"The Bellicose Proxy"
The Venture Bros. episode
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Episode no. Season 7
Episode 6
Directed by Juno Lee
Written by Doc Hammer
Production code 706
Original air date September 9, 2018
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The Bellicose Proxy is the sixth episode of Season 7 and the overall seventy-seventh episode of The Venture Bros.

Plot Edit

Episode Cast Edit

First Appearances Edit

Connections to Other Episodes Edit

Home Insecurity


A Party for Tarzan

Arrears in Science

The Inamorata Consequence

Cultural References Edit

58 Joralemon Street (Brooklyn Heights, New York)

  • The brownstone facade that houses the entrance for Guild Strategic Operations is located at 58 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights. It was originally a private residence built in 1847, but was purchased in 1908 by a transit company who gutted the interior, converting the structure into "the world’s only Greek Revival subway ventilator".

Adam Ant


Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Blind Melon

Blue Thunder

City Hall Subway Station

Clueless (1995)

Coles Sports and Recreation Center

Dave Grohl

Grumman Moon Suit

  • The costume Billy borrows from Enzo is based off of the Grumman Moon Suit, a prototype space suit from 1965.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • St. Cloud has docked the X-2 at Pier 84 on the Hudson River, directly next to the USS Intrepid at Pier 86. The Intrepid is a decommissioned aircraft carrier that has served as the foundation of the museum since 1982.

Lidsville (1971-1973)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Ray Bradbury

  • The Guild's "Hologram Training Center" is a reference to Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt", in which the holographic lions in a family's virtual reality nursery become real and eat the children's parents.

Rosey Grier

  • American actor, singer, Protestant minister, and former professional American football player who authored Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men in 1973. Colonel Gentleman is seen reading Grier's book when St. Cloud breaks into his Christopher Street apartment.

Roy Scheider


Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973-1975)

Star Wars

The Dark Crystal (1982)

The Fly (1986)

The Matrix (1999)

  • The screen Watch and Ward look at in their comms room runs the same green symbol code as seen on the human resistance's screens in The Matrix.

They Live (1988)

  • St. Cloud's line, "I'm here to bust things up and chew bubblegum, and I find bubblegum unpleasant", is a pathetically weak paraphrasing of John Nada's (Roddy Piper) famous line from the movie They Live.

Trivia Edit

  • The title "The Bellicose Proxy" refers to an escalating proxy war in this episode between (unofficial) arches Dr. Venture and The Monarch through the coaching of their respective Level 1 proteges, Billy Quizboy and Augustus St. Cloud.
  • Augustus St. Cloud sends a Declaration of Villainous Aggression, a formal Guild threat calligraphed on a scroll of parchment, to Billy Quizboy at the VenTech Tower.
  • First mention of the Big Villain Program, The Guild of Calamitous Intent's mentorship program for aspiring low-level supervillains.
  • 21's weapons orientation with the lightning rifle for St. Cloud is similar to a number of scenes in movies and television shows, such as Corporal Hicks' demonstration of the M41A Pulse Rifle for Ripley in Aliens and Zorg's demonstration of the ZF-1 to the Mangalores in The Fifth Element.

Preceded by:
"The Inamorata Consequence"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
September 9, 2018
Followed by:
"The Unicorn in Captivity"
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