Regis Blackgaard, often referenced with his proper title as Dr. Regis Blackgaard or less formally Blackgaard, is the perennial villain of Adventures in Odyssey and synonymous with evil in Odyssey. Voiced by Earl Boen (who also voices his identical twin brother Edwin Blackgaard), Dr. Blackgaard is a villain who has repeatedly attempted to steal computer programs or other valuable resources from the town of Odyssey for monetary gain. The name Blackgaard is clearly intended to convey the same meaning as the word blackguard. In his first episode, Blackgaard insisted that he be referred to as "Dr." Philip Glossman elaborated that Blackgaard holds a PhD in child psychology, which Glossman claimed qualified Blackgaard to establish Blackgaard's Castle, an "amusement house for kids" that competed with Whit's End.
Blackgaard was involved with the international terrorist organization Red Scorpion, though he later betrayed it, describing its revolutionary goals as "petty" and indicating he never really believed in it. He also ran for mayor of Odyssey against Tom Riley in a recall election, but only as a cover for his ultimate plan to acquire the mineral in the Underground Railroad tunnels beneath Whit's End. Behind the scenes he was always involved in some evil plot or other to destroy Whit's End and was even an accomplice to murder on some occasions.
Famous for masterminding the tangled web of schemes surrounding the legacy of the fan-named Blackgaard saga, Dr. Blackgaard, one of the most recognizable characters in the series, has appeared in a mere 19 Adventures in Odyssey episodes, while the series has produced almost 900 to date.
Dr. Regis Blackgaard was last seen in Odyssey when he killed himself by purposely succumbing to a tunnel explosion of his own doing, which he considered preferable to letting himself be claimed by the Ruku virus. Afterwards, Professor Bovril claimed that he could have saved Regis with an antidote to the virus created from the mineral found in the tunnel under Whit's End. His death occurred in the episode #334: “The Final Conflict” and his will was carried out in #342: “Welcome Home, Mr. Blackgaard”.
The Blackgaard saga had an encore in the episodes #424: “Blackgaard's Revenge, Part 1” and #425: “Blackgaard's Revenge, Part 2”. Blackgaard was revealed to have planted a virus in the Imagination Station, which would cause a character with Blackgaard's memory and personality to appear in the Station's programs. The Blackgaard virus attempted to implant Blackgaard's personality onto the brain of young Aubrey Shepard, effectively giving Blackgaard a "new life". However, the virus was destroyed by Mr. Whittaker.
- Main article: Blackgaard family
Regis has a twin brother Edwin Blackgaard and his mother, Yvette is still living. He mentioned a younger sister and granddaughter in #290: “A Name, Not a Number, Part 1” but this could have simply been a part of his cover.
- It was mentioned in #155: “Waylaid in the Windy City, Part 1” that he has a cat named Sasha. This was also mentioned in #77: “The Nemesis, Part 1”.
- When he died, the Electric Palace was willed to Edwin Blackgaard.
- Oddly, he paid for his mother's hip operation, though he said she "owed" him for it.
Regis Blackgaard has appeared in the following albums:
- Family Portraits
- The Lost Episodes (2 episodes)
- Album 01: The Adventure Begins
- Album 02: The Wildest Summer Ever
- Album 03: Heroes
- Album 04: FUN-damentals
- Album 05: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes (4 episodes)
- Album 06: Mission: Accomplished
- Album 07: On Thin Ice
- Album 08: Beyond Expectations
- Album 09: Just in Time
- Album 10: Other Times, Other Places (2 episodes)
- Album 11: It’s Another Fine Day...
- Album 12: At Home and Abroad
- Album 13: It All Started When...
- Album 14: Meanwhile, in Another Part of Town
- Album 15: A Place of Wonder
- Album 16: Flights of Imagination
- Album 17: On Earth as It Is in Heaven
- Album 18: A Time of Discovery
- Album 19: Passport to Adventure
- Album 20: A Journey of Choices
- Album 21: Wish You Were Here!
- Album 22: The Changing Times (2 episodes)
- Album 23: Twists and Turns
- Album 24: Risks and Rewards
- Album 25: Darkness Before Dawn (5 episodes)
- Album 26: Back on the Air
- Album 27: The Search for Whit
- Album 28: Welcome Home!
- Album 29: Signed, Sealed and Committed
- Album 30: Through Thick and Thin
- Album 31: Days to Remember
- Album 32: Hidden Treasures
- Album 33: Virtual Realities (2 episodes)
- Album 34: In Your Wildest Dreams (1 episode)
- Album 35: The Big Picture
- Album 36: Danger Signals
- Album 37: Countermoves
- Album 38: Battle Lines (1 episode)
- Album 39: Friends, Family, and Countrymen
- Album 40: Out of Control
- Album 41: In Hot Pursuit
- Album 42: No Way Out
- Album 43: Along for the Ride
- Album 44: Eugene Returns!
- Album 45: Lost and Found
- Album 46: A Date with Dad (and Other Calamities)
- Album 47: Into the Light
- Album 48: Moment of Truth
- Album 49: The Sky’s the Limit
- Album 50: The Best Small Town
- The Truth Chronicles
- Passages: Darien’s Rise
- Album 51: Take it From the Top
- Album 52: Cause and Effect
- Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy
- Album 54: Clanging Cymbals...and the Meaning of God's Love
- Album 55: The Deep End
- Album 56: The Grand Design
- Album 57: A Call to Something More
- Album 58: The Ties That Bind
- Album 59: Taking the Plunge
- Album 60: Head Over Heels
- Album 61: Without a Hitch
- Album 62: Let’s Put on a Show!
- Album 63: Up in the Air
- Album 64: Under the Surface
- Album 65: Expect the Unexpected
- Album 66: Trial by Fire
- Album 67: More Than Meets the Eye
- Album 68: Out of the Blue
- Album 69: Best Kept Secrets
- Album 70: Finding a Way
- Album 71: A Slippery Slope
Regis Blackgaard has appeared in the following club seasons:
- Odyssey Adventure Club: Season 1
- Odyssey Adventure Club: Season 2
- Odyssey Adventure Club: Season 3
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 4
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 5
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 6
- 30th Birthday Live Show (album)
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 7
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 8
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 9
- Aventuras en Odisea: Volumen 1
- Aventuras en Odisea: Volumen 2
- Aventuras en Odisea: Volumen 3
- Daily Bible Readings (album)
- Hope in Trying Times
- Odyssey Adventure Club: Season 1 Soundtrack
- Odyssey Adventure Club: Season 2 Soundtrack
- Odyssey Adventure Club: Season 3 Soundtrack
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 4 Soundtrack
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 5 Soundtrack
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 6 Soundtrack
- The Leonard Meltsner Saga
- The Officer Harley Collection
Regis Blackgaard has appeared on the front cover of the following albums:
Regis Blackgaard has appeared on the back cover of the following album:
Original design from the 1990 cassette version of Album 05: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes
Blackgaard on the cover of Album #25: Darkness Before Dawn