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    Mike Peterson 

Michael "Mike" Peterson / Deathlok

"I could, you know? Be a hero."
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Portrayed By: J. August Richards
"You said if we worked hard, if we did right, we'd have a place. You said it was enough to be a man, but there's better than man! There's gods... and the rest of us? What are we? They're giants... we're what they step on. "

An ordinary guy with a son who mysteriously receives superhuman abilities thanks to "Project Centipede", attracting the attention of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Skye. Mike is eventually transformed into Deathlok by HYDRA, and forced to work for them or else they will kill him and his son. S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to free him and his son when they take down John Garrett.
  • Action Bomb: 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 Badass: In the comics, Michael Peterson is a normal human and not a Deathlok.
  • 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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" S.H.I.E.L.D.'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: invoked 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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

"Poor little Chan Ho Yen may have believed your lies... but not Scorch!"

Portrayed By: Louis Ozawa Changchien

A pyrokinetic street magician on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s watchlist. He is recruited by the organization behind Centipede in the hopes that they can use him to stabilize their serum.
  • Canon Foreigner: Chan Ho Yin 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.

     Donnie Gill 

Donnie Gill

Portrayed By: Dylan Minette

An introverted genius at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Sci-Tech academy who gets involved in a series of attacks involving devices that are able to freeze people solid.
  • Abusive Parents: His parents didn't even realize how smart he was because they ignored him so much. When S.H.I.E.L.D. told his father that Donnie was gifted, his father replied "In what?"
  • Adaptational Heroism: It's Adaptational Anti-Villainy in his case. He still ends up as a bad guy, but is given a sympathetic backstory. It's also made abundantly clear that he never intended for his actions to hurt anyone, at least at first, and he also never served HYDRA willingly; when he, as Blizzard, is acting of his own free will, it's actually against HYDRA. The only reason why SHIELD put him down at the end of "Making Friends and Influencing People" is so HYDRA won't be able to use him again.
  • Age Lift: His comics counterpart is an adult criminal-for-hire.
  • Anti-Villain: He wasn't interested in Ian Quinn's money. He was just having fun building something with Seth.
    • In his second appearance, he isn't even antagonistic toward S.H.I.E.L.D. at all until Bakshi triggers the mental conditioning HYDRA put him through.
  • Berserk Button: Don't even pretend to be HYDRA.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He was brainwashed by HYDRA sometime during season 1. His programing is re-activated during "Making Friends and Influencing People".
  • The Bus Came Back: He resurfaces in the Season 2 episode "Making Friends & Influencing People".
  • Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played with. He is never called as Blizzard, his comics counterpart's alias. But the project to analyze his gifted power is indeed called as "Project: Blizzard" at HYDRA.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: While never badass in the "combat-capable" sense, his debut episode makes it clear he has borderline superhuman engineering abilities, rivaling those of Fitz (who is nearly a decade his senior and with more experience). After the accident at the end of his debut episode he gains a Touch of Death power via cryokinesis.
  • Friendless Background: Bonds with Fitz over this and their love of engineering. He had no friends in his hometown, and even at S.H.I.E.L.D Academy, he's a loner.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Built devices capable of freezing pools and people solid and causing massive superstorms.
  • An Ice Person: As a result of his ice machine backfiring on him, he gets cryokinetic powers. He also has the technical skill to make weapons which can copy those abilities as well.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Has trouble interacting with people below a 170 IQ.
  • Never Found the Body: According to Skye, his body hasn't been found since she shot him and he fell into the ocean.
  • Start of Darkness: In the comics, he's the supervillain Blizzard and indeed, over the course of the episode, he gets his only friend killed and obtains cryokinetic powers. During his first appearance in season 2, he only uses them in self-defense or to spite HYDRA. His only villainous actions are due to brainwashing.
  • Teen Genius: Has an IQ of 190.

    Marcus Daniels 

Marcus Daniels/Blackout

Portrayed by: Patrick Brennan
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in (Episode 18: Providence))

A former prisoner of the Fridge, Daniels was let out by the Clairvoyant and told to "follow his dreams".
  • 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.

    Calvin Johnson 

Dr. Calvin L. Johnson

"Let's not lose our heads."

Portrayed by: Kyle MacLachlan (Season 2)

Skye's father, who worked with Raina at one point in the past.
  • 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.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His comicbook counterpart's name is Calvin Zabo, but the show changes it to Calvin L. Johnson. However, The Frenemy of my Enemy implies that he may have gone by Zabo at one point. This is presumably due to Skye's mother being completely different from Daisy Johnson's mother in the comics, meaning her last name had to come from her father instead.
  • Adorkable:
    • 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.
    • And in the back half of the second season, his every interaction with Skye is just bumbling awkward joy.
  • 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: It's unclear at first, given several characters referring to him as a "monster" and his deep knowledge of the Diviner despite never touching it himself. It's clarified in "One of Us" that while he knows a great deal about the Inhumans through his wife being one, he himself was an ordinary human who gained his strength and emotional instability through his own scientific manipulation.
  • 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. It produces more violent results when Lincoln does it.
      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.
    • Tends to describe good things as the "best day ever."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He's completely, utterly insane and knows it. He just can't stop himself.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Revealed over the course of the second season. A S.H.I.E.L.D. team full of HYDRA agents went after an Inhuman village that included his wife and daughter. He managed to track down his wife and put her back together (though not the same as she was), but all he managed to do was slaughter a lot of people when he tried and failed to find his daughter. 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.
  • Death of Personality: At the end of season 2, His entire memory is erased and replaced with that of a cheerful veterinarian by way of the TAHITI project. It's implied that the 'new' him is the person he used to be, before he became a monster. Thus, this is a Downplayed Trope.
  • 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.
  • 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. That person's hair is also gray.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Despite being Jiaying's husband, the Inhumans look down on him because of the artificial nature of his powers and his violent behavior, and they're not happy that 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. Also to Coulson, the father figure versus the father she never knew.
  • Good Parents: Really wants to be this for Skye, and when given the chance, he's doting and loving towards her. Unfortunately, Jiaying's manipulations made him into a monster.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He can flip out at the drop of a hat. Just look at the list of things classified as Berserk Button.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Sides with Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D when he convinces him that what Jiaying is doing is wrong and will only hurt their daughter.
  • Human Shield: Uses this tactic against HYDRA in "The Frenemy of My Enemy" by putting one of their own between him and their bullets.
  • I Lied: He was very vague to Raina on the what the Terrigenesis actually was.
  • It's All About Me: His love for Skye is very unhealthy and obsessive; 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.
  • Large Ham: He is mostly composed if not triggered but when he does, his actor Kyle is not ashamed to unleash the hog.
  • 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.
  • Love Redeems: What ultimately spared him from being executed because of his crimes.
  • Knife Nut: When your Weapon of Choice is a surgeon's scalpel and you always have at least on or two hidden on your person you qualify as this.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: With Jiayang. She's led the Inhumans for generations, he's just an ordinary human.
  • Morality Pet: Starting in "The Frenemy of My Enemy", he has one in his daughter Daisy, who helps him rediscover the Nice Guy that he used to be.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's a certified M.D. who will casually slaughter a room full of people with a scalpel in order to further his ends.
  • Morality Chain: Spending time with his wife and daughter does wonders for his mental stability. He doesn't want them to think he's a monster.
  • 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. After reuniting with his wife in Lai Xi, he admits that, yes, it is his fault.
  • Nice Guy: He used to be one of these and you can still see glimpses of it in his calmer periods. For example, what was he doing in China with a family? He was volunteering for Doctors Without Borders, fell in love, and relocated.
  • 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". In "What They Become", his name is given as Cal. His full name is revealed to be Calvin L. Johnson in "The Frenemy Of My Enemy", though he mentions changing it to something more appropriate (presumably Zabo) after Skye went missing.
  • 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.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Until "What They Become", he's simply referred to as "Skye's father" or "The Doctor".
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • All of his direct interactions with Skye when he gets to show off his Bumbling Dad side.
    • When he's asked if Coulson is trustworthy (after they tried to kill each other), he says he hates him... but grudgingly admits that he's a good man who cares for Skye.
  • 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. Until the finale of season 2, that is.
  • Punny Name: His name is Calvin L. Johnson. Not unlike Kal-El.
  • Sadistic Choice: When your wife is trying to kill your daughter, either choice is going to be painful.
  • Sanity Slippage: Finding the corpse of his wife after Whitehall vivisected her and losing his daughter clearly sent him off the deep end.
  • Sanity Strengthening: Reuniting with his wife and daughter, and taking a break from his serum, makes him more stable. He even catches himself when he starts a rage.
  • 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.
    • His ending. He gets a new peaceful life, and to be happy...and Skye visits him, even though he no longer recognizes her.
  • 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, vivisected her, and tossed her corpse in the woods. He stitched her back up and her Healing Factor did the rest, but she left him because she became horrified by their desperate actions while looking for Skye. He then spent decades looking for Skye, as he'd promised Jiaying that he'd find her. But the serum he developed to give him Super Strength made him psychotic with uncontrollable aggression, turning him into "a monster" and causing him to be shunned by the Inhumans, who used to be his friends. And when he does find Skye, she wants nothing to do with him, and his own wife has him locked up.
  • Undying Loyalty: In his own words, he would "blindly follow Jiayang into a war". It turns out, however, that his ultimate loyalty lies with his daughter as he turns on his wife when Coulson manages to convince him that her war will ultimately destroy Daisy.
  • 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.
  • Used to Be More Social: He was a doctor, successful/wealthy enough to own an office building in a financially successful part of town, and volunteered in China with Doctors Without Borders, where he fell in love with and married a native, started a family... Now he's a walking Berserk Button.
  • 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

A worker in a chemical company that got razor blades fused to her fingernails to defend against her abusive boyfriend, though she also went on a killing spree. 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.
  • Broken Bird: 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.

    David Angar 

David Angar

Portrayed By: Jeff Daniel Phillips

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.
  • Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: His comic book counterpart's "Angar the Screamer" moniker is never used.
  • 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.

    Wendell Levi 

Wendell Levi

Portrayed By: Ric Sarabia

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.

    Francis Noche 

Francis Noche

Portrayed By: Geo Corvera

A mob enforcer that got enhanced after getting his hands on experimental steroids. These increased his strength but severely reduced his intelligence.

Other Allies

    Ace Peterson 

Ace Peterson

Portrayed By: Ajani Wrighster

Mike Peterson’s son who is a big fan of the Avengers.
  • 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.

    Hannah Hutchins 

Hannah Hutchins

Portrayed By: Lara Seay

A young woman that seems to have telekinetic powers. In reality she was being haunted by her friend Tobias, who had a crush on her.
  • All-Loving 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.

    Audrey Nathan 

Audrey Nathan

Portrayed by: Amy Acker

The former girlfriend of Coulson, otherwise known as the Cellist.
  • Ascended Extra: She was originally intended to be a completely throwaway tidbit about Coulson in The Avengers, but fans were so fascinated by Coulson having a girlfriend that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Given that Amy Acker's role on Person of Interest got promoted to major character during the same season that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted, it was obvious once Audrey's actress was announced that she wouldn't have the time to be a regular on this show. Curiously, the mechanism that invokes the trope is the opposite of the usual: She stays put, while the show's focus centers around Coulson's life on the Bus (Quite literally, given the nickname of Coulson's favorite plane).
  • Rescue Romance: She and Coulson first fell in love after he came with SHIELD to protect her from Daniels the first time.

    Lian May 

Lian May

Portrayed by: Tsai Chin

Melinda May's mother, a retired secret agent who is still well-connected even after the fall of SHIELD.
  • 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.

    Hank Thompson 

Hank Thompson

Portrayed by: Joel Gretsch

A welder who was once Cameron Klein, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and test subject of Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
  • Back from the Dead: He's a patient of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. formerly named Cameron Klein.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Hank Thompson catches a thrown knife in between his bare hands, before throwing it back, slicing clean through the rope holding Coulson.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Just like everyone else in the TAHITI program. However, this is averted once their memories are wiped and they're given new identities. He's the only one that doesn't begin obsessively painting or sketching or carving the alien symbols. Because his way of expressing them is to build an elaborate model train set, making him the only one to display them correctly, in three dimensions.
  • 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.
  • Never-Forgotten Skill: Hank stops a knife that Sebastian throws at him by catching the blade in both hands. He looks surprised for a moment before throwing it at the rope holding up Coulson, freeing him. Apparently, that was a skill he learned back as Agent Klein of SHIELD.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There's an unrelated man with the name "Cameron Klein" in other Marvel Cinematic Universe media. He's the SHIELD technician who disobey Brock Rumlow's order once HYDRA is exposed by Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He reappears in Avengers: Age of Ultron, now works under Nick Fury, and the film credits him as "Cameron Klein".
  • 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 Underwood

Agent May's ex-husband who works as a Neurologist and Forensic Psychologist. He used to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. acting as a shrink for gifted individuals.
  • 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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.
  • Nice Guy: He sympathizes with gifted individuals and doesn't approve on how S.H.I.E.L.D. treats them like time bombs instead of people.
  • The Shrink: He is a Neurologist and Forensic Psychologist who specialized in working with gifted individuals.

Other Antagonists

    Comandante Camilla Reyes 

Comandante Camilla Reyes

"I'm not even going to mention the red Corvette."

Portrayed By: Leonor Varela

A recently-promoted comandante in the Peruvian military, who used to work with Coulson.
  • Action Girl: As seen when she gets into a shootout with some rebels.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, she appeared to be an ally to the agents, but it turns out that she only joined then in order to hijack the Bus and the 0-8-4.
  • Dark Action Girl: After she shows her true colors.
  • First Name Basis: She often refers to Coulson by his first name, Phillip.
  • Honey Trap: Attempted one to Coulson, and not very successful.
  • I Can Rule Alone: Implied by Coulson to be her ultimate plan. She never replies.
  • Knight Templar: She wants the 0-8-4 to seize power and install herself as dictator in order to stabilize her country.
  • The Mole: She and her team joined Coulson and co. on the Bus in order to take the 0-8-4 for themselves.
  • New Old Flame: For Coulson. She's rather unsubtle when reminiscing about their past together and attempts to coerce Coulson into a romp in his office for old times' sake. In actuality, she's doing this to distract Coulson while her men take over the Bus. It doesn't work.
  • Put on a Bus: Last we hear of her, she's in a S.H.I.E.L.D. detention facility. Coulson mentions that the Peruvian government may eventually negotiate for her release.
  • Spicy Latina: Given that she's from Peru. Crosses over with Good-Looking Privates, given her military status.

    Dr. Franklin Hall 

Dr. Franklin Hall

"I've seen the future, Mr. Coulson, and it's a catastrophe."

Portrayed By: Ian Hart

A brilliant S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who theorized on the existence of gravity manipulating element called Gravitonium, and who further invented a means of controlling it. When said element is discovered, he is kidnapped by an old colleague of his named Ian Quinn, who wants him to finish his research.
  • The Atoner: In his youth, he was quite enthusiastic about his research until he realized how if misused or worse, turned into a weapon, it could result in the deaths of millions. As an adult, he's very unwilling to continue work on it.
  • Bald of Evil: Or rather, Bald of Extremism.
  • Fake Defector: Pretends to go along with Quinn's scheme in order to sabotage the project and keep the device out of the wrong hands for good.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Exploited. He pulled the strings of his own kidnapping in order to ruin his kidnapper's plans, but said kidnapper isn't aware of this.
  • Mentor Archetype: He was FitzSimmons's favourite professor at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
  • Not So Different: Hall claims S.H.I.E.L.D. is this to people like Quinn - and that their desire to control things led to the events of The Avengers. Coulson ultimately realizes that he and Hall are similar as well, and that they both make tough calls to protect people just before he seemingly kills Hall to save innocent lives.
  • Start of Darkness: In the comics, he becomes a gravity-manipulating supervillain named Graviton after a lab accident. And indeed, during the course of the episode, he falls into his device and is absorbed by a bubble of gravity manipulating matter... and is then seen at the end trying to claw his way out from the inside, complete with Scare Chord.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was willing to cause the deaths of quite a lot of people in order to destroy the device and prevent it from ever being used to hurt anyone. Coulson agrees that he has a point and that he made a tough call, but doesn't let him go through with it.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Is well aware that his research could and is going to be used to harm people, and is forced to accept the fact that if he doesn't do something about it, the world may very well be worse off for his contribution. And so he decides to destroy the device by causing it to go haywire, obliterating a wide area, sacrificing himself and causing the deaths of many innocent people in order to make sure this doesn't happen.

    Miles Lydon 

Miles Lydon

Portrayed By: Austin Nichols

A famous hacker whom even Fitz-Simmons have heard of, and a high-level member of the Rising Tide.
  • Broken Pedestal: Skye saw him as a Wide-Eyed Idealist freedom fighter until he released top secret information for a million dollars, information that ultimately resulted in several people getting killed.
  • The Cracker: Same as Skye. We see him trigger a pre-prepared macro to hack the traffic system and cause gridlock in order to lose Coulson.
  • Cruel Mercy: What Coulson ends up doing him: stuck in a city he doesn't know, where everyone speaks a language he may not know, with no money to his name, and last but not least, a Restraining Bolt that doesn't allow him to hack anything (which is his only known marketable job skill).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied to have this, as he tells Skye that at least she knows what she's looking for in her life.
  • Hypocrite: Espouses freedom of information, yet sells out a person for a million dollars to an organization he didn't research thoroughly enough.
  • Information Wants to Be Free: His excuse for his behavior, despite the fact that he's selling said information, making it anything but free.
  • 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.

     Glenn Talbot 

Brigadier General Glenn Talbot

Portrayed by: Adrian Pasdar
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in (Episode 18: Providence))

Talbot is an officer of the U.S. Air Force assigned to investigate the depth of HYDRA's infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Butt Monkey: Every time he meets Team Coulson, it doesn't go over well for him. It's not like we feel sorry when he's knocked out and/or wakes up somewhere else.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.

    Christian Ward 

Senator Christian Ward

"When evil sits to one's own heart, that is when the surest hand must cut it out."

Portrayed by: Tim DeKay (Season 2), Alex Neustaedter (Young)
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). Turns out 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, or at least Grant claims so, but chances are he was more willing to follow Christian's lead than he remembers.
  • 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. In fact, learning that Grant was more willing to follow him despite the abuse than Grant had let on would make Christian essentially a proto-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.

    Sebastian Derik 

Sebastian Derik

Portrayed by: Brian Van Holt

A S.H.I.E.L.D. assassin and test subject of Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
  • Anti-Villain: What really drives him into villainy and becoming Serial Killer is because the effect of G.H. Serum from T.A.H.I.T.I. Project. Anyone exposed to it gains some of the alien's Genetic Memory, which comes in the form of a blueprint to an unknown city. However, his mind cannot properly process the image and he desperately needs an answer from this.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: A blond ex-black ops turned serial killer.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Inverted. Rather than going mad, he calmed down and is saved from madness after knowing the answer to the symbols: blueprints to a city.
  • Professional Killer: He was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working as an assassin.
  • 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.