"SPHINX Rising"
The Venture Bros. episode
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The "New" New S.P.H.I.N.X. team led by Gary
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 3
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Doc Hammer
Production code 502
Original air date June 16th, 2013
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SPHINX Rising is the third episode of Season 5 and the overall fifty-eighth episode of The Venture Bros.


After accidentally thwarting an O.S.I. sting operation, Gary posts a request on Guildlist to recruit new members into S.P.H.I.N.X. However, his posting attracts the attention of three of S.P.H.I.N.X.'s original members: the ninja Wind Song, snake and fire expert Diamond Backdraft, and the original S.P.H.I.N.X. Commander, who is trying to reunite with his old lover The Countess, whose strengthsuit is now used by Hank. Hank chooses the codename "Destiny" (which Dr. Venture and Hatred both think is a stripper Hank has fallen in love with).

The three original S.P.H.I.N.X. members are trying to go out in a blaze of glory knowing that the cyanide chips in their brains will soon activate. Meanwhile, the Monarch and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch infiltrate the Venture compound posing as "Beaver Inspectors" who are there to to prevent an infestation of beavers, while planting explosives, but afterwards the Monarch discovers a photo in one of Venture's scrapbooks of himself as a child playing with Dr. Venture, a meeting he cannot remember. Hatred has a heart to heart with Dean, who he suspects is cutting himself, and Dean alludes that he has discovered the truth about his cloning.

Finally, S.P.H.I.N.X. headquarters on the Venture Compound is destroyed, along with the flying base, leaving Gary homeless and without an organization.

Episode Cast

First Appearances

Connections to Other Episodes

The Invisible Hand of Fate

Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel

What Color is Your Cleansuit?

Cultural References


G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero (1983-1986)


Shake Weight

  • Gary tells Shore Leave that he thinks a S.P.H.I.N.X. gadget he found might actually be a Shake Weight , which is a modified dumbbell that oscillates, purportedly increasing the effects of exercise.

Shōgun (1975)

  • Dean is seen reading a copy of the bestselling 1975 James Clavell novel Shōgun. The book gives an account of the rise of a daimyō (feudal lord) in 1600s Japan, similar to the rise of Gary as leader of SPHINX in this episode.

Star Wars

  • Brock takes his crossbow away from Gary, causing Gary to lament that it made him feel like a Wookiee. When Brock gives it back to him at the end of the episode, he tells him "...You work it like a Wookiee.", which makes Gary smile.

That's So Raven (2003-2007)

The Cosby Show (1984-1992)

The Cure, "Kyoto Song" (1985)

  • When The Monarch comments on the texture of his mask, he quotes lyrics from the chorus of "Kyoto Song" by The Cure: "It's so smooth, it even feels like skin! It tells me how it feels to be new."

Production Notes

  • One of the animation directors (Kimson Albert) usually has a "nickname" inserted into his credits. There is no such credit in this episode.
Preceded by:
"Venture Libre"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
June 16th, 2013
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