The Right is a subversive organization dedicated to the
elimination of all superhuman mutants to ensure the freedom
of normal human beings. The organization was secretly
founded by Cameron Hodge, the public relations director
for X-Factor. Hodge was the leader of the Right, and was
known as the Commander.
Hodge secretly funded the Right by diverting funds he
received while he served as X-Factor's public relations
manager. Warren Worthington III, then known as the Angel,
believed Hodge to be his friend while, in fact, Hodge
deeply resented Worthington's good looks, vast wealth,
and his powers. Worthington and Hodge devised the concept
of X-Factor, an organization of supposed mutant hunters
who masqueraded as normal human beings, but would actually
make contact with superhuman mutants and help them control
their superhuman abilities. However, as Hodge has secretly
intended, the campaign actually fueled the Right's purposes
by intensifying prejudice against mutants.
The first physical display the Right committed was kidnapping
the mutant known as Rictor from his native Mexico where
he was responsible for a devastating earthquake. The Right
discovered that Rictor had been the source of the quake.
They brought him to San Francisco where they linked him
to an elaborate device designed to amplify his powers
enough to shift the tectonic plates within the San Andreas
fault and cause a catastrophic earthquake. They had hoped
this plan would further discredit mutants when officials
determined the cause of the quake, but X-Factor foiled
The Right contracted convicted genetic engineer, Dr.
Frederick Animus, later known as the Ani-Mator, and commissioned
him to find a means of preventing mutation from occurring.
The Right supplied Animus with animals to use as subjects
for his experiments, and they created a laboratory for
him on an otherwise deserted island in the North Atlantic
However, Animus defied his employers instructions and
created creatures with combined characteristics of human
beings and animals which he called his "Ani-Mates."
He intended them to be a slave race that would serve humanity.
One of the Ani-Mates, Bird-Brain, escaped from "Paradise"
and was befriended by the New Mutants who accompanied
him back to the island. They were captured by the Ani-Mator,
who intended to discover a way to give his Ani-Mates the
shape-shifting power of one of the captive New Mutants,
The New Mutants subsequently escaped only to be recaptured
by members of the Right, including Hodge. The Right had
arrived on the island to discipline the defiant Ani-Mator.
Bird-Brain and other Ani-Mates rescued the New Mutants
and battled the Right. In the melee, Animus aimed a handgun
at Wolfsbane, intending to kill her rather than allow
the Right to take her. However, the New Mutant, Cypher,
knocked Wolfsbane aside, only to be fatally shot himself.
Infuriated, another New Mutant, Magik, exiled Animus and
the involved members of the Right to the dimension Limbo.
Their fate has yet to be revealed.
After a narrow escape from the New Mutants, Hodge rededicate
the cause of the Right to destroy mutants rather than
to contain and discredit them. By this time, X-Factor
realized that Hodge was their enemy and during their first
battle with the Right, they learned that he was the leader
of the organization.
Worthington, who had been driven to despair and suicide
by Hedge's machinations to amputate the Angel's wings,
had been "reborn" at the hands of the mutant
Apocalypse, who used his advanced biological knowledge
to give him new, deadly wings. Calling himself the "Archangel,"
Worthington tracked Hodge to a secret Right base in Chicago
seeking vengeance. When the Archangel discovered that
the Right had performed experiments on his former lover,
Candace "Candy" Southem, which resulted in her
death, he violently lashed out, killing several of their
members and apparently Hodge himself.
Whether Hedge truly met his death remains to be seen,
although the current activities of the Right have been
quelled with the absence of a leader.
Thus far, the only revealed headquarters of the Right
have existed in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York;
Members of the Right are often designated rankings and
corresponding uniforms as in the military. Higher officials
dress in ceremonious robes during meetings.
Weapons and Paraphernalia: The Right has access to a
vast arsenal of advanced, state-of-the-art technology
and weaponry. When in combat, members of the Right often
wear armored battle suits that have machine guns attached
to the shoulder places and can fire explosive missiles.
The battle suits also give them the power of flight at
low velocity, increased resistance to injury, and a slight
enhancement of strength. The facemasks of the armor have
"smiley faces" painted on them as an aid in
First Appearance: X-FACTOR #17