"The Saphrax Protocol"
The Venture Bros. episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 10
Directed by Juno Lee
Written by Doc Hammer
Production code 710
Original air date October 7, 2018
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The Saphrax Protocol is the tenth and final episode of Season 7 and the overall eighty-first episode of The Venture Bros.

Plot Edit

Episode Cast Edit

Connections to Other Episodes Edit

Powerless in the Face of Death

Everybody Comes to Hank's

  • It is revealed Dean knows the truth about the heritage of Dermott Fictel, which his father confessed to him while drunk. Dermott's parentage was first revealed in the Season 4 episode Everybody Comes to Hank's and confirmed in the Season 5 episode Momma's Boys.

Venture Libre

O.S.I. Love You

Arrears in Science

The Unicorn in Captivity

The Forecast Manufacturer

Cultural References Edit


  • Pop music boy band founded in 1996. Hank had one of their CDs, which Dean openly mocked him for owning despite Dean secretly enjoying it and later borrowing it for himself.

Alatheus and Saphrax

  • The episode's title refers to the real life historical figures Alatheus and SaphraxGreuthungi chieftains who served as co-regents for Vithericus, son and heir of the Gothic king Vithimiris. Both figures are referenced repeatedly in The Monarch's EMA Level 10 ceremony aboard Meteor Majeure.
  • The story told in the ceremony differs from real history; The Guild's version ends with Saphrax sparing Emperor Flavius Valens instead of stabbing him in his tent, whereas Valens actually died in battle against Saphrax and Alatheus.

Barbarella (1968)

  • The coma world resembles the landscape of Tau Ceti's 16th planet.
  • Hank is attacked by several dolls with razor-sharp teeth, which he easily kicks aside.
  • The top of Dr. Phineas Phage's body, with the wings, is based on the blind angel Pygar.
  • Hank dives into the Matmos: living energy in liquid form, powered by evil thoughts and used as an energy source in the city of Sogo.


  • Hank leaves his wealthy life behind to grow up and become The Bat, just as Bruce Wayne did in Batman Begins (2005).
  • Hank wears his plastic Halloween mask from the Adam West Batman series in the 1960s, previously seen in numerous episodes.

Billy Dee Williams

Darkman (1990)

  • Hank's speech and Dean trying to find him in the post credits sequence come from the closing scene of this early Sam Raimi superhero film.

Diff'rent Strokes (1978-1986)

  • Dr. Phineas Phage quotes Arnold's catchphrase, "Wha'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"

Semana Santa (Holy Week in Spain)

  • Holy Week in Spain (Spanish: Semana Santa) is the annual tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods (Spanish: cofradía) and fraternities that perform penance processions on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter. The Guild Choir in the background of The Monarch's Tenning ceremony wear the distinctive cloaks and hoods (capirotes) of Spanish Holy Week processions.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

NYPD Blue (1993-2005)

Rushmore (1998)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

  • Hank hands Phineas Phage an oil can, like Dorothy does with the Tin Man.
  • Hank also quotes Dorothy's speech to her friends before she departs the Land of Oz to return to Kansas.

Trivia Edit

Preceded by:
"The Forecast Manufacturer"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
October 7, 2018
Followed by: