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

This is the lists of 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

    Director Nicholas J. "Nick" Fury 

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

"Last time I trusted someone I lost an eye."
"I recognize the council has made a decision. But given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it."

The Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., 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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: 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.
  • 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. This drives a lot of the conflict with him - he keeps secrets and lies to the heroes' faces, and feel no shame about it whatsoever.
  • Badass: As we see in The Avengers, he earned his position in S.H.I.E.L.D by being the most toughest MF without powers around, who can also manipulate you into chasing your tail.
  • 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: Pulls this off a few times.
    • 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.
    • In Age of Ultron, he shows up to the floating city in the "moth-balled" original helicarrier to evacuate the civilians, allowing the Avengers to do what they have to in order to beat Ultron without worrying about the casualties.
  • 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 in increasing relevance. Takes a step back, but still contributes to the plot, in Age of Ultron.
    • He also makes one in the second episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Cavalry: Several of his appearances consist of him bringing extra help to the heroes when they find themselves in a tight spot. In Agents of SHIELD season 1, he provides Team Coulson with a Destroyer Gun and a medical crew. In Age of Ultron, he shows up with a helicarrier and a number of other heroes, like Falcon and War Machine, when the Avengers find themselves out of their depth.
  • 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:
    • 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!
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Guy in a black leather jacket with a black eyepatch that drives a black car and is played by the always scary Samuel L. Jackson, but runs the Big Good organization that is SHIELD.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much of his dialogue is a low tone snark. For examples, 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. All he's says about it is that "last time I trusted someone I lost an eye." 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 assassination. 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. However, a year later, he's decided he's done hiding as he's now openly serving the New Avengers.
  • 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. (Or a Mythology Gag, since Ultimate Nick Fury was married.)
    • In Age of Ultron, before going to the rest of the Avengers, he talks with Tony who is obviously distressed about what's happening and the vision he saw, and outright tells Tony he cares about him.
  • 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.
  • 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. This has been his approach since early in his career, as he was initially promoted to the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Alexander Pierce after he defied orders and rescued numerous hostages from Bogotá. However, it has the unintended affect of leading Pierce to believe that diplomacy is useless, and that the best decisions are done by force.
  • 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.
  • 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 a Flesh Wound: With the help of some anesthetic he's able to drive a car with a broken arm, and survives having three Soviet slugs shot through his body by the Winter Soldier. Despite his heavy wounds, he comes back regardless in a few days to take down Pierce and Project INSIGHT.
    Fury: Lacerated spinal column, cracked sternum, shattered collarbone, perforated liver, one hell of a headache.
    Doctor: Don't forget your collapsed lung.
    Fury: Let's not forget that. Otherwise, I'm good.
  • 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.
  • 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. He's back in open action by the end of Age of Ultron.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: His speech to the Avengers in Age of Ultron is along these lines. He tells the heroes that, when they first came together, he offered them the nigh-unlimited resources, technology and intelligence network of S.H.I.E.L.D., but come that film, they're hiding out on an old farm with nothing at their disposal save each other. But they're still the Avengers.

    Agent/Commander Maria Hill 

Agent/Commander 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 S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Deputy Director and also held the title of "Commander"note . Clear-minded and pragmatic, she carries out his orders, though his seemingly reckless approach doesn't increase her trust of him.
  • Action Girl: In her first few minutes on screen, she takes on Loki and his crew of thugs.
    • By Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she definitely qualifies. She saves 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.
  • Adorkable: When she lets loose at the party early in Age of Ultron, cracking jokes on Tony and Thor, and this gem when she's a bit tipsy.
    Maria: Steve! He said a bad language word!
  • Affirmative Action Girl: It doesn't really balance it out, but it does help to decrease Black Widow's Smurfette rating.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's usually serious and has dark brown hair.
  • Badass: Number Two of SHIELD and an impressive markswoman and hand-to-hand combatant.
  • 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."
  • Commanding Coolness: In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s episode "The Magical Place", it's revealed her title as Deputy Director is "Commander".
  • 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.
  • 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. She either came back from it or was pretending because both Agents of SHIELD season 2 and Age of Ultron show her continuing to work with Coulson and for Fury.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: One of the mooks that guard the arrested Cap, Black Widow and Falcon turns out to be Hill in disguise, about to save them. She makes a snarky comment on the helmet being uncomfortable.
  • 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.
  • Important Haircut: Cuts her hair by the end of Age of Ultron when she rejoins S.H.I.E.L.D. so the throwback to the first film is complete.
  • 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 and the Avengers in Age of Ultron.
  • 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. He's also miffed she joined Stark Industries instead of joining his team, calling her a "sellout".
  • Not So Stoic: She usually behaves quite seriously and professionally, but "usually" is the operative word here.
    Agent Ward: I don't think Thor is technically a god.
    Maria Hill: Yeah, you haven't been near his arms.
  • Number Two: To Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. she is the officaly second in command.
  • Secret Keeper: She was one of the few people who knew Fury was alive from the beginning.
  • Sell Out: Coulson calls her one for joining the private sector instead of Coulson's team.
  • 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. She becomes The Lancer after Coulson's "death", firmly supporting Fury's actions. She's one of the few people he trusted with the truth of his survival.
    • As revealed in Age of Ultron, she only pretended to leave SHIELD for Stark Industries. She was still working for Nick Fury the entire time, and is first to rejoin him aboard the recommissioned Helicarrier. Tony Stark was less than enthused.
  • The Watson: In The Avengers, most of her quotes are questions about how to deal with what's going on.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • She gets this from Coulson on multiple occasions: covering up his resurrection and then leading the US military to the secret Providence base.
    • Coulson is also not very happy for joining the Private Sector instead of his team, calling her a "sellout".
    • Tony Stark, the man she sells out to, is not happy when he learns joining his company was a ruse until Fury was able to build a new S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Secretary of Defense 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

An old friend of Nick Fury's and Secretary of Defense. A ranking member on the World Security Council.

See his character tropes on the Captain America sub-page

    The 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.

See the Agents of SHIELD HYDRA page for more information on Gideon Malick.

  • Character Death: Alexander Pierce executes three members of the council when they try to stop his plan. Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe) returns in the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and two others don't appear in the film. Since she was replaced by Black Widow, however, 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."
  • 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, hence why he elects to ignore their decisions.
  • 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 the 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".
  • 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe), who went unnamed in his appearance in The Avengers and then was conspicuously absent in Captain America 2, returns (now with a name!) in the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Whoever they are, not much is known about them.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Hawley is the only woman in the council.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Firing a nuclear missile at New York City to halt the Chitauri invasion.
  • 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

    Agent Phil Coulson 

    Agent Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow 

Agent Natalia Alianovna "Natasha" Romanoff / Black Widow

"When I first joined S.H.I.E.L.D., I thought it was going straight. But I guess I just traded in the KGB for HYDRA."
"I thought I knew whose lies I was telling, but...I guess I can't tell the difference anymore."

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.
  • The Ace: Heavily implied to be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best agent. When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to establish a new character as especially competent, a character will say "X is the best since Romanov".
  • 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, and her flirting/gushing about Bruce in Age of Ultron has to be seen to be believed.
  • 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.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: She joins Pepper Potts as the second plot relevant female in Iron Man 2.
  • 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; "The famous Black Widow".
  • 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. Despite her often amoral actions, she feels her work for S.H.I.E.L.D. and for the Avengers, 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. She becomes this further in Age of Ultron as is responsible for using empathy and friendship to manage The Hulk.
  • 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. Agent Carter reveals there was an entire school dedicated to training young girls as agents, it was even called the Black Widow Training Ground.
    Banner: And your actress buddy, is she a spy too? Do they start that young?
    Romanoff: I did.
  • Code Name: "Black Widow", though it's used only a couple of times.
  • 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.
  • Cool Aunt: To Clint's children, who are as excited to see her as their father.
  • Cunning Linguist: Fluent in English, Russian, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Latin, and various other languages, according to Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.
  • Dance Battler: If flashbacks in Age of Ultron indicates anything, the Tykebombs from the Red Room were trained in classical ballet. This is supported in Agent Carter where the 1940s Black Widow mentioned that she's a ballerina.
  • Dark Action Girl: She used to be an assassin for the Soviets prior to doing her Heel-Face Turn.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Loki hints at a number of awful things in her past and says that her ledger is 'gushing red'.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's also revealed that she's sterilized as a final ceremony to complete her training as "Black Widow", as to avoid any distractions and focus solely on her missions, something she deeply regretted later on her life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the deadpan.
    Romanoff: [after tricking Loki into revealing his plan] Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Deuteragonist: Of Winter Soldier next to Captain America, the guy in the title.
  • Fake American: In-Universe, as explained in The Avengers.
    Romanoff: I'm Russian, or I used to be.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: The House Romanoff was a big deal.
  • 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.
  • Foil: To Steve Rogers. She lies for a living and he can't tell a lie to save his life, but their partnership in The Winter Soldier shows that they're still both agents with issues adjusting to their current lives.
  • 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.
  • 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. However, she's 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.
    • Played straight with Hulk in Age of Ultron as he loves smashing things (his canonical Signature Move being "Hulk Smash" even) while Natasha herself prefers gunning her opponents.
  • The Heart: Not in the same way as Hawkeye, but an important part of her job on the Avengers is managing the personalities of the superpowered members. In Ultron, her role has evolved into calming down the Hulk when the battle is over.
  • 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.
  • Honorary Aunt: To Hawkeye's kids. Hawkeye and his wife end up naming their thirdborn Nathaniel, because it's a boy, else it would have been Natasha.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Bruce Banner if he's in Hulk form. They work closely together in Age of Ultron.
  • 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:
  • In-Series Nickname: "Nat" or "'Tasha," by Clint, Steve, Fury, Laura, and her younger brother, Alex.
  • Knight Templar Big Sister: The 2015 Tie-In Novel Black Widow reveals that she has a younger brother who, when she was recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D., she had placed in protective custody with Fake Memories to give him a relatively normal life, and then had her own memories of him wiped to ensure that none of her enemies would be able to find him.
  • The Lancer: Becomes this to Steve in the New Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron because she is both the Number Two and a character contrast.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: In Age of Ultron, she tearfully reveals to Bruce that the Red Room sterilizes their alumnae during "graduation day". However much she might want to have her own children, she can't.
  • Legacy Character: Agent Carter reveals there was a Black Widow school where young girls were trained to become agents as early as the 1930s.
  • 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 "bye-bye bikinis"; Steve lampshades back "Yeah, I bet you look terrible in them now."
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • She also freaks out a bit when Ultron rips his old form apart mid-sentence. Of course, that's exactly the reaction he was trying for.
  • 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. Lampshaded in Iron Man 2:
      Tony: You have a quiet reserve. I don't know, you have an old soul.
    • However, various interviews with Scarlett Johansson about Natasha's past suggest that she is just as young as she looks.
  • 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. Honestly, if it takes The Incredible Hulk to put you on the defensive you qualify as this, and her ability to escape from said beast with a twisted ankle simply drives it home.
  • 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.
    • Steve is pleased to see how open she is around Bruce, noting she must really have it bad for Bruce considering she's not the most open person in the world.
  • Platonic Life Partners:
    • Hawkeye is her closest confidant and best friend. Loki sneeringly asks if it's love and she shoots down the idea. In Age of Ultron she's shown to be good friends with his wife and kids, whom the other Avengers didn't even know existed.
    • She becomes this with Cap during The Winter Soldier. They open up emotionally to each other and end up as close friends. Throughout Age of Ultron their strong dynamic is often emphasized to the point of them leading up the new Avengers lineup together by the end
  • Professional Killer: Before joining S.H.I.E.L.D. she is an assassin. After joining S.H.I.E.L.D.she tries to be something more.
  • 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.
  • Secret Keeper: As of the 2015 Black Widow novel, she's the only Avenger who knows that Couslon is Back from the Dead.
  • 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's first hired as Tony's personal assistant, and later becomes Pepper's, as she is the new owner of the company.
  • 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.
    • During Age of Ultron, Steve tries the *exact* same thing with her and Bruce.
  • Signature Move: Either strangling or throwing someone to the ground by wrapping her thighs around their neck. Courtesy of Scarlett Johansson's usual stunt double, Heidi Moneymaker. Agent Carter reveals this move was part of the training program.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: With Bruce.
    Natasha: All my friends are fighters. I've never met a man before who avoids the fight because he knows he'll win.
  • Smart People Know Latin: One of the many languages she speaks, as she proves to Stark in Iron Man 2.
    Romanoff: Fallaces sunt rerum species.note 
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Avenger at first, though not the only Action Girl. She loses this status in Age of Ultron because Scarlet Witch joins The Team.
  • Spy Catsuit: This is her 'work outfit' so to speak.
  • The Stoic: Has a generally dour, serious demeanour.
  • Super Wrist Gadget: "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.
  • Tron Lines: Her costume in Age of Ultron has blue accents in it.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite being a morally ambiguous spy, she has immense loyalty to Nick Fury and later, to Captain America: best demonstrated with her willingness to make all of SHIELD's secrets public - including the atrocities in her own past - to destroy HYDRA because that was Steve's plan.
  • 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. This is something Banner picks up on immediately. Worse still, Natasha's fears 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. 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 than she ever was against Loki or the Chitauri. Justified, though, as the Chitauri were so threatening because of their strength in numbers, not because they possessed enhanced strength like Captain America or the Winter Soldier. She also never had to physically fight Loki (who is even stronger than Captain America), and instead engaged him in a battle of wits, an arena in which they are much more evenly matched.
    • She also does this emotionally; as the most unflappable member of the Avengers, something's gone horribly wrong if she's, well, flapped. Such as a portal spewing alien armies into New York - or the Winter Soldier. Which is, admittedly, a perfectly sensible precaution.
  • You Just Told Me: Her specialty. Her 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.

    Agent Clint Barton / Hawkeye 

Agent Clint Barton / Hawkeye

"I see better from a distance."
"The city is flying...we're fighting an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense."

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.
  • Action Dad: To two — later three — kids; his wife worries about the danger he's in during missions because of how it'll affect them.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He's still a formitable warrior, make no mistake about that, but his comic version has a more impressive stack of accomplishments due to MCU Hawkeye's lack of screentime in Phase 1 and 2. In the comics, Hawkeye is an acrobat on par with Captain America (if not better), capable of superhumanly impossible shots like firing multiple arrows at one time. He is also a master of multiple weapons—particularly those that either involve aiming or nimble hand-eye coordination. In the movies, his acrobatics are downplayed (due to being portrayed by the mid-forties Jeremy Renner), and although his mastery of other weapons is hinted at in his first appearance, jokes are often made about what he'd do if his arrows ran out. Age of Ultron casts doubt on his worth on a team of Physical Gods, although Black Widow is also a powerless human and no one ever doubts her the same way.
  • The Atoner: Briefly following breaking out of Loki's Mind Control. See also: Call Back.
  • Badass: Badass enough to bring the Helicarrier out of the sky using his trick arrows.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sports one in both Sokovia battles in Age of Ultron.
  • Badass Normal: When it comes down to it, he's not superhuman at all. His archery skills are just that good. This is why he can take down legions of high tech aliens. He points this out in Age of Ultron
    We're fighting an army of robots....and I have a bow and arrow.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Like Fury, Barton had no problem breathing at the altitude the wounded Helicarrier was flying at, though the rest of Loki's attack force had gas masks on to breathe normally.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Natasha Romanoff; both assassin/spies.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Loki for the first half of The Avengers.
  • Call Back:
    • In Age of Ultron when he counters Scarlet Witch's mind games: "I've done the whole mind control thing. Not a fan."
    • When he says "I've seen this before" in regards to people trying to lift the hammer. He cameoed in Thor, and his scene overlapped with Thor trying to take the hammer back.
  • The Cameo: In Thor, where he was a One-Scene Wonder.
  • Code Name: Hawkeye, as Romanoff calls him in the Battle of Manhattan.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Due to the Dead: Refused to leave Pietro's body behind on Sokovia after Pietro's sacrifices himself to save him and a kid. Carrying it into the S.H.I.E.L.D lifeboat and it's assume he later gave him a proper burial. He also gives his newest child "Pietro" for his middle name in honor of him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Makes his first appearance in Thor where he's stationed at the makeshift S.H.I.E.L.D base where Mijnor has fallen to Earth. He sets up a sniping position and watches Thor clobber the personnel but ultimately is called off after Thor finds he can't lift the hammer at the moment and gives himself up. It wouldn't be till The Avengers he plays a more direct role.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite a ton of narrative clues that he'd bite it in Age of Ultron like the reveal of his family and his declaring he'd just be going on one last mission, thanks to Quicksilver's sacrifice he's able to survive and honorably retire to the most stable home life of any of the team.
  • Expy: Yet another mix up of Guile and Ken, such as being Happily Married in Age of Ultron.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: Age Of Ultron shows he has a wife and two kids, all of whom clearly love him dearly. His wife is supportive of his Avenging despite the risks it poses and even gives him a pep talk once he starts doubting himself.
  • The Heart: Becomes this for the Avengers by Age of Ultron. As the only Avenger without any super powers or a Dark and Troubled Past, as well as a wife and kids to go home to, Clint helps keep the team grounded emotionally and provides a safe haven for them, when they need to work through the emotional trauma inflicted on them by Scarlet Witch. He also delivers an amazing Let's Get Dangerous speech to Wanda, during the final battle with Ultron.
  • Hidden Depths: Out of a dozen of the worlds top scientists and the world greatest super spy, he's the first to realize that the Tesseract is being tampered with by some outside force.
  • Hyper Awareness: Clint's specialty. The source of his Improbable Aiming Skills, and how he always hits his targets - with no visual enhancements, sometimes without even looking. When he isn't taking the fight to the opponent personally, he tends to find a vantage point to direct the movements of the Team, greatly increasing their effectiveness.
    • In The Avengers, he is the first to realize that the Tesseract has the potential to serve as an gateway - meaning that he can't even be snuck up on inter-dimensionally.
    • In Avengers: Ages of Ultron, he was the only Avenger to get the best of both of the Maximoff twins: hitting Wanda with a taser arrow when she tries to sneak up on him, and showing that Pietro's speed and reflexes are meaningless if he has nothing to stand on.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He can hit a Chitauri flier without looking.
  • It Only Works Once: Being brainwashed in the first Avengers film, made him extremely savvy to signs of it happening again by the time of the second film.
  • 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.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: His wife is extremely supportive of his place in S.H.I.E.L.D. and with the Avengers.
  • 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, after 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.
  • 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 other than Age of Ultron. 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 because he was responsible for deprogramming her.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His Avengers costume has purple accents in it.
  • The Reliable One: In Age of Ultron, he's the only one of the Avengers who isn't an emotional wreck, a walking time bomb, and/or antagonistic to the other members. It's implied that being Happily Married and possessing a family gives him a grounding the rest of the team lacks.
  • Required Secondary Powers: See Hyper Awareness, above. Otherwise he wouldn't so good at archery.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 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 Straight and Arrow Path: He prefers to fight from a distance, seen in his image quote and his role in the climax of The Avengers.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: When he doesn't have his bow and quiver, he tends toward keeping a sidearm on him.
  • 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.
  • Team Dad: He's effectively become one by the time of Age of Ultron, being the most emotionally stable of the Avengers. He even reflects on - and is afraid of - the fact that a team made up of so many superhumans needs someone like him to keep them grounded.
  • Trick Arrow: Many varieties, from electrocution to explosive to Grappling-Hook Gun to superheating. There's even a Hollywood Hacking arrow.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: In Avengers, it's hard to tell if his relationship with Black Widow is this or Platonic Life Partners. In Age of Ultron this ambiguity goes away as he's shown to be Happily Married, with two kids (and a third on the way).
  • Wet Blanket Wife: Subverted. Hawkeye is worried that his life as a superhero is an unwelcome strain on his wife, but she shoots that idea down and supports the fact that he's needed for something so important.
  • 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. Age of Ultron implies that he was with his wife and kids at the time.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Brainwashed or not, he's noticeably less effective with a handgun. This is lampshaded in a deleted scene.

    Agent Jasper Sitwell 

Agent Jasper Sitwell

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

Portrayed By: Maximiliano Hernández
Film Appearances: Thor | The Avengers | Marvel One-Shots | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A Level Six, then later Level Eight agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Like Coulson, he is frequently sent across the globe to handle what Fury can't.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, he's a S.H.I.E.L.D. 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, he's a HYDRA mole.
  • Bit Character: His appearances in Thor and The Avengers are very brief, and he tends to play a larger role in the shorts. Winter Soldier is the first film where Sitwell plays a major role.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Winter Soldier abruptly 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Not So Stoic: He keeps staying calm even after being taken prisoner by Captain America and Black Widow, not taking their threat to throw him off a skyscraper seriously... until after they do throw him off, then catch him and imply they'll just keep doing that until he talks or they get bored. The near-death experience is too much for Sitwell, and he spills the beans.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He 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. It then 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.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: After discovering that he was HYDRA's, his past more charitable actions (including sparing Benny and Claire and preventing Abomination from becoming an Avenger) look more darkly practical rather than morally motivated.
  • Race Lift: In the comics Sitwell is Caucasian and blond, while in the films he's bald and Honduran-American.
  • 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.
  • The Stoic: Sitwell has some Nerves of Steel, and rarely shows fear. For instance, when caught aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship that had been hijacked by Ruthless Modern Pirates, all the other hostages were frightened but Sitwell looked mostly bored. His calmness wasn't unfounded, as just before a pirate was about to kill him, said pirate dropped dead by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
  • 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. Though given that Sitwell is HYDRA, he was probably more concerned that Blonsky was too unstable.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Like all S.H.I.E.L.D. 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.

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    Agent Sharon Carter / Agent 13 

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    Agent Felix Blake 

Agent Felix Blake

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

Portrayed By: Titus Welliver
Film Appearances: Marvel One-Shots | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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 Melinda "The Cavalry" 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".
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Despite appearing a mere supervisor instead of a field agent, he fights Deathlok with admirable ability and even has the foresight to replace his weapon's ammunition with a tracker beacon so the other agents would be able to track him down.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite coming off as gruff and unpleasant he honestly tries to reason with Deathlok, addressing him as "Mr.Peterson" and 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. His first in-person appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cements this. He insinuates that Coulson's days with the agency are numbered. Then he touches Lola.
  • 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.

     Benjamin "Benny" Pollack 

Benjamin "Benny" Pollack

"I hope you are right..."

Portrayed By: Jesse Bradford
Appearances: Marvel One-Shots

One half of the Outlaw Couple that formed following the Battle of New York. After getting pitched the crazy idea to rob banks with his girlfriend, he went along with it reluctantly, but deep down is grateful for the chance to finally live out their dreams.
  • Anti-Villain: Just an ordinary guy reluctantly robbing banks to fix his life's problems.
  • Boxed Crook: At the end of Item 47, he's given a job at SHIELD in their Research and Development department's "Think Tank" due to his skill with Chitauri weaponry.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He manages to make the Chitauri gun work, while SHIELD hasn't made any progress with it.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Bank robber to SHIELD employee.
  • Henpecked Husband: Pre-husband, as Claire is his girlfriend, but she still definitely shows she's the boss.
  • Outlaw Couple: With Claire; they rob banks.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In Item 47, he wears a black ski-mask, while Claire's is pink.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a Shout-Out to Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Super Weapon, Average Joe: Ordinary human with no connection to anything super except for the Chitauri gun.
  • Villain Protagonist: A bank robber starring in Item 47
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Since SHIELD is revealed to be infiltrated by HYDRA all along, his fate after SHIELD's Civil War has yet to be revealed.

     Claire Wise 

Claire Wise

"I'm always right. And I'm always right about you."

Portrayed By: Lizzy Caplan
Appearances: Marvel One-Shots

Claire's had a hard life of bills, rejected dreams, and alien invasions. But when a Chitauri gun literally falls out of the sky as if as a present, she sees the chance to finally take matters into their own hands and gain the means to live like they want to.
  • Anti-Villain: Just an average woman with bills to pay who thinks she could solve her problems with bank robbing.
  • Boxed Crook: At the end of Item 47, she's given a job at SHIELD as Agent Blake's new assistant.
  • Deus ex Machina: She thinks of the Chitauri gun as this. After all, it literally fell out of the sky.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Bank robber to SHIELD employee.
  • Outlaw Couple: With Benny. Bank robbing was her idea.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In Item 47, she wears a pink ski-mask, while Benny wears a black one.
  • Shout-Out: Her name is a Shout-Out to Clyde of Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Super Weapon, Average Joe: Ordinary human with no connection to anything super except for the Chitauri gun.
  • Villain Protagonist: A bank robber starring in Item 47
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Since SHIELD is revealed to be infiltrated by HYDRA all along, her fate after SHIELD's Civil War has yet to be revealed.
  • Women Are Wiser: Thinks of herself because she's the one taking chances and opportunities to find a better life.