Both Alice and Gene Hayes were mutants. Strangely, they both had similar physical traits and both possessed exactly the same telepathic powers. They were both tall Caucasians with dark brown hair and brown eyes. When using their mutant powers, both of them displayed the same red glow in their eyes. Despite being fully qualified and practicing doctors, the Hayes were persecuted by their neighbors. As mutants, they only sought to live peacefully in the predominantly Homo Sapien community. However, living in a time when the Mutant Registration Act threatened to become law was not easy, and therefore they were receptive to the offer of enhanced powers and possible immortality.
Together, Alice and Gene were the focus of an anti-mutant hunt by their neighbors; they were summoned by The Gibborim. Alice implored peace, arguing that they had only ever been good neighbors, but was easily coaxed by her husband into retaliating. However, just before they had the chance to use their powers offensively they were instantly teleported to the underwater Vivarium where five other married couples had also been gathered. An initial threat on the lives of Leslie and Frank Dean caused all the various gathered couples to start using their powers and throwing insults about. Just as Alice was verbally defending their innocence, The Gibborim appeared before them.
When The Gibborim made the offer of 25 years of unlimited power over Los Angeles and the possibility of immortality, they classed Alice and Gene Hayes as “The Outcasts”. Alice and Gene agreed to have their powers enhanced, and the chance that they would be among the six offered immortality after The Gibborim destroyed the Earth. As such, they became founding members of The Pride.
While publicly the Hayes were amenable, caring and jovial, in secret they wouldn’t give a second thought to using their powers to wipe clean the memories of their neighbors and anyone else around them. As members of The Pride, Alice wore a similar outfit to her husband, with dark maroon and black robes, with a fishnet mask covering the lower half of her face in place of his black surgical mask.
After Victor and Janet Stein announced that they were pregnant and intended to give their chance of immortality to their child, the Hayes also hoped to have a family. However, unlike the other couples in The Pride, they continued to try for several years before Alice conceived. Eventually they had a baby girl, Molly Hayes, and they had her screened for the mutant genes as soon as possible. However, all tests had negative results, and as such everyone presumed that Molly did not inherit her parent’s mutant powers.
On the night of the Ritual of Blood, when the sacrifice of a young prostitute had been observed by Alex Wilder, Chase Stein, Gertrude Yorkes and Nico Minoru; Molly was still in the Wilder’s games room with Karolina Dean. The others decided not to tell Molly about what they had seen, and therefore when they all met up at the observatory she was still in bed at home. As such, after the others had finished raiding their homes for weapons and information, they decided to go to the Hayes residence and liberate Molly.
Alice was using her mutant powers to keep Molly in a telepathically induced sleep. As a doctor, Alice had presumed Molly was seeking advice about her first menstrual cycle, however. if she had let her own daughter finish talking then she would have discovered that she was a mutant and her powers were starting to develop. Alice remained by Molly’s bed, but her concentration slipped when the Runaways entered the room and therefore Molly woke in time to see Nico knock her mother unconscious. Alice was therefore unable to see Molly’s power activated for the first time before she left with the other children.
Betrayal & Death
A year before the Runaways ran away from home, both Alice and Gene Hayes had begun to conspire with Leslie and Frank Dean. The Deans were aliens, classed as “Colonists” by The Gibborim. Since they had been set aside from the rest of humanity, the Hayes did not consider themselves to be human and therefore bonded with the Deans. Together, the four adults realized that instead of just giving their children the chance to become immortal, they could join them.
The pact with The Gibborim meant that six out of the twelve members of The Pride would become immortal. Together the Deans and the Hayes realized that if they were to remove the remaining eight members of The Pride, then they could become immortal along with their children, Karolina and Molly. However, realizing that the future of The Pride was already recorded in The Abstract they set about decoding their own copies. After they had identified which pages revealed their treacherous plot, they silently broke into the houses of the other Pride members to remove those pages from the other four copies of The Abstract.
While breaking into the Wilder residence, they were silently observed by Alex. Discovering their scheme to murder his parents, Alex began to form a plan of his own. Like the plan of the Deansâ and Hayesâ, Alex’s plan would guarantee immortality for his family, and for the Minoru family, as he had fallen in love with Nico. However, Alex’s plan began to fail when Nico rejected him. The Gibborim were angered when their human soul was released before they could devour it, and turned their wrath on all The Pride and the Runaways. As a last act of familial loyalty, the Pride used their powers to hold The Gibborim back while their children escaped.
Alice Hayes has not been seen since the Vivarium was destroyed in an underwater explosion. Both she and her husband are presumed dead.
While entertaining Molly Hayes’ admittance into the Xavier School in San Francisco, Emma Frost mentions that she knew the Hayeses; the Hellfire Club had originally reached out for them, but the Hayeses refused. Frost tells Cyclops that the Hayeses were monsters.
Powers & Abilities
Alice and her husband, Gene, are both telepaths.Â They generally use their powers in unison.Â The two can telepathically remove memories, sedate people, and injure minds.Â They appeared to be much less powerful than Emma Frost.Â Alice may or may not be a speech therapist.
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