|Don't be a loser, be a re-user!|
|—Venus McFlytrap in "Unearthed Day"|
Venus McFlytrap is a 2012-introduced and all-around character. She's a plant monster and a student at Monster High. She is an eco punk girl who is the head of the Environmental Club. An ecology driven girl, she is a friend of the world and is loved by everyone, however she has built quite a negative reputation due to her mind controlling abilities.
Venus was originally voiced in English by Julie Maddalena Kliewer.
By the reboot or Generation 2, she is now voiced by Cassandra Lee.
Her voice differs between feminine and nasally.
Venus's personality is hard to categorize as, in different forms of fiction, she seems to have different personas that are, for lack of a better term, rather contrasting.
Sometimes, Venus will be described as chaotic, "loud and in your face". Being an avid party animal, Venus has the energy to use and give, and, along with her punk style, she can be fun-loving and act rather crazy.
However, in most fiction, Venus is a down-to-earth girl, kind and whole-hearted, who lives a peaceful high school life. That being said, she retains just as much energy as her other persona, almost always in a hurry about the things she is passionate about, occasionally using terms like 'ASAP' to demand speed. However, she is commonly shown to just be a girl that sticks to herself and rarely shows emotion.
However, if there is one thing that remains constant between her two personas, it has to be her love for nature. Venus is extremely devoted to saving the environment, particularly the flora, and she gets extremely passionate about this. She finds what humans and fellow monsters do to the world intolerable and hates that she rarely sees others trying to save it. Since nature is her home, she will go to great lengths to try and save it as a plant monster. She can usually be seen handing out flyers or organizing eco-friendly activities. However, she has few qualms about using her pollen of persuasion powers (see Abilities section) to control people to do small things like sort trash and tend to the school's flora. Because of this, fellow students are careful around her and at times avoid her. Venus is not always aware of this, and when she is, she is more sad than sorry. She feels her fellow students have a general disregard for the well-being of monsters like her, and this feeling is what made her take matters into her own hands in the first place. Venus does try to find other ways to spread her message but is rarely successful.
While there are problems for all students attending and staff working at a school that does not by default offers facilities to cater to their specific monster needs, plant monsters have it, on average tougher due to different sustenance needs and a bigger sensitivity to the immediate environment. Venus is no exception but is hesitant to ask for help if not prompted to it by another. Venus is overall a kind and generous monster who cares (caring).
She is the president of the Environmental Club.
Venus has bright green skin with long hot pink and green hair, shaved on one side and swept to the left. Her hair is sometimes tied in a ponytail. She has a tall, slim figure with pale green skin and teal blue eyes. She has multiple teeth protruding from her mouth and has vines entangled around her arms, neck, and ankles. Venus also wears an open short-top denim vest over her black shirt with pink and green floral imprints, pink black-green capris with a black denim skirt over it, and ankle-length high-heeled shoes with thorn-like teeth at the soles.
Venus is a powerful plant monster with a lot of domain over other plant lives. Examples of her biological powers include:
- Phytokinesis/Chlorokinesis: Through her mind or through her body, Venus has been shown the ability to grow many kind of flora, especially vines, from earth. It is implied that this ability is stronger when meditation is involved.
- Pollen Persuasion: When Venus exhales an amount of "special" pollen from her mouth, on a person, she can manipulate their thoughts and actions, but she can do this with only one person at a time. She is aware mind control is a questionable practice, but still does it if she feels the cause is worthy. In her diary, she admits that she hypnotizes people to help out with saving the Planet.
- Communication: As a sentient plant herself, she can communicate and understand emotions from other plant life that passes by other monsters. She can additionally summon and communicate with Mother Nature, which she does whenever she need advice.
- Pollen/Flower Sneeze Growth: As shown in Freaky Fusion, whenever Venus sneezes, pollen will litter the ground and flowers will grow all around her. Unfortunately, she can't control the man-eating flowers that bloom.
One of the inspirations for Venus were The Triffids. The Triffids were mobile carnivorous plants seen in Day of the Triffids, a book by John Wyndham, and several film adaptations of the same name. They are described as having no nervous system, therefore being quite unintelligent and acting only on instinct.
Another prominent influence is the character Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors, a comedy horror film originally released by Roger Corman in the 1950s, followed by the more well-known musical remake in the 1980s. Audrey II bears a striking resemblance to a venus flytrap, and was discovered after a total solar eclipse by Seymour Krelborn, a guy that can't seem to catch a break.
Seymour convinces his boss to use Audrey II (who he named after his crush) to attract customers to the flower shop, and it works immediately. However, Audrey II is incredibly difficult to care for, and it takes weeks before Seymour can stop it from wilting. During his efforts to revive the plant, he discovers that it needs to consume fresh blood to survive. With Audrey II healthy and growing, the flower shop and Seymour boom in popularity. When Seymour's blood isn't enough to keep Audrey II satiated anymore, Audrey II reveals it can speak and demands more food. Seymour complies, doing terrible things to keep the plant fed in hopes of creating a better life for himself. Everything comes to an end when he realizes Audrey II is actually an alien from outer space, here with intentions to conquer Earth by breeding copies of itself, brainwashing the inhabitants to feed them, and subsequently becoming large enough to destroy the world.
Venus bears a heavy resemblance to Poison Ivy, also known as Pamela Isley, a DC comics character and long-time enemy of Batman. Like Venus, Ivy is very concerned about the environment and also is shown to have light mind control abilities, usually seen in the form of spores. In that regard, she also has many similarities to DC character Swamp Thing.
Her "pollen persuasion" mind control may also reference the original Roger Corman version of Little Shop Of Horrors. Audrey II used mind control to make Seymour more compliant(as the original film was a low-budget production, the plant itself barely moved). This ability was left out of the more famous 1980s version but was again featured in Little Shop, a 1990s cartoon series based on the film.
Venus's mother has a habit of telling her to "Be a flower not a weed". Venus isn't terribly impressed by this.Additionally, Venus has several brothers whom are several years younger than her. They look up to her and miss her when she's gone.
Within the Ghoulfriends books, Venus is close friends with her dorm roommates Robecca Steam (who she affectionately nicknamed "Becs") and Rochelle Goyle, as well as fellow boarders Cy Clops and Wydowna Spider. There is a sense of understanding between her and Operetta, who is also capable of mind-controlling others, and as a lifeform that's more dependent on water than most of her fellow students, she's close to Lagoona Blue and Gillington Webber. She, as shown in the TV special, Ghouls Rule, is also close to Rochelle Goyle. Since being fused together with Clawdeen Wolf, she has learned to be not only literally very close to her, but figuratively, too.
Venus owns a pet Venus Flytrap named Chewlian.
- September 22, 2011: Mattel requests the trademark for Venus McFlytrap.
- December 30, 2011: The Walmart website sets up pages in preparation of the releases of Venus McFlytrap, Rochelle Goyle, Robecca Steam and Jackson Jekyll.
- February 11, 2011: Venus McFlytrap's first doll is on display at American International Toy Fair.
- February 12, 2012: Venus McFlytrap makes her 3D cartoon debut in "Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?".
- February 13, 2012: Venus McFlytrap's profile is published on the Freaky Fab 13 microsite.
- Early April, 2012: Venus McFlytrap makes her diary debut in Jackson Jekyll's 'Between Classes' diary.
- April 13, 2012: Venus McFlytrap's profile is published on the Monster High website.
- April 13, 2012: Venus McFlytrap's profile art is revealed.
- April 19, 2012: Venus McFlytrap makes her 2D cartoon debut in "Unearthed Day".
- Early July, 2012: Venus McFlytrap's first doll is released as part of the 'Between Classes' series.
- September 5, 2012: Venus McFlytrap makes her Ghoulfriends book debut in Ghoulfriends Forever.
- Her catchphrase is "It's not scary being green".
- Her prototype box seen at the Toy Fair 2012 had a different catchphrase which was "A shrieking violet".
- In both the webisodes and the CGI's she does not have any piercings or earrings at all.
- Her birthday is April 18th, meaning her sign is Aries.