Professor William Theodore Pike, from The Higher Institute of Villainous Education, ladies and gentlemen, by Mark Walden.
Classification :: Π2479*
Role :: Technician (H.I.V.E.’s STEM head)
Motivation :: idealism (villainy), insubordination (H.I.V.E. employee), gain (work access), wealth (wages)
Bonus :: lair (H.I.V.E.)
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old—I just want to make this clear: he is not the stereotypical young nerd, and even on the database his age is listed as “very old”
interesting story—by the way, his name was William and then it was Theodore and so his name is William but he goes by Theo (middle name) with close friends; that’s the story, anyway (it was funny watching Mark get out of that one)
employed—Pike has people above him, and he gets paid for what he does
plugged in—by working for someone, Pike is able to do what he does without necessarily having to fund all his projects himself
deceiving—Pike gives off an image of a careless professor with one outfit, but he is much, much more
“absent-minded”— he looks like he loses things, but he definitely accidentally left his students with the key to access H.I.V.E.’s secure database on purpose
sharp—when Pike and Nathaniel meet after YEARS apart, they (both) still remember where they were when they left off in their last game of chess
inventive—most of the gadgets in the series were designed by this guy, from purple swords that can cut through anything to the school’s A.I., H.I.V.E.mind
innovative—he also plays a main role in making things that are new and different, so our MCs have an edge
villainous—Pike does what he does on behalf of other villains; he loves to learn, but he has chosen where to apply his skills
daring—as he works on the cutting edge of science, Pike works to do things no one else has, and some things people wouldn’t think it right to do, but he finds it worth it
productive—Pike gets a lot of stuff done; he is never not busy, what with designing new weapons, teaching, minding H.I.V.E.mind, and all his other duties
resourceful—how many people do you know who carry enough C4 in their pockets to blow up a tank?
lenient—Pike gives a lot of freedom to his students, perhaps more than his boss would approve of; he encourages them to make potentially dangerous choices that can still cause good things
foolish—occasionally Pike will make a stupid decision, like get attacked by an enemy or his favorite student because he assumes he can manage, and then he can’t
reckless—with that innovation comes a fault of desire and confidence, the kind that accidentally gets your colleague stuck in the body of a cat or causes fatalities (only three this year!)
defensive—that being said, Pike is not going to be guilted into regretting turning Ms. Leon into a cat; he has his pride to think of
concerned—as much danger as Pike may create, he does care for his students and colleagues; he’s been known to take the fall for his students’ mistakes, and really tries to keep the school safe
at home—also, although H.I.V.E. is not a lair unique to Pike, it is where he works and lives, and it suits him as a place that provides him with everything he needs
crucial—Pike breaks the stereotype here; his advice and opinions are attended to, especially in regards to his inventions, because even though they are villains, mindless killing is not the goal (especially people on your own team)
respected—even more, Pike has been a long-valued member of the school, and has fills in as headmaster when Nero isn’t around; his role is weighted
old people can be awesome—whoever came up with this idea that everyone in a spy novel has to be under 40 or take a desk job is silly. I mean, yeah, Pike doesn’t get out into the field much, but he spends a good amount of time blowing stuff up and getting drawn into the action (albeit occasionally against his will).
trust the builder—remember this: the person who did the making is almost exclusively going to know more about the product than anyone else, though there are exceptions. Pike creates so much technology, and Nero trusts him, and listens to him, because he knows the professor is a great resource.
carelessness has consequences—it is all well and good to pretend to be careless, but there’s such a thing as being too trusting. Telling the guards to leave, for example, or creating the potential for a dangerous A.I. On the one hand, it characterizes his trust/risk attitudes. On the other, it opens up a lot of potentially life-threatening events for him to deal with.
give secondary characters detail—I’m guessing you haven’t read H.I.V.E. (and if you have, YAY). Professor Pike is a secondary character in both plot lines, and while he’s an important secondary character, his main function is to make action-y stuff for people, and also complicate things. But he is not a cardboard man. He doesn’t sit in the limelight, but he still has detail. He’s still good. And, you will find, he is more than the sum of his parts.