H.I.V.E. was a mysterious organization that specialized in high-level contract assassinations and mercenary acts of terrorism.
The original leader of the H.I.V.E. was an unidentified individual who once discovered an alien and used the being's technology to build his empire. The H.I.V.E. Master took a mistress and established an inner circle of seven hooded administrators known as the Council of Seven. The identities of the Council of Seven were likewise unknown, save that they were a coalition of important underworld figures. To date, the only Council of Seven member who has ever been identified is Professor Torgo, an old foe of Wonder Woman. Like many secret organizations, the H.I.V.E. used its power and influence in a bid to acquire complete global domination. In order to strengthen their reputation amidst the underworld, they decided to make a name for themselves by eliminating members of the super-hero community. The H.I.V.E. Master felt that they were not strong enough to take on the Justice League so they instead decided to focus their attention on destroying the Teen Titans.
The H.I.V.E. attempted to hire Slade Wilson, the Terminator, to eliminate the then recently revived Teen Titans. Slade demanded payment in advance, but the H.I.V.E. refused. Unwilling to compromise his business practices, Slade turned his back on them. Undeterred, H.I.V.E. then turned to Slade's son Grant.
Grant Wilson had already experienced an unfavorable altercation with the Teen Titans - one that cost him his girlfriend Carol Sladky. Grant agreed to undergo a biological enhancement process that would enable him to utilize 100% of his brain, making him the equal of the Terminator. After the process was complete, the H.I.V.E. provided him the costume and code name of the Ravager and sent him after the Titans. What they failed to tell him however, was that the more he used his enhanced strength and reflexes, the greater toll it would ultimately take on his body. Ravager attacked the Titans in New York and as predicted, the excessive energy quickly ate away at him, prematurely aging him to the point of death. The Terminator arrived on the scene just in time to cradle his son in his arms. Grant never knew that the Terminator was also his father.
Slade recognized that Grant's contract for the H.I.V.E. was unfulfilled and agreed to honor his son's responsibility by killing the Titans. Slade attempted this several times over the next few years, and even enlisted a troubled young teenager named Terra to assist him, but he never succeeded in stopping the Titans once and for all. In Slade's last attempt to fulfill the contract, he briefly succeeded in capturing the Titans and brought them to the organization's undersea base.
At some point, the H.I.V.E. Mistress murdered her husband and took control of his organization. Although clearly insane, she nevertheless garnered the same obedience from her underlings as her husband once did. She initiated an ambitious scheme called Operation: Waterworks wherein she attempted to destroy the underwater city of Atlantis. This was meant to be little more than a display of power which she would then use to blackmail world leaders into surrendering to the H.I.V.E. The Mistress' plan alerted the attention of former Titans members Aqualad and Aquagirl who in turn sought assistance from the Titans. The Teen Titans journeyed to the H.I.V.E.'s undersea base for one final confrontation. They succeeded in staving off the attack against Atlantis and also crippled the H.I.V.E.'s station. Knowing that defeat was near, the H.I.V.E. Mistress refused to be taken alive. She murdered the Council of Seven and then took her own life. With her demise, this incarnation of the H.I.V.E. was gone forever.
Around the time of the Infinite Crisis, Queen Bee was in control of a H.I.V.E. organization, and used its resources to aid the Society.
Little has been heard from it since then. Current intel from the American military has former H.I.V.E. bases showing up in connection to a mysterious player known as "Black Seven", so it is possible that there was a schism within the organization.
- Although the H.I.V.E. was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- The identity of the alien discovered by the original H.I.V.E. Master has never been revealed. However, it was later discovered that this being was also the father of Titans reservists Thunder and Lightning.
- 62 Appearances of H.I.V.E. (New Earth)
- 9 Images that include H.I.V.E. (New Earth)
- Organization Gallery: H.I.V.E. (New Earth)
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