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Agent Margaret Elizabeth "Peggy" Carter

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"As has always been the case, I don't require your help."
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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Hayley Atwell; Gabriella Graves (young)

Voiced By: Christine Byrd [main movies, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Disney dub and Agent Carter], Erika Rendón [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sony dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub); Graciela Molina [main films, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 2, episode 8)], Ana Esther Alborg [Ant-Man, Agent Carter], Amalia Cantarero [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 2, episode 1)] (European Spanish dub), France Renard (European French dub), Catherine Proulx-Lemay (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger | Marvel One-Shots: Agent Carter | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. note  | Agent Carter | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Ant-Man

"I don't need a congressional honor. I don't need Agent Thompson's approval or the President's. I know my value. Anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter."

A British Army Major and Operations Supervisor for the SSR during World War II. She oversaw the training of the recruits for the supersoldier program Project Rebirth, and took notice of the feeble yet determined candidate Steve Rogers. After Rebirth was cut short with only one successful result, Carter was the only SSR head who pushed for Rogers to remain involved in the war front, even personally aiding him in getting behind enemy lines when his superiors refused to let him get involved. Her efforts paid off, as Steve rescued hundreds of captured soldiers and became the war hero Captain America.

In between battle Rogers and Carter started to fall in love, but his final World War,II mission resulted in Steve pulling a Heroic Sacrifice against HYDRA's plan. He was presumed dead for the rest of the century, and Peggy was reassigned to a desk job preventing the full use of her talent. But after aiding Howard Stark with an undercover mission to reclaim his stolen weapons, Stark offered her a new job with him, as co-founder of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Nearly 70 years after World War II ended, Steve and Peggy reunited after his body was thawed from the Arctic. Carter was now much older than him and bedridden, but the two expressed contentment that she had lived a full life, despite being unable to continue their romance.
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    A-C 
  • The Ace: In every way; fighter, detective, secret agent, etc. but her SSR co-workers are too stupid to realize it.
  • Action Fashionista: Very rarely will you see her kicking ass while not dressed in the finest women's fashion of The '40s.
  • Action Girl: Does a pretty good job of Drill Sergeant Nasty to US Army recruits. She stands in front of a moving car to shoot down a Nazi spy and goes into battle with Captain America at a time in history when women were not typically allowed in front-line combat. Throwing punches and shooting guns are her preferred ways of beating her enemies. She's extremely dissatisfied with being stuck doing paperwork in the Agent Carter one-shot, so she curb-stomps all the agents in the Zodiac hideout.
  • Adaptational Badass: Peggy Carter not only went into Ascended Extra territory when adapted from the comics to the big screen, but was also upgraded into a badass army officer and SSR agent.
  • Adaptational Nationality: She was American in the comics, but is British in the MCU, like Hayley Atwell. It's even lampshaded by a rude recruit in her first appearance. She punches him out.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's blonde in the comics and a brunette in the MCU. She disguised herself as a blonde in the pilot of her own series.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Contrary to the sweet, romantic early-type Action Girl and Spirited Young Lady Peggy is in the (pre-movie) comics, this version is brutal and even borderline sadistic, violently assaulting American soldiers under her command and seeming to enjoy it, not to mention shooting at Cap with live bullets when he annoys her.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Colleen, Howard and Rose call Peggy "Peg." Angie calls her "English." Dum Dum suggests giving Peggy the nickname of "Miss Union Jack", but she disagrees.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Justified. The time place when she worked in the SSR was in the 1930s, and thus many of her male colleagues act openly sexist of her as well as making demeaning comments.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Indeed, she has demonstrated her "I won't take any of your crap" and "don't piss me off" persona several times and as elaborately as possible.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Inverted, in a sense. Peggy contracts Alzheimer's in her old days, and thus when Steve visits often thinks each meeting is their first since WWII.
  • Ascended Extra: See Breakout Character. In the comics, Peggy is, at best, an important footnote to Steve and his primary love interest, Sharon Carter. In the films, though, she's become one of the most prominent supporting characters, even after First Avenger seemingly concluded any more adventures in the 40s. The first issue of the 2011 Captain America series even uses her death from old age as a jumping-off point specifically because she'd now be familiar to audiences.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: In the Agent Carter one-shot, fed up with the lack of respect from her Bad Boss, she decides to take an unsanctioned mission to find Zodiac. After finding a valuable clue, Peggy is promoted to running S.H.I.E.L.D. with Howard Stark.
  • Badass in Charge: As she says in The First Avenger, she supervises the operations of one of the divisions. As of the end of her one-shot, she's to co-run S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Badass Normal: She can definitely hold her own in a fight with black widow super soldiers, and, according to Howard Stark, can do 107 one-armed push-ups.
  • The Baroness: A rare heroic example of this type of character: an attractive aristocratic girl who plays the role of chief henchwoman to Phillips, dresses up in military uniforms and is violent and contemptuous toward his rank-and-file troops. Also antagonistically attracted to the hero.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Peggy is quite friendly...and you would like it if she stays that way, as she is quite frightening when she's mad.
  • Boobs of Steel: She relies on brute force more than finesse and technique, unlike the other Action Girls of the MCU. And she's... well, she's Hayley Atwell.
  • Brainy Brunette: Peggy is one of the sharpest characters in the MCU. In "Smoke and Mirrors", we find out that Peggy was trained in and worked as a code-breaker at the legendary Bletchley Park.
  • Breakout Character: When Peggy Carter debuted in the comics, it was to be a Temporary Love Interest to Captain America during his time in World War II, but she debuted in The '60s, long after Cap's regular WWII war stories were over. At first she appeared only in Flashbacks (in her first story she wasn't even named!). Under these circumstances, she's rarely been anything more than a Satellite Love Interest in the comics. But when Captain America: The First Avenger came out, since 99% of the film takes place during the War, she naturally had a much bigger role. She took center stage in the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter, which was such a huge hit that it spun off into her own regular TV series. It's worth noting that the filmmakers have tried to use Peggy in every single (Earth-bound) MCU vehicle after The First Avenger until Captain America: Civil War, where she died offscreen of old age. Joss Whedon wrote a scene for her in The Avengers, and she has cameos in The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
  • Broken Ace: Lost her First Love in the War, who was the first person to understand her and think of her as an equal. Forced to work in high position jobs where her male co-workers constantly barrage her with sexist quips. Then, the death of her roommate....Peggy has been put through the wringer.
  • The Cameo:
    • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she appears twice: once in a 1950s footage at the Howling Commandos' Smithsonian museum exhibition, and once in the present, bedridden at the age of 93.
    • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she shows up in a 1945 Flashback leading the Howling Commandos against HYDRA, and interrogating a HYDRA member.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, she appears in a vision Steve has, telling him the war's over, they can go home, and all that's left is for them to have their dance.
    • In Ant-Man, she appears in the opening scene at the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters in 1989, at the age of 68. She is present with Howard Stark when Hank Pym violently resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D., deciding to keep his particle's formula for himself.
  • Character Death: She dies of old age in her sleep in Captain America: Civil War. Her funeral happens in her native England, and Steve is one of the pallbearers.
  • Character Development: Peggy eventually learns to not care about what her colleagues think of her and only her opinion of herself matters.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Completely willing to use whatever is on hand during hand-to-hand combat, including a stapler.
  • Composite Character: She combines elements of Peggy Carter (Action Girl-ness and the name and relationship to Sharon Carter) with Lt. Cynthia Glass from the Sentinel of Liberty Miniseries (who had the same look and was also Phillips' aide).
  • Cool Old Lady:
    • As of The Winter Soldier at the age of 93. She gives Steve advice (see the quote above) and teases him. She's implied to be this for her (as of yet unspecified) relative Sharon as well.
    • In Ant-Man she appears in a flashback in 1989 at age 68, as one of the leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Covert Pervert: She seems to be in shock when seeing the shirtless post-serum Steve. She barely stopped herself from trying to get a feel of his abs! For extra points, that wasn't scripted.

    D-K 
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Heavily implied. In "SNAFU", she informs Jarvis she was nearly hanged at some point. Not to mention that a redacted file about her shows in the last quarter of Season Two.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Agent Carter one-shot, which was made so that the audience could see what Peggy was up to after the events of The First Avenger. Which led to an Agent Carter TV series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She snarks at Steve, Howard, and Jarvis a lot.
  • Desk Jockey: What she was reduced to after the events of The First Avenger. She doesn't settle for it, though, and keeps going on missions.
  • Determinator: She's stopping that car, no matter if she has to stand right in front of its way as it speeds towards her.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Had one back when she was a codebreaker at Bletchley Park, who she discarded when she decided to take the transfer to be a field agent for the SOE. Said fiance has not been seen or mentioned anywhere other than in flashbacks dating to before she broke off the engagement in 1940.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Introduced by insulting the trainees and punching out one who made a sexist comment.
  • Dude Magnet: Attracts a lot of men, either in the movie or in her own show. The listed ones are just a few: Steve, Thompson, Jason Wilkes, and Sousa. She also claims Howard tried to kiss her on V-E Day and she made their boundaries clear by throwing him into the River Thames. Jarvis even comments on this when she gets involved in a Love Triangle between Wilkes and Sousa.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In her own one-shot and series, her superiors (and some of her possible contemporaries) treats her more like a secretary than an agent. Howard even directly said that they're not utilizing her properly.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: She can hardly contain herself when Steve's operation finishes.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first scene where she greets all her recruits with a strict professionalism, followed by beating up a Jerk Jock private who made derogatory comments toward her.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Angie repeatedly makes various comments about Peggy's impressive physique. Dottie is definitely obsessed on Peggy, to the point of kissing her eventhough it's to knock her out, whereas it's deliberately ambiguous whether her attitude toward Peggy is Stalker with a Crush or Stalker Without A Crush. Rose also comments about Peggy's English rose skin in Season 2.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In The First Avenger, her hair is above the collar, as women in the armed forces had to keep it while on duty. In Agent Carter, it reaches past her shoulders, showing that the war has ended and she is no longer being sent on missions.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Agent Carter shows that Peggy, after a year, is still grieving over Steve's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • First Love: To Steve.
  • Flanderization: In-universe, her status as "Captain America's girlfriend" is the only thing most people know about her, especially as the civilian nurse character Betty Carver in a radio drama. The irony is that for most of the war they were comrades-in-arms, not lovers (albeit with Unresolved Sexual Tension), and had only just agreed to go on an official date when he was lost.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: In Season 2 she gets skewered with rebar, putting a severe dent in her fighting abilities.
  • Girly Bruiser: She fights men twice her size with punches and anything around her, but she's not above a little make up and dancing.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's very feminine and elegant, but she also really enjoys fighting and being involved in dangerous missions (which is why she resents being made a Desk Jockey after the war).
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: While some other established action girls in MCU like Black Widow and Gamora rely on She-Fu in their fighting styles, that isn't the case with Peggy, whose preferred way of beating her enemies is throwing simple and precise punches.
  • Guile Hero: She uses whatever is available to her to take down the baddies.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Steve prefers to use only his shield when in combat while Peggy is quite the crack shot. Averted in the one-shot and Agent Carter TV-series though, where she's more dangerous in hand-to-hand than with firearms.
  • Has a Type: Peggy is only interested in good, decent men.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Oh, does she sound heartbroken when hearing Steve go down with the Valkyrie. Her series' first season and her Marvel One-Shot show that she's still broken up about it a year later.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: In Agent Carter, Peggy has to constantly remind everyone that she and Stark never had a relationship during the war.
  • Hello, Nurse!: She gets a lot of attention from the trainees.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: She married before 1953 and had a good life after losing Steve, but always kept him in her heart.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Briefly, at the the end of "A Sin to Err" and the beginning of "SNAFU," when the SSR suspects her of being a fellow conspirator with Howard Stark and being The Mole in the SSR. Not only Peggy is suspected, but became so much of a Broken Pedestal that even Sousa expressed initial deep hatred of her upon learning the revelation when interrogating her. However, she sheds this once convincing her companions of her innocence.
  • Hidden Depths: As it turns out, she speaks Russian and understands Russian figures of speech.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Gets a double-whammy of this in "A Sin to Err," courtesy of Dottie not only stealing her knockout lipstick, but also using her defenseless girl image to surprise her. Peggy is used to being underestimated and using that to her advantage, so when Dottie pulls the same trick, it's both heartbreaking and awesome.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She and Steve bond over facing prejudice; he for being a small, sickly guy, she for being a woman in a male-dominated profession. When she finds him, post-enhancement, kissing a hot blonde, she refuses to listen to him telling her it's Not What It Looks Like (the blonde came onto him) and lumps him in with the other horndog soldiers.
    • And then in the second season of Agent Carter she gets angry at Sousa for telling Wilkes the location of the uranium rods in order to save her life, when for the entire season she repeatedly takes huge risks to save the lives of her friends and allies. Sousa calls her out on it in the final episode (though that was at least partly to make her admit she's fallen for him).
    • Peggy takes serious issue with the sexism she faces, but has no qualms about exploiting those attitudes: enacting violence against men (including her own Love Interest) despite knowing that they cannot and will not retaliate, solely because of her gender. Additionally, there are times when Peggy herself underestimates women and their capacity to exploit gender roles, which is how Dottie managed to get the drop on her.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: She feels really guilty about her roommate Colleen getting killed due to one of her enemies following her home. SNAFU confirms she feels this way about Steve's "death," and viewed protecting the last vial of his blood as a way to make up for it.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Is extremely accurate with just a pistol, and not one with a particularly long barrel either.
  • Improv Fu: Her fighting style mainly involves Indy Ploy and combat pragmatism.
  • Improvised Weapon: She uses her suitcase to beat up Zodiac's agents in the Agent Carter one-shot. In the series proper, she uses a stapler, a briefcase, a metal pipe, and part of a crate to beat people up on several occasions.
  • In-Series Nickname: Almost always referred to as "Peggy". Agent Thompson calls her "Marge."
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She's on friendly terms with Steve in the modern day, when she's an old lady and he's still young.
  • Iron Lady: Is very professional, though that doesn't mean she can't feel sympathy for Steve.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: After being captured thanks to Dottie in "A Sin to Err", she gives Dooley, who had dared tell her interrogators not to go easy on her just because she's a girl, a dirty look, feeling that "don't go easy on her" was enough and "just because she's a girl" was pushing it, if not uncalled for.
  • It's All My Fault: She has a tendency for this following close death. She feels responsible for Colleen's death, enough that she tries to disassociate from Jarvis and Angie. She also feels guilt for Ray Krzeminski's death, though reconciling with Angie helps her move past it. She also feels protectiveness toward the capsule containing Steve Rogers's blood, viewing it as a second chance to defend him. In Season 2, she starts taking the Isodyne case personally after she thinks that she got Jason Wilkes killed. Downplayed when she claims Dooley's death is her fault, as a brief insist from Jarvis that it wasn't is enough to put her back on her feet and set on avenging him.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: After the death of Steve Rogers and her roommate Colleen, Peggy turns down aid from friends like Angie or Jarvis, not wanting to put them in danger. Jarvis helps her out of it by pointing out Steve, the Ideal Hero she loved, relied on her and wasn't self-sufficient himself.
  • Jumped at the Call: Quite literally. In the Agent Carter one-shot, she's eager to be sent on a mission again, but she's stuck with paperwork because she's a woman. So when a phone call comes up in the middle of the night about a dangerous 3-5 agents mission, she does not doubt for a second before taking it up.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Post-Captain America: The First Avenger, this is one of her defining characteristics: drop-dead gorgeous 1940s fashion meets modern Action Girl kickassery.

    L-Y 
  • Lady of War: Elegant and stylish, she maintains her impeccable grace as she calmly shoots at enemies and even when using brutal punches and kicks or improvised weapons.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Turned in by the same Mook she had earlier roughed up in "A Sin to Err".
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Jarvis reminds Peggy of having served such a role for Steve when she insists on denying help.
    Jarvis: There is not a man or woman, no matter how fit he or she may be, who is capable of carrying the entire world on their shoulders.
    Peggy: Steve was.
    Jarvis: From what Mr. Stark has told me, Captain Rogers relied heavily on you. Your courage, strategy, and moral guidance. You were his support.
  • Loving a Shadow: By the time of her own series, she's till somewhat pining for Cap despite knowing herself that he's not coming back (for a long while anyway).
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Peggy married a man at some point in the past but her funeral shows she kept her maiden name.
  • Majorly Awesome: This is her rank and she quickly proves her awesomeness.
  • Master of Disguise: She pulls off some impressive ones on Agent Carter.
  • Military Maverick: She went against Phillips' orders to save the soldiers who were captive in the HYDRA base in The First Avenger. She also decides to go after a mission for 3-5 agents all by herself, even when she wasn't assigned to do so in the Agent Carter one-shot.
  • My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: She taunts recruits in The First Avenger with this.
  • Nice Girl: She's only no-nonsense and strict when on the job. Other than that, Peggy is a charming, friendly, and affable woman to hang out with.
  • Nice Hat: Sports a bright red Stetson Stratoliner during her Agent Carter days.
  • Not So Above It All: Peggy loathes how her SSR coworkers ignore her because she's a woman, but uses their sexism to her advantage by using seemingly harmless femininity as a cover for covert actions. But as it turns out, she's just as susceptible to ignoring other women who use the same tricks and so is taken completely off guard by Dottie.
  • One-Man Army:
    • Best seen in the Agent Carter one-shot, in which she does excellently on a mission intended for 3-5 agents all by herself.
    • In the series when cornered by her fellow SSR agents at the automat, she knocks them all out with just her fists and a smidge of help from Jarvis. Chief Dooley is astounded that she took out a whole team of trained operatives.
  • One of the Boys: With the Howling Commandos. They tease her, she teases back, they don't doubt her abilities, and even offer to make her a full time member. Seeing them treat her with such respect surprises Thompson but it must have rubbed off on him because by the end of the episode he too asks her to come along for drinks with the guys.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: When informally addressed, people refer to her as Peggy instead of Margaret. On occasion, though, Jack Thompson sometimes calls her "Marge", short for Margaret.
  • Only Sane Woman: In the opening scene of Ant-Man, she's the only one in a room full of high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents just trying to keep the peace during Hank Pym's tirade over their use of his technology.
  • Passed in Their Sleep: Peggy passed away in her sleep in Captain America: Civil War.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Peggy has this relationship with both Jarvis and Howard.
    • Deconstructed with Howard. He's a notorious playboy, but Peggy is one of the very few women he doesn't flirt with. Also, unlike most men in the time, he greatly respects her. However, because of his history as a player, many assume that she and him had a relationship during the war. This comes up in "SNAFU", when Dooley,Thompson, and Sousa assume she helped Stark because she was in love with him.
    • Played straight with Jarvis. He offers her emotional support and is one of the few men to respect her as a person. As the series continues, they grow closer as friends.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • "You still don't know a bloody thing about women."
    • In "SNAFU", her use of the word "whore" when she lashes out at her interrogators.
      Peggy: To you, I'm... the girl on the pedestal, transformed into some daft whore.
    • Peggy gets a little less precise as the show wears on, calling Howard a "wanker" twice and exclaiming "Bloody Nora!" and "Flipping hell!" when provoked.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Frequently wears red, white, and blue, not unlike Captain America himself.
  • Protagonist Title: She's the main lead of her eponymous show.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Peggy gives one it's brutal, true, and pretty awesome. And she remains totally calm.
  • Runaway Bride: Before the war, she was engaged to a man named Fred and was trying on her wedding gown when she learned her brother Michael had been killed in action. She is next seen picking up her spy recruitment letter and leaving her engagement ring behind in its place.
  • Scars Are Forever: Peggy has very visible bullethole scars on the back of her right shoulder. They are also visible in the from-the-back photo taken of "the blonde" at the nightclub, and are what lead Sousa to discover that Peggy is "the blonde."
  • Scatterbrained Senior: She's well in her 90s by The Winter Soldier, and she ended up in a nursing home being treated for Alzheimer disease. It is most sadly shown when she suddenly has an emotional reaction to Steve's presence at her side like if it was the first time in seven decades that she talked to him, while they have been talking normally to each other up to this point.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
    • She decides to help Steve to get into the HYDRA base, at the risk of her career.
    • This then becomes a major theme in her own series. Helping out Howard Stark could get her prosecuted for treason, but she believes he's innocent and will go outside the law to prove it.
  • Servile Snarker: Her post-war SSR colleagues severely underestimate her abilities, often having her do menial tasks and ignoring the contributions she could offer. Her response is to do both her work and theirs.
  • She-Fu: Averted. Peggy's fighting style is devoid of fancy acrobatics or thigh-crushing. Instead she relies on good old-fashioned punches, kicks, and anything around her environment. Consequently her battles with crooks looks extremely brutal.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls for Steve because he's the nicest guy she's ever met. When she sees him making out with Pvt. Lorraine, she's very... disappointed. Disappointed enough to shoot him four times at point-blank range. (Although he does have a shield.) This is best exemplified in Agent Carter One-Shot, where Peggy has a picture of pre-serum Steve in her desk drawer. She didn't fall in love with Captain America, the pinnacle of human perfection and the infallible personification of the American way; she fell in love with Steve, the skinny kid from Brooklyn who was too dumb to run away from a fight he couldn't win.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Peggy is frequently put down by her coworkers because they view her only as a lucky secretary who got her job by sleeping around with Captain America and other men. Worth noting here that Peggy was in a position of authority with the SSR before Steve finally got himself enlisted (she was his instructor in Basic Training), and apart from her brother arranging for her initial recruitment into the SOE, there's absolutely no evidence she got there through any means other than her own merit. She spends much of the first season fighting to prove that she's every bit as competent as they are, but ultimately learns to ignore her lack of recognition and trust herself.
  • The Smurfette Principle:
    • She's the only named female character with relevance to The First Avenger and the Agent Carter one-shot's plot.
    • Averted in the Agent Carter series where she has a number of female cast companions.
  • Sniper Pistol: She uses a Walther PPK to calmly pull off some very accurate, long range shots. The image above has her doing just that to Heinz Kruger's driver.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She tends to get unwanted sexual attention. Steve attracts her by his lack of it.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Always dignified and elegant with a perfect sense of class and style. Always ready to get the job done—by kicking butt or firing a gun, if necessary.
  • The Squadette: She's the only female officer seen fighting and taking part in the military actions.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Another reason why she bonds with Steve is because they're both underdogs; Steve is shunned for his feeble body, and Peggy is not taken seriously because of her gender.
    Steve: Just thought I'd run and they [bullies] will never let you stop. You stand up, you push back, [they] can't say no forever, right?
    Peggy: I know a little of what that's like, to have every door shut in your face.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Although to a lesser level than Jarvis, she can maintain a ridiculous level of politeness, such as when she's about to be blown up in "Now Is Not the End.". She will also maintain this while making it very clear (at least to Steve) how scorned she was when he kissed another woman. With a pistol at point-blank range.
  • Straight Man: She may love Steve, but she'll also roll her eyes aplenty at many of his dumber moments.
  • Territorial Smurfette: The only other woman with speaking lines in the SSR just happens to cause conflict by putting the moves on Peggy's guy of choice.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: Averted. Hayley Atwell played older Peggy with the aid of CGI aging in The Winter Soldier, and with some aging make-up in the intro to Ant-Man (which is set 25 years prior).
  • Tranquil Fury: When angered Peggy tends to become colder and more brutal in fights. Such as when she's angry with Steve she shoots at him without hesitation and very little warning to test his new shield.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Justified, unfortunately for her, given the time period (the late 1940s). Many sexist men tend to overlook her skills because she's a woman, the only exceptions being Steve, Howard, and Jarvis. She uses this to her advantage in the Agent Carter oneshot and in the series.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Steve. Before his supposed death, their relationship never got any farther than planning a first date.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with the Howling Commandos, especially Dum Dum. She makes friendly jabs at their expense, yet they respect her, would follow her anywhere, and clearly are the best of friends.
  • Woman Scorned: She's pretty angry when she thinks she sees Steve kissing around with secretaries; angry enough to shoot him. (With his shield in front of him, of course.)
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In The Iron Ceiling she prevents Dugan from killing a Russian girl who just killed one of his men and tried to stab him, claiming it's only a child. This later gets one of her fellow SSR agents killed when the girl reappears during a later gunfight to shoot the man in the back before disappearing again.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • She tells Steve this to motivate him when he's dissatisfied with his propaganda work.
      Steve: Phillips would have had me stuck in lab.
      Peggy: And these are your only two options? A lab rat or a dancing monkey? You were meant for more than this, you know.
    • Comes back around in the show when she unfavorably compares herself to Steve, leading Jarvis to tell her that the Steve she has put on a pedestal of perfection isn't the real Steve and that even he needed help.
  • You Are in Command Now: Her cameo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. shows her leading the Howling Commandos for one operation after Cap's supposed death.

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