Hicks was a colonel in the United States military and was assigned to investigate a giant creature coming ashore in Panama. There, he met Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos, who studied one of the creature's footprints. Eventually, the monster came ashore in New York City and caused severe damage throughout the city. Hicks was placed in charge of operations to destroy the monster, later dubbed Godzilla by the media. Under Hicks' command, the military encountered Godzilla in the city multiple times, with the beast eluding their attacks and disappearing. When classified information about the monster was reported by the media due to Nick Tatopoulos' ex-girlfriend Audrey Timmonds stealing it from him, Hicks had Nick kicked from the anti-Godzilla task force. Eventually, Godzilla was chased into the Hudson River by the military, where he was seemingly killed by torpedoes. However, Hicks later saw a news broadcast live from Madison Square Garden, where hundreds of Baby Godzillas had hatched and were roaming around. Hicks told Nick, Audrey, Victor "Animal" Palotti, and Philippe Roaché to evacuate the arena, and ordered two F-18 Hornets to blow it up. Afterwards, the still-living adult Godzilla appeared from underground and began to chase Nick and the others across the city. Hicks had them lure Godzilla to the Brooklyn Bridge, where the creature was finally killed by three F-18 Hornets. With Godzilla dead, Hicks' mission was complete.
After Godzilla's death, Nick convinced Hicks to conduct a search in the ruins of Madison Square Garden to ensure none of Godzilla's offspring survived. During the search, Nick discovered a surviving baby Godzilla, but allowed it to escape and did not tell Hicks. Eventually, Hicks received an anonymous tip from French agent Monique Dupre that Nick was keeping the new Godzilla at H.E.A.T. headquarters. Hicks and the military arrived and seemingly killed Godzilla, much to Nick's dismay. However, Godzilla survived and followed H.E.A.T. to Panama, where he battled the mutation Crustaceous Rex. After this, Hicks decided to allow Godzilla to live and saw him as a valuable ally against other mutations. Hicks gradually became an ally to H.E.A.T., helping them take out the various mutations that were causing destruction around the globe. He also frequently ordered the military to not attack Godzilla, often using local excuses to cover up his true intentions. One example being after a battle near an oil refinery, he ordered them to not attack or risk blowing up the entire plant. During the alien invasion, Hicks and his forces were mind-controlled by the Leviathan Aliens and acted as security for their island base Site Omega. After H.E.A.T. freed them from the aliens, they assisted in repelling the invasion force and decided to turn Site Omega into a containment facility for the surviving mutations. Despite his new position as the commander of Monster Island, his reputation for allying with H.E.A.T. and Godzilla has caused his fellow peers in the military to criticize him behind his back. Such comments never caused him to waver in his duties and he continues to assist H.E.A.T. and capture new mutations whenever possible.
In an alternate future where monsters called D.R.A.G.M.A.s had overrun the planet, Hicks had gained a cybernetic arm and was one of the leaders of the resistance against the creatures. When H.E.A.T. was pulled into this alternate future, Hicks told them that he had unleashed all of the monsters on Monster Island in a desperate attempt to stop the D.R.A.G.M.A.s, but all of Earth's monsters, including Godzilla, were ultimately killed. Thankfully, H.E.A.T. returned to the present and with Godzilla's help eliminated all of the immature D.R.A.G.M.A.s, preventing this hellish timeline from ever occurring.
- Godzilla: The Series (1999) - Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color
- Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars (2000) - Nintendo Game Boy Color
After Godzilla defeated the Crackler, an electromagnetic monster who had terrorized New York City, Hicks was called by Nick Tatopoulos who demanded that the Major call off his attack on Godzilla. Hicks however, informed the man that there had been no orders issued to attack the monster.
After Godzilla appeared at Site Omega, a military outpost in the Pacific Ocean and defeated Cyber Godzilla, the resurrected body of the original Godzilla, in the process dispersing an apparent alien invasion, Hicks invited Dr. Nick Tatopoulos to lead a team to study the various mutations on the island, but was politely refused.
Hicks in Godzilla: The Series
- Kevin Dunn, the actor who portrayed Hicks, is one of only three actors to reprise their role from the 1998 film for the animated series. The others are Malcolm Danare, who played Dr. Mendel Craven, and Michael Lerner, who played Mayor Ebert.
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