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"I told you that I could change your life."
A friendly young woman who is far more dangerous than she first appears. While first associated with Project Centipede and HYDRA, she also has ties to Skye's father.
- Affectionate Nickname: Garrett calls her "Flowers."
- Ambiguously Brown: While her appearance and accent suggest African-American, she has spent a great deal of time in Asia, and the actress is Irish and Ethiopian.
- Ambiguously Human: Claims to have something in common with Skye who, as an 0-8-4, might not be human. This is also hinted to be why she's in direct contact with her father and why the Obelisk let her live.
- The ambiguity is cleared up in "What They Become". She's an Inhuman, like Skye, and undergoes Terrigenesis in that episode, ending up drastically altered.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Claims to want to help Chan, improves his powers, and gives him the alias "Scorch," but is only leading him on so they can harvest his blood platelets to further the Centipede project. She also leaves Debbie at Chan's mercy during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, even mocking Debbie as the elevator closes on her.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Near the end of episode 17, Garrett lets it slip that she was brainwashed by the same machine used to plumb Coulson's memories.
- Broken Pedestal: She's quite disappointed to learn the truth about the Clairvoyant, though it doesn't take long for her to get back on board with him. It's further broken when she learns that Garrett doesn't share her own goals in fostering the talents of gifted people. However, in season two she admits she regained some respect after he was enlightened after being injected with the formula and telling her what she wanted to know.
- The Chessmaster: In "Heavy is the Head", she approaches Creel and gives him a piece of rare metal with a tracker device hidden inside, then gives S.H.I.E.L.D. his location, intending to use the fight between them and Creel to snatch the 0-8-4 from HYDRA's hands.
- Creepy Monotone/Soft-Spoken Sadist: Leaves Chan and Debbie to their respective fates at the other's hands without so much as raising her voice while giving her blithe one-liners.
- Dark Chick: Demonstrates no powers, combat prowess, or other common supervillain traits, but her ability to get what she needs with soft words and a sweet smile makes her one of The Clairvoyant's most effective underlings.
- Dissonant Serenity: S.H.I.E.L.D. is storming your secret human experimentation facility; do you a) leave quickly, b) freak out at your bosses on the phones, c) attack the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, or d) keep sashaying like you're getting paid by the hour? Raina chose D.
- The Dragon:
- After The Clairvoyant kills Edison Po for his failure, Raina becomes his replacement.
- By season two, she's this for Skye's father.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- She looks somewhat appalled that Po is resorting to potentially lethal torture to get the truth behind Coulson's resurrection.
- World domination is "too 1945" for her tastes. This is why she's working for Skye's father instead of HYDRA in season 2.
- Even though she was the one who put Simmons' cover at risk in order to cut a deal with Coulson, she was legitimately disturbed when she realized he wasn't buying what she was selling and that Simmons would likely be killed as a result.
- Evil Costume Switch: After "The Girl In the Flower Dress" establishes her as one of the bad guys, she stops wearing pretty flowery sundresses and starts wearing darker colors and more metallic or reptilian-looking materials, while still more-or-less maintaining the flower pattern motif.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Even if she does end up with the good guys during the second half of Season 2, judging from how she looks as an Inhuman she had a bunch of sins to atone for even before the whole Centipede business.
- Enemy Mine: In Season 2, she actively helps S.H.I.E.L.D. stop one of HYDRA's operations. This also gives her the chance to steal a powerful artifact.
- Evil Genius: After the truth is out about the Clairvoyant, Raina officially steps into this role.
- Faux Affably Evil: She always speaks in a friendly and polite tone of voice, even when she's manipulating someone.
- Friendly Rivalry: Her relationship with Debbie until her own life is threatened.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was a two-bit con artist in Thailand when the Doctor found her.
- Giver of Lame Names: She's the one who came up with Chan's completely unimaginative alias of "Scorch." Judging by Debbie's reaction, this isn't the first time.
Debbie: Oh, God. You gave him a name, didn't you?
- The Heavy: While certainly not the leader of Centipede, she has far more presence in the show than most of the other villains.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: She's vaguely described her own motivation as wanting to wake up what's hidden inside and has an interest in gifted people. She hasn't really explained why, but "Beginning of the End" suggests that Raina either has latent powers of her own or wants them.
- Turns out, that's exactly it. She wants to unlock the Terrigen Mists.
- I Have Your Son: Gets Mike to betray Coulson by holding the former's son hostage.
- Iconic Outfit/Flower Motifs: Wears Chinese flower dresses.
Coulson: Just tell me one thing. What's with the flowers?
Raina: Who doesn't like flowers?
- In "Providence", she's seen folding lots of origami flowers out of patterned paper, and the Clairvoyant even went to the trouble of buying her a new dress when he has her broken out of prison.
- Karma Houdini: Despite a brief stint in prison in the middle of the season, she's freed by Garrett in "Providence", and escapes his downfall in "Beginning of the End", appearing in the next season as an agent of Skye's father.
- Knight of Cerebus: Her debut episode marks the point where the effects of Centipede's machinations really start to kick in.
- Manipulative Bastard: Very cleverly plays on Chan's desire for exposure and purpose, further feeding his ego with a codename, and relies on double-edged wording: the world would know who he is... as the man Centipede dissected to make their super soldiers work; he does have a gift—and you give gifts. She's even able to manipulate Coulson, of all people, into giving up his secrets. She loses her cool when dealing with the Doctor and Whitehall precisely because they don't give her the opportunity to play her games.
- Monster Fangirl:
- She's noticeably intrigued by the Clairvoyant, and, after she gets the chance to talk with him for the first time on the phone, she says her "heart's still pounding" minutes later. It's a Broken Pedestal thing when she meets him in person. Though she starts reining in her displeasure when Garrett puts her in charge of HYDRA's scientific operations and she realizes just how resourceful and dangerous Garrett is, clairvoyance or no. After he's "enlightened" she has respect for him by the next season, defending him post-mortem to Coulson, who she believes was enlightened as well.
- She was also a fan of Creel until he robbed her.
- Non-Action Guy: Has not been shown to be combat-capable thus far, especially since she was easily punched out by Skye.
- OOC Is Serious Business: She keeps her cool when Mike Peterson threatens her life in Season 1. The fact that she is genuinely afraid of Whitehall and Skye's father show just how terrifying she considers those two to be.
- Person with the Clothing: The eponymous "girl in the flower dress" from her introductory episode. Many characters identify her by said dress. When asked about her choice in wardrobe, she simply asks, "Who doesn't like flowers?"
- Race Lift/Name's the Same: In the comics there's a Hauk'ka, a reptilian humanoid, named Raina. She's also a villain.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Beginning of the End", between Team Coulson's attack on the Cybertek facilities and Garrett going off the deep end, she packs up her research and leaves.
- Street Urchin: She was homeless and still a child when Skye's father found her.
- Transhuman: May or may not be one herself, but her interest in such persons is what motivates her. In "...Ye Who Enter Here", she's suggested to be a descendent of someone who survived the Diviner, explaining why she's able to touch it. She then becomes an Inhuman along with Skye, and from what little we've see implies that she's no longer human.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She does this to Debbie when she leaves her to deal with Chan. Later, she appears to be the victim of it herself after she was captured and the Clairvoyant moved on to Ian Quinn. Ultimately subverted as of "Providence"; he's broken out of prison along with Quinn, and he clearly still appreciates her skills.
Michael "Mike" Peterson
"I could, you know? Be a hero."
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Portrayed By: J. August Richards
"You said if we worked hard, if we did right, we'd have a place. You said it was enough to be a man, but there's better than man! There's gods... and the rest of us? What are we? They're giants... we're what they step on. "
An ordinary guy with a son who mysteriously receives superhuman abilities thanks to "Project Centipede", attracting the attention of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Skye. Mike is eventually transformed into Deathlok by HYDRA, and forced to work for them or else they will kill him and his son. S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to free him and his son when they take down John Garrett.
- Action Bomb: Very nearly explodes due to the Extremis in his system, like the previous user of Centipede. Unlike the former, Mike is spared from this fate.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Deathlok was a hero in the vein of RoboCop. Here, Mike is an unwilling villain through Centipede having him cowed by the Explosive Leash they have in his eye socket, and not allowing him to see his son, Ace. After being freed from HYDRA he strikes out on his own, presumably to become an Anti-Hero like the comics version.
- And I Must Scream: He knows he's a good man deep down inside, and he's more concerned about his son's well-being than anything even after becoming Deathlok, but he has to do HYDRA's bidding or else, especially considering what he had learned about another victim of the eye implant.
- Anti-Villain: In the pilot, Coulson calls him a "good man with a bad break". As of "T.R.A.C.K.S.", he's only working with Centipede because of the eye implant.
- Appropriated Appellation: He's known as "the Hooded Hero" because he wore a hood when he performed his Heroic Fire Rescue at the opening of the pilot.
- An Arm and a Leg: Lost his right leg in the explosion at the end of "The Bridge". It's replaced with a high tech counterpart.
- Arm Cannon: Gets one in "End of the Beginning", specifically a two-shot mini rocket launcher. It also comes with a few extra gadgets.
- The Atoner:
- In "The Bridge," he's very ashamed of his past actions and eagerly works hard to be as much a force for good as possible to make up for them. Which only makes it worse when Centipede forces him to betray Coulson to save his son Ace.
- Walking away in the season 1 finale implies that he is going to make up for the evil deeds he was forced to commit.
- Ascended Extra: He's returned as of "The Bridge" to work with Coulson and later becomes a Centipede Eye-drone. Not only that, see Canon Foreigner below.
- Bald of Evil: Sort of. He's not evil, just extremely unstable and being coerced.
- Becoming the Mask: Garrett thinks this is the case in "Ragtag", after he punches a drug lord's head clean off. It's clear he's wrong about it, though; Mike is just venting in the few ways he can.
- Big Eater: He mentions in "The Bridge" that he eats about four times the amount of food he used to, and when using his strength maybe ten times.
- The Brute: A hitman for Garrett, albeit a very reluctant one.
- Canon Foreigner: As of "T.R.A.C.K.S.", he's the newest Deathlok, but isn't named after any of the known versions of him from the comics. Though one of the Deathloks' secret identity is Michael Collins, so it could be an Adaptation Name Change. However, as a Mythology Gag, his leg is labeled 5.0, and there were only four Deathloks in the comics. He's still this, but they at least made a Continuity Nod.
- The Cape:
- At the start of his introduction, there's an explosion. While other people are running scared or taking pictures, he tells his son that someone needs his help and goes to work. Later on, he tells Coulson that his stalwart nature ("it depends on the kind of person you are") is why he can control the Extremis in his system. A combination of With Great Power Comes Great Insanity and bad circumstances make him an antagonist.
- When he returns in "The Bridge", he does everything he can to make up for his earlier mistakes.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The more he's been upgraded with equipment, the less he resists orders, but his love for his son stays as strong as ever. When he refuses to rejoin Team Coulson it's because he doesn't trust his systems with anyone, not because he has systems.
- Cyborg: As of "T.R.A.C.K.S.", now that he has a robotic right leg to replace his missing one. As of "End of the Beginning", more than 95% of him has been transformed underneath the surface of his skin.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He's excited to work with The Team that shot him. Justified in this case as the shot stabilized his serum and he wants to be a hero.
- The Dog Bites Back: "The Beginning of the End" sees him defeating Garrett with a rocket and stomp to the face.
- The Everyman: He was the most ordinary of Joes who was down on his luck and behind on his bills before he got his powers.
- Expy: With the new backstory, he's basically Winter Soldier without the movie involvement.
- Face Monster Turn: Zigzagged Trope from the first to the last episode of season 1. Narrowly averted in the pilot thanks to the Sanity Slippage from the Extremis being stabilized. Played straight as of "T.R.A.C.K.S.", as he's been forced into becoming Deathlok. Then defied when he assists Team Coulson as soon as he's freed.
- Give Him a Normal Life: More than anything else, Mike wants his son to be safe and happy, and he's all too aware that he can't provide that.
- Guest Star Party Member: When he re-appears in "The Bridge", he's temporarily drafted into the team to help them against Centipede's new super soldiers.
- Healing Factor: Courtesy of Extremis.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Though not entirely of his own volition - he would have stayed firmly on the Face side if not for being captured by Centipede.
- Heel-Face Turn: He quickly turns on Garrett upon learning that SHIELD had taken his son back from HYDRA.
- Hero's First Rescue: Mike's heroic debut was climbing up the side of a burning building to rescue a woman trapped in the top floor.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Inverted in "The Bridge"; when he surrenders Coulson to Centipede against his will, Coulson's the one to reassure him that in doing so, he did the only thing he could do to ensure that nobody got hurt.
- I Have Your Son: This is used by Raina to force his cooperation in "The Bridge". In "Nothing Personal", he notes that S.H.I.E.L.D. being disbanded has left his son vulnerable, which is on top of the Explosive Leash currently in his eye socket. By the time of "Ragtag" it's revealed that HYDRA has now captured his son, leaving him even more under their control.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: He's got a mixture of alien technology, gamma radiation, super soldier serum and Extremis running through his body.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Fitz-Simmons give him a bodysuit that monitors his vitals, protects him from bullets, and is very comfortable.
- In the Hood: Wore one during his original rescue, hence the "Hooded Hero" moniker.
- Jumped at the Call: In "The Bridge" he is ecstatic to be recruited by Coulson and can't wait to get into the field and start helping people.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch:
- Even if it was stemming from the Sanity Slippage due to his powers, it's not hard to side with Mike when he injured the foreman of his former job after he was harassed and insulted by said foreman.
- In "Nothing Personal", he does this to Ward by triggering a heart attack via one of his shock devices.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Based on his first scene in "The Bridge", he's taken 'Captain Rogers' as his role model in superheroing.
- Knight Errant: At the end of season one finale is currently hitting the road to do good to make up for his actions.
- Made of Iron: Being hit with a shotgun blast to the chest doesn't do much to him apart from knock him over a rail owing to the sheer blast, and he gets back up afterwards.
- Name's the Same: There is a "Mike Peterson" in the Marvel Comics universe, but that one is a teenager who's the best friend of Slapstick.
- Never Found the Body: Appears to be blown up in "The Bridge", after spending the entire episode trying to atone for his prior insanity, and even more specifically trying to "make up for things" and save Coulson after Centipede forced Mike to betray him in a Sadistic Choice. As it turns out, he was taken alive by Centipede, and his right leg was left behind so S.H.I.E.L.D. would have something to find.
- Nice Guy: Before his Start of Darkness, he was a friendly and humble guy who wanted nothing more than to provide for his family. He returns to this in his second appearance.
- Obliviously Evil: His Sanity Slippage leads him to believe that his Jumping Off the Slippery Slope is his Superhero Origin.
- Oh, Crap:
- After he discovers that Centipede had recaptured him. And he's missing a leg. And he has an eye implant.
- After becoming Deathlok, other people suffer this the moment they learn he's in the area.
- Papa Wolf: He deeply loves his son. Even being transformed into a mostly-cyborg killing machine doesn't change that.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Once HYDRA's control over him is broken, he quickly turns on them.
- Psycho Serum: The Centipede has a side effect of Sanity Slippage, making him more violent. Really, what did they expect if they used the same stuff that created the Hulk?
- Punch Clock Villain: In "Nothing Personal", he admits to Skye that he's more concerned about Ace's safety and well-being than anything and only serves HYDRA so that nothing will happen to his son. After Ace is freed, he turns on HYDRA.
- Scars Are Forever: Despite his Centipede powers, the burn scars on his face remain.
- Scary Black Man: As he grows closer and closer to his Super Power Meltdown. In his second appearance, the serum's side effects are completely gone, and he's friendly and affable again.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The first Case of the Week, but also shown that the people behind his powers, the Centipede group, was still out there, continuing where they left off. Later averted when he returned in a bigger role.
- Super Power Meltdown: Narrowly averted, by way of Ward using the Night-Night gun. "The Bridge" reveals that being tranquilized at just the right moment fixed his meltdown problems permanently.
- Super Strength: Due to the Centipede group's serum, or rather the Extremis aspect of it.
- Super Toughness: Able to withstand serious blows without any injury, though it's implied that he can die from a headshot. His later upgrades make his durable enough to resist all but a few places being shot.
- That Man Is Dead: He claims that Mike Peterson is dead in "End of the Beginning", having given up on the hope that he might be freed or ever see his son again.
- Trapped In Villainy: Like Akela and The Englishman before him, and by the same method. After Project Centipede is destroyed, he becomes free again.
- Two-Faced: The result of being caught in the explosion at the end of The Bridge. Presumably the only reason he's even alive to begin with is because of the Super Serum in his blood.
- Villain of the Week: Though not the reason for the problems with Centipede, he's the primary face of it to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
- Walking the Earth: At the end of "Beginning of the End", instead of turning himself in or reuniting with his son, he decides that he has to make up for his bloody actions and hits the road, telling Skye that they can keep an eye on him through his eye implant.
- We Can Rebuild Him: After being caught in a bomb planted by Centipede, he's turned into the cyborg Deathlok.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Given all the trouble that he's been through, it's hard not to feel sorry for him, even as he starts having a psychotic breakdown.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He's obviously aware of the old tropes, claiming at one point during the pilot that the events unfolding around him are the elements of a typical Origin Story of a superhero. However, his Origin Story ends up being that of an Atoner Anti-Hero, played out over the entire season instead.
Portrayed By: Ajani Wrighster
Mike Peterson’s son who is a big fan of the Avengers.
Comandante Camilla Reyes
Comandante Camilla Reyes
"I'm not even going to mention the red Corvette."
Portrayed By: Leonor Varela
A recently-promoted comandante in the Peruvian military, who used to work with Coulson.
- Action Girl: As seen when she gets into a shootout with some rebels.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, she appeared to be an ally to the agents, but it turns out that she only joined then in order to hijack the Bus and the 0-8-4.
- Dark Action Girl: After she shows her true colors.
- First Name Basis: She often refers to Coulson by his first name, Phillip.
- I Can Rule Alone: Implied by Coulson to be her ultimate plan. She never replies.
- Knight Templar: She wants the 0-8-4 to seize power and install herself as dictator in order to stabilize her country.
- The Mole: She and her team joined Coulson and co. on the Bus in order to take the 0-8-4 for themselves.
- New Old Flame: For Coulson. She's rather unsubtle when reminiscing about their past together and attempts to coerce Coulson into a romp in his office for old times' sake. In actuality, she's doing this to distract Coulson while her men take over the Bus. It doesn't work.
- Put on a Bus: Last we hear of her, she's in a S.H.I.E.L.D. detention facility. Coulson mentions that the Peruvian government may eventually negotiate for her release.
- Spicy Latina: Given that she's from Peru. Crosses over with Good-Looking Privates, given her military status.
Dr. Franklin Hall
Dr. Franklin Hall
"I've seen the future, Mr. Coulson, and it's a catastrophe."
Portrayed By: Ian Hart
A brilliant S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who theorized on the existence of gravity manipulating element called Gravitonium, and who further invented a means of controlling it. When said element is discovered, he is kidnapped by an old colleague of his named Ian Quinn, who wants him to finish his research.
- The Atoner: In his youth, he was quite enthusiastic about his research until he realized how if misused or worse, turned into a weapon, it could result in the deaths of millions. As an adult, he's very unwilling to continue work on it.
- Bald of Evil: Or rather, Bald of Extremism.
- Fake Defector: Pretends to go along with Quinn's scheme in order to sabotage the project and keep the device out of the wrong hands for good.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Exploited. He pulled the strings of his own kidnapping in order to ruin his kidnapper's plans, but said kidnapper isn't aware of this.
- Mentor Archetype: He was FitzSimmons's favourite professor at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
- Not So Different: Hall claims S.H.I.E.L.D. is this to people like Quinn - and that their desire to control things led to the events of The Avengers. Coulson ultimately realizes that he and Hall are similar as well, and that they both make tough calls to protect people just before he seemingly kills Hall to save innocent lives.
- Start of Darkness: In the comics, he becomes a gravity-manipulating supervillain named Graviton after a lab accident. And indeed, during the course of the episode, he falls into his device and is absorbed by a bubble of gravity manipulating matter... and is then seen at the end trying to claw his way out from the inside, complete with Scare Chord.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was willing to cause the deaths of quite a lot of people in order to destroy the device and prevent it from ever being used to hurt anyone. Coulson agrees that he has a point and that he made a tough call, but doesn't let him go through with it.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Is well aware that his research could and is going to be used to harm people, and is forced to accept the fact that if he doesn't do something about it, the world may very well be worse off for his contribution. And so he decides to destroy the device by causing it to go haywire, obliterating a wide area, sacrificing himself and causing the deaths of many innocent people in order to make sure this doesn't happen.
Portrayed By: Austin Nichols
A famous hacker whom even Fitz-Simmons have heard of, and a high-level member of the Rising Tide.
- Broken Pedestal: Skye saw him as a Wide-Eyed Idealist freedom fighter until he released top secret information for a million dollars, information that ultimately resulted in several people getting killed.
- The Cracker: Same as Skye. We see him trigger a pre-prepared macro to hack the traffic system and cause gridlock in order to lose Coulson.
- Cruel Mercy: What Coulson ends up doing him: stuck in a city he doesn't know, where everyone speaks a language he may not know, with no money to his name, and last but not least, a Restraining Bolt that doesn't allow him to hack anything (which is his only known marketable job skill).
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied to have this, as he tells Skye that at least she knows what she's looking for in her life.
- Hypocrite: Espouses freedom of information, yet sells out a person for a million dollars to an organization he didn't research thoroughly enough.
- Insane Troll Logic: When Coulson calls him out on stealing information, he claims that "information has a will of its own." Even ignoring that he's constantly spewing platitudes and believes in freedom of information, that particular phrase is just nonsensical.
- Jerkass: An uppity hacker who blathers on in relentless platitudes and is a hypocrite to boot.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, Skye decides that hacking S.H.I.E.L.D. and–even worse–selling someone out for a million dollars is his MEH. At the end of the episode, as S.H.I.E.L.D. strands him in Hong Kong with a Restraining Bolt that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for him to use electronic equipment for a while, it's clear that Skye doesn't want him around anymore, even if she's pretending to be nice to him about it.
- New Old Flame: To Skye. Said flame burns out by the end of the episode.
- Pet the Dog: Cared a great deal for Skye, checking up on her and allegedly doing what he did in part to improve her life. Whether or not he still cares for her is unknown.
- Restraining Bolt: After the crisis is past, he's given a bracelet that Coulson vaguely describes as being able to do "anything we want". At the very least, it generates some kind of interference that makes using electronics difficult.
- Spanner in the Works: By taking money to hack S.H.I.E.L.D. for Chan's location, he not only ruined his own life, but blew his chances with Skye and cost her the trust of the other members of the team when she stuck her neck out for him.
- Techno Wizard: He taught Skye a good portion of her hacking ability.
- Unperson: Not as thorough as Skye, but he has no family records and has been known to use aliases.
Chan Ho Yin
Chan Ho Yin / Scorch
"Poor little Chan Ho Yen may have believed your lies... but not Scorch!"
Portrayed By: Louis Ozawa Changchien
A pyrokinetic street magician on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s watchlist. He is recruited by the organization behind Centipede in the hopes that they can use him to stabilize their serum.
- Canon Foreigner: Chan Ho Yin is not a character from the comics, though his codename is borrowed from a couple other D-list pyrokinetics. His ethnicity, as well as being "kind of a tool," also recalls Sunfire from the X-Men comics.
- Code Name: Scorch, given to him by the people of Project Centipede to play to his ego.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: A major plot point is the aversion of this. The assignment of a codename to Chan helps him embrace the idea that he must have gotten his powers for a reason and that he's someone special and powerful for them. When he refers to himself as Scorch, Coulson treats the information that "they gave him a name" as an Oh, Crap and realizes how seriously he's taking things.
- Foil: Of a sort to Mike. Both began gaining superpowers, both were approached by the Centipede project, and both were frustrated by their inability to make their lives work despite their powers. However, the big difference is that Mike thought more about helping his son survive than doing great things with his powers, and eventually realized that he could be a hero with some direction. Chan just wanted to be seen, and it led to his Sanity Slippage.
- I Love Nuclear Power: It's theorized his powers come from living near a nuclear plant that caught fire. However, it's noted that no one else in the vicinity received powers of any sort, so in the end the source is unknown.
- Jerkass: He first demonstrates his powers by scaring a couple who weren't impressed with his magic tricks. His S.H.I.E.L.D. file describes him as "kind of a tool."
- Not Using the Z Word: If Disney/MCU had the rights to X-Men, he'd likely be referred to as a mutant. The Agents even theorise that exposure to nuclear radiation may have caused his powers, which was one of the reasons often given for Mutants developing mutations.
- Playing with Fire: His power.
- Pyromaniac: After his Sanity Slippage.
- Required Secondary Powers: His blood platelets make him immune to being burned by his own powers. Once they're extracted, he ends up scorching himself each time he lights up.
- Riddle for the Ages: It is never ultimately explained how he first acquired his fire powers.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After being given a taste of the Centipede serum then being betrayed by Raina. As soon as he gets free, he starts attacking everyone.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Happens to him during Debbie's experiments: "This isn't testing, this is torture!"
- Street Performer: What he did for a living.
- Super Power Meltdown: He's given an overdose of Extremis when it's clear they can't talk him down.
- That Man Is Dead: Once he embraces his codename.
Professor Elliot Randolph
Professor Elliot Randolph
"One must adapt. Recent events have thrown us all for a loop."
Portrayed By: Peter MacNicol
A Norse Mythology professor that Coulson talks to about finding the pieces of the Berserker's staff. Turns out he's a part
of it as well: The original Berserker himself.
Portrayed By: Lara Seay
A young woman that seems to have telekinetic powers. In reality she was being haunted by her friend Tobias, who had a crush on her.
- All-Loving Hero: Skye points out that she didn't chose the job she has because she wanted to be a Rules Lawyer. She did it because she couldn't stand the thought of anyone being hurt.
- Break the Cutie: She thought that God was punishing her by sending demons after her.
Portrayed By: Dylan Minette
An introverted genius at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Sci-Tech academy who gets involved in a series of attacks involving devices that are able to freeze people solid.
- Abusive Parents: His parents didn't even realize how smart he was because they ignored him so much. When S.H.I.E.L.D. told his father that Donnie was gifted, his father replied "In what?"
- Adaptational Heroism: It's Adaptational Anti-Villainy in his case. He still ends up as a bad guy, but is given a sympathetic backstory. It's also made abundantly clear that he never intended for his actions to hurt anyone, at least at first, and he also never served HYDRA willingly; when he, as Blizzard, is acting of his own free will, it's actually against HYDRA. The only reason why SHIELD put him down at the end of "Making Friends and Influencing People" is so HYDRA won't be able to use him again.
- Age Lift: His comics counterpart is an adult criminal-for-hire.
- Anti-Villain: He wasn't interested in Ian Quinn's money. He was just having fun building something with Seth.
- In his second appearance, he isn't even antagonistic toward S.H.I.E.L.D. at all until Bakshi triggers the mental conditioning HYDRA put him through.
- Berserk Button: Don't even pretend to be HYDRA.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He was brainwashed by HYDRA sometime during season 1. His programing is re-activated during "Making Friends and Influencing People".
- The Bus Came Back: He resurfaces in the Season 2 episode "Making Friends & Influencing People".
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played with. He is never called as Blizzard, his comics counterpart's alias. But the project to analyze his Gifted power is indeed called as "Project: Blizzard" at HYDRA.
- Empowered Badass Normal: While never badass in the "combat-capable" sense, his debut episode makes it clear he has borderline superhuman engineering abilities, rivaling those of Fitz (who is nearly a decade his senior and with more experience). After the accident at the end of his debut episode he gains a Touch of Death power via cryokinesis.
- Friendless Background: Bonds with Fitz over this and their love of engineering. He had no friends in his hometown, and even at S.H.I.E.L.D Academy, he's a loner.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Built devices capable of freezing pools and people solid and causing massive superstorms.
- An Ice Person: As a result of his ice machine backfiring on him, he gets cryokinetic powers. He also has the technical skill to make weapons which can copy those abilities as well.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Has trouble interacting with people below a 170 IQ.
- Never Found the Body: According to Skye, his body hasn't been found since she shot him and he fell into the ocean.
- Start of Darkness: In the comics, he's the supervillain Blizzard and indeed, over the course of the episode, he gets his only friend killed and obtains cryokinetic powers. During his first appearance in season 2, he only uses them in self-defense or to spite HYDRA. His only villainous actions are due to brainwashing.
- Teen Genius: Has an IQ of 190.
Portrayed By: Elena Satine
Lorelei: And women can rule your land? Can they not?
Rooster: You'd be the first.
Lorelei: Yes. I will.
An Asgardian who arrives on Earth shortly after the team's discoveries at the Guest House facility.
Brigadier General Glenn Talbot
Talbot is an officer of the U.S. Air Force assigned to investigate the depth of HYDRA's infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Butt Monkey: Every time he meets Team Coulson, it doesn't go over well for him. It's not like we feel sorry when he's knocked out and/or wakes up somewhere else.
- Composite Character/Expy: He's Major Talbot only in name. Motive-wise he's closer to General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. This is probably why he gets promoted.
- Determinator: He simply won't give up his hunt for Coulson, especially after being humiliated in Canada.
- Friend on the Force: Though "friend" is stretching it, Coulson presses him into this role as S.H.I.E.L.D. no longer has the resources to contain gifted prisoners like Carl Creel.
- General Ripper: He has this reputation in universe. When he mentions "peacekeeping" troops, Coulson remarks that since Talbot's in charge, they'll be anything but.
- Coulson speculates that the worse case scenarios for his team and the surviving agents at the Hub are that he'll either lock them all up without trial or have them executed.
- When he finally catches up to them, he comes after them (a small group of four or five agents) with an army guns blazing and all, and threatens to make their lives a living hell unless they cooperate, and even if they do, they don't get to walk off.
- He literally becomes this in Season Two when he's promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General, though he soon knows his enemy well enough to recognize that the UN attack may not have been S.H.I.E.L.D.'s doing.
- Hero Antagonist: A fair number of people In-Universe would agree that going after rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents is a heroic act, considering how many of them are actually bad guys. However, he seems keen to focus on agents for whom he has a personal dislike, or even those he knows are innocent but believes can be threatened for information, meaning that this trope has a limit on it.
- Inspector Javert: He admits in "Nothing Personal" that he never liked S.H.I.E.L.D. to begin with, hence why he's so keen to prosecute them, even if it means going across borders (Canada, specifically).
- It's Personal: He never liked S.H.I.E.L.D, and there appears to be some history between him and Coulson.
- Jerkass: From the small conference call Team Coulson had with him, he patronized Coulson, questioned his capabilities as a leader and is ordering his men to practically invade the Hub. Coulson's annoyed expression when the call starts says it all.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he may not trust Coulson, he has a son and a wife he cares about very much proving he's not entirely heartless.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Nobody has an idea just how far HYDRA has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., and letting them continue onward as if nothing happened should be out of the question for governments who nearly became victims of S.H.I.E.L.D. without some severe investigation and interrogation of those who remain, with their suspicions justified in Ward being a HYDRA agent who is allowed to roam free because nobody is questioning his loyalty.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Coulson says the best case scenario resulting from Talbot's investigation will be The Team being tied up in court hearings for the next six months.
- Papa Wolf: He doesn't like it when Coulson mentions his son, thinking that Coulson was threatening him.
- Pet the Dog: He expresses regret when May tells him that six S.H.I.E.L.D. agents died in "A Fractured House", saying he knows how it feels to lose good soldiers. Then they shake hands.
- Rank Up: By Season Two, he's been promoted from a Colonel to a Brigadier General.
- Reflexive Response: He reacted immediately to May's call of "Watch your six!", despite the fact that he didn't see her, didn't know who she was, and didn't truly believe that he was in danger. His proper response gave him just enough time to evade Carl Creel's attack.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In Season 2, he starts to grow shades of this; for example, in "A Fractured House", he has doubts about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s involvement in the attack on the UN and even tells Senator Ward that he doesn't think S.H.I.E.L.D. was responsible.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Coulson and Hill give him and his men an epic beatdown at Providence Base, he isn't seen or mentioned for the rest of the first season. However, he returned in the Season Two premiere, explaining that finding such a secret base earned him a promotion.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Coulson see this as each other. For his side, Coulson impressed him by successfully hiding from him for a winter season, and later admits that he has "big brass ones".
- You Rebel Scum!: His attitude towards Coulson's team can be summed up as this. He takes offense when they use the term "agent" to describe one of their own, because that makes it sound like they're still part of a legitimate agency.
Portrayed by: Patrick Brennan
A former prisoner of the Fridge, Daniels was let out by the Clairvoyant and told to "follow his dreams".
The former girlfriend of Coulson, otherwise known as the Cellist.
- Ascended Extra: She was originally intended to be a completely throwaway tidbit about Coulson inThe Avengers, but fans were so fascinated by Coulson having a girlfriend that the Agents of SHIELD writers gave her two more mentions and then finally her on-screen debut.
- Damsel in Distress: Audrey is being stalked by Daniels and is briefly caught up in the battle between him and Coulson's team.
- Her Heart Will Go On: The reason Coulson doesn't want to reveal his resurrection to her is because she's already started to move past her grief and he doesn't want to reopen old wounds.
- Nice Gal: Appears to be a very sweet, gentle person.
- The One That Got Away: For Coulson.
- Rescue Romance: She and Coulson first fell in love after he came with SHIELD to protect her from Daniels the first time.
Portrayed by: Tsai Chin
Melinda May's mother, a retired secret agent—presumably Canadian—who is still well-connected even after the fall of SHIELD.
- Canada, Eh?: Her SUV has Ontario license plates. When she brags that "My agency never collapsed," one wonders if she's referring to Department H, which is essentially Canada's version of SHIELD.
- Cool Old Lady: She's a retired secret agent with a penchant for snarkiness.
- Deadpan Snarker: We can see where May got it from.
- Good Parents: She drove five hundred miles to pick up her daughter. Then there's tapping her contacts to aid her search of Maria Hill. According to Coulson, May was better adjusted before the event where she earned her hated nickname.
- Retired Badass: She's a retired agent from an unspecified agency.
- Unnamed Parent: Her first name hasn't been mentioned.
"Let's not lose our heads."
Portrayed by: Kyle McLachlan (Season 2)
Skye's father, who worked with Raina at one point in the past.
Portrayed by: Dichen Lachman (Season 2)
A young Chinese woman who was captured by HYDRA during World War II.
- Adaptational Heroism: Her comics counterpart Kim Johnson was a random prostitute who was unwittingly impregnated by the supervillain Mr. Hyde, and immediately gave the baby up for adoption.
- Human Resources: Whitehall dissected her and stole what was keeping her immortal to restore his youth.
- The Lost Lenore: For the Doctor, who spent the last several decades trying to avenge her.
- Older Than They Look: Whitehall first met her late into WWII, forcing her to touch the Diviner. She survived it and when they are reunited in the 80's, he sees that she hasn't aged since.
- Stuffed In The Fridge: The Doctor discovers her mangled body in a forest and swears to inflict the same on Whitehall.
- Unnamed Parent: Just like Skye's father in his earlier appearances, her name is still unrevealed. Even the reveal that Skye is Daisy Johnson doesn't help, as she's clearly not the character's mother from the comics.
Senator Christian Ward
"When evil sits to one's own heart, that is when the surest hand must cut it out."
Portrayed by: Tim DeKay (Season 2), Alex Neustaedter (Young)
Grant Ward's abusive older brother, who has become a U.S. Senator.
Portrayed by: Brian Van Holt
A S.H.I.E.L.D. assassin and test subject of Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: A blond ex-black ops turned serial killer.
- Psycho for Hire: In his days as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- Serial Killer: Becomes one for test subjects of Project T.A.H.I.T.I due to his GH.235-induced obsession to complete the Words of Creation - on their bodies - and understand their meanings.
Portrayed by: Joel Gretsch
A welder who was once Cameron Klein, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and test subject of Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
- Back from the Dead: He's a patient of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. formerly named Cameron Klein.
- Happily Married: He's perfectly content with living a quiet life with his family
- Improbable Aiming Skills: After catching the knife that Sebastian threw at him, Thompson manages to accurately throw it so that Coulson was cut from his bindings.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: To cure him of the GH.235-induced psychosis.
- Papa Wolf: He's protective of his family, especially where crazed GH-325 patients like Sebastian Derek are involved.
- Retired Badass: He's a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and according to his file, one of the elite. He was forced into retirement via memory wipe and now he prefers his new life.