General Hunter Gathers
Gen. Hunter Gathers (voiced by Christopher McCulloch): Brock’s former mentor from when he was in training for the O.S.I. Gathers has since gone into hiding after undergoing sex reassignment surgery (SRS), taking a job as a dancer at Nightingales, a strip club. The character is modeled on Hunter S. Thompson, and his name is a play on the term hunter-gatherer. Other than Brock, Gathers was the only O.S.I. agent who believed the Guild was still in existence in the late eighties, as seen in “The Invisible Hand of Fate”. Despite being extraordinarily eccentric, he seems to sincerely care about his job and defending his country. He also taught Brock the strict rule of never killing women or children, as that differentiated them from the “baddies”. This is something he used to his advantage when he went rogue from the O.S.I. who then sent Brock to kill him (as Brock doesn’t kill women). He is apparently a member of Molotov Cocktease’s “Black Hearts” assassination guild, as shown in the scene following the end credits of “The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part II)”. However, despite the SRS, he still has the same face and voice as before—including perpetual five o’clock shadow. He also stated in “The Invisible Hand of Fate” that he wanted to be born with “big, beautiful tits”, which turns out to be foreshadowing (down to the fact that he has large breasts, but can still grow facial stubble). The sex reassignment and apparent betrayal of the O.S.I. were revealed in the Season 4 opener to have been an elaborate ruse to infiltrate the Black Hearts; when Gathers and Samson were captured by Sphinx agents, Gathers revealed himself as an undercover Sphinx officer, complete with revealing the reversal of his surgery with the statement to Samson “You don’t know DICK!”, uttered while pointedly grabbing his own groin. In the episode Pinstripes & Poltergeists, it is revealed that Gathers and other members of the O.S.I., disgusted with its ineffectual bureaucracy, eventually quit the O.S.I. and took S.P.H.I.N.X’s name and equipment to form an organization capable of covertly and effectively combating super-powered villains (mostly those who do not abide by the rules of organized villainy) against whom the O.S.I is powerless. S.P.H.I.N.X. seeks to terminate villains who do not abide by the rules of organized villainy mandated by institutions like the Guild of Calamitous Intent (basically acting as a regulator of sorts, keeping the more dangerous supervillains in check). Slogan: “If someone points a gun at you, call the police. If a bunch of guys are pointing guns at you, you call SWAT. If they’re in spandex and pointing a super laser at you, you call the O.S.I.. And if they’re dressed regular and they’re pointing a super laser at your daughter, you call S.P.H.I.N.X.” Hunter surrenders command of S.P.H.I.N.X. to 21 after he is promoted to O.S.I.’s General (and also taking the entire staff leaving 21 as the only remaining member of S.P.H.I.N.X.).