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Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 35: "One of Us"))A mob enforcer that got enhanced after getting his hands on experimental steroids. These increased his strength but severely reduced his intelligence.
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The Inhumans in General
A hidden race of superhumans. The alien race known as the Kree genetically altered the denizens of many planets in an attempt to create weapons for their war, catalyzed by the Terrigen Mists. Earth was the only planet on which this worked. The experiment was abandoned, but the descendents of these humans continued to use the Mists to unlock their powers. In the present day, they form a secret society hidden in a place called Lai Xi ("Afterlife").
- Abusive Precursors: The Kree attempted Terrigenesis on numerous planets, which killed millions. Some Kree regret their actions long after the fact, while the more extreme Kree would try to restart the program if they ever found out it actually produced some results.
- Blessed with Suck: Physical transformations tend to come hand in hand with the powers granted by the Mists, such as losing your eyes or having thorns painfully sticking out all over your body. Though only Gordon and Raina are shown to have transformed as such, it's indicated to be fairly common.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The Inhumans were introduced in this series a full four years before the slated release of their movie, and that's before it was pushed back another year to make room for Spider-Man.
- Hidden Elf Village: Lai Xi's location is known only to Gordon, and the only way to and from is with his teleportation. Despite the name and architecture, Lincoln isn't even convinced it's in China.
- Humans Are Special: The only planet where the Terrigenesis process actually worked? Earth.
- Super Empowering: Inhumans gain their powers through Terrigen Mist.
- Ultraterrestrials: The Inhumans are all born on Earth, but only exist because of Kree influence.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Prior to being exposed to the Mists, candidates are screened for potential psychological issues which would be magnified if the individual gained superpowers. In an incident prior to the formation of the Avengers, an Inhuman stole a batch of Terrigen crystals to transform her daughter, after she was rejected because Jiaying sensed a darkness within her. As a result, her daughter became an Emotion Eater who could bend others to her will through touch, and had an insatiable desire to feed on the pain of others. May ended up killing her when she couldn't be talked down.
Portrayed By: Ruth Negga
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 5: "Girl in the Flower Dress"))A charismatic 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: She 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", which reveals that they're both Inhumans, and both undergo Terrigenesis in that episode.
- Animal Motifs: Post-transformation, Raina's large gold eyes and beak-like nose are reminiscent of an owl, a bird associated with knowledge and foresight. Raina's Gift turns out to be visions of the future.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She exposed herself to the Terrigen Mists, believing she had a great power hidden within her. She was right, but she paid for it dearly in her physical transformation.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She claims to want to help Chan improve his powers, even giving 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.
- Body Horror: Her Inhuman form sprouts thorns everywhere, all of them constantly hurting, and she describes her insides as feeling "like gravel" possibly meaning she has quills on the inside. Lincoln's description suggests it is severe even by Inhuman standards.
- 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 Diviner from HYDRA's hands.
- 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. This changes when her Inhuman transformation makes her less attractive, but more physically dangerous.
- Dark Magical Girl: Season 2 sees her set up as a foil for Skye along these lines. Skye is an Inhuman and daughter of Cal who finds True Companions and relies on The Power Of Trust during missions while Raina is also an Inhuman and something of a foster daughter of Cal but works alone and manipulates others to achieve her objectives while also working for an older villain that she admires. She also seems to really enjoy working with Skye, such as during "Ye Who Enter Here" which fulfills the aspect of dark magical girls forming tight bonds with their magical girl foils.
- Death Seeker: She becomes this after her Terrigenesis transforms her into a "monster" in constant pain. After being told there is no cure, she attempted a Suicide by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents before Gordon rescued her. In "Afterlife", she tries to goad Skye in killing her, which is stopped by Jiaying.
- 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 first half, she's this for Skye's father as his second.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: The episode "Melinda" suggests this is her Inhuman gift.
- 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 Cal 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.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Apart from her transformation from the Terrigen Mists she really doesn't have any obvious powers. Not even the other Inhumans can figure out what they are suppose to be. Lincoln eventually figures out that her dreams are actually precognitive.
- I Have Your Wife: Gets Mike to betray Coulson by holding the former's son hostage.
- Iconic Outfit:
- 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.
- Wears Chinese flower dresses.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: After undergoing Terrigenesis, she is immediately horrified by the results of her transformation and wants to undo it.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She really likes the idea of super-humans and really, really wants to be one. As soon as Garrett "opens his eyes", her question is "What will I become?"
- Irony: In Season 1, Raina idolizes John Garrett, a man who claims to have clairvoyant powers but is actually a normal human. In Season Two, she herself gains clairvoyant powers, courtesy of her Inhuman transformation.
- 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. Karma eventually bit her in the ass when she tried to undergo Terrigenesis and ended up as The Spiny, turning her into a Death Seeker.
- Karmic Transformation: Calvin believes that her turning into an thorny monster is appropriate, considering how much she loved flowers.
- 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 Cal 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.
- Painful Transformation: She comments that her thorns put her in constant pain after her Terrigenesis.
- 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?"
- Precision F-Strike: "WHAT THE HELL HAVE I BECOME!?"
- Required Secondary Powers: Averted. After being exposed to the Terrigen crystal in the Diviner, her skin grows thorns which are just as painful to her as anybody else.
- Running Gagged: Loses the flower dress theme after Season 2's mid-season finale.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Spiny: After her mutation, Raina grows spines on her face and to her disgust, on her insides.
- Street Urchin: She was homeless and still a child when Skye's father found her.
- Tragic Villain: Her grandmother died when she was young leaving her an orphan until she was taken in by Cal who manipulated her through her desire to be something special. As she tried to find others who shared her beliefs all she got was being a grunt for self-serving egomaniac. And when she finally does unlock her "gift" she turns into a monster.
- Transhuman: May or may not be one herself, but her interest in such persons is what motivates her. She's eventually revealed to be an Inhuman and undergoes Terrigenesis.
- What Have I Become?: Even she's horrified at what the Terrigen Mists made her.
- 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.
- She's on the receiving end after turning into an Inhuman. Not that Cal would have been able to help her anyway, but he's still very cold about casting her aside, even telling her to kill herself if she can't live with it.
Portrayed by: Dichen Lachman (Season 2)
- 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.
- All Loving Heroine: She's a zigzag on this trope. She has endless compassion and care for Inhumans regardless of their deformity or what misdeeds they may have done, but shows a startling lack of sympathy for her own husband. Even then she ultimately talked their daughter into sharing a family dinner with him allowed him the pleasure of reciting the story of Skye's birth.
- Healing Factor: The source of Long Lived ability is her slow rate of aging. After Whitehall vivisected her, her husband revived her by piecing her back together.
- Human Resources: Whitehall vivisected her and stole what was keeping her immortal to restore his youth.
- The Leader: She made the rules of Lai Xing and is responsible for approving which Inhuman can got through the mists. In words of Lincoln, her role is to "be in charge".
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Thanks to her slow rate of aging she was alive long enough to shepherd many generations of Inhumans through their mutation.
- The Lost Lenore: For Cal, who spent the last several decades trying to avenge her.
- The Mentor: She was a source of guidance and support for newly mutated Inhumans, though Lincoln says he's never seen her personally take up the mentorship role, suggesting she stopped after losing Skye.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Played with depending on the student.
- Played straight with Gordon, who was taught by her and then had to step into her shoes after her death.
- Inverted with Skye. Instead of the mentor's death taking place after the tutoring as a "growing up" device, she died before Skye ever knew her and thus underscores how lost and confused the student is without their teacher.
- Not Quite Dead: Despite being vivisected by Whitehall and buried by Cal, she later shows up alive (albeit with a few scars) when Skye is brought to Afterlife. Word of God is Cal stitched her up and then her healing powers did the rest..
- Older Than They Look: Whitehall first met her late into WWII, forcing her to touch the Diviner. She survived it and when they're reunited in the 80's, he sees that she hasn't aged since. She notes in one flashback that she's not actually immortal, and was killed just a few years later.
- Posthumous Character: She has been dead since 1989, and her only appearances in the series have been in flashbacks. Subverted when she's later revealed to be alive.
- Really 700 Years Old: Her real age is unknown, but she survived long enough to mentor numerous generations of Inhumans around the world.
- Scars Are Forever: She has prominent scars on her face from her torture from Whitehall.
- Stuffed In The Fridge: Cal discovers her mangled body in a forest and swears to inflict the same on Whitehall. Unlike most "fridgies", though, she's come back to life.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Zigzagged. Cal stitched her back up and then let her healing powers do the rest to bring her back to life. Presumably she was grateful at that time because they started searching for Skye together. They were, in her words "ruthless" in their pursuit and it caused Jiayang to have a Heel Realization. She left him because he didn't. He continued the search while she gave up. convinced it was too late. Everything Cal has done since has been a desperate attempt to find Skye because he is convinced it will bring his family together again. When he causes trouble, her champion locks him in a windowless room for days and then refuses to let him see Skye again. Then, a day later, she convinces Skye to share a family dinner with him.
- Portrayed by: Jamie Harris, Phillip Labes (Young)
- Adorkable: His sense of humor really endears him to Skye.
- Ambiguously Evil: He makes a very unsettling remark to Cal about how his actions have sealed the fate of him and Skye.
- Big Brother Mentor: He styles himself as a big brother figure to all the younger Inhumans. He greets Raina by calling her "beautiful" and assures Skye that she is more than "destruction". To both of them he promises them safety, understanding, and a means of managing the cost of their gift.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- He rescues Raina before she could be captured or killed.Gordon: It's okay, beautiful. I'll show you the way.
- He later saves Skye from the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.Skye: Gordon...
Gordon: [teleporting in] Hello, Skye. Ready to go home?
- He rescues Raina before she could be captured or killed.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's very pleasant to Skye, but he's downright cruel to Cal (putting him in his place about his petty feud with Coulson was one thing, locking him in a room with no door or windows is another). He also snaps at Lincoln when he tries to help with Raina, bluntly saying that he wouldn't know what she's gone through because he didn't have to suffer a debilitating external transformation.
- Bizarre Alien Senses: Gordon has no eyes, but through some means can see as well if not better than a normal human. He's fully capable of perceiving people and objects as well as any sighted person, and can apparently sense his targets from great distances.
- Call On Me: He tells Skye that he will know when she's ready to go. Sure enough, only seconds pass between "Gordon, help" and his teleportation.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: By his own admission, he's terrible at telling jokes but it doesn't stops him from trying while breaking the ice with new Inhumans.
- Canon Immigrant: Soon after his first couple appearances in the show, he appeared for the first time in the comics' universe.
- The Champion: He is the defender of the Inhumans. He jumped in to save Raina from S.H.I.E.L.D. and then abducted Cal because his grudge match against S.H.I.E.L.D. was attracting dangerous attention. Then, when Skye was threatened by "real" S.H.I.E.L.D., he jumped in to help when she called him.Lincoln: It's his job to keep us safe.
- Composite Character: Although he's since been revealed as a Canon Immigrant, he has aspects of two Inhumans from the comics - the eyeless nature of The Reader (whose eyes were actually cut out due to his power level), and the power-set of Lockjaw (teleportation and force fields).
- Eyeless Face: One of the physical features Gordon has as an Inhuman is a noticeable lack of eyes.
- Fantastic Racism: Shows shades of this towards Cal even though he's Jiaying's husband, since Cal's powers came from chemical experimentation, not from birth or genetics.
- Heroic Neutral: He only acts to protect his fellow Inhumans.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Before he went through the mists as a tender young child, his eyes were visibly blue.
- Irony: He can teleport, but can't see where he's going. This is played up in a flashback to his childhood, where he smacks into numerous walls because he can neither control his power nor see the world around him to compensate.
- Kick the Dog: He really likes to push Cal's buttons (even though he's Jiaying's husband). This shows the viewers, what he's like to people who aren't Inhumans.
- Kirk Summation: He kidnaps Cal in the middle of a battle with S.H.I.E.L.D., then tells him in no uncertain terms that he's not one of the Inhumans and his attempts to "prove" S.H.I.E.L.D. is evil for their treatment of genuinely dangerous and unstable gifted people is only making them look worse.
- The Mentor: He's picked up the role for modern day Inhumans after the death of Skye's mother.
- Mundane Utility: Apparently uses his powers to bring Chicago deep-dish pizza to Lai Xi.
- Power Incontinence: Demonstrated in a flashback to his childhood. In the present, he's in complete control.
- The Resenter: He shows shades of this to Lincoln, because while Gordon's gift came at the cost of his eyes, Lincoln didn't have to undergo a gruelling physical transformation when he received his gift.
- Super Strength: Appears to be part of his powerset as he easily throws Cal into a wall.
- Teleport Spam: His Inhuman ability grants him the gift of teleportation.
- Portrayed by: Luke Mitchell
- Bad Liar: Lets information slip and than poorly tries to correct himself, leading to Skye confronting Raina.
- The Medic: He's a transitioner for the Inhumans, and his introduction shows him using acupuncture to help Skye's body fully adjust to her new powers. Later, he tells her that he's working on a medical degree.
- Mr. Exposition: Has the task of informing Skye where she is and what they do at Lai Xi.
- Nice Guy: He's nothing but sweet and courteous to Skye, and doesn't exhibit any of the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing of his fellow Inhumans.
- Shock and Awe: Every cell in his body has a charge, which he can control at will. He can use this to heat objects or deliver shocks, and mentions that he nearly burned down Lai Xi before gaining control. He can also transfer the energy to others through physical contact, which he demonstrates on Skye by making her levitate.
- The Stoner: He shows Skye a good spot to go to "smoke something."
Other Gifted/Enhanced Humans
Michael "Mike" Peterson / Deathlok
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: He 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. At least in Season 1, 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 Season 2 shows he's been working as a One-Man Army shadow operative for Coulson since he assumed Directorship of S.H.I.E.L.D., cementing him back into the "heroes'" side.
- 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". From "T.R.A.C.K.S." to "The Beginning Of The End", 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 Damn Heroes: Saves Coulson and Hunter from the 'Real' S.H.I.E.L.D. in "Afterlife".
- 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.
- The Bus Came Back: In "Afterlife", he returns as Coulson's reinforcements against the other SHIELD. It's revealed that he's been tracking high level HYDRA members for Coulson for months.
- Composite Character: 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. As a Mythology Gag, his leg is labeled 5.0, and there were only four Deathloks in the comics. He's still this. Though one of the Deathloks' secret identity in comics is Michael Collins, there's a Michael Peterson, a young African-American, that appeared in an issue of Slapstick in 1992.
- 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. As soon as he's freed, he becomes a hero once more. If anything, he's just developed (pardon the pun) Nerves of Steel and become more stoic while on assignment.
- 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 a 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 he heals quickly.
- 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.
- Hero of Another Story: He spent the bulk of season 2 on a mission assigned to him from Coulson. He was tracking Dr.List, one of HYDRA's heads, and monitoring his activity. If Marvel Studios ever wants to make a Deathlok mini-series, that would provide plenty of material.
- 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 Wife: 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.
- Instant Expert: Here is a justified use of the trope. After his return, Mike is able to upload all of the data on a SHIELD quinjet and expertly pilot in under a minute through his cybernetic eye.
- 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.
- He lands back in the main story in Season 2, by rescuing Coulson and Hunter from "Real"SHIELD's forces and piloting the quinjet out of there. Turns out he's been working for Coulson for a little while to atone.
- 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.
- One-Man Army: When Hunter learns that the reinforcements Coulson calls in "Afterlife" is just one person, he replies "that's not reinforcements, that's a gravedigger!". After Mike takes out two quinjets full of S.H.I.E.L.D agents with only minimal assistance, he learns that one man is indeed all the back up they need.
- 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, he is far above human in strength.
- 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.
- Take a Level in Badass: In Season 2. His return is marked with a new costume which looks much better than the original, EMP rockets to complement his more lethal payload, and a tech overlay that lets him upload and learn new tech systems like the SHIELD quinjets.
- 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.
Chan Ho Yin
Chan Ho Yin / Scorch
Portrayed By: Louis Ozawa Changchien
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 5: "Girl in the Flower Dress"))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 isn't 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.
Portrayed By: Dylan Minette
- 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: Patrick Brennan
- Badass Longcoat: Sports a black trenchcoat.
- Casting a Shadow: He's able to project beams of dark energy.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Double Subverted. Though he's never referred to as Blackout, his S.H.I.E.L.D. file does list his codename, even though Coulson's arm is positioned to block most of it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in "Providence" before his focus episode.
- Energy Absorption: He's able to drain energy from nearby electrical devices, and can drain the electrical energy of living beings through physical contact.
- Evil Wears Black: As befitting his codename, Blackout wears an entirely black outfit.
- Menacing Stroll: He always moves at a calm, steady pace.
- Phlebotinum Overload/Weakened by the Light: How he was taken out in the past and present. The first time it just disabled him so S.H.I.E.L.D. could imprison him. Since he's been amped up in the present, Fitz devises gamma-powered lights that make him explode.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Audrey, who he calls his "only light in the darkness".
- Touch of Death: He can drain the energy from whatever he touches, including living beings.
Portrayed by: Kyle MacLachlan (Season 2)
- Adaptational Heroism: He has quite a few more redeeming qualities than the comics' Mr. Hyde, most of all his being horribly ashamed of what his darker half does.
- When he finally reunites with his daughter, he fumbles his words and mentions that he wanted to have flowers and "those little almond-chocolate cookies" to greet her.
- When he meets her again after her powers are activated, he acts like an excited fanboy.Cal: So what's your thing? 'Cause I was kinda hoping for wings.
- Affably Evil: He's kinda... quirky when he's not being murderously psychotic. He refers to HYDRA's attempts to understand the Diviner as "monkeys scratching at it," mocks Whitehall's translation of an ancient legend concerning it, and scoffs at referring to it as a weapon as "small-minded...for such a large-minded person." However, he gets less affable as his obsession to get Skye to love him grows.
- Ambiguously Human: Raina describes him as a monster, but it's unclear how literal she was being. It's worth noting that, despite his intimate knowledge of the Diviner, he's never been seen to touch it (it kills normal humans) and was visibly nervous as Whitehall backed him into it in "The Things We Bury". Furthermore, while his wife is shown to be ageless, Cal's physical age is consistent with his appearance in flashbacks. It's clarified in "One of Us" that his powers are the result of experimentation, much like his comic book counterpart, and he's said outright not to be an Inhuman.
- Anti-Villain: Most of his villainy seems to be fueled by extreme aggression that's he's unable to control, as well as the fact that he lost his daughter to S.H.I.E.L.D. and his wife to HYDRA. However, the thought of a race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens coming down to Earth to end humanity except for a few "worthy" to be saved isn't something that terribly alarms him; in fact he's looking forward to it. And he has no trouble causing chaos for S.H.I.E.L.D. by getting the "gifted" to make a fuss if it'll help him reunite with Skye.
- Ax-Crazy: The guy can go into casual murder mode rather quickly.Triplet: That guy was out of his damn mind.
- Back-Alley Doctor: Patches up bullet and knife wounds for gang members... for a while, anyway.
- Badass Bookworm: A doctor who easily defeats two HYDRA mooks with just a scalpel and a metal box he's carrying.
- Bad Boss: Treats Raina like dirt, even though she helped him reunite him with Skye. He then throws her to the curb after he's done with her.
- Berserk Button:
- Loses it when Raina compares him to Whitehall, seeing Whitehall killed his wife to take her agelessness.
- Bringing up his evil side seems to have a similar effect.
- Referring to his daughter as "Skye" too much isn't a good idea either.Cal: THAT'S NOT HER NAME!
- Anyone but himself taking a fatherly role for Skye also sets him off.
- Getting between him and his vendetta against Whitehall is a very bad idea. Out of everything, that happens to be what finally causes him to try to kill Coulson.
- Don't insult his daughter. A transformed Raina found that out the hard way.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Though he starts off in a Big Bad Ensemble with Whitehall, the two team up at the end of "A Hen in the Wolf House" to kill Coulson and his team. He then offers to do the same with Coulson to kill Whitehall.
- Big Bad Wannabe: His petty feud with Coulson means he's only an inconvenience to him in the grand scheme of things.
- Buffy Speak: At times, especially since he's offered his services to Whitehall. This is an instance where Skye's apple doesn't fall far from the tree. As soon as he tries to step up, he's rather unceremoniously plucked off the field by Gordon.
- Catchphrase: He regularly uses the phrase "Let's not lose our heads" as a self-calming method.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He's completely, utterly insane and knows it. He just can't stop himself.
- Dark and Troubled Past: There's been snippets of it here and there, none particularly good. It's known he murdered an entire village searching for his daughter, he has a past with Raina, and he knows Whitehall killed his wife and used what he learned from vivisecting her to take her agelessness. He has spent a quarter-century wanting revenge.
- Deadly Doctor: He has a room with surgical equipment and his hands are always seem to be covered in blood when he meets with Raina.
- Didn't Think This Through: While he certainly put a lot of thought into the tortures he would inflict on Whitehall, his actual plan to get there is rather lacking. He clearly never counted on Whitehall figuring out his identity, and seems to have no concrete plan on how he'll get to Whitehall in the first place. Ultimately, Cal ends up trying to take on Whitehall while the latter has a gun, and Coulson shoots Whitehall in the back while Whitehall's distracted, saving the vengeance-driven doctor.
- Disappeared Dad: Has not been a part of Skye's life for twenty-five years. To be fair, their separation wasn't his fault, he spent a great deal of those twenty-five years trying to find her, and once he did he starts trying to be part of her life again. Unfortunately for him, those twenty-five years have also turned him into someone his daughter doesn't want to know.
- The Dreaded: Raina is terrified of him, probably due in no small part that he's one of a few people she can't manipulate.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is shown to dislike Whitehall, referring to him as "a butcher." Understandable, considering what the man did to his wife.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep/Only Known by Their Nickname: Until "What They Become", he's simply referred to as "Skye's father" or "The Doctor".
- Evil Counterpart: To Bruce Banner, a very skilled doctor with a Hair-Trigger Temper he himself is horrified by. Though he's also quite violent in his normal state when he needs to be. This makes sense, given that Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde was one of the original inspirations for Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk. In the comics, Cal's supervillain moniker is "Mister Hyde".
- Fake Shemp: Kyle McLachlan's casting wasn't announced until a couple of months after Season 1 ended, so that's probably not him in The Stinger for the finale.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Despite being Jiaying's husband, the Inhumans look down on him because of the articial nature of his powers, his violent behavior, and his petty feud with SHIELD endangers them.
- Foreshadowing: Conspicuously does not touch the obelisk. It's made clear in "One of Us" that his powers come through experimentation and he isn't an Inhuman.
- Foil: Shaping up to be one for Ward. Both love Skye, but while Ward acknowledges how horrible he has been in the past and tries to win her over by being helpful, Cal tries to hide his dark side and intends to force Skye to come to him by killing Coulson.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can flip out at the drop of a hat. Just look at the list of things classified as Berserk Button.
- I Lied: He was very vague to Raina on the what the Transgenesis actually was.
- It's All About Me: His love for Skye is very unhealthy and obessive; he wants her to love him and only him.
- It's Personal: Whitehall killed his wife, literally cutting her into pieces. He repeatedly states that he wants revenge on the people who took his family from him. Whitehall, who doesn't know him or his connection to the woman he killed, doesn't realize the implied threat.
- Jerkass: He emotionally manipulated Raina by preying on her desire to be something special, then point-blank refuses to help her cope with the transformation.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In the second half of the scene...he moves from being against Whitehall, to against SHIELD...which does not go well for people caught in the middle.
- Lack of Empathy:
- Is completely unsympathetic to Raina when Whitehall threatens to have her killed and says that she was nothing before he found her.
- When Raina undergoes Terrigenesis, he's dissmive of her and refuses to help her cope with the trauma of it, in stark contrast to his beloved wife, who dedicated her life to helping the Inhumans cope with the change.
- Legion of Doom: He wants to gather up a couple of "indexed" individuals in order to combat S.H.I.E.L.D. and recover his daughter. Given he's snatched up by Gordon in the same episode and his entire team is captured, it's unlikely this effort will go anywhere.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He eventually plans to do this to Coulson, since he resents him being a father figure to Skye.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Skye comes across the scene of one of his outbursts, he realizes she will never accept him as her father after that.Skye: He's a...!
Cal: (Staring at his hands) ...monster! (smashes his tablet)
- Never My Fault: It's clear he blames Coulson for driving Skye away, even though it's his violent behavior that actually does it.
- No Name Given: His first significant role in the plot (with significant screentime) is in the episode "A Hen In The Wolf House", but he is still just referred to as "Skye's father" or "The Doctor". However, in "What They Become", his name is given as Cal. According to Word of God, he's Calvin Zabo, a.k.a. Mister Hyde.
- Not Helping Your Case: He doesn't want Skye to see him as a monster, but his violent behavior and all the killing he does despite her protests don't do him any favors.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He casually expresses an interest in killing "everyone". He actually takes a thrill in the violence that can unfold.
- One-Man Army: Several sources have stated that he wiped out a village single-handedly, and if you believe Ward's version of the events, all those villagers were HYDRA agents.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Took Coulson's slaying of Whitehall very badly, as it meant that he couldn't avenge his wife's death personally. It's a Justified Trope as his plans for killing Whitehall were much, much crueler than Coulson's Instant Death Bullet, and he's been planning it for decades.
- Papa Wolf:
- In a rather negative way, considering he's both possessive and insane.
- If Ward is to be believed, the village in Hunan that was slaughtered contained HYDRA agents that kidnapped Skye and her mother. The mother was killed by Whitehall before or during Cal's massacre, possibly explaining his unstable behavior in the present.
- Person of Mass Destruction: According to Raina, he and Skye's mother destroyed an entire village to find their daughter.
- Psycho Serum: He attributes his strength and personality issues to a formula he developed. He's been trying to perfect it, but he's obviously not quite there yet.
- Sanity Slippage: Finding the corpse of his wife after Whitehall vivisected her and losing his daughter clearly sent him off the deep end.
- Split Personality: Implied and hinted at. There seems to be at least two sides to Cal. A affable side and an Ax-Crazy side that kills without warning. Raina believes so, even going as far to tell him that other side is controlling him. When some of Team Coulson, and more specifically Skye, find his handiwork, Cal is mortified, calling himself a monster. Apparently, he doesn't want to be perceived as one. This is fitting, as he's Mister Hyde.
- Super Strength: He carves up anyone who pisses him off with a scalpel, with complete ease, and kills with his bare hands. He also easily defeats Raina, who herself demonstrates superhuman strength post-transformation.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: He will never see his family again afterwards, but Skye agrees to have one family dinner with him at her mother's request.
- Tragic Monster: He might be a jerk, but Cal's life is one big sad story. He was nothing but a loving family man until Whitehall kidnapped Jiaying and visected her and tossed her corpse in the woods. He stitched her back up and healing powers brought her back to life, but she left him because they had lost Skye. He then spend decades looking for Skye. But the serum he developed to give him super strength made him physcotic with uncontrollable agression and left perceived as a monster (and caused him to be shunned by the Inhumans who use to be his friends). And when he does find Skye she wants nothing to with him, and his own wife has him locked up.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He's furious at Coulson for killing Whitehall before he could get his revenge, even though Whitehall would have killed him if Coulson hadn't intervened.
- Unnamed Parent: Until the mid-season finale, he simply goes by "The Doctor". He reveals his name to be Cal in "What They Become". Though his last name isn't revealed, it can be inferred from his personality issues, strength, and Skye's real name that his full name is Calvin Zabo, a.k.a. Mister Hyde.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The death of his wife at the hands of HYDRA is strongly implied to have been what set off his Start of Darkness. He gives the impression of having been a pretty nice guy, before then.
- Yandere: Father-Daughter love in this case, but it's still a creepy obsession that involves killing the competition (in this case, Coulson, the Parental Substitute).
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He coldly washes his hands of Raina after her and Skye's transformation, telling her to kill herself if she really can't live with what she's become.
Karla Faye Gideon
Karla Faye Gideon
Portrayed By: Drea de Matteo
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 35: "One of Us"))A worker in a chemical company that got razor blades fused to her fingernails to defend against her abusing boyfriend, though she also killed someone else thereafter. She was put on the Gifted Index by S.H.I.E.L.D. and forced to wear gauntlets to keep her from harming anyone else. She joins Cal's short-lasting team of gifted humans.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: She has several, in the form of her razors.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Karla Faye Gideon is a regular human while here, she's a lethal fighter.
- Adaptational Villainy: She never joins a villain team in the comics and never kills anyone.
- Asshole Victim: Her abusive boyfriend was her first victim.
- Break the Cutie: She seems to have suffered under S.H.I.E.L.D's treatment as she's scared when she thinks Cal is with them, and that was before the issue with her abusive boyfriend.
- Corrupt the Cutie: She quickly gets into Cal's methods.
- Dark Action Girl: She can hold her own against Bobbi.
- The Dark Chick: Stands out from the rest of Cal's group as the only female member.
- The Dog Bites Back: She killed her abusive boyfriend after grafting razor blades to her fingers.
- Domestic Abuse: Suffered it from her boyfriend, which is why she killed him.
- Femme Fatalons: She has metal blades fused into her fingernails which can easily slash through flesh.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She initially refuses Cal's offer because she wanted a normal life, though she accepts after thinking it over.
- Slashed Throat: How she kills; a quick flick of her nails and they're dead.
- Token Good Teammate: Based on her treatment of Angar, and her hesitation to accept Cal's offer she is the one with the greatest morals in the group.
Portrayed By: Jeff Daniel Phillips
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 35: "One of Us"))A man suffering from throat cancer that got his vocal chords irradiated. While the tumors disappeared, he got a voice capable of inducing catatonia with a whisper.
- Adaptational Wimp: While he's still lethal here, his comic book counterpart is much more powerful, to the point he exists as "solid sound".
- Beard of Evil: Sports one due to his mouth being kept shut by a muzzle, leaving him unable to shave.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He's kept silent to keep his powers from affecting anyone in the vicinity. Once he opens his mouth, however, expect people to start dropping.
- Body Horror: A mild case, but his mouth and throat widen and elongate unnaturally when he bellows.
- Brown Note: His bellows render anyone that hears them comatose. It seems to have an effective radius of a couple hundred meters, and is implied to remain effective even when transmitted through secondary sources like radio.
- The Dragon: He's the deadliest of Cal's team of supervillains.
- Glass Cannon: He's not physically imposing, but his power is definitely lethal.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports nasty scars around his mouth and on his neck due to the muzzle he was forced to wear.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His screams can render any living thing unconscious in a wide radius.
- Mouth Stitched Shut: With a muzzle to keep him from using his powers.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was locked in the underground ward of a psychiatric hospital where S.H.I.E.L.D. kept psychotic superhumans.
- The Sociopath: The reason why S.H.I.E.L.D. locked him in a facility for the criminally insane.
Portrayed By: Ric Sarabia
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 35: "One of Us"))A talented and sociopathic hacker (making him more of a "cracker", to use the correct internet term) and technological whiz.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After it's clear that his side has lost, Wendell begs Coulson not to kill him.
- Beard of Evil: Of the goatee variety.
- Canon Foreigner: So far, he has no counterpart in the comics.
- The Evil Genius: Serves as the tech expert and hacker for Cal's team.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A glasses-wearing sociopath.
- Non-Action Guy: He just runs when Cal is suddenly taken out of the picture, and doesn't even try to fight when Coulson corners him.
- The Sociopath: Coulson describes him as having no regard for the human life.
- Techno Wizard: A superb hacker who seems to have an intuitive understanding of technology akin to Forge in the comics.
Portrayed By: Geo Corvera
- Awesome McCoolname: His surname "Noche" means "night" in English.
- Badass: He's a powerful superhuman who manages to give May a good fight.
- Beard of Evil: A nasty, cropped goatee.
- The Brute: Acts as the muscle for Cal's short-lived team.
- Canon Foreigner: So far, he has no counterpart in the comics.
- Dark Is Evil: His surname means "night".
- Dumb Muscle: Due to the steroids he used, his mental faculties suffered as a result.
- Psycho for Hire: Used to work for the mob as hired muscle.
- The Quiet One: Due to his reduced intelligence, he never speaks.
Portrayed By: Ajani Wrighster
- Cheerful Child: Despite losing his father he seems to have suffered little or no trauma from the experience
- Children Are Innocent: He is a sweet kid.
- Disappeared Dad: When Mike went to train as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Now it's because his dad was kidnapped by the Centipede group.
- Give Him a Normal Life: The main reason why Mike hasn't been to see him.
- Missing Mom: Mike briefly mentioned that Ace's mother left him and his father after Mike got laid off after getting injured on the job.
- Satellite Character: For his dad, Mike.
Portrayed By: Lara Seay
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 9: "Repairs"))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 Heroine: 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.
- The Atoner: She's trying to make up for her mistakes.
- Break the Cutie: She thought that God was punishing her by sending demons after her.
Portrayed by: Amy Acker
- 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
- All There in the Manual: Her first name hasn't been mentioned in the show but has been revealed elsewhere
- 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.
Portrayed by: Joel GretschA 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.
Dr. Andrew Garner
Dr. Andrew Garner
Portrayed by: Blair UnderwoodAgent May's ex-husband who works as a Neurologist and Forensic Psychologist.
- Amicable Exes: With May. Not only he agreed to help May in regards with treating Skye, but he also attempted to contact her when the first SHIELD has fallen due to HYDRA's infiltration because he's worried about her.
- He also still gets on fabulously with May's mother, who wishes they were still married.
- The Shrink: He is a Neurologist and Forensic Psychologist who specialized in working with gifted individuals.
Comandante Camilla Reyes
Comandante Camilla Reyes
Portrayed By: Leonor Varela
- 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
Portrayed By: Ian Hart
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 3: "The Asset"))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
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 5: "Girl in the Flower Dress"))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.
Brigadier General Glenn Talbot
Portrayed by: Adrian Pasdar
- 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.
- Character Development: Originally quite hostile to Coulson and his team, he grows to respect and slowly realizes that they are not the bad guys.
- 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. He becomes more willingly as season 2 progresses though.
- 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. By "Aftershocks", he seems to be much closer to this role.
- 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".
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He has a pretty bad day when Agent 33 infiltrates his base. His attempt to Bluff The Imposter goes nowhere as he fails to consider that she might be disguised as a male soldier, and then he puts himself in the marital doghouse when he mistakes his wife for her.
- You Rebel Scum!: His attitude towards Coulson's team can be summed up as this. He takes offence 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.
Senator Christian Ward
Portrayed by: Tim DeKay (Season 2), Alex Neustaedter (Young)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in (Episode 8: The Well) (Young), (Episode 28: A Fractured House) (Adult))Grant Ward's abusive older brother, who has become a U.S. Senator.
- Ambiguously Evil: Seems to be heading this way. According to Christian, Grant's stories about him being abusive are all lies, and that Grant himself is the insane one who abused their youngest brother under the delusion that Christian was forcing him to do so. Flashbacks have been shown to Christian's abuse but only from Ward's perspective, possibly indicating a dose of Unreliable Narrator, however, it was mentioned that Christian campaigned to have Ward tried as an adult when Ward nearly killed him as a teenager. Despite Christian seemingly expressing concern for Grant when he heard Coulson held him prisoner, his plan is to execute him so that he can win public support for his political campaign and it's ambiguous how much his crusade against SHIELD was done out of a sincere belief that they're terrorists or whether their downfall would be good PR for him. Overall, the simultaneous discussions shown between Grant and Skye and Christian and Coulson are shot in such way that's meant to cast doubt on which brother is telling the truth, and which is the truly evil one (assuming they're not both evil). They were both telling the truth. Both of them are right about the other one.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted Grant and he got him, all right. Except it's not how Christian imagined it would turn out.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Turns out, Thomas was the only child their mother didn't torture, and both Christian and Grant were so much The Unfavorite that Christian plotted Thomas's murder just to get back at their mother.
- Big Brother Bully: To Grant and their younger brother, Thomas. He's first seen forbidding Grant from throwing a rope down to Thomas at the bottom of a well. He also forced Grant to beat up Thomas.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: According to Ward, he'll smile and "bare his soul" when he's suckering you into believing his lies.
- Character Death: Killed along with his mother and father in an act of arson in "The Things We Bury".
- Consummate Liar: Ward, a liar himself, calls him this and says Christian is better at it.
- Create Your Own Villain: His tormenting Grant has been hinted to be a factor in his murder-by-arson attempt, which led directly to his recruitment by Garrett.
- Dirty Coward: He turns into a simpering coward when Grant abducts him. He also admits he didn't have the personal courage to hurt and kill Thomas himself and needed to bully Grant into doing it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When he makes a promise, he'll do his utmost to follow through with it, as demonstrated when he concedes to the world that there's a difference between S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA in exchange for Grant. He also considers HYDRA to be a genuine enemy.
- Evil Counterpart: He's set up to be this to fellow Inspector Javert Talbot, who at least seems to have been a bit more reasonable and amicable towards Coulson by the present point in the series; plus, whereas Talbot genuinely cares about his family, so far we've only seen Senator Ward's nasty side towards his siblings. However, judging from what we see in the present day (even if he does cheat on his wife), he's clearly mellowed with age, with no memories of his past sins until Grant takes him back to the well.
- Inspector Javert: Like Talbot, he believes S.H.I.E.L.D. to be a terrorist organization.
- It's All About Me: Christian's pursuit of SHIELD appears to be less about mistakenly thinking they're as evil as HYDRA, and more because he could suffer political embarrassment if it came out that his brother was an agent of HYDRA.
- Kill It with Fire: Grant tried this. It didn't work. At least, not the first time around.
- No Party Given: Averted. He's shown to be a Republican by an (R) after his name during a TV appearance in "A Fractured House".
- Not So Different: Coulson tells his brother at the tail end of a harsh talkdown in "A Fractured House" that the two may have too much in common.Coulson: Your brother saw the same angles. Maybe you are more alike than you think.
- Sudden Name Change: He was originally credited as Maynard Ward in The Well.
- The Unfavorite: In "The Things We Bury", he admits that the reason he made Grant torment their brother was because Thomas was the only Ward sibling their mother didn't abuse, and this was his way of making her suffer.
- Unreliable Narrator: He claims all of Grant's stories about making him torture their brother are false, and that Grant did it of his own free will. It's not clear which brother is lying, but the only evidence that clearly supports either one of them favors Grant's version of events. Grant eventually manages to get him to admit the truth.
- Up to Eleven: Ward describes him as "like me but worse".
- Your Cheating Heart: He has a wife, but blows her off to make arrangements with his mistress at the Ward family cabin, just so we don't feel too sorry for him when Grant gives him what he deserves.
Portrayed by: Brian Van HoltA 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.
Professor Elliot Randolph
Professor Elliot Randolph
Portrayed By: Peter MacNicol
- Actual Pacifist: At one point during his interrogation, he mentions that he is pacifist now.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Asgardian attitudes towards humans living brief lives in comparison to them return here from Thor: The Dark World. Randolph isn't very concerned about issues on Earth, as humans live and die in a time much less relevant to him, to the point where he doesn't really think a band of anarchists using his staff to wreak havoc is a real problem, since in his mind they'll all die soon anyway. Likewise, he attempts to reassure Ward by telling him the darker effects of the staff will wear off in "only" a few decades, not thinking about how long that period of time is to a human. Coulson is noticeably unimpressed by this rationalization.
- Dirty Old Man: Not too old by appearance, but he counts by sheer age. In his first scene, he is arranging a date with one of his students, and he spends a decent amount of screen time hitting on Simmons. Also, the reason the Berserker story got out in the first place was because a French girl he was sleeping with liked stories, and he wanted to impress her. Turned out her brother was a priest, who wrote it all down.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Though he's retired now, he went from being a mason to a screaming berserker warrior.
- I Choose to Stay: Opted to stay on Earth when the rest of his comrades returned to Asgard, as he decided he rather liked being here.
- Jumped at the Call: Signed himself up to become an Asgardian warrior so he could do something other than busting rocks all day.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: The Team estimates that he's been alive for a thousand years and his only complaint is a student putting too much Lit Crit and not enough History in their paper. He's had numerous paramours over the ages.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He's just your average Asgardian, a common mason turned soldier. On Earth, that makes him supernaturally strong, tough, and long-lived.
- Pals with Jesus: Averted (or "Pals With Thor" is, anyway). When asked if he knew Thor, he scoffed at the idea that a simple mason would have met the future king of Asgard.
- Really 700 Years Old: He is an Asgardian, after all.
- Remember the New Guy: Subtle example. When S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered the Mjølnir in the desert of New Mexico, Agent Phil Coulson called upon Randolph for a consultation. This was never mentioned before but it's justified, because guess whose viewpoint is the focus of the plot in Thor?
- Retired Badass: His days of berserking are long behind him - now he's a professor of Norse mythology, though he plans to retire elsewhere after the events of his episode.
- Seen It All: Part of what gave him away. He was far too calm for someone who was attacked by super-powered men and locked in an interrogation room. Coulson also points out that he didn't ask any questions when Coulson mentioned he had met aliens. "Most people are very curious about that."
- Super Strength: Enough to curve a knife with just one hand.
- Walking the Earth: He implies that he did this for quite a while before settling down, and that now that Asgardians have made contact with humans again he might do so once more. In fact, this is why he signed up for the Asgardian army and came to Earth in the first place.Randolph: Honestly, I think I just wanted to travel.
- We Are as Mayflies: One of the perks he enjoys from living on a mortal world is the fact that his problems mostly die of old age if he waits a century or so.
- The World Is Just Awesome: He stayed on Earth because he loved it too much to leave.
Portrayed By: Elena Satine
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I.)
Lorelei: And women can rule your land? Can they not?An Asgardian who arrives on Earth shortly after the team's discoveries at the Guest House facility.
Rooster: You'd be the first.
Lorelei: Yes. I will.
Rooster: You'd be the first.
Lorelei: Yes. I will.
- Adaptational Badass: In the original comics she has no fighting skills whatsoever. This version, is able to give Lady Sif a good fight, which would put her in the same league as Loki.
- Arch-Enemy: "Yes Men" establishes her as one to Sif, both because they're foils and also because of what happened to another man in Sif's life.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Although Agent Ward is a Badass, Lorelei is almost as strong as Loki and Thor.
- Breaking Them By Talking: Her method of choice when dealing with women standing in her way. Both May and Sif end up on the receiving end.
- Catch Phrase: "Do you prefer her to me?"
- Compelling Voice: She has the ability to make men do whatever she tells them to. If they can resist the voice, making physical contact will overpower them. It explicitly doesn't work on women, and doesn't seem to be reliant on sexual preferences one way or another.
- Crossover: It is indicated that Lorelei escaped from confinement during the prison break that Kurse initiated in Thor: The Dark World.
- Cruel Mercy: Sif spares her because Odin orders her to, though Sif does acknowledge killing her would be the easy way out. Leaving her alive is more painful for Lorelei because she'll be unable to talk, imprisoned in a tiny cell, presumably for life.
- Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: She brainwashed and raped Ward. While she is a villain anyway, no mention of it is made later, and Ward is treated as partially at fault for not being strong enough to resist her. Also qualifies as Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male and a form of Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal.
- Evil Redhead: She's a villainous Asgardian with scarlet hair.
- Evil Plan: Find strong men, build an army, take over some place, and rule as queen.
- Femme Fatale: As Sif notes, wars have been started by her feminine uber-wiles.
- Fish out of Water:
Lorelei: I ask you for gold and you bring me paper!
- When she arrives on Earth, she begins her first conversation by talking about Earth as "Midgard" to a total stranger, calls Death Valley (where she landed) the "Valley of Death" when told its name, and simply takes a water bottle someone is holding when she needs a drink, not seeming to realize it would be more reasonable to ask.
- She expected gold to be used as currency on Earth, like it is on Asgard:
- Foil: To Sif; while Sif is a Tomboy who loyally fights for Asgard despite having rejected its gender norms, Lorelei is a Girly Girl who performs femininity to The Vamp extremes and wants to rule. It could be argued that the two both had discontented reactions to the limitations imposed on women and then went opposite routes - Sif beat them by joining them, Lorelei beat them by making them beat each other. "That's the difference between you and me - I don't take orders."
- Functional Magic: Her mind control is explicitly called "sorcery" by Sif.
- Hello, Nurse!: It's even part of her modus operandi to seduce men.
- Jerkass: Said to prefer taking men who are already spoken for. On two occasions, she then rubs this fact in the other woman's face.
- Kneel Before Zod: "I don't kneel to men. Men kneel to me."
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: By Asgardian standards, she's a Squishy Wizard. By human standards, she is super strong.
- Sex for Services: Her favorite "reward" for particularly "strong" men.
- Squishy Wizard: By Asgardian standards she is a delicate magic user.
- Super Strength: By Earth standards she could beat their strongest warrior in arm wrestling.
- The Vamp: Lorelei has the ability to seduce men into doing her bidding, be it with her Compelling Voice or through physical contact.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: She "upgrades" twice in her debut episode. From an average joe to the leader of a group of bikers, to Agent Ward.
Portrayed By: Eddie McClintock
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Season 2 Episode 12: "Who you Really Are".)A Kree who comes to Earth to investigate Inhuman activity.
- Badass: He manages to defeat Sif, who's a powerful Asgardian warrior, in a one-on-one fight.
- Badass Baritone: Much like Ronan the Accuser, Vin-Tak has a notably deep voice.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Bobbi induces memory loss on Vin-Tak with his own truncheon.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: His truncheon can induce amnesia in anyone he hits with it. He can also reverse the effect in the same manner.
- Rubber Forehead Alien: The main distinction between him and a human is blue skin and mild forehead ridges.
- Old Shame: He regards the Inhuman experiments on earth as a dark and shameful period in Kree history, and one he wants to make sure stays history.
- Smug Super: Every time he fights a human, there's this undercurrent of disbelief that such a puny being thinks they can stop him.
- Super Strength: As a Kree, his body has more strength than people of Earth. He was able to throw Lady Sif away for some considerable measure with a single hit.
- Token Good Teammate: To date, he's the nicest, noblest Kree to make an appearance in the MCU. He's not as violent as the others and he only wanted to kill Skye because he sincerely believed that she was too dangerous to let live.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He only came to Earth to make sure the other Kree wouldn't find out about the Diviner being activated and decide to restart their weapons program. Then at the end, he only wants to kill Skye because he sincerely believes she's a threat.