Species: Human (Demon possessed)
Portrayed By: Gabriel Luna
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 67: "The Ghost")
A young mechanic possessed by a vengeful spirit, causing him to become the anti-hero Ghost Rider.
- Adaptational Heroism: Much more proactive than his comic book counterpart (who chiefly used his powers to cheat at street racing for cash and to protect himself and Gabe from whatever threatened them directly) when it comes to fighting crime.
- Age Lift: From late teens in the comics to mid-late twenties or early thirties here.
- Anti-Hero: Reyes is absolutely brutal in his methods, even torturing and executing his victims after they've already been subdued. However, he only kills those who truly deserve it. The innocent are spared even if they attack him, as shown when Ghost Rider spares Quake even though she doesn't think of herself as a good guy.Neo-nazi: I don't deserve to die!
Robbie: Everyone says that.
- Back from the Dead: He landed head first on the highway, being killed instantly from a car crash caused by gangbangers. Then he heard a voice offering him a deal.
- Birds of a Feather: He first encounters Daisy while she's on the run, acting as a rogue vigilante. They form a bond over their remarkable similarities, something they both comment on, and ultimately she remains the one person on the team he works closest to. Later he shows signs of this with Mack after he experiences what its like to be the Rider.
- Boxed Crook: When Director Mace learns that Coulson's been enlisting his services, Coulson convinces him that Reyes would be more useful to him in this capacity under the circumstances. Given he punched his way out of a containment module specifically designed to hold Inhumans and gave Mace (who has super-strength) a beatdown, he reluctantly agrees.
- Byronic Hero: Formerly reckless and uncaring, he sold his soul to the Devil to save his brother's life from a gang attack. He blames himself for the experience and remains torn between his desire to atone for his mistakes and the Rider's thirst for vengeance.
- Chain Pain: When he sees James swinging around a flaming chain, he takes it for himself.
- Character Tics: His very deliberate way of flipping his keys in his hand, both as himself and the Rider. This is what tips off Daisy that he is the Rider.
- Civvie Spandex: Lacks the stylish jumpsuit from the comics, instead having a slick leather jacket that bears the same white lines. It's also a Call-Back to the 70's Ghost Rider outfit.
- Composite Character: Word of God is that the writers infused Robbie with certain aspects of Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch, two of the other Ghost Riders from the comics. Notably, his flaming skull looks more like those of the Blaze and Ketch Riders, as opposed to the comics, where his skull had a more metallic and mechanical appearance. He also has a proper Spirit of Vengeance, unlike his comic counterpart.
- Cool Car: Robbie's vehicle of choice is the Hell Charger, a Hellfire-infused car. In the car's normal form, it's a customized 1969 Dodge Charger. This comes in quite handy when an EMP is set off, as the car predates electronic vehicles and can still run.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When Robbie fights, this is what it inevitably boils down to.
- Daisy is able to hold her own against Robbie, but once he turns into the Rider, one punch to the stomach is all it takes to stop her. Understandable, as Daisy had fought only gifted and Inhumans up until then, not supernatural beings who defy all natural laws.
- Hands an even more vicious one to Jeffrey Mace, an Inhuman with Super Strength and Super Toughness himself, moments after Mace reassures everyone that he's "got this". Mace isn't injured after the short beatdown, but it's clear Ghost Rider would have killed him eventually had Gabe not called him off.
- Ivanov's LMDs don't stand a chance against him in human form, much less as the Rider.
- Aida learns to run away on sight as soon as her first encounter with the Rider goes badly.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As the Rider, Robbie's appearance is downright demonic, but, while he is exceptionally brutal, he's far from evil.
- Darker and Edgier:
- His original incarnation refrained from using violence outside of his transformed state unless it was for self-defence. This Robbie is willing to assault and torture people even as himself.
- He's also darker compared to the last film incarnation of Ghost Rider. Not only is Robbie more brutal than Nicholas Cage's Johnny Blaze, but his version of the Ghost Rider is much more visceral, willing to rip victims apart with his bare hands instead of merely burning them. In many ways, this Reyes actually has more in common with the comic book Blaze than anyone else, as the Johnny Blaze Rider is notoriously known for his ruthless and unforgiving methods whenever he's really ticked off—such as chaining a cannibal to his bike, then dragging him off to be devoured by a horde of roadkill zombies.
- Deal with the Devil:
- Robbie attributes his possession to a deal with the devil, which he took to make sure that his brother survived the crash and bullets he took.
- In "Deals With Our Devils", Robbie makes a second deal with the Rider, who had abandoned him in favor of Mack after Robbie was stuck in another dimension. In exchange for settling Robbie's remaining score, Robbie will help the Rider settle his.
- Death Glare: Take a look at the picture! Hell hath no fury like a Spirit of Vengeance.
- Dem Bones: Like all the other Ghost Riders, full use of his powers burns away his flesh, leaving only flaming bones.
- Demonic Possession: His powers come from having made a deal with a "devil," another Ghost Rider (who looks like Johnny Blaze), in exchange for saving his and his brother's life. "Deals With Our Devils" makes it clear that the Rider is a supernatural, independent entity that possesses a human host. It even possessed other people when necessary.
- Detect Evil: Robbie chooses who to go after and who to spare by using the supernatural senses granted to him as Ghost Rider.
- Doing In the Scientist: Certain characters in-series think there is some sort of scientific explanation for his powers, either "enhanced" like Steve Rogers or Inhuman like Daisy. However, Robbie later claims that he literally sold his soul to the Devil and the show's creators have confirmed that he's explicitly supernatural.Jeffrey: Is he Inhuman?
Coulson: Claims he made a deal with the Devil.
Fitz: Which is nonsense.
Coulson: You know, the rationalist in me wants to agree, but the skull on fire presents a pretty compelling argument for "Hail Satan."
- The Dreaded: Everyone is deathly afraid of him, from a combination of the fact that he's powerful as all hell (literally), a cold-blooded and merciless killer, and that virtually nothing is known about him, especially concerning his seemingly inexplicable powers. Coulson's team puts on a brave and commanding front, but even they know he's a time bomb best not set off. Coulson sells his continued participation to Director Mace as, more or less, "nothing we have can stop him."
- Flaming Skulls: The Rider's skull is wreathed in flame. It's this more than any other aspect of his powers that convinces people there just might be something to his claims of Demonic Possession.
- Foil: To the Punisher. Both are brutal vigilantes whose backgrounds involve attacks on their family and a Near-Death Experience and who eventually knock heads with the main character(s) who shy away from killing but eventually form a grudging alliance with the main character(s). However, where Frank is a normal human (more or less), Robbie has superhuman, supernatural powers; Frank has lost his entire family and all but crossed the Despair Event Horizon, while Robbie still has his brother; Frank is a white man who served in the military, even being a war hero, while Robbie is a Hispanic man who works as a mechanic. Finally, Frank chose to act on his need for revenge, while Robbie was forced into his current life through a Deal with the Devil. They serve similar story roles, but their natures and abilities are complete opposites.
- Gollum Made Me Do It: Insists that the spirit inside him chooses who should die and makes him kill them, though his ability to hold back suggests he retains more control than he's comfortable admitting.
- Gratuitous Spanish: He occasionally peppers his dialogue with Spanish words or phrases, such as calling Daisy "chica" during their first meeting.
- Healing Factor: He gets a decent cut on his cheek during his fight with Quake, but after a brief stint as the Rider he's perfectly healed by the next day. Robbie explains that multiple fatal injuries have failed to kill him.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His distinctive leather jacket stands out.
- Hellfire: Ghost Rider's weapon of choice. Any object he touches can be imbued with hellfire, from simple weapons to his Cool Car. This is not normal fire; it burns everything right down to the soul.
- Hero's Classic Car: While not the hero of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Robbie's unique in that his Cool Car is also a classic, specifically a 1969 Dodge Charger.
- Heroic Mime: As the Ghost Rider, who neither speaks nor shrieks like his live-action predecessors or his comicbook equivalent.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Well, firstly, there's the whole 'sold his soul to save his brother' thing. Later though, he willingly renews his deal with the Spirit of Vengeance in-spite of his desire to be rid of it to save Mack, and eventually allows himself to be dragged down to hell to stop his uncle.
- Hope Spot: Coming back to life was a pretty big one for him. It was also rather brief considering the first thing he saw upon waking was the Ghost Rider who turned him into another Spirit of Vengeance shortly after.
- Horrifying the Horror: By the end of season 4, Aida, who by this point has become a Humanoid Abomination made of Darkhold matter and a One-Woman Army with the combined powers of several Inhumans, runs away in terror each time he shows up. He also quickly proves the ghostly Lucy Bauer wrong when she mockingly asks if she's supposed to be afraid of him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Twice by Eli during their confrontation. The pain is enough to stop him from transforming until he gets really, really angry.
- Improvised Weapon: He tends to grab anything nearby he can use for a club then empowers it with hellfire.
- Incendiary Exponent: Even without transforming, Reyes is able to imbue objects with hellfire. He can even incinerate "ghosts" with it.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: While he doesn't do the "You... GUILTY!" routine from the movies, the Rider still has a habit of judging the souls of everyone he sees, and brutally executing those he finds wanting.
- The Juggernaut: The Ghost Rider is virtually unstoppable; Daisy's powers only slowed him down, he punched his way out of a containment module no other powered being has ever breached through force, Mace barely stood his ground in a straight fight with the Rider, and the ghosts posed no threat to him whatsoever. He also walked through a corridor of fire that was hot enough to melt his comms device. The only time he ever seemed seriously threatened was when he was bombarded with lethal amounts of radiation, subjected to impossible quantum fluctuations, and impaled twice through the chest with giant spikes (any one of which will kill a man several times over). Even then, he was still alive and fully capable of holding a conversation despite the intense pain.
- Knight of Cerebus: While Agents had its fair share of dark moments here and there, Ghost Rider's inclusion pits it much closer to the Netflix shows in terms of atmosphere. That's nothing to say of the violence; even Hive wasn't as punishingly brutal. The show's new 10PM time-slot probably has something to do with it.
- Knight Templar: He sticks to killing those who he believes deserve to die. Unlike most examples, this is somewhat justified by the fact he's possessed by a demon that knows people's sins; ultimately he knows if people are guilty.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Robbie's dedication to keeping Gabe safe and far away from the violence of his double life is admirable. The drive to do anything he deems necessary to see those who would hurt his little brother pay is not.
- Kryptonite Factor: Anything that brings him and the Rider in closer proximity to Hell causes them both extreme discomfort.
- Legacy Character: He's not the first Ghost Rider.
- Leitmotif: He has his own theme, which appropriately sounds like some sort of monster roaring in rage while on fire.
- Magic Versus Science: The entity inside of Robbie is explicitly (by Word of God) supernatural. So far no scientific methods or natural abilities have seemed to be able to contain Ghost Rider or harm him (barring pure physical damage but the rider is either too tough or just recovers from it fast). In this instance, magic has a big edge over science.
- Meaningful Name: Played with; while his name isn't particularly meaningful, the fact that he doesn't have his brother's name is an oblique reference.Lucy: You're [Eli's] nephew. I've seen your picture. You're Gabriel. Like the angel.
Robbie: No. [eyes glow] I'm the other one.
- Misplaced Retribution: He killed a prisoner who was not only reformed, but also had absolutely nothing to do with the hit on him and his brother, solely for having belonged to the same gang as the aforementioned culprits.
- Mythology Gag: Ghost Rider's introduction is almost shot for shot his intro from the comics, including the mook with the rocket launcher.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Robbie is a little different than the Spirit of Vengeance. The Spirit ignores the innocent even if they attack and prevents Robbie from murdering innocents even when they are a problem for him, such as Daisy, but he has free reign against someone he has a more personal grievance against, like the Fifth Street Loco who was peacefully serving his sentence in prison.
- Never My Fault: He tries to put all the blame of his killings on the Rider, but it's heavily implied that he's more in control of that form than he'd like to admit. He does kill a man who's already serving a life sentence, mostly because they're part of the gang responsible for his brother's injuries, which seems to be far more personal. However, he does appear to be trying at least to restrain the Rider, so exactly who made the final decision is ambiguous.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His actions in "Lockup", seeking revenge against a gangbanger who was part of the crew that tried to kill him (the man himself was locked up and reformed even before then) and his brother, have not only led to S.H.I.E.L.D being associated with his former murder-spree and blackmailed, but allowed his uncle to be kidnapped when he was the only one capable of protecting him from the ghosts. The expression he makes at the end showcases that he knows it.
- Nigh Invulnerable: His hellfire-infused car takes a hit from an RPG and suffers no damage other than a cool flip. A full speed crash into a Quinjet doesn't even leave a scratch. He himself is pretty much invincible as the Ghost Rider. A lightning blast doesn't even slow him down.
- In his Rider form, nothing seems to hurt him. No weapon has been able to slow him down and he's been able to overpower every other superhuman he's encountered so far.
- In his human form, he's more vulnerable than the Rider but still way tougher than any human. He can't be burned by fire, allowing him to through a flaming hallway or out of an exploding warehouse without a scratch. Massive amounts of radiation combined with the energies of a quantum power cell barely affect him, even though on their own either would have killed a human several times over. It takes getting impaled twice on top of that for Robbie to actually be in danger of dying, and he still powers through that for much longer than he should be able to.
- Not So Different: Is noted to be a lot like his uncle due to his red hot temper, by a character who was rendered a ghost by said uncle.
- Outside-Context Problem: His introduction in season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. marks the first appearance of an explicitly supernatural entity in that series.
- Painful Transformation: Robbie's transformation into the Rider consists of his head being consumed by hellfire until all that remains is his skull, and judging by the expression he gives just before the transformation, it's not a pleasant experience.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The demon locates evil people, and then Robbie has to take them out with extreme prejudice. Mack grimaces at a report of all the nasty things he's done.
- Put on a Bus: Robbie chooses to take Eli with him to Hell in order to prevent him from doing harm to anyone else. This takes him out of the cast and storyline for a while. He comes back for the season finale.
- The Precious, Precious Car: At first, Robbie shows little to no concern as to the safety of his vehicle since his powers help it recover from any damage, but it's revealed that this trope is in full force when the Rider temporarily leaves him and takes said ability with it.
- Promotion to Parent: Forced to care for his younger brother Gabe when their parents are killed and their uncle is in jail. S.H.I.E.L.D eventually took over after he went to Hell.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's more of a fiery orange, but if you see his eyes light up, you're in trouble. Just hope you can talk him down.
- Relative Button: Robbie has a short temper to begin with, but mentioning his brother is a surefire way to earn a beating.
- Revenge Before Reason:
- He kills all the gangsters who were behind the hit on him and his brother, leading to him not having a lead on who ordered it and his uncle to be kidnapped when he was the only one capable of protecting him from the ghosts.
- He and the Rider forego getting to safety when confronting Eli in favor of (unnecessarily) making absolutely sure that Eli goes to Hell, burning him with hellfire for good measure.
- Scars Are Forever: His Rider form has noticeable cracks that flames bleed through, showing the wounds he took from his fatal car crash shattering his skull.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Does this to his uncle Eli when he attempts to deny responsibility for his actions.Eli: No. It was the Bauers — Joe and Lucy. They started this, they lied!
Robbie: Do you think I give a rat's ass about any of that? A bunch of scientists fighting over some stupid book?
- Skull for a Head: While using his powers, his head's flesh burns off, leaving him with his skull covered in flames.
- Story-Breaker Power: Even when compared to the likes of the Avengers, or any other powered characters established in the films, Robbie is freakishly powerful, which is why he spends nearly two-thirds of Season 4 trapped in a Hell dimension. When he returns, Robbie can easily dispatch Life Model Decoys and harm Aida, who had used the Darkhold to become a human with numerous Inhuman powers that rendered her virtually unstoppable otherwise. The final conflict is not about him overpowering Aida, but finding a way to let Ghost Rider get close enough without her running away in terror.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Evil is pushing it, but Reyes nevertheless draws a distinction between himself and the Rider, the latter being the one capable of wielding the full range of their powers. By himself, Reyes only has the power to use hellfire and isn't as strong. Robbie also has at best marginal control over the Rider, which seems to be proportionate to his willingness to indulge its desire for vengeance. Best described in the following exchange between him and Quake.Quake: You don't get to decide who deserves to die.
Reyes: I'm not the one who decides.
- Super Strength: He's strong enough to rip someone's spine from their body, though only in his Rider form, and overpower Jeffrey Mace, who is super-strong himself. This feat is later eclipsed when he punches his way out of a containment unit, a device explicitly designed to contain any powered individual and was derived from technology that was meant to contain the Hulk. As a human, he can overpower an LMD with ease.
- Super Toughness: Daisy throws him into a van with her powers and he isn't even winded. When she uses her powers to pin his chest, he powers through it and breaks free, something no ordinary human could have done. She does manage to cut him, but that healed after his transformation. As the Rider, he can trade blows with Director Mace and is the stronger of the two. He's also able to tank through a lightning bolt like it's literally nothing.
- Thinking Up Portals: In the season finale, he shows off the ability to use his flaming chain to conjure up a portal, the same type that's created by the sling rings. However, whereas the Sling Rings can create portals anywhere on Earth, Robbie's can also take him to different, and hellish, dimensions.
- To Hell and Back: Did this after he took back the spirit of vengeance from Mack. And he does it again after taking Eli to hell.
- Took a Level in Badass: His time in Hell, after killing Eli, gave him knowledge of a conflict greater than Earth and taught him some new tricks. Among them, he can open portals to anywhere on Earth.
- Totally Not a Werewolf: Because he is the first supernatural being to ever show up in the show, people keep mistaking him for an Inhuman.
- Tragic Dropout: Averted. He never finished high school, but doesn't seem particularly bothered by this. He says that he prefers racing and auto mechanics to office work.
- The Voiceless: Never speaks in his Ghost Rider form. Given that the flaming skull head doesn't appear to have a tongue or larynx, he might not be capable of speaking in that form. He does roar in the season finale, but that's it.
- Watch the Paint Job: The car may be Nigh Invulnerable when he's driving it, but Robbie still doesn't like people touching it. When Daisy has to steal it for a chase, Robbie, who at the time is out of phase and unable to act himself, bemoans her scraping a large gash on the side during the chase.
- Would Hit a Girl: In contrast to his comic book counterpart, who never hit one that wasn't another Ghost Rider, Robbie really wanted to make sure that Daisy stood away from him and his brother. In fact, Robbie seemed more eager than his own Spirit of Vengeance in that regard, as the Spirit did not find her guilty. He also incinerated Lucy Bauer and brutally killed Aida in the season finale — or, more specifically, the Ghost Rider did.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: His hellfire doesn't just burn the body, it burns the soul, which cannot heal. A guy with a chest burn courtesy of the Rider bled out by the next day, despite medical treatment. This comes in handy in the season finale, as it overrides Aida's Healing Factor, and is likely the only thing that can hurt her.
"Johnny Blaze" / Ghost Rider
Species: Human (Demon possessed)
Portrayed By: Gabriel Luna (motion-capture)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 72: "The Good Samaritan")
The "Devil" who made Robbie Reyes a Spirit of Vengeance in exchange for saving Robbie's younger brother from a burning car. He sports the appearance of the classic Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider.
- Anti-Hero: Ghost Rider passed the Spirit of Vengeance onto Robbie, who calls him the Devil, but he did resurrect Robbie and pull Gabe from the wrecked car before making the deal.
- Badass Biker: Another strong implication that he's Johnny Blaze—he rides an impressive Hydra Glide chopper.
- Bait-and-Switch: Robbie's insistence that the entity with whom he made a pact with was the Devil himself initially leads one to believe that it had to do with Mephisto, who's usually treated in the Marvel Universe as the equivalent of the Devil, or some other entity. As it turns out, he caught a previous Ghost Rider on a good day (though a pact with him was still a part of the deal).
- Boring, but Practical: He managed to keep the Darkhold from S.H.I.E.L.D., HYDRA, and a multitude of interested parties by keeping it buried in his house.
- The Cameo: He only appears in Robbie and Gabe's flashback of the night Robbie got his powers, but he makes quite an impression.
- Cool Bike: This GR comes with a chopper-style Hell Cycle, Johnny Blaze's favorite mode of transportation in the comics.
- Cursed with Awesome: What he did to Robbie, and what was also done to him. Coming back from the dead is nice and all, but having to constantly contend with the will of a vengeance demon? Not so much.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The character is a classic case of Bad Powers, Good People, dressed in black leather but being on the side of good. Coulson's testimony suggests that this assessment holds true.
- Dem Bones: He's got a skull for a head, and it's on fire.
- Deal with the Devil: He saved Robbie's life and gave him the power of the Ghost Rider in exchange for Robbie taking on the burden of exacting vengeance on wrong doers as the new Ghost Rider.
- Escaped from Hell: Unsurprisingly, Ghost Rider went to Hell at one point and later escaped. Coulson apparently witnessed it.
- Flaming Skulls: Well, he is a Ghost Rider.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears a leather jacket not unlike one Johnny Blaze would've been seen with in the comics.
- Hero of Another Story: Coulson is revealed to be familiar with him—and explicitly played a role in the adventure where he managed to escape the underworld. Along with that, the basement in which the Darkhold is found is all but stated to be Johnny's.
- No Name Given: While heavily implied to be Johnny Blaze, he hasn't explicitly been identified as such as far as "The Good Samaritan".
- Mythology Gag:
- One of the hints that this is Johnny Blaze and not another iteration of the Ghost Rider character is the bullet dent in his skull. In the comics, Blaze was once briefly killed (again) after being shot in the head by a holy bullet that sent him along with his Spirit of Vengeance to Hell.
- Additionally, his skull is cloaked in fire instead of being black and charred as if it's on fire, like the version portrayed by Nicolas Cage.
- Scars Are Forever: He sports a very notable bullet indention in the upper left side of his skull.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only has a passing cameo, but it's only because of him that Robbie Reyes became the Ghost Rider to begin with.
- Truer to the Text: While Robbie's design is accurate to his comic book counterpart—albeit substantially less metallic and more bone-shaped—it is still a departure from the original. Now we know why—it's because this Ghost Rider's appearance is more in line with the original Johnny Blaze.
- Wham Shot: His burning skull entering the scene during Robbie's Origin Episode. Alternately, for more comic-familiar viewers, the Wham Shot is the presence of his Cool Bike pulling up to begin with, as that's a tip-off to who "The Good Samaritan" really is.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to him after his deal with Robbie.
- See the Avengers and Allies page.
Tyrone Johnson / Cloak
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed by: Aubrey Joseph
Appearances: Cloak and Dagger
A young man with the ability to teleport and control fears.
- Adorkable: More downplayed than most examples, but definitely shows shades of it.
- Angry Black Man: Deconstructed severely. Part of the reason he's so traumatized by Billy's death and hell-bent on Revenge is that everyone around him is encouraging him to suppress what happened to him rather than fall into this trope, rather than helping him deal with it.
- Badass Cape/Black Cloak: An integral part of the character design, hence the name "Cloak". This incarnation was started by Billy before he died.
- Bad Powers, Good People: If you were to give boogeyman powers to a teenage pre-Serum Steve Rogers, you would end up with someone like Tyrone Johnson. Tyrone is kind-hearted and tries to see the good in others, but his connection to the Darkforce allows him to see the fear in others as well, a process that always leaves the subject disoriented, and even his very touch can prove deadly.
- Born Unlucky: Aside from the obvious tragedy of losing a sibling in his childhood, Tyrone is often taking a beating from someone or getting the short end of the stick in a situation.
- Cannot Talk to Women: He's awkward around women and his conversation with Tandy heavily implies he's a virgin.
- Casting a Shadow: He can manipulate the Darkforce, mostly when his life is danger and when wearing his late brother's cloak as a Magic Feather.
- Cowardly Lion: Not an entirely straight example. His fear mixed with anger are his early defining characteristics, angry and lashing out at the world for his brother, but also afraid to really fight to fix things like his parents. With Tandy backing him up however, he gets the courage he needs to face the world and fight to save it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Cloak may look intimidating, but he's still a superhero.
- Deadly Dodging: Since his powers aren't as offense-based as Tandy's, he mostly uses them to dodge or evade blows, usually setting himself up to redirect them into the nearest wall or Tandy's knives.
- Death Seeker: What Tandy accuses Tyrone of being deep down, since she saw a lot of Suicide by Cop scenarios in his mind.
- Fatal Flaw: His anger and inability to give up on a lost cause. Even after he manages to catch Connors, he still feels empty and angry.
- The Idealist: He's a firm believer in justice and tries to see the good in others.
- I Know What You Fear: He can sense people's fears or traumatic experiences when they're touching.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for Billy's death, because he stole the radio so Billy wouldn't have to.
- Living Shadow: His powers let him move through and control shadows.
- Nice Guy: In sharp contrast to Dagger's more anti-heroic tendencies.
- An Odd Place to Sleep: He sleeps in a bed but doesn't always wake up in one.
- Real Men Love Jesus: Tyone's both a choir boy and a superhero in the making. Subverted however, since he later tells Delgado that he doesn't really believe in God.
- Revenge: More than anything else, he wants to kill the policeman that (accidentally) killed his brother, as he believes doing so will finally free his family from the trauma that's weighed on them for eight years.
- Survivor's Guilt: He feels guilty for getting to live when Billy died. In Tandy's journey through his mind, she sees a young Tyrone practically drowning in checks but crying because he doesn't feel he deserves any of it, and she implies that every good thing that happens to him is tainted by the fact that Billy can't share in it.
- Teleport Cloak: Seems to be invoked, as every time he teleports he has to use something nearby as a cover to disappear into. His Badass Cape works as this, but he's also used nearby blankets, curtains, a small towel and even a garbage bag.
- Tragic Keepsake: In this incarnation, the cloak originally belonged to his brother Billy.
- Trauma Button: Justifiably, he gets very nervous around cops.
- Weaponized Teleportation: One of Cloak's powers. Though primarily defensive in nature, Tyrone can use it for combat, usually by harrying his opponents or moving them into harms way, usually in the path of one of Tandy's daggers.
Tandy Bowen / Dagger
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed by: Olivia Holt
Appearances: Cloak & Dagger (2018)
A young woman with the ability to call hopes and make daggers made of solid light.
- Abusive Parents: Her mother's a drug addict who steals her money and is at the very least emotionally abusive.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, her daggers were only psychic and couldn't do actual damage to flesh, the worst being draining them of vitality. Here, they function like any other knife.
- Bash Brothers: When the two of them get into fights, Tandy's the one on offense while Tyrone mostly evades or redirects his opponents onto Tandy.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Tandy uses her background in the upper class to blend in with rich people and take them for all they're worth.
- Con Artist: So much so and for so long that the idea of doing things honestly just never crosses her mind.
- Consummate Liar: One of her biggest strengths is her ability to weave a convincing lie, though "Funhouse Mirrors" shows that she's not as good at it as she thinks. That episode also deconstructs the trope by showing that she's been doing it so long that lying and conning is now her first instinct, even when she could more easily get what she wanted by just telling the truth.
- Cowardly Lion: While her first instinct is to run away, she can climb, run, balance and fight when the chips are down.
- The Cynic: She starts out that way, but as the more time she spends with Tyrone and seeing other people's hopes the more she finds in herself. Reverts back to this in season 2, when she sees how people treat other people and what they're doing to themselves.
- Deadpan Snarker: Tandy's wit is as sharp as her daggers, as seen by her quip to a forger that she's negotiating with for a fake ID:Tandy: If we fail, you still profit. Ain't that America?
- Death Seeker: But can never go through with it. And just when she actually does attempt suicide, her powers kicked in and saved herself.
- Drugs Are Bad: She snorts some kind of pills to numb the pain. In the penultimate episode, she starts using her powers as a drug, sucking away people's hopes in a desperate attempt to feel better.
- Functional Addict: She's adicted to several prescription drugs, which she snorts, but so far the only dependency seems psychological and it hasn't yet taken a toll on her body or cognition.
- Emotion Eater: She learns she can not only see people's hopes, but steal them.
- Fatal Flaw: She runs away from her problems and can't face anything. Her journey is learning how to stop running.
- Good Powers, Bad People: She has the power to bring great hope and happiness to anyone she touches. Unfortunately, she sees herself as a "screwed-up bitch" and insists on acting accordingly to everyone around her, up to and including stealing their hopes to get high. Thankfully, she's better than she thinks she is.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde and charming but sneaky, conniving and cynical (at first anyway).
- Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: Season 1 is this for her with the penultimate moment coming in episode 10 with Tandy Taking A Level In Idealism and stating out loud that she wants to learn how to care.
- Knife Nut: She fights with knives made from light.
- Light 'em Up: Her powers manifest as white light daggers.
- Loveable Rogue: Tandy's a cunning schemer and thief, but she's also incredibly charming.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: She can form knives made of light.
- Woman in White: If she's not completely wearing white, she's no doubt wearing something white.
- Your Heart's Desire: She can sense people's dreams and hopes.
Neutrals and Wildcards
Chan Ho Yin / Scorch
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: Louis Ozawa Changchien
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 5: "Girl in the Flower Dress")
A pyrokinetic street magician on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s watchlist. He is recruited by the organization behind Centipede in the hopes that they can use him to stabilize their serum.
- Canon Foreigner: Chan Ho Yin isn't a character from the comics, though his codename is borrowed from a couple other D-list pyrokinetics. His ethnicity, as well as being "kind of a tool," also recalls Sunfire from the X-Men comics.
- Code Name: Scorch, given to him by the people of Project Centipede to play to his ego.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: A major plot point is the aversion of this. The assignment of a codename to Chan helps him embrace the idea that he must have gotten his powers for a reason and that he's someone special and powerful for them. When he refers to himself as Scorch, Coulson treats the information that "they gave him a name" as an Oh, Crap! and realizes how seriously he's taking things.
- Foil: Of a sort to Mike. Both began gaining superpowers, both were approached by the Centipede project, and both were frustrated by their inability to make their lives work despite their powers. However, the big difference is that Mike thought more about helping his son survive than doing great things with his powers, and eventually realized that he could be a hero with some direction. Chan just wanted to be seen, and it led to his Sanity Slippage.
- I Love Nuclear Power: It's theorized his powers come from living near a nuclear plant that caught fire. However, it's noted that no one else in the vicinity received powers of any sort, so in the end the source is unknown.
- Jerkass: He first demonstrates his powers by scaring a couple who weren't impressed with his magic tricks. His S.H.I.E.L.D. file describes him as "kind of a tool."
- Not Using the "Z" Word: His debut was before Disney/MCU had the rights to X-Men, but it is likely he'd be referred to as a mutant. The Agents even theorize that exposure to nuclear radiation may have caused his powers, which was one of the reasons often given for Mutants developing mutations.
- Playing with Fire: His power is generating fire from his hands.
- Pyromaniac: After his Sanity Slippage he's a mad man with fire powers.
- Required Secondary Powers: His blood platelets make him immune to being burned by his own powers. Once they're extracted, he ends up scorching himself each time he lights up.
- Riddle for the Ages: It is never ultimately explained how he first acquired his fire powers.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After being given a taste of the Centipede serum then being betrayed by Raina. As soon as he gets free, he starts attacking everyone.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Happens to him during Debbie's experiments: "This isn't testing, this is torture!"
- Street Performer: What he did for a living is magic tricks on street corners.
- Super-Power Meltdown: He's given an overdose of Extremis when it's clear they can't talk him down.
- That Man Is Dead: Once he embraces his codename, he says that only "Scorch" lives.
Portrayed By: Robert Baker
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 9: "Repairs")
A technician who was seemingly killed in a laboratory accident; in reality, he's somehow caught between two worlds, and is stalking Hannah Hutchins.
- Anti-Villain: Tobias is not trying to hurt Hannah, he's trying to protect her. It's not very comforting, but it's a far cry from the killer or demon everyone originally thought him to be.
- The Atoner: He's trying to make up for his mistakes.
- Expy: While teleporting is a fairly common power, doing so by traveling through a Hell-dimension in a puff of smoke is unique to the X-Men's Nightcrawler. There's also the fact that both characters are very religious.
- Extradimensional Shortcut: When he teleports, he travels between Earth and another realm he thinks is Hell.
- Manchild: He causes problems so Hannah will pay him attention; like the boy in the sandbox that tugs on a girl's pigtails.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Tobias clearly never learned that when someone upsets your crush, you don't blow up their gas station or try to run them over.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Hannah, both less disturbing than normal (he's just a normal guy who didn't know how to talk to the girl he likes) and more (he sabotaged a particle accelerator). Skye notes that he's acting like a kid with a crush.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He pulls it a lot with the teleporting power and everything. Then May pulls it on him, disappearing in the space of a half-second black out right as he's about to whack her with a wrench.
- Talking the Monster to Death: May confronts Tobias, and convinces him to stop "protecting" Hannah for her own sake, since his current actions are only dragging her to hell with him. He realizes this, and lets himself slip through.
- Teleporter Accident: The rough theory goes that the scientists running the particle accelerator were trying to recreate the rifts from Thor: The Dark World. Then Tobias came in and sabotaged a minor part, which snowballed into a detonation that trapped him between two worlds. He's able to move between them, but is slowly losing himself to the other one.
- Teleport Spam: He makes good use of being stuck between worlds, such as disappearing to dodge attacks, enter locked rooms, and so forth.
- Too Dumb to Live: He repeatedly sabotaged a particle accelerator in order to get Hanna's attention.
- Wrench Whack: He is lugging around a pipe wrench, which he was carrying during the accident. This serves as the first hint that there's more to the accident than first appears; a pipe wrench is not the proper tool to be tightening bolts with.
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: Dylan Minette
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 12: "Seeds", Episode 25: "Making Friends and Influencing People")
- "I want to be left alone but you people won't stop coming after me. So I'm done hiding. It's time HYDRA learn once and for all I'm not interested. I'm not afraid. I'm pissed off. And every HYDRA agent they send is going to feel it."
An introverted genius at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Sci-Tech academy who gets involved in a series of attacks involving devices that are able to freeze people solid.
- Abusive Parents: His parents didn't even realize how smart he was because they ignored him so much. When S.H.I.E.L.D. told his father that Donnie was gifted, his father replied "In what?"
- Adaptation Species Change: He's Inhuman in the comics. Ironically, the Inhumans have yet to be introduced in the series when he appeared.
- Adaptational Heroism: It's Adaptational Anti-Villainy in his case. He still ends up as a bad guy, but is given a sympathetic backstory. It's also made abundantly clear that he never intended for his actions to hurt anyone, at least at first, and he also never served HYDRA willingly; when he, as Blizzard, is acting of his own free will, it's actually against HYDRA. The only reason why SHIELD put him down at the end of "Making Friends and Influencing People" is so HYDRA won't be able to use him again.
- Age Lift: His comics counterpart is an adult criminal-for-hire.
- He wasn't interested in Ian Quinn's money. He was just having fun building something with Seth.
- In his second appearance, he isn't even antagonistic toward S.H.I.E.L.D. at all until Bakshi triggers the mental conditioning HYDRA put him through.
- Berserk Button: Don't even pretend to be HYDRA.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He was brainwashed by HYDRA sometime during season 1. His programing is re-activated during "Making Friends and Influencing People".
- The Bus Came Back: He resurfaces in the Season 2 episode "Making Friends and Influencing People".
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played with. He is never called as Blizzard, his comics counterpart's alias. But the project to analyze his gifted power is indeed called as "Project: Blizzard" at HYDRA.
- Empowered Badass Normal: While never badass in the "combat-capable" sense, his debut episode makes it clear he has borderline superhuman engineering abilities, rivaling those of Fitz (who is nearly a decade his senior and with more experience). After the accident at the end of his debut episode he gains a Touch of Death power via cryokinesis.
- Friendless Background: Bonds with Fitz over this and their love of engineering. He had no friends in his hometown, and even at S.H.I.E.L.D Academy, he's a loner.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Built devices capable of freezing pools and people solid and causing massive superstorms.
- An Ice Person: As a result of his ice machine backfiring on him, he gets cryokinetic powers. He also has the technical skill to make weapons which can copy those abilities as well.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Has trouble interacting with people below a 170 IQ.
- Never Found the Body: According to Skye, his body hasn't been found since she shot him and he fell into the ocean.
- Start of Darkness: In the comics, he's the supervillain Blizzard and indeed, over the course of the episode, he gets his only friend killed and obtains cryokinetic powers. During his first appearance in season 2, he only uses them in self-defense or to spite HYDRA. His only villainous actions are due to brainwashing.
- Teen Genius: Has an IQ of 190 and still in school.
Carl "Crusher" Creel / Absorbing Man
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: Brian Patrick Wade
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 23: "Shadows") | Daredevil (2015) (mentioned)
A man who worked for HYDRA after having his death faked by Garrett, Carl Creel is a former boxer nicknamed "The Crusher" with the ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches.
- Adaptational Heroism: Though introduced as a villain, it's revealed that he was a brainwashed pawn. By Season 3, he's free of his HYDRA brainwashing and is working for the US government as Talbot's bodyguard. In the comics, though he's sometimes depicted as an Anti-Villain, he's usually a thug who's murdered, raped, and brutalized people in the past with no remorse.
- Alliterative Name: Carl Creel.
- Ambiguous Situation: After his own out-of-control powers cause him to turn to stone, Coulson isn't quite sure he's actually dead or just in a coma of sorts. Season 3 removes the ambiguity by outright showing that he's alive.
- And I Must Scream: Between his encounter with Team Coulson in "Heavy is the Head" and his recruitment as Talbot's bodyguard, this happened to him. He couldn't move or talk because he was trapped in his own stone body. He eventually recovered and spent time in jail once he'd regained consciousness.
- Bald of Evil: Just like in the comics, Creel doesn't have a single hair on his head. He no longer fits this trope in season 3.
- Book Dumb: While he is hardly an Evil Genius, he nonetheless shows a decent amount of strategy in his appearances and uses his powers creatively, such as for stealth, and not just for brute force. Prior to being a supervillain, he also secretly used his powers to cheat his way to a successful boxing career.
- Blood Knight: He enjoys killing just slightly more than he enjoys the sensation of using his powers, and he seems to enjoy the latter quite a bit.
- The Brute: He serves as Whitehall's muscle while under HYDRA's control. He later acts as one to Talbot as a bodyguard. And later for General Hale.
- The Bus Came Back: Freed by Talbot after he is deprogrammed of his HYDRA brainwashing.
- Chrome Champion: When he turns to steel. May and Lincoln exploit this with May grazing him with a steel pipe, turning him into steel, then Lincoln blasting him with his electric powers.
- Death by Irony: The Absorbing Man...gets absorbed. Specifically by Graviton.
- Death Faked for You: He was supposed to have been killed, but it turns out HYDRA faked his death while they were still a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. so they could use his talents for themselves.
- Dragon Their Feet: Was brought into HYDRA's employ by Garrett, but doesn't show up until after Garrett has been dispatched.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: He can take on the properties of any material he touches — wood, steel, glass, concrete; you name it. Assuming his powers are as flexible as they are in the comics, this can extend even further.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- While he has no problem killing targets who are trained professionals, he does seem concerned about the waitress he infects by accident (though that may have been more about losing control of the Artifact than any actual concern) and was reluctant to hurt Raina.
- It eventually turns out despite being a lifelong criminal, he had to be brainwashed into serving HYDRA, and he promptly turns once he's freed from it.
- Forgot About His Powers: Despite being able to turn into any substance he touches, he has a habit of fighting in his normal human form.
- Good All Along: In "The Inside Man", he's presented as being Talbot's morally-ambiguous bodyguard, and he's seemingly confirmed to still be evil when he knocks Lance out. However, it's later revealed that he only knocked Lance out to protect his cover, and he helps save him, Talbot, Coulson, and the other S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives.
- G-Rated Drug: He enjoys the feeling of absorbing materials, keeping a cabinet full of various things to use at his leisure. HYDRA even pays him with exotic materials.
- HeelFace Turn: The US military has apparently broken him free of his HYDRA brainwashing and he's now working as Talbot's bodyguard. Inverted when he's recruited by General Hale.
- Hero Killer: As Hartley and Idaho found out the hard way.
- The Immune: Possibly due to what happened with him and the Obelisk, Creel's blood can 'vaccinate' an unawakened Inhuman from undergoing Terrigenesis.
- Immune to Bullets: As long as he's absorbed something tough enough. Played with a bit; though the bullets don't stop him, they do knock off several chunks that end up reverting to flesh.
- Mind Control: Implied to have been brainwashed by Whitehall into obeying HYDRA (as Bakshi uses the codephrase "Are you ready to comply?" to calm him down at one point). Confirmed in his return in Season 3.
- Mundane Utility: Before being discovered, he used his powers to cheat at boxing by turning his fists to steel beneath his gloves for easy knockouts.
- Mythology Gag:
- In his debut appearance, he rips off a ball and chain to fight May with, an iconic weapon of his in the comics.
- Subsequent appearances has Raina offer him a material to absorb with the special property of being capable of absorbing energy itself. This is something he could do on his own in the comics.
- His name is also mentioned in flashbacks in Daredevil (2015) as a boxing rival of 'Battlin' Jack' Murdock, Daredevil's father.
- Not Quite Dead: Coulson is smart enough to know that even if Creel's turned to stone, he could always do that. It's better to keep him secure in case it doesn't stick. It doesn't.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Whatever he did to make Talbot literally trust him with his life must have been spectacular.
- Power Incontinence: Touching the Obelisk, even while made of rubber didn't completely insulate him from its effects and patches of it start spreading across his body. It's mentioned this isn't the first time he's had such problems.
- Sculpted Physique: When he turns into stone or concrete.
- Shapeshifter Swan Song: After being hit with a molecular disruptor by Coulson, he cycles through several of his past materials before turning into inanimate stone.
- Shirtless Scene: He gives one in his trailer, and another while fighting Team Coulson in the warehouse. The latter is justified, since he was using his absorbing powers to camouflage himself (which wouldn't have worked with a powder blue shirt on). It doesn't explain why he's still shirtless walking down the street at the end of the episode.
- Super Strength: Naturally strong due to his past as a boxer, but his strength increases depending on the material he absorbs. He was able to stop the speeding vehicle carrying Hartley and the Obelisk by absorbing the properties of the asphalt road he was standing on.
- Super Toughness: By absorbing tougher materials, his durability is enhanced, allowing him to shrug off bullets and survive being hit by a car, totaling the car in the process. He's not completely invulnerable, however, as the bullets managed to knock off several chunks which eventually reverted into normal flesh, allowing the team to ID him.
- Taken for Granite: After being defeated he gets stuck in his stone form, but unable to move. With help from Talbot and the government, he recovers.
- This Was His True Form: Not the man himself, but part of him. He's bulletproof during his first encounter with Team Coulson, but they do recover a piece of shrapnel from his then-metallic body after the fight. It reverts back to flesh and blood while Fitz is analyzing it, which makes the team realize that they're dealing with a gifted.
- Unexplained Recovery: He's back for season 3, though it's not explained how he returned to normal.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It was refusing to throw a fight with him that got Jack Murdock killed. His blood looks like it's going to cause this as well. In the right hands, the vaccine that could be created from it can prevent another Bahrain. In the wrong hands, it can prevent any Inhumans from appearing ever again.
- Visible Invisibility: When he becomes glass, he still has to stand perfectly still to avoid his movements reflecting the light around him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Expressed to would-be Gilligan Hunter by knocking him out before he can inadvertently blow his cover.
Dr. Samuel Sterns
Portrayed By: Tim Blake Nelson
Appearances: The Incredible Hulk | The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week comics
- "I've always been more curious than cautious, and that's served me pretty well."
A scientist who helps Bruce under the moniker "Mr. Blue". Bruce communicates with him wirelessly while in Brazil in hopes of developing a cure for his condition, but necessary ingredients for the formula require him to return to the United States. There, he discovers that Sterns has more than just curing the Hulk on his mind.
- Aborted Arc: A tie-in comic establishes he was taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. shortly after the events of The Incredible Hulk, but any influence he may have on future Marvel projects is dubious since he otherwise hasn't been mentioned. This also makes it unlikely he's going to become The Leader any time soon.
- Admiring the Abomination: Well, not the actual Abomination, who he's pretty horrified by, but Sterns is in complete awe of Banner as the Hulk, calling it "god-like" and "Olympian", and comparing Bruce to Prometheus giving man fire.
- Adaptational Heroism: Samuel Sterns is an eccentric and careless, but mostly harmless scientist in this movie who tries to cure Banner, while in the comics, he is one of the more diabolical villains in that universe. The comic tie-in shows he eventually turned evil, so it's more like his origin story than a true morality shift.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Instead of working at a nuclear facility as a mentally handicapped janitor, he's already a science genius and university professor.
- Alliterative Name: First and last names starts with S.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's an odd scientist to be sure.
- Cassandra Truth: When Blonsky demands to have the Hulk's blood and gamma radiation applied to him, Sterns argues against it, claiming that the gamma-blood combined with Blonksky's experimental super-serumed body might turn him into "an abomination". Blonsky doesn't care, and holds Sterns at gunpoint to transform him anyway.
- Code Name: Mr. Blue.
- For Science!: Downplayed. While he is fascinated by Hulk blood he is thrilled by its practical applications.
- Keet: Very hyperactive, especially when it comes to science.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He wants to cure Banner and find similar cures for diseases but wants to use gamma-irradiated blood to do so which always has unfortunate consequences.
- Motor Mouth: He can get carried away discussing the merits of Hulk blood; the result is a fast-flowing stream of science.
- My Brain Is Big: Caused by Banner's irradiated blood coming in contact with a head wound casued by Abomination.
- Nice Guy: Other than Bruce, he knows how dangerous Hulk blood is better than anyone but instead of treating Bruce like a menace he's 'hail fellow scientist! Well met!'
- We Can Rule Together: To Black Widow when she finds him in Fury's Big Week. She responds by shooting him in the knee and taking him into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
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Dr. Holden Radcliffe
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: John Hannah
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 62: "The Singularity")
A former GT Agrochemical researcher whose theories and experiments on transhumanism got him fired from the company. He was kidnapped and recruited by Hive in order to recreate the Kree experiment which had created the Inhumans.
- Affably Evil: He is entirely friendly to pretty much everyone (unless he thinks that they're working for HYDRA) and gets on very well with fellow scientists Fitz and Simmons, especially Fitz — as of season 4, the two are frequently sharing beers and discussing science. Really, he's mostly harmless. His only problem is his occasional lack of a moral compass, which doesn't really help matters when he takes one brief glimpse of the text of the evil Darkhold.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Routinely begs for his life whenever he upsets Hive.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Considering he's killed while he's still under Darkhold's corruption, it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him. Doubles for his ultimate death in the Framework, where he is Dying Alone, lamenting how he is glad that he will die now, as he doesn't have his beloved Agnes with him anymore.
- Anti-Villain: During Season 3, all he really wanted was to improve humanity, realizing too late what Hive was really up to. And in Season 4 he gets corrupted by the Darkhold, which warps his view on how to help humanity.
- Arc Villain: Of the LMD arc in Season 4, all in an attempt to gain the Darkhold, and with it, the secret of immortality. Although by the second half of the arc his role is supplanted by Aida as the true villain of the arc.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Turns out he's under the Darkhold's morality-corrupting control and is using Aida to try to retrieve it.
- Catch-Phrase: "This was never my intention."
- Character Death: Murdered by Aida in "Self Control" when she thinks his regrets could possibly go too far but she plugs him into the Framework immediately afterward. The death only applies to his physical body.
- Composite Character: He's essentially the Mister Sinister to Hive's Apocalypse, being an Evilutionary Biologist who serves an ancient super powered being. However, personality wise Radcliffe is very different from Sinister. His role as the creator of AIDA is from Tom Thumb.
- Comically Missing the Point: Sometimes the worst thing about Radcliffe is his lack of proper morals. Other times, it's his lack of common sense, usually at Fitz's expense:
- In "Failed Experiments", Hive goes on a speech on how concentrating powers in the hands of a few will result in a war, while his plan to spread the Inhuman gene will avert this. Radcliffe asks if this means they can start the experiment. Hive takes a moment to compose himself before saying yes, implying that this has happened before.
- In "The Ghost", when a dumbstruck Fitz asks "What the hell?" regarding Aida's robot body, Radcliffe assumes that it's over Aida being caught in a loop trying to say hello. Fitz was actually asking where the hell Aida comes from.
- In "Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire", after Fitz mentions how his eyes would bulge when he was frightened, he sees Aida talking with May, and nearly panics. Radcliffe is more interested in seeing that Fitz's eyes actually are bulging.
- In "Broken Promises", Mack describes a missing Aida as a Sex Bot, which Radcliffe takes offense at—he's never had sex with Aida, they're just good friends. Fitz winces over how Radcliffe is making things actually worse.
- Deadpan Snarker: He likes to snark from time to time.Radcliffe: [to Talbot] I can tell by your mustache that you're a man of much importance and not to be trifled with...
- Death Equals Redemption: Literally! After being bumped off by Aida/Madame Hydra, he comes to realize that the Framework has gone too far out of control and, albeit with some coaxing, tells Simmons and Coulson where their friends are being held.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Radcliffe is initially the main villain of the LMD arc as he is the one who programmed Aida to become more ruthless and ultimately steal the Darkhold. However by the halfway point of the arc Aida kills him once she believes that his various regrets could lead towards him deactivating the Framework by which point she becomes the arc's true villain.
- Everyone Has Standards: To Radcliffe, science is meant to improve humanity, not hinder or harm it. He was appalled to learn that HYDRA placed explosives in the Deathlok's ocular enhancements, believing it a horrible misuse of science. When he thinks that Fitz and Simmons are from HYDRA, he orders his security forces to take them away. While working for Hive, Radcliffe makes it pretty clear that he is uncomfortable working on non-volunteers and that his only interest is in advancing the human race. His accidental creation of the Alpha Primitives horrifies him. He also makes it absolutely clear to Aida that he does not approve of her killing Agent Nathanson and attempting to kill Agent May.
- Evil Former Friend: To Fitz after his treachery is revealed. Interestingly, the Radcliffe LMD still indicates that Radcliffe still considers Fitz a friend, though it's fairly one-sided at that point.
- Final Death: Well after his physical body was killed mid-season to trap his mind in the Framework permanently, his mind is finally deleted along with the rest of the Framework in the Season 4 finale.
- Foil: To Fitz and Simmons, who work selflessly to protect humanity and have lines they will not cross and people they won't work with; Radcliffe is fairly amoral and will work with almost anyone so long as he can advance his transhuman agenda — though he draws the line at HYDRA, and Hive's plan to turn everyone who isn't Inhuman into a swayed Primitive horrifies him.
- For Science!: He willingly works for Hive after being kidnapped due to the opportunity to advance the human race by making everyone an Inhuman. However, he is less than pleased when he realizes Hive is happy with creating the Alpha Primitives instead so that he can have an easy-to-control slave race. Eventually, he's absolutely horrified at everything he's done, but is too afraid of dying to do anything about it.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He briefly glimpses the Darkhold but refuses to read anymore as he felt his brain was being overloaded. Unfortunately, that brief glimpse corrupted his mind as he wants to uses it to make people immortal, and by "Hot Potato Soup" even he seems to be starting to regret even that brief glimpse. By "BOOM", it gets to the point where he's actively discouraging other people from trying to read it.
- Gone Horribly Right: He is dismayed at the ghoul-like abominations he's created with his experiment, but otherwise it worked exactly as intended. Those exposed to the virus are instantly transformed and enslaved to Hive.
- Hannibal Lecture: After being captured by HYDRA, he's fond of giving personality-probing lines to his captors, particularly the Doctor and his father.
- HeelFace Turn: He develops a friendship with Fitz and Simmons at the end of season 3 and begins working with them regularly. When Simmons has only 24 hours to save May's life in season 4, she makes a bee-line to his house.
- The episodes "No Regrets" and "The Return" cement his second one, where he provides everyone on Team Coulson the location to a backdoor out of the Framework.
- Karma Houdini: Somewhat. He helps out S.H.I.E.L.D. in the end, but doesn't seem to face charges for his (at first) willing cooperation with Hive, despite numerous hearings. It's later clarified he was given a pardon, but he's forbidden to conduct experiments without supervision — creating Aida is something that could get him jailed. It goes back and forth over season 4, ending with the corruption of his work, the death of his true love, and his own death, and all of it can be linked back to him.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: As everything in the Framework is being deleted, Radcliffe decides to spend his last moments before he meets the same fate watching the sunset on a beach with a bottle of liquor. He pours himself a glass and raises it for a toast, quoting T. S. Eliot, but is deleted before he can finish his sentence, and the glass he was holding just drops to the ground.
- Like a Son to Me: Radcliffe admits that Fitz had been like the son he never had, and it's implied that Fitz felt the same way. Which makes Radcliffe's betrayal hurt Fitz all the more.
- Mad Scientist: Advancing the transhuman agenda means replacing parts of his own body with what he considers to be superior components from birds or machines and doing the same for others. Personality-wise he's pretty mild.
- The Man Behind the Man: At the end of "Broken Promises", he's revealed to be pulling Aida's strings after duping the others into thinking she rebelled against him.
- MayDecember Romance: He's over twenty years older than Agnes, his lover, going by the ages for their actors.
- The Medic: From time to time, and he tends to be quite good at healing humans, if only because he's willing to come up with solutions that are Crazy Enough to Work.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction upon seeing the Watchdogs transformed into mindless slave creatures. He all but utters the trope by name.
- His breakdown in the Framework!Triskelion's prison "No Regrets" also screams this, after he loses Agnes. This inspires a shred of sympathy from Skye.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He's largely uninterested in Hive's aims to control the world, save where they intersect with his of improving humanity — when this results in the Primitives, which are as close to an antithesis of his ideas as you can get (they're not evolved humans, really, they're devolved) and Hive is entirely happy with, he's horrified.
- Omni Disciplinary Scientist: Played With. He's a brilliant genetic biologist and cyberneticist, but the practical engineering of a nuclear warhead is beyond him.
- Pet the Dog: He's rather fond of Fitz and Simmons, and in the stinger of Season 3 he expresses sadness at the number of friends they've lost. This inspires his latest project: improving LMDs... which ends up going rather wrong when he's exposed to the corrupting influence of the Darkhold in the next season.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His nonchalance about mad science is played for laughs to various degrees and he makes a great wise guy when paired with Fitz as the straight man.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After witnessing Hive's horrors, he is all too happy when S.H.I.E.L.D. shows up.
- Transhuman: Not only is he a a member of the transhumanist movement, he is a transhuman, having a hybrid avian eye.Radcliffe: Bird's visual acuity is superior to mammals, I got envious.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His intention with the Framework is to end suffering.
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: Camille De Pazzis
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 62: "The Singularity")
A transhumanist follower and assistant of Doctor Holden Radcliffe.
- Girl Friday: She was Radcliffe's assistant before he created and replaced her with Aida.
- Meaningful Name: Anon is the shorter way of saying anonymous, which she is.
- One-Shot Character: Anon only appears in "The Singularity", with her role of follower and assistant to Radcliffe filled out by Aida.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Subverted. She was the assistant to Radcliffe, whom decided to make Aida once he became part of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Transhuman: She's extensively modified to drastic levels.Mack: [looking at Anon on wide-spectrum bands] Guys, this woman has been heavily modified. In ways you wouldn't even anticipate. Man, I need to get out more.