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The Higher Institute of Villainous Education, or H.I.V.E., is the name of a top-secret school for training future villains.


H.I.V.E was originally located in Iceland, but the school needed to be re-located to maintain secrecy.

Its new location is in an active volcano on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is supplied with energy from the volcano, through means of a geothermal power plant. The school has come close to being destroyed several times throughout the course of the books.

Headmaster and Teachers

The school was founded in the 1960s by Dr. Nero, who is also the school's headmaster. There are teaching staff there who teach various subjects, some of them being:

  • Villainy Studies
  • Biotechnology
  • Political Corruption
  • Tactical Education
  • Stealth and Evasion
  • Science and Technology

The school is divided into four different streams, each stream specialising in something different:

The different streams wear different coloured jumpsuits:

  • Alpha stream wears black
  • Henchmen stream wears blue
  • Technical stream wears white
  • Political/Financial stream wears grey

Teachers & Staff

A list of teachers and other staff members who contribute to the running of the school.


The school is vast, with many corridors, rooms, halls and quarters. It has a single landing cavern where the Shroud stealth drop-ships land and take off.

There are seperate accomodation blocks for each stream in the school where they relax in their free time. There are also a large number of Standard Twin Habitation Units, or "cells" which two students share. A large main cavern is for school assemblies, which only rarely take place.

The school is power by a Geothermal Power Core, run from the heat inside the volcano, H.I.V.E.mind, an artificial intelligence (A.I.) helps to keep the school running smoothly.

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