|Dr. Mrs. The Monarch|
|The Venture Bros. character|
“The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay”
Queen Etherea, |
Lady Au Pair,
Dr. Mrs. The Monarch,
|Occupation||“Number Two” (second-in-command/love interest)|
The Monarch (husband)|
Jimmy (best friend),
Samuel Joo (heroic friend)
Can hotwire anything; expert melee combatant; extremely deep voice
The Monarch, The Guild of Calamitous Intent
Phantom Limb, Truckules
Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (Born 1982) (formerly Doctor Girlfriend, birth name Sheila) is a fictional character on the Adult Swim animated series The Venture Bros. Professional sexy partner and wife of super-villain The Monarch., Dr. Girlfriend is voiced by co-writer Doc Hammer, though she was voiced by Jackson Publick in her first appearance, “The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay.” After the finale of season 2 and beginning with season 3, this character is referred to as Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.
Dr. Girlfriend is a veteran super-villain, serving as second-in-command for many different super-villains over the years under several names. She has a doctorate in an unnamed field, and appears proficient in mechanics and general sciences, as evidenced by her having built the Monarch's first pair of functional wings, his ill-conceived "sunshine gun", and several tracking devices used for her own purposes.
At the start of the series, Dr. Girlfriend’s relationship with the Monarch had begun to suffer due to his vendetta against the Venture family. In hopes of trying to bridge the gap between the two sides, she convinces the Monarch to reach out to Hank and Dean Venture as a friend when Monarch confides that Dr. Venture emotionally neglects his children. Despite her efforts, the Monarch continues his vendetta against the Ventures throughout the first season, until their breakup in "Trial of the Monarch".
In season 2, Doctor Girlfriend had gone back to working with her former lover Phantom Limb, going by Queen Etherea again. However, Phantom Limb's pompousness grated her and she reunites with The Monarch, the two of them marrying in "Showdown At Cremation Creek".
Dr. Girlfriend’s attractive appearance and intelligence and her supposed reputation as "easy" has resulted in her gaining a favorable reputation amongst super-heroes in the Venture Bros. universe. Many heroes have attempted to convince Dr. Girlfriend to become their arch-enemy, though she’s turned them down due to her preference to stay with the Monarch and not strike out on her own. Phantom Limb acknowledged that Dr. Girlfriend had the strength and determination to be one of the world’s greatest villains if she would commit herself to her craft. However, she seems to have little drive to be an effective villain on her own, a trait which horrifically impacts her work, as the Guild hastily re-trained her as a secondary villain following her disastrous turn as Lady Au Pair.
Relationships With Other CharactersEdit
Originally her college professor, Phantom Limb is the one who originally "seduced her to the dark side". After her "Lady Au Pair" persona didn't work out, he made her his number two, Queen Etheria. However, he apparently didn't have her do much except "stand around all day in this skimpy outfit," as she put it. She leaves him for the Monarch. Later they date for a while when she and the Monarch were broken up. She seems to generally dislike him, and is overall annoyed whenever they are together.
Dr. Girlfriend and the Monarch first met when he was a henchman for Phantom Limb. He attends a party hosted by Phantom Limb as the Monarch, where she doesn't recognize him as the henchman. They end up having sex and she leaves Phantom Limb for him. They had a pretty steady relationship until after the book "The Flight of the Monarch" was published, which caused them to break up. Later, Dr. Henry Killinger reunites them and they get married, with a few complications. She now goes by the name "Dr. Mrs. The Monarch" and is no longer his number two, but his equal.
In the episode Mid-life Chrysalis Dr. Girlfriend goes under cover as "Charlene" in order to inject Rusty with a serum which turns him into a caterpillar. After she does she feels awful about it and breaks it off with him, then gives him the antidote. Later, in the episode Showdown at Cremation Creek Dr. Venture recognizes her at her wedding and attempt to win her back, which doesn't work. In the episode Home is Where the Hate is he tries this once again, and finally, in the episode Return to Malice they reconcile.
It is first revealed that 21 has a crush on Dr. Girlfriend in the episode Tears of a Sea Cow, and he first said he was falling for her in I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills however she herself is unaware of this for some time. In the episode Return to Malice she shows general concern for his well being, because of him talking to 24's skull. In the episode Assisted Suicide they bond while the Monarch is in Dr. Venture's mind. They find out they have a lot in common including a love for "Star Trek". Later on 21 confesses how he feels about her and they end up kissing. However in "Operation P.R.O.M." it is revealed that this meant nothing to her because she and the Monarch are swingers, in this same episode, and partially because of this statement, 21 quits henching for the Monarch.
Rumors of transsexualismEdit
One of the running gags of the show’s run is the rumor amongst characters that Dr. Girlfriend is a transsexual. These rumors are based upon the fact that the character is voiced by Doc Hammer, whose portrayal of the character’s voice is a deep, raspy masculine sounding tone. Hammer also played Dr. Girlfriend in live-action on a first season Venture Bros. DVD extra which showed behind-the-scenes, on-set interviews with the cast of a fictional live-action Venture Bros. movie.
The episode “Victor. Echo. November.” has the character herself debunk the rumors when Triana Orpheus and her friend Kim encounter Dr. Girlfriend in the ladies’ room. Dr. Girlfriend sighed and said, before being asked any questions, “Yes, I belong in here, I just have a deep voice.” In the episode “Fallen Arches,” Blacula-hunter Jefferson Twilight inquires, upon hearing Dr. Girlfriend’s voice, whether she merely smoked cigarettes or ate them. In the episode "Home Is Where the Hate Is", the Monarch catches her smoking a cigarette. Dr. Girlfriend states that she has been smoking since 1989-ish, and according to Hatred smokes through three packs a day. In the episode "The Invisible Hand of Fate", she is briefly seen as a teenager at college, where her voice is deep but occasionally breaks into its original, lighter tone.
Publick has also commented that much like her passion for the clothing of Jacqueline Kennedy, Dr. Girlfriend’s voice is based upon the former first lady’s own deep, semi-masculine voice.
- Are You There God, It's Me, Dean
- Tag-Sale, You're It!
- Trial of the Monarch
- Hate Floats
- Victor. Echo. November.
- Fallen Arches
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills
- Showdown at Cremation Creek Part I
- Showdown at Cremation Creek Part II
- Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny
- The Invisible Hand of Fate
- Home is Where the Hate is
- The Buddy System
- Tears of a Sea Cow
- The Lepidopterists
- The Family That Slays, Stays Together Part I
- The Family That Slays, Stays Together Part II
- Handsome Ransom
- Return to Malice
- The Revenge Society
- Pinstripes & Poltergeists
- The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-glider
- Pomp Circuitry
- Assisted Suicide
- Operation P.R.O.M.
- Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth