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

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?!


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  • Aborted Arc: Madame Rouge's last comment to Jinx is "We'll be in touch," implying that they'll end up meeting again, but they never do.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Villainous Rescue: Jinx refuses to hand Kid Flash over to Madame Rouge and destroys the device keeping him contained.
  • 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?

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