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The Phantom Limb
The Venture Bros. character
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Phantom Limb looking around
First appearance

"Tag Sale - You're It!"
Voiced by

James Urbaniak
Real name

Hamilton G. Fantamos
Information
Aliases Revenge
Occupation Super-villain
college professor(formerly)
leader of the Revenge Society (formerly)
Relatives Fantômas (grandfather, deceased)
Notable
characteristics

High intelligence, invisible limbs, "killer hands"
Alliances

The Guild of Calamitous Intent
Enemies

Blue Morpho II
Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture
the Monarch

the Sovereign (Deceased)

Phantom Limb (birth name Hamilton G. Fantamos) is a supervillain with invisible arms and legs.

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Phantom Limb was born Hamilton G. Fantamos and came from a long line of adventurers like his grandfather, Fantômas, who among other including Lloyd Venture, Eugen Sandow, Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley and Mark Twain were members of the group that would evolve into the Guild of Calamitous Intent.

However, Hamilton was disinherited by his family because of a congenital disorder that left him with severely underdeveloped arms and legs. He was a professor at a state college, and had spent his time to build a machine that would turn his limbs to normal proportions. It is also hinted that he was a recruiter for the Guild of Calamitous Intent prior to the accident that gave him his powers.[1]

He was suspected by the OSI of his ties to the Guild in which they sent Billy Quizboy to spy on Hamilton as his student. Hamilton made Billy his lab assistant, thinking he possessed a brilliant mind. During an experiment to turn his limbs to normal size, a malfunction occurred which turned Fantomas' limbs not only to normal size, but also invisible, and endowed him with the ability to kill with a mere touch. This accident was the impetus that drove him to become a supervillain and take the name "Phantom Limb."[2]

As a Guild supervillain, Phantom Limb rose to a position of great authority; although little has been revealed about the Guild's command structure, he was shown to be subordinate only to The Sovereign - the supreme leader of the Guild - and The Council of Thirteen, a governing body within the Guild which conducts trials of members that commit infractions. He was served by a small army of henchmen called Shadowmen, and convinced Dr. Girlfriend, his romantic interest at the time (then answering only to her birthname, Sheila), to become a supervillain, and eventually his own second-in-command under the name "Queen Etheria." His relationship with Dr. Girlfriend would later end with Dr. Girlfriend leaving him for The Monarch, resulting in a lifelong enmity between the Monarch and Phantom Limb.

Rebellion Against the GuildEdit

Dr. Girlfriend would once again become Queen Etheria after leaving the Monarch, whereupon Phantom Limb had the Monarch framed for the murder of a policeman, getting him sent to prison. When the Monarch escaped from prison and convinced Dr. Girlfriend to marry him, Phantom Limb, against the orders of the Sovereign, brought to bear his full authority as a Guild official, deploying an armada of Guild gunships to assault the Monarch and his henchmen during the wedding, resulting in his own defeat. Although he escaped, he was badly wounded, losing several body parts when his command ship crashed (his left arm, right leg, and penis). It is later revealed that this attack on the Monarch was part of a larger plan to assassinate the Sovereign and claim his office.

The Revenge SocietyEdit

After the battle, and caused by the trauma of losing several limbs and an implied castration, Phantom Limb becomes apparently insane, forming a "team" consisting of Wisdom (a coffee cup), Chuck (a toaster), and Lady Nightshade (Dr. Mrs. the Monarch's black Ferragamo shoe) in which he dubs the Revenge Society, and calls himself "Revenge." He infiltrates the headquarters of the Guild and kidnaps two members of The Council of Thirteen, Red Mantle and Dragoon, whom he blackmails into helping him obtain the Orb, an awe-inspiring artifact of unspecified function, the protection of which was revealed to be the basis for the founding of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, and once again attempts to claim the leadership of the Guild. However, Phantom Limb failed to activate the Orb as it was sabotaged long ago by Eugen Sandow, and resulting in his capture.

Following this, Phantom Limb escaped from Guild imprisonment utilizing his inanimate object commando team and his two remaining limbs. After escaping, Limb sought the aid of Richard Impossible. Together the two went to State College, Phantom Limb hiding in Richard's body, stealing the plans for Limb's original muscle growth machine. Replicating the technology with Impossible, Limb has restored all four of his appendages and built up a new 'Revenge Society' with Impossible, Baron Werner Ünderbheit, and a selection of super-villains that the three chose.[3][4]

Under the tutelage of Dr. Henry Killinger, the Revenge Society mount a heist on the newly open Garguantua-2 casino. Unknown to his compatriots, Phantom Limb made a deal with the Sovereign to regain his membership in the Guild in exchange for killing The Investors by blowing up Garguantua-2 along with the Revenge Society; in which Phantom Limb was reluctant to accomplish. As Phantom Limb was prepare to sabotage the space station, The Investors suddenly appeared before him and revealing that they know of the Sovereign's plot before they themselves cause the station's meltdown. Phantom Limb's secret deal with the Sovereign was eventually reveal before the Revenge Society and causing the group to splinter.

Phantom Limb escaped Garguantua-2's destruction through Fat Chance's portal and arrive in Meteor Majeure. The aftermath left with the Sovereign, Investors, and much of the Council of Thirteen dead. However, Phantom Limb was given a sense of redemption in which Killinger appointed him as a member of the newly reconstituted Council of Thirteen.

As Council MemberEdit

Following the events of the Gargantua-2, Phantom Limb and his colleagues are attempting to restore the Guild.

When the Guild is threatened by a vigilante taking up the guise of The Blue Morpho, Phantom Limb knows it can't be the original due to him being dead for years but states they will watch out for this new hero. When Dr. Mrs. The Monarch informed the Council that she believes Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture is the vigilante, but Phantom Limb does not believe her and assumes she's just stressed.

When The Doom Factory are killed by The Blue Morpho, Phantom Limb contacts Dr. Mrs. The Monarch to apologize and ask what her plan is to eliminate this now growing problem. He and the rest of the Council soon learn Venture is not the vigilante and decide to form a pact with the OSI for help. The plan was to have Venture's latest enemy Red Death attack a fake Venture family (consisting of GUILD and OSI) so they can draw out the vigilante. However, their actions are for naught as Blue Morpho does not appear.

PersonalityEdit

Phantom Limb is cold, calculating, intelligent and ruthless. He is egocentric and pretentious, which is perhaps his greatest weakness - he seems unaware of how he sometimes offends others, and is prone to underestimating them. This weakness later seemed to ebb in Pomp & Circuitry, in which he attempted to altruistically drag his boyhood friend, Richard Impossible, out of depression - though Every Which Way But Zeus demonstrates he is still domineering towards the man. Limb is still cordially polite to strangers - he states that his dismissal of Dr. Venture as a "Level One Threat" is not meant to cause offense.

His outlook towards others often depends on a measure of respect - he has twice chosen not to kill Brock Samson after being impressed with the man's lethal abilities, even teaming up with him once in order to help rescue their mutual loved ones. He is shown to have respect for those of a higher status, up to a certain point - when a rich customer refused to buy any stolen painting other than the Mona Lisa, he killed the man out of frustration, and when David Bowie/The Sovereign attempted to block him from taking revenge on the Monarch, he attempted to assassinate Bowie and take over. When Brock - who he had teamed up with - insulted Dr. Girlfriend, he tranquilized him coldly, explaining to the witnesses "What? I'm a super-villain".

Limb's relationship with Doctor Girlfriend was similarly emotionally abusive - though he obviously holds her in deep affection, he was too controlling and not empathetic enough for their relationship to last too long, and his fascination with her body bordered upon perversion - it is implied that he masturbated over her 'Queen Etheria' costume when she first left him, and while in his crazed 'Revenge' persona he stole one of her shoes and fantasized that it was his lover.

Following his time as 'Revenge' and his escape from the Guild, Phantom Limb's personality is marginally less insane, and he has reversed his opinions on super-villainous plots; whereas before he was satisfied with low-grade crimes such as art theft, the episode Bright Lights, Dean City begins with him presenting a grandiose vendetta against the Revenge Society's old enemies, hero and villain alike.

Powers and abilities Edit

Phantom Limb's arms and legs are completely invisible. He possesses the ability to kill or incapacitate others through physical contact. When he uses this power, the blood vessels and bones in his arms flash with red and green light and the sound of electric arcing is heard. In the episode The Trial of the Monarch, he kills a bailiff by taking hold of a gun the bailiff points at him - it is not made clear how many degrees of separation are required to deter its use. This power also enables him to deflect certain projectiles, although he is not super-humanly agile. He has complete control over his ability to kill by contact, allowing him to touch people without killing them. In the episode Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part II), David Bowie was shown to be immune to this effect, presumably due to his non-human or superhuman nature. In The Revenge Society, this power was shown to disable robots.

In Pomp and Circuitry, his limbs were shown to be fully artificial and replaceable, and able to obey his commands when not attached to his body after he focused his will upon them - not unlike the artificial appendages of Marvel Comics' supervillain, Doctor Octopus. In Every Which Way But Zeus, he revealed that they are strong enough to repel surgical needles - and, upon his receipt of a power-dampening device in his bloodstream, they became visibly translucent.

As a high-ranking member of the Guild, Phantom Limb had full access to much of its manpower and resources, although he was subject to the authority of his superior officers. As such, he could usually order a person's death on a whim. His influence within the Guild enabled him to convince the Sovereign's bodyguards, Klaus Nomi and Iggy Pop, to join his coup d'état against the Sovereign.

Relationships With Other CharactersEdit

Dr. GirlfriendEdit

Dr. Girlfriend was Phantom Limb's student back when he was a professor at State University, and was the one who originally inspired her to become a villain. When her "Lady Au Pair" personae wasn't working out Phantom Limb hired her as his number two, Queen Etheria. However all she did was "stand around in this skimpy outfit". When Dr. Girlfriend left him for the Monarch, they stayed pretty distant until their break up in Trial of the Monarch where she went to his house, and they got back together, however even then she seemed to generally dislike being around him. Dr. Girlfriend and the Monarch get back together in I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills and have there wedding in Showdown at Cremation Creek Part I. Phantom Limb goes above the Guild and crashes the wedding, kidnapping Dr. Girlfriend. He is later arrested for this, and Dr. Girlfriend and the Monarch are officially wed in Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny. In Bright Lights, Dean City Phantom Limb's plan involved killing her, but this plan was turned down for being "too kill-y". In season 6, it appears Phantom Limb has given up on his feelings for her as he is now able to work with her now they are both members of The Council of 13

The MonarchEdit

Ever since the Monarch stole his girlfriend Phantom Limb disliked him; initially the Monarch used to be one of his henchman (along with 24) and even back then Phantom Limb did not seem to treat him with respect, this may the reason (besides the hate for Dr. Venture) which motivated the Monarch to become his own villain. However, Phantom Limb did not showed any hints of trying to get revenge on him (probably because outside of sexual attraction he doesn't really have any feeling for Dr. Girlfriend), but he did see him as a threat to his reformed relationship as in The Trial of the Monarch he had The Monarch sent to prison for life and despite his attempts to keep him there the monarch soon escaped. They did not see each until Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part I) when he tried to ruin the Monarch's wedding and kidnap Dr. Girlfriend, he was later arrested for this and he wanted to kill him. However he planned to get revenge on Dr. Venture instead of the Monarch because Dr. Venture was the one who helped him to get back his bride.

In the Season 6 special All This and Gargantua-2, Phantom Limb and The Revenge Society (Group) stayed at the Monarch childhood home before the monarch, his wife and henchman 21 moved back in. The Monarch soon became aware that Phantom Limb was staying over after seeing a cooking knife that matches Phantom Limb's tastes. He accurately deduced Phantom Limb's plan and became determined to capture him to achieve a spot on the The Council of 13 but that was soon forgotten.

In Season 6, while Phantom Limb seems to be over his attraction to Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and has let go of his hatred towards the monarch, the latter still holds disdain for Phantom Limb for his previous actions.

Professor ImpossibleEdit

In the past, both Phantom Limb and Richard Impossible were members of Dr. Jonas Venture's boy brigade. Phantom Limb even went to the latter for help when he was being pursued by The Sovereign and with his help Limb regained control of his powers and Richard joined him in creating the revenge society. Phantom Limb was also impressed when it was revealed that Richard used his former brother-in-law to power his company.

The Revenge SocietyEdit

After Phantom Limb was kicked out of the Guild he started his own group, the Revenge Society. At first the only other members where a coffee cup, a shoe, and a toaster. He also kidnapped Billy Quizboy, Councilman 8 and Councilman 3 who become forced members. Later he is arrested by the Guild, but manages to break out. After this Professor Impossible and Baron Underbheit both become members (Pomp and Circuitry). In Bright Lights, Dean City they audition new members and decide on Fat Chance, Lady-Hawk Johnson and Lyndon-Bee. They are now planning to take revenge on everyone who wronged them in the past.

Episode AppearancesEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

Season 3Edit

Season 4Edit

Season 5Edit

Season 6Edit

Christmas SongsEdit

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • He is a parody of articulate and "gentlemanly" supervillains, such as Magneto and Doctor Doom.
  • His code name is a reference to phantom limb syndrome, while his true name is a reference to the French supervillain Fantômas created by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre,[5] as well as the science fiction detective Gil Hamilton. His costume also bears a strong resemblance to that of the Lee Falk comic strip hero, The Phantom.
  • His physical disability as a child is seen in passing in the episode 'Now Museum, Now You Don't' where a drunken Prof. Impossible looks at a picture of the boys brigade. The young, deformed Phantom Limb is seen sitting in a wheelchair.

ReferencesEdit

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