(made up) FACT: The Venture Brothers is one of the best shows on [adult swim]
I know it’s not really a fact. It’s more of a very strong opinion. But really, it’s MY favorite show on [as]. If you’ve never seen it, wrap up Johnny Quest, Scooby Doo, Hardy Boys, VH1 Classics and Star Wars in a paper and smoke it. You’ve got the Venture Bros. The show revolves around the Venture family, their friends, and their enemies.
Let’s start with the Venture family.
Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture is a failure at life. As a kid he was a boy adventurer with his own TV program “The Rusty Venture Show” where he and his father, Dr. Jonas Venture and the rest of Team Venture (a glorified Super Friends type group) when on mystery solving adventures. Like most child stars however, Doc lost his fame and fortune along with his father. He’s not even a real doctor, as he never finished college. He tries to be a super scientist like his father... He also likes to pretend he’s a god in the sack. The only proof he’s not a virgin are his twin sons, but even that’s debatable...
Favorite Clip: Operation: Get Me Some
Hank and Dean Venture are the title brothers of the show. They’re comparable to the Hardy Boys, but considerably less intelligent. They don’t live the life of normal boys, with a super scientist father and all. Hank loves Batman, girls, and pretending to be Batman. He had no interest in Super Science, and would much rather pretend he’s Indiana Jones. Dean is feminine, but loves to go on adventures and solve mysteries. He’s slightly more science minded, and will attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a Super Scientist. If your child is clumsy, you buy him a helmet, if your children are death prone, you keep a few clone slugs floating around. The boys have died several times, their memories are backed up on a super computer, and every time they die, Doc just pops a few clones into the oven and BOOM, happy 16th birthday again, boys!
Favorite Clip: The Boys Never Died
Brock Samson is the Venture family’s body guard. Since Doc is a Super Scientist, he’s constantly being arched by super villains, and there for needs protection. Other characters in the show have said it best: Brock is a Swedish Murder Machine. He’s a blonde haired, butter cream frosted murder cake.
Favorite Clip: Assclamp!
With every Super Scientist, there must be Super Villains. And the Venture family has a very special arch nemesis...
It’s unknown exactly why The Monarch hated Dr. Venture, but we do know he’s been Arching venture since college. When the Monarch was a child, there was a terribly plane crash. Everyone else in the plane died, and a young Monarch was left to fend for himself in the wilderness. He was “adopted” by a school of real monarch butterflies, thus manifesting his obsession with the winged insect. The Monarch professionally Arches Dr. Venture, green lighted by the Guild of Calamitous Intent.
Favorite Clip: The Summer of the Monarchs
Dr. Girlfriend is the Monarch’s Girlfriend. Though she has a remarkably deep voice, she is in fact, a woman (and a suspected 12 pack a day smoker). She later becomes Dr. Mrs. The Monarch. She’s the more competent of the arching duo; the Monarch would be nothing without her.
Favorite Clip: Don’t Scream
While the Monarch has a ton of henchmen to do his bidding, there are two in particular who have managed to stay alive and get special treatment. The fat one is #21, and the skinny one is #24. They’re... they’re amazing. They banter about the stupidest things, like whether Smurfs lay eggs or are mammals.
Favorite Clip: [adult swim] has lovingly made a montage of awesome clips.
Those are basically the main, most important characters of the Venture Bros. series. There are a ton of secondary character however, which I think deserve recognition. For me, the following characters make this show worth watching.
Dr. Henry Killinger and his Magic Murder Bag. Killinger is like the Dr. Phil of the Venture Bros. universe. When The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend were having relationship issues, Killinger stepped in, teaching them that “Compromise, my friend, is the essence of diplomacy, and diplomacy is the cornerstone of love. Sweeeet love...” When Dr. Venture is experiencing financial difficulties, Killinger works as a type of motivational therapist, working out Doc’s problems with his father and brother, though the final result of Killinger’s therapy isn’t what Doc had in mind.
Favorite Clip: Remember
Dr. Byron Orpheus is a Necromancer that lives on the Venture Compound with his teenage daughter Triana. He is the polar opposite of Dr. Venture, relying on magic, hypnotism, and other such nonsense, while Doc relies solely on science. Aside from this obvious contrast, Dr. Orpheus has an amazing sound track for everything he ever says, and a group of friends called The Order of the Triad, which consists of The Alchemist, an openly gay monk in search of the philosophers stone, and Jefferson Twilight, a Blackula hunter.
Favorite Clip: Another [adult swim] Ode!
Sergeant Hatred is another arch nemesis from the Guild of Calamitous Intent. When the Monarch fucks up and loses his right to Arch Dr. Venture, Hatred gets assigned to be Venture’s new arch. Sergeant Hatred has a little problem with pedophilia, making him... Just morbidly hilarious.
Favorite Clip: Block Party
Perhaps my favorite character, Hunter Gathers was operative for the same secret service Brock Samson works for. He trained Brock, taught him everything he knew, and was like a father to Brock... Until he got a sex change, in order to go off the map and live the life he always wanted.
Favorite Clip: Tip Me!
And then of course, there's David fucking Bowie; the Soverigne of The
Guild of Calamitous Intent. He has special powers that let him shape shift. Need I say more? David Bowie. And Klaus Nomi. But that's for another day!And that’s the Venture Bros. At least all the reasons I love the Venture Bros. Until next time, folks, stay awesome.
Favorite Clip: Poser