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Brown Widow
The Venture Bros. character
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Brown Widow
First appearance

Bright Lights, Dean City
Voiced by

Nathan Fillion
Real Name

Jared (last name unrevealed)
Information
Gender Male
Occupation Superhero
College student
Waiter
Actor
Dorm Resident Adviser
University mascot (Beaver)
Relatives Unnamed aunt
Current Alliances

Dean Venture (roommate)
Stuyvesant University (college/employer)
Prior
Alliances

Sirena Ong (ex-girlfriend)
Enemies

The Monarch
The Revenge Society

Brown Widow (real name Jared) is a spider-themed superhero based in New York City on The Venture Bros.

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Brown Widow used to be into super-science until an accident occurred while he was working on his irradiated spider thesis, giving him his super powers. As a result, he is now capable of shooting webs out of his lower back. He also gained two extra pairs of eyes, which he conceals in his civilian identity under long hair and/or a headband.

Season 4Edit

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Brown Widow's true face

Brown Widow first appeared in the episode Bright Lights, Dean City. In the episode, he thwarts the Revenge Society's attempt to kill Dr. Venture. Later, he tries to help Dean, whom he initially mistakes for a prostitute. Dean explains that that is not the case and he is just worrying about following in his father's footsteps in super-science. Brown Widows says he can relate to the situation. He then tells Dean about his own background in super-science and how he gave it up to become a superhero. He continues talking with Dean as the young man tells him he wants to be a reporter but Brown Widow's attention shifts from the conversation when he notices Dr. Venture is writing a musical inside the apartment. He ends up singing a duet with Dr. Venture, earning him the role of "Rusty" in Dr. Venture's musical, Rust!

Season 6Edit

He appears again in the season six episode Hostile Makeover, where he is seen giving a group of people a tour of the Stuyvesant University campus. He encounters Dean Venture who had plans to enroll at the University. At first, Dean does not recognize him (due to Brown Widow being out of costume) until after the latter is humiliated by a rival teacher, Tosh Tompkins, which caused Brown Widow to accidentally deposit a load of webbing inside his clothes. This prompts Dean to remember him.

In Tanks for Nuthin', Brown Widow's civilian identity is shown attending Think Tank's philosophy class, seated next to Dean.

In It Happening One Night, he helps Dean with trying to make his brother Hank's date perfect. He gives Dean the name of restaurant which turns out to be the name of a ninja themed restaurant where he is waiter. He serves Hank and Sirena Ong and through a conversation it turns out he once dated Sirena and the two get into an argument about their relationship was like before he goes to get their order. When Brock Samson and Rocco (Sirena's bodyguard) burst in the restaurant, Brown Widow confronts them and recognizes Brock from a description he heard from Dean. He explains that everything is okay and that Sirena and Hank are on date, he shows the table but it turns out the two have already left.

Season 7Edit

In The High Cost of Loathing, Dean Venture and Jared become roommates. In addition, Brown Widow foils a bank robbery attempt by The Monarch and gives him a good thrashing. Brown Widow makes extensive use of his webbing in said endeavors.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Brown Widow seems to have similar powers to Marvel's Spider-Man.

Organic Webbing

  • Whereas Spider-Man traditionally engineers his own webbing and shoots his webs from cartridges connected to his wrist, the Brown Widow seems to be able to produce the webbing himself, from his own body, which he projects from an anus-like aperture (spinneret) in his lower back.[1][2]

Singing (Absolute Pitch)

"Spider Sense"

Superhuman Strength

  • Brown Widow possesses superhuman strength, evidenced when he effortlessly ripped the car door off a taxi cab.[1]

Supernumerary Eyes

  • Brown Widow has four supernumerary eyes on his forehead, like the multiple eyes of a spider, which he generally covers with his hair or a headband while in his civilian guise. The mask of his costume has eyeholes for all six of his eyes.[1][3]

Wall Crawling

  • Brown Widow has been seen adhering to walls and freely climbing about on them.[1][2]

Episode AppearancesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • He is essentially an anatomically correct version of Spider-Man. Unlike Spider-Man shooting webs from his wrists, Brown Widow shoots web from the spinneret located in his lower back.
  • In Hostile Makeover, Tosh Tompkins ridicules Brown Widow's headband and hairstyle by calling him "Loverboy" and "Mark Knopfler".
    • Loverboy was a popular Canadian music group in the 1980s whose members wore their hair long and often wore headbands.
    • Mark Knopfler was the lead singer and guitarist for the British rock band Dire Straits, whose members had a similar aesthetic in the '80s.
    • Jared uses his hair and headband to disguise the supernumerary eyes on his forehead.
  • In It Happening One Night, he is addressed as "Jared" and reveals that he once dated Sirena Ong.
  • Brown Widow is apparently an aspiring actor in his civilian identity.
  • Is likely Canadian as he has a Canadian flag on the ceiling above his dorm room bed. This could also be an in-joke based on Nathan Fillion being Canadian.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bright Lights, Dean City
  2. 2.0 2.1 The High Cost of Loathing
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hostile Makeover