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Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
Blake: If you keep bending the rules like this, someone might take this dream team away from you.A team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents brought together by Phil Coulson after the events of the Battle of New York.
Coulson: I'd like to see them try.
Coulson: I'd like to see them try.
- Arch-Enemy: Ward is this to the entire team, as he was "family" before he betrayed them to HYDRA. Most of them even have personal reason to hate him, except for Mack.
- Skye/Daisy: Ward had been Skye's Supervising Officer in Season 1, and had developed genuine feelings for him. Ward had also fallen in love with Skye, but when it came down to it, he chose Garrett over her. After Garrett's death, his only loyalty was to Skye, but she wouldn't have anything to do with him, finally shooting him in "What They Become".
- Fitz-Simmons: Ward jumped out a plane to rescue Simmons, causing Simmons to develop a crush on Ward and Fitz to begin Hero Worshiping him. Despite coming to genuinely care for Fitz and Simmons, Ward ultimately chose to drop them in a locked medical pod out of the Bus while it was over the ocean. Though Ward claimed that it was to give them a fighting chance rather than the gunshot Garrett had intended, both Fitz and Simmons later displayed uncharacteristically violent reactions toward Ward after that.
- May: Ward realized that May might have been able to figure out he wasn't who the team thought he was, so he entered a sexual relationship with her. She was ultimately the one who took him out in the Season 1 finale. Later, Kara was disguised as May when Ward shot her, and Ward, unable to accept he was responsible, blamed May for it, sending Werner von Strucker after her ex-husband Andrew Garner in a Revenge by Proxy plan.
- Bobbi and Hunter: As part of his twisted concept of "closure", Ward and Kara kidnapped Bobbi and tortured her for allowing HYDRA to inadvertently capture her. When they realized that physical pain wouldn't do it, they set a trap for Hunter using Bobbi as bait. Bobbi ended up Taking the Bullet for Hunter, and the whole ordeal left Bobbi with both physical and emotional wounds, causing Hunter to go on a Revenge Before Reason mission to kill Ward before Bobbi decides to let it go for fear of becoming like Ward.
- Coulson: In an attempt to make Coulson feel the same pain Ward did when Kara died, Ward murdered Rosalind Price right before Coulson's eyes. Coulson then tracked down Ward to another planet and killed Ward.
- Cool Plane: Their primary mode of transportation was originally the Bus, a plane outfitted as a mobile base, complete with a lab, personal quarters, an interrogation room, and a bar. A really nice bar. After it gets destroyed, they upgrade to the Zephyr One, a much more advanced plane that one would expect of the technology found in the MCU.
- Family of Choice: For all intents and purposes, this team is Daisy's family.
- Five Man Band: The original members, with Coulson as The Leader, May as The Lancer, Ward as The Big Guy, FitzSimmons as The Smart Guy, and Skye as The Chick. This is only the case for the first half of season 1. Then it expands and roles develop until it is no longer fitting. Then it becomes an example of The Team.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Several of them are major fanboys/girls. Skye turned into a giggling fangirl upon meeting people with superpowers. Simmons was practically giddy with excitement over holding an order signed by Peggy Carter. Trip was a huge fan of the Howling Commandos (which includes his grandfather), and even had some of their old tech. And of course, Coulson is a huge Captain America fan, and Cap's discovery caused quite a commotion for Coulson. He even watched Cap while he was sleeping! ...We-we mean...Coulson observed Captain America while he was unconscious...from the ice.
- Living Legend:
- May is regarded as one for her actions in Bahrain, earning her the nickname "the Cavalry".
- Fitz and Simmons are regarded as this at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy by successive students.
- Coulson is regarded as this by pretty much every single agent who comes to meet the group and discovers that Coulson was brought back to life after the Battle of New York (having missions with the Avengers tends to do that for you), the Koenings being particularly obvious fanboys.
- No Name Given: The team doesn't have an official designation, though "Team Coulson" is universally accepted among the fandom.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Not quite the conflicting ideologies and egos of the Avengers, the conflicting motives of the Guardians of the Galaxy, or the mess of personal issues of the Defenders, but they're definitely this. The founding members are a major Captain America/Peggy Carter fanboy, a Broken Ace who quit the field, an anti-social field agent, a biochemist who is a little too enthusiastic about dissecting super powered people beside her, an engineer who can't quite function without said biochemist, and a hacktivist who grew up in foster care her whole life. Later members include a major Howling Commandos fanboy, an ace field agent who is a little too good at lying for her own good, a mercenary whose first response is always violence, a mechanic with some serious Fantastic Racism issues, a doctor with anger management issues, a construction foreman who is not cut out for the spy life, and a woman whose life growing up under a corrupt police force has left her suspicious of authority. Yet this team almost single-handedly saved S.H.I.E.L.D. from being completely destroyed after the revelation of HYDRA's infiltration.
- Superman Stays out of Gotham: This S.H.I.E.L.D. team tends to deal with global threats, while the Avengers are disbanded.
- Token Super: Skye served as this for the team's original roster, being the only with powers. She's an Inhuman capable of causing vibrations.
- Unwitting Pawn: Fury originally had the team formed because he wanted them to keep an eye on Coulson in the event that there was any side effects from his resurrection. Knowing that Coulson would try and recruit May anyway, and knowing that she'd be able to judge whether or not he wasn't himself, Fury went to her first and gave her orders to assemble a profile of what she would need, coming up with a biologist to keep track of Coulson's physical health (Simmons), an engineer to keep the memory machine running (Fitz) and if necessary, a specialist who would be able to help May take Coulson down if it came to that (Ward). None of them had any knowledge of this.
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Daisy Johnson / Skye / Quake
Daisy Johnson / Skye / Quake
Portrayed By: Chloe Bennet
Voiced By: Andrea Higa [Disney dub], Analiz Sánchez [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
"The one thing that I don't need time to understand is that we are all in this together. I tried to take the blame for everything not too long ago. I dyed my hair, I ran away. I thought that separating myself from the team would help me protect it, but in truth, I kind of just lost myself."A civilian hacker who draws the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is tracked down by Agent Coulson's team. Despite the objections of both his subordinates and superiors, Coulson makes her part of The Team. Went by the name Skye before discovering her birth name of Daisy Johnson.
- Action Girl: Once Skye fully takes up her identity as Daisy Johnson she quite firmly is put on May's level, arguably even higher due to her superpowers.
- Action Survivor: In season 1, she's not quite an Action Girl, but she can survive against standard mooks when the situation calls for it. This changes in season 2 wherein she's able to hold her own against Agent 33, who has much more combat experience than Skye does.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics originally her hair was black, here it is brown. The comics subsequently redesigned Daisy to have brown hair.
- Adaptation Expansion: With the revelation that Skye is Daisy Johnson, the show becomes this for her backstory. In the comics, Daisy was introduced as one of many members of Nick Fury's new squad, who became a Breakout Character and the most prominent member of that team, but all that's known about her backstory is that she was the long-lost daughter of Mister Hyde and the protogé of Nick Fury. In the show, though, we now have a season-and-a-half worth of details for her backstory leading up to how she got her powers.
- Adorkable: Shows delight in talking to Mike his powers, and her backstory is confirmed to have cosplayed in front of Stark Tower. In the episode "Eye Spy", Ward alleges that she says "bang" when firing gun.
- Ambiguously Brown: Chloe Bennet is half-white and half-Chinese. As Skye is an orphan, her ethnic background was unclear. Season 2 later on confirmed that her father is white and her mother is Chinese.
- Ambiguously Human:
- Since she's been revealed to be a 0-8-4, she could conceivably be anything. She might not even be human.Skye: [jokingly] Like, what, you think I'm an alien?
Skye: Hold on, are you saying that I'm an alien!?
Coulson: It's a theory.
Skye: No, a theory is what scientists use to prove things in nature, this is you telling me that I might be an alien! That's not something you just say like it's no big deal!
Coulson: I was trying not to rattle you.
Skye: Guess what? Epic fail!
- She's an Inhuman, which means that she's entirely human until exposure to Terrigen Mists... which happened in episode 2:10.
- Since she's been revealed to be a 0-8-4, she could conceivably be anything. She might not even be human.
- Anti-Hero: She started off as the one shown to have ulterior motives for joining S.H.I.E.L.D. in the beginning. After her much needed Character Development, she is now a good guy, but don’t expect her to pull any punches in achieving her goals.
- Ascended Fanboy: She's always Squeeing over superheroes, and then becomes a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then she gets her own superpowers. Then she becomes the leader of a superhero team.
- The Atoner: After being outed as The Mole for the Rising Tide, she works at regaining the team's trust. "FZZT" shows her listing them off: memorizing S.H.I.E.L.D. protocols, "yes sir, no sir" and wearing the bracelet.
- Audience Surrogate: She's a superhero fan and the only main character who starts out as a civilian.
- Badass Adorable: Treats her friends warmly and is generally helpful and nice to people, atleast if they're innocent. After taking levels in badass and getting her superpowers she can wipe the floor with most of her enemies in direct combat.
- Badass in Distress: Due to Deke's betrayal, Daisy ends up captured by the Kree.
- Bad Vibrations: Whenever her Quake powers start to activate uncontrollably.
- Beauty Inversion: Averted. In the pilot, she's homeless (living in her van), yet she's perfectly clean, her hair and makeup is immaculate, and there's not so much as a wrinkle in her clothes. This is possibly justified by the fact she had a boyfriend who did have a place to stay at the time.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- Averted in "T.R.A.C.K.S." where she bleeds profusely after being shot in the stomach by Quinn. Subsequently averted in "T.A.H.I.T.I." as a direct result - she's unconscious, slowly dying in a hospital bed, with grayish skin and tubes sticking out of her, and generally does look like someone fighting for their life without much consideration for the aesthetics of the thing.
- Discussed after her transformation into an Inhuman. Raina is quite upset that Skye's appearance remains exactly the same, while she got stuck with a hideous and painful new body.
- Also Averted when her mother tries to kill her with her life draining power.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She tried to get Mike to embrace his powers. He did. Just not in the way she expected. A season and a half later, she gets powers herself - and they freak her out. In "Girl in the Flower Dress", Coulson warns her that the truth about her parents may be worse than not knowing.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Definitely hinted at with Ward in their interrogation scene.
- Berserk Button: Go ahead, try to kill Director Coulson. She'll threaten to kill you without a second's hesitation. Even if you are her father.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Good-natured hacker Skye. By the end of Season 2 not only does she gain arguably the most dangerous set of superpowers SHIELD has so far encountered - enough to concern Asgardians and Kree - but she also becomes a walking embodiment of It Gets Easier as she cold-bloodedly kills a dozen HYDRA mooks. Indeed, as of the end of Season 2, she has one of the largest confirmed on-screen body counts of any character in the series, rivaling even May. As of Season 5, she is suspected of having destroyed Earth itself with her powers.
- Bi the Way: According to Chloe Bennet.
- Body Horror: Her first attempts to control her Quake powers simply redirect them onto her own body, resulting in dozens of hairline fractures in her arms.
- Bound and Gagged: Courtesy of a pissed-off Ghost Rider in "Meet the New Boss". She gets out of it in a few seconds by using her Quake powers.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In "The Team", Hive infects her, turning her into his mole within S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Broken Pedestal: When Ward is revealed as a HYDRA mole, Skye loses her Love Interest and her S.H.I.E.L.D. mentor in one go, something that clearly hits her very hard.
- Brought Down to Badass: Daisy gets an inhibitor when she is captured by the Kree, meaning she can't quake the Kree she fights. So she resorts to using her bare hands to fight them. It works.
- Buffy Speak: One of the most prone to this in Team Coulson. From the look of it, she gets it from her dad.
- Canon Character All Along: Though sharing her name with a minor War Machine character, Skye was not introduced as having a counterpart in the comics. "What They Become" reveals she's actually the MCU version of Daisy Johnson AKA Quake, daughter of Calvin L. Johnson AKA Calvin Zabo AKA Mr. Hyde.
- Castfrom Hit Points: Without her custom gauntlets, Daisy's use of her vibration-controlling powers is slowly shattering her own bones.
- Chekhov's Skill: The first episode shows that she encrypts all of her computers with location-based keys. She uses this same encryption on the backup drive of The Bus' files.
- Cold Sniper: After making her first kill with a sniper rifle, she's surprised to find her heart rate is perfectly steady.
- Combat Pragmatist: Typically in a fight, she will use her speed to avoid hits, ducking around objects and moving around the room, as well as using improvised weapons, Gun Fu, and later her powers.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Averted, finally, in Season Four. She's referred to as Quake. "Hot Potato Soup" reveals that she doesn't actually like the name, though.
- Covert Pervert: It's implied in the stinger of "Eye Spy" that she used the x-ray glasses to see Ward naked.
- The Cracker: She isn't malicious, but she was deliberately causing trouble for an international security agency. Quinn even calls her a "black hat," which is the term for this in the hacker community.
- Dark and Troubled Past:
- Enough to make her erase her identity at least once. As the episode "Girl in the Flower Dress" reveals, so did S.H.I.E.L.D. at one point; the one document Skye was able to dig up from her past was a S.H.I.E.L.D.-redacted paper concerning her. It turns out that she was dropped off at the orphanage by a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. "Seeds" reveals that she's an 0-8-4. Some unidentified party (possibly her father and/or HYDRA) killed everyone connected to her in an attempt to get to her, including her family, her entire hometown, and her S.H.I.E.L.D. protection detail. The last surviving members unpersonned her and arranged for her to get randomly shuffled to a new foster home every few months in an apparently successful attempt to hide her.
- Clarified partway through Season Two. Her hometown was raided by a HYDRA team claiming to be S.H.I.E.L.D. and all the residents, including her mother, were taken and used for Whitehall's experimentation. The aftermath left the village dead and her father a madman bent on avenging his wife and recovering his daughter. Then clarified further in the season finale. The village actually survived HYDRA. Jaiyang's healing factor works by draining life force, and she forced Cal to feed the village to her to bring her back. Not only that, but she Came Back Wrong and a Fantastic Racist to boot. Cal's descent into darkness was driven by hers; he became a monster in order to be allowed to remain in her life.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- She's prone to quite a few one-liners when the situation calls for it.
- She's said "Hail HYDRA" sarcastically twice so far, and she tries to disguise the sarcasm the second time around, thinking it was Whitehall who was calling Bakshi's number (It Makes Sense in Context).
- Death Seeker: After being freed from Hive's control at the end of season 3 she suffers from both immense guilt and horrific withdrawal, not to mention the grief of losing Lincoln. She begs Ghost Rider to kill her during their first fight at the start of season 4.
- Dented Iron: By season 4, she'll wrap up her forearms in bandages and pop pills to dwell the pain of using her powers when she wasn't wearing her customized gauntlets.
- Deuteragonist: The second person driving most of the show's plot, after Coulson. Part way through Season 2, they seem to swap places, as Coulson's main character arc (uncovering the secret of his revival and the alien code stuck in his head) resolved, Daisy's Inhuman connection became the show's driving Myth Arc.
- Dude Magnet: Had two love interests and most of the male cast were at one point attracted to her.
- Easily Forgiven:
- Played with; after the blow up in "Girl in the Flower Dress", Simmons was sympathetic to her from the beginning, Fitz has forgiven her by the start of the next episode, Coulson is midway (having imposed her Restraining Bolt punishment yet keeping her on board), Ward has not, and May (who didn't trust her in the first place) hasn't changed.
- When she leaves the team after her Trauma Conga Line, this is played with as various characters just want her to come home, but Fitz and Simmons are still angry, and by this point SHIELD itself considers her a rogue agent. Director Mace has to bend the rules to cover their asses in order to get her back into the fold, but she still has trouble being signed to the Sokovia Accords because of the crimes she committed while rogue.
- Embarrassing Last Name: She chose the name Skye because she hated the name given to her by the orphanage, which is Mary Sue Poots. "Poot" is a slang word for farting.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She doesn't love the "Quake" moniker, but she gets used to it.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She becomes the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Daisy Johnson AKA Quake, so she gets genuine superpowers in the form of vibration after she is trained as a field agent by Melinda May.
- Everyone Has Standards: After joining S.H.I.E.L.D. as The Mole, she explicitly forbids the Rising Tide from hacking the organization, as seen in "Girl in the Flower Dress", and she breaks up with her boyfriend for doing just that. When she does hack S.H.I.E.L.D. in "The Hub", it's for a selfless reason, and she's upset to find out that there isn't an extraction plan for Ward and Fitz (what she doesn't know is that she and the rest of Coulson's team are being trusted to pick up Ward and Fitz themselves once the two have completed their mission).
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Between Seasons 2 and 3, her shoulder-length waves are cut short, right in time with her accepting her identity as an Inhuman (and re-taking her birth name). After she leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. in the wake of Lincoln's death at the end of Season 3, there's a six-month timeskip where she lets her hair grow out to below her collarbones. By the beginning of Season 4, she's cut it back to jaw-length, then by the Agents of H.Y.D.R.A. arc, her hair goes back to shoulder-length.
- The Face: Coulson says she has the potential to become this for his S.H.I.E.L.D. team; talking to people, building rapport, acquiring information without being scary, etc. As of season 3, she's the one making first contact with new inhumans like Joey, and in Season 4 has become the best-known current SHIELD agent.
- Foil: To Ward. In the beginning, Skye was the one shown to have ulterior motives for joining S.H.I.E.L.D., but when her plans go awry, she undergoes some much needed Character Development and sticks with S.H.I.E.L.D. until the bitter end. Meanwhile Ward is a true blue Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but not really, since he's been playing the whole team right from episode 1. When his true colors are shown, he doesn't change allegiances like Skye, but sticks with HYDRA, until the end.
- Foster Kid:
- Part of the reason she seeks to fit in with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team; she wants a real family.
- Several of the families she stayed with wanted to keep her permanently but were under orders to keep her moving for her protection. Skye just thought none of them wanted her.
- Gainaxing: A rather memorable example as she runs around in a soaking wet low-cut dress in "The Asset".
- Genki Girl: Whenever she meets a superhuman, she's all squees.
- Goth: Starts dressing as this when she becomes a vigilante.
- Good Is Not Soft: Daisy grows in to this, the series follows her character arc from being a meek and mild hacker to her first kill to being able to kill a room full of mooks without breaking a sweat.
- Groin Attack: She uses one against a random guy in the pilot and pretends Mike made her do it, causing the guy's friends to attack Mike. This allows her to escape.
- Guile Hero: First demonstrates this in "The Asset" when she infiltrates Ian Quinn's party, then takes it Up to 11 in "The Magical Place" where she finds a way around the Restraining Bolt (and even uses the Restraining Bolt itself to her advantage at one point) and locates the place Coulson is being held without S.H.I.E.L.D.'s resources.
- Gun Fu: Displays a John Wick-esque version of this during the shootout scene in "The Dirty Half Dozen" in this clip where she single-handedly takes down nine HYDRA agents with no help from her superpowers. Pretty impressive for a girl who once got the safety confused with the ammo release.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her mother was an Inhuman. Her father is human... more or less.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: She wears these when relaxing on The Bus. It's a combination of "quirky" and "cute", with a touch of "deceptive".
- Has a Type: So far the men she's been attracted have Tall, snarky, and scruffy men who have some Troubled but Cute aspects. In "Emancipation", Hive later implies that she likes the bad boys.
- The Herald: Based on her conversation with Mike, she saw herself as the one delivering the call to adventure and inspiring him to fully embrace superheroing.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: In "Absolution", after she recovers from her brainwashing at the end of the previous episode, she feels despairing and self-hating.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: The first method she tries to gain control of her Quake powers ends up with her using them on herself until she breaks her own arm.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: When she goes rogue after the end of season 3, the public thinks she is a terrorist because she destroys Watchdog assets. Mace handily flips this around at the end of the Ghost Rider arc so that she soon has legions of fans.
- Humanoid Abomination: She's an 0-8-4 but as revealed in "Ragtag", there was more to the legend. Story goes that the village was attacked by monsters, and the monsters were the 0-8-4 (Skye)'s parents. Eventually it is revealed that she is an Inhuman, and so for all intents and purposes an ordinary human unless exposed to Terrigen Mists... which happens in "What They Become".
- Humble Hero: She is uncomfortable with all the praise that Director Mace and the character witnesses he finds heap on her.
- I Have Many Names: Skye (her hacker handle), Mary Sue Poots (the name she was given at the orphanage), Daisy Johnson (her birth name, which she later retakes), Tremors (Mack's nickname for her), and Quake (the media's name for her after Season 3, and as of Season 4's mid-finale, apparently her official S.H.I.E.L.D. codename).
- Ill Girl: After getting shot by Quinn in "T.R.A.C.K.S". She remains one throughout "T.A.H.I.T.I." (the team finding a cure for her provides the main plot of that episode) and is still bed-bound but slowly recovering in "Yes Men".
- Impersonating an Officer: A heroic example. In "The Magical Place", she poses as Agent May to get a lead from a businessman as to where Coulson was being held.
- In the Hood: Does this in the 2nd season in her transition to Action Girl. She wears a gray hoodie.
- Insistent Terminology: As of Season 3, she insists on being called "Daisy Johnson" rather than "Skye". Only Coulson (who still defaults to it in stressful situations) and Simmons (who was off-planet when the change occurred) still occasionally called her Skye, but quickly got used to calling her Daisy.note
- It Gets Easier: Part of her character development. In the first season as she trains under May the point is made that she never has had to kill anyone and when she is forced to snipe an inhuman, leading to his assumed death, her reaction to this is shown. By season 2, she's shooting disabled opponents in battle without flinching.
- It's All My Fault: After being released from Hive's control, Daisy developed self-loathing, blaming herself for all her actions that the dark Inhuman had forced her to carry out. She was adamant that she should be punished for her actions under Hive's sway, refused to listen any attempts by others to forgive her.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Her unrivalled hacking abilities make her an excellent asset to S.H.I.E.L.D., and she's also shown to be quite the Guile Hero. With combat training from her superiors, she becomes combat-capable enough to the point that she's able to hold her own in the field.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She's a skilled hacker who turns into a giggling fangirl in the presence of metahumans.
- The Leader: She was the team commander of the Secret Warriors in season 3.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Mack as of Season 3. She even describes him as "like a big brother" in "Failed Experiments".
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: She's quite the looker, and her dad is Mr. Hyde, so there's that. There's also the fact that they don't get along, so the betrayal part comes prepackaged.
- Married to the Job: Says so in "Heavy Is The Head". Season 4 starts out with the argument that it is S.H.I.E.L.D's ideals rather than the organization itself she's married to; she goes rogue and becomes the outlaw known as "Quake" to bring down villains like the Watchdogs.Skye: S.H.I.E.L.D. is my life.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Like Gordon before her and her own mother before Gordon, she has taken up the role of aiding new Inhumans through Transition in season 3.
- The McCoy: Plays the part to Coulson's Kirk and May's (and occasionally Ward's) Spock in the first season. Character Development and the introduction of other hotheads like Mack and Hunter causes this to diminish over time.
- Meaningful Name:
- Her legal name is revealed to be Mary Sue, a Fandom Nod to the viewers who felt she received an unreasonable amount of Character Shilling during the series.
- Her birth name, Daisy, is fitting for someone with earthquake producing powers.
- Minored In Asskicking: Mostly a Guile Hero and hacker, but she's gotten some combat training from Ward and is particularly good at disarming enemies. Moving through season 2 and into season 3, this has become a major as she gains more skills and her Quake ability.
- Mistaken Age: Due to being an orphan, she had her birth year wrong, and is actually a year or two older than she thought. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who dropped her off might have done this intentionally in order to hide her, or they just genuinely made a mistake.
- Mixed Ancestry: Daisy's father is white while her mother is Chinese (and Inhuman).
- The Mole: For the Rising Tide. It seems to be an open secret, at least between Ward, Coulson, and the higher brass. After being outed in "Girl in the Flower Dress" and forced to wear a Walking Techbane bracelet for several episodes, there's been no indication she's still reporting to Rising Tide, at least until Season 2, when it's hinted that Rising Tide may be an ally of sorts to Nu S.H.I.E.L.D. in at least a couple of episodes.
- Morality Pet: For Ward, who claims his attachment to her is genuine. He exploits this as it allows him to beat the lie detector.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: After Daisy gains her superpowers she is often seen going into action dressed in black. In Season 4 her whole appearance is mostly black.
- Ms. Fanservice: Provides the female eye candy in the main cast. Ward comments on her beauty under truth serum. She exploits this to make Ward squirm while she interrogates him. Towards the end of "The Asset", she's seen running around in a wet dress, and bare feet. She has an underwear scene in "Girl in the Flower Dress". Tapers off a bit after these instances, but comes back in Season 3, where she's taken to wearing a Spy Catsuit in the field and her first scene out of it is in a low-cut tank top. In the opening scene of Season 4, the viewers are treated to a full-screen shot of her butt as she's getting dressed, a shot that contributed to that episode's TV-14 rating. Once she goes back to wearing her Spy Catsuit, she typically unzips the top down to where the band of her bra is.
- Mythology Gag:
- Skye spends a lot of time wearing wrist-mounted devices, starting with the Restraining Bolt, then the heartbeat monitoring watch during her field training, then the various power suppressing gloves and such she gets to control her powers, and the nullifying cuffs she gets shackled with by Jiaying. While at first subtle, it becomes pretty clear in hindsight these are a nod to her identity as Daisy Johnson, a character known for her arm gauntlets in the comics.
- By the end of Season 3, several incidents have her being explicitly being referred to as "Quake" by newspapers, and she's also sporting black hair like her comic counterpart.
- In the "Ghost Rider" pod of season 4, Coulson who has resigned from the post of director of S.H.I.E.L.D. states that Jeffrey Mace was not his first choice to take over that position and implies to Daisy that his first choice was her. She laughs it off, saying, "Maybe in the comic book version". In the comics, she actually does hold the position for some time.
- New Meat:
- Not only is she the most junior member of the team, as of "End of the Beginning" she is the single most junior member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Due to what happens in the following episode, she ends up keeping that distinction until Hunter decides to stop just being a mercenary on contract and fully joins up in the stinger for "One Door Closes", nearly a season later. When working in her primary strengths (hacking and data analysis), she doesn't make rookie mistakes, but she does tend to make them when working in the field which is an area she freely admits she needs more training in, especially after one of those rookie mistakes gets her shot. She grows out of this role over the course of the second season.
- When she discovers that she is a Inhuman this trope happens a second time as she is the newest member of that group and says that she feels like "the new kid".
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: During the season 2 finale, when she knocks a Quinjet carrying a case of Terragen crystals off of a carrier, said crystals contaminates schools of fish, which end up being processed as fish oil caplets for human consumption.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Initially, Skye accepted to join S.H.I.E.L.D. to keep on the search for her parents. She fully commited to S.H.I.E.L.D. as time advanced.
- The Not-Love Interest: To Coulson. As the naive newcomer she fulfills the stereotypical role of the Love Interest for The Hero, but their relationship is firmly established as substitute father-daughter within the first couple of episodes.
- Number Two: After breaking off his friendship with May, Coulson turns to Skye, who is the only member of his team that he truly picked himself and who looks up to him as a surrogate father, as his confidant. Starting in season 2, she shows frustration that he doesn't confide in her anymore.
- Odd Friendship: How Simmons views their friendship, saying that they're "nothing alike". But after Fitz, Daisy is Jemma's best friend, and vice-versa.
- Old Shame: In-universe example. Skye was once one of the "sweaty cosplay girls" that hang around Stark Tower.Skye: (embarrassed) It was one time.
- One-Man Army: "The Dirty Half Dozen" cements her status as this, when she singlehandedly kills ten HYDRA guards in a display of hand-to-hand (and gun) bad-assitude during an epic oner, all without using her powers.
- Happens again in season 3.
- Only Known by Their Nickname:
- At first there was nothing else known about her name other then Skye. S.H.I.E.L.D. unpersonned her as a child to hide her from whoever killed her family, her entire home town, and virtually every single member of the team sent to protect her.
- In "The Only Light in the Darkness" we find out what Skye's real name is... the name she was given in the orphanage, that is. It's Mary Sue Poots.
- "A Hen in the Wolf House" implies that she has a third name, which was given to her by her biological parents. It's revealed in "What They Become" to be Daisy.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: The little data drive she keeps stashed away, containing all the info she could gather on her parents' identities.
- Panty Shot: Shows up in the promo for "The Asset", as she jumps out of a window and into a pool. The television broadcast cut to the next scene earlier to avoid it. Her underwear scene in "Girl in the Flower Dress" makes up for it. There's also a shot of her pulling a rather lacy pair of black panties up(as in, she was naked right before this) in the opening of "The Ghost", which helped that episode get a TV-14 rating.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Her powers allow her to manipulate the vibrations of all matter. It's speculated that she could grow powerful enough to crack a continent. At present, she's at least powerful enough to flatten a large area around herself and make objects explode, and she has no real training in how to use her powers. While training with the Inhumans, she manages to shake an entire mountain, causing a small avalanche.
- Playing Gertrude: A mild example. Skye's official year of birth is 1989 and is later revealed to actually be 1988, thusly making her a few years older than the actress who plays her.
- Power Incontinence: She has quite a hard time controlling her Quake powers, due to her not having any help understanding them like her parents were planning to do.
- Race Lift: Daisy Johnson is white in the comics, while Skye, her MCU counterpart, is half-Chinese, as is the actress who plays her. The comics subsequently redesigned Daisy to look more Asian and her mother was retconned into being Chinese when we briefly see a photo of her.
- Recruiting the Criminal: She's part of an anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. movement called "The Rising Tide" to reveal their cover-up of the world's superheroes, but is quickly caught by them and hired.
- Red Baron: Daisy gets the nickname —Destroyer of Worlds in Season 5. She's not fond of it.
- Restraining Bolt: As of "Girl in the Flower Dress", she has been given a bracelet that will monitor her and restrict her use of electronics as well as other unnamed properties. Coulson disables it at the end of "The Magical Place".
- Running Gag: Anytime she attempts to imitate Fitz-Simmons's British accents, it's terrible and even she knows it. Though she's yet to attempt an imitation of Hunter, she does become the object of his scorn when she refers to him as Trainspotting, suggesting that she can't even hear the differences between quite disparate British accents. (Which still doesn't explain why her impression of Fitz sounded Australian...)
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: This is her biggest strength. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are bound by the rules and bureaucracy of the system, but Skye isn't an agent and thus often ignores the rules in the name of doing the right thing. This is also the reason that May lets Hand kick Skye off The Bus in "The Magical Place." She knows that Skye will work much better when she doesn't have a bunch of by-the-book S.H.I.E.L.D. agents looking over her shoulder.
- Security Blanket: Having lived in her van, she'll crawl into one of the Bus's vehicles when she feels a need for safety or solitude. She seems a little surprised when Coulson first finds her there.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When going undercover in "The Asset". She never looked nicer.
- Shipper on Deck: Daisy has been pushing FitzSimmons longer than anyone else on Team Coulson. In "FZZT", she tells Fitz that she wished her relationship with Miles had been more like Fitz's relationship with Simmons. In "Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire", she lured Simmons into a meeting by finding the perfect apartment for her and Fitz, and even got it for them (rent-controlled, even, and with only a little bit of her blood on the door). But she proved herself the captain of the ship in "Self Control" when she told Simmons that she would go through the highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and LMDs hunting them if only to see Fitz and Simmons reunited.Daisy: Through all the insane crap we have gone through, the one thing I have known without a doubt, the whole time, is that you and Fitz belong together. This is not how your story ends.
- Shoulders-Up Nudity: Has an moment in the episode "The Inside Man" after she takes off her shirt before having sex with Lincoln.
- Sixth Ranger: She's recruited from the Rising Tide during the pilot while the other members of the team are already S.H.I.E.L.D. agents working for Coulson, and has to be convinced to join them. However, this all happens in the pilot episode, unlike most examples of this trope.
- The Spook: In the words of Coulson, "We know nothing about her. Do you know how often that happens? It never happens."
- Supporting Protagonist: Coulson is the headlining star and leader of main cast but the plot also focuses heavily on Skye's development as a character and her perspective on things. This helped by her being the initial outsider of the team which gives her a slightly more relatable perspective.
- Spy Catsuit: During Season 2 she wore a Civvie Spandex equivalent of this, wearing a tight jumper and skinny jeans that evoked the look in a more realistic sense. Starts wearing a real one in Season 3 when she takes over as the lead field agent after May's departure, and even keeps it in-order to use her seismic powers properly after going on the run to become Quake, the Inhuman vigilante.
- Stealth Insult: "Hail HYDRA." Spoken to Ward after revealing she had called the cops on him using her laptop.
- Superhero Packing Heat: Despite possessing vibration powers that could level a building, Daisy uses a gun. The gun is sometimes loaded with I.C.E.R.s, but it is a real gun, and Daisy is willing to kill, if she thinks there is a very good reason.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Her vibration powers have a surprising amount of range of abilities. Besides knocking people into walls or destroying objects, she can deflect bullets and induce cardiac pumps to restart a human heart. Later, she also learns how to levitate objects and cushion falls, and launch herself into the air. She also has the Required Secondary Power of absorbing vibrations, which allows her to detect seismic activity and artificial vibrations, and gives her some level of Super Toughness.
- Teacher/Student Romance: As of midseason 3, all of her love interests have also been her teachers. Miles was her Rising Tide mentor, Grant Ward was her S.H.I.E.L.D supervising officer, and Lincoln helped her through the Inhuman transition.
- Techno Wizard: Managed to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D. databases, as well as gain some information about Centipede before they were able to. Oh, and did we mention she did this from a van that she was living in? The girl's impressive.
- Token Super: She was this for the team's original roster, being an Inhuman capable of causing vibrations.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Much like Mjolnir and the device from the second episode, Skye is a 0-8-4. As a baby, many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were mysteriously killed trying to protect her, forcing S.H.I.E.L.D. to put her into hiding to protect her.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Ward begins her combat training at the start of "The Asset" and she uses it to effortlessly disarm Ian Quinn later on. The episode ends with voluntarily punching out a heavy bag.
- Her storyline in "The Magical Place" is all about this. She steals the car of a Centipede associate and crashes it with herself inside, just so she can get his roadside assistance to arrange a tow truck to take her to his address. While there, she uses his computer to call his office and pretends to be an LAPD officer, flawlessly coming up with a plausible explanation about why he needs to come home immediately. Once he arrives, she poses as Melinda and effortlessly bluffs him into giving up everything he knows about Centipede's property purchases, even tossing a couple of mooks along the way. This gives S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson's location. Even May seems impressed.
- By the end of "Nothing Personal", she has taken yet another level of badass during the entire episode. Calmly stalling for time against Ward and making him a well-known and wanted fugitive.
- As of the season 2 premiere, "Shadows", she's said to have undergone training from May between seasons and even joins her in the field being more than able to hold her own.
- Training with May is shown to really pay off when she holds her own against Agent 33 in single combat.
- As of "What They Become", she has taken another level, after her Inhuman powers are activated. At the start of Season 3, she's casually flipping cars and enemy mooks.
- Town Girls: The (seemingly plain yet technologically gifted) Neither to May's Butch and Simmons's Femme.
- Unfortunate Names:
- Ungrateful Bitch: Raina very subjectively refers Skye as this as a part of her Never My Fault statement in "Aftershocks".
- She can do this on request, and it's implied she did it to herself, hence why she's an unknown to S.H.I.E.L.D. It turns out that this is her reason for learning how to hack in the first place. Her parents themselves have been the subject of this, by S.H.I.E.L.D. no less, as was Skye herself shortly before being put into foster care.
- In "Providence," at Coulson's request, she does this for every member of Team Coulson so that they can more easily go off the radar.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She unknowingly brings a HYDRA agent to Providence by chatting on the phone with Ward, who had, in a bit of Dramatic Irony, been with HYDRA all along.
- Vigilante Man: When Daisy left S.H.I.E.L.D in season 4 she became one of these; she takes out banks and bridges to take down the Watchdogs' resources and funding, but only her own team really knows this is what she's doing it all for. The rest of the world knows her as the outlaw "Quake". She rejoins the team fully at the end of the season
- The Watson: She serves this role, especially in the first season. She would frequently ask questions or go against S.H.I.E.L.D.'s policies, with both often resulting in trial by fire and/or a history lesson. She still serves a minor role as this in the later seasons, but usually simply asking questions about some shared knowledge that she isn't in on, resulting in a less painful history lesson.
- We Help the Helpless: Coulson's lessons have sunk in pretty well by the second season.Skye: He could hurt people!
Jiaying: Those people aren't my concern.
Skye: Well, they're mine. I'm a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She doesn't like what she finds out about the mission in "The Hub", and she makes it perfectly clear to Coulson when he catches her hacking S.H.I.E.L.D. to learn the truth.Coulson: What did I tell you?
Skye: You told me to trust the system, and the system sent Ward and Fitz in there to die.
- Throughout season 4, she ends up on the receiving end of this trope numerous times after leaving SHIELD to avoid hurting them again. Not for lack of respect, though— Daisy understands that her absence did hurt the rest of her friends (in an emotional sense), it just takes her quite a while to shake off the guilt from the events that led to Lincoln's demise.
Melinda Qiaolian May
Portrayed By: Ming-Na Wen
Voiced By: Sonia Casillas [Disney dub], Irina Índigo [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub).
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
"May used to be different. She wasn't always quiet, she was just... she was warm. Fearless in a different way. Getting in trouble, pulling pranks, thought rules were meant to be broken. Sound familiar? But when she walked out of that building, it was like that part of her was gone. I tried to comfort her, but she wouldn't tell me what went down in there."A highly experienced agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who is an Ace Pilot and weapons expert. She is a member of Agent Coulson's team that is assembled to investigate strange events around the world and easily one of the strongest characters in the series. With Coulson now Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., May functions as his Number Two in the fight against HYDRA.
— Phil Coulson
- Aborted Declaration of Love: During her explanation of why she kept TAHITI a secret from Coulson, she almost let it slip that her feelings for Coulson might be deeper than it friendship.May: I did it for you, to protect you! I ... You mean a lot to me. A lot.
- Ace Pilot: She serves as the pilot for the team, though early in Season One a few team members were skeptical as to whether or not this is all Coulson had planned for her, given her fame within S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Affectionate Nickname: Just as Fury called Coulson his one good eye, Coulson calls May his right hand after losing the other one.
- Alliterative Name: Melinda May.
- Almighty Janitor: It's hinted she's a famous and very experienced agent who decided to step away from the field for a desk job, and now officially is just the pilot of the team's jet. She eventually moves out of this role, becoming Coulson's right-hand and an active field agent again.
- Anti-Hero: She's firmly on the side of good, but she occasionally does some less-than-heroic things, such as mercilessly beating up the imprisoned and combat-incapable Ian Quinn after he shoots Skye. To be fair, he did shoot Skye.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Downplayed, but there. May is not prone to bragging, but if you place her skills in doubt, she'll gladly tell you how badly you'll get your ass kicked before proceeding to do exactly that.
- Badass Boast: To Sif, of all people, when the latter warns May about Ward not hesitating to kill her.May: He (Ward) won't kill me. He may try to kill me... but he won't.
- Badass Family: Her mother is a Retired Badass secret agent.
- Badass in a Nice Suit:
- She wears a pantsuit in "Ragtag" when she's disguised as a businesswoman.
- Also in "Melinda" during the incident that earned her the nickname "The Cavalry".
- Badass Normal: Generally regarded as the most dangerous fighter on the team. In a world of superhumans and aliens, she's fighting both, usually with nothing more than her bare hands.
- Badass Teacher: She takes responsibility for training Skye in the timeskip between Season 1 and 2. Judging from how many levels in badass Skye takes in Season 2 (going from knowing exactly one move and not being able to reliably release the safety from her gun to taking down ten men with a mixture of martial arts and gunplay in one scene), it's pretty clear May's training is more effective than Ward's for Skye.
- Batman Gambit:
- Fury knew Coulson would want her on his team, so he got to her first, explained the details of Coulson's resurrection, and asked her to keep an eye on him in case he Came Back Wrong. She came up with a list of team roles she'd need in case things went south, which Fury translated into the mission profile he gave to Coulson: a biologist for looking after his body, a mechanical engineer for the machine for looking after his mind, and a special forces operative for helping May physically take him down.
- May pulls off one of her own when she and Lincoln send Lash to Daisy in Lincoln's place, on the assumptions both that Hive would greet the incoming Quinjet instead of Daisy and that Lash would kill Hive and spare Daisy (he goes one step further and saves her by killing the parasites that had infected her).
- Berserk Button:
- So far, the only things that have made her lose her cool is someone seriously injuring a member of Team Coulson and someone betraying them. Interestingly, she's not much angrier at Skye in episode 5 because she figured it might've been typical of Skye to do so, but when Ward does it? She explodes.
- To a lesser degree, she doesn't like being called "The Cavalry."
- When anyone mentions her mission in Bahrain.
- Big Damn Heroes: She earned the name "the Cavalry" due to rescuing people right in the nick of time. She's done a lot of that so far in the series.Fitz: Is that the extraction team?
Ward: No, it's the Cavalry.
- Blunder Correcting Impulse: Played with; the team does fine, but May's frustration with serving as Mission Control and having no ability to influence the action as it happens leads her to return to combat in spite of her trauma and misgivings.
- Broken Ace: May is cold and reserved because of trauma in the past (which is the reason she initially shunned field work), but she is still easily the most formidable character in the series. She's smart, savvy, and destroys anyone short of superhuman (and even a few who are) in combat.
- Broken Bird: The mission in Bahrain where she was forced to kill a gifted child whose powers drove her mad to save her agents transformed from a rule-breaking, fun-loving, kind woman into a stoic, cold and somewhat ruthless agent.
- Canon Foreigner: She had no comic book counterpart before the show started.
- Canon Immigrant: The S.H.I.E.L.D. ongoing comic begins in December 2014.
- Cutting the Knot: Will often take the direct brute force solution when others are discussing what to do.
- In "0-8-4", the team tries to figure out how to get into the lab with the doors sealed. May jumps into a S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV and rams it through the doors:May: You guys talk a lot.
- In "FZZT", while Coulson and Ward are trying to figure out how to get the locked and barricaded barn doors open, May just kicks in the nearby regular door.
- In "Repairs", Coulson tries to calm down Hannah enough so she can trust him, but with the crowd getting more agitated, May shoots Hannah with the Night Night pistol.
- In "The Magical Place", Skye tries to shut down the machine Coulson is plugged into. May just unplugs it.
- In "Face My Enemy", Coulson and May have infiltrated an auction gala and meet a laser grid. Coulson says he's got it and prepares to go in ninja-style but May just casually crosses the beams, triggering the alarm, because "they already know we're here" (their cover has just been blown, so they're kind of in a hurry).
- In "0-8-4", the team tries to figure out how to get into the lab with the doors sealed. May jumps into a S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV and rams it through the doors:
- Dark and Troubled Past: Enough to not make her want to work on the field and want to work in a dark, boring office. There's a very good reason she doesn't want to be called The Cavalry.
- Declaration of Protection: In "Face My Enemy" she tells Coulson that she will take care of him even if the GH-325 takes over his mind like it did with Garret.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is not a completely defrosted one. More like going from Arctic to "chilly." She freezes up again when she finds out Coulson kept secrets from her and that Skye knows what happened in Bahrain - because that little girl was an Inhuman like she is.
- Does Not Like Spam: According to Coulson, she hates coffee. When Agent 33 impersonated her, she didn't know this and it gave her away.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Inverted. She's fine with being addressed by her given name, it's her old moniker of "the Cavalry" that she doesn't like to hear anymore.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Not that she isn't willing to use one, but she doesn't like to carry them if she thinks it's unnecessary. This may simply be an extension of not wanting to be brought into combat. The one time it comes up, someone goes at her with a gun and she disarms him, steals it, and uses it. May later discusses this when Fitz is showing off the ICER guns, and she picks one up.May: Never said I didn't like them. I said, if I need a gun, I'll take one.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After her encounter with the Berserker Staff and post-action in "Girl in the Flower Dress", she reaches for alcohol.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted. Coulson was furious that she hid the truth about his resurrection from him and kept him Locked Out of the Loop. He point blank told her she wasn't his friend anymore, although they eventually reconcile after awhile
- Emotionless Girl: She's not big on expressions.Skye: Which non-expression is this?
Melinda: She's not a lot of laughs, and when I say that...
- Referring to Sif:
- Empowered Badass Normal: The Asgardian Berserker Staff makes her effectively unstoppable, when she gets a hold of it.
- Exact Words:
- When questioned if Skye's presence on The Bus would help the team, she gave her professional opinion: "No." What she didn't tell Agent Hand was that she knew Skye would help them more off The Bus. She even tells Ward "don't assume the worst about me."
- She says that if she needs a gun, she'll take one, not that she doesn't like guns.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Before Bahrain, her hair is curled. After, she loses the curls and ends up with straight hair.
- Expy: With her dress sense and Dark and Troubled Past, she's basically the producers' way of putting Black Widow in the show.
- Fantastic Racism: She doesn't hate all gifted people just the Inhumans, but she does originally have some distrust of them - the ones who were indirectly responsible for her tramutization in Bahrain.
- Friends with Benefits: "Friends" might be pushing it but the benefits are certainly there with her and Ward. It's a case of Fire-Forged Friends; since she and Ward both were affected by the Berserker Staff, they are the only ones who truly can help each other cope. Despite what she might think, he really respects her fighting skills. This obviously ends after Ward is exposed as a HYDRA agent, and he later taunts her about being upset he lied to her.
- Generation Xerox: It turns out her mother is an intelligence agent too, though not for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Hazy Feel Turn: To an extent she loses some of her Undying Loyalty to Coulson because he kept her Locked Out of the Loop about the Theta Protocol (and that he saw Andrew behind her back) and takes a seat on "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D.'s board ostensibly to be Coulson's advocate, but Simmons and Coulson both give her an earful for joining them in the first place. She gets worse when she finds out that Skye knows what really happened in Bahrain.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Usually seen wearing a leather vest or jacket. When Skye impersonates her in "A Magical Place", she chooses a leather jacket for her costume.
- Hypocrite: She gets mad at Coulson for keeping her Locked Out of the Loop about certain things when he becomes Director, mainly the Theta Protocol and that he's been seeing her ex. Coulson is more than happy to remind her that she kept him Locked Out of the Loop regarding his resurrection.
- Ice Queen: She and Skye tend to clash a lot as a result of her frigid demeanor.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She'll cite this trope when the team calls her out on some of more questionable actions like using an Icer on a scared gifted who was cornered by an angry mob and she joins Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D. as a way to protect Coulson's people....which the team really doesn't approve of.
- Inscrutable Oriental: She's a woman of few words, which is often lampshaded by Skye, a woman of many words.
- It's All My Fault: Rejected. In Season 1, when Fitz and Ward blame themselves for Skye getting shot, May tells them that Quinn is the one to blame. In Season 3, when Mack blames himself for not realizing Daisy had fallen under Hive's sway, she tells him not to beat himself up.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is blunt and seemingly cold towards people, but she's obviously a very moral person who cares for her teammates.
- Just Following Orders: Her justification for keeping Coulson in the dark about his resurrection. This makes Coulson even more furious
- Lady of War: Being a veteran Action Girl, she rarely or never falters in any mission obstacles and setbacks.
- The Lancer: Reluctantly stepped into this role because she can see that Coulson isn't what he used to be and is clearly the one in charge after him.
- Lethal Chef: According to her ex-husband Andrew.May: You hungry? I can cook you something.
Andrew: I'm not that hungry.
- Living Legend: "The Cavalry" is well known among S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.Fitz-Simmons: [simultaneously] She's the Cavalry!
May: I told you never to call me that.
- Made of Iron: At one point, May is thrown into a brick wall with enough momentum to shatter a normal human's spine. Despite being briefly knocked out and slightly battered, she just walks it off. She also dislocates and then relocates her wrist like it's nothing.
- Mama Bear: When you've got the Team Mom who is also a secret agent, this is bound to show up sooner or later. It turns up in "T.A.H.I.T.I.", when she beats Ian Quinn bloody for shooting Skye. Coulson interrupted her less than a minute in, so who knows how badly she'd have hurt him.
- May–December Romance: Punny Name aside, if we go by actor ages May has almost 20 years on Ward.
- Meganekko: Part of her disguise as a businesswoman in "Ragtag" involves a pair of glasses.
- Memetic Badass: In-Universe. Students at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy add twists to her personal legend as a way of pranking the incoming freshmen. It's gotten to the point where nobody remembers the real details any more, except for Coulson who was there.
- The Mentor: Season 2 sees her taking on this role for Skye and teaching her how to be a field agent. There are scenes of them sparring, sniping, and also lessons on how to stay in control of one's emotions. This becomes especially important when Skye develops Inhuman powers because every new Inhuman needs a mentor to guide them through the change. It was supposed to be her biological mother but instead it's the Team Mom.
- The Mole: Selected the team at Nick Fury's request to keep an eye on Coulson and deal with any complications that arose from his resurrection. She reported to Fury from the beginning until Fury's supposed death.
- My Greatest Failure: The Bahrain mission made May a Living Legend among S.H.I.E.L.D. agents but she still feels enormous guilt over having to kill a little Inhuman girl who was mind controlling and killing people.
- In the Framework, Aida erases this Greatest Failure but ends up causing a new one: the "Cambridge Incident", where the girl May saved in Bahrain goes on a rampage.
- Not So Above It All: In "The Well," she echoes Skye's assertion that Thor is "dreamy," and not simply handsome, and at the end of "Repairs," she pulls a prank on Fitz.
- Not So Stoic: Quinn shooting Skye got under her skin, which was lampshaded by Ward after the epic beating that ensued.
- Number Two: She's the second "parent" for Team Coulson and Coulson himself calls her "my right hand" during "Laws of Nature".
- One-Man Army: Her nickname is "The Cavalry" which she earned after an impressive combat operation she completed alone in Bahrain. The leader of a strike team said that if Coulson's diplomacy failed, he would "send in the cavalry". May ended up saving them by herself. Ironically enough, while she is this trope through and through, this event is not an example because everyone was taken out by someone else but it looked as though she did it.
- Parental Substitute:
- Not quite on Coulson's level, but May is still closer to a mother than anyone else Skye has ever had. When Gonzales takes the lead in negotiating with the Inhumans because Coulson isn't objective with regards to his teammates, Skye asks May why she didn't serve as the negotiator. May said that she isn't objective when it comes to Skye.
- In the Bad Future, she adopts Robin Hinton when Robin's biological mother dies.
- Perpetual Frowner: Mostly because she's extremely peeved about being brought out of retirement and getting into combat situations she was promised would be avoided.
- The Promise: Coulson makes her promise to kill him if he deteriorates to the point of becoming Garrett. She's not happy about it.
- The Quiet One: She's not too talkative, to say the least. In "Face My Enemy", Skye remarks that she's said more words during a single undercover conversation than she has in a year. According to Coulson, she was like this before Bahrain.
- Race Lift: The character Melinda May was originally supposed to be a white woman named Althea Rice. However, when Ming-Na Wen gave an impressive audition, the character was rewritten as Asian-American.
- Red Baron: "The Cavalry", and she doesn't like being called that.
- Reluctant Warrior: She only joins the team after Coulson assures her she will only act as the team's pilot/wheelwoman. Otherwise she tried to avoid combat situations when she could (at first, anyway).
- Retired Badass: A former field agent so famous that Ward knows who she is just by seeing her, but she has no desire to do field work again. She brings herself out of retirement at the end of "The Asset", after sitting on the sidelines like she supposedly wanted.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Much of what she says to Coulson in the early episodes is sarcasm, backtalk, or otherwise disrespectful but she left her desk job because he asked her to. In later episodes, though, she grows into his confidante.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Fed up with Coulson refusing to trust her after finding out she spied on him for Fury and excluding her from team missions, Melinda takes off in "The Only Light in the Darkness". It saves her life, keeping Ward from outright executing her.
- Secret Keeper: In Season 2, May knows about Coulson's urgings to carve alien symbols because of the GH serum treatment, and helps him cope with it.
- Sexy Mentor: To Ward. He looks up to her as a more experienced and skilled operative, she sometimes gives him advice and they hooked up at the end of "The Well". "Repairs" implies that it wasn't their first night together. This goes out the window after Ward is exposed as a HYDRA agent.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As seen in "Face My Enemy", where she goes under cover with Coulson and dresses up for the occasion. Coulson certainly thought she looked nice.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Seems to have high-functioning Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the incident where she earned her hated nickname, which might be why she hates it.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Manages to pull this on Tobias despite his ghost-like teleportation powers.
- The Stoic: She can dislocate her wrist, slip the ropes, knock someone out, and then reset her wrist without showing a hint of emotion. Even a completed Berserker Staff can't get more than a Battle Cry out of her.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She may be more of the ice than the sugar, but Coulson states that part of his reason for wanting May on the Bus is to return her back to the kind-hearted woman she used to be.
- That promo clip for "The Magical Place" of her telling Agent Hand that Skye's of no use on the plane? May did it so that Skye could do her part in the mission unhindered.
- Also, in "Yes Men", she's revealed to be The Mole for someone. Said someone happens to be Director Fury himself, who is unambiguously heroic (even considering all the details about Coulson's resurrection).
- The summary for "Face My Enemy" states that Coulson finds himself "attacked" by May. Come the episode, and the attacker turns out to be Agent 33 disguised as May, while May's participation in the episode is completely heroic.
- Team Mom: Designated as such by Skye when she compares an argument between her and Coulson as "mom and dad fighting." In "...Ye Who Enter Here", she has a dream where Coulson and May are acting as parents to a baby (obviously herself).
- There Are No Therapists: Averted, as she was married to one - Andrew, but the mission in Bahrain traumatized her so much that he couldn't help her and the marriage ended in divorce.
- Too Spicy For Yog Sothoth: The Berserker Staff has no (noticeable) effect on her, since she hasn't repressed the trauma that drove her to her desk job. note However she is noticeably less stoic in battle then normal. She changes her facial expression.
- Town Girls: The (aggressive if stoic and calculated) Butch to Simmons's Femme and Skye's Neither.
- Tranquil Fury:
- Shown particularly in "The Well" where she uses two pieces of the Berserker Staff without visible effort when Ward goes Unstoppable Rage with just one. It's suggested that this is why she can handle the Berserker Staff; unlike Ward, whose rage is locked away, May and all her rage and darkness are one.
- In "Ragtag" we have this conversation between May and Skye:May: Yes, I'm furious. But I'm sure as hell not gonna waste it on a tantrum. I'm gonna mine it, save it... and when we find Ward, I'm gonna use every bit of it to take him down.
Skye: Wish I knew how to use that hate-fu.
May: I'm usually up around 5:30.
- After Lance turns on the team only to get forgiven, Coulson points out that shooting May in the process was a really bad idea.Lance: She's the type to hold a grudge?
Coulson: Savors it, actually.
- Two First Names: Her surname is commonly used as a female given name.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Fury told her about about Coulson's resurrection and ordered her to keep tabs on him in case he came back wrong but not let Coulson know about it. When Coulson found out, he was understandably pissed off and gave her the cold shoulder for quite a while afterward.
- In Season 2 Simmons and Coulson both give an earful for joining "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D." Skye is particulary offended that she'd trust Gonzales since his men tried to kill her.
- When She Smiles:
- May is stoic and unemotional most of the time, and usually communicates in what Skye dubs "not-expressions". But when she smiles while on an undercover op... it leaves everyone on the team except Coulson unnerved.
- Double Subverted. While her fake smile and laugh is legitimately terrible, Andrew Gardner makes her genuinely smile a few times. Fitz and Simmons think it's adorable.
- Woman Scorned: She seems to enjoy beating up Ward a bit too much.
- Would Hurt a Child: Played for Drama. The infamous Noodle Incident in Bahrain that led to her being called The Cavalry happened when May was forced to go in alone to a building where S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel and local militiamen had fallen under the sway of a mentally disturbed Gifted child who had the ability to control minds and could leach off of other people's emotions. May was forced to shoot the little girl in order to save everyone in the building.
- See the HYDRA Leadership page
Dr. Leopold James Fitz
Portrayed By: Iain De Caestecker
Voiced By: Miguel Ángel Ruiz [Disney dub], Arturo Castañeda [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
- "I said there would come a moment when we would regret the decision to go in the field. I didn't think that would happen in week one."
- Abusive Parents: Fitz's father was verbally and emotionally abusive toward a young Fitz, constantly saying that he was never good enough or smart enough. The Framework reveals that he was physically abusive as well (or would have been if he hadn't abandoned the family).
- Action Survivor: Fitz is increasingly becoming this as the episodes go on. For someone who has been the most vocally against being involved in any sort of dangerous adventure or combat, he has proven to be more capable than Simmons of holding his own during one. This is best illustrated in "The Hub" and "T.R.A.C.K.S." where he provides backup to Ward in the former episode and Skye in the latter episode.
- Act of True Love: When Simmons life is on the line, it's a mathematical certainty for Fitz: Simmons always comes first. From letting himself drown to save her to jumping into an alien portal find her. Even if it means helping Ward and HYDRA bring a monster back to Earth to prevent them from hurting her.
- Adorkable: Acts about machines and physics the same way Simmons does about biological mysteries. He even named his robots after the seven dwarfs.
- Afraid of Blood: And guts and organs. Especially of cats and especially when left right next to his lunch. The fact that the woman he loves is a biochemist who regularly dissects things is just one of the problems Fitz has to live with.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Simmons apparently left the team in favour of a dangerous deep cover mission within HYDRA rather than deal with the fall-out of Fitz's Dying Declaration of Love. Fitz is bitterly hurt when he finds out, especially since he has to learn about it second hand from Coulson. This eventually gets averted toward the end of season 3, when the two finally enter a relationship.
- All Men Are Perverts: He and Freudian Slips about Skye seem to go together hand-in-hand. He grows out of it as the series progresses, though, as his deep love for Simmons overrides any other sexual desires he may have.
- Alternate Self: The Framework version of himself is a cruel sociopath known as The Doctor. This is because who Fitz becomes is based on which single parent he grew up with; while the real version of himself grew up with his caring mother (who raised him to become the Adorkable All-Loving Hero he is today), his Framework counterpart grew up with his ruthless and abusive father, who never left him and instead took him away from his mom when he was young). As AIDA reveals later, she also injected herself into his life and in effect replaced Simmons as his friend and Love Interest, which also had a lot to do with it.
- Always Someone Better:
- Fitz begins to feel this way in regards to Ward after "FZZT". Ward even uses it against him when he's raging at everyone in "The Well".
- From "Providence" onward, he begins to feel this way towards Triplett too: helped by the fact that Triplett, as well as being a total Badass and potential Love Interest for Simmons, is clearly also very intelligent, meaning that Fitz can't even fall back on his role as The Smart Guy around him.
- According to Simmons, Fitz's father always told him he was stupid and worthless as a child, implying that this is a longstanding psychological issue.
- Ambiguously Bi:
- He doesn't exactly disagree when his projection of Simmons describes Mack as being attractive, since she's technically a part of his own imagination. It should also be noted that well over half of the Ho Yay entries are taken from Fitz's interactions with male cast members.
- Played for Laughs in "Rewind". After spending at least one-third of the episode talking to Hunter about his Relationship Upgrade with Simmons, he has this exchange with Hunter at the end of the episode:
- Armor-Piercing Question: In "Who You Really Are" after Simmons discovers that Fitz kept Skye's powers a secret due to her Fantastic Racism, she tries to say that it's different since Skye is her friend. He responds:Fitz: Oh yeah, like I was your friend, and then I changed. How did you handle that?
- The Atoner: Fitz openly admits being responsible for Jeffrey Mace's death and is ready to go to prison for it.
- Badass Bookworm: Explicitly averted, the first thing we learn about him and Simmons is that they're not combat capable. A major part of his Character Development halfway through the season becomes his drive to become more of a Badass Bookworm after coming to feel inadequate - which he does quite a bit in "The Hub."
- Beard of Sorrow: He's noticeably less than clean-shaven at the beginning of Season 2 due to his traumatic injuries and Simmons leaving.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Poor Fitz falls victim to this a couple of times in major ways in Season One. After complaining that the true worth of his work is often overlooked by his superiors, he's finally recognised as a valuable asset by Garrett, who's about to recruit him to HYDRA by force if he has to. And after a whole season of wishing to be heroic on the level of Ward and Triplett, he's finally being called a hero by everyone after pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save Simmons, which leaves him brain damaged and in a coma. In Season Four, we find that his greatest regret is not knowing his father, but then the Framework reveals that Dad would have raised him into a ruthless psychopath.
- Berserk Button:
- Nothing freaks Fitz out faster than the thought of any harm coming to Simmons. Unfortunately for him, it's sort of an occupational hazard.
- From Season 2 onwards, the very presence of Ward sends him flying off the handle.
- As revealed in "Hot Potato Soup", mentioning Fitz's father is a huge button for him. Jemma is the only one he's talked to about it, and she knows to leave it be. Radcliffe's LMD just mentioning him cause Fitz to slam the counter and march off.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Fitz displays a ruthless lack of concern for the lives of the Centipede soldiers after they kidnap Coulson. Jemma is noticeably disturbed.
- In "Nothing Personal" he has a rather violent reaction to finding out that Ward is HYDRA, which surprises everyone in-universe.
- In "Ragtag", he uses the pocket EMP device to disable Garrett's mechanical bits, almost killing him. He then shouts at Garrett and says he doesn't feel any remorse and that Garrett deserves to die. As Fitz and Simmons are being carried away by HYDRA agents, Fitz says that he won't rest until every HYDRA agent is dead. Yikes.
- In "Making Friends & Influencing People", he cuts off the oxygen to Ward's cell, further twisting the knife by saying it's the only way he can make clear what Ward did to him thanks to his aphasia.
- In "S.O.S., Part 2" he's the one to kill Gordon, albeit accidentally. In "Maveth" he kills Hive temporarily. In "Ascension" he kills Giyera. He has one of the highest supervillain bodycounts in the team, even if he'd probably lose a fistfight to your average highschool bully.
- All the above example is when he was restrained by his own conscience and family and brought up in the real world. In the Framework, having a good relationship with his father, no Jemma, and with Aida/Madame Hydra feeding him half-truths, allows him easily torture Inhumans (including Daisy) and kill an innocent woman For the Evulz in the Framework. Perhaps he is right: We don't know him at all.
- Subverted after he exits the Framework, as he is absolutely horrified at his own villainous actions.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He's half of this with Simmons. Both of them tend to be soft-spoken and usually come across as just geeky lab rats. But if you threaten Jemma's safety, you have now angered a genius mechanical engineer/physicist who can come up with all kinds of neat ways to hurt or kill you.
- Beyond the Impossible: He's the first person in thousands of years to bring someone back from the planet the Monolith connects to, making him quite the person of interest to HYDRA. While this has been the goal of HYDRA for centuries, it had been treated as impossible by previous generations and been confused for "ritualistic blood sacrifice" by outsiders.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- In "The Hub", when Ward tells Fitz to run to safety because Coulson told Ward to take care of him, Fitz refuses to leave and snaps back that Coulson told him to protect Ward too.
- There's a moment in "Repairs" when Simmons is about to round a blind corner while they're pursuing Tobias along with Ward, and Fitz holds her back to check it out himself before letting her go on ahead.
- When he's the only one to work out that Skye has developed superpowers, despite his initial fear he fakes her blood test results and promises to protect her from the Fantastic Racism of the rest of the team. When Skye's secret comes out, it turns out he was right to do so, as he's the only one arguing on her behalf.
- Big Eater: Played with: He frequently complains of being hungry, especially in inappropriate circumstances like during a stake-out or a field mission, and even when trapped at the bottom of the ocean slowly running out of oxygen - but the fact that he never gets to eat anything on-screen is something of a subtle Running Gag. Ward mentions at one point that Fitz has a secret stash of candy under his bunk.
- Birds of a Feather: He and Simmons, as pointed out by everyone, thus "Fitz-Simmons".
- Bleed 'em and Weep: In "Turn, Turn, Turn" he has to struggle to bring himself to pick up a stray real gun that gets slid towards him in a fight, and after he uses it to shoot someone to save May, he starts crying and is clearly not happy about having had to do it.
- Bond One-Liner: In "Ragtag", after using an EMP disguised as a joy buzzer to take out Garrett's life-support implants:Fitz: Looks like the joke's on you.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: An interesting example. When Fitz is plugged into the Framework, AIDA alters his memories so that his father stayed in his life and that she was a part of it instead of Simmons. This causes the Framework version of Fitz to become a sadist, brutally torturing Inhumans and having his romantic tendencies in the real world perverted into obsessive loyalty to AIDA and HYDRA. When Fitz wakes up and gains his real memories again, he is utterly traumatized by what he did inside the Framework, unable to even look Jemma in the eye.
- Brave Scot: Averted, if not inverted, as he tends to be a Lovable Coward at times and he's far more cautious and worried about problems compared to Simmons.
- Break the Cutie: He really goes through the wringer.
- Season One: Between "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Nothing Personal", every bad thing Fitz has imagined so far happens all at once: He and Simmons get separated during the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D., he's threatened with A Fate Worse Than Death by HYDRA, he's forced to kill someone, Simmons meets someone else who's The Ace... then it turns out that Ward, whom he'd thought of as one of his closest friends and colleagues, has been a HYDRA infiltrator the whole time. Cue the Heroic B.S.O.D.. At the end of the season, he and Simmons are trapped in a container underwater, and his Heroic Sacrifice to get the two of them out leaves him brain damaged and in a coma.
- Season Two: He's become aggressive towards Simmons, jealous of Koenig taking over his job as The Smart Guy, and has difficulty expressing his feelings. And it turns out that he's been hallucinating Simmons the entire time, and his damage is to the extent that he's incapable of doing most of his original duties and doesn't even realize it.
- Season Three: Simmons is apparently dead, captured by The Monolith as soon as Fitz turned his back... with Fitz indirectly responsible for loosening the seal. He's gone on a solo mission to bring her back, no matter what. Then, when it looks like there is no hope of getting her back, he appears to ready to go to the Monolith so he can rejoin Simmons. Then he breaks down in front of the Monolith when it doesn't take him.note
- Season Four: At the start of the season, Fitz is doing well: he and Simmons are together and planning to get an apartment, he has a new friendship with Radcliffe (implied to being a substitute father-son relationship), and he's in the lab. However, his helping Radcliffe to create Aida forces him to conceal it from Simmons to protect her from having to lie to Jeffrey Mace, which puts strain on their relationship when she finds out about her. Then Aida tries to steal the Darkhold after reading it to literally save him from Hell, forcing S.H.I.E.L.D. to put her down, and his suspicions force him to investigate why. Then he learns that Radcliffe sent Aida to steal the Darkhold, leaving Fitz heartbroken and bitter over his betrayal. Then he gets stuck in the Framework, with its altered circumstances turning him into a man that he'd be disgusted with (and vice-versa). Indeed, when he wakes up in the real world, he is badly traumatized by the things he did in there.
- Broken Pedestal: This man has seen some of his closest friendships broken in the worst ways possible.
- His relationship with Ward in Season One was often something close to hero-worship, with Ward clearly representing the kind of person Fitz wished he could be himself. Needless to say, Fitz's reaction to Ward being revealed as a HYDRA mole is pretty brutal.
- His relationship with Simmons: in Season One he clearly adored everything about her; in Season 2, though it seems he's still in love with her, and definitely still respects her intellect, he eventually makes it clear to her in "What They Become" that he doesn't particularly like who she is now, and would rather not work with her in the future. It gets even worse in "Aftershocks" when he explicitly considers her the biggest threat on the team to Skye, due to her superpowers becoming apparent just as Simmons develops a bad case of Fantastic Racism. They do reconcile, however, because as disappointed as he is, he loves her more.
- His relationship with Mack: in Season Two, Mack was the only one who treated him normally after receiving brain damage, and their friendship was a major part of his recovery. Then it's revealed that Mack was actually working for "the real S.H.I.E.L.D." to take down Coulson. Fitz felt incredibly betrayed by this, even saying that Mack wasn't allowed to call him "Turbo" anymore. The events of the fight against Jiaying managed to repair their friendship, though.
- His relationship with Daisy: in Season 2, Fitz kept Skye's new powers a secret from the rest of the team, as he knew what it was like to be "different" suddenly. Come Season 4, Daisy leaves SHIELD after Lincoln's death, leave Fitz particularly angry with her. Once she comes back, they do repair their friendship.
- His relationship with Radcliffe: in Season Four the two bond over their shared scientific knowledge, love of football, and helping him refine Aida. It's implied that it became a substitute father-son relationship. Then Radcliffe betrays S.H.I.E.L.D. to gain the Darkhold, and Fitz is the one who discovers it, leaving him betrayed and bitter.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets knocked out (or possessed, or kidnapped, or threatened, or shot at, or...) on a regular basis, is often the subject of pranks and snark from the others, has men regularly flirting with his Love Interest, accidentally helps out the opposition a few times... the list goes on. At times, one must wonder if The One-Above-All has it out for him.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Towards the end of the first season, he's painfully incapable of telling Simmons how he feels about her, or admitting it directly to anyone else (not that they need telling). He eventually Lampshades this in "The Beginning of the End", when he's still incapable of articulating exactly how he feels about her, but realises that he can show her instead. It certainly gets the point across.
- Canon Foreigner: He had no comic book counterpart before the show started.
- Canon Immigrant: The S.H.I.E.L.D. ongoing comic begins in December 2014.
- The Charmer: Despite suffering from a bad case of That Came Out Wrong/Cannot Spit It Out around women he cares for, he demonstrates a surprising ability to successfully turn on the charm when he needs to. In "The Hub", a middle-aged matron (who also happens to be an Eastern European mob boss) starts off wanting to kill him and, two scenes later, is affectionately referring to him as her "Little Bear". Usually contrasted with Ward or Simmons, who are both in their own special ways terrible at dealing with people.
- The Chew Toy: Season 2 is a prime example of how the Butt-Monkey becomes one of these: Fitz's frequent misfortunes are no longer meant to be remotely funny.
- Season 4 probably has the worst of it: the Framework has messed with all of Team Coulson but with Fitz it goes so far as to give him a Face–Heel Turn and turn him into a monster, which comes to seriosly haunt him after he gets out.
- Child Prodigy: Implied in "Seeds". Fitz mentions that his mother never understood his science talk while he was growing up and he and Simmons are both noted to have been some of the youngest to have gotten into S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, and must have had one PhD already "just to get through the door".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes one after suffering brain damage in the Season One finale. As such, it's mostly Played for Drama. His most notable Cuckoolander characteristic has to be relationship with his imaginary version of Simmons after she leaves the team. He gets a little better after teaming up with Mack, from which point on this trope is occasionally Played for Laughs.Mack: Half of what this guy says is nonsense.Both he and Fitz chuckle
- Cowardly Lion: Basically Fitz's entire personality in a nutshell. Hence the name "Leo".
- The Cutie: Unusually he actually becomes more of one as the series goes on, even though Break the Cutie actually takes place first in his case. In Season 1 Simmons is the clear cutie of the duo, with Fitz the more cynical and sarcastic one, but Season 2 sees a gradual reversal of this dynamic, with Fitz the emerging as the more gentle and caring one who's willing to show loyalty to his friends over S.H.I.E.L.D. if forced to make the choice, and generally as one of the most sympathetic characters on the show after many of the other leads Take a Level in Jerkass following the mid-season finale.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually at Ward or Simmons's expense, but Fitz is definitely known for firing off a good one-liner.
- The Determinator: He's the only one in Coulson's team who refuses to give up rescuing Simmons from the Monolith, and because of that they're able to rescue her from the alien world she was trapped on.
- Didn't Want an Adventure: The main contrast between him and Simmons. It's implied that she wanted to join Coulson's team and he reluctantly went along with her.
- Disappeared Dad: When asked about his immediate family in "Providence", he says his only relative is his mother. This was already hinted at in "Seeds", when it's implied that his mum was his only real companion before he met Simmons. Later confirmed in "Hot Potato Soup", where Simmons tells Mack that Fitz's father abandoned him and his mother when he was ten. Fitz hasn't seen him since, and has no real desire to change that. At least, no conscious desire to see him again...
- Distressed Dude: In one episode, him being held at knifepoint is enough motivation for Coulson to hand over control of the Bus to an enemy.
- Ditzy Genius: He comes across as slightly scatter-brained, but he's good with technology.
- The Dividual: Fitz and Simmons spend so much time together that they're usually just referred to as "Fitz-Simmons." Skye even described them as "psychically linked".
- Season One changes this following the HYDRA uprising, Fitz's Love Epiphany towards Simmons, and Simmons's growing closeness to Triplett and uncertainty about her dedication to the new S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In season 2, Fitz' brain damage and Simmons's sudden departure from the team leads him to hallucinate her presence as an extension of his subconscious in order to maintain this relationship. She tries to guide him on his way to recovery. When the real Simmons returns, this trope is defied; Simmons and Mack each note that Fitz's condition worsens in her presence, leading to more scenes of them apart while they actively avoid each other.
- By the end of season 2, they have re-connected to the point where Fitz can guess what her plan is and seamlessly help her with it without talking with her about it.
- Does Not Like Magic: Fitz comes out and says that he "hates magic" because he think it violates his scientific understanding of things. Unfortunately for him, it has become more and more common as of season 4 (Ghost Rider, the Darkhold, ghosts, etc.).
- Dogged Nice Guy: After saving Simmons from the distant planet that the Monolith sent her to—literally throwing himself through the portal to physically pull her back to Earth—he finds out about her relationship with Will Daniels... and proceeds to work on ways to reopen the portal so as to rescue Daniels as well, because he just wants her to be happy. Simmons actually yells at him for being so kind and supportive, when many men would be jealous and angry, especially after going to the extremes that Fitz went through on Simmons's behalf.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul":
- Subtly implied to feel this way. He is the last member of the main cast to have their first name mentioned in the show; note later in the same episode during a friendly introduction he specifically (and somewhat awkwardly) asks to be called by his last name. Furthermore, while he calls Simmons either "Simmons" or "Jemma" more or less interchangeably, she rarely calls him "Leo".
- Averted in the comics, where he is usually addressed as "Leo", presumably to remind readers that despite originating in the MCU, the 616 version of his character is part of a different canon entirely.
- This fact is used to differentiate the Framework version of himself from his personality in the real world. His Framework self goes by "Leopold" to people he knows personally and "The Doctor" to nearly anybody else, with very few people calling him "Fitz". This is ironic, because his Framework self is the one that stayed with his father and would more reasonably want to carry on the family name - although in the Framework, most HYDRA members are familiar with both the father and the son, so in a way this actually makes some sense.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He's aware that the others have been walking on eggshells around since his brain damage, and he doesn't like it one bit.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's frequently frustrated when his talents go overlooked by the others, especially compared to Simmons and Skye, who are often praised for their abilities. Becomes a case of Be Careful What You Wish For when HYDRA consider him too valuable to execute along with the rest of the team, and instead plan to cripple him before forcibly recruiting him.
- Dying Declaration of Love: To Simmons, in a Zigzagged sort of way during "The Beginning of the End". He can't bring himself to say it, so instead he shows it via Heroic Sacrifice. In the end he's not dead, but in a coma.
- The Engineer: Technology is his specialty.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: He nicknames his custom-made drones after the Seven Dwarves yet he thinks that Simmons is nerdier than he is, because she enjoys doing schoolwork.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: The reactions of the other team members to his unspecified critical injuries in the Season One finale point to this attitude, probably because he's a non-combatant and relatively young to be a field agent. The fact that his refusal to give up on Ward and unexpressed love for Simmons were both major contributing factors in what happened to him rack up the sympathy levels significantly, too.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Up to 11 after he gets out of the Framework. The Doctor's crimes traumatize Fitz to the point of severe PTSD and self-loathing, and he still hasn't gotten over it by the end of Season 4.
- Exact Words: "I didn't solve this today." It's Mack who finally realizes he's trying to say he's solved it already, but just can't remember how.
- Face Framed in Shadow: His face is constantly half-covered in shadowed lighting during season two, especially when he's alone, thinking dark thoughts or talking to the hallucination of Simmons - which is most of the time. The show is particularly fond of having him stand alone, staring into space with a half-shadowed face. It rather ominously reflects his fractured state of mind after the incident.
- Fake American: In-universe, he briefly does this in "T.R.A.C.K.S." and is surprisingly good at it. Skye's Scottish accent, on the other hand... (which is why he went for the Fake American act in the first place; It Makes Sense in Context).
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: With Simmons, frequently. They also tend to talk over each other mid-sentence, supplying synonyms for what the other's saying, before ending on the same word.
- This gets a (doubly) grim reprise in the Season 2 premiere: Fitz now relies on Simmons to finish most of his sentences for him, having lost the ability to recall many vocabulary words. This is actually one of the few things that probably isn't wrong with him, since it's his own hallucination providing the "missing" words, but that's not exactly good news overall (not to mention that he isn't even saying them out loud).
- In "Fractured House" it gets even worse when the real Simmons can't finish his sentences anymore, leaving him completely lost.
- By the end of Season 2, Fitz and Simmons have reconnected to the point where they can guess what the other is thinking, and they're regularly finishing the other's sentences in Season 3 again.
- He's also capable of doing this with other people as well. In "SOS Part 1", he finishes Hunter's sentences twice, which Hunter finds weird. He's also on the receiving end in "Purpose in the Machine", when Daisy finishes one of his sentences.
- Freudian Excuse: As a child, Fitz's father told him that he was worthless, not smart enough, and would never amount to anything. Simmons is half convinced that this is why Fitz is as brilliant as he is. Odds are the constant Always Someone Better comparisons stem from this as well.
- Friendless Background: Fitz implies that he came from one of these in "Seeds" when he emphasizes with a fellow lonely tech student. It's highly implied that Simmons was the first friend he ever had, which would explain why he's so devoted to her.
- Gadgeteer Genius: His whole schtick on the team is gadetry. In season three, for instance, he made a flash bang look like a splinter bomb and put them in a suitcase that mobsters couldn't open.
- Good Is Not Soft: Fitz has spent mid-Season One proving this without a doubt. He's a nice, fumbling, socially awkward guy, but he's also arrogant, proud, and if you kidnap his team leader, he will not only be glad to see you dead, he will also compete for the right to torture you for information — and that says nothing for his surprising ability to hold his own in combat situations without being an outright badass like May, Ward, or Coulson. When he finds out they've been hiding Ward in the basement in Season Two, he gives him a taste of the oxygen deprevation that gave him brain damage. Unfortunately, Season Four shows what he's capable of when these tendencies aren't restrained by a moral compass.
- Graceful in Their Element: Fitz may be socially awkward and a bit of a coward, but put him in a lab or talk to him about technology and he'll leave you in the dust.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Fitz reacts with visible irritation whenever anyone flirts with Simmons, or Simmons shows any interest in anyone else. Understandable given that Simmons seems to have a thing for muscular black men and Fitz is very much not either of those.
- Randolph compliments her several times in "The Well". Fitz overhears and does not look particularly happy.
- When, in "The Bridge", Simmons becomes flustered around Mike Peterson's... firmness. Though Fitz protests he's just embarrassed by her.
- In "End of the Beginning" he notices that Triplett and Simmons seem a little too mutually eager to hang out together at The Hub, though on that occasion he looks more hurt than annoyed. (It helped that he'd just accused her of being a little too happy that he wasn't going with her, something she never outright denied.) By "Providence" it's clear that he's developed a strong dislike of Triplett because of his new closeness with Simmons.
- In "Shadows", he's jealous of Koenig appearing to take over his role as The Smart Guy due to Fitz still recovering from his brain damage.
- Averted in Season 3. See I Want My Beloved to Be Happy below. Simmons actually yells at him for not being this.
- Guile Hero: Displays this trait most prominently in "The Hub", when he causes a blackout in the bar where he and Ward are being held hostage by people who were trying to watch a game on the television before they showed up. This was done just so he could then fix it and gain his captors' trust and help.
- Hallucinations: At the beginning of Season 2, Simmons only exists to him as one, because she had left him when he woke up from his coma and saw he wasn't getting better at all.
- Handicapped Badass: Since his Heroic Sacrifice, Fitz has had to deal with the aftereffects of minor brain damage. He has trouble organizing his thoughts, talks with a bit of a stutter, and his right hand is unusable. He is STILL the technical genius of the team and consistently goes past his limitations to prove his worth. He's recovered by Season 3.
- The Heart: He's grown into this role during Season 2; partly because he can't fill the Smart Guy role as well as he used to thanks to his injuries but largely because of the way he's formed relationships with the rest of the team. After the midseason shakeup, he's basically the only one openly on Skye's side; defending her to the others and giving her emotional support.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: At least once a season:
- He briefly goes into this twice: after being involved in the HYDRA uprising at the Hub, and again after learning that Ward has been a HYDRA mole the entire time.
- It gets worse in season 2: as if brain damage wasn't bad enough, after Simmons left from worry that she was impeding his recovery, he's started talking to an imaginary version of her as his only way to cope with everything that's happened.
- In the season three premier, his last hope of finding what the Monolith did to Simmons turns out to be a scroll with the Hebrew word "Maveth" or "death" written on it. After this, Coulson decides to officially declare Simmons dead, and all Fitz can do is quietly whisper "Okay". Then he breaks into the Monolith's containment chamber in a scene that is screaming attempted suicide.
- Fitz's ultimate lowest point happens after he comes back from the Framework. His Alternate Self was a cold-blooded HYDRA scientist on the level of Daniel Whitehall, referred to by the moniker "The Doctor" to the general public and who's name is enough to fill anyone with dread. Since the Fitz of the real world retains memories from both his lives, he gets sent past a Heroic B.S.O.D. and straight through the Despair Event Horizon, unable to even look at Jemma after what he's done. This is especially ironic because for the past four seasons Fitz has been the one to love Jemma unconditionally, and now he has to face himself after he told Jemma (in an alternate reality) that she means nothing to him (luckily, Simmons is a very understanding person).
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted in the first season finale, "Beginning of the End" where he gives the one breathing device to Simmons so she can swim to the surface, since his broken arm will make sure he can't make it. Averted when she just drags him up with her and Nick Fury rescues both of them. Though he doesn't escape unscathed: it's noted that he received brain damage from oxygen deprivation and is not seen again for the rest of the episode. The best Simmons can say to describe his condition is "alive."
- Hero Killer: Inverted, Fitz is a prolific villain killer. He severely wounded Garrett all the way back in Season 1, killed The Dragon in Seasons 2 and 3, set Hive on fire with a flare gun, and knocked Sinara out in Season 5.
- He's Back: As of "The Things We Bury", he seems to have overcome the limitations brought about by his brain damage, at least as far as regaining his status as a Gadgeteer Genius is concerned.
- Hidden Depths:
- Although initially coming across as meek and fearful, though snarky, intelligent, and deeply loyal, Fitz's character is fleshed out in two important episodes. In "The Hub", he goes on a mission with Ward where he proves that he may not actively seek adventure like Simmons does but he's perfectly capable of handling himself during one, saving Ward's life not only once but twice. In "The Magical Place", he couldn't care less how many Centipede soldiers they have to kill in order to get Coulson back, despite Simmons rightly pointing out that those are innocent men being controlled.
- Fitz later exploits this trope himself in "Ragtag", when it doesn't take much to convince Ward that the joy-buzzer he's carrying was just meant for a prank, and there's nothing suspicious about him reaching for it during a tense stand-off... except that it emits a powerful EMP that nearly kills Garrett on the spot.
- Hollywood Homely: Invoked, not through his appearance so much as the fact that he's the only lead character never to have anyone romantically interested in him in Season One, and having him unfavourably compared to Ward and Triplett on a regular basis due to their superior strength and physique (often, it's Fitz himself drawing the comparison, but not always). This is probably intentional, though, since Fitz is The Chew Toy, and the universe often seems out to confirm his worst fears and insecurities at every turn. When talking about how they first met at the academy, Simmons describes him as "handsome". It's worth noting as well that Iain De Caestecker is at least as popular with the Fangirls/Fanboys as Brett Dalton or B J Britt, and if anything the character gets shipped harder than either of them by the Fandom. Averted later on, as Fitz and Simmons have become the show's Official Couple.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: When Coulson orders him to reassemble and install a transceiver in under six minutes in "The Things We Bury", Fitz protests that he's only got one fully working hand due to his brain damage. Coulson then has him practicing non-stop during the early stages of the mission, which does one-handed, and is frustrated that he's unable to trim the time down enough. Finally, when Coulson asks how long the procedure will take him, Fitz replies that he's got it down to just over seven minutes... with his bad hand. With both, he'll be just fine.
- Ill Boy: He ends Season One in a coma with suspected brain damage, providing a hook for Season Two and significant angst for everyone else, especially Simmons. Season Two still has him in this role, but shows him making a slow but sure recovery.
- Imaginary Friend: After Simmons leaves the team, Fitz creates an imaginary version of her to both cope with the loss and to help him finish his own sentences. After Mack starts interacting with him, he seems to be aware that she's not actually there, and starts to phase the imaginary Simmons out.
- Insecure Love Interest: In Season Three towards the Love Triangle that he, Simmons, and Will Daniels are potentially in. Fitz feels painfully inadequate toward Will, who is so great he might as well be Captain America, and can't rival him in any way. Simmons points out that Fitz jumped through a portal just to find her.
- Insistent Terminology: Fitz always refers to Aida as "she", both because he sees her as a person, and he's well aware she's anatomically correct.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Fitz bonds with Donnie over this in "Seeds". He didn't like being at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy at first because he didn't have any friends and his well-meaning mother could never keep up with his technobabble. It's implied that Simmons was the first friend he ever had.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: When Fitz and Simmons were kidnapped by HYDRA in Season 3, Malick's lieutenant Giyera tortured Simmons, and Ward forced Fitz to listen. After that, any time a picture of Giyera is shown, Fitz gets noticeably angry. Fitz ends up being the one who kills Giyera with an invisible gun he made specifically to kill him.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Season 3, after learning of Simmons' boyfriend Will who's still stranded on the alien planet, Fitz resolves to help her get him back, even if it means that his feelings for her remain unrequited.
- Knight in Sour Armor: This is most highlightered by his relationship with Simmons, but Fitz, despite being a do-gooder, is much more cynical and ruthless than one would initially expect. It's seeming more and more like his cautious and cowardly behavior from previous episodes were a reflection of a deep knowledge of how dark the world can get, which makes him more resistant to Break the Cutie than Jemma.
- Last-Name Basis: Even on a show where last names are used as standard, more so than any of the other characters; see Embarrassing First Name, above.
- Living Legend:
- In "Seeds", he and Simmons are both revealed to be this to the science and tech students at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
- There's the fact that nearly everyone within S.H.I.E.L.D. - including Dr Stretian and Nick Fury - seems to know them by reputation even before they join Coulson's team, up to and including referring to them by their Portmanteau Couple Name. Only Ineffectual Loner types like Ward and non-agents are ever surprised to discover they're two people.
- Lovable Coward: Fitz and danger do not mix at all. He had to be strong armed by Simmons into accepting the field assignments, complains bitterly any time they're forced to leave the Bus, is squeamish about everything, can be seen clinging to pillars and hiding in corners when things get crazy, balks when faced with anything remotely actiony, etc. Yet he's always portrayed as cutesy and adorable about it, and he can swallow his fear enough to still pitch in when there's absolutely no other choice. Simmons safety being on the line can also properly motivate him out of it.
- Madness Mantra:
- His main method of communicating important information with everyone other than his hallucination of Simmons after suffering brain damage, as in his insistent repetitions of "I didn't solve this today!" in "Heavy is the Head". Unfortunately, most of Team Coulson write it off as self-pity at best, meaningless babble at worst; luckily, Mack proves adept at figuring him out.
- He briefly develops another one in "Aftershocks", due to his belief that he's hallucinating Skye's blood test results due to his stress over Trip's death: "There's something wrong with the data in my brain."
- Meaningful Name:
- A character named Leo who apparently doesn't like to be called by his first name and reluctantly fulfills all the criteria of a Cowardly Lion archetype? You don't say.
- "Fitz" as a prefix to a surname used to indicate an illegitimate son, often of a man of high status; Fitz several times mentions that his mother raised him alone. This may be Foreshadowing something, or it could be that the writers based his family history on the name's meaning as an in-joke.
- Megane: When he and Simmons go undercover in "The Singularity". It helps that he's a nerd in a nice suit.
- Men Can't Keep House: Discussed when Fitz sees Donnie's dorm room at S.H.I.E.L.D. academy, and comments that his old room looked exactly the same... except there was more laundry on the floor. Averted in that whenever his bunk on the Bus is shown, it's as tidy as anyone else's, implying that he grew out of this trope at some point; not to mention that it's usually him complaining that Simmons is the one messing up his (their) "pristine" lab space. He also excuses his flat refusal to enter Skye's bunk because "she's a slob, she leaves... lady things everywhere."
- Morality Chain: Downplayed, but "The Magical Place" implies that Simmons might be this to him, as Fitz sees absolutely nothing wrong with the deaths of any and all Centipede soldiers standing between them and Coulson (or in general) after Coulson gets kidnapped. It is Jemma who points out to him that they are being mind-controlled and can't help their actions and even then Fitz doesn't care. Season Four ramps it up, as the Framework shows the man he would have been with some less positive influences instead of Simmons, and it isn't pretty.
- My Greatest Failure: His father not caring about him was a big one for him until he got put into the Framework. It turns out that Fitz's father walking out on him was a blessing, because growing up with him turned Fitz into the sociopath known as the Doctor.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His real-life reaction to his Framework counterpart the Doctor's crimes, after Dr. Radcliffe throws him into the portal.
- Necessarily Evil: When Coulson was kidnapped he didn't care how many Centipede soldiers had to die to rescue him. When Skye was gut shot he agreed that the proposed methods of treatment sounded "diabolic" but that "you can't argue with the results."
- Nice Guy: He's managed to remain The Cutie despite everything that he's gone through.
- Not So Different: To Grant Ward of all people. After waking up from the Framework he realizes that, just like it was with Ward, all that it took for him to go bad was an Evil Mentor.
- The Nicknamer: The first MCU character to say the word "Inhuman," in reference to Skye's impossibly fast heartbeat after becoming Quake.
- Non-Action Guy: It's made very clear that he has no skills whatsoever with bullets or fists. Lampshaded when he laments not having learned kung-fu to prepare for the job. In "FZZT," this becomes a minor issue for him, hinting that he feels inadequate surrounded by the badass actions of people like Ward all the time.
- Obfuscating Disability: When promising to act as Skye's Secret Keeper following his realisation that she's developed superpowers, he's able to successfully convince Simmons and May that nothing is wrong by using his usually total honesty, his acknowledged clumsiness, and the fact that he's been suffering from an apparent relapse in his mental health. Despite being two of the people who ought to be most attuned to him lying to them and that there's an atmosphere of almost total distrust around the base, they both accept what he says implicitly.
- Older Than They Look: Gets teased for this when they visit the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy in "Seeds", when Skye and Simmons tease him for still being believable as a student despite being in his mid-twenties. Fitz counters that he'll still look good when they're "jealous, wrinkly old hags".
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted; he's an engineering and tech specialist who has a decent working knowledge of other disciplines, but it's very clear what his role in the team is and what his limitations are in areas like computer sciences and life sciences.
- Parental Abandonment: His father abandoned him as a child. If the simulated version of his father who appears in the Framework is an accurate emulation, that was probably for the best.
- Plucky Comic Relief:
- Though everyone gets a certain amount of this, largely due to the MCU being a World of Snark, Fitz fills this role most consistently due to his status as the Butt-Monkey of the main cast. Often involves a Funny Background Event, but he gets a fair bit of deliberate snarking in as well.
- "FZZT" shows him attempting to fulfill this role In-Universe: while he and Simmons are desperately (and unsuccessfully) searching for the cure to the Chitauri virus she's been infected with, he makes a few jokes and tries to get her to smile. It even sort of works.
- Proud to Be a Geek: In addition to his unabashed geeking over all things related to engineering, he's shown to be a fan of Doctor Who and Minecraft. He's also revealed as the owner of the Grumpy Cat mug that finds its way into Playground Base in Season 2.
- Put on a Bus:
- He's absent for the latter half of "The Beginning of the End" due to suffering severe oxygen deprivation as a result of his Heroic Sacrifice to save Simmons. It's implied that he's in a coma and has suspected brain damage, but he's never seen on-screen again after Fury and Simmons pull him out of the ocean. This means he misses the final V-Formation Team Shot of the season, leaving something of a Cliffhanger as to whether this trope will stay in effect for Season 2.
- Ultimately Inverted, after a fashion: Fitz makes a partial recovery and re-joins the Team, but Simmons gets Put On A Bus for real; the version of her seen in the Season 2 premiere is revealed to be Fitz's hallucination of her after she leaves.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Simmons's blue, sometimes they're even Colour-Coded for Your Convenience. Though interestingly, while he has the emotionalness and hot bloodedness of the Red Oni, he tends to be the cautious and worried one of the duo.
- Relationship Upgrade: After more than two and a half seasons, Fitz and Simmons finally enter a romantic relationship in "The Team". They're still together in Season 4, when most of Team Coulson is separated from each other, and are planning to move into an apartment together.
- Running Gag:
- His love of monkeys. This is apparently a bit of Actor-Shared Background/Throw It In! from Iain De Caestecker.
- He has a tendency to get knocked out by someone every time he turns around. Simmons and Coulson even lampshade the latter in "Yes Men".
- No matter how dire the situation, Fitz can be relied upon to complain that he's hungry, though he barely ever gets to eat, even if the food is right there.
- Fitz does not like it when Simmons flirts with someone else or gets hit on, and his obvious annoyance forms a Funny Background Event right up until he acknowledges how he feels about her and it stops being Played for Laughs.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: A Downplayed example with Simmons. It's clear Fitz's only reason for joining the team was so that they could keep working together after Simmons decided to become a field agent, and he's openly apprehensive about going on missions, at least to begin with.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When falling victim to his own forgotten prank in "Repairs". It makes a particularly amusing contrast to his usual level-headedness when faced with a real crisis.
- Secret Keeper: He takes it upon himself to keep Skye's becoming an Inhuman from the rest of the team until they've calmed down from the event that caused it.
- Single-Target Sexuality: It's downplayed as he was attracted to Skye, but from "FZZT" onward he's exclusively Jemma-sexual, barring the occasional act of brainwashing. Unfortunately, not only is this a real problem in the MCU, it's something of an occupational hazard for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. When Fitz is plugged into the Framework, AIDA alters his memories so that she took Jemma's place in Fitz's life. This causes Fitz to not only become a sadist but to develop obsessive loyalty not to Jemma, but to AIDA, who in the Framework is known as Madame HYDRA. When his father asks if he's seeing another woman, Fitz laughs it off as though the idea were preposterous. When Fitz is woken up from the Framework, AIDA still wants to be with him, but even with two lives' worth of memories, Fitz says he can't love anyone but Jemma, which causes AIDA to snap.Aida: You're a romantic. And there's only room in your heart—
Fitz: For her.
- Ship Tease: Initially he's attracted to Skye, but from "FZZT" onward he experiences something of a drawn-out Love Epiphany with regards to his formerly platonic relationship with Simmons.
- Skilled, but Naïve: The status of both him and Simmons when they join the team. Of everyone on the Bus, they are the least acclimated to the hardships of life and battle.
- The Smart Guy: Shares the role with Simmons because they're The Dividual. He specializes on the technological side of things.
- The So-Called Coward: After his Character Development in "The Hub", he's more akin to this. His "cowardice" being more a matter of his opinions than his actions.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: He and Simmons have been put through Hell and back over the course of the series. Then they literally become this when Simmons gets taken by the Monolith. He even Lampshades this in "Many Heads, One Tale", when he says that he and Simmons are "cursed" and that the cosmos wants them apart.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: He's resigned to his hallucination of Simmons having a crush on Mack, and openly admits this probably means he agrees with her assessments of the latter's attractiveness.
- Tantrum Throwing: Has an occasional tendency to do severe damage to the surfaces of lab tables when he's really, really upset.
- Technical Pacifist: He has no problems with firing ICERs at people, the prospect of helping torture someone, or trying to fight back with fisticuffs to defend himself, but if he has to kill someone, he balks at it. This changes as the series progresses, where he develops the will to kill.
- Teen Genius: He and Simmons were both mentioned to have been this back when they were at the Academy.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: Considering how things ended for him in Season One, Season Two begins with things not looking too bad for Fitz. He may have some pretty severe nominal aphasia, a touch of paranoia, and be on a string of medications, but since he could have been left brain-dead he got pretty lucky: He's still a capable engineer and Simmons is constantly by his side to reassure and encourage him. Except Simmons left months ago after deciding that her presence was hindering his recovery, but her absence only caused him to disconnect from reality completely, and now he's hallucinating her and unable to work. What Fitz (and the audience) sees as frustrating but gradual recovery, the rest of Team Coulson recognises as a rapid descent into madness. However, in the second episode of Season Two, he shows that he's aware "Simmons" isn't really there despite the hallucination continuing to talk to him, and he's able to come up with a solution to stop Creel, but he needs Mack to essentially help translate his own ramblings to himself first.
- Throwing Off the Disability: After Coulson describes him as too damaged to ever return to work in the Season 2 premiere, he does a pretty good job of demonstrating he's still valuable to the team in the following episodes, provided Mack can provide the missing words brought on by his aphasia and Hunter can do the physical work he's no longer able to since losing some of the mobility in his hands. Of course, Coulson's gloomy prognosis probably didn't take into account how much Fitz's psychological distress over Simmons leaving was holding back other aspects of his recovery.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- His Character Arc in "The Hub" is about adding the 'badass' part to his Badass Bookworm credentials.
- He goes up another level in "Laws of Nature" where he outsmarts mobsters and then escapes from them with his objective in hand. Then, in "Purpose in the Machine", he literally jumps into an unstable portal just on the hope of finding Simmons on the other side.
- Shown to be a side effect of his alternate self in the Framework come Season 5, as he seems to have better combat training and a mean streak to back it up, which surprises Hunter who wasn't present for the Framework stuff.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- He handles the events of "Turn, Turn, Turn" worst of all, and ever since then he's been generally less sociable and pleasant.
- Season Two builds on this following the incident that leaves him brain-damaged. He's completely socially withdrawn, except from his hallucination of Simmons, to whom he's frequently irritable and unkind. He also shows a few more violent tendencies which were only hinted at in Season Two, though he limits himself to inanimate objects and Ward.
- Although it's an alternate reality version of him, Season Four cranks this all the way up until the dial breaks. To the point where the very potential that sweet, Adorkable Fitz could ever have the potential to be like that traumatizes a large portion of the team - Fitz himself perhaps worst of all.
- Trademark Favorite Food: The very specific sandwich that Simmons makes for him in "The Hub". His relationship with it has mutated into something of a Cargo Ship among the fanbase (and the cast themselves, if the "behind the scenes" photo showing Fitz and the sandwich happily reunited is anything to go by).
- Tranquil Fury: Fitz doesn't seem quite as furious as his teammates when it's his turn to rake Ward over the coals, but what he does to him... ain't that a kick in the head!
- Undying Loyalty: When you get Fitz's loyalty, it's nearly impossible to break.
- To Coulson. When the others begin to think he's acting erratically after HYDRA's return he tells the others to zip it.
- To Ward. Even after he's revealed to be The Mole, Fitz is the only person on the team who's still convinced that Ward must have a good reason for what he's done. After Ward tries to kill him and Simmons, this goes away.
- To Skye. When Simmons develops her bout of Fantastic Racism and everyone else is wary of Skye's new powers, he's the only one who doesn't hesitate to be on her side 100%. He's her Secret Keeper for an episode or two, he stands up for her in arguments about her - he knows what it's like to suddenly be "different", and he refuses to treat her as he was treated.
- To Simmons. He originally joined Team Coulson because Simmons wanted to be a field agent, and Fitz went along to keep working with her. Then he's willing to sacrifice his life to save her, which leaves him with brain damage. While the fallout of this damages the relationship between Fitz and Simmons, they ultimately reconcile, just in time for Simmons to get swallowed by the Monolith. Fitz then spends the next six months looking for a way to get her back, and when he does, he jumps into a portal without hesitation to find her.
- This trait is turned against him when he is plugged into the Framework. Because AIDA altered his memories so that she was a part of his life instead of Jemma, Fitz develops undying loyalty to her, which leads to undying loyalty to the Framework version of HYDRA. Add to that that his sadistic father was still part of his life in this world, and Fitz becomes a sadist while in the Framework. Luckily, Radcliffe forcibly throws him into the portal to the real world before he can hurt Simmons, and when Fitz wakes up he's utterly traumatized by what he did in the Framework, thoroughly and completely broken by what happened in there.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Seems to have a genuine fear of dead things and the possible diseases they can carry.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Just as Simmons seems ready to abandon this role towards the end of the season, Fitz takes it up, insisting that no-one is inherently evil, and that Ward must have genuinely cared for them. An unusual case in that this trope comes into effect after Break the Cutie has comprehensively taken place for his character.
Dr. Jemma Anne Simmons
Portrayed By: Elizabeth Henstridge
Voiced By: Karen Vallejo [Disney dub], Jessica Ángeles (Seasons 1 to 3) and Cynthia Chong (Season 4 onwards) [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
- "I can't be a part of your bad-girl shenanigans! I like following the rules and doing what's expected of me! It makes me feel nice."
- Action Girl: By the end of Season 3, she's finally become one. As mentioned below, she's the least skilled out of the entire team and tries to avoid fighting when she can, but she's also able to fight alongside them ably when the situation calls for it, up to and including against Primitives, who are a great deal stronger than humans. She's especially good with firearms, having been trained by May.
- Action Survivor:
- She's becoming one in Season 2. Though far from a fully-fledged Action Girl, she seems to be making a deliberate effort to become stronger and faster, even if it's just to ensure that she can evade her potential captors within HYDRA until her extraction team arrives. It comes in handy in "A Hen in the Wolf House".
- She later skirts the line between Action Girl and Action Survivor. While she's still the least combat capable female on the team, she proves her skill in "The Dirty Half Dozen," where she's not afraid to jump into active combat situations and even shoots a few HYDRA soldiers on her own. And then she's able to overpower and kill Bakshi.
- She gets another such experience in Season 3, where it is revealed that the monolith teleported her to some kind of alien world after absorbing her, where she has been surviving alone ever since. She is seen on the run from something unknown, but having become well versed in the terrain after months of being stuck - including knowing to cover a cut with mud to mask the scent of blood.
- Admiring the Abomination: She's inappropriately excited to learn that Centipede has managed to keep its super-soldiers from exploding.
- Adorkable: Especially when it comes to biological mysteries. See Nightmare Fetishist below.
- Agent Scully: In "The Well", she doubts any magical elements in their investigation and prefers to look for scientific reasoning instead. This is pretty heavily shown when the explanation she choses is that the Berserker staff causes the release of anger-causing chemicals in the brain... which just means that the staff causes anger, the exact problem she wanted to solve in the first place.
- All-Loving Hero: She's the only one on the Bus with any sympathy for the Centipede soldiers. Then she plays Rochambeau with Fitz over which one of them gets to torture the prisoner, so this trope is downplayed.
- Badass Bookworm: Explicitly averted, the first thing we learn about her and Fitz is that they're not combat-capable. Her first level in badass was in T.R.A.C.K.S., when she does what most of Steve Rogers' training platoon didn't have the cojones to do and jumps on a grenade to save Skye and Fitz's lives. Granted, it wasn't a lethal grenade, but she didn't know that, and neither did Steve. The Season One finale sees her taking another level in badass, when she refuses to let Fitz pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save her life, and instead manages to save them both.
- Bad "Bad Acting": As a result of being a Bad Liar.
- On a couple of occasions she attempts to overcome her inability to lie convincingly by deciding what she's going to say beforehand. Needless to say, it backfires, and she ends up either speaking completely tonelessly or over-doing the emotional delivery.
- Averted in Season Two: While she still believes she can't handle telling direct lies, she's become very good at evasively delivering half-truths and Exact Words as part of her role as Coulson's Reverse Mole within HYDRA.
- Bad Liar: A Running Gag. Nearly every episode starting with "The Hub" has at least one incident.
- When Agent Sitwell catches her helping Skye get into the Hub's database in "The Hub", her hilariously inept attempt at deceiving him starts with trying to convince him she's looking for a bathroom, heads on through an amazingly bad attempt at flirting/seduction, and ends with shooting him with the Night-Night gun because she talked to Skye over the earpiece right in front of him. All the while, Skye pleads with her to stop talking.
- In "T.R.A.C.K.S.", she tries to compensate with an overly-elaborate backstory which fools Stan Lee.
- In "Turn, Turn, Turn," Triplett lampshades it, saying that if they're ever interrogated she should just let him talk.
- In Season Two, Skye calls her lying skills "a horror show". In truth, she's gotten much better during the hiatus, because Coulson assigned her to be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Reverse Mole inside HYDRA.
- By "One Door Closes" any thought that she is still this is destroyed. When Bobbi and Mack are revealed to be moles, Bobbi visits Jemma, unaware that she was aware. Simmons is able to trick Bobbi into holding two objects that knock her out. To reiterate, she sold a professional spy and one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best agents on a deception, and both the audience and said agent never saw it coming!
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- When infected with a rapid-acting fatal virus in "FZZT", she becomes increasingly pale and ill-looking, but far from unattractive for it, especially compared to the other sufferers shown early in the episode, who are shown to be haggard by the equivalent stage of infection.
- Happens again in "Beginning of the End": despite having apparently hit her head hard enough to knock her out for several hours when the medical pod fell into the ocean, she has nothing more to show for it than a slight cut on her forehead.
- It gets averted in "Laws of Nature", where her appearance makes it clear that the Death World she's been transported to via the Monolith hasn't been kind to her. Her clothing is ragged, her hair is a mess, she's covered in dirt and grime, and there's a sizable cut on her forehead that she's forced to clean with nothing but a smear of mud.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When Ward is transferred to his brother's custody, she promises to kill him if they meet again. In "The Dirty Half Dozen" she tries to make good on that promise with the most horrific method available... and almost succeeds.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: She's half of this with Fitz. Both of them tend to be soft-spoken and usually come across as just geeky lab rats. But if you threaten Fitz's safety, you have now angered a genius biologist / chemist who can come up with all kinds of neat ways to hurt or kill you.
- Birds of a Feather: Her and Fitz, as everyone never fails to notice, thus "Fitz-Simmons".
- Bond One-Liner: A non-fatal example, when Raina gets arrested at the end of "The Magical Place".Simmons: I bet there's no flower dresses where she's going.
- Break the Cutie:
- Downplayed, but since she's the most naive and idealistic member of the team to begin with, it's pretty inevitable that bad events clearly hit her hard. Becomes a plot point after the "Uprising" Re Tool arc. Simmons is so disillusioned by HYDRA's takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D. that she openly admits she doesn't even know why she's staying with The Team any more. Season 2 begins with the revelation that she's left S.H.I.E.L.D. entirely after deciding that she's unable to help Fitz's recovery. When she came back, she told Mack that she already knew her presence made Fitz worse.
- It gets even worse in "Aftershocks", when Trip's death hits her so hard that she develops a reactionary hatred towards anyone with superpowers, and goes so far as to say that she's partly to blame due to spending her career trying to research and harness said powers rather than just wipe them out. Basically everything she's ever stood for up until this point, and every relationship she's developed within S.H.I.E.L.D., has been turned on its head.
- In Season 3 she's left with severe PTSD after spending months being hunted on an alien world, completely alone.
- In Season 4 she goes into the Framework and finds that her best friend and lover has become barely recognizable, he's not only a heartless psycho completely at odds with the man she knows but he's in love with someone else.
- Canon Foreigner: She had no comic book counterpart before the show started.
- Canon Immigrant: The S.H.I.E.L.D. ongoing comic begins in December 2014
- Child Prodigy: She was seventeen when she joined S.H.I.E.L.D. academy, which she did after getting two PhDs.
- The Cutie: Lovely and adorkable woman who doesn't hold a grudge. Unless you're Ward, in which case she's completely willing to kill. Following Trip's death, she's completely lost this trait and has become very bitter and business-like.
- Deep Cover Agent: As Coulson's Reverse Mole inside HYDRA in Season 2 but she's only halfway to establishing a true deep cover identity: Coulson notes that while she's no longer in contact with anyone from S.H.I.E.L.D. other than him, she has yet to make any friends within HYDRA.
- Discovering Your Own Dead Body: Not her body but her grave. Once Simmons arrives in the Framework she has to claw her way out of an old mass grave from a massacre at the S.H.I.E.L.D. She then notes the bullet holes in her shirt and realizes she had been murdered in this reality.
- Ditzy Genius: She's undeniably brilliant with biotechnology, but is hopeless at trying to conceal her motivations from others, and can never remember to perform a simple spot-check before she starts talking in front of someone who shouldn't be listening.
- The Dividual: Fitz and Simmons spend so much time together that they're usually just referred to as "Fitz-Simmons".
- The latter half of Season One sees Fitz-Simmons dealing with the fallout from the HYDRA uprising, Fitz's Love Epiphany towards Simmons, and Simmons's growing closeness to Triplett and uncertainty about her dedication to the new S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In season 2, Fitz' brain damage and Simmons's sudden departure from the team leads him to hallucinate her presence as an extension of his subconscious in order to maintain this relationship. She tries to guide him on his way to recovery. When the real Simmons returns, this trope is defied; Simmons and Mack each note that Fitz's condition worsens in her presence, leading to more scenes of them apart while they actively avoid each other.
- By the end of season 2 they have reconnected to the point where she can start a plan that requires Fitz's assistance, without telling him that she even has a plan, because she knows he will pick up her train of thought without words.
- Eating the Eye Candy: In "The Bridge", Mike's physique has Simmons fumbling her way through several cringe-worthy sentences. She also insists on taking Mike's measurements by hand despite Fitz pointing out that they have a machine that could do that.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: Her near-fatal viral contamination in "FZZT" reveals this attitude among the other team members, most surprisingly May and Ward. This is probably due to her non-combatant status and relative youth as far as field agents go: even May is noticeably distressed at her condition, saying "She's only a kid."
- Fake Defector: In "Afterlife", she pretends to betray Team Coulson for the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. and be clueless about how to open the MacGuffin while sending Fitz away with the real deal and his favorite sandwich.
- Fantastic Racism: Trip's death causes her to turn hard on people with superpowers, right when Skye has developed her own. She eventually loses this during the conflict with "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Fatal Flaw: An inability to cope with change. When world shattering events specifically effect her life and those of her loved ones, such as the discovery of Inhumans and Daisy's powers activating or the Framework incident and Fitz's lifetime as The Doctor, Jemma is more likely to waste her brainpower on trying to make life return back to normal than accept the present and learning how to utilize it.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: She and Fitz. They also frequently tend to talk over each other mid-sentence, saying the same thing synonymously before ending on the same word. During Fitz's field mission in "The Hub" she starts trying to do this with Skye instead, less successfully.
- For Science!: Her cover story inside HYDRA is that her loyalty is to science and that as long as HYDRA allows her to perform the experiments she wants, then they can count on her.
- Gaining the Will to Kill: In season 2, she threatens to kill Ward. Later in the same season, she advocates killing Raina - and possibly the other Inhumans as well - rather than bringing them in for study. Then, towards the end of the season, she attempts to murder Ward, despite his nominally working with them, and is utterly unfazed by accidentally having killed Bakshi instead.
- Geeky Turn-On: In "The Singularity", she is initially confused when Fitz compares the crux of their reilationship to "the singularity in trans-humanism" but quickly grasps his concept and finds his comparison to be both apt and oddly romantic.Simmons: Just to be clear, are you comparing us sleeping together to crossing the event horizon?
Simmons: It's quite lovely when you think of it like that.
- Genki Girl: She is the most energetic and upbeat member of the team, second only to Skye.
- Graceful in Their Element: Simmons may be a terrible liar, lousy fighter, and a horrible flirt, but place her in a lab or talk to her about biology and she definitely shows how she earned her place on the Bus.
- Hallucinations: The subject of them, rather than the one suffering from them: her only presence in several episodes of Season 2 is Fitz's prolonged hallucination of her. The real Simmons left months ago after deciding that her presence was harming his recovery.
- Heel Realization: "Real S.H.I.E.L.D." seems to have made her realize how much of a jerk she's been acting to Fitz and what damage her Fantastic Racism really could do.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Jemma seems very prone to these. In "FZZT", she throws herself off the Bus to prevent an alien viral infection from blowing her up and taking the team down with her. In "T.R.A.C.K.S.", she throws herself on a man with a dendrotoxin grenade (in the heat of the moment she assumed it was lethal) to save Fitz and Skye.
- Heroic Suicide: She attempts this by jumping out of the cargo bay in "FZZT" when she believes a viral infection might cause her to die and take out the Bus. Fortunately, an antiserum had been successfully synthesized, and Ward is able to parachute after her and cure her mid-air.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Jemma's hatred for Grant Ward is so intense that she tries to disintegrate him while his back is turned.
- Hot Scientist: In true Marvel tradition, the woman with two PHD's in hard to pronounce fields is also attractive.
- Hope Bringer: She takes it upon herself to be the sole source of hope on the Monolith Planet. Will had long since given up on ever going home before she showed up.
- Humble Hero:
- Played Straight on the only two occasions in Season One where she does something legitimately badass: She either never mentions it again (as when she jumps on a grenade to save Fitz and Skye in "T.R.A.C.K.S.") or refuses to accept that what she did was heroic (when Fury commends her for saving Fitz's life in "The Beginning of the End", she will only answer that "It was the other way around", even though both are technically true). Contrast with Fitz and Skye, who are both shown to be at least mildly impressed whenever they Took a Level in Badass.
- Usually Averted in that she's very much aware of how brilliant she is at biochemistry, and while not usually arrogant about it, isn't afraid to state the facts of the matter. However, she does berate herself when her shortcomings as The Medic are revealed by her inability to outright save Skye's life in "T.A.H.I.T.I.", despite the fact that she's not a medical doctor and acquitted herself very well under the circumstances.
- Hypocrite: She begins to develop Fantastic Racism towards people with superpowers in Season 2, but claims that she could never feel that way towards Skye, because they're friends, even though she abandonded Fitz when he started to change for the worse. Fitz quickly calls her out on the Double Standard.
- I Am Very British: Compared to the more Glaswegian-sounding Fitz, Simmons usually has a RP accent that's similar to Keira Knightley, except when her Yorkshire accent shows through (Henstridge was born in Sheffield). Becomes less pronounced as the series goes on, and Henstridge's natural accent now seems to be more or less the character's as well.
- Ill Girl: In "FZZT" while infected with the Chitauri virus.
- Imaginary Friend: After she leaves the team, Fitz creates an imaginary version of her to both cope with the loss and to help him finish his own sentences. After Mack starts interacting with him, he seems to be aware that she's not actually there, and starts to phase the imaginary Simmons out.
- Innocently Insensitive: Has a tendency to come across as hurtful when she's trying to be nice.
- Specifically, her remark to Coulson about his fitness level "for a man of your age" makes him feel old.
- Her attempt to reassure Fitz that "I'm not saying you're weak, I'm saying all men are weak" after he's mind-controlled by Lorelei - which carries a much worse implication that she completely misses because It Makes Sense in Context (to her, anyway).
- Her treatment of Fitz in Season 2, she can't help treating him like old self, and it just hurts the brain-damaged Fitz even more.
- Though she doesn't know it, her treatment of Skye in "Aftershocks": she heatedly defends her new Fantastic Racism to Skye, arguing that superpowers are an epidemic and should be wiped out, right as Skye realises that she herself has just developed superpowers. Coming from one of her best friends within S.H.I.E.L.D., it was just about the last thing Skye needed to hear right then.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After Trip dies she gets more ruthless, upping the stopping power of the ICERs despite potential side effects and taking a more hard-line approach to stopping them. When Coulson teams up with Ward for a mission to raid a HYDRA base, she brings along a splinter bomb to kill him, though she ends up getting Bashki when he takes the bullet for Ward.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!":
- In Season 2, she's practically giddy with excitement at the fact that she's holding an order signed by Peggy Carter herself, and can't stop gushing to May about how awesome it is that S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded by a British woman.
- In the episode where she first meets Bobbi, she can't stop telling everyone (including Bobbi herself) how awesome she thinks she is.
- Living Legend:
- In "Seeds", she and Fitz are both revealed to be this to the science and tech students at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
- There's also the fact that everyone within S.H.I.E.L.D. - including Dr Stretian and Nick Fury - seems to know them by reputation even before they join Coulson's team. Stretian is shown to be concerned to learn about them joining since he knows they're not combat capable, and Fury knows them at least well enough to realise they'll help Coulson modify the plane's interior in their spare time if he doesn't put a stop to it.
- Mad Scientist: Just a bit. When Skye wonders how long an Asgardian has been living on Earth, Simmons suggests cutting him open to find out. Skye then suggests the much simpler option of asking him.
- Master of the Mixed Message: It's pretty obvious from the beginning that Simmons is in love with Fitz - they're Birds of a Feather and Everyone Can See It. Heck, she smothers him in kisses when he finally gets the nerve to tell her how he feels about her. Except that she never thought of him that way, and it was such a shock that she had to go away for a while to clear her head, but she still really does care about him, but just as a friend. Probably. How would she know, since she's never thought about it? Though she doesn't like seeing him happy with someone else, even though it's probably platonic. She tells Bobbi that she's definitely not interested in him that way, and then Bobbi tells her that she's putting out as many as ten signals that say she's lying. Not that it matters, because he kept secrets from her and she hates him now. Then she gets scared and she still desperately wants him to hold her hand, and when it looks like they're going to be separated for another indefinite period she signs her note to him "Love, Jemma x". As if poor Fitz didn't have a hard enough time keeping his sense of reality in check...
- Master Poisoner: Given her specialty in biology and chemistry, she's the go-to for creating poisons, knock out chemicals, or other drugs.
- Meaningful Name: "Jemma" echoes "Gemini", the star sign symbolised by twins, as she's one-half of The Dividual, along with Fitz (whose own first name, Leo, is also that of an astrological sign).
- The Medic: Out of the whole team she has the most medical experience, which she likely picked up during her biology studies. Though it should be noted that she is not a medical doctor, just that she knows slightly advanced first aid. When Skye is shot and almost dies, Simmons identifies a hyperbaric chamber that would keep her alive temporarily, but still stresses that she will die if not taken to a hospital.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses as part of her disguise as Coulson's "daughter" in "T.R.A.C.K.S.", and also as part of her disguise when on a mission to rescue Senator Nadeer's brother in "Broken Promises".
- The Mole: In "Making Friends & Influencing People", it's briefly made to look as though she may have been a HYDRA mole all along. Then, it's revealed that she's actually Coulson's Reverse Mole inside HYDRA.
- Moment Killer: Can be a Type 3 at times, which fits in with her occasional social awkwardness. Is particularly guilty of this where Fitz is involved, managing to inadvertently derail any attempt he makes to discuss his feelings with her. She's also done this at least once to Ward: when he imitates her bad impression of him as an attempted ice-breaker, she ends up correcting it, which leaves him looking confused.
- Morality Chain: Downplayed, and even mildly Played for Laughs on occasion: Fitz (and sometimes Skye) have to remind her now and again that it's inappropriate to get over-excited about the opposition's success because it advances her own interests, or to discuss dissecting someone who is in fact still alive.
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Fitz admits that she's probably cleverer than he is, technically, "but only because she loves homework more than life itself."
- Nice Girl: By far the sweetest character on the show, though that's been slipping in the second season.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Season 2 opens after Simmons has left, believing that her presence was somehow harming Fitz's chances of recovery. In reality, her absence breaks the last connection with reality he has, to the point where he doesn't even know that she's gone and hallucinates her presence, or his recovery is actually declining alarmingly.
- Nightmare Fetishist:
- Every time she encounters something weird, gooey, and dripping, she coos and squees over it like a little kid that just got a new stuffed toy.Simmons: Oh wow, it's actually dripping! Fun!
- In the second episode, this extends to being excited about being in a place with lots of dangerously venomous snakes around, which alarms Fitz.
- Her well-meaning attempts to explain to others (especially Skye or Fitz) that something potentially deadly is in fact adorable and fascinating often just makes them more nervous.
- Toyed with in "FZZT" where she's excitedly detailing to Coulson how a deadly virus spreads as the latter realizes that she's infected. As she rambles on, Coulson quietly quarantines her.
- Every time she encounters something weird, gooey, and dripping, she coos and squees over it like a little kid that just got a new stuffed toy.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Rather than leave Fitz to drown as he had intended, Simmons drags him from the medical pod that Ward tried to drown them in.
- No Social Skills: Downplayed when compared to the more pure example provided by Ward, but it's increasingly clear that although she genuinely likes most people, she has very little idea of how weird she occasionally comes across as in conversation. Fitz seems to provide a buffer to some of her more awkward attempts to express herself, and she gets noticeably worse during his absence in "The Hub".
- Oblivious to Love: As Fitz's feelings for her grow more and more obvious to him and to others, Simmons seems to be more and more clueless that he feels more than friendship for her.
- Odd Friendship: How she views her friendship with Skye/Daisy. In "T.A.H.I.T.I.", Simmons says that she and Skye are "nothing alike", but admits that she couldn't imagine life without Skye.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist:
- Played with; Like Fitz she is a specialist (though different iterations of the character are in slightly different fields: biochemistry in the show, xenobiology in the comics), and has a good working knowledge of other areas, but very clearly defined limitations outside of what she's specifically trained in.
- She acts as The Medic purely on the basis that she has a Ph.D. in biology, despite most of what she says about her previous work indicating that she's never actually studied human anatomy or medical science, and in fact May seems to have more experience of treating injuries sustained in the field. It's Justified in that she's just good enough at what she does to get by in advanced first aid; she certainly doesn't have the calm response in a medical crisis that an M.D. would, and is shown on occasion to be near to tears if she's forced to work on critically injured patients.
- Only Friend: In "Seeds", Fitz says that he didn't really have any company other than his mother growing up, implying that Simmons was the first real friend he ever had.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- Jemma is undoubtedly one of the nicest people on Coulson's team, and she probably wouldn't hurt a fly. That's why her firm declaration that she would kill Ward should he ever return is so disturbing.
- In the second half of Season Two, she rants that the various horrible things that have happened recently are all her fault for wanting to study aliens and superhumans when she should have been trying to eradicate them, and advocates a shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later policy.
- Precision F-Strike: Two in "4,722 Hours".
- First, almost as soon as she's trapped on the alien world, she asks, "Where the hell am I?"
- Later, after finally picking up some good food on the alien world, she triumphantly shouts, "You're dinner, bitch!"
- Proud to Be a Geek: In addition to her open fascination with all things biology and chemistry, she makes fannish references to Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and apparently plays Minecraft.
- Put on a Bus: The real Simmons is long gone by the Season 2 premiere, having left S.H.I.E.L.D. in the belief that her presence was harming Fitz's chances of recovery; the version the audience sees is just Fitz's hallucination of her, demonstrating that her plan did not work at all.
- Rank Up: In Season 4, when Jeffrey Mace becomes the new Director, Simmons accepts the position of "Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology" (or S.A.D.I.S.T. as Fitz points out), which makes her the highest ranking agent in the Playground after Mace, placing her in a position to give orders to the rest of the team. She eventually uses that to circumvent General Talbot when he tries to take command after Mace goes missing after an assassination attempt.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Fitz's red, sometimes they're even Colour-Coded for Your Convenience. Though interestingly, while she has the Stiff Upper Lip and even-temperedness of the Blue Oni, she tends to be the one of the duo who's adventurous and most excited about new things.
- Relationship Upgrade: After more than two and a half seasons, her relationship with Fitz goes from plantonic to romantic.
- Reverse Mole: She's no longer on Team Coulson in Season 2, but the third episode reveals that's because she's infiltrated HYDRA on Coulson's orders.
- Running Gag:
- Simmons is a very Bad Liar, which makes undercover work nearly impossible. This becomes significant in Season 2, where she's perfect as Coulson's Reverse Mole because HYDRA are well aware she can't even beat a lie detector.
- In social interactions generally she often comes across as slightly... odd. A combination of her Innocently Insensitive and Nightmare Fetishist comments often manage to insult, offend, or just freak out the person she's talking to. Chances are about fifty-fifty whether she spots it herself and tries to undo the damage, or if Fitz or Skye have to jump in and stop her talking.
- Her noticeable appreciation of physically fit black men, usually conducted so that Fitz can't help but notice it. In Season 2, even Fitz's hallucination of her gets in on the act.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: A Downplayed example with her and Fitz. She's the one who wanted to be a field agent and is happy to deal with hazardous materials as part of her work; Fitz Didn't Want an Adventure and is more cautious about what aspects of the work he voluntarily gets involved in.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She may have flubbed it up, but in "The Hub" Skye has no problem talking Simmons into helping her to hack S.H.I.E.L.D. for information on Fitz and Ward's mission when she plays off Simmons's concern for "their boys", which far outweighs her concern for following the rules.
- She Cleans Up Nicely:
- When disguised as Coulson's estranged "daughter" in "T.R.A.C.K.S.". Who'd have thought she'd look so good wearing lady clothes? Jane Foster would probably feel upstaged at that point.
- Downplayed in "The Singularity". Her disguise there is not quite as feminine as the one from "T.R.A.C.K.S.", but she still looks pretty snazzy, especially with that chic red leather jacket, a fact which Fitz is not blind to.
- Ship Tease:
- She becomes the focus of a Love Triangle with Fitz and Triplett towards the end of Season One, though it's not quite clear to what extent she returns either of their feelings. However, she does respond quite positively to Fitz's Dying Declaration of Love in the Season One finale.
- She's also quite prone to Eating the Eye Candy whenever Mike Peterson's around, and attracted the romantic advances of Prof. Randolph.
- Skilled, but Naïve: The status of both her and Fitz when they join the team. Of everyone on the Bus, they are the least acclimated to the hardships of life and battle.
- The Smart Guy: Shares this role with Fitz because they're The Dividual. She focuses on biological issues The Team encounters. In the words of Coulson, she has two Ph.Ds in fields he can't pronounce.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Bobbi appeals to Simmons very much, particularly once she starts beating down people.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Jokes involving her time on Maveth aside, Simmons and Fitz have been put through hell and back over the course of the series. Fitz even refers to them as "cursed" in "Many Heads, One Tale".
- Teen Genius: She and Fitz were both mentioned to have been this back when they were at the Academy.
- Through His Stomach:
- You know the sandwich Fitz was looking forward to eating in "The Hub"? She made it for him and was very eager to hear if he liked it.
- In "Nothing Personal", her solution to cheer up Coulson, Fitz and Triplett after their discovery that the rest of the team have gone missing is to make pancakes.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though still probably the least combat-capable of the team by the end of Season One, she does get a couple of moments:
- In "T.R.A.C.K.S." she doesn't hesitate to jump on a live grenade to save Fitz and Skye (her only comment before doing so being "Oh bloody hell!"). Luckily it's only a dendrotoxin grenade that knocks her out for a few hours, but none of them knew that at the time.
- In "The Beginning of the End" she refuses to allow Fitz to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save her life, and instead of swimming to safety by herself like he wanted, drags him along with her.
- She takes another major one during her absence between "The Beginning of the End" and "Making Friends and Influencing People". The latter reveals that she's the Reverse Mole for Coulson within HYDRA. It's unclear whether she volunteered for the role or was offered it, but she carries it off much better than she would have done in Season One.
- In "A Fractured House," Simmons explicitly and boldly tells Ward that if she ever sees him again, she'll kill him herself. Again, Simmons tells Ward that she will kill him without a hint of hesitation.
- "Laws of Nature" shows she can give Survivorman a run for his money. She survived months, by herself, on alien planet, with nothing but the clothes on her back, while something was chasing her.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: More subtly than Fitz perhaps, but in Season Two she's less pleasant than in Season One, partly due to losing her status as the resident Wide-Eyed Idealist of the team.
- Particularly, her framing of her HYDRA lab partner to save herself (even though he wasn't an innocent bystander), her near-constant verbal sparring with Mack, and her inability to deal maturely with the increasing messiness of her relationship with Fitz, generally make her less unambiguously sympathetic than in the first season.
- There's also the fact that she threatened to kill Ward, but it's easy to see how her actions on that occasion could be entirely justified.
- Then she develops Fantastic Racism just as Skye becomes a superhuman herself.
- Episodes in the second half of Season 2 continues, as she develops new ICErs, that are more powerful but also risk permanent damage.
- In the Framework, she's increasingly snarky and hostile upon reuniting with Ward, albeit a nicer version of Ward at that, and her refusal to fall for the alternate reality (especially in regards to Fitz) gets her called out on frequently. Her attitude does take a few hits when she sees Mack interact with Hope, and when Ward apologizes for his counterpart's villainous actions, though.
- Torture Technician: A heroic example. She picked up some useful techniques during her stint as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s woman in HYDRA, as she coolly demonstrates in "The Patriot" during a Perp Sweating. Fitz admits that it was "weirdly attractive."
- Town Girls: The (lovely, idealistic and adorkable) Femme to May's Butch and Skye's Neither.
- The Unfavorite: The S.H.I.E.L.D. comics give her a brother and sister to whom her father compares her unfavourably.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
Coulson: Don't get me wrong — I'm happy you're both alive, truly, and I realize you were trying to save the team — but what you did today? That was not your call. Just getting you out of the water — do you have any idea what a pain it is dealing with the Moroccan office? Don't you ever pull a stunt like that again! We'd hate to lose you, Jemma.
- In "FZZT", Coulson rakes her and Ward over the coals for jumping off the Bus during the climax.
- She comes in for one of these courtesy of Skye and Trip in "Heavy is the Head": they're not happy with her for leaving Fitz and the rest of the team. They have to rethink that line of thinking in "Making Friends and Influencing People" when they realize that she didn't in fact just leave them, and Fitz, because she wanted to but to infiltrate HYDRA. At that point they get it - they just don't know if she's going to survive it, considering she's such a bad liar.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
- Despite her total fearlessness when in close proximity to insects, reptiles, rodents, dead bodies, and carriers of infectious disease, in "Providence" she's anxious at the prospect of there being bears anywhere within scanning range.
- After nearly falling to her death in "FZZT", she mentions an increased fear of heights once or twice, which becomes a minor difficulty in "The Well". It doesn't really come up much later because she was making a conscious effort to avoid letting it develop into a full-blown phobia.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist:
- Simmons likes following the rules. It makes her feel nice!
- Later Averted: Simmons becomes massively disillusioned with S.H.I.E.L.D. following the "Uprising" arc, and after learning of Ward's betrayal, she's ready to accept that some people are inherently evil, while Fitz is the one arguing that no-one is simply a bad person for no reason. It gets worse after the incident in the Kree city, after which she becomes the one to push hardest for just putting superhumans down.
- Women Are Wiser: Subverted. Simmons often hints that she thinks this (especially of herself in relation to Fitz), but while it's sometimes true (even he's forced to admit she's probably the more intelligent of the pair), he's more capable of adapting quickly to tasks outside of his comfort zone, and is generally better at dealing with people who aren't helpful allies.
Joined in Season One
Antoine "Trip" Triplett
Antoine "Trip" Triplett
Portrayed by: B. J. Britt
Voiced By: Carlos Torres [Disney dub], Raúl Solo [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I.")A Level Six S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working with Agent Garrett since Ward's promotion. He and Garrett assist Coulson's team in several missions during the hunt for the Clairvoyant. Trip soon joined the team on a permanent basis after HYDRA's continued existence was exposed.
- The Ace: Aside from being a bonafide badass, he's smart enough to understand every word that Fitz says. He can also fly a plane and anything else Coulson needs him to do.
- Always Someone Better: Fitz is starting to see him as this due to his closeness with Simmons and his status as The Ace.
- Badass Beard: He's got an awesome beard.
- Badass Family: His grandfather is a Howling Commando!
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald and he's awesome.
- Big Brother Instinct: Seems to have inherited Ward's attitude towards FitzSimmons in this regard. When the gun turret in "Providence" starts firing into the group, Triplett can be seen covering Simmons's retreat and then pulling Fitz out of the way before diving for cover himself.
- The Bus Came Back: Died in Season 2, but returned in Season 4 as part of the Framework simulation with his grandpa's Howling Commando gear in tow.
- Canon Foreigner: Unlike many other major recurring characters on the show (particularly S.H.I.E.L.D. agents), but like the main cast members, Triplett has no comic book counterpart.
- Catchphrase: His all-purpose "Damn!".
- Also according to his team "Come on gurl!"
- Cultured Badass: Much to Fitz' consternation.Triplett:...but I'm telling you, he's chasing the white whale.
Fitz: Okay, have you even read Moby-Dick?
Triplett: Yeah, have you?
Fitz: That's not the point.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His death turns him into one for half the cast. Simmons's Fantastic Racism comes due to blaming superpowers and the pursuit/study of them for causing Trip's death, Skye is shown to blame herself immensely which likely contributes towards her Power Incontinence, and Mack and Bobbi consider his death (as well as Mack's brainwashing) the final straw that causes them to turn against Coulson's leadership that leads to 'real' S.H.I.E.L.D. shutting him down. As noted the episode following, they're going to laugh a lot less without him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snarks to Ward about the Bus being tricked out and how he'll probably find the brig "between the Jacuzzi and the Squash Court". He and Fitz, who also employs this trope a lot, trade insults more or less every time they talk to one another. It helps that they share a Love Interest.
- Dead Partner: His partner in Garret's team was Damon Rowe, who was killed by Ian Quinn's men thanks to information provided by the Clairvoyant. Triplett had to tell Rowe's six year old son about his father's death and wants to kill the Clairvoyant for it.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Downplayed, but it's there. Upon hearing that Coulson and Skye were in the alien city, he immediately jumps back into the city, WITHOUT the hazmat suit he had on earlier. He proceeds to find and disarm the four bombs that he and Fitz-Simmons just set up, when earlier, they had to SPLIT UP for them to make it out with "ten minutes to spare". Finally, he makes it into the room where Skye and Raina are in just before it's sealed, though this proves to be fatal for him. He does manage to break the Diviner before he gets Taken for Granite, thus preventing a widespread catastrophe.
- Fake Guest Star: He appears in all but one episode in the final run of Season One, has as much screen-time as the leads and is a full member of Coulson's team (essentially replacing Ward) by the end, but is still billed as a guest star. This is still the case in Season Two, despite the popular belief that he'd be promoted to lead cast and the fact that he appears in every episode. Justified as he barely makes it to the halfway point of Season Two before carking it.
- Famous Ancestor: His grandfather is one of the Howling Commandos. Quite possibly where he gets his Cultured Badass from. We never did find out which one, though. note
- Good Counterpart: For Ward; he joins Team Coulson as the replacement Big Guy while Ward turns out to be HYDRA. Also, both of them worked under Garrett, but Triplett is a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- The Good Guys Always Win: Espouses this belief in "The Only Light in the Darkness". His grandfather kicked HYDRA's ass back in the day and he's going to do the same thing now.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Had Trip not shattered the crystal, the Terrigen Mists would have spread much farther, triggering widespread mutations and chaos.
- Hidden Depths: Fitz repeatedly makes the mistake of treating Trip like Dumb Muscle and is continuously flustered whenever he tries to explain something only for Trip to already know it, or even show him up.
- I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: One of the team's more combat-effective members. Despite still recovering from a life threatening wound, Tripp manages to run around and disarm four remote bombs before they detonate and kill everyone in the Underground city.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Like Coulson, he's very enthusiastic about his grandfather's old S.H.I.E.L.D. gear.
- Literally Shattered Lives: After he dies, his body crumbles to pieces almost immediately due to the effects of Skye's new earthquake powers on his petrified remains, presumably so there's no way for fans to speculate that He's Just Hiding or for the writers to back out and claim he got better.
- The Medic: He has medical training, which is why he stays aboard The Bus to assist Simmons in treating Skye rather than accompanying the other field agents into the Guest House.
- Mexican Standoff: Has one with Hand and several of her agents after HYDRA came out of hiding within S.HI.E.L.D. and making Triplett and Jemma believe she was a HYDRA plant, which in-turn makes Hand state that he was now the 7th person she could trust.
- Nice Guy: A genuinely good and kindhearted man, Trip never let any of the evils he saw in the world shake his belief in good. He's also pretty much the one person in S.H.I.E.L.D. who everyone - from Coulson, to May, to even Hunter - seems to like and get along with; even Fitz couldn't dislike him despite his insecurities. Highlighted by his death - everyone on the team is heavily demoralised and upset by it, and tempers flare in response to interpersonal conflicts coming to the fore.
- Not So Stoic: All stocism is dropped once he drags out his grandfather's S.H.I.E.L.D. kit. See The Knights Who Say "Squee!" above.
- The Paragon: As explained by May after his death, Coulson sees in Trip all the qualities on which he feels S.H.I.E.L.D. should be built on.
- Romantic False Lead: He seems to be this for Simmons, since their implied mutual attraction is never really explored further than how it impacts Fitz and Simmons's relationship, and is usually shown from Fitz's point of view. So far his part in the Love Triangle that got set up in Season One has not even been mentioned again, since the whole Fitz-Simmons arc took a different direction in Season Two. The Love Triangle involving the three of them gets one last minor nod before Trip dies in Episode 2.10, but overall that seems to confirm the use of this trope.
- Sacrificial Lion: True to form, he's built up as a major yet secondary character for the best part of a season, then becomes the first member of Team Coulson to die in the Season 2 mid-season finale.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Trip spin-kicks the crystal, shattering it, in hopes of freeing Skye from the stone covering her. It fails, and he's hit by some of the Diviner shards, which turn him to stone, thinking Skye died as well. Not so senseless is his Heroic Sacrifice detailed above.
- Ship Tease: He had quite a few scenes with Simmons, particularly in Season 1, that hint that they may become involved, causing Fitz to go all Green-Eyed Monster whenever the three of them are together.
- Sixth Ranger: Technically seventh, but he's the first new character to join Team Coulson after the initial six are introduced in the pilot. And his joining coincides with Ward's exposure as a HYDRA infiltrator, so Triplett is the sixth of six good guys on the team.
- Soul Brotha: "I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go."
- The Stoic: While he's cool headed and reserved, he's more personable then other standard agents. He even snaps once he sees his mentor having turned traitor. In "Nothing Personal", even when unemployed, disavowed, and hunted by various intelligence agencies, Trip considers their stay at a hotel a vacation until he gets his next set of orders.
- Taken for Granite: He dies by being turned to stone after part of the Diviner crystal becomes lodged in his chest while he tries to free Skye from its influence.
- Unexpected Character: Two entire seasons after his death, he shows up in the Alternate Universe of the Framework.
Joined in Season Two
Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie
Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie / Ghost Rider III
Portrayed By: Henry Simmons
Voiced By: Raúl Solo [Disney dub], Víctor Hugo Aguilar (Season 2) and Raúl Solo (Season 3 onwards) [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 23: "Shadows") | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
- "We can't afford to lose our best agents in one fell swoop... not here, not tonight!"
- 10-Minute Retirement: His decision to quit after Coulson becomes the man in charge of the combined S.H.I.E.L.D.s becomes a temporary one when the Inhumans attack.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His comics counterpart has gray hair. Here, he sports a Bald of Awesome.
- Adaptation Name Change: He goes by "Al" rather than "Mack" in the comics. Ironically, rather than solving any naming issues, the new nickname violates the One Steve Limit, since there was a minor character named Agent Mack in Season One.
- Age Lift: His comics counterpart is a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Here, he looks younger.
- Ambiguously Evil: He and Bobbi are double agents for Gonzales's S.H.I.E.L.D., which is separate from Coulson's branch and trying to overthrow him. Mack shares their penchant for Fantastic Racism, though he still clearly care about Fitz and tries to protect him, and wanted to avoid conflict with Hunter.
- Amicable Exes: He claims that all of his exes are "awesome", though he seems to retract that statement when reminded that he once had to pretend to like quinoa for a year.Mack: [utter seriousness] That was a dark time.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice in 'S.O.S.' He also bemuses of wanting an axe combined with a shotgun while going against Lash the Inhuman in the season 3 premiere, which he finally gets and uses in the season finale.
- Badass Baritone: As befitting a big guy like him, Mack has a notably deep voice.
- Badass Boast: "I'm the guy who kills Gordon."
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Takes the role reluctantly halfway in Season 3. Proves to be a firm but fair leader who manages to take down a major HYDRA asset and bring his team home safely.
- Berserk Button: Don't tell him he was a bad father or didn't cared about his daugther. Gunner, when Yo-Yo and Mack find out he was expecting a child, repeatedly insults Mack, asserting that it's a good thing he's not a father. Mack, who lost his daughter years ago, flips out and savagely beats him.
- Big Brother Instinct: He slips into the role starting with Bobbi; it's implied he's been there to help with her relationship with Hunter for a long time. Then he helps Fitz manage his aphasia. Starting in season 3, he's become this for Daisy as well; telling people to back off when they get on her case and helping her with Inhuman team building, and alongside Coulson (her father figure) and Lincoln (her love interest), one of the three most determined to save her from Hive's infection. There's also a lot of Halo playing with both Fitz and Daisy. "Watchdogs" reveals he has a younger brother he's very close to who he's been unable to spend time with thanks to his work with SHIELD, and he's greatly troubled by it.
- Black and Nerdy: When Hartley's team and Team Coulson come back after a violent encounter with Absorbing Man, Mack's primary concern is whether or not the agents managed to retrieve some technology he could play around with. He's visibly upset when Triplett tells him no. He also plays Gears of War and is itching for a chance to get to work on Lola.
- Bound and Gagged: He's taped up by Elena Rodriguez in "Bouncing Back".
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Becomes this after touching an alien defensive mechanism that makes him attack Coulson and the rest along with giving him enhanced strength and durability. It wears off an episode later.
- Brutal Honesty:
- In a good way, as the imaginary Simmons notes that it's quite refreshing how unlike everyone else, he doesn't walk on eggshells around Fitz. It's enough that Fitz starts to use him as a sounding board rather than the imaginary Simmons.
- With Simmons herself after she returns. He's the only one who's not afraid to confront her directly about the fact that she apparently abandoned Fitz right after he told her how he felt and nearly died saving her life. As with Fitz, he's still fairly kind in his delivery, even if what he has to say is undeniably brutal.
- He has no problem telling Coulson to his face that he doesn't trust him after Skye's powers are revealed.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He takes it upon himself to keep Fitz grounded.
- Cool Car: He owns a classic Rolls Royce that he restored himself. Coulson still won't let him touch Lola, though.
- Cutting the Knot: He has the presence of mind to simply lop off Coulson's hand to save him from the effects of the Terrigen crystal.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's more than capable of dishing out sarcastic quips when he wants to.
- Deep Cover Agent: Along with Bobbi, he's revealed to be working for a separate branch of S.H.I.E.L.D. that considers itself the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Demonic Possession: He briefly serves as a host to the Spirit of Vengeance in "Deals With Our Devils", although it returns to Robbie Reyes by the end of the episode.
- Embarrassing Nickname: It's revealed in "Watchdogs" that his brother Ruben calls him Alfie; Ruben himself goes by Mack in his own circle of friends.
- The Engineer:
- Mack is a skilled mechanic and loves to play around with technology, allowing him to bond with Fitz. Unlike Fitz, however, Mack doesn't have a natural affinity for technology and requires things like schematics and instructions in order to know how to make and repair things. Mack also doesn't have a formal engineering education like Fitz's, meaning that he can't help Fitz find the exact terminology when the latter's aphasia gets in the way, and unlike Fitz, who tends to work rather fast, its noted that Mack is a rather slow methodical worker. Despite this, its revealed he was the Head Engineer on the Iliad, indicating his skills are pretty developed.
- In Season 3, he makes himself a unique shotgun-axe that serves him well through the battle with Hive, the ghosts, and the Watchdogs.
- Exact Words: When he was questioned by Coulson (pre-season) and asked if he was loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D., he said he was. He didn't specify which S.H.I.E.L.D., though, and more importantly he doesn't (or at least didn't, at the time) consider the ship that Coulson's running to be the "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D. in his eyes.
- Fake Guest Star: He's appeared in every episode of Season Two to date and usually has as much screen time as the lead cast, but is still credited as a guest star, along with B. J. Britt (Triplett) and, later, Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi). It's averted in season 3, as he was Promoted to Opening Titles.
- Fantastic Racism:
- As Season 2 progresses, he develops a dislike of anything "alien" after Kree technology causes both his temporary brainwashing and Triplett's death. He eventually resolves to leave S.H.I.E.L.D. because he just doesn't trust Coulson. When he changes his mind, Coulson puts him in charge of securing and researching alien artifacts, on the grounds that a man who refuses to trust anything of alien origin will always be careful around them. By season 3, while he's aware of the danger of alien tech, he's pretty much over this. It helps that he's Daisy's partner and they're pretty damn close, with him dubbing her "Tremors".
- He absolutely refuses to consider any kind of machine as a living being.
- Fighting from the Inside: Despite being Brainwashed and Crazy, he's able to tell Coulson to run. Mack also temporarily halts his rampage when faced with Fitz begging him to snap out of it.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With pretty much everyone but Fitz (even there, they bonded during battle, but it was from a supporting role rather than directly in the line of fire), Mack gained trust and friendship via fighting alongside. Though shown to be friends with them prior, his close loyalty to Real SHIELD's members came about following the battle of The Iliad, while his past grievances with Coulson and Lincoln dissolved after fighting Gordon and Lash alongside them respectfully. Lincoln outright states that fighting Lash beside him gave him some measure of trust (albeit, mostly because it meant Lash wasn't him).
- Genius Bruiser: He's a highly skilled engineer and mechanic and he's also built like a brick wall. Fought against HYDRA insurgents, held his own against Gordon with just an axe, and is still willing to kick some alien ass with little to no help.
- Genre Savvy: He's seen enough films over the years to know that robots always rise up and turn on their makers, leaving him very distrustful of Aida and unsurprised when she seemingly turns on them. He even mentions to Yo-Yo that his life insurance policy has a special clause for "death by robot", with a very generous payout for his brother if that happens. In a world after Ultron, it makes sense.
- In the season 5 premiere, he is adamant against splitting up the group to explore the space station infested with killer aliens the team has materialized in, directly citing the Alien franchise and knowing that The Black Dude Dies First. (Though as that trope's page notes, the Alien franchise actually has only had the black guy as the first to die only once.)
- Gentle Giant: Tallest member of the team but he prefers to leave the fighting to others and is content to stay behind with his engines and tools.
- Good Is Not Soft: Despite being a very nice and morally upstanding member of the team, he will not hesitate to kill in order to fulfill the given objectives. And with an axe no less.
- Heel Realization: Starting with "The Frenemy of my Enemy", it finally starts getting through to him that maybe Real S.H.I.E.L.D. is actually part of the problem when he notices they're more obsessed with taking out Coulson (who is relatively small fry) than stopping HYDRA (who are meant to be their actual enemies). It doesn't stop him from quitting when Coulson comes out on top.
- Hot Men At Work: Lampshaded when Fitz and her hallucination of Simmons discuss Mack's attractiveness, helpfully accompanied by a shot of Mack wearing a muscle-emphasizing undershirt while he works in the garage.
- I Choose to Stay: Chooses to stay in the Framework even after realizing it's a Lotus-Eater Machine, refusing to abandon his daughter even though he knows that she isn't real either. Hearing that his real daughter is dead just reinforces his decision to stay.
- In-Name-Only: Beyond sharing a full name with them, he doesn't resemble the Alfonso Mackenzie of the comics at all. Tropes Are Not Bad comes into play though, as Mack ends up being a very fleshed out character compared to the rather minor comic character he's based on.
- Insult of Endearment: Elena nicknames him "Turtle Man", which is rather unfair considering she has Super Speed. It later grows into Affectionate Nickname.
- Irony: After discovering that Coulson has alien blood in him in "The Writing on the Wall", he expresses some distrust in Coulson's leadership, especially after seeing how crazed he became from the compulsion to carve symbols. Two episodes later, he gets possessed by a Kree defense system that turns him into a superhuman that mindlessly protects the underground Kree city. This experience only hardens his opinion that Coulson shouldn't be trusted.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While his jerkass moments mostly only occur on the topic of alien influence and technology, in "S.O.S.", Mack is immediately proven right on his insistence that "we are not opening that damn box in a thousand years."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Originally he was a nice guy who was helping Fitz with his brain damage. Then he began distrusting Coulson due to the alien blood in him. Then came the incident at the Kree City and his Fantastic Racism became his most pronounced trait. He's still a good guy, but perhaps not as nice as we originally thought he was.
- The Kirk: While still pretty empathic, he is also usually the one who rein's in the rest of the team when they get too emotional.
- The Lancer:
- Evolved into this, sharing the role with May. Even when May returns, he's shown to be the one Coulson relies on to both keep himself in line and acts as his personal backup when needed.
- As of Season 3, he serves as this to Daisy. He has become her partner, best friend, and sounding board when it comes to the Secret Warriors.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: He's the only member of Team Coulson who doesn't yet have a personally antagonistic relationship with Ward after everything the latter had done. Coulson later cites this as part of the reason he appoints Mack as Acting-Director when he goes on a hunt for Ward.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: He's mostly an engineer, but can definitely kick some ass when called upon. Of course, this is probably a required minor for all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to take.Reuben: You're really good at this stuff, huh?
Mack: [tiredly] I'm a mechanic. I hate "this stuff."
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: The shotgun-axe that he made himself!
- The Mole: He was actually loyal to a rival S.H.I.E.L.D. faction who was working to take down Team Coulson from within.
- Nice Guy: He's friendly and really makes an effort to talk to Fitz and tries to help him out. He even succeeds in recognizing that Fitz knows of a way to take down Creel, but is having trouble because of his brain damage.
- The Nicknamer: Fitz is "Turbo", Daisy is "Tremors", Alisha is "Ginger Ninja", Gordon is "No Eyes", and Lincoln is "Sparkplug" (in the Framework, he gives this nickname to his daughter Hope). He later calls the Secret Warriors "Power Rangers" and Elena in particular "Yo-Yo". Elena gives him a taste of his own medicine by dubbing him "Turtle Man".
- Non-Action Guy: Interesting variation. Mack is a very skilled and natural fighter, but he doesn't like violence at all and avoids it. As the series goes on he becomes more willing to do it and is eventually made a full field agent, but he notes twice that he hates violence, and when Daisy is brainwashed and listing the problems with SHIELD, she specifically notes how they turned him into a soldier even though he's only meant to be an engineer.
- The Not-Love Interest: An interesting case of this; as Fitz and Simmons go through their Romance Arc, Mack fulfills the role of the Romantic False Lead for Fitz. He and Fitz bond while Simmons is undercover in HYDRA and the drama that plays out between the three seems very much like a Love Triangle with Simmons acting very jealous and Mack appearing as a tempting potential partner.
- One Steve Limit:
- Not to be confused with the one-off character of Agent Mack from the first season.
- To add even more confusion, his ex-girlfriend (and the mother of his dead daughter) is named Nicole. "Nicole Mackenzie" is also the name of an unrelated Caucasian woman and minor character from Season 1.note
- Only Sane Man: Mack is probably the most normal member of Team Coulson and is also the most resistant to accepting all the strange phenomena they constantly encounter.
- Outliving One's Offspring: In 2006, Mack and his ex had a daughter named Hope, who died four days after being born. Mack has been able to grieve and move forward, but still feels the loss. Enough for the Spirit of Vengeance to possess and suppress him.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: For season 3.
- Race Lift: He's white in the comics.
- Real Men Love Jesus: When trying to form an understanding and reach common ground with Elena Rodriguez, Mack talks about how he had never seen it before, but that he was beginning to think that the Inhuman mutations all around the world are part of God's plan for helping humanity.
- Religious Bruiser:
- Reveals in Season 3 that he is actually quite religious and that it helps him get through the work he does and the things that he has to deal with, and is certainly capable in the 'bruiser' department.
- Come season 4 and this marks him as the odd one out on the team, as he's rather open minded about Robbie's claim that he made a deal with the Devil to become the Ghost Rider. As Mack says, as he believes in God, he has to believe in "the other thing."
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the S.H.I.E.L.D. civil war ends with Coulson still in charge and "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D. in an advisory role, Mack quits because he still doesn't trust Coulson. He even admits that, in spite of all their assumptions about Coulson being wrong, he still thinks Coulson's pursuit of alien technology is foolish and won't be a part of it.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: He's normally dressed in grease-stained clothing and can usually be found elbow deep in machinery. When he dresses up in a suit and brings out a classic Rolls to sell a cover, he looks like a completely different person.
- Shipper on Deck: Averted in two cases.
- Despite most of the team supporting FitzSimmons, Mack is strongly opposed to Simmons presence, believing that she abandoned Fitz when he needed her. He seems to soften up by Season 3.
- He also opposes Bobbi and Hunter getting back together. Despite knowing that both love each other, he worries because he's seen what their past breakups have done to them.
- Super Strength: When he's Brainwashed and Crazy from one of the Kree city's defense mechanisms, he's granted superhuman strength. It goes away when the brainwashing does.
- Take Up My Sword: Does this in a metaphorical way for Gonzales by primairly using an axe in "S.O.S."
- There Are No Therapists: He's clearly suffering some serious PTSD after the events in the Inhuman city, but beyond Fitz and Bobbi, no one seems to do much to help him which contributes to his decision to vote to take down Coulson's leadership.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: The second half of season two shows him increasingly irritable and hostile, though given what happened to him its not hard to sympathise with him. He becomes considerably nicer in Season 3, being especially protective towards Daisy and sympathetic towards Joey.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While still weirded out by alien stuff, Mack has become much more understanding and nice towards the new Inhumans. He and Daisy are even best friends and partners now, to boot.
- Translator Buddy: He is the first person to confront Fitz's aphasia head on and make an effort to try and understand what Fitz is trying to express, be it through interpreting the true meaning behind Fitz's words (such as by realizing that Fitz saying "I didn't solve this today!" means "I solved this in the past but I can't remember which design.") or by running through lists of words or design schematics until Fitz hears or sees what he's thinking of. It takes a significant amount of effort on the parts of both men, but it does help Fitz to open up in the wake of his trauma.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
- He and Hunter bicker a lot, but it's all in good fun.
- He later pokes gentle fun at Fitz for not making sense, which is pretty bold when talking to someone who's suffered brain damage, but Fitz seems to appreciate it.
- Willfully Weak: That Non-Action Guy thing is self-inflicted. He is fully capable of easily rendering someone unconscious with a chokehold and can fight alongside Bobbi just fine, but he doesn't like violence and so avoids it as much as possible.
- The Worf Effect: Ever since he's started working in the field, he's fallen victim to this, being the physically largest member of the team and often the first one taken out of commission.
Portrayed by: Adrianne Palicki
Voiced By: Leyla Rangel [Disney dub], Laura Ayala [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 27: "A Hen in the Wolf House")An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., codenamed Mockingbird, who offers her services to Coulson in between the first two seasons. She appears in "A Hen in the Wolf House" seemingly as HYDRA's Security Chief, but in actuality was a Deep Cover Agent assigned to infiltrate them so she can look out for Simmons and help extract her should they need to. She joins the team in the fifth episode of the second season.Billy Koenig has a pretty unsubtle crush on her, while Lance Hunter is still hung up on her.
- The Ace: Expert undercover agent, One-Woman Army, can interrogate someone to the point that they give up and commit suicide, and is an accomplished and competent biochemist. Coulson even refers to her as one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best. She has a unique specialized 'spy suit', rather than a typical blue jump suit or combat gear used by most regular agents (including members of Team Coulson), something seemingly only seen elsewhere by Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Captain America, which probably indicates she's on their level in terms of skill.note In season 3 she becomes a Broken Ace, thanks to the torture she underwent from Ward. She gets past it when May gives her a blunt pep-talk, and she regains her confidence following.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the comics, but appears to have dark brunette hair in her first appearance. It's ultimately subverted, as "A Hen in the Wolf House" reveals that she originally was a blonde, but dyed her hair when she went undercover in HYDRA; once done with this, she's blonde before her next appearance.
- Amazonian Beauty: Her field agent physique is played up; Simmons can't stop gushing about how awesome she is, to the point it appears she has a lady-crush on her. The showrunners have commented on how she's a very sexy character as well.
- Ambiguously Evil: She and Mack are double agents for Gonzales's S.H.I.E.L.D., which is separate from Coulson's branch and trying to overthrow him. Unlike Mack and pretty much everyone else in the other branch, however, she doesn't automatically label anyone who's Gifted as a threat and treats Coulson's leadership style as the problem, rather than using it as a thinly veiled excuse to dismiss him on the pretense of being affected by Kree blood.
- Amicable Exes: One-sided example. Bobbi vouched for her ex and appears to not hold any hard feelings about their divorce, but Lance can't stop ranting about her for at least four episodes before she's introduced. When he starts getting pissy, she snarks him back.
- Awesome by Analysis: She's able to tell a lot about Bakshi's person and mental state through the words he uses and the way he pronounces certain words, and is able to figure out that there's more to Whitehall simply because of how Bahkshi described him, leading the team to discovering the former's past.
- Badass Normal: No powers, but that doesn't stop her from fighting super thugs when she encounters them. This is best exemplified so far when she's able to keep up with a demonically possessed super strong Mack, who's able to shrug off Icer rounds with ease and tosses the others around rather easily; while she can't take him on in a straight up fight, she's able to use skill to avoid being killed until she can take him down with electrified batons. Later, she's the only person capable of holding off Vin-Tak, a Kree warrior (note that Kree warriors are on Asgardian level in terms of power, and Vin-Tak himself fought Lady Sif), until they can hit him with a super-weapon.
- Becoming the Mask: Despite being a mole for Gonzales she does care for her friends on Coulson's team. She was also previously sent in to get intel from Lance, falling in love with him in the process, although she still left with the intel.
- The Big Guy: Bobbi is a pretty tough fighter, and is also fairly tall. Besides Mack, she stands taller than most of the cast. Her costume is also the most battle-oriented in terms of design, showcasing this.
- Catchphrase: Sometimes, she'll let out a sarcastic "Hail HYDRA" in response to the possibility that someone had been turned to HYDRA's side.
- Combat Pragmatist: When Kebo (Ward's right-hand man) proves too much for her in a straight fight, she uses her batons to electrify the pool he is in.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Mockingbird. This is only said in the promos and advertising material for Season Two.
- Cool Big Sis: Simmons thinks that she's "amazing" and gets to be on a First-Name Basis with her. "A Hen in the Wolf House" can be read as an older sister babysitting the younger one for their father. She later consoles Skye while she's in quarantine, and is very protective of her when "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D. label her a threat. Season 3 shows her acting like this to Fitz as well, giving him helpful advice and covering for him.
- Create Your Own Villain: She's ultimately the one responsible for Kara aka Agent 33 going down the bad road, as she, while undercover for HYDRA, gave up the warehouse where Kara was at that time note .
- Deadpan Snarker: Mainly towards her Hunter, who's more than happy to return the favour.
- Deep Cover Agent:
- She'd been infiltrating HYDRA before she's introduced, to the point she got a high position in HYDRA's security forces, assigned to find and detect double agents and moles.
- Along with Mack, she turns out to be a Deep Cover Agent to Coulson as well, working for a separate branch of S.H.I.E.L.D. that considers itself the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Didn't Think This Through: She recommended Hunter to Coulson under the assumption that he'd at best stick with it for a few weeks before taking some other job. She never considered he might take the job seriously and develop genuine loyalty to Coulson. Hunter lampshades this.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She hates being called "Barbara" and claims that she even considers being called "Robert" better than being called by her full first name.Bobbi: My name's Bobbi. As in the name usually short for "Robert," but in my case, "Barbara," which, to me, is worse.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: When she was working at HYDRA, she was secretly working for Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. while secretly working for Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D., while still retaining some degree of loyalty to Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. and pretending to come clean to her ex-husband while still feeding him lies on numerous occasions. This sort of multi-layered duplicity is why Lance says they got divorced.
- Dual Wielding: Pair of dual battle staves.
- Fake Guest Star: She's basically been a lead character since joining Team Coulson in Episode Five of Season Two, but Palicki is still credited as a guest star in the season's first half. She's promoted to the leading cast in "Aftershocks".
- First-Name Basis: She insists Simmons call her Bobbi.
- Game-Breaking Injury: While she eventually got better and returns to her old job, she starts season three having been transferred from Operations to Science and Technology because of the injuries inflicted on her by Ward and Kara at the end of Season 2.
- Genius Bruiser: Has a degree in biochemistry, and is one of Team Coulson's best fighters.
- Heel Realization: She begins to regret betraying Coulson as Gonzales grows more and more belligerent.
- Hero on Hiatus: Though part of an ensemble rather than The Hero, the injuries she suffered at the end of season 2 have kept her sidelined from field duty for the beginning of season 3, allowing for more focus on the other field agents. Fortunately, her qualities as The Ace aren't limited to field duty and she's found a role putting her degree in biochemistry to use, but she is still frustrated with being cooped up in a lab.
- Hot Scientist: Like her comic counterpart, she has a background in biochem, and acts as the team's biochemist in lieu of her sidelining from field duty and Jemma's absence.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She justifies her descision to rat out the safehouse for HYDRA is because it was necessary for her cover and the only alternative was a location that she knew was inhabited versus the one she thought empty. It is a reason that doesn't sit well with Kara, who was captured and brainwashed as a result.
- The Mole: She's actually loyal to a rival S.H.I.E.L.D. faction and is working to take down Team Coulson from within.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Played with; in the comics, her costume is either black or blue primarily Depending on the Artist, but here it's made black with a blue highlight (and thus, incorporating both colours), while the usual white belly-stripe was replaced with grey. The suit also includes a few extra straps for tactical purposes and some protective plating on the shoulders, making it look more like realistic battle gear.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- She convinced Gonzales to take a chance to take back the Illiad instead of sinking it like Fury ordered - thus forming the nucleus for "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D. But as the season goes on she begins to regret it as Gonzales grows more belligerent and hostile towards Team Coulson.
- In order to maintain her cover at HYDRA, she had to give up the location of a S.H.I.E.L.D. safe house, hoping nobody was going to be in it. Turned out there was someone, Agent 33.
- One Head Taller: Than her ex-husband Lance Hunter (though, only by an inch), and for that matter with most of the main cast save Mack (and Ward). Adrianne Palicki is far from a short woman.
- One-Man Army: She alone takes down every HYDRA soldier they come across with ease, and is able to extract herself and Simmons with almost no trouble or help, save for Trip in an invisible jet, and thus setting her up as a combatant on par with May and Ward. Coulson refers to her as "one of their best agents", putting her on par with Hawkeye and Widow if true, and she's shown able to fight May and Ward pretty easily.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She doesn't even like people to use her surname, introducing herself as Bobbi, and so far the only appearance of her full name has been on a transmission. She outright tells Joey that she thinks people calling her "Barbara" would be worse than them calling her "Robert"(the name Bobbi/Bobby is typically short for).
- Platonic Life-Partners: Mack is her closest male relation outside of her ex-husband.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: She was made a part of the main cast starting from the second half of Season 2 after a stint as a recurring character.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Hunter's stories about her invariably put her in this light. When she finds out that he's been spreading this image of her as a psychotic hell-beast, she seems more amused by it than anything. It's later revealed, though, that their on-off relationship is actually her fault, as Bobbi can't get out of her secret agent mentality and isn't honest with him. This, inevitably, would drive Hunter away whenever they get together because he wants an honest relationship and eventually gets tired of being manipulated. She rationalizes this by claiming that it's Hunter who's afraid of commitment, though she also doesn't deny her own problems when called on it.
- Put on a Bus: She and Hunter are burned from S.H.I.E.L.D. late in Season 3 due to political fallout from a mission gone south in Russia. Coulson offered to protect them, but they decided to let themselves be burned for the greater good.
- Remember the New Guy: While all the Season Two characters get this to some extent, Bobbi is notable as she's introduced and joins the team in "A Hen in the Wolf House", but everyone in the cast already knows her personally and appear to be great friends with the team already, especially Mack. She also counts as New Old Flame for Hunter, save for the fact he wouldn't shut up about her since he was introduced.
- Sex with the Ex: Happens with Lance in Season 2 Episode 8, inside a car. It wasn't the first time.
- Shipper on Deck: Although she found the idea of being friends with someone before dating them to be novel, she seems to support FitzSimmons, repeatedly urging Simmons to talk to Fitz, and later doing the same for Fitz.
- Shock and Awe: Her batons are able to produce an electric charge to zap enemies. No doubt she took a few cues from Romanoff.
- Statuesque Stunner: She towers over Simmons when they share scenes, and uses this to her advantage to intimidate her in their early meetings.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She and Hunter can't stop taking metaphorical shots as each other even as real bullets are flying. Luckily for them, they know each other so well that they can take on numerically superior opponents with no problem.
- The Tell: When she's frustrated with or stumped by something, she twirls her staves. Hunter notices.
- Token Good Teammate: For "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. She's the only one that doesn't seem to have a Fantastic Racism problem, and she's the only one voicing the opinion that Coulson isn't hoarding Gifted individuals for nefarious ends.
- Understatement: She considers Raina leaking Simmons' identity to HYDRA, and thus forcing her to extract them early, to be a "curveball" at most.
- Weapon of Choice: Like in the comics, she primarily fights with her Battle staves; though she's good with a gun and can fight with anything from her fists to a napkin, she generally does most damage with the staves. Though is how her use of them is changed from the comics; generally she'd snap them together as a staff, but here she primarily uses them as dual batons and fights eskrima style.
- Working with the Ex: She vouched for Hunter when Coulson considered recruiting him, but she's not exactly happy to be working with her former husband or to be within his immediate vicinity. Seeing Hunter immediately wipes the smile off her face and her voice takes on an annoyed tone.
Portrayed by: Nick Blood
Voiced By: Carlos Hernández [Disney dub and Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 23: "Shadows")A mercenary who used to work closely with Isabelle Hartley and Idaho. He becomes a member of Team Coulson in Season 2.
- Age Lift: The comic version of Hunter is an older man who serves as the head of S.T.R.I.K.E.
- Amazon Chaser: His ex-wife is a kick-ass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent note and it's implied that he had a crush on Isabelle note who was also a kick-ass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- Awesome McCoolname: Few names are as macho and aggressive as "Lance Hunter". His actor has a pretty cool name as well.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Calls his ex-wife "pure evil" before she's revealed to be Bobbi, and endlessly snarks at her once she joins the team, but it's increasingly clear they still love each other and are both violently protective of each other.
- Berserk Button: Don't keep secrets or lie to him to keep those secrets. That's why his marriage to Bobbi ended in divorce.
- British Teeth: Idaho states that this is the reason why Hunter broke a tooth while eating a meal Idaho had prepared.
- The Bus Came Back: In Season 5, he comes back to help Fitz out of a jam.
- Butt-Monkey: Is increasingly humiliated episode-to-episode for laughs.
- Cassandra Truth: While his first complaints about his ex-wife Bobbi sound like hyperbole, it's eventually revealed that their relationship problems stem from the fact that Bobbi always has some secret side-job running that inevitably spoils their relationship as soon as Hunter figures it out. By contrast, Hunter, despite being a secret agent, is not a big fan of secrets within secrets and is generally straight with her. This makes it all the more ironic that Bobbi would be working for the supposedly transparent "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. while Hunter sticks by Coulson, who plays things almost as close to the vest as spymaster extraordinaire Fury.
- Composite Character: He's Bobbi Morse's ex-husband, like Hawkeye is in the comics,
- Crazy-Prepared: He carries around a hip flask of scotch and two shot glasses in the event that he's stuck somewhere cold. The second glass is for whomever will help "keep [him] warm".
- Deadpan Snarker: Befitting his Britishness, Hunter can be quite snarky when he wants to be without having to change the tone of his voice.
- Determinator: He fought his way off of the Iliad when the entire crew was trying to stop him.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: A former lieutenant in the Special Air Servicenote .
- Establishing Character Moment: He manages to get the drop on May and Triplett, impressing Coulson in the process.
- Expy: The television version of Lance Hunter, as a deadpan snarker with a heart of gold who is also Mockingbird's ex-husbandnote , has more in common with Hawkeye than his comic counterpartnote . He's also rather similar to Dominic Fortune, a mercenary who worked with Mockingbird and often flirted with her.
- Hidden Depths: In Season Three, he briefly mentions recommending a documentary about climate change to Fitz.
- Hopeless with Tech: Type 1. He can do basic stuff, but knows nothing about code, and can only type about 10 wpm. Not a huge problem for a hitman, but it almost blows his cover when he goes to infiltrate the ATCU as a supposedly brilliant hacker.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He took one of the Terrigen-laden fish pills on the off chance he was an Inhuman. Nope.
- In-Name-Only: He is the first member of Team Coulson to have a comic counterpart before being introduced on the show, but he bears little resemblance to his comic counterpart outside of name and nationality. This eventually leads to a Ret-Canon, as 616 Lance Hunter was later reintroduced in a Mockingbird one-shot comic, but resembling his TV counterpart far more — including the Age Lift.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- He's smarmy and sarcastic, but he can also be incredibly loyal and Coulson realizes that, financial considerations aside, Hunter will go to great lengths do what he thinks is right. This leads Coulson to recruit him for S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0, because the new agency needs people who will do the wrong things for the right reasons.
- He's also surprisingly kind and supportive of Fitz, insisting that he "buy him a beer" after they work together to repair the Bus and being quite possibly the first person to actively praise his engineering skills since his injury. Later, when Fitz is discussing his unrequited feelings for Simmons during a conversation about ex-girlfriends, instead of making light of it, Hunter reassuringly tells him that it's her loss.
- There's also his jubilant reaction to hearing that Fitz has rescued Simmons after months of trying in Season 3. Yes, everyone is delighted, but Hunter's reation is probably the strongest after Fitz himself.
- The Lancer: Whenever May isn't around to hold the role, Hunter will play the part to Coulson; Lance is the cynical mercenary to Phil's idealistic leader. Especially when the two of them are on the run from "Real S.H.I.E.L.D." and making plans to fight back against them and HYDRA.
- Leeroy Jenkins: His zeal to take Ward down for disabling Bobbi involved poor planning and has disastrous consequences.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He encouraged Fitz to leave Will on the alien planet, because he would be competition for Jemma. It wasn't well received.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Hunter causes the near-death of Dr. Garner by falsely identifying a lethal scenario described by Ward as a bluff. Turns out, May was right about the threat being real. Oops.
- Noodle Incident:
- He left the British Army under mysterious circumstances.
- He's also been helped (read: thrown) out of a helicopter before. He doesn't reveal why.
- He broke a tooth because of a mysterious and disgusting meal Idaho cooked for him in Budapest.
- He and Bobbi went on a road trip through Arizona that was so horrible that he can't listen to the Eagles without getting the chills.
- He and Bobbi were going to get remarried during their time on a bus, until the ninjas showed up. Fitz doesn't even ask.
- Noodle Implements: Give him an electric hand dryer and he can shake a tail with ease.
- Only in It for the Money:
- While he considers Hartley a friend, he makes clear that he's only helping S.H.I.E.L.D. because he's been promised payment. Hartley has to tell Hunter to shut up when he won't stop bringing up the subject of his remuneration. Coulson even puts Hartley's team under surveillance partly because Hunter might decide to run off with cash S.H.I.E.L.D. can't afford to lose.
- Talbot tries to get Hunter to sell out Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. by letting the mercenary name his own price. Subverted, because although Hunter does ask for an extremely large payday, what he really wants is for Hartley and Idaho to be given respectful burials and not be thrown into paupers' graves like so many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents after the agency's collapse.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: All of his stories about his ex-wife show her in a bad light. At their mildest, Hunter's stories show her to be a nagger. At their worst, he says she's not even human. Once Bobbi is introduced, it's clear he's exaggerating, but later revelations indicate she really is the problem behind their relationship because she can't step out of the secret agent mentality, a fact Bobbi herself makes no effort to deny despite insisting she does love him.Hunter: It didn't work out because interspecies relationships are hard! I was a human whereas she was a demonic hell beast.
Mack: He doesn't like her.
Trip: You don't say.
Hunter: She's pure evil.
- Put on a Bus: He and Bobbi are burned from S.H.I.E.L.D. late in Season 3 due to political fallout from a mission gone south in Russia. Coulson offered to protect them, but they decided to let themselves be burned for the greater good.
- Revenge Before Reason: If you kill or harm his friends and teammates, he'll come after you - even if he has to abandon a critical mission to do so.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- He attempts to avenge Hartley and Idaho by stomping into a park while blatantly brandishing a sniper rifle in order to take down Creel. Unfortunately for Hunter, he ends up having to fight a much larger man with superpowers in hand to hand combat.
- In Season 3, he leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. to go on another one, with his target being Grant Ward due to his attack on Bobbi.
- Sex with the Ex: Happens with Bobbi in Season 2 Episode 8, inside a car.
- Shipper on Deck: In Season 3 he encourages Fitz to pursue a relationship with Simmons, and he means well, but his suggestions are not welcomed. When they reunite in Season 5, he asks Fitz how things go with Simmons and congratulates him after he learned that Fitz and Simmons are finally together.
- Spanner in the Works: He nearly screws up more than a few missions in Season 3, and May calls him on it at least once, having nearly lost her ex-husband to one such blunder.
- Tastes Like Friendship: When he extends the hand of friendship to Fitz, it's holding a bottle of beer. He says he looks forward to working together in the future (and sharing more beer). He later shares scotch with Coulson when the two are on the run from "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He is not happy at having to go out in the field with Bobbi, but he still does his best to watch out for her and it turns out that they are in perfect sync in combat situations.
- True Companions:
- While he's very much a mercenary motivated by financial reasons, he genuinely considers Hartley and Idaho as friends. When Hartley is hurt by the original 084, his only thought is to get her out of danger and to the nearest doctor. He even amputates Hartley's arm simply because she asked him to. Later, he makes clear to Coulson that the decision to abandon the mission was his alone and that Hartley remained determined to do her duty to the very end.
- After Hartley and Idaho are killed, Hunter suffers from survivor's guilt and goes out of his way not just to get revenge, but also to make sure that they get the respectful funerals they deserve. Coulson taking care of the arrangements is partly what motivates Hunter to join S.H.I.E.L.D. permanently and not just as a mercenary because he sees that Coulson cares for the people who work for him.
- Undying Loyalty: He is incredibly loyal and will stick with whichever side he's on come hell or high water, even if it means turning against the woman he loves.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: It seems as if most of his friendships are like this. He trades barbs and quips with everybody, making it all the more shocking when he lays off on the attitude and shows genuine compassion to those around him.
- Working with the Ex: He is shocked and decidedly unhappy when he discovers that Bobbi Morse a.k.a. his ex-wife will be joining Team Coulson. To be fair, she wasn't all that thrilled to see him again, either. The rest of Team Coulson, however, find the situation to be hilarious. Making things worse for Hunter is that at least Coulson and May clearly favor Bobbi over Hunter, even though the sniping between the two is mutual.Coulson: Play nice.
- Would Hit a Girl: Hunter has absolutely no problem with punching a female opponent square in the jaw and then knocking her out with a chair when he and Bobbi go up against a group of HYDRA-employed mercenaries. Justified given he was married to an Action Girl so he's well-aware of the fact women can kick ass.
The Secret Warriors
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 53: "Closure")A team of super powered Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. led by Daisy Johnson after the Terrigen outbreak.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, the Secret Warriors were formed by Nick Fury as part of his personal crusade against Hydra, composed of the children of super villains. Here, the Secret Warriors are all Inhumans gathered together by S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Badass Crew: On their first mission, they managed to not only rescue the rest of Team Coulson, but also capture the head of HYDRA.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: With the threat of Hive being able to sway Inhumans, Coulson was forced to disband the team. With Lincoln's death and Joey quitting SHIELD, Daisy and Yo-Yo are the only ones left.
Lincoln Campbell / Sparkplug
Portrayed by: Luke Mitchell
Voiced By: Carlo Vázquez [Disney dub], Arturo Cataño [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 38: "Afterlife")A young Inhuman with electrical powers who introduces Skye to the Inhuman city of Lai Xi or "Afterlife".
- The Alcoholic: Heavily implied to have a problem with alcoholism and recreational drug use. It's confirmed in "Paradise Lost" when he revealed to Daisy the true extent of his past alcohol use.
- Bad Liar: Lets information slip and then poorly tries to correct himself, leading to Skye confronting Raina.
- Character Death: He dies in the finale of Season 3 along with Hive.
- Code Name: Is given the name "Sparkplug" by S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The events of Season 2 Finale left him far more cynical, now believing their gifts to be a curse.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Season 3 hints that not all was sunshine and roses in Lincoln's early life even before his discovery of his Inhuman powers. While he's on the run from the ATCU, his family is not mentioned - either because he's not close with them or perhaps because they're dead. He has one friend that seems to be of an age where he might have been a Cool Uncle figure or Parental Substitute. Said friend questions whether Lincoln had been drinking, which points to a possible problem with alcohol (he's already implied to perhaps be into recreational drugs of some sort), and there's explicit mention of at least one suicide attempt. Another subtle clue to difficult childhood/teen years is that Lincoln seems, while obviously afraid of his situation, comfortable being on the run, which may indicate that it's not entirely new to him. Eventually, he reveals that his substance abuse culminated in a car accident in which his girlfriend was nearly killed. Gordon found him then and took them both to Afterlife, where his girlfriend was treated and presumably sent back to civilization.
- Dead Guy Junior: It's subtle, but in the Framework Mac's nickname for his daughter Hope is "Sparkplug," subconsciously naming her after Lincoln.
- Easily Forgiven: Repeatedly. It becomes a little shocking how much Coulson is willing to forgive, largely for Daisy's sake.
- He's allowed back into civilian life despite taking part in Jiaying's assault, in which he was complicit in the deaths of several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and directly injuring some of them. The same is true of the other Afterlife Inhumans who survived; obviously, they weren't locked up because Jiaying lied to and manipulated them.
- He goes rogue to try and murder Andrew Garner.
- He frequently disobeys orders and argues with his superiors.
- Explosive Leash: In "Singularity," Coulson gives him an explosive vest that May can trigger if Hive infects him. Both Lincoln and May point out that this is a really screwed up way of asking for his help, especially considering that Coulson is doing everything he can to save Daisy. In the end, Coulson agrees he was wrong, and grounds Lincoln entirely.
- Face Death with Dignity: Is calm and collected in his final moments, looking at the Earth in awe along with Hive.
- Fatal Flaw: His anger is by far his biggest problem, which when combined with his dangerous powers, causes others to question whether he's a suitable asset. When push comes to shove, however, he does manage to keep himself under control.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's only at S.H.I.E.L.D. because he has feelings for Daisy, not because he's interested in making a difference; combined that with his Hair-Trigger Temper means he's not very well liked by Coulson or May.
- Good Counterpart: To Ward, as a mentor figure to Skye/Daisy that eventually evolves into a Love Interest. In contrast to Ward, who was a sociopath that had most people believing that he was a charming, decent guy... Lincoln is really a Nice Guy under the tough exterior and wants to help people - but by citizens (and even parts of S.H.I.E.L.D.) he's misunderstood and characterized as an evil or at least dangerous threat.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Flies a ship with a nuclear bomb into orbit in order to destroy Hive.
- Hidden Depths: He's initially introduced as a calm and zen-like Inhuman who specializes in helping other Inhumans transition through the effects of Terrigenesis. Once he's removed from the paradisaical Afterlife, however, we find out that he's quick to anger and not good with unexpected situations. Daisy keeps him grounded, but this causes problems when he has to go on missions without her.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: After Season 2, he wants nothing to do with either S.H.I.E.L.D. or his fellow Inhumans, and wants to live a normal life as a doctor.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His role in Jiaying's assault in the Season 2 finale may have had something to do with Lash targeting him. How did Lash find him? Jiaying's ledger.
- The Lost Lenore: To Daisy in season 4.
- Magical Defibrillator: Subverted and later played straight; He tries to use his shock and awe powers to restart a friend's heart after disarming him and scaring into a heart attack but it doesn't work. He later uses his powers to help reboot Werner's brain after the latter is in a semi-comatose state.
- The Medic: He's a transitioner for the Inhumans, and his introduction shows him using acupuncture to help Skye's body fully adjust to her new powers. Later, he tells her that he's working on a medical degree. In season 3, he's seen working at a hospital, until he's forced to go on the run. He even helps to "jump-start" Werner's brain with his powers when the latter is in a semi-comatose state.
- Messiah Creep: Well-disguised because of his Anti-Hero character, but eventually sacrifices himself for the S.H.I.E.L.D. team and all of humanity by piloting an armed warhead into space on a one-way trip. His last moments include a discourse about the state of humanity and why they warrant such a sacrifice. Other characters discuss how he's 'paying for all their mistakes.' He even takes possession of a literal cross - well, a crucifix necklace, which is heavily featured in his death scene - several times, it turns out.
- Mr. Exposition: Has the task of informing Skye where she is and what they do at Lai Xi.
- Nice Guy: He's nothing but sweet and courteous to Skye, and doesn't exhibit any of the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing of his fellow Inhumans.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: It's made pretty clear in Season 3 that he's only working with S.H.I.E.L.D. for Daisy's sake, rather than any commit to the organization or its ideals.
- Power Floats: Can channel his electricity into other people to make them float. He can do it gently by hand contact or throw you into the ceiling with a short range bolt of energy.
- Pretty Boy: James mocks him as looking like he's from a boy band.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: In Season 3 where he joins SHIELD (sort of).
- Sacrificial Lion: The one major character on the side of the good guys to bite the dust in Season 3.
- Shock and Awe: Every cell in his body has a charge, which he can control at will. He can use this to heat objects or deliver shocks, and mentions that he nearly burned down Lai Xi before gaining control. He can also transfer the energy to others through physical contact, which he demonstrates on Skye by making her levitate. He also uses these powers to short out the controls on the Quinjet at the end of Season Three, making it impossible for Hive to retake control of the plane and escape.
- The Stoner: He shows Skye a good spot to go to "smoke something."
- Token Good Teammate: Among those in Jiayang's war party, he's the only one not okay with her ruthless campaign. Eventually, he pulls a complete Heel–Face Turn in the finale.
- Trauma Conga Line: All of "A Wanted In(human)" was this for him. The ATCU outed him to the public, his Only Friend sold him out, and when he disarmed him it scared him into a heart attack. Then, after agreeing to come in to work with Daisy, Coulson sells him out to keep Daisy a secret. As Daisy put it:Daisy: You've been having a Hell of a day.
- The Unmasking: He's exposed after Lash attacks his hospital and made public by the end.
José "Joey" Gutierrez
Portrayed By: Juan Pablo Raba
Voiced By: José Gilberto Vilchis [Disney dub], Alfonso Obregón Inclán [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 45: "Laws of Nature")
- "I've lived with a secret before. I was miserable until I came out with it."
- Adorkable: Once he's grown accustomed to his powers, he's thrilled by the prospect of using them in construction, and later geeks out over being bulletproof.
- Barrier Warrior: His powers enable him to create a field that melts incoming projectiles so long as they are made of metal and this allows him to shield both himself and his allies from most modern weapons.
- Bury Your Gays: Averted, but trolled a few times. The writers are aware of this, having played it straight previously with Victoria Hand, and twice have made it look like he's been killed, first by Lash then by Giyera, only for it to be revealed as a fake-out (firstly by revealing to be Lash's imagination, then secondly by the bullets turning to liquid prior).
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A gay character who has special powers that people who are scared or repulsed by his type of people are trying to cure, while people who share his identity (namely Daisy) try to reassure him that his abilities are not a disease or something to be afraid of, and that he needs to come to terms with it. Get the subtext? Joey himself somewhat lampshades this.
- Expy: Seems to be one for Sebastian Druid of the comic book version of the Secret Warriors, being an Adorkable Audience Surrogate who's introduced with no control of his powers but comes back some time later having gained competence and confidence. He even somewhat looks like Druid.
- Extra-ore-dinary: His powers include being able to control the physical state of metal. Joey eventually learns how to reshape metal into something new as well.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He has no idea how to control his powers, and he's dismayed that there's no way to reverse his powers. However, by his second appearance he has come more to terms with it and apparently doesn't want a cure anymore.
- Immune to Bullets: To his delight; he discovers this by jumping in front of three bullets fired at Daisy only for them to melt before striking him.
- Mundane Utility: Discussed. After he gains some control over them, he notes that his powers could be very useful in construction.
- Non-Action Guy: Not as combat trained as the rest of the Secret Warriors, but like the rest of the cast even when non-action oriented he's still more than capable of kicking ass. However, when he actually kills someone he's so shaken up by it that, after Hive infects Daisy, he becomes disillusioned with working for SHIELD and opts to go home.
- Opt Out: It's implied that he quit working for SHIELD after the Hive Crisis due to the shock of killing Lucio because he doesn't appear again after that, not even when Coulson needs all the "big guns" he can get, such as Yo-Yo.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He can affect certain metals up to three meters (nine feet) away, enabling a lot of damage potential by collateral.
- Power Incontinence: He managed to wreck a good few blocks before S.H.I.E.L.D. got to him by accident. They're working on helping him to control it, and as of "Chaos Theory" he's made considerable progress.
- Straight Gay: The first definite LGBT character in the entire MCU, and currently the only gay superhero. It's revealed in a "by the way" manner, with Bobbi mentioning his ex-boyfriend as one of the things S.H.I.E.L.D. knows about him (via Facebook), and later he wryly notes that he's already lived with one secret that made him miserable until he revealed the truth.
- Taking the Bullet: He shields gunfire from Giyera meant for Daisy, but he subconsciously uses his power to liquefy the bullets before contact, rendering them mostly harmless. So he does stop the bullets from hitting her but he isn't hurt in the process.
- These Hands Have Killed: He stabs Lucio with a pipe in "The Team", killing him, and spends the rest of the episode in a funk heavily influenced by this.
- Took a Level in Badass: He's slowly but surely evolving into this, even if his powers make him more adept at in support role than a straight up combatant like the other Secret Warriors. As of "The Team" he's officially gone on missions as a Secret Warrior, has skydived into a HYDRA base, effortlessly melted bullets fired at him and Elena, and killed Lucio with a pipe, though that last one shook him up a bit.
- Twofer Token Minority: Latino and gay. It's a threefer, if you count the whole Inhuman part.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Really afraid and confused when his powers awaken and he accidentally trashes a couple city blocks.
Elena Rodriguez / Yo-Yo
Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez
Portrayed By: Natalia Cordova-Buckley
Voiced By: Gaby Willer [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 55: "Bouncing Back") | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
- "Evil preys on the weak because it fears the strong."
- Action Girl: Her powers are quite handy in a firefight, and she's very creative with them.
- A Day in the Limelight: Headlines her own Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. web spinoff, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot, which takes place before season 4.
- Adaptational Nationality: Is Puerto Rican in the comics, but Colombian here.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Yo-Yo", the nickname Mack gives to her.
- Age Lift: Is in her late twenties here, while her comic self was only 15 when she was a member of the team; given Daisy's own Age Lift and the moral implications of S.H.I.E.L.D. working with a young teen, the lift makes sense.
- Battle Couple: She and her fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Mack become a couple in season 4.
- Blood Knight: Not in a creepy way, but Elena's often seen cracking a wide grin during fight scenes, suggesting that she really loves putting down bad guys.
- Bilingual Conversation: In her first appearance, she can only understand a few words of English, forcing Mack to translate for her with his (limited) Spanish. She later becomes more fluent after becoming an agent, but still regularly slips Spanish words into her speech.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has perhaps the driest sense of humor in all of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Fragile Speedster: Her powers make her incredibly fast, but she's no more durable than a regular human and lacks the combat training of more traditional S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, making her very reliant on her powers to get things done.
- Guttural Growler: Has by far the lowest and huskiest voice out of any of the women on the show. Appropriately, she's paired up with Mack.
- In-Series Nickname: Mack calls her Yo-Yo. It later spreads around the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. and becomes her official Secret Warriors moniker.
- Jumped at the Call: The first thing she does when she gets her powers is to steal an arms shipment and destroy it so the weapons won't be in the hands of the corrupt cops who run her country. She takes a bit more convincing to join Coulson's team, but eventually gets into it.
- Named by the Adaptation: In the comics, Yo-Yo's real first name was never revealed.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She blames Mack for the fact that everyone calls her "Yo-Yo" instead of Elena. She will have her revenge.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: After being a recurring character in the previous seasons, she is the opening titles of season 5.
- Real Men Love Jesus: She sincerely believes that her powers are a gift from God. She carries with her a cross necklace that was meant to telegraph a character's death, and switches hands several times in the last few episodes before finally settling on Lincoln.
- Shipper on Deck: Encourages Coulson to get together with May, saying that she doesn't need to read a file on them to know the truth.
- Ship Tease: With Mack in Season 3. By season 4 (post roughly a 6-8 month Time Skip), the 'tease' part is all but out the window, and they've gone on at least one dinner date.
- Spicy Latina: A Colombian woman who wears her heart on her sleeve and can be considered quite feisty.
- Story-Breaker Power: Her speed leads the team to utterly curb stomp their way through a corrupt police station, and is likely the Doylist reason that she decides not to join the Secret Warriors full-time.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Once she's warmed up to you, she's friendly, funny and good-natured. However, she has not had the easiest life and will shut down just as quickly if she has reason to mistrust you.
- Super Speed: She can move incredibly fast, but only for the length of time of a single heartbeat. When that passes, she snaps back to the position she started from.
- Taking the Bullet: For Mack, in the Season 3 finale; she was trying to catch all the bullets heading towards him but she wasn't fast enough. She gets better.
- Worst Aid: The Season 3 finale sees her taking machine gun fire for Mack. She lives because Mack, as per Dr. Radcliffe's suggestion, cauterizes her wounds with a damn blowtorch. Even the other agents discuss how awful an idea this is - but as Radcliffe rightly points out, it's their only idea.