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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. Turns out this is the real purpose of the Alpha program: to feed into Zero Hour, an army that can be called in an emergency in case a G.L.O.V.E. council member goes truly evil.
  • 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
  • Determinator: all of them so far, except Penny, who pretty much gives up after Tom's death.
  • 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.
  • I Have Your Wife: all of them are pretty pathetically manipulated by putting each other in danger.
  • 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 
The main character, an Alpha in the same year as many of the other characters.

  • 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.
  • Determinator: after Laura, Nigel, Tom, and Penny are taken to the Glasshouse, Otto gets himself expelled and spends the next several months in the outside world with Raven, H.I.V.E.mind, and Diabolus searching for them. Ultimately, he uses his abilities to try to break through the encryption on Gretchen's transmitter, which he knows has a such a high chance of killing him that he doesn't let Wing or Shelby even be in the room.
    • During book five, he spends several months trapped inside his own head, locked in a struggle for his own body with Overlord despite being explicitly designed to be taken over by him. He eventually overcomes it, but Overlord takes over after Otto passes out. Laura ends up shooting him to evict Overlord from the device.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "She's not going to kill you. I am."
  • Psychic Nosebleed
  • Pursued Protagonist: books three, four, six, seven, and eight.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: he and H.I.V.E.mind go on one to save Laura, Nigel, Tom, and Penny from the end of Aftershock to the end of Deadlock.
  • Sibling Team: depending on whether H.I.V.E.mind would be considered his brother or his uncle, 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.
  • Shoot the Hostage Taker: when Zero tries to get him to shoot Laura, he turns the gun on him.
  • 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.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: due to his knack with computers, Otto believes he can pilot anything if he can get his hands on it. Despite his teammates' wariness, the entire escape plan in book one hinges on this to escape via submarine(and later, a helicopter, after a change of plans). In Aftershock, it's revealed that he is actually really, really bad at flying helicopters. Comically so.
    Laura: The instructor said something about a fiery ball of exploding death.
  • 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.
  • Tranquil Fury: Shown most during the scene in Deadlock with Matt Rodney, but it's implied that's the state he's been in since the end of Aftershock.
  • 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.
  • Was Just Leaving: After Shelby's Moment Killer for him and Laura in Aftershock. Notably, had they kissed here, and Laura trusted him with the real purpose of the mission, several dozen teenage lives would have been saved.
  • 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 
Otto's roommate, who is Chinese but raised in Japan. He has an oddly extensive knowledge of weapons and martial arts. He is also Otto's best friend.

    Laura Brand 
A "spunky computer genius" who is the only person who has ever been able to outcode Otto. She is also his primary love interest. She is Shelby's roommate and best friend, as well as a kind of personal assistant to Professor Pike. She tends to prefer AI to people.

  • 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.
  • Buffy Speak: "Fiery ball of exploding death."
  • 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.
  • Designated Victim: is captured or held hostage in every single volume. However, she can take care of herself, and is almost always involved in her own rescue, usually coordinating with someone else who is also being held at the time.
  • Determinator: when she is taken to the Glasshouse, it is noted that she is the only Alpha who hasn't been "broken". She eventually, after months of solitary confinement, is able to formulate a plan that ultimately alerts Nero to their location. Even after hours of torture and Mind Rape at the hands of Zero, she still decides to stay in the Alpha program.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: After successfully writing a virus that brings the H.I.V.E. forces to her (and the other Alphas') rescue in Deadlock, Zero uses his mind control on her to find out about their forces and plans. When Otto comes to rescue her, she's dazed and implied to be heavily brain damaged.
  • 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.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: At the Glasshouse, she isn't allowed to access computers. However, there are drones floating around the facility at all times. Nice one, Anastasia Furan.
  • 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.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: let's count. The EMP device she and Otto build in book one, the virus she accesses from her old dropbox in book four, the Hackbox, the virus that alerts Otto of her location in Deadlock, and most notably the gun she gets from Cypher in book five, which uses the ying-yang necklaces to evict Overlord from Otto's body.
  • 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.
  • What Beatiful Eyes: With Otto as a narrator, it's impossible to forget how pretty he thinks her green eyes are.
  • 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 
A girl in Otto and Wing's year who at first appears to be a stereotypical Valley Girl, but who is revealed to be a world-famous jewel thief. She is obsessed with challenges, and she and Otto share a rivalry that becomes more friendly over the course of the series. She shares a room with Laura and is dedicated to protecting her, and serves as a love interest to Wing.

    Nigel Darkdoom 
The small, athsmatic son of the late Diabolus Darkdoom, one of the world's most successful supervillains. Although his teachers expect him to excel in leadership and combat strategy, his real talent lies in the field of biology. This causes him to appear to be a failure, although Nero finds his scientific prowess quite impressive. He lives with Franz, and is pretty much the group's Only Sane Man.

    Franz Argentblum 
The heir to a German chocolate magnate who has an eye for financial fraud. He is morbidly obese and obsessed with food, but also manages to be a mild badass in hand-to-hand combat and a prodigy with a sniper rifle. He lives with Nigel, whom he protects even more obsessively than his chip stash. Four and a half years since coming to the H.I.V.E., he still has trouble with his English.

    Lucy Dexter 
A mysterious, attractive girl who joins the Alpha stream two and a half years after the others. The team adopts her, and she is quickly assimilated into a tight bond with Laura and Shelby. She is revealed to be the last surviving member of the Sinistre family, and is therefore psychic. She avoids using her abilities, however, because she believes it may drive her to evil like the rest of her family. She also holds a romantic interest in Otto.

    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.

    Cole Harrington 
An older, dickish Political/Financial student who thinks himself invincible.
  • I Have Your Wife: after seeing Otto and Laura eating lunch together at the beginning of Aftershock, he correctly guesses she's the key to manipulating Otto. He uses this to get H.I.V.E.mind's source code. It doesn't last, though.

    Block and Tackle 
Two Henchmen whom Otto accidentally pick a fight with on their first day, and they never get over it.


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