|The Venture Bros. character|
|Nickname(s)||Encyclopedia Brown-noser (given by Dr. Venture)|
Former boy adventurer
Detective Hale (father, deceased)|
Dale Hale (twin brother)
Antagonistic and bullying demeanor
Lance Hale is an ex-boy detective and one half, along with his twin brother Dale Hale, of The Hale Brothers.
History[edit | edit source]
Lance and his twin brother Dale were once boy detectives who traveled the world with their father. They stopped doing so after their father's death, which according to Lance was their "greatest mystery".
It is strongly implied they may have had some part in their father's death, as their fingerprints were found on the gun, as well as the fact that Lance got angry with his brother for talking about their father dying.
Character[edit | edit source]
He along with his brother appeared in the episode Self-Medication in a group therapy session, where he explains that he and his brother Dale were formerly famous boy detectives. During the session, he explains that he and his brother gave up being detectives after their father's death, which is still their "greatest unsolved mystery" .
Personality[edit | edit source]
Lance is obsessed with being right, and will often Google things on his Blackberry mobile phone to prove his point. He is shown to be a bully as he constantly made fun of Wonder Boy's eating disorder as well as his weight and also threatens his younger brother with physical violence. Lance is shown to be able to handle his own in a fight, unlike his brother, who resorted to hiding behind a table.
It is strongly hinted that he along with his brother murdered their own father, based off of resentment and a desire to get their inheritance earlier. Lance mentions that "Nothing they did was ever good enough for him" when his brother mentions their father's death. When Dr. Venture remarked that while he resented his father that he never wanted to kill him, Lance stated that was never proven, as his brother panicked in fear.
Episode Appearances[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- He along with his brother are an allusion to The Hardy Boys, a long running book series involving two mystery-solving brothers. The last name Hale is derived from the expression "hale & hardy", meaning a physically healthy and active person.
- The Hale Brothers are also a reference to the Menendez Brothers (Lyle & Erik), who killed their wealthy parents after what they claimed was a lifetime of abuse, during a long, well-publicized trial.
- In particular, Lance's personality and attitude towards the murder is very similar to the fictionalized version of Lyle Menendez from the 1994 film A Killing in Beverly Hills.
- Lance uses a tennis racket as a weapon during the fight in the strip club. The Menendez Brothers were both tennis champions.
- When Lance says that nothing he and Dale did was ever good enough for their father, it could be a reference to the Menendez brother's confession tape, in which they express the same sentiment.
- According to him and Dale, their father invested their inheritance in a program and only left them a sports car.
- Both brothers were disappointed but loved their nice car.