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!Otto Malpense

* AlwaysSaveTheGirl
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: He and Laura in ''Deadlock.''
* BerserkButton: Harming any of his friends. The biggest immediately following [[spoiler:Lucy's death]].
* BlackEyesofCrazy: in ''Rogue''.
* BlessedWithSuck: Believes he is this because- get this- his photographic memory keeps him from having to study. He feels distant from the group because they have to worry about the tests and he doesn't.
* CannotSpitItOut: [[spoiler: in Aftershock, he spends half of a page trying to confess his love to Laura.]]
* 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]].
* DoorstopBaby
* [[spoiler:DyingDeclarationOfLove: Averted with a NotQuiteDead in Rogue, but he still confesses his love to Laura immediately before falling unconscious]].
* [[spoiler:ElectronicTelepathy]]
* 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: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.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: He hasn't stopped talking about how pretty Laura's eyes are since book one.
* HeroicAlbino: Well, he is.
* [[spoiler:IUhYouToo]]
* [[spoiler:LoveMakesYouDumb: basically the entire point of book seven]].
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather:]] Sort of. He's actually [[spoiler: Number One's clone.]]
* MeaningfulName: People try to kill, stop or derail Malpense, but he keeps turning up. Like a bad penny.
* [[spoiler:PairTheSmartOnes: with Laura]].
* [[spoiler:PsychicNosebleed]]
* [[spoiler: SisterShip: A mere one book after Shelby and Wing begin dating, he confesses his love (again) to Laura. He and Wing are roommates, as are Shelby and Laura.]]
* SociallyAwkwardHero: His social awkwardness is directly proportional to the attractiveness of the girl he is talking to.
* UndyingLoyalty: 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.

!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}}
* [[spoiler:BetaCouple: with Shelby]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Shelby from book two onward.
* TheBigGuy - Shelby even calls him this, although he's actually very intelligent.
* [[spoiler:DatingCatwoman]]
* NoSenseOfHumor: Shelby calls him out on this on multiple occasions.
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: With Shelby in book six]].
* TheStoic
* 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.

!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).
* [[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]].
* {{Claustrophobia}}: First demonstrates this in Escape Velocity.
* [[spoiler:TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt: Played straight. Pretty much the whole point of Aftershock. They use her brother.]]
* CuteBookworm: How many times does Otto find her in the library?
* 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:HostageForMacGuffin: The location for the Hunt in exchange for the life of her family.]]
* [[spoiler:HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The Contessa is her favorite teacher.]]
* [[spoiler:PairTheSmartOnes: with Otto]].
* OddFriendship: With Shelby.
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: She is Scottish, and it shows in her speech.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead
* TeenGenius
* [[spoiler:TemporarilyAVillain: In book seven.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: More 'dere' than 'tsun', but she has her moments.
* 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
* ActionGirl
* AlphaBitch - She initially seems to have the characteristics of one, but it is quickly revealed to be an act.
** LovableAlphaBitch
* 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.
* [[spoiler:BetaCouple: with Wing]]
* BlondesAreViolent
* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to be in this mode permanently. Until she starts laughing at herself.
* [[spoiler:FinalGirl]]: Quite literally, as she is the last [[spoiler:female Alpha at the end of Aftershock.]]
* FriendlyTickleTorture:[[spoiler: in Aftershock, Wing says she does this to him if she thinks he's lying.]]
* LikeAFishTakesToWater: Shelby seems to be an excellent candidate for H.I.V.E., even more so than most of the others.
* NotAMorningPerson: Especially in book one.
* OddFriendship: With Laura.
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: with Wing in book six]].
* PopularIsDumb: Subverted.
* ShipperOnDeck: To Otto and Laura for just about every book [[spoiler: until Zero Hour when she drops the occasional Otto/Lucy comment.]]
* TeamMom: Moreso with each installment.

!Nigel Darkdoom

* BaldOfAwesome
* BigGuyLittleGuy: with Franz.
* OddFriendship: With Franz
* ShrinkingViolet: [[IncrediblyLamePun don't you agree?]]

!Franz Argentblum

* [[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...
* CloudCuckoolander: Always.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Is becoming this more and more.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Taking down [[spoiler:Colonel Francisco]] in Book Two.
* 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!"
* LetsGetDangerous: See CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* OddFriendship: With Nigel.

!Lucy Dexter

* [[spoiler:BadPowersGoodPeople: she dislikes using her hypnosis because she believes it is evil.]]
* BeautyBrainsandBrawn: The beauty, with Shelby as Brawn and Laura as Brains.
* [[spoiler:BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: only after she decides to use her abilities about halfway through Dreadnought.]]
* [[spoiler:CompellingVoice]]
* [[spoiler:DeathOfTheHypotenuse]]
* [[spoiler:DieForOurShip: A surprising number of fans were ecstatic at Lucy's death so she could get out of the way of Otto/Laura.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: In ''Zero Hour''.
* [[spoiler:MassHypnosis: Uses her Voice on more than one person at a 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''.

!Block and Tackle

* BitPartBadGuys
* ButtMonkey: They get this sort of thing quite a lot.
* DumbMuscle.


[[folder:Hive 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"
* DragonAscendant: If he could have been considered TheDragon to Number One, then [[spoiler: his promotion]] counts as this.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Not afraid to toss people in at the deep end as deemed necessary.

!Professor Pike

* 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]].

!Contessa Maria Sinistre

* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: When she decides to use her CompellingVoice for the good guys' benefit.
* [[spoiler: FaceHeelRevolvingDoor]]
* 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.

!Colonel Francisco

* DrillSargeantNasty

!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]]

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
* 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
* DualWielding: Her katanas
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has the classic 'good' scar down her cheek.
* HellBentForLeather: her normal outfit consits mainly of black leather.
* [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Mother Russia Makes You Lethal]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* ProfessionalKiller
* TrainingFromHell: Underwent this when younger.



!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.]]
* NoNameGiven: Although it's implied to be [[spoiler: Otto Malpense.]]

!Diabolus Darkdoom

* AwesomeMcCoolName
* BaldOfAwesome
* BaldOfEvil
* CoolShip: Why yes, the Megalodon ''is'' a very cool ship.
* FakingTheDead
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: That is, if you're his enemy.


* ArchnemesisDad: to Wing.




* AIIsACrapshoot
* [[spoiler:ArchnemesisDad: to Otto]].
* BodySurf
* KillAllHumans
* 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.

!Pietor Furan

* GoodScarsEvilScars: Apparently most of body is either muscle or scar tissue.
* MagnificentBastard.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong.
* TrainingFromHell: Dispenser of this.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: To [[spoiler: Jason Drake, right before he shoots him.]]

!Sebastian Trent

* KnightTemplar: For ''Escape Velocity'', if nothing else.


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


* BlondesAreEvil
* CoolSword: Designed to mimic Raven's own.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: The twin's first appearance begins with them politely introducing themselv... Is anyone else getting a feeling of deja vu?

!Jason Drake