Mad Scientist, Area Fifty-Something Monster Agent
|Behind the scenes|
Andre Delambre in The Fly (1958 film)
Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. is a brilliant professor and a mad scientist with the head and abilities of a cockroach. He created a device that would give humans a cockroach's ability to survive forever. He tested it on himself and found that there was a side effect of giving him the head and abilities of a cockroach. He can climb high walls and objects and digest garbage. He was captured in 1962 and put into the recently set up monster prison in Area Fifty-Something.
He can turn a pile of garbage into a super computer as long as he doesn't eat it first, build a rocket car, and make missiles and explosives in his cell from nearly nothing. Also he was able to hack through the alien's core computer and set it to self destruct the ship.
Dr. Cockroach is an expert dancer (it happens to be his Ph.D) and a polite, charming and sophisticated man. He accepts his role as a mad scientist and is prone to burst into maniacal laughter in the middle of experiments and plans. He also helped Susan get used to the monster prison and to her new power and size as soon as she was captured and brought to Area Fifty-something.
He can be trapped when a giant shoe is on him. When his vocabulary is lost, he speaks gibberish and goes haywire. He has extra sensitive insect eyes. He has a big sense of guilt when he makes a mess.
Behind the Scenes
Dr. Cockroach is a parody of Andre Delambre from the 1958 film The Fly. In that film, a scientist's attempt to create a teleporter mixes his atoms with a fly. His human appearance was based off actor Vincent Price, who also starred in The Fly as Francois Delambre, brother of the ill-fated protagonist and who was know to play a mad scientist.
- "They said I was crazy, but I'll show them, I'll show them all! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!"
- "I'm not a quack! I'm a mad scientist. There's a difference."
- "Forgive him , but as you can see, he has no brain."
- "Gentlemen, I'm afraid we're not making a very good first impression."
- "What my associate is trying to say, is that we all think the new Susan is the cat's me-WOW!" *chuckles* "I'm sorry."
- "By Hawking's chair!"
- "Poor Link. After all that though talk, you were outmonstered by a girl." No wonder you're depressed."
- "You can't crush a cockroach! Mwahahaha!"
- "No, B.O.B., that's not rude. It's a sign of respect."
- "There's one thing you don't know about me, my dear. MY Ph.D is in... dance!"
- "A swirly pop? For me? And this time, no pimply hooligans will deprive me of my lickable loot!"
- "If I didn't have a cockroach head myself... heh... I'd be freaking out right now."
- "Maybe so, my finny friend, but to some of us, All Hallow's Eve is more trick than treat. I was a young lad then, my head filled with thoughts of particles physics and candy. I was out on my first Halloween, when suddenly..."
- In B.O.B.'s Big Break it's mentioned he once had an interest in world conquest.
- Dr. Cockroach was the only monster other then Susan and the Invisible Man to have been once human.
- In 98 Pound Cockroach, Link mentions that he was looking for a 98 pound cockroach, which might be Dr. Cockroach's body mass.
- Prior to Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space, Dr. Cockroach had an aversion towards Halloween.
- His favorite foods are Garbage and Swirlypop.
- His first name, Herbert, was revealed in The Sound of Fear. But according to The Art of Monsters vs. Aliens, his first name was stated as Jaques-Yves.
- As revealed in When Luck Runs Out, if things get out of hand, he imagines he's in Acapulco.
- In "The Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space", when Herbert was a kid, he had blue eyes, but after the mutation, he got hazelnut eyes.
- It was revealed in "The Two Faces of Dr. Cockroach" that he has a four digit IQ.