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[[caption-width-right:360:You will ''never'' be this badass...]]
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'''Nick Fury''' is an [[TheAgeless immortal]] superspy. He has been an agent (and later director) of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}, an international security organization. He first appeared in ''"Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos''" #1 (May, 1963), created by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby. The HowlingCommandos series ran for 120 issues (May, 1963-July, 1974), featuring the World War II adventures of an army unit. In ''"ComicBook/FantasticFour''" vol. 1 #21 (December, 1963), an older Nick Fury appeared alive and well in the [[TheSixties 1960s]]. He was no longer with the military, instead serving as an agent of the {{CIA}}. This version of Fury next appeared in ''"Strange Tales''" #135 (August, 1965), where Fury became the leading agent of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} and the lead of a new series. He has since served as the lead character of several series and magazines. However, the most famous version was the period with Creator/JimSteranko at the helm, that showed arty {{Surrealism}} and abstractionism had a place in comics.

The life story of Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury is relatively simple. A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII vet from [[BigApplesauce New York's]] Hell's Kitchen, Fury started fighting the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] with his [[BandOfBrothers band of brothers]] the HowlingCommandos first before moving onto more esoteric foes of humanity. It was sometime between moving to work for the {{CIA}} and fighting a hate-ray powered clone of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler alongside [[Comicbook/FantasticFour a walking pile of rocks]] that Fury realized that when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. And thus has followed a several-decades-long CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

In 2000, Marvel launched the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe with reimagined versions of its characters, and for Nick Fury's redesign they decided to model him on Creator/SamuelLJackson; even going to Jackson himself to request likeness rights. Jackson agreed on the condition that he would get first dibs to play Fury in any potential movie roles. This came to pass in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, and as a result of those movies' popularity the Jackson version has become ''the'' pop-culture image of Fury and the version used in all adaptations since; Marvel has even introduced a Jackson-{{Expy}} "Nick Fury Jr." into the original continuity.

A version of Fury also appears in Marvel's DarkerAndEdgier MAX imprint universe, where he debuted before [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX The Punisher]]. In there, he was a main character in two comic series: ''Fury'' and ''Comicbook/FuryMyWarGoneBy''.

Why he is cooler than you will ever be:
* He has a FlyingCar.
* He parks this Flying Car in his [[AirborneAircraftCarrier Flying Base]] filled with [[RobotMe Life Model Decoys]] and psychic spies.
* He's fought radioactive robots in space.
* He's chased a warlord to another dimension to fight psychic duels with his literal EyepatchOfPower.
* He's hunted Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.
* He is a BadassNormal feared by NighInvulnerable beings.
* He is feared by NighInvulnerable beings because he has demonstrated the "nigh" portion by killing several.
* He [[UnflinchingWalk never looks at explosions]].
* He does, however [[{{Badass}} ride motorcycles through explosions]] while shirtless and [[GunsAkimbo Dual Wielding Laser Pistols]].
* He is [[TheAgeless literally ageless]].
* He once willingly turned himself into an EldritchAbomination to save reality.
* He's beaten up AdolfHitler on more than one occasion.
* He was played by Creator/DavidHasselhoff in a 1998 PilotMovie.

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!!These tropes feature in his life:

* ActuallyADoombot - His Life Model Decoys have been used for this.
** UpToEleven in ''{{ComicBook/Livewires}}'' [[spoiler:when a bunch of them escape and form a {{hivemind}}.]]
** The man's use of [=LMDs=] is pretty infamous: in ''EarthX'', a whole slew of them were activated when the real thing died aboard a Helicarrier. Captain America even referred to them as a sort of "ghosts".
** [[SerialEscalation And now]] ''Comicbook/OriginalSin'' implies that [[spoiler:ALL of Fury's modern day appearances were potentially [=LMDs=]. The REAL Fury is an old man]].
* {{Affirmative Action Legacy}}/{{Canon Immigrant}}: ''Battle Scars'' (a ''Comicbook/FearItself'' epilogue) introduces Marcus Johnson, a black marine sucked into the world of superheroes when it was discovered he's Fury's son. By the end of the event - coincidentally just as the ''Avengers'' movie premiered - he'd lost his eye, shaved his head, and all in all become Ultimate Nick Fury in the non-Ultimate verse (it's even found that his birth name is really "Nicholas Fury, Jr.").
* TheAgeless: He is physically in his 40s, 50s tops, and will not age another day.
* ArtEvolution - Just look at the first reprint book of Creator/JimSteranko's period with this character to see the artwork gradually changes from an imitation of JackKirby's style to an inspired surrealist visual magic like ''nothing'' ever attempted in mainstream comics before!
* {{Badass}}: Nick Fury is that page's image for a very good reason.
** BadassBeard: Either that or a PermaStubble.
** BadassGrandpa: Physically in his 40s or 50s.
** BadassInCharge: That "Director of SHIELD" title isn't just for show.
** BadassLongcoat: The Jackson version is prone to wearing these.
** ColonelBadass: Held the rank of Colonel for most of his tenure as Head of SHIELD. His Ultimate Universe version became a FourStarBadass.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Nick is just your average combat-hardened joe from the Big Apple... who doesn't age. Because of drugs. Awesome drugs.
*** Given all the other superheroes, he's as close to [[BadassNormal a normal hero]] as you'll get.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy - In the Ultimate Universe, which became the go-to version whenever they want to depict Nick Fury outside of comics lately (though he isn't bald in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', in fact he retains most of his 616 features save for ethnicity; funnily enough, that version of Nick Fury ends up looking like [[Film/PulpFiction Jules Winfield]] with an eyepatch! In season 2, he's shaved his head and looks like Ultimate Fury.)
** This trope is practically a given seeing that they tailored Ultimate Nick Fury from the likeness of TropeCodifier [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Samuel L. "Muthafuckin'" Jackson]]
* BaldOfAwesome: See above.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Fury often uses morally questionable tactics like lying, manipulation to outright murder. Despite this he does care for other people, tries to minimize damage, and values freedom and justice. These acts are often necessary to stop people who don't care for the lives of others and often want to watch the world burn.
* CaptainErsatz: Dirk Anger of HATE from {{Nextwave}} was created specifically because Creator/WarrenEllis couldn't use the real deal.
* TheChessmaster: In ''ComicBook/SecretWarriors'' [[spoiler: Nick has let Baron Strucker believe that he secretly controls S.H.I.E.L.D. all this time, because that puts ''him'' in a position where [[GambitPileup he can secretly control HYDRA]].]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The MAX version, which was created by GarthEnnis for a six-issue miniseries and later appeared in Ennis's Punisher MAX series. In all of his appearances he drinks, smokes, swears, has sex with hookers, disobeys orders and beats people up while complaining about how little combat he sees and how pathetic modern society is. While certainly badass and fitting of the MAX label, this portrayal drew notable criticism from Stan Lee, who was openly disgusted by it.
** The Ultimate Nick Fury, {[[RaceLift no pun intended]]}, is corrupt and has done immoral things to stay in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D.
* EasilyForgiven: By the heroes whose minds he wiped without their consent during Secret War. Steve, who was angrier than everyone except Wolverine, even explicitly praised Fury in a later storyline.
* EvilTwin - Sort of. He has an LMD that developed an individual consciousness and thought it was the real thing. It took a while for it to go evil. At first, he just went rogue and spent years dismantling terrorist cells.
* EyepatchAfterTimeSkip
* EyepatchOfPower
* FiveManBand: As an agent of SHIELD, he often was in one.
** TheHero: [[CaptainObvious Nick Fury]].
** TheLancer: Gabriel Jones.
** TheBigGuy: Dum-Dum Dugan.
** TheSmartGuy: Jasper Sitwell.
** TheChick: Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
* InsertGrenadeHere - During his Howling Commando days.
* JerkAss - He takes this trope and makes it a freaking ''artform''.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold - It's because of this that people like Captain America and Wolverine value him as a friend.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoralityPet: Daisy Johnson/Quake is his, and seems to be the closest thing he has to a daughter.
* MythologyGag - If 616!Fury needs a disguise in a story written by Bendis, he will use a hologram that looks like Ultimate Fury. Ultimate Fury will, on the other hand, use a hologram that looks like 616!Fury.
* OpeningACanOfClones - The [=LMDs=] (Life Model Decoys) make his deaths less than believable.
* PermaStubble- depending on the artist
* RaceLift - his Earth-616 incarnation (i.e. the Marvel Universe that's been around since CaptainAmerica #1 in the '40s) is a white guy with an eyepatch. In UltimateMarvel, he's Creator/SamuelLJackson with an eyepatch. This was continued into his cameo appearance in ''MarvelVsCapcom3'' ([[spoiler:in [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV C. Viper]]'s ending]]), which is set in a third continuity. (MarvelUltimateAlliance gives you one skin of each, and another one of each can be unlocked by beating people up).
* RatedMForManly
* RuleOfCool: The reason Ultimate Nick Fury was written as Samuel L. Jackson.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior - With a slowed-down aging process, but yeah.
* SeenItAll: He's moving towards the century mark, has been in three wars (WWII, Korea and Vietnam), worked for the CIA before moving on to S.H.I.E.L.D. and has been through paratrooper, demolition, Army Ranger and Special Forces training. All this ''before'' he started taking on super villains as the boss of SHIELD.
* SergeantRock - Fury is basically the AlternateCompanyEquivalent of [[{{Comicbook/SgtRock}} the guy who named the trope]]. He then moved on to become a ColonelBadass.
* SexGod: Creator/GarthEnnis portrays him as this. During one storyline in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' he is roused during a mission to be updated on Castle with three women in his bed. In his own miniseries after the handicapped boy he's looking after injures himself he goes into a... well, [[JustForPun fury]] and phones for half a dozen Asian hookers.
* ShellshockedVeteran: His MAX series and appearences in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' portray him as this, disillusioned with Iraq, looking after a young boy who he wants to mercy kill, drinking heavily, sleeping with multiple hookers, and beating the crap out of US generals when they resort to terrorism.
* SmokingIsCool:
** It was even a RunningGag that his connections could get him Cuban Cigars.
** Subverted during Joe Quesada's reign in Marvel. He banned smoking by iconic characters, including Fury.
* TheSpymaster
* [[SuperHeroOrigin TOP Secret Origin]] - a badly wounded young soldier called Nick Fury stumbled into the laboratory of a French biochemist. The only treatment to hand was an experimental longevity drug...
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In his days with the Howling Commandos, and in the early ''Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' stories, Nick usually got his shirt ripped off or destroyed well before the halfway point of the story. Later on, S.H.I.E.L.D. uniforms came to be made of more durable materials.
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