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"We're the Hive Five, and this is our show now!"
Jinx

The Hive Five is robbing the Jump City museum when a mysterious hero stops them. Who could he be? Where did he come from? And why won't he go away?!


Tropes:

  • Ambition Is Evil: Played straight then inverted. At first, most of the HIVE Five wish to keep to smaller, more self-serving crimes, while Jinx's ambition makes her want to join in the Brotherhood of Evil's world-threatening supervillainy. By the end, Jinx pulls a Heel–Face Turn because she decides she can take her life in a new direction, while her friends remain complacent as petty crooks.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Gizmo: We got multiple targets: an armored car on Main, three jewelry stores, and a taco stand.
    Mammoth: Ooh, I'll take that one.
  • Artifact Title: The Hive Five now have six members instead of five. Kid Flash points this out.
    Kid Flash: Wait wait wait. If you're called the "H.I.V.E. Five", how come there are six of you?
    (Beat)
    See-More: (uncertain)...'Cause.....it sounds...c-cooler?
    • Subverted when Jinx leaves the team at the end, bringing the group's number back down to five.
  • Attention Deficit... Oh, Shiny!: When Kid Flash messes with the video system in the Hive Five base, Mammoth briefly stops trying to catch Kid Flash to stare at a screen displaying an image of pie.
  • Awesome McCoolname: The six-member H.I.V.E. Five isn't called the H.I.V.E. Six because the former sounds cooler. The name becomes more accurate when Jinx departs from the team at the end of the episode.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Jinx believes this, saying her bad luck powers guaranteed she could never use them for good. Eventually gets subverted.
  • Badass in Distress: Kid Flash has a much harder time against Madame Rouge than he does with the Hive Five. Jinx also successfully captures him with Gizmo and See-More's help.
  • The Baroness: Madame Rouge. Jinx very badly wants to be one.
  • Blow You Away: Kid Flash can make tornadoes just by running fast in a circle.
  • Bluff the Imposter: Inverted. Rouge draws Kid Flash in by impersonating Jinx. Justified in that he didn't even know Rouge was in town.
  • Cardboard Prison: Note: a steel cage only keeps a speedster from escaping if he thinks his guards are amusing. The second one, not so much.
  • Catching the Speedster: A literal example happens when Madame Rouge manages to stretch her arm fast enough to catch Kid Flash while he was trying to use his Super-Speed to run away from her.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Played with. Jinx complains about no one taking the Hive seriously or anyone trying to get in the Brotherhood of Evil's evil graces. Billy Numerous, Gizmo and even Kid Flash all ask her why she would even want to... which becomes ironic because Billy and Gizmo DO join the Brotherhood of Evil.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kid Flash runs rampant in the Hive's base and while they do succeed in catching him, he eventually escapes. Easily.
  • Dark Action Girl: Jinx and Madame Rouge.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Kid Flash believes this and tries to get Jinx to understand that she doesn't have to be a villain just because of her dark power.
  • Dating Catwoman: The heroic Kid Flash blatantly flirts with the villainous Jinx.
  • Deadly Dodging: Kid Flash dodges some of Jinx's hexes while in her room, much to her aggravation.
  • Deconstructed Trope:
    • Fans annoyed by how much Forgot About His Powers the Flash suffers in Justice League (never mind the comics) will probably be heartened to see this episode show off just how much of a Story-Breaker Power super-speed can really be.
    • On the flip side, Kid Flash does not have unlimited energy; even superheroes with incredible powers will get tired eventually. Madame Rouge's strategy for dealing with Kid Flash is basically to keep hunting him down until he's too tired to fight back or run away, and it would have worked if Jinx hadn't intervened.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Jinx eventually gets tired of Rouge's "Better than You" attitude and sets Kid Flash free, and then blasts her when Rouge decides to attack Jinx in revenge.
  • The Dreaded: Madame Rouge. The Hive Five are absolutely terrified of her, and even Kid Flash was fearful of her.
  • Dumb Muscle: Mammoth was distracted from chasing down KF by a pie. On a television screen.
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: Kid Flash swipes a candy bar from Mammoth as he leaves a store. This especially infuriates the villain, because he actually paid for it instead of stealing it. Later, he steals a bag of chips from Mammoth, too, and he makes a sandwich from food he took from the Hive Five’s kitchen.
  • Evil Genius: Despite his bitching, Gizmo manages to make a highly complex containment device to use against Kid Flash in a short amount of time in a busted up workshop. When Jinx uses it against him, he's powerless against it until she destroys it.
  • The Gadfly: Kid Flash. He steals Mammoth's candy bar... that Mammoth actually paid for. He also eats Mammoth's sandwich and asks Jinx where they keep the mustard.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Mammoth's underwear is white with red cherries.
  • Hero Antagonist: Kid Flash, due to the episode focusing on the villains.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Jinx changes sides after finding out what Rouge is really like.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: The Hive Five interrupt the opening credits, making it very clear that they are the protagonists of this episode.
  • Irony:
    • Billy and Gizmo try to discourage Jinx from trying to join the Brotherhood of Evil. Ultimately, she doesn't, but they do.
    • Kid Flash takes a candy bar from Mammoth when he's stopping the HIVE Five from robbing the city... but (as Mammoth shouts when he realizes what happened), Mammoth actually PAID for it!
    • Jinx sarcastically snarks about Kid Flash trying to "convert her to the side of good." He does.
    • Jinx spends most of the episode kissing up to Madame Rouge and trying to impress her. She fails to do so. What does earn Jinx Rouge's actual respect? Rescuing the good guy and attacking her in retaliation.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Jinx to Rouge.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Kid Flash wisely decides to make a run for it when Madame Rouge shows up, but Madame Rouge keeps right on hunting him down. Jinx's assistance eventually allows him to escape.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Non-Indicative Name: As Kid Flash points out, the H.I.V.E. Five now consists of six members.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Rouge versus Kid Flash and Jinx.
  • The Quiet One: Kyd Wykkyd.
  • Rank Scales with Asskicking: Jinx leads the team. She's also the most competent member.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Madame Rouge gives one to Jinx and belittles her. Jinx, finally fed up with this treatment, turns the tables and gives one to Madame Rouge in return.
    Madame Rouge: You did nothing. It was I that made him weak. And you call yourself a villain. Pathetic. Life's full of disappointments, you are one of them. Hand him to me.
    (Cut to the part after Jinx use her powers on Madame Rogue)
    Jinx: I don't care who you are, nobody messes with me!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Kid Flash unashamedly tries to flee when Madame Rouge attacks him. Unfortunately she keeps pulling him back into the fight. Once Jinx frees him and attacks Madame Rouge, he quickly bolts it.
  • Shout-Out: "Where will I go? What will I do?"
  • Something Only They Would Say: After being chased all around town by Madame Rouge, Kid Flash asks Jinx to prove her identity. She blasts him.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Someone needs to put a bell on Kyd Wykkyd.
  • Story-Breaker Power: This episode seems to exist as a showcase of just why Kid Flash was never made a regular member; he's so insanely powerful that the Hive Five struggles to even threaten him. That said, the trope is also played realistically; he struggles against Madame Rouge, has far more experience than him and a Story-Breaker Power of her own to boot, and it's repeatedly shown that overusing his powers in a short time will tire him out.
  • Super-Speed: Kid Flash’s power, of course.
  • Too Dumb to Live: All of the Hive Five, Jinx included, have seen Kid Flash's powers on display and know how dangerous he is, and proceed to ignore multiple blatant signs that Kid Flash can get in and out of his cage at will. And then leave him unguarded in that cage. Although, in Jinx’s defense, See-More was supposed to watch Kid Flash and took his eye off him.
  • Villain Episode: It's still a good vs. evil confrontation, but the villains are more in the spotlight (if only because there's far more of them)
  • Villain Protagonist: The Hive Five. Made very clear in the opening credits.
  • Villainous Rescue: Jinx refuses to hand Kid Flash over to Madame Rouge and destroys the device keeping him contained.
  • Villains Out Shopping: And playing video games, building pillow forts, eating candy...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: So we're shown See-More and Kyd Wykkyd taking down the aforementioned armored car, but instead of the three jewelry stores and taco stand, we see Billy Numerous wreaking havoc at a hockey game, Gizmo looting an electronics store, and Mammoth buying an energy bar. Perhaps they got sidetracked?
  • Wingding Eyes: See-More’s eye displays various symbols, expressing his emotions. It gets a dollar sign when he tells Mammoth he looks rich, a question mark when he’s confused, and an exclamation point when he’s surprised.

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