Characters: H.I.V.E. Series

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The Alphas as a Group

The Alpha group of students, including Otto, Laura, Wing, Shelby, Franz, Nigel, Lucy, Tom, and Penny.

  • Almighty Janitor: Have been called on in emergency to complete tasks or protect the school.
  • Anti-Hero Team: if any of them haven't committed at least one felony by the time they joined the cast, they committed one soon after joining.
  • Badass Bookworm: Most of them.
  • Badass Crew
  • Berserk Button: they will each defend the others with their lives if you so much as insult another.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Otto, Franz, Wing, and Shelby save the entire Alpha stream. Along with many other occasions.
  • Character Magnetic Team
  • Four Plus Two: at the beginning.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: with the original four:
    • Shelby as Sanguine
    • Otto as Choleric
    • Wing as Melancholic
    • Laura as Phlegmatic
    • Lucy rounding it out later as Leukine
  • Fire-Forged Friends
  • Five-Man Band: more valuable as a comparison later when main/minor character lines are blurred out. Due to characters coming in and going out due to death, capture by Glasshouse, etc, some characters are listed as sharing although they do not have the same role at the same time.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: the original four.
  • Gossipy Hens: Some of them can devolve into this if not enough plot is around.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: They all drive each other insane, but mess with one of them and get the wrath of all of them.
  • I Choose to Stay: All of them, one by one. Except Penny.
  • Multinational Team: Otto, Penny, and Tom are from England. Laura is Scottish, Shelby is American, and Wing is Chinese raised in Japan. Franz is German, Raven is Russian, Lucy is Italian, and Nigel's nationality isn't mentioned.
  • Quirky Household
  • The Team
  • True Companions:except for Penny.
  • You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: Most of the girls refer to everyone else on the team by their last name. If they call anyone by a first name, it's usually a dire or emotionally-charged situation.

Otto Malpense

  • Act of True Love: After Laura's betrayal in Aftershock, he gets himself expelled and spends the next several months trying to find her.
  • Always Save the Girl
  • Anticipatory Breath Spray: before entering Laura's room in the Glasshouse, he takes off his helmet and straightens his hair. It seems he was anticipating a much... happier reunion than the one he got.
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: He and Laura in Deadlock.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: Attempts one to look intimidating after he accidentally knocks Wing out when fighting Block and Tackle in book one. It doesn't work.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Can watch a bullet fly by and know where the shooter is.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Becoming the Mask: Despite trying to escape the Island in book one, he ultimately decides that the H.I.V.E. is his home.
  • Berserk Button: Harming any of his friends. The biggest immediately following Lucy's death.
    • And again after the Alphas are taken to the Glasshouse. He kills Matt Rodney without remorse, and then shows a terrifying side when he kills Zero, his clone.
    • More and more, his Berserk Button seems to be messing with Laura. He threatens Cole, Block, and Tackle, and kills Matt Rodney and Zero after going on a several month long mission to find the Glasshouse.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The speech to Block in Deadlock.
    Otto: And if you ever touch me, or Laura, or any of my friends again, it won't be Nero you have to worry about. I'll reach inside that thick skull of yours and just switch you off. I'm not even sure I could really do it; maybe I'll just put you in a vegetative state. Maybe you'll be just conscious enough to feel the nurse shoving pudding into your stupid fat face. I don't know what would happen. But I'm willing to find out.
  • Birds of a Feather: With both of his love interests. He and Lucy both have superpowers, and he and Laura are both Smart Guy types with similar personalities. Averted with Wing, whom he shares little in common with despite the two being inseparable.
  • Black Eyesof Crazy: in Rogue.
  • Blessed with Suck: He has pretty awesome super powers, but they put everyone he loves at risk and he'd much rather be normal.
  • Brains and Brawn: with Wing.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: in Aftershock, he spends half of a page trying to confess his love to Laura.
  • Cartwright Curse: See Fatal Attractor
  • Childhood Friends: Tom and Penny.
  • Child Prodigy: He was one in flashbacks.
    • Teen Genius: The series starts on his thirteenth birthday, just pushing him into this territory.
  • Cloning Blues
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: until Zero Hour.
  • Crush Blush: Does quite his share of blushing in Laura's presence. His wikia page even notes that the amount of blushing he does may be harmful to his cardiovascular system.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: at the end of Zero Hour, due to Lucy's death.
  • The Dividual: many of their friends see Otto and Laura as this, but when they are alone things are much less synergistic.
  • Doorstop Baby
  • Dork Knight
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Promises to help Laura get off the Island during their very first one-on-one conversation.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Averted with a Not Quite Dead in Rogue, but he still confesses his love to Laura immediately before falling unconscious.
  • Electronic Telepathy
  • Eating the Eye Candy: At least once per volume except Zero Hour he must spend at least a few sentences describing how Laura looks, either at that time or when he is imagining her.
  • Everyone Can See It: With Laura.
  • Evil Albino: Not quite evil, but certainly not all that pure either.
  • Evil Genius: Sometimes, though like most of the good guys he's more Affably Evil.
  • Fatal Attractor: His first girlfriend dies 36 hours after getting together with him, his second girlfriend is kidnapped and taken to the Glasshouse seven minutes after their first kiss..... poor guy.
  • First Kiss: with either Laura or Lucy. It's unclear because he seemed to kiss Laura in Escape Velocity, but this is never mentioned again. He later kisses Lucy, and then Laura in Aftershock, but that's never mentioned again either. He kisses Laura yet again in Deadlock, and we're hoping this one sticks.
  • Grand Theft Me: Not only does Overlord/Number One want to do this to Otto, but he does get taken over by the Animus at the end of Dreadnought.
  • Heartbroken Badass: At the end of Zero Hour.
  • The Hero
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He hasn't stopped talking about how pretty Laura's eyes are since book one.
  • Heroic Albino
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Wing.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: to Raven in the later books.
  • I Uh You Too
  • The Leader: Among the kids.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Shelby. They bicker, they argue, and she's the first to run to him when he returns from expulsion.
  • Like Father, Like Son: liable to become pretty drunk on power.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: basically the entire point of book seven.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Sort of. He's actually Number One's clone.
  • Magikarp Power: His abilities were mostly useless at first and only really allowed him to type and really really quickly while getting awful nosebleeds and/or passing out, but he eventually uses them to control computers, then entire networks, then hold AI in his head, and then control people's actual muscles.
  • Meaningful Name: People try to kill, stop or derail Malpense, but he keeps turning up. Like a bad penny.
  • The Napoleon
  • Nerd Action Hero
  • Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome: He and Laura go through hell several times over, including more than six captures of Laura, Otto finding out he is only somewhat human, Otto's brief almost-relationship with Lucy Dexter, Laura's betrayal of the H.I.V.E. and subsequent stay at the Glasshouse for several months, and then her torture and Mind Rape by Otto's clone before they finally get together at the end of book eight.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: with Laura
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse
  • The Power of Friendship: Later in the series, he and Otto call on this for attacks. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
  • Psychic Nosebleed
  • Pursued Protagonist: books three, four, six, seven, and eight.
  • Sibling Team: depending on whether Otto would be considered his brother or his nephew, the two share a body for most of the second half of the series, are close friends, and work together to accomplish most everything they achieve.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: His social awkwardness is directly proportional to the attractiveness of the girl he is talking to.
  • Student and Master Team: with Raven at some point in almost every book.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: the Sorcerer to Wing's Sword.
  • The Power of Friendship: how he and H.I.V.E.mind fight together.
  • To Absent Friends: Dedicates the shutting down of Echelon to Lucy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: from Rogue onward.
  • Undying Loyalty: At the end of Aftershock, he takes the majority of the blame for the massacre of the Alpha stream, so that the last three members can stay at the H.I.V.E. after his expulsion.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: gives a speech to Block and Tackle in book eight.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: after connecting his internal computer to the internet, he has to stop himself constantly from dwelling on the temptation to take over.

Wing Fanchu

Laura Brand

  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: she and Otto in Deadlock.
  • Badass Pacifist
  • Beauty Brainsand Brawn: the brains of the three-girl team consisting of her, Shelby(Brawn) and Lucy(Brains).
  • Becoming the Mask: Despite trying to escape the Island in book one, she ultimately decides that the H.I.V.E. is her home.
  • Break the Cutie: Very much so in Aftershock, when she is forced to betray the H.I.V.E. and cause the death of almost all of the Alpha stream.
  • Challenge Seeker: She and Otto compete to steal the exam answers so often that she uses this excuse in Aftershock to get the location of the Hunt grounds.
  • Cinderella Circumstance: As one of the greatest programmers on the planet, she's sent to the Glasshouse to train to fight and forbidden from using the computers. It's later revealed she's really only there to be Anastasia's plaything.
  • Claustrophobia: First demonstrates this in Escape Velocity.
  • Combat Pragmatist: How she gets away with being one of two non-badasses in the main or supporting cast. In book one, she protects the occupants of block seven with a fire extinguisher, and is Crazy-Prepared to the point of having uploaded viruses to a private storage vault on the internet that she can access anywhere. She needs to have this skill, too, because she's a Defiant Captive who frequently pisses off her captors.
  • The Commies Made Me Do It: Played straight. Pretty much the whole point of Aftershock. They use her brother.
  • Crush Blush: Most non-combat(or hacking-related) situations with Otto cause her to turn pink. Averted after their first kiss.
  • Cute Bookworm: How many times does Otto find her in the library?
  • Defiant Captive: She is captured or kidnapped in every single volume, and on every occasion she uses her Deadpan Snarker status to piss off her captors, nearly getting her killed on numerous occasions.
  • The Dividual: many of their friends see Otto and Laura as this, but when they are alone things are much less synergistic.
  • Everyone Can See It: With Otto.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Green-Eyed Monster: After she finds out about Otto and Lucy's relationship in Zero Hour.
  • Green Eyes: With Otto as a narrator, it's impossible to forget how pretty he thinks they are.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Played with. Of the two times she gave up valuable information to Anastasia Furan, once was to save her family and the other was because she was under mind control.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: The location for the Hunt in exchange for the life of her family.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Contessa is her favorite teacher.
  • I Have to Wash My Hair: When Otto confesses his love to her a second time, she tells him she'll talk to him after exams are over. Justified in that she's extremely distracted by her family being held hostage.
  • Invisible Parents: she talks about her parents a lot, but Andrew and Mary Brand aren't introduced until book seven.
  • Lap Pillow: is one to Otto in Rogue.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Laura and Lucy spend quite a bit of time together in Rogue and Zero Hour, during which time Laura is the Light Feminine and Lucy is the Dark Feminine.
  • Mission Control
  • Motivational Kiss: gives one to Otto in Aftershock. Turned out it was a Now or Never Kiss because she knew he'd find out she was the leak.
  • Nerd Action Hero
  • Now or Never Kiss: see Motivational Kiss
  • Pair the Smart Ones: with Otto.
  • Odd Friendship: With Shelby.
  • Scotland: She is Scottish, and it shows in her speech.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • Spot the Imposter: Confuses Otto and Zero. Justified in that she has just been tortured.
  • Teen Genius
  • Temporarily a Villain: In book seven.
  • Deuteragonist: Otto as the Protagonist, Nero as the Deuteragonist, Raven as the Tritagonist; and Laura as the Tetragonist.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: the tomboy to Shelby's girly girl.
  • Tsundere: More 'dere' than 'tsun', but she has her moments.
  • Villain Corner: In Aftershock, she conspicuously does not narrate until after The Reveal.
  • Women Are Wiser: States multiple times that she is always right. In Aftershock, Otto tells her everything will be all right, and she should believe her because "I'm always right, remember?" This disregard for her previous statements proves Otto wrong, as less than ten minutes later all hell breaks loose.

Shelby Trinity

Nigel Darkdoom

Franz Argentblum

Vicontessa Lucia "Lucy Dexter" Sinistre

Tom Ransom

A childhood friend of Otto, and Penny's partner in crime.

Penny Richards

A childhood friend of Otto, and Tom's partner in crime.

Block and Tackle

    H.I.V.E. Staff 

Maximilian Nero

The Headmaster of HIVE.

Professor Pike

The technology professor on the Island.

Chief Lewis

Contessa Maria Sinistre

Ms Leon

Colonel Francisco

Miss Tennebaum


Not technically 'staff' but he does exist for the sole purpose of serving HIVE.


Also not technically staff, but she works for Nero rather than GLOVE.


Number One

  • Affably Evil: To be fair to him, Number One was seemingly a good enough guy for the head of a global league of villainy, and saved Dr. Nero's life. The really evil stuff was all done really by Overlord.
  • Big Bad: for books one through three.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • No Name Given: Although it's implied to be Otto Malpense.

Diabolus Darkdoom

Nigel's father, a famous supervillain who is dead at the start of the series. Due to the heavy use of Flashbacks, being dead doesn't slow down his Character Development, especially since he appears to be Nero's best friend. Actually being alive all along helps, too.

Madame Mortis

The leader of the Southern Europe branch of G.L.O.V.E.


A new member of G.L.O.V.E.'s council, who has an obsession with killing people and an odd hatred for Nero.

Jason Drake

Corporate technology leader who is trying to take over G.L.O.V.E.'s ruling council in the event of Number One's death.

    Disciples (Non-GLOVE) 


Pietor Furan

Sebastian Trent



Anastasia Furan

The Big Bad of books 7-?. She runs the Glasshouse, a Russian training camp for assassins where Raven was trained.

Matt Rodney


The clone of Otto who shows up halfway through Dreadnought at the Glasshouse, but whose identity isn't revealed until the end of the book.


Mrs. McCreedy

The woman who runs St. Sebastian's orphanage, where Otto, Penny, and Tom grew up.

  • Fostering for Profit: Otto has her wrapped around his finger because she wants money and he can give it to her.

Nathaniel Nero/The Architect

The Architect designs buildings for several groups, and isn't affiliated with G.L.O.V.E. although he did design some buildings for some of them, including Number One's space station and the Iceland branch of H.I.V.E.

Andrew and Mary Brand

Laura's parents, who are Scottish.

  • Adults Are Useless: the only truly useless adults. The only thing they have contributed to the good guys' side is their daughter.
  • Anticlimactic Parent: both of them.
  • For Your Own Good: they knew their daughter would be better off going to a school where she would actually be challenged and not in jail.
  • Happily Married
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: If they hadn't given Laura to Nero, she would have been arrested for terrorism against the United States.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Subverted. They knew their brilliant daughter had to get the best education available to her, despite knowing they wouldn't see her for six years.
  • Invisible Parents: all we know about them is that Laura misses them for the first six books.
  • Parental Obliviousness: their defining quality.
  • Parents in Distress: how we meet them.
  • Pushover Parents: One interpretation. They talked to Nero for a few minutes and gave him their daughter for the next six years. Justified somewhat in that he claimed her life was in danger.
  • So Proud of You: let Laura know how proud they are of her for sticking it out even though they gave her to Nero after one conversation, although her life was in danger.
  • Stupid Good

Douglas "Dougie" Brand

The younger brother of Laura, conceived after she was sent to the H.I.V.E.

Robert Flack

The head of the Artemis Section with the CIA.


The sister of Anastasia and Pietor Furan, described as "the only woman Nero had ever truly loved." Anastasia blames her death on Nero,and Nero blames her death on Anastasia.