So. You've found a suit of [[ClothesMaketheSuperman clothes that give you superpowers]]. Will you use them for good? Will you become a SuperHero and fight evil, even if it means sacrificing your own life, health, and happiness in the process?

Hell no! You're no [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]]. Your name is Parker Robbins. Your mom is (nearly)brain-dead, your father is dead-dead, your girlfriend is pregnant, your only cousin is an alcoholic and a thief and you have to pay your favourite Russian prostitute. You need money, and you will do anything to get it. And this nice hood and shoes that give you superpowers, stolen from a strange demon, could come in pretty handy.

''The Hood'' was a six-issue limited series (July-December, 2002), from Creator/MarvelComics' [[Creator/MarvelMAX MAX]] imprint, written by Brian K. Vaughan, the same man who created ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' and ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''. After years of being a part of the MarvelUniverse, the Hood became a really lucky villain - Creator/BrianMichaelBendis, then-current writer of ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' titles, took him under his wing, and turned him into a first-class villain, king of New York's underground. After ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', Hood became a secondary BigBad for the ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' -- while he's not their only, or even greatest, threat (that title was claimed first by the Skrulls and later by [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Norman]] [[SpiderMan Osborn]]), he's certainly a legitimate menace. Originally his powers came from an unknown demon, later revealed to be none other than the Dread [[DimensionLord Dormammu]] himself; since then he has gone up and down the power scale as he gains and loses "patrons."

Not to be confused with the [[NamesTheSame similarly monikered]] ''[[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} Thunderbirds]]'' villain.
!The Hood Provides examples of:

* AscendedFanboy: Parker was a fan of supervillains since childhood.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: [[spoiler: He made one in order to get White Fang off of him.]]
* AntiHero: In his first series.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: Norman Osborn tries to turn him and his gang into this for the Initiative.
* BadassNormal: Once or twice he's proven that he can take care of himself, even without his powers. He just needs a gun.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: Became a supervillain for the money.
* BodyHorror: Dormammu's possession twisted him into a nightmarish being with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Magic clothes turned him into a supervillain.
* CruelMercy: At the end of Dark Reign, Tigra corners the Hood and talks at length about how she wants to kill him... and then doesn't. Instead she simply brings in his wife so she'll know who he is and what he's done and never let him near her or his daughter again.
* TheDarkSide: When you see the lengths Parker is willing to go after new power sources whenever the previous one is cut off from him, you can safely say he is addicted to power. He even mentions that he spent ''half a billion dollars'' in an expedition to the now-abandoned Attilan just to recover one of the Infinity Gems. Also, when he turns to Count Nefaria (just after the end of the Siege on Asgard, where he lost the power of the Norn Stones), you can see how much of a wreck he is (though that might have been hesitation because Nefaria wanted every last penny of his in return for empowering him).
* DemonicPossession: His relationship with Dormammu later turned into that.
* DealWithTheDevil: First enters one with Dormammu, which inevitably turns bad, and later entered one with Loki to gain new powers in the Norn Stones, which worked out fine until Loki came and took them back.
* DePower: Several times.
** First in ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies 4'', when Dormammu ditched him for somebody else.
** Secondly [[spoiler:after the new Sorcerer Supreme destroyed his connection with Dormammu.]]
** A ''third time'' when [[spoiler:Loki took the Norn Stones back & used them to grant a power boost to the [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] & ComicBook/SecretWarriors to stop Sentry[=/=]The Void from destroying Asgard]].
** And a fourth time when [[spoiler:he lost the Infinity Gems]].
* TheDulcineaEffect: [[spoiler: White Fang told Hood she would abandon her campaign against him after he threatened to kill Force - a superhero she had known less than one day!]]
* EnemyMine: Happened when he has to team up with superheroes against ComicBook/MarvelZombies.
** And when he led his crew into battle alongside the Avengers, ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}, and every other superpowered being that happened to be in Central Park to fight the Skrulls in ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Parker cares a great deal about his mother.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Before Parker got his powers, he and his cousin John King beat up a guy who tried to recruit them in Hydra, because they don't like terrorists. Then Parker stole his shoes.
* EvilerThanThou: Mr. Negative, a SuperpoweredEvilSide who strongly believes in the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil (which he enforces by corrupting all good deeds done by his good side) told Hood that he would fail because he forsook all the good that was in him.
* {{Expy}}: There have been two previous villains empowered by a magic, evil hood; one of them was even named The Robe. They're respectfully very obscure however.
* GottaCatchThemAll: He nearly obtained all the Infinity Gems.
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler:White Fang]] threatened him with [[spoiler:the fact that she knows about his wife and daughter]].
* InTheHood: Mostly, depends on the artist.
* InvisibleJerkass: When possessed by Dormammu he could be this.
* MotiveDecay: At first he wanted power because he legitimately needed money. Now he just wants power.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Happens '''a lot'''. Justified when his backer was Dormammu, who is one of the most powerful demons in the universe and a DimensionLord.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After ComicBook/DarkReign, The Hood broke out of prison and was about to give up villainy (since he lost his wife and daughter). However, three members of Avengers Academy broke into his apartment because the video of Hood beating up Tigra had gone viral (which wasn't his fault: the villain Slug sold it to a celebrity gossip site without his knowledge). Not only does that almost get them expelled from the Avengers Academy (Tigra wasn't happy that they [[PayEvilUntoEvil paid evil unto evil]]), but this also spurs the Hood to go after the Infinity Gems.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: He gave one to superheroine [[CatGirl Tigra]] because another villain asked him to do so in exchange for his advice.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: He seems to consider himself as the only one allowed to defeat the New Avengers, while White Fang has that same feeling about him.
* SaveTheVillain: Comicbook/DoctorStrange has tried several times to show him what he's gotten himself into and offer help. It never works.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: When his relationship with Dormammu got worse.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Dormammu had a bad habit of replacing Parker's reflection in the mirror.
* TookALevelInBadass: First when he gets powers. Later [[spoiler:at the end of his second mini]].
* UnskilledButStrong: He's had access to world-shaking power, but he doesn't know how to fight except as a street thug, so he can never use it to its full advantage.
* UnwittingPawn: To Dormammu when he was his patron.
* VillainProtagonist: In both of his limited series, especially in the second.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Osborn tries to give this status to all his gang members.
* WolverinePublicity: Let's see... Hood regularly appears in ''New Avengers'' and the new ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' ongoing. Took a part in the ''Beyond'' mini-series and appeared in a few issues of ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}''. Thanks to being a member of [[Comicbook/DarkReign The Cabal]], he appears in every comic that shows their meeting and gets a second solo mini. Osborn turned him into the new boss of the Initiative alongside Taskmaster. He has a major role in ''Marvel Zombies 4'' and ''Dark Reign: Mr. Negative''. And the list of his appearances still seem to be going up. People are starting to bet if he's going to appear as often as ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} before or after {{Deadpool}} will. He even showed up in ''Moon Knight''. Let's not forget the ComicBook/HouseOfM tie-in book.
* YouKilledMyFather: White Fang, ActionGirl in PoweredArmor blames him for killing her husband.
** Funny thing is, that was an accident. She also doesn't know her husband was cheating on her.
*** Also it was his cousin.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Dormammu convinced him that he could be Sorcerer Supreme if he killed Doctor Strange. Strange insisted that it doesn't work that way, but Hood was in no mood to listen.