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Batroc's Brigade

    Georges Batroc 

Georges Batroc

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"Je croyais que tu étais plus qu'un bouclier." Translation 

Species: Human

Citizenship: French-Algerian

Portrayed By: Georges St-Pierre

Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier | The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

"Ex-DGSE, Action Division. He’s at the top of Interpol’s “red notice”. Before the French demobilized him, he had thirty-six kill missions."
Brock Rumlow

An Algerian pirate who was a former French Intelligence agent before going rogue. His crew hijacks a S.H.I.E.L.D ship, the Lemurian Star, and thus become targets of STRIKE and Captain America.

Ten years after the events of The Winter Soldier, he would cross paths with Sam Wilson, Captain America's successor.


  • Adaptational Badass: Batroc's considered something of a joke in the comics, although occasionally he proves to be a Not-So-Harmless Villain. Here he's able to put up a fair fight against one of the best of the super soldiers and proves to be a better fighter than even some enhanced humans.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Batroc in the comics is essentially a thief at best, and he has a strong code of honor that includes not harming innocent people. Here, he's a pirate leader fully willing to kill hostages and raid boats. On the other hand, his mysterious employer is actually Nick Fury (though he never knows this) and the ship he raided is full of HYDRA moles, including those hostages.
  • Asshole Victim: Nobody is gonna miss him, that’s for sure.
  • Beard of Evil: Batroc sports a goatee and mustache, though it's nowhere near as pronounced as his comic book Dastardly Whiplash mustache.
  • Badass Normal: He's able to put up an impressive fight against Captain America and later an upgraded Falcon, and he manages it using only his own personal skills, without any superhuman enhancements or even the special equipment other Badass Normal MCU characters like Falcon, Hawkeye, Black Widow, or Crossbones use.
    • He's the first non-enhanced human in the MCU to be able to put up a decent fight against Captain America in hand-to-hand combat, and later manages to make an escape from Cap and Natasha make his way off the Lemurian Star despite being in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
    • 10 years later, he manages to stun Falcon with a flurry of kicks, lead him on an insane glider chase through the sky (when he and his men only have the real world wing suits vs Sam’s hi-tech wings), almost get into Libyan airspace, and perhaps most impressively of all, survive when the entirety of his crew dies.
    • During the climactic attack on the GRC, Batroc manages to give Sam more trouble than any of the Flag Smashers ever had before 1v1 (other than Karli herself), despite lacking the super serum or even Sam's vibranium shield and Wakandan-enhanced suit.
  • Blood Knight: After he lost his ship and his crew, he went back just to fight Captain America.
  • Bullying a Dragon: What his attempted blackmail of Sharon Carter turned out to be.
  • The Bus Came Back: About a decade after being stopped by Captain America, he reappears in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And it would be ultimately be his last appearance in the MCU.
  • Challenge Seeker: Has some strong elements of this, given that he neglected an opportunity to escape for the sake of throwing down with Captain America, then later neglects an opportunity to kill the stunned Falcon before beginning their glide-suit chase through the sky. His frequent use of a Grin of Audacity when taking on superheroes on what amounts to their own terms implies that’s the attraction to him. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's fifth episode, he forms an Villain Team-Up with the Flag-Smashers primarily because he wants the luxury of facing the Falcon again.
  • Character Tic: In both his fight, he thumps himself on the chest with his fist mid-fight.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Referred to by his real name rather than his alias from the comic "Batroc the Leaper".
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Every fight with the guards on the ship was a Curb-Stomp Battle by Cap. Only when he gets to the last guy, their leader Batroc, does he find himself a challenge.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Batroc was ex-DGSE, with over 36 kill missions, before his commanding officers axed his career. He's also been issued a Red Notice by Interpol.note 
  • Gratuitous French: Batroc primarily speaks French in all of his appearances, only briefly switching to English in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to express his desire to kill Sam Wilson.
  • Greed: He tries to blackmail the Power Broker to pay him four times as much, it doesn’t go as planned.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Unlike his comic book counterpart, he doesn't wear a helmet and even goads Steve Rogers into removing his own.
  • I Know Karate: He practices savate, a French martial arts with lots of jumping kicks. In the comics this is where he gets his full name "Batroc the Leaper". In The Winter Soldier, however, his style resembles more Capoeira. In The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, his fighting style is more akin to St-Pierre's regular style of mixed martial arts, including muscling Sam around with a freestyle wrestling double-leg takedown.
  • It's Personal: After the Falcon foils his Sky Pirate job, he develops enough of a grudge against Sam that he throws his lot in with the Flag-Smashers for a chance at revenge.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Well, not exactly gentlemen, but he does belittle Cap for using a helmet and a defensive weapon, prompting him to put them aside and even the playing field.
    Batroc: <... I thought you were more than just a shield.>
    Steve: <Let's find out.>
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast and strong enough to pose a challenge to Captain America.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Some characters assume he's French, but he's actually Algerian.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Batroc is French-Algerian, but Georges St-Pierre is Canadian and speaks English and French in his natural Quebecois accent, likely thinking Anglophone viewers wouldn't know the difference.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Doesn't give a rat's ass about the Flag-Smashers' goals, only joining up with them since their goals just so happen to align at the moment.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears a purple shirt in reference to his comics counterpart. And while he may not be planet-breakingly powerful, he is still skilled enough to tango with Captain America and Falcon and get away with it.
  • Race Lift: Just plain French in the comics, Algerian in the movie. He's still said to be a veteran of French Intelligence, and portrayed by an actor who doesn't look remotely North African (which could be explained by his being from a French colonial family) and doesn't sound like a French-speaking Algerian.
  • Revenge: After suffering a defeat at his hands in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's first episode, he joins up with the Flag-Smashers with the promise that he'll be able to kill Sam Wilson while attacking the GRC.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: Batroc is more interested in getting his ransom from S.H.I.E.L.D., but his crew is openly vicious and ready to kill any hostages.
  • Sky Pirate: When he returns after his long absence, it’s to hijack a flight to capture a VIP, before gliding from helicopter to helicopter to try and secure his prisoner.
  • Starter Villain: Serves as the main antagonist during the opening mission of The Winter Soldier, before the film's main crisis begins. He acts as this again to Sam in the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • He demands that Captain America put his shield away so that the fight is fairer. Cap does... and then starts fighting even better than beforehand.
    • He tries to extort and blackmail Sharon after he finds out she's the Power Broker. She doesn't take kindly to blackmail, as it turns out.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was hired by Fury himself in a move to get the USB MacGuffin off the boat under cover of rescuing the team.
  • Villain Team-Up: Forms one of these with Karli Morgenthau and the Flag-Smashers, working with them to attack the GRC, though he's primarily focused on killing the Falcon than he is helping them out.
  • Worthy Opponent: Captain America sees him as one, even going so far as to not use his shield while fighting him to put them on more even ground.
  • You Know Too Much: He gets offed during the series finale of Falcon and the Winter Soldier after he finds out that Sharon Carter is the Power Broker.

    Ferdinand Lopez 

Ferdinand Lopez

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Species: Human

Citizenship: French

Portrayed By: Adetokumboh M'Cormack

Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A pirate and mercenary in Batroc's team


  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's credited as Ferdinand Lopez and there's no mention or reference to his codename "Machete" from the comics.
  • Number Two: He's seen at Batroc's side and conveying messages to other subordinates, indicating his place within the team.
  • Race Lift: In the comics, Ferdinand Lopez is a Latin American from San Diablo. In the MCU he's French and of African descent.

    Gerald Durand 

Gerald Durand

Species: Human

Citizenship: French

Portrayed By: Zack Duhame

Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A pirate and mercenary in Batroc's team


  • Canon Foreigner: The only named member of Batroc's Brigade that doesn't have a direct counterpart in the comics.
  • Fake Nationality: Durand is French, but the actor portraying him isnt'.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: He's a member of a group of modern pirates that kidnap ships and extort money in exchange of the lives of the crewmembers.

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The Watchdogs

    In General 

The Watchdogs

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Species: Human

Portrayed By:note  Justin Morck (Watchdog Alpha), Jonathan Camp (Oscar), D. Elliott Woods (Victor), Trenton Rostedt (Dallas Wyatt), Dale Pavinski (Briggs), Trevor Torseth (Pete Boggs), Jean Paul San Pedro (Jackson)

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appear in Episode 58: "Watchdogs")

"We are the Watchdogs. You will obey."
Watchdog Alpha

An anti-alien and anti-government hate group that has came into formation months after Terrigen went widespread with plans to eliminate Inhumans and their supporters.


  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: They seem to recruit anyone who has anti-Inhuman agendas, regardless if they're Caucasian, Asians or Africans.
  • Expy: This interpretation of the Watchdogs is essentially the MCU equivalent of the Friends of Humanity and other similar groups, albeit focused on Inhumans rather than Mutants.
  • Faceless Mooks: They cover their faces in masked helmets that resemble a mixture of a skull and an attack dog.
  • Fantastic Racism: They express a genocidal hatred toward Inhumans.
  • Former Regime Personnel: Some of its members are former KGB and SVR agents.
  • The Remnant: Some of its members are former HYDRA agents.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: Their anti-government rethoric, their anti-gifted people speech (just replace "gifted" or "alien" with "immigrant") and their predominantly white male membership, as well as their military arsenal, are quite evocative of white nationalist and far right militia groups. Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reveals that the Watchdogs are affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood, thus promoting them to A Nazi by Any Other Name.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They went from a domestic terrorist group in the third season to a global threat in the fourth season thanks to some high-end financial backup.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Unbeknowst to them, they are being fed intel and weaponry by HYDRA itself and used to promote their goals.
  • With Us or Against Us: They'll gladly kill any Inhuman sympathizers.
    Watchdog: Whose side are you on?
    Coulson: Not yours.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: They see themselves as fighting to protect the people of the United States from oppressive governments and dangerous aliens. They're called domestic terrorists because they implode buildings and kill civilians.

    The Superior 

Anton Ivanov / The Superior

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"Man is the superior machine. And I am the superior man."

Species: Human / Life Model Decoy

Portrayed By: Zach McGowan

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 78: "Hot Potato Soup")

"I'm told you refuse to talk and that you welcome pain. I, too, love pain. And I love to make others feel it... using the old ways."

A Russian industrialist and the leader of the Watchdogs. He hates the Inhumans for not "earning" their power.


  • Adaptation Species Change: His comic counterpart is a Life Model Decoy. Here, he's a human... Who gets turned into an LMD.
  • Adaptational Villainy: His comic books counterpart fought alongside War Machine and the Winter Guard against the Skrulls during Secret Invasion. In the MCU, he's the leader of a terrorist organization.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is actually quite skilled in combat, especially with his knives. Even Aida seems wary of him. However, against a super-powered Daisy he loses as quick as you'd expect him to.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He likes to think of himself as the Big Bad and carries himself like one, seeming to form a Big Bad Duumvirate with Radcliffe, but it becomes pretty clear that he's in over his head once his Insane Troll Logic conspiracy theory comes out. Once he launches his grand plan into action, he is very badly outplayed by both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Radcliffe. After remote controlling his LMD body's and overcoming his restrictions he ditches the Wannabe part and forms a full-on Big Bad Duumvirate with Aida. However after the events of Season 4, he's found by General Hale and forced to be her dragon.
  • Brain in a Jar: His fate after Aida dissects him, with him being given remote control of a number of LMD bodies. Later, his disembodied human head is installed in a robotic body.
  • Broken Pedestal: While admitting his father was "a son of a bitch", he did admire him for working as a miner for very little pay. When he saw his father kowtowing to the richest man in town, however, he lost his respect for him, telling Mace that the only thing worse than scum are those who wish to be like scum.
  • The Bus Came Back: Anton Ivanov makes his return in "The Devil Complex", having been Demoted to Dragon when Hale found his brain.
  • Canon Character All Along: A particularly gruesome example: Anton Ivanov's fate as a head controlling an LMD makes him the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Anton, an LMD who was Red Guardian, and was decapitated but still living.
  • Character Death: Gets tackled out of a window by Elena, landing on his (real) head.
  • Composite Character: While he's based on the Anton LMD version of Red Guardian, he claims to be "designed only for killing". Furthermore, his status as a Brain in a Jar controlling an army of LMDs is similar to the current MODOK, aka MODOK Superior.
  • Demoted to Dragon: After Daisy critically injures him, Aida gives him an LMD body so he can assist her in protecting the framework as her top enforcer. I.e. he is no longer anyone's "superior". He briefly escapes this fate when Aida becomes human and thus loses her control over him, but quickly falls back into it, this time to General Hale.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Although he follows Aida's orders, it's pretty clear he does it for his own gains, namely killing Coulson. When she gains a conscience and tries to make him stop his murderous attempts, he shows that she is no longer in control of him. They later seem to form more of a Big Bad Duumvirate. After framing S.H.I.E.L.D., he vanishes, not coming to AIDA's help later.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Superior's death was really quite sudden and poorly conveyed. The last we heard his real head was being kept in a jar by Hale, but then it turns out the version Yo-Yo tackled out of a window had his real head attached. It was not apparent that the real deal had died, besides a few subtle hints in the scene, until Word of God later confirmed his head had been attached to a robotic body.
  • Expy: His status as a human whose brain commands a near-inexhaustible supply of LMD bodies while kept on life support puts him in the same boat as the comics' Dum Dum Dugan.
  • Evil Luddite: His primary problem is with the Inhumans, but he is mistrustful of modern technology for similar reasons. He calls it weak and fragile, and prefers older, proven ways. Provides the page quote.
  • Evil Virtues: He respects people who work hard for a living. Part of his problem with the Inhumans is because they didn't "earn" their power, but just got it through chance.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates the Inhumans because they were just handed their power through Terrigenesis, instead of earning it.
  • Fatal Flaw: His drive to prove himself superior to others, and especially inhumans, gets him in trouble. The first time is going head-to-head with Daisy despite knowing that his death is all but guaranteed, because he can't stand to run from an inhuman. This gets him quaked into critical condition. The second time is exposing his real head to danger by going to the site with the gravitonium-absorbing machine so he could have superpowers. This leads to a fight where Elena kills him. Heck, if Shockley weren't so loyal to him and his ideology, then he would have been killed while choking an Action Bomb.
  • Freudian Excuse: As a boy, Ivanov saw his father (who worked long hours in a mine) kowtowing to a man who'd inherited his wealth, causing him to hate those whom he believed had gained power without earning it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He dresses up the reason for his Fantastic Racism towards Inhumans with Social Darwinist rhetoric but it's implied that he's just jealous that they develop superpowers and he can't.
  • Humiliation Conga: Things don't go well for him once he and Coulson finally meet. To wit, he finds out that after spending years focused on revenge against Coulson that the man doesn't even remember the incident that sparked everything, doesn't even get a chance to try and settle things with the man he's hated for so long, and winds up close to dead from fighting Daisy who's after him for leading the Watchdogs. Then his head is put in a jar by Aida and he can only continue living as her robotic minion.
  • Hypocrite: For all his talk about the superiority of humans he doesn't seem to mind his new powerful robotic state. He even lampshades how he updated his definition of "humanity" to include head-in-a-jar-controlling robots instead of admitting that he was wrong. To be fair, he didn't have much choice in what Aida did to him.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He concludes that Coulson is responsible for all the alien incidents in the last decade because Coulson was always there when something happened, and despite having died, he's somehow still alive. It never occurred to Ivanov that Coulson was investigating these occurances.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: His severed head isn't found in the Season 4 finale and he gets away with framing S.H.I.E.L.D., still left with his old organisation and an unknown number of LMD's. However, in Season 5 Episode 17, he finally meets his end at the hands of Elena.
  • Keystone Army: Once the real Superior died, his LMD army deactivated.
  • Knife Nut: Both in combat as well as for torture, he seems to value knives very much.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He is killed by one of the Inhumans he persecuted, and the only reason he was vulnerable in the first place is because he wanted to become superior to everyone by absorbing gravitonium.
  • Made of Iron: His LMD bodies can take quite an impressive amount of punishment.
  • Me's a Crowd: He doesn't just control one LMD, but at least dozens of them.
  • Mood Whiplash: He can go from enjoying vodka to torturing someone to back again in seconds.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Apparently so. He doesn't shy showing off his muscles in some occassions.
  • Named by the Adaptation: His comic counterpart had no last name.
  • People Puppets: Thanks to Aida's programming, he cannot harm anyone connected to the Framework unless they become a threat to it. Ivanov tries to murder Coulson but his body doesn't respond no matter how much he wants to.
  • Remote Body: The Ivanov LMDs function as these for his disembodied head.
  • Sadist: He tells an uncooperative Billy Koenig that he enjoys causing other people pain.
  • Social Darwinist: Shows some signs of this, phrasing his issues with Inhumans as them getting powers by little more than luck than by actually doing anything to earn them. He also clearly enjoys demonstrating his strength over others, forcing Shockley to admit that Anton is his superior by choking him.
  • Talking to Themself: Or rather, to his dozens of LMD bodies, which he all controls.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After overcoming his LMD restrictions and forming a more equal partnership with Aida, he is a much more threatening villain.
  • Villain Ball: There was no logical reason whatsoever for him to attach his real head on one of his LMD bodies and engaging Elena in combat.
  • Villainous Valor: Doesn't hesitate in going head-to-head with Daisy (I.e. the superheroine Quake) despite knowing the deck is stacked against him.
    Ivanov: It's not a fair fight, but one I'll take on anyway.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: His broken body gets cut up by Aida and he gains control of dozens of LMD bodies.

    Tucker Shockley 

Tucker Shockley

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"That wasn't torture, that was a greeting."

Species: Inhuman

Portrayed By: John Pyper-Ferguson

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 75: "Broken Promises", Episode 78: "Hot Potato Soup", Episode 79: "BOOM")

A prominent member of the Watchdogs.


  • Action Bomb: After undergoing Terrigenesis. Mace even calls him a reusable suicide bomber.
  • Beard of Evil: A racist and genocidal man with a dark beard.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Becoming an Inhuman doesn't diminish his hatred for them one bit.
  • The Dragon: Acts as Senator Nadeer's main enforcer.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Though he follows her orders he reports to "The Superior" and has the authority to defy the Senator.
  • Expy: Seems to be the MCU version of Nitro, the alter ego of Robert Hunter. Both can transform into a volatile gaseous state and explode, and then reform their body. Hunter is a normal human who acquired his powers from Kree experimentation. Shockley gains his powers from being an Inhuman. Shockley still gains his powers from Kree experimentation, but here it's the same kind that created many of the show's other superhumans.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: A side effect of his power, as his clothes don't regenerate with him. Eventually, he just stops caring, taunting S.H.I.E.L.D. completely ass naked.
  • From a Single Cell: Is able to regenerate after each detonation from the resulting vapors.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: As shown in "BOOM," he himself is an Inhuman, and activates himself by accident. This flies in the face of his no-aliens mentality.
  • Meaningful Name: Shockley's Weapon of Choice is a cattle prod. Or at least it was, before his Terrigenesis.
  • Magic Pants: Averted. Shockley's clothes do not regenerate with him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Aside from the whole Watchdogs thing, he also makes several sexist comments toward Daisy in "BOOM".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: S.H.I.E.L.D. successfully traps Shockley while he is in his gaseous state between explosions by sucking him into an airtight device where he won't have the room to reconstitute himself.
  • You Are What You Hate: Hates Inhumans even after finding out that he is one.

    Yuri Zaikin 

Yuri Zaikin

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Troy Caylak

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 76: "The Patriot"'')

A former agent of HYDRA hired into the Watchdogs.


  • Former Regime Personnel: He's a former member of the Soviet KGB and the Russian Federation's SVR.
  • The Remnant: One of the few members of HYDRA that remained at large after the fall of the organization.
  • Western Terrorists: A Russian that joined HYDRA and then of the Watchdogs.
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    Victor Orlov 

Victor Orlon

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Phillipos Haile

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 76: "The Patriot"'')

A former agent of HYDRA hired into the Watchdogs.


  • Bald of Evil: He's bald and was the member of both a neofascist and then a racist terrorist organizations.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He sports a massive facial burn, not enough to make him Two-Faced but enough so you can notice he's up to no good.
  • Former Regime Personnel: He's a former member of the Soviet KGB and the Russian Federation's SVR.
  • The Remnant: One of the few members of HYDRA that remained at large after the fall of the organization.
  • Western Terrorists: A Russian that joined HYDRA and then of the Watchdogs.

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Mexican Cartel

    In General 

The Mexican Cartel

Appearances: | Daredevil (2015) | Luke Cage (2016) (mentioned) | The Punisher (2017) | Avengers: Endgame

The Mexican Cartel are a drug cartel operating in Mexico and New York City. While never directly referred to as such, the Mexican Cartel is based in Juarez, Mexico. Meaning that they are likely meant to be the Real Life Juarez Cartel.


  • Asshole Victim: While they are never shown as being much of a threat to guys like Daredevil, Punisher or Ronin, they're still a drug cartel at the end of the day and are responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent people, so no one really misses them when they get killed off.
  • Butt-Monkey: With the exception of Luke Cage and despite being a drug cartel, everytime the cartel is mentioned, they are being targeted by vengeful vigilantes.
    • Unlike the Dogs of Hell or Kitchen Irish, none of them posed a threat to Frank's life at any point in the show, and they never even get the mercy of Daredevil. Instead, they wind up getting the worst deaths out of the three shootout gangs, and eventually Frank kills off every last member of their New York chapter.
    • Even their contribution to the shootout winds up backfiring in their face. As despite actually managing to shoot up an entire park full of people, it only managed to get a very angry vigilante to put them on his hitlist.
    • Years later, Ronin also kills off several cartel members that survived the Snap, and as if to add even more insult to injury, Ronin's kills were just chalked up to gang warfare by the Federal Police.
  • The Cartel: It's in the name, as they are a cartel who regularly engage in drug trafficking and gang warfare.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The first time we see the Mexican Cartel, they are hanging from meathooks courtesy of the Punisher.
    Matt Murdock: You left men hanging from meathooks.
  • Flat Character: Unlike the other criminal organizations in the MCU Netflix shows (or at least most of the MCU in general), the Mexican Cartel have yet to have any named characters working for them, have the least amount of characterization, and mostly just exist as vigilante fodder.
  • Killed Offscreen: In Endgame, Rhodey mentions that Ronin was last seen killing cartel members, but unlike Akihiko, they are never seen putting up a fight.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Frank kills off a sicario from the cartel in his own series, who was all the way in Juarez, which means that the specific cartel that participated in the death of his family is likely the Real Life Juarez Cartel.
  • The Unfought: Despite their debut in Daredevil Season 2, Matt never ends up fighting a single member of the Mexican Cartel, as they arguably get the worst deaths from The Punisher instead and both of them have more trouble fighting the Dogs of Hell and Kitchen Irish.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Along with the Kitchen Irish and Dogs of Hell, they are responsible for the death of Frank Castle's family, which includes his wife and preteen daughter.
  • Would Hurt a Child: And his son Frank Jr.

    The Sicario 

The Sicario

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Raul Torres

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

The last surviving member of the NY branch of the Cartel.


  • Boom, Headshot!: Punisher snipes him with a single rifle shot in the middle of his forehead
  • Last of His Kind: The last surviving member of the NY branch of the cartel.
  • No Name Given: His actual name is never mentioned. He's credited as just "Cartel Sicario".
  • Professional Killer: A sicario is a hired killer employed by criminal organizations in Latin America.

Sinaloa Cartel

    El Chapo 

Joaquín Guzmán / El Chapo

Species: Human

Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (mentioned)

The Real Life former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.


  • Tunnel King: Just like in Real Life. Falcon compares Zemo's escape from his apartment via a secret tunnel with that of El Chapo.

The Flag-Smashers

    In General 

The Flag-Smashers

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Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A global anarchist terrorist cell formed in the five years after the Snap, who believe that the world was better off after the snap effectively erased national borders. Their goal is to tear down borders and the symbology of the old world in order to secure global unity.


  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Flag-Smasher (singular) leads an organization called ULTIMATUM (Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army To Unite Mankind). Here, his epithet has been applied to the group as a whole.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Here, the Flag-Smashers have taken the Super-Soldier Serum and have increased strength and toughness. The comic book Flag-Smasher was a Badass Normal, and his followers in ULTIMATUM were similarly unpowered.
  • Affably Evil: They're terrorists, but are an Anti-Villain Well-Intentioned Extremist group who are trying to help the needy who were screwed over by the Blip, while maintaining a Villainous Friendship amongst them.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Many of them turn out to be fairly sympathetic and well-intentioned individuals who are actually uncomfortable with the extremes Karli progressively resorts to. However, after they're arrested with the hinted possibility of turning over a new leaf, their transport is bombed on Zemo's orders, killing all of them.
  • Anti-Villain: They believe the world would be better off united as one people. To that end they have launched a campaign of sabotage against anything they see as holding people apart, like banks. They also seek to aid Snap-displaced refugees, which have been left behind the wake of the Blip.
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Acting outside and in opposition to all governments of the world, the Flag-Smashers perform acts of theft against the Global Repatriation Council to take the supplies they steal to vulnerable refugees in displacement camps. "Power Broker" has Karli escalate their actions a few steps further by detonating a car bomb beside the GRC headquarters, insisting that doing so will send an unignorable message.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To HYDRA, especially as seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
    • HYDRA has always had a "legitimate" aspect to their actions by operating under an official government organization; in The First Avenger they were the Third Reich's Science Division, while in The Winter Soldier they were The Conspiracy operating from within S.H.I.E.L.D. and other parts of the world's governments. The Flag Smashers are Bomb-Throwing Anarchists, yet also operate in the open through their use of masks.
    • HYDRA had hundreds of Mooks to throw at the heroes but most of them were Muggles, only making consistent use of one Enhanced Super Soldier despite their efforts to make more, and reaped the benefit of working within the Third Reich's military wing and the USA's intelligence network to rely on overwhelming force and sheer numbers. The Flag-Smashers are a small guerrilla outfit, whose core membership are all enhanced with a refined form of the original Super Serum that created Captain America, and get by on the loyalty and charity of those sympathetic to their cause.
    • HYDRA's goal was always to impose order on the world by bringing it under their fascistic rule. The Flag-Smashers are more concerned with providing aid and succor to those they believe the world has left behind since the effects of Thanos' Snap were undone, and while they are also bent on forcing the world to unite by erasing borders between nations there's no evidence they actually want to rule it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In Episode 6, they collectively disapprove of Karli's decision to start killing hostages and very reluctantly go along with it.
  • Evil vs. Evil: They come into conflict with two major villains of the universe: Baron Zemo (who opposes them because of his opposition to the existence of Super Soldiers) and the Power Broker (because Karli stole twenty vials of Super Serum from him to use in their campaign of sabotage).
  • External Combustion: How Karli's group, barring Karli herself and Diego, are dealt with in the end, by Zemo's butler.
  • Faceless Goons: All of them wear black masks to hide their identity.
  • Kill 'Em All: By the end of the series, all but one of the Flag-Smashers, including their leader, are dead.
  • Knife Nut: All the Flag-Smashers seem to favor knives as their weapon of choice.
    John Walker: What's with all the knives?
  • Malevolent Masked Men: While committing crimes, the Flag-Smashers always put on black masks with their symbol on it in order to hide their identities while still informing the world of their goals.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless:
    • Justified. None of them look as strong or as powerful as they actually are because the serum they took was modified to grant them enhanced abilities and senses without altering their physical appearance. This allows them to blend in and avoid drawing attention to themselves when not wearing their masks.
    • This also seems to apply between them, Karli seems to be the strongest member, even when she is one of the smallest members of the group.
  • No-Sell: In the first episode, one of them is seen landing perfectly safe on their feet after an incredibly high jump onto cobblestone with no injuries, even dusting off their coat after they do so, which calls into question if the group as a whole are enhanced or they only have a few enhanced members.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The younger villains fighting opposite Sam and Bucky.
  • Sigil Spam: Their symbol is that of a red hand imprint with an image of the globe on the palm. It can be seen on all their masks and is shown on the walls of people and families who are loyal to them.
  • Super Strength: One of them is seen kicking a guard so hard he goes flying and hits his head on a lamppost. All of the central members have been enhanced. It is confirmed in Episode 2 that they were enhanced with the super solder serum.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Most of them don't have the least idea how to fight properly, as demonstrated in Episode 4 when the unenhanced Sam is able to hold his own while in his Falcon gear, the comparatively Weak, but Skilled Bucky easily beats several of them once he realizes that he doesn't have to hold back (the only one who lays a glove on him is Karli and that's because she hits him in mid-air when he's dropping from a balcony), and they stand no chance against an equally enhanced and increasingly Ax-Crazy John Walker. In episode 6 they only do well against Walker and Bucky by ganging up on them all at once or attacking them while they're distracted by hostages; 1v1 the Weak, but Skilled Badass Normal Georges Batroc proves to be a far better fighter than them as seen in his fight with Sam.
  • Villainous Friendship: They have established good camaraderie and rapport amongst themselves.
  • We Are Everywhere: Said word-for-word by Karli Morgenthau to Batroc. The Flag-Smashers' ideals appeal to a lot of people, especially the displaced population that has come back from the Blip. Most of the time, the Flag-Smashers simply count on support from ordinary people, but in Episode 5, Karli mobilizes dozens of supporters in order to attack the GRC.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: To take down and unite the entire world as one while bringing the world to how it was during the Snap, they are willing to go to great lengths.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Sam's speech seems to turn some of them around, and the public may very well consider their stance more generously. Zemo doesn't care.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Despite their unsavory image with the U.S. government, seem to have enough grassroots clout that they have families taking the risk of giving them shelter. Their conversations also imply that they represent a growing social rift between the people who were Snapped and the people who were left behind.

    Karli Morgenthau 

Karli Morgenthau

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"I need to know you're all committed, because after tomorrow, there's no going back."

Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Erin Kellyman

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

"The struggle is what brings us all together. People who have nothing in common. For we are, after all, simply one world and one people."
The leader of the Flag-Smashers.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: The original Flag-Smasher in the comics, Karl Morgenthau, became a supervillain after seeing his diplomat father murdered during a riot outside a Latverian embassy. Here, Karli is a young woman radicalized by being a homeless orphan who was adopted and raised by the kindly Mama Donya and seeing the world come together to survive in extreme circumstances after the Snap only for things to go back to how they were before or get even worse after the Avengers undid its effects by bringing back those who died in the initial Snap.
  • Adaptation Name Change: A minor one to go along with the gender flip, from Karl Morgenthau to Karli.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Swiss in the comic, British here.
  • Affably Evil: She's A Mother to Her Men out of their Villainous Friendship, while also demonstrating Villain Respect towards Sam, who sympathizes with her group's cause.
  • Beneath the Mask: Beneath the image of a freedom fighter opposing tyranny, Karli is actually a disgrunted young woman opposing a system that she refuses to accept and whom she blames for causing the death of her mother figure. Her repressed frustration makes her vengeful and she is venting them against the goverment, which cultimates in her killing more and more people. Thus, while she claims that it is for the sake of the people, she is actually fighting for herself.
  • Big Bad: Of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier; Bucky and Sam begin working together in order to stop her before she goes too far, and they recruit Zemo to help fight her and her fellow Super-Soldiers.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The Star Wars franchise exists in the MCU with Erin Kellyman having appeared in Solo.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Both times she fights Bucky, she sucker-punches him - the first time by exploiting her apparently harmless appearance to get him to drop his guard, the second to body-slam him as he's dropping from a balcony. In the final episode, when Bucky catches up with her gang, Karli sets a car with hostages on fire to give him someone to rescue.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's capable of going toe to toe with trained and genetically enhanced soldiers thanks to her powers.
  • Death by Irony: Rather than martyr herself against what she perceives to be a problematic icon of nationalism like Walker or Sam, she is instead killed by the Power Broker, an independent criminal, who was responsible for her getting her powers.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Implied. After merely shoving Lemar Hoskins away during a fight at the end of Episode 4, the impact of hitting a stone pillar at force kills him; Karli takes off her mask and looks just as shocked as the rest of the cast at what just happened.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Facetiously apologizes for killing Battlestar in the series finale, because in her words, Lemar’s life didn't matter as far as the goals of the Flag Smashers were concerned.
  • The Dragon: She was once this to Sharon Carter.
  • Evil Redhead: Her dark red curly hair is constantly on display from behind her mask, keeping her distinct from her comrades.
  • Expy: This version of the character seems to be partially inspired by Enfys Nest, the character from Solo also played by Erin Kellyman, both being young masked female leaders of a criminal freedom fighter group who are in conflict with crime lords, grew up in poverty and are mostly trying to make life better for their people, albeit through unorthodox and questionable methods.
  • Gender Flip: In the mainstream comics, Karl Morgenthau was male, as was his successor. Not only is Karli female, but the beloved parental figure who inspired her is also her (adoptive) mother rather than her father.
  • Hero Killer: An accidental one. She kills Lemar Hoskins.
  • Ignored Epiphany/Heel–Face Door-Slam: Any time Karli comes close to realizing she's Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, someone interrupts or she just flat-out ignores the realization.
  • In a Single Bound: Is seen leaping from the back of a truck and going about 30 feet into the air in Episode 2.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Karli starts off as being Just Like Robin Hood, but her anger at the GRC results in her doing things that are undeniably acts of terrorism. By the end of the series, she's trying to burn hostages alive and kill Sam just to send a message and is content with her and her followers becoming martyrs to further the movement, which understandably unsettles her followers.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: She's explicitly referred to as Robin Hood by her supporters and collaborators.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Like all Flag-Smashers, though she's notable for taking it off to talk to Sam at Donya Madani’s funeral.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: She is more disturbed over killing Lemar than she was about blowing up a building full of GRC members.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She genuinely cares about her fellow anarchists, and is nothing short of devastated when Matias willingly sacrifices himself to the Power Broker's men to buy her and the rest of the Flag-Smashers time to escape.
  • Motive Decay: Karli's goal of helping refugees Just Like Robin Hood eventually comes down to anarchy and killing anyone, innocent or not, to ensure the success of her goal.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: She assures her followers that even in death, their movement will continue, which horrifies them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She's genuinely horrified after she accidentally kills Lemar Hoskins as her only intention was to push him away from her. She even apologizes to Walker, only to blurt that Lemar's life doesn't matter (to her cause.)
  • No-Sell: Is able to kick away Cap's shield when Sam throws it at her. This is due to being enhanced with the Super Soldier serum.
  • No Sympathy: While she is A Mother to Her Men and a Well-Intentioned Extremist genuinely wanting to help the people who were displaced, Karli is willing to kill innocent people and hostages to achieve her goals.
    Sam: You're killing innocent people.
  • Nothing Personal: She tells Walker that her killing of Hoskins was never her intention and that it was an accident. Unfortunately for her, Walker is not swayed by her statements and becomes even more incensed when she brushes him off as someone that didn't matter.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Downplayed, since her goals and concerns are sincere, but it is more and more evident to both her enemies and even her followers that she has gotten Drunk on the Dark Side and on some level is just using her ideology as an excuse to vent her frustrations and hurt people she doesn't like rather than achieve anything of substance.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Karl Morgenthau is a fully-costumed supervillain in the comics, with a mask, cape, and tights to boot. Karli, along with the rest of her group, opts for a simple black mask marked with a red handprint.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: She is 19 and fighting the much older Sam Wilson and the even older Bucky Barnes.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When she attempts to apologize for killing Lemar, she tells Walker that she never meant to kill people who didn’t matter. Walker takes it exactly how you'd expect.
    Karli: I didn't mean to kill your friend. I don't wanna hurt people that don't matter.
  • Race Lift: In the comics, Karl Morgenthau was Caucasian, but here Karli Morgenthau is played by Erin Kellyman, who is mixed race.
  • Shame If Something Happened: In order to get Sam to meet her, Karli contacts Sarah and threatens both her and her children. She claims it was just to get his attention and see what he was like.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Karli is what would happen if Sam go against the government for their oppression of the people and taken the super soldier serum. Part of Sam's character arc in the series is to being a symbol for hope for a race that has been prejudiced for centuries and accepting a mantle that means a lot for the country. On the contrary, Karli doesn't see the Captain American mantle and shield as a symbol of hope and believes it should be destroyed. By the final episode, Karli goes to the deep end and has no qualms about killing people, something that Sam has been avoiding throughout the series.
    • She is also one for the Captain America title. Whereas Captain America is supposed to a symbol of hope for the people, Karli rallies her allies via chaos.
  • She Knows Too Much: She's killed by Sharon Carter under the pretense of Sharon stopping her from killing Sam. However, Sharon was also silencing Karli, who knows Sharon's identity as the Power Broker.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Karli's initial goal of stealing supplies to give to the needy eventually has her killing GRC members. When questioned by Sam, she considers the people she killed obstacles in her goal and will kill them again if it means completing her objective. This makes her realize that she is a supremacist and no different than the government that she is planning to topple. Averted however that by the finale, she went on to the deep end and is willing to kill anyone just to make a statement.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: She gradually slips into becoming a terrorist no better morally than the people she opposes.
  • Superhero Movie Villains Die: Or in this case, Superhero Show. Sharon puts her down with a few well-placed shots, averting Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? quite hard.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She's one of the better fighters among the Flag-Smashers, but she doesn't have the same control over her strength that the likes of Bucky do, let alone the same skills. However, she's sufficiently pragmatic to hold her own.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As her plans to stop the GRC repeatedly get foiled by Sam and Bucky, and eventually Walker, Karli gets visibly more unhinged, resorting to more extreme tactics, even willing to kill the hostages, which disturbs her followers. By the time she confronts Sharon, and fights Sam, she's screaming in fury at the latter.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She is the leader and most ruthless member of the Flag-Smashers but she is genuinely trying to help all the people who were displaced.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pretends to be a hostage captured by the Flag-Smashers in Episode 2 in order to get the drop on Bucky.
  • Young and in Charge: She leads the Flag-Smashers despite being the youngest of them.
  • Youthful Freckles: Erin Kellyman's freckles are in no way de-emphasized here. In fact, they emphasize her youthfulness compared to the two older heroes. (For the record, during filming Erin Kellyman was 21, Anthony Mackie was 41, and Sebastian Stan was 37).

    Dovich 

Dovich

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Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Desmond Chiam

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A member of the Flag-Smashers.


  • Actually, That's My Assistant: Initially believed to be the leader of the Flag Smashers by Torres.
  • Badass Longcoat: He sports a rather dashing longcoat with a fur collar, which he dusts off after jumping off the balcony of the bank.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to Torres when he attempts to arrest him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After two episodes of the Flag Smashers doing nothing too evil, to the point they could be seen as (and are explicitly referred to as) Robin-Hood-esque vigilantes, Dovich is suitably horrified when Karli suddenly takes things further, and blows up a GRC storage compound with a car bomb - with the people still inside. He's also not very enthused to find out the Flag-Smashers are working with Batroc, a known and wanted criminal, in Episode 5.
  • The Lancer: To Karli.
  • Super Strength: He's stronger than a regular human, being capable of throwing Torres several feet away and stomping his face in hard enough to fracture his orbital bone, kicking a guard so hard he goes flying and hits his head on a lamppost, as well as landing on his feet after jumping from a 20 foot drop with no injuries. This is because he has been enhanced with the Super Solder serum

    Gigi 

Gigi

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Dani Deetté

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A member of the Flag-Smashers.


    DeeDee  

DeeDee

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Indya Bussey

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A member of the Flag-Smashers.


    Nico 

Nico

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Noah Mills

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A member of the Flag-Smashers.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: His death is both tragic and horrifying at the same time as he was pleading to be spared to no avail.
  • Death by Irony: He mentions in the beginning of "The Whole World is Watching" that he was a Captain America fan when he was younger. Then John, the then-current Captain America kills him with the shield he once idolized. He fully agrees with Karli that their methods should include terrorist acts. Cue him being killed in the same episode.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Only really gets his character development fleshed out from the other non-Karli Flag Smashers in Episode 4... just in time to get murdered by Walker.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We don't see the end result of what John did to him due to the camera cutting away from the moments of impact with the shield as well as cutting to a wide shot when John looks at the crowd in order to obscure any detailed wounds on his corpse. All the audience sees is his bloodied hand falling limp after Walker finishes him off. Sam, Bucky, Karli, and the rest of the crowd watching the act aren't so lucky.
  • Never My Fault: When facing an enraged John Walker, he cries "It wasn't me." While it's true that he didn't strike the death blow that killed Hoskins with his own hands, he was a fully complicit accomplice in everything Karli did. Unsurprisingly, Walker is not moved.
  • Sacrificial Lion: A tertiary character who is brutally killed by John Walker in order to seriously shift the direction of the story.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Tries to beg for his life at the time of his death by Walker.

    Lennox 

Lennox

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Renes Rivera

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A member of the Flag-Smashers.


  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Sharon subjects him to this with a mercury vapor grenade, which blows up in his face and causes it to melt as the toxin eats away at his flesh.
  • The Big Guy: He's the most physically imposing member of the group.

    Diego 

Diego

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Tyler Dean Flores

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A member of the Flag-Smashers.


  • Ace Pilot: He manages to pull off some impressive maneuvers in a helicopter trying to evade Sam in Episode 6.
  • Sole Survivor: Is the only surviving Flag-Smasher by the end of Episode 6.

    Matias 

Matias

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Ness Bautista

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A member of the Flag-Smashers.


  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to allow Karli and the other Flag-Smashers a chance to flee the Power Broker.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's willing to sacrifice himself to give Karli and the rest of the group time to escape from the Power Broker's men.

Rising Tide

    In General 

A transnational hacktivist group.


  • Information Wants to Be Free: Their ultimate goal is to break the veil secrecy created by organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D. so everything they're hiding is out in the open.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A hacktivist/whistleblower organization like Anonymous and WikiLeaks.
  • La Résistance: They consider themselves this in contrast with the secret-keeping S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Miles Lydon 

Miles Lydon

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Austin Nichols

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 5: "Girl in the Flower Dress")

A famous hacker whom even Fitz-Simmons have heard of, and a high-level member of the Rising Tide hacktivist group.


  • Broken Pedestal: Skye saw him as a Wide-Eyed Idealist freedom fighter until he released top secret information for a million dollars, information that ultimately resulted in several people getting killed.
  • The Cracker: Same as Skye. We see him trigger a pre-prepared macro to hack the traffic system and cause gridlock in order to lose Coulson.
  • Cruel Mercy: What Coulson ends up doing him: stuck in a city he doesn't know, where everyone speaks a language he may not know, with no money to his name, and last but not least, a Restraining Bolt that doesn't allow him to hack anything (which is his only known marketable job skill).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied to have this, as he tells Skye that at least she knows what she's looking for in her life.
  • Hypocrite: Espouses freedom of information, yet sells out a person for a million dollars to an organization he didn't research thoroughly enough.
  • Information Wants to Be Free: His excuse for his behavior, despite the fact that he's selling said information, making it anything but free.
  • Jerkass: An uppity hacker who blathers on in relentless platitudes and is a hypocrite to boot.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, Skye decides that hacking S.H.I.E.L.D. and – even worse – selling someone out for a million dollars is his MEH. At the end of the episode, as S.H.I.E.L.D. strands him in Hong Kong with a Restraining Bolt that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for him to use electronic equipment for a while, it's clear that Skye doesn't want him around anymore, even if she's pretending to be nice to him about it.
  • New Old Flame: To Skye. Said flame burns out by the end of the episode.
  • Pet the Dog: Cared a great deal for Skye, checking up on her and allegedly doing what he did in part to improve her life. Whether or not he still cares for her is unknown.
  • Restraining Bolt: After the crisis is past, he's given a bracelet that Coulson vaguely describes as being able to do "anything we want". At the very least, it generates some kind of interference that makes using electronics difficult.
  • Spanner in the Works: By taking money to hack S.H.I.E.L.D. for Chan's location, he not only ruined his own life, but blew his chances with Skye and cost her the trust of the other members of the team when she stuck her neck out for him.
  • Techno Wizard: He taught Skye a good portion of her hacking ability.
  • Unperson: Not as thorough as Skye, but he has no family records and has been known to use aliases.

    Others 

Zanda's Gang

    Zanda 

Zanda

Species: Human

Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: Black Panther Prelude comic

A Narobian terrorist partnered with Douglas Scott.


  • African Terrorists: She's one, but in her appearance she doesn't give off the vibe of any political motivation other than money.
  • Death by Adaptation: Her comic book counterpart is very much alive.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Her dialogue indicates she's one, as she's makes constant mentions to hunting and treats her enemies as prey.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She's killed in her first appearance.

    Douglas Scott 

Douglas Scott

Species: Human

Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: Black Panther Prelude comic

An Afrikaner terrorist partnered with Zanda.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Looses both his hands fighting Black Panther and Okoye, a nod to his mainstream comic book counterpart, who lost both his hands to Colleen Wing.
  • Adaptational Nationality: There's no mention of his origin in the mainstream comics. In the MCU, he hails from South Africa.
  • Amoral Afrikaner: He's an Afrikaner terrorist.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never referred to as Razor-Fist, his mainstream comic book codename, in part because he has both his hands in his appearance. That is until his final confrontation with Okoye.
  • Knife Nut: He employs knives as weapons, a nod to his mainstream comic book counterpart.
  • Maniac Mercenary: He's a sadist mercenary.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the mainstream comics, he's fought many superheroes but he's not counted among Black Panther's foes.

United States

Slicing Talons

    Calvin Johnson 

    Karla Faye Gideon 

Karla Faye Gideon

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Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Drea de Matteo

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 35: "One of Us")

A worker in a chemical company that got razor blades fused to her fingernails to defend against her abusive boyfriend, though she also went on a killing spree. She was put on the Gifted Index by S.H.I.E.L.D. and forced to wear gauntlets to keep her from harming anyone else. She joins Cal's short-lasting team of gifted humans.


  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: She has several, in the form of her razors.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Karla Faye Gideon is a regular human, while here, she's a lethal fighter.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She never joins a Legion of Doom in the comics and never kills anyone.
  • Asshole Victim: Her abusive boyfriend was her first victim.
  • Broken Bird: She seems to have suffered under S.H.I.E.L.D's treatment as she's scared when she thinks Cal is with them, and that was before the issue with her abusive boyfriend.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: She quickly gets into Cal's methods.
  • Dark Action Girl: She can hold her own against Bobbi.
  • Dark Chick: Stands out from the rest of Cal's group as the only female member.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She killed her abusive boyfriend after grafting razor blades to her fingers.
  • Domestic Abuse: Suffered it from her boyfriend, which is why she killed him.
  • Femme Fatalons: She has metal blades fused into her fingernails which can easily slash through flesh.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She initially refuses Cal's offer because she wanted a normal life, though she accepts after thinking it over.
  • Slashed Throat: How she kills; a quick flick of her nails and they're dead.
  • Token Good Teammate: Based on her treatment of Angar, and her hesitation to accept Cal's offer she is the one with the greatest morals in the group.

    David Angar 

David Angar

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Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Jeff Daniel Phillips

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 35: "One of Us")

A man suffering from throat cancer that got his vocal chords irradiated. While the tumors disappeared, he got a voice capable of inducing catatonia with a whisper.


  • Beard of Evil: Sports one due to his mouth being kept shut by a muzzle, leaving him unable to shave.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He's kept silent to keep his powers from affecting anyone in the vicinity. Once he opens his mouth, however, expect people to start dropping.
  • Body Horror: A mild case, but his mouth and throat widen and elongate unnaturally when he bellows.
  • Brown Note: His bellows render anyone that hears them comatose. It seems to have an effective radius of a couple hundred meters, and is implied to remain effective even when transmitted through secondary sources like radio.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: His comic book counterpart's "Angar the Screamer" moniker is never used.
  • The Dragon: He's the deadliest of Cal's team of supervillains.
  • Glass Cannon: He's not physically imposing, but his power is definitely lethal.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports nasty scars around his mouth and on his neck due to the muzzle he was forced to wear.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His screams can render any living thing unconscious in a wide radius.
  • Mouth Stitched Shut: With a muzzle to keep him from using his powers.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was locked in the underground ward of a psychiatric hospital where S.H.I.E.L.D. kept psychotic superhumans.
  • The Sociopath: The reason why S.H.I.E.L.D. locked him in a facility for the criminally insane.

    Wendell Levi 

Wendell Levi

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Ric Sarabia

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 35: "One of Us")

A talented and sociopathic hacker (making him more of a "cracker", to use the correct internet term) and technological whiz.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: Chuckles while Cal is hamming it up over the PA system in "One of Us".
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After it's clear that his side has lost, Wendell begs Coulson not to kill him.
  • Beard of Evil: Of the goatee variety.
  • Canon Foreigner: So far, he has no counterpart in the comics.
  • Evil Genius: Serves as the tech expert and hacker for Cal's team.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A glasses-wearing sociopath.
  • Non-Action Guy: He just runs when Cal is suddenly taken out of the picture, and doesn't even try to fight when Coulson corners him.
  • The Sociopath: Coulson describes him as having no regard for the human life.
  • Techno Wizard: A superb hacker who seems to have an intuitive understanding of technology akin to Forge in the comics.
  • The Team Normal: Doesn't actually have superpowers. He's just that much of a genius.

    Francis Noche 

Francis Noche

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Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Geo Corvera

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 35: "One of Us")

A mob enforcer that got enhanced after getting his hands on experimental steroids. These increased his strength but severely reduced his intelligence.


  • Ambiguously Brown: He's possibly of Hispanic descent, since his name contains a Spanish word. It's hard to tell since he never speaks.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His surname "Noche" is Spanish word for "night".
  • Beard of Evil: A nasty, cropped goatee.
  • The Brute: Acts as the muscle for Cal's short-lived team.
  • Canon Foreigner: So far, he has no counterpart in the comics.
  • Dark Is Evil: His surname means "night".
  • Dumb Muscle: He's a powerful superhuman who manages to give May a good fight. Due to the steroids he used, his mental faculties suffered as a result.
  • Psycho for Hire: Used to work for the mob as hired muscle.
  • The Quiet One: Due to his reduced intelligence, he never speaks.
  • Super Strength: Via experimental steroids that hampered his intelligence.
  • Tears of Fear: Visibly breaks down while getting submitted by May.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Or rather an inversion, Strong, but Unskilled — for all his strength he is easily taken down by May, a Badass Normal, without any assistance.

The Dogs of Hell

    In General 

The Dogs of Hell

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Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appear in Episode 15: "Yes Men") | Daredevil (2015) | Iron Fist (mentioned) | The Punisher (2017)

A one-percenter motorcycle club with chapters in Nevada and New York.


  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: They are a one-percenter motorcycle club involved in illegal activities such as smuggling the Hand's heroin.
  • Canon Immigrant: Following their appeance in the MCU, they have been introduced in the comics.
  • Characterization Marches On: They are generic bad guys in their debut in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but become much more of a threat in Daredevil (2015). May be justified in-universe because the two shows depict different chapters of the gang and out-of-universe because of the Darker and Edgier concept of Daredevil and its sister Netflix shows.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The New York chapter was one of the factions involved in the clusterfuck of a firefight that killed Frank Castle's family, including his wife...
  • Would Hurt a Child: ...And his two pre-teen children.

New York Chapter

    Jimmy the Bear 

Jimmy the Bear

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: John Bianco

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

The President of the Dogs of Hell New York Chapter.


    Leon 

Leon

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Mario D'Leon

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

The Sergeant at Arms of the Dogs of Hell NY Chapter.


Nevada Chapter

    Rooster 

Rooster

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Dylan Bruno

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 15: "Yes Men")

The Road Captain of the Dogs of Hell Nevada Chapter. Becomes a thrall of Lorelei after her escape from Asgard.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Falls under Lorelei's spell and goes as far as to kill his own wife.
  • The Dragon: He becomes Lorelei's leading servant and protector after she enthralls him and his fellow Dogs.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kills his wife while under Lorelei's power.

The Maggia

    In General 

Appearances: Agent Carter | Daredevil (2015) (mentioned)

A long-lived crime syndicate operating at least since the 1940s in Los Angeles and well into the 2010s in New York


  • The Ghost: Kingpin namedrops them as one of the crime syndicates he intends to force into his protection racket in the third season of Daredevil.
  • The Mafia: The Maggia is formed by Italian-American mobsters. See No Celebrities Were Harmed.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Their name was originally invented to avoid any potential offenses to the real life The Mafia, which was more of a serious deal when they debuted in the comics.

Los Angeles (1940s)

    Joseph Manfredi 

Joseph Manfredi

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"You're gonna pay for that."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Ken Marino

Appearances: Agent Carter

The volatile leader of the Los Angeles Maggia in the 1940s, that Whitney Frost turns to for help.


  • Affably Evil: The guy is quite charming and polite for a mobster.
  • Age Lift: He's a present-day character in the comics.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In his first scene, Manfredi demonstrates why none of his men dare turn against him, because he can easily smash their faces in himself.
  • Bad Boss: He beats one of his henchman almost to death for an imagined slight.
  • Badass in Charge: You have to be a badass to rise to become the leader of a crime syndicate.
  • Childhood Friend: To Howard Stark, much to Peggy's surprise.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: His crime group is never called the Maggia.note  Likewise, he is never referred to as Blackwing, and instead takes a few cues from Hammerhead.
  • The Don: He's the leader of the Maggia in Los Angeles during the 1940s
  • The Dragon: After Whitney takes over the Council, Manfredi becomes her most trusted enforcer. On terms of authority, he's Co-Dragons with Vernon Masters, due to the latter's position in the U.S. government.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He considers that delivering a vicious beatdown is an appropriate response for staring at his guests.
  • Enemy Mine: When it becomes clear after a series of incidents that Whitney is no longer the woman he fell in love with mostly because all she appears to care about is opening another rift and doesn't stop working even to eat or sleep he comes to Peggy and Co. for help.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first appearance consists of him making Calvin Chadwick uncomfortable with a threat before claiming he was joking, casually flirting with Whitney and discussing the wedding gift he sent her, and then beating one of his own men into unconsciousness for merely looking at the old girlfriend he is supposedly over.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Or at least his grandmother, whom he genuinely loves.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Season 2 finale, he tells his grandmother that yes, he truly loves Whitney.
  • Faux Affably Evil: It's never clear when he's sincerely friendly, as he can flip from charming to monstrous in an instant.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Flies into a volcanic rage and beats one of his own men to a pulp with his bare hands for looking at Whitney too long. Also, we don't see it, but it is mentioned that on the day Whitney dumped him for Calvin Chadwick, he reacted by murdering six random criminals at a card game.
  • Hostage Situation: He holds Jarvis at gunpoint to get through Howard Stark's mansion and has everyone on edge - until it is revealed that he and Howard are old friends, and he was just messing around. Er...probably, anyway.
  • In Name Only/Adapted Out: In the comics, he is a bat trainer and thus has natural ability to control bats without superpowers. In the TV series, he hasn't shown any of them, not even any motifs about bats.
  • Laughably Evil: An unrepentent yet affable Mafia don full of Black Comedy.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He beats the hell out of one of his underlings until his knuckles are bloody.
  • Noodle Incident: They didn't go into much detail about his past which is kind of a shame, because it apparently included such delightful occurrences as nearly getting thrown off a bridge by an old girlfriend, and Howard Stark stealing his underwear.
  • Old Flame: He and Whitney used to date. He claims to have moved on, but a few minutes later he viciously beats a man because he looked at her for too long.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: As is usual for a 40s gangster, he wears slick suits.
  • Undying Loyalty: He seems to be utterly devoted to Whitney despite her leaving him and marrying another man. As a 1940s macho Italian mobster, one would expect him to balk at taking orders from a woman but he accepts Whitney's authority without question. He is the only character not freaked out by Whitney's transformation, finding her perfect the way she is.

    "Nonna" Manfredi 

"Nonna" Manfredi

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Tina D'Marco

Appearances: Agent Carter

Joseph Manfredi's beloved grandmother and adviser.


  • Bilingual Dialogue: Even though she speaks nothing but Italian, she understands English perfectly and often has bilingual conversations with her grandson.
  • The Consigliere: Joseph trusts her advice implicitly. She's the one that recommends that he join forces with Peggy and her team to cure Whitney of the Zero Matter.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "Nonna" is the Italian word for "grandmother", and that's the only way she is ever referred to.
  • Never Mess with Granny: When Sousa threatens Manfredi, she grabs a knife and lunges at him, until her grandson holds her back.
  • No, Mister Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Even if you are an adversary, she will serve you food... but only if she likes you.
  • Older Than They Look: Ken Marino was 47 at the time of filming this; while Tina D'Marco's age isn't publicly known, she doesn't seem old enough to be his grandmother.

    Hank 

Hank

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Chris Coppola

Appearances: Agent Carter

A mobster who works for Joseph Manfredi.


  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Hilariously invoked and subverted.
    Hank: I swear on the soul of my mother, that I am not working for Tommy Fontana!
    Manfredi: You always hated your mother, Hank.
    Hank: So what!?
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: On the other hand, he claims that the feds threatened his family, forcing him to cooperate with them, and supposedly gave them an information about Manfredi.
  • Fat Bastard: He is a rather overweight mobster.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He doesn't know that Manfredi just wanted to use him to distract Whitney Frost so the SSR could take a look at her research. It results in him giving a real confession.
  • Uncertain Doom: We don't know whether Manfredi killed him or not for being forced to give an information to the feds.

Los Angeles

Chinatown Crew

    Eli Morrow 

    Chen 

Chen

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Jen Kuo Sung

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 67: "The Ghost", Episode 68: "Meet the New Boss", Episode 69: "Uprising")

"Did you burn their bodies and dump the truck in the ocean? Because if not they can be traced back here, they probably saw what was in this box and were fighting over it you idiot! I have been told it is powerful enough to bring our new enhanced enemies to their knees."

The field leader of the Chinatown Crew in Los Angeles.


  • Asshole Victim: Being a Chinese gangster who casually discusses about burning bodies, nobody is sympathetic of him being infected by Lucy's paranoia and hallucination-inducing touch and dying from it.
  • Beard of Evil: He's a bearded criminal.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Eli Morrow, the true mastermind of Chinatown Crew.
  • Mind Rape: He's infected by Lucy Bauer's touch, which causes him to suffer from paranoia and hallucinations until he dies from the damage to his brain.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: He's a mobster of Chinese origin leading a crime syndicate composed by Chinese.

Fifth Street Locos

    In General 

Fifth Street Locos

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appear in Episode 71: "Lockup")

Santino Noguera: Hardly anyone remembers the Fifth Street Locos.
Robbie Reyes: I do.

An Hispanic gang based in Los Angeles.


    Santino Noguera 

Santino Noguera

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Rolando Molina

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 71: "Lockup")

Santino Noguera: Así que si tú conocías a esos chamacos, tu pleito no es conmigo. Translation 
Robbie Reyes: ¿Quién lo ordenó? ¿Quién? Translation 
Noguera: Mis carnales nunca me lo dijeron, y nunca me lo dirán, porque después de ese día todos terminaron muertos. Cada miembro de Calle Cinco, quemados. Translation 
Reyes: No, todavía queda uno. Translation 

The last living member of the Locos.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs for mercy after being confronted by Robbie Reyes, who is adamant about killing him.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a bald gangbanger.
  • Beard of Evil: A gangbanger with a goatee.
  • Boxed Crook: He's imprisoned at the South Ridge Penitentiary.
  • Kill It with Fire: He's burned to death by Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider.
  • Last of His Kind: He was the last member of the Fifth Street Locos.
  • Reformed Criminal: He chose to become a model inmate after learning all members of his gang where being horrifically killed one by one.
  • Tattooed Crook: He's a gangbanger with a notorious tattoo on one of his arms.

Aryan Brotherhood

    In General 

Aryan Brotherhood

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Appearances: Daredevil (2015) (mentioned) | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appear in Episode 67: "The Ghost")

"Aryan Brotherhood. They're not my kind of brothers."
Alphonso Mackenzie

A Real Life white supremacist criminal organization.


  • Bald of Evil: Mitchell and Moore are bald, making them look like skinheads.
  • Beard of Evil: Three of the Aryans shown in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scott, Mitchell and Moore, sport beards, highlighting their villainy.
  • The Ghost: They are mentioned by Fisk in the second season of Daredevil, but don't appear there.
  • Harmless Villain: They are a threat to regular citizens, but when up against a mystical being like Ghost Rider, they are nothing.
  • Hypocrite: Despite their talk about racial purity white superiority and whatnot, they are perfectly willing to work for other ethnicities in exchange for some money.
  • Kill It with Fire: Ghost Rider kills the members that appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by burning them to death.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: They call themselves "Aryans", employ Nazi imagery and consider other races inferior.

Kusack's Gang

    Kusack 

Kusack

Portrayed By: Kevin Chapman

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

The leader of a white supremacist gang and former friend and ally of John Pilgrim.


    Robert / John Pilgrim 

    Danny 

Danny

Portrayed By: Derek Goh

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

A younger member of Kusack's gang.


  • Broken Pedestal: He admired Robert (John Pilgrim) until he abandoned the brotherhood and dissappeared with Kusack's money.
  • In the Back: The wy he ends up killed by Pilgrim.
  • Fan Boy: When he was a teenager, he looked up to John Pilgrim (then Robert).

The Crips

    In General 

The Crips

Appearances: Runaways (2017)

A Real Life African American street gang. Geoffrey Wilder used to be one of its top members in Los Angeles.


    Osiris 

Osiris

Species: Human

Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: Runaways (2017)

The predecessor of Geoffrey Wilder as leader of the Crips.


    Darius Davis 

Darius Davis

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: DeVaughn Nixon

Appearances: Runaways (2017)

A leader of the Crips and former cellmate, and friend turned enemy of Geoffrey Wilder.


  • Affably Evil: Despite being a criminal, he is incredibly easy-going and outright jovial to have around.
  • Beard of Evil: He's a murderous gang leader with a thick dark beard.
  • Dragon Ascendant: He rose to leadership after Geoffrey Wilder left the gang.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Has a grandmother whom he loves and worries about. Geoffrey threatens her to get Darius to stop encroaching in the PRIDE digging site. He also has a pregnant girlfriend named Tamar who is expecting his child.
  • Evil Former Friend: Subverted as both Geoffrey and Darius are different shades of evil. Darius comes across more sympathetic when you realize Geoffrey abandoned him him after he took the fall for his early release.
  • False Confession: He confessed to a murder committed by Geoffrey to ensure Geoffrey's release from prison and the latter's deal with Jonah.
  • Frame-Up: Catherine murders him and frames him for Destiny Gonzales' murder.
  • Gangbangers: Took over Geoffrey's old LA gang once he got into the real estate business.
  • Nothing Personal: He takes a genuine liking to Alex and apologizes to him when he sells him out to his father.
  • Parental Substitute: He briefly takes Alex under his wing and shows him how is the life of working-class African American.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Repeatedly mentions how Geoffrey working for "white folks"... despite Geoffrey's "new friends" also include Asian, Jewish, and (formerly) Latin people. And the fact that he makes a big deal if Geoffrey actually worked with white people.
  • Scary Black Man: He's a Crip.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first antagonist the Runaways confront as a group.
  • Tattooed Crook: Notably, the Crips tattoo on his neck, the tear below his left eye and the crossed scratches below his right one.
  • Troll: In exchange for supplying Alex with money, he briefly implies that he wants Alex to do something illegal. He was just screwing with Alex; what he actually wants Alex to do is paint the nursery for his future child.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Formerly close friends with Geoffrey.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no qualms with kidnapping and threatening to shoot Alex to get back at Geoffrey. Darius also shoots at the Runaways when they confront him.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • As far as Darius is concerned, he just wants the money that Geoffrey promised when he confessed to a murder committed by Geoffrey and he thought he could get it by bullying Wilders employee in the construction site. He absolutely had no idea that his former friend has become a member of murderous cult and unwilling pawn of a Humanoid Abomination, that essentially stresses Geoffrey out which may contribute to his annoyance on Darius' insistence to get paid (which can also be considered Bullying a Dragon to a degree). This attitude indirectly gets Andre killed by PRIDE.
    • He also kidnapped Alex without knowing that Alex's friends either have superpowers or high-tech weapon. All this makes him hilariously outclassed.

    Andre Compton 

Andre Compton

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Nathan Davis Jr.

Appearances: Runaways (2017)

A teenage member of the Crips working for Darius.


  • The Cracker: He's adept at hacking phones and is using his talent for a dangerous gang.
  • Foil: To Alex. Both of them are skilled hackers, but Andre grew up in the hood and is involved in organized crime, while Alex had a fairly privileged upbringing.
  • Gangbangers: Part of Darius's gang.
  • Human Sacrifice: Geoffrey kidnaps him to sacrifice him to Jonah after Victor's failed attempts at procuring a victim.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's involved with Darius because he believes working for him is his only way to have a better life and bears no malice towards Alex, even after Alex shoots him in the shoulder.

    Eldridge 

Eldridge

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Robert Okumu

Appearances: Runaways (2017)

A member of the Crips infiltrated at the PRIDE construction site.


  • The Mole: Darius hires him to find out what is PRIDE doing at their construction site.

San Francisco

Sonny Burch's Black-Market Ring

    Sonny Burch 

Sonny Burch

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"Forget A.I. Forget cryptocurrency. Quantum energy is the future. It's the next gold rush. I want in."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Walton Goggins

Appearances: Ant-Man and the Wasp

A genteel but menacing arms and black market dealer.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: His comics counterpart is a fat man with ugly glasses. The MCU version is played by Walton Goggins, who in comparison is much more attractive.
  • Arms Dealer: A prolific dealer in illegal tech and weaponry.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Alongside Ghost, he's one of the main villains of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Established very early on when Wasp completely floors him and all of his goons by herself. He's a Smug Snake who thinks he's bigger than he actually is, and overall is less of a direct threat than Ghost.
  • Butt-Monkey: Whether it's by Wasp, Ghost, Luis, Ant-Man or whatever, Sonny is a guy with a streak of bad luck and tends to be made a fool of. Not that it's unearned.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Unlike Ghost, he makes no bones about the fact that he's a criminal with no-one's best interest at heart. He wants Pym's technology to cash in on the next big thing, no matter what the consequences are.
  • Church of Happyology: In a deleted scene, Burch asks for a first edition copy of Dianetics.
  • Corrupt Hick: Has a Southern accent courtesy of Walton Goggins and is a powerful Arms Dealer.
  • Determinator: For all of his ineffectiveness, you gotta give the guy credit for being extremely persistent.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: A lot of his henchmen are from different races like white, black, Latino, south Asian and east Asian.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He is convinced that quantum energy is the next big thing, and only cares about the money that will be involved therein. When Hope tells him she doesn't want to be in business with him, he assumes that she's got someone else to cash out to rather than possibly concluding that the daughter of Hank Pym and ally of Ant-Man has a non-monetary motive.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts all calm and collected, even to his enemies as he's casually threatening them.
  • Foil: To co-antagonist Ghost. Sonny Burch is an older white man that has little-to-no sympathetic qualities while acting Faux Affably Evil, doesn't do any of the fighting and instead sends his minions to do all the dirty work, and is chasing after what he knows will be the next gold rush. In contrast, Ghost is a young black woman who's an Anti-Villain at worst, does all the fighting herself without any minions, and is merely looking out for her own survival.
  • Genre Blind: While he'd be a decent enough threat in a normal, mundane setting, the fact is that being an unpowered, non-combative black market dealer with resources, money, manpower and connections to the FBI can only get you so far in a setting like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When your opponents consists of two size-shifters more than capable of fighting and commanding an army of insects, the premier Science Hero who fathered one and mentored the other, and a ghostly woman capable of foiling your schemes with little effort, he might've been better trying his efforts somewhere else. Despite being clearly overmatched on all fronts, Burch still continues to try to keep up with them out of a misguided sense that he can handle it, which constantly backfires in his face in spectacular fashion.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Not that sympathetic, since he's the only character in the film that's truly evil. In another setting, he'd be very menacing as a fearsome Arms Dealer. In a Superhero setting, one that's a comedy no less, the guy simply cannot catch a break as all his attempts to get Pym's tech are foiled by Ghost (who isn't really even trying), and the one time he does get it he gets foiled by Scott who literally flicks him with his finger.
  • Insistent Terminology: Sonny and his men insist that the chemical he uses to make people tell the truth is not, in fact, a Truth Serum. It just happens to behave like that. After being forced to confess to the police by it, they finally admit that it is actually a truth serum.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: All the bad things that happen to him stem from his own attempts to make himself richer. And in the end, he's ultimately done in by the same Truth Serum he forces on others.
  • No Delays for the Wicked: When he gets his hands on Hank's lab in the climax of Ant-Man and the Wasp, he flees on a ferry.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: While Hope honors her side of the deal, bringing in the amount of money he asked for in exchange for the part of the Quantum Tunnel she asked for, Sonny makes it clear to her that he knows who she is and decides to alter the deal and have her work for him under threat of blackmail. When she refuses, he keeps both the money and the tech as "compensation", forcing Hope to take the tech by force via her Wasp suit.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: While part of the Big Bad Ensemble, he doesn't take part in the fighting itself. Instead, he sends his men after his opponents.
  • Not So Stoic: Rarely does he truly get angry, keeping a façade of calmness and good will. However, when Luis finds a loophole in the Truth Serum to tell him about Scott and giving him the life story of how they met as opposed to telling him where he's actually at, Burch makes his demands very clear. Like everyone else, he also utterly freaks out when Ghost chooses that moment to pull a Jump Scare on everyone.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: A black market arms dealer might have made for a menacing villain in a different context, but he's no match for the powered opponents he faces here. When he arrives to take the lab from Hope, her reaction is less a worried Oh, Crap!, and more of an exasperated Not Again.
  • Pet the Dog: While Burch is far less sympathetic than Bill and Ava, even he comes across as far less cold-blooded than the average MCU villain; allowing Hope to walk away at the beginning after making it clear that they're enemies, leaving Luis and the others alive (and not even tied up) after finding out from them where Scott is, and driving around Hope when she's been knocked out and is lying in the street instead of trying to run her down.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: Burch and his associates are last seen being arrested by the FBI.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: A minor Iron Man foe in the comics, but part of the Ant-Man and the Wasp's Big Bad Ensemble with no connection to Stark.
  • Smug Snake: A savvy businessman in the illegal black market no doubt, but he thinks he's much greater as a villain than he actually is.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, Sonny was an extremely minor foe of Iron Man who ultimately died. His movie counterpart survives, but is made to pay for his crimes nonetheless.
  • Superhero Movie Villains Die: Averted, though he does get apprehended for his crimes.
  • Villainous Crush: Sonny seems at first to have a thing for "Susan", putting on a show of good-ol'-boy charm in front of his staff; even after he reveals he knows who Hope is, he doesn't let up, acting like a jilted lover and claiming he's keeping her money as compensation for his "hurt feelings". Whether it's genuine in any way or just a means of intimidating her is uncertain.
  • Zerg Rush: How he poses a threat. Whereas Ghost is a One-Woman Army, Burch has many men at his disposal to go after any target, making up for his own lack of fighting ability.

    Anitolov 

Anitolov

Species: Human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Goran Kostić

Appearances: Ant-Man and the Wasp

One of Burch's tompost henchmen.


  • The Mafiya: Invoked in that he's a mobster of Eastern European origin, though he's part of a multiracial crime ring.

    Uzman 

Uzman

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Species: Human

Citizenship: British

Portrayed By: Divian Ladwa

Appearances: Ant-Man and the Wasp

A former member of MI6 who was hired by Sonny Burch as his personal enforcer.


    Knox 

Knox

Species: Human

Citizenship: British

Portrayed By: Rob Archer

Appearances: Ant-Man and the Wasp

One of Burch's enforcers.


New Orleans

Uptown Block Kings

    David 

David

Species: Human

Citizenship: United States

Portrayed By: Askia Bennet

Appearances: Cloak & Dagger (2018)

A member of the Money Hustle Gang.


    Solomon 

Solomon

Species: Human

Citizenship: United States

Portrayed By: Joshua J. Williams

Appearances: Cloak & Dagger (2018)

A young member of the Money Hustle Gang.


  • Heel–Face Turn: He goes from being (somewhat reluctant) gangbanger to an ally of Tyrone's.
  • Not So Different: From Tyrone, both young black men whose lives took a wrong turn and is now a target of the NOPD. They also connect after reading about Luke Cage.
  • Token Good Teammate: When compared to the rest of the gang, who engage in sex traffic without any regrets about exploiting young women that share their own unpriviliged background

Money Hustle Gang

    Brett Latour 

Brett Latour

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Species: Human

Citizenship: United States

Portrayed By: Scott Allen Perry

Appearances: Cloak & Dagger (2018)

A leading member of the Money Hustle Gang.


Viking Hotel sexual slavery ring

    Andre Deschaine 

    Lia Dewan 

Avandalia 'Lia' Dewan

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Species: Human

Portrayed by Dilshad Vadsaria

Appearances: Cloak and Dagger

A therapist working in Andre's community center, specializing in victims of abuse.


  • Adaptation Species Change: As with D'Spayre, she has been changed from a demon to a human, and not even a supernaturally enhanced one like he is.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A seemingly kind and understanding woman who seeks to help abuse victims. In reality, she picks the most vulnerable ones for Andre to feed off.
  • Category Traitor: She's an abuse survivor who takes part in the psychological, sexual and even physical abuse of other young women with a similar background of abuse.
  • Canon Character All Along: She's based on Avandalia, an agent of D'Spayre. "Blue Note" even reveals that her full name is Avandalia.
  • Evil All Along: She's been using the
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She is victimized by her partner-in-crime by the same method she helped him do to other women and then unceremoniously left on the side of the street to die. After waking up, she is put into prison.
  • Not Quite Dead: She survives being drained by Andre, but is left in a coma.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Initially wanting to kill her, Tandy eventually feels sorry for her after realizing that she was just another victim of Andre's manipulation.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She used to be a hopeful young girl and a talented cellist.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just like Andre.

    Bo 

Bo

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Species: Human

Citizenship: United States

Portrayed By: Theodus Crane

Appearances: Cloak & Dagger (2018)

A bodyguard and thug employed by Andre and Lia at the Viking Motel.


  • Beard of Evil: A bearded thug that collaborates in the sexual exploitation of several young women.
  • The Brute: He's employed by Lia and Andre due to his massive size and strength to keep the girls in the Viking Motel intimidated.
  • Scary Black Man: He's a large and intimidating African-American thug.

Chicago

Fiona's crew

    Fiona 

Fiona

Species: Human

Citizenship: United States

Portrayed By: Judy Malka

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

A woman that leads a gang of teenage grifters.


    Amy Bendix 

Amy Bendix

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"They killed everybody that I've ever cared about. How do you think that feels?"

Species: Human

Citizenship: United States

Portrayed By: Giorgia Whigham

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

A street-smart grifter with a mysterious past that has a chance encounter with Frank Castle aka The Punisher.


  • Action Survivor: Although she's part of the criminal underworld, she has no combat skills and relies on Frank to save her during shootouts. She's taught how to disarm opponents and shoot people, and it has its uses, but she's still generally poor at combat.
  • Bad Liar: She's not very good at hiding the fact of why people are after her. This seems to only be limited to when she's nervous, as when she's lying about anything else, she's really, really good at manipulating people.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: It doesn't matter how much hell she goes through, her hair will always look fabulous.
  • Commonality Connection: Connects with Frank over losing everyone she cares about to crime.
  • Con Man: Amy knows how to work a scam, such as three-card monte and is able to lie her ass off effortlessly. Most of the time anyway.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every other word out of her mouth is sarcasm. Usually directed at Frank.
  • Doom Magnet: Chaos seems to follow her. The fact that she's with Frank Castle doesn't really help, though. Likely because she and her friends took photos of Senator David Schultz, the gay son of famous evangelicals who was photographed in a compromising position, and said evangelicals have powerful friends who want the photos back by any means necessary, just so that their son can move up the political ladder.
  • Foil: To Frank Castle. They're both messed up from losing everyone they ever cared about, but it's affected them in opposite ways, turning him into a Blood Knight and her into a Dirty Coward. That gives them plenty of opportunities to criticise each other's approach.
  • I Have Many Names: When Amy meets up with Frank, she uses the name of Rachel. The Larkville police find out she used the names of Stephanie, Peggy, and Susan as her aliases.
  • Kid Sidekick: Of a sort to Frank in Season 2 of The Punisher, but mostly a Tagalong Kid in practice.
  • Little Miss Badass: Amy's only 16 years old, but she has the same street toughness, and with some proper training by Frank, it allows her to able to take down grown men if needed. Even with a shotgun.
  • Master of Disguise: Befitting her many aliases and function as a Con Man, Amy is very good at quick disguises. For example, she can switch from the look of a waitress to that of a schoolgirl while walking, without breaking stride, while being followed in "Nakazat".
  • Replacement Goldfish: Over the course of their time together Castle seems to come to regard her as one for his dead daughter, Lisa. Made all the more obvious when Frank muses that Lisa would've been 15 if she were still alive.
  • Shipper on Deck: She apparently ships Frank and Karen when the latter visits the former at the hospital, perhaps jokingly.
    Amy: You guys are the cutest. I'm almost jealous.
  • Sticky Fingers: Immediately swipes Madani's credit card and goes on a shopping spree.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to help from Frank, of course, but she also took a damn lot of her own initiative, such that by the end of the second season of Punisher she's doing shit it never would have occurred to her to try at the start... and succeeding.
  • Tsundere: As snarky as she is with Frank, it's clear that she grows quite attached to him as the season progresses.

    Shantel 

Shantel

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Species: Human

Citizenship: United States

Portrayed By: Jordyn DiNatale

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

A member of Fiona's crew.


  • Evil Former Friend: She sells Amy to the mercenaries seeking the bounty on Amy's head.
  • Karma Houdini: In the end she gets no comeuppance for selling out Amy, other than a kick in the groin from Amy.
  • Sole Survivor: Other than Amy, she's the only survivor of Fiona's crew, having been absent from the massacre in which Pilgrim wiped then out.

Asia

Madripoor

The Power Broker

    The Power Broker (Unmarked Spoilers) 

The Power Broker / Sharon Carter

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Emily VanCamp

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

"Every kingdom needs its king. [...] In Madripoor, he is judge, jury, and executioner."

Madripoor's greatest crimelord and the figure behind the recreation of the Super-Soldier serum employed by the Flag Smashers. For tropes for her time as CIA agent and her public persona, see Sharon Carter.


  • Adaptational Context Change: In the comics the Broker specialised in Super Empowering, selling powers to heroes and villains alike. As seen in the show, the Broker seems more interested in the purchase and sale of the tools of political power, namely expensive artwork, government secrets and even super-weapons.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Lowtown graffiti reminds everyone that Power Broker is watching them. It's proven not to be a bluff when, seconds after Selby is killed, all criminals in Lowtown gets an SMS with a bounty on Sam, Bucky and Zemo.
  • The Dreaded: Zemo and Sharon, who are pretty bold and badasses in their own right, want to avoid messing with him. Until it's revealed that Sharon is the Power Broker all along, pretending to be fearful of the crimelord to avoid suspicious eyes on her.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
  • The Ghost: For the first five episodes of the show. While their order for the re-creation of the Super-Soldier Serum drives much of the plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the Power Broker is only established via dialogue.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: They're referred to as such by Zemo. True to his words, once the Power Broker puts a bounty on Sam, Bucky and Zemo, dozens of criminals go after them.
  • Legacy Character: Implied. Zemo was familiar with the Power Broker from years before the Snap, at a time when the current Power Broker was still working for the CIA and S.H.I.E.L.D. before that.
  • The Queenpin: Sharon lords over most, if not all, the criminals of Madripoor from the shadows, with no one but her closest retainers knowing her true identity.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Although referred as a male, it is only by rumors and gossip of Madripoor, which hides the fact that the Power Broker is none other than Sharon Carter herself. Of course, is possible that the original Power Broker was male.
  • Shadow Dictator: What her role as the king of Madripoor is. No one, not even Zemo knows who her identity is and assumed by reputation she was a male. The two that do know this are dead.

    Selby 

Selby

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Imelda Corcoran

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

"Answer it...on speaker!"

The owner of the Brass Monkey and a fence operating in Madripoor's Lowtown, answering to the Power Broker.


  • Dirty Old Woman: Seems very pleased with the idea that Bucky (posing as the Winter Soldier) will do anything she wants.
  • Evil Brit: A criminal with a strong London accent.
  • Name's the Same: There are a few Selbys in Marvel comics, though she doesn't seem to be based on any.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She's assassinated with a single bullet to the heart by Sharon in the same scene she's introduced in.
  • You Look Familiar: Imelda Corcoran previously played a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

    Dr. Wilfred Nagel 

Dr. Wilfred Nagel

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Olli Haaskivi

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

"I did what no other scientist since Erskine was able to do, but mine...was going to be different."

A former HYDRA and CIA scientist who was able to recreate the super-soldier serum. He was one of the victims of the Snap and restored by the Blip, after which he was recruited by the Power Broker.


  • Age Lift: In the comics, he was a scientist during WWII, while his counterpart in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is considerably younger.
  • Boxed Crook: He used to work for HYDRA, but after the organization was dissolved, the CIA recruited him for a new super-soldier serum project.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks with an unnervingly quiet, emotionless voice.
  • Expy: To Dr. Karl Malus, the Power Broker's usual Mad Scientist employee, who has already been used on Jessica Jones.
  • For Science!: Although he originally worked for HYDRA, he seems less interested in their ideology than in the personal gratification he derives from his scientific work, as he is perfectly willing to offer his services to both the CIA and the Power Broker as long as they fund his research.
  • A God Am I: Outright declares himself as a god for being the only scientist since Dr. Erskine to successfully recreate the super-soldier serum without any adverse side-effects.
  • Mad Scientist: He's completely unconcerned about the ethical implications of his work and openly brags about perfecting the super-soldier serum with data from illegal experiments on humans.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once he has told Bucky, Sam and Zemo everything they need to know about the new super-soldier serum, Zemo shoots him dead without hesitation to prevent the creation of more serum.

Japan

The Yakuza

    Akihiko 

Akihiko

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"Why are you doing this? We never did anything to you!"

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Hiroyuki Sanada

Appearances: Avengers: Endgame

A Yakuza boss operating five years after the Snap.


  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Akihiko has his own Mini-Mecha Powered Armor. Here he just fights with a katana.
  • Always Someone Better: While Akihiko is a skilled swordsman, especially considering his position as the leader of the Yakuza. Ronin ultimately outclassed Akihiko and kills him in their brief fight.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Attempted. In an attempt to get Ronin to back off from his line of reasoning, he invokes the following question and tries to point out that he wasn't responsible for killing half the life on the planet, including his family. Still doesn't work, though.
    Ronin: You're done hurting people.
    Akihiko: WE hurt people?! You're crazy!
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Downplayed; he lasts much longer and is more skilled than his Mooks against Ronin, but he fights against Ronin here, which isn't saying much for him.
  • Badass Normal: Again downplayed. He can go toe to toe with the remorseless Ronin, but he is eventually overwhelmed.
  • Beard of Evil: A bearded Yakuza boss.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: He wields one, as befits as Japanese fighter, and is pretty formidable, but is quickly outclassed.
  • Master Swordsman: Implied. While Akihiko only has a limited amount of screentime, he was able to briefly hold his own against Ronin with his katana, where all of his henchmen ends up dead in a few seconds.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: As befitting a high-ranking Yakuza, he wears a sharp suit.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Attempted twice, including the Armor-Piercing Question above. But Ronin still won't change his mind.
    Akihiko: We never did anything to you!
    Ronin: You survived... Half the planet didn't. They got Thanos... You get me.
  • Slashed Throat: He suffers one against Ronin, but it's not what kills him. It's the simple stab that does him in afterward.
  • Villains Want Mercy: He begs for his life when fighting Ronin.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed off in the same scene he’s introduced in.
  • The Yakuza: He's a member of a Yakuza syndicate in a high position of authority.

Africa

Nigeria

Hero Mercs

    In General 

Hero Mercs

Appearances: Captain America: Civil War

A team of mercenaries hired by Crossbones to steal a biological weapon in Lagos.


  • Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: Many of them are of foreign origin, and they're working for Crossbones.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: They're a multiracial team, with several of them appearing to be of African or Asian descent.
  • Hired Guns: They are mercenaries employed by Crossbones to help him with his crimes.
  • No Name Given: The team is never named in the film and the mercenaries are called "Hero Mercs" in the credits, which is just descriptive, and not an actual name.

    Hero Merc 1 

Hero Merc 1

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"Drop it! Or I'll drop this!"

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Damion Poitier

Appearances: Captain America: Civil War

Hero Merc 1: Where are you going to meet us?
Crossbones: I'm not.

A mercenary who's been assigned by Crossbones to take care of the biological weapon that they stole from the Institute For Infectious Diseases facility.


  • Beard of Evil: He's a vicious thug with a small beard.
  • The Dragon: He appears to be Crossbones's most trusted henchman, given that he is the one he chooses to hand over the biological weapon.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a rather deep voice, and is a violent criminal.
  • In the Back: He ends up getting shot from behind by Falcon's drone Redwing.
  • No Name Given: His actual name is not known. Even in the credits, he's only referred to as "Hero Merc #1".
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: In the marketplace, he tells Black Widow to put down her gun or else he’ll drop the bioweapon into the ground, which would kill everyone in the surrounding area.
    Hero Merc 1: Drop it, or I'll drop this! Drop it!
  • Scary Black Man: He's a threatening-looking black man, and a ruthless mercenary to boot.
  • Taking You with Me: Although he didn't get the chance to actually do it, he threatens Black Widow to use the bioweapon to kill everyone around, including both of them. According to one of the other Mercs, he's perfectly capable of doing it.
  • You Look Familiar: His actor, Damion Poitier, has played none other than Thanos himself in the post-credit scene of The Avengers (2012).

    Others 

Species: Humans

Appearances: Captain America: Civil War

The other mercenaries working for Crossbones.


  • Boom, Headshot!: The last of them gets shot in the head by Black Widow.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: A variant. Black widow uses the body of one of them to protect herself from a grenade explosion.
  • Car Cushion: One of the Mercs gets shot by Falcon and falls off the roof onto the top of a truck, smashing it.
  • Deadly Gas: They launch some poisonous gas into the Institute For Infectious Diseases facility before raiding it, causing the deaths of many employees.
  • Death from Above: One of them gets crushed against a car when Captain America falls on him from the sky. Later, a few others are killed by Falcon after he directed his missiles to rain on them.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Their trucks keep bumping into cars and other stuffs as they drive through Lagos. In fact, this seems to be what made Captain America able to identify them on the spot.
  • Evil Wears Black: They all wear dark clothes and equipment, which serve to indicate they are the bad guys.
  • Faceless Goons: Zig-zagged. They were all wearing gas masks and protective helmets that concealed their faces during the attack of the IFID facility, but a few moments later the remaining mercenaries ditch their equipment and expose their faces while trying to blend in with the crowd of the market place to escape from the Avengers.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Most of them are wearing gas masks during their attack of the IFID facility to protect themselves from the Deadly Gas that they are using.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: One of the mercenaries gets poisoned by their own gas when Captain America forcibly removes his gas mask before kicking him down.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: At the marketplace, the last four mercenaries separate from Crossbones and split in two separate directions in an attempt to evade the Avengers.
    Falcon: I got four, they're splitting up!
  • Mexican Standoff: At one point during the fight in the Lagos marketplace, both Black Widow and one of the Hero Mercs draws their guns at each other at the same time, causing a stalemate. Complicating things even more, another Hero Merc tries to force the heroine to surrender by threatening to use the bioweapon to kill everybody in the vicinity. Black Widow actually seems to consider it, but Redwing thankfully solves everything by shooting the Merc holding the bioweapon In the Back, which distracts the other one and allows Black Widow to fire at him.
  • Mobstacle Course: When they flee from the Avengers, they have to run through a crowded market and push quite a few bystanders on their ways.
  • Mooks: They are Crossbones's henchmen and get dispatched in various ways by the heroes to show their badassery.
  • Ramming Always Works: They manage to get to the IFID facility by loading a truck and sending it to ram through the entrance.
  • Taking You with Me: After Black Widow gets trapped in a truck with a grenade about to explode, two Mercs attempt to fight her to ensure that she dies alongside them.
  • Tae Kwon Door: Black Widow knocks one of them by kicking a car door on him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Seems to be the case. When their boss throws Black Widow in a vehicle with two henchmen and tosses a grenade inside, the two henchmen choose to attack the heroine rather than try to escape.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Crossbones has no problem with sacrificing two of them in an attempt to kill Black Widow with a grenade.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Many of them try to kill Wanda and Black Widow during the fight in Lagos.

Sambisan Militants

    In General 

Sambisan Militants

Appearances: Black Panther (2018)

A Nigerian militant group known for kidnapping and selling young women as slaves.


  • African Terrorists: They are inspired by the real life African terrorist group Boko Haram, which uses similar tactics of kidnapping women to sell them as slaves, and indoctrinating young boys into becoming Child Soldiers.
  • Bit-Part Bad Guys: They are minor villains who are defeated by the heroes during an early scene, but have no connection to the actual main antagonists of the movie and are largely inconsequential to the overall plot.
  • Child Soldiers: They abduct and indoctrinate children into fighting by their side. During the Sambisa Forest fight, a teenager is almost inadvertently killed by T'Challa, thankfully Nakia intervenes in time.
  • Starter Villain: They are the first enemies to be fought by T'Challa in his movie.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: They are human traffickers who kidnap young women and children to force them into slavery.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Not only did they kidnap and enslave many women, they also threaten to shoot them during Black Panther's attack in the Sambisa Forest.

    Militant Captain 

Militant Captain

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"Defense position."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Nigerian

Portrayed By: Bambadjan Bamba

Appearances: Black Panther (2018)

"What do you see?"

A Nigerian warlord serving as the leader of the Sambisan Militants.


  • The Captain: He leads the Sambisan Militants and holds the rank of Captain.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": We only hear his men call him "Captain", but his true name is never used.
  • Hand Signals: He makes a few hand signals to his men when he instructs them to get into defensive positions.
  • No Name Given: His real name is not revealed.
  • Scary Black Man: He's the leader of a group of African Terrorists.
  • Spotting the Thread: While his men don’t understand what’s happening when all their vehicles stop functioning at the same time, the Militant Captain notices an EMP device on his car hood and quickly realizes that they are under attack.

    Others 

Species: Humans

Citizenship: Nigerians

Appearances: Black Panther (2018)

The other members of the Sambisan Militants.


  • Curb-Stomp Battle: All of them are taken out with ease by T'Challa, Nakia and Okoye.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: After their vehicles have suddenly stopped, one of the militants warns their captives not to try anything and cocks his riffle in front of them, which makes an intimidating noise.
    Sambisan Militant: No games. [click]
  • Human Shield: A militant uses a woman as a hostage to protect himself from Black Panther. Fortunately, Okoye intervenes and swiftly kills him.
  • Mook Horror Show: From their point of view, Black Panther's attack is a scene straight out of a horror movie. First their vehicles inexplicably stall all at once, in the middle of the night. Then, they spot a dog barking at... something in a tree. And then one of them is sent flying into a car, hard enough to bend metal. Follow a brutal take-down by a mysterious, black-clad figure with an animalistic look that just shrugs off their bullets and kills them one by one with claws.
  • Mooks: They are minor enemies whose role is mostly to be beat up by the heroes to show their fighting abilities.
  • Punched Across the Room: A few of them are sent flying several meters away by Black Panther's blows during his attack.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: One of the militants tries to force Black Panther to surrender by threatening to shoot one of the kidnapped women. It doesn't work, as Okoye manages to disarm and kill him before he could hurt her.
  • Shooting Superman: During the battle in the Sambisa Forest, they keep shooting at Black Panther over and over, even though his suit is clearly bulletproof. That being said, at least one of them eventually realizes that it might be better to turn his gun on one of the women that they kidnapped instead, as they are much more vulnerable.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Black Panther uses some Wakandan EMP devices to disable all of their cars at once in the Sambisa Forest.

Morocco

Yusef Hadad's gang

    Yusef Hadad 

Yusef Hadad

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"Only love can make a man so stupid."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Moroccan

Portrayed By: Ido Mor

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 45: "Laws of Nature")

Yusef Hadad: So, we tried to open this case of yours, but as you can see, we could not. We'd like you to do that for us now.
Fitz: I'll open it and give you what's inside, no problem. But only in exchange for something in your possession.
Yusef Hadad: How about in exchange for your life?
Fitz: No deal.

A criminal broker operating in the city of Tangier. Fitz meets him to find a document on the Monolith during his quest to rescue Simmons.


  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: He orders Fitz to open his briefcase and give him what's inside, or else his henchmen will kill him. It doesn't work.
  • Ballistic Discount: Attempted when Fitz offers him some splinter bomb in exchange for an artefact and he tries to use one to simply kill him instead. Unfortunately for him, Fitz was counting on such action on his part....
  • Beard of Evil: He's a ruthless criminal, and he has a beard.
  • Blinded by the Light: Fitz tricks him into activating a fake splinter bomb that turns out to be a flash bomb. It temporarily blinds him and his henchmen, and allows Fitz to steal what he came for and escape.
  • The Dreaded: He appears to be this in his city. A taxi driver is terrified of getting too close to his place and tries to warn Fitz that it's very dangerous to go there alone, but refuses to come with him.
  • Evil Laugh: He laughs cruelly before preparing to kill Fitz with a splinter bomb.
  • Friend in the Black Market: He's a powerful broker who collects stolen items to sell them illegally.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite being a dangerous villain with ties to HYDRA and ISIS who attempted to murder Fitz, he's never arrested or killed, and is still free to continue his criminal activities the last time we saw him. The worst thing that happened to him is that he lost one of his artefacts, but he didn't have much use for it anyway.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: He seems to be a firm believer of this trope.
    Yusef Hadad: This woman you went through all this trouble for, you love her, yeah?
    Fitz: Yeah.
    Yusef Hadad: [laughs] Only love can make a man so stupid.
  • Out-Gambitted: When Fitz comes to trade some splinter bombs for one of his artefacts, Yusef Hadad decides to betray him by using a splinter bomb to kill him. As it turns out, Fitz had anticipated that he would do this and replaced the splinter bombs with flash bombs in order to dazzle him while he steals his artefact and gets away.
  • You Look Familiar: His actor Ido Mor already had a minor role in the first Iron Man movie.

    Yusef Hadad's henchmen 

Species: Humans

Citizenship: Moroccans

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appear in Episode 45: "Laws of Nature")

The henchmen of Yusef Hadad.


  • Bag of Kidnapping: They put a bag on Fitz's head before taking him to their boss.
  • Bald of Evil: At least one of them is bald.
  • Beard of Evil: Much like their boss, they are all bearded criminals.
  • Blinded by the Light: They all get momentarily blinded by Fitz's flash bomb, and the latter takes the opportunity to escape from them.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: They start beating Fitz when he refuses to open his briefcase and it's heavily implied they were about to torture him in order to force him to do it.
  • Faux Affably Evil: One of them acts falsely cordial towards Fitz at first, even calling him "my friend".
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: They miss all their shots when they fire at Fitz as he escapes from their safehouse. To be fair, they just got dazzled by Fitz's flash bomb a few seconds earlier.
  • Karma Houdini: Just like their boss, they are vicious criminals who tried to torture and kill Fitz, and yet they don't receive any comeuppance.
  • Knife Nut: One of them threatens to torture Fitz with a knife if he doesn't open the briefcase.
  • Mooks: They serve as Yusef Hadad's minions. Unlike most of the other Mooks from the MCU, they are never actually defeated by the heroes, though.
  • Take Me to Your Leader: After coming to their place, Fitz tells them (in bad Arabic) that he wants to see the man in charge. While reluctant at first, they eventually agree to bring him to Yusef Hadad once he says he has something valuable for him.

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Norse Paganist Hate Group

    In General 

Norse Paganists

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appear in Episode 18: "The Well")

Ward: Jakob Nystrom, 30. His girlfriend, Petra Larsen. Leaders of the Norse Paganist Hate Group.
Skye: Their numbers are growing thanks to what happened in Greenwich and thanks to the Internet.
Simmons: Norse Paganist?
Skye: Obsessed with anything derived from Norse mythology, stories of Asgard.
Ward: And now, a weapon.

A paganist hate group active in Norway and led by Jakob Nystrom and his girlfriend Petra Larsen.


  • Aliens Speaking English: Alien in the sense of foreign, rather. For some reason, all members of the Norse Paganists group constantly speak English, and even write "WE ARE GODS" in English, even though they are all supposed to be of Norwegian origin. And their message board is written entirely in English too.
  • The Berserker: What they become under the effect of the Berserker Staff.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The paganists describe themselves as the "Master Race" on their message board.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Under the effect of the staff, they get an adrenaline rush and a burst of super-strength fueled by their inner rage and hatred.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Quite a few women can be spotted among the group.
  • Expy: The Norse Paganist hate group seems to be pretty much the MCU version of the Wrecking Crew, a group of criminals from the comics who were similarly granted superhuman strength by a metal bar imbued with Asgardian magic, but lack real fighting skills.
  • Flaming Emblem: They write their motto "WE ARE GODS" with giant flaming letters in the streets of Oslo.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: All of them. They started off as normal human beings, but after obtaining the Berserker Staff they all became super-strong villains.
  • Godhood Seeker: They believe they will become gods thanks to the power of the Berserker Staff.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Their goal is to find the three pieces of the Berserker Staff, which are hidden in three different places.
  • Graffiti of the Resistance: Jakob Nystrom and Petra Larsen drew their group's symbol in one of the informative panels in the Trillemarka National Park when they came to find the first piece of the Berserker Staff.
  • Super Strength: All of them have become superhumanly strong by using the Berserker Staff, to the point they can flip off a car with ease.
  • Tattooed Crook: Some of the members mark themselves with the symbol of the group on their hands.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: They are a nordic hate group so they give this vibe.

    Jakob Nystrom 

Jakob Nystrom

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"If you want to defeat a god, you must become one."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Norwegian

Portrayed By: Michael Griziadei

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 18: "The Well")

The leader of the Norse Paganist hate group. He wants to find the three pieces of the Berserker Staff in order to become a god.


  • Agent Mulder: He always believed that the legends about the Berserker Staff were true, and spent a long time searching for its pieces.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: While he still loses, he puts a much better fight against Agent Ward than any of his followers, who don't even land a single hit on him.
  • Beard of Evil: He's the leader of a hate group and has a small beard.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Granted, he was empowered by the Berserker Staff at the time, but it's still quite impressive that a mere human being like Jakob Nystrom managed to severely injure and almost kill Elliot Randolph, a super-strong Asgardian.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a ruthless and brutal individual, he genuinely loves his girlfriend Petra.
  • Hoist Hero over Head: Does this to Ward at one point during their fight, before throwing him to the ground.
  • Kill the God: As he states several times, the reason he seeks the Berserker Staff is to be able to kill gods. He actually comes very close to achieve this goal when he uses the last piece of the staff to stab the Asgardian Elliot Randolph through the heart.
  • New Era Speech: He gives a grand speech to his followers about how they're going to change the world and create a new order by using the power of the Berserker Staff.
    Jakob Nystrom: We are the new order! Our world is being taken by gods! We will become gods and take it back! This is the new order!
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Stabbing Elliot Randolph with a piece of the Berserker Staff allowed the SHIELD agents to take it and use its powers to defeat him and the rest of his group, while they probably would have been too strong to handle otherwise.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: The characters pronounce the name Nyström with a "Nye-", it's supposed to be more like "Nyh-".
  • Rabble Rouser: He's shown to be quite good at making big speeches to motivate his followers.
  • Super Empowering: He regularly hands the Berserker Staff to some of his followers to give them Super Strength.
  • Unholy Matrimony: He and Petra are a couple and they lead the group.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: A variant. He tells the SHIELD agents that he managed to make the Irish monks talk and reveal the location of the last Berseker Staff piece to him, in spite of their vows of silence (presumably by torturing them).

    Petra Larsen 

Petra Larsen

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Species: Human

Citizenship: Norwegian

Portrayed By: Erin Way

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 18: "The Well")

The girlfriend of Jakob Nystrom and one of the leaders of the Norse Paganist hate group alongside him.


  • Ax-Crazy: The first thing she does after obtaining powers from a piece of the Berserker Staff? Kill a random park custodian for no particular reason, and then smile creepily.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Surprisingly, she manages to hold her own for a while in her fight with Agent May, whereas one of her henchmen gets defeated within seconds right before.
  • Blondes Are Evil: She's a cruel and sadistic woman with blonde hair.
  • Dark Mistress: She's Jakob Nystrom’s girlfriend and even though she’s supposed to be one of the leaders of the group, she takes a more effaced role compared to him.
  • Designated Girl Fight: After almost all the male members of the group were defeated by Agent Ward, Agent May takes care of fighting Petra herself.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a vicious and merciless person, she genuinely loves her boyfriend Jakob.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: She wears dark makeup around their eyes, indicating her villainy.
  • Kick the Dog: After touching the first piece of the Berserker Staff, she tests her new strength by brutally murdering an innocent park custodian, to the horror of his colleague.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: Says this word-for-word to Agent May when the latter proves to be a superior fighter during their confrontation. It doesn't really help at all.
    Petra Larsen: I am not afraid of you.
  • Never Bareheaded: She always wears a cap on her head in every scene in which she appears.
  • Slasher Smile: She makes a sadistic smile after murdering a park custodian with her newly acquired Super Strength.
  • Unholy Matrimony: She and Jakob are a couple and they lead the group.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She gets very pissed off when she notices that her boyfriend has been beaten, and promptly attacks the SHIELD agents in retaliation.

    Others 

Species: Humans

Portrayed By: Steve De Castro (Ador), Dennis Keiffer (Rollo), Jessen Noviello (Lars), Brian Orosco (Olaf)

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appear in Episode 18: "The Well")

The other members of the Norse Paganist hate group.


  • Bald of Evil: Some of them are bald, and they are members of a hate group.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: We only see the beginning of their battle against Agent Ward, then we cut to some flashbacks, and then we're shown that Ward has successfully defeated the entire group offscreen.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Due to being nordics, many of them have blonde hair. They are also part of a hate group.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Ward struggles quite a bit when he fights Jakob Nystrom one-on-one, but he manages to wipe the floor with all the other members of the group with little difficulty, in spite of their large numbers.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Apart from Jakob Nystrom and Petra Larsen, all the other members of the group are defeated fairly easily by Ward and May.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ward stabs one of them in the stomach with a piece of the Berserker Staff during the battle at the church.
  • Men Act, Women Are: With the exception of Petra Larsen, none of the other women of the group participate in the battle against the agents of SHIELD. In fact, they only show up in the group’s hideout to cheer on Jakob Nystrom's speeches, and that’s about it.
  • Mook Chivalry: From what we see of the battle, they only attack Agent Ward one after the other. One of them even pushes another member out of the way in order to fight Ward first.
  • Screaming Warrior: The Berserker Staff causes many of them to scream a lot, especially when they fight.
  • Superpowered Mooks: They all have Super Strength thanks to the power of the Berserker Staff.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: They may have been granted greater physical strength by the Berserker Staff pieces, but they still aren't particularly competent fighters. Once Ward and May get their hands on one of the pieces, they easily dominate all their opponents.


Alternative Title(s): MCU Criminals Terrorists Watchdogs

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