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Doctor Saira Bellum is a member of V.I.L.E. and one of the V.I.L.E. Faculty who act as the masterminds of the organization and instructors at the academy, with her classes dealing with the use of technology and science in heists. She is also their chief scientist who creates all of their weapons and gadgets.


Dr. Bellum is a small woman with a bushy white Mohawk, who is always seen wearing a pair of teal colored welding-style goggles, which are prescription and necessary for her to see, and a white lab coat.

In her younger years, she wore her hair in a "Bride of Frankenstein" style.


A genius in many different fields, she has contributed greatly to V.I.L.E.'s technical capabilities, and is also fond of watching cat videos on the Internet, researching baking recipes, and enjoys doing various other things that seem to go against the more serious personalities that her fellow teachers tend to display.

Bellum constructs and develops all the advance technology for V.I.L.E., and has R&D labs in various other countries working on technological and biological weapons, such as specialized crop-destroying fungus spores, mind manipulation devices, and robot thieves.

Bellum has also shown to have a genuine fondness for at least some of her students, particularly Gray, who shared her love for science. When the time came that Gray needed to be decommissioned from V.I.L.E., Bellum was quick to reassure him that the process was relatively painless, and after Le Chevre later made fun of Gray after his memories were erased, Bellum furiously threatened to do the same thing to him if he didn't shut up, suggesting that his absence still pained her. Another student that Bellum shows a fondness for is Neal the Eel, who she suggested as a candidate for Shadowsan's replacement on at least two occasions. Furthermore, when she discovers that Neal was captured, Bellum showed genuine concern for his wellbeing and like she had with Crackle, Bellum reassured Neal that the process of wiping his memory of V.I.L.E. would be painless.

She has shown a dark side, being willing to destroy Indonesia's rice fields in order to sell V.I.L.E. instant imitation rice to the population at an inflated cost, with seemingly little regard for the starving people who wouldn't be able to afford the large prices. She absolutely abhors idioms and turns of phrase, as they can easily confuse her.


Originally from India, Dr. Bellum is a scientist who had a penchant for inventing elaborate devices Having been one of the five members of V.I.L.E. Academy who contributed to Black Sheep's upbringing, she was one of the four members who supported her admission to V.I.L.E. Academy.

After the incident in Morocco, Bellum monitored Black Sheep, hoping it would make her more complacent to V.I.L.E. for her remedial year knowing she was being watched.


As one of the five masterminds of V.I.L.E., Dr. Bellum has near supreme authority in the organization.

Dr. Bellum is a genius inventor who is capable of creating various inventions and weapons used by V.I.L.E., including the Crackle Rod, surveillance drones, rice destroying spores, memory-erasing glasses, subliminal message inserting devices, and jetpacks.

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  • She is the only permanent Faculty member to have their codename formatted into that of a real name.
    • Her name is a play on the word cerebellum, also known as the little brain, which plays an important part in motor control in humans.
  • She's a literalist. Bellum takes words at their dictionary-defined meanings.
  • In the novel "Who in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?", she's described as always seeming to be working on a hundred things at once with nothing ever holding her attention for very long.
    • In "The Sticky Rice Caper", she's shown to have been apparently looking at a multitude of things as opposed to focusing on the operation, including recipes, blueprints, and images of cats.
    • In "The Luchadora Tango Caper", she was seen doodling pictures of cats while laughing at Coach Brunt.
  • In "The Crackle Goes Kiwi Caper", she mentions that she has seven uncles, none of whom are named Bob.
    • This makes her the only Faculty member to have known biological extended family.
  • Dr. Bellum is the shortest of the VILE Faculty members.
  • Countess Cleo is the only one to call Dr. Bellum by her first name, Saira, potentially hinting at a close relationship between the two.

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  1. by Maelstrom in The Day of the Dead Caper based on her costume