Hacker (Centurions)

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Hacker
Centurions character
Hacker-box.jpg
Hacker toy box
First appearance

The Centurions, episode 1, "The Sky Is On Fire", April 7th, 1986
Created by

Kenner
Voiced by

Ed Gilbert (English)
Rhual Rogers (Spanish)
Information
Species Human cyborg
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Dominion
Function

Dr. Terror's Henchman
Quote

"Destruction is my evil aim."

Hacker is a fictional character from the Centurions series in 1986. He was voiced by Ed Gilbert.

Centurions

Hacker is a cyborg henchman of Doc Terror. Hacker's cyborg strength is 100 times that of his human form. His helmet allows him to breath under water.

Hacker is usually seen combined with Lesion who has a Destructo Arm. He can also combine with Syntax, a Strafer or a Traumitizer.

Development

Hacker was first developed under the name Half Mad[1]

Reception

Fictional biography

Hacker is the evil Dr. Terror's brutally strong henchman. Half man, half evil computer, Hacker is programmed to destroy the Centurions...

Animated series

The Centurions

Hacker was the henchman of The Centurions animated series, and appeared in nearly every episode.

Hacker before becoming a cyborg

Hacker's origin was told in a flashback in the episode "Man or Machine Part 2". Doc Terror was once a respected member of a council of scientists who worked to make the world a better place. He in particular sought to explore the potential for merging humans with machines (cyborgs) in order to replace lost limbs and combat immobilizing diseases. The others on the council did not share his enthusiasm, some due to fear and others due to conflicting interests. After being stymied for so long the doctor sought to prove the worth of his theories and inventions by turning a volunteer into a cyborg. His colleagues did not help him, rather they denied him any support at all, so he hired the dimwitted yet competent criminal Hacker to obtain the needed parts from his colleagues and turned Hacker into the first prototype cyborg. When the two presented the results at the council, Doc Terror was immediately removed from it for the illicit means by which he had obtained the parts and the immoral experimentation he had done with them. He was furious and returned home with Hacker. Hacker asked the doctor to reverse the mechanization, which he could not. In a fit of rage Hacker attacked the equipment in the lab, which ended up breaking off and severely injured him. Needless to say, the doctor was dying, but Hacker managed to save his life by making use of the same equipment that had turned him into a cyborg. What emerged from the operation was less human than Hacker, horribly disfigured and hellbent on avenging himself on the world, the new Doc Terror started preparing to conquer the ungrateful inhabitants of Earth. His fury was further fueled by the use of his technologies in the medical fields and their later use in creating the exoskeletal suits for his nemeses, the Centurions.

In episode 1, "The Sky Is On Fire", The Centurions arrive at the Oceania Research Station to transport a powerful cryogenic freeze ray. Hacker and several Traumatizers sneak in to the facility. Thanks to help from Amber, who is disguised as the admiral's assistant Susan Smith, they steal the ray. Even with the help of Wild Weasel, Skyknight and Cruiser Hacker and Amber escape with the ray in submarines. Doc Terror launches a fleet of Strafers equipped with plasma warheads to ignite the Val Allen belt. The resulting magnetic storm knocks the aircraft carrying the Centurions into the ocean. They are saved when Skyvault beams Max Tidal Blast, and he is able to carry the wrecked plane to New York City. Terror issues an ultimatum that unless the world delivers a document of surrender to him within 12 hours he will not use the ray to save the world. The World Council vote to submit to Terror's plan, but it is delivered by Max on Terror's sky ship, disguised as the World Council president. When Terror learns Max's identity he drops Max out of the ship. Although the Centurions loose Terror, Max theorizes that can find Terror by calculating the perfect location for the ray to be fired, which Crystal calculates to be the mountains of Tibet. When the Centurions arrive they are greeted by Hacker and Terror, who take their wrist communicators and imprison them. Max uses wire from his bed springs to conduct lightning and knock down the door on their cell. The Centurions are able to get to a communications counsel and send off a signal to Skyvault just as they are discovered. Crystal sends them Cruiser, Skyknight and Fireforce. With the Centurions gaining the upper hand, Terror, Hacker and Amber escape in a secret tunnel and set the mountain to explode behind them. Escaping the explosion with the ray in hand, Ace uses Orbital Interceptor to fly into the belt and use the belt's energy to power the ray that puts out the fire. Jake celebrates by making his famous chili. Ace celebrates by doing an educational video on Saturn's rings.[2]

In episode 15, "Cold Calculations", Doc Terror attempted to steal the last of the world's silver supplies from Geneva by having his daughter Amber make a costume that looked like Jake Rockwell in Fireforce and attack the silver vault with Hacker and a several Doom Drones. He attempted to kill his inside man in Geneva using a robot sea serpent. The Centurions stopped the robot serpent, thwarted the theft and cleared Jake's name.

Comics

DC Comics

In the DC Comics Centurions story "Time Bomb" Doc Terror attempted to trick the Centurions by having them take a bomb, disguised as a recovered a cyborg Eskimo, to Sky Vault. Terror attempted to distract the Centurions by having them chase three fake missiles across the globe. Ace McCloud beamed to China where he fought a flying aircraft carrier full of Doom Drone Strafers. Jake Rockwell beamed to Africa where he fought a robot duplicate of Hacker. Max Ray followed a missile to Lake Michigan. Eventually Max saw through this trick at the last moment and beamed the Eskimo into deep space before he exploded.[3]

Toys

  • Kenner Centurions Hacker (1986)
Hacker comes with Lesion, 4-piece Destructo Arm and helmet.
Hacker can combine with Syntax, the Doom Drones Strafer or the Doom Drones Traumatizer.
Lesion can combine Dr. Terror, the Doom Drones Strafer, the Doom Drones Traumatizer or with Syntax to form Uniborg.

Gallery

References

  1. https://centurions1986.wordpress.com/2014/07/
  2. "The Sky Is On Fire". Written by Ted Pederson. The Centurions. April 7th, 1986. No. 1, season 1.
  3. Bob Rozakis (w), Don Heck & Al Vey (p), Tom Ziuko (col), Jonathan Peterson (ed). "Time Bomb" The Centurions 1 (June 1987), DC Comics

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