Still holding out hope that your favorite henchman survived the events of last season? Don't hold your breath, say The Venture Bros. creators, but at least the fallout will be funny.

At last night's The Venture Bros. panel, creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick fielded questions from fans, most of whom were distraught over the decapitation of Monarch henchman #24 in last season's finale. Doc Hammer told fans to move on:

24 is dead. Get over it. We had an argument about it, then it was over.

When one fan questioned whether H.E.L.P.eR., Dr. Venture's robot, who also met with disaster last season, could be put back together, Hammer confirmed that H.E.L.P.eR. is also on the permanent casualty list:

H.E.L.P.eR. is dead. [Pauses for distressed noises] Don't act like you guys like H.E.L.P.eR.


H.E.L.P.eR. may go unmissed, at least by Dr. Venture, but Hammer promises that #21, #24's fellow henchman and near-constant companion, will be profoundly affected by his compatriot's demise:

21 lives for that poor guy. His life is altered dramatically.

Next season we'll get to see how 21 copes with no longer being one half of a duo ("These two are only funny together," Hammer notes). The target of his grief could be Dr. Girlfriend's Murderous Moppets, who, Hammer hinted, could be the next victims in the creators' killing spree. Hammer confessed that he and Publick often forget to write the Moppets into episodes, and have contemplated offing the pair to resolve their Moppet problem. But fan hatred of the pair might just save them:

But now that I find out they're universally hated, I kind of want to keep them around. It's like Erika Kane on All My Children.