|The Venture Bros. character|
Henchman 21 in S.P.H.I.N.X. attire.
|Full name||Gary Fischer|
Henchman 21 |
Kano (Vigilante alias)
Agency Commander (formerly)
The Fluttering Horde
|The Venture Family (helped on several occasions when broke away from the Monarch)|
Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture (The Monarch's archenemy)
Life Prior to becoming a HenchmanEdit
Henchman 21, whose real name is Gary Fischer, was originally a stereotypical nerd who enjoyed comic books and fantasy/scifi genres until he joined The Monarch and the fluttering horde. Gary originally joined The Monarch when he was kidnapped, during an eighth grade field trip to Washington, D.C. by the Monarch's henchmen. The henchmen had mistaken him for Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell who they were supposed to kidnap and the Monarch ordered they release Gary but the latter stayed in the ranks. He earned his wings at sixteen when he took credit for killing the leader of one of the Monarchs enemies who was hiding and fell to his death after becoming too excited at the chance to kill 21.
Life as a HenchmanEdit
Despite his tragic history, 21 would come to enjoy the lifestyle and rise through the ranks becoming Henchman 21 and would later become friends with fellow henchman, Henchman 24. During this time he earned his GED in case the life of a henchman failed. In the first three seasons, he and 24 serve as a comic relief for the show; usually having arguments about a number of topics like their jobs, movies, nerd culture or any sexual experiences each might have had. For a while, the two thought they were invincible as they had survived so many missions no matter how dangerous and emerged without a scratch. In the finale of season 3, the two sneak into the Monarch Mobile to hide from the ensuing chaos around them. Sadly H.E.L.P.eR. takes the car and 24 (who is trapped in the car by his seat belt) is killed in a sudden explosion with his head landing in 21's hands and resulting in 21's emotional breakdown.
In the fourth season, 21 has undergone an intense training regimen to allow him to safeguard the lives of his fellow henchmen. He took a sabbatical from his henching and returned to his former life, but soon grew tired of it. He began training using a fat kid as a weight set. After several months, he was much stronger and returned to his henching career and reformed them into a deadly force. He does this for them as he couldn't do it for Henchman 24 and is held in high regard by his fellows. He also got a tattoo across his abdomen reading "Hench 4 Life." Gary quickly turns the Monarch's men into a professional group of killers and becomes something of a commander to them. They both fear and respect him, with the henchmen calling him General 21 or Two-Ton 21. Though Gary has become something of a #1 within the ranks of the Monarch's organization he refuses to change his number, keeping it the same throughout his tenure. His new strength has led to him becoming well known in the villain's community for his effectiveness and lethality. In Pinstripes & Poltergeists, Henchman 21 challenges Brock Samson to a fist fight which shows the results of his training has paid off. Even though Brock beats him, Samson had to admit that Gary has progressed well and even goes as far to show a bit of pride in fact that this dramatic transformation was inspired, in part, by him. The fact that Brock himself complimented his skills shows how good he has truly become. The relationship between the two is explored more in Season 5 where Brock is seen taking a degree of responsibility for Gary. Brock even cooperated with 21 in taking down Monstroso.
Whenever he is alone 21 talks to the skull of 24 which has decomposed which landed in his arms after the explosion at the end of season 3. He talks to it throughout the fourth season and it would later be revealed that he is speaking to the spirit (or so he believes) of his dead friend. Throughout the season he would talk to 24, sometimes during conversations with The Monarch and/or Dr. Girlfriend, while searching for the person who was behind his friend's death. He even went as far as making a kill list of possible suspects. He has also developed a good relationship with The Monarch, who has made him his bodyguard and sees 21 as a completely infallible super-soldier (even after 21's eventual departure from his crew). He also harbors some kind of infatuation with the Monarch's wife, Dr. Girlfriend aka Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, and would confess his feelings to her before openly kissing her on top of the Monarch's unconscious body (originally as part of diversion from The Monarch's use of technology black-listed by The Guild of Calamitous Intent of which the Monarch is now a member). His responsibilities as a servant of the Monarchs is extended to doing solo missions and he is seen as a major influence in the cocoon even sometimes viewed as a threat to the Monarchs authority though this is later resolved.
In Operation P.R.O.M. he goes over to the Venture Compound to bury 24's skull as 24's ghost had begun to pop up at inconvenient times such as when 21 is masturbating. While seeking closure, 21 is shot in the chest by Sergeant Hatred while he's trying to one-up Shore Leave's marksmanship. The S.P.H.I.N.X. agent took the unconscious henchman back to Headquarters. 21 awakens in unfamiliar surroundings, but is impressed by what he sees. After finding out it was S.P.H.I.N.X. that captured Monstroso, Shore Leave tells him they plan on wiping his memory but this is soon changed when a group of Monstroso henchmen arrive at the compound. Undermanned, Shore Leave invites 21 to join them on their skirmish. Upon defeating the henchmen, 21 thinks he's found his true calling and begins to ignore 24 in lieu of attending the prom instead. He later finds out that 24's ghost isn't real as one of the ghosts 24 was with turns out to be alive and a friend of Jefferson Twilight. Upon the realization that he has truly lost his friend altogether, 21 breaks down. 21 later tells his bosses he quits and admits his feelings toward Dr. Girlfriend and that he kissed her on top of the Monarch. This doesn't bother The Monarch as it turns out that most super-villains are swingers. This revelation causes 21 to lose it and prompts him to curse them out before storming off to join S.P.H.I.N.X. as he believes he will make a better hero than a villain.
In What Color is Your Cleansuit? Gary is awakened in Sphinx headquarters surrounded by O.S.I agents led by Col. Hunter Gathers (currently commanding the O.S.I.) who questions him as to who he was, why he was in the S.P.H.I.N.X. uniform, and the location of Brock and Shore Leave. Hunter later takes the S.P.H.I.N.X. staff to return to their old positions at the O.S.I.
Gary asks Brock if he can join the O.S.I., and when Brock turns him down he asks "What about S.P.H.I.N.X.?" to which Brock replies "it was all his as the rent's paid up for the rest of the year". Gary views this as a new opportunity to live his new dream of being a "good guy" and takes up the mantle of S.P.H.I.N.X. Commander. Gary soon tries to recreate S.P.H.I.N.X. and started recruiting however, a few of the original agents return and take over planning to destroy the O.S.I. but they are thwarted by Brock and Shore Leave. Hunter Gathers later destroys the S.P.H.I.N.X. pyramid while at the same time Sergeant Hatred destroys Sphinx Headquarters leaving Gary the only thing remaining of S.P.H.I.N.X.
In the From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy special Gary (21) is shown with his face blurred out wearing a S.P.H.I.N.X. outfit and using the name "Viceroy". He still believed that his friend was murdered. Later in the video the Monarch admits he killed 24.
Return to the MonarchEdit
Gary later takes to camping on the grounds of the Venture Compound and would later help Sergeant Hatred who had learned of Dr. Venture being captured by the Monarch after crashing a villains party. The two infiltrate the Cocoon while there the two slowly see they possess some similarities and bond when Gary saves Hatred from being discovered by Monarch henchman. Gary is soon confronted by Tim-Tom and reveals he knows it was him and Kevin who were responsible for the death of his best friend Henchman 24. He then incites the other henchmen by revealing that Tim-Tom and Kevin were the ones who killed Henchman 24 which leads to the henchmen turning against the pupae twins. 21 later meets with Dr. Girlfriend and The Monarch, and returns to work for them just as Sergeant Hatred destroys the Cocoon which while falling destroys part of the Monarch's mansion. Gary along with the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend survive the explosion with Gary remarking "That sucked". Now the sole remaining henchman of the Monarch Gary along with the couple move into the Monarch's old family home. While there Dr. Girlfriend goes to her first meeting as a member of The Council of 13 while Gary and the Monarch try to find food which they soon do. Gary is shocked when the Monarch spots a knife that Phantom Limb would have the same taste for deducing he was living there. Gary tries to convince the Monarch to leave the house just in case Phantom Limb returns but the Monarch finds the plans for the Gargantua space station, stating Phantom Limb had went there and he plans to capture him for a rank in the council.
Gary joins the Monarch in trying to reach the station and the pair stop by the Venture Compound, where they steal a rocket ship and travel to space just as the compound goes up in flames courtesy of the Monarch using gasoline to burn it down. As they travel through space, the two pass the time by playing a guessing game which is soon ended when a escape pod carrying Dr. Girlfriend along with Watch and Ward crash into them and transport them to Meteor Majeure. Once aboard the station, they watch as Dr. Henry Killinger kills the last of The Investors and welcomes them. The assembled group are soon joined by Phantom Limb and Radical Left as Killinger announces his plans of rebuilding the Council of 13 with everyone present as members (except for Watch, Ward, The Monarch and 21).
The New KanoEdit
In Season 6, Gary and the Monarch are shown spending most of their time fixing up the monarch's old house as well as trying to figure out a way to arch Dr. Venture without breaking Guild law. But upon learning from Dr. Mrs. The Monarch that other villains are ahead of them in trying to arch Dr. Venture due to him now being very important because of his new status. Soon after Gary and the Monarch set out to make sure other villains don't try to get a chance at arching Venture. Upon returning to the house, they are informed by Manolo(one of the construction workers for the house) that he has found something they would want to see. The sight turns out to be a secret hidden lair beneath the house which greatly shocked Gary and the Monarch. In the next episode, Gary tells the Monarch that the base belongs to the super-hero The Blue Morpho who turns out to be the Monarch's father, which puts the latter in disbelief. Gary then implores the Monarch to attend a villain's party hosted by Wide Wale (as a way of finding out who is in line to arch Dr. Venture) while he tries to get the Blue Morpho's car running again. At the end, he calls the monarch to inform that he Manolo got the car working again and the monarch tells him to pick him up after his wife leaves him at the party following an argument.
During the episode Rapacity in Blue, Gary shows the Monarch a video of his father turning to the life of a villain something that shocked the Monarch who decides to go through with Gary's plan of using the costumes of his father and Kano to get rid of competing villains. They use the Blue Morpho's car and head for VenTech Tower where Gary accidentally kills the attacking villain Haranguetan. The two then escape the building on a city bus (due to their car being impounded) upon returning they are mistaken for having spent most of the night hanging out by Dr. Mrs. The Monarch which they nervously confirm. Also, despite accepting 24's death the voice of the latter still communicates with him.
In It Happening One Night, when they are told of the recent villains arching Dr. Venture, monarch continues on with his plan but this time to get 21 to cooperate he decides to destroy The Doom Factory Headquarters. The two use then use the morpho scooters and invade the base where they plant explosives but the monarch activates them too early leading to them running out the hatch. However, the monarch's coat gets caught as though the bombs don't go off, seemingly being duds but the base suddenly flies off with the monarch causing 21 to watch and scream out for the latter.
During A Party for Tarzan because the Monarch was given a new scientist to arch 21 is forced to dress like Kano and take out Wandering Spider, the latest villain arching Dr. Venture. After finding him at a bar, he tricks him into helping fix the Morphomobile before he tranquilizes him and takes him out to the forest. He wakes the latter and makes him call Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and leave her a message about him being held hostage and about to be killed by The Blue Morpho. After some hesitation, 21 presumably kills the wandering spider and sends the picture to the monarch.
In Red Means Stop, 21 has become fed up with the monarch having him kill the villains in line for arching Dr. Venture. This resulted in him kidnapping the remaining villains and locking them up in the restroom of the Morpho Cave. 21 then joins the Monarch in his attempt to get Red Death, the current villain to give up his arching rights to Venture by going to his home and having his wife and daughter go to his mother-in-law's home. The two then call Red Death and falsely tell him they kidnapped his family but their plan suffers a problem when Red Death threatens to kill them for harming his family. The two hide as Red Death invades and forces them to come out but the two truthfully tell him that his family is at his mother-in-law's home telling him to call to make sure. Once Red Death does and confirms his family's safety, he reveals that he knows The Blue Morpho is really the Monarch and asks him the reason for his action. 21 listens in closely and agrees with Red Death about letting the villains do their job only for the monarch to remind it him it was his idea. After the talk, he asks Red Death how is he so calm about all the killings he's done to which Red Death asks him the same due to the rumors he's heard. In response, 21 shows Red Death and The Monarch the cave bathroom which was holding many dead villains hostage and crazed survivor. 21 is horrified that the villains killed each other and red death promises to keep their secret if they let him take care of the survivor who he presumably kills. The Monarch punches 21 in he arm as 21 apologizes for the mess but the monarch is more upset that he didn't tell him the cave had a restroom.
A pop-culture geek, 21 was kidnapped from a school trip to Washington at the age of 15 and was forced to join the "Fluttering Horde". Despite this he has grown to genuinely like his life as a henchman. He was often seen associating with his fellow henchman and best friend 24 talking about random things. 21 was very devastated at his friend's death and soon went out on journey to better himself. At the start of Season 3, he has become more brave and efficient which allowed him to lead the other henchmen as well as earning him the respect from henchmen and enemies. During Season 4, however, 21 started to have serious doubts about how his life had ultimately turned out. In Season 5, he tries to adjust himself to the life of being a good guy only to fail a couple of times which makes him decide to go back to the monarch's services as it was the only thing he was good at. In Season 6, he manages to persuade the monarch into taking up his father's identity as a vigilante and while the two have fun at first, 21 begins to have doubts due to being forced to permanently eliminate the other villains showing a sense of moral.
Relationships With Other CharactersEdit
As the series progressed, 21 started to develop a degree of friendship with Hank. Often showing concern for the boy's well being he sometimes mentored him to have a better life than he himself has.
21 and 24 have been best friends since the start of the series. They often argue about trivial things, like whether or not Smurfs are mammals. In the episode The Family That Slays Together Stays Together Part 2, 24 dies in an explosion. 21 begins carrying his skull around and talking to it. It is revealed in Pinstripes and Poltergeists that 24 is actually a ghost who haunts 21, and is, at least partially, responsible for turning 21 into the leader of the henchmen. However the presence of 24's ghost has also led to Gary constantly announcing "I'm crazy." In Operation P.R.O.M. he attempts to bury 24's skull so that his ghost will leave. 24's ghost eventually does leave which causes 21 to break down crying. Despite accepting the latter's death, Gary still feels someone had a role in his death and soon deduces the pupae twins were behind it. He avenges his best friend by inciting the other monarch henchmen to rebel against them during their reign over them. However, in Rapacity in Blue 24's voice still speaks to Gary meaning he still has some unresolved issues with his friends death.
In seasons 1-3, both 21 and 24 were known as the Monarch's best men, much to his displeasure. After 24's death, for most of season 4, 21 served as the Monarch's right hand man, until he quits in Operation P.R.O.M. Despite 21 saying he quits, the Monarch still thinks 21 is loyal to him and believes 21 is on some kind of undercover mission in the Venture compound. 21 later returns to work for the Monarch and becomes their sole henchman after the Cocoon along with a majority of the henchman are destroyed. It is also shown despite Gary closely working with The Monarch the latter never knew his first name asking who "Gary" was after the Cocoon's destruction. In season 6 after the destruction of the Cocoon and their moving into the Monarch's family mansion the Monarch and 21 are shown to have become closer, this is shown by them playing games together such as 20 questions and uno. It also seems that the Monarch has come to view 21 more as an equal rather than a subordinate, even apologizing to him after an angry outburst in Faking Miracles a courtesy which in the past he has claimed that a villain should never give their henchmen.
In Tears of a Sea Cow it is revealed that Gary has a serious crush (bordering on infatuation) with the Monarch's wife. 24's ghost teases him about this until the episode Assisted Suicide when he finally reveals how he feels and they share a drunken kiss (on top of the Monarch's unconscious body) which is only interrupted by the Monarch's sudden awakening. However, in the episode Operation P.R.O.M. Gary emotionally snaps, confronts his boss, confesses he's "probably in love" with Dr. Girlfriend, and loudly admits that they made out on top of his unconscious body. Much to Gary's shock and anger, neither Dr. Girlfriend or the Monarch are fazed by this revelation, since apparently they are swingers who regularly have "drunken threesomes" with other supervillains. Despite later returning to work for the Monarch, the matter has never been raised again and (given how they both now regard him as a trusted friend) it is likely he simply got over his feelings and let the matter go.
The Pupae TwinsEdit
21 resented the Pupae Twins for their bossiness and was very scared of the Pupae Twins especially after the two nearly killed 24. After undergoing training, 21 has even earned their respect and started working closely with them and unknown to 21 it was they who crossed the names of people who he thought were responsible for 24's death. In the The Devil's Grip, 21 reveals he knows it was them who were actually responsible for 24's death and overthrows them by inciting the other henchmen into a riot which led to the deaths of the pupae twins. In All This and Gargantua-2, he is somewhat nervous when Dr. Mrs. The Monarch mentions them showing he does not want her aware of the true cause of their demise.
21 considered Brock his rival (which was one sided on his part). Brock, however, considered 21 to be nothing but a pest. When the two first met, 21 tried to fight Brock with a fake light saber and ended up running away in fear from the bodyguard, who simply said "Boo". Throughout the show's first three seasons, whenever they would meet, 21 would always cower in fear of Brock and would anticipate the deaths of his fellow henchmen, calling it "Death by Samson". In season four, after going under intense training, 21 confronts Brock once again and Brock tries to scare him off once again. Only this time, 21 knocked him to the ground and the two entered a heated brawl. Even though 21 was able to hold his own, Brock was still victorious. After their fight, Brock complimented 21 on his newfound strength and aided him in taking down Monstroso. This act symbolized that Brock had come to respect 21 and the two, despite being enemies, could work together.
21 and Hatred developed a brief friendship when they attempted to infiltrate the Monarch's cocoon. However, Hatred quickly became convinced 21 was trying to betray him and ended up destroying the cocoon with his hover tank. This hostility continued as in Hostile Makeover, Hatred hit Gary in the face with a gun claiming he had been waiting to do so for a week.