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[[folder:H.I.V.E. Students]]

!The Alphas as a Group
The Alpha group of students, including Otto, Laura, Wing, Shelby, Franz, Nigel, Lucy, Tom, and Penny.

* AlmightyJanitor: Have been called on in emergency to complete tasks or protect the school.
* AntiHeroTeam: if any of them haven't committed at least one felony by the time they joined the cast, they committed one soon after joining.
* BadassBookworm: Most of them.
* BadassCrew
* BerserkButton: they will each defend the others with their lives if you so much as insult another.
* BigDamnHeroes: When [[spoiler:Otto, Franz, Wing, and Shelby save the entire Alpha stream.]] Along with many other occasions.
* CharacterMagneticTeam
* [[ThreePlusTwo Four Plus Two]]: at the beginning.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: with the original four:
** Shelby as Sanguine
** Otto as Choleric
** Wing as Melancholic
** Laura as Phlegmatic
** Lucy rounding it out later as Leukine
* FireForgedFriends
* FiveManBand: more valuable as a comparison later when main/minor character lines are blurred out. Due to characters coming in and going out due to [[spoiler:death, capture by Glasshouse,]] etc, some characters are listed as sharing although they do not have the same role at the same time.
** TheLeader: Otto, and Laura when [[spoiler:Otto is missing]] and when [[spoiler:the Alphas are at the Glasshouse.]]
** TheLancer: Shelby and Franz.
** TheSmartGuy: Laura, and Nigel when Laura acts as TheLeader, and finally Franz when [[spoiler:Laura and Nigel are captured.]]
** TheBigGuy: Wing and Franz.
** TheHeart: Nigel and Shelby.
** SixthRanger: Lucy, Tom, and [[spoiler:then]] Penny.
* GenderEqualEnsemble: the original four.
* GossipyHens: Some of them can devolve into this if not enough plot is around.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: They all drive each other insane, but mess with one of them and get the wrath of all of them.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:All]] of them, one by one. [[spoiler:Except Penny.]]
* MultinationalTeam: 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.
* QuirkyHousehold
* TheTeam
* TrueCompanions:[[spoiler:except for Penny.]]
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: 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

* [[spoiler:ActOfTrueLove: After Laura's betrayal in ''Aftershock'', he gets himself expelled and spends the next several months trying to find her.]]
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl
* AnticipatoryBreathSpray: [[spoiler: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.]]
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: He and Laura in ''Deadlock.''
* AssKickingPose: Attempts one to look intimidating after he accidentally [[spoiler:knocks Wing out]] when fighting Block and Tackle in book one. It doesn't work.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Can watch a bullet fly by and know where the shooter is.
* BadassBookworm
* BecomingTheMask: Despite trying to escape the Island in book one, he [[spoiler: ultimately decides that the H.I.V.E. is his home.]]
* BerserkButton: Harming any of his friends. The biggest immediately following [[spoiler:Lucy's death]].
** And again after [[spoiler:the Alphas are taken to the Glasshouse.]] He kills [[spoiler:Matt Rodney without remorse,]] and then shows a terrifying side when he kills [[spoiler:Zero, his clone.]]
** More and more, his BerserkButton seems to be messing with Laura. He threatens [[spoiler:Cole, Block, and Tackle,]] and kills [[spoiler: Matt Rodney and Zero]] after going on a [[spoiler:several month long mission to find the Glasshouse.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: 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.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With [[spoiler:both of his love interests. He and Lucy both have superpowers, and he and Laura are both SmartGuy types with similar personalities.]] Averted with Wing, whom he shares little in common with despite the two being inseparable.
* BlackEyesofCrazy: in ''Rogue''.
* BlessedWithSuck: He has pretty awesome super powers, but they put everyone he loves at risk and he'd much rather be normal.
* BrainsAndBrawn: with Wing.
* CannotSpitItOut: [[spoiler: in Aftershock, he spends half of a page trying to confess his love to Laura.]]
* CartwrightCurse: See [[spoiler:FatalAttractor]]
* ChildhoodFriends: Tom and Penny.
* ChildProdigy: He was one in flashbacks.
** TeenGenius: The series starts on his thirteenth birthday, just pushing him into this territory.
* [[spoiler:CloningBlues]]
* CluelessChickMagnet: until [[spoiler:Zero Hour]].
* CrushBlush: 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.
* [[spoiler:DidNotGetTheGirl: at the end of ''Zero Hour,'' due to Lucy's death.]]
* TheDividual: many of their friends see Otto and Laura as this, but when they are alone things are much less synergistic.
* DoorstopBaby
* DorkKnight
* TheDulcineaEffect: Promises to help Laura get off the Island during ''their very first one-on-one conversation.''
* [[spoiler:DyingDeclarationOfLove: Averted with a NotQuiteDead in Rogue, but he still confesses his love to Laura immediately before falling unconscious]].
* [[spoiler:ElectronicTelepathy]]
* EatingTheEyeCandy: At least once per volume [[spoiler: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.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: With Laura.
* EvilAlbino: Not quite evil, but certainly not all that pure either.
* EvilGenius: Sometimes, though like most of the good guys he's more AffablyEvil.
* [[spoiler: FatalAttractor: 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.]]
* [[spoiler:FirstKiss: 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.]]
* [[spoiler:GrandTheftMe: 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.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: At [[spoiler: the end of ''Zero Hour.'']]
* TheHero
* HeroesWantRedheads: He hasn't stopped talking about how pretty Laura's eyes are since book one.
* HeroicAlbino
* HeterosexualLifePartners: with Wing.
* HypercompetentSidekick: to Raven in the later books.
* [[spoiler:IUhYouToo]]
* TheLeader: Among the kids.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Shelby. They bicker, they argue, and she's the first to run to him when he returns from [[spoiler:expulsion.]]
* [[spoiler:LikeFatherLikeSon: liable to become pretty drunk on power.]]
* [[spoiler:LoveMakesYouDumb: basically the entire point of book seven]].
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather:]] Sort of. He's actually [[spoiler: Number One's clone.]]
* MagikarpPower: 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 [[spoiler:control computers, then entire networks, then hold AI in his head, and then control people's actual muscles.]]
* MeaningfulName: People try to kill, stop or derail Malpense, but he keeps turning up. Like a bad penny.
* TheNapoleon
* NerdActionHero
* OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome: He and Laura go through hell several times over, including [[spoiler: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 MindRape by Otto's clone]] before they [[spoiler:finally get together at the end of book eight.]]
* PairTheSmartOnes: with Laura
* PintSizedPowerhouse
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Later in the series, he and Otto call on this for attacks. ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext.
* [[spoiler:PsychicNosebleed]]
* PursuedProtagonist: books [[spoiler:three, four, six, seven, and eight.]]
* [[spoiler:SiblingTeam: 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.]]
* SociallyAwkwardHero: His social awkwardness is directly proportional to the attractiveness of the girl he is talking to.
* StudentAndMasterTeam: with Raven at some point in almost every book.
* SwordAndSorcerer: the Sorcerer to Wing's Sword.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: how he and H.I.V.E.mind fight together.
* ToAbsentFriends: Dedicates the shutting down of [[spoiler:Echelon]] to [[spoiler:Lucy.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: from ''Rogue'' onward.
* UndyingLoyalty: At the end of Aftershock, he takes the majority of the blame for [[spoiler:the massacre of the Alpha stream, so that the last three members can stay at the H.I.V.E. after his expulsion.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: gives a speech to Block and Tackle in book eight.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: after [[spoiler:connecting his internal computer to the internet, he has to stop himself constantly from dwelling on the temptation to take over.]]

!Wing Fanchu

* AwesomenessByAnalysis: In Book one:
-->'' 'There are twenty-three ways of combatting an assailant armed with a blunt object from this position. Four of them will kill you, twelve of them will permanently disable you and the remaining seven will cause injuries that, while being extremely painful, you will at least recover from. In all of them I take that pipe from you and use it on you.' ''
* {{Badass}}
* BecomingTheMask: Despite trying to escape the Island in book one, he [[spoiler: ultimately decides that the H.I.V.E. is his home.]]
* [[spoiler:BetaCouple: with Shelby]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Shelby from book two onward.
* TheBigGuy - Shelby even calls him this, although he's actually very intelligent.
* BrainsAndBrawn: with Otto.
* TheChosenMany: is a member of the [[spoiler:Zero Hour]] program.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: Reads to [[spoiler:Otto every day after school]] while the latter is in a coma.
* [[spoiler:DatingCatwoman]]
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: only his mom. His dad is/[[spoiler:was]] a jerk.
* EveryoneCanSeeit: With Shelby.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: two major examples:
** Is the son of [[spoiler:Cypher/Wu Zhang and Xui Mei Chen]], the former of whom [[spoiler:pretended to execute him in book two.]]
** Is the uncle of [[spoiler:Otto, whose father, Overlord, was created by his parents. Considering he's a clone, this may make Wing technically his brother.
* GentleGiant
* HeterosexualLifePartners: with Otto
* ICantDoThisByMyself: gives a speech of this to Otto in book one.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Wing's father loved his mother very intensely, and dedicated his life to her after she died by [[spoiler:[[LoveMakesYouEvil killing people.]]]] Wing adores Shelby absolutely in a way reminiscent to his father's love for his mother. We're hoping with all of our hearts nothing happens to Shelby.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Shelby calls him out on this on multiple occasions.
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: With Shelby in book six]].
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: the Savvy Guy to Shelby's Energetic Girl.
* TheSneakyGuy
* TheStoic
* SwordAndSorcerer: the Sword to Otto's Sorcerer.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Just ask Shelby.
* TokenGoodTeammate: None of the main characters are ''evil'', but Wing certainly seems to have more of a conscience than the others. He's the only one of the main four who didn't break the law before coming to HIVE.
* TranquilFury

!Laura Brand

* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: she and Otto in ''Deadlock.''
* BadassPacifist
* BeautyBrainsandBrawn: the brains of the three-girl team consisting of her, Shelby(Brawn) and Lucy(Brains).
* BecomingTheMask: Despite trying to escape the Island in book one, she [[spoiler: ultimately decides that the H.I.V.E. is her home.]]
* [[spoiler:BreakTheCutie: 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]].
* ChallengeSeeker: She and Otto compete to steal the exam answers so often that [[spoiler:she uses this excuse in Aftershock to get the location of the Hunt grounds]].
* [[spoiler:CinderellaCircumstance: 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.
* CombatPragmatist: 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 CrazyPrepared 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 DefiantCaptive who frequently pisses off her captors.
* [[spoiler:TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt: Played straight. Pretty much the whole point of Aftershock. They use her brother.]]
* CrushBlush: Most non-combat(or hacking-related) situations with Otto cause her to turn pink. [[spoiler:Averted after their first kiss.]]
* CuteBookworm: How many times does Otto find her in the library?
* DefiantCaptive: She is captured or kidnapped in every single volume, and on every occasion she uses her DeadpanSnarker status to piss off her captors, nearly getting her killed on numerous occasions.
* TheDividual: many of their friends see Otto and Laura as this, but when they are alone things are much less synergistic.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: With Otto.
* GirlishPigtails
* [[spoiler:GreenEyedMonster: After she finds out about Otto and Lucy's relationship in Zero Hour]].
* GreenEyes: With Otto as a narrator, it's impossible to forget how pretty he thinks they are.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: 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.]]
* [[spoiler:HostageForMacGuffin: The location for the Hunt in exchange for the life of her family.]]
* [[spoiler:HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The Contessa is her favorite teacher.]]
* IHaveToWashMyHair: When [[spoiler:Otto confesses his love to her a second time,]] she tells him she'll talk to him after exams are over. [[spoiler:Justified in that she's extremely distracted by her family being held hostage.]]
* InvisibleParents: she talks about her parents a lot, but Andrew and Mary Brand aren't introduced [[spoiler:until book seven.]]
* LapPillow: is one to Otto in ''Rogue''.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: 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.
* MissionControl
* MotivationalKiss: gives one to [[spoiler:Otto]] in ''Aftershock.'' Turned out it was a [[spoiler:NowOrNeverKiss because she knew he'd find out she was the leak.]]
* NerdActionHero
* [[spoiler:NowOrNeverKiss: see MotivationalKiss]]
* [[spoiler:PairTheSmartOnes: with Otto]].
* OddFriendship: With Shelby.
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: She is Scottish, and it shows in her speech.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead
* SpotTheImposter: Confuses [[spoiler:Otto and Zero]]. Justified in that she has just been [[spoiler:tortured.]]
* TeenGenius
* [[spoiler:TemporarilyAVillain: In book seven.]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Otto as the Protagonist, Nero as the Deuteragonist, Raven as the Tritagonist; and Laura as the Tetragonist.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: the tomboy to Shelby's girly girl.
* {{Tsundere}}: More 'dere' than 'tsun', but she has her moments.
* [[spoiler:VillainCorner: In ''Aftershock'', she conspicuously does not narrate until after TheReveal.]]
* WomenAreWiser: 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?" [[spoiler: This disregard for her previous statements proves Otto wrong, as less than ten minutes later all hell breaks loose.]]

!Shelby Trinity

* TheAce
* ActionFashionista
* ActionGirl
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: She and Wing spend much of their time together in the early part of the series practicing their combat skills.
* AlphaBitch - She initially seems to have the characteristics of one, but it is quickly revealed to be an act.
** LovableAlphaBitch
* AngerBornOfWorry: She frequently chides [[DoesntLikeGuns Wing]] if he refuses to take a gun into combat despite knowing he can take care of himself.
* AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: How she isn't expelled in ''Rogue'' after [[spoiler: helping Wing escape.]]
* {{Badass}}
* BadLiar
* [[spoiler:BattleCouple: Played straight with Wing beginning in Zero Hour, after five and a half books of ShipTease]].
* BeautyBrainsandBrawn: The brawn to Laura's Brains and Lucy's Beauty.
* BecomingTheMask: Despite trying to escape the Island in book one, she [[spoiler: ultimately decides that the H.I.V.E. is her home.]]
* [[spoiler:BetaCouple: with Wing]]
* BerserkButton: messing with Laura or Wing will get you in serious trouble.
* BigDamnHeroes: her entire attitude during the [[spoiler:rescue mission in ''Deadlock.'']]
* BlondesAreViolent
* TheChosenMany: is a member of the [[spoiler:Zero Hour]] program.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Every time she is captured in the series, she either rescues herself or works with someone else she is captive with to escape.
* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to be in this mode permanently. Until she starts laughing at herself.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: with Wing.
* [[spoiler:FinalGirl]]: Quite literally, as she is the last [[spoiler:female Alpha at the end of Aftershock.]]
* FlirtingUnderFire: Averted. Even though she is very flirtatious otherwise, Wing notes she drops the funny-gal act the moment she enters the ring.
* FriendlyTickleTorture:[[spoiler: in Aftershock, Wing says she does this to him if she thinks he's lying.]]
* FriendlyWar: With Otto. Over ''everything.'' See LikeBrotherAndSister.
* TheGlomp: She gives Otto one upon his return from [[spoiler:expulsion]] in ''Deadlock.''
* TheHeart
* LikeAFishTakesToWater: Shelby seems to be an excellent candidate for H.I.V.E., even more so than most of the others.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: She and Otto are very close, but act like the siblings each of them never had and have never done anything to suggest a possibility of romance.
* MasterOfUnlocking
* MinoredInAsskicking
* MistakenForCheating: when [[spoiler:Tom]] enters the scene in ''Aftershock'', she is pretty DistractedByTheSexy. Wing, understandably, is concerned, especially when [[spoiler: the flirting continues a few days later.]]
* NotAMorningPerson: Especially in book one.
* OddFriendship: With Laura.
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: with Wing in book six]].
* PopularIsDumb: Subverted.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: the Energetic Girl to Wing's Savvy Guy.
* ShipperOnDeck: To Otto and Laura for just about every book [[spoiler: until Zero Hour when she drops the occasional Otto/Lucy comment.]]
* ShippingTorpedo: When she finds out about [[spoiler:Otto and Lucy,]] she does everything she can to embarrass both of them as much as possible and cause a rift between them for [[spoiler:Laura's]] sake.
* TeamMom: Moreso with each installment.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: the girly girl to Laura's tomboy.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend

!Nigel Darkdoom

* BaldOfAwesome
* BigGuyLittleGuy: with Franz.
* FatAndSkinny: with Franz.
* OddFriendship: With Franz
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: the Sensitive Guy to Franz's Manly Man.
* ShrinkingViolet: [[IncrediblyLamePun don't you agree?]]
* TheTeamNormal

!Franz Argentblum

* {{Acrofatic}}
* [[spoiler:AloneAmongTheCouples]]: lampshades this in Zero Hour to Nigel.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: with Nigel.
* BigEater: You don't say.
* BadLiar: Demonstrated hilariously in book six when attempting to hide the fact that [[spoiler: Otto and Lucy had kissed]] from Shelby.
--> '''Franz:''' We were just talking about something.... that is ''not'' secret...
* BerserkButton: Don't mess with Nigel. ''Don't'' mess with Nigel.
* CorneredRattlesnake: won't attack-- ''ever''-- unless you mess with [[BerserkButton Nigel.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Is becoming this more and more.
* FatAndSkinny: with Nigel.
* FunnyForeigner: Three plus years after leaving Germany to attend the H.I.V.E., he still can't speak proper English.
** IntentionalEngrishForFunny.
* JustEatHim: In Dreadnought, Colonel Francisco tells the class that whoever had Franz on their team for the 93%-er would certainly survive, because he provides enough meat for everyone.
* LargeHam: "Do not be worrying, Nigel! Franz will turn you into a real man!"
* LethalJokeCharacter
* LetsGetDangerous: taking out [[spoiler: Colonel Francisco]] in book two.
* TeamChef: not chef, per se, but always has food to offer.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: the Manly Man to Nigel's Sensitive Guy.
* OddFriendship: With Nigel.

![[spoiler: Vicontessa Lucia "]]Lucy Dexter[[spoiler:" Sinistre]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* [[spoiler:BadPowersGoodPeople: she dislikes using her hypnosis because she believes it is evil.]]
* BeautyBrainsandBrawn: The beauty, with Shelby as Brawn and Laura as Brains.
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* [[spoiler:BloodFromTheMouth]]
* [[spoiler:BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: only after she decides to use her abilities about halfway through Dreadnought.]]
* [[spoiler:BroodingBoyGentleGirl: The Gentle Girl to Otto's Brooding Boy during their very brief relationship in ''Zero Hour''.]]
* [[spoiler:CompellingVoice]]
* [[spoiler:DeathOfTheHypotenuse]]
* [[spoiler:DyingDeclarationOfLove: to Otto, at her death. He doesn't return it.]]
* [[spoiler:TheFace: Serves as this on the team due to her hypnotic abilities, which she uses very similarly to Obi Wan in the famous "not the droids you're looking for" scene.]]
* [[spoiler:FalseSoulmate: to Otto.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: In ''Zero Hour''.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: so far.]]
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: 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.
* LonerTurnedFriend: to the Alphas.
* [[spoiler:LoveAtFirstSight: to Otto.]]
* [[spoiler:MassHypnosis: Uses her Voice on more than one person at a time for the first time in ''Rogue''.]]
* [[spoiler:MindManipulation]]
* [[spoiler:NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast/Adjectives: Her full name is Vicontessa Lucia Sinistre.]]
* PlugNPlayFriends: A bit awkward with the rest of the group.... until we find out [[spoiler: she has hypnotic abilities.]] She immediately becomes as familiar with the rest of the group as those who have already attended the HIVE for the past three years.
* [[spoiler:RomanticFalseLead]]: Inverted, as she is this to Laura, not Otto.
* [[spoiler:TakingTheBullet]]: Again, ''Zero Hour''.
* [[spoiler:TokenMagicalTeammate: While everything else in this series is at least handwaved with something scientific, Lucy's psychic abilities are neither questioned nor explained.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: The huge twist that comes twenty pages after her introduction kind of necessitates this.]]
* [[spoiler:WhiteMagicianGirl]]
* YouAreNotAlone: Gives a speech about this to [[spoiler:Otto, about the fact that they both have superhuman abilities.]]

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

* KindheartedCatLover: and he'll never live it down.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal:]] so far.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: to Penny.
* PlatonicLifePartners: with Penny.
* [[spoiler:SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome]]

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

* [[spoiler:CorruptTheCutie]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: with Tom.
* RoseHairedSweetie
* [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor:]] Implied by the ending to book eight.
* [[spoiler:VillainCorner]]

!Block and Tackle

* BitPartBadGuys
* ButtMonkey: They get this sort of thing quite a lot.
* DumbMuscle
* IgnorantMinion: Sometimes. Other times they're fully aware that they're doing the wrong thing, such as [[spoiler:trying to throw Otto and Laura off a high building.]]
* GoldfishPoopGang
* ThoseTwoGuys


[[folder:H.I.V.E. Staff]]

!Maximilian Nero
The Headmaster of HIVE.

* AffablyEvil: He's very nice for a high ranking member of the world's largest criminal organisation.
* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: He's technically a villain in book one, but that's just because Otto, our narrator, has not yet gotten to know him.
* {{Berserk Button}}: Do NOT harm any of the students of H.I.V.E, or "there will be consequences."
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* DragonAscendant: If he could have been considered TheDragon to Number One, then [[spoiler: his promotion]] counts as this.
* [[spoiler:EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas]]: his motive, and quite possibly the basis for the entire series.
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler:For his mother, as well as Elena. Unless, of course, they're the same person, which is unclear.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: with Diabolus.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: is an [[spoiler:architect]] by trade like his father.
* NobleTopEnforcer: before [[spoiler:he takes over G.L.O.V.E.]]
* PursuingParentalPerils: by [[spoiler:leading the H.I.V.E.]]
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Not afraid to toss people in at the deep end as deemed necessary.[[spoiler:Literally threatens Otto and Laura with this in Deadlock.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: with [[spoiler: Cypher]] in ''Rogue.''

!Professor Pike
The technology professor on the Island.

* AbsentMindedProfessor
* GeniusDitz: Has been known to be very careless, despite some impressive technological feats.
* MadScientist: Discuss.
* [[SmartPeopleBuildRobots Smart People Program AIs]]: H.I.V.E.mind was his creation.

!Chief Lewis

* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim:]] In ''Zero Hour'', after [[spoiler:surviving all sorts for the last five books, he is killed early on by an animus controlled Raven]].
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]

!Contessa Maria Sinistre

* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: When she decides to use her CompellingVoice for the good guys' benefit.
* [[spoiler:EvilMatriarch]]
* [[spoiler: FaceHeelRevolvingDoor]]
* KilledOffForReal
* MindControl: Her special voice. [[HollywoodGenetics Apparently it's genetic, too.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast/Adjectives
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath]]: ''Escape Velocity''.

!Ms Leon

* BalefulPolymorph: She doesn't really like being stuck in her cat's body.
* CatsAreSnarkers

!Colonel Francisco

* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: the Rough to Nero's Smooth.
* DrillSergeantNasty

!Miss Tennebaum

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

* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: in ''Rogue''.]]
* BigBrotherMentor: Ironically, acts as one to [[spoiler: his nephew Otto,]] who is older than he is.
* BigGood
* DoAnythingRobot: Is responsible for the entire running of HIVE.
* [[spoiler: Heroic Sacrifice]]
* TokenNonHuman
* SharingABody: with [[spoiler:Otto in books three, six, seven, and eight.]]
* [[spoiler:SiblingTeam: 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.]]
* TheParagon
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Later in the series, he and Otto call on this for attacks. ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext.

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

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Her second pair of swords: black katanas with variable mono molecular edges (in laymans terms, they can cut through everything because their edge is so fine it can get through the space between the particles of an object). Did we mention they also [[RuleOfCool glow purple?]]
* ActionGirl: Yes, absolutely.
* Badass
* BadassTeacher: Eventually.
* BodyguardingABadass
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Is very, very good at her job, but enjoys terrorizing her students for amusement and scaring people.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: The books repeatedly refer to her training having made her the lethal {{Badass}} she is today. That said, [[TrainingFromHell when you see how she got those skills]] you might not want to go for it.
* CoolSword
* DesignatedPointMan
* DualWielding: Her katanas
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has the classic 'good' scar down her cheek.
* HappinessInSlavery: Her relationship with Nero has shades of this. He even offers her services to other people without her permission, but their interactions are still full of [[Heartwarming/HIVESeries heartwarming moments.]]
* HellBentForLeather: her normal outfit consits mainly of black leather.
* [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Mother Russia Makes You Lethal]]
* MuggingTheMonster: she and Nero meet this way.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* ProfessionalKiller
* PromotionToParent: is this to the kids along with being a CoolBigSis.
* SpottingTheThread: She knows [[spoiler:Otto]] isn't actually [[spoiler: Zero]] by his eye color.
* StudentAndMasterTeam: with Otto in almost every volume.
* TrainingFromHell: Underwent this when younger.
* {{Tritagonist}}



!Number One

* AffablyEvil: 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. [[spoiler: The really evil stuff was all done really by Overlord.]]
* BigBad: for books [[spoiler:one through three.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* NoNameGiven: Although it's implied to be [[spoiler: Otto Malpense.]]

!Diabolus Darkdoom
Nigel's father, a famous supervillain [[PosthumousCharacter who is dead at the start of the series.]] Due to the heavy use of Flashbacks, being dead doesn't slow down his CharacterDevelopment, especially since he appears to be Nero's best friend. [[spoiler:Actually being alive all along helps, too.]]

* ActionDad
* AffablyEvil
* AwesomeMcCoolName
* BaldOfAwesome
* BaldOfEvil
* CoolShip: Why yes, the Megalodon ''is'' a very cool ship.
* [[spoiler:FakingTheDead]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: with Nero.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: That is, if you're his enemy.
* NobleTopEnforcer: before [[spoiler:he takes over G.L.O.V.E.]]
* SharedFamilyQuirks: is easily TheHeart among the adult cast, as Nigel is to the younger cast.

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

* NumberTwoForBrains

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

* AdultFear: His son was kidnapped by the man whom he thinks murdered his wife. This is his motivation for just about everything.
* AntiVillain
* [[spoiler:ArchnemesisDad: to Wing.]]
* AxCrazy: Due to [[spoiler:the death of his wife.]]
* ChronicVillainy: He honestly believes he is doing the right thing, but this involves killing children and [[spoiler:creating large armies of robots.]]
* HappilyMarried: With [[spoiler:Xiu Mei until she is murdered.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* KnightTemplar
* ObliviouslyEvil: Honestly believes he's right.
* Well-IntentionedExtremist
* WouldHurtAChild

!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.

* BigBadWannabe
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* LeaderWannabe

[[folder:Disciples (Non-GLOVE)]]


* AIIsACrapshoot
* [[spoiler:ArchnemesisDad: to Otto]].
* AttentionWhore
* AxCrazy
* BerserkButton: he isn't an "Artificial Intelligence." He's an [[InsistentTerminology ''enhanced intelligence.'']]
* BigBad
* BodySurf
* KarmicDeath: killed by two of his creations(and as a result of one action): [[spoiler: his son, Otto, using his invention, the Animus, in revenge for Lucy's death at his hand.]]
* KillAllHumans
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* KnightTemplar
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Overlord is confirmed as more powerful than H.I.V.E.mind, and is therefore a more exciting colour.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* RedEyesTakeWarning: That is, Red ''Everything'', Take Warning.
* ShockAndAwe: Has [[WeaponOfChoice a habit of using]] lethal electrical bolts.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans

!Pietor Furan

* BigBadDuumvirate: with Anastasia.
* EvilDuo: with his sister, Anastasia. Turns out the third member they're missing is their sister, [[spoiler:Elena.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Apparently most of body is either muscle or scar tissue.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong.
* SiblingsInCrime
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: with his sister.
* TrainingFromHell: Dispenser of this.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: To [[spoiler: Jason Drake, right before he shoots him.]]

!Sebastian Trent

* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]
* KnightTemplar: For ''Escape Velocity'', if nothing else.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]


* BlondesAreEvil
* CoolSword: Designed to mimic Raven's own.
* DarkActionGirl
* EvilCounterpart: to Raven
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: The twin's first appearance begins with them politely introducing themselves, before adding [[BreadEggsMilkSquick 'And we'll be your murderers for tonight.]]'
* SiblingsInCrime
* ThoseTwoBadGuys


* AxCrazy
* BlondesAreEvil
* CoolSword: Designed to mimic Raven's own.
* DarkActionGirl
* EvilCounterpart: to Raven.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: The twin's first appearance begins with them politely introducing themselv... Is anyone else getting a feeling of deja vu?
* SiblingsInCrime
* ThoseTwoBadGuys

!Anastasia Furan
The BigBad of books 7-?. She runs the Glasshouse, a Russian training camp for assassins where Raven was trained.

* BigBadDuumvirate: with Pietor.
* ChessmasterSidekick: to Overlord.
* EvilCounterpart: to Nero, who runs the H.I.V.E.
* EvilDuo: with her brother, Pietor. Turns out the third member they're missing is their sister, [[spoiler:Elena]].
* KnightOfCerebus
* SiblingsInCrime
* ThoseTwoBadGuys
* UnsexySadist: has a really, really weird obsession with causing [[spoiler:Raven]] and [[spoiler:Laura]] pain. For fun. Doubles as FoeYay and NoYay in both cases.

!Matt Rodney

* BlandNameProduct: for Mitt Romney, [[AuthorTract whom the author apparently hates.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]

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

* AttentionWhore: Tells everyone whom he intends to kill all about his plans because he wishes he had more attention but knows he can't tell anyone he's [[spoiler:sentient]] without blowing his cover.
* AxCrazy
* [[spoiler: MindRape: what he does to Laura.]]
* DaddyIssues: [[spoiler:his father is dead by Otto's hand, so he takes pleasure in torturing Laura, whom he has a [[UnsexySadist creepy attachment to.]]]]
* LikeFatherLikeSon: he likes to think so. Complete with [[spoiler:messing with Otto's love interests.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* [[spoiler:OverlordJr:]] perhaps the most literal example, ever.
* [[spoiler:{{Technopath}}]]
* TortureTechnician
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: actually his goal, although he's never met his father.



!Mrs. [=McCreedy=]
The woman who runs St. Sebastian's orphanage, where Otto, Penny, and Tom grew up.

* FosteringForProfit: Otto has her wrapped around his finger because she wants money and he can give it to her.

!Nathaniel [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Number One's space station and the Iceland branch of H.I.V.E.]]

* DirtyOldMan: Comments on how he would be very interested in [[TheStoic Raven]] if only he were half a century younger.
* [[spoiler:LikeFatherLikeSon: his son is also an architect.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Gives one to [[spoiler:his son, one Maximilian Nero]] at the end of [[spoiler:''Deadlock.'']]

!Andrew and Mary Brand
Laura's parents, who are Scottish.

* AdultsAreUseless: the only truly useless adults. The only thing they have contributed to the good guys' side is their daughter.
* AnticlimacticParent: both of them.
* ForYourOwnGood: they knew their daughter would be better off going to a school where she would actually be challenged and [[spoiler:not in jail.]]
* HappilyMarried
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: If they hadn't given Laura to Nero, [[spoiler:she would have been arrested for terrorism against the United States.]]
* GiveHimANormalLife: 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.
* InvisibleParents: all we know about them is that Laura misses them for the first [[spoiler:six]] books.
* ParentalObliviousness: their defining quality.
* [[spoiler:ParentsInDistress: how we meet them.]]
* PushoverParents: 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.
* SoProudOfYou: let Laura know how proud they are of her for [[spoiler:sticking it out even though they gave her to Nero after one conversation, although her life was in danger.]]
* StupidGood

!Douglas "Dougie" [[spoiler:Brand]]
The younger brother of [[spoiler:Laura, conceived after she was sent to the H.I.V.E.]]

* TheBabyOfTheBunch
* ObliviousYoungerSibling: He's two, after all.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: getting [[spoiler:kidnapped]] is something his [[spoiler:sister]] does in every volume.

!Robert Flack
The head of the Artemis Section with the [=CIA.=]

* InspectorJavert: Despite being instructed to "look into" Otto's past, he's convinced Otto isn't innocent.
* TheFettered

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

* PosthumousCharacter
* ShroudedInMyth