Following the success of Disney’s 2014 animated film Big Hero 6, loosely adapted from a minor Marvel Comics title, Disney decided to develop it into a franchise with a sequel animated series. Big Hero 6: The Series premiered on Disney XD last year with the special pilot “Baymax Returns” then transferred to The Disney Channel for its full first-season run.
The show follows the continuing adventures of Hiro Hamada, his rebuilt partner care robot Baymax, and his techie friends from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology (SFIT) as they fight crime on the side while balancing schoolwork and ordinary life.
Of course, with the antagonist of the BH6 movie behind bars, the good guys need some villains to take on during their vigilante work, and Disney TV Animation plus Man of Action Studios have obliged with a truly eclectic collection of baddies to serve as Big Hero 6’s Rogues Gallery:
- Obake (Andrew Scott) – an enigmatic criminal mastermind with some sinister plan for San Fransokyo, setting up other criminals to fight the Big Hero 6 to learn more about them and prepare appropriate countermeasures; the only clue Hiro has is that he’s a former SFIT student
- Mr. Yama (Paul Briggs) – returning from the original film, an underground bot fighter with a bad rep, whom Obake ropes into being his reluctant right-hand man; shares some past history with Hiro in underground bot-fighting
- Baron von Steamer (Jeff Bennett) – an eccentric mad scientist with an obsession for steam-punk technology; archenemy of Fredzilla’s dad Mr. Frederickson aka superhero Boss Awesome
- Globby (Andy Richter) – formerly Dibs the purse thief; an accident while snatching Honey Lemon’s chemical-purse turns him into living goo
- High Voltage (Katy Mixon and Sophie Reynolds) – real names Barb and Juniper, a “popular” mother-daughter villain tandem with electrical powers and a rock music motif
- Momakase (Naoko Mori) – sushi chef who moonlights as a cat burglar; armed with cooking knives
- Nedd Ludd (Jon Rudnitsky) – a former real estate developer who cracked under the strain and became a reclusive extremist Luddite who gets violent at the very sight of any technology
- Mad Jacks (Rob Riggle, Kevin Michael Richardson, Kerri Kenney) – adrenaline junkie mercenary trio whose names include “Jack” somewhere in them
- Mr. Sparkles (Patton Oswalt) – unpopular host of a somewhat popular game show; goes insane after his popularity is upstaged by the Hamada’s pet cat, Mochi
- Noodle Burger Boy (Lucas Neff) – animatronic mascot of the Noodle Burger fast-food, reprogrammed by Yama
- Orso Knox (Fred Tatasciore) – businessman turned into a wild monster
- Trina (Christy Carlson Romano) – a bot-fighter around Hiro’s age, revealed to be a humanlike robot created by Obake, whom Trina considers to be her father