"For every successful superhero who was belted by gamma rays, injected with magic ginseng or... for instance... bit by a radioactive spider like Spiderman, there are many, many more who are not so spectacular."
- Flaming Carrot Comics, by Bob Burden
Somewhere out there, Solarman is saving the world from an invasive alternate reality full of insect-men. Somewhere else, the Wonder League fights for truth and justice against big name villains like Baron von Violence. And somewhere else, the superscientist Professor Chrysalis is discovering a cure for all known diseases.
That's not here, though. Sure, you work in the same "costumed aggression" industry as those guys. But you aren't the big name heroes or villains. You aren't even the henchmen of the top tier villains. You're down with the dregs. Third rate heroes, has-been villains and minions who couldn't even get hired as cannon fodder. These are a bunch of people with poor social skills, terrible impulse control, giant ambitions and access to deadly superscientific doomsday devices. When their personal lives get all muddled up into their professional hero and villain routine, it's sure to be a fiasco.
"It's about the beauty of failure. It's about that failure happens to all of us... Every character is not only flawed, but sucks at what they do, and is beautiful at it and Jackson and I suck at what we do, and we try to be beautiful at it, and failure is how you get by... It shows that failure's funny, and it's beautiful and it's life, and it's okay, and it's all we can write because we are big... failures. (Laughter)."
- Doc Hammer, describing The Venture Brothers