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Quote1 The mom wants nothing to do with me, but I'll be damned if that kid is going to have even close to the life I've had. Even if that means dying in a blaze of fire... It'll be worth it. But you see... I like being the bad guy now. The reality is... I'm not the hero of my own story and I'm totally okay with that. Sometime back I was offered a way out... but I decided to stop lying to myself and... if I'm going to be a villain... I'm going to be the best. Quote2
The Hood[src]

History

Origin[]

Parker Robbins (Earth-616) from Hood Vol 1 5 001

The Hood's origins

After seeing Electro fight Daredevil as a child, the life of a super-villain enticed Parker Robbins.[6] With a mother in need of constant medical care, he soon dropped out of high school to steal money to give her better care. His cousin, John told him about some valuable material perfect to steal at a nearby warehouse, and together, they broke into it. Finding only evidence of a mystical séance, they were about to leave when they were attacked by a demon in a cloak. Parker shot the being, and assumed he killed it. Not wanting to leave empty-handed, he stole the being's red cloak and boots. On the way home, he was jumped for his shoes, and used the boots to escape. Upon finding that the boots gave him the ability to walk on air,[6] he took the cloak over to John's apartment, where he found that the cloak gave him powers as well (originating from the demon Dormammu, unbeknown to him).[8]

His first criminal enterprise was to try to steal diamonds that were being brought into the U.S. by an organized crime boss. The crime boss hired Constrictor, Jack O'Lantern, and the Shocker to guard the shipment.[8] Parker managed to defeat them, accidentally murdering a police officer in the process.[9] Dubbed "The Hood", he became wanted for his involvement in the killing. While trying to figure out how to get out of it, he was attacked by fake AIM agents, who released the demon within Parker by accident.[10][11] Eventually, Robbins managed to con the cops into shooting who they believed to be the killer.[12]

Battleworld (Beyonder)[]

Spider-Man, Venom, Gravity, The Hood, Medusa, Henry Pym, the Wasp, Kraven, and Firebird were pulled into Battleworld and forced to discover why they were there.[13]. Gravity narrowly saved their lives by sacrificing himself to hold Battleworld together while the others escaped. Owing him his life, Parker attended Gravity's funeral.[14]

Criminal Empire[]

Robbins assembled an organization of super-criminals to take control of organized crime while all the super-heroes were distracted with their Civil War.[15] Robbins gained the trust of multiple super-villains by taking out Tigra for Jigsaw. He earned more respect by taking out the only opposition, the Owl.[16] Using the newly acquired Deathlok to rob a bank in New Jersey he made over $15 million at the cost of destroying Deathlok.[17] As Robbins celebrated with his crew they were ambushed and defeated by the New Avengers and illusions of an army of heroes created by Doctor Strange.[18]

During Daredevil's run-in with Mister Fear, Turk Barrett snitched to show his allegiance to Robbins.[19][20]

Revenge was taken on the New Avengers at Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, after freeing some super humans from the Raft. The battle was in his favor until Strange cast a defensive spell paralyzing all in the area. Robbins later spoke to the still unidentified Dormammu, exclaiming, "Now I know how to beat 'em."[21]

Secret Invasion[]

Skrulls tried to infiltrate the Hood's organization disguised as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. They attempted to replace Madame Masque, but the Hood rescued her. During the interrogation of a surviving Skrull, the Hood used his power to scan the surrounding villains. He discovered the Slug was a Skrull in disguise, shooting and killing him immediately. Later that night, the Hood finally discovered his power came from Dormammu.[4]

During the Skrull invasion Robbins rallied his crew to join the fight, thinking that if the Skrulls had taken over the world it would be bad for business.[22] The Hood's group, with the assistance of Electro, Lightmaster, Masked Marauder, and Scorcher, and a loose collection of super-powered heroes attacked a Skrull invasion force in the middle of Central Park.[23][24][25][26] When the battle was over, the villains all returned to hiding.[27]

Dark Reign[]

The Hood later met with Namor, Doctor Doom, Emma Frost, Loki, and Norman Osborn. Osborn offered the cabal solidarity and the resources to accomplish their own agendas in the new world order. In return, Osborn asked for their public support/registration, as well as cooperation fulfilling any request he may have of them.[28][29][30]

To prevent the New Avengers from establishing an ambush on the Osborn's Avengers, Norman ordered The Hood to have his crime syndicate keep the New Avengers away from his team.[31] Ms. Marvel channeled Spider-Woman's powers to stun The Hood's group of villains, allowing the New Avengers to escape.[32]

After the Punisher tried to assassinate Osborn (failing due to the intervention of Sentry), Osborn asked The Hood to hunt him down.[33] Robbins used the powers of Dormammu to resurrect the villains that were killed by Scourge of the Underworld: Basilisk, Bird-Man (Achille DiBacco), Black Abbot, Blue Streak (Don Thomas), Cheetah, Cyclone (André Gerard), Death Adder, Hijacker, Human Fly, Letha, Megatak, Mind-Wave, Miracle Man, Mirage, Titania (Davida DeVito), and Wraith (Brian DeWolff); together they formed a squad that would help him take down the Punisher.[34]

Parker Robbins (Earth-616) from New Avengers Vol 1 51 001

Demonic outbreak[35]

Dormammu empowered the Hood with enough magics to find and kill Doctor Strange, so that Parker could become the new Sorcerer Supreme. The Hood approached Strange, while he was talking to Wiccan of the Young Avengers. As they fought, Strange told the Hood that Dormammu's promises were empty, as were all other demons, but Parker ignored him and attacked them both.[35]

New Avengers Vol 1 54 Textless

The Hood fully possessed[36]

After Wiccan intervened, Strange and Billy got away and Parker went home. While there, he had a breakdown and tried to rip off his cloak but found he could not. Madame Masque appeared, wanting to know what was going on. Masque promised to help him and removed her mask, kissing him. Unknown to them, Dormammu watched from a mirror.[37]

Parker later attacked Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan and another potential candidate for Strange's successor. Once Brother Voodoo was chosen as the new Sorcerer Supreme, the Hood was confronted by him alongside the New Avengers. After a long fight, Parker was defeated and the power Dormammu gave him was purged from him by Brother Voodoo.[38]

Siege[]

Norn Stones from New Avengers Vol 1 56 001

Receiving the Stones of Norn

To make up for the loss of Dormammu's power, The Hood was given Norn Stones from Loki to use and empower his gang.[39] During Norman Osborn's attack on Asgard, Loki was forced to take them away in order to give the heroes a fighting chance against The Void during the siege of Asgard. When the Void was defeated, The Hood was then arrested.[40]

Heroic Age[]

While imprisoned at the Raft, Robbins befriended fellow prisoner Ertzia, an Inhuman, from whom he learned about the Infinity Gem kept hidden by Black Bolt.[41] After escaping with the help of a bribed security guard, Parker set out to find the Reality Gem, hidden in the Himalayas, in order to reach again the same power of level he had lost. From there, he was teleported to the location of another one, the Power Gem secluded within the Baxter Building. Upon successfully escaping the Baxter Building, Parker was presented with the challenge of defeating the Red Hulk.[42]

After beating up the Red Hulk, a grave mistake that caught the attention of the Avengers,[43] the Hood visited Madame Masque and used the Reality Gem to heal the scars on her face,[41] and subsequently went to Area 51, the location of the Space Gem. A portion of the Avengers arrived at the same time the Hood had taken hold of the Gem, and he teleported them elsewhere. He then teleported near the location of the Time Gem, which had already been recovered by the Avengers.[44]

While Thor, the Red Hulk and Namor were no match for the combined power of the Hood's three gems, Parker got distracted for a second by the appearance of Uatu the Watcher, allowing Red Hulk to catch him off-guard and snatch the Power Gem. The fighters got teleported to New Mexico, next to where the Hood had dispatched the portion of the Avengers that tried to confront him in Area 51. Before the heroes could regroup and attack him, the Hood fled to the ruins of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters where Professor X and another faction of the Avengers were trying to get past the defenses of the Danger Room to get the Mind Gem. Xavier tried to stop him, but failed.

The gems subsequently transported the Hood to the Astral Plane to find the Soul Gem. Once there, Robbins encountered Thanos, the Mad Titan.[45] However, it was merely an illusion created by Doctor Strange to distract the Hood long enough to let the Avengers catch up to him. While the bluff failed, the Avengers were able to catch him off guard and take two of the three gems he had, the Space and Mind Gems. The Red Hulk tried to fight him for the control of the Reality Gem, which resulted in the fabric of reality being torn apart. When the Hood tried to force the Red Hulk to give him back the gems taken from him, he discovered Iron Man had taken them. The same property of the gems that helped the Hood collect them caused his downfall, as the Reality Gem left him in favor to being reunited with the rest, in the Infinity Gauntlet possessed by Iron Man. With the Hood now powerless, Iron Man used the Gauntlet to teleport him back to the Raft.[46]

Illuminati[]

After having resumed his criminal career, the Hood decided to form a new criminal group to achieve his goals of power. He set up numerous villains in order to make him join his Illuminati, with the purpose to be in the "big leagues" of super villains, and ultimately control the world order.[47]

Following a failed attempt at stealing Asgardian weapons,[48] the Hood tried to amass an army with the villains that had been victims of abuse from S.H.I.E.L.D. when they were imprisoned at Pleasant Hill. When he proposed to target the families of their enemies, Titania confronted Robbins, believing that to be a line that shouldn't be crossed. She forced the Hood to teleport them away from the base, and during an ensuing confrontation, she defeated him and destroyed his cloak, making him lose any of the powers it granted him.[49]

Kingpin War[]

Newly empowered with the Norn Stones, the Hood set out once again to become the Kingpin of crime, joining the race for the title disputed by Black Cat and Willis Stryker. As part of his first move, the Hood used the Norn Stones to resurrect Black Cat's second-in-command Hammerhead, who had been killed by Diamondback.[50] Following Diamondback's defeat at the hands of the Defenders, The Hood appropriated his entire network of operations.

The Defenders managed to track down Robbins to a penthouse courtesy of the Black Cat's intel, but he fought them off and escaped. While holding a meeting with numerous supervillains with the objective to reform his gang and share his vision of a reformed underworld, The Hood was once again challenged by the Defenders, though this time they were backed up by numerous allies from the superhero community.[51] The Hood's plan to reform his gang still moved forward, with their first mission consisting on hounding Victor von Doom, who had turned a new leaf and had become the new Iron Man. After besieging Doom several times but failing to kill him,[52] The Hood approached Stark Industries' acting C.C.O. Eric Lynch under the impression there was a link between Doom and Stark.[53] Since Stark had recently disappeared, The Hood tried to coerce Lynch into handing him over his portion of the company. Before he could do so, The Hood and his gang were attacked by both Doom and the recently-returned Iron Man, foiling his plans to take over Stark Industries. It was also revealed that an unidentified demon possessed Robbins, using his body to burn and scar Doom's face once again.[54]

Hawkeye and Downfall[]

Hawkeye began targeting the Hood after the criminal overlord managed to evade imprisonment.[55] Eventually, someone under the guise of Ronin began assaulting Hood's various bases, angering him.[56] When he noticed that Ronin was also busting other criminal hideouts, Hood sent his men to a Maggia base where they killed all present in order to leave a message for Ronin.[57] During a meeting, Hood and his fellow criminals were confronted by Hawkeye who alongside other heroes was tracking the new Ronin, but Hood severely injured him.[58] After hiring Bullseye to go after Ronin, Hood tried to have his usual birthday party, but Hawkeye managed to blow his plans. Mayor Fisk's assistant threatened the Hood that he was risking imprisonment, which prompted Hood to abandon his initial attack on Clint and instead retreat.[59]

Meanwhile Bullseye had managed to discover that this Ronin had been Hawkeye all along, so he masqueraded as him in order to make sure Ronin was considered a full-fledged criminal to the public; the Hood would then reveal Ronin's identity as Hawkeye to the press, setting a three million dollar bounty on him for the villains he had gathered. However, after Hawkeye defeated Bullseye, he robbed Hood's bank, getting those three million dollars and offered that to the villains to leave him as he confronted the Hood. The Hood once again managed to beat Hawkeye, but when he tried to retrieve his money from Hawkeye's bag he instead found a demon which Hawkeye had gotten after paying Count Nefaria the three million dollars in order to deal with Hood. The demon stripped the Hood of his magic, leaving him an ordinary human again, but he still fought Hawkeye which proved to be in vain as Hawkeye rushed at him through the window, knocking him out and leaving the police to apprehend him.[60]

Parker became unhinged after losing his hood and desperate to get it back. When he found out Black Cat was visiting Peter Parker in the hospital, he broke into his room with a gun and threatened him and his girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, telling Felicia he'd put a bullet in Peter's head if she couldn't get him his hood back by the end of he night. Felicia agreed on the condition that Mary Jane come with her because she was "part of her crew". Robbins spent the night waiting beside the comatose Peter, until he concluded they weren't coming back. Getting ready to make good on his promise, both women arrived just in time and presented him with his hood seemingly functioning as it used to. However, Black Cat had tricked him and as soon as he put it on found that it was really the demon bag that initially ate his hood. Once it appeared, it consumed him whole having gotten a taste for him.[61]

Ghost Rider[]

Parker somehow managed to escape back to Earth,[62] and attempted to reestablish himself and acquire more power by using the Hallow Gospels to bring forth the Halloween Spirit. While Ghost Rider fought the Spirit, Elsa Bloodstone and Talia Warroad prevented it from being able to fully manifest by stopping the summoning ritual that was being performed by Parker.[63]

When Zarathos was separated from Johnny Blaze and in search of a new host, he was drawn to and bonded with Parker.[64]

Attributes

Power Grid[68]
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Powers

  • Spirit of Vengeance: Parker is bonded to the Spirit of Vengeance, an extra-dimensional demonic entity of immeasurable power. As such he has supernatural powers and other enhanced physical abilities. However, his powers and abilities are greatly amplified in his demonic form, where the Spirit of Vengeance temporarily assumes control of the body.
    • Demonic Transformation: When the Spirit of Vengeance assumes control of the body, Parker's body transforms into a humanoid skeleton engulfed in ethereal flames. When the Spirit assumes control, his supernatural powers are amplified to a very high degree.
    • Superhuman Strength
    • Superhuman Durability
      • Immunity: Additionally, Ghost Rider is immune to anything that would harm or infect him.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: The supernatural energies empowering Parker provide a degree of health regeneration allowing him to recover certain injuries in both human and demonic forms.
    • Infernokinesis: In his human form, Parker can project and infuse fire on the materials he uses as a form of weaponry. Through transformation, fire will burn off his entire flesh to ashes revealing the skeletal figure of the Ghost Rider. In Ghost Rider form, he can generate and manipulate fire through various ways.
      • Thermokinesis: As a sub-power to his manipulation of fire, he is also able to apply heat on inanimate objects.
    • Power Imbuing: The supernatural elements that fuel Parker's Ghost Rider allows him to imbue other materials in a mystical state.

Abilities

  • Mysticism, Occult Knowledge & Paraphernalia:
  • Criminal Mastermind:
  • Marksmanship:
  • Basic Training in Hand-to-Hand Combat:
  • While he doesn't possess "classical training", Parker was an able piano player.[6]

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Normally, The Hood wields pistols that can shoot magical bullets capable of harming and killing superhumans and mystics.[citation needed]

Weapons

Pistols[65]

Trivia

See Also

Links and References

References

  1. Original Sins #2
  2. Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #2
  3. The Hood #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 New Avengers #46
  5. 5.0 5.1 Beyond! #1
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Hood #1
  7. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #5
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Hood #2
  9. Hood #3
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Hood #4
  11. 11.0 11.1 Hood #5
  12. Hood #6
  13. Beyond! #15
  14. Beyond! #6
  15. New Avengers #3334
  16. New Avengers #35
  17. New Avengers #36
  18. New Avengers #37
  19. Daredevil (Vol. 2) #101
  20. Daredevil (Vol. 2) #104105
  21. 21.0 21.1 New Avengers Annual #2
  22. Secret Invasion #4
  23. Secret Invasion #67
  24. Thunderbolts #125
  25. Avengers: The Initiative #19
  26. New Avengers #4748
  27. Secret Invasion #8
  28. Secret Invasion: Dark Reign #1
  29. Uncanny X-Men Annual (Vol. 2) #2
  30. Black Panther (Vol. 5) #1
  31. Dark Avengers #1
  32. New Avengers #50
  33. Punisher (Vol. 8) #24
  34. Punisher (Vol. 8) #5
  35. 35.0 35.1 New Avengers #51
  36. New Avengers #54
  37. New Avengers #52
  38. New Avengers #5354
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 New Avengers #56
  40. Siege #4
  41. 41.0 41.1 Avengers (Vol. 4) #9
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 Avengers (Vol. 4) #7
  43. 43.0 43.1 Avengers (Vol. 4) #8
  44. Avengers (Vol. 4) #10
  45. Avengers (Vol. 4) #11
  46. Avengers (Vol. 4) #12
  47. 47.0 47.1 Illuminati #1
  48. Illuminati #25
  49. Illuminati #7
  50. Defenders (Vol. 5) #8
  51. 51.0 51.1 Defenders (Vol. 5) #10
  52. Invincible Iron Man #595598
  53. Invincible Iron Man #599
  54. Invincible Iron Man #600
  55. Hawkeye: Freefall #1
  56. Hawkeye: Freefall #2
  57. Hawkeye: Freefall #3
  58. Hawkeye: Freefall #4
  59. Hawkeye: Freefall #5
  60. Hawkeye: Freefall #6
  61. Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1
  62. Damage Control (Vol. 4) #4
  63. Ghost Rider Annual (Vol. 3) #1
  64. Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #1
  65. 65.0 65.1 65.2 65.3 65.4 Dark Reign Files #1
  66. Dark Reign: The Hood #3
  67. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #5
  68. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol 1 5
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