The Action Man
The Venture Bros. character
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First appearance

The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay
Voiced by

Christopher McCulloch
Real Name

Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Retired supersoldier
Relatives Jeanie (Wife, deceased)
Nationality American

Lecherous womanizer
Moral laxity
Prosthetic knees
Skilled in brawling, shooting, and killing

Violent nature and questionable mental stability

Colonel Gentleman (Roommate), Rose Whalen (romantic lead)

Original Team Venture

L. Ron

Turnbuckle (Deceased)

The Action Man (real name: Rodney) was a former member of a the original Team Venture and one of Jonas Venture Sr.'s close friends and allies. The Action Man was well known for his incredibly violent behavior and constant womanizing.


The Action Man's early history is largely unknown, but what is known is that he became friends with Jonas Venture Sr. and joined Team Venture. He would take part in multiple adventures where he would go into battle guns ablaze and killing everything in sight. Throughout much of his career, he would spend his time womanizing and sleeping with many hookers, a lifestyle that his fellow teammate Paul Entmann often tried to dissuade him from. The Action Man continued to serve with Team Venture for many years and as Jonas' son Rusty Venture grew older he would partake in torturing the young man. During an undersea mission, their fellow Team Venture member, Major Tom, lost his life, leaving his wife Jeanie widowed. The Action Man married Jeanie.

He later retired along with the rest of the team after Jonas died from an unknown cause and would at an unknown point move to Florida with Jeannie.


Season 1Edit

The Action Man along with the rest of the original Team Venture was summoned by Hank and Dean Venture to save the kidnapped Rusty Venture from the mad scientist Mike Sorayama. By this time, he has flatulence problems and "plastic knees" that hinder his movements despite being physically capable. In the end Rusty and Brock managed to escape by themselves, but Brock in a blind rage beat the daylights out of the original Team Venture.

Season 3Edit

The Action Man along with the original members of Team Venture appeared on Spider-Skull Island during the opening of the Venture Museum. While there he met up with his old friend Entmann and invited him to come live at his place.

Season 4Edit

At some point, Action Man's wife Jeanie died for unknown reasons and he moved to a retirement home.

Season 5Edit

After Rusty's supposed death, The Action Man was given custody of Hank and showed him around Florida while there he also revealed to Hank that he crushed Paul Entmann with his rocking chair by mistake and later held a measly funeral for him on the front lawn of his Boca Raton retirement community, and had Hank take a dump on his grave to act as "fertilizer" to symbolize new life as is Team Venture tradition.

Rodney informed Hank, he needed him to help him seduce fellow senior citizen Rose Whalen who he had been interested in for forty years. Hank agreed but only if he could return to the Venture Compound something Action Man agreed too. In the end, he and Hank were successful in winning over Rose and Hank was allowed return to Venture Industries after finding out Rusty was still alive. Everyone present proceed to have a more proper funeral for Paul Entmann. During this funeral, Colonel Gentleman tells Action Man that he's moving back to America and offered Action Man to be his roommate and that he could bring Rose along. Action Man agrees and with the rest of the original Team Venture asks the Venture Bros to take a dump on Entmann as part of the tradition.

Season 6 Edit

He along with Rose, Colonel Gentleman and Billy (Rose's son) attend the grand opening of Gargantua 2 space station. While there he tries to tell Rose to stop babying Billy and get annoyed when she ignores him. Later on, they are held hostage by The Revenge Society led by Phantom Limb (who he and Gentleman recognize). Hank Venture tries to get them fight back but they try to persuade him to let the villains take the money and leave due to the space station being insured. But with encouragement from Rose, they fend off against their captors and retreat when the station is attacked by meteors. He later attends the funeral of Jonas Venture Jr.

In Tanks for Nuthin', he, Colonel Gentlemen and Pete White watch the video of Billy Quizboy (under the effects of mind control gas) and laughs at the various things the latter does. He soon laughs as Gentlemen offers the real Billy (who is now back to normal) some fast food as Billy complains to Rose about this.

In A Party for Tarzan, it is revealed that he brutally killed a minor villain named Turnbuckle, which became the basis for the EMA levels.


The Action Man was a dangerously violent man in his youth and would often go into battle with his guns shooting everything he laid his eyes on and would enjoy beating and shooting his enemies into a bloody pulp. Even in old age this behavior has only lessened a bit and when he donned the title of Action Man again he was ready to cause needless violence like old times.

He is also a lecherous womanizer who enjoyed flirting and sleeping with numerous partners (many of which were prostitutes) and his fellow Team Venture teammate Paul Entmann would often scold him by saying "stop thinking with your Action Crotch". After he married his wife Jeanie, The Action Man seemingly stayed faithful to her for many years, but he later reveals that he had been trying to sleep with a woman named Rose Whalen for the last 40 years, showing that The Action Man's old age didn't stop his Action Crotch.

Like most of his fellow Team Venture comrades, The Action Man was an arrogant and uncaring man even when not in battle and would often enjoy pranking and tormenting the young Rusty Venture (such as waking him up with a gun to his head). Despite his harsh past with The Action Man, Rusty made him the godfather of Hank Venture, although the minute Hank came into his life he used him to help him seduce the kindly Rose Whalen.

Episode AppearancesEdit

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Season 6Edit


  • In "Past Tense", after the Action Man attacked and later apologize to Dr. Orpheus, the occultist Dr. Orpheus interrupts with "two years and seventeen days" by a stroke to which he appears pleased. This was assumed to be referring to The Action Man's death
  • It's likely due to the number of Bowie references in the show that the name 'Action Man' is a reference to his 1980 hit "Ashes to Ashes"