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The Monarch
The Venture Bros. character
Monarch 01
First appearance

The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay
Voiced by

Christopher McCulloch
Information
Full name Malcom Fitzcarraldo
Aliases Shadowman 9 (formerly)
Bare Walls in Baltimore
The Blue Morpho (vigilante alias)
Species Human
Occupation Aspiring supervillain and sworn enemy of Dr. Venture and (formerly) of Phantom Limb and Dr. Jonas Venture Jr. on a trial basis
Relatives Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (wife)
The Blue Morpho (Father, deceased)
Mrs. Fitzcarraldo (Mother, deceased)
Unnamed Mother-in-Law (via Dr. Mrs. The Monarch)
Notable
Characteristics

Semi-mechanical suit equipped with a grappling hook, poison darts, tranquilizer darts, a gas gun, and collapsible wings which enable flight; obsessed with Monarch butterflies
Current Alliances

The Guild of Calamitous Intent
The Fluttering Horde
Doctor Girlfriend.
Prior
Alliances

Phantom Limb, the Sea Anemone, Helicoptro, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Nightmare Coat (all former bosses)
Enemies

Brock Samson
Brown Widow
Captain Sunshine
Dr. Heinie (taken to improve arching level)
Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture (would-be archenemy) and the Venture Family
Phantom Limb
Professor Victor Von Helping
Professor Vibrations
Sergeant Hatred

Wide Wale and his arching rights licensees

The Monarch (real name: Malcom Fitzcarraldo) is one of the main characters and the primary antagonist on the Adult Swim show The Venture Bros.. He is a parody of a supervillain, who has modeled himself after the Monarch butterfly. He is voiced by Christopher McCulloch.

Character outline Edit

The Monarch's primary traits are his butterfly/royalty theme (based on both Monarch terms for butterfly and royalty), his shrill voice, and his obsessive hatred of Thaddeus Venture. He has set his base of operations inside a floating cocoon (many characters have commented on how illogical this is), and all of his weaponry is modeled on physical traits of butterflies. In spite of his fascination with them, the Monarch remains oblivious to the actual biology and physical capabilities of butterflies ("The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay"). The Monarch commands a set of henchmen dressed in yellow and black attire with butterfly wings, all known solely by number (except for junior henchmen). The Monarch frequently kills his henchmen when he's in a bad mood. The henchmen are passionately loyal to the Monarch, and it's suggested many of them were down on their luck or troubled when he recruited them and gave them a purpose.

The Monarch "co-arches" with his wife Doctor Mrs. The Monarch (formerly his lover and aide Doctor Girlfriend), a gravelly-voiced woman with a striking resemblance to a young Jackie Kennedy. At the end of the second season, the Monarch and Doctor Girlfriend were finally wed, while the Guild of Calamitous Intent officially sanctioned the wedding at the beginning of season three ("Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny"). After their marriage, Doctor Girlfriend changed her name to Doctor Mrs. The Monarch.

The Monarch's arch-rival (to him, at least) is Dr. Venture. The Monarch's entire career of "arching" Dr. Venture was unsanctioned by The Guild of Calamitous Intent; "The Monarch" was not even a registered member of the Guild until the beginning of season three ("Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny"). Prior to that, he had been registered with the Guild as various low-level henchmen for other villains. The Monarch's hatred for Venture stems from some reason unknown, with the first instance of attempted murder occurring when they were both in college ("Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny"). It's intimated by his wife that Venture was somehow involved in the destruction of The Monarchs career. The Monarch is eventually forced to give up illegally "arching" Dr. Venture in order to wed Doctor Girlfriend, but makes repeated attempts to rekindle their one-sided rivalry. He also hates Hank, Dean, and Brock Samson to a lesser extent because of their affiliation with Dr. Venture.

The Monarch has had the opportunity on numerous occasions to significantly harm Thaddeus Venture and his family, but prefers to play at a "deadly game of Cat and Also Cat."

HistoryEdit

Malcom, the child who would later become The Monarch was the child of a wealthy couple. His father was a talented hero named the Blue Morpho. At some unknown point in his past, Malcom's parents knew Dr. Venture and would take the young Monarch to play with Rusty, though for some unknown reason The Monarch has no recollection of the events. The Monarch's parents would later die when their private plane crashed in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The Monarch was the only one to survive the crash, and spent three months living in the forest amidst a colony of Monarch butterflies, who "adopted" him. As he was ignorant of their migration patterns, the butterflies eventually left, and the devastated Monarch hitch-hiked to the city and collected his sizable inheritance. The remainder of his boyhood and teenage years were likely spent in New York, as "The Trial of the Monarch" revealed Monarch's connection with the 1980s New York punk scene. The Monarch apparently left New York to go to college ("Past Tense"). In college, he was known as Malcom and shared a creative writing class with Dr. Venture. Apparently, the Monarch devoted all of his assignments to butterflies (which led Venture to initially assume he was a "closet case"). At some point in college, the Monarch made his first attempt to kill Thaddeus, known as T.S. in college, by blowing up a school laboratory building, but not only was T.S. not in class that day, T.S. got the credit for blowing up the building and blowing off his lab partner Ünderbheit's jaw ("Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny").

After graduating college with a BA in Creative Writing, the Monarch went to work at the Guild of Calamitous Intent as a registered low-level henchman to various villains including Phantom Limb (known as Shadowman 9), while he waited for his trust fund to come out of escrow. During this time, he also illegally moonlighted as his "Monarch" alter-ego, unsuccessfully arching a young Dr. Venture. It was during his henching days when he met his future wife; she had just failed at being a solo super-villain (Lady AuPair), and accepted a Number 2 position working for Phantom Limb, this time as Queen Etheria. Donning one of his "early version" butterfly costumes, he attended a dinner party held by the Guild, and successfully seduced Queen Etheria in his car parked outside. However, when Phantom Limb discovered this, both Queen Etheria and the Monarch were forced to leave together.

With the guidance of his new Number 2 (Doctor Girlfriend), the Monarch gives up his henching career, and turned to full-time arching of Doctor Venture. Using the Monarch's vast wealth, they built a giant, floating military base from which to launch his attacks on Dr. Venture. Near the end of the first season, he and Doctor Girlfriend have a falling out over a tell-all book published by the Monarch's henchmen (according to the Monarch, "filled with lies and pictures of also-lies"), which brought to light her salacious past with a variety of other supervillains. She left him and went back to Phantom Limb, who in turn framed the Monarch for murder so that he could have Doctor Girlfriend to himself. The Monarch manages to escape from prison and rebuilds his career, eventually winning back Doctor Girlfriend; The Monarch and Doctor Girlfriend are officially married at the beginning of Season 3, whereupon she changes her name to Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.

In return for recognition and leniency from the Guild (and for permission to marry his wife), the Monarch is forced to stop arching Dr. Venture, a fact which he has trouble coming to terms with. Season 3 sees The Monarch sinking into depression over not arching Venture, by killing all eight of his "new assignments" from the Guild, nearly ruining his marriage, raiding the Venture compound, and finally arching Jonas Venture, Jr. on a trial basis. Thanks to a "family bylaws" loophole found by Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, Season 3 ends with a horrific showdown at the Venture compound, where The Monarch dons shooting, flying armor and faces off against the O.S.I. alongside an army of henchmen. He ends up killing all of the Hank-and-Dean clone slugs, several O.S.I. troopers, many of his own henchmen, and finally falls to earth in a nauseated bundle, to be picked up by his remaining henchmen and his wife.

In the second episode of Season 4, the Monarch kidnaps Hank & Dean and tries to order Dr. Venture to pay a ransom. However, Hank is immediately rescued by Captain Sunshine, who takes him back to his lair to make him the new Wonder Boy (The Monarch had killed the last Wonder Boy in a drunken rage while Dr. Girlfriend and he were broken up). Dr. Venture gets Dean back, and The Monarch and he track down Captain Sunshine's lair to get Hank back. The Monarch's wife creates a solar ray cannon, guessing that Captain Sunshine's powers don't work at night. However, the ray gun empowers Sunshine, who then defeats the Monarch. The Monarch, his wife, and Henchman 21 head home in a cab. One of them then fires a dart at the cabbie when he inquires about the fare.

In Operation P.R.O.M, the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend head to the prom (taking Sergeant Hatred's ex-wife Tinyfeet along to help them get in) while meeting up with #21 as well. However, when he admits that he realizes Dr. Venture is not a bad person, the Monarch accuses 21 of being drugged. An inebriated 21 snaps and angrily reveals his infatuation with Dr. Girlfriend, even telling the Monarch about their previous amorous encounter, but the Monarch merely laughs it off due to his "swinger" relationship with Dr. Girlfriend (common among villains) and tells 21 to stop being a crybaby. Having had enough, 21 quits his job as henchman and storms off.

During Season 5, the Monarch continues to try and antagonize Dr. Venture but repeatedly fails in every attempt as well as believing that Henchman 21 still works for him, much to his wife's dismay. In the finale, his wife is offered a position on The Council of 13 and she kidnaps Dr. Venture who, after failing to torment with physical torture, Dr. Girlfriend succeeds in breaking him with mental torture. Henchman 21 also returns just as the Cocoon is destroyed along with a majority of the Monarch's henchman by Sergeant Hatred.

As a result of the Cocoon and his mansion's destruction, the Monarch, along with his wife and Henchman 21, have moved into his childhood home in Newark, New Jersey. In the beginning of Season 6, he's seen trying to adjust to having no base, henchman, and his wife being on the council. While exploring the house, he discovers to his shock that his father was once a super-hero called the Blue Morpho who had a secret base under the house.

He decided to hide the discovery from his wife, until he decided what to do, originally wanting to turn it into his lair and ignore his father's legacy. However, this changed after trying to intimidate other villains so he could arch Dr. Venture and realizing it wouldn't work after being framed by a villain named Copycat who made it look like he had broken a deal with Doctor Girlfriend about arching Venture.

The Monarch eventually decided to take up the role of Blue Morpho after 21 showed him a video of his father and Jonas Venture Sr. talking about how he has decided to become a bad guy, right before the two have sex with two women that 21 assures him is not his mom. The Monarch and 21 soon kill a villain named Haranguetan, who was arching the Ventures and decide to defeat any villain assigned to arch Venture as a way to clear out the competition. They also withhold this information from Dr. Mrs. The Monarch to avoid trouble with the council of 13.

As of The High Cost of Loathing, the trust fund left to the Monarch by his parents has gone into the red fixing up his house in Newark. Moreover, Dr. Z. reassessed the Monarch's Equally Matched Aggression Level as only a Level 5, much too low for arching Dr. Venture. Professor Victor von Helping was assigned as a new Arch, though the Monarch and Henchman 21 were not even able to injure the metal-clad scientist. Still, Dean Venture wrote The Monarch a check for a million dollars in order for the Monarch to leave his professor alone. This income allowed the Monarch to win both the highest Guild income for the month and a bump in Equally Matched Aggression Level to 6.

Personality Edit

The Monarch is a colorful villain whose theatrics are not matched by his competence - his plans tend to go awry through mixtures of error, arrogance, bad luck, being outwitted, and Brock Samson killing henchmen until enough are dead to stop any schemes. He also is given to grandiose speeches and phrases, some of which get away from him or don't sound like he expected. (Though to be fair, the ominous music that plays during his speeches tends to balance it out.) Despite his seeming ineptness, he's quite skilled at villainy. After he was banned from arching Rusty, he ran through eight arches in a few months killing all of them on the first day (due to trying to channel his hatred of Rusty, he slipped into temporary moments of insanity and thought he was looking at him). He was almost assassinated by OSI for it, but managed to escape through sheer tenacity and trickery. His abilities have grown over the series and, along the way, he has gained allies and a powerful henchman in the form of 21 who turned his following of inept idiot henchmen into a fearsome fighting force.

The Monarch has admitted, only to #21, that sometimes he hates himself more than other villains hate their arch-nemeses. Despite his wealth, power, beautiful wife, and loyal henchmen, he seems eternally insecure and self-loathing. The reasons for this have yet to be explained. Though its not entirely impossible that, on some level, the Monarch realizes he's wasted most of his life over what may have started as a petty grudge.

The Monarch can be witty and charming, and possesses a cutting sarcastic wit. Unfortunately, these traits tend to emerge right before he does something very unwise. He often explodes in episodes of violent rage which get him into a lot of trouble. For some reason, he rarely teams up with other super-villians, preferring to work alone with his henchmen and wife. (Likely, the Monarch prefers to have the spotlight to himself.) When he does team up, he inevitably betrays them and goes his own way.

He is deeply in love with his wife, and the two have an erratic but passionate long-term history. The Monarch can be both loving and playful (as witnessed in several intimate scenes), but also bitterly insecure over their relationship. This insecurity has almost cost them their relationship several times.

Despite his flaws, he's considered by many (including Doctor Mrs. The Monarch and #21) to be a person truly talented in villainy, filled with a villainous kind of hatred that's almost an art form.

The possible explanation for The Monarch's odd mixture of ineptness and genre-aware cunning, may have been given in the season 3 premiere Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny, in which it was revealed that the Monarch was actually a Guild henchman who started his own career as a full-blown "villain" without "going through the proper channels" of the Guild or receiving formal training. Depending on how one looks at it, the Monarch could actually be seen as a very successful henchman, who was able to bootstrap his way up to being a major villain, and win over Dr. Girlfriend. This furthers the dichotomy between the Monarch and Dr. Venture: Venture started out with everything, the son of the great Jonas Venture that had all of the advantages, and his life turned into a failure. The Monarch may not be the most successful or competent villain ever, but compared to Venture, he's at least got the excuse that he wasn't supposed to be a major villain, but refused to play the hand fate dealt him.

Relationships With Other CharactersEdit

Dr. GirlfriendEdit

The Monarch first met Dr. Girlfriend back when she was still known as Lady Au Pair and the Monarch was "Shadowman 9", a henchman for Phantom Limb. Dr. Girlfriend later became Phantom Limb's number two (Queen Etheria). At the time Malcom was moonlighting as The Monarch, and showed up to a party hosted by Phantom Limb as such, effectively wooing Dr. Girlfriend. They left together and soon after became a couple, with Dr. Girlfriend now serving as the Monarch's number two. In the season one episode "Trial of the Monarch" they broke up. Dr. Girlfriend went back to Phantom Limb, who later framed The Monarch for murder and has him sent to prison. In season two he breaks out and tries to win her back. In the episode I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills Dr. Henry Killinger reunites them and they plan to get married in "Showdown at Cremation Creek" (however, Phantom Limb interrupts the wedding and they aren't officially wed until the episode "Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny".) She now goes by the name Dr. Mrs. the Monarch and instead of being his number two, she is his equal.

Dr. VentureEdit

Dr. Venture is his sworn enemy but it's never been revealed why. Popular theories are that it started in college, as they went to the same one. However, due to their incredibly similar appearances, it's also believed that they may be related in some way. It's shown in a picture they met as children, but the Monarch claims he didn't remember it.

It is implied in "Arrears in Science" that Dr. Venture's father, Jonas Venture Sr. might be The Monarch's real father, making him the half-brother of his enemy, although neither are aware of this.

The HenchmenEdit

Other than #21 and #24, he thinks of his henchman as fairly disposable and insists that they prefer to be called "minions".

The Blue Morpho Edit

During the early episodes of season 6, he and Henchman 21, discover his father's hidden lair and that his was in fact The Blue Morpho, a famous superhero. Their exact relationship is never fully explored, due to losing his parents when he was very young in the plane crash. When they discover his lair, The Monarch at first denies the idea, as he believed his father was just a "boozed up socialite" with a fondness for butterflies. But he eventually took The Blue Morpho's mantle in hopes of getting his arching rights to Dr. Venture back. Its also later revealed that his father is still alive as Vendata.

In "Arrears in Science", some form of their relationship was seen as Vendata is shown to still have clear memories of his wife and child (later hinted that Jonas Venture Sr. is The Monarch's biological father). When The Monarch breaks into Venture building to see what's going on and kill the Morpho impersonator, in doing so he unknowingly interrupts his father's conversation with Jonas.

Though it takes a moment, Morpho/Vendata soon recognizes the grown Monarch as his son, Malcom. He seemed relieved to see his son had survived the plane crash that took him and his wife as he would weakly call him by his real name, to The Monarch's shock.

Jonas and Vendata would engage in a fight, with The Monarch following to know why Vendata knows his real name. The fight ends up incapacitating both men, but before he shuts down again The Monarch is quick to rush to Vendata/Blue Morpho's side.

In a confused but almost hopeful tone, he calls him "Daddy". In his last moments, Morpho/Vendata looks up at him with a smile, confirming his identity to him. He looks at his son, showing that he clearly loved him as his own, just before apparently dying.

Equipment and abilities Edit

Though the Monarch has no powers, his costume is equipped with a variety of gadgets. His costume conceals large butterfly wings crafted by Doctor Girlfriend that allow him to fly, and he also has two wristbands that shoot out a number of darts (variously depicted as either tranquilizers or lethal). He has shown on multiple occasions to be surprisingly competent in battle as he has held his own against a horde of Guild robots on one occasion. In the episode "Dia de Los Dangerous!", he explains that he was raised by butterflies, which involved living off milkweed, "ensuring his toxicity to this day", though it does not appear to have any bearing on his performance.

While The Monarch has an obvious relish for the theatrics and grandiose aspects of supervillainy, he has proven he's not above cheap tricks and underhanded tactics as a more practical approach. In "Handsome Ransom", The Monarch simply kicked Dr. Venture in the groin and robbed him of the ransom drop while the two were negotiating.

All of The Monarch's equipment is based on butterflies. His base is a giant flying cocoon. It has a pink and purple color scheme inside and he refers to the central workstation as his "throne room." The master bedroom's bed doubles as an escape pod, shaped like a smaller cocoon. Its internal defenses were personally designed by him, which may explain why Brock could easily take them out single-handedly ("Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean"). He also has a car, the Monarch-mobile, also decked out in purple, as well as a butterfly-shaped aircraft (with cargo/henchman room in the abdomen) that was only shown once. The cocoon's engine may run on antimatter ("Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part II)"). The Monarch also briefly had a "Butterfly Glider" (based off the Green Goblin's weapon), a large golden butterfly shaped personal flying transport that ran on bio-diesel in the episode The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider.

After taking up the mantle of The Blue Morpho, The Monarch took to wearing his father's old costume and has full access to the latter's old gadgets which includes tranquilizers, his car, and water scooters, all of which he found in the latter's secret lair.

Christmas SongsEdit

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • A picture of The Monarch playing with Dr. Venture implies that the two may have been close friends as children.
  • Apparently, The Monarch's father The Blue Morpho was an anti-hero, who, as a villain, often teamed up with heroes.
  • His drink of choice is Fresca.
  • The Monarch's real name, Malcom Fitzcarraldo, was revealed in two parts. Malcom was given to us in Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny on June 1st, 2008, almost four full years after the original premiere of the series (not including the pilot which aired in 2003). Fitzcarraldo was dropped in The High Cost of Loathing ten years later on August 26, 2018. (Or in Arrears in Science for the eagle-eyed, August 20th, 2018)
  • Some of The Monarch's earlier costumes are reminiscent of the Batman villain Killer Moth.

AppearancesEdit

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