Feared as the world's most dangerous man, The Hood (so named because of his many disguises), is the half brother of Kyrano and the uncle of Tin-Tin. He wields an uncanny supernatural power over his brother. Unlike him, he is massive in stature and his main aim in life is the acquisition of wealth regardless of justice and ethics. His primary target is International Rescue, as the plans of their amazing high tech vehicles and machines could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams.
Operating from his hidden temple deep in the heart of the Malaysian jungle, the Hood has successfully eluded capture by the world's security forces for a great many years. Ruthless and calculating beyond comprehension, he uses mystical powers steeped in voodoo and black magic allowing nothing to get in the way of his evil objectives.
The Hood's precise origins are unknown. While it is known that he is the half-brother of Kyrano, the precise details of their relationship - such as which parent they share or which of them is the elder - remain a mystery, as do the origins of his mysterious hypnotic powers. Even his real name remains a mystery; throughout the entire TV series, he was only ever referred to as 'Agent Seven-Nine', and even that was only on one occasion when he was in contact with the equally mysterious 'General X'. Even the name "The Hood" is never used in the TV series - it was only revealed in spin-off media (most notably, the audio-story Introducing Thunderbirds), promotional materials, etc.
What is known for certain about the Hood is that he possesses a significant reputation among the less ethical groups of the world, as he has been shown to be contacted by spy agencies or military generals seeking information or for a target to be eliminated, such as in Edge Of Impact when he was hired by a general to sabotage the Red Arrow program as it was a threat to his work. He regularly spends time in a temple in the heart of the Malaysian jungle, which houses a statue of Kyrano that he regularly stands in front of when communicating telepathically with his brother, as well as a variety of high-tech equipment that he uses to monitor his enemies and prepare his plans.
However, his main goal is to discover the secrets of the Thunderbirds machines and use them for his own purposes. To this end he has been known to create several disasters in an attempt to photograph their machines in action, such as sabotaging the Fireflashs maiden flight by planting a bomb, causing actors for a film to be trapped in a cave, or attempting to sneak a miniature camera in the form of a mouse into Thunderbird 2.
These plans invariably failed, either through direct intervention on the part of International Rescue and their agents or through his own mistakes; when he sent the mouse-like camera into Thunderbird 2, its program- to photograph movement- caused it to instead photograph the screaming Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, who had wanted to see the Tracy brothers in action and thus accompanied Virgil Tracy, rather than Thunderbird 2's controls. There has been one time when he has even tried to eliminate International Rescue when he tried to steal hidden treasure concealed in an underwater temple and tried to destroy Gordon Tracy in Thunderbird 4 with his submarine. Fortunately it failed, but the Hood escaped before the sub exploded.
Although capable of coming up with sophisticated plans, the Hood was commonly shown to have a short temper and be very poor at improvisation when his schemes didn't work out the way he had planned. On one occasion when he actually managed to obtain footage of Thunderbirds 1 and 2 in action, the subsequent pursuit after they learned someone had been filming them culminated in the Hood stealing a plane with engine trouble that he had no idea how to fly, reflecting his inability to consider alternative plans if his original one failed. His arrogance is also a noteworthy handicap; when attempting to escape the scene after his sabotage of the Red Arrow project was uncovered, he crashed through a roadblock assuming that it had been erected to stop him, only to realise too late that it had actually been to stop people from driving over a damaged bridge.
Although he and the team never came face-to-face in the series- save for when he hypnotised and tortured Brains to learn the location of a lost treasure-, the Tracy brothers were nevertheless aware of his existence. Having thwarted his plan in Martian Invasion, Virgil commented that he was convinced that 'Stutt'- the Hood's alias at the time- was the same person who'd been after them since they first began the rescue business, with Scott agreeing with the assessment but nevertheless confident that they would one day capture him.
In his last appearance, in the feature film Thunderbirds Are Go, the Hood was unmasked and exposed by Scott as attempting to infiltrate the new Zero X spaceship, having unintentionally sabotaged the original one two years previously while attempting to photograph it. His helicopter was shot down by Lady Penelope during his escape and he is seemingly killed, although many fans note that the Hood had faced such seemingly certain-death situations before and always survived.
During his appearances in the TV21 comics, the Hood's plans became even more daring.
In The Atlantic Tunnel, the Hood learns from Kyrano that International Rescue plan to look for deposits of the metal mozatinum in the Atlantic Tunnel. Posing as Mr. Sheldon, the villain hires a team of geologists led by Brains' friend Vincent Baker before setting off explosives in the tunnel trapping Alan, Brains and various workers. Thunderbirds 1 and 2 are sent to the rescue and the Hood leaves the building only for a policeman to confiscate his camera and send him back inside. However, he returns, knocks the officer out and takes his place. Afterwards, he photographs Thunderbird 1 but upon making his escape, the guard returns and attacks the Hood who shoots him and makes his escape in his private jet. Alerted by the guard, Scott gives chase in Thunderbird 1 and shoots his jet, causing the villain to eject but in the process his camera is destroyed.
In Tracy Island Exposed, he attempted to expose International Rescue's location by bombing Thunderbird 2's hangar, forcing Virgil to move the craft onto the runway where he subsequently took photographs of the craft. During the subsequent cover-up attempt- claiming that Tracy Island was simply a theme park based on International Rescue, Thunderbirds 1 and 2 were sent into space with Thunderbird 5 while Lady Penelope and Parker staged a rescue, the intention being for the Thunderbirds to arrive at the scene and thus confirm that they hadn't come from Tracy Island-, the Hood managed to infiltrate the island, nearly hypnotising John and Brains, but was captured and had the last week or so of his memory erased to preserve the Tracy family's secret. Another occasion featured him setting up three satellites that allowed him to take control of Thunderbirds 1 and 2 via remote, but Thunderbird 1 was able to escape his control and Thunderbird 3 subsequently destroyed one of the satellites and ruined the network when he attempted to do the same to Thunderbird 2.
In The Vanishing Ray, the Hood discovers from an unknown source that the wealthy British heiress Lady Penelope is in possession of powerful invisible ray. He decides to steal it as he sees it as the perfect cover without the use of his disguises to learn the secrets of the world. He tries various attempts to get the ray even trying to kill the heiress for it, but all fail and he is sent by the authorities back to Malaysia.
In Brains is Dead, the Hood faked Brains' death with a high powered electric chair which only put him in unconsciousness. His men took him back to his temple hideout and with his abilities made Brains reveal the secrets of Tracy Island and planned a full scale attack on the base. However the plan failed and once again the Hood's memory was erased with no memory of what he had found out about the organisation.
The Hood's last appearance in TV21 is The Zoo Ship. Under the guise of the elderly Professor Auldyn Beresford, the owner of a Zoo Ship, he comes to Tracy Island to look for a rare sand vole. However, tigers break free on the ship, killing a keeper, resulting in a frenzy, knocking controls and causing the boat to sink. As Beresford has been visited to stay on the island, Scott takes him to look for the sand vole so the Thunderbirds can launch into action. Beresford attacks Scott before revealing himself as the Hood who then proceeds to Thunderbird 2's hangar and knocks Virgil out before photographing International Rescue's secrets. However, he's distracted by a call from Brains and Gordon to need the aircraft so to buy time he sets it off to launch automatically. However, Alan notices a flaw and checking the video link, Jeff sees the ship unmanned. Running to the launch pad to stop Thunderbird 2 from going out of control, he's confronted by the Hood who shoots at him but Alan arrives to save his father. Alan and Jeff then try to shut down the controls but the craft flies off the ramp and back into the ground bursting into flames yet they get the burning wreckage under control. In the distraction, the Hood steals a Helijet and escapes with his photos presumably intact. In the end, the Zoo Ship is saved. This was the Hood's last appearance in TV21 and he seemingly wins. Not even at the end of the story do the Tracys ponder the consequences of his victory may mean for them.
The Hood also made an appearance in a Stingray comic story called A Trip to England where Titan hires the criminal to pose as a TV reporter to cause trouble on the submarine during a trip to England to commemorate the one-thousand anniversary of The Battle of Hastings.
Powers and abilitiesEditThroughout the series, the Hood was shown to be a master of disguise, using various masks to try and discover the secrets of the Thunderbirds machines and carry out various missions. He also possessed strange hypnotic powers of unknown origin, although these abilities were apparently limited to making people carry out simple commands, such as to follow him or put them to sleep. He was also apparently unable to use these powers to acquire information; on one occasion he attempted to force Brains to tell him the location of a lost treasure by burying him up to his neck in sand and sunlight and depriving him of water rather than simply hypnotising him to learn the answer, suggesting that he cannot make people tell him information but simply make them carry out certain actions.
The only exception to this ability has been when he hypnotises Kyrano, as he was able to make Kyrano tell him such information as when International Rescue would be ready to start operating or where the organisation's headquarters was located. These abilities were apparently aided by a statue of Kyrano he had in his temple, as he always stood in front of it when making contact with his brother. He was also able to implant post-hypnotic suggestions to make Kyrano carrying out certain actions, such as when he had Kyrano disable the automatic camera detectors prior to the rescue in Martian Invasion. Although these hypnotic attacks always have a significant effect on Kyrano, causing him to collapse to the ground in pain before he is finally forced to reveal the information the Hood seeks, it would appear that Kyrano is not consciously aware of these assaults, as he always passes them off as mere 'dizzy spells' in their aftermath despite his otherwise unquestionable loyalty to Jeff Tracy.
Thunderbirds TV Series, 1965-1966Edit
The Hood appeared in only 6 classic episodes, all of them from Season 1. They are (in production order): Trapped in the Sky, The Mighty Atom, Martian Invasion, Edge of Impact, Desperate Intruder, and Cry Wolf.
The Hood also appears in one Thunderbirds 1965 episode.
- Thunderbirds Are Go (Movie)
Outfits and DisguisesEdit
- Main article: The Hood/Outfits and Disguises
- Main article: The Hood's Criminal Activities
Attempts to Photograph the ThunderbirdsEdit
- Main article: "No Photographs"
- Atlantic Tunnel
- Tracy Island Exposed
- The Vanishing Ray (Lady Penelope Adventure)
- Brains is Dead
- The Zoo Ship
- The Volcano Of Doom
- Jungle Mystery
- Main article: The Hood - Quotes
- The original Hood puppet went missing after the series ended and hasn't been found since.
- He was the first character introduced in the original television run.
- The Hood's puppet would later be reused, with a new hair piece, as the villainous Black Phantom in Thunderbird 6. It's implied the Black Phantom could very well be the Hood's son, given the similarities and later being confirmed by Sylvia Anderson.
- His head had batteries in to make his eyes light up.