|Powers||Toxics (Mission to Save Earth Part I and Part II, temporarily), N/A|
|First Appearance||Rain of Terror|
|Voices|| Jeff Goldblum (first five appearances)|
Maurice LaMarche (remainder of appearances)
Verminous Skumm is one of the Eco-Villains. He is a large, humanoid, mutant rat, born and raised in a sewer. Skumm is determined to take over the Earth.
Virtually nothing is known about Skumm's origins or early life, except a quote from Gaia that he was "born and raised in toxic waste". It's plausible that he was once a normal rat who was radically mutated by toxic materials into a sentient humanoid. However, it is known that an entire race of these rat creatures exists, and Skumm is their unquestioned leader. His single most important long-term goal is actually to displace humans and have his own race dominate Earth with himself as leader, and his methods revolve around targeting human health and safety. Despite this hostility toward humans, he is not above working with them for his own ends; he has teamed up with the other Eco-Villains many times in the past. Nevertheless, he is one of the most dangerous and vile Eco-Villains due to his tendency to directly target humans rather than ecology. Perhaps most notably, he was responsible for creating the drug Bliss in the episode Mind Pollution. In the episode, Linka became addicted to the drug and her cousin Boris died of an overdose.
Skumm wears tattered and dirty clothing - a blue jumpsuit that is torn and dishevelled, and a red scarf wound around his head and face. He often hides in shadows or covers his face. He favours the underground. He was originally voiced by actor Jeff Goldblum. After five episodes, Goldblum left the role and was replaced by voice actor Maurice LaMarche.
Skumm has an army of rats at his disposal. Some are enormous and clothed, like him, but he is also able to communicate and control the regular rat population.
- Rain of Terror
- Don't Drink the Water
- The Hate Canal
- Mind Pollution
- Skumm Lord
- The Big Clam-Up
- A Formula for Hate
- Mission to Save Earth Part I
- Mission to Save Earth Part II
- Summit to Save Earth Part I
- Summit to Save Earth Part II
- Talkin' Trash
- Bug Off
- Nothing's Sacred
- Who's Running the Show?
- Hey, you! Get off of my cloud!
- The pollution scheme of the century! Bah, skumbug!
- Save the Earth! Bah, skumbug.
- One more mountain lake wasted.
- "I'm ignorance! I'm fear! I'm hate!"
- Skumm is the first villain to be responsible for a personal loss by one of the Planeteers, and the only Eco-Villain that upset Captain Planet to the point of losing his sense of humor for a dramatic justice on two occasions.