|The Venture Bros. character|
Tanks for Nuthin'
|Full name||Professor Nidaba|
College Philosophy Professor |
Genius level intellect, Think Tank armor
The Guild of Calamitous Intent
Think Tank (real name: Dr. Nidaba) is super-villain in The Guild of Calamitous Intent who was given the rights to arch Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture after he moved to New York and inherited VenTech Tower.
He first appeared in the beginning of Tanks for Nuthin' where he was in his alter ego as Dean Venture's Philosophy professor at Stuyvesant University. He is shown giving a lecture until he is notified of his rights to arch Dr. Venture, whereupon he quickly ends the class session. He speaks with Dean and after accurately deducing the things going on at Dean's home he tells him to avoid going home to avoid any further distractions.
He then suits up in his Think Tank armor and invades VenTech Tower, where he confronts Dr. Venture stating he is pleased with finding an adversary worthy of his attention. He invites the Doctor to game of chess but is disappointed that Venture does not play the game however, he is delighted to battle with Brock Samson who he blasts out the building. However, Brock returns after being saved by Warriana and the two defeat the villain and destroy his armor. His plans foiled, Think Tank attempts to hail a cab outside the building though he is struck by Battleaxe in the Haranguetank and is seemingly killed when it explodes in the hole of the VenTech lobby.
However, it is revealed in The High Cost of Loathing that he survived and is in a coma in the ICU at the hospital. The comatose Nidaba is visited by a tearful Stars and Garters, who sings to him. This suggests they have a possible connection.
- Think Tank is a parody of Marvel Comics villain MODOK and Dr. Cornel West.
- Think Tank nearly died in the same place as Haranguetan.
- Dr. Nidaba's voice and appearance seem to be patterned on Dr. Valentin Narcisse, a character on the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire. Both doctors are portrayed by the same actor, Jeffrey Wright.
- For some as-yet-unspecified reason, Warriana holds a strong grudge against Think Tank and took pleasure in defeating him.
- Stars and Garters is seen playing the guitar and singing to a comatose Nidaba in the hospital, stating that it aids in the healing process.
- He is the only villain in Wide Wale's Fiends and Family Plan to not have an encounter with The Blue Morpho.
- In the Sumerian pantheon Nidaba was the goddess of writing, learning, and the harvest.