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    "Johnny Blaze" / Ghost Rider I 

"Johnny Blaze" / Ghost Rider

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Species: Human (Demon possessed)

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Tom McComas

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

"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.


  • Ambiguous Situation: While heavily implied to be Johnny Blaze, it's never actually explicitly confirmed that he is.
  • 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: This is another strong implication that he is truly Johnny Blaze — he rides an impressive Hydra-Glide Chopper.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Robbie's insistence that the entity with whom he made a pact 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 the one Johnny Blaze would wear in 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 in the first place.
  • 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.
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    Robbie Reyes / Ghost Rider II 

Roberto "Robbie" Reyes / Ghost Rider II

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Species: Human (Demon possessed)

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Garfield High School (formerly), Canelo's Auto and Body (formerly), S.H.I.E.L.D. (formerly)

Portrayed By: Gabriel Luna

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

"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.


  • 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.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Downplayed, in the comics, Robbie gets his power due to being possessed by his Satanist Uncle Eli. Here, it's an actual Spirit of Vengeance.
  • Age Lift: From late teens in the comics to mid-late twenties or early thirties in the MCU.
  • Alliterative Name: Robbie Reyes.
  • Always Someone Better: To the Inhuman J.T. James. While James' fire powers are pretty powerful, they're nothing compared to the hellfire powers of Ghost Rider, as demonstrated during their fight.
  • 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 for the Finale: Robbie initially appears as a major character in the first eight episodes of Season 4, but he ends up being Dragged Off to Hell and is thus absent for the rest of the season. However, he eventually returns in the last scene of the penultimate episode and then plays a huge role in the season finale.
  • 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.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Very protective of his brother Gabe.
  • Big Damn Hero:
    • Robbie shows up just in time to save Fitz and Mack from the ghost Frederick in the episode "Meet the New Boss".
    • In the following episode "Uprising", Robbie and Daisy arrive in the Hell Charger to rescue Gabe from a gang of street punks.
    • And again in "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire". This time, Robbie saves Daisy and Simmons by grabbing the fiery chain of J.T. James before he can kill them with it.
  • 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 it's 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.
  • Breakout Character: This is literally the only on-screen version of Ghost Rider to not only have a positive reception but one that is near-universal. The character was popular enough to be brought back for the season finale, and for a short while, was even set to receive his own spin-off series on Hulu. Those plans have since been canceled since the shut-down of Marvel Television Group, but given Marvel Studios' penchant for bringing back popular characters in surprising ways...
  • Bring It: When Daisy comes to confront him at his workshop in "Meet the New Boss", Robbie dares her to try to arrest him.
    Robbie: You want to turn me in? Try!
  • 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 of having a slick leather jacket that bears the same white lines. It's also a Call-Back to the '70s 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 his normal self.
    • 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 the 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".
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: He doesn't like it when people touch his car without his permission. When a street punk starts stroking it during the Los Angeles Blackout, Robbie threateningly warns him to take his hands off. Since the guy doesn't listen, Robbie heats up the car to burn his hands.
    Robbie: Hands off!
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Robbie gets dragged into Hell by the dimensional gateway at the end of the episode "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics", and takes his uncle Eli Morrow with him. After several weeks, he eventually manages to escape and come back to Earth in "The Return".
  • 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.
  • Expressive Skull: The Rider's skeletal face shows visible remorse when Robbie loses control in front of Gabe. It's downplayed, though, as the rest of the time it has the perpetual Death Glare you'd expect a flaming skull to have.
  • 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.
  • 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 a normal fire; it burns everything right down to the soul. Even being insubstantial won't save you, as Lucy and her ghosts learn.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Invincible Hero: Ghost Rider is by far one of the most powerful characters in the series, so much so that none of the other superpowered villains or heroes, can do much against him. At best, Eli Morrow manages to immobilize him for a while, but even he ends up getting caught and burned alive by the Rider. During the season finale, despite having absorbed the powers of many powerful Inhumans, Aida can do nothing against Ghost Rider except run away.
  • 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 10 PM 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is fast, strong, and is hardly fazed by anything that is thrown at him.
  • 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.
  • Match in a Bomb Shack: During his fight against Hellfire, both of them end up falling into a fireworks warehouse, with Ghost Rider in full Flaming Skull mode. Both Agents Mack and Coulson This Is Gonna Suck moment as they know just what is about to happen.
    Mack: ...did two fire dudes just drop into a warehouse full of fireworks?
    Coulson: You had to see that coming.
  • 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.note 
  • 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 for 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 one 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" Remark: 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.
    • After going through Daisy's belongings and finding a picture of her dead lover Lincoln Campbell, Robbie understands what motivates her to be a vigilante and tells her that the two of them are not so different.
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire: The fire that Ghost Rider generates can burn through anything it touches. He can even imbue the weapons he wields with fire.
  • 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 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 always had a short temper, 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.
  • Superpowered 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 as if 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.
  • This Is a Drill: During the fight against Aida's LMDs in the season 4 finale, Robbie grabs a drill and uses it to pierce the eye of the Sergei Mishkin LMD.
  • 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.
  • Touch the Intangible: Robbie can touch and even incinerate ghosts, whose intangibility renders them invulnerable to other people's weapons.
  • 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.
  • Wrench Whack: After Daisy gets on his nerves by mentioning his brother in "Meet the New Boss", Robbie grabs a wrench and sets it on fire before threatening her with it.

The Divine Pairing

    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 (Darkforce empowered)

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): St. Sebastian's Preparatory School (formerly)

Portrayed By: Aubrey Joseph

Appearances: Cloak & 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.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He doesn't have the Blank White Eyes his comic self has.
  • 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.
  • 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. Also, he can trap you in a fear dimension.
  • 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.
  • Black Cloak: An integral part of the character design, hence the name "Cloak". This incarnation was started by Billy before he died.
  • 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 in 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 is his early defining characteristic, 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 ends 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 who (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.
  • Stealthy Teleportation: Mostly played straight — his teleportation is silent and has no visual effect when he disappears, though his reappearance comes with black smoke. It makes him effective at getting around stealthily.
  • 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, sort of like Shadow Walker. His Black Cloak works like 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 harm's 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 (Lightforce empowered)

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Olivia Holt

Appearances: Cloak & 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.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: She's usually depicted with blue eyes, but they're brown here.
  • Angelic Beauty: Her Dagger costume is white, the illumination that the daggers have and she's also very pretty, so she tends to give off this vibe. Lampshaded by Deschaine.
  • 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 sees 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 took a dive, while her mother neglected Tandy, which 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 of Season 1, 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 also 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.
  • Good Wears White: She tends to wear white clothing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Light Is Good: Tandy invokes this trope with her light-based powers and growing compassion.
  • 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 through her character arc with Tyrone. 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 toward her father.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: She can form knives made of light.
  • Weapon of Choice: She fights with knives made from light. Since she never runs out of "ammo", she can freely throw as many knives as she likes.
  • Your Heart's Desire: She can sense people's dreams and hopes.

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Super Soldiers

    Isaiah Bradley 

Isaiah Bradley / Subject #02656

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"You know what they did to me for being a hero? They put my ass in jail for 30 years!"

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): US Army (formerly)

Portrayed By: Carl Lumbly

Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

"They will never let a black man be Captain America. And even if they did, no self-respecting black man would ever wanna be."

An African-American super-soldier created during the Korean War whose existence is covered up by his own country's government.


  • Abled in the Adaptation: The serum in the comics deteriorated Isaiah's mind into a childlike state and left him unable to speak. Here his mental faculties are intact, but he's also bitterly aware of how the government abandoned him.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the comics, Bradley was imprisoned for 17 years and was formally pardoned by the President, allowing him to live in peace with his wife and children and gain the respect of the black community. This version of Bradley lost his wife during his 30-year imprisonment and was only released due to being declared legally dead, which forced him to live in obscurity with his only grandson. Mentally speaking in the comics, he's blissfully unaware of his trauma and happy while in the show, his experience has left him a bitter shell of a man.
  • Age Lift: In the comics, he fought in WWII. In the show, he was an operative during the Korean War.
  • Angry Black Man: He's left embittered by his mistreatment for his race and then demanded Sam and Bucky to Get Out! after they pressed on the subject. Then after Sam visits him again, Isaiah starts insulting Steve and tells Sam that "no self-respecting black man" would ever want to be Captain America along with assuming that Sam believes that Isaiah deserved to be jailed because he's carrying a "white man's shield". This is what causes Sam to decide that it wouldn't be right to stop fighting for what's right because of one man's experiences and convinces him to train with the shield and embrace it (along with the mantle of Captain America) instead of being unsure of it.
  • Big Good: He's the closest The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has to one on a personal level for Sam in relation to its themes in regards to race. Not only do Bucky and Sam initially go to him for help with their mission until his vehement refusal in the second episode, the fifth episode definitely established him to be this for the latter which motivated Sam to accept being Steve's successor after a heart-to-heart mentor-to-protege-like conversation.
  • Casting Gag: This is not the first time Carl Lumbly plays a character with superpowers who feels temporarily ostracized in the world he lives in.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: In spite of being given the super-serum and virtually filling the role, he's not referred to as a previous Captain America. This is justified because there is no mention of Isaiah ever getting the title, and he himself notes that the world still isn't ready for a black Captain America when talking with Sam.
  • Cool Old Guy: Not only a Korean War veteran super soldier and a caring grandfather towards Eli, but he later became a Mentor in Sour Armor of sorts for Sam after mellowing out.
  • Defrosting Ice King: In Episode 6, he loses a lot of his bitterness after Sam successfully takes up the Captain America mantle and takes Isaiah to the Smithsonian where he shows him a new exhibit dedicated entirely to his story.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: A victim of this. Whereas the white Steve Rogers got hailed as America's greatest war hero during World War II, the other, black Super Soldier, Isaiah Bradley, was Unpersoned and used as a Guinea Pig after The Korean War.
  • Disobeyed Orders, Not Punished: Averted, as one of several African-American Super Soldiers deployed to Korea, he snuck out of his base to rescue two of his men whose prison camp was to be bombed to hide the evidence of more Super Soldiers. Soon after arriving back to base, the other men died from complications from the Super Serum, and for his actions, Bradley was court-martialed for insubordination and disobeying direct orders, and was locked up and experimented for thirty years, until a sympathetic nurse helped him fake his death and escape.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a new exhibit at the Smithsonian's Captain America wing is opened, honoring Isaiah's military service and the unjust hardships the government forced him and his unit to endure. For the first time in decades, the old man is genuinely happy and hugs Sam with Tears of Joy flowing down his cheeks.
  • Faking the Dead: Isaiah Bradley is officially dead and he now lives a quiet anonymous life in Baltimore. His death was faked for him by a nurse who took pity on him, and he wishes to remain anonymous because he expects that the government will eliminate him if Sam reveals what has happened to him.
  • A Father to His Men: Isaiah was the leader of the unit of black soldiers chosen as guinea pigs for testing on a super serum. When several of his men were captured and he heard the brass talking about destroying the POW camp to get rid of his men before the serum in their veins could be extracted, Isaiah disobeyed a direct order to stand by and went to free his soldiers. Unfortunately, it didn't make much of a difference because they died anyway and he was imprisoned for it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: At first when he makes his debut and when Bucky and Sam first go to visit him for his help, only to be vehemently refused, but not without good personal reason.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: At the start of The Winter Soldier's career, when he was just starting to make his legendary reputation and at his physical prime as the "fist of HYDRA", a lone American operative was sent to deal with him in the Korean War… and walked away after tearing his cybernetic arm off. But because he was black, the world never heard the legend of Isaiah Bradley, who was imprisoned and experimented on afterward. Sam, understandably, is pissed.
    • The actual event that got him sent to jail is even nobler: He broke out of the facility that was housing him and the other experiment super soldiers to save those who had become POWs. He got to become a guinea pig for his trouble, since he was the only one whose serum didn't kill him.
    • In the closing moments of the finale, Sam sees to it that this gets subverted, by having Isaiah's story and a statue of him memorialized in the Smithsonian alongside Steve's exploits as Captain America, ensuring that his life of pain and suffering won't be forgotten or covered up any longer.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Left an embittered shell of his younger idealistic and patriotic self by the time of the show.
  • Hero of Another Story: Unlike Cap, his story was erased by the US government. Bucky knows it only because he fought Isaiah during his time as the Winter Soldier.
  • Human Resources: During his imprisonment, he was forcibly used by the CIA — as well as HYDRA infiltrators — as a blood donor in order to obtain samples of the super-soldier serum.
  • Irrational Hatred: During his second conversation with Sam, with his judgment clouded by his bitterness, he insults Steve even though the man had nothing to do with what happened to him and would have been appalled by Isaiah's treatment had he known about it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being reduced to an Angry Black Man who was initially inhospitable and non-cooperative towards Bucky and Sam when they visited him in his debut and later cursing out Steve Rogers and Sam when the latter visited him again, he's still a loving family man who deeply loved his late wife and grandson Eli, cared for his late brothers-in-arms whom he served with and later became more open and confiding towards Sam when revealing more of his backstory the next time he visits him. After Sam established an exhibit dedicated to him at the Smithsonian, he becomes absolutely grateful with Tears of Joy towards Sam, hugging him as a thank you for vindicating his actions for everyone to know.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He is a Korean War Hero who ended up embittered by his mistreatment at the hands of the American government he served.
  • Mentor in Sour Armor: Despite his bitterness stemming from his painful past and initially non-cooperative in his debut, he eventually acts as this for Sam in regards to if an African-American can take on the Captain America mantle in the fifth episode.
  • Military Superhero: Isaiah is a super-soldier who fought in the Korean War, but his existence is kept a secret until Sam Wilson steps into the picture.
  • Old Soldier: He still retains his super-strength, even at his advanced age.
  • Older Than They Look: He was a soldier around the time of the Korean War which would put him at about 90 but he looks at least 20 years younger. No doubt side-effects of the serum.
  • Oppressed Minority Veteran: During the Korean War, two of his men were captured, and when he heard that the POW camp, where they were held, would be firebombed to "erase the evidence," he snuck out of his base and rescued them. It was All for Nothing as the men died from complications from the Super Serum, and for insubordination, he was sent to prison. Since he was the only subject that didn't die, he was experimented on for thirty years, and to make sure no one asked questions, his wife was told he died in prison. When a sympathetic nurse helped fake his death, he went into hiding, believing that the government would try to recapture him if they found out he was still alive.
  • Parental Substitute: Despite parenting his grandson Eli, he gradually becomes this to Sam especially starting from their second meeting, acting like the crusty father Sam never had and developing a father-son-like relationship between themselves.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: When we first meet Isaiah, he is a broken man who responds to Sam and Bucky's presence with fury, and when Sam offers to tell his story, Isaiah refuses on the grounds that it will only end badly. When Sam takes up the Captain America mantle in spite of Isaiah's advice, there is a glint of pride in his eye, and when he finds out that Sam had an entire exhibit dedicated to him, Isaiah cries Tears of Joy and hugs him.
  • Retired Badass: Isaiah managed to defeat the Winter Soldier during the Korean War, and now lives in seclusion under the care of his grandson, Eli.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only had three minutes of screen time in his debut, but he manages to make a deep impact on the narrative and a rift between Bucky and Sam.
  • Sole Survivor: Like in the original comic, he wasn't the only black man who got the serum. What he was, on the other hand, was the only one whose specific formula didn't end up killing him.
  • Stealth Mentor: While his assertions out of his bitterness towards Sam that no self-respecting black man should helm the mantle of Captain America nor the country would accept such a hero can come across as discouraging Sam from taking up the mantle, it instead does the opposite effect and encourages Sam to embrace taking up Steve's mantle.
  • Super Soldier: The second American super-soldier created (or third American by birth if you count the Winter Soldier, but then his allegiance wasn't to the US). And the first African-American one.
  • Super Strength: Despite being in his 90s, Isaiah can still throw a tobacco tin hard enough to embed it in a wall... with one hand.
  • Tested on Humans: Instead of being celebrated as a hero, Isaiah was imprisoned and used as a test subject by the government, including S.H.I.E.L.D.'s HYDRA infiltrators.
    • His initial dose of the serum wasn't even revealed to him to be a serum; he was told it was a tetanus shot.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Episode 5, aside from insulting Steve's memory and accusing Sam of thinking about how he deserved to be jailed because he's carrying a "white man's shield", he's more open and cordial in the fifth episode than when he was first introduced. Then in Episode 6, his faith in the country he served is completely restored and he loses his bitterness once Sam ensures Isaiah's military service gets honored through an exhibit dedicated to him that brings a genuine smile to his face complete with Tears of Joy and giving Sam a hug as a thank you.
  • Tragic Hero: A Korean War hero who was instead jailed for thirty years and experimented on by the government and HYDRA in return for his service.
  • Unperson: Once his time as a soldier was over, his existence was essentially wiped clean: name, residence, professional status, not a single hint of his existence remained. This is averted when the Smithsonian sets up an exhibit to honor his heroic deeds.
  • Walking Spoiler: Both out- and in-universe, due to being kept in secret for decades and still being unknown by the public. Falcon is shocked to learn of him and that even Cap was unaware of his existence.
  • When He Smiles: It's an emotional and earnest one upon seeing a museum exhibit dedicated to him to honor his sacrifices and giving him complete public recognition.
  • Worthy Opponent: A former and tragic example with The Winter Soldier. Isaiah and Bucky clearly have respect for each other's capabilities because they faced off when Isaiah was a young super-soldier. Unlike some examples, the fact they were enemies is emphasized here, as Isaiah isn't friendly towards Bucky at all, merely respectful and curious... until a nerve is struck.
  • You Are Number 6: He was denominated "Subject 02656" when he became a guinea pig.

    Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian 

Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian

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"All business, huh? Little Natasha, all indoctrinated into the Western agenda."

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Russian

Affiliation(s): Soviet Armed Forces (formerly)

Portrayed By: David Harbour

Voiced By: Ricardo Tejedo (Latin American Spanish dub), Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese dub), César Marchetti (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Black Widow

"You both have killed so many people. Your ledgers must be dripping, just gushing red! I couldn't be more proud of you."

A Russian intelligence agent and a former superhero with a shared past with Natasha Romanoff.


  • Accent Slip-Up: While undercover in Ohio in the mid-'90s, Alexei speaks with a distinct midwest American accent (the same one New York native Harbour uses for Stranger Things). Once they touch down in Cuba, however, he starts slipping back into his natural Russian accent while begging to get back into action as the Red Guardian, before quickly switching back to his American voice to comfort Natasha and Yelena before they're taken to the Red Room.
  • Acrofatic: Alexei is surprisingly fast and agile despite the weight he gained over the years.
  • Action Dad: Not only is he a superhero created by the Soviet Union, but he is also the adoptive father of Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: He was Natasha's husband in the comics, his presumed death making her a literal widow. This aspect is transferred to Melina in the movie, and he's more of a father figure to Natasha.
  • Adaptational Badass: Alexei Shostakov has no powers in the comics, while he's a Super Soldier in the MCU.
  • Adaptational Curves: Inverted. In the comics, Alexei has a traditional Heroic Build, while in the MCU he is severely overweight.
  • Age Lift: Fought in WWII in the comics as a pilot. In the film, his age is very unclear but he was probably born in the '50s at the earliest.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear if his stories about a rivalry with Captain America have any basis in truth, given the incompatible timelines for such a thing to happen. (Alexei tells a story about one conflict between them in the mid-'80s when Steve didn't get out of the ice until 2011) The U.S. government was still working on Super Soldier projects for decades after World War II (as seen in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) so it's not impossible he may have encountered someone taking the Captain America mantle at the time, especially given this would have been during the Cold War. And of course, Avengers: Endgame ended with Steve going back in time. Word of God has it that Alexei genuinely believes that he had a rivalry with Cap but it's not clear if that's a case of buying into his own stories or if he actually did meet Captain America in some form.
  • Animal Motif: Pigs, more specifically boars. He's big, jovial, perverted, he smells, and he's smart where it counts. His beard looks like the scruff around a pig's mouth, and even the way he laughs sounds a lot like oinking and huffing. Melina names a pig after him and even he can't argue the comparison.
  • Battle Couple: He and Melina Vostokoff genuinely care for one another, even during the most precarious times.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Although his supposed fight against Captain America seems like an obvious lie to impress the other prisoners when he meets Natasha, he genuinely asks if Captain America has talked about him, so he actually seems to believe that he fought against the real Captain America.
  • Berserk Button: While arm-wrestling other prisoners, Alexei boasts about his past accomplishments as Red Guardian, including fighting Captain America. When one opponent at the table expresses doubt, knowing Captain America was still frozen while Red Guardian was active, Alexei is so pissed off that he breaks his opponent's wrist.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Alexei may appear as a comical oaf at times, but he is still a super-soldier who can give his enemies a painful bruising.
  • Bewildering Punishment: He speculates that he was thrown in prison because Dreykov didn't like a comment Alexei made about his appearance, but he clearly doesn't know if that's true or not.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Alexei tells Natasha and Yelena that they'll be fine in the Black Widow program because they're tough and they'll take care of each other.
    • Downplayed when Alexei is introduced telling his fellow inmates in prison a story where he fought and defeated Captain America. However, his time as the Red Guardian would have had to have been before 1991 (the year the Soviet Union collapsed), long after Rogers went into the ice, and long before he was unearthed in the 2010s. When one of the inmates points this out, Alexei breaks his wrist. On the other hand, there are numerous ways this claim could turn out to actually be true: Alexei never specified what Captain America he was talking about, and it is possible that he fought a Captain America that wasn't Steve Rogers; it's also possible he fought the real Steve Rogers after all, whom we know to have access to Time Travel.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys fighting quite a lot. When he accompanies Melina during the infiltration of the Red Room Academy, he even complains that there is no one for him to fight, and is quite happy when Taskmaster comes to confront him.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's a proud and loud fighter, who also doesn't care if his behavior is very unpleasant to others.
  • The Brute: Pretty much his role under General Dreykov and Melina Vostokoff. Though reasonably savvy in his prime he still admits to being reliant on others for the planning, and in the present day, he's painfully naive and frequently blinded by ego.
  • Captain Patriotic: He was the U.S.S.R.'s answer to Captain America. These days, however, he's largely been forgotten by the same state that made him a superhero.
  • Casting Gag: This is not the first time David Harbour plays a loving adoptive father who has a certain experience with people from Russia.
  • Chummy Commies: He's a Big Fun Boisterous Bruiser who also genuinely believes in the communist ideals of the Soviet Union. At the same time, he also embodies the "bottoms-up" criticism many people living in such communist societies may carry (i.e. government officials being either humorless or hypocritical), which adds a bit of tragic edge to the fact that his ideological loyalty was rewarded by decades of prison time.
  • Color Character: The Red Guardian.
  • Comic Relief: While the other characters in Black Widow have their funnier moments, Alexei's enthusiasm and clumsiness make him the main source of levity in an otherwise dark film.
  • Composite Character: With Ivan Petrovich who was Natasha's mentor and father figure in the comics.
  • Contrasting Replacement Character: Alexei manages to be this to his American supersoldier counterparts thus seen in the MCU so far, especially with how the context of Soviet Russia treats and disposes of its personnel in about the same level of callousness the Americans do.
    • Compared to Isaiah Bradley, both men were given the super-soldier serum at one point during their military careers before they were unfairly imprisoned later on where they grew resentful and disillusioned with the very governments they once valiantly fought for. The difference is that Isaiah got the shorter end of the stick due to having been incarcerated for three decades, during which he was experimented on like a lab rat by both the U.S. government and HYDRA until being freed by a sympathetic nurse, and was never given any recognition for his duty due to the government's fear of public backlash over a black man taking up the Captain America mantle until Sam had the Smithsonian acknowledge Isaiah's service, and generally looks back upon his days in the army with bitterness and resentment. Alexei, on the other hand, was genuinely regarded as a hero to the people of the Soviet Union, enough that his most loyal fans still send him mail during his imprisonment, until he was thrown into a Russian gulag with him having no idea what he did to deserve it and looks fondly back on his "glory days", as well as being all too happy to get back into action once his surrogate daughters free him.
    • Like John Walker, Alexei seems to have enjoyed the high profile of being the Red Guardian, with the action figure of him suggesting he was given the same level of endorsement and public reception John did at the start of his tenure as a state-sponsored Captain America. They share an obsession with the reverence their respective mantles supposedly entitle them to and appear to perform well at their jobs (be it the public side or the black-ops side of it), but while John is all grim-and-business about it off-camera (thinking of his tour in Afghanistan as "the worst day of his life"), Alexei shows relish both in the glamour of being a state mascot and being involved in the morally-shady dealings of Dreykov and the Red Room. That said, whereas Walker took matters into his own hands when he was disavowed by his government, Alexei seems to have taken his imprisonment lying down until Natasha and Yelena broke him out.
    • And, of course, to Steve Rogers himself. Whereas Alexei will always make the time to hype himself up as the Red Guardian to anyone he meets (despite his Glory Days being behind him, and he comes off more as a Miles Gloriosus than anything), Steve obviously never demanded such a thing from anyone he meets, always maintains his being a Humble Hero (even trying to keep children who recognize him silent about it), and lets his actions and moral authority convince people to either stand up with him or follow him. The fact that Natasha grew up with Alexei as the closest thing she has to a father figure and then having spent a bulk of her time as an Avenger with Steve probably also contributed to the closeness of their relationship — with Steve probably reminding Natasha of Alexei's best traits, as well as demonstrating what he could have been if he had indeed been a better person. Or a more cosmetic note, whereas Steve was also disavowed by his government and grew a beard during that period, he never let go of his physique (apparently still doing Avengers-level work before finding asylum in Wakanda and being confronted by the threat of Thanos), whereas Alexei definitely let himself go inside prison (with the facilities of the gulag he's in looking in pretty decrepit shape, it made sense).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Taskmaster absolutely stomps him, though it is likely that he knew he'd get destroyed since he just missed fighting strong opponents, and he also knew that his main goal was to stall for time while the other three did their thing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alexei can be full of dry humor during certain conversations. Natasha and Yelena must have taken their levels of snark after him.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: As a Soviet relic who spent decades in prison, Alexei carries a lot of the attitudes you would expect someone like him from that era to carry, with his lavishing praise on Natasha and Yelena for their careers and particularly for their kill counts, then being unable to understand why they aren't proud of it and are clearly uncomfortable discussing the subject being a perfect example.
  • The Ditz: He's not the world's brightest superhero (though he has sufficient Hidden Depths to maintain a cover in the US for three years), which he's entirely aware of, stating that he was always just the muscle — Melina was the brains. He's also got the tact of a baseball bat to the skull. However, for all his oafish behavior, he's friendly and affectionate.
  • Dumb Muscle: He has Super Strength, but intelligence isn't exactly his strong point. He even admits to himself that he's just "the muscle" compared to Melina.
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: The two guards in the mail room in the Russian prison mockingly eat a cake one of Alexei's fans had sent him when Alexei comes to collect his mail. They even tell him to tell his fans to use more butter next time. They soon regret this.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Alexei keeps trying — and failing — to give dramatic heart-to-heart speeches. He succeeds, once, when he stops trying to act dramatic and just acts normal by sharing a song with Yelena. He eventually gives up, presumably because he realizes it's not his name on the posters.
  • Fake American: In-Universe. Alexei and Melina both put on American accents during their time undercover in Ohio.
  • Feel No Pain: His reintroduction in the prison sees him holding a long conversation and beating several other men in a row in arm-wrestling, all while an elaborate tattoo is being inked onto his back.
  • Formerly Fit: His statement that his costume still fits as well as Melina's comment about him putting on weight implies he used to be in much better shape.
  • Glory Days: Alexei clearly misses the days when he was looked up to with the same kind of reverence as Steve. He still has his fans both in and out of jail, who still send him fan mail, baked goods (that the guards steal), and other memorabilia, but the look on his face as he holds a Red Guardian doll emphasizes his bitterness of seeing that the hero of the people has been reduced to a prisoner in an overcrowded gulag.
  • Good Is Dumb: He's not very bright, Hidden Depths aside, but there's a hero and there's no side to him whatsoever.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. While he barely wears his helmet, Alexei doesn't leave it behind at any point.
  • Hidden Depths: Dumb as a box of rocks, as tactful as said rocks, and successfully maintained a flawless cover as an American family man in Ohio for three years.
  • Husky Russkie: Stout Strength and wearing Soviet Red in case he couldn't be a crystal clear example.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He expresses pride over how his girls have grown into Black Widows, completely unaware of all the pain and misery that training in the Red Room entailed. He's also very vocal about how much he hated his undercover job in America, which causes Natasha and Yelena to think that he never cared about them when in truth he did.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Alexei is very arrogant about his time as Red Guardian, frequently mentioning how much he hated being assigned the role of "American family man", he does genuinely care for the girls that he and Melina raised, and is ultimately willing to take on his former superiors to protect them.
  • Just Toying with Them: Alexei is seen arm-wrestling a string of opponents in prison, easily beating them aside from one he teasingly pretends might be a match for him. Then his last opponent makes the mistake of irritating Alexei, who shows how much he's holding back by effortlessly breaking the con's wrist.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: Has "KARL" on his right hand and "MARX" on his left hand.
  • Large Ham: Alexei does not hold back his glee when he gets into the action, and the fact that he is played by David Harbour is a bonus.
  • Lightning Bruiser: There's no denying his superhuman strength as he knocks down a steel door that still has chunks of concrete fixed to it. And despite having a sizable gut, he's almost as fast as he is strong as he rapidly climbs walls and leaps onto ladders back in jail.
  • Military Superhero: Red Guardian was the pride of the Soviet Armed Forces and the Soviet Union as a whole, but his fame has withered into almost nothing during the modern era.
  • Mirror Character: He is the Russian equivalent of Steve Rogers/Captain America. While Steve is humble and retains recognition to the present day, Alexei is more arrogant and only has a handful of people who still admire him.
  • Mysterious Past: Unlike the others of his "family", Alexei seems not to be a product of the Red Room. How did he come to serve the Soviet Union? How did he acquire super-soldier-like qualities? For how long was he Red Guardian, and what did he do in that function? We can only speculate. We don't even know why exactly Dreykov threw him in jail, as Alexei himself claims not to know.
  • Mythology Gag: At one point Yelena sarcastically calls him the Crimson Dynamo. In the comics, Crimson Dynamo is a Russian Iron Man villain who created his own suit of Powered Armor (not unlike Ivan Vanko).
  • Nice Guy: He seems to be a relaxed, jovial kind of guy, especially for someone who's spent time in a Russian prison; while he initially treated his family cover as a chore and went along with sending his adopted daughters to be trained in the Red Room, the distinction is that he loved his family (he just found the work boring), and genuinely thought that sending them to the Red Room was what was best for them.
  • No Social Skills: Between being a Cold War relic with a lot of the attitudes that you would expect someone from that era to have and languishing for decades in a Russian prison, he is often unthinkingly insensitive, tactless, rude, and inappropriate.
  • Nostalgia Filter: For the U.S.S.R..
    Alexei: I just wanted the communist party to go back to being a party.
  • The One Guy: He's the only guy to be part of Natasha's "family".
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: In the present day, Alexei is reintroduced while arm-wrestling other prisoners, who get in line to challenge him. Since he's a Super Soldier, he beats them easily.
  • "Open!" Says Me: He kicks down the steel door of the Seventh Circle Prison during his escape.
  • Outside Ride: During the opening scene of Black Widow, he spends a lot of time hanging on the wing of a plane taking off.
  • Papa Wolf: Though Natasha and Yelena are not his biological daughters, he considers them his and is ultimately revealed to be fiercely protective of them. Among his many prison tattoos, he has both of their names written in Cyrillic on his right arm.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Somewhat, asking a resentful and irritated Yelena if she's on her period. She and Natasha proceed to go into detail about why this isn't possible because of their hysterectomies (in a way that Crosses the Line Twice), which leaves him both Squicked and more than a little horrified.
  • Pop the Tires: During the opening scene, he manages to shoot the tire of a S.H.I.E.L.D. car, causing it to crash into another car.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Alexei has blue eyes and his Red Guardian costume is red and white.
  • Red Is Heroic: He is the first superhero of the Soviet Union, his costume is red and white, and his name is Red Guardian.
  • Reimagining the Artifact: The comic book character was created at the height of the Cold War as a foil to Captain America, and usually served a villainous role. Since Black Widow is set long after that conflict ended (which Captain America was frozen for the whole time), Alexei Shostakov is instead reimagined as a former Soviet hero who lost his job once the USSR collapsed, and he subsequently lost part of his Heroic Build, and he also remains a heroic character.
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: In the comics, Alexei Shostakov was Natasha's ex-husband. Here, he's her sort-of adoptive father.
  • Resentful Guardian: Zigzagged. He's very loud about how much he hated being undercover for the three years he was in America but it's less that he hated what the role needed of him and more that he preferred being on the front lines fighting. He also cares for Natasha and Yelena deeply, even in the present day, so his griping is meant to be more that he's grumbling about a bad time at work than anything else. The girls however do treat his complaints as though he regarded them as burdens, which Alexei is remorseful about when Yelena calls him out on it. This is also noted in a subtle detail: despite all of his talk, a sufficiently sharp-eyed viewer can notice he has the name of his daughters tattooed on his shoulder.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Alexei frequently boasts of his various accomplishments as the Red Guardian, even claiming to his fellow inmates that he once defeated Captain America (he actually retired from being Red Guardian long before Cap resurfaced). While Red Guardian was seemingly popular in Russia at the time, enough to get his own action figure, he's casually dismissed by most people he interacts with now, and it's indicated that no one outside of Russia has even heard of him.
  • So Long, Suckers!: After Natasha and Yelena helped Alexei in escaping prison, he yells a variation of this in Russian at the guards and the inmates who are buried in the avalanche that Yelena inadvertently triggered with her bazooka.
    Alexei: Прощайте, мудаки!English 
  • So Proud of You: When he sees his two "daughters" Natasha and Yelena again, he tells them that he is very proud of them for being assassins who killed a lot of people. Neither is impressed.
  • Soft Glass: He gets tossed through a glass wall during his fight against Taskmaster, and survives without any serious injury. Granted, the fact that he is a Super Soldier may have something to do with it.
  • Stout Strength: He's put on noticeable weight since his prime but he's still quite muscular and very strong, able to fight Taskmaster (almost) evenly. He's husky even in the opening sequence, so either he was always that way, or he'd gone soft in his three years out of action. He's still strong enough to flip a heavy trailer out of the way with little effort even then.
  • Super Prototype: As the film goes on, it becomes clear Steve Rogers was this compared to Alexei. Whatever the process was that gave Alexei his strength and durability, it did not come with the massive boost in agility and speed that Erskine's process also provided to Steve.
  • Super Reflexes: Thanks to his augmented physical abilities, Alexei is able to rapidly react to his opponents' movements, such as when he successfully knocks away Taskmaster's shield mid-air.
  • Super Soldier: He calls himself the Soviet Union's only super soldier and he has the superhuman strength to back up his claim.
  • Super Strength: He possesses superhuman strength that allows him to break a person's arm effortlessly and push away vehicles that are several times his weight.
  • Talk to the Fist: Alexei's last arm-wrestling opponent smugly points out that his tales of fighting Captain America don't really make sense. Rather than argue the point, Alexei breaks the man's wrist.
  • Tattooed Crook: Alexei has several accurate prison tattoos indicating what he'd been incarcerated for during the time between being an icon for the Soviet Union and falling out of favor with the new regime. The meaning of most of them can be found here.
  • Tempting Fate: Alexei, taking a tranquilizer dart in the chest, pulls it out and contemptuously scoffs, "They think that..." He is immediately hit with a dozen more.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Alexei throws Taskmaster's shield at a henchman of Dreykov who tries to stop him and Melina from escaping the exploding Red Room via helicopter.
  • Transatlantic Equivalent: In-universe, he's a Captain Ersatz of Captain America, but he was specifically created to serve as a superhero for the Soviet Union. The mask of his suit, shown in the film's poster, is quite similar to that of Cap, except that it's red instead of blue. Interestingly enough, while the Soviet Union wanted their own version of Steve Rogers, Alexei ended up having much more in common with America's less celebrated super-soldiers.
    • Like John Walker, Alexei seems to have enjoyed the high profile of being the Red Guardian, with the action figure of him suggesting he was given the same level of endorsement and public reception Walker did at the start of his tenure as a state-sponsored Captain America. They share an obsession with the reverence their respective mantles supposedly entitle them to and appear to perform well enough on their jobs (be it the public side or the black-ops side of it). Unlike Walker, Alexei relishes both the glamour of being a state mascot and being involved in the morally-shady dealings of Dreykov and the Red Room.
    • Like Isaiah Bradley, Alexei's country "thanked" him for his service by throwing him in prison for decades for no reason. However, Isaiah eventually manages to get the recognition he deserves.
  • Token Super: Being a Super Soldier, he's the only member of Natasha's "family" who has superpowers.
  • Undercover as Lovers: He and Melina pretended to be a married couple during their mission in Ohio, passing off Natasha and Yelena as their daughters. They're still quite flirtatious with each other in the present, though the film doesn't explicitly clarify whether or not they've ever actually been romantically involved, he does have a tattoo of her face above the word "love" in Cyrillic.
  • Unknown Rival: Regards Captain America as his sworn rival, despite the fact that Steve has not only never met him, but probably never knew he even existed.
  • Vague Age: He talks about the Soviet Union and its party politics as if he lived through it and was already an established super-soldier in the '80s. David Harbour was born in 1975, so this would make Red Guardian significantly older by at least a few decades, if not more. Then there's his friendship with Dreykov, who is visibly much older (though that could be an Intergenerational Friendship). Adding to the uncertainty of it is that he has a version of the super-soldier serum in his veins, which may have altered his age.
  • Weapon of Choice: Like Steve Rogers, Alexei used to have a shield of his own during his Glory Days as the Red Guardian. When he and Melina are fleeing from the crumbling Red Room, Alexei picks up Taskmaster's shield and throws it at one of Dreykov's henchmen who attempts to stop them from escaping via helicopter.
  • The Worf Effect: Pushed almost to the point of parody with Alexei. Not only does he get his ass whooped in the fight with the Taskmaster, but earlier in the movie he gets promptly sedated and captured by Faceless Mooks as soon as they spot him. This is further reinforced later when it is revealed that he was the only one of the protagonists who got captured by the villains for real, the others were just playing a ruse in order to infiltrate the villain's headquarters. This is Played for Laughs both times. Also justified, he's out of shape and out of practice, spent decades being the top dog in prison by sole virtue of his augmented physical abilities, and hasn't faced anyone who is his match or better in a very long time.

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Avatars of the Ennead

    Marc Spector / Steven Grant / Third Alter / Moon Knight / Mr. Knight 

    Layla El-Faouly / Scarlet Scarab 

Layla Abdallah El-Faouly / Scarlet Scarab

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"I don't need protection. What I need is honesty."
Click here to see her as the Scarlet Scarab 

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Egyptian

Affiliation(s): Taweret

Portrayed By: May Calamawy

Appearances: Moon Knight

"I don't steal. They've already been stolen. That's what people forget. I take them off the black market and return them to their rightful owners. I might keep a few to pay the bills."

Marc Spector's estranged wife who ends up getting drawn back into his life when Steven finds Marc's old phone.


  • Action Girl: She dispatches one of Arthur's cultists, and assists Steven/Mr. Knight in battling a monstrous jackal creature who is invisible to her. There is a good reason why Khonshu has his eyes on her as his next host...or not. However, she does get to show her superpowered stuff when she becomes Taweret's avatar.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Not for the character, who's still the daughter of an archaeologist murdered by one of Marc's colleagues, but for the Scarlet Scarab, who in the comics owed its powers to an artifact, the Ruby Scarab, but here is empowered by being an avatar of the goddess Taweret.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Layla is an archaeologist like her father, as well as being an Action Girl.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her father called her "little scarab."
  • Alliterative Name: Her identity as Taweret's avatar is Scarlet Scarab.
  • Animal Motif: Scarabs. Her father used to call her his little scarab, and she sewed scarabs on a scarf she gave him. Noticeably, when Taweret empowers her as her avatar, a crimson-colored scarab is in the middle of her chestplate.
  • Arsenal Attire: When Layla and Marc visit Anton Mogart, she is seemingly unarmed, but wears a rather unusual necklace — which turns out to house twin blades that Layla wields to great effect once the situation goes downhill.
  • Attack Reflector: The wings that come with her Scarlet Scarab costume allow her to redirect attacks back to their sender, which she does with Harrow's attack to send him flying.
  • Battle Couple: She's implied to have been this in the past with her husband Marc. She is an excellent fighter, she references their "adventures", and she's seen him as Moon Knight in action before. "Gods and Monsters" has her, Marc, and Steven kick the asses of multiple cultists.
  • Canon Character All Along: Played with. She's a combination of Marc's comic love interest/wife Marlene Alraune and a genderswapped version of Mehemet Faoul, the second Scarlet Scarab from the comics. Her father, Abdullah El-Faouly, is also a Composite Character between Peter Alraune, Marlene's archaeologist father, and Abdul Faoul, the Scarlet Scarab, who was an occasional ally of the Invaders.
  • Color Character: The Scarlet Scarab.
  • Color Motif: Red. In particular, episode 4 associates her with flares that burn red. This is fitting, given she is the MCU's version of the Scarlet Scarab.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: After becoming Taweret's avatar, she never goes by the Scarlet Scarab alias. She just gets called "Egyptian superhero" by a little girl.
  • Composite Character: Of Moon Knight's canon girlfriend/wife Marlene Alraune, and Mehemet Faoul, the second hero known as the Scarlet Scarab.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In "Gods and Monsters", Layla disguises herself as one of Arthur Harrow's followers to sneak into Giza.
  • Dual Wielding: The necklace she wears in "The Friendly Type" hides twin blades. She wields two swords in each hand as the Scarlet Scarab in "Gods and Monsters".
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Layla's a proper Action Girl in her own right, but this gets taken Up to Eleven when she partners with Taweret and becomes the Scarlet Scarab.
  • Foreshadowing: Layla was referred to by her father as his "little scarab". She becomes the MCU version of the Scarlet Scarab.
  • Fragile Speedster: As the Scarlet Scarab, Layla can fly at incredible speed, but she still has to protect her human body from gunfire.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Taweret gives Layla an armor with gold and white coloration when the latter becomes the Scarlet Scarab.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: Her Scarlet Scarab armor has gold elements that possess offensive and defensive capabilities.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: As Mr. Knight is being thoroughly thrashed by a jackal, she sneaks up behind and throws a bottle into its face. Unfortunately, it doesn't accomplish much but let her See the Invisible for a few seconds.
  • Improvised Weapon: She has used a glass bottle, shards of glass, flares, and the mask of a Heka priest as weapons throughout Moon Knight.
  • Instant Expert: Layla is incredibly adept in utilizing her Scarlet Scarab armor and equipment despite having only been Taweret's avatar for a few minutes.
  • Karmic Thief: She locates stolen artifacts that end up on the black market and steals them back — usually to return them to their rightful owners, but occasionally also to cover her own expenses.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Marc kept Layla in the dark about being part of a DID system throughout their marriage, making it a big surprise for her when she finds her estranged husband living under a different name with a totally different accent and personality, and with no idea who she is. Also, while she's aware of Marc's powers as Moon Knight, she doesn't know that it comes from his service to Khonshu, something Marc is very keen to keep hidden, since Khonshu has his eyes on Layla to become his next avatar.
  • Meaningful Name: Layla means "night" in Arabic. She married the avatar of an Egyptian moon god.
  • My God, You Are Serious!: When Steven accidentally calls her on the phone, she doesn't believe that Steven is real and tells Marc to drop the fake accent and tell her where he's been before hanging up in frustration. Once they meet in person, Layla is still pissed at him for what she sees as him playing dumb, like him not knowing how to ride a motorcycle with her or reciting her favourite poem but claiming that it's actually his favourite, and she laughs at him and says she's not buying it. Once they're both in a life-or-death situation and Steven still doesn't break character or transform into Moon Knight, she realises that there really is something going on. After witnessing Steven mentally switch with Marc, she finally accepts that there really are two people in the same body.
  • Noodle Incident: She has some history with Anton Mogart that isn't expanded on further then Bek mentioning some encounter in Madripoor that apparently didn't go in Anton's favour.
  • Omniglot: Layla is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Ancient Egyptian.
  • People Puppets: She very briefly becomes one when Taweret speaks through her just before making Layla her avatar.
  • Poor Communication Kills: She repeatedly tells Steven to "summon the suit". What she's trying to say is "turn into Moon Knight", but Steven hears it as "put on a nice dapper suit", which results in the creation of Mr. Knight. Downplayed, because Layla appears not to realize that Steven is a different person from Marc, and couldn't know Steven wouldn't know what she means.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Layla's Scarlet Scarab armor is red and yellow/gold in color.
  • Race Lift: The writer's room downright discarded keeping Marc Spector's wife as a Caucasian blonde for diversity's sake, hence Layla is Egyptian.
  • Razor Wings: The suit Taweret makes for her includes metallic wings that she can use to fly or as weapons or shields. Curiously enough, these wings do not correspond to any of Taweret's motifs, having been traditionally associated with the goddess Hathor or Isis instead. However, when Layla and Taweret are talking after Layla agrees to become her avatar, Taweret does say she has "a fabulous costume" in mind.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her Scarlet Scarab armor has red coloration.
  • Relative Button: She does not like it when someone tries to get under her skin by mentioning her father's death.
  • Super Reflexes: As the Scarlet Scarab, Layla can quickly anticipate the movements of her enemies.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Layla is already a badass in the beginning, and she becomes even more badass when she becomes Taweret's avatar.
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: She appears to develop a variant of this with Marc and Steven (two bodies, three people) over the course of the series. When conversing with Marc, Layla is a cold and stoic Consummate Professional who openly remarks how she feels that she barely knows who her husband is anymore. While she initially has the same attitude towards Steven when she first meets him, due to believing that he's merely Marc getting deep into a new identity, she gradually softens up to him once she realizes he's an entirely separate person, and is much more open with him as they work together to stop Harrow.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She calls out Marc several times for constantly keeping her in the dark against her will and randomly dropping off the face of the Earth without a word of notice. She's also furious when he admits he only first met her and fell in love because he wanted to ease his conscience regarding her father's death.
  • Wing Shield: Her wings are bulletproof, and she uses them to protect herself and other from gunfire.
  • You Killed My Father: Averted, since Marc reveals to Layla that his partner Raoul Bushman was the one responsible for her father's death.

Other Superheroes

    Xu Shang-Chi 

    Eric Brooks / Blade 

Eric Brooks / Blade

Species: Dhampyr (human-vampire hybrid)

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: Mahershala Ali

Voiced By: Mario Filio (Latin American Spanish dub), Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Andrio Cândido (Brazilian Portuguese)

Appearances: Eternals note  | Blade

"Sure you're ready for that, Mr. Whitman?"

A vampire hunter who himself is half-human/half-vampire.


    Kate Bishop / Hawkeye II 

Kate Bishop / Hawkeye

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"Some people have actually called me the world's greatest archer."

Birth Name: Katherine Elizabeth Bishop

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Spence School (formerly), Bishop Security (formerly)

Portrayed By: Hailee Steinfeld, Clara Stack (young)

Voiced By: Atsumi Tanezaki (Japanese dub), Lia Mello (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Hawkeye

"You showed me that being a hero isn't just for people who can fly or shoot lasers out of their hands, it's for anyone, who's brave enough to do what's right, no matter the cost."

A young woman from a rich family who trained to become a master archer and martial artist following the Battle of New York. She becomes the protégé of Clint Barton/Hawkeye and after helping him to tie some loose ends, inherits his title.


  • Action Girl: Her passion for archery, fencing, and martial arts have truly paid off in molding her to become Clint Barton's partner.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Kate's ongoing family drama involves her disapproving of her mother, Eleanor, moving on from her father's death (the inverse of the comic book backstory of Kate's parents). This, in turn, actually makes her a bit similar to one of Hailee Steinfeld's previous roles, Charlie from Bumblebee.
    • Steinfeld had previously gotten involved in a plot where the Big Bad was Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, Kate is a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak, and much of her formal wear even in the Fraction/Aja run is made up of dresses. Here, she outright forgoes a fancy red dress her mom bought for her to wear at a party, instead choosing to wear a black suit and tie. However, she does wear a black dress to the formal Christmas party — if not to simply hide her new superhero suit underneath.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the comics, she trained in archery, fencing, and martial arts as a means of self-defense after being assaulted while walking home from school one day. In the MCU, she did the same after losing her father during the Battle of New York, as a means of protecting herself and her mother, as well as emulating Hawkeye, who (albeit unknowingly) saved their lives.
  • Age Lift: Kate was still in high school when she first became a superhero in the comics, but the series instead presents her as a college student in her early 20s. This is presumably so that Kate doesn't run into the same problems Peter Parker faces as a crimefighter because Kate becomes a non-masked crimefighter by the finale, but has at most a year of school left so she doesn't have to worry about leading a double life.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She became a huge fan of Clint Barton after he saved her life during the Battle of New York when she was 10-years-old and is ecstatic at getting to work with him. She also briefly fangirls over the fact that Yelena Belova is Natasha Romanoff's sister.
  • Badass Normal: As you'd expect, she's more than capable of fending for herself against the Tracksuit Mafia in the first episode. Those black belts are a massive help in this case.
  • Bash Brothers: With Clint Barton.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted when her attempt to rescue Clint from the Tracksuit Mafia results in her capture as well. She eventually does have her moment when she rescues Clint from Maya a few episodes later; she shoots out the sword from her hands seconds before she could impale him.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Averted with Clint. Even after learning that Clint is Ronin (and when Yelena also tries to paint him as a bad guy and convince her he's a monster), she knows he's a good man who's been through a lot and understands he only wants to atone his past actions.
    • Episode 5 ends with her learning that her own mother hired Yelena to kill Clint (her idol and savior) and is working with Wilson Fisk. Her expression says it all. Even when her mother insists she did it all for her and to protect them from "having nothing", Kate refuses to justify her mother's amoral actions and has her arrested. Although, not without telling her that she still loves her.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Downplayed. While Kate is a highly competent and crafty combatant, she makes A LOT of rookie mistakes that put both herself and the people around her in even more danger, a trait that clearly gets on Clint's nerves and makes him consistently resistant to the idea of ever taking her on as a protégé.
  • Chekhov's Skill: She uses the coin toss trick that she learned from Clint to detonate her broken explosive arrows, successfully incapacitating the Kingpin.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She'll fight dirty without a second thought if it presents a good opportunity, such as when she used a shopping cart to ram some Tracksuit Mafia goons and eventually managed to get one stuck inside of it before she shoved it at a wall.
  • Composite Character: Since the MCU's Clint Barton is shown to be a hyper-competent S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Kate is given a lot of the characteristics of Clint Barton from the Fraction/Aja run that the series is based on. She messes things up constantly, runs afoul of the Tracksuit Mafia, rescues Pizza Dog, and her face is constantly covered in cuts and bruises. She even delivers the "this is bad" line herself.
  • David Versus Goliath: She is the David during her fight with Kingpin. The latter weighs a few hundred pounds more than her and has shrugged off her attacks like it was nothing. It took Kate activating all her dangerous arrows at the same time to knock him out albeit temporary.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's the MCU. At this point, it'd be unusual if she wasn't one.
    Kate: [via Message] Good thing they call you HawkEYE and not HawkEAR
    Clint: [laughs dryly] Block. Delete.
  • Determinator: As established by the bell tower, when Kate puts her mind to something, she will see it through no matter how many times she has to try or how many obstacles she encounters.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Clint was an extraordinarily violent and brutal vigilante when he was Ronin who made numerous mortal enemies who never forgot him and are out for his blood, and she clearly failed to take that into consideration when she donned the outfit and began running around in public with it. The Tracksuit Mafia was more than happy to educate her on just how bad a decision she made.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father dies during the Chitauri Invasion of New York, as she and her mother are shown mourning him after their penthouse was caught in the crossfire. Years later, his death still affects her.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Peter Parker. They encountered Avengers as children (Peter encountered Iron Man at the Stark Expo, and Kate encountered Hawkeye during the Battle of New York). Both eventually got the chance to work alongside their heroes. While both are skilled, their inexperience, impulsiveness, and desire to impress their idol, lead them to make things worse and get on their heroes' nerves. Hilariously, Hailee Steinfeld has previously played a version of Spider-Woman (specifically, Spider-Gwen). Coincidentally Steinfeld and Tom Holland are the same age as were Peter and Kate prior to the Blip.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The opening credits to the first episode showcase how Kate would go on to train for years to become the archer/fighter we know her as. No matter how many times she loses and gets knocked down, she gets up and tries again and again until she wins.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Kate is noticeably distraught when Jack is arrested for Armand's murder, despite never really trusting him in the beginning. However, he's proven to be innocent since Kate's mother Eleanor has been outed as Armand's actual killer.
  • Extremely Protective Child: Kate has grown highly protective of her mother ever since her father's death. Wilson Fisk learns this the hard way.
  • Fan of the Underdog: She's a huge fan of Hawkeye, who doesn't share the same popularity as the super-powered Avengers with the general public. While Clint couldn't care less about his popularity, Kate offers suggestions on how he can improve his "branding".
  • First-Name Basis: Notably, unlike Peter Parker, she refers to the hero she looks up to by his first name. This highlights her confidence and her friendliness.
  • Foil:
    • To Maya Lopez. Kate was raised as Old Money, lost her father while she was still a child, looks up to Clint Barton as Hawkeye, and is new to being a hero. Maya, on the other hand, was poor enough as a child and her desire to be able to afford to go to a special deaf-only school was up in the air, lost her father as an adult, hates Ronin (and therefore unknowingly Clint) for killing him and is an experienced criminal.
    • To Yelena Belova. They're both skilled young women but Kate is a Naïve Newcomer new to the superhero game while Yelena has been a Black Widow for most of her life. They both like dogs and pick up a dog at some point during their debuts, Kate at the beginning of the series and Yelena at the end of Black Widow. Kate and Yelena are both women in their 20s who act more like late teens but for different reasons. For Kate, it's because she came from a privileged background and has been young and rich her whole life and as a result is a bit overconfident. For Yelena, it's because she's been indoctrinated and brainwashed for most of her life and as a result has had next to no childhood. They both also look up to an Avenger. As a result, Kate is an ordinary girl while Yelena is anything but. Even their appearances are foils to each other. Kate is tall and dark-haired and Yelena is short to average in stature and blonde. Kate dresses more boyishly and casually while Yelena dresses more femininely and fashionably.
  • Freudian Excuse: Kate's father died during the Chitauri Invasion just shortly after promising that he would always be there to protect her. So Kate, inspired by the man who actually did end up saving her life (Clint), dedicated herself to honing her skills as an archer so she can protect the only family she has left, her mother.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Sees a member of the Tracksuit Mafia kicking a dog, which is what leads her to intervene, she then chases the dog into traffic to save it from being run over, then adopts him, and names him Lucky.
  • Friendly Enemy: Kate gets along with Yelena Belova very well, even though Yelena is trying to kill the person Kate considers a mentor.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: When she fights the Tracksuit Mafia raiding the wine cellar an Auction of Evil she's infiltrated is taking place in, she bludgeons several of them with wine bottles.
  • Guile Hero: One of her greatest strengths is shown to be how well and fast she can think on her feet.
    • Infiltrating a black market auction by posing as a waiter (helped that her black suit/tie got her mistaken for one already), she manages to shoo off a suspicious waiter by telling him "Gary" sent her and to not press further lest he wants to upset "Gary". When this doesn't work and "Gary" turns out to be the man she's talking to, Kate evades him by acting like a disgruntled employee he keeps forgetting existed and "quits", dumbfounding him long enough to make a getaway.
    • She gets herself and Clint into her aunt's apartment by pressing every button on the buzzer and claiming to be delivering pizza until someone lets them in.
    • This even helps her slow down Yelena, a much more skilled, experienced, and ruthless fighter intent on killing Kate's idol.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She rescued Lucky from the Tracksuit Mafia and quickly adopted him. Yelena even gives her props for the deed as they both share the same dog-loving interest.
  • History Repeats: She has become the new Hawkeye as Yelena Belova is clearly meant to be the new Black Widow. The two women meet while on opposite sides, but immediately click into natural chemistry; very much like that shared between Natasha and Clint - even though they're on opposite sides. They even find themselves holding back and bantering much like Clint and Natasha did during the airport battle in Civil War.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's initially quite impulsive and acts on her suspicions with more ferocity than she should.
  • I Meant to Do That: She tries to pass off blunders or flukes as intentional actions, emphasis on "tries" because it comes off as such Blatant Lies that she is immediately forced to backtrack.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Enough that she's been called the world's greatest archer before, and even Clint agrees she's worthy of the title after seeing her in action.
    • On a dare, she rings a bell using an arrow in her introductory scene. When hitting the bell directly doesn't work, she uses an improvised bola arrow that bounces under the bell and wraps around the clapper to pull it.
    • She successfully knocks out a member of the Tracksuit Mafia by flipping a wine bottle onto his head after stomping it.
    • Even though she's initially dumbfounded when Clint turns off the radio and TV with a single coin toss, she manages to replicate the trick with his help after only three tries. She then goes on to repeat the trick against Kingpin under stress.
    • When fighting Yelena, she uses a set of Christmas ornaments as bolas and throws it at the former's hand, disarming one of her batons.
  • Improvised Weapon: Throughout Hawkeye, Kate is able to use a wine bottle, a shopping cart, Christmas ornaments, and a coin as weapons to overcome her opponents.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her being an idealistic Naïve Newcomer to heroism is probably why colored contacts were used to replicate Kate's blue eyes from the comics.
  • Just a Kid: Owing to dealing with a lot of older adults in the series, she gets treated like this a lot, much to her chagrin, despite being 22. Clint explicitly says it to her on their first meeting (among several other quips about her age) and Eleanor dismisses her concerns about Jacques as the typical "child dislikes potential step-parent" trope that you'd be more likely to see with a teenager in that scenario.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She really looks up to Clint and she shows it.
    Kate: [with a big stupid grin] You're... kind of my favorite Avenger.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She does try to plan more than is typical for this trope, but she also has a bad habit of impulsively starting or joining fights the minute she sees what she thinks is a good opportunity, with no regard for how things could go wrong if things don't go exactly according to plan or she runs out of options. Clint calls her out on this, advising her to think more carefully and less impulsively, and tells her that her problem is that she prioritizes the wrong things — she always looks for the best possible entrance when she should be looking for the best possible exit instead.
  • Legacy Character: Clint takes her under his wing and believes that she earns the Hawkeye name after everything they have experienced together.
  • Master Archer: Her exceptional marksmanship with bows and arrows (her room is running out of space for all of her tournament trophies and medals) prompts her to proclaim herself as "the world's greatest archer".
  • Motor Mouth: She has a noticeable habit of talking Clint's ear off, to the point where he outright turns off his hearing aid for some brief respite.
  • Nice Girl: Kate is a very sweet and caring girl who wants to help others and maintains a close relationship with her mother at least until The Reveal and she marvelously averts the Broken Pedestal trope; sticking by Clint and seeing him for the hero he actually is. Kate is also very social, to the point she even bonds with a member of the Tracksuit Mafia over a simple conversation about issues with his girlfriend (which the member in question later sincerely thanks her for as it saved their relationship). She may not have the experience of a hero, but she sure as hell has the heart of one.
  • Non-Idle Rich: She's a young Socialite whose family owns a major security corporation based in New York, but has been training in various martial arts since adolescence and practically Jumped at the Call to become a vigilante.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kate's reaction when Jacques offers her a piece of Armand's monogrammed butterscotch, implying he was at the scene of Armand's murder. Later again when she learns that her mother, Eleanor, is working for the Kingpin and hired Yelena to kill Clint.
  • Old Money: The Bishops are absolutely loaded, and Kate mentions that her great-great-great-great-grandfather actually built the Manhattan building where her family's massive penthouse is located, indicating the family fortune goes back at least a century and a half.
  • One Steve Limit: Hilariously, she's not the only MCU character named Kate to be extremely skilled with a bow and arrow. Katy Chen, Shang-Chi's best friend has some experience in the field of archery as well.
  • Le Parkour: She's agile and acrobatic, and her rolling and jumping allow for things such as breaking into Armand's home through the window.
  • Pet the Dog: Save the Dog in this case — she ends up saving Lucky's life when he runs into traffic — and proceeds to take him home and feed him some pizza. This despite the fact that she was wearing Clint's old Rōnin suit that she so happened to find in a black market auction, leading to her showing up on the news twice and pretty much exposing herself.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She loves the color, and in an aversion to Movie Superheroes Wear Black, it's still the primary one in her costume.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Kate and her mother are some of the wealthier citizens of New York thanks to her mother's security company and her late father's family wealth. Unfortunately, Kate has a knack for getting into trouble as a young adult for doing very stupid things without thinking them through first, which earns her reprimands and growing concern from her mother.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: She's a highly skilled martial artist and archer with a great deal of technical ability. However, her lack of real combat experience (outside of a gym or professional setting) leaves her struggling against much less skilled but bigger, stronger, and more real-world experienced opponents; those who have practical knowledge of street-level physical combat that she doesn't have. She is also exceptionally good at planning for a few things, but neglecting to account for everything that could possibly go wrong, which leads to her repeatedly creating huge messes and winding up in situations that are way out of her depth. It's made clear that, while she has potential down the road, she needs to gain much real-world experience to truly refine her skills.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Kate is privileged and somewhat overconfident as a result of being "young and rich" her whole life. However, she's very compassionate and sweet and just wants to help others. Special mentions go to her rescuing Pizza Dog without a second thought (even getting slammed into a passing car to do it), helping Clint fill the void left by not being able to spend time with his kids during Christmas by planning an impromptu holiday party (which Clint says actually cheered him up), and immediately seeing the better in Clint when she figures out he's Ronin and focusing on the fact he is a good guy despite his past.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Her looks are never emphasized, but she's still 5'8"/1.73m and could moonlight as a model. Particularly noticeable during her elevator ride with Yelena, where she can be seen standing half a head taller than Yelena.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: She measures 5-foot-8, is raven-haired, and is filled with snark.
  • Three-Point Landing: She ends up this way after sliding down Yelena's rope using a bola. Yelena herself doesn't mention this as being "disgusting", like she used to, because she is doing the hero landing herself now.
  • Tomboy: Kate is very athletic, rough-and-tumble, and not afraid to get her hands dirty, having trained in martial arts, climbing, and parkour since childhood. She's usually seen wearing a long overcoat, sweats, and baggy jeans. When asked by her mother to wear a dress for a fundraiser, Kate wears a tux instead. Inverted when she actually wears a black dress in the last episode.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Yelena Belova, who is the Girly Girl to Kate's Tomboy. In contrast to Yelena's flashier and more feminine fashion sense, Kate dresses a more reserved and boyish way.
  • Tomboyness Upgrade: In the comics, she is usually depicted as more of a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak, frequently donning dresses. Here, she dresses considerably more masculinely, minus her black dress. She wears a black suit and tie in the first episode and conveniently for her, this allows her to slip into the Ronin suit more easily than if she wore a dress like her mother wanted her to.
  • Too Clever by Half: The bell tower incident and the buildup to her first real fight illustrate not only her cleverness, ingenuity, and tenacity, but also her impulsiveness, poor judgment, and tendency to not foresee consequences and dig progressively deeper holes for herself once her plans go south. Clint calls her out on this, as he points out that her strategy of planning a good entrance and then figuring things out from there is what gets her into trouble — no combat scenario will ever go according to plan and will probably collapse spectacularly, and anyone entering one should always focus on coming up with a quick, easy, and reliable exit plan instead.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While skillful, Kate makes a lot of rookie mistakes and tends to cause more problems for Clint. By the final episode, she resolves those mistakes and manages to handle herself against the likes of a Black Widow (who is holding back against her, though)) and even the Kingpin himself with her wits.
  • Trick Arrow: Even before being taken under the guy specialized in those, she's seen firing a "bola arrow" created with a tennis ball. Although it ends up destroying a bell tower...
  • Well-Trained, but Inexperienced: Like Clint, Kate is an incredibly profound martial artist and skilled with a bow and arrow. But unlike him, she has almost no experience when dealing with criminal gangs, or even a Black Widow assassin. Yelena bursts out laughing when Kate suggests she could have killed her.
  • Womanchild: She's 22 years old, but frequently acts like a teenager. Clint constantly makes sarcastic comments about her immaturity and outright calls her out on it at one point:
    Clint: That's not fair, that your inability to act like a grown-up helps you get your way.
  • "World's Best" Character: Kate claims that some people have called her "the world's greatest archer". Clint (who has also been called "the world's greatest archer") flatly asks if she is one of those people. She sheepishly nods. Although, once Clint sees her in action, he says that she honestly deserves the title and that she has solid skills.
  • Worthy Opponent: Even though Yelena is clearly holding back while fighting Kate, she is impressed with Kate's skills as well as successfully landing a few hits on her.

    America Chavez 

America Chavez

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"How much experience do you guys have with the Multiverse?"

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Utopian Parallel

Affiliation(s): Utopian Parallel, Masters of the Mystic Arts

Portrayed By: Xochitl Gomez, Aliyah Camacho (young)

Voiced By: Nycolle Gonzalez (Latin American Spanish), Akari Kitou (Japanese)

Appearances: Spider-Man: No Way Home note  | Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

"Rule No. 1 of Multiversal travel: You don't know anything."

A teenage girl with the power to open star-shaped portals to travel throughout the Multiverse.


  • Action Girl: Once she has mustered her courage, America is prepared to punch and fight anything that poses a threat to her and those who have cared for her.
  • Action Survivor: At first, America survives the dangers of the Multiverse with her wits and her allies. In the climax of Multiverse of Madness, she becomes bolder and slowly transforms into an Action Girl.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the comics, America was originally claimed to be born in the alternate dimension the Utopian Parallel, but a later story retconned that she was actually born on Earth and she largely imagined the Utopian Parallel backstory as a coping mechanism to deal with the trauma of losing her mothers. The film, however, goes with America's original backstory and plays it straight, though it doesn't cover her mothers also being superheroes and leaves out the additional detail that the Utopian Parallel was created by the Demiurge (Wanda Maximoff's son Billy in the future).
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: America in the comics tends to be brutally honest and abrasive, though also fairly taciturn. While her MCU counterpart certainly keeps her snarky attitude, she is far less abrasive to others. She is also not as cocky given how she hasn't learned how to fully control her powers.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: She's less self-assured and confident than her comics counterpart, and doesn't have a sure grasp on her powers.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Like her comic counterpart, she can generate portals to other dimensions. Unlike her comic counterpart, she isn't a Flying Brick, but she does learn magic at the end.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Unlike the comics, America has trouble casting star portals to cross the Multiverse, and lacks her Flying Brick powers. As such she relies on Doctor Strange to protect her from hostile threats until she decides that enough is enough and gains control of her abilities. America in the MCU is also younger than the comics character, Gomez being 14 during filming while comics Chavez was almost 16 in her first appearance and in Comic-Book Time has settled to old enough to attend college.
  • Alternate Self: Discussed and implicitly defied. America claims she has no alternate selves, citing her inability to dream as proof. This is why the demons after her powers pursue only her specifically and don't just try for another America Chavez.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She wears a Pride flag pin on her jacket, and was raised by two mothers. In the comics, America Chavez is a lesbian.
  • Big Eater: America explains that her stomach is different than that of normal humans, which allows her to eat more pizzas than anyone else.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • She inexplicably developed the ability to travel between universes. Unfortunately, she has no real control over any of it, scattering herself and her family to the farthest reaches of Marvel's infinite number of universes. There she had to learn how to survive on her own for the rest of her adolescence, unable to make any long-term connections with anyone. Half the time, she'll end up being hunted down by supervillains, morally-grey superheroes and eldritch horrors who would be more than willing to kill her and take her power for their own purposes.
    • On a lighter note, she Cannot Dream because there are no other "America Chavezes" in the entirety of the Multiverse.
  • Blue Is Heroic: America wears a primarily blue jacket and the star-shaped portals she casts are bright blue in color. Her eyes also occasionally glow blue when she uses her powers.
  • Cannot Dream: She cites the fact that she doesn't dream as proof that she's unique in The Multiverse, as dreams of other versions of oneself are actually glimpses of your alternate self's life.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Not once is she referred to as "Miss America" in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Despite having no control over her powers, wherever her portals go, they go to universes that have something to help her. The contrived-ness makes Stephen realize that these aren't coincidences at all; America can subconsciously control where she goes, she just lacks the self-confidence to really harness it.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's a teenage girl who is pursued by a multidimensional evil. Strange stepping in to help her kickstarts the plot of the film, and the Final Battle is about stopping Wanda, who has America captured, from draining the latter's powers. America eventually becomes a subversion of this trope after a pep talk from Strange motivates her to fight Wanda all by herself.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her level of snark is almost as equal to Strange's, which leads to several humorous banters between the two.
  • Deuteragonist: Of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, since much of the film's conflict is about Strange protecting her from Wanda Maximoff.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: At the climax of the film, America not only finds the courage but actually manages to land a good number of punches and one kick at Scarlet Witch that briefly stuns her.
  • Die or Fly: For most of the movie, she cannot open her portals unless she's really afraid, usually in life-or-death situations. She manages to overcome this and summon them at any time she wants.
  • Dimensional Traveler: America has the ability to cast blue glowing star-shaped portals that connect different universes within The Multiverse.
  • Foil: To Wanda Maximoff. Both are Unskilled, but Strong enhanced individuals whose lives are defined by loss (Wanda and her sons, America and her mothers). Both of them have powers one cannot help but be compared to the Infinity Stones (Wanda having gained her powers from the Mind Stone, her abilities a similar color and power-set very similar to the Reality Stone, America's abilities the same color and portal generating capabilities of the Space Stone) and are in some way intrinsically tied to a Tome of Eldritch Lore (Wanda to the Darkhold, America to the Book of Vishanti), making them The Chosen One in a dualistic sense.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: America's eyes emit a bright blue glow whenever she is about to cast her star-shaped portals.
  • Has Two Mommies: She had two mothers, both of whom were her biological parents, thanks to the magic of their home dimension, the Utopian Parallel.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Averted. During the climax of Multiverse of Madness, America tells Strange that he should kill her and absorb her powers to stop Wanda and save the Multiverse after everything they have experienced together. However, Strange gives America a motivational speech about how she has always been able to control her powers and that she can use them to defeat Wanda, which inspires America to do so.
  • Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: She and Wong make remarks about Strange's inability to speak Spanish while conversing in said language.
  • Hypocritical Humor: America tells Strange that the first rule of interdimensional travel is "you don't know anything"... then promptly proceeds to demonstrate this by assuming that food on Earth-838 is free, as it is in her own world and most worlds she's been to.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: America believes that she is responsible for the deaths of her mothers when she was a child and got scared by a bee, accidentally opening a portal through which her mothers were sucked away. Stephen tries to make her feel better by telling her that he believes they are still alive and that she will be reunited with them someday. She retorts that they could be anywhere in the Multiverse and she can't find them.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: America inexplicably developed the power to punch star-shaped portals into other universes, an ability stated to be unique not only to the MCU's magical or scientific capabilities but to the rest of the Multiverse. It's also expressly stated that there are no variants of her throughout the Multiverse, making her the only unique individual to exist. Blink and you'll miss it, but the only page you can see from the Book of Vishanti displays her star symbol, implying either she's the destined Good Counterpart to the Scarlet Witch, or is at least is the most equipped to handle her.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: America takes Strange to another version of New York and takes some pizza balls, confident that in most universes, food doesn't cost money. Cue the pizza ball vendor telling them that they have to pay for the food.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: In Multiverse of Madness, America Chavez is a teenager who teams up with the middle-aged Stephen Strange. They quickly learn to trust each other out of necessity and sympathize over their respective pasts. After America joins the Masters of the Mystic Arts, she tells Strange that she is glad to have met him, and he feels the same way as well.
  • It's All My Fault: She's convinced her mothers are dead and that it's her fault because she opened the portal that pulled them from the Utopian Parallel. Strange points out that she doesn't know for sure that her mothers are dead, but it's clear America still feels guilty even though she didn't do it on purpose.
  • Just a Kid: Strange and Wong angrily tell Wanda that it is wrong to steal America's powers by killing her because she is still a child.
  • Kid Hero: At the time of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, America is 14 years old, making her one of the youngest active heroes in the MCU in her debut movie.
  • Literal-Minded: America initially assumes that Spider-Man looks more like a spider than a man and can shoot webs out of his butt.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, certain entities from other dimensions are hunting America Chavez so that they can harness her powers and conquer the Multiverse. These entities are summoned by Wanda Maximoff through the use of the Darkhold, for she needs America's powers to find a reality where Tommy and Billy are still alive.
  • Megaton Punch: America's superhuman punches are capable of sending her opponents into other realities.
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: Although Doctor Strange is the titular protagonist of Multiverse of Madness, America is the one who triggers Wanda's Heel Realization by sending the latter to the universe that she intended to live in.
  • Noodle Incident: What she did in the 72 previous universes she visited, including one where everyone is paint, is left to the viewers' imaginations.
  • Power Incontinence: Initially, America is unable to control her powers since she can only use them when she is in a state of fear. She becomes confident in using them in the climax of Multiverse of Madness; after Stephen remarks that she has always managed to get them to just the right universe in the right time and therefore already can control them.
  • Primary-Color Champion: America wears a blue jacket with red accents and a yellow/gold necklace, and her eyes occasionally glow blue when she casts bright blue star-shaped portals.
  • Psychoactive Powers: She can only activate her portals between universes when she's afraid. The first time she opened a portal was when she was scared of a bee, which unfortunately led to her and her mothers being sucked out of the Utopian Parallel. It takes until the end of Multiverse of Madness for her to work out how to open a portal at will without the need to be in a state of fear.
  • Rule #1: She has a set of rules about traveling the Multiverse. The first rule is "you don't know anything". The second rule is "find food, preferably pizza".
  • Star Power: The aesthetic variety. Her portals are always star-shaped, and whenever she hits something, the impact will always be star-shaped despite the obvious improbability.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The innate ability to create portals to any reality in the Multiverse is something not even the Scarlet Witch is capable of without the Darkhold, and considering the MCU's new saga revolves around the newly-opened Multiverse, America's powers become even more groundbreaking. So of course she can only activate them in life-or-death situations until the end of Multiverse of Madness.
  • Super Strength: America's power to cast interdimensional star-shaped portals grant her superhuman strength that is tremendous enough to send Wanda into her desired reality.
  • Talk to the Fist: America uses her superhuman strength to punch and temporarily stagger Wanda in the climax of Multiverse of Madness. When Wanda is about to make a comment on such action, America decides to shut her up with even more punches.
  • Thinking Up Portals: She can cast blue star-shaped portals that allow her to travel across The Multiverse.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After spending an entire film trying to flee from Wanda and listening to Strange's motivational speech, America decides to make her stand against the Scarlet Witch and successfully fights back.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves pizza and makes a point of locating the local version of it whenever she travels to a new universe.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: America's powers are not to be trifled with, but she has yet to gain the full discipline of controlling them, which is why she chooses to train with the Masters of the Mystic Arts in Kamar-Taj by the end of Multiverse of Madness.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: America is undeniably shocked and feels betrayed when Defender Strange attempts to kill her by absorbing her powers as a means to protect the Multiverse. Downplayed later when Doctor Strange inadvertently reveals her current whereabouts in Kamar-Taj to Wanda since he initially believed that Wanda could become a potential ally.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In the climax of Multiverse of Madness, America believes that Strange will take her powers since she believes she can't properly use them, and she seems to be accepting it as an inevitability. Instead, Strange gives her a pep talk about how she has a better grasp of her powers than she thinks, pointing out that in all her previous uses of her multiversal portal ability, she's been able to pick the right universe. This allows America to gain the confidence and the courage she needs to kick the Scarlet Witch's ass.
  • You Remind Me of X: America's impatience while training to become a Master of the Mystic Arts reminds Wong of the time when Stephen Strange first arrived in Kamar-Taj.

    Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel 

Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel

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"It's not really the brown girls from Jersey City who save the world."

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Pakistani, American

Affiliation(s): Coles Academic High School

Portrayed By: Iman Vellani

Appearances: Ms. Marvel | The Marvels

"I always thought I wanted this kind of life, but I never imagined any of this."

A teenage Muslim Pakistani-American superheroine from Jersey City.


  • Action Girl: The first trailer shows that Kamala becomes this after she gains her powers.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the comics, Kamala gained her powers following her exposure to Terrigen Mists. The first trailer of the series shows that she gained her powers after wearing a mysterious bracelet.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, Kamala's powers include elongation, size-shifting, and rarely-used Voluntary Shapeshifting. The first trailer shows that her powers are more akin to creating crystalline energy constructs. That said she is seen to somewhat replicate her stretching abilities from the comics by creating constructs that achieve effectively the same effect, like stretched-out limbs or being able to "embiggen" by creating a construct of an oversized fist.
  • Alliterative Name: Kamala Khan. Doubly alliterative: Her alias is Ms. Marvel.
  • Ascended Fangirl: The first trailer shows that Kamala is a fan of the Avengers, Carol Danvers in particular, before becoming a superhero herself.
  • Barrier Warrior: TV spots show Kamala using the energy constructs that she conjured as shields that can also double as ramps.
  • Beta Outfit: As seen in the "Destiny" trailer, Kamala's first costume is just a Captain Marvel-themed jacket and helmet (basically her cosplay). Lampshaded by Bruno, who remarks that the costume is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
    Bruno: Are you sure that we can keep that on?
    Kamala: It's an homage.
    Bruno: That's a lawsuit.
    Kamala: Great! Then I'll meet Captain Marvel in court, and we'll be the first case in the American Judiciary to hug it out.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Just like Carol Danvers, Kamala's Ms. Marvel costume, particularly her mask, has blue in its color scheme, as shown in the first trailer.
  • Civvie Spandex: As seen in the first trailer and the TV spots, Kamala's first costume is a Captain Marvel helmet and branded jacket.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kamala can make some snarky comebacks while conversing with others, as shown in the first trailer and the TV spots.
  • Hard Light: The first trailer reveals that the crystalline energy constructs that Kamala conjures behave like solid matter.
  • Imagine Spot: The first trailer shows that Kamala has some of these from time to time. There is one where she is praised like an actual superhero in her Captain Marvel cosplay, one where she is crowned the homecoming queen, and one where her crush is biting a large rose in a "seductive" manner.
  • Joisey: As Kamala says, she's a "brown girl from Jersey City." The region's significant South Asian and Muslim populations are shown through Kamala, her family, and friends, including a scene in the trailer of her praying among a large group.
  • Kid Hero: The first trailer indicates that Kamala is an Ordinary High-School Student in her early/mid-teens who later gains superpowers.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Kamala truly adores Carol Danvers, as shown in the first trailer.
  • Legacy Character: Averted; since Carol Danvers is the first Captain Marvel in the MCU, Kamala's superhero name is merely inspired by hers instead of it being a hand-me-down alias. A TV spot has Kamala bantering with her best friend Bruno about her paying homage to Carol Danvers by choosing her Captain Marvel cosplay as her first official superhero suit, with Bruno retorting that wearing her Captain Marvel cosplay as her official superhero suit can result in a lawsuit. Kamala then snarkily responds that she will gladly meet Carol Danvers in court so that they will be the first case in the American Judiciary to hug it out.
  • Magical Accessory: The first trailer reveals that Kamala gains her powers when she puts on a mysterious bracelet.
  • Not Quite Flight: The first trailer has Kamala creating energy constructs as footholds that allow her to run across the sky.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: The first trailer shows Kamala as a simple high school student who lives in Jersey City, that is until she gains her powers.
  • Primary-Color Champion: The first trailer has Kamala wearing her red, blue, and yellow/gold outfit, and it is undoubtedly influenced by her favorite superhero Carol Danvers.
  • Pronouncing My Name for You: The first trailer has Kamala explaining her name is pronounced "kuh-MAH-luh" rather than the more well-known "KAH-muh-luh".
  • Purple Is Powerful: The first trailer shows that the crystalline energy constructs that Kamala creates are primarily purple in color, and her eyes also glow purple when she uses her powers.
  • Red Is Heroic: The first trailer shows that the color scheme of Kamala's Ms. Marvel costume is red, blue, and gold, with her signature red scarf as an addition. It is clear that she has taken heavy inspiration from Carol Danvers, her favorite superhero.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Her Ms. Marvel costume includes her signature red scarf, as revealed in the first trailer.
  • Super Strength: The first trailer shows that the energy constructs that Kamala creates grant her super strength.

    Kareem / Red Dagger 

Kareem / Red Dagger

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Species: Human

Citizenship: Pakistani

Portrayed By: Aramis Knight

Appearances: Ms. Marvel

A young superhero who encounters Kamala Khan.


  • Color Character: The Red Dagger.
  • Dual Wielding: He's shown wielding a dagger in each hand in the "Not Alone" TV spot.
  • Red Is Heroic: He is a crime-fighter who wears a red scarf and uses daggers with red handles as his primary weapons, and his name is Red Dagger.
  • Weapon of Choice: Daggers, as shown in the TV spots.

    Jane Foster / Mighty Thor 

Dr. Jane Foster / Mighty Thor

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"'Well, 'magic's just science we don't understand yet.' Arthur C. Clarke."
Click here to see her as Mighty Thor 

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Culver University (formerly), S.H.I.E.L.D. (formerly), University of London

Portrayed By: Natalie Portman, Elsa Pataky note 

Voiced By: Cristina Hernández (Latin-American Spanish), Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Flávia Saddy (Brazilian Portuguese)

Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Endgame | Thor: Love and Thunder

An astrophysicist who finds out that a wormhole she's been observing is the Bifröst Bridge from Norse Mythology, created by a race of Sufficiently Advanced Alien gods, the Asgardians. After helping their exiled prince, Thor Odinson, find his way back to Asgard, she and Thor have had an ongoing Relationship Revolving Door.


  • Action Girl: Jane becomes this when she transforms into the Mighty Thor in Love and Thunder.
  • Action Survivor: How she deals with gods and robots and The Men in Black. She eventually evolves into an Action Girl in Thor: Love and Thunder.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Not that Jane is in any way unintelligent in the comics, but there she was a nurse, while in the MCU, not only is she an astrophysicist, which is already an extremely hard field on its own, but she also has three degrees.
  • Adaptational Job Change: In the comics, she was a nurse. Here, she is an astrophysicist.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: To differentiate her superhero persona from her namesake, she's referred to as "The Mighty Thor" in contrast to Thor Odinson (although Thor has been called the "Mighty Thor" several times in the MCU long before Jane gets her powers).
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Jane greatly invokes this trope when she becomes the Mighty Thor in Love and Thunder.
  • Amazonian Beauty: As the Mighty Thor, Jane's arms gain considerable muscles and she is still very attractive.
  • Amicable Exes: Thor implies this to be the case in Ragnarok, with both him and her deciding not to be in a relationship without any hard feelings. However, in Endgame, he laments that he isn't together with her, suggesting that it might not have been as smooth a breakup as he implied, though considering that she was a victim of the Snap and Thor was drunk he may have been focusing on their failed relationship instead of the fact that she was dead at the time.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: She does this twice to Thor during their reunion in The Dark World, one to make sure that he is standing right in front of her, and two for being gone for so long. She later does the same to Loki for his attack on New York.
  • Back from the Dead: She is confirmed to be a victim of Thanos's Snap before she is resurrected by Bruce Banner.
  • Badass Bookworm: She relies on her intellect and her inventions when taking part in the action. The "badass" part is taken Up to Eleven when she becomes the Mighty Thor in Love and Thunder.
  • Badass Normal: In a world of gods, aliens, and superheroes, Jane is just a normal person with no enchantments or physical enhancements. Yet she uses her intelligence to solve problems and remains an active part of the conflicts. Subverted when the trailer for Love and Thunder reveals that she has gained the same powers as Thor.
  • Battle Couple: She and Thor work together in ending the Dark Elves' campaign. The trailer for Love and Thunder shows them fighting together years after their breakup.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's usually easy-going, but she will throw a punch at people who get her mad.
  • Blue Is Heroic: As the Mighty Thor, Jane can summon bright blue lightning, as shown in the trailer for Love and Thunder.
  • Brainy Brunette: She is an astrophysicist with brown hair and three degrees.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent from the MCU since 2013's Thor: The Dark World, Jane Foster made a small but significant return in Avengers: Endgame, in a scene that was made up of archive footage from the former film with additional dialogue dubbed in. She eventually makes a full-fledged return in Thor: Love and Thunder.
  • Casting Gag: This is not the first time Natalie Portman plays a character who goes on a space adventure and is in a relationship with a powerful warrior.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The Winter Soldier and Civil War establish that the Star Wars franchise exists in the MCU. Natalie Portman was a part of it in the Prequel Trilogy.
  • Clarke's Third Law: She quotes it to strengthen her argument about her research, which is admittedly going into less grounded territory.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not very often, but by The Dark World, she reacts like this at times.
    Darcy: It's okay, we're Americans!
    Jane: Is that supposed to make them like us?
  • Determinator: It's clear from her very first scene that she's ready to do anything for her research, namely driving directly into a tornado.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She slapped Thor twice, and Loki later. Granted, they probably felt nothing, but she still physically assaulted a pair of gods.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Regarding Jane's motivation in Thor, Natalie Portman explained that her theories about connecting dimensions have her being looked down by the scientific community. If the post-credits scene is anything to go by, she finally got it.
    Natalie Portman: Everyone thinks she's on the fringe of science and that she's this kook, so this is her opportunity to prove herself.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Jane is a normal human before Mjölnir grants her all of Thor's powers, as shown in the trailer for Love and Thunder.
  • Expert Consultant: Mentioned in passing to explain why she isn't present in The Avengers; S.H.I.E.L.D. set her up as a consultant for a distant, remote observatory to keep her out of harm's way.
  • Full-Name Basis: Even to the non-Asgardians. Selvig and Darcy are the only ones who use First-Name Basis with her.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: In Thor, she mentions that she built most of her equipment herself.
  • Genius Bruiser: She is a brilliant astrophysicist and has Thor's powers in Love and Thunder.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Downplayed and lampshaded early on in The Dark World, complete with her first outfit of the picture incorporating Proper Tights with a Skirt. Later scenes show her wearing something like "Asgardian noblewoman casual wear".
  • Hot Scientist: She is a lovely and gorgeous astrophysicist.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Thor, who is both much taller and broader than her. (Portman is 5'3", Hemsworth is a foot taller at 6'3")
  • Interspecies Romance: With Thor, an Asgardian.
  • Legacy Character: Played with since Jane is referred to as the "Mighty Thor" to distinguish herself from Thor (although Thor himself has been called the "Mighty Thor" several times in the MCU long before Jane gets her powers).
  • Living MacGuffin: She becomes one for a while in The Dark World after inadvertently becoming the host of the Aether.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Thor; it's brought up several times that human lifetimes are extremely fleeting compared to Asgardian ones. And then she dumped him.
  • Muggles Do It Better: In The Dark World, the Dark Elves are able to bypass the defenses of the Asgardians, yet they're no match for the gravitic stabilizers that she jury-rigged into field disrupters.
  • Neutral Female: In The Dark World, this is averted. The sensors she and Selvig build, combined with the Convergence, come in handy to fight the Elves and save people's lives.
  • Nice Girl: One of the clearest examples of the MCU. She's kind, easy-going, and quite willing to take part in solving conflicts.
  • Odd Friendship: With Darcy, the perky political scientist.
  • Offscreen Breakup: Much like Tony and Pepper, she and Thor broke up at some point between Dark World and Ragnarok due to Thor's duties as an Avenger and the Asgardian Prince coming between them. His obsession with finding out what was behind his visions in Age of Ultron was the tipping point.
  • Only Sane Man: She easily buys into Thor's story, but does so in a scientific way. Her photographs show that Thor was in the Einstein-Rosen bridge, and she points out that it has to lead somewhere.
  • Primary-Color Champion: The trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder shows Jane wearing a red cape and controlling bright blue lightning with the aid of Mjölnir.
  • Put on a Bus: S.H.I.E.L.D. put her on one to safety before the events of The Avengers. Then The Bus Came Back and she appear in The Dark World where she's quite miffed that Thor didn't come to see her during his last visit to Earth, and she had to learn about it from the news, before being out again for Age of Ultron; apparently she has been kept quite busy with work ever since her work on the convergence took off. She reappeared again via time travel to the Dark World era in Endgame before making her full-fledged return in Love and Thunder.
  • Real Award, Fictional Character: Thor mentions in Ultron that the people are talking of her winning a Nobel Peace Prize for her work on the convergence.
  • Red Is Heroic: The trailer for Love and Thunder has Jane wearing a red cape that greatly resembles Thor's.
  • Relationship Upgrade: To Official Couple with Thor as of the end of The Dark World. Unfortunately, it didn't last.
  • Science Hero: In The Dark World, Jane's research and scientific knowledge help to propel the plot forward and ultimately resolve the conflict. The "hero" part is upgraded when she becomes the Mighty Thor in Love and Thunder.
  • Science Wizard: As of Love and Thunder, Jane is an astrophysicist who can access and harness Asgardian magic while wielding Mjölnir as the Mighty Thor.
  • Shock and Awe: The trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder shows Jane wielding Mjölnir and utilizing its lightning powers.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Thor's noble behavior and hand kissing won her over.
  • Summon to Hand: The trailer for Love and Thunder reveals that Jane can summon Mjölnir back to her hands just like Thor.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The trailer for Love and Thunder shows that she has taken a HUGE level in badass when she becomes the female counterpart of Thor himself.
  • Working with the Ex: The official trailer for Love and Thunder shows Jane working alongside her ex-boyfriend Thor in taking down Gorr the God Butcher.
  • Written-In Absence:
    • Natalie Portman was pregnant when The Avengers was filming, so Jane only appears in a still photo.
    • Defied for The Dark World, as the crew delayed filming until she was out of bed rest.
    • Early on in Ragnarok, Thor offhandedly mentions that he and Jane broke up sometime after Age of Ultron, and she's never brought up for the rest of the film.

    Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk 

Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk

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"I just want to be a normal, anonymous lawyer."
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Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): UCLA (formerly); Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg and Holliway

Portrayed By: Tatiana Maslany

Appearances: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

"Oh, I'm not a superhero. That is for billionaires and narcissists. And adult orphans for some reason."

After being critically injured in a dangerous car accident, Jennifer Walters, an attorney involved in the budding field of superhuman law, is forced to get a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner / The Hulk, in order to save her life. In the process, Jennifer gains her own version of Bruce's abilities, transforming her into She-Hulk.


  • Action Girl: The first trailer reveals that Jennifer can use her She-Hulk form to protect herself.
  • Actor Allusion: Jennifer's line in the trailer about only adult orphans can be superheroes is more or less a reference to Orphan Black, the TV series that stars her actress Tatiana Maslany.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: The first trailer reveals Jennifer starts out as a normal lawyer before she gains superpowers as She-Hulk.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: She has the same vibrant gamma-green skin as her cousin when she's transformed, as shown in the trailer.
  • Amazonian Beauty: The first trailer shows that Jennifer's towering and muscular She-Hulk form is more than enough to attract men.
  • Casting Gag: This is not the first time Tatiana Maslany plays a character with different identities.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The trailer reveals that Jennifer shares her cousin Bruce's dry sense of humor.
  • Die or Fly: The trailer has Bruce successfully triggering Jennifer's transformation into She-Hulk by putting her in a sealed room with buzzsaws coming at her.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Jennifer performs this as She-Hulk with her date at the end of the trailer.
  • Green and Mean: Subverted. The trailer reveals that Jennifer is more confident as She-Hulk but not as aggressive as her cousin Bruce when he Hulks out.
  • Hello, Attorney!: She is a lawyer and her She-Hulk form is more attractive-looking, as shown in the trailer.
  • Hulking Out: The trailer has Bruce pointing out that Jennifer will transform into She-Hulk if she is angered or becomes afraid, unlike Bruce who can only Hulk out when he's angry.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In the trailer, Jennifer admits to her friend that she wants to be an average, "off-the-radar" attorney.
  • In a Single Bound: The trailer shows She-Hulk matching the Hulk's impressive jumping distance.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The trailer shows that Jennifer's She-Hulk form is just as strong, fast, and durable as Bruce's Hulk form.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The trailer shows Jennifer wearing some alluring clothing as She-Hulk.
  • She's Got Legs: Some shots of the trailer are significantly focusing on She-Hulk's lean and green legs.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's several feet taller when she is She-Hulk. In the trailer, she gets compliments from her friends over how fantastic she looks and quickly picks up a date (literally).
  • Super Strength: Naturally, she gains incredible strength when transformed into She-Hulk. In the trailer, Jennifer crushes a metal wall covered in buzzsaws, busts through a reinforced door, and effortlessly carries her date around in her arms.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Jennifer towers over her date as She-Hulk, best shown when she picks him up (literally) at the end of the trailer.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The trailer shows that when Jennifer is angry as She-Hulk, she can efficiently push a metal wall of buzzsaws and break a reinforced door with her bare hands.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The end of the trailer has Jennifer and her date deciding to "split fries to go" before it cuts to them in an apartment room.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The trailer has Jennifer glaring at Bruce and breaking out from the containment unit she was placed in after he seemingly attempted to kill her with buzzsaws to successfully trigger her She-Hulk transformation. She also calls superheroes in general "narcissists", implying she has this view towards all heroes.

    Eugene Patilio / Frog-Man 

Eugene Paul Patilio / Frog-Man

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: TBA

Appearances: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

A vigilante in a green suit that resembles a frog.


Variants

    Party Thor's Jane Foster 

Dr. Jane Foster

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Voiced By: Natalie Portman

Appearances: What If...?

On Earth-72124, Jane first met Thor when he came to Midgard to throw a party.


  • Alternate Self: To the Jane of the original timeline, still finding Thor under different circumstances.
  • Bat Deduction: Jane deduces that if Thor and Loki are real, then other members ot the Norse pantheon must be as well, including Heimdall and Frigga. The latter is not Thor's mother in mythology, but Jane makes the correct deduction here that she is.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In her first appearance she is worried that Thor is part of an alien invasion and is responsible for the destruction of a planet. She is immediately drawn to him after seeing him, and after he flirts with her, she quickly joins him in partying together.
  • Easily Forgiven: By Thor, whom she tattled to Frigga on about his partying. He tells her she did the right thing and asks her out on a date.
  • Love at First Sight: Jane is outright smitten by Party Thor the second she sees him, and ends up getting roped into the party because she likes being with him. It's telling that she goes from desperately trying to contact S.H.I.E.L.D. to warn them of his arrival, to desperately trying to stop S.H.I.E.L.D. from harming Thor, just because she likes him that much. She also, via a Fruedian slip, accidentally tells Thor she loves him on a phone call the day after they met, and is immediately mortified by this.

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