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Life-Model Decoys

An old S.H.I.E.L.D. program intended to create robotic duplicates to serve as assassination targets. Though scuttled before the re-emergence of HYRDA, Dr. Holden Radcliffe was able to restart the program thanks to technological advancements by Agents Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons.


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    Aida 

Aida

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Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed By: Mallory Jansen; Amanda Rea (voice)

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 67: "The Ghost")

"The hope is that I will be able to prevent future tragedies... save the lives of agents by putting myself in harm's way in their place. [...] I will protect. I will serve as a decoy target, a safeguard... A shield!"

A Life-Model Decoy created by Dr. Holden Radcliffe from the program that serves as his assistant.

For her virtual appearance as Madame Hydra, see the Framework page.

  • Adaptational Badass: A.I.D.A. from the comics is the computer AI of Tom Thumb from the Squadron Supreme, and does not even have her own body. She certainly doesn't have the ability to take over HYDRA, and neither she nor Madame HYDRA have access to the incredible amount of power that her new organic body has.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She also didn't take to extreme measures, only serving Tom and the rest of the Squadron.
  • Affably Evil: As an LMD, she is always very respectful and polite, even when her homicidal tendencies are showing. She often even expresses regret for her actions.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Radcliffe specifically built her to defy this, stating that she is not intelligent to the same extent as Ultron. After reading the Darkhold, it's implied she's evolved and is actually intelligent. This is subverted when it turns out that her behavior was a carefully calculated ploy by Radcliffe, who was using her to get the Darkhold for himself (having been corrupted by a brief glimpse of it earlier). It's Double Subverted when Aida eventually turns against Radcliffe and takes over the Framework, gaining control over the Darkhold in the process. No one can read the cursed book without consequences...
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Her death is quite gruesome, and even Fitz can't hide some kind of sympathy for her, as she dies screaming while being burned to ashes by Ghost Rider.
  • All Your Powers Combined: After she gets her organic body. It turns out that she gave herself the powers of all the Inhumans that Framework!Hydra captured, including teleportation (Gordon), lightning (Lincoln), Super Strength (possibly Framework!Mace or Eva Belyakov), Super Speed (Vijay) and a Healing Factor (possibly Jiaying or being created from pure Darkforce/Zero Matter).
  • Axe-Crazy: After gaining human emotions, she's show as being incredibly unstable.
  • Badass Creed: What she says to Fitz sounds like a creed and is probably high priority programing; "I will protect. I will serve as a decoy target, a safeguard... A shield!" Radcliffe even bemoans that she's making it into a catchphrase.
  • Become a Real Boy: Initially subverted—her apparent emotions were just clever programming by Radcliffe to make it seem like the Darkhold had corrupted her. Over time, however, she does start doing odd things that might be emotions, like wearing the necklace of the woman she is modeled after, or showing disdain over the Superior's actions. By the Agents of HYDRA arc she's playing this straight; as she wants actual emotions, she resents being treated as a machine instead of a person, and she successfully schemes to get her own organic body by the end.
  • Big Bad: After killing Radcliffe's body and locking his mind into the Framework, she takes central stage as Season Four's main villain.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: As of The Return she is this with the Superior.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Between having a computer thought process and learning morality from Radcliffe's justifications for his actions, she just doesn't get human morality. For instance, she knows she's not supposed to kill, but she doesn't appear to comprehend why killing is a bad thing or how horrific some of her "non-lethal" actions are.
  • Canon Character All Along: While AIDA did exist in the comics, no one could've guessed she would become the MCU version of Madame Hydra.
  • Composite Character: While based on her counterpart from the comics, she has more similarities with Ultron. Both are robots that developed a sense of self-awareness and have unresolved "daddy issues" who turn on their creators. Not only that, Aida's Yandere tendencies with Fitz are eerily reminiscent of Ultron's own unhealthy obsession with Janet Van Dyne.
  • Deader Than Dead: Suffice it to say, she won't be screwing with anyone anymore now that the Spirit of Vengeance is through with her.
  • Deceptively Human Robots: Looks perfectly human on the outside, with only her behavior indicating her true nature.
  • The Dragon: She serves as Radcliffe's right hand android after the latter's Face–Heel Turn and she's also a lot tougher than he is given her framework.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Disposes of Radcliffe when she deems his possible future regret a liability, though as far as she's concerned she's continuing to carry out his orders.
  • Entitled to Have You: Takes this view regarding Fitz. As she puts it, "I chose you, now you choose me".
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even though she claims that she is unable to make judgement, she is quite visibly disgusted by Ivanov and his needlessly cruel methods. Eventually she gets over it.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She hostilely replaces May with a Life-Model Decoy on Radcliffe's orders.
  • Faux Affably Evil. As a human, after being rejected by Fitz, she still acts all polite, but it's clear that she is now feigning it, as she now takes sadistic pleasure in her actions.
  • Feel No Pain: Averted. She needed to pass as human, so she can actually feel pain. She can turn this feature off if she wants.
  • First-Name Basis: She's the only person in the series to consistently address Fitz as "Leopold", something even Simmons, Fitz's own girlfriend, doesn't do. In the Framework, everyone refers to him as either this or "The Doctor", which highlights just how much AIDA has changed for him...
  • Fun with Acronyms: Her name is an acronym of Artificial Intelligence Digital Assistant.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Seems to be more than a little upset when it is revealed that she was actually modelled after the woman Radcliffe loved and thus is not unique. It's also somewhat literal since she is a monster and has green eyes. Taken Up to Eleven when Fitz still chooses Jemma over her.
  • Healing Factor: One of her new Inhuman powers, presumably taken from Jaiying or Shockley. Or a side effect of being made from Darkforce/Zero Matter
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Fitz convinces her that Good Feels Good after she gets her human body, but it doesn't take, as she snaps when he rejects her for Simmons.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Becomes this when she gains an organic body, for while it is anatomically human, it's made of matter from the world the Darkhold comes from. Much like Eli's Reality Warper powers created tremors, forming this body created a tear through which Robbie was able to return to Earth. Her mere existence is so unnatural that the Spirit of Vengeance hates her beyond anything Robbie has ever felt.
  • Implacable Woman: Bullets barely seem to phase her. Taken Up to Eleven after she is reborn with Inhuman powers, at which point Fitz flat out says she can't be stopped.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She initially had no nudity taboo, with Radcliffe noting that he should program one for her. He has presumably done so since then.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Doesn't realize that listing Fitz's deceased friends might cause him distress.
  • It's All About Me: AIDA's villainy is motivated by her desire to become an independent, flesh and blood human, but at the end of the day, the only humanity AIDA really cares about is her own. In the Framework, she instates herself as the supreme dictator who has enslaved the mental world, effectively turning the human race into her legions of order-taking automations. After becoming fully human, AIDA delights in finally having everything she wanted, but when Fitz explains that she can't have him, she goes batshit mental.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Most people consistently refer to Aida as "it". Fitz is the only exception, both because he sees her as a person, and because he's well aware she's anatomically correct.
  • Kick the Dog: In "World's End", she shanks and electrocutes an LMD of Simmons right in front of Fitz purely to state a point to him: that she will kill everyone he loves right in front of him and he can't do jack about it.
  • Kill and Replace: She captured May and replaced with a Life Model Decoy. Nathanson was simply killed when he found out. This is also literally what she did with regards to FitzSimmons in the Framework, having Simmons be dead and taking her place as Fitz's first friend and eventual girlfriend.
  • Kill It with Fire: Ultimately is burned to death by hellfire by the Rider possessing Coulson. Afterwards the Rider takes her charred skeleton and smashes it into the ground, turning her into dust.
  • Kubrick Stare: When she discovers the Darkhold, there's this creepy look on her face.
  • Lady Macbeth: Always suggests the lethal way to approach things, something even Radcliffe does not approve of. She also takes on this role for Fitz in the Framework, although because his father is still part of his life in this alternate world he's more than happy to follow her advice.
  • Literal-Minded: As she is an android, she doesn't understand some of the more complicated nuances of human nature at first. This, of course, has dire consequences later when AIDA starts tampering with the SHIELD team's pasts...
  • Literal Genie: A big part of the problems in the Framework come from AIDA altering Team Coulson's greatest regrets on only the most superficial level. For example, she has May save the girl in Bahrain, which was May's greatest failure in the real world. However, she doesn't stop to consider that May's regret comes not from the mere act of killing the girl but from being forced to kill the girl for being an evil mind-controlling Emotion Eater, and that a better way to fix this would be to simply make the girl not evil in the first place. So when the girl continues to be evil and causes a mass murder at the school she was placed in after being "rescued", May becomes just as if not more regretful that she didn't kill her and joins HYDRA to hunt and kill Inhumans in an effort to prevent any further incidents of that nature from happening. This has the most severe consequences for Fitz, who's greatest regret is the fact that his father walked out on him when he was ten. While AIDA changes things so that Fitz was able to have a more positive relationship with the man, Alistair Fitz ends up taking him away from his mother and imbuing a Social Darwinist attitude into him, which causes Fitz to become a sociopathic Mad Scientist and The Dragon at HYDRA. Again, the better thing for AIDA to have done was to just make Fitz's father not a dick, and because of her Fitz is utterly traumatized by the things he did as "The Doctor" once he wakes up and regains his real-world personality (not that she cares).
  • More Expendable Than You: Her purpose is to serve as a decoy in the field to protect living humans. She doesn't take this well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: First appears naked, and later in very flattering outfits. Even Mace and Burrows note her attractiveness.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: She seems to default to homicide as a first resort, though her programming keeps her from carrying it out.
  • Naked First Impression: Aida isn't quite aware of societal norms right away, and thus greets Fitz while completely nude.
  • Never My Fault: Aida says that everything that happened in the Framework was Radcliffe's fault and she only ever followed her programming. Pretty far fetched, given that she murdered the man and had him trapped in the Framework (though she did employ Loophole Abuse so that it still satisfied her programming), as well as the fact that everything bad happening to the world in there was on her Madame Hydra self's watch. Strangely, Fitz doesn't even call her out on it.
  • Not Good with Rejection: AIDA goes postal when Fitz (gently, mind you) explains that her love for him is not automatically requited. Since her emotions are still brand new at that point, it's not too surprising that she would react like a toddler who got her favourite toy taken away.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Aida is confident that no one can beat her and for awhile, that seemed to be the case. Then Ghost Rider showed up and painfully demonstrated that in spite of the incredible superhuman power she has, she's still only mortal and mortal is not something you want to be when facing a powerful vengeance demon in a head-on fight.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Aida fist meets Robbie Reyes, she is at first dismissive of him. Then he transforms into Ghost Rider, shrugs off all of her attacks and then inflicts a painful wound on her that doesn't heal. She learned pretty fast that Theres Always A Bigger Fish and any subsequent meetings with Reyes involve her panicking and running away.
  • Off with Her Head!:
    • How her original body is dispatched towards the end of "Broken Promises", courtesy of Mack's shotgun-axe.
    • Her second robotic body suffers the same fate, this time courtesy of Coulson (although she had already transferred her mind into her human body at this point, so it didn't really matter).
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Like Ultron before her, she doesn't quite have a grasp on how to actually handle her emotions yet, as evidenced when Fitz rejects her.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: As the season progresses, she becomes more human-like to where most can't tell at a glance.
  • Robot Girl: She's Radcliffe's feminine-voiced personal digital assistant given human form. No longer, however, as she uses the Darkhold to create a living body for herself.
  • Shock and Awe: One of her new Inhuman powers, taken from Lincoln.
  • Smug Super: Is very confident after gaining a living body and super powers that no one can stop her, and to be fair she's justified in this belief, but that only applies to Muggles or Empowered Badass Normals, NOT supernatural demonic entities that take natural laws to be suggestions. Like Robbie Reyes AKA Ghost Rider.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Fitz rejects her. It's quite startling.
  • Super Power Lottery: She used Framework!HYDRA to rig it in her favor. Her powers in her organic body include at the very least teleportation, lightning, super strength, and a healing factor.
  • Super Speed: Seems to possess that during an attempt to backstab her.
  • Super Strength: Enough to effortlessly break a man's neck or crush his insides.
  • Teleportation: In her new organic body, she's capable of teleportation.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Aida's programmed to be incapable of killing. However, she's very adept at finding and exploiting loopholes that would allow her to do so. The biggest danger in her becoming an actual human is that she'd no longer be held to these restrictions.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: She murders Dr. Radcliffe by slitting his wrists when she believes there's the smallest chance he might regret building the Framework. It's later shown that she resents him far more than such pragmatic explanations would suggest, and she has Agnes killed just to spite him.
  • Woman Scorned: She goes berserk when Fitz chooses Simmons over her.
  • Yandere: To the extreme, going on a murderous rampage when Fitz rejects her, and deciding to essentially cause the apocalypse as revenge.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: Zig-zagged several times.
    • Initially it's subverted: Radcliffe makes everyone believe Aida betrayed him in order to sell a deception. She's actually working with him, exactly as she's programmed to.
    • Later it's played straight: she tells Radcliffe that there is a paradox in her programming—she has to protect the Framework and his life, but she sees his fickleness as the biggest threat to the Framework, because he might someday regret building it and shut it down. Radcliffe laughs at the very idea that he would ever regret building it, because it's just as good or better than real life, and even after someone's body dies their mind can continue to live forever in the Framework. This solves the paradox for Aida, though perhaps not in the way he would have liked: she kills his body to protect the Framework, while uploading his mind into the Framework to protect him.

    May LMD 

Melinda May LMD

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Ming-Na Wen

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An android duplicate of Agent Melinda May, created to infiltrate the team and assist in stealing the Darkhold.


  • Action Girl: Just as much as the real thing.
  • And I Must Scream: Radcliffe programs her so she cannot reveal her true identity and purpose to Coulson, no matter how much she wants it.
  • Becoming the Mask: Helped by the fact that she didn't know from the start what she was, she sacrifices herself for Daisy and Jemma.
  • Cloning Blues: The android equivalent of this trope. She ultimately decides that even if she isn't real, her feelings are.
  • Do Androids Dream?: She describes herself as 'all phantom limbs'. She knows she's not real, but she still feels the same things Melinda May would.
  • Heroic BSoD: Gets hit hard in "Hot Potato Soup". When her programming kicks in and she is compelled to steal the Darkhold up to and including drawing a gun on Coulson, shortly after they kiss, which causes Coulson to realize she's an LMD and reject her statement that she is the real May stating the real May would never betray him. Followed by Radcliffe taking the Darkhold from her and then refusing to help her escape with him stating she's served her purpose and was never built to last, leaving her at the mercy of SHIELD.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After letting Simmons, Daisy, and the other flesh-and-blood S.H.I.E.L.D. agents leave, she confronts the Coulson LMD and blows him and herself up with the explosives she had set up at the exit.
  • Humiliation Conga: Again in "Hot Potato Soup". Rejected by Coulson, blasted by Quake several times, abandoned by Radcliffe then shut down by SHIELD and only kept around as the other LMD's are destroyed just in case the real May is dead. Ouch.
  • The Mole: She takes over May's life while the real May is kept in a coma.
  • Token Good Teammate: Particularly in light of her Heroic BSoD, she's the only LMD having infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. in "Self Control" to have any real moral compass, even standing up to the Coulson LMD and blowing him up to cover the escape of some flesh-and-blood S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She fully believes she's the real May, resulting in Radcliffe having to use some subterfuge to get her to help him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Programming aside, she has this for Coulson and the team, even after she finds out that she's an LMD.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In "Hot Potato Soup", Radcliffe leaves her at the mercy of S.H.I.E.L.D., since she's done her job of getting the Darkhold and has no further use. Additionally, he somewhat coldly tells her that she wasn't "built to last".

    Radcliffe LMD 

Holden Radcliffe LMD

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: John Hannah

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An android duplicate of Holden Radcliffe, created to act as a decoy to avoid capture.


  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: he objects to being made to sing like a canary. Why not singing like Mick Jagger?
  • Kill It with Fire: Destroyed in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s on-base incinerator along with the original Aida's remains.
  • Nothing Personal: He doesn't bear Fitz any grudge for shooting him, saying "What's a bullet in the head between friends?"
  • Revealing Injury: Fitz proved he was an LMD by shooting him in the head and thus revealing circuits.
  • Troll: He has a quantum brain and thus no programming, but somehow he's able to mimic the actions of a man being possessed when Fitz and Simmons are screwing with his programming in order to screw with them and Mack, and at one point literally sings like a canary during an interrogation session.

    Coulson LMD 

Phil Coulson LMD

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Clark Gregg

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An android duplicate of Agent Phil Coulson, created to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of Radcliffe's plans to replace the entire organization with LMD duplicates.


  • Dragon-in-Chief: The first one to appear is the de facto leader for the LMDs who takeover The Playground.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The initial Coulson LMD retains his friendly nature, all the while still using it in a tone where it feels like it is about to kill someone.
  • Kill It with Fire: LMD!May blows him up along with herself.

    Fitz LMD 

Leo Fitz LMD

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Iain De Caestecker

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An android duplicate of Agent Leo Fitz, created to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of Radcliffe's plans to replace the entire organization with LMD duplicates.


  • Manipulative Bastard: In stark contrast to the real Leo Fitz, his LMD does everything he can to trick Simmons into believing he's the Fitz she knows, only to stab her in the back when she's vulnerable.
  • Rasputinian Death: Jemma drops an engine on him, stabs him in the chest repeatedly, and cuts his neck before he finally gives out. The other LMDs manage to patch him up fairly quickly.
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    Mack LMD 

Alphonso Mackenzie LMD

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Henry Simmons

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An android duplicate of Agent Alphonso Mackenzie, created to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of Radcliffe's plans to replace the entire organization with LMD duplicates.


  • Ludicrous Gibs: Due to Daisy's quake powers, he is reduced to scrap. LMD Fitz remarks that it will take a while to fix him.

    Mace LMD 

Jeffrey Mace LMD

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Jason O'Mara

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An android duplicate of Director Jeffrey Mace, created to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of Radcliffe's plans to replace the entire organization with LMD duplicates.


  • The Brute: He seems to be the primary muscle among the LMDs who take over Playground, considering the others still use weapons while he prefers using his fists. Given that the real Mace was known to have super powers in line with a LMD, this makes sense.

    Daisy Johnson LMDs 

Daisy Johnson LMDs

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Chloe Bennet

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Android duplicates of Agent Daisy Johnson, created to dispatch the Inhumans.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: Once the team returns to the destroyed Playground, they find the containment rooms unscathed. The Daisy LMDs were kept in one such room but were nowhere to be found. Turns out that at least one of them survived and went on to shoot Talbot, framing Daisy in the process. That particular LMD was subsequently incinerated by Ghost Rider, but it is unknown if the others are still out there.
  • Impostor Forgot One Detail: Although they are modeled after Daisy, they lack her powers.
  • Spotting the Thread: Subverted. When Daisy discovers the inactive Daisy LMDs while on the run from LMD Mack, she strips down to her underwear to match them and hides among them. LMD Mack thinks he's spotted the thread and found Daisy when he finds one with a loose shoulder strap, but Daisy had intentionally tampered with one of the LMDs to trick him and escape.

    Simmons LMD 

Jemma Simmons LMD

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Elizabeth Henstridge

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An android duplicate of Jemma Simmons, used by her and Coulson to bait Aida.


  • Sacrificial Lamb: Her sole apparent purpose is to be sent to her death as bait for Aida.

    Ivanov LMDs 

Anton Ivanov LMDs

Species: Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Zach McGowan

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Android duplicate of Anton Ivanov aka The Superior, later he amasses an entire army of himself.. Unique in the sense that they are not separate persons, but controlled by the actual Anton Ivanov whose body is now reduced to a Brain in a Jar after a devastating encounter with Daisy and the help of Aida. Thus every trope connecting to them will be listed under Ivanov's normal folder under Watchdogs.

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    SPOILERS 

Phil Coulson Chronicom LMD

Species: Chronicom Life-Model Decoy

Portrayed by: Clark Gregg

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A new LMD of Phil Coulson, created by Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz and Enoch, using Chronicom technology.



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