The Venture Bros. character
Ben Old Man Potter.jpg
First appearance

A Very Venture Halloween
Voiced by

J.K. Simmons
Aliases Old Man Potter
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Genetic engineer, handyman
Nationality American

Jonas Venture Sr. (former employer)
RICO (former pet)

Ben is a reclusive old man and former associate of Jonas Venture Sr.


Ben worked with Jonas Venture in perfecting genetic engineering processes that would later allow Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture to develop clones. Sometime prior or after Jonas' death, Ben lived in a seemingly abandoned old house on the edge of the Venture Compound with RICO, a genetically engineered ape-like humanoid creature.

Years later, Ben was mistaken by Hank Venture and Dean Venture to be a scary old man called Old Man Potter. On one Halloween night, Dean Venture entered Ben's house on a dare by Hank and Dermott Fictel, and was knocked unconscious by RICO. Ben tied up Dean and giving him a medical checkup. Once Dean woke up, Ben happily noted that Dean had turned out great, referring to his true nature as a clone. After untying Dean, Ben offered him a beer and went on to explain how he and Jonas were behind the cloning processes that Rusty used to create the various Hank and Dean clones. Despite Dean being in shock after learning that he is a clone, Ben insisted that Dean was still who he has always been, and that there was nothing to worry about.

Ben and his home survived the fire that burned down the Venture Compound by The Monarch. By the time of the Second Summit of Tolerance, Ben has left for New Zealand on a trip. Besides the departed RICO (who left for Puerto Bahia), Ben has one another housemate, a fact revealed to Dean Venture when he revisits Ben's house. There Dean meets H.E.L.P.eR. Model Two, a H.E.L.P.eR. model saved from the Great Recalling by Ben. Ben further gave it human tissues to make the robot intelligent and able to speak. For its part, H.E.L.P.eR. Model Two seems somewhat content, if rather saddened, to remain at Ben's house and serve as his assistant. When Dean tries to take H.E.L.P.eR. Model Two, the robot-human mix ultimately rejects the attempt, showing further fear of persecution from the outside.[1]

Episode Appearances

Season 5

Season 7



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