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Official Name
Hellfire Club
Organization Aliases
Council of the Chosen; Lords Cardinal; Inner Circle; Sacred Ones; Leaders of Hell

Status
Status

Organization Identity

Alignment

Universe


Organization
Organization Leader(s)


Former Members
London:

Alan Wilson, Conrad Strathdee, Emma Steed, James Braddock Sr., Jane Hampshire, Margali Szardos, Mountjoy, Quentin Templeton
New York:
Bianca LaNeige, Blackheart, Candace Southern, "Courtney Ross", Daimon Hellstrom, Donald Pierce, Dr. Frankenstein, Dwayne Taylor, Edward Buckman, Elias Bogan, Emma Frost, Emmanuel da Costa, Erik Lehnsherr, Forsythe Southern, Friedrich von Roehm, Gordon Phillips, Harry Leland, Howard Stark, Jason Wyngarde, "Jean Grey", Kathryn Worthington, Lourdes Chantel, Madelyne Pryor/Jean Grey, Manuel Enduque, Norman Osborn, Oliver Ryland, Ororo Munroe, Paris Seville, Rachel Grey, Selene Gallio, Sebastian Shaw, Shinobi Shaw, "Tessa", Trevor Fitzroy, Turner, Veronica Southern, Viper, Wallace, Warren Worthington Jr., Warren Worthington III
Hellfire Knights
In Past:

Sir Francis Dashwood, John Stuart, Duncan Munro, Charles Grey, John Wilkes, Lord Braddock, Mr. Shaw, Franz, Malkin Grey, Eleanor Grey, Harry Manners, Waltham Pierce, Esau Shaw, Jacob Shaw, Montgomery Falsworth, Patrick Clemens, Diana Knight, Lady Grey, Elizabeth Shaw, Wallace Worthington, Commander Clinton, Anton Pierce, Cornelius Shaw, Salome, Molyneux


Enemies

Origin
Origin
The Hellfire Club began in England as a social club for the social elite and wealthy in the 1760's.

Place of Formation


First appearance

(as Council of the Chosen)

(as Hellfire Club)


History

The Hellfire Club began in England as a social club for the social elite and wealthy in the 1760's. At some point, a handful of the most powerful members emigrated to the American colonies and began a branch in New York City and other major cities around the world.

The club had branches in Boston[1], Hong Kong[2], London[3], Los Angeles[4], New York[5], Paris[6], Philadelphia[7] and San Francisco[8] The various branches were overseen by the Lord Imperial. Up until his death, Sir Gordon Phillips[9] [10] bore the title of Lord Imperial, and as such he oversaw all branches of the Hellfire Club; he was not a member of any particular Inner Circle, he was above all of them.

The purpose of the Hellfire Club is to obtain and exert power through politics and economic influence instead of outward conquest and domination. Since its foundation, the Hellfire Club had been involved in wars and assassinations as long as these helped further the agendas of the Club's most prominent members.

The Hellfire Club membership is hereditary, but can also be earned through wealth or influence. Among the Сlub members there are many famous and influential members of society, the wealthiest and most powerful businessmen of the world, including Tony Stark and Norman Osborn. While many accept the invitation to join a Сlub just for the pleasures that he offered, many others looking for ways to obtain more wealth and influence.

The constant intrigue, backstabbing, blackmailing and politicking that plagued the Hellfire Club resulteded in many changes of the Inner Circle, as new players sought out membership in order to obtain influence, power and wealth. Although the hierarchy of the Inner Circle would go through constant upheaval due to the competing egos and political motives of its members, it continues to exist in the same basic structure today.

New York Branch

Unbeknownst to most members of the Club, the organization was ruled by a Council of the Chosen. This secret group assumed the titles of chess pieces. Originally the Council of the Chosen was composed of normal humans, but was slowly infiltrated and dominated by super-powered mutants of various abilities.

Ned Buckman gave the support of the Council of the Chosen to Stephen Lang and his mutant hunting Sentinels. Backing Lang turned into a disaster, and a Sentinel attack on Sebastian Shaw's home led to the death of his fiancee Lourdes Chantel. Out for revenge, Shaw and Emma Frost slaughtered the Council of the Chosen. Renaming the ruling body the Inner Circle, Shaw and Frost begin to surround themselves with other mutants.[11] Though not always the most powerful of mutantkind, the Inner Circle allowed within its rank only those of exceptional ability. A common theme, though with exceptions, was for the White and Black Queens of the organization to possess a psychic ability of some nature; no doubt aiding the organization to further their conspiracies.

The Hellfire Club first came to the attention of the X-Men when agents of the Hellfire Club kidnapped several X-Men and took over the mind of Dark Phoenix. Though the X-Men unraveled the Hellfire Club's scheme, the meddling with Phoenix's mind led her to become Dark Phoenix.

They were eventually defeated and Phoenix returned to her Jean Grey persona. Wolverine inflicted nearly lethal injuries on several of its mercenaries during this time. However, the influential organization continued its activities even after being thwarted by the X-Men.

Council of the Chosen

The original Inner Circle prior to Shaw and Frost's takeover of the New York Branch Hellfire Club.

The rest of the membership was never named. Like Paris Seville, they were gunned down by Buckman under Emma Frost's mind control.

The Lords Cardinal

Shaw renamed the Council of the Chosen as The Lords Cardinal following his takeover of the NY Branch.[11]

After the Phoenix became Dark Phoenix and left the group, the title of Black Queen was empty once again. Donald Pierce reached the rank of White King and was expelled.

New members were:

Shinobi Shaw's Inner Circle

Originally, Selene planned on creating a new Inner Circle from amongst the Upstarts, yet they turn on her. Believing his father to be dead, Shinobi Shaw briefly took over the NY Branch of the Club, seeminlgy with support from the External Candra. He offered membership in his Inner Circle to Archangel[21] and later Storm[22] but both declined.

This Inner Circle quickly faded into oblivion and was replaced by Shaw's second Inner Circle.

Shaw's Second Stint

Sebastian Shaw retook control of the Hellfire Club and tried to rebuild the Inner Circle to its former power and glory.

Selene's Hellfire

With Pierce expelled, Madelyne gone and both Shaw and Fitzroy retired, Selene reformed the Inner Circle into a reflection of her own evil nature, thus consorting with demons, though her reign was short-lived:

At the time, Adrienne Frost had become headmistress of Generation X, claiming the White Queen title for herself.[36] However, she was merely using the White Queen moniker. Besides, the nature of her powers did not fit with Selene's new demons, fire and brimstone theme.

Following Selene's defeat, Hellstrom remained as White King. Though he hasn't appeared again as a member, there has been no White King since him.

Roberto da Costa joined the Inner Circle after Selene and Blackheart's defeat. She had always shown an interest in the young da Costa and blackmailed him into taking up his hereditary membership.

Later, Sebastian Shaw came back into power, though the NY Branch had apparently been turned into a strip club. The strip club was part of the Hellfire Club's properties at least since the days of Emma Frost's youth.

The Fifth Inner Circle

With Sir Gordon Phillips dead thanks to the Legacy Virus, Shaw positioned himself as the new Lord Imperial and, as such, he oversaw the entire Hellfire Club. While he claimed that he was trying to reform the Club, his motive, as always, was not what it seemed.

During a confrontation between "Courtney Ross" and Emma Frost, it was revealed that the latter maintained her membership all the time, as well as the White Queen title, though she lost the second.

Selene remained trapped beneath the Hellfire Club's HQ and was not actually part of the New Inner Circle, though her title of Black Queen remained untaken.[40]

A confrontation with Donald Pierce left Shaw gravely injured. Sunspot took over as Lord Imperial, which was Sage's plan all along. Despite their good intentions, Sat-yr-9 and Viper had their own less than noble agenda.

"The Sixth Inner Circle"

Shaw became healthy once again joined forces with new allies at the behest of the mysterious Perfection. The titles of the new members have not been revealed yet, but with Sunspot as Lord Imperial, Shaw is possibly back into his classic Black King.

It was later discovered that this Inner Circle never existed, and was only a mental projection, which was created by Cassandra Nova.

The Seventh Inner Circle

The Eighth Inner Circle

London Branch

1760's

1857-1859

1915

Current Inner Circle

The London Branch of the Hellfire Club was first seen in Excalibur #9. The Inner Circle of the London branch briefly operated in parallel to Shinobi's Inner Circle in Excalibur #96. Instead of Black and White, the titles of the London Branch were Red and Black. They changed the oposing color to Red, from White, to distance themselves from the coarse American Branch.[52]

Hong Kong Branch

The Hong Kong Branch of the Hellfire Club was first seen in X-Men Vol 2 #104, and only one named member was the leader of this branch - Liu Wo-Han.

Los Angeles Branch

The Previous Inner Circle of the Los Angeles Branch of the Hellfire Club was seen in X-Treme X-Men #43. Current Inner Circle was seen in X-Man #22. Elias Bogan apparently was a member of the Previous Inner Circle.

Philadelphia Branch (1780-81)

Boston Branch (1872-74)

San Francisco Branch (1906)

Members outside the Inner Circle's

The following characters were members of the Hellfire Club but were not part of the any of the Inner Circle lineups mentioned above. Their membership was inherited from their ancestors or parents, or was obtained through from personal invitation from the Branch's King, such as the one Sebastian Shaw offered to Irene Merryweather, which she refused.

Staff

Guards and Mercenaries

Servants


Paraphernalia

Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.


Notes

  • No special notes.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cable #49
  2. X-Men Vol 2 #104
  3. Excalibur #9
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 X-Man #22
  5. X-Men #100
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Uncanny X-Men #453
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 X-Men: Hellfire Club #2
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Uncanny X-Men #512
  9. X-Treme X-Men #3
  10. Uncanny X-Men #388
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Classic X-Men #7
  12. X-Men #130
  13. 13.0 13.1 X-Men #129
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 X-Men #132
  15. X-Men #122
  16. 16.0 16.1 New Mutants #22
  17. New Mutants #7
  18. 18.0 18.1 Uncanny X-Men #210
  19. 19.0 19.1 New Mutants #51
  20. New Mutants #75
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 X-Men Vol 2 #29
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 X-Men Annual Vol 2 #3
  23. 23.0 23.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #5
  24. Generation X Annual #1
  25. X-Force #67
  26. X-Force #62
  27. 27.0 27.1 Spider-Man Team-Up #1
  28. New Warriors #43
  29. 29.0 29.1 X-Force #48
  30. X-Man #17
  31. Cable #47
  32. 32.0 32.1 X-Force #49
  33. X-Men Unlimited #17
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Fantastic Four Annual #1999
  35. X-Force #94
  36. Generation X #56
  37. Uncanny X-Men #454
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Uncanny X-Men #452
  39. 39.0 39.1 Uncanny X-Men #449
  40. How she managed to present herself before Sunspot remains unexplained and its possibly an error by the writers.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 X-Men: Legacy #215
  42. X-Men: Legacy #214
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 X-Men: Legacy #217
  44. 44.0 44.1 X-Men: Legacy #210
  45. X-Men: Schism #1
  46. Wolverine #304
  47. Wolverine and the X-Men #22
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 Marvel Frontier Comics Unlimited #1
  49. 49.0 49.1 Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #2
  50. Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #3
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 51.3 51.4 51.5 51.6 X-Men: Hellfire Club #3
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 52.3 Excalibur #97
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 53.4 53.5 53.6 Excalibur #96
  54. 54.0 54.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #5
  55. 55.0 55.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #28
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 X-Men: Hellfire Club #4
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 X-Men Vol 2 #73
  58. New Mutants #53
  59. X-Treme X-Men #41
  60. New X-Men Hellions #4
  61. 61.0 61.1 61.2 61.3 Uncanny X-Men #246
  62. X-Treme X-Men #6
  63. Uncanny X-Men Annual Vol 2 #2
  64. X-Men Unlimited Vol 2 #1
  65. Marvel Graphic Novel #63
  66. X-Men Unlimited #33
  67. 67.0 67.1 New Mutants #16
  68. New Mutants #8
  69. Firestar #1
  70. 70.0 70.1 X-Men #131
  71. 71.0 71.1 71.2 71.3 71.4 71.5 X-Men #133
  72. X-Men: Deadly Genesis #5
  73. 73.0 73.1 73.2 73.3 73.4 X-51 #0
  74. Marvel Graphic Novel #4
  75. Uncanny X-Men #151
  76. 76.0 76.1 X-Men: Legacy #218
  77. Firestar #3
  78. Marvel Comics Presents #89
  79. Iron Man: Kiss & Kill #1


Trivia

  • Modeled after the real life British Hellfire Club.
  • Many names of club members are homages to the British Avengers television series.
  • The club motto is Fais ce que tu voudras ("Do what thou wilt"), the same as the real life Hellfire Club.[1]


See Also


Links and References

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