G.L.O.V.E. (Global League of Villainous Enterprises) Report:

OTTO MALPENSE, AGED 67, HAS DIED

Otto Malpense: Friend. Leader. Mastermind. Villain. At the age of thirteen, Malpense left his home—the orphanage he grew up in—to train with the best of the worst the world had to offer. He was brought to H.I.V.E., the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, and admitted to the Alpha stream. From the beginning, his headmaster Dr. Maximillian Nero marked him for special attention among his year’s Alpha intake. What Dr. Nero saw, as did his peers, teachers, and then the world, was a boy filled with raw potential—potential that became fully cultivated through his classes and years at H.I.V.E. Though Otto’s true importance and admittance to H.I.V.E. was unclear to him at the beginning, as the events in his life unfolded, he grew to understand and surpass his potential.

Otto’s school years were adventurous, to say the least. Upon entering H.I.V.E., he became close friends with Wing Fanchu, Shelby Trinity, and Laura Brand. Together, they planned an escape from their new home, unhappy that they had been brought against their will. However, their plan was foiled by Raven, a member of G.L.O.V.E. associated with Dr. Nero, and Dr. Nero. Though unsuccessful in their attempt, Otto and Wing did manage to save their school from a tyrannical plant, bred by Nigel Darkdoom (for more information on his father, his father’s escapades, and their effect on Nigel, see page 27.6). While the immediate after effects of the destruction would have enabled them to leave the school, they remained, a fact which is still a mystery to many.

Many would remember the following years as the ones when Number One’s (Overlord) true identity was revealed, and as the ones that led to drastic changes in G.L.O.V.E. policies. The events of Otto’s first year at H.I.V.E. were calm, though, in comparison to what awaited him afterwards. Needless to say, his friend was abducted by Cypher, who then tried to take over H.I.V.E. along with the Contessa. Dr. Nero went missing, and Diabolus Darkdoom was found to be alive. The culmination of these events was our discovery of Number One’s true identity, though the details were hushed and fuzzy for quite some time. At this time, Otto learned that he was an experiment, and clone, designed to be the perfect body for Overlord, a sadistic computer program that tried to destroy the world. (To review G.L.O.V.E.’s goals and policies about taking over the world, please see page 3.) His attempts failed, and we were left with Otto: brilliant, resourceful, and with a computer for a brain.

At one point, the other side, H.O.P.E., did kidnap and control Otto using Animus, a black liquid meant to prevent powers from being used, and to program technology, or in Otto’s case, people. After being missing for months following saving the U.S. President and being forced to participate in horrific acts of evil, he was rescued by his friends and professors from school, and Overlord was finally defeated. The next few years saw similar actions of a sinister nature, the worst when almost an entire Alpha stream was killed or taken from their arctic field trip. In an attempt to rescue her family, Laura sold her group out, and Otto took partial blame for the events of finding and giving out the location of the trip. To not be expelled, Otto worked with Raven to track down his missing friends and classmates, and to take out as many of those opposing Dr. Nero and the version of G.L.O.V.E in effect at that time. In this he was successful, and it is assumed that he graduated from H.I.V.E. with flying colors.

Though many of his actions following his schooling are classified, Otto rose to high ranks within G.L.O.V.E., with each new scheme performed with even greater skill and finesse. Otto knew how to be the worst he could be, and knew where to draw the line between taking over the world and destroying the world, for what would there be to rule over if there was not a world to rule? Otto’s service at H.I.V.E. and G.L.O.V.E. were exemplary, and we are forever glad that Dr. Nero saw potential in him, and that he did not become a psychopathic egomaniac like Overlord wanted him to be. Rest in peace, Otto Malpense, unless you just faked your death like Darkdoom. If that is the case, you have a stack of papers in your office to sign, a school to run, and a world to control.

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