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    Robbie Reyes / Ghost Rider  

Robbie Reyes / Ghost Rider

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Species: Human (Demon possessed)

Portrayed By: Gabriel Luna

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. note  | Ghost Rider

"I didn't ask for this, this curse. But vengeance calls."

A young mechanic possessed by a vengeful spirit, causing him to become the anti-hero Ghost Rider.

see the MCU: Others page for more on the Spirit of Vengeance

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Much more proactive than his comic book counterpart (who chiefly used his powers to cheat at street racing for cash and to protect himself and Gabe from whatever threatened them directly) when it comes to fighting crime.
  • Age Lift: From late teens in the comics to mid-late twenties or early thirties here.
  • Anti-Hero: Reyes is absolutely brutal in his methods, even torturing and executing his victims after they've already been subdued. However, he only kills those who truly deserve it. The innocent are spared even if they attack him, as shown when Ghost Rider spares Quake even though she doesn't think of herself as a good guy.
    Neo-nazi: I don't deserve to die!
    Robbie: Everyone says that.
  • Back from the Dead: He landed head first on the highway, being killed instantly from a car crash caused by gangbangers. Then he heard a voice offering him a deal.
  • Birds of a Feather: He first encounters Daisy while she's on the run, acting as a rogue vigilante. They form a bond over their remarkable similarities, something they both comment on, and ultimately she remains the one person on the team he works closest to. Later he shows signs of this with Mack after he experiences what its like to be the Rider.
  • Boxed Crook: When Director Mace learns that Coulson's been enlisting his services, Coulson convinces him that Reyes would be more useful to him in this capacity under the circumstances. Given he punched his way out of a containment module specifically designed to hold Inhumans and gave Mace (who has super-strength) a beatdown, he reluctantly agrees.
  • Byronic Hero: Formerly reckless and uncaring, he sold his soul to the Devil to save his brother's life from a gang attack. He blames himself for the experience and remains torn between his desire to atone for his mistakes and the Rider's thirst for vengeance.
  • Chain Pain: When he sees James swinging around a flaming chain, he takes it for himself.
  • Character Tics: His very deliberate way of flipping his keys in his hand, both as himself and the Rider. This is what tips off Daisy that he is the Rider.
  • Civvie Spandex: Lacks the stylish jumpsuit from the comics, instead having a slick leather jacket that bears the same white lines. It's also a Call-Back to the 70's Ghost Rider outfit.
  • Composite Character: Word of God is that the writers infused Robbie with certain aspects of Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch, two of the other Ghost Riders from the comics. Notably, his flaming skull looks more like those of the Blaze and Ketch Riders, as opposed to the comics, where his skull had a more metallic and mechanical appearance. He also has a proper Spirit of Vengeance, unlike his comic counterpart.
  • Cool Car: Robbie's vehicle of choice is the Hell Charger, a Hellfire-infused car. In the car's normal form, it's a customized 1969 Dodge Charger. This comes in quite handy when an EMP is set off, as the car predates electronic vehicles and can still run.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Robbie fights, this is what it inevitably boils down to.
    • Daisy is able to hold her own against Robbie, but once he turns into the Rider, one punch to the stomach is all it takes to stop her. Understandable, as Daisy had fought only gifted and Inhumans up until then, not supernatural beings who defy all natural laws.
    • Hands an even more vicious one to Jeffrey Mace, an Inhuman with Super Strength and Super Toughness himself, moments after Mace reassures everyone that he's "got this". Mace isn't injured after the short beatdown, but it's clear Ghost Rider would have killed him eventually had Gabe not called him off.
    • He No Sells literally everything James - an extremely powerful Inhuman himself - throws at him like he was a joke. Predictably, the fight doesn't last long at all.
    • Ivanov's LMDs don't stand a chance against him in human form, much less as the Rider.
    • Aida learns to run away on sight as soon as her first encounter with the Rider goes badly.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Being a vessel for the Spirit of Vengeance has its price: The Spirit thirsts for vengeance, and if there is an evil soul nearby it's almost impossible for Robbie to control or resist it - this thirst is so strong that it outright overrides the pacifistic Mack's own will during his short stint as the Rider. The benefit on the other hand is pretty straightforward: It makes Robbie one of the most powerful characters in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As the Rider, Robbie's appearance is downright demonic, but, while he is exceptionally brutal, he's far from evil.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • His original incarnation refrained from using violence outside of his transformed state unless it was for self-defence. This Robbie is willing to assault and torture people even as himself.
    • He's also darker compared to the last film incarnation of Ghost Rider. Not only is Robbie more brutal than Nicholas Cage's Johnny Blaze, but his version of the Ghost Rider is much more visceral, willing to rip victims apart with his bare hands instead of merely burning them. In many ways, this Reyes actually has more in common with the comic book Blaze than anyone else, as the Johnny Blaze Rider is notoriously known for his ruthless and unforgiving methods whenever he's really ticked off—such as chaining a cannibal to his bike, then dragging him off to be devoured by a horde of roadkill zombies.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Robbie attributes his possession to a deal with the devil, which he took to make sure that his brother survived the crash and bullets he took.
    • In "Deals With Our Devils", Robbie makes a second deal with the Rider, who had abandoned him in favor of Mack after Robbie was stuck in another dimension. In exchange for settling Robbie's remaining score, Robbie will help the Rider settle his.
  • Death Glare: Take a look at the picture! Hell hath no fury like a Spirit of Vengeance.
  • Dem Bones: Like all the other Ghost Riders, full use of his powers burns away his flesh, leaving only flaming bones.
  • Demonic Possession: His powers come from having made a deal with a "devil," another Ghost Rider (who looks like Johnny Blaze), in exchange for saving his and his brother's life. "Deals With Our Devils" makes it clear that the Rider is a supernatural, independent entity that possesses a human host. It even possessed other people when necessary.
  • Detect Evil: Robbie chooses who to go after and who to spare by using the supernatural senses granted to him as Ghost Rider.
  • Doing In the Scientist: Certain characters in-series think there is some sort of scientific explanation for his powers, either "enhanced" like Steve Rogers or Inhuman like Daisy. However, Robbie later claims that he literally sold his soul to the Devil and the show's creators have confirmed that he's explicitly supernatural.
    Jeffrey: Is he Inhuman?
    Coulson: Claims he made a deal with the Devil.
    Fitz: Which is nonsense.
    Coulson: You know, the rationalist in me wants to agree, but the skull on fire presents a pretty compelling argument for "Hail Satan."
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is deathly afraid of him, from a combination of the fact that he's powerful as all hell (literally), a cold-blooded and merciless killer, and that virtually nothing is known about him, especially concerning his seemingly inexplicable powers. Coulson's team puts on a brave and commanding front, but even they know he's a time bomb best not set off. Coulson sells his continued participation to Director Mace as, more or less, "nothing we have can stop him."
    • This includes the Big Bad of the season Aida who, even after winning a Superpower Lottery that gave her pretty much all the abilities of every Inhuman S.H.I.E.L.D has ever faced, simply cannot stand up to him, and learned after their first altercation to teleport and run away whenever he shows up.
  • Flaming Skulls: The Rider's skull is wreathed in flame. It's this more than any other aspect of his powers that convinces people there just might be something to his claims of Demonic Possession.
  • Foil: To the Punisher. Both are brutal vigilantes whose backgrounds involve attacks on their family and a Near-Death Experience and who eventually knock heads with the main character(s) who shy away from killing but eventually form a grudging alliance with the main character(s). However, where Frank is a normal human (more or less), Robbie has superhuman, supernatural powers; Frank has lost his entire family and all but crossed the Despair Event Horizon, while Robbie still has his brother; Frank is a white man who served in the military, even being a war hero, while Robbie is a Hispanic man who works as a mechanic. Finally, Frank chose to act on his need for revenge, while Robbie was forced into his current life through a Deal with the Devil. They serve similar story roles, but their natures and abilities are complete opposites.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Insists that the spirit inside him chooses who should die and makes him kill them, though his ability to hold back suggests he retains more control than he's comfortable admitting.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: He occasionally peppers his dialogue with Spanish words or phrases, such as calling Daisy "chica" during their first meeting.
  • Healing Factor: He gets a decent cut on his cheek during his fight with Quake, but after a brief stint as the Rider he's perfectly healed by the next day. Robbie explains that multiple fatal injuries have failed to kill him.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His distinctive leather jacket stands out. This theme even continues with other characters possessed by the Spirit, even those who don't normally dress this way like Coulson.
  • Hellfire: Ghost Rider's weapon of choice. Any object he touches can be imbued with hellfire, from simple weapons to his Cool Car. This is not normal fire; it burns everything right down to the soul.
  • Hero's Classic Car: While not the hero of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Robbie's unique in that his Cool Car is also a classic, specifically a 1969 Dodge Charger.
  • Heroic Mime: As the Ghost Rider, who neither speaks nor shrieks like his live-action predecessors or his comic book equivalent.
    • Except when he meets Aida in "Worlds End", once Aida gets away the Rider Roars in pure rage at something as unnatural like Aida getting away.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Well, firstly, there's the whole 'sold his soul to save his brother' thing. Later though, he willingly renews his deal with the Spirit of Vengeance in-spite of his desire to be rid of it to save Mack, and eventually allows himself to be dragged down to hell to stop his uncle.
  • Hope Spot: Coming back to life was a pretty big one for him. It was also rather brief considering the first thing he saw upon waking was the Ghost Rider who turned him into another Spirit of Vengeance shortly after.
  • Horrifying the Horror: By the end of season 4, Aida, who by this point has become a Humanoid Abomination made of Darkhold matter and a One-Woman Army with the combined powers of several Inhumans, runs away in terror each time he shows up. He also quickly proves the ghostly Lucy Bauer wrong when she mockingly asks if she's supposed to be afraid of him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Twice by Eli during their confrontation. The pain is enough to stop him from transforming until he gets really, really angry.
  • Improvised Weapon: He tends to grab anything nearby he can use for a club then empowers it with hellfire.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Even without transforming, Reyes is able to imbue objects with hellfire. He can even incinerate "ghosts" with it.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: While he doesn't do the "You... GUILTY!" routine from the movies, the Rider still has a habit of judging the souls of everyone he sees, and brutally executing those he finds wanting.
  • The Juggernaut: The Ghost Rider is virtually unstoppable; Daisy's powers only slowed him down, he punched his way out of a containment module no other powered being has ever breached through force, Mace barely stood his ground in a straight fight with the Rider, and the ghosts posed no threat to him whatsoever. He also walked through a corridor of fire that was hot enough to melt his comms device. The only time he ever seemed seriously threatened was when he was bombarded with lethal amounts of radiation, subjected to impossible quantum fluctuations, and impaled twice through the chest with giant spikes (any one of which will kill a man several times over). Even then, he was still alive and fully capable of holding a conversation despite the intense pain.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While Agents had its fair share of dark moments here and there, Ghost Rider's inclusion pits it much closer to the Netflix shows in terms of atmosphere. That's nothing to say of the violence; even Hive wasn't as punishingly brutal. The show's new 10PM time-slot probably has something to do with it.
  • Knight Templar: He sticks to killing those who he believes deserve to die. Unlike most examples, this is somewhat justified by the fact he's possessed by a demon that knows people's sins; ultimately he knows if people are guilty.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Robbie's dedication to keeping Gabe safe and far away from the violence of his double life is admirable. The drive to do anything he deems necessary to see those who would hurt his little brother pay is not.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Anything that brings him and the Rider in closer proximity to Hell causes them both extreme discomfort.
  • Legacy Character: He's not the first Ghost Rider.
  • Leitmotif: He has his own theme, which appropriately sounds like some sort of monster roaring in rage while on fire.
  • Magic Versus Science: The entity inside of Robbie is explicitly supernatural. So far no scientific methods or natural abilities have seemed to be able to contain Ghost Rider or harm him (barring pure physical damage but the Rider is either too tough or just recovers from it fast). In this instance, magic has a big edge over science.
  • Meaningful Name: Played with; while his name isn't particularly meaningful, the fact that he doesn't have his brother's name is an oblique reference.
    Lucy: You're [Eli's] nephew. I've seen your picture. You're Gabriel. Like the angel.
    Robbie: No. [eyes glow] I'm the other one.
  • Misplaced Retribution: He killed a prisoner who was not only reformed, but also had absolutely nothing to do with the hit on him and his brother, solely for having belonged to the same gang as the aforementioned culprits.
  • Mythology Gag: Ghost Rider's introduction is almost shot for shot his intro from the comics, including the mook with the rocket launcher.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Robbie is a little different than the Spirit of Vengeance. The Spirit ignores the innocent even if they attack and prevents Robbie from murdering innocents even when they are a problem for him, such as Daisy, but he has free reign against someone he has a more personal grievance against, like the Fifth Street Loco who was peacefully serving his sentence in prison.
  • Never My Fault: He tries to put all the blame of his killings on the Rider, but it's heavily implied that he's more in control of that form than he'd like to admit. He does kill a man who's already serving a life sentence, mostly because they're part of the gang responsible for his brother's injuries, which seems to be far more personal. However, he does appear to be trying at least to restrain the Rider, so exactly who made the final decision is ambiguous.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His actions in "Lockup", seeking revenge against a gangbanger who was part of the crew that tried to kill him (the man himself was locked up and reformed even before then) and his brother, have not only led to S.H.I.E.L.D being associated with his former murder-spree and blackmailed, but allowed his uncle to be kidnapped when he was the only one capable of protecting him from the ghosts. The expression he makes at the end showcases that he knows it.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: His hellfire-infused car takes a hit from an RPG and suffers no damage other than a cool flip. A full speed crash into a Quinjet doesn't even leave a scratch. He himself is pretty much invincible as the Ghost Rider. A lightning blast doesn't even slow him down.
  • No-Sell:
    • In his Rider form, nothing seems to hurt him. No weapon has been able to slow him down and he's been able to overpower every other superhuman he's encountered so far.
    • In his human form, he's more vulnerable than the Rider but still way tougher than any human. He can't be burned by fire, allowing him to through a flaming hallway or out of an exploding warehouse without a scratch. Massive amounts of radiation combined with the energies of a quantum power cell barely affect him, even though on their own either would have killed a human several times over. It takes getting impaled twice on top of that for Robbie to actually be in danger of dying, and he still powers through that for much longer than he should be able to.
  • Not So Different: Is noted to be a lot like his uncle due to his red hot temper, by a character who was rendered a ghost by said uncle.
  • Outside-Context Problem: His introduction in season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. marks the first appearance of an explicitly supernatural entity in that series.
  • Painful Transformation: Robbie's transformation into the Rider consists of his head being consumed by hellfire until all that remains is his skull, and judging by the expression he gives just before the transformation, it's not a pleasant experience.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The demon locates evil people, and then Robbie has to take them out with extreme prejudice. Mack grimaces at a report of all the nasty things he's done.
  • Put on a Bus: Robbie chooses to take Eli with him to Hell in order to prevent him from doing harm to anyone else. This takes him out of the cast and storyline for a while. He comes back for the season finale.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: At first, Robbie shows little to no concern as to the safety of his vehicle since his powers help it recover from any damage, but it's revealed that this trope is in full force when the Rider temporarily leaves him and takes said ability with it.
  • Promotion to Parent: Forced to care for his younger brother Gabe when their parents are killed and their uncle is in jail. S.H.I.E.L.D eventually took over after he went to Hell.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's more of a fiery orange, but if you see his eyes light up, you're in trouble. Just hope you can talk him down.
  • Relative Button: Robbie has a short temper to begin with, but mentioning his brother is a surefire way to earn a beating.
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • He kills all the gangsters who were behind the hit on him and his brother, leading to him not having a lead on who ordered it and his uncle to be kidnapped when he was the only one capable of protecting him from the ghosts.
    • He and the Rider forego getting to safety when confronting Eli in favor of (unnecessarily) making absolutely sure that Eli goes to Hell, burning him with hellfire for good measure.
  • Scars Are Forever: His Rider form has noticeable cracks that flames bleed through, showing the wounds he took from his fatal car crash shattering his skull.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Does this to his uncle Eli when he attempts to deny responsibility for his actions.
    Eli: No. It was the Bauers — Joe and Lucy. They started this, they lied!
    Robbie: Do you think I give a rat's ass about any of that? A bunch of scientists fighting over some stupid book?
  • Skull for a Head: While using his powers, his head's flesh burns off, leaving him with his skull covered in flames.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Even when compared to the likes of the Avengers, or any other powered characters established in the films, Robbie is freakishly powerful, which is why he spends nearly two-thirds of Season 4 trapped in a Hell dimension. When he returns, Robbie can easily dispatch Life Model Decoys and harm Aida, who had used the Darkhold to become a human with numerous Inhuman powers that rendered her virtually unstoppable otherwise. The final conflict is not about him overpowering Aida, but finding a way to let Ghost Rider get close enough without her running away in terror.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Evil is pushing it, but Reyes nevertheless draws a distinction between himself and the Rider, the latter being the one capable of wielding the full range of their powers. By himself, Reyes only has the power to use hellfire and isn't as strong. Robbie also has at best marginal control over the Rider, which seems to be proportionate to his willingness to indulge its desire for vengeance. Best described in the following exchange between him and Quake.
    Quake: You don't get to decide who deserves to die.
    Reyes: I'm not the one who decides.
  • Super Strength: He's strong enough to rip someone's spine from their body, though only in his Rider form, and overpower Jeffrey Mace, who is super-strong himself. This feat is later eclipsed when he punches his way out of a containment unit, a device explicitly designed to contain any powered individual and was derived from technology that was meant to contain the Hulk. As a human, he can overpower an LMD with ease.
  • Super Toughness: Daisy throws him into a van with her powers and he isn't even winded. When she uses her powers to pin his chest, he powers through it and breaks free, something no ordinary human could have done. She does manage to cut him, but that healed after his transformation. As the Rider, he can trade blows with Director Mace and is the stronger of the two. He's also able to tank through a lightning bolt like it's literally nothing.
  • Thinking Up Portals: In the season finale, he shows off the ability to use his flaming chain to conjure up a portal, the same type that's created by the sling rings. However, whereas the Sling Rings can create portals anywhere on Earth, Robbie's can also take him to different, and hellish, dimensions.
  • To Hell and Back: Did this after he took back the spirit of vengeance from Mack. And he does it again after taking Eli to hell.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His time in Hell, after killing Eli, gave him knowledge of a conflict greater than Earth and taught him some new tricks. Among them, he can open portals to other dimensions.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: Because he is the first supernatural being to ever show up in the show, people keep mistaking him for an Inhuman.
  • Tragic Dropout: Averted. He never finished high school, but doesn't seem particularly bothered by this. He says that he prefers racing and auto mechanics to office work.
  • The Voiceless: Never speaks in his Ghost Rider form. Given that the flaming skull head doesn't appear to have a tongue or larynx, he might not be capable of speaking in that form. He does roar in the season finale, but that's it.
  • Watch the Paint Job: The car may be Nigh Invulnerable when he's driving it, but Robbie still doesn't like people touching it. When Daisy has to steal it for a chase, Robbie, who at the time is out of phase and unable to act himself, bemoans her scraping a large gash on the side during the chase.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In contrast to his comic book counterpart, who never hit one that wasn't another Ghost Rider, Robbie really wanted to make sure that Daisy stood away from him and his brother. In fact, Robbie seemed more eager than his own Spirit of Vengeance in that regard, as the Spirit did not find her guilty. He also incinerated Lucy Bauer and brutally killed Aida in the season finale — or, more specifically, the Ghost Rider did.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: His hellfire doesn't just burn the body, it burns the soul, which cannot heal. A guy with a chest burn courtesy of the Rider bled out by the next day, despite medical treatment. This comes in handy in the season finale, as it overrides Aida's Healing Factor, and is likely the only thing that can hurt her.
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    "Johnny Blaze" / Ghost Rider  

"Johnny Blaze" / Ghost Rider

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Species: Human (Demon possessed)

Portrayed By: Gabriel Luna (motion-capture)

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 72: "The Good Samaritan")

"And you're right. There was someone there when I came to. But it wasn't a Good Samaritan. It was the Devil."
Robbie Reyes

The "Devil" who made Robbie Reyes a Spirit of Vengeance in exchange for saving Robbie's younger brother from a burning car. He sports the appearance of the classic Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider.

see the MCU: Others page for more on the Spirit of Vengeance

  • Anti-Hero: Ghost Rider passed the Spirit of Vengeance onto Robbie, who calls him the Devil, but he did resurrect Robbie and pull Gabe from the wrecked car before making the deal.
  • Badass Biker: Another strong implication that he's Johnny Blaze—he rides an impressive Hydra Glide chopper.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Robbie's insistence that the entity with whom he made a pact with was the Devil himself initially leads one to believe that it had to do with Mephisto, who's usually treated in the Marvel Universe as the equivalent of the Devil, or some other entity. As it turns out, he caught a previous Ghost Rider on a good day (though a pact with him was still a part of the deal).
  • Boring, but Practical: He managed to keep the Darkhold from S.H.I.E.L.D., HYDRA, and a multitude of interested parties by keeping it buried in his house.
  • The Cameo: He only appears in Robbie and Gabe's flashback of the night Robbie got his powers, but he makes quite an impression.
  • Cool Bike: This GR comes with a chopper-style Hell Cycle, Johnny Blaze's favorite mode of transportation in the comics.
  • Cursed with Awesome: What he did to Robbie, and what was also done to him. Coming back from the dead is nice and all, but having to constantly contend with the will of a vengeance demon? Not so much.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The character is a classic case of Bad Powers, Good People, dressed in black leather but being on the side of good. Coulson's testimony suggests that this assessment holds true.
  • Dem Bones: He's got a skull for a head, and it's on fire.
  • Deal with the Devil: He saved Robbie's life and gave him the power of the Ghost Rider in exchange for Robbie taking on the burden of exacting vengeance on wrongdoers as the new Ghost Rider.
  • Escaped from Hell: Unsurprisingly, Ghost Rider went to Hell at one point and later escaped. Coulson apparently witnessed it.
  • Flaming Skulls: Well, he is a Ghost Rider.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears a leather jacket, not unlike one Johnny Blaze would've been seen within the comics.
  • Hero of Another Story: Coulson is revealed to be familiar with him—and explicitly played a role in the adventure where he managed to escape the underworld. Along with that, the basement in which the Darkhold is found is all but stated to be Johnny's.
  • No Name Given: While heavily implied to be Johnny Blaze, he hasn't explicitly been identified as such as far as "The Good Samaritan".
  • Mythology Gag:
    • One of the hints that this is Johnny Blaze and not another iteration of the Ghost Rider character is the bullet dent in his skull. In the comics, Blaze was once briefly killed (again) after being shot in the head by a holy bullet that sent him along with his Spirit of Vengeance to Hell.
    • Additionally, his skull is cloaked in fire instead of being black and charred as if it's on fire, like the version portrayed by Nicolas Cage.
  • Scars Are Forever: He sports a very notable bullet indention in the upper left side of his skull.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only has a passing cameo, but it's only because of him that Robbie Reyes became the Ghost Rider to begin with.
  • Truer to the Text: While Robbie's design is accurate to his comic book counterpart—albeit substantially less metallic and more bone-shaped—it is still a departure from the original. Now we know why—it's because this Ghost Rider's appearance is more in line with the original Johnny Blaze.
  • Wham Shot: His burning skull entering the scene during Robbie's Origin Episode. Alternately, for more comic-familiar viewers, the Wham Shot is the presence of his Cool Bike pulling up to begin with, as that's a tip-off to who "The Good Samaritan" really is.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to him after his deal with Robbie.

    Tyrone Johnson / Cloak 

Tyrone Johnson / Cloak

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"One second I was in the city, the next I was here... in the middle of nowhere..."

Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed by: Aubrey Joseph

Appearances: Cloak and Dagger | Runaways (season 3)

"Even if I do everything perfect they still could come after me. So why be perfect? Why not stand up for the world the way it should be?"

A young man with the ability to teleport and control fears.


  • Adorkable: More downplayed than most examples, but definitely shows shades of it.
  • Angry Black Man: Deconstructed severely. Part of the reason he's so traumatized by Billy's death and hell-bent on Revenge is that everyone around him is encouraging him to suppress what happened to him rather than fall into this trope, rather than helping him deal with it.
  • Black Cloak: An integral part of the character design, hence the name "Cloak". This incarnation was started by Billy before he died.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: If you were to give boogeyman powers to a teenage pre-Serum Steve Rogers, you would end up with someone like Tyrone Johnson. Tyrone is kind-hearted and tries to see the good in others, but his connection to the Darkforce allows him to see the fear in others as well, a process that always leaves the subject disoriented, and even his very touch can prove deadly.
  • Born Unlucky: Aside from the obvious tragedy of losing a sibling in his childhood, Tyrone is often taking a beating from someone or getting the short end of the stick in a situation.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: He's awkward around women and his conversation with Tandy heavily implies he's a virgin.
  • Casting a Shadow: He can manipulate the Darkforce, mostly when his life is danger and when wearing his late brother's cloak as a Magic Feather.
  • Cowardly Lion: Not an entirely straight example. His fear mixed with anger are his early defining characteristics, angry and lashing out at the world for his brother, but also afraid to really fight to fix things like his parents. With Tandy backing him up however, he gets the courage he needs to face the world and fight to save it.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Cloak may look intimidating, but he's still a superhero.
  • Deadly Dodging: Since his powers aren't as offense-based as Tandy's, he mostly uses them to dodge or evade blows, usually setting himself up to redirect them into the nearest wall or Tandy's knives.
  • Death Seeker: What Tandy accuses Tyrone of being deep down, since she saw a lot of Suicide by Cop scenarios in his mind.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • His anger and inability to give up on a lost cause. Even after he manages to catch Connors, he still feels empty and angry.
    • His feelings of having to live up to his brother's legacy, as well as society's and his parents' expectations of him. Tyrone always feels like he has to be "perfect". A part of his character development is accepting that he doesn't need to be.
  • The Idealist: He's a firm believer in justice and tries to see the good in others.
  • I Know What You Fear: He can sense people's fears or traumatic experiences when they're touching.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for Billy's death, because he stole the radio so Billy wouldn't have to.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Tyrone is Tandy's. His presence in her life shows her how real people act, that the world isn't supposed to be abusive and that things can and should be better than they are.
    • In Season 2, when Andre puts Tandy in a Lotus-Eater Machine to make her feel despair, he shows her many potential scenarios where Tandy lives her life which always end in disasters, but Tandy manages to get through because the one who gives her hope is Tyrone. When Andre makes her believe that he killed Tyrone, she breaks down and is left in despair, no longer being able to summon her daggers because she has no hope left in her.
  • Living Shadow: His powers let him move through and control shadows.
  • Nice Guy: In sharp contrast to Dagger's more anti-heroic tendencies.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: He sleeps in a bed but doesn't always wake up in one.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Tyone's both a choir boy and a superhero in the making. Subverted however, since he later tells Delgado that he doesn't really believe in God.
  • Revenge: More than anything else, he wants to kill the policeman that (accidentally) killed his brother, as he believes doing so will finally free his family from the trauma that's weighed on them for eight years.
  • Survivor's Guilt: He feels guilty for getting to live when Billy died. In Tandy's journey through his mind, she sees a young Tyrone practically drowning in checks but crying because he doesn't feel he deserves any of it, and she implies that every good thing that happens to him is tainted by the fact that Billy can't share in it.
  • Teleport Cloak: Seems to be invoked, as every time he teleports he has to use something nearby as a cover to disappear into. His Black Cloak works as this, but he's also used nearby blankets, curtains, a small towel and even a garbage bag.
  • Terror Hero: Kind of inevitable with his fear and shadow powers. It's unintentional at first, but he learns to exploit it to his benefit.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In this incarnation, the cloak originally belonged to his brother Billy.
  • Trauma Button: Justifiably, he gets very nervous around cops.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: One of Cloak's powers. Though primarily defensive in nature, Tyrone can use it for combat, usually by harrying his opponents or moving them into harms way, usually in the path of one of Tandy's daggers.

    Tandy Bowen / Dagger 

Tandy Bowen / Dagger

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"Judge less or leave poor."

Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed by: Olivia Holt

Appearances: Cloak and Dagger | Runaways (season 3)

"The world has stolen from me my whole life. My dad, his name, our money. Maybe I have this thing so I can steal some of it back."

A young woman with the ability to call hopes and make daggers made of solid light.


  • Abusive Parents: Her mother's a drug addict who steals her money and is at the very least emotionally abusive.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, her daggers were only psychic and couldn't do actual damage to flesh, the worst being draining them of vitality. Here, they function like any other knife.
  • Bash Brothers: When the two of them get into fights, Tandy's the one on offense while Tyrone mostly evades or redirects his opponents onto Tandy.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Tandy uses her background in the upper class to blend in with rich people and take them for all they're worth.
  • Con Artist: So much so and for so long that the idea of doing things honestly just never crosses her mind.
  • Consummate Liar: One of her biggest strengths is her ability to weave a convincing lie, though "Funhouse Mirrors" shows that she's not as good at it as she thinks. That episode also deconstructs the trope by showing that she's been doing it so long that lying and conning is now her first instinct, even when she could more easily get what she wanted by just telling the truth.
  • Cowardly Lion: While her first instinct is to run away, she can climb, run, balance and fight when the chips are down.
  • The Cynic: She starts out that way, but as the more time she spends with Tyrone and seeing other people's hopes the more she finds in herself. Reverts back to this in season 2, when she sees how people treat other people and what they're doing to themselves.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father doted on her, which is why his death and her life subsequently taking a dive, while her mother neglecting Tandy, weighed heavily on her. This is eventually subverted, as Tandy realizes that she willingly ignored the signs that her father abused her mother.
  • Dance Battler: Tandy tends to use moves that are reminiscent of ballet when fighting. Considering she took ballet dance lessons as a child (and again at the start of Season 2), this is not too surprising.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tandy's wit is as sharp as her daggers, as seen by her quip to a forger that she's negotiating with for a fake ID:
    Tandy: If we fail, you still profit. Ain't that America?
  • Death Seeker: But can never go through with it. And just when she actually does attempt suicide, her powers kicked in and saved herself.
  • Drugs Are Bad: She snorts some kind of pills to numb the pain. In the penultimate episode, she starts using her powers as a drug, sucking away people's hopes in a desperate attempt to feel better.
  • Functional Addict: She's addicted to several prescription drugs, which she snorts, but so far the only dependency seems psychological and it hasn't yet taken a toll on her body or cognition.
  • Emotion Eater: She learns she can not only see people's hopes, but steal them.
  • Fatal Flaw: She runs away from her problems and can't face anything. Her journey is learning how to stop running.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: She has the power to bring great hope and happiness to anyone she touches. Unfortunately, she sees herself as a "screwed-up bitch" and insists on acting accordingly to everyone around her, up to and including stealing their hopes to get high. Thankfully, she's better than she thinks she is.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde and charming but sneaky, conniving and cynical (at first anyway).
  • Hope Bringer: Tandy's light powers are derived from hope. She can also give others their hope back, which is a crucial ability against Andre Deschaine, who takes other people's hope away and causes them despair to relieve his pain.
  • Hope Crusher: As Tandy can see other people's hopes, she can also take them away, giving her an emotional rush. She eventually stops doing it, realizing how wrong it is.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: Season 1 is this for her with the penultimate moment coming in episode 10 with Tandy Taking A Level In Idealism and stating out loud that she wants to learn how to care.
  • Knife Nut: She fights with knives made from light. Since she never runs out of "ammo", she can freely throw as many knives as she likes.
  • Laser Blade: She eventually learns to expand her knives into daggers and then, into entire swords.
  • Light 'em Up: Her powers manifest as white light daggers.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Tandy is this for Tyrone, showing him that the "Perfect" society keeps pushing for only makes things worse and people worse. In short, she brings out the best in him.
  • Loveable Rogue: Tandy's a cunning schemer and thief, but she's also incredibly charming.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The concept is played with in her character arc with Tryone, but ultimately it's averted pretty hard. She does serve to bring Tyrone out of his brooding and sheltered existence, but she is far too much her own person with goals and hopes and Character Development. She's Tyrone's equal partner and best friend, not his lesser in any way and it's never suggested that she should be.
  • Parental Issues: In Season 1, Tandy mostly has issues with her mother, who is an alcoholic and drug abuser, who also neglects her daughter and takes her daughter's money to get more drugs. Tandy eventually realizes that her father is a major reason why her mother became this way, as he emotionally and physically abused Melissa. A big part of Season 2 involves Tandy overcoming her pent up frustration and fear towards her father.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: She can form knives made of light.
  • Woman in White: If she's not completely wearing white, she's no doubt wearing something white.
  • Your Heart's Desire: She can sense people's dreams and hopes.

    Dane Whitman / Black Knight  

Dane Whitman / Black Knight

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Kit Harington

Appearances: Eternals

A warrior holding the title of the Black Knight.


    Shang-Chi 

Shang-Chi

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Simu Liu

Appearances: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

A master martial artist.


  • Badass Normal: So far, there's no mention of him having superhuman powers.
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    Eric Brooks / Blade 

Eric Brooks /Blade

Species: Half-Human Half-Vampire

Portrayed By: Mahershala Ali

Appearances: Blade

A vampire-hunting vigilante.


    John Walker / U.S. Agent 

John Walker / U.S. Agent

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Wyatt Russell

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier


  • Expy: In-universe. Like the Patriot before him, he's one of the heroes deliberately based after Captain America.


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