Real Name: Unrevealed
Occupation: Fomenter of hatred
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The Needle (Horseshoe), the Roar, Sons of the Serpent (Leonard Kryzewski, others);
formerly A.I.M. (especially Allesandro Brannex), Anderson Gaulthing, Senator Hugh Greider, HYDRA (especially Baron Strucker), the War Machines
Enemies: A.I.M. (especially Allesandro Brannex), Norma Astrovik, Avengers (Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Falcon/Sam Wilson, Rage/Elvin Haliday, Vision), the infant Bucky (Julia Winters), Dan, Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"), Doc Samson (Leonard Samson), Hulk (Bruce Banner), HYDRA (especially Baron Strucker), Invisible Woman (Susan Richards), Angela Lipscombe, New Warriors (Firestar/Angelica Jones, Justice/Vance Astrovik, Namorita, Night Thrasher/Dwayne Taylor, Silhouette), Nomad (Jack Monroe), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Venus (Aphrodite), War Machine (Jim Rhodes), War Machines
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Hate Monger, Janice Inn;
He has posed as Bushwacker, Captain America, Deadpool, Dr. Faustus, Gambit Doppelganger, Giscard Epurer, Madcap, the Needle (Horseshoe), Nomad, Red Wolf (William Talltrees), and others
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Base of Operations: Mobile
Extent of Education: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Avengers I#341 (November, 1991);
(As Animus): Incredible Hulk III#29 (August, 2001)
Powers/Abilities: Animus feeds on anger and hatred, and can amplify these emotions in others, though it much prefers to receive than to give the gift of hatred. He can change appearances at will, taking the form of any human, male or female. Animus is apparently immune to most forms of physical harm. It can be temporarily destroyed by consuming too much hate too rapidly.
Height: 6' (variable)
Weight: 195 lbs. (variable)
Eyes: Red (variable)
Hair: Brown (variable)
History: The origins of the Animus/Hate Monger are unknown.
(Avengers I#341 (fb) - BTS) - The Hate Monger hooked up with Leonard Kryzewski, convincing him to reorganize the Sons of the Serpent in order to spread hatred and violence throughout New York City. He also provided the Sons of the Serpent with advanced weaponry and costumes.
(Avengers I#341) - The Hate Monger observed as the New Warriors confronted the Sons of the Serpent in Carnasie, Brooklyn, amplifying the tensions between all present and pushing them into violence. Similarly, when the Avengers showed up to try to put a halt to the conflict, the Hate Monger planned to escalate their aggressions as well.
(Avengers I#342) - The Avengers fought the New Warriors while both opposed the Sons of the Serpent, all of whom were influenced by the Hate Monger. When the Sons of the Serpent fled the conflict, the Hate Monger walked away as well, allowing the heroes to regain their senses. When the Avengers ambushed the Sons of the Serpent's base, the Hate Monger physically attacked them, at which point they were joined by the New Warriors. The Hate Monger crushed them all with a blast of dark emotion, but Captain America convinced Rage and the others to overcome their hatred, nullifying his attack. The Hate Monger then vanished, telling them that their resolve would soon fade and hatred would flourish within them.
(Nomad II#9) - The Hate Monger first encountered Nomad during riots in Los Angeles.
(Nomad II#12 - BTS) - In Fort Worth, Texas, the Hate Monger supported the homophobic ranting of the shock jock known as the Roar, who whipped his bigoted listeners into a violent frenzy.
(Nomad II#13) - In Dallas, Texas, the Hate Monger watched as Nomad defeated the Needle, who had been injecting people with HIV virus. The Hate Monger was pleased when the Needle injected herself with the virus, and was amused by Nomad's comment that fear, guilt, and hate won out over hope, innocence, and love.
(Nomad II#14) - The Hate Monger posed as the bodyguard of Texas Senator Hugh Greider, fighting Nomad and encouraging his violent behavior. He allowed himself to be defeated.
(Nomad II#15) - Hate Monger adopted the form of Nomad in his original costume, assaulting the true Nomad and kidnapping the infant Bucky. During this time he exposed himself to the infant's force of love, which caused him great pain, which of course he enjoyed. It also showed him that he could use Nomad's love of Bucky against Nomad. Taking the form of several of Nomad's friends and foes, he attacked Nomad, but after a violent struggle, Nomad realized that he could end things by stopping fighting and refusing to hate himself.
(Avengers West Coast I#100/4 (fb) - BTS) - The Hate Monger supplied high-tech weapons to the War Machines, a Los Angeles gang idolizing War Machine.
(Avengers West Coast I#100/4) - After breaking up a gang war and observing the weapons of the War Machines, War Machine convinced Hector, an injured gang member, to tell him where he had obtained the weapons. Following his lead, War Machine encountered and defeated the Sons of the Serpent, but was then confronted and mocked by the Hate Monger. War Machine punched him to the ground and told him he'd be going to the hospital if they met again.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#154/2 (fb) - BTS) - The Hate Monger and the Sons of the Serpent began purchasing weapons from AIM and selling them to HYDRA, who used them to attack gangs in Los Angeles.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#152/2 - BTS) - After Hector was killed, War Machine confronted the War Machines to learn who had killed him.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#153/2 - BTS) - War Machine defeated a group of HYDRA agents and learned that they were the ones who had killed Hector. War Machine then used the War Machines to trail both HYDRA and the Sons of the Serpent, learning that AIM, too, was involved.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#154/2) - Under War Machine's lead, the War Machines ambushed a group of the Sons of the Serpent and stole their uniforms--though the War Machines' leader Ramon also had his gang to kill the Sons. Wearing Sons of the Serpent uniforms, the War Machines then attacked AIM and HYDRA agents, making it appear as if the Sons of the Serpent had betrayed the two groups. War Machine then contacted Baron Strucker of HYDRA and Alessandro Brannex of AIM and arranged an ambush on the Hate Monger and the Sons of the Serpent, which they then performed.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#155/2) - Despite the Hate Monger's explanation that War Machine had manipulated the two groups, HYDRA and AIM continued their attack on the Sons of the Serpent. The Hate Monger vanished during the confrontation, while the War Machines stole some of the ordinance, and Strucker revealed that he had known of War Machine's duplicity, but had wished to sever ties with the Hate Monger and the Sons anyway.
(Justice: Four Balance#1 /#2 (fb - BTS)) - Posing as Janice Inn, the assistant of Manhattan Corporate Executive Anderson Gaulthing, the Hate Monger enjoyed feeding off of his hatred. When Justice confronted Gaulthing to learn information about the disappearance of his daughter, the Hate Monger was intrigued by the self-hatred within Justice, a result of the hero killing his own abusive father.
(Justice: Four Balance#2) - The Hate Monger then cast Justice and his mother, Norma Astrovik, into an illusionary world where Justice had married Firestar, had a daughter, Hilary, and was now abusing her, much the way his own father had abused him. However, when Justice's mother forgave him for having killed his father, it enabled him to get over his hatred of himself, foiling the Hate Monger's plot.
(Incredible Hulk III#29 (fb) - BTS) - Hate Monger changed his name to Animus due to "trademark problems." (see comments).
(Incredible Hulk III#29) - While Doc Samson and Dr. Angela
Lipscombe worked to try to cure Bruce Banner of Lou Gehrig's disease, Animus fed
on the hatred of all three of them: Bruce and the Hulk over Angela and Samson's
affair and his own disease(s); Samson over being mediocre as a superhero and not
being taken seriously as a psychiatrist; Angela over Bruce's having left her in
college, and over Bruce's current jealousy and other complaints, etc. Animus
turned them each against each other, but after he confronted them directly,
Bruce convinced the Hulk personalities to give him control, and he allowed
Animus to feed on his hatred. However, the extent of Bruce's hatred was
apparently more than he could handle, and he was consumed by it, though as he
was washed away, he did comment, "Bruce...you're so beautiful..."
However, after Bruce, Samson, and Angela had made their peace with each other, Animus reappeared, commenting, "Now for dessert..."
SECRET WARS III HAPPENED
(Love Unlimited Infinity#37 (fb) - BTS) - Animus lost his powers...
(Love Unlimited Infinity#40 (fb) - BTS) - ...when he fell in love...
(Love Unlimited Infinity#38 (fb) - BTS) - ...with a mysterious redhead (Venus). He kept stalking her, hoping to regain his ability to hate her.
(Love Unlimited Infinity#37) - Animus put on some white makeup to look like he did when he still had powers and hung out at the Bar With No Name and had a drink. He sought Venus' attention, but she rather talked to Deadpool instead of him. Venus and Deadpool both mocked Animus' white makeup. When Venus left and never returned from the toilet, Animus paid his tab, called Deadpool a loser and left as well.
(Love Unlimited Infinity#38) - Animus hung out at the Bar With No Name again when Deadpool paid for his tab and all the things he had destroyed at the bar over the last couple of months. Animus still considered him a loser and told him how he had lost his powers.
(Love Unlimited Infinity#39) - Animus watched Deadpool, who was wearing Venus' Cestus, give a speech to a captive audience at Duffy Square. He finally realized how to regain his powers.
Animus attended Deadpool's next speech in Central Park and fed on the pain and hurt of the people attending, giving it back as hatred and causing a riot.
(Love Unlimited Infinity#40) - Deadpool realized that the Cestus not only promoted love, but also the dark side, which Animus had used to regain his powers and cause a riot. Animus mocked Deadpool for not realizing for a whole week that he was using the power of a god with the Cestus. Animus got his mouth webbed shut by Spider-Man, but he ripped it off. The Invisible Woman then used a force-field face clamp to shut him up. Deadpool offered to give the Cestus to Animus, hoping it would end his threat, but Venus stopped him because she had left behind the Cestus by accident and now wanted it back.
(Love Unlimited Infinity#41) - Invisible Woman told off Venus because she didn't believe it was her right to give love or Animus' to abuse hate. Animus told Venus that she would not be able to exist without him and they began using their powers on the assembled crowd to see if the crowd preferred hate or love. Animus knew that only one person following him would nullify a hundred of Venus' followers. Invisible Woman trapped Animus and Venus in force bubbles while Deadpool used the Cestus to disperse the crowd by giving them the capacity to love and be loved. Animus lost his powers again and ran away as soon as Invisible Woman released him.
Comments: Animus was created by Fabian Nicieza, Steve Epting, and Tom Palmer.
The Hate Monger's nature is never detailed. He seems to be an entity feeding off (and possibly composed of) hate, possibly making him a demon or an avatar of Master Hate (my choice).
Per Fabian: The "trademark problems" to which Animus referred
was a friendly shot at the Cap guys for having brought
made up a new Hate Monger without once having referenced the new Hate Monger I'd
already made up!
That Hate-Monger was later revealed to be the Hitler clone Hate-Monger (see clarifications).
Kind of a cool character, but it's kind of like fighting against D'Spayre. While you're reading it, you know that every single story's going to end when the hero overcomes their emotions. Except in Hulk#29, his best story.
I had assumed that Proctor was the Hate Monger upon first seeing him. Not that much variation between the two from the neck up.
There is no confirmation that the Hate Monger is behind-the-scenes in Nomad#12. I went with it being a continued story about hate...and the Hate Monger's proximity seemed more than coincidence. He can sense hate, and since he was in Dallas the next issue, it sure seems that he would have either sensed or perhaps participated in the violent hatred going on in those issues.
Nicieza brought back Animus in Love Unlimited and used Deadpool to make fun of the fact that he only brought Animus back to not have to deal with continuity conflicts.
Tom Brevoort says this Animus is different than the one in Blade III#4.
Profile by Snood. Update by Markus Raymond (Love Unlimited).
Profile edited/updated by Kyle Sims using info from Jordan Brodie
No known connection to:
Love Unlimited Infinity#39, pan29 (main)
Avengers I#342, p3, panel 2 (close up)
Avengers I#342, cover (vs Avengers)
Justice: Four Balance#2, p20, pan1 (posing as Janice Inn)
Incredible Hulk III#29, Cover (vs. Hulk)
Avengers I#341-342 (November-December, 1991) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Steve Epting (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Nomad II#12-13 (April-May, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Pat Olliffe (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Nomad II#14 (June, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Pat Olliffe & Rick Mays (pencils), Rick Mays & Greg Adams (inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Nomad II#15 (July, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Pat Olliffe (pencils), Greg Adams & Bill Anderson (inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Avengers West Coast I#100/4 (November, 1993) - Len Kaminski (writer), Tom Morgan (pencils), Don Cameron (inks), Nelson Yomtov (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#152-155 (April-May, 1994) - Len Kaminski & Scott Benson (writers), John Czop (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Justice: Four Balance#2 (October, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Craig Brasfield (pencils), Frank Turner (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Incredible Hulk III#29 (August, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Kyle Hotz (pencils), Eric Powell (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Love Unlimited Infinity#37-41 (February 14th - March 16th, 2023) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Salva Espin (artist), Jordan White (editor)
First Posted: 10/11/2004
Last updated: 12/18/2006
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