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The Howling Commandos

    In General 

107th Regiment / The Howling Commandos

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Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger | Captain America: The Winter Soldiernote  | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agent Carter

"See? Told you, they're all idiots."
Bucky Barnes

Steve Rogers' hand-picked strike-force. Despite the prejudices of the 40's, each were chosen based on their fighting ability, not their race. Together the Commandos brought down of the Red Skull's bases, impeding his efforts for his annihilation of the world.


  • Badass Crew: They kick much ass together. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier the Smithsonian exhibit states that Bucky was the only soldier they ever lost in the entire war.
  • Badass in Distress: All of them are former Prisoners of War held in a HYDRA camp. After Steve frees them, they proceed to kick HYDRA butt.
  • Badass Normal: With the exception of Steve himself, none of them are supersoldiers, and yet they all keep up with Steve.
  • Black Vikings: Justified. All of them are excellent soldiers, and Cap (never one to pick rules over the right thing) needs the best, not what his era would consider the most appropriate. The U.S. wouldn't start experimenting with integrated units until 1944, but Cap almost definitely would've had enough clout to force that scheduled ahead a few years.
  • Blood Knight: They all happily accept Rogers' offer to re-enter the field of battle. Dugan in particular qualifies.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
    • The name "Howling Commandos" was used in the script of Captain America: The First Avenger, but never stated in the film. One screenwriter noted, "They are commandos, and at one point they do howl. They're called the Howling Commandos in the script, but no one says that out loud". However, in post-First Avenger appearances and mentions, they are referred to as the Howling Commandos regularly.
    • The official film soundtrack has a track called "Invaders Montage" during the On Patrol Montage showcasing the team routing HYDRA forces. Again, they aren't called this name in the film, either.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Zig-zagged. The Howling Commandos are a team of seven men capable of laying waste to battalions of enemy forces and destroying a string of fortified HYDRA installations, but we aren't informed of what units the Howlers came from, though Bucky is said to belong to a standard infantry regiment (and a deleted scene shows both Dugan and Jones to come from the same unit), with the only exception of Falsworth, a British paratrooper in the appropriate uniform, though he is neither shown to be more badass than the others, nor is his elite cred mentioned.
  • The Enemy Weapons Are Better: Some of them use HYDRA weapons when they can. Other, like Cap or Bucky, prefer bullets.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The fact that most of them were locked in the same cage no doubt contributed to them forging a strong bond that transcends racial, national and class differences.
  • I Owe You My Life: Downplayed. Steve rescues them from being worked to death in a prison camp, and they eagerly agree to join his team.
  • Jumped at the Call: All are pretty enthusiastic to follow Steve into battle.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the entire team is revealed to be immortalized in the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian. Over at Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., having a Howling Commando as a grandfather is an extremely big deal for a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. In Agent Carter, set just one year after TFA, Peggy's S.S.R. coworkers are awestruck by her camaraderie with the Commandos.
  • Multinational Team: In the forties, no less! Dernier is French, Falsworth is British, and the rest are American, though they include Jones, an African-American, and Morita who is Nisei, alongside the Caucasian Steve, Bucky and Dugan.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Half the team, that is 3.5 of them, are named James. The 0.5 is Jacques, which is the French form of James. Also played straight, as there is in fact only one Steve.
  • Token Super: Steve is the only superhuman member of the team.
  • True Companions: Off the job, they're perfectly happy to hang out at the local bar together.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: They all meet in a HYDRA cell.

Original Recruits

    Captain Steve Rogers / Captain America 
See the Captain America page

    Sergeant Bucky Barnes 
See the Bucky Barnes page

    "Dum Dum" Dugan 

Corporal Tim "Dum Dum" Dugan

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Birth Name: Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader Dugan

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed by: Neal McDonough

Voiced by: Gerardo Reyero (Latin-American Spanish dub), Bruno Dubernat (European French dub), Antoine Durand (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger | Marvel One-Shots: Agent Carter | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agent Carter | What If...?

"Hell, I'll always fight. But you gotta do one thing for me: Open a tab."

A prisoner Rogers rescued from a HYDRA factory, and a hand-picked member of his commandos.


  • Badass Mustache: Neal McDonough grew the moustache specifically to emulate the comics.
  • Battlecry: "Wahoo!". Lampshaded in Agent Carter
    Peggy Carter: Stop wahooing and HELP!
  • The Big Guy: Does most of the fighting for the commandos.
  • Blood Knight: Loves fighting, just look at his quote above.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loves fighting and drinking.
  • Drink Order: Bourbon. In Agent Carter, Peggy brings him Bourbon all the way from America during the episode they're together.
  • Drunken Master: Promise of fighting and more ale gets him on the Howling Commandos.
  • Establishing Character Moment: What he says to a HYDRA guard.
    Dum Dum: You know, Fritz, one of these days I'm going to have a stick of my own.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: His first response when Steve invited him to join his team.
  • Nice Hat: His bowler. One of the HYDRA guards seemed jealous of it. After becoming a Commando, it gets the Corporal insignia embossed on it. This leads to an amusing bit in Agent Carter where he seems to realize for the first time he has no idea why it's called a bowler.
  • Overly Long Name: "Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader" is probably why they call him "Dum Dum".
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: He prefers them as a weapon even after they acquire HYDRA beam weapons.
  • You Are in Command Now: After the war and Steve's freezing, he stays in the 107th and leads a new team of Howling Commandos.
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    Montgomery Falsworth 

James Montgomery Falsworth

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Species: Human

Citizenship: British

Portrayed by: JJ Field

Voiced by: José Luis Rivera (Latin-American Spanish dub), Daniel Picard (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger

"Mind the gap."note 

A Second Lieutenant in the British Paras and POW who joins Captain America's elite squad.


  • Badass Mustache: Not as pronounced as Dugan's, but he still has quite an impressive one, as the pictures show.
  • Composite Character: Of Union Jack I/James Montgomery Falsworth (name), Union Jack II/Brian Falsworth (camaraderie with Captain America & Bucky), and Percival Pinkerton (physical appearance, camaraderie with the Howlers).
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: He is a member of the British Paras, but this isn't mentioned.
  • Expy: Like his comics counterpart, he bears more than a slight resemblance to the most famous British General of World War II, Bernard Law Montgomery, down to his characteristic beret and moustache and, of course, the name. This is ironic, since the real Montgomery was an Insufferable Genius who was infamous for not getting on with his American colleagues.
  • Jumped at the Call: His response to going back to the death camp he just barely escaped? "Sounds rather... fun, actually".
  • Killed Off for Real: In a deleted scene in The Avengers, his file has him listed as "Deceased". How and when this happened are unknown.
  • Mythology Gag: In the comics, he's the British equivalent of Captain America named Union Jack. The film references this by having his uniform resemble the British flag. The Super Soldier video game goes as far as Zola planning on turning Falsworth into Union Jack, but brainwashed and secretly working for HYDRA, though the comics' moniker is never said.
  • Nice Hat: A red beret, indicative of his being a paratrooper.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Honorable British Lord and member of the army.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not royal, but a member of the British aristocracy, though this isn't unusual - British officers were still drawn heavily from the aristocracy at the time and to some extent they still are.
  • To Absent Friends:
    Falsworth: [leading a toast with the other Howling Commandos] To the Captain.

    Jacques Dernier 

Jacques Dernier

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Species: Human

Citizenship: French

Portrayed by: Bruno Ricci

Voiced by: Bruno Ricci (European French dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger

"I will fight until the last one of these bastards will be dead, in chains, or crying like a little baby!"

A French resistance operative. He was rescued from HYDRA's prison camp by Steve, and joined his handpicked elite unit as the resident explosives expert.


    Jim Morita 

Private Jim Morita

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed by: Kenneth Choi

Voiced by: Ricardo Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish dub), Stéphane Miquel (European French dub), Pierre Auger (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"I'm from Fresno, ace."

A Nisei (American-Born Japanese) soldier from Fresno, California rescued by Steve. Jim endured the predictable prejudice towards his people after Pearl Harbor in spite of his patriotism. However, he soon proved himself a fierce and loyal battle-brother serving as the Communications Officer of Captain America's Howling Commandos.


  • Badass Bookworm: Communications officer and a commando to boot. Given his grandson is a high school principal indicates he may have inherited this smart side of Jim.
  • Communications Officer: He handles the team's communiques, and also taps into the enemy's radios.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The 'Fresno' comment is dripping bitter sarcasm.
  • Famous Ancestor: He's this to his grandson, the principal of Midtown School of Science and Technology in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
  • Identical Grandson: His grandson, Principal Morita, looks exactly like him. Both are portrayed by the same actor.
  • Killed Off for Real: In a deleted scene in The Avengers, his file has him listed as "Deceased". How and when this happened are unknown.
  • Token Enemy Minority: He's a Nisei, meaning he has Japanese descent, but is American-born. He had to point this out when Dum-Dum thought he was this trope.
  • Yellow Peril: Averted and Defied; In his backstory he endured a lot of harassment for being Japanese after Pearl Harbor, but there's no mention of his race in the movie itself, and he's just as loyal and dedicated to bringing down the Nazis / HYDRA as the other Commandos.

    Gabe Jones 

Gabriel "Gabe" Jones

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed by: Derek Luke

Voiced by: Armando Coria (Latin-American Spanish dub), Jean-Baptiste Anoumon (European French dub), Widemir Normil (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger

"We barely got out of there alive, and you want us to go back? ...We're in."

Prior to being rescued by Captain Rogers, Gabe was a linguistics major and graduate of Howard University who hoped to steal the hearts of European women with his winning smile, charming personality and fluency in multiple languages. Now his linguistic mastery has become an invaluable asset amongst the Howling Commandos.


  • Badass Bookworm: Made doubly so by the difficulties and prejudice faced by African Americans when seeking education in the racist social-climate of 1940's America; and he was able to graduate in spite of said prejudices.
  • BFG: Uses a huge two handed machine gun as his main weapon.
  • Black and Nerdy: Averted; Jones is every inch as fierce a warrior as his fellow Howling Commandos. Being an academic doesn't make him weak.
  • Black Vikings: Last-minute aversion. A cut scene shows him fighting in the trenches in Bucky and Dum Dum's unit before their capture, even though in reality, black soldiers were segregated from white at the time. However, the scene was cut, so the canon Jones may have previously fought in a segregated unit as was the norm.
  • Cunning Linguist: Being able to read German tank-controls allowed Jones to help Dum-Dum turn the tide in the battle of the concentration camp. It's also shown he knows French, which allows him to interpret intercepted communications on Zola's train.
  • Everything's Sexier in French: Including the ladies, according to him. That's why he learned the language. Although the girls in the German classes were apparently much cuter.
  • Famous Ancestor: Strongly implied that he's the famous grandfather of Antoine Triplett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • Translator Buddy: To Jacques, who only knows French.
  • Uncertain Doom: It's unknown whether or not he was dusted by Thanos off screen during the events of Avengers Infinity War 2018

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Later Recruits

    Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton 

Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton

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Species: Human

Citizenship: British

Portrayed By: Richard Short

Voiced by: Geno Sánchez (Latin-American Spanish dub)

Appearances: Agent Carter

A Howling Commando who accompanies Peggy and her S.S.R. team on their mission to Russia.


  • Alliterative Name: Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Apparently fought with the Howling Commandos during the war though he was never seen or mentioned onscreen.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He shares many traits with James Falsworth, a Commando from The First Avenger, in that they both are English, wear maroon berets, and have Received Pronunciation accents. It's a circular case, though, as the MCU Falsworth was a Composite Character of his 616-identity "Union Jack" and of Pinkerton.

    "Happy" Sam Sawyer 

"Happy" Sam Sawyer

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Leonard Roberts

Voiced by: David Martínez (Latin-American Spanish dub)

Appearances: Agent Carter

A Howling Commando who accompanies Peggy and her S.S.R. team on their mission to Russia.


    Jonathan "Junior" Juniper 

Jonathan "Junior" Juniper

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: James Austin Kerr

Voiced by: Óscar López (Latin-American Spanish dub)

Appearances: Agent Carter

A Howling Commando who accompanies Peggy and her S.S.R. team on their mission to Russia.



Alternative Title(s): MCU Government Military Howling Commandos

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