One of the appeals of the Dick Tracy comic strip is its unique gallery of villains. Often marked by grotesque deformities, they stood in contrast with the attractiveness of the Gould created heroes. They reflected a world of "black and white" morality that was a mark of series morality.
Below is a listing of the major villains with their creator and the year/date of their first appearance in the comic strip.
This is a work in process that will continue to be updated. Any corrections or contributions of information for the table are welcome.
3-D and his girl friend Pony attempt to blackmail the Plenty's Uncle Canhead. They torture Little Wingy and Sparkle, and threat Canhead with a bomb. Tracy arrives and disarms the bomb, but the duo escape after killing an innocent bystander. Chick Smithly, sister of the killed bystander, aids Tracy in finding the escaped duo. When 3-D tries to escape out a window, Pony attempts to kill him so they can "die together". They are captured by Tracy.
|52 Gang, The||1962||Gould|
Piano player and secret head of murder gang for hire; killed his own gang member "Jenny the Girl Singer" when she found out he was going to double cross her; eloped with Mrs A.B. Helmet and killed her for insurance money. Killed accomplice "Red Bluff"; discovery of Bluff's body by police led to Keys' own death in a railroad shed in a gunbattle with Dick Tracy.
|Alec Penn||1932||Gould||Forger who has been selling bonds from John Waldorf. When questioned by Tracy, he hires several men to kill him. Tracy chases them to a private zoo where they and Penn are captured. Professor Groff examines Penn and finds a metal plate in his head, Penn is identified as international swindler Count Gordon. Penn almost gets away when he fakes suicide but Tracy manages to capture him before he escapes police headquarters.|
|Al Kinda||2006||Locher||First tried to swindle the Plentys out of their winnings by kidnapping them (they get away) and then tries to blow up U.S. Capitol building until shot and killed by Lottie Latte.|
|Angeltop Jones||1978||Collins||Angeltop was Flattop's daughter. She sought revenge against Tracy and his freinds with the aid of the Brow's Son. She later joined forces with Quiver Trembly and Prunella.|
|Apparatus, The||1969||Gould||The Apparatus was a large criminal organization. They were involved in many illegal, activites including theft and murder. Big Boy had been a high-ranking member of the organization, but lost influence when he grew old and developed different priorities.|
|Art Dekko||1980||Collins||An art forger and high-class thief. Dekko often worked with the criminal organizattion known as the Apparatus. He tried to sell forgeries to inventor Diet Smith. When captured by Tracy, Dekko attempted to shift blame to his partner Sue Reel by turning state's evidence against her.|
|Arthur "Nip" Dolton||1937||Gould||Slot Machine Crime Lord killed by the Blank and found by Tracy in trunk of his own car after train wreck. Member of Redrum Gang.|
|Athnel Jones||1936||Gould||Upset over the theft of one of his ideas, Athnel Jones kills his boss Addie Gothorn with a ice bullet Teamed with Jim Trailer of the FBI, Tracy and Junior find the refrigeration unit for his bullets. Athnel surprises them in the room, but Tracy holds him at bay until his ice bullet melts. He is taken prisoner and his gun kept by Trailer.|
|Autumn Hews||1947||Gould||Worked with Coffyhead to discredit Tracy Jr and his Crimestoppers. Captured when she tries to hid in a doghouse only to be attacked by the dog. She tries to burn down the doghouse and is captured with the police and firemen arrive to put out the fire.|
|Baldy Stark||1936||Gould||Member of the Purple Cross gang who attempted to reform. Ambushed by the gang's boss, Baldy managed to kill the boss when he accidently opened the refrigerater door, exposing himself in the dark. Arrested and given a captial setence, Tracy testfied on Baldy's behalf and got the sentence reduced to 20 years in prison.|
Tire bootlegger, kidnapper, and head of car and truck thieves who killed Patrolman O'Malley and tried to kill Dick Tracy and Pat Patton; trying to escape from the police, he was believed drowned in a garbage scow and ended up on the bottom of a bay trapped in an old tire. However, it was later revealed that he escaped from the bay and returned to a life of crime. His trademark is unusually small eyes, which look like B.B. pellets. Brother of B.D. Eyes and Jacques
|B.D. Eyes||1983||Collins||Brother of B-B Eyes and Jaques. Teamed up with Itchy Oliver's kid brother Twitchy in order to scare Stephanie Queen, horror author, out of the same house in which Itchy met his fate, for they coveted $100,000 which their older brothers hid in the house years earlier. "B.D." is a pun on "beady eyes".|
|Barb Els||2009||Locher||A circus strongwoman with a shady past, Els is being blackmailed by Ringo the circus owner. She conspires with Mr Pops the clown to take over the circus, and shots and kills performer Louise Trapeze during a show with Tracy in attendance. She is capture along with Mr Pops.|
|Beardsly||1948||Gould||When jewel smuggler Shoulders is wounded try to escape from Tracy, he goes to his fence Beardsly seeking help. Beardsly takes the long route to the doctor, waiting for Shoulders to pass out, so Beardsly can steal the gems. When Shoulders does pass out, he drops the gun accidentally shooting Beardsly, killing him.|
|Belle||1932||Gould||Broadway Bates gang moll. Accidentally shot her own gang member in a fight between Bates and Dick Tracy; later arrested.|
|Bernard Breakdown||1980||Collins||Former employee of Diet Smith, Breakdown was fired because of his tendency to "break down" under pressure. Kidnapped Tracy and Smith and held them for ransom. Plans to bury them in a sealed room with only one weeks supplies and see if they can survive. Tracy takes him out with a tear gas cufflink when he has one of his break downs. Captured and sent to prison.|
|Big Ace||2006||Locher||Leader of the Casino scam and boss of One-Eyed Jack. Dick Tracy stops him by pretending to be another Casino swindler and concealing an ace of spades in his sleeve to beat him at a double-or-nothing gamble. His disfigurement is the fact that his nose is shaped like the spades symbol.|
The kingpin of crime in Tracy's town, head of The Outfit, the local branch of the Apparatus (the national crime syndicate), Boss of Bosses on the national commission of the Apparatus, and Tracy's personal "Moriarty." The Big Boy was the impetus behind Tracy's becoming a detective. When thugs in Big Boy's employ robbed the Trueheart's deli, and abducted Tess, Tracy was offered a position in the Detective Bureau of the City Police. Going undercover, Tracy rescued Tess, then made the apprehension of the Big Boy his personal crusade. The two would cross path many times in the immediate aftermath of that first conflict, ulitmately resulting in the Big Boy's arrest, conviction, and imprisonment. Years later, during their final conflict, a dying Big Boy, finally out of prison, vowed vengeance on Tracy, and put out an open contract on the detective. Foiling that plot, Tracy and Sam were seeking to arrest him, only to have Big Boy die of a heart attack in his bed.
|Big Brass||1974||Gould||Conman/swindler seller of Brass "Health Rings"; kidnapper/murderer-killed by Dick Tracy.|
|Big Frost||1948||Gould||Big Frost was a racketeer who wanted to get rid of the Teleguard cameras created by the young scientist Brillant. After conning his way past Police Chief Brandon, Frost murders Brillant. He is captured by Tracy when he tries to retrieve a car in which Tracy has installed a camera. Chief Brandon resigns from the force over guilt from the death of Brillant.|
|Black Pearl Erad||1940||Gould||Government weapon blueprint thief, Black Pearl tries to kill Tracy and Patton. The duo manage to transmit a morse code message through a water pipe and bring a police rescue. Pearl is captured by FBI agent Jim Trailer|
|Blackjack||2012||Staton/Curtis||A bank robber who takes the guise of a 1930s-stlye mobster. He is motivated not by a lust for money but a fanatical devotion to Dick Tracy and his wish to join his rogues gallery.|
|Blank, The||1937||Gould||When the remnants of Supeena gang go to kill Junior for implicating a couple of their cohorts, they find themselves stopped by the Blank. The Blank saves Junior and asphyxiates the two in his place. The Blank is really Frank Redrum and is slowly eliminating the rest of his gang that had tried to kill him years earlier. He tries to kill Stud Bronzen (the last member) and Tracy in a pressure tank. Patton gets the drop on the Blank, saves Tracy and Bronzen. Bronzen gets away, but the Blank is captured and unmasked.|
|Blaze Rize||2012||Staton/Curtis||Worked for Mr Crime in exchange for the information on where Flakey Biscuits, who killed her sister Hot Rize, was hiding. Following her murder of Biscuits, she was asked to go to dinner with a shy comic book fan named Davey Mylar, who was really Mr Crime. When Davey was shot during a raid on Mr Crime's hideout, he asked Blaze to conceal his identify so that his mother will never find out he was a criminal. Blaze lied to his mother, telling her that Davey died as a hero working undercover, and gave her a case of money to take care of her.|
|Blowtop Jones||1950||Gould||Brother of Flattop, who tried to kill Dick Tracy by blowing up Tracy's house as an act of revenge for the death his brother; also tried to kill Vitamin Flintheart; captured after being caught in a barbed wire fence.|
|Bolo||1976||Gould||Manager of Singing star "Irma" of the group "The Gallstones" who gets rich by secretly running off counterfeit copies of songs of singers he manages|
|Bony||1979||Collins||Aspiring punk rocker, Bony robbed stores and gas stations to buy recording equipment. When chased by Tracy, Bony and his girlfriend Claudine tried to kidnap a very pregnant Tess Tracy and actor/friend Vitamin Flintheart. When Tess went into labor, Claudine aided her while Flintheart subdued Bony with a rock.|
|Bookie Joe||1935||Gould||Bookie Joe ran a gambling syndicate. When shot by a client trying to rob him, girl friend Toby Townley takes him to the hospital. Joe and his henchman Blake kill the client and kidnap Tess Tracy. They hole up in an old barn. Toby attempts to negotiate for Tess' release. Blake accidently starts a fire and Joe is hung by a horse harness in the confusion. Captured by Tracy, Blake uses a hidden pen gun to shot an officer and frame Toby. Tracy proves she is innocence and Blake goes to jail.|
Boris attempt to conduct multiple robberies by rigging six different government safes to explode at the same time. Tipped by Mary Steele, his maid, Tracy was deputized to capture Arson. Instead Tracy and his partner Pat were captured and placed aboard Arson's getaway plane. Dressed as a gang member, Cheif Brandon free Tracy and Arson and gang were taken prison. Arson and his sister Zora would cross paths several more times with Tracy.
|Boss Jim Herrod||1933||Gould||Boss Herrod was a retired politician, friend of the mayor's, and head of the auto theft and bombing protection rackets of the city. When Tracy captures the heads of these two rings, Tracy suspects that Herrod is their leader. So he borrows Herrod's files for a night and gets the proof he needs. The next day, when Tracy goes to arrest him, it results in a gunfight in city hall which wounds the mayor and leaves Herrod dead.|
|Braces||2008||Locher||Braces-wearing thug with a woman accomplice and a robot tried to steal industrial secrets; electrocuted by own robot after robot wiring caught in his braces.|
|Brain||1974||Gould||Eccentric gang leader who plays an ocarina and wears a hat whose top is made to resemble a human brain! While trying to escape Tracy and Catchem, Brain and his gang drove into a train tunnel and were killed when they crashed into a freight train January 26, 1975|
|Breathless Mahoney||1945||Gould||Stepdaughter of Shaky who finds his body and after inquest steals his strong-box keys; takes $50,000 hidden in strong box and on the run after killing a gardener-who found her cache of money-meets B.O.Plenty. Captured by Dick Tracy she poisons Tracy and Plenty and is again on the run after she kills her landlady who was going to the police. Accidentally meets with B.O. Plenty who nearly succeeds in strangling her and takes the money from her. Later she dies in a prison hospital.|
|Brier Volts||1948||Gould||Nephew of the criminal Mrs. Volts, Brier was inadvertently responsible for her death. He later fled and ran afoul of Acres O'Riley.|
After a plan by Broadway Bates and his moll Belle to con an employee named Heinie into stealing money from Mrs. Trueheart fails, Bates kidnaps Tracy and holds him for ransom. Heinie frees Tracy, who captures Bates, Belle and his gang.
|Bud Jenkins||1943||Gould||10 year old pickpocket and blackmailer of Flattop Jones, drowned in park lagoon after falling through ice after buying expensive skates with Flattop's hush money. (Ironically this is same lagoon in which Flattop also drowns trying to escape Dick Tracy)|
|Brow, The||1944||Gould||Sadistic German spy ring master who captured the "Summer Sisters" and tried to blackmail them into working for him by alternating torturing one sister and forcing the other sister to collect his spy reports. One sister shot both of his henchmen yet the Brow escaped; he later killed both sisters and a cab driver and ended up fleeing into the welcome arms of "Gravel Girty". Tracked down, beaten up in hand to hand combat by Tracy before being arrested, Brow was later involved in another fight with Tracy in which Brow fell through a window and is impaled on a flagpole. His trademarks are his prominent brow ridges and lack of ears. His son later worked with Angeltop Jones.|
|Bundles Fillagree||2003||Kilian||Heiress who murdered her husband by giving him a root beer spiked with horse tranquilizer. Tracy uncovers evidence that her lawyer JR Slick had bribed a lab technician to destroy evidence against Fillagree. The lawyer confesses to his affair with Fillagree and his role in helping her kill her husband. When Tracy and Lizz go to arrest her, she falls off her horse and is accidently inject with the same poison she used on her husband. She is left in a permenant vegetated state.|
|Cal Bullet||1942||Gould||After Tracy finds George Bullet dead from a mysterious gas, he goes to report the bad news to George's son Cal. Cal acts broken up but when he gets his hand on the only piece of paper evidence, he nonchalantly sets it on fire with his glasses. Tracy was the only one who manages to see this act and decides to shadow Cal. He soon learns that Cal communicates to a nazi agent in the states via a jukebox request girl. It is for this nazi agent that Cal is creating a special, deadly, chlorine gas. Tracy arrests the request girl and has Frizzletop take her place. She tells Cal that the foreign agent (code name Boche) wants to meet with him. From there, Tracy merely follows Cal to the hideout of Pruneface. Pruneface becomes angry at Cal's stupidity for leading the police to him, so he floods the house with the gas, killing Cal and almost killing Tracy who had become trapped in Pruneface's basement. Tracy is later saved and Pruneface manages to get away.|
|Chameleon||1970||Gould||Chameleon II||Kilian||Recruited B.O. Plenty in a robbery scheme involving department store Santas.|
|Chin Chilllar||1967||Gould||abducted Butcher, seeking revenge.|
|Chicory||1958||Gould||Chicory and Dropper ran a business helping people escape from Cuba. They aided Miss Egghead in her escape from Cuba, and later with an attempt to escape to South America. Both die when a flash from Chicory's gun ignites gas fumes and explodes their plane.|
|Cinn Ozone||1955||Gould||Former wife of millionaire George Ozone. Conspired with Mumbles and murdered her husband for his money. She was then murdered by Mumbles.|
|Clarke Van Dyke||1942||Gould||Yollman's understudy, Clark Van Dyke kidnapped him and had him put into a hypnotic trance so he and Yollman's wife can continue their love affair and so he can make his stage debut. The plan goes awry, Yollman awakes from his trance and he kidnaps Van Dyke. He forces Van Dyke to act on the stage at gunpoint while he taunts him. In an accident, Van Dyke is stabbed, and thinking he's dead, Yollman flees to the country and poses as a drama teacher. When he's found out the Van Dyke is alive, he tries to commit suicide but survives, and later when he's in the hospital, the three forgive one another.|
|Computer Killer||1979||Collins||When Zachary Z Rowe lost his job and his identity to a computer, he became unhinged, bought a mask and shotgun, and began a campaign of "murdering" computers. His daughter discovered his notes, enabling the police to predict his his next attack. A bank employee named Dwight Digit, who had been embazzling from the bank, picked the same moment to appear dressed as the Computer Killer, hoping to cover his crimes by destroying the computer. In the mayham that followed, Rowe was electrocuted by the computer.|
|Crewy Lou Brown||1951||Gould|
|Cut Famon||1935||Gould||After being released from prison, Cut returned home to live with his brother Muscle and mother Maw. Cut put his right-hand man Bail Gordon in charge of his protection racket, but when Bail failed to meet Cut's expectations, he was beaten and taken off the job. Cut later duped Tracy into signing a promissory note that he would later put his name on as the party leasing the money, and use it to blackmail Tracy. Bail revealed himself though as FBI Agent Jim Trailer and arrested Cut and Muscle. Before Trailer could get them to headquarters, Cut triggered a secret alarm, and Maw came to rescue her boys. She arrived at the same time Tracy doid, resulting in a shootout that left Maw and Muscle dead. Cut got away and started to form a gang again. Tracy infiltrated the gang in disguise and informed Trailer and Patton on the gang's process. Along the way, Tracy ended up inadvertently injured and while he was unconscious, Cut and his gang discovered his disguise. They assaulted Tracy and planned to leave him for dead. On the way, they were stopped by Trailer, Patton and the police, resulting in a shootout. Cut and his man Kent survived and were handcuffed. Cut tricked Trailer into triggering the machine guns hidden in their car which mowed down several officers. Cut and Kent tried to get away, but they were shot to death.|
|Cutie Diamond||1935||Gould||Boris and Zora Arson made their way to the hideout of Cutie Diamond in the Ozark Mountains. Heavily fortified, Cutie had been hiding out there for years. He even had a hideout in a cave guarded by two wildcats. It was this that he was showing the Arsons when Tracy, Patton and Yellowpony showed up. Unable to get past the wildcats, Tracy connected a hose to his car's exhaust and pumped it into the cave. Zora and Cutie came running out, guns blazing, but they were shot down.|
|Dan "The Squealer" Mucelli||1932||Gould||After Kenneth Grebb is killed, Tracy finds documents implicating Dan Mucelli in involvement in a dope ring. Anxious to get the papers away from Tracy, Mucelli befriends Junior by giving him a job as a bread delivery boy. When Junior discovers that the bread contains dope, he tells Tracy, who confronts Mucelli. Mucelli throws the lights, Tracy is shot twice and Junior accused because he was found with a gun in his hand. Using ballistics, Tracy proves Junior's innocence. He then escapes from the hospital, catches Mucelli and uses ballistics again to show that Mucelli was the shooter.|
|Danny Supeena||1937||Gould||Local socialite Johnny Mintsworth is being blackmailed by a man named "Collie" Vinsso, who supposedly had incriminating photos of him with a female. It becomes too much for Johnny, so he takes it to the police who prove it to be fake, and with that, Tracy cracks down on the Vinsso gang. Johnny, in the mean time, tries to break his girlfriend Marge Denton out of prison, only to end up being arrested. Johnny escapes and goes to Danny Supeena for help. Supeena uses Mintsworth for insurance scams, including one to where Mintsworth is to fake his own death. He backs out and is shot by Supeena for it. He survives only to find out that Supeena killed his mother. Tracy uses Johnny to set a trap for Supeena, but Supeena catches on and kills Mintsworth. Tracy captures Supeena with the use of a tracer bullet and Supeena later dies in the hospital.|
|Data, Memory Banks||1979||Collins||See Dwight and Denise Digit|
Deafy runs a stolen bike ring and he has his man Johnny Naem trick Junior into opening up a bike parking lot. After it's open, Deafy's truck backs over all of the bikes, leaving Junior with the grief. Deafy comes to Junior with cheap new bikes, but Junior soon learns that they're stolen. Junior follows Deafy, but they try and run him down with their truck. Deafy and Johnny hide out at Mrs. Naem's until Tracy catches up to them. As he escapes, Deafy is sprayed by a skunk and it's the stench that gives him away when he tries to hide on a Christmas tree shipment. Deafy was arrested just before Christmas.
|Deathless Mahoney||2002||Killan||, which was later revealed to be a hoax concocted by her sister Heartless designed to make Tracy believe he was losing his mind.|
|Diamonds||1970||Gould||-convicted Groovy Grove, Diamonds attempted to bribe (and later threaten) Groovy into becoming a spy within the police department.|
|Doc Hump||1934||Gould||Doc Hump was originally sent for by Larceny Lu to treat Steve the Tramp but was subdued and bound by Scotty Bumpstead who took his place. Lu recognized Scotty and captured him and gave him to Doc Hump. Doc Hump was about to experiment on Scotty when one of Lu's men unwittingly lit Scotty's cigar/smoke bomb, leading to the two men's arrests. Later Doc Hump was freed from jail and he went to his family mansion where he injected dogs with rabies and planned to kill Tracy with them. Doc went to test them on his butler, but Tracy showed up on time and rescued him. Doc Hump went to unleash another dog on Tracy, but when it sensed that Hump was the true enemy, it tore his throat out instead.|
|Doll Trohs||1988||Collins||Daughter of Jerome Trohs and Mamma, she committed daring kidnappings, including the newborn Sparkle Plenty Tracy Jr. She was killed when he car exploded as she was attempting to escape.|
|Dr. Beau Tox||2003||Killan||Unscupulous cosmetic surgeon who altered Dick Tracy's face. He employed Tracy's foes Prune Hilda and Heartless Mahoney as nurses.|
|Dr. Kryos Freezedrei||1983||Collins|