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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.
  • Anti-Climactic 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.



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