The Horde of the Violet Hare (called the Società delle Lepri Viola in the original Italian) is a malevolent secret cult-like organization.
Headed by a council of ten "Hareasters", the Horde of the Violet Hare is a secret society whose members (over 900 in number) wear purple hare-like outfits and behave with identical devotion thanks to mandatory brainwashing. The Horde mainly seeks to collect ancient artifacts (particularly Atlantean technology), be it through regular diggings or less savory means. Their ultimate goal, however, is of course to take over the world using this technology.
- Number One (the Grandmaster)
- Number Four 3/4 (the Duke of Baloni; 'retired')
- Number Seven (Doctor Malvazar)
- Number Eight (Abelard Monk III)
- Number Nine (Count Zoox)
Behind the scenes
First appearing in Mickey Mouse and the Shadow of the Colossus in 2005, the Horde of the Violet Hare have become recurring antagonists in Casty's stories. They were also repeatedly mentioned in "stories" carried out in the comment section of Joe Torcivia's The Issue At Hand, where it became a running gag for Torcivia and other readers to introduce malevolent and ludicrously-named copycats of the Horde, such as the Mélange of the Mauve Muskrat, many of whom then appeared in the unofficial comic Hare-Brained Hooligans.
The Horde of the Violet Hare is closely modeled on S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the antagonistic secret organization from the James Bond film series — complete with numbered operatives and a mysterious, faceless supreme leader.