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Characters: S.H.I.E.L.D.

This page lists S.H.I.E.L.D. characters that appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. For the characters which mainly appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., see the character page for that series.

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

    Nick Fury 

S.H.I.E.L.D. Director/Colonel Nicholas J. "Nick" Fury

"Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on."

The Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., as a Level 10 Agent, and campaigner for the Avengers Initiative. He comes to each of the heroes one by one, urging them to join S.H.I.E.L.D. in assembling a team to protect the world from its approaching threats. Despite being personally involved in recruiting them, though, he's a busy man and has many urgent responsibilities to juggle, including dealing with his superiors, the World Security Council. Consequently, he can't always be trusted, though he can be counted on to do what he feels is right.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a practical, levelheaded man who's ultimately fighting for the good side, but he's also a pragmatic manipulator and isn't above deceiving or lying to The Avengers to achieve his goals, such as when the team discovers that he was keeping secrets about using the Tesseract to develop weapons of mass destruction. Even Captain America became appalled with him. He's a good guy, but one doesn't become the world's greatest spy without learning to play the angles.
  • Badass: As we see in The Avengers.
  • Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Badass Beard: There's something about the bald head and full beard that amplifies the badass factor.
  • Badass In Charge: Of the Avengers Initiative.
  • Badass Longcoat: Which he never takes off. Even when in a civilian environment.
  • Badass Normal: Gods, aliens, a man with "breathtaking anger management issues"... all nothing he can't handle.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Aside from the obvious he's a type I leader; the mastermind behind the Avengers Initiative.
  • Bald of Awesome: As Ultimate Nick Fury was based off of Samuel L. Jackson, he sports his actor's own bald dome.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Fury had no problem rushing outside to the Helicarrier to stop the jet carrying the World Security Council's nuclear payload from hitting New York City whilst it had been at high altitude. Presumably the Helicarrier's earlier issues lowered its altitude considerably from the previously-stated 30,000'.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In his second Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearance he pulls two - first helicoptering in to pull Fitz-Simmons out of the ocean at the last possible moment, second showing up in the nick of time as Coulson realises how badly he's outmatched by Garrett/Deathlok.
  • Big Good: Of The Avengers. He brings The Team together and directs/manipulates/motivates them.
  • The Cameo: His appearances in most of the MCU films have largely been this, save for Iron Man 2,The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
    • He also makes one in the second episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Chessmaster: As with Phil Coulson, this seems to be a mandatory skill for upper-level SHIELD agents.
  • Colonel Badass: His gravestone in The Winter Soldier identifies him as a Colonel, although it's left unclear as to branch of service in which Fury holds the rank.
  • Cool Shades: At the end of The Winter Soldier, he trades in his Eyepatch of Power for these as he goes underground.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Very much so. As an example, his SUV has armor plating tough enough to resist sustained fire from automatic weapons and pneumatic battering rams, an AI for remote driving, medical supplies, a combination machine gun/grenade launcher between the front seats, and can fly (sadly, that function was broken). He also had a retinal scan of his bad eye taken just in case someone deleted the original one from the databases.
    • This persists in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He has off-the-grid facilities set up in the event S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised, and has Coulson's badge embedded with the coordinates to one such base in case he might ever need to use it. He probably didn't predict Maria Hill betraying its location to the U.S. government in a misguided attempt to help Coulson. But it turns out he had another secret base, dubbed "the Playground.
  • The Cynic: His exchange with Cap sums it up:
    Fury: S.H.I.E.L.D. takes the world as it is, not as we'd like it to be.
  • Da Chief: He's not called Nick FURY for nothing, as his patience can wear thin as his challenges mount.
    • His answer for when Black Widow asked why Agent Sitwell couldn't be sent to tail the Hulk instead? "BECAUSE I GOT A GODDAMN ALIEN OBJECT IN NEW MEXICO, THAT'S WHY!"
    • His exchange with Tony Stark in Iron Man 2:
      Fury: You have become a problem; a problem I have to deal with. Contrary to your belief, you are not the center of my universe. I have bigger problems in the southwest region to deal with!
    • His reaction after hearing the mobile command station he requisitioned for Coulson was totaled:
      Fury: Really? Really, Coulson? Six days? It only took you six days to take a completely renovated piece of state of the art machinery and turn it into scrap?
      Coulson: My team acted with my authority.
      Fury: Don't talk to me about authority. Do you know how much this plane costs? It's got a bar! ...a really nice one. Talking to me about authority; you know I have the authority to downgrade your ass to a Winnebago!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much of his dialogue is a low tone snark. See elsewhere in this folder.
  • Death Glare: His general reaction to those he does not like, rather than shooting them. Not that that's any less deadly.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Played with. While he does have the respect and loyalty of his subordinates, he does not have any from his superiors in the World Security Council, who constantly question his decisions, mainly his reliance on super-heroes or "freaks" as they call them, even though more often than not he's in the right and gets results.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In the opening scene of The Avengers, when he was shot by Brainwashed and Crazy Hawkeye. He survives though, due to wearing a bulletproof vest. In The Winter Soldier, he's furious that his old friend Alexander Pierce has been part of HYDRA for decades. The real kicker is Pierce is the one who made Fury in charge of SHIELD.
  • Eyepatch of Power: The reason the director of an M.I.B. agency is wearing an eyepatch could fuel any number of fanfics. The state of the eye, although not how he lost use of it, is revealed in The Winter Soldier. The short answer is that it's not good at all, but it's still useful. He burns the eyepatch along with the rest of his property as he goes off the grid, substituting a pair of Cool Shades.
  • Faking the Dead: Fury is believed dead partway through The Winter Soldier after an assasination. Turns out he survived, though it was touch and go. At the close of the movie, Fury decides to continue pretending to be dead, so that he'll have more freedom to hunt down HYDRA remnants across the globe.
  • Guest Star Party Member: His second Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearance is this, as he serves as an Eleventh Hour Ranger for Coulson's team during their Final Battle with Garrett/Deathlok.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Is genuinely devastated when Coulson is stabbed by Loki, and refers to the former as his one good eye.
    • According to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he's married. Steve Rogers in particular is flabbergasted. Though considering the context, it was probably a joke or a cover.
  • Humans Are Warriors: This was The Plan behind the Avengers; to tell the universe not to mess with humans.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Several times he takes unethical directions in performing actions he feels is right. Sometimes in big ways, such as authorizing plans for weapons of mass destruction powered by the Tesseract, to defend Earth from extra-terrestrial threats. Sometimes in small nudges, like Coulson's cards.
    Maria Hill: Those cards, they were in Coulson's locker, not in his jacket.
    Nick Fury: [The Avengers] needed a push in the right direction. (sees the Quinjet takes off) They found it.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: An inversion enforced by the actor. Basically, when Samuel L. Jackson found out Marvel was using his image for the Nick Fury character, he cut a deal with Marvel Studios ensuring that he would be the one to play Fury if and when they started making works with the character.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Invoked and averted. When Steve is concerned about the implications of Project Insight, Fury quotes The Prince, and says that S.H.I.E.L.D. deals with things as they are rather than how they wish they could be. Ultimately this mindset is shaken to the core at the end of The Winter Soldier when HYDRA leader Pierce reveals that Fury's pragmatic attitude towards world security is what inspired him to take a Knight Templar approach himself and join HYDRA.. It's pretty clear Fury is NOT proud of this development.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Much like his comic counterpart.
    Tony Stark: He is the spy. His secrets have secrets.
  • Military Maverick: Goes on his gut instinct instead of going along with the World Security Council, which is why he trusted the Avengers to defeat Loki.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: The comic verse Fury had a more colorful get up.
  • Nerves of Steel: Norse God with an alien army? Doesn't scare him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Trying to harness the power of the Tesseract led to an alien invasion of Earth.
    • Official S.H.I.E.L.D. policy is to throw any alien or too advanced technology into the sun. That turns out to be a lie; instead it's all hoarded in the Fridge. When S.H.I.E.L.D. collapses there's nothing to stop HYDRA from taking as much as they can.
    • Any super powered prisoners locked up? Turns out they're experimented on to enchance their powers. No, the agents are not told this, which makes things difficult for Coulson and his team when they have to recapture them.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Fury, the last time he trusted someone, he lost an eye. Exactly how he lost use of the eye is, as yet unrevealed.
  • Old Master: He was Coulson and Garrett's SO back in the day.
  • Only Sane Man: Much like his comics counterpart, he generally comes across as the only person with his mind together in most of his scenes. Interestingly for this trope, instead of (or in addition to) being a constant annoyance to him, he uses his perspective and bluntness to help people and/or situations reach their potentials. The Avengers shows that he even plays this role to the World Security Council, his bosses.
    • The Consultant reveals that in a world full of political power games, he and SHIELD are the only ones who are generally trying to handle the situation well.
  • Parental Substitute: Samuel L. Jackson mentioned this was the type of relationship Fury and Black Widow have. It's most obvious in The Winter Soldier when Fury seemingly dies and she is really stricken as a result.
  • Poisonous Friend: Could be considered this to Coulson, as revealed in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Coulson died after being stabbed by Loki, but Fury was determined to keep Coulson alive at any cost, regardless of how many surgeries it took or how much Coulson suffered as a result—analogous to pet owners who refuse to euthanize their pets. Taken further when we find out he had Melinda May filled in on the details and had her reporting to him to see if there were any side-effects. Then we find out the real reason for Coulson's team (and it was put together by May behind the scenes not Coulson) was to put him down in case of any ill side-effects. Then we find out that Coulson himself was the agent in charge of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. It was created in case an Avenger was seriously wounded, but Coulson was so horrified by the ill results of the project, he recommended it to be shut down, or he would quit S.H.I.E.L.D. Then Fury brought back to life anyway using T.A.H.I.TI.
  • Properly Paranoid: Thanks to whatever lost him his eye and his grandfather's influence, "trust" for Fury is "will make do with planning for possibility of betrayal in the future." This attitude, and the Crazy-Prepared mentality it results in is a major reason the world is saved in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Pungeon Master: Downplayed; he means these statements seriously, but he often makes puns alluding to his single eye, i.e. "Eyes on me", "You need to keep both eyes open", "I've got my eye on you", etc.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He will get the job done without resorting to extreme measures but morally ambigious measures are on the table. See Only Sane Man.
  • Retired Badass: The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. shake him up enough that he retires as Director of SHIELD and gives the position, and the job of rebuilding it, to Coulson, whom he believes best embodies the core tenet of SHIELD, protection of the innocent. However, he states that he'll still be out there helping out independently, or, in his words, he'll be everywhere.
  • Samuel L. Jackson: This Nick Fury is based on the Ultimate Marvel Universe's Nick Fury, who was specifically modeled after Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson being a big comic book fan, especially of Fury himself, he agreed for them to use his likeness, so long as he could play Ultimate Nick Fury if they ever made a movie with him. And sure enough...
  • Scary Black Man: The dome, the eyepatch, the position, the fury, yes.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He's more than willing to openly defy the World Security Council when they make harsh calls.
    World Security Council: Director Fury, the council has made a decision.
    Nick Fury: I recognize that the council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it.
  • Shout-Out: His tombstone in Winter Soldier has the first line of Samuel L Jackson's Ezekiel 25:17 speech from Pulp Fiction on it.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: See his quote above Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right.
  • The Sponsor: Mostly to Tony and Steve. The Manual says he was at Tony's AA meetings.
  • Took a Level in Kindness / Lighter and Softer: While he's still cunning and manipulative, he's definitely not as much of an asshole or as morally ambiguous as the version he's based on.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He, SHIELD and several other agents are revealed to have been this, with Fury being personally selected by the defacto boss of HYDRA, Alexander Pierce.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A heroic version, as Project Insight was meant to identify and quell potential threats before they became real threats, despite the "gun-to-the-head-of-the-world" method of enforcement. However the people financing it had different objectives...
    • He had Coulson put in charge of Project T.A.H.I.T.I, originally created to heal or revive any seriously injured or dead Avenger, which turn out to have horrific side effects. How horrific? Coulson resigned as T.A.H.I.T.I. director and had it shut down. When he died, Fury went ahead and resurrected him anyway.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets a lot of these from Captain America, Coulson, and numerous others due to his trust issues and morally ambigious ways of doing things. For instance, even though Coulson recommended that Project T.A.H.I.T.I. be shut down due to the horrific side-effects, Fury later had Coulson brought back to life using the same process.
    Coulson: Stupid, stupid, stupid! And very cruel! And stupid!

    Maria Hill 

Maria Hill

"We get into a situation like this again, what happens then?"
"Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened?"

Nick Fury's aide and an espionage S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Clear-minded and pragmatic, she carries out his orders, though his seemingly reckless approach doesn't increase her trust of him.
  • Action Girl: Though it's only shown twice so far, once being her first few minutes on screen.
    • By Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she definitely qualifies. She doesn't do as much as Natasha, but she does save Nat, Steve, and Sam from imminent execution, as well as very casually shooting two soldiers who were trying to sneak up on her, without even getting up from her chair.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: It doesn't really balance it out, but it does help to decrease Black Widow's Smurfette rating.
  • Badass Normal: Would have to be in order for Nick Fury to trust her to use a truck and a small team to chase after Loki and the Brainwashed and Crazy Hawkeye.
  • By-the-Book Cop: This creates friction with her and Fury due to his more Military Maverick style, and several times she's filed reports to the WSC criticizing his actions. Even after she develops undying loyalty to Fury, she still retains this: notably she's not in any particular mood to join Fury or Coulson in their fight against HYDRA.
  • Call Back: During Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. she says she's helping Stark "privatize global security" which connects to something Tony said back in Iron Man 2, only he said "world peace."
  • Casting Gag/Development Gag: Cobie Smulders in a superhero movie directed by Joss Whedon? A long time ago, this team-up was planned for a DC film.
  • Communications Officer: The link between Fury and multiple SHIELD operations.
  • The Cynic: In contrast to the more idealistic Coulson. When S.H.I.E.L.D. goes bust, she seems more resigned to give up the fight against HYDRA, be content to work for Tony Stark, and play ball with the government as much as she can. Coulson stills prefers to fight on, even if he has no official support or sanction.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times.
    Tony Stark: [simulating an eyepatch while looking at two screens] How does Fury even see these?
    Maria Hill: He turns.
  • Demoted to Extra/The Artifact: Originally Hill was supposed to be narrating The Avengers. However, the scenes of her doing so got cut out.
  • Despair Event Horizon: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s collapses seems to be this for her. She goes to work for Tony Stark; but she briefly joins Coulson in order to get Skye back, but that's it. She tells Couslon "there is no S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore" after he asks her for backup to go after the Centipede sector of HYDRA. She tells him he's on his own and goes back to her new civillian life.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Not long after her introduction, after hearing Nick Fury get shot, she leaves with a small team and a truck, to chase after Loki, and the Brainwashed and Crazy crew of an unnamed S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Hawkeye, and Erik Selvig to try to take back the Tesseract without even being ordered. She ends up with her truck facing the opposition head on, with them firing at each other through windshields until she is forced to move away, surviving a crash not long after.
  • Guest Star Party Member: In her second Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearance, she assists Coulson's team as they attempt to recover their kidnapped communications specialist and their stolen plane.
  • Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: She had to undergo a Congressional hearing after S.H.I.E.L.D. was taken down in The Winter Soldier.
  • It's Personal: In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., learning that Ward is a traitor when she personally vetted him is enough for her to immediately turn on Talbot when she had previously been helping him.
  • Mission Control: For the helicarrier assault team in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • The Mole: For the World Security Council in deleted scenes, though she sides with Fury in the end.
    • In a blink and miss it moment, as she is trying to shut down the "rogue bird," you can see the WSC override has locked her out of the system.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Dark blue, actually, but still looks like black from a distance.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe, Coulson loves to poke fun over her horrible porcupine drawing.
  • Number Two: To Nick Fury.
  • Scully Box: It's hard to see in some shots, but Hill's boots have significant heel to them. Most likely due the fact that while Cobie Smulders is fairly tall at 5 foot 9, she's frequently next to Samuel L. Jackson, who's 6 foot 2.
  • Secret Keeper: She was one of the few people who knew Fury was alive from the beginning.
  • Spanner in the Works: Led the US military to Fury's secret base in Canada, interrupting Coulson's rescue attempt of Skye and denying his team any further use of it as a refuge.
  • The Stoic: She usually behaves quite seriously and professionally.
  • Terrible Artist: Her attempt to draw a porcupine in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended up looking to Coulson like "a poop, with knives sticking out of it".
  • Undying Loyalty: By the time of The Winter Soldier, she's developed this towards Fury.
  • The Watson: At times to Nick Fury. She becomes The Lancer after Coulson's "death", firmly supporting Fury's actions.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gets this from Coulson on two occasions: covering up his resurrection and then leading the US military to the secret Providence base.

    Alexander Pierce 

Secretary of Defense Alexander Pierce

"To build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down. And that makes enemies."

Portrayed By: Robert Redford
Film Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A member of the World Security Council and old comrade of Nick Fury. He commissions Captain America to fulfill his orders after Rogers' arrival in the modern world.

Warning: Major unmarked spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier below.
  • Actor Allusion: Casting Robert Redford in a political spy thriller is a big one all by itself, but more specifically, The Watergate Hotel is visible outside Pierce's office window. Robert Redford was in All the President's Men, a movie about the Watergate break-in that led to Nixon's resignation.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Pierce is a standard, good guy agent. In the movie, he's not only the Big Bad of the second film, but also a part of HYDRA.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Comic Pierce has black hair, the movie version has Redford's natural red.
  • Age Lift: Pierce is a young man in the comics, somewhere in his thirties, and not even half of Redford's age.
  • Big Bad: Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Big Bad Friend: To Nick Fury, who he tries to have killed rather quickly.
  • Broken Pedestal: He was the man who appointed Nick Fury as Director of SHIELD and was The Mentor to him. The revelation that he was Evil All Along greatly upsets Nick.
    Fury: You know, there was a time when I would have taken a bullet for you.
  • Character Death: Shot by Nick Fury.
  • Composite Character: Of Alexander Goodwin Pierce, as far as the name goes, Robert 'Rebel' Ralston, in being an old friend of Fury's who was in an oversight position over SHIELD, not to mention being actually drawn to look like Redford for a time, and Aleksander Lukin, the Winter Soldier's master. His motives and high position evoke shades of Number One of the Secret Empire arc.
  • Cool Old Guy: The fact that he's Robert Redford is reason enough, but he also argues defiantly with the World Security Council and has a good sense of humour.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His remark about pointing out Algiers on a map qualifies.
  • Detective Mole: He puts himself in charge of investigating Fury's "murder."
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • His daughter, whose near death at the hands of terrorists was what motivated his Start of Darkness. When he saw how his inaction would've cost her her life and how Fury's unauthorized heroics saved her, Pierce decided he'd rather have the power to stop threats before they occur, whatever the cost.
    • He also expresses regret about the death of his maid, even though he personally killed her after she stumbled on his meeting with Winter Soldier.
  • Evil Old Folks: One of the oldest people in The Winter Soldier.
  • Evil Redhead: Pierce has Redford's red hair, and is the current leader of HYDRA. Better than having a red face like the previous leader.
  • Famous Last Words: "Hail HYDRA."
  • Faux Affably Evil: At first, Pierce seems like another Nick Fury. He rails against the World Security Council much like Fury, has a friendship with Fury and is a fan of the Avengers. The reality is, he's a manipulative Jerkass who is a member of a dictatorial regime that was spawned in Nazi Germany and he himself is responsible for God-knows how many deaths over the years.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A bespectacled remorseless mass murderer and HYDRA leader.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Gives one to Fury at the end of the movie, telling Fury that seeing his aggressive stance on terrorism earlier in their lives is what inspired Pierce to actively stamp out any and all threats to peace. Giving that meant joining HYDRA, Fury is noticeably upset at the notion.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • When his housekeeper unexpectedly returns and stumbles onto his meeting with the Winter Soldier, he shoots her twice with only the most minor of regrets.
    • While trying to get a mission report from the Winter Soldier, Pierce slaps him in the face when he proves unresponsive, then has him subjected to a painful memory wipe, ignoring the Soldier's screams of agony as he walked away.
  • Knight Templar: Seems to genuinely believe that HYDRA's work is for the good of mankind.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The one who's pulling the strings of the Winter Soldier. He is also HYDRA's modern day leader.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's been successfully manipulated SHIELD for years, and does a good job for manipulating the World Security Council, Captain America and even seasoned chessmaster Nick Fury.
  • Mole in Charge: Is a HYDRA plant within SHIELD. And he's basically Fury's boss. And after Fury's death, his control of SHIELD is essentially rock-solid.
  • The Needs of the Many: He justifies his plot to murder twenty million people by saying their deaths will save billions.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Unusually for a superhero movie, Pierce does not appear to have any physical combat capabilities, aside from brief use of a gun. note  However, given that he is in command of virtually all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s resources (including legions of SWAT teams, multiple helicarriers, and The Winter Soldier), he is still extremely dangerous.
  • Obviously Evil: He frequently discusses his desire to create a new world, and the trailers prominently featured his line "Sometimes, creating a new world means having to tear the old one down. And that makes enemies". Does that sound like something a hero would say?
  • Remember the New Guy: Introduced as friend and superior of Nick Fury's, a member of the World Security Council, despite not appearing among them in The Avengers.
  • Running Both Sides: For most of The Winter Soldier, he's in charge of both SHIELD and HYDRA.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a gray three-piece suit.
  • Smug Smiler: When Fury turns up alive, he can only smirk. Alan Dale's World Security Councillor even calls him a 'smug son of a bitch' which is a very accurate description.
  • Two First Names: Alexander and Pierce.
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • He refused a Nobel Peace Prize Award because he supposedly felt that peace wasn't something you earn a prize for, it was something that should be a natural state.
    • He remained a very high-ranking SHIELD agent until Captain America revealed that he was also the leader of HYDRA.
  • Walking Spoiler: Being an essential character in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie, a great deal of his role consists of spoilers.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Pierce apparently believes himself to be one of these, but it falls short when one considers that the intended targets of Project Insight were all people who stood to threaten HYDRA, rather than the world as a whole.

    World Security Council 

The World Security Council

"We're running the world's greatest covert security network and you're gonna leave the fate of the human race to a handful of freaks."

Portrayed By: Powers Boothe, Arthur Darbinyan, Donald Lee, Jenny Agutter, Chin Han, Alan Dale, Bernard White
Film Appearances: Marvel One-Shots (Mentioned only)/The Avengers/Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A secretive international group in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury reports directly to them... but he doesn't always agree with them.
  • Character Death: Alexander Pierce executes three members of the council when they try to stop his plan. Only Ms. Hawley (Jenny Agutter) may still be alive.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: International Group. Out-of-universe, this is why the Pentagon didn't provide assistance during production.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even they find Pierce's HYDRA scheme repellant. When Pierce gave one of them the hypothetical situation of their daughter being held at gunpoint by terrorists, about to be executed, and he could stop it with a flick of a switch, Pierce asks him if would. The member retorts, "Not if it was your switch."
  • The Faceless/Face Framed in Shadow: You actually can see their faces, but it takes a bit of squinting.
  • Flat Character: The reason they all share one folder? We know nothing about them individually.
  • Fantastic Racism: They distrust the Avengers on the basis of them being an untested "handful of freaks". They also initially refer to Loki as merely "the Asgard", until Nick Fury corrects them. They also refer to Captain America as a "costumed mercenary".
  • Lawful Stupid: Hence why Fury often elects to ignore their orders.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • In-Universe. The WSC wanted the Abomination on the Avengers instead of the Hulk, since they viewed Blonsky as a war hero and blamed Harlem's destruction on Banner. It takes a sneaky Batman Gambit from SHIELD to have their request for Blonsky to be denied.
    • Later, Steve Rogers finds they've been collecting old HYDRA tech, as they've been studying them so they too can create Tesseract powered weaponry.
  • Nuke 'em: They decide to solve the Chitauri problem with a nuke.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Mostly to Nick Fury, but there's also some directed to Coulson.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Whoever they are, not much is known about them.
  • Override Command: The same override command that the pilot receives to launch the nuke locked Maria Hill out of the system before she could override launch.
  • Shown Their Work: When they decide to nuke Manhattan, they launch two jets just in case somebody manages to stop one. Such redundancy is standard real-life procedure when "delivering a package".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Hawley is the only woman in the council.
  • Straw Character: They exist to make Fury look right in spite of his Military Maverick attitude, most notably when they opt to immediately nuke New York rather than send in more military support, give the Avengers more time, or anything else.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Firing at a nuke at New York city to halt the invasion. Their goal is to save the rest of the world but nuking is always extreme.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Councilwoman Hawley is not at the meeting in Winter Soldier that proves fatal for the other three members of the council; she is replaced by Black Widow in disguise. The whereabouts of the real Councilwoman Hawley are not revealed.

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

Introduced in the movies

    Phil Coulson 

    Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) 

Natalia Alianovna (Natasha) Romanoff/Black Widow

"This is monsters and magic and nothing we were ever trained for."

A key agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the only female Avenger. She kept surveillance on everyone from Iron Man to the Hulk, and is an extraordinary close-quarters fighter, but her determination to do good seems to come from the aftermath of an amoral past.
  • Action Girl: Aside from her intellect, this is her main power. While she has no superhuman abilities, Natasha is easily the most skilled hand-to-hand combatant in The Avengers.
  • Adorkable: In The Winter Soldier, she growls "Shall we play a game?" and begins to explain the reference to Steve (who, amusingly enough, already understood it). She also sends work-related text messages with smileys.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Clint calls her "Nat" in The Avengers, a sign of their more intimate relationship. Steve does it too at least once in The Winter Soldier, showing they've formed a close friendship.
  • Animal Motifs: Downplayed. Besides her alias, the only things referencing black widows are her weapon "Widow's Bite" and the red hourglass symbol in her belt.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Of the Animal Alias variety.
  • Anti-Hero: Especially prominent in The Winter Soldier, where she contrasts with Steve.
  • The Atoner: Hinted at in The Avengers and made all the more evident in Winter Soldier. One of her main motivations for doing what she does is to make up for her past as an assassin ("wipe the red from my ledger", as she puts it) by doing good - and she legitimately believes that despite the amoral nature off her work working for S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as becoming an Avenger, is accomplishing that. She's legitimately distraught when she discovers that instead of doing good, all this time she had been doing HYDRA's dirty work instead, though in the end it shows a bit of character development that she's ultimately able to shrug off the possibility that every bit of her tainted past will become public knowledge.
  • Badass: Besides her extraordinary fighting skills, she's also an accomplished spy, thus she uses both fighting and cunning to defeat her enemies. Her badassery has even reached memetic levels in-universe, see Memetic Badass.
    • Badass Normal: A former assassin with gadgets, guns, good aim and even better close combat skills. That's still enough to qualify her as an Avenger.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: As a former bad guy, she's more open to performing morally ambiguous actions. For instance, when conducting a High-Altitude Interrogation of Agent Sitwell, their captive scoffs at the possibility of Captain America throwing him off the edge. Cap admits he won't do it... but Black Widow will.
  • Bash Brothers: In The Avengers, she clearly has had this dynamic with Hawkeye for however long they've worked together, as shown in the movie's final battle and the footage from a previous mission.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Clint Barton because they're both assassins.
  • Broken Pedestal: How she feels towards SHIELD in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she had joined them thinking that it would help her redeem some of the bad things she did. The revelation that SHIELD was an Unwitting Pawn and front for HYDRA shatters that completely.
  • The Chick: As part of the Avengers. Next to Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner (most of the time), she's the most levelheaded and put together of the team, and is constantly trying to encourage them to work together.
  • Child Soldier: Started working as a spy from a very young age. Would have been only 6 or 7 when The KGB was dissolved if the MCU goes by real time
  • Code Name: "Black Widow".
  • Color Motif: Red and black are the colors usually associated with her.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When her fight with the Brainwashed and Crazy Hawkeye starts getting rough, she resorts to biting his hand.
  • Consummate Liar: When Nick Fury commissioned his own lie detector, he specifically wanted one Black Widow couldn't beat. Whether that actually happened, he isn't saying.
  • Cunning Linguist: Fluent in English, Russian, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Latin, and various other languages, according to Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Loki hints at a number of awful things in her past and says that her ledger is 'gushing red'.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the deadpan.
    Romanoff: [after tricking Loki into revealing his plan] Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Fake American: In-Universe, as explained in The Avengers.
    Romanoff: I'm Russian. Well, I was.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: Romanoff.
  • Fiery Redhead: Though she is usually calm, she is still a rather aggressive fighter.
  • Fingerless Gloves: She wears the badass kind as part of her spy uniform.
  • Genre Savvy: She knows better than to let her guard down toward the brainwashed Hawkeye after he sounds like he's surrendering. Natasha simply punches him again in the head.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In Iron Man 2 and in regards to Tony in general, with a tendency to try and make people back down when she thinks she ought to be dealing with something herself, seemingly more or less because Tony requires a more forceful personality around to keep him in check. Later, this becomes more of...
    • Good Is Not Soft: In The Avengers, she's rather respectful and polite to the people she has to work with - even Tony - and shows her lighter side more often, especially to Banner who she is assigned to keep tabs on. But she's also still extremely ruthless when it comes to doing what needs to be done, make no mistake.
  • Guile Hero: Her primary interrogation method is manipulating the egos of her targets to make them think they have her in a state of weakness, so they are more free while gloating. Just ask Loki.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: An inversion, at least when compared with fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (and partner) Hawkeye. Natasha is a crack shot, but she's an even better martial artist.
  • Heel-Face Turn: She used to be a True Neutral assassin, but changed her ways after Hawkeye chose not to kill her when on a mission to do so.
  • Hello, Nurse!: During Iron Man 2, Happy almost crashed because he was watching her getting changed into her Spy Catsuit.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: In Age of Ultron, which required hiring two extra stunt doubles.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Her M.O. Her interrogation techniques rely not on questioning someone, but on making them feel in control and letting them do their own talking. Her fights usually involve using something of her opponent's (the chair they tied her to, their own weapons, even their shadow) to make her moves.
  • Improvised Weapon: From beating down her captors with the chair they tied her to, to working out how to fire a Chitauri blast lance just by grabbing one. There's a theme here...
  • I Owe You My Life: To Hawkeye since he chose to spare her.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Nat" or "'Tasha," by Clint, Steve, and Fury.
  • Made of Iron: Takes a backhanded blow to the abs by the Hulk and gets up once her fear and shock wears off, with a limp for only short time. Then again, this could easily be pure determination at work.
  • Male Gaze: Her rear gets a lot of camera shots, especially in The Avengers.
  • Meaningful Name: Meta-example. The redheaded Natasha is played by Scarlett Johansson.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she is the go-to example of badassery in the Secret Agent department, just like Melinda May is for combat expertise.
  • Mission Control: Briefly during Tony and Rhodey's battle against the drones and Vanko in Iron Man 2.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has a Lingerie Scene in Iron Man 2 and a Bare Your Midriff moment in The Winter Soldier. Despite this, she quips that her bullet scar on her navel means "no more bikinis".
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Averted. Her costume has always been black. Inverted in Iron Man 2, as her uniform is actually blue in that one.
  • No Sense of Humor: "I don't see how that's a party."
  • Odd Friendship: With Steve Rogers by The Winter Soldier. She's a chameleon-like spy and he's a straightforward soldier.
  • Older than They Look: Possibly. In the comics, she's nearly as old as Steve and on a less efficient version of the serum. Her birth year was stated as 1984 in the Winter Soldier, but the fact that she refers to having joined SHIELD from the KGB suggests that she was active during the Cold War.
  • One-Man Army: Tons of guards blocking the way to Vanko? No problem. Tied to a chair, surrounded by mobsters. No problem. Extra-dimensional aliens invading New York? Slightly more tiring, but still no problem.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • After seeing her combat skills in Iron Man 2 and early in The Avengers, her constantly controlled terror in the presence of Bruce Banner establishes just how dangerous the Hulk is.
    • Also in The Winter Soldier with the titular antagonist. With the above example, she at least fires a few bullets before running. When she comes up against the Winter Soldier, she just runs.
  • Platonic Life Partners:
    • Hawkeye is her closest confidant, but the two are, at present, just friends. Loki at one point asks if its love, she shoots the idea down as 'for children'.
    • She becomes this with Cap during The Winter Soldier. They open up emotionally to each other and end up as close friends.
  • Professional Killer: Before joining S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Red Baron: According to The Avengers, she is "the famous Black Widow" to post-Soviet Union countries.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: She's the only Avenger with red hair.
  • Sensual Slavs: She 'used to be' Russian but when she does speak in Russian, it's very seductive as per the character.
  • Sexy Secretary: As part of her Stark Industries cover.
  • She-Fu: Utilizes a lot of flips and slides in her fighting style, though she does also use other kinds of close combat.
  • Shipper on Deck: With Steve and Agent 13, though she spends most of The Winter Soldier trying to get him a date in general.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Avenger, though not the only Action Girl.
  • Spy Catsuit: This is her 'work outfit' so to speak.
  • The Stoic: Has a generally dour, serious demeanour.
    • Not So Stoic: Her run-in with the Hulk makes her lapse into a brief state of terror and she's shown sweating and trembling in fear more than any other member of the team. She admits to Hawkeye that "magic and monsters" are not something either of them were trained to cope with.
    • She also cries in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when she thinks Fury is dead. In a lighter example, she seems to have warmed to Steve by of that film, as she cracks a few jokes and makes film references.
  • Super Wrist Gadget/Shock and Awe/Impossibly Cool Weapon: "Widow's Bite", two prototype electricity weapons that fire from her wrists. She uses these several times to take down Chitauri footsoldiers.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Has a pair of handguns on her, but she uses her hand-to-hand combat skills more often.
  • Territorial Smurfette: Subverted. Tony Stark expects this to happen with her and Pepper, but the two of them get along fine. Pepper takes it as a sign of Tony's arrogance that he'd assume another Love Triangle would form over him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite being a morally ambiguous spy, she has immense loyalty to Nick Fury and later, to Captain America fully willing to release every secret of SHIELD even her own complete file of all the good and bad things she did to the public so as to destroy HYDRA.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: It's hard to tell if her relationship with Hawkeye is this or Platonic Life Partners.
  • Waif-Fu: Her preferred combat style. In Iron Man 2, she blows through a building with a combination of non-lethal weaponry and improbable martial arts - all in the time it takes Happy Hogan to take down one guard with conventional boxing technique.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Noticeably terrified of the Hulk, which gives her an uncharacteristic lack of composure in his presence. Something Banner picks up on immediately. Worse still Natasha's fears actually come true when she finds an enraged Hulk rampaging directly at her and it's as scary as you'd image. No-one would really hold this against her.
  • Woman in Black: Her spy uniform is black in The Avengers and The Winter Soldier, and she qualifies as an Anti-Hero. Notably, after Tony finds out that she's the Black Widow in Iron Man 2, she starts dressing only in black in her Natalie identity too.
  • The Worf Effect: Somewhat downplayed but she falls victim to this against The Winter Soldier as she spends their entire fight running away from him, though she does sucker punch him several times. She is shown under much greater stress against him that she ever was against Loki or the Chitauri.
  • You Just Told Me: Her specialty. He favored means of interrogation is getting someone else to interrogate her, and their questions reveal their intentions and/or plans. Pulls this on the Russian smuggler and on Loki.

    Clint Barton (Hawkeye) 

Clint Barton/Hawkeye

"If I put an arrow through Loki's eye socket, I'd sleep better, I s'pose."

An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the greatest marksman in the world. He recruited Natasha Romanov into S.H.I.E.L.D. instead of killing her like he was ordered, creating a bond between the two of them. He is assigned by Nick Fury to keep an eye on dangerous operations, like the Tesseract project.
  • The Ace: Considered to be the best marksman in the world.
  • Archer Archetype: He prefers to fight from a distance, seen in his image quote and his role in the climax of The Avengers.
  • The Atoner: Briefly following breaking out of Loki's Mind Control.
  • Badass: Badass enough to almost single-handedly bring the Helicarrier out of the sky using his trick arrows.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Much like Fury, Barton had no problem breathing in the attitude the Helicarrier was resided while invading with Loki's hired mercs, all of whom had gas masks on to breath normally.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Natasha Romanoff; both assassin/spies.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Loki for the first half of The Avengers.
  • The Cameo: In Thor, where he was a One-Scene Wonder.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hawkeye is a talented archer. Yet he has no problem with using weapons like handguns and knives, fighting women, or pulling hair if it means he'll win.
  • Consummate Professional: There tends to be a cold professionalism about him. Turned even higher when Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hawkeye has exploding arrowheads, hacking arrowheads, super-heating arrowheads, shrapnel arrowheads, grappling hook arrowheads, exploding arrowheads disguising to look like normal arrowheads so on the off chance the target has the Super Reflexes to catch the arrow they won't recognize it as an exploding arrowhead...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Once again we have a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that loves pithy one liners. Moreso in his Thor cameo than The Avengers, however.
    Hawkeye: [to Coulson regarding Thor breaking into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s facility] Do you want me to slow him down, sir, or or are you sending in more guys for him to beat up?
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Managed to get Black Widow, who started out as a Child Soldier, to turn from her amorality and join S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Dragon: Brainwashed into serving as Loki's primary minion for the first hour or so of The Avengers.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Justified Trope, and more pragmatic than fashionable. Hawkeye wears an armguard on only his right arm (to protect from the bowstring) and a finger-guard on his left hand, (again, to protect from the bowstring).
  • Fighting from the Inside: Nick Fury suggests this in a deleted scene as the reason why Hawkeye shot him in the chest (right in his flak vest's metal insert), rather than the head.
  • Friendly Sniper: A consummate professional, but entirely approachable when off the job; even on the job, he'll toss off a dry wisecrack every so often.
  • Gangsta Style: Insofar as it's possible with a bow. Hawkeye wears two armguards. Both on the right arm. Because his form is for shit.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Clint's a good guy who's pretty friendly on his own time, but he's also a trained killer.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: An inversion (see Black Widow's entry above). Clint is a great martial artist, but an even better marksman.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: To the point that he can hit a Chitauri flier without looking.
  • It's Personal: Promptly tells the others to "Get in line" about killing Loki after he was freed from his brainwashing.
  • Laser Sight: On his collapsible bow.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Averted as it's based off his Ultimates incarnation. Somewhat played straight concerning his bow; Hawkeye primarily used a bright yellow longbow in the comics, until he gave it to Kate Bishop, to which he started used different coloured bows of many different designs. In the films, he uses a compound bow in Thor, and a collapsible recurve in The Avengers, both of which are coloured black.
  • Nice Guy: We haven't seen much of him outside of work, but he seems like a decent, friendly guy when he's off the clock.
  • No Arc in Archery: Usually, but averted when he fires one arrow at an angle that causes it to fly a curved route.
  • Nom de Guerre/Code Name: Hawkeye, as Romanoff calls him in the Battle of Manhattan.
  • One-Man Army: Until he runs out of arrows he could bring down a battalion.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to his fellow Avengers. Barton has the least screentime out of the group in The Avengers; prior to that, only had a single scene cameo in Thor, and has yet to appear in the Phase 2 films. Compare to Black Widow, the only other character not to get a previous movie of their own, who is a supporting character in Iron Man 2, the second lead in Cap 2, and a major player throughout the Avengers.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Black Widow. She trusts him most because he was responsible for defusing her.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His costume has purple accents in it.
  • The Sixth Ranger: He's the last to join the Avengers team due to being mind-controlled by Loki for the first half of the movie.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Which fits with his archery skills; sleeves could get in the way of loosed arrows.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: When he doesn't have his bow and quiver, he tends toward keeping a sidearm on him.
  • Sparing The Aces: Hawkeye was once assigned to kill Natasha Romanoff, but chose to spare her and let her join S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: He can use guns, but he prefers his bow.
  • The Stoic: When he starts firing at Chitauri gliders and Loki's on his own. Otherwise he's rather emotive, even friendly when not upset.
  • The Southpaw: Possibly. In his cameo in Thor, he pulls back on the bowstring with his right hand. In The Avengers, however, he pulls solely with his left and holsters his gun on his left hip. The comics Hawkeye is ambidextrous, but Jeremy Renner is lefthanded and Clint wears only one armguard (which is worn on the arm holding the bow).
  • Super Wrist Gadget: Like the comics he keeps the shafts and the heads of his arrow separate and his wrist guard helps control the distribution.
  • Trick Arrow: Many varieties, from electrocution to explosive to Grappling-Hook Gun to superheating. There's even a Hollywood Hacking arrow.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: It's hard to tell if his relationship with Black Widow is this or Platonic Life Partners.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His absence from both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tie-in episode to that movie has left Fandom wondering just where the heck he's got to.
  • Worf Had The Flu: Brainwashed or not, he's noticeably less effective with a handgun. This is lampshaded in a deleted scene.

    Jasper Sitwell 

Jasper Sitwell

"I could do it. I make a great patsy."

A (formerly) Level Six Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., promoted over the course of the universe. Like Coulson, he is frequently sent across the globe to handle what Fury can't.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, he's a SHIELD agent through and through. In The Winter Soldier, however, he's revealed as an agent of HYDRA.
  • All There in the Manual: Until his story significance in The Winter Soldier, it's mainly in the shorts that he had any role at all.
  • Badass: We finally get to see it come Item 47. Sitwell captures Benny and Claire by moving into the hotel room next to theirs and playing extremely loud music so that they'll come over to complain. He then has to fight off Claire while struggling to handcuff her husband and while she tries to shoot him with an alien BFG.
  • Bald of Awesome: Only known case in SHIELD besides Nick Fury, the resident Bald Black Leader Guy.
  • Bald of Evil: As revealed in The Winter Soldier.
  • Bit Character: His appearances in Thor and The Avengers are very brief, and he tends to play a larger role in the shorts.
  • Communications Officer: His role in the films, especially Item 47.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Winter Soldier throws him in front of a truck.
  • Evil Counterpart: Ends up being one to Coulson. Coulson is a loyal Shield agent and a fanboy of Captain America. Sitwell was an undercover Hydra agent and called for Steve to be shot with no remorse.
  • Hero Antagonist: In Item 47, where he's ordered to hunt down Benny and Claire.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Being a Level Six agent, he thought he was at the highest of information clearance levels. He was wrong.
      Coulson: What's your clearance level?
      Sitwell: It's Level 6. Like you. ... Come on, there's a Level 7?
    • This is why he and Blake thought Coulson was still dead, because his survival was classified as Level 7.
    • As of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he has been promoted up to Level 8 alongside Coulson, where... it's still part of the job description to be Locked Out of the Loop, solely because no one in Level 8 can know everything going on about the organization because it would be unsafe.
  • Knife Nut: He whips one out and... used it to cut Benny and Claire's bonds.
  • The Lancer: To Coulson. Following Thor he is frequently seen at his side.
  • The Men in Black: As a SHIELD agent he seems to fit the bill pretty well, looking into stolen alien technology and working to keep it under wraps.
  • The Mole: He's one for HYDRA.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's says he does "a great patsy", and offers to do it so S.H.I.E.L.D. can sabotage General Ross's meeting with Fury. Turns out he really does, having tricked the majority of SHIELD.
  • Obsessed with Food: He has a tendency to bring up what the food is like at the places he visits during otherwise serious meetings.
  • Oh Crap: After he starts spilling his guts to Steve, Natasha, and Sam, Sitwell stops talking for a moment and remarks "Pierce is gonna kill me". Sure enough, the Winter Soldier kills him a few minutes later.
  • Pet the Dog: With the revelation that Sitwell is HYDRA, his sparing of Benny and Claire becomes this.
    • Though it becomes Harsher in Hindsight when you realize that Benny was involved in the R&D group that would design the helicarriers that HYDRA would use to kill 20 million people.
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": To Coulson in The Consultant. That Stealth Insult wasn't funny.
  • Race Lift: In the comics, Sitwell is Caucasian and blond, while in the films he's Hispanic.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He comes off as a little more laid-back Red Oni compared to the stuffier Coulson's Blue Oni.
  • The Smart Guy: One of the smartest agents SHIELD deploys.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: After being informed of the World Security Council's decision to put the Abomination on the Avengers, he and Coulson start plotting a way to stop this. Given that Sitwell is HYDRA, he was probably more concerned that Blonsky was too unstable.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!/Exact Words: Sitwell is ordered to neutralize Benny and Claire. He does so by hiring them to S.H.I.E.L.D., putting them to work on reverse-engineering Chitauri weapons.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Like all SHIELD agents, he dresses very well.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Coulson after his "death". While he's appeared beforehand in the films, Item 47 hinted he would take Phil's place as the everyman of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Blake even accidentally calls him "Coulson" due to force of habit. However, this was negated when Coulson was revealed to be alive. Ironically, in the comics Sitwell has been around since the 60's, whereas Coulson is a very recent Canon Immigrant, so you'd think it would be the other way around.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In regards to High-Altitude Interrogation. He thinks it's the version where the hero holds him over the edge, threatening to drop and he knows that Steve is too much of a Nice Guy to threaten an unarmed man like that. He's right, but the Black Widow isn't.
  • You Have Failed Me: Killed by the Winter Soldier for selling out HYDRA to Captain America and his allies.

Introduced in Marvel One Shots

    Felix Blake 

Felix Blake

"Your orders, Agent Sitwell: retrieve the weapons tech and neutralize the two outlaws."

An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in charge of surveillance. After Benny and Clyde get on the organization's radar due to their robberies, he tasks Sitwell with retrieving the alien Arm Cannon known as Item 47.
  • Amazon Chaser: Tries to flirt with May while they're on a mission.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Psychics? Pfft, nonsense. Astrology? There's something to that. May calls him on this.
  • All There in the Manual: His first name is only shown for a split-second in "The End of the Beginning".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite coming off as gruff and unpleasant he honestly tries to reason with Deathlok, promising to help free him if he'll call off his attack. In addition, while Sitwell is a HYDRA traitor, he is not.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: His Not So Stoic entry shows he isn't Level 7, since he is unaware that Coulson survived his attempted murder by Loki. He got a promotion sometime between then and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • Must Have Caffeine:
    • The first thing he does when granted an assistant is tell her to make him coffee.
    • When given particularly difficult missions, his first reaction is to reach for more coffee.
  • The Men in Black: In charge of the retrieval of Item 47, though Sitwell does the field work.
  • Not So Stoic: He noticeably quiets up a bit when he accidentally calls Agent Sitwell "Coulson". It turns out even he misses him.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: In "FZZT" he insists that S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol be followed to the letter: if "infected cargo" is present on the Bus it has to be jettisoned into the ocean. Coulson's counter-argument that said "cargo" is a human being and fellow agent who still might survive her illness apparently has little impact on him.
  • Sinister Surveillance: He's technically on the side of good, but he comes across as rather sinister regardless.
  • Smug Snake: He's not a villain per se, but he's very confident in his own abilities.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He was hospitalized after an encounter with Deathlok, and after S.H.I.E.L.D. was turned upside down it's not shown what became of him.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: Tries this at the end of Item 47, but is stymied by the fact that his new assistant can't make coffee.

    Benny and Claire 

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