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    James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine 

Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes, USAF / War Machine / Iron Patriot
"War Machine, coming at you!"
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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): MIT, USAF, Stark Industries, Avengers

Portrayed By: Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Don Cheadle (pictured right, Iron Man 2 onwards)

Voiced By: Javier Rivero [Iron Man], Óscar Flores [Iron Man 2] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Rafael Calvo (European Spanish dub); Wataru Takagi [Iron Man], Kosuke Meguro [Iron Man 2 onwards] (Japanese dub), Lucien Jean-Baptiste [Iron Man], Sidney Kotto [Iron Man 2 onwards] (European French dub), François L'Écuyer (Canadian French dub), Jorge Lucas (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Iron Man | Iron Man 2 | Iron Man 3 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Infinity War | Captain Marvelnote  | Avengers: Endgame

"138 combat missions. That's how many I've flown, Tony. Every one of them could've been my last, but I flew 'em. Because the fight needed to be fought."

Tony Stark's best friend, and military liaison to Stark Industries. A full-bird Colonel by the events of Civil War, Rhodey is a seasoned pilot and skilled marksman with dozens of missions to his name.

In combat, Rhodey uses a modified (read: covered with guns) version of Iron Man's Powered Armor as War Machine. He serves as the poster boy hero for the United States government, but comes to eventually join the Avengers after a major reshuffle of the team.

  • Ace Custom: On the receiving end of this trope. Justified, because, since the War Machine armor serves as Tony's buffer from the government and military so they stop hounding him from giving them his Iron Man tech, Tony can't afford to give them the most extreme levels of technology he knows he can't trust them with, especially in light of the events of The Winter Soldier up to Civil War. Thus, the latest War Machine armors are definitely advanced, but not too advanced.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Not Rhodey himself because he's a hero in the comics. This trope applies only to the Iron Patriot Armor. In the comics, it was originally used by Norman Osborn, a supervillain who was at best a Knight Templar.
  • Appropriated Appellation: After Tony insults his armor by calling it a "war machine" in Iron Man 2, Rhodey takes to calling his armor that himself. Tony notes in the tie-in comic to Iron Man 3 that he meant it as an insult.
  • Atrocious Alias: Tony isn't impressed by the Iron Patriot name, and Rhodey ultimately admits he liked War Machine better. By way of his AIM passcode, no less...
  • Badass Boast: "It's called 'being a badass'."
  • Badass Normal: Like Tony, he has no superpowers but is still considerably capable in a fight, being a trained military who thinks on his feet and can perform some downright impressive shooting.
  • Bash Brothers: With Iron Man and highlighted at the end of 2; best friends and fellow armor users fighting terrorists.
  • BFG: Tony seems to think he's compensating for something. Rhodey's reply is "It's called being a badass."
  • Black and Nerdy: He's fairly familiar with science fiction, as seen in Endgame when he quickly rattles off a long list of time travel movies (including some fairly obscure ones) to try and show he has an understanding of how time travel works.
    • When Nebula begins to walk through the chamber on Morag to get the Orb, Rhodey tries to stop her, thinking the place is boobytrapped a la Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Blind Obedience: In the Civil War junior novelization, he argues in favour of the Accords and the benefits of a chain of command because it's never failed him before. Sam retorts that it's easy for Rhodes to say that because he's a career officer who's always been at the top of the military chain and benefited from it, unlike lower level grunts like Sam.
  • Bond One-Liner: Played for Laughs in Age of Ultron when his "War Machine story" ends with him saying "BOOM! You looking for this!?"
  • Bottomless Magazines: He never runs out of ammunition for his armors' weapons.
  • Broken Pedestal: In Civil War, he mentions Ross' awards and is all out for the Sokovia Accords the latter explained, implying that he admired Ross at least. By Infinity War, he’s grown tired of how discourteous and priggish Ross is and implies he regrets signing the Accords. He then proceeds to cut him off when Ross orders the arrest of the remaining Avengers to team up with them once more.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In 3. He's stripped of his suit, and winds up on an oil tanker armed with only a pistol against Extremis-empowered soldiers. He proceeds to go and get his suit back and rescue the President. It’s worth noting that both he and Tony are without their armor in this situation with Rhodey doing most of the heavy lifting in their fight with AIM until the House Party arrives.
  • Boring, but Practical: Rather than using micro-missiles, repulsors, lasers, glowing melee weapons, or other futuristic tech like Tony, Rhodes settles with strapping a big 7.62mm minigun on his back (replaced with what appears to be a 20mm HE cannon in later films) and a pair of 5.56mm rifles on his wrists. He's no less effective for it. This is best shown in Infinity War where he alone racks up more kills than the entire Wakandan army simply by dropping a lot of big explosives on the Outriders and pouring automatic fire at a choke point.
  • But Not Too Black: Inverted with his recasting; Don Cheadle is noticeably darker than Terrence Howard.
  • Butt-Monkey: A minor one, but still there. He spends most of Iron Man being taunted by Tony, and then is later forced to make up a BS excuse to cover up a Tony-related incident. In Iron Man 2, he's forced to utilize Hammetech in the War Machine armor, meaning Vanko takes over his armor, and his touted "Ex-Wife" super-bunker-buster weapon fails epicly at the worst moment. He's not present for Avengers, and by Iron Man 3 is forced to take on a new identity which everyone mocks, before his armor is hijacked by the villains. In Age of Ultron, he's gently mocked by Tony and Thor at the party, and his attempt to play The Cavalry at the final battle is upstaged by the much more powerful Vision. It reaches its apex when he's crippled from a glancing blow from the Vision in Civil War. It’s finally gone by Infinity War, where he is clearly the heaviest hitter Team Wakanda has (now that he’s finally able to use his full arsenal) until Thor shows up.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Sucks at avoiding temptation and gets drunk much faster than Tony.
  • Captain Patriotic: His new "Iron Patriot" paintjob in Iron Man 3. Despite being based on a villain's look in the comics, here it just plays up his Military Superhero status. He drops the paint scheme as of Avengers: Age of Ultron but, for reasons currently yet unknown, returns in Avengers: Endgame with the Mark 7, although it's not called Iron Patriot, at least not explicitly, this time.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Subverted. In Civil War, he suffers a spinal injury after a crash landing. While this seems like it would end his career as an airman, he's undergoing rehab with the help of a powered exoskeleton made by Tony. By Infinity War he's flying into battle with everyone else, in no small part thanks to this rehab and his armor's innate mobility.
  • Carry a Big Stick: His arsenal includes a massive baton in Civil War, giving him more options at close range.
  • The Cavalry: Shows up in the climatic fight of Avengers: Age of Ultron, acting as point defense for the Helicarrier.
  • The Chew Toy: During the airport battle in Civil War he's on the receiving end of a considerable amount of humorous damage. Takes a dark turn when friendly fire by Vision results in him getting crippled.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: "That's why I have to be your babysitter. You need your diaper changed, I'll get you a bottle." As much as he complains, he truly cares about Tony.
  • Colonel Badass: Promoted to full bird Colonel by the end of 3.
  • Composite Character: In 3, he wears the Iron Patriot, originally worn by Norman Osborn in the comics.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: His War Machine armor certainly makes him a very powerful fighter, but in Captain America: Civil War, the fact that most of his weaponry is composed of guns makes it more difficult for him to fight non-lethally. Best demonstrated when Giant Man takes a swing at him with a gangway, and using that weaponry, he manages to completely obliterate the gangway before the swing even reaches him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His War Machine armor is a menacing black and gray, complete with an overdose of guns and a red-eyed helmet, but he's a Military Superhero who's more grounded than his best friend Iron Man.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The only way to interact with Tony. "How was the Fun-Vee?"
  • Death from Above: Rhodey can lay down the hurt more than ever in Infinity War, as the War Machine armor is now equipped with a pack of bombs, making him able to do bombing runs.
  • Disabled Snarker: Invoked. While he's always been able to match snark with Tony, after the events of Civil War (where he was crippled but eventually got back on his feet, thanks to Stark-tech), he's been upping his snark game until it's Up to Eleven by Endgame, likely as a coping mechanism.
  • Distressed Dude: Both Iron Man sequels involve the War Machine/Iron Patriot armor being captured or hijacked by the main villains.
  • Flying Firepower: Even more so than Iron Man, as War Machine is the same armor but equipped with more conventional weaponry such as a machine guns, missiles, or bombs.
  • Foil: To Falcon for Civil War. Both are former airmen who serve as the main partners to Tony and Cap respectively, unquestioningly backing their friend when sides get drawn.
  • The Gadfly: In Infinity War, he advises Banner to bow before Black Panther, only to ask "What are you doing?" once Banner complies, followed by the most shit-eating smirk imaginable.
    • He spends a good amount of Endgame trolling Thor with some side jabs thrown at Scott and 2014!Quill for good measure.
  • Gatling Good: Shoulder-mounted and auto-targeting.
  • Handicapped Badass: His spinal injury during Civil War crippled him and forced him to use cybernetics to walk, but Infinity War shows that a mere spinal injury won't stop him from being War Machine.
  • Hero Antagonist: Towards Captain America and his Anti-Registration team in Captain America: Civil War. He's the same guy as before, with the same goals; he just happens to be working against his fellow heroes this time.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Rhodey is one of the very few people Tony truly trusts, and he's always trying his hardest to keep Tony from hurting himself.
  • Hidden Depths: He's apparently quite the movie buff, listing a bunch of sci-fi movies in an attempt to explain his (incorrect) ideas about the nature of time travel in Endgame.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Notably Averted in Infinity War. While the rest of the Wakandan Army breaks formation and charges pell-mell at the Outrider horde, Rhodes tactically takes advantage of the chokepoint and blasts dozens of outriders into oblivion himself.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A non-villainous example. In Civil War, Rhodey ends up paralyzed due to a shot he himself ordered (with the intention of non-fatally taking Falcon out of the fight).
  • Humans Are Warriors: He likes talking about the military community: "They've got my back....and I've got theirs."
    • The last thing he tells Hawkeye and Black Widow before they depart for Vormir is to “watch each others’ six.”
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In 3, he nails several difficult shots with a pistol, including a distant light and some cables.
  • Inspector Javert: He becomes this in Civil War when several of his teammates refuse to play ball with the government. He sheds this attitude in Infinity War once he realizes how shortsighted and agenda-focused Secretary Ross really is.
  • Jerkass Ball: Downplayed in Captain America: Civil War. While still a hero fighting for good, he basically becomes Inspector Javert towards the heroes who refuse to go along with the Sokovia Accords. He calls Cap a "criminal" and arrests him after the latter interferes with the government troops trying to kill Bucky and orders Vision to fire an energy ray at Falcon's flight pack thruster that could severely injure or possibly kill Sam if it's off target. Vision misses Sam and hits Rhodey instead, which winds up crippling his armor, resulting in his fall and paralysis. He ditches the ball in Infinity War after his crippling injury woke him up to have a Jerkass Realization, welcoming the "Secret Avengers" home before getting down to business.
  • Kill Tally: In Captain America: Civil War, his suits has been engraved with twenty-four heads of Ultron, referencing the drones he destroyed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This resembles the practice of marking downed enemy fighters on his jet.
  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: While capable of using the same repulsor energy as Iron Man, the War Machine armor favors the use of heavy ordnance via wrist mounted firearms and a shoulder mounted minigun.
  • The Lancer: Serves as a foil to Tony. He's a career military man who appreciates a clear chain of command, whereas Tony isn't big on taking orders.
  • Lawman Baton: In Civil War, War Machine deploys a stun baton to non-lethally apprehend Cap, although he warns Cap that "it ain't gonna tickle, either." Steve wrecks the thing rather than find out the hard way.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Against the Outriders in Infinity War, Rhodes shows off two shoulder mounted missile launchers that help decimate the aliens at a tactical chokepoint.
  • Meaningful Rename: His superhero moniker is changed from "War Machine" to "Iron Patriot" in the face of the Mandarin terror threat. He switches back to War Machine at the first opportunity.
  • Military Superhero: Colonel of the United States Air Force and War Machine.
  • Moment Killer: To Tony and Pepper at the end of Iron Man 2. To be fair, he was sitting right there and they didn't bother to check.
    Rhodey: Get a roof!
  • Missed Him by That Much: He just barely misses seeing Sam disintegrate due to the power of the Infinity Gauntlet in Infinity War, and was actively looking for him at the time.
  • More Dakka: The key difference between the Iron Man and War Machine suits. The War Machine is equipped with at least five different kinds of guns. While more heavily armed, these guns are mostly conventional weaponry compared to the more advanced tech in the Iron Man suit, keeping the playing field level. Among the armors, Mark VII is the king of this trope, being much bulkier than previous War Machine armors, and seems to have double the armament of even the previously most loaded armor, the Mark IV.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Downplayed for a funny moment. He thinks "Iron Patriot" is stupid like everyone else, but his superiors approved it so he goes along with it.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Most people who care about Tony spend a decent amount of time deflating his ego, and Rhodey is no exception.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • He tries very hard to be the responsible adult around Tony. It's not as easy as one might think.
    • In Infinity War, the first thing he does in Wakanda is trick Bruce into bowing to T'Challa, then act like he has no idea where Bruce got the idea.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • Tony tends to bring this out in him. During the Senate hearing in 2, there's a moment where Tony just looks at him and you can see Rhodey hiding a smile, trying not to crack up in public.
    • On a bleaker note, he is clearly furious when Tony drunk-pilots a suit in a room full of civilians. He promptly suits up himself, orders everyone out, and tells Tony to take off his suit or get his ass kicked.
  • Odd Friendship: By Endgame, he's formed a friendship with, of all people, Nebula. They get partnered up in the Time Heist, she calls him by his nickname while warning “there’s an idiot in the landing zone”, and he sympathizes with her condition and compares it to his own.
  • One-Man Army: Most prominently in Infinity War where he rains down an insane amount of aerial firepower on Thanos's forces killing hundreds of Outriders by himself, only outdone by Thor and Scarlet Witch.
  • Only Sane Man: One of two in Tony's life. The other one is Pepper. When Tony starts doing too many eccentric things, it's Rhodey who often shows up to rein his best friend in.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome:
    • When hanging out with the Avengers. In Age of Ultron, he tells a story to Thor and Tony (complete with witty one-liners) about how he lifted a tank and threw it at a warlord's feet, and gets patronizing approval out of the two as he remarks that that story usually kills. He's later seen telling the story again to a group of civilians just to make himself feel better.
    • The fact that he is basically bragging about how strong his suit is to the man who made said suit and the strongest being on the planet doesn't helps his case.
    • In the climax of the very same movie, he had a small Big Damn Heroes moment, taking out the stray Ultron drones...only to be upstaged by Vision in grandiose fashion.
    Rhodey: Okay, what?!
  • Powered Armor: His piece was originally the Mark 2, the first flight-capable suit Tony made after returning from captivity. Rhodes confiscates it from Tony and gets it upgraded by Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His Iron Patriot suit, and the War Machine suit he wears for the climax of Endgame.
  • The Remnant: Downplayed in Endgamewhile Rhodey isn't the only Avenger left alive, he's the only non-founding member that survived the Infinity War. The rest are all dead now.
  • Ret-Canon: Again, this version of Iron Patriot. It's migrated into mainstream Marvel Universe after Iron Man 3.
  • Running Gag: His being caught off-guard by superpowers happens in several movies.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: During Infinity War, when Ross orders him to arrest Steve, Sam and Natasha when they return in Infinity War, Rhodey realises they've all got bigger problems (namely Thanos and his minions invading Earth) and basically tells Ross where he can go, accepting a court martial from Ross to help the Avengers.
  • Shipper on Deck: The Iron Man 3 prequel comic mentions how thrilled he is that Pepper is moving in with Tony.
  • Shoulder Cannon: His main War Machine trademark. It's a big gun, but not the big gun.
  • Sixth Ranger: Since all the New Avengers but him were dusted, he gets to be this to the orginal Avengers during the events of Endgame.
  • Sole Survivor: Rhodey is the sole survivor of the New Avengers and their allies that were featured in Infinity War, the rest having either been killed by Thanos personally or disintegrated by the power of the Gauntlet. Only the original roster remains of the Avengers Initiative aside from him.
  • Sonic Stunner: He's got one in his gauntlet, in case of any non-lethal fights. It works on Wanda, not so much on Giant-Man.
  • Static Stun Gun: A melee variant. Another addition to his arsenal in Civil War is a huge electric baton/warhammer for close-quarters combat and to easily incapacitate opponents.
    Rhodey: Sorry Cap, this won't kill you, but it ain't gonna tickle either.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: It's his primary trait as War Machine. Bristling with guns, guns, and more guns, with some missiles on the side, and that's not even getting into his trademark shoulder turret.
  • Take Up My Sword: In Iron Man 2, the Secretly Dying Tony gave Rhodey some training to become the next Iron Man, even giving him clearance to use the Mark II armor. This was fortunately subverted since Tony was able to save his own life, but Rhodey kept the suit for his new War Machine persona.
  • The Stoic: When he's with his co-workers, he's calm and focused.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Civil War has him support the Sokovia Accords and go after all the heroes who refuse to comply. Infinity War has him realize that the Accords were a bad idea when Ross fixates more on arresting the fugitive Avengers rather than Earth being invaded by aliens and he chooses to ignore Ross's orders to arrest his former teammates.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Two years after Civil War, Rhodey doesn't seem to hold any lasting ill-will towards Vision, despite his lack of restraint being the reason Rhodey needs Stark-issued bionics to walk.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Tony. Despite their bickering and disagreements, Rhodey always comes to Tony's side when he needs him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Both he and Tony can really get on each other's nerves at times, but their friendship will always endure and repair itself at the end.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The Iron Patriot armor, which is painted with the U.S. flag colors.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • His reaction to Tony drunk-piloting a suit and firing energy blasts in a room full of people, after Rhodey had defended him in public. He tells Tony he doesn't deserve the armor and proceeds to get in a brawl with him.
    • He briefly calls Tony out for bringing the teenaged Spider-Man to the airport battle ("Jesus, Tony, how old is this guy?") That being said, he seems to get over it pretty quickly once it turns out that he can handle himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs. Generally this is not the case, but Rhodes proposes to the surviving Avengers that they should just use the Time Machine to go back to when Thanos was a baby and then strangle him with a tightrope, complete with pantomiming and "choking noises." Professor Hulk was rightfully horrified by this idea — although Scott and Clint seem to be open to it. Rhodes defends his idea on the grounds it's Thanos.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In Endgame, he expects the Temple of the Power Stone to be full of spikey death traps like something out of Indiana Jones. The actual security system consists of a single flesh-melting force field that Nebula easily circumnavigates with her metal prosthetics.
  • Wrong Time-Travel Savvy: In Endgame, Rhodey's knowledge in time travelling, like Scott Lang, comes from movies and believes that they should just go back in time to kill Thanos when he was a baby.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Has a particularly funny one during Civil War shortly before a truck appears out of nowhere and slams into him:
    Rhodey: OH COME ON!

    Sam Wilson / The Falcon 

Sam Wilson / The Falcon
"I'm more of a soldier than a spy."

Birth Name: Samuel Thomas Wilson

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): USAF, Air National Guard, Avengers

Portrayed by: Anthony Mackie

Voiced By: Eduardo Ramírez Pablo (Latin-American Spanish dub), José Luis Mediavilla (European Spanish dub), Junpei Mizobata (Japanese dub), Jean-Baptiste Anoumon (European French dub), Michel M. Lapointe (Canadian French dub), Francisco Jr (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Ant-Man | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

"I just want to make sure we considered all our options. The people that shoot at you usually wind up shooting at me."

A counselor for a support group at the Washington D.C. Veteran's Army hospital who was formerly with the USAF Pararescue unit. Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers almost literally ran into each other one morning, and struck up a fast friendship over their shared experiences as war veterans. When HYDRA resurfaced, Sam joined forces with Steve and Natasha to stop Project INSIGHT, proving instrumental in their success. Following the Battle of Sokovia, he joined them on the Avengers full-time.

He uses a winged flight suit in combat, as well as a small bird-like drone named Redwing.

  • Ace Pilot:
    • "I never said 'pilot.'" He seems to now be the sole surviving member of an elite pararescue team, and while not quite a household name, Sam reached a level of technical skill on maneuvering through difficult situations to the level that even the Black Widow had heard of his missions before actually meeting him.
    • During the attack on Project INSIGHT, he was able to avoid the firepower of three fully armed Helicarriers and a Quinjet (as Captain America was aboard a Helicarrier, he was the only target they could shoot at), while still completing his mission.
  • Adaptation Distillation: In the comics, Sam Wilson was a social worker, and later retconned into being a pimp who'd been brainwashed by the Red Skull and the Cosmic Cube/Tesseract to think he was a social worker, but was actually the Skull's mole. Then that retcon was later retconned. The films instead make Sam both a veteran and a veterans' counselor, preserving the spirit of someone who'd spend his time trying to better the lives of others and giving him a specific point of connection with Steve.
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, Redwing was a falcon that Falcon himself had a telepathic link to. Here, Redwing is a flying drone.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, Sam is physically normal but can psychically communicate with Redwing and other birds. In the movies, Sam is a Badass Normal who's very, very skilled with a jetpack.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Sam as the second Captain America. Steve is white, while he's black.
  • Animal Motifs: Falcons, obviously. It's not as much as his comic book counterpart, who has an actual falcon as his crime-fighting sidekick companion, but the winged flight suit means the imagery is still there. By Civil War he has a drone named "Redwing" (which was an actual bird in the comics).
  • Ascended Fanboy: It's hinted he's this in regards to Steve. When asked by Steve himself if he is sure that he wants to come out of retirement, he replies, "Dude, Captain America needs my help. There's no better time to get back in."
  • Attack Drone:
    • Redwing is primarily a scout drone, but it does have a small gun to deal with individual threats, and a grappling cable Falcon uses to drag Spider-Man away. Also, in a pinch, you can straight-up launch it at someone's face.
    • During Infinity War, in place of Redwing, Falcon can now eject three arrowhead-shaped smaller drones from his jetpack, which can fly over and through enemies since they are sharp.
  • Awesome Backpack: The bulk of Falcon's abilities are concentrated in his backpack, which functions as a Jet Pack with retractible wings, making him able to fly in a very nimble manner. During later appearances, the backpack houses attack drones and a couple of missiles.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Falcon's ability as a trained combatant to preempt and intercept Scott Lang's attacks (with the help of his goggles) is the main reason why he even had a fighting chance against a superpowered opponent.
  • Back from the Dead: In Endgame, he, along with all the people that were dusted by Thanos's Badass Finger Snap from Infinity War, all come back to life thanks to Professor Hulk reversing Thanos's actions with a finger snap of his own.
  • Badass Mustache: A highly trained, competent superhero that sports a goatee. It also serves as a contrast with clean-shaven Steve, who he most often works with.
  • Badass Normal: He's just a normal man with special training, yet he managed to outfly S.H.I.E.L.D. fighters, take down a Helicarrier almost entirely by himself, and nearly took down Ant-Man despite Scott's superpower advantage. In Infinity War, he sends Proxima Midnight, a seven-foot-tall alien warrior woman, flying into a restaurant with a diving kick, twice.
  • Birds of a Feather: Puns aside, this is why he and Steve click so well: they're both relentlessly good guys, veterans, dedicated to helping others, and even had similar experiences in war, having to watch as a close friend fell to his death during what should have been a routine op. The only difference is, in Sam's case, Riley's death was permanent.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: His comic book counterpart's psychic connection to birds is not mentioned; his combat prowess is due to the retractable wings on his suit.
  • Combat Medic: Though he doesn't perform the role in the films, as a former Air Force Pararescueman, he previously served as one.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Zig-Zagged. "Falcon" was the codename of his original flight pack, but Maria Hill calls him "Falcon" during the attack on Project Insight in Winter Soldier, and he becomes known to the public as "the Falcon" by the time of Ant-Man.
  • Companion Cube: He's very fond of his drone Redwing. Best seen when Redwing assists Widow in taking out one of two HYDRA terrorists about to unleash a biological weapon.
    Black Widow: Thanks, Sam.
    Sam: Don't thank me.
    Black Widow: I'm not thanking that thing.
    Sam: His name is Redwing.
    Black Widow: I'm still not thanking it.
    Sam: He's cute. Go ahead, pet him.
  • Deadly Dodging: As fast as he is, he's particularly excellent at this, allowing him to almost single-handedly stand up to the Helicarrier. Falcon even has a Signature Move of a sort by retracting his wings and curling into a ball to suddenly lose all lift, falling rapidly to avoid incoming attacks, only to unfurl and greet any Mooks stupid enough to approach him with a diving kick. Gets a Cerebus Callback in Civil War when he evades Vision's laser, which then accidentally strikes down and nearly kills Rhodes.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Scott manages to beat him in their fight, having torn apart his backpack's wiring and gotten away with the piece of tech he needed, Sam is so impressed that he eventually starts seeking him out for the Avengers.
  • Drone Deployer: His upgraded flight pack has a drone which he can deploy for reconnaissance by the time of Civil War.
  • Dying Alone: In Infinity War, as he turns into dust mere seconds before Rhodey can find him.
  • Dynamic Entry: His first scene in Infinity War is delivering a flying kick to Proxima Midnight that knocks her through a store. Not into, through.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Is a veteran of the 58th Pararescue Squadron, a USAF unit of Special Forces-level combat medics dedicated to gunship rescues of downed pilots Trapped Behind Enemy Lines.
  • Foil:
    • To Rhodes. Both are technological heroes who served in the Air Force, but Rhodes served proudly and embraced authority while Sam left due to Riley's death and tells Steve he's happy no one's giving him orders anymore. Their different perspectives especially make sense given that Rhodey's a career officer while Sam would have been enlisted.
    • The Civil War junior novelization addresses this directly. When Rhodey argues in favour of a chain of command, Sam retorts that it's easy to say that when you're at the top of the chain.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's no match for some of the heavy hitters in the MCU, but in the air, Falcon's speed and agility allow him to hold his own against Helicarriers, Quinjets, Iron Man, etc. In The Winter Soldier he is actually the group's tank at one point, his Deadly Dodging skills allowing him to draw off a majority of enemy fire (and even turn it back around on them in some cases).
  • A Friend in Need: Does not hesitate to open his door to the fugitive Steve and Natasha.
    Natasha: Everyone we know is trying to kill us.
    Sam:...Not everyone.
  • Friendly Enemy: In Civil War. Despite being perhaps the staunchest member of Team Cap, he immediately rushes to assist Rhodey when the latter's suit fails, and expresses genuine concern for him later to Tony. With his former status as a Combat Medic, it makes perfect sense.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: His upgraded Avengers outfit has goggles with powerful zoom and scanning functions, allowing him to be the "eyes in the sky" for the New Avengers, identifying targets and scanning key objects. The goggles' powerful zoom function are even strong enough to track Ant-Man when he's shrunken.
  • Glass Cannon: The most agile Avenger in the air. His MKIII flight suite has missiles, offensive drones, can deflect small firearms, and packs considerable fire power in its small frame. However Sam himself is virtually unarmoured making him vulnerable to a good hit.
  • The Heart: He's a PTSD counselor and fellow war veteran, and in Winter Soldier, one of his key roles is helping Steve open up emotionally. In Civil War, Sam ends up being the closest thing to a peacemaker between the two rival factions, willing to help Tony if it means helping Steve. He's also genuinely concerned for Rhodey and tries desperately to save him, despite Rhodey being on the opposite side.
  • Hero Antagonist: In Ant-Man, he crosses paths with the eponymous superhero when the latter breaks into the Avengers HQ to steal a piece of technology needed to stop Darren Cross, and the two end up fighting. He's still an unambiguously heroic character but he just happens to be at cross-purposes with Ant-Man in Ant-Man's story.
  • Hero of Another Story: Sam's past as a pararescue jumper, in which he completed missions impressive enough that even Black Widow thinks he's a badass, namely the capture of a wanted terrorist that he completed even after his wingman was shot down during the same mission. His work counseling veterans with PTSD, while less flashy, also counts.
  • Home Guard: A member of the Air National Guard, which is to the USAF what the [Land] National Guard is to the US Army.
  • Honor Before Reason: Sam is willing to put his own safety on the line to help Steve in Winter Soldier because he's Captain America and bad guys need to be stopped.
  • I Call It "Vera": Has an Attack Drone connected to his jetpack that he calls Redwing.
  • Jet Pack: His flight suit is a jetpack with wings. The wings serve the dual purpose of aiding maneuverability and functioning as a shield. The pack also contains space for a separate drone by the time of Civil War.
  • Jumped at the Call: Needs all of zero convincing to jump in and help Steve and Natasha. He's also on board with Steve in tracking down the recovering amnesiac Bucky in the post-climax.
    Steve: You don't have to come with me.
    Sam: I know. When do we start?
  • The Lancer: He winds up becoming this to Steve. As a heroic war veteran, he strikes a contrast with Steve because he has a different sort of unique ability. This is especially true at the end of The Winter Soldier where they tag team Project Insight. In Civil War, Steve is shown to trust Sam's tactical advice implicitly, even if the advice is to leave Sam himself behind.
  • Legacy Character: At the end of Endgame, an aged Steve Rogers hands Sam his vibranium shield, essentially passing the mantle of Captain America to him. This is also a reference to the comics run where Sam temporarily became Cap, because Steve was drained of the Super Soldier Serum and subsequently became an old man.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Is very insistent in Ant-Man and Civil War that no one talks about how he lost a fight to Ant-Man.
    Sam: ...It's really important to me that Cap never finds out about this.
  • Manly Tears: When Steve gives him the shield at the end of Endgame, Sam is visibly choked-up about receiving such a weighty mantle and dealing with the fact that one of his best friends is now an elderly man, meaning they may not have enough time together left.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: In Infinity War he has more Redwing drones at his disposal, using them to take out some Outriders.
  • Military Superhero: Like Steve, Sam's a war veteran.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Wore a black suit in his Winter Soldier introduction, like the Ultimate Marvel Falcon but not the one from the regular comics (to the chagrin of Mackie, who wanted the red and white costume). His upgraded costume in Civil War is similar, but with obvious red highlights to emphasize the Falcon moniker. The Disney+ series ditches the armored parts in favor of the classic white and red.
  • My Greatest Failure: Haunted by the loss of a close friend in his unit. However, he's learned to deal with the trauma from it by the time of the film, and keeps an upbeat attitude.
    Sam: Some stuff you leave there, other stuff you bring back. It's our job to figure out how to carry. Is it going to be in a big suitcase, or in a little man-purse? It's up to you.
  • Nerves of Steel: On multiple occasions, he is willing to retract his wings and go into free-fall if it means gaining a tactical advantage, including a couple of nosedives directly at the ground.
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Sam establishes his badass credentials in The Winter Soldier by using a small knife to handily dispatch an automatic weapon-wielding HYDRA mook.
  • Nice Guy: He's on the same level as Steve, a reassurance that the morally gray modern days still have people as decent as him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Civil War, he insists that Tony go alone to Siberia to meet with Steve and Bucky, meaning that there is no one to talk Tony down when Zemo reveals the truth about Tony’s parents’ death.
  • The Nicknamer: A rather brief one in Civil War: he slyly calls Scott Lang "Tic-tac". Come the end of the film, it's more of an Affectionate Nickname rather than an insulting one.
  • No Body Left Behind: He disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet. He gets better.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Sam is the one who is most emotionally supportive of Steve, tries to get him to talk about his feelings, and establishes an instant rapport with him. The way he's introduced before the plot is and immediately clicks with Steve, combined with the aforementioned emotional support, means he fills a lot of the functions of a typical superhero movie girlfriend.
  • Not So Different: Acknowledged In-Universe that he and Steve are quite similar as both are war vets who return home unable to truly adjust to the world they left behind. Both lost their best friend and are genuinely nice people to boot.
  • Older Than They Look: Due to being a victim of Thanos' Snap, Sam is physically younger than his real age.
  • Out of Focus: He is heavily sidelined in Infinity War, and only gets a few lines.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Downplayed. Though he's still a Badass Normal, he has some trouble holding his own without his flight suit and is trounced by superhumans like Spider-Man. One example is his fight with Rumlow; Sam, a military veteran who's been out of the field for a while, is pushed down but refuses to give up, while Rumlow, a seasoned STRIKE agent who's still in action, overcomes him repeatedly and may have won if not for an entire Helicarrier falling on his head.
  • Passing the Torch: In Endgame, Steve gives Sam the shield. The latter feels horribly inadequate and it's this humility that affirms Steve's belief that he'll do just fine.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: In the MCU Redwing is a drone that Sam can remotely operate rather than a bird he shares a telepathic link with.
  • Put on a Bus: In Age of Ultron, he's stated to be continuing the search for Bucky while Steve is occupied with the Avengers.
  • Razor Wings: In Endgame, Falcon angrily drives the tips of his wings into an alien Mook's chest. Cue the cheering.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Subtle, but in the Avengers team meeting in Civil War, he is the first and most adamant anti-Accords advocate, before even Captain America, who leads that argument and makes similar points more eloquently. He calls out Rhodey/War Machine for playing both sides as an Avenger putting country before duty, notable as Rhodey, Steve, and Sam are all military veterans (Rhodey and Sam even served in the same branch, United States Air Force). Later in the same movie, he also holds less of a grudge than anyone on either side, and cares for the well-being of people he adamantly disagreed with.
  • Rebel Relaxation: Is physically incapable of not leaning back when seated. It's ironic because he's not in the least rebellious, at least until Civil War, at which point it's played for laughs.
    Bucky: Can you move your seat up?
    Sam: No.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It's not directly remarked upon, but the picture of Sam's fallen wingman is a pretty close ringer for Steve Rogers appearance-wise.
  • Respected by the Respected: When Sam presents his "resume" from the Falcon program, Natasha immediately recognizes one of his missions. She's openly impressed and starts trying to figure out how he successfully completed it.
  • Returning War Vet: In The Winter Soldier, this is his common point of connection with Steve (and sure enough, Sam is eventually called upon to deploy his unique aerial combat skills).
  • Scrap Heap Hero: When Sam is introduced in The Winter Soldier, he's been out of active duty for quite a while due to the traumatic loss of his wingman, and is living a quiet, normal life as a VA counselor.
  • Seen It All:
    • Witness his complete non-reaction to Scott going from ant-size to normal-size right in front of him.
    • When they first meet Spider-Man, a shocked Bucky blurts out "What the hell is that?" Sam just grimaces and says "Everyone's got a gimmick now" in an annoyed tone.
  • Sergeant Rock: Sam was an NCO during his military days, and he very much plays the "making sure what needs to be done gets done" role on Team Cap, particularly during the airport fight.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After watching Riley die, Sam couldn't bring himself to stay in the field any longer. He and Steve bond over how something as ordinary as a soft bed seems alien after their service.
  • Shipper on Deck: He smiles at Steve after he and Sharon Carter share a kiss.
  • Ship Tease: According to Mackie, Sam has a crush on Black Widow. However, she doesn't know about it and Sam's only hints of it are when he gives her a friendly greeting upon first seeing Natasha and later insisting they get medical help for her after she's shot in the shoulder.
  • The Shrink: While Sam's a counselor rather than a licensed MD, he fits type 3 nicely. He compassionately sizes up Steve's issues within about two minutes of conversation and even offers a no-pressure excuse for Steve to visit the VA and possibly seek counseling (claiming he just wants Steve to make him look awesome in front of the girl at the front desk), which Steve takes him up on. Sam also correctly deduces that Vitriolic Best Buds is the way to go with Bucky.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Provides one of the best examples in the MCU. When Brock Rumlow starts to monologue about the hopelessness of the good guys' situation and how they should all just bow to HYDRA, he has this to say:
    Sam: Man, shut the hell up.
  • Spanner in the Works: As the Honest Trailer notes, Sam is essentially a random guy Steve met on the street. By simply being compassionate and reaching out to Steve as a fellow veteran, he unwittingly becomes the one person Steve feels safe seeking out as an ally after S.H.I.E.L.D. has turned against him. Needless to say, Sam goes on to really screw up the villains' plans.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Wields a pair of guns in his flight suit, which flip out from the backpack to be put in his hands.
  • Supporting Leader: In Civil War, Cap consistently calls on Sam to make big-picture decisions for the team, and back him up on any task he can't complete alone. This is especially useful on occasions when Steve is too personally invested to objectively assess situations. Sam orchestrated the team's battle strategy in the airport sequence, as well as enabling most of the strategy in the Lagos response to Crossbones' attack. Additionally, he recruited Ant-Man, who (alongside his mentor) was previously reluctant to work with the Avengers. This is probably another reason why he inherited the mantle of Captain America from Steve.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: In Civil War, Sam's Combat Wings can now transform into a portable shield, fire missiles, and launch an attack and scouting drone named Redwing. In Endgame, Sam uses his wings to stab an opponent during the final battle.
  • Therapy Is for the Weak: A walking, talking, flying aversion. He's a Military Superhero who also counsels other veterans dealing with PTSD. Sam's backstory implies that he's working from experience as he himself had a breakdown of some kind after the loss of his wingman.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By Captain America: Civil War, Sam is far more experienced in combat and has upgraded his wings to the point where he's capable of taking on both Iron Man and War Machine. He also has a drone for sneak attacks and recon.
  • Two First Names: Or three, in this case.
  • Undying Loyalty: It's subtle, but it's clear that Sam has pledged his to Steve. He decides to go with Steve on his search for Bucky, even though earlier in the movie he tried to convince Steve that it was very likely that Bucky couldn't be saved.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: After Bucky regains his memories and joins Cap's side, he and Sam have this dynamic. They constantly bicker, but they have the same goals and Bucky is never far from Sam's side when the fighting finally starts. Sam is also the only person Bucky can act normally around aside from Steve.
  • Warrior Therapist: Sam works at the VA counselling veterans and soldiers who come back from wars with PTSD, and he's also an elite soldier.
  • Wing Shield: Falcon's upgraded EXO-7 wings can be used as shields thanks to being made out of a special bullet-resistant carbon fiber material. Their shapeshifting capabilities are shown off the most in Captain America: Civil War, where they fold into shields to cover Falcon's front as he drops in between two IFID Security goons. They can also be used one at a time to cover his lower body while he's attacking, and also merge to form a bigger shield to protect his backside.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Mentioned on the commentary track: Sam is a very skilled combatant, but he's new to the superhero business and the Winter Soldier is a killing machine going back at least six decades. The Soldier eliminates him as a threat in one move, and Sam barely had time to release his parachute—it doesn't inflate all the way and slows his descent only enough to keep him from serious injury.
    • Gets hit by this again in Ant-Man. He has a brief but exciting battle with Scott, who defeats Falcon and escapes in a display of how far his training has come.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Was unable to defeat Agent Rumlow in Winter Soldier due to him losing his harness and guns after a prior fight with Bucky, forcing him to rely on his fists.

    Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch 

Wanda Maximoff / Wanda Vision / Scarlet Witch
"Everybody's afraid of something."

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Sokovian

Affiliation(s): HYDRA, Avengers

Portrayed By: Elizabeth Olsen

Voiced By: Irina Índigo (Latin-American Spanish dub), Cristina Yuste (European Spanish dub), Toa Yukinari (Japanese dub), Charlotte Corréa (European French dub), Émilie Gilbert (Canadian French dub), Mariana Torres (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldiernote  | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | WandaVision | Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

"I can't control their fear, only my own."

An angry young woman whose parents were killed in an explosion in her homeland of Sokovia. She herself would have perished if not for the fact that the second shell that hit her home did not go off. Forced to stare at the unexploded shell for two days, the words written on that shell burnt in her mind who would be held responsible for her tragedy: Stark Industries and the man behind it, Tony Stark. She subjected herself to the experiments of Wolfgang von Strucker who, through the power contained within Loki's staff, gave her the magical powers of telekinesis and mental manipulation.

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Her magical powers are derived from the Mind Stone that was sealed inside Loki's staff. In the comics, she's a mutant, a high-level one that can warp reality through "hex manipulation" and learned magic to further control her powers.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics she is a Reality Warper who utilizes hexes and chaos magic. In the movies her magical powers were simplified to telepathy and telekinesis.
  • Adaptation Species Change: A mutant in the comics, a human experiment in the movies.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU, but in the comics, she could control reality at her whim. While here, her powers are limited to "just" telekinesis, magic bolts and mind control. Justified, as she is still learning her powers.
  • Adapted Out: In the comics, her father is Magneto, and she's a mutant. Because Fox owned the rights to the X-Men franchise prior to 2019, as far as the films are concerned, it is presumed to not be true of the Maximoffs in this universe. Conveniently, it was revealed in the comics that neither she nor Quicksilver are related to Magneto a while before the film was released. She and her brother are also not mutants in this universe, rather, since their powers come from experiments with the Chitauri Scepter, they're Enhanced, or empowered humans.
  • Aesop Collateral Damage:
    • Her character arc is to learn a lesson about revenge and whom the real bad guys are. The only problem is that she learns this lesson after unleashing a Person of Mass Destruction on Johannesburg and being herself partially responsible for creating the Big Bad. She learned her lesson by the film's end, but a lot of innocent people either died or had everything taken from them. If you consider Pietro's death to be part of her punishment, that counts as well.
    • In a more literal sense, she goes through it again in Civil War, given her attempt to neutralize an exploding Crossbones ends up taking innocent lives. This time, the Aesop is shared with the other Avengers.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: After accidentally launching a suicide bomber into a building, Scarlet Witch spends most of Civil War unsure of whether her powers make her a danger to humanity. It takes the heroic example of Hawkeye, fighting the good fight without any powers, to get her to overcome her fear and renew her role as an Avenger.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: The second female Avenger after Black Widow.
  • All for Nothing: In Avengers: Infinity War, she kills the Vision, her lover, to destroy the Mind Stone so that Thanos doesn't get it. However Thanos, who already had the Time Stone, simply rewinds time, kills Vision himself, and gets the Mind Stone anyway.
  • Always Save the Girl: Subverted. After spending all of Infinity War looking for an option that might destroy the Mind Stone while keeping Vision alive, while outright refusing the possibility of having to kill him, Wanda still does it when they run out of options.
  • And Show It to You: She performs this on Ultron Prime by ripping out his core and crushing it in front of him, to show him what her grief following her brother's death feels like.
  • Angst Nuke: After she feels her brother die, she lets out a powerful burst of her powers, destroying all the Ultron Drones currently attacking her.
  • Anti-Villain: At first, Wanda and Pietro antagonize the Avengers because Tony Stark created the shells that bombed their home. Later, after they realize Ultron's true motives, they join up with the Avengers.
  • The Atoner:
    • She agrees to stay behind and defend the core because, as she tells Hawkeye, "it's my job".
    • Comes up again in Civil War, where she leaves the compound to stop Zemo and try to make up for the Lagos explosion.
      Clint: You gotta help me, Wanda. Look, you wanna mope, you can go to high school. You wanna make amends, you get off your ass.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Before Spider-Man was officially recruited, Wanda was the youngest Avenger by a significant margin. She is frustrated when she believes that her teammates are sheltering her from Cap's rebellion in Captain America: Civil War, but their motivation was more to keep her out of the public eye after the explosion in Lagos, and out of fear of her power.
  • Back from the Dead: In Avengers: Endgame where she is one of many characters who are brought back from being dusted by Hulk reversing Thanos' deadly fingersnap from Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Badass Boast: When Thanos from the past remarks in Avengers: Endgame that he doesn't even know who she is (and is hence bemused at her rage), she snarls "You will", before delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Badass Longcoat: Her new costume in Civil War includes one, fitting her new status as an Avenger.
  • Big "NO!": Before Thanos rips the Mind Stone from Vision's forehead. Also serves as her Famous Last Words.
  • Breakout Character: A popular character who became a full-on Avenger, Scarlet Witch is set to star in her own streaming series with Elizabeth Olsen reprising her role.
  • Break the Haughty: She starts out in Avengers of Ultron as a confident Hydra agent, telling Pietro to follow her lead as she mind-rapes Tony. This results in Ultron wanting to drop Sokovia out of the sky and kill everyone on it. When Wanda tries to convince Tony and Bruce to not activate the android Ultron wanted, they understandably dismiss her and Bruce threatens to snap her neck as payback for the mind-rape, nearly following through on his threat. She finds herself way out of her depth in the fighting, until Hawkeye gives her a Heroic Second Wind. Then her brother dies, thanks to Ultron, whom she helped create. By the time of Civil War, she's lost all of her confidence when it sinks in that her actions led to dozens of innocents being killed and her brother no longer in her life.
  • Broken Bird: Her life is defined by tragedy and loss. She was almost killed during a violent war as a child, her parents dying in the destruction, and then her brother was killed when they turned against Ultron after finding out about his insane plan. She joins the Avengers and manages to form a deep relationship with The Vision but ends up severing ties with her surrogate family when the Sokovia Accords tear apart the Avengers. She and Vision continue to maintain their relationship while she's on the run only to have to kill him herself in the final moments of Infinity War to try and prevent Thanos from claiming the Mind Stone in his head. That ends up being All for Nothing when Thanos reverses time and revives The Vision only so he can kill him himself to take the Infinity Stone, rendering Wanda dust in the aftermath. She finally lets out all her rage in the final battle of Endgame after being revived and the ending of the movie implies she's managed to make peace with her losses.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With her twin Pietro.
  • Co-Dragons: She and her brother serve as co-conspirators for Ultron.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: What her Curb-Stomp Battle against Thanos turned into. She could have killed him much faster if she had wanted to, but she clearly wanted him to die the most painful death possible, and it bought him crucial seconds to call in an aerial bombardment, sacrificing his troops to preserve his own life.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: She is never referred to as "Scarlet Witch" in the film; the closest being Tony calling her "that little witch." Her Disney+ TV series is titled WandaVision, an acknowledgement that she is called Wanda Maximoff rather than Scarlet Witch in-universe.
  • Composite Character: This iteration of Wanda combines comic-book Scarlet Witch with elements of Jean Grey's mental powers/mind manipulation.
  • Dating Catwoman: Has secretly been meeting up with Vision for romantic holidays since the events of Civil War, even though Scarlet Witch is a fugitive and a member of the Secret Avengers, while Vision is a member of the New Avengers and part of his duties are trying to apprehend rogue superheroes.
  • Death Glare: Combined with Glowing Eyes of Doom and Red Eyes, Take Warning for a triple threat. After returning with the rest of the Vanished during the final act of Endgame, Wanda makes a beeline to intercept Thanos. We've seen Wanda's eyes glow red before, but calling it murder in her gaze when she meets Thanos again would undersell it.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • While relatively brief after Pietro is killed, it's strong enough that she abandons any chance of saving her own life to seek out Ultron for revenge.
    • In Infinity War, being forced to destroy the Vision is devastating to Wanda, and it only gets worse when Thanos uses the Time Stone to reverse her efforts and kill Vision all over again to claim the Mind Stone. Afterward, Wanda just kneels, utterly broken, over Vision's dead body, barely seeming to notice or even care as she dies herself from Thanos wiping out half the universe.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She assumed the robot that tracked her and her brother down, after ripping off a man's arm for getting in the way, would sincerely destroy the Avengers. Wanda for a very long time ignores her own part in hurting innocents to help Ultron. Then he wants to destroy Sokovia to hurt the Avengers, and she gets a Heel Realization.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In Endgame, she puts Thanos in a world of hurt for killing Vision (even though it technically isn't the same Thanos that killed him. Although she herself having been dead for 5 years and just brought back, she had no way of knowing that). It gets so bad that Thanos has to call in an aerial bombardment of the battlefield in order to get her to stop.
  • Dye or Die: Sports red hair in Infinity War in order to better hide from the authorities.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She first appears in The Stinger of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but doesn't play an important role until Age of Ultron.
  • Easily Forgiven: In Age of Ultron, Stark and Banner leave the team in guilt, while Wanda, an ex-Hydra agent who mind-raped Stark and Banner into building Ultron and Hulking out, isn't blamed by anyone, for anything, to any degree. Instead, she gets enlisted into the Avengers. Hulk is the exception, since he and Bruce equally stare daggers at Wanda.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Amped up particularly in the beginning, before she's humanized a bit. She spends a lot of time in dark areas that exaggerate her pale skin and dark hair and make her movements and actions creepier. By the time she's a good guy, she's a great deal healthier looking and no longer fits this trope.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: She overused the eyeliner in Age of Ultron.
  • Fingerless Gloves: She is usually wearing a pair of those.
  • Force Field: One of the ways she can apply her powers, which she uses after her Heel–Face Turn to protect civilians from Ultron drones.
  • Forgot About His Powers: She exclusively uses telekinesis in Civil War and Infinity War, rather than her telepathy.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • The most powerful Avenger offensively (rivaling Thor in Infinity War and Captain Marvel), but also the weakest defensively (not including her power to shield herself). This is established right from her first fight scene, where she incapacitates Thor but then gets taken down with ease by Hawkeye tasing her.
    • Repeated in Civil War. While she does most of Team Cap's heavy lifting during the airport fight, Rhodey disables her using a sonic device when she is distracted clearing debris for Steve and Bucky.
    • Her durability is much improved in Infinity War, as she learns how to use her magic shields to protect herself, and holds her own against superpowered melee fighters. However, she was still taken out by a sneak attack to the head from Proxima Midnight, and nearly killed afterwards.
    • Wanda finally unleashes her full might in Endgame when she opts to take on Thanos by herself. She easily thrashes him, slamming him into the ground and nearly kills him by prying him apart from the inside out. The only reason Thanos gets away is by cheating — he calls for an aerial barrage to save himself (which also sacrifices a majority of his ground forces) by exploiting her Squishy Wizard tendencies.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes glow red when she uses her power. Notably the glow is focused more on when she's a bad guy than when she's good. It's re-emphasized during Endgame after she is resurrected. Her eyes are glowing throughout her Curb-Stomp Battle against Thanos.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Her look in Age of Ulton plays this up. She's a pale-skinned, dark-haired girl who wears dark-colored dresses, ripped-stockings, ornamental rings, and paints her nails black. Her eerie Psychic Powers derived from the Mind Stone are, according to Word of God, magical in nature. After joining the Avengers, her appearances in Civil War and Infinity War tone it down a bit. She still wears the dark dresses and jewelry, but it doesn't have quite the same edge.
  • Good Costume Switch: At the end of Age of Ultron, she switches into her new Avengers uniform and is sporting a sleek red and black outfit with her hair styled in a lighter shade with curls. That look is toned down a bit for Civil War, but still a bit more kempt.
  • Guilt by Association: The only one of the Avengers she and Pietro hates is Iron Man/Tony Stark, and by extension thinks the Avengers must be bad too.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Her telekinetic and telepathic powers don't require her to get close to anyone, while her brother runs into the melee with nothing but his Good Old Fisticuffs.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: The Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette to the light-haired, Hot-Blooded Pietro.
  • Hand Blast: Wanda can project waves and pillars of her red telekinetic energy to use as attacks; one such wave is dodged by Spider-Man during the airport battle in Civil War.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After reading the subconscious thoughts of Ultron through the Vision's body while Ultron is Brain Uploading himself into it, she finds out his plan to annihilate mankind, and quickly changes sides with her brother.
  • Hidden Depths: One of the most prominent items in her room at the Avengers compound is an acoustic guitar.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Putting her faith in the wrong people is the main reason she started as a villain in the first place. She trusts both Hydra and Ultron before switching sides.
  • Hot Witch: Wanda can draw magical energy from other dimensions like the sorcerers of Kamar-Taj, and is a beautiful young woman portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen.
  • Hypno Ray: Wanda afflicts mental manipulations when her red energy bolts hit their target.
  • I Know What You Fear: In Age of Ultron, she is able to induce visions in her victims that reveal their greatest fears and read those visions.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Many scenes showing close-ups of her, where she's using her powers to hold something back, inadvertently showcase her chest straining against her costume.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • After realizing the destruction her actions have caused up to that point, she says this verbatim to Clint in Age of Ultron and nearly has a Heroic BSoD. Clint tells her that whatever she did in the past, the best way to make amends is to get up and do something about it, which she does, officially becoming an Avenger.
    • It happens again in Civil War, as she considers the death of the Wakandans in Lagos to be her fault, since it was a result of her using her powers to shield Cap from Rumlow's bomb vest. In contrast, Cap says it was his, since he got distracted by Rumlow's mention of Bucky and failed to notice the vest until it was too late.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She warns Captain America that Tony Stark will do anything, no matter how dangerous it is, to make the world a better place. Luckily for everyone the Vision turns out benevolent, but she wasn't wrong that Tony would do anything.
  • Just a Kid: In Civil War, Steve insists that Wanda is "a kid" to Tony when the two are discussing Wanda's bad press.
  • Karma Houdini: For her role in the plot of Age of Ultron. As mentioned under "Aesop Collateral Damage". While she does understand that hexing Hulk was wrong, she never has to face any direct retribution for the deaths she caused by brainwashing Bruce Banner, nor is it really brought up, not even during Ross's The Reason You Suck lecture in Civil War. Her inadvertent role in the creation of Ultron through her hexing of Tony isn't addressed (though Tony himself doesn't face significant consequences either).
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: On the other hand, she's labeled a menace in Civil War after causing a hospital fire in Lagos. This makes the Wakandans hate her guts and Tony fearing she'll be arrested as a fugitive lacking a visa. Plus, the United Nations are using Sokovia as an excuse to control the Avengers, which she had a part in initially helping Ultron and the part she had in her creation.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Wanda does it to Vision to prevent Thanos from obtaining the Mind Stone, though this is immediately undone by Thanos with the Time Stone.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Her magical powers manifest as eerie dark red energy, with hugely destructive effects both physically and psychically. Her combat outfits are also more feminine in appearance compared to fellow Avenger Black Widow's, with a fondness for dresses and fashionable jackets, and she usually carries herself with a calm, contemplative demeanor.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Bruce chokes her when she tries to stop him and Tony from putting Jarvis into the android body. He threatens that she could make him angry, like she did before, and her neck would snap from the impact. While Quicksilver saves her, she's genuinely terrified.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After Hawkeye delivers a "World of Cardboard" Speech to her in Age of Ultron, she comes out of her hideout with all g̶u̶n̶s̶ spells blazing to smash robots.
  • Long-Range Fighter: She possesses powerful Telekinetic abilities, but is a Glass Cannon that can be shut down in melee range.
  • Magical Gesture: In the comic books, Scarlet Witch most often uses the classic "hand horns" gesture for her powers. Here, it's mixed up with what the screenwriters called her "wiggly woos", various rolling motions with her fingers and hands. Elizabeth Olsen actually studied how Scarlet Witch's hands were drawn in the comics when using her powers to create the right "body language" for Wanda.
  • Make-Up Is Evil: She has quite a lot of it in Age of Ultron, where she starts as a villain, and significantly less in Civil War and Infinity War, where she is a hero.
  • Mass Hypnosis: In Age of Ultron, she uses it to evacuate civilians en masse.
  • Mind Manipulation: In Age of Ultron, she "hexes" the Avengers and causes them to freak out involuntarily. Her power forces them to experience different visions: she shows Nat her past, Tony the future, and Cap and Thor alternate realities. Although we don't see what she showed Bruce, it's enough for him to Hulk out, and leave Tony no other choice but to deploy the Hulkbuster armor.
  • Mind over Matter: The ability she first demonstrates in Strucker's prison during The Stinger of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It also turns out to be the one thing that vibranium as armor can't protect against, as she could tear open Ultron's vibranium shell to show Ultron what it felt like when she felt her brother die, and she could also immobilize Vision and densify him enough to make him crash several stories down a building.
  • Mind Rape: Her telepathic powers cause the affected Avengers severe distress, and directly drives the plot in Age of Ultron. It leads Tony to build Ultron, Bruce to hulk out uncontrollably in South Africa, and Thor to investigate his hallucinations and help create the Vision. These events also eventually lead to said members leaving the Avengers; this isn't quite as grim as it sounds, however (Cap and Tony seem slightly better-centered, if anything, and Thor appreciates the train of thought leading to some long-needed self-reflection) and none of those seem to hold it against her.
  • Misplaced Retribution: She hates the Avengers because they're associated with Tony Stark, who made a shell that smashed into her and Pietro's apartment building, killing their parents and staring them right in the face for two days as they waited to see if it would explode as it also hampered efforts to rescue them. She blames Tony for this, as there would be no shell to kill their parents if Tony had never made it in the first place. No indication that she lays any blame on the people who actually fired the shell. There's also the fact that her grievance, however justified or unjustified, is with one member of the team, and she gets a perfect opportunity to get her revenge on him as an individual, not the group - but she goes after the Avengers as a whole anyway. It might be justified by her forming her own warped idea of who to blame as a young child and holding onto it without parental guidance.
  • Most Common Superpower: Her costume features an Impossibly-Low Neckline rarely seen for other female heroes. Why she's leaving half her chest exposed in combat is never actually talked about, especially when she's by far the most physically vulnerable Avenger.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Wanda has a mini-freakout after being surrounded by Ultron sentries in the final Sokovian battle, when she realises the serious implications of her earlier actions. It takes a pep talk from Clint to snap her out of it.
    • She gets another such moment in Civil War after she unsuccessfully tries to prevent a self-detonating Crossbones from killing civilians by sending him flying upwards into the sky, but the bomb explodes when he's still only a few stories above the ground, killing many people on the relevant floors of an adjacent building.
  • Naïve Newcomer: During the Lagos mission at the start of Civil War, the situation is explained to Wanda as she observes what she sees and Natasha and Steve explain what it means.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: At the end of Age of Ultron, she has learned how to manipulate her abilities to fly.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: For most of Age of Ultron. She is an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette with Glowing Eyes of Doom, she sneaks up on the heroes a lot, and induces terrible visions. Post her Heel–Face Turn, she no longer fits this trope, except the scene in Endgame where she lays a Curb-Stomp Battle on Thanos himself.
  • No Body Left Behind: She is disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet. She and the rest of the deceased are restored by Bruce performing the snap shortly before Thanos’ army arrives.
  • Not Quite Flight: She can use her telekinetic abilities to make herself fly.
  • Not So Different: As Cap remarks when he learns of their origins, she and Pietro are just like him, in that they volunteered to be experimented on so that they could gain super powers with which to protect their country.
    Cap: What sort of monster would let a German scientist experiment on them for the good of their country?
  • Not Wearing Tights:
    • She eschews a costume in favor of street clothes. She finally gets a real superhero costume in the final few seconds of Age of Ultron, although we never see her wearing it in any action sequence.
    • In Civil War, she only wears her promotional costume during the airport fight. She is either in undercover gear (Lagos), casual attire (Avengers Tower), or a prison straightjacket (The Raft) for the rest of the movie. The costume designer also wanted to choose something deliberately less costume-y, feeling Wanda has yet to come into her own.
  • Not What I Signed on For: She happily joins Ultron's side when he tells her and her brother he wants to destroy the Avengers, since it was a Stark Industries bomb that destroyed their home and killed their parents. Both pull a Heel–Face Turn when they find out that Ultron is also plotting The End of the World as We Know It.
    Wanda: You said we would destroy the Avengers. Make a better world.
    Ultron: It will be better.
    Wanda: When everyone is dead?!
  • Odd Friendship: During a good portion of Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye were enemies at each other's throats with completely different ideals, power sets, and motivations. Come Civil War, she ironically treats Hawkeye with probably the most respect out of all the Avengers (barring Cap and maybe Vision), and looks up to him as a sort-of cool big-brother/mentor figure after the death of her original sibling, anyway.
  • Official Couple: Vision and Wanda have become a couple during the time between Civil War and Infinity War, meeting up with each other for romantic holidays.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Meeting Ultron for the first time, a creature completely immune to her telepathic tricks, and again after she catches a glimpse of his real goal through the mind of the Vision.
    • When she sees Thanos use the Time Stone to rewind Vision's death and the Mind Stone's destruction.
  • One-Woman Army: She was able to stop a massive line of threshers (giant bladed wheel-shaped machines) and redirect them at many Outriders.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: She's near the top of the list of most powerful individuals in the world, and her arc in Civil War is all about how people are afraid of her almost as much as she's afraid of herself. Notably, when Cap performs an illegal mission that has nothing to do with Wanda, Tony immediately asks Vision to keep her at the Avengers compound solely to keep the United Nations placated. Infinity War only emphasizes just how powerful Wanda is: she can, albeit with a great deal of effort, destroy an Infinity Stone, and the one that gave Wanda her powers in the first place, no less, and upon her resurrection she is the one who comes the closest to killing Thanos himself (all on her own) before Tony Stark snaps him and his army out of existence at the very end.
    Tony: [over Steve's objections] She's not a US citizen, and they don't give out visas to weapons of mass destruction!
    Steve: She's a kid!
    Tony: GIVE ME A BREAK!
  • The Power of Hate: Whenever she is sufficiently angry at somebody, her powers become much stronger than usual, as evident of her defeating Ultron and Thanos.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Wanda's magic manifests as Psychic Powers gained from the Mind Stone, whereas in the comics she can change probability to the point where she can alter reality on a large scale due to being chosen by the demon Chthon.
  • Psychic Powers: After being experimented on by HYDRA with Loki's scepter, Wanda gained both core psychic powers: Telepathy (in Age of Ultron, she induces hallucinations in the Avengers to reveal their worst fears, reads Ultron's mind, instantly feels when her brother dies and mentally influences the civilians en masse to make them leave a war zone), — and very strong Telekinesis, including the ability to lift and rapidly move heavy objects, propel herself into flight, create protective shields (in Age of Ultron) and emit destructive blasts, bursts (after Quicksilver's death in Age of Ultron) and beams (in Infinity War) of energy. All her spells are colored red.
  • Power Glows: Using her powers produces a bright red glow. Even the more subtle uses of her power cause her irises to glow red.
  • Race Lift: The Maximoff twins have usually been portrayed as Romani in the comics (either as the children of Magneto and his Romani wife Magda, children of the Romani Django and Marya Maximoff, or children of the Romani Natalya Maximoff), and of Jewish ancestry during the period when they were considered Magneto's children. In the MCU they are portrayed as white Eastern Europeans.
  • Reality Warper: In a behind-the-scenes feature from Civil War Vision states that Wanda can manipulate molecular polarity, allowing her to alter reality. It seems to be a minor form of this, however, to prevent her from having a full-on Story-Breaker Power.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: In Age of Ultron, she is a dark-haired girl in a black dress and a red jacket, her magic glows red, and she works for the bad guys for most of the movie.
  • Redemption Demotion: In Age of Ultron, she is able to take down every member of the Avengers (except Hawkeye) by using her telepathic abilities to induce fear and visions of longing or foreboding. Once she joins the team and is fighting alongside Team Cap in Civil War, she never once uses this power and instead restrains herself to using telekinesis. Justified given that she's horrified when she realizes that the conflict in Age of Ultron was indirectly her fault. Her capabilities caused cracks on the team and lead Tony to create Ultron out of fear and paranoia. Using them again on the heroes would be highly immoral, and using them on the villains could lead to unpredictable results.
  • Redemption Earns Life: She finds a new family in the Avengers after her Heel–Face Turn, unlike her brother.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes glow red whenever she's about to use her power. Her victims also undergo this when subdued to her Mind Rape.
  • Red Is Heroic: Still retains the aforementioned colors after pulling a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Red Is Violent: When she is out for Thanos's blood in Endgame, she is wreathed in the sinister red glow of her power, complete with a glowing red Death Glare.
  • Revenge Before Reason: This is her motivation throughout the whole film. She wanted revenge on Stark to the point that anyone with him was, in her eyes, either just as bad as he was or simply Collateral Damage. She abandons her position of guarding the anti-gravity device to destroy Ultron Prime when he kills Pietro, even though he can barely move at this point. This almost causes her own death and the planned extinction event as one of his sentries manages to activate the device's reverse switch.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Wanda has a tendency to hold back in fights because she's afraid of hurting others. Kill someone she loves, though, and there is very little that will stop her wrath.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron sees her unleash a wave of energy in anguish when she feels Quicksilver's death, which destroys all the Ultron bots nearby. She even manages to rip Ultron Prime's heart out of his (albeit heavily weakened) vibranium body.
    • Avengers: Endgame sees her unleash her full power against Thanos, as she finally has a chance to avenge Vision after returning from the Snap. She effortlessly ragdolls him until he calls in an aerial strike, and is the only Avenger who came close to defeating him in a fight.
  • Sadistic Choice: In Avengers: Infinity War, she has to choose between killing her loved one, Vision, to destroy the Mind Stone or allowing Thanos to get the stone and wipe out half the universe. She ultimately chooses to kill Vision, but Thanos uses the Time Stone to undo this choice and rips the Mind Stone from Vision's forehead, killing him anyway. And then he performs his Badass Fingersnap.
  • She's Got Legs: Wanda mostly wears dresses and sometimes tight pants or leggings that show off her very nice legs.
  • Ship Tease: With Vision in Age of Ultron. Deliberate scenes are shown with Wanda being the first thing Vision sees, watching Vision when he is speaking with Thor, and near the end, Vision is the one who finds her and rescues her from the falling city where they stare into each other's eyes for a moment, and she keeps staring as they fly off. That last scene has been confirmed in an interview with Paul Bettany as being a "a nod and a wink" to the Scarlet Witch and Vision's romantic relationship and otherwise complicated history in the comics. This is taken even further in Civil War, where Vision is helping Wanda out with her esteem issues, tries to lift her spirits by cooking a meal he knows she'd like, and becomes very protective over her. Confirmed in the Infinity War prelude comic.
  • Skyward Scream: She collapses to her knees tearfully screaming when she senses that Pietro has been killed.
  • Sole Survivor: In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dr. List mentions that she and Pietro were the only test subjects of Strucker who survived his experiments.
  • Squishy Wizard: Aside from her powers, she is just an ordinary human with little to no combat experience, which becomes apparent in the final battle against Ultron. Even after training, Wanda will stop any psionic action she's performing upon being attacked.
    • Downplayed by Infinity War, where she's still the most physically fragile of the Avengers, but has improved to the point that she can hold her own (and eventually win) in a close-quarters brawl with Proxima Midnight. Taken even further in Endgame, where her telekinesis enables her to win a contest of brute strength against Thanos, something neither Hulk nor Thor could accomplish before.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Wanda has been stated to be the most powerful Avenger, hands-down. Her telekinesis and Hex Blasts can completely turn the tides of any battle.
    • Wanda's powers make her extremely powerful in battle, allowing her to destroy several Ultron Sentries, hold her own against Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight, and wipe out many Outriders by dropping a giant bladed tank on them. She can even immobilize Thanos while destroying the Mind Stone within Vision's head.
      Okoye: Why was she up there this whole time?
    • In the final battle against Thanos and his army (after Wanda and the others are restored by Hulk/Banner performing another snap), Wanda tears the Mad Titan’s armor to shreds in mere seconds and comes extremely close to killing him all by herself, something not even Thor or Captain Marvel (the other two most powerful heroes) were able to do in that fight.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: Instead of simply having the power to move objects and read minds, she's shown doing things like disintegration and moving gaseous material, giving people targeted nightmares, or visions of the future. This is most likely due to the magical and reality altering aspects of her powers.
  • Takes One to Kill One: Vision realizes that since Wanda gained her powers after being experimented on by HYDRA with Loki's scepter, she is the only one who can destroy the Mind Stone since her powers were a byproduct of it. Indeed, Wanda's powers seem to be the only thing capable of destroying one of the Infinity Stones.
  • Telepathy: Besides giving her enemies visions, she can also see and feel what they are experiencing. This allows her to understand that the Avengers are not inherently evil, whereas Ultron ... is more than a bit nuts.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Has this with Natasha Romanoff. While Wanda is more emotional, fights long-range, and wears a dress, jewelry, and long hair into battle, Natasha is a calm but aggressive hand-to-hand fighter who has a tendency to dress in all black and is One of the Guys.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • After a year of training, she's honed her telekinetic skills by the time of Civil War and can move massive or multiple objects without a problem ... unless she's panicked and said object is a madman about to detonate a bomb vest. Then, there's a problem.
    • By Infinity War she can hold her own in close combat against Proxima Midnight, stop and move a giant bladed tank, and simultaneously hold back Thanos, who had been curb-stomping the other heroes and had five of the Infinity Stones, while destroying the Mind Stone.
    • In Endgame after her resurrection, she proceeds to hand Thanos his behind on a silver platter, tearing his armor apart like it’s nothing but paper, and comes very close to killing him all by herself.
  • Tranquil Fury: When confronting Thanos from 2014 in Endgame she's relatively calm. Her voice quavering is the only indication of how absolutely livid she is.
  • Trauma Conga Line: After losing her brother and accidentally killing a dozen people in Lagos, Thanos launches his attack on Earth and at his behest, Wanda destroys the Infinity Stone lodged inside Vision's head in order to stop Thanos from getting his hands on it. Needless to say, Vision's death causes him absolute pain and while it succeeds, Thanos just uses the Time Stone, rewinds everything ,and gives Vision another excruciating death (in front of Wanda) to get what he's after. It gets to the point that she looks relieved as she's being disintegrated while she cradles Vision's grey and lifeless corpse.
  • Twin Telepathy: She and Pietro are extremely close and seem to move perfectly in tandem. It's justified as Wanda is a telepath and even felt her brother die.
  • Unknown Rival: To 2014 Thanos, since all of the personal attacks against her were committed by 2018 Thanos. He quickly learns.
    Wanda: You took everything from me.
    2014 Thanos: I don't even know who you are.
    Wanda: You will.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Wanda's powers are extremely volatile (along with her personality) and potentially limitless. Unfortunately, anytime she uses them at their strongest, she's either acting on impulse, being extremely reckless, or lacking the finesse to do exactly what she wants with them; expect a large amount of casualties/collateral damage to happen in either case.
    • Perhaps best exemplified in Endgame, when she's not only able to stop a swing from Thanos' double-edged sword - which just before was able to hack Captain America's pure vibranium shield to bits - but she actually snaps it in half.
    • According to Word of God, like the Masters of the Mystic Arts, Wanda can draw and harness magical energy from other dimensions. Unlike them, however, she doesn't have any formal training, so her spells are more limited and chaotic than theirs. Despite this, she can disintegrate robots and tear through vibranium.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • She's indirectly responsible for the creation of Ultron, the near-annihilation of mankind, and the death of her brother, all because she wanted to get revenge on Tony. Realizing this makes her undergo a Heroic BSoD twice and is likely the driver behind her joining the Avengers formally. Ultron's actions also become a catalyst for the Sokovia Accords, meaning Wanda's desire for revenge played a part in the dissolution of the Avengers.
    • Inverted in one instance; her instigations also cause Vision to be created, and alert the Avengers to a cosmic scheme involving the Infinity Stones which Thor goes off to investigate.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Wanda is this for Vision when they're attacked by Proxima and Corvus. She repeatedly blasts them away from Vision when they try to take the Mind Stone from him, refuses to leave when he asks her (for her own safety) to do so, and prepares to take them both on by herself until Cap and his team show up. This just makes it all the more tragic when she's forced to kill him by destroying the Mind Stone despite all her efforts to protect him. And when she sees Thanos about to kill Vision again, she furiously lunges at him, only to be blown back.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: She has a very noticeable Eastern European one in her earlier appearances. It becomes heavily downplayed come Infinity War, and flat-out disappears in WandaVision. Her loss of the accent is justified however, as time spent away from her native Sokovia could have allowed her to pick up her more-Americanized accent from her fellow Avengers over time. Word of God says that this was because once Wanda went into hiding, her accent was one of the most recognizable things about her, hence the reason why she had to change it.
  • World's Strongest Woman: She is bar-none the most powerful unaided known hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While her lack of training and emotional volatility often limit her effectiveness, she is capable of vast-scale destruction with just a little bit of focus. To put it into perspective, in Endgame, she absolutely crushed Thanos, breaking his double-bladed sword (which had just proved sharp and strong enough to cut into Captain America's shield), and was seconds away from killing him when he ordered an indiscriminate bombardment just to get her away from him, and had she not felt like making him suffer, she probably could have killed him even faster. The only one that comes close to match her, also on her own without any tools, is Captain Marvel (perhaps not coincidentally, the only other being whose powers come from an Infinity Stone), and even then, Carol was already a military veteran by the time she got her powers and has clearly fully mastered them. Wanda, on the other hand, still has lots of room to learn, and in fact still fears some of her abilities, particularly her telepathy.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After losing her parents and her brother and being overridden by guilt over the events of Civil War, she finds some happiness in her relationship with Vision in Infinity War, only for Vision to get badly wounded and to ask her to destroy the Mind Stone, killing him in the process. She spends the majority of the movie trying to find another way, but after an intense battle in Wakanda, as Thanos approaches the couple, Wanda finally decides to destroy the Stone, killing Vision in a particularly painful manner. While she succeeds, Thanos reverses time to restore Vision and his Mind Stone only to rip it off of Vision and kill him again. Wanda is helpless to stop him, and dies herself after the Badass Fingersnap a few moments later.
  • You Killed My Father: The only reason she and Pietro join Hydra, and later, Ultron, is because they lost their parents to an explosion caused by one of Stark's weapons. Even after their Heel–Face Turn, she does precious little to hide her animosity towards him.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She sports distressed thigh-high socks as a part of her main ensemble in Age of Ultron.

    The Vision 

The Vision
"I'm not Ultron. I'm not J.A.R.V.I.S.. I am...I am."

Species: Android

Citizenship: None

Affiliation(s): Avengers

Portrayed by: Paul Bettany

Voiced By: Miton Wolch (Latin-American Spanish dub), Víctor Iturrioz (European Spanish dub), Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese dub), Patrick Osmond (European French dub), Daniel Roy (Canadian French dub), Eduardo Borgeth (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Infinity War | WandaVision

"Your mind is made up of a complex construct of overlays. J.A.R.V.I.S., Ultron, Tony, me, the Stone. All of them mixed together. All of them learning from one another."
Bruce Banner, Avengers: Infinity War

An Artificial Human originally intended to be the final, ultimate body of Ultron. However, Vision is stolen by the Avengers before Ultron can transfer his mind to the android, at which point Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, with a bit of help from Thor, transfer the remains of J.A.R.V.I.S. into Vision in order to give them a way to prevent Ultron from moving his consciousness through digital networks.

  • The Ace: His addition to the team is the biggest turnaround for the Avengers due to being able to fight Ultron on the cyberspace level and prevent him from fleeing through the internet. He was also the one who found and killed the last Ultron robot. Of the very brief "New Avengers" lineup, it's a toss-up who has the most raw power — him or Wanda.
  • Achilles' Heel: Outside of powerful aliens like the Black Order, the only thing that was even able to immobilize him was Scarlet Witch's telekinesis.
  • Adaptational Badass: Vision is not nearly as powerful in the comics as he is in the films. In the comics he has a pretty standard powerset — flight, higher than average toughness and strength, density manipulation powers, and a beam weapon in his solar-powered gem. His origin was also an android given life by copying the brain of another existing superhero. He is also the Avenger most often destroyed because he can be easily rebuilt. In the MCU, his origin and power level are far more impressive, where it takes Thor's lightning to give him life, has vibranium incorporated right into his cells which makes him nigh indestructible, and wields the Mind Stone.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Although he was built for Ultron's purposes as in the comics, he never actively opposes the Avengers in the film, unlike the comics.
  • Adapted Out: In the comics, Vision's consciousness was based on Wonder Man's. This is discarded for Age of Ultron, as Wonder Man has yet to appear in the MCU. note 
  • Affectionate Nickname: During their holiday in Scotland, Wanda calls Vision "Vis".
  • All for Nothing:
    • In Civil War he agrees with the Sokovia Accords because he feels that it's the only way to avoid another catastrophe like Sokovia. By the end of the film, a catastrophe not only occurs, it affects him more personally than he could have predicted: the Avengers are torn apart, he and Wanda are on opposite sides, and he's responsible for paralyzing Rhodey.
    • In Infinity War, the massive battle in Wakanda between the Avengers and Thanos' troops is done so that they can buy Shuri enough time to extract the Infinity Stone from Vision's head without destroying him. Unfortunately, the battle escalates to the point that Vision has to join in himself before Shuri can complete the process. As a result, he's left relatively open for Thanos to eventually take the Mind Stone from Vision by force, killing him brutally.
  • All-Loving Hero: Definitely comes across as this, even to the extent of showing genuine sympathy for Ultron. Vision has no desire to hurt anyone or take a life and even tries to convince Ultron to stop fighting. In Captain America: Civil War he willingly holds back against Team Cap for the same reasons.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Vision's "birth" shows he's made of a little bit of each of the main Avengers: 1) the elements of Captain America's shield; 2) Iron Man's AI companion and his scientific prowess; 3) Hulk's added technical assistance; and 4) the lightning and thunder of Thor. The lightning is especially important, as it gives him a sort of "Frankenstein Monster" vibe to highlight that he is literally made of each Avenger. This analogy can even be extended to include the secondary Avengers. Black Widow is the team member who steals the Vision's casket from Ultron, while Hawkeye is in charge of transporting it to safety. Scarlet Witch's powers serve as the catalyst for the events in Age of Ultron, while Quicksilver's intervention prevents Iron Man and Hulk from creating Vision by themselves before Thor returns.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Agrees with Ultron that the human race is probably doomed, but adds that, "a thing isn't beautiful because it lasts." This suggests that he's more of an Existentialist.
  • Artificial Human: He's an artificial organic sentient being modeled after humans. In the comics, synthezoid.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: When the Avengers are discussing the Accords, he analyzes all the events of the MCU since Iron Man and suggests that the Accords are the path of least resistance and the right option for the Avengers.
  • Back for the Dead: He already died via Heroic Sacrifice, but Thanos restores his destroyed body so he could take the newly restored Mind Stone, which results in poor Vision dying twice.
  • Back from the Dead: In WandaVision he's somehow restored to life. While it's not exactly clear how it happened, it's possible that Wanda resurrected him using her reality warping powers.
  • Badass Bystander: Essentially his role during the Civil War airport battle; despite being the most powerful of the pro-Registration heroes, he noticeably limits himself to preventing any of his allies from getting too badly hurt rather than attacking the anti-Registration heroes.
  • Badass Cape: He sports a huge, yellow cape, just like his comic counterpart. He liked Thor's Badass Cape so much that he decided to make one of his own appear out of thin air.
  • Badass in Distress: After he is badly injured in Infinity War, multiple heroes try to save him from being captured and killed by the Children of Thanos. In the end, Thanos kills him anyway.
  • Bash Brothers: With Thor in Age of Ultron, since Vision proved his worthiness to wield Mjölnir. This comes into play when they are fighting Ultron and his robots and they can pass around the hammer between the two of them. They even comment on how well-balanced the hammer is during the fight. After Ultron is destroyed, Thor trusts Vision enough to keep the Mind Stone for himself.
  • Benevolent A.I.: Considering his consciousness is partially J.A.R.V.I.S., it shouldn't be a surprise that The Vision is a really nice guy and a true Avenger.
  • Came Back Strong: Ultron seemingly destroys J.A.R.V.I.S., who later returns and is used as the basis for the Vision.
  • The Cape: He is a truly heroic and powerful creature. As a visual cue of this trope, he creates a cape for himself after admiring Thor's.
  • Character Death: One of the few casualties of Infinity War to not be reversed by Endgame. WandaVision puts him in an interesting position in which he's shown to be living in the mysterious reality of the show, but is stated to be dead in the real world.
  • Composite Character:
  • Color Failure: After having the Mind Stone forcibly ripped out of his head by Thanos, his whole body goes grayscale and his eyes turn milky white as he dies.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Two of them in a row in Infinity War: first, Wanda is forced to destroy the Mind Stone to keep Thanos from claiming it, a slow and painful process that ends up completely destroying Vision. Then, when Thanos uses the Time Stone to undo Wanda's efforts, he brutally tears the Mind Stone from the Vision's forehead, leaving the helpless android screaming in agony as he dies.
  • Cyborg: He's a synthetic being built using Vibranium metal bonded to organic tissue.
  • Dating Catwoman: Has secretly been meeting up with Wanda for romantic holidays since the events of Civil War, even though Scarlet Witch is a fugitive and a member of the Secret Avengers, while Vision is a member of the New Avengers and part of his duties are trying to apprehend rogue superheroes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Exhibit A is commenting on how much Ultron hates Tony. Clearly that carried over from J.A.R.V.I.S.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In Infinity War, he is killed when Thanos tears the Mind Stone out of his head, but in the comics, he was torn apart by She-Hulk during Avengers Disassembled.
  • Dies Wide Open: After Thanos rips the Mind Stone out of his head.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He's serene through much of Avengers: Age of Ultron, even during the heat of battle.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Near the beginning of Infinity War, he's badly injured by a sneak attack from the Children of Thanos. He's unable to use the full extent of his powers for the rest of the movie, and has a hard time even walking without help.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Gives a near-inaudible one to comfort Wanda as she uses her powers to destroy the Mind Stone to deprive Thanos of it in Infinity War. Sadly, Thanos simply uses the Time Stone to revert him back and then tears the Mind Stone out of his head, meaning Wanda has to watch him die twice.
  • Emergent Human: Unlike Ultron, Vision starts out life with wonder, fascination and naivete, but learns very quickly.
  • Energy Weapon: A highly concentrated beam from the Mind Stone on his forehead.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His ability to wield Mjölnir is what seals his role as Ultron's Good Counterpart, and allows the Avengers to trust him fully. Even better is that he thinks nothing of it; he just wanted to help Thor a little.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Both his deaths. The first time when Wanda is forced to Mercy Kill him by destroying the Mind Stone on his head, Vision is clearly in extreme pain but endures it calmly to comfort Wanda until his death, after which his body explodes into nothingness when the stone is destroyed. When Thanos uses the Time Stone to reverse his death, he simply tears the Mind Stone out of Vision's head with enough force to rip his whole forehead open, on-screen, after which he throws Vision's grey, lifeless body away, his eyes still wide open with terror.
  • Famous Last Words: "I love you..."
  • Flight: Capable of doing it without any outside assistance (unlike Thor, who needs Mjölnir or Stormbreaker), making him the first Avengers to do so. Wanda gains this ability shortly afterward.
  • Flying Brick: By far the most straight-forward example in the MCU. He requires no outside tech to fly and possesses Nigh-Invulnerable Vibranium "flesh".
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Despite all the effort the Avengers put into trying to save Vision's life in Infinity War, they don't appear to have made any effort to resurrect him in the subsequent five years, or consider how to revive him when trying to undo Thanos' snap; not even Tony and Bruce, who created him. The only mention he gets is from Wanda, and then not even by name.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: He emerges (sans clothing) from the Cradle and lunges at Thor. After he gazes at his reflection in the window, he calms down and forms a green suit out of himself.
  • Glamour Failure: Infinity War shows that Vision is capable of projecting a completely human appearance over himself, but the one thing that gives him away is the Mind Stone's faint glow under the skin of his forehead.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Gives Wanda a pained smile during his Senseless Sacrifice to comfort her.
  • Good Counterpart: To Ultron; he describes himself as being on the side of "life" while Ultron represents destruction. He was intended to be Ultron's final body before the Avengers interfered and loaded J.A.R.V.I.S. into it. It's best shown when Ultron confronts him at the end, with Vision admitting that he believes they may be flawed, but Humans Are Special.
  • Good Is Not Soft:
    • In Age of Ultron he may empathize with Ultron's confusion and cynicism, but he also recognizes that said confusion and cynicism compels Ultron to destroy the world, and Vision won't allow that.
    • In Civil War he doesn't hesitate to use his powers to keep Wanda at home and support the Pro-Registration team.
    • In Infinity War he has no problem impaling Corvus Glaive to keep him from killing Steve Rogers.
  • Hero Antagonist: Towards Captain America and the Anti-Registration team in Captain America: Civil War.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As the holder of the Mind Stone, Vision wishes that Wanda kills him by destroying the Stone, stopping Thanos from taking all the Infinity Stones. With great anguish, Wanda does destroy the Mind Stone and causes Vision's death in the process, but then Thanos undoes Vision's sacrifice with the Time Stone.
  • Humans Are Flawed: He agrees with Ultron that humans are "doomed" and considers them odd.
  • Humans Are Special: At the same time, he says that there is grace to humans and that he is privileged to be among them.
  • Human Disguise: In Infinity War, Vision disguises his robotic nature and appears human to walk on the streets without attracting attention.
  • Instant Costume Change: Vision is able to cosmetically alter his form at will, first by changing most of his pigment to simulate clothing, then generating a cape from thin air.
  • Intangibility:
    • The Vision puts his power to phase through matter to good use in both mundane life (like walking through walls) and during combat. Ant-Man is especially confused when he tries to grab the android and he just phases through his body. It fails to protect Vision against Wanda, however, and she reverses the process to make him heavy enough to fall through the floors of the Avengers building.
    • In Civil War, he demonstrates that he can make part of his body intangible while other parts remain solid — he grabs Clint's bow while letting an arrow pass right through his chest.
  • Killed Off for Real: Despite the mass-resurrections in Endgame, Vision doesn't get to come back to life by virtue of the fact that he wasn't killed by the Snap, and thus his death wasn't undone.
  • Literal-Minded: As befits someone with a computer mind. Wanda chides him for entering her room by phasing through the wall and he sheepishly responds that the door was open, implying she had previously given him this condition for entering but that he failed to make the correlation between the door being open and using the door. He picks up on his mistake seconds later.
  • Logical Weakness: Magic and-energy based attacks can temporarily cripple him, since he is an android composed of synthetic flesh. He is susceptible to electrical attacks, as Hawkeye finds out, and Wanda is able to temporarily negate the Mind Stone and force him into submission during her escape from the Avengers compound in Civil War due to her being gifted powers by the same stone. As shown in Infinity War, he is also not immune to sneak attacks, so when he gets badly hurt via one, he cannot maintain his powers due to his injuries.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Wanda, post-resurrection. Because he wasn't Snapped, he stays dead, and that weighs very heavily on her. She promptly takes that rage out on Thanos.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: In Avengers: Infinity War, the inclusion of the Mind Stone in his anatomy ultimately means that Thanos will have to kill or mutilate him to complete the Infinity Gauntlet. This comes to pass when Thanos tears the Mind Stone directly from his forehead, killing him in the process.
  • Magitek: He's a synthetic android created with an Infinity Stone in his forehead and powered up by Thor's lightning.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Vision's worthiness to wield Mjölnir is disputed In-Universe. Thor is firmly of the opinion that he's worthy in the metaphysical sense, but Tony argues that he's able to lift it because he's artificial, and so it's no different from the hammer lying in an elevator on the way up.
  • Meaningful Name: Both Ultron and Thor cite having a "vision" in the impetus of his creation.
  • Mundane Utility: By Civil War, he's grown so used to his intangibility that he's casually walking through walls all willy-nilly, much to Scarlet Witch's chagrin, and has to consciously stop himself in order to simply walk through a door.
  • Nice Guy: The Vision stands out as a gentlemanly, empathetic, and philosophical being willing to fight to protect innocent lives. He even sympathizes with Ultron's anguish, although he's under no illusions regarding the need to kill the rampaging AI.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In an attempt to stop Falcon from driving off War Machine and Iron Man, he fires an extremely powerful laser at Falcon's harness to slow him down. It ends up being strong enough to tear through War Machine's armor, shutting it down in midair and leading to his paralysis.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Vibranium incorporated right into his cells means he is potentially the physically toughest Avenger besides a fully enraged Hulk or the Asgardian Thor. It takes the might and weaponry of Corvus Glaive, a child of Thanos, to bring him down.
  • Not Afraid to Die: In Infinity War, Vision shows little reluctance when the subject of killing him is brought up, knowing that his death will prevent the Mind Stone from falling into Thanos' hands. He's stopped from going through with it because his teammates believe he can still live without the Mind Stone.
  • Official Couple: Vision and Wanda have become a couple during the time between Civil War and Infinity War, meeting up with each other for romantic holidays.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: He's among the select few individuals shown to be worthy of wielding an enchanted Mjölnir besides its creator Odin, its intended users, Thor and Hela, and Steve Rogers.
  • Organic Technology: His body is made from synthetic cells that mimic organic tissue, much like the comic books' Horton cells. Except here, his cells are bonded with Vibranium.
  • Oh, Crap!: He clearly freaks out when Thanos undoes his death before killing him again.
  • Out of Focus: Other than Quicksilver, who was only in one film, he gets the least amount of focus of any of the Avengers, only appearing in three films total, and only having a large role in one. He's introduced towards the end of Age of Ultron, and only plays a minor role in Civil War. Infinity War is the only film that gives him a decent chunk of story time, and even then, he spends most of it damaged and unable to show most of his power and ends with him getting destroyed. Along with Heimdall, he's the only hero whose death in Infinity War sticks in Endgame, and he's the only major character of the franchise to no-show in said film as a result. Even Loki and Gamora appeared as alternate versions of themselves.
  • The Paragon: He earns the team's instant trust when he is able to effortlessly lift Mjölnir, automatically declaring him moral without flaw and a bigger force of good than even Captain America.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: He delivers one at the end of Age Of Ultron when the Big Bad asks why he would bother protecting humans. It serves as his section quote.
  • The Philosopher: Even directly after his creation, he shows an introspective, soft-spoken personality that shows some very complex moral stances (to the point where he initially doesn't believe himself to be on the Avengers' side because he's on life in general's side).
  • Physical God: He's powered by the Mind Stone, one of the Infinity Stones. That's several magnitudes higher than an arc reactor.
  • Power Crystal: He has the Mind Stone embedded on his forehead. It's one of the catalysts of his powerful intellect and near-technopath abilities, and lets him shoot a yellow laser beam too.
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: Vision invokes this when Ultron calls him naive for being on the side of humanity, having been created the night before the Battle of Sokovia.
  • Sculpted Physique: He is an android whose body looks like a human sculpture.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Vision sacrifices himself by letting Wanda destroy his Mind Stone, ensuring that Thanos can't acquire it and complete his Infinity Stone collection. She succeeds, but Thanos uses the Time Stone to completely rewind Vision's body exploding, and rips it out of his head himself.
  • Ship Tease: With Wanda. Deliberate scenes are shown with Wanda staring intently at Vision over two scenes when he is speaking with Thor, and near the end Vision is the one who finds her and rescues her from the falling city where they stare into each other's eyes for a moment, and she keeps staring as they fly off. That last scene has been confirmed in an interview with Paul Bettany as being a "a nod and a wink" to the Scarlet Witch and Vision's romantic relationship and otherwise complicated history in the comics. Civil War sees more of this, with Vision keeping her company while she's under house arrest and him saying he wants the world to see Wanda as he sees her. After Wanda is downed in the airport fight, he immediately goes to her and apologizes to her that it came to this. Outright confirmed in Infinity War.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Marvel went through great lengths to make sure the character was a surprise to mainstream audiences. He's completely absent from the first two trailers of Age of Ultron, only appears for a few seconds in the third, and was generally either absent or downplayed on most of the theatrical posters. Though, in April of 2015, the month before the release of the film, he started making more prominent appearances and got his own character poster.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the philosophical kind, although he's no slouch at science either given he's an android. It helps that he possesses the power of the Mind Stone and that the basis of his personality is a highly intelligent A.I.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Rare Male Example. He dies twice in Infinity War, first by a Mercy Kill from his lover Wanda and second by Thanos reversing said death so he can take the Mind Stone which kills him again, and doesn't get resurrected in Endgame. The only time he's ever mentioned (and not even by name) is when an angry Wanda unleashes all of her powers upon Thanos for taking away everything she loves.
  • Super Intelligence: He is based on a highly advanced A.I. and has the power of the Mind Stone.
  • Super Strength: Able to tear through the Ultron robots very quickly. He also sends Hawkeye flying with a one-handed shove, slices an oncoming bus in half simply by standing in front of it, and knocks Giant-Man off his feet.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In Captain America: Civil War, he was cordial and polite towards the Anti-Registration team during the battle and even came to Wanda's aid after defeating her.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He tells the Avengers that he doesn't want to destroy Ultron because he's unique, and you can tell he feels sorry for the creature in their last conversation. However, because Ultron is so psychotic, Vision says destroying him is really the only way to stop him.
  • That Man Is Dead: He's very gentle in saying it, but he's quick to explain that he is most definitely not J.A.R.V.I.S. Justified, because he actually isn't J.A.R.V.I.S; as explained in Infinity War, his mind is a complex mixture of J.A.R.V.I.S, Ultron, and the Mind Stone, among other things.
  • Token Non-Human: The only Artificial Human in the Avengers and the only non-human after Thor left.
  • Willfully Weak: In Captain America: Civil War. He's certainly the most powerful member of Team Iron Man, but his moral beliefs mean he has no desire to take a life or hurt anyone. As a result, most of his contributions in the big battle are support. The one time he cuts loose — accidentally, at that — he nearly kills Sam and winds up one-shotting one of his own teammates.
  • Worf Had the Flu: As a result of being impaled by Corvus Glaive, the Vision spends the bulk of Infinity War injured and much less powerful than he normally is. He still manages to put up a solid fight against Glaive on two separate occasions, and even succeeds in killing him, but it's clearly more difficult than it would have been if Vision had been at full strength. The damage he sustains also leaves him virtually helpless to stop Thanos from tearing the Mind Stone from his forehead and killing him, since he is unable to phase.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: A few moments after being born, he takes the time to gaze in apparent wonder at the New York City skyline. It's this that seems to make the Avengers pause before attacking him and talking things through.
    Ultron: A thing is not beautiful because it lasts.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: In Infinity War, he gets impaled by Corvus Glaive's spear which is somehow capable of piercing him even in intangible form. Though he manages to survive, he spends the rest of the movie incapacitated because of this injury.
  • Younger Than They Look: Although created in an adult form, he's "born" in Ultron and has his first birthday a few days before the events of Civil War.

    Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver 

Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
"You didn't see that coming?"

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Sokovian

Affiliation(s): HYDRA, Avengers

Portrayed By: Aaron Johnson

Voiced By: Arturo Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish dub), Adrián Viador (European Spanish dub), Fuminori Komatsu (Japanese dub), Jean-Christophe Dollé (European French dub), Kevin Houle (Canadian French dub), Gustavo Pereira (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Avengers: Age of Ultron

"I don't see the big picture. I have a little picture. I take it out and look at it every day."

The brother of Wanda, who also underwent Wolfgang von Strucker's experiment, which gave him superhuman speed. He joins his sister in helping bring about Ultron's vision of a new order without the Avengers.

For the version of the character featured in the X-Men films, see here.

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Practically every iteration of Quicksilver was born with his powers due to being a mutant. This Quicksilver received his powers as a result of experimentation with the Mind Stone. Notably, his speed is magical in nature.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Like his sister, he’s a mutant in the comics, but he’s a human experiment in the cinematic continuity.
  • Adapted Out: Like Wanda, the fact that Fox owned the rights to the X-Men film franchise prior to 2019 means that his background is changed from having Magneto as his father to being the subject of experimentation.
  • Anti-Villain: At first, he antagonizes the Avengers because Tony Stark created the shells that bombed their home. Later, after he and Wanda realize Ultron's true motives, they join up with the Avengers.
  • Arrow Catch: He's more than fast enough to catch arrows, as Hawkeye finds out the hard way. He's also fast enough to catch Mjölnir in flight, although catching it isn't the hard part.
  • Badass Beard: Unlike the comics and X-Men Film Series, this version of Quicksilver sports a beard—and he can knock down several members of the Avengers.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In all their shared scenes, it's clear that he's protective of his sister. He is also the older twin of the two here (in the comics, Wanda is traditionally the older twin).
  • Brother–Sister Team: He and Wanda have been the primary person in each others' lives since the death of their parents, and this shows in their dynamic on and off the battlefield.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pietro is usually injured or taken out in amusing ways, such as trying to grab Mjölnir and going sailing in the other direction.
  • Catchphrase: "You didn't see that coming?" Hawkeye borrows it at one point. It's also his Famous Last Words.
  • Civvie Spandex: Wears at least three blueish outfits throughout the movie: a blue track suit with white arrows on its side, a dark blue vest over a light blue T-shirt with black track pants, and his main promotional costume: a grey and blue undershirt with blue track pants. The last outfit in paticular looks a bit like he's closet cosplaying his comic outfit. Justified, since the Twins are poor street urchins who steal whatever clothes they can find to form outfits. Also, they don't join the Avengers until halfway into the movie, when the team would be busy dealing with Ultron.
  • Co-Dragons: He and his sister serve as co-conspirators for Ultron.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He is never referred to as "Quicksilver" in the film. Hawkeye calling him a "quick little bastard" is the closest it gets.
  • Disarm, Disassemble, Destroy: He uses his superspeed to snatch a pistol from Arms Dealer Ulysses Klaue and instantly unload and disassemble it, lining the parts and rounds neatly up on the table next to him. Klaue is surprised, but quickly regains his cool.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears in The Stinger of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but doesn't play an important role until Age of Ultron.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: He goes completely unmentioned beyond Age of Ultron, aside from Hawkeye indirectly alluding to Pietro in Civil War by suggesting he owed someone a debt.
  • Fragile Speedster: He has Super Speed, but limited endurance: prolonged running takes a visible toll on him, and he needs to catch his breath at times. He's also not fast enough to stop bullets, unfortunately.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: When he isn't destroying drones by running through them, he's punching them.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: He runs right into melee with nothing but his fists, while his sister's telekinetic and telepathic powers don't require her to get close to anyone.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: The light-haired, Hot-Blooded to Wanda's Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Wanda finds out Ultron's real plan, they quickly jump ship.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He pulls one in the final battle, blocking a shower of bullets from an Ultron-controlled Quinjet to protect Hawkeye. This was done because Clint himself was performing a Heroic Sacrifice by attempting to shield a little boy from the Quinjet's fire.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Like his sister, he lets his hatred of Tony Stark (and by extension the Avengers) lead him to trusting Hydra, and Ultron.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: He rips through Ultron units with ease using only his bare hands. It's a Required Secondary Power for a speedster.
  • Ironic Echo: His first and last lines to Clint, with the last being much Harsher in Hindsight.
    Pietro: You didn't see that coming?
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's quite handsome and muscular. There is even a glimpse of his abs when he changes clothes for the final battle.
  • Multiple Gunshot Death: He dies protecting Hawkeye and a little boy from an onslaught of bullets, resulting in this. However, he lasts for a few seconds before dying immediately.
  • Mystical White Hair: It's not remarked on in the film, but flashbacks show him with dark brown hair, implying his hair color may be a side effect of the experiments with the scepter.
  • Not So Different: As Cap remarks when he learns of their origins, he and Wanda are just like him, in that they volunteered to be experimented on so that they could gain super powers with which to protect their country.
  • Not Wearing Tights: He never wears a proper costume, though the running gear he dons in the final battle has the same color scheme as his costume from the comics as a Mythology Gag.
  • Power Incontinence: Super Speed meets a small, enclosed cell. Not a great combo.
  • Race Lift: The Maximoff twins have usually been portrayed as Romani in the comics (either as the children of Magneto and his Romani wife Magda, children of the Romani Django and Marya Maximoff, or children of the Romani Natalya Maximoff), and of Jewish ancestry during the period when they were considered Magneto's children. In the MCU they are portrayed as white Eastern Europeans. note 
  • Redemption Equals Death: Pulls a Heel–Face Turn before the final battle and dies Taking the Bullet for Hawkeye and a kid the latter rescued.
  • Required Secondary Powers: To go with his Super Speed, he is strong enough to plow into (or through) his enemies without pulping himself on impact. He also has reflexes quick enough to avoid running into things.
  • Smug Super: He can move too fast to be seen, and doesn't hesitate to rub it in people's faces ("You didn't see that coming?"). He also mocks Hawkeye, three times, about being an old man.
  • Sole Survivor: In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dr. List mentions that he and Wanda were the only test subjects of Strucker who survived his experiments.
  • Super Speed: His ability, which he first demonstrates in his cell, is to move too fast to be seen.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Very little merchandise was made for the character.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies in his debut film without the audience getting to know him, with his primary characterizations being "Hawkeye doesn't like him", "Wanda's older brother by a few minutes", and "does not advocate for genocide, just revenge". It makes his Heroic Sacrifice all the more jarring.
  • You Killed My Father: The only reason he and Wanda willingly joined Hydra — and then Ultron — was because they lost their parents to an explosion caused by one of Stark's weapons.


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