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    In General 
  • Evil Power Vacuum: Ever since Red Skull was imprisoned, there has been a major power struggle between it's remaining high-ranking members, each of whom are trying to claim leadership of HYDRA, namely Baron Helmut Zemo, Baron Strucker and Arnim Zola if one accounts for the events of Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: All their soldiers are modeled after their MCU counterparts, who wear gas masks.
  • Take Over the World: HYDRA is a global terrorist organization seeking to take over the world.
  • The Remnant: Due to the events of Ultimate Spiderman, Hydra is but a shadow of it's former glory by the time of Ultron Revolution.

     Red Skull 

Red Skull

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Voiced by: Liam O'Brien

A brilliant, ruthless and power-hungry Nazi officer and prototype Super Soldier during World War II and the head of the terrorist group HYDRA. The Red Skull is the Big Bad of the series, leading a Legion of Doom called the Cabal in addition to his own HYDRA forces.


  • A God Am I: He's always had this, befitting a supervillain, but takes it Up to Eleven at the end of Exodus, when he's merged with the Tesseract.
  • Back for the Finale: After a long absence since Season 4, he and HYDRA reappear in "House of M", the final episode of Black Panther's Quest and the entire series.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He pretty much gets what he wants in the first episode, "Blood Feud", and "Super-Adaptoid".
    • And again in "Bring on the Bad Guys".
    • Once more in "By the Numbers". Though he loses his stolen Arc Reactor, he does get the Tesseract.
  • Bad Boss: In "Bring on the Bad Guys", he starts making an effort to not be this, and as a result, the Cabal begins working as a much more cohesive and effective unit.
    • Exodus reveals just how bad of a boss Skull is. Skull used the Tesseract to open portals to other worlds for MODOC, Dracula, Attuma and Hyperion to conquer for their own (ones that accommodate the conquering villain, at that), but Tony reveals it's just essentially a window that will kill anyone who walks into it. Yes, that's right. Skull was going to massacre AIM, HYDRA, Dracula's vampires, the Atlanteans, and his team all in one hit.
  • Big Bad: Of the first season.
    • Heel–Face Turn: Sort of. After apparently stealing the Power Stone from his master, Thanos, he flees to Earth and begs the Avengers for help, and doesn't object to being taken into their custody. Regardless of whose side he's on, he's definitely not the Big Bad anymore. However, since the Time Stone fixed him, he's a threat again, but won't be heard from for a while.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His stolen suit of Iron Man armor.
  • The Chessmaster: This guy excels at planning.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: First, he forms the Cabal to defeat the Avengers and acquire the Tesseract, then decides to get rid of all his allies with the Tesseract. Then after giving the Tesseract to Thanos, he steals the Infinity stones from him. THAT turned out to be a bad idea.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: He is often shown doing this while sitting in his command chair aboard his submarine.
  • Composite Character: Like his movie counterpart, he's a combination of the Skull and the first Baron Zemo, with the Dark Reign version of Norman Osborn thrown into to the mix.
  • Cool Boat: His current base of operations is a rather impressive looking submarine.
  • The Dark Heart: Until later episodes, he's the only thing keeping the Cabal together by forging bonds of genuine trust between the villains. This proves so effective that they come to respect his leadership and willingly follow his command. It's fitting that Skull ends up being the one who betrays them and nearly kills them all.
  • Disability Superpower: The serum may have made him a Super Soldier but it also was slowly killing him. He tries to steal Cap's body to avoid death and when that doesn't work, he take's Tony's reactor and armor.
  • The Dreaded: Iron Man nearly has an Oh, Crap! moment in the first episode when Jarvis shows that Red Skull's still alive.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Is he ever once he merged with the Tesseract.
  • Enemy Mine: He and Dracula really don't like each other; HYDRA invaded Dracula's kingdom in World War II, but they have a common enemy in the Avengers.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Captain America, he's a Super Soldier left over from World War II.
    • He's also one to Iron Man as the Iron Skull.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He and Doom don't get along. Part of it has to do with the fact they're rivals for world domination. Another part might have to with the fact that Red Skull's an ex-Nazi officer and Doom's half-Gypsy.
  • Eviler Than Thou: On the receiving end of this trope. Thanos makes him wet himself.
  • Facial Horror: His entire head is a deformed, red skull with eyes.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: All of his soldiers wear high-tech gas masks.
  • Grand Theft Me: He tries to steal Cap's body in the first episode. Came close to succeeding too.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: Since the above strategy didn't pan out, though not for a lack of trying, he decides to settle on acquiring Iron Man's armor and arc reactor. This strategy pays big dividends. Also, he later successfully hijacks the Tri-Carrier, with Nick Fury on board no less.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a Super Soldier and a cunning strategist. Then he went and got Powered Armor.
  • The Heavy: Much like Loki in the movie, Skull is revealed to be this, despite having been the Big Bad of the first season, having worked to bring the Tesseract to his true master, Thanos.
  • High-Class Glass: He wears a monocle in Bring on the Bad Guys.
  • Kill 'Em All: One major step towards victory was to wipe out every single member of the Cabal, regardless of nationality or organization.
  • Know When To Fold Them: He knows when it is time to cut his loses and retreat. For example, the ending of Ambassador when the attempt on Doom's life failed.
  • Manipulative Bastard: "Blood Feud" has him manipulating Dracula into attacking the Avengers, knowing that if Dracula won, he would remove the Avengers from his path, and if Dracula lost, he would be forced to join the Cabal.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The reason Dracula and Justin Hammer picked a fight with the Avengers? Him. He's on the other end of this with Thanos, his master whom he betrays by stealing the Infinity Stones.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Him engaging Doctor Doom in The Ambassador made Captain America figure out that Doom had ulterior motives all along.
  • Pet the Dog: In an incredibly dark subversion of the trope. The Cabal is practically giddy when Skull assigns them to conquer worlds hand-picked for them - such as an eternally dark, starless world for Dracula, or an oceanic world for Attuma. Then Tony reveals the portals are just death traps waiting for the Cabal to enter and get themselves killed. Needless to say, the Cabal is completely horrified by this new low Skull's descended to.
  • Powered Armor: He steals Iron Man's armor at the end of the first episode.
  • Putting on the Reich: Most of the time we see him, he's wearing an SS uniform with the Hydra insignia replacing the eagle and swastika when he is not wearing is suit of armor. Considering that he's actually an ex-SS officer, it's not too surprising.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He does this on occasion, especially towards Iron Man.
  • Red Right Hand: Yeah, his disfigured face is a pretty good clue that he is not a good guy.
  • Sadistic Choice: He chooses to launch two missiles at Los Angeles and Las Vegas rather than risk the Avengers unsettling the unstable Tesseract in further combat.
  • Sanity Slippage: After exiting Thanos' service, he is thoroughly traumatized and nuts. The Time Stone eventually fixed him, yet he doesn't know Thanos has been defeated.
  • Skull for a Head: Yeah, that Super Soldier serum he took had a little side-effect.
  • The Strategist: Let's just say he proved he is this in By the Numbers.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: His origin story? Nazi Super Soldier.
  • Super Soldier: possesses the same native abilities as Captain America.
  • Take Over the World: His ultimate long-term goal and the reason he wants to destroy the Avengers is because they stand in the way of him achieving it.
  • Villain Team-Up: After his first dust-up with the Avengers, he decides he needs a team of supervillians to counter them, hence the Cabal.
  • Villainous Friendship: In Bring On The Bad Guys he figures out he and his team must trust each other if they are to defeat the Avengers and if nothing else, he earns it when he successfully masterminds Hyperion's escape. After this, the Cabal is pretty loyal to Skull and admit he's not so bad a leader after all.
    • Ultimately proven to be a facade; he plotted to completely wipe out his troops while he had the Tesseract for himself.
  • Walking Armory: If the massive salvo he fired at Doom in Ambassador is any indication it looks like he and MODOK upped the firepower on his armor a little bit since he acquired it from Stark.
  • Wicked Cultured: even in his craziest moments, he's not shy of referencing classical history and mythology.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His rationality and caution tend to go out the window whenever he comes into the possession of astounding power. The only notable occasion when he didn't fall to this was in By The Numbers when he makes a rational decision on what to do with the Tesseract. However, when he later merges with the Tesseract, he finally has the bite to back up his bark.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He does this at times. It is especially evident in the first-episode and By The Numbers. MODOK even lampshades it.
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     Baron Heinrich Zemo 

Baron Heinrich Zemo

The infamous Mad Scientist of HYDRA who created a strong glue known as Adhesive X as well as a Super Soldier serum. In 1944, he captured Captain America's partner, Bucky Barnes over to Red Skull and turned him into the Winter Soldier.


  • Abusive Parent: When he was brought from 1943, it's evident that he has nothing but scorn for his son Helmut, calling him a failure and abandoning him in favor of his great-great-grandson from 2099.
  • Arch-Enemy: Heinrich Zemo is one of Captain America's first notorious enemies, besides Red Skull.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Zemo's noble lineage dates all the way to the 15th century, and he was also a Mad Scientist for the Nazis.
  • The Faceless: Just as in the comics, it's implied to be the reason he never took off his mask, as his face got fused to Adhesive X, which was one of his inventions.
  • Mad Scientist: Created Adhesive X and a Super Soldier Serum, and was also involved in experimenting on Bucky.
  • Predecessor Villain: Responsible for the capture of Bucky Barnes and giving him to Red Skull to turn him into the Winter Soldier. His son, Helmut Zemo attempted to carry his legacy.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In this series, the Zemos are descended from Morgan Le Fey.

     Baron Helmut Zemo 

Baron Helmut Zemo / Citizen V

Voiced by: David Kaye

Son of the original Baron Zemo.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, he wears a mask because his face was hideously disfigured during a battle with Cap and Falcon. Here, he's perfectly normal looking, even as an old man, and presumably wears the mask in honor of his father.
    • Especially in "Black Panther's Quest", where his face is shown to be handsome.
  • Age Lift: In the comics, Zemo is still the son of the original, but because of Comic-Book Time, he was still very young when he was first introduced. Here, he starts out as a frail, withered old man before the Super Soldier Serum makes him young and strong again.
  • Arc Villain: of The Masters of Evil/Thunderbolts arc.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: By virtue of being the heir of a Mad Scientist who was affiliated with Nazi.
  • Big Bad: Being the team's leader and the one responsible for making them a legitimate threat.
  • Broken Pedestal: He idolized and venerated his father, seeking to avenge his memory by taking down Captain America. But when he manages to bring his father to the present in "The House of Zemo", the elder Zemo shows nothing but scorn and disdain for his son, even plucking a Cyborg Zemo from the future to serve as his heir instead. Ultimately, this drives Helmut to turn against his father, knocking him back into the past where he belongs.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When the Thunderbolts betray him, he activates a vibranium death trap to deal with them and the Avengers... then leaves to go make a public announcement of their death without actually making sure they really are killed. Unsurprisingly, this ends up biting him in the ass.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Captain America, and a more successful version than Red Skull, having used a similar Super Soldier serum on himself His Citizen V persona has an American flag motif just like Cap.
  • Evil Old Folks: Even as an old man, he's one of HYDRA's leading figures.
  • Legacy Character: Like in the comic, the original Baron Zemo was an enemy of Captain America during World War II, and Helmut merely is his heir.
  • Moral Myopia: In "The House of Zemo", he speaks of his former teammates betraying him. This is despite the fact that he'd been threatening them to remain loyal to him, and tried to kill them when that didn't work.
  • Older Than They Look: The Super Soldier Serum makes him younger looking, that he can pass off as his own son.
  • Pretty Boy: Season 5 shows his face to look easy on the eyes, due to the Super Soldier Serum making him younger.
  • Sinister Shades: Wore these in his first appearance. He dropped them when he started wearing his costume.

     Baron Strucker 

Wolfgang Von Strucker

Voiced by: Robin Atkin Downes

Leader of the remains of Hydra after the defeat of Baron Helmut Zemo

  • Big Bad Wannabe: He may be the leader of Hydra, but compared to his predecessors, Red Skull and Baron Helmut Zemo, he's far more incompetent. His worst defeat had him being betrayed by his own Protege.
  • Evil Gloating: He constantly gloats to the point he gives away his plan. This backfired thoroughly.
  • Dirty Coward: He's very poor in combat and will either hide behind armor or send super soldiers to fight for him.
  • High-Class Glass: Almost always seen with his trademark monocle as in the comics.
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