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The H.I.V.E. Mistress , artist George Pérez
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #513 November (1980)
Created by Marv Wolfman
George Pérez
In-story information
Type of organization Organized crime
Agent(s) Talia al Ghul
Adele Kane

The H.I.V.E., which stands for the Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination, is a DC Comics supervillain team.



1st Incarnation

The HIVE Master had gathered seven other unnamed criminal scientists to take over the world and eliminate their enemies in the form of Superman and the Teen Titans. The HIVE Master is later killed and replaced by the H.I.V.E. Mistress and to enlist Deathstroke to help them out.

2nd Incarnation

The 2nd Incarnation of the H.I.V.E. was established by Adeline Kane, Deathstroke's ex-wife. They were tracked down by Tartarus, an Anti-Titans led by Vandal Savage and made up of Gorilla Grodd, Lady Vic, Red Panzer, Siren, and Cheshire.

The H.I.V.E. is later seen as members of Alexander Luthor, Jr.'s Secret Society of Super Villains.


There are different memberships in each incarnation. Here is a list of its known memberships:

H.I.V.E. I

  • H.I.V.E. Mistress I
  • Franklin Crandall
  • Penelope Lord


  • H.I.V.E. Mistress II (Adeline Wilson)
  • Damien Darhk

Alternate versions

H.I.V.E. of the Anti-Matter Universe

The H.I.V.E.'s heroic counterparts in the antimatter universe in JLA: Earth 2 are known as the Hierarchy for International Virtuous Empowerment.

Other media


  • The H.I.V.E. appears in the Teen Titans animated series. There are strong indications that the Academy is actually a supervillain cult, but this is not made explicit since Teen Titans tends to be focused at a younger audience. This angle seems to be underplayed in favor of the standard "evil organization" theme. The H.I.V.E. Academy is depicted as an evil school/organization founded by its unnamed headmistress (voiced by the show's voice director Andrea Romano) and later taken over by Brother Blood (the main antagonist of the third season after Slade's apparent death in the "Aftershock" season two finale). Notable students include Mammoth, Gizmo, Jinx, Bumblebee (actually an infiltrator who later joined the Teen Titans), Private H.I.V.E., Billy Numerous, See-More, Kyd Wykkyd, Angel, XL Terrestrial, I.N.S.T.I.G.A.T.O.R., and an unnamed masked wrestler (the latter eight are exclusive to this show). In "Deception," the H.I.V.E. Academy was infiltrated by Cyborg in the guise of Stone, a student who can become a rock being. The H.I.V.E. also includes a large staff of dark-skinned faculty (who wear similar cloaks to Raven) as well as a large number of armed H.I.V.E. Troopers (whose gold and black uniforms resemble that of Private H.I.V.E.). The Academy was destroyed after the defeat of Brother Blood, but some of the students formed their own independent supervillain group called the H.I.V.E. F.I.V.E. Most of the H.I.V.E. students later became allies to the Brotherhood of Evil and ended up frozen by M√°s y Menos.


  • The H.I.V.E. appeared in Teen Titans Go!. Issue #16 introduced H.I.V.E. Students Rock, Paper, Scissors. Rock is a large girl who can transform her body into Rock. Paper is a thin girl who can stretch like Mister Fantastic. Scissors is a punk kid who can elongatre his fingers into bladed talons.

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