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Characters: Agents Of SHIELD The Centipede Group
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The "Centipede" Group
A sub-division of HYDRA, Centipede is a project headed by John Garrett interested in creating supersoldiers through cybernetic implants that resemble a centipede.
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John Garrett / The Clairvoyant
: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I.")
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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.
He is also a high-ranking HYDRA agent, having become disillusioned with S.H.I.E.L.D. after being left for dead on a mission. Under the guise of the Clairvoyant, he sought to discover the secret behind Coulson's resurrection so he could heal his dying body.
Grant Douglas Ward
"An ounce can be the difference between a good shot in the wind and rain, or a miss."
An anti-social Level Seven (formerly a Level Six) agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who was said to have a strong moral foundation. He became a member of Agent Coulson's team that is assembled to investigate strange events around the world. However, he was really an agent of HYDRA loyal to John Garrett, who recruited him into both organizations at the same time. Following Garrett's defeat, Ward is imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. in The Playground's basement prison, and is used as a source of information on HYDRA.
Portrayed By: Cullen Douglas
A sinister character the Centipede group breaks out of a federal prison. One of Raina's associates and part of the Centipede group, he is one of the few people permitted to contact "the Clairvoyant" and obtain information about the project's necessary later stages. Becomes Centipede's primary tactician after his escape from prison.
- Bald of Evil: Doesn't have any hair, save for his Beard of Evil.
- Cryptic Conversation: Raina comes to him to tell him how their latest plan was derailed, and that's the only thing the audience has context for at the time. They then go on to talk about "Phase 2" and "the Clairvoyant."
- Dissonant Serenity: Calmly eats his meal while a fight breaks out in front of him.
- The Dragon: The Clairvoyant only allows him to contact him and thus the orders for the organization flow through him. Then the Clairvoyant kills him and gives Raina the position.
- Eye Scream: He was arrested after gouging a man's eyes out with a steak knife. When Raina asks about the Clairvoyant, he warns he'd have to do the same to her if he told her.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't seem to particularly care that Debbie was killed. He expected her incompetence to off her sooner or later.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Gives off this vibe with his suits and taste for refined food.
- Mouth of Sauron: "The Clairvoyant" allows no one else to speak with, see, or contact him. This is enforced on pain of Eye Scream.
- Obviously Evil: Skye even describes him as a "walking mugshot".
- Pet the Dog: Claims to care about Raina (at least, more than he did for Debbie) enough that he tries to dissuade her from learning too much about the Clairvoyant, since he would have to kill her, and he'd rather not do that.
- Significant Anagram: Swap the first two letters of his first name with his whole last name. You get the word "Poisoned".
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Maintains a quiet and calm tone of voice while he tortures Coulson.
- The Strategist: He has background on tactics, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team speculates this is his role in the organization.
- We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Tries torturing Coulson to force him to succumb to his mind probing. It doesn't work. And he's killed for his failure.
- You Have Failed Me/You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A combination of the two after he fails at forcing Coulson to reveal his secrets and the Clairvoyant makes Raina his new Mouth of Sauron.
"I'm now a naturalized citizen of this fair country. Stunning beaches, beautiful tax laws, and a deep-seated hatred of outside forces telling them what to do."
Portrayed By: David Conrad
An old schoolmate of Franklin Hall, who stole his research and used it to create a multi-billion dollar company, Quinn Worldwide. Upon discovering that Hall's theory of graviton particles is correct, he becomes fixated on controlling this technology before someone else does and kidnaps Hall in order to make that dream a reality. He's also a libertarian opposed to any kind of government control or oversight over private businesses.
"Why are you doing this? Why are you helping me? Where's the "I told you so"?"
Portrayed By: Pascale Armand
A former S.H.I.E.L.D agent who disappeared for years and was presumed dead. Shows up and starts stealing diamonds, which leads Coulson to her.
- Alliterative Name: Akela Amador.
- Badass: Coulson puts her skill on par with Melinda's.
- Combat Pragmatist: When it becomes clear that Melinda is the superior hand-to-hand combatant, Akela knocks out the lights, switches to her x-ray vision, then tries to shoot her.
- Dark Action Girl: An assassin, thief, misc. dirty worker for an unknown organization. Though the "Dark" part was against her will.
- Explosive Leash: Her x-ray eye can be detonated if she disobeys orders.
- Ineffectual Loner: Coulson states that she never trusted her fellow agents and always preferred working alone. This is why the op went bad, her fellows died, and she was captured.
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for the op going bad seven years ago and thus the death of the people she worked with.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Ultimately subverted; Ward's belief that she sold out her fellow agents turns out to be false (the op just went bad) and she isn't willingly working for her episode's villain. Given that Ward is an actual agent working for the episode's ultimate villain (the Clairvoyant), it's highly likely he wanted to get rid of a loose thread while breaking down SHIELD's loyal members.
- The Stoic: Undergoes surgery on her cybernetic eye while awake without a single sign of worry.
- Trapped In Villainy: Akela initially tried to ignore her handler's orders; he responded with remote electric torture. And then there's the kill switch.
- Whatever Happened To The Mouse: She is not seen in Season One after her first episode, not even when Garrett and Ward release every prisoner from The Fridge.
- X-Ray Vision: Thanks to a cybernetic eye. When closed, it switches over from normal vision.
Portrayed By: Shannon Lucio
A doctor rescued by Mike from an exploding building.
Portrayed By: Rick Malambri
One of the Centipede supersoldiers, whom the team finds through his sister.
Portrayed By: Dominic Burgess
Akela's handler. She knows nothing about him other than what little she has been able to glean from his typing patterns.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Just like Akela, he was being monitored and controlled through an eye implant by another unidentified party. A later episode shows that he's being controlled by the Clairvoyant.
- Character Death: As soon as he looks at Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. badge, his Explosive Leash eye implant activates, killing him.
- MI6: It's revealed he's one of their agents, no doubt to establish how dangerous the Clairvoyant is, given that they can consistently subjugate members of agencies full of impressive agents.
- No Name Given: He's only ever called "The Englishman" and we never learn his name during the episode.
- Separated by a Common Language: Akela calls him "The Englishman" because his messages use British English instead of American English. For instance, he'll write "lift" instead of "elevator".
- Trapped In Villainy: Like Akela.
Portrayed By: Jeffrey Muller
An agent working for the Clairvoyant of his own free will.
- Black Shirt: He's pretty enthusiastically on board with this whole taking-over-the-world thing. Maybe a little too much.
Kaminsky: [doing salute] HAIL HYDRA!
The Clairvoyant: Alright, alright. Put your arms down, Kaminsky, you look like a West Texas cheerleader at a pep rally.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He's taken out by May almost immediately even though he's armed with the Berserker Staff.
- Mook Lieutenant: He's the guy the Clairvoyant leaves in charge of ambushing Coulson's team at the HYDRA base under the Havana barber shop.
- Name's the Same: In-Universe: There was a "Kaminsky, Henry" trying to enlist in the military. He was at the same recruiting office as Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. Mix in a little One Steve Limit and some saddening possibilities emerge.