Clone Slugs
The Venture Bros. character
Dean Hank Clones.jpg
First appearance

Powerless in the Face of Death
Last appearance

The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part II)
Voiced by

Christopher McCulloch
Species Clones of male humans
Gender Male
Occupation None (Clones in stasis)

D-19 (Former clone slug that was aborted and flushed but nonetheless survived)
Doctor Thaddeus Venture (father and creator)
The original Dean Venture and Hank Venture (suppliers of genetic material)

Jonas Venture Sr. (grandfather)
Nationality American

The clones slugs (as referred to by Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture) were the various clones of Hank Venture and Dean Venture that served as replacements for when Hank and Dean died. (The boys have died no less than fourteen times.)

Conceptually, Thaddeus believes them to be the same Hank and Dean- with, according to his testimony, the same memories and mannerisms, as if they had never died at all.[1] Dr. Venture's views would seem to be bolstered by Dr. Orpheus detecting and even communicating their souls in the apparatus that records their memory synapses.[1]

Shortly after Brock Samson enlisted as the bodyguard for Thaddeus Venture, Thaddeus noticed a malformed clone slug, D-19, in the cloning lab and flushed it. However, the clone survived and eventually tried to replace the current "main" Dean, though D-19 ultimately met his doom.[2]

Creation[edit | edit source]

The process Thaddeus Venture would use to clone the boys came from the genetic engineering processes developed by Jonas Venture Sr. and Ben. To all three men, cloning was no graver than applying a band-aid to a scrape.[3] Thaddeus ascribes creating the clones from some nail clippings of the original Hank and Dean.[1]

Activation[edit | edit source]

Being clones, they did not naturally have the memories and experiences of Hank and Dean. (Though the slugs seemed able of somehow pitifully replicating the Team Venture high five.) After "activation", a computer fed synaptic information into their incubation beds (This information is previously gleaned from the boys' memory synapses as they slept.) This information is augmented by educational material originally recorded by Jonas Venture Sr. to educate Thaddeus.

Destruction[edit | edit source]

The clones saw their destruction at the end of Season 3, where Sgt. Hatred led them in a military march to stop the OSI and the Fluttering Horde from killing everybody and wrecking the Venture Compound in their fight against each other. This plan seemed to work for a small time, as it motivated Brock Samson to come out and call for a ceasefire. However, the Monarch soon arrived in a flawed suit of battle armor. The Monarch's armor misfired, sending lasers and metal darts flying everywhere. The clone slugs were the main casualties.[4]

At the beginning of season 4, Neo-Nazis attempted to force Dr. Thaddeus Venture into cloning Adolf Hitler for them. However, the cloning lab was destroyed by a spell cast by Dr. Orpheus, preventing the growth of any further clones.[5]

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