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"No single agent is that important."
Portrayed By: Saffron Burrows
A famous S.H.I.E.L.D. operations agent who Coulson has never met in person before. She has a cold and secretive demeanor.
- Batman Gambit: Does this in "The Hub". She sends Ward and Fitz in there without an extraction plan, which hinges on either Ward and Fitz escaping themselves or, failing that, Coulson and the others finding about the extraction plan (or lack thereof, in this case) and moving in to pick them up once their job is done.
- Bury Your Gays: The only canonically gay character who has a version in the MCU, although her sexuality is never mentioned, so it's unknown if that even carried over. See below for the second half of this trope.
- By-the-Book Cop: In contrast to the more pragmatic, emotional Coulson. So much she actually suspects that Coulson is HYDRA because of all the rules he breaks.
- Character Death: Killed by Ward while trying to deliver Garret to The Fridge.
- Commander Contrarian: Often against and obstructing most of Coulson's decisions.
- Double Tap: After seeing someone walk away from a double gut shot, Ward puts a bullet in her chest and then two in her head to make sure she's Killed Off for Real.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She considers the nickname "Vic" (given to her by Garrett) condescending.
- Good All Along: As Simmons is relieved to learn, she's actually hunting for HYDRA agents; however, she honestly believes that Coulson is with HYDRA.
- Good Is Not Soft: "HYDRA won't show mercy. Neither can we."
- Inspector Javert: She has major suspicions about Coulson's allegiance because of all the rules he's broken in past episodes.
- Meaningful Name: Roughly translates as "winning hand."
- Meganekko: Like her comic book counterpart, she's an attractive woman with glasses.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: She's unhelpful at best, although outright lying about the extraction plan is pretty awful. It's a cover for even more ruthless behavior — for example, where she orders the Bus to be taken down, so she can kill everyone onboard, because she believes they're all HYDRA agents. Mostly, it serves to set her up as a Red Herring as to being The Clairvoyant — she's not.
- Redemption Equals Death: Just minutes after being proved wrong about Coulson, she's shot dead by Ward, who turns out to have been allied with HYDRA all along.
- Red Herring Mole: She's not the Clairvoyant, although she's set up to look like it.
- Skunk Stripe: Has a red hair stripe, like in the comics.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Coulson and his team, due to her "by the book" way of doing things and their more maverick tendencies.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: She didn't bother giving Fitz and Ward an extraction because she thought Coulson's team wouldn't need one. It's not clear if she expected them to escape on their own or for Coulson to figure it out and rescue them, but either way Coulson wasn't happy that he wasn't told.
- We Have Reserves: Has no problem with sending Fitz and Ward on a dangerous mission without planning an extraction for them.
Portrayed By: Ron Glass
A physician working for S.H.I.E.L.D. He knows how Coulson survived being stabbed by Loki during The Avengers
- My God, What Have I Done?: Is both obviously traumatized and horrified over what they had to do to bring Coulson Back from the Dead.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He goes off the grid after Coulson confronts him about his resurrection, with not even S.H.I.E.L.D. able to find him.
- Secret Keeper: Along with Maria Hill, he's one of two characters confirmed to know how Coulson was resurrected besides Nick Fury, who ordered it.
Portrayed By: Bodie Newcomb
A seemingly ordinary truck driver tasked with transporting Dr. Franklin Hall
Portrayed By: Charles Halford
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent undercover in Siberia.
- The Bus Came Back: He originally seemed to be a one off character, but comes back 10 episodes later during HYDRA's attack.
- Foreshadowing: When the audience is led to believe that he, along with Hand and her faction, are HYDRA infiltrators, he is disgusted at the order to kill Coulson's team or any other of his fellow agents. This is one of the first indications that Hand's faction is Good All Along, as a HYDRA agent would not have been so sympathetic.
- Nose Shove: He kept the intel he gathered hidden in a USB deep inside his nose.
- Reverse Mole: When he first appears, it's implied that he is going to torture Coulson for information but it's soon revealed that he too is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- Torture Technician: He's undercover as an interrogator.
Agent Anne Weaver
Agent Anne Weaver
Portrayed by: Christine Adams
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and director of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy of Science and Technology.
- The Mentor: One of several mentors from the Academy for Fitz and Simmons.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As the academy director, she gives students a lot of freedom while at the same time keeping everyone safe.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She is last seen telling Simmons that she will know where to find her when her hiding place is discovered and breached by HYDRA agents. No mention of her fate is made after that.
Agent Richard Lumley
Agent Richard Lumley
Portrayed By: Boyd Kestner
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who went off the grid after investigating an 0-8-4 in Hunan, China.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses the environment of the alley while fighting May, including a wooden pallet.
- Cyanide Pill: Was willing to take one when he was confronted by Coulson and May.
- Secret Keeper: He's one of the only surviving people on the planet to know about the 0-8-4 from Hunan. It was Skye, and even he doesn't know the details, just that an entire village died to protect her when she was a baby.
- Sole Survivor: Of the team that investigated the 0-8-4, with all the others being killed off one-by-one before Lumley went off the radar to avoid the same fate.
Agent John Garrett
Agent John Garrett
: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I.")
, (Episode 16, "End of the Beginning")
, (Episode 17, "Turn, Turn, Turn")
, (Episode 18, "Providence")
, (Episode 19, "The Only Light In the Darkness")
, (Episode 21, "Ragtag")
, (Episode 22, "Beginning of the End")
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent sent to retrieve Ian Quinn from Coulson's team. When he finds out that they need to save a member of their team (Skye), he and his co-agent Agent Triplett aid the group in breaking into the Guest House.
- Anti-Hero: He wants to put bad people like Ian Quinn behind bars and is implied to be A Father to His Men, but he's otherwise a brutal and unfettered guy. To convince Quinn to talk, he threatens to rip out the guy's tongue and later smacked Quinn for getting too lippy. As it turns out, he's not as heroic as we believed.
- Badass: Taught Ward everything he knows.
- Badass Grandpa: Age hasn't hindered Garrett in the slightest.
- Body Horror: He wears turtleneck sweaters to conceal some rather large neck scars. His left side is also cybernetically augmented in some fashion, similar to the comics where he became one to save his life. He's revealed to be Deathlok Mk. 1 in "Ragtag," after having to stuff his guts back in and duct tape the wound shut when SHIELD was unable to extract him after his injury.
- Blood Knight: Shown to eagerly be this in contrast to the more reserved Coulson. See the "tongue" example above.
- Broken Pedestal: To Triplett after he's revealed to be HYDRA.
- Cool Old Guy: He tends to make quips during missions in order to keep up his allies' morale, as seen during the infiltration of the Guest House.
- Emergency Transformation: After getting maimed by an IED, he was made into the first Deathlok. It happens again after taking a rocket to the chest and getting stomped to death by the newest Deathlok, but he's unceremoniously vaporized by Coulson moments after that transformation is finished.
- A Father to His Men: Triplett would follow him to the end, and Ward has fond memories of serving under him. When he's outed as the Clairvoyant, Coulson realizes that this means he's killed three of his own men because they asked the wrong questions. He's suitably furious at the hypocrisy.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Acknowledged. Garrett intends to play the "bad cop" for Quinn, but he sees the injuries Quinn got from Melinda May and says, "I guess there was already a bad cop before I got here, huh?"
- Ludicrous Gibs: He is disintegrated in a truly hilarious manner by Coulson in "Beginning of End".
- Miles Gloriosus/The Munchausen: He sure loves to talk about his old battles, exaggerating about half of the stuff he has done over the years. It works on the younger agents, but when someone like Coulson was actually there, he lampshades that he likes to make the stories better.
- Old Master: He's Ward's former SO, i.e. the one that taught him how to disarm nuclear bombs. He's clearly been in the business for a while.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil:
- He and Coulson studied under Fury himself, and then he goes and becomes a HYDRA agent.
- He's also this from the other side; Tripplet was outraged that his mentor was evil.
- Sanity Slippage: The effects of the redone Guest House serum managed to unhinge Garrett to the point of him, seeing "everything".
- Self-Serving Memory: Known to repeatedly remember speeches and sayings incorrectly.
- In one instance, he thinks the HYDRA motto involves cutting off a leg instead of a head.
- He also misinterpreted Nick Fury's "One Man" speech, taking it to mean that one should inspire to be something bigger, instead of being a part of something bigger.
- Finally, he states "there's a reason they say 'cut off the head'..." Except the context of the quote normally implies that doing so results in more "heads" taking its place, which is not the case here. Garrett seemed to take it literally, suggesting the only way to kill him would be to cut off his head. Coulson complies.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: His first lesson to Ward was to drop him off in the woods with nothing but a bag of clothes and a hunting dog. He came back six months later.
- Walking Spoiler: He's actually the Clairvoyant, leader of the "Centipede Group", and is also part of HYDRA.
- You See, I'm Dying: Revealed in "Ragtag" that his organs are failing, and that the entire purpose behind the Centipede project was to extend his own life. If he happened to get an army of super soldiers out of it, that's just a nice bonus.
Agent Eric Koenig
Agent Eric Koenig
A Level Six agent in charge of "Providence", a secret base in the Canadian wilderness, set up by Nick Fury as a failsafe in case S.H.I.E.L.D. was compromised.
- Adaptational Wimp: Comics Eric was a German Army officer who defected to the allies and joined Nick Fury's elite commando team, later becoming a veteran SHIELD agent of thirty years and a close friend and ally of Fury's. In here, he's a nerdy desk jockey type. However, see Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
- Adorkable: Smooth is not a word you'd use to describe him.
- Basement-Dweller: In a manner of speaking. While he doesn't live at home, Koenig fits the type as he is likely the only person residing in "Providence". His isolated assignment has allowed him to rack up some major time on Call of Duty with his brother.
- Character Death: Ward kills him after he starts to uncover too much about his allegiance with HYDRA.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may look more like a desk jockey than a secret agent, but don't let that fool you. He was hand picked by Fury himself to watch over a secret base. When he notices the readings are off when Ward's in the lie detector, he immediately grabs a gun and keeps pushing Ward for more direct answers to his questions regarding HYDRA, and doesn't seem scared in the slightest. He also threatened Coulson in regards to revealing Fury's survival, without flinching.
- Fanboy: His welcoming of Coulson can be compared to Coulson's own welcoming of Captain America.
- Geeky Turn-On: After Skye hacks the NSA's satellites, he says he understands why Ward likes her so much.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Implied Trope. If Nick Fury, someone with major trust issues, trusts him to run his super secret, if-all-else-fails base, then he's gotta be pretty darn trustworthy. Hell, he's in that VERY exclusive club that knows Fury's still alive after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Mauve Shirt: He's the only person residing at Providence who hasn't been on the show up until now. Take a guess what happens.
- Properly Paranoid:
- Given that HYDRA just launched a coup from within S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, he's understandably reluctant to trust the rest of Coulson's team until they've been properly vetted. Notably, when he sees Skye about to call Ward, he snaps at Coulson for allowing her to call a number at a secretive army base.
- Not only does Koenig distrust the rest of the team, he also hides from them the fact that Nick Fury's still alive, only trusting Coulson with the information. Smart call, especially since it was revealed that Ward is with HYDRA.
- Rules Lawyer: He's quite adamant about sticking to Fury's rules, including keeping the team besides Coulson Locked Out of the Loop about Fury's own survival. He also is willing to give Team Coulson some new clearance cards but in due time, as he is beginning to trust them. Turns out that this was a very good call on his part. Had he shared that with the entire team, HYDRA would have found out as well about Fury's survival once Skye called Ward.
- Secret Keeper: One of the few people in the world who knows Nick Fury is alive after Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Agent Billy Koenig
Agent Billy Koenig
A Level Six agent in charge of "the Playground", a secret base set up by Nick Fury as a failsafe in case S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to rebuild from the ground up. His brother, Eric, is the agent who was put in charge of Providence.
- Backup Twin: Although he was mentioned before appearing, there was no indication he was also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent or Eric's twin. Which is really is just the tip of the iceberg for how surprisingly similar they are.
- It turns out there's several Koenig brothers, with Sam Koenig appearing in a SDCC special teaser.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Eric mentioned that he spent most of his time playing Call of Duty with his brother, which always seemed odd since he was in a top-secret base. It's less odd when we find out said brother was also in a top-secret base.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Both in-universe and out. He greets Coulson with the exact same speech as his identical twin brother.
Agent Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird
Agent Bobbi Morse
Portrayed by: Adrianne Palicki
Revealed in a teaser for Season Two, Bobbi Morse is an agent of SHIELD, codenamed Mockingbird, who calls to inform Director Coulson that she's up if he needs her. Billy Koenig has a pretty unsubtle crush on her.
- Code Name: Mockingbird.
- The Ghost: For now, she hasn't appeared on-screen and her exact role isn't confirmed.
Agent Isabelle Hartley
Agent Isabelle Hartley
A new agent that will appear in Season 2. So far the only things known about her: she is a longtime member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that she has prior history with Coulson.
- Knife Nut: She always has a knife on her and is very adept at using it.