The Right was an anti-mutant militia created by Cameron Hodge. Hodge was a roommate of Warren Worthington III in college who had grown insanely jealous of Worthington's good looks, prestige, and wealth. When Hodge learned Worthington was the mutant Angel, all those feelings attributed to Worthington were transferred to include all mutants, whom Hodge came to believe were a threat to the freedom of normal humans and therefore should be destroyed. Hodge became a highly successful member of a leading New York advertising agency, and during this time, he secretly created an organization devoted to the destruction of all mutants, the Right. Hodge was the leader of the group and was known as the Commander.

The first physical display the Right committed was the kidnapping of the young mutant known as Rictor from his native Mexico, where he was responsible for a devastating earthquake. The Right brought him to San Francisco, where they hooked him up to an elaborate device that would amplify his powers. The plan was to force Rictor to cause an earthquake at the San Andreas fault, damaging California. The Right believed that when the public found out that a mutant had caused all the destruction that it would further discredit mutants in the eyes of the public, but X-Factor foiled their scheme and rescued Rictor.

Hodge contacted a genetic engineer, Dr. Frederick Animus, who later became known as the Ani-Mator, and commissioned him to find a way to prevent mutations from occurring. Instead, Animus defied his employer's orders and created creatures with combined characters of humans and animals, which he called his "Ani-Mates." The Right had arrived on the scene to discipline the defiant Animus, and ended up battling the Ani-Mates, led by their member Bird-Brain and his allies, the group of young teens called the New Mutants. In the combat, the New Mutant called Cypher was killed. Infuriated, another New Mutant, Magik, transported all of the Right to the dimension of Limbo. Hodge narrowly escaped that fate and, because of this incident, rededicated the cause of the Right to destroy mutants, not to merely contain and discredit them.

When the Angel's wings were damaged in a fight with the Marauders, Hodge secretly arranged to have the damaged wings amputated. Then, he convinced Warren Worthington to change his will, making Hodge as the executor of the estate. He arranged for Worthington’s seeming suicide, and Hodge controlled the Worthington fortune. By now, the other members of X-Factor had realized that Hodge was their enemy. They engaged the Right in a battle and learned that Hodge was actually the leader of the group. Although he escaped, the Right were dealt a crippling blow and have yet to recover.

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