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Greg Lee

The Chief, Lynne Thigpen

  • Big Good
  • Black Boss Lady: A former trope image.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Greg only ever addresses her as "Chief". However, she does sign off at the end of every episode as Lynne Thigpen, although this could just be a fourth wall break.
  • Canon Immigrant: Lynne reprises her role as Chief for the 1996 versions of the Where in the World and Where in the U.S.A. computer games.

Rockapella | Members: Sean Altman, Scott Leonard, Elliott Kerman, Barry Carl, Jeff Thacher

  • Ascended Extra: Compared to his fellow band members, Elliott didn't have many standout moments Season 1, whether it be leading a song or providing clues. Later seasons gave him considerably more things to do.
  • Boy Band: Boy bands were big at the time and Rockapella was recruited in an attempt cash in on that.
  • Final Season Casting: Jeff Thatcher was added to Rockapella as the band's vocal percussionist in 1993. However, he wouldn't appear on the show proper until its final season in 1995.
  • Greek Chorus
  • He's Okay: Rockapella member Scott Leonard would often play a recurring character called the "Dying Informant," where he would often give clues about the whereabouts of the crook of the day before dying. Of course, Greg would always remind us that Scott wasn't really dead.
  • Last-Name Basis: Greg always refers to her by her last name, but the full name of his upstairs neighbor, as seen on a book in "Rio Rock Wrangers", is "Mrs. Prunella Pumpkin-Klanger".
  • Large Ham
  • Mr. Fanservice: They were all very pretty men.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Do it, Rockapella!"
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Jokes abound that their costumes were the reason PBS couldn't afford too many grand prizes.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Jokes abound that their costumes were the reason PBS couldn't afford too many grand prizes.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: A few of their songs sing about the criminals Carmen Sandiego hires. "Stinkin' Dirtbag" and "Bad Girl" to name a few. The theme song could also qualify as such, since they're singing about Carmen Sandiego herself.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: One of the informants was upstairs neighbor Mrs. Pumpkin-Klanger, who was played by Barry Carl in drag.


Carmen Sandiego

  • Big Bad
  • Orcus on His Throne: She masterminds all the thefts but doesn't do much in the show itself, preferring to work through her henchmen to avoid the cops.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Listen to her phone calls to her henchmen on the show. It's obvious that they're not the brightest people in the world.
    • Lampshaded in some of the computer games as Carmen having a preference for hiring idiots.


A woman who is implied to be wealthy and of noble blood.

Double Trouble

Twin brothers who are identical except for having opposite color schemes; where one is colored black the other is colored white.

Eartha Brute

A female bodybuilder. According to her dossier, she enjoys romance novels.


A one-armed pink blob from the planet of Roddenberry where they follow a religion centered on plumbing devices. Able to use her nose as a vacuum. Debuted in Season 2.

Patty Larceny

A teenage schoolgirl. Refers to Carmen as "Auntie Carmen." Her name is a pun of "petty larceny."
  • Affably Evil: "Nothin' like a polite threat."
    • Out of all of V.I.L.E's gang she's probably stolen the most loot and has gotten arrested the most. She's even stolen the atmospheric phenomenon responsible for the Northern Lights (using a giant magnet apparently).
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV, see below.
  • Family Values Villain / Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Why couldn't they just call it examination heck?"
  • Honorary Uncle: Calls Carmen "Auntie Carmen."
  • Precocious Crush: Was eventually revealed to have one of these on, of all people, Vic the Slick. In two episodes near the end of the show's run, Patty was shown to have pictures of him in her bedroom.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly-Girl to Sarah Nade's (the only other teenage girl in the gang) Tomboy.


A cyborg criminal and obvious parody of RoboCop.

Sarah Nade

A teenage rock and roll star. Her name is a pun off "serenade." Debuted in Season 3.
  • Canon Immigrant: She was a character in one of the computer games before appearing on the show.
    • Though given that the game in question actually features a Mrs. Sarah Nade, who is supposedly a children's piano teacher with blond hair who moonlights as a punk rocker, and here we have a teenager with a multi-colored mohawk who is only a punk rocker, whether it's really supposed to be the same character is debatable.
  • Idol Singer
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Her hair can change colors on its own, seemingly by magic.
  • Multicolored Hair
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Patty Larceny's (the only other teenage girl in the gang) Girly-Girl.

Top Grunge

A filthy biker. He wears aviator sunglasses similar to those worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun, the movie from which his name is derived.

Vic the Slick

A sleazy, poorly dressed criminal whose personality can best be described as "used car salesman."

Wonder Rat

A wannabe superhero who flies by dangling himself from a helicopter. Debuted in Season 2.


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