This article is about the Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination supervillain organization. For the Higher Institute of Villainous Education supervillain organization, see H.I.V.E. (series). For other uses, see Hive (disambiguation).

The H.I.V.E. Mistress , artist George Pérez.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance New Teen Titans #2 (December, 1980)
Created by Marv Wolfman
George Pérez
In-story information
Type of organization Organized crime
Leader(s) Adeline Kane
Queen Bee
Damien Darhk
Agent(s) Otto Muller
Talia al Ghul

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

Publication history

The H.I.V.E. first appeared in New Teen Titans #2 and were created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.

Fictional team history

1st Incarnation

The H.I.V.E. Master gathered seven unnamed criminal scientists to assist him in taking over the world and eliminating Superman and the Teen Titans. H.I.V.E.'s first known plot involved kidnapping Lois Lane and removing her memories.[1] They subsequently attempted to learn more about the return of Superman Island from space,[2] and hired Deathstroke the Terminator to kill the New Titans.[3] H.I.V.E. was also responsible for turning Deathstroke's son Grant Wilson into Ravager.

The H.I.V.E. Master is later killed and replaced by the H.I.V.E. Mistress, who re-enlists Deathstroke.

2nd Incarnation

The second incarnation of the H.I.V.E. was established by Adeline Kane, Deathstroke's ex-wife. They were tracked down by Tartarus 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 with the H.I.V.E. falling under the leadership of Queen Bee.

The New 52

Following the 2011 Flashpoint miniseries and the "New 52" reboot, the H.I.V.E. acronym was reimagined as Holistic Integration for Viral Equality. Additionally, the organization formed an uneasy alliance with Green Lantern villain Hector Hammond.[4] They are led by a world class telepath named the H.I.V.E. Queen. To the public, they are a social media company that connects people to each other. However, their true goal is to kidnap humans with psychic powers in order to mentally enslave the world for the alien Brainiac. Their criminal activities become publicly known following the Psi War storyline, when a roster of powerful telepaths clash in Metropolis.

In a flashback seen during the Forever Evil storyline, the H.I.V.E. were responsible for an act that turned S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Dr. Caitlin Snow into Killer Frost when she threatened their control of the energy market.[5]


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

First H.I.V.E.

Second H.I.V.E.

The New 52 H.I.V.E.

Alternate versions

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.


In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, the H.I.V.E. council members: Adeline Kane, August General in Iron, Captain Nazi, Dr. Kimiyo Hoshi, Impala, Naif al-Sheikh, Prince Osiris, Ra's al Ghul, and Red Star are taking a vote which will decide if they should be against using nuclear weapons to end the war in Western Europe between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Though the majority of them votes yes, they are stopped by Kane's daughter followed by Kane starting the attack alone.[6]

In other media


Video games



  1. Superman Family #203-205; September 1980 to February 1981
  2. Action Comics #513, November 1980
  3. New Teen Titans Vol. 1 #2 (December 1980)
  4. Action Comics vol. 2, #22 (September 2013)
  5. Justice League Vol. 3 #7.2
  6. Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1 (June 2011)
  7. Teen Titans Go! #16
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