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A HYDRA sub-group that gets its name from the Centipede serum, which provides superhuman abilities to human subjects in order to create super-soldiers.

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    John Garrett / The Clairvoyant 

John Garrett / The Clairvoyant

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"Oh, the power's all on this side of the room, fellas."

Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Bill Paxton

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I.")

"You hear the dying breath of an old world, general. And a new world is coming."

A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent sent to retrieve Ian Quinn from Coulson's team. When he finds out that they need to save a member of their team (Skye), he and his co-agent Agent Triplett aid the group in breaking into the Guest House.

He is also a high-ranking HYDRA agent, having become disillusioned with S.H.I.E.L.D. after being left to die on a mission. Under the guise of the Clairvoyant, he sought to discover the secret behind Coulson's resurrection so he could heal his own dying body.


  • Abusive Parents: He was considered a father figure to Ward, and kidnapped him from a government facility when he was a teenager. Garrett proceeded to emotionally and physically abuse him for fifteen years.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, John Garrett is a legitimate and loyal agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., one of Nick Fury's closest confidants, and was even on the Howling Commandos. Here, he's a HYDRA agent and the Big Bad of Centipede and Season One.
  • Anti-Hero: Posed as one, as he acted like wanted to put bad people like Ian Quinn behind bars and is implied to be A Father to His Men, but he's otherwise a brutal and unfettered guy. To convince Quinn to talk, he threatens to rip out the guy's tongue and later smacked Quinn for getting too lippy. As it turns out, he's not heroic at all.
  • Appropriated Appellation: "Clairvoyant" is the name given to him by his minions; he finds it overdramatic, and he also expresses annoyance at the name of the Deathlok program. "Centipede" appears to come from a similar source. In general, he seems to find code names largely unnecessary.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: He and Coulson studied under Fury himself, and then he goes and becomes a HYDRA agent.
  • Arc Villain: For Season One. By Season Two, he's largely irrelevant outside of what effects the G.H. serum had on him.
  • Benevolent Boss: Despite his tendency to pull out a You Have Failed Me at the drop of a hat, he's extremely friendly to minions who don't fail him. He gives Raina everything she needs for her work (and also a beautiful new flower dress after breaking her out of prison) and buys Ward an expensive steak dinner for finding one last secret in the Fridge. He even acts like this with his minions who are on an Explosive Leash—after Deathlok finishes a mission with admirable speed, the Clairvoyant cheerily has a streaming video of his son set up, without Deathlok even having to ask.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Garrett is constantly joking around, but he's also a cruel and manipulative mastermind who is willing to go through countless lives for his own benefit.
  • Big Bad: As the leader of Project Centipede in Season 1, he is the man behind all of their wrong doings, as well as having Ward infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Blood Knight: Shown to eagerly be this in contrast to the more reserved Coulson. See the "tongue" example above.
  • Body Horror: He wears turtleneck sweaters to conceal some rather large neck scars. His left side is also cybernetically augmented in some fashion, similar to the comics where he became one to save his life. He's revealed to be Deathlok Mk. 1 in "Ragtag," after having to stuff his guts back in and duct tape the wound shut when S.H.I.E.L.D. was unable to extract him after his injury.
  • Broken Pedestal: To several of his colleagues, including Coulson and Triplett. Raina is also disappointed his persona was just a cover for his true identity. Even Ward eventually loses faith in him.
  • The Chessmaster: The Clairvoyant seems to be fifteen steps ahead of virtually everyone else on the show. Even after his ties with S.H.I.E.L.D. are severed, Garrett is still able to play every other faction like a fiddle. He becomes more dangerous in a lot of ways, since he doesn't have to hide and is able to just openly raid S.H.I.E.L.D. bases.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Already somewhat hammy to begin with, once he gets the GH serum, he starts devouring the scenery, or rather, "tasting it on [his] tongue".
  • Character Death:
    • The Clairvoyant is thought to be dead when Ward kills Thomas Nash, but Coulson and Skye determine that Nash was a fall guy and the real Clairvoyant is still alive.
    • After Garrett is outed as the Clairvoyant, he tells Raina that there's "no need to call me that anymore". She doesn't and the alias is never mentioned again. Garrett himself is killed at the end of Season One.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Averted, as "The Clairvoyant" most certainly sounds like the name of a comic book supervillain. When S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are able to talk with him (so to speak), he says his subordinates named him that and he himself finds it a little overdramatic.
  • Cool Old Guy: He tends to make quips during missions in order to keep up his allies' morale, as seen during the infiltration of the Guest House. He keeps this up even after being revealed as a HYDRA operative.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: He is initially thought to be Thomas Nash, a man who can't even move unassisted and communicates through computer. This is later discovered to be a ruse, meant to throw them off the trail. The real Clairvoyant, however, really is on life support: Garrett is the prototype of Deathlok, as an Emergency Transformation, and until the end of "Ragtag" was dying from organ failure.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: The mysterious and malevolent intelligence behind the group.
  • Emergency Transformation: After getting maimed by an IED, he was made into the first Deathlok. It happens again after taking a rocket to the chest and getting stomped to death by the newest Deathlok, but he's unceremoniously vaporized by Coulson moments after that transformation is finished.
  • Evil All Along: Garrett is one of Coulson's old friends but when his true identity is revealed as a HYDRA agent, it's clear that he's been evil for the entire series.
  • Evil Feels Good: He clearly enjoys the heck out of being bad, being incredibly jovial and happy about it and reveling in saying and doing stereotypical Big Bad type things. See Evil Is Funny and Faux Affably Evil.
  • Evil Mentor: To Grant Ward and Antoine Triplett, more so with the former than the latter because the latter didn't know about his true allegiance and turn into an evil hitman.
  • Fallen Hero: He used to be a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent until his superiors left him to die out in the field. It was then that Garrett decided to treat S.H.I.E.L.D. the same as S.H.I.E.L.D. treated him.
  • A Father to His Men: He inspires loyalty in his men, with Triplett would follow him to the end, and Ward has fond memories of serving under him. Ultimately subverted when he's outed as the Clairvoyant, as Coulson realizes that this means he's killed three of his own men because they asked the wrong questions. He's suitably furious at the hypocrisy, and Triplett turns on him completely due to one of the dead men being his partner.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He maintains the chummy attitude he's previously been using in a civilian disguise, as seen during his interactions with Coulson and Fitz after his true identity is revealed. It's best exemplified when Ward is experiencing a Villainous BSoD after killing Victoria Hand; Garrett keeps laughing and joking as he tells Ward about an old mission he was on, not caring about what's happening to Ward. His humor and "friendliness" seem to be real, but it's outweighed by the selfishness and Lack of Empathy.
  • Fiction 500: Coulson and the team, unwilling to believe that the name "The Clairvoyant" could really mean a psychic, conclude that since Centipede would need a lot of money to function, the Clairvoyant must be code for their financial backer. However, Coulson seems slightly more willing to believe he's legit after Raina demonstrates very personal knowledge of him that would not be easy to come by.
  • The Ghost: As the Clairvoyant, he made no appearances until he was revealed in "Turn, Turn, Turn".
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After he's revived with GH-325, Garrett comes back... kinda kooky. It's clear that he's not totally nuts, since he's still just as effective a mastermind as before, but whatever came with that has clearly driven him over the edge.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Acknowledged. Garrett intends to play the "bad cop" for Quinn, but he sees the injuries Quinn got from Melinda May and says, "I guess there was already a bad cop before I got here, huh?"
  • He Knows Too Much: He has a habit of killing off people who ask the wrong questions, such as his three subordinates.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: For much of Season 1 his end goals (and thus Centipede's) were entirely unknown. They're creating super-soldiers, but their purpose for doing so was not revealed. "Ragtag" reveals that the super soldier project is in fact a nice bonus to Garrett's true purpose of prolonging his own life. When it comes to either replicating the GH serum for use with his soldiers or saving himself, he chooses the latter.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: In his words, he didn't join HYDRA because he shares their beliefs, unlike the fascistic Alexander Pierce. Garrett joined them because he thought the winds were blowing in their direction rather than S.H.I.E.L.D.'s.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In "Turn, Turn, Turn", Garrett mentions Raina having been inside the same memory machine she used on Coulson, a fact that Coulson hadn't shared with anyone.
  • It's All About Me: The true purpose of Project Centipede is to save his own life. Super-soldiers are just a handy bonus application of the research.
  • Karmic Death: First, he's blasted and stomped by Deathlok, but he's Not Quite Dead. He climbs into Ian Quinn's cybernetic enhancement table and gets cyborg'd up, while delivering (to himself) a villain speech... only to get atomized by Coulson using the 0-8-4 device, which is HYDRA technology.
  • Kick the Dog: Forces Ward to shoot his faithful dog and later orders him to kill two of his former friends just to prove that he isn't held back by weakness.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "There's a reason they say cut off the head. Now, I'll be unst-*zap*"
  • Killed Off for Real: Blown up by Coulson just when you think the Tahiti serum and cybernetic enhancements will protect him for a Sequel Hook.
  • Lack of Empathy: The feelings and lives of others don't mean a thing to Garrett. Even Ward, who Garrett had known and mentored since he was a teenager and was absolutely loyal to him, was treated as completely disposable. Garrett was perfectly willing to let Ward die if it meant getting something he wanted.
  • Laughably Evil: For the evil head of a ruthless terrorist organization, he's pretty funny.
    S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent: How did HYDRA know you were here?
    Garrett: We told them!
    [Ward shoots both guards]
    Ward: You could have given me some warning.
    Garrett: I know, but it was such a perfect line.
  • Love Is a Weakness: A firm believer in this, and he spent a big chunk of Ward's adolescence drilling that into his head.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: He is disintegrated in a truly hilarious manner by Coulson in "Beginning of End".
  • The Man Behind the Man: Usually, Project Centipede does just fine on their own without the Clairvoyant's assistance. However, its members hold him in very high regard and he gives them instruction when they begin to fail.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Knows the right way to push peoples' buttons to get them to do what he wants. The reason for this is because he has access to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent files and uses them to predict their behavior.
  • The Mole: Skye realizes that all his statements about the team members were taken verbatim from their S.H.I.E.L.D. files, and Coulson concludes that rather than having psychic powers, he's a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.
  • The Munchausen: He sure loves to talk about his old battles, exaggerating about half of the stuff he has done over the years. It works on the younger agents, but when someone like Coulson was actually there, he lampshades that he likes to make the stories better.
  • Narcissist: Garrett is completely self-absorbed, constantly plays up his achievements, destroys hundreds of lives to save himself, and only values other people if they can do something for him.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Raina "Flowers" and Mike "Mikey", among others.
  • No One Sees the Boss: The Clairvoyant is the intelligence behind Project Centipede, pulling certain strings within the organization, but only Edison Po (later Raina) is allowed to speak to him, and any knowledge of his appearance is basically a death sentence. This is because he can't allow anyone to find out that he's a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Once HYDRA comes out of hiding, he abandons this pretense.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: Despite claims that he's able to know what the President's dreaming, he doesn't know how Coulson came back to life. He's very eager to learn this secret. It turns out he's a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was using his access to the team's files to fake being clairvoyant. He didn't know about Coulson's resurrection because Fury refused to let a file be made about it.
  • Old Master: He's Ward's former SO, i.e. the one that taught him how to disarm nuclear bombs. He's clearly been in the business for a while.
  • The Omniscient: Exhibits some form of Mundane Omniscience, which is where the name comes from. According to Po and Raina, the Clairvoyant can somehow learn about anything or anyone they need to further their plans, as well as other important information, but he may or may not choose to reveal this information until the time is right. It's later revealed that the source of this so-called omniscience is not a psychic ability but simply S.H.I.E.L.D. security clearance, and—as shown to eerie effect in The Winter Soldier—S.H.I.E.L.D. has been gathering a lot of data on a lot of people.
  • Pet the Dog: A fairly minor one and more or less still villainous example. After he freed Blackout, he let the enhanced human go and told him to "follow his dreams", rather than forcibly recruited him.
  • Sanity Slippage: The effects of the redone Guest House serum managed to unhinge Garrett, to the point of him seeing "everything".
  • Self-Serving Memory: Known to repeatedly remember speeches and sayings incorrectly.
    • In one instance, he thinks the HYDRA motto involves cutting off a leg instead of a head.
    • He also misinterpreted Nick Fury's "One Man" speech, taking it to mean that one should inspire to be something bigger, instead of being a part of something bigger.
    • Finally, he states "there's a reason they say 'cut off the head'..." Except the context of the quote normally implies that doing so results in more "heads" taking its place, which is not the case here. Garrett seemed to take it literally, suggesting the only way to kill him would be to cut off his head. Coulson complies.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: His first lesson to Ward was to drop him off in the woods with nothing but a bag of clothes and a hunting dog. He came back six months later.
  • The Sociopath: Garrett has no empathy, values no one but himself, manipulates everyone around him, and the affability he displays is either completely shallow or undermined by how selfish he is. He also admits to having been "a pyro" as a kid, a telltale sign of sociopathy.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: After he's finally revealed, all that light-hearted joking takes on a sinister hue.
  • The Starscream: He was never really loyal to HYDRA. He only cared about keeping himself alive and getting revenge on S.H.I.E.L.D. Creating super soldiers for HYDRA during the process is just a nice bonus.
  • Villains Want Mercy: He has the gall to appeal to Coulson to stop Mike from killing him.
    "You don't wanna do this, Mike! Tell him, Phil!"
  • Walking Spoiler: He's actually the Clairvoyant, leader of the "Centipede Group", and is also part of HYDRA.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In addition to the whole "kill switch implanted in his super soldiers" thing, he has a habit of using and discarding people as necessary.
    • He kills off Mr. Po without a second thought when he doesn't produce results in a timely manner, with the role of his contact passing to Raina.
    • Raina is left to rot once captured by Coulson's team, and the next contact is Ian Quinn. However, he winds up recruiting her again in "Providence".
    • Ian Quinn suffers the same treatment after he aids in the creation of Deathlok and instigates a failed gambit to discover the means behind Coulson's revival. From this point he speaks to Deathlok directly. Quinn gets broken out of the Fridge by him in "Providence".
    • Even Ward gets this treatment. Deathlok, and therefore Garrett, was fine with letting him die of a heart attack if Skye didn't cooperate.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: By the time of "Ragtag", he has only a month or two left to live due to organ failure. Fitz's EMP on his cybernetic components shortens it to minutes. However, he gets cured at the end of the episode.
  • You See, I'm Dying: Revealed in "Ragtag" that his organs are failing, and that the entire purpose behind the Centipede project was to extend his own life. If he happened to get an army of super-soldiers out of it to serve HYDRA, that's just a nice bonus.
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    Edison Po 

Edison Po

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"We all have to do things that make us uncomfortable if we are ever to get our toy soldiers off the shelf."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Cullen Douglas

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

A sinister character the Centipede group breaks out of a federal prison. One of Raina's associates and part of the Centipede group, he is one of the few people permitted to contact "the Clairvoyant" and obtain information about the project's necessary later stages. Becomes Centipede's primary tactician after his escape from prison.


  • Affably Evil: He’s always polite to whoever he speaks to, he is genuinely fond of Raina, and he has an affable and calm tone when talking with Coulson (however he borders on the line of *Faux Affably Evil) and he is reluctant to kill.
  • Asshole Victim: He tortured Coulson and went along willingly with centipedes goals, and his methods seemed to brutal for even the likes of Raina.
  • Bald of Evil: Doesn't have any hair, save for his Beard of Evil.
  • Canon Foreigner: So far, he doesn't have a comic counterpart.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Raina comes to him to tell him how their latest plan was derailed, and that's the only thing the audience has context for at the time. They then go on to talk about "Phase 2" and "the Clairvoyant."
  • Dissonant Serenity: Calmly eats his meal while a fight breaks out in front of him.
  • The Dragon: The Clairvoyant only allows him to contact him and thus the orders for the organization flow through him. Then the Clairvoyant kills him and gives Raina the position.
  • Eye Scream: He was arrested after gouging a man's eyes out with a steak knife. When Raina asks about the Clairvoyant, he warns he'd have to do the same to her if he told her.
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't seem to particularly care that Debbie was killed. He expected her incompetence to off her sooner or later.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Gives off this vibe with his suits and taste for refined food.
  • Mouth of Sauron: "The Clairvoyant" allows no one else to speak with, see, or contact him. This is enforced on pain of Eye Scream.
  • Obviously Evil: Skye even describes him as a "walking mugshot".
  • Pet the Dog: Claims to care about Raina (at least, more than he did for Debbie) enough that he tries to dissuade her from learning too much about the Clairvoyant, since he would have to kill her, and he'd rather not do that.
  • Significant Anagram: Swap the first two letters of his first name with his whole last name. You get the word "Poisoned".
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Maintains a quiet and calm tone of voice while he tortures Coulson.
  • The Strategist: He has background on tactics, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team speculates this is his role in the organization.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Tries torturing Coulson to force him to succumb to his mind probing. It doesn't work. And he's killed for his failure.
  • You Have Failed Me: A combination of this and You Have Outlived Your Usefulness after he fails at forcing Coulson to reveal his secrets and the Clairvoyant makes Raina his new Mouth of Sauron.

    Ian Quinn 

Ian Quinn

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"I'm now a naturalized citizen of this fair country. Stunning beaches, beautiful tax laws, and a deep-seated hatred of outside forces telling them what to do."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: David Conrad

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 3: "The Asset")

An old schoolmate of Franklin Hall, who stole his research and used it to create a multi-billion dollar company, Quinn Worldwide. Upon discovering that Hall's theory of graviton particles is correct, he becomes fixated on controlling this technology before someone else does and kidnaps Hall in order to make that dream a reality. He's also a libertarian opposed to any kind of government control or oversight over private businesses.


  • And I Must Scream: His ultimate fate, as revealed in "Inside Voices": he's trapped in the gravitonium.
  • Berserk Button: Treating him like an average Corrupt Corporate Executive is a good way to make him lose his cool. Skye, who made that mistake during their first encounter, gets shot for it, though he reveals later that it was under orders as part of a gambit to learn how Coulson was brought back to life.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't have a comic counterpart.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Kidnaps people, steals ideas, and, by his own admission, has certain "exploits" he doesn't want Skye leaking through the Rising Tide. As explained below, he prefers to see himself as a visionary. When he thinks Skye is treating him like any other corrupt figure to be exposed, he briefly loses his temper.
  • The Corrupter: Whether deliberately or not, he's so far been responsible for the creation of several supervillains.
    • Turning Dr. Hall villainous by kidnapping him for his gravity technology. This sets a chain of events into motion that causes Glenn Talbot to become Graviton much later. It becomes almost literal, as he and Hall end up becoming voices inside Talbot's head telling him that Coulson is the enemy and sending him into madness.
    • Turning Donnie Gill into Blizzard by hiring him and then cutting him loose when S.H.I.E.L.D. found out.
    • Turning Mike Peterson into Deathlok, through his collaboration with Centipede and Cybertek.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Does this to Skye after shooting her, only to shoot her a second time mid-cradle.
  • Deal with the Devil: In "Seeds" he acts as the devil to both Donnie Gill and his friend Seth by hiring them to create a weather control device. As is customary, he screws them both over.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Seeks a form of this - a place where no government has the jurisdiction to touch him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He honestly believes he's advancing humanity, and that anyone slowing down progress (with laws or regulations) is just doing it for greed and lust for power. However, he himself is very greedy, callous towards the lives of his enemies, and is implied to perform ecologically dangerous strip-mining without thought of the consequences. For instance, he fools Donnie and Seth into creating a dangerous weather machine, and now personally knows the Clairvoyant, to which he gloats to Coulson about it. And in the next episode, he casually shoots Skye. Yeah... there's a reason Coulson threatened to kill him.
  • The Heavy: Becomes this after Po is killed and Raina is captured because he became the most prominent Centipede member still free. He is captured himself, but is later freed again by Garrett.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: He thinks he's one of these, because he advocates freedom of information and freedom of enterprise. He also saw his kidnapping of Hall as a rescue from his real captors (i.e. S.H.I.E.L.D.) so he could complete his life's work. When he assumed Skye thought of him as one more corrupt to expose, he was offended even though there was no one to look good for.
  • Hypocrite: For all his blustering about freedom and accountability, "The Asset" spends quite of time building him up as one;
    • He's perfectly happy to use his money to set up shop in Malta surrounded by a small army to make himself unaccountable to anyone (and accuses S.H.I.E.L.D. of avoiding accountability for their actions while banking on it to prevent them from overtly storming the compound).
    • He "frees" Hall from S.H.I.E.L.D. by tracking down and kidnapping him, then putting him to work deep inside said base (and gives an emotionally manipulative speech to Skye while talking about how S.H.I.E.L.D. use such methods to recruit people like her).
    • Hall himself points out that despite his insistence that information should be free for everyone's benefit, he made his fortune by keeping the flow one way. When he catches Skye poking around, he assumes she's investigating him for the Rising Tide and is outraged that she thinks he has something to hide and prepares to call security to have her taken away for poking around.
  • Ironic Hell: Quinn wants his own form of Diplomatic Impunity. He ends up in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, where, as he wanted, no government can touch him... meaning he has no rights to protect him either. Later, he ends up trapped inside the Gravitonium courtesy of Franklin Hall, meaning that he's now trapped inside the substance he coveted for so long thanks to the person he screwed over to get it.
  • Karma Houdini: Two episode plots were caused by him and his dirty money. Third time unlucky. As of "T.R.A.C.K.S.", he's imprisoned on The Bus and Team Coulson are furious that he gut shot Skye. Unfortunately, he got broken out of prison by the Clairvoyant himself, John Garrett, and escapes his downfall at the end of the season. When Team Coulson attacks Cybertek, Quinn hightails it out of there with the gravitonium and escapes justice. Although he's Put on a Bus for four seasons after this, we finally find out what really happened to him in Season 5, and this trope ends up Subverted.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Ian Quinn met his demise a long time ago; in "Inside Voices" it's revealed that shortly after he escaped Cybertek he was absorbed into the Gravitonium courtesy of a vengeful Franklin Hall, who gave it sentience.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • As soon as he realizes what Hall's doing, he gives the order to evacuate immediately.
    • Bails early on his investment in the ice machine in "Seeds" as soon as S.H.I.E.L.D. finds out about its existence.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He's an evil and charismatic mining magnate, so this isn't too surprising. In some respects, he's like an evil Tony Stark (see Shadow Archetype below).
  • New Era Speech: Gives one to his guests when he introduces gravity control technology.
    Quinn: Imagine a world where you don't drill for oil; it rises to meet you.
  • Odd Couple: His libertarian views would seem to put him at odds with HYDRA, but given the many Hypocrite examples above, and the fact that he's meant to be a Strawman Political it's not as odd as it appears.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In "Seeds", he decides to back out of his deal with Donnie and Seth once they realize that S.H.I.E.L.D. has uncovered their plan.
    • In "Beginning of the End", he flees with his gravitonium when Team Coulson attacks the Cybertek facility (and also because Garrett has gone crazy). Although as "Inside Voices" shows, he didn't get far.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: When the plot thread of the gravitonium finally resurfaces in the fifth season, Quinn is nowhere to be found, and is given a one-off line handwaving that Coulson's team was simply never able to find him after he fled with the gravitonium during Garrett's downfall and was Put on a Bus. Real Life Writes the Plot, however, in that David Conrad retired from acting since the conclusion of the first season. "Inside Voices" reveals that he was killed shortly after the first season finale.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's basically Tony Stark with more Jerkassery, less genius, and zero morals. He's also one for Skye, or at least Skye as she was at the very beginning of the series, when she was a hacker who was anti-S.H.I.E.L.D.because they are the big brother who is watching; he neither one of them likes S.H.I.E.L.D. but Quinn is the kind of guy that S.H.I.E.L.D. is supposed to stop.
  • The Sociopath: Flat out stated as such in "The Only Light in the Darkness", where he is described as the least dangerous one of these locked in The Fridge.
  • Strawman Political: Of anarcho-capitalists and libertarians. He is notably angry when he finds out he has been working for the explicitly fascist HYDRA all along, but quickly comes around when they offer him his money, reputation and gravitonium back. Ultimately he is likely just an opportunistic reprobate out mainly for himself.
  • The Team Benefactor: In "The Bridge", Coulson's team tries to pinpoint where Centipede's financing comes from. When the tremendously wealthy Quinn is revealed to be part of the group, it's implied that he is the source.
  • Too Clever by Half: He's smarter than your average TV villain and Hall manipulates him with his desire to "look smart".
  • Unwitting Pawn: Quinn doesn't realize that Dr. Hall deliberately allowed himself to be kidnapped, so he could sabotage the graviton machine that Quinn hired him to improve.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: His image is so squeaky clean that even Skye didn't know that he wasn't the wonderful philanthropist he claimed to be. S.H.I.E.L.D. knew better. He was arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D., but with their collapse he's able to regain his reputation.
  • Visionary Villain: Sees himself as a crusader, spearheading a movement against oppressive government control. In practice, he comes off more as a Corrupt Corporate Executive, though some of his rhetoric was sincere.
  • We Can Rule Together: Tries this with Skye when they first meet to recruit her from S.H.E.I.L.D.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been seen since he high-tailed it out of Cybertek. Even Team Coulson have no idea where he went. "Inside Voices" reveals that he was absorbed into the Gravitonium shortly after fleeing Cybertek by a vengeful Franklin Hall.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Subverted. The Clairvoyant cuts him loose after he's served his purpose in revealing how Coulson was brought back to life, leaving him at the mercy of some very angry agents. Even better, it turns out the person telling him this was the Clairvoyant himself. But he's broken out when HYDRA raids the Fridge, and Garrett even gives him the gravitonium Coulson's team took from his facility in their first meeting.

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    Debbie 

Debbie

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"This is a disaster."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Shannon Lucio

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 1: "Pilot", Episode 5: "Girl in the Flower Dress")

"You exposed me! You exposed the program. The people who gave me this technology are very serious and they do not want to be revealed."

A doctor rescued by Mike from an exploding building.


    Akela Amador 

Akela Amador

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"Why are you doing this? Why are you helping me? Where's the 'I told you so'?"

Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Pascale Armand

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 4: "Eye Spy")

A former S.H.I.E.L.D agent who disappeared for years and was presumed dead. Shows up and starts stealing diamonds, which leads Coulson to her.


  • Alliterative Name: Akela Amador.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: Ultimately subverted; Ward's belief that she sold out her fellow agents turns out to be false (the op just went bad) and she isn't willingly working for her episode's villain. Given that Ward is an actual agent working for the episode's ultimate villain (the Clairvoyant), it's highly likely he wanted to get rid of a loose thread while breaking down S.H.I.E.L.D.'s loyal members.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When it becomes clear that Melinda is the superior hand-to-hand combatant, Akela knocks out the lights, switches to her x-ray vision, then tries to shoot her.
  • Dark Action Girl: An assassin, thief, misc. dirty worker for an unknown organization. Though the "Dark" part was against her will.
  • Explosive Leash: Her x-ray eye can be detonated if she disobeys orders.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Coulson states that she never trusted her fellow agents and always preferred working alone. This is why the op went bad, her fellows died, and she was captured.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for the op going bad seven years ago and thus the death of the people she worked with.
  • The Stoic: Undergoes surgery on her cybernetic eye while awake without a single sign of worry.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Akela initially tried to ignore her handler's orders; he responded with remote electric torture. And then there's the kill switch.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: She is not seen in Season One after her first episode, not even when Garrett and Ward release every prisoner from The Fridge.
  • X-Ray Vision: Thanks to a cybernetic eye. When closed, it switches over from normal vision.

    The Englishman 

The Englishman

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Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Dominic Burgess

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 4: "Eye Spy")

Akela Amador: Only contacts are the messages I receive from the Englishman.
Phil Coulson: "The Englishman"? Your handler? How do you know he's English?
Akela Amador: The way he refers to certain things. He uses "lift" instead of "elevator", "boot" instead of "trunk".

Akela Amador's handler. She knows nothing about him other than what little she has been able to glean from his typing patterns.


  • Character Death: As soon as he looks at Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. badge, his Explosive Leash eye implant activates, killing him.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Just like Akela, he was being monitored and controlled through an eye implant by another unidentified party. A later episode shows that he's being controlled by the Clairvoyant. In other words, he was the man behind Akela but there was another man behind him.
  • No Name Given: He's only ever called "The Englishman" and we never learn his name during the episode.
  • Race Name Basis: He's simply known as The Englishman.
  • Separated by a Common Language: Akela calls him "The Englishman" because his messages use British English instead of American English. For instance, he'll write "lift" instead of "elevator".
  • Trapped in Villainy: Like Akela, he was captured and forced by the Centipede Group to work for them via their Explosive Leash ocular implant.

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    Brian Hayward 

Brian Hayward

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"It's time to go."

Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Paul Lacovara

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 10: "The Bridge")

One of the Centipede supersoldiers, whom the team finds through his sister.


    Agent Kaminsky 

Agent Kaminsky

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Jeffrey Muller

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 18: "Providence", Episode 21: "Ragtag", Episode 22: "Beginning of the End")

Kaminsky: [doing salute] Hail HYDRA!
John Garrett: Alright, alright. Put your arms down, Kaminsky. You look like a West Texas cheerleader at a pep rally.

An agent working for the Clairvoyant of his own free will.



Alternative Title(s): Agents Of SHIELD The Centipede Group

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