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"The Lepidopterists"
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 10
Written by Doc Hammer
Original air date August 3, 2008
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The Lepidopterists is the tenth episode of Season 3 and the overall thirty-sixth episode of The Venture Bros.


The Monarch launches his first attack on his new arch nemesis, the other Dr. Venture. But Jonas has the formidable defenses of Spider-Skull Island on his side, as well as his own Team Venture, and the expert advice of a trio of O.S.I. "butterfly specialists." It will take a loose reading of the Guild handbook, an insertion team of his three best henchmen, and all the diabolical chicanery The Monarch can muster to even the playing field.

Episode Cast[]

First Appearances[]

Connections to Other Episodes []

Dia de los Dangerous!

Ghosts of the Sargasso

Tears of a Sea Cow

  • This episode takes place immediately after the post credits scene from Tears of a Sea Cow.
  • Cardholder and Doe state that The Monarch has killed his previous five archenemies. This was shown on-screen, and stated previously, in Tears of a Sea Cow.

Now Museum-Now You Don't

Any Which Way But Zeus

All This and Gargantua-2

  • Scott Hall (in his "Zero" supervillain identity) is eventually killed for real by Brock Samson in All This and Gargantua-2, causing his death to be once again listed as "Death By Samson".

Cultural References[]

Capricorn One (1978)

  • The Capricorn device referred to by The Monarch is likely a reference to the 1978 thriller film Capricorn One in which a manned mission to Mars is faked by the government.

Flavor Flav

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Space: 1999 (1975-1977)

  • The alarm that Henchman 1 sets off sounds identical to the alert signal used on Moonbase Alpha in the science-fiction television program Space: 1999.

Tomb Raider

  • Henchmen 21 & 24 reference the death animation from Tomb Raider as a rationale for not swimming blindly underwater.

Valsalva Maneuver

Voltron (1984-1985)

  • The giant combining mech that Jonas Jr. and his team use is a reference to Voltron.

Production Notes[]

  • One of the animation directors (Kimson Albert) has a "nickname" inserted into his credits. The nickname is an unusual line or word from the preceding episode. For The Lepidopterists the credit reads Kimson "No-No Word" Albert.


  • Speedy is mentioned for the first time since his debut and death.
  • 21 coins the phrase "Death By Samson" in this episode.
  • The Pirate Captain's tranquilizer addiction is first seen in this episode.

Preceded by:
"Now Museum-Now You Don't"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
August 3, 2008
Followed by: