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Thaddeus S. Venture
The Venture Bros. character
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Dr. Venture, Opening Card.
First appearance

The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay
Voiced by

James Urbaniak
Information
Nickname(s) Rusty, Rust, Doc
Aliases Rusty, T.S., Dr. Venture
Occupation Super-Scientist
Relatives Hank Venture (son)
Dean Venture (son)
Dermott Fictel (son)
Jonas Venture Sr. (father)
Lloyd Venture (grandfather)
Jonas Venture Jr. (brother)
Notable
characteristics

Self-proclaimed "super-genius", endless amount of cynicism, Amphetamine addiction
Current
Alliances

Team Venture, Venture Industries

Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture (voiced by James Urbaniak) is the son of late super-scientist Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. and brother of Jonas Venture Jr.. He is also the father of the Venture twins, Hank and Dean, as well as Dermott Fictel. He could be considered the protagonist of the show.

BackgroundEdit

Ostensibly a super-scientist, Dr. Venture is a neurotic, cowardly, ill-tempered pill popper. He lives - and is effectively trapped - in the shadow of his famous father, Dr. Jonas Venture, an incredibly renowned and universally respected genius in virtually every field of science and engineering who built a space station, fought diseases, solved mysteries and is usually indirectly linked to most of the advanced technology on the show. Dr. Venture, however, is a sad failure of a man in every fashion, crushed under the weight of the expectations placed upon him, equally imprisoned by his crippling feelings of inadequacy and self-imposed incompetence caused by intense sloth. Rusty is extremely self-entitled and a narcissist, believing he deserves better than his fate, and often is prone to bouts of Pollyanna-esque confidence when he believes he has the upper hand. Often this backfires as he is generally unskilled and completely unwilling to take the advice of anyone. He is a prisoner not only of his circumstances but of his own myopic behavior.

In fact, Dr. Venture is not even a doctor of anything (as first revealed in "The Incredible Mr. Brisby") - his "doctorate" is an honorary degree from a Tijuana community college he threw a bunch of money at, which is occasionally brought up by those in the know to spite him.

Sadly, it does appear that Rusty is definitely talented in science and could be his father's equal if he applied himself. He has proven extremely capable of building incredible feats of technology and engineering - in the first episode, "Dia de los Dangerous!", he was able to jury-rig his robot servant HELPeR into a into a fully operational portable dialysis machine, and has built several kinds of robots including a "walking eye", heavy ray shields for a space station, a nuclear-powered impenetrable forcefield that could only be stopped by club soda, and more. However, an oft-recurring theme in his own work is that he cuts corners, again because he is lazy and self entitled. Problems arise and mayhem often ensues from his inventions, not out of sheer incompetence but due to his own personal failings.

Rusty has few friends - namely his former bodyguard, the daring OSI agent Brock Samson, his tenant Dr. Byron Orpheus, and Billy Quizboy and Pete White of Conjectural Technologies.

A recurring theme throughout the show is his feelings for his sons. While he is too self-absorbed to consider his children the most important thing in his life (as discovered by Dr. Orpheus when he entered his psyche to rid him of possession by the Monarch), and often he seems to resent them, he does seem to value them deeply, taking steps to protect them from physical and psychological harm. While utterly blase about the cloning of his children, this stems more from the fact that he considers the clones to not be mere copies of his sons. While he seems to obviously favor Dean, considering him the "successor" to his "legacy", Hank reminds Dr. Venture of who he used to be as a child - the legendary boy adventurer, Rusty Venture, a Jonny Quest-like figure who travelled the world with his super scientist dad, unafraid of anything and the envy of children around the globe.

To this day, his closest friends still call him Rusty. Although he deeply resents his past, it is also perhaps his greatest source of pride, as there really was a time where he actually was a public and deserved heroic figure, and everyone knew it.

While despised by Baron Werner Ünderbheit, Dr. Venture's Guild approved arch-nemesis is The Monarch.

HistoryEdit

ChildhoodEdit

Thaddeus Venture was born to Doctor Jonas Venture Sr. and an unknown mother. Thaddeus life has been filled with strange and unusual occurrences even before he was born having consumed his twin brother Jonas Venture Jr..

Thaddeus would later gain the nickname Rusty and travel the world along with his father and the other members of Team Venture. Rusty grew up with not many friends except H.E.L.P.eR., a young mexican boy named Paco, and Tara Quymn. As Rusty grew older his father began to change his treatment of him becoming more of a tormentor then a protecter. Rusty's father would emotionally scar him by walking around his house with is penis hanging out and would let the rest of Team Venture torment Rusty as well.

Rusty recalls how the Action Man would point an unloaded gun to his head and pull the trigger saying "not today Rust". They even proceed to pull his pants down on his 16th birthday in front of models, celebs, and as Rusty puts it "actual whores" and shrank his penis.

College YearsEdit

Rusty then left home to attend State University, where he met his future enemy Baron Ünderbheit and his friend Pete White. He was in one of Professor Impossible's science classes, which he would have failed if not for the D that Impossible gave him out of pity when Rusty's father died. He later shared a room with Brock Samson, until Brock killed a member of the football team and went on a rampage assaulting Rusty, Pete, Ünderbheit, and Mike Sorayama. Brock would apologize the morning after, then bluntly inform him his father died. Rusty did not return to State college after this until trying to enroll Dean as a 'legacy.'

Rusty was blamed for an explosion in a school lab that blew off Ünderbheit's jaw. The Monarch actually placed the bomb in an attempt to murder Rusty.

Adult LifeEdit

After leaving college, Rusty took his father's place as head of Venture Industries, which quickly fell into ruin to ruin. The OSI assigned Myra Brandish as Rusty's bodygaurd as part of Operation Rusty's Blanket, a missioned designed both to protect him and the ORB

At this point, the Monarch began to attack Rust fequently, but Myra thwarted him every time. Rusty and Mira soon grew closer and ended up sleeping together. Rusty eventually lost interest in Myra and began to leave the compound without telling her, causing her mental stress.

At some unknown point Rusty had twin sons with a unknown woman, although he let Myra believe she was their mother. He named his two sons Hank and Dean Venture. Myra soon had a mental breakdown and was forced away by the OSI. At the same time, Pete White soon showed up with a young Billy Quizboy looking for work, but they are quickly turned away.

Myra was replaced by Brock Samson. Rusty gave him a tour of the compound, including his cloning facility. At some point in the past both his sons ended died, forcing Rusty to clone them to bring them back.

Hank and Dean would eventually be killed multiple times as they got older, which forced Rusty to repeatedly clone them. They can no longer be cloned as all of the "slugs" were destroyed in the "The family that Slays together, Stays together Pt. 2".

A few years after Hank and Dean were born, Rusty fathered Dermott with Nikki Fictel, the president of his fan club who told him she was 22, when she was actually 15. Nikki's mother refused to let Rusty be involved with Nikki and their child's life, threatening to bring the incident public. As a result, Rusty did not know his other son until Dermott was in his teens.

Season 1 Rusty would then be invited to a science expo for his new invention, but before they go a meteor lands in their yard (Which at the time had three of The Monarch's Henchman in it). Rusty decides that they can check it out when they get back and proceeds to fly the X-1 to New York. Rusty, Brock and the twins then go to the hotel for the night. During the night a ninja known as Otaku Senzuri attempts to steal the invention, but ends up kidnapping Hank and Dean. Brock then leaves Rusty to find them much to Rusty dismay. Rusty then goes to the expo to show off his Oo-Ray, which basically is just a death ray. This angers the the UN representatives, which confuses Rusty since he says you do not need to use it for evil. Otaku eventually then shows up and begins to masturbate to the Oo-Ray, which reveals he is a techno-fetishist who can only get aroused by advanced technolgy. Rusty then sells his Oo-Ray to the military unsure why they would want it.Edit

Skills/PowersEdit

  • Genius Intelligence - Rusty is genius in his own right able to do complex equations and build advanced device, but seems to lack the motivation and patience to make his inventions work. It was implied by Rusty's Superego that if Rusty just stop taking the easy way out and applied himself, he would be the man he wants to be.

WeaknessesEdit

  • Drug Abuse - Rusty has been known to abuse various prescription drugs, most notably 'diet pills.' The drug use has left his body "toxic with chemicals" causes multiple health problems like breathlessness and impotence.
  • Lack of Patience - Rusty has a habit of putting off his work until the last minute, often leading to rushed, malfunctioning inventions.


TriviaEdit

  • Even though he is not very professional,he has proven that his intelligence and capabilities are above average in Science. Examples are him being able to re-clone his sons multiple times, reviving a person who had been blown up and using his past experience with Team Venture to kill a GUILD henchman. 

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