PHANTOM (Putrefying, Heinous And Nectrotizing Terrorism On Man) is a Slavic, and would be international, terrorist organization and the main villainous organization of the monster series Defenders of Earth. It is also a very minor antagonist in its spin off The Mammal Wars.
It is the second largest organization made by the wiki founder; only the Alliance of Russia and East Europe is larger than it; PHANTOM makes its first appearance in Kilarth, at least where it's named.
The original PHANTOM which once stood for PHoul And Nectrotizing Terrorism On Man was originally used as the name for the main antagonist of an old spy series made by the wiki founder that never took off. This organization was very similar to the already existing SPECTRE from the James Bond films and novels.
In making Defenders of Earth, the wiki founder decided to bring it back and radically improve it while the spy series that PHANTOM would have belonged to, now morphed into what is now known as the Cold War II series.
PHANTOM is a Slavic terrorist organization based in Russia as well as the whole of Eastern Europe that serves as the main human antagonists of Defenders of Earth. It is currently engaged in a turf war with the Eastern Vixens and the organization's women have commonly engaged in fights on Vixen territory.
However, it is not alone because the organization has ties to the Vixen's second closest rival which is another criminal organization known as the Lionesses of Turkey. The aim of PHANTOM is to turn humanity against well meaning dragons so as to undermine humanity's trust in many of the dragons and ultimately first take over Eastern Europe and then take over the West.
It has commonly engaged with one of the dragons in battle which is Firroth because PHANTOM is the creator of his mechanical doppelganger Invincible which gradually becomes far more rogue until eventually it is shown operating without the aid of PHANTOM.
The organization is shown to have some similarities to the already existing SPECTRE in the sense that it uses a sea animal as its logo because its logo is the Portugese Man O' War. The organization's goal is world domination like its original incarnation and it is the only organisation which wants such a goal, Alongside the Eastern Vixens, PHANTOM is spread out almost all of Eastern Europe with the exceptions being Belarus, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovakia.
PHANTOM eventually ceases to exist at the end of Defenders of Earth: At the end of the final Reptile Wars between the forces of Venia, Lord of the Skies and Nelarth, Lord of the Black as well as the other foes from the series such as Crimgauros and the Mutant reptiles, Zhakuh and the Hydras and the Dinosaurs, its male members are killed by Quenth, Destroyer of Men and its women share the same fate as twelve more British teenage girls in The Mammal Wars:
The former terrorists are taken prisoner by the Eastern Vixens and integrated into their numbers while the girls are captured by the Sisterhood of Resistance/"Britain's Angels" and integrated into their numbers. Any memories of PHANTOM are gone for good when the former terrorists are also brainwashed to serve the Vixens thanks to the terrorists serving in PHANTOM for the length of time they have with some even serving since they were about 18 or so.
During the 51st Century, PHANTOM still exists and even though the Western Vixens have no intentions of joining their Eastern counterparts in the war against PHANTOM, they are described as being forced to thanks to the events of Return to Buckinghamshire and also because of Jomnune who forces the government to deploy 2,550 armed police officers on the streets (the Army by this point is obsolete and stays that way until the 74th Century).
While largely based in the East, PHANTOM now seeks to be on the same scale as the Vixen criminal organization which spreads to the East and in Outback Vixen, it is speculated by the Western Vixens and "Britain's Angels" that Jomnune was sent to England by PHANTOM to kill Seslinian so it would be open to attack from PHANTOM. In Defenders of Earth, PHANTOM is the main antagonist of the series, a role it would come to share with Nelarth, Lord of the Black but it has a terrible prisoner record owing to its inconsistent history which is revealed in later stories of Defenders.
In The Mammal Wars meanwhile, the organization does not take any Angels prisoner but as revealed in Seslinian vs. Zebiccoon, it takes Seslinian's creator Forbflaith Hennessy prisoner and keeping in line with not killing their opponents like many organizations did in the past like the Arab Syndicate, it keeps Forbflaith alive but in a situation where she is unlikely to be released for a long time.
As the series becomes gradually focused on the Animals, PHANTOM has a minor role in The Mammal Wars as it appears trying to spread its influence into the United Kingdom which it tries to do through Part 2 and at the beginning of Part 3 which brings in all of the Animals; and thanks to Seslinian, England sends PHANTOM a message warning that the country is defended.
As well as Forbflaith, PHANTOM takes the Women of the Night captive and forcibly integrates them into their numbers and after Forbflaith's containment, they also brainwash her and she serves under PHANTOM.
Identification and uniformMales that serve under PHANTOM are not well recognized because many of their men operate in the shadows unlike its women which are the ones that are most likely to be seen. No one has been able to identify the attire worn by male PHANTOM members because no one outside of PHANTOM has seen any members. However, PHANTOM's women are recognized in the same way that their opponents, the Vixens are recognized:
Women in PHANTOM are recognized by bodysuits typically made of leather or latex, often with utility belts, gloves and low heeled boots. And much like the Vixens, PHANTOM's women accessorize with many also adopting corsets in addition to utility belts though there is another style common among PHANTOM women: They wear a corset, then utility belts across them in order to gain a snug fit around their waist.
Captured victims of PHANTOM that have been brainwashed are often stripped and redressed into catsuits with the most notable example being Forbflaith Hennessy who is brainwashed then redressed into the catsuit she wears during her time with PHANTOM. The only exceptions to this are the Women of the Night who are permitted to keep their clothing as they already wear leathers suggesting that PHANTOM only change the clothes of those they kidnap.