first, for 21), but 21 emotes more and displays more hamminess, passion, and loyalty than 24. This may be due in part to being indoctrinated from a young age in the ways of henching, and his background as a fanatical nerd.
- Running Gag: Whenever he has the opportunity to assume any kind of alias or codename, he always calls himself "The Viceroy." Initially, it was to signify that he was planning to carry on after the Monarch, but he uses the name even when there's no link whatsoever between the Monarch and whatever he's doing (for instance, in his stint as Sphinx Commander).
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: 21 in "Operation: P.R.O.M."
- Seriously Scruffy: Thanks to 24's death and his subsequent charavter development, he sports Perma-Stubble and torn sleeves in season 4.
- Sole Survivor: 21 is the only henchmen that survives Sgt. Hatred's attack on the cocoon in the Season 5 finale. Ironically, he was the one specific henchmen that Hatred was trying to murder.
- Stout Strength: 21, along with Acrofatic, once he Took a Level in Badass. He's even larger now, with a still-massive gut, but a clear increase in strength.
- Survivor's Guilt: He seems to be suffering from some form of PTSD with regards to both 24 and the other people he's killed as Kano in the season 7 premiere trilogy.
- Talking to the Dead: In season four, 21 starts talking to 24's skull.
- In "Operation P.R.O.M.", when Dr. Orpheus helps 21 realizes that one of 24's ghost friends isn't actually dead yet, 24 vanishes, and Gary breaks down in tears. This indicates that 24 was a figment of 21's imagination the entire time. This is seemingly contradicted by 24 communicating with one of Monstroso's dead henchmen when 21 isn't exactly present onscreen, but this could simply have been an extension of 21's hallucination.
- When incessantly asked about it, Jackson Publick confirmed that they intended for 24 to not really be a ghost, but ultimately, it's open to interpretation (although the "24 really was a ghost" theory only works under very specific and unlikely circumstances).
- These Hands Have Killed: In season 6 after he kills an enemy as Kano, he's notably upset about it and resists the Monarch's orders to kill again. Ends up getting his targets killed anyway, despite trying to keep them alive as prisoners.
- Those Two Guys: With 24 among The Monarch's henchmen.
- Took a Level in Badass: The biggest example in the show. Following the events of the season three finale, Non-Action Guy 21 becomes "Two Ton 21," the badass Drill Sergeant Nasty of the Monarch's henchman - he turns his tubbiness into Stout Strength, fights Sgt. Hatred to a standstill, and impresses Brock Samson with his fighting skills and sheer balls.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: His and 24's favorite subject of conversation, along with copious Fan Wank. 24 always takes the less logical position.
- Villainous Friendship: With 24, and later with the Monarch. He ends up turning down a chance at becoming a Level 4 villain and remaining a henchman because he doesn't have the kind of hate the Monarch has, he just wants to help his friend.
- You Are in Command Now: As the sole remaining member of SPHINX (sphinx!) at the start of season 5, Gary dubs himself "SPHINX Commander" and uses that as his codename.
- You Are Number 6: As one of the Monarch's henchmen, he was assigned the number 21. He decides to keep it even after he's been promoted.
Henchman 24: Come on! They have one female servicing a large group of males. That implies a species that lays eggs.
Henchman 21: Oh my God, you're crazy! They're so obviously mammals!
Henchman 24: Please! She'd be in estrus 24/7 if she didn't lay eggs.
Henchman 21: Smurfs don't lay eggs! I won't tell you this again! Papa Smurf has a f**king beard! They're mammals!
A recurring henchman of the Monarch, and one of Those Two Guys with 21. Somehow, despite their ineptitude and questionable loyalty, they managed to avoid the unceremonious slaying The Monarch often levies on his less fortunate henchmen.
24 seems to have joined the Monarch of his own volition, having lost his job when the local factory closed down and his G.E.D. left many other careers inaccessible to him. He was a career henchman, first henching for Phantom Limb, alongside the future The Monarch, as seen in "Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny!". In exchange for helping The Monarch strike out on his own, 24 was allowed to come along... eventually.
At the end of season three, 24 died in an explosion. He appeared in season 4 as a hallucination by 21.
- A Date with Rosie Palms:"Don't you knock? It's not like I live in a cocoon with eighty guys and no women, so there's no chance I'm masturbating!"
- Author Avatar: Listening to the creator commentary and seeing Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick at cons makes it very obvious that 21 and 24 are the writers. When a fan asked them to settle an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny that 21 and 24 argued about in the show, they seriously debated it with each other and were indistinguishable from the characters.
- Genre Savvy: He and 21 catch on to a lot of details regarding the workings of the Venture universe.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with 21.
- I Always Wanted To Do That: Instead of taking their mission seriously with #1, 21 and 24 hide in plain sight from Brock by pretending to be mannequins in a "villain diorama". 24 comments on how little chance there is to actually do it.
- Killed Off for Real: In a car explosion in the Season 3 finale.
- Lampshade Hanging: he and 21 love to hang them, such as commenting on their Plot Armor.
- Large Ham: Jackson Publick's delivery while voicing 24 frequently moves into Mundane Made Awesome territory. The hamminess really fits once he becomes a Spirit Advisor.
- Mauve Shirt: Subverted. 24 starts as one, but dies anyway.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: 24 is voiced as an imitation of Ray Romano. Out of costume, 24 looks like Jerry Seinfeld with a unibrow.
- No Name Given: Only known as 24.
- Non-Action Guy: He and 21 breeze through their assignments by slacking off and using their Genre Savviness to avoid deadly cliches.
- Plot Armor: Starts bragging about it in season three. Not a good idea, as it costs 24 his life.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's just trying not to get killed. In one episode, #24 is overheard to complain that working for the Monarch was the only job he could get after the factory he worked at closed ("It was either this or the Army").
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to 21's Blue. Neither are the most enthusiastic of henchmen, but 24 is the least motivated of the two. He often seems bored or indifferent, and will openly object to tasks of significant danger or difficulty.
- Spirit Advisor: His ghost to 21 after season 3. Eventually revealed to be a hallucination.
- Tempting Fate: Spends a lot of time during season 3 bragging about his Plot Armor with 21, but ends up dying in the season finale.
- Those Two Guys: With 21 among The Monarch's henchmen.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: His and 21's favorite subject of conversation, along with copious Fan Wank. 24 always takes the less logical position.
- You Are Number 6: As with all of the Monarch's minions. Was also #24 as a henchman for Phantom Limb.
The Fluttering Horde
(The majority of the henchmen raises their hands)
24: Wow.. that's a lot.
The Monarch's seemingly endless army of henchmen.
- Affably Evil: Some of them are downright nice.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: They kill the Moppets for killing 24, because Hench must never kill Hench.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kind of. While they're still the token Red Shirt Army of the series. They've been able to perform some impressive feats. Such as in "Showdown at Cremation Creek", where they finally manage to take down Brock and fully capture the Ventures for the first time (while mind-blastingly drunk), and later on, were able to fully destroy Phantom Limb's army by sheer numbers. And in "The Family that Slays Together, Stays Together", where they put in a surprisingly strong fight against the power-armored OSI soldiers, in spite of their weaker equipment and armor.
- Death Seeker: Aside from 21 and 24, the majority of the army all raise their hands when the latter asks how many of them are suicidal.
- Killed Off for Real: By the end of The Devil's Grip, Sgt. Hatred accidentally destroys the Cocoon, in which only the Monarch, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, and 21 were able to survive. The Monarch eventually starts to recruit replacements, but so far he hasn't managed much.
- Mooks: These guys die a lot. The show's first episode alone, showcases dozens of their deaths at the hands of Brock.
- Took a Level in Badass: Played with. At first, it seems like the standard henchmen uniform is extremely ill-equipped in dealing with foes. However as the show goes on, they (slowly) find out that their wings can fly, their visors can activate night vision, and that their wings can act as a flotation device if landed in a large body of water. None of them were ever aware of these abilities at first. (Dr Girlfriend/Mrs The Monarch seems to be responsible for these advances, proving that she is much more than a pretty face and pretty body and disturbing voice.)
- Undying Loyalty: To the Monarch, no matter how much he abuses them, they stay loyal to him. In "The Diving Bell vs. The Butter Glider" when it seems like they finally had enough of the Monarch and try to do an unsanctioned attack on the Venture Compound, the Monarch quickly storms in on them and they immediately go back in his control.
- Zerg Rush: The near endless supply of henchmen that the Monarch has in his disposal to throw at his enemies is what makes them useful in his eyes. It actually works, as shown in "Showdown at Cremation Creek".
Kevin and Tim-Tom / The Murderous Moppets / The Pupa Twins
Kevin voiced by: Doc Hammer
Tim-Tom Moppet: We can take out his tongue...
Kevin Moppet: (With relish) With a knife!
Tim-Tom Moppet: Or remove 'is 'eart...
Kevin Moppet: (With great relish) Yeah, with a knife!
Tim-Tom Moppet: A bigger knife!
Kevin Moppet: (With greater relish) Fucking knife!
Tim-Tom and Kevin originally served as Dr. Girlfriend's muscle when she was known as Lady Au Pair. She eventually got back in contact with them after she left The Monarch. She brought them back into the fold in time for her wedding to The Monarch, after which they started terrorizing the henchmen.
- 0% Approval Rating: Everyone they work with has tried to get to know them, generally for Dr. Girlfriend's sake. They all hate them. Even Dr. Girlfriend has started feeling uncomfortable around them, which was evidently so satisfying to the Monarch that he got an erection. The Monarch has intended to kill them, and 21 succeeded getting them killed by the rest of the Monarch's henchmen after accusing them of killing 24.
- Aerith and Bob:Doc Hammer: "You want one to be named like a Moppet - like Tim-Tom - and the other one to just walk in with like, 'What's your name?' 'Kevin.' 'Good enough!'"
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Dr. Mrs. The Monarch is upset at their deaths. The Monarch and 21... not so much.
- Ax-Crazy: They like knives a little too much much too 'a little too much'.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: One episode has Kevin want to test if he has "secret mind powers".
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite their Ax-Crazy tendencies, they still respect Catholic Hospitals as "hallowed ground".
- Killed Off for Real: 21 figures out they were the ones who offed 24 and calls for a "hench has killed hench" rule on them. The rest of the Monarch henchmen gang up and kill them off screen. Dr. Mrs The Monarch confirms their deaths in All This And Gargantua 2.
- Knife Nut:See their quote, and keep in mind they've been told their target is underage.
- The Mole: According to Phantom Limb, they're "well-placed sleeper agents". We don't know for sure if this is correct, but the recent revelation that they were likely the ones who killed 24 (and are messing with 21's mind by crossing names off his list of suspects, which would contribute towards Limb's plan from "Bright Lights, Dean City") adds some additional proof. They worked for Dr. Mrs. M before she became Limb's #2, so he could've gotten to them at some point while she was Queen Etheria.
- Perma-Stubble: Both of them have it.
- Psycho for Hire: It's pretty clear their reason for being minions is because they get off on killing.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: to The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, though as time passes they become less compliant.
- Salt and Pepper: Only in appearance, as their personalities aren't actually very different.
- Slasher Smile: They each tend to get one, especially when about to use knives.
- Those Two Guys: An Axe-Crazy version. They don't qualify as Those Two Bad Guys because they don't act like TTBGs typically do.