Characters / Captain America Films
aka: Captain America The Winter Soldier

This page lists Marvel Cinematic Universe characters that appear in the Captain America films The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and Civil War. For characters in the spinoff series Agent Carter, see its character page here. For characters from the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, see here.

ALL spoilers on this page relating to the first movie are UNMARKED. It's highly recommended you see the movies first before reading this page.

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Superheroes

    Captain Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers / Captain America 

    Samuel Thomas "Sam" Wilson / The Falcon 

107th Regiment / The Howling Commandos

    In General 
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"See? Told you, they're all idiots."
Bucky Barnes

Steve Rogers' hand-picked strike-force. Despite the prejudices of the 40s, each were chosen based on their fighting ability, not their race. Together the Commandos brought down of the Red Skull's bases, impeding his efforts for his annihilation of the world.
  • Badass Crew: They kick much ass together. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier the Smithsonian exhibit states that Bucky was the only soldier they ever lost in the entire war.
  • Badass in Distress: All of them are former Prisoners Of War held in a HYDRA camp. After Steve frees them, they proceed to kick HYDRA butt.
  • Badass Normal: With the exception of Steve himself, none of them are supersoldiers, and yet they all keep up with Steve.
  • Black Vikings: Justified. All of them are excellent soldiers, and Cap (never one to pick rules over the right thing) needs the best, not what his era would consider the most appropriate.
  • Blood Knight: They all happily accept Rogers' offer to re-enter the field of battle. Dugan in particular qualifies.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
    • The name "Howling Commandos" was used in the script, but never stated in the film. One screenwriter noted, "They are commandos, and at one point they do howl. They're called the Howling Commandos in the script, but no one says that out loud". However, in post-First Avenger appearances and mentions, they are referred to as the Howling Commandos regularly.
    • The official film soundtrack has a track called Invaders Montage during the On Patrol Montage showcasing the team routing HYDRA forces. Again, they aren't called this name in the film, either.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Zig-zagged. The Howling Commandos are a team of seven men capable of laying waste to battalions of enemy forces and destroying a string of fortified HYDRA installations, but we aren't informed of what units the Howlers came from, though Bucky is said to belong to a standard infantry regiment (and a deleted scene shows both Dugan and Jones to come from the same unit), with the only exception of Falsworth, a British paratrooper in the appropriate uniform, though he is neither shown to be more badass than the others, nor is his elite cred mentioned.
  • The Enemy Weapons Are Better: Some of them use HYDRA weapons when they can. Other, like Cap or Bucky, prefer bullets.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The fact that most of them were locked in the same cage no doubt contributed to them forging a strong bond that transcends racial, national and class differences.
  • I Owe You My Life: Downplayed. Steve rescues them from being worked to death in a prison camp, and they eagerly agree to join his team.
  • Jumped at the Call: All are pretty enthusiastic to follow Steve into battle.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the entire team is revealed to be immortalized in the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian. Over at Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., having a Howling Commando as a grandfather is an extremely big deal for a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. In Agent Carter, set just one year after TFA, Peggy's SSR coworkers are awestruck by her camaraderie with the Commandos.
  • Multinational Team: In the forties, no less! Dernier is French, Falsworth is British, and the rest are American, though they include Jones, an African-American, and Morita who is Nisei, alongside the Caucasian Steve, Bucky and Dugan.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Half the team, that is 3.5 of them, are named James. The 0.5 is Jacques, which is the French form of James. Also played straight, as there is in fact only one Steve.
  • True Companions: Off the job, they're perfectly happy to hang out at the local bar together.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: They all meet in a HYDRA cell.

    Sergeant James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes 

    Corporal Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader "Dum Dum" Dugan 

Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader "Dum Dum" Dugan

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Portrayed by: Neal McDonough
"Hell, I'll always fight. But you gotta do one thing for me: Open a tab."

A prisoner Rogers rescued from a HYDRA factory, and a hand-picked member of his commandos.

    James Montgomery Falsworth 

James Montgomery Falsworth

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Portrayed by: JJ Field
"Mind the gap."note 

A Second Lieutenant in the British Paras and POW who joins Captain America's elite squad.
  • Badass Mustache: Not as pronounced as Dugan's, but he still has quite an impressive one, as the pictures show.
  • Character Death: In a deleted scene in The Avengers, his file has him listed as "Deceased". How and when this happened are unknown.
  • Composite Character: Of Union Jack I/James Montgomery Falsworth (name), Union Jack II/Brian Falsworth (camaraderie with Captain America & Bucky) and Percival Pinkerton (physical appearance, camaraderie with the Howlers).
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: He is a member of the British Paras, but this isn't mentioned.
  • Expy: like his comics counterpart, he bears more than a slight resemblance to the most famous British General of World War II, Bernard Law Montgomery, down to his characteristic beret and moustache and, of course, the name. This is ironic, since the real Montgomery was an Insufferable Genius who was infamous for not getting on with his American colleagues.
  • Jumped at the Call: His response to going back to the death camp he just barely escaped? "Sounds rather... fun, actually".
  • Mythology Gag: In the comics, he's the British equivalent of Captain America named "Union Jack". The film references this by having his uniform resemble the British flag. The Super Soldier video game goes as far as Zola planning on turning Falsworth into Union Jack, but brainwashed and secretly working for HYDRA, though the comics' moniker is never said.
  • Nice Hat: A red beret, indicative of his being a paratrooper.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Honorable British Lord and member of the army.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not royal, but a member of the British aristocracy, though this isn't unusual - British officers were still drawn heavily from the aristocracy at the time and to some extent they still are.
  • To Absent Friends:
    Falsworth: [leading a toast with the other Howling Commandos] To the Captain.

    Jacques Dernier 

Jacques Dernier

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Portrayed by: Bruno Ricci
"I will fight until the last one of these bastards will be dead, in chains, or crying like a little baby!"

A French resistance operative. He was rescued from HYDRA's prison camp by Steve, and joined his handpicked elite unit as the resident explosives expert.

    Private Jim Morita 

Jim Morita

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Portrayed by: Kenneth Choi
"I'm from Fresno, ace."

A Nisei (American-Born Japanese) soldier from Fresno, California rescued by Steve. Jim endured the predictable prejudice towards his people after Pearl Harbor in spite of his patriotism. However, he soon proved himself a fierce and loyal battle-brother serving as the Communications Officer of Captain America's Howling Commandos.
  • Badass Bookworm: Communications officer and a commando to boot.
  • Character Death: In a deleted scene in The Avengers, his file has him listed as "Deceased". How and when this happened are unknown.
  • Communications Officer: He handles the team's communiques, and also taps into the enemy's radios.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The 'Fresno' comment is dripping bitter sarcasm.
  • Token Enemy Minority: He's a Nisei, meaning he has Japanese descent, but is American-born. He had to point this out when Dum-Dum thought he was this trope.
  • Yellow Peril: Averted and Defied; In his backstory he endured a lot of harassment for being Japanese after Pearl Harbor, but there's no mention of his race in the movie itself, and he's just as loyal and dedicated to bringing down the Nazis / HYDRA as the other Commandos.

    Gabriel "Gabe" Jones 

Gabriel "Gabe" Jones

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"We barely got out of there alive, and you want us to go back? ...We're in."

Portrayed by: Derek Luke

Prior to being rescued by Captain Rogers, Gabe was a Linguistics-Major graduate of Howard University who hoped to steal the hearts of European women with his winning smile, charming personality and fluency of multiple languages. Now his linguistic mastery has become an invaluable asset amongst the Howling Commandos.
  • Badass Bookworm: Made doubly so by the difficulties and prejudice faced by African Americans when seeking education in the racist social-climate of 1940's America; and he was able to graduate in spite of said prejudices.
  • BFG: Uses a huge two handed machine gun as his main weapon.
  • Black and Nerdy: Averted; Jones is every inch as fierce a warrior as his fellow Howling Commandos. Being an academic doesn't make him weak.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. He doesn't die in World War II, and even is the one to capture Dr. Zola.
  • Black Vikings: Last-minute aversion. A cut scene shows him fighting in the trenches in Bucky and Dum Dum's unit before their capture, even though in reality, black soldiers were segregated from white at the time. However, the scene was cut, so the canon Jones may have previously fought in a segregated unit as was the norm.
  • Cunning Linguist: Being able to read German tank-controls allowed Jones to help Dum-Dum turn the tide in the battle of the concentration camp. It's also shown he knows French, which allows him to interpret intercepted communications on Zola's train.
  • Everything's Sexier in French: Including the ladies, according to him. That's why he learned the language.
  • Famous Ancestor: Strongly implied that he's the famous grandfather of Antoine Triplett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • Translator Buddy: To Jacques, who only knows French.

Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR)

    Agent Margaret Elizabeth "Peggy" Carter 

Agent Margaret Elizabeth "Peggy" Carter

See her character tropes on the Agent Carter sub-page

    Colonel Chester Phillips 

Colonel Chester Phillips

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Portrayed By: Tommy Lee Jones
"If you have anything to say, now would be a perfect time to keep it to yourself."

The US Army Colonel in charge of the Super Soldier project alongside Erskine. Upon first seeing Rogers (before the serum), he "wanted to cry" and had absolutely no faith in the young asthmatic. Even after the project worked, Phillips still considered it a failure because Rogers was its only product instead of the supersoldier army he hoped for. While Phillips went off to the battlefield, he intended for Rogers to be locked up in a lab - didn't work out quite so well as the Captain became America's greatest propaganda icon. After the Cap saved 400 prisoners from HYDRA, the two reconciled and worked together to bring down Schmidt.

    Dr. Abraham Erskine 

Dr. Abraham Erskine

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Portrayed By: Stanley Tucci
"This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion."

A German scientist and inventor of a Super Soldier formula. He picks Rogers as the candidate out of an entire muscled platoon, believing that a weak man knew the value of strength, and knew that Rogers was a truly good man.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Defies and averts this trope. As Erskine notes; "many people forget" the first country the Nazis invaded was, in fact, Germany.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: His name "Abraham", his resemblance to Albert Einstein, and his wife having been confirmed as Jewish in the tie-in comic all suggest this.
  • The Atoner: He works with Americans to create an American super-soldier because he was responsible for the creation of the Red Skull.
  • Character Death: The most clear in the film when he gets shot twice by Heinz Kruger.
  • The Chooser of The One: He chooses Steve Rogers to be Captain America.
  • Cool Old Guy: For Example, in his conversation with Steve the night before the procedure about drinking.
  • Death by Origin Story: He dies in the same scene as the creation of Captain America.
  • Famous Last Words: Averted, instead he gently smiles and points to Steve's heart as he dies, reminding him to never forget his promise to stay a good man.
  • For Science!: Averted. He doesn't want to create a super soldier for its own sake; he wants to so this super soldier can do good in the world.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Since he knows that if one person had to be picked to be the only one to get the full serum, it should have been Steve.
  • Herr Doktor: Steve is initially surprised to see him because of this reason; his accent is German.
  • Misery Builds Character: See his quote above; the reason he picked Steve is because Steve knows what it's like to be weak, and can empathize with those who can't defend themselves.
  • My Greatest Failure: Allowing Schmidt to take the Super Soldier serum.
  • Nice Guy: Insists on noble qualities for his super soldier because he wants it to be used to end the war. He clearly isn't lacking in noble qualities himself.
  • Non-Action Guy: Not a fighter obviously.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: He intentionally kept all the notes to his super-serum in his head, as he didn't want anyone to replicate it and then misuse it.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Steve; mentoring, empowering, death; the whole nine yards.
  • Parental Substitute: In their friendship Abraham was a gentle figure of wisdom and the man who allowed Steve Rogers to be reborn as a new man, effectively becoming his second father in every sense of the word.
  • Token Enemy Minority: A German-born scientist working for the Allies in WWII.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Adamant in his belief that it takes a kind heart to create the ultimate warrior, not just loyalty or willingness to fight; hence his choice of Steve as his candidate for the Super Soldier Serum test.

    Howard Stark 

    Lorraine 

Pvt. Lorraine

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Portrayed By: Natalie Dormer

Private Lorraine served in the United States Army during World War II. She was the secretary of Colonel Chester Phillips.
  • Canon Foreigner: She has no comic counterpart.
  • Forceful Kiss: Forced Steve into one, until they're caught by Peggy.
  • Sexy Secretary: For Phillips; she's his personal assistant and played by the sinfully sexy Natalie Dormer. She wastes little time trying to seduce Steve.
  • She's Got Legs: As part of her Sexy Secretary get-up. The audience gets a view while she tries to seduce Steve.

S.H.I.E.L.D.

    In General 
See the Marvel Cinematic Universe's S.H.I.E.L.D. page here.

    Secretary Alexander Pierce 

    Agent Brock Rumlow / Crossbones 

    Agent Sharon Carter / Agent 13 

    Cameron Klein 

HYDRA

See the HYDRA page

Other Characters

    Georges Batroc 

Portrayed By: Georges St-Pierre

An Algerian pirate who was a former French Intelligence agent before going rogue. His crew hijacks a S.H.I.E.L.D ship, the Lemurian Star, and thus become targets of STRIKE and Captain America.
  • Adaptational Badass: Batroc's considered something of a joke in the comics, although occasionally he proves to be a Not-So-Harmless Villain. Here he's able to put up a fair fight against a superhuman.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Batroc in the comics is essentially a thief at best, and he has a strong code of honor that includes not harming innocent people. Here, he's a pirate leader fully willing to kill hostages and raid boats.
  • Beard of Evil: Batroc sports a goatee and mustache, though it's nowhere near as pronounced as his comic book Dastardly Whiplash mustache.
  • Badass Normal: He's the first non-enhanced human in the series to be able to put up a decent fight against Captain America in hand-to-hand combat, and later manages to make an escape from Cap and Natasha make his way off the Lemurian Star despite being in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
  • Blood Knight: After he lost his ship and his crew, he went back just to fight Captain America.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Referred to by his real name rather than his alias from the comic "Batroc the Leaper".
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Every fight with the guards on the ship was a Curb-Stomp Battle by Cap. Only when he gets to the last guy, their leader Batroc, does he find himself a challenge.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Batroc was ex-DGSE, with over 36 kill missions, before his commanding officers axed his career. He's also been issued a Red Notice by Interpol.note 
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Unlike his comic book counterpart, he doesn't wear a helmet and even goads Steve Rogers into removing his own.
  • I Know Karate: He practices savate, a French martial arts with lots of jumping kicks. In the comics this is where he gets his full name "Batroc the Leaper". In the film, however, his style resembles more Capoeira.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Well, not exactly gentlemen, but he does belittle Cap for using a helmet and a defensive weapon, prompting him to put them aside and even the playing field.
    Batroc: <...I thought you were more than just a shield.>
    Steve: <Let's find out.>
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast and strong enough to pose a challenge to Captain America.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Some characters assume he's French, but he's actually Algerian.
  • Misplaced Accent: Despite being Algerian, he sports Georges St-Pierre's native Quebecois accent. To put this in perspective, this is as out of place as, say, an English-speaking Egyptian with an American accent would be.
  • Race Lift: Just plain French in the comics, Algerian in the movie. He's still said to be a veteran of French Intelligence, and portrayed by an actor who doesn't look remotely North African.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: Batroc is more interested in getting his ransom from S.H.I.E.L.D., but his crew is openly vicious and ready to kill any hostages.
  • Starter Villain: Serves as the main antagonist during the opening mission of The Winter Soldier, before the film's main crisis begins.
  • Tempting Fate: He demands that Captain America put his shield away so that the fight is fairer. Cap does... and then starts fighting even better than beforehand.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was hired by Fury himself in a move to get the USB MacGuffin off the boat under cover of rescuing the team.
  • Worthy Opponent: Captain America sees him as one, even going so far as to not use his shield while fighting him to put them on more even ground.

    The Winter Soldier 

    Helmut Zemo 

    Everett K. Ross 

Everett K. Ross

Portrayed By: Martin Freeman

A government employee who works for the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre.
  • Composite Character: His role as the government attaché assigned to oversee the Avengers is similar to that of Henry Peter Gyrich, who traditionally serves as the team's government liaison in the comics, but who cannot be used in the MCU because of rights issues.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Kevin Feige has said Ross doesn't have a particularly large role in Civil War, but will play a bigger part in future MCU movies. The character is most strongly associated with Black Panther in the comics.

Alternative Title(s): Captain America The First Avenger, Captain America The Winter Soldier, Captain America Civil War

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