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    Emil Blonsky / Abomination 

Captain Emil Blonsky / The Abomination
"I'm a fighter, and I'll be one for as long as I can. Mind you, if I took what I had now, and put it in a body that I had ten years ago, that would be someone I wouldn't want to fight."
Click here to see Abomination in The Incredible Hulk 
Click here to see Abomination in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: British-Russian

Affiliation(s): British Armed Forces (formerly), USSOC (formerly), Strategic Operations Command Center (formerly)

Portrayed By: Tim Roth

Appearances: The Incredible Hulk | The Consultant note  | Daredevil note  | The Defenders note  | The Punisher note  | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings | She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

"I've run into bad situations on crap missions before. I've seen good men go down purely because someone didn't let us know what we were walking into. I've moved on to the next one, because that's what we do, right? I mean, that's the job. But this? This is a whole new level of weird. And I don't feel inclined to step away from it."

A British Royal Marine assigned to a team headed by General Ross to capture the Hulk and quickly becomes obsessed with bringing him down, to the point of being injected with a sample of the original super-soldier serum to enhance his strength. After a painful encounter with the Hulk, he becomes even more driven and has Samuel Sterns infuse him with Banner's blood, transforming him into an abomination.
  • Accidental Misnaming: In The Consultant, Coulson notes that the World Security Council and Blonsky himself do not like the name he has been given.
  • The Ace: Considered to be one of the best-seasoned soldiers around. (He's referred to as "an ace" by the guy who refers him to Ross.)
  • Adaptational Nationality: In the film, he's stated to be born in Russia, but raised in England as an Englishman, and served the Royal Marines. In the comics, he was a Soviet spy who served in the KGB. This change is to explain Tim Roth's accent.
  • Ax-Crazy: After he transforms into the Abomination, his Blood Knight tendencies push him off the deep end, and go on a destructive rampage.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Averted. He was given the name of "the Abomination" after his full transformation. He doesn't like it.
  • Arch-Enemy: Abomination was the first to ever put up an even fight with Hulk, and most certainly posed a threat to his loved ones as well.
  • Badass Boast: After tearing up Harlem and anyone who stands in his way effortlessly, Abomination asks to be given a "real fight".
  • Badass Normal: Pre-serums. He led a platoon in close combat against the Hulk and was the only person to survive.
  • Bald of Evil: As Abomination, he loses all of his hair in exchange for a scaly head.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The Abomination is too big for Magic Pants but doesn't seem to have genitalia anyway. Given the nature of his transformation, it's likely they're inside his pelvis now. He does end up getting pants in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Ross in The Incredible Hulk. While he's initially The Dragon, Blonsky's obsession with beating the Hulk culminates in him becoming the Abomination, upstaging Ross as the main villain by the climax.
  • Blessed with Suck: He's twice as strong as Hulk usually is and keeps his intellect. The downside? He can't change back and his strength doesn't increase as Bruce's does. The transformation also pushes him further into insanity.
  • Blood Knight: Ross asks why he doesn't have a higher rank given his age and experience. He replies "I'm a fighter". This increases as he's augmented, to the point when he stopped giving a crap about orders and just wanted to duke it out with the Hulk.
  • Body Horror: Pretty much every bone in his body was reduced to gravel after taking a kick from the Hulk. After he recovers, Blonsky starts suffering the effects of the super-soldier serum, with his spine starting to grow and strain against his flesh. Finally, after receiving a sample of Banner's blood, he mutates into a monstrous appearance with bony protrusions coming out of his spine and elbows.
  • Broken Ace: Even before he starts dabbling in Psycho Serum, he's a sadist and a thug. Afterward...
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent since his debut film in 2008, he returns in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings after a very Long Bus Trip of 13 years.
  • Call-Forward:
    • His descent into madness is an early hint of what Dr. Erskine explained in the Captain America movie that came three years later: with the serum, "bad becomes worse".
    • Blonsky's bones begin protruding from his skin after getting a second infusion of the super-soldier serum, implying that the Red Skull's own transformation was likely similar without the stabilizing effects that Dr. Erskine developed after the original prototype.
  • The Captain: Blonsky is a Captain in the Royal Marines.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Sterns alludes to the name "abomination", but otherwise he is referred to post-transformation as Blonsky. Averted in The Consultant, where S.H.I.E.L.D. agents indeed call him the Abomination, with a mention that the World Security Council really doesn't like it when he's called that. Later on, when he gets a shoutout in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. he's referred to as "Blonsky" instead of "Abomination". And when he shows up in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wong's on a First-Name Basis and just calls him "Emil".
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Wong complains to Emil that he's hitting him too hard during their bout in Macau. He gets back at him by using a sling ring portal to cause Abomination to punch himself out.
  • The Dragon: Ross's champion against the Hulk. The serum drives him to become a Dragon with an Agenda and, by the climax, becomes a greater danger than Ross, who he tries to kill along with the Hulk.
  • The Dreaded: Pretty much everyone starts to keep their distance from him as soon as he shows just how nigh-unstoppable he is during his rampage in Harlem. After he is finally defeated by the Hulk, S.H.I.E.L.D. had him frozen inside a cryo-cell in Alaska to ensure his permanent imprisonment. Later on, Stark, Coulson, and Sitwell know that having the Abomination recruited into the Avengers is a bad idea.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: After he turns into the Abomination, he starts tearing up New York City just because he can.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Post-serums, he's a super-soldier. After a transfusion of Banner's blood, he's above the Hulk's level.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He shoots Banner's dog with a tranquilizer dart because it annoyed him. This establishes him as a bully.
  • Evil Brit: On loan from Britain, though in a nod to the comics he's mentioned to have been born in Russia. In either case, he has an accent from Britain and he is a villain.
  • Evil Counterpart: Born of a combination of the super-soldier serum and The Hulk's blood; while Blonsky sacrifices his ability to be empowered by rage, he retains his intelligence.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Upon transforming into Abomination, Blonsky does not hold his excitement back.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Upon turning into the Abomination, his voice deepens similar to that of the Hulk.
  • Fallen Hero: At least In-Universe, he was considered a war hero before his transformation.
  • Fight Clubbing: He and Wong are the star attractions in Xu Xialing's fighting ring in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
  • Final Boss: While General Ross was initially the villain of The Incredible Hulk, Blonsky supplants him as the Big Bad by the end, being the final opponent that Banner faces.
  • Fragile Speedster: After taking the first imperfect super-soldier serum but before becoming the Abomination, he is faster than the Hulk and any normal soldier, but is taken down with one kick into a tree from the Hulk that breaks all the bones in his body.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Blonsky spends his Harlem rampage buck naked, having destroyed his clothes in the process of transforming into the Abomination.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: After he becomes the Abomination.
  • Green and Mean: His Abomination form is green in color, and a lot meaner than his human form.
  • Healing Factor: The imperfect super-soldier serum gives him one that allows him to survive (but not necessarily in good condition) full-on blows from the Hulk.
  • Heel–Face Turn: As of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, he's gone (sort of) legit as a superpowered prizefighter, and has even befriended Wong of all people.
  • Humanoid Abomination: After taking in Banner's blood. Dr. Sterns lampshades this before the transformation itself.
  • Human Popsicle: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reveals he's being kept on ice in Alaska.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Once he discovers he's no longer the toughest guy around. The Super Serum turns this Up to Eleven.
  • Jerkass: He shot a dog with a tranquilizer dart just because it annoyed him.
  • The Juggernaut: As the Abomination, nothing can stop him. He marches down the streets of Harlem despite the military throwing missiles at him. None of it has any effect. This is why Ross had to release another juggernaut; the Hulk.
  • Kick the Dog: Almost literally. He shot Banner's dog with a tranquilizer dart just because it annoyed him.
  • Large Ham: A huge one after undergoing his transformation.
  • Lightning Bruiser: After becoming the Abomination he's faster and stronger than before.
  • Neck Lift: He raises Sterns above his own head when he's demanding that Sterns help him gain the Hulk's power.
  • Odd Friendship: In Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, he and Wong have become friends on the underground superhuman fighting circuit.
  • Old Soldier: Only 39 but so worn-down Ross estimates him to be 45 and Blonsky admits he's far beyond his prime to his personal resentment, which is part of his motive to become stronger at any cost.
  • Personality Powers: As a result of the Call-Forward, Blonsky's transformation into the Abomination can be considered this as he mixed an imperfect super-soldier serum with Banner's irradiated blood, and thereby turned into the as-far-as-is-known permanent monstrosity that Samuel Sterns calls "an abomination".
  • Removing the Earpiece: Before his second "fight" with the Hulk to show that he doesn't care about Ross or the chain of command anymore.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Disobeys orders and demands to be injected with Hulk blood without caring about the consequences just so he can become strong enough to beat the Hulk.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. notes that S.H.I.E.L.D. is keeping him in cryogenic stasis in a facility in Alaska.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Even before taking on the super-soldier Serum he has disturbing Blood Knight tendencies, which are exacerbated by said serum.
  • Spikes of Villainy: The Abomination has bones that have grown outside his skin. Even before he becomes the Abomination, he observes his own spine in a mirror and notes with strange fascination that his vertebrae have begun to poke out a bit.
  • The Starscream: Blonsky's hunger for power leads to him betraying Ross.
  • Super Soldier: Unlike every other attempt to replicate Cap we've seen, it worked - if he wasn't on the same level, he was pretty close. The only apparent flaw had more to do with his personality than the serum itself: after taking it he cared about nothing more than fighting.
  • Super Speed: After taking the imperfect super-soldier serum, he can jog faster than soldiers decades younger than him. When he finally stops he acts as though he was taking a calm stroll through the park.
  • Super Strength: As a Super Soldier, he can lift Sterns high above his own head with one hand. After becoming the Abomination he becomes twice as strong as the Hulk. However, it's set and won't increase with rage as he does.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Nearly became part of the Avengers, but S.H.I.E.L.D. put a stop to that.
  • Too Dumb to Live: For future reference, aspiring villains, getting within three feet of the Incredible Hulk and stopping your fight just to taunt him is not a good idea. If it wasn't for the super serum in his system, he certainly would have died.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As the Abomination, he is stronger than the Hulk, but doesn't have his tricks (like using two halves of a car like a pair of clubs or smashing the ground to create a shockwave).
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Even after turning into The Abomination, the WSC still considered Blonsky a war hero and the Hulk at fault, and was close to getting him recruited into the Avengers. Thankfully, saner minds prevailed.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His descent into madness started when he took the super-soldier serum. Then he got himself injected with Hulk blood and went completely off the deep end. By the time we see him again in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, he doesn't even speak anymore, only making animalistic roars and grunts as he fights/converses with Wong.
  • You Don't Look Like You: While Blonsky's Abomination form generally resembles his comic counterpart in terms of build and body shape, it lacks the fishlike elements of the design like fins and scales, and features prominent bone spikes and a smooth bald head without ears in their place. He also doesn't wear trunks, instead of being naked with Barbie Doll Anatomy. In addition, he has five-toed feet instead of the regular two-toed onesnote . Averted by the time he shows up in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings where he looks more like his comic-book self, head fins included.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 39, but Ross estimates his age at 45 (Tim Roth was 46 at the time of filming, for what it's worth). This is due to constant battle stress.

    Ava Starr / Ghost 

Ava Starr / Ghost
"You have no idea what I'm capable of."
Click here to see the Ghost suit. 

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: British, Argentine

Affiliation(s): S.H.I.E.L.D. (formerly)

Portrayed By: Hannah John-Kamen, RaeLynn Bratten (young)

Voiced By: Fernanda Robles Patiño (Latin American Spanish), Rie Tanaka (Japanese)

Appearances: Ant-Man and the Wasp

"They call it molecular disequilibrium. A rather dull name I think. Doesn't quite do justice to what it means. Every cell in my body is torn apart and stitched back together, over and over every day."

A mysterious individual who can phase through solid objects.
  • Adaptation Deviation: MCU Ghost nails the look and power type in regards to comic accuracy, but the similarities end there.
    • MCU Ghost is a younger, mixed-race woman. Comics Ghost is an older, white man.
    • MCU Ghost got her powers from a freak accident. Comics Ghost is tech-based and draws all of his power from the suit.
    • MCU Ghost relies entirely on hand-to-hand combat and has some kind of Super Strength. Comics Ghost mainly relies on evading his enemies and using weapons and gadgets.
    • MCU Ghost has her origin related to Hank Pym and menaces Ant-Man and the Wasp. Comics Ghost has had nothing to do with Pym and is chiefly an Iron Man villain.
    • MCU Ghost has a sympathetic backstory and is looking out for her survival. Comic Ghost in comparison has a murky backstory and is an anti-corporate terrorist willing to die for his beliefs.
    • MCU Ghost has ties to Elihas Starr (Egghead) and Bill Foster (Goliath) as her biological and adopted parent, respectively, and was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Comics Ghost had nothing to do with any of them.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The comics' version of Ghost is an older, plain-looking man. In Ant-Man and the Wasp Ghost is portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen, who is a beautiful young woman.
  • Adaptational Badass: This version of Ghost doesn't need the suit to use her powers, and is a significantly better hand-to-hand combatant who appears to have some kind of enhanced strength. That said, she loses some of the other talents in the transition.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike her comic book counterpart, who is a paranoid terrorist, Ava's just looking for a way to stabilize her condition and only explicitly wants to kill Janet out of necessity... Until it turns out that she doesn't have to. Although it has to be said that Comic Ghost did act quite heroic during his time as Thunderbolt, saving his teammates' lives and the world.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: The Ghost in the comics claims that he was the victim of corporate greed, having been seduced by one of his company's henchwoman to build them a profitable new invention, lost her to said company when she tried squeezing more money out of them and became a vengeful, intangible being when a hitman almost took his own life to keep him from squealing. This Ghost, now a woman, was just a little girl when her father's invention went off during a S.H.I.E.L.D. raid, causing her to become permanently intangible, and at risk of falling apart every day, she's still around. Everything she does in this movie is to try and save herself from dying, in contrast to the vengeful and angry comics version.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The comics version of Ghost was an expert at firearms and explosives, and furthermore was a skilled hacker (being a corporate saboteur and all) who could disrupt enemy electronics and would've definitely proved useful against our heroes. This version doesn't use guns at all, nor can she hack anything. That said, she gains more in the way of direct combat skills.
  • Affably Evil: In the loosest sense as she is not evil (though she is Scott and Hope's main enemy throughout the film), she does show respect for Scott and refuses to kill anyone who she doesn't have to. When her condition is stabilized, she no longer antagonizes Scott and the Pyms, who begin working to find her a permanent cure.
  • Age Lift: Ghost is an old man beneath the mask in the comics, but here Ghost's actress was only 27 at the time of filming.
  • All There in the Manual: Her last name, Starr, is only explicitly identified in the credits, though her father is mentioned as having the same last name during the film proper.
  • Anti-Villain: Her only goal is to stop her powers from killing her, with the only villainous aspect of her character being that she is willing to do anything to do that. Even that aspect is a result of her desperation to avoid dying and the effect her condition is having on her mind rather than any kind of malice. When Janet uses her quantum powers to stabilize her condition, she ceases her "evil" behavior entirely, and Scott refers to her later as their friend when researching a cure for her.
  • Ax-Crazy: Feeling as much pain as she does all the time and knowing that her life is ticking away is causing her to become unhinged, to the point where Bill Foster looks alarmed when she suggests kidnapping Cassie.
  • Badass Biker: She commandeers a motorcycle from one of Burch's Mooks during the climactic chase scene, and proves plenty skilled with it.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Alongside Sonny Burch, she's one of the main villains of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Of the two, while Burch is eviler and would cause more damage with the Pym Particles, Ghost is more directly dangerous and competent.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her intangibility powers are slowly killing her.
  • Canon Foreigner: Not the Ghost identity itself, but the specific character of Ava Starr was invented for the movie. While she is connected to established Marvel character Elias Starr/Egghead, he doesn't have a daughter in the comics. He did have a niece that Ava takes a few cues from, as detailed under Composite Character below, but they aren't the exact same character.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Subverted. The heroes initially assume this is the case, but Ava does not need the suit to use her powers, though it does help her control them and keep her solid. It's also another contrast to her comics version, which played this entirely straight.
  • Composite Character: While Ava is largely a unique character since in most other universes Egghead never had a wife or child, she combines traits of Egghead's niece, Patricia Star, along with those of the supervillain, Ghost.
    • Ava and Trish are members of Egghead's family and have notable interactions with Ant-Man, though their interactions with Egghead and Hank Pym are somewhat reversed. Ava idolizes her father and her desperation to ensure her survival has placed her against Hank Pym and Scott Lang, while Trish has a close friendship with Pym and has suffered and been manipulated by her uncle.
    • Like Patricia, Ava suffers from a disability unintentionally caused by Elihas, Trish lost her left arm because of a car bomb her uncle set and Ava suffers from physical instability caused by powers she gained from the malfunction of her father's experiment. Both have also remedied their situations through the use of technology, Ava stabilizes her condition using her Ghost suit and Trish has used a bionic arm to replace her missing one.
    • Like Ghost, Ava is a tech-enhanced thief with intangibility powers. Though Ghost's powers originate from his suit, Ava's powers are regulated by her suit.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Although she has body-altering abilities as Darren Cross did, they're based on intangibility rather than size-shifting. Also, while Darren came to hate Pym, his mentor, and was driven by unhinged megalomania, Ava is merely motivated out of desperation to survive and cares about her parental-figure Bill Foster. Even their approaches to Cassie Lang are different. While Cross has zero qualms about kidnapping her and is more than willing to hurt her, Ava proposes it out of desperation and is easily talked out of it after Foster rebukes her for suggesting this.
  • Dark Action Girl: A deadly, highly intelligent, and extremely athletic thief. She fights on even footing with both Scott and Hope at multiple points throughout the film and even overpowers them on a few occasions.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hank Pym fired and discredited her father. In a desperate bid to restore his name, he attempted an experiment that backfired horribly, leading to both of Ava's parents being killed and leaving her alive with a condition that causes her constant, progressively worse pain. S.H.I.E.L.D., compromised by HYDRA infiltrators, promised to cure her but instead trained her to be a spy and assassin; she claims the dirty work she did for them felt like losing her soul. The suit she wears is a holdover from her days as an assassin.
  • Determinator: Ava's sole motivation is finding a cure for her powers, which are gradually killing her. She's willing to do anything if it means achieving that goal.
  • Easily Forgiven: Instead of being mad at Ava for trying to kill her, Janet stabilizes her condition. Scott, Hank, and Hope aren't that worried either.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely cares for her father-figure Bill Foster and panics slightly when he's in danger.
  • Evil Brit: A ruthless Dark Action Girl who speaks with Hannah John-Kamen's natural British accent. The "evil" part is a bit questionable, though, as she merely wants to cure her debilitating condition, and stops opposing the Pym family when Janet helps her, and The Stinger shows that they are continuing research for a cure for their "ghost friend".
  • Fate Worse than Death: She sees her quantum instability as this, being forced to live in a state of constant pain all while her very existence is slowly being drained away. She still doesn't want to die though, and her whole objective is to find a cure for her condition.
    Ghost: My parents were dead. I wasn't so lucky.
  • Foil:
    • To co-antagonist Sonny Burch. Ghost is a young mixed-race black woman who's an Anti-Villain at worst, does all the fighting herself without any minions, and is merely looking out for her own survival. In contrast, Sonny Burch is an older white man that has little-to-no sympathetic qualities while acting Faux Affably Evil, doesn't do any of the fightings and instead sends his minions to do all the dirty work, and is chasing after what he knows will be the next gold rush.
    • She and Bill also function as a pair of foils to Hank and Hope: Hank is an emotionally distant father who abandoned his daughter in his grief, resulting in her pursuing a path separate from him when she grew old enough to be able to. Bill is an adoptive father figure to a grieving young girl, who helps her to stabilize her fatal condition and keeps her chained to morality; in exchange, Ava remains loyal to Bill.
  • Gender Flip: Ghost is a man in the comics, but is portrayed by a woman in the MCU.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Has messy pigtails the present-day scene where she tells the heroes her backstory, which is intercut with scenes of her as a pigtail-wearing child.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She wasn't all that evil in the first place, but once Janet stabilizes her, she's distraught at everything she's done and tries to surrender herself to the authorities. The heroes are all quick to forgive her, however, and Bill stops her from doing that. In the mid-credits scene, Scott mentions that the reason they're gathering the Quantum Realm energy is to continue healing "their new Ghost friend."
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: She wears her face-concealing helmet less and less as more of her Tragic Villain nature becomes clear, and is unmasked for a majority of the climax after Scott breaks the faceplate.
  • In Name Only: Only shares the costume, alias, and powerset with Ghost in the comics. They differ in literally everything else, from age, to ethnicity, to nationality, and comic Ghost wasn't even given a real name!
  • In the Hood: Her costume sports a hood much like her comic counterpart's classic outfit. It helps add to her enigmatic presence.
  • Intangibility: She has the ability to phase through solid matter.
  • Invisibility: Her molecular instability also means she can phase out of the visible spectrum, and thus make sneak attacks more easily.
  • Irrational Hatred: Of Hank Pym. She blames him for her father's actions even though all Hank did was expose him as a traitor, and is so consumed by her anger that she refuses to let him help her voluntarily.
  • It's All About Me: A rare sympathetic version. While anyone in her shoes would also be desperate to stay alive, she constantly puts her own needs above everything else — berating the very man who devoted his whole life to save her, callously attempting to drain the life out of Janet for personal use and even seriously considering kidnapping an innocent child (before Foster puts his foot down and warns her that's a bridge too far, anyway). The implication is that the constant pain and agony she endures every second of every day has taken its toll on her psyche, to the point of overwhelming her compassion and empathy. Once she is cured, at least temporarily, she has a Heel Realization about this and feels she should face consequences for it.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Her intangibility could theoretically cause horrible injuries were she to turn solid inside another person, notably when she threatens Hank by phasing an arm through his throat. She also kills Agent Stoltz by phasing her hand into his chest and doing something that leaves him critically injured.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: While considered a villain and having done some less-than-savory things, she's ultimately just scared for her life and doesn't truly wish to be evil. This is in comparison to co-antagonist Sonny Burch, a very clear-cut villain motivated by greed.
  • Light Is Not Good: Her costume is all white, but that does not reflect her alignment. Though it does indicate she's not a horrible person.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She's horrified when Janet, the person she'd planned to sacrifice to save herself, willingly helps stabilize her condition. She's so consumed with guilt that she considers turning herself in.
  • Mythology Gag: Though her costume is mostly modeled after Ghost's modern design from the Thunderbolts comics, she still wears a hood, much like Ghost originally did in The '80s.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The name of her comic book counterpart is unknown, unlike the MCU version, whose name is Ava Starr.
  • Necessarily Evil: Her goal is saving her own life and while she wants to avoid any amount of unnecessary pain to get there, she's not too picky on who she hurts if it means getting what she wants.
  • Never My Fault: Ava blames Hank Pym for the deaths of her parents and ruining her life. In her flashback, however, had Ava listened to her father and left with her mother, not only would she lose only her father, she would not have gained her powers.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: She does not waste time in pursuing her objective; no comedic gags here.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Hannah John-Kamen maintains her English accent, despite no indication Ghost is actually from there. We never actually hear her parents speak, though, so it's entirely possible she is and just moved to America with them when they worked for S.H.I.E.L.D./HYDRA. It's also suggested that she may be Argentinian.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The Younger Villain (albeit an Anti-Villain) to Ant-Man and Wasp's Older Heroes. She's in her twenties, compared to the other two being older by at least a decade.
  • Parental Substitute: Bill Foster serves as her adoptive father after her parents die.
  • Parts Unknown: It's not quite clear where she's from. It's implied that she might be Argentinian but has a British accent, her birth and adoptive fathers are Americans, and her child actress is American herself while in the flashback she makes no attempt at an English accent. It's never explained.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Hannah John-Karmen stands just 5'6" tall, but her abilities, including what appears to be some degree of Super Strength, allow her to toss much larger opponents around like rag dolls.
  • Power Incontinence: The longer she goes without resting in a special chamber built for her by Bill Foster, the more out-of-control her intangibility grows. Her suit goes a ways toward stabilizing the problem but doesn't fully diminish it.
  • Race Lift: Ghost is Caucasian in the comics, but is portrayed by a British-Nigerian actress here. It's suggested that she's Argentinian.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the comics, the Ghost had no relation to Egghead. Here, the Ghost is Elihas Starr's daughter. She's also the adopted daughter of Bill Foster, whereas the comics versions of them had no connection.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Ghost is a rival to Iron Man in the comics, but confronts Ant-Man in her debut film.
  • Sanity Slippage: The side-effects of her powers, combined with her Dark and Troubled Past, make Ava not entirely stable even when first introduced, and she only gets worse as her condition (and with it, her desperation to find a cure) worsens.
  • Scary Black Woman: She's Black British and very scary as Ghost, especially her Sanity Slippage that causes her to become Ax-Crazy.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives Scott a rather unhealthy grin when she first captures him and shares her backstory.
  • The Slow Walk: She rarely moves quicker than a casual strut, even during fights and chase scenes. Given that her powers allow her to ignore any and all obstacles, on top of making her functionally Nigh-Invulnerable, she doesn't really need to go any faster. It's her Signature Move.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Her new look counts as an Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance, not to mention the element of vengeance in her backstory.
  • Superhero Movie Villains Die: An aversion. She simply gets her condition stabilized and manages to run off with Bill Foster. The first Stinger indicates the Pyms had figured out a way to gather energy from the Quantum Realm to heal her. Though they are erased by Thanos right in the middle of doing this, and the only person left who knows about her condition, Scott, is trapped in the Quantum Realm for five years. Her fate after Endgame's Time Skip remains unknown, as is whether she herself was snapped or not.
  • Super Strength: Though the film never explicitly calls attention to it, Ava performs a number of feats throughout the film that suggests she's gained some level of enhanced strength in addition to her other powers, including knocking people out with a single well-aimed hit, blowing Scott through a wall with a kick, and throwing full-grown men around like toys.
  • These Hands Have Killed: S.H.I.E.L.D., or possibly a HYDRA cell within the organization, trained her as an assassin from childhood, and we get to see her dispatch at least one victim with a brutal Neck Snap. Towards the end of the film, when she tries to get Bill to Go On Without Me, she states that she isn't worth saving since she's killed many people.
  • Tragic Villain: She is an evil-doing woobie. In a childhood accident with her father's tech, Ava lost both of her parents and gained powerful but unstable abilities that leave her in constant pain and are slowly phasing her out of reality, with the only end possibilities being death or something much worse. The skills she uses were honed by black ops missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. (or maybe HYDRA). Every single action she undertakes, even as they grow increasingly heinous and brutal as time goes on, is exclusively devoted to fixing her condition which is destabilizing her mental state. All of the good guys recognize her as a victim of circumstance, and she ultimately gets away with zero consequences.
  • Two First Names: Starr is not as commonly used as Ava when it comes to first names.
  • Tyke Bomb: She was trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. (or possibly HYDRA) to be an assassin from a young age.
  • Uncertain Doom: It's left unknown at the end if she survived Thanos's fingersnap or became one of the unlucky few who disintegrated. And even if she did live, we don't know if she'd survive for long, since the only person on Earth with access to quantum healing energy was stuck in the Quantum Realm with no way to get out for five years. Even after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the odds of her survival are still unknown, because while all those who vanished by Thanos's snap have returned, there's still a chance she was spared by the Snap but didn't survive five years without quantum healing energy. She isn't present in the final battle in Endgame, and there isn't even any mention of her existence.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She's pretty much the only character in Ant-Man and the Wasp that has zero comedic qualities, and the film's normally lighthearted mood gets significantly darker and more serious whenever she's on-screen.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A relatively subtle one in the climax. Her increasing anger and desperation, as well as her condition worsening, results in her fighting somewhat more sloppily than she usually does. While Ava had the upper hand on Hope during their first fight, Hope gets a few good hits on Ava in the final battle.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Hurt is a stretch, but she proposes kidnapping Cassie Lang to use as a bargaining chip against Scott and the others. It's more out of her desperation than any malicious intent, and she is easily talked out of going that route.
  • You Killed My Father: Downplayed. She considers Hank Pym responsible for the deaths of her parents, but it ultimately has little to do with her motivations. While she's more than willing to get his wife killed if it means curing her condition, that's more out of her own desperation rather than a desire for revenge against Hank.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Bill Foster tells her she has about two weeks left before her unstable nature reaches a point of no return.

    Marcus Daniels / Blackout 

Marcus Daniels / Blackout
"They were trying to make me stronger. And they did."

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Patrick Brennan

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

"A few years ago, I saw Daniels at one of my concerts, front row. Then I started seeing him at all of them. At first, I was flattered. Cellists don't get many groupies. But then one night, I saw him outside of my house. I was terrified. I begged him to leave me alone. He just stood there, saying I was his light. I didn't understand what he meant until he started blacking out my entire block."
Audrey Nathan

A former prisoner of the Fridge, Daniels was let out by the Clairvoyant and told to "follow his dreams".

    Calvin Johnson / Calvin Zabo 

Dr. Calvin "Cal" L. Johnson / Calvin Zabo
"Let's not lose our heads."

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Doctors Without Borders (formerly), Slicing Talons (formerly)

Portrayed By: Kyle MacLachlan

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

"You were looking for a monster?"

Skye's father, who worked with Raina at one point in the past.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His comic book counterpart's name is Calvin Zabo, but the show changes it to Calvin Johnson. However, in "The Frenemy of My Enemy", he tells Skye that he changed it to "something more sinister" during his search for her, implying that he may have gone by Zabo at one point. This is presumably due to Skye's mother being completely different from Daisy Johnson's mother in the comics, meaning her last name had to come from her father instead. Some episodes of the second season do have his name given as "Zabo" at certain points in the subtitles.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He has quite a few more redeeming qualities than the comics' Mr. Hyde, most of all his being horribly ashamed of what his darker half does.
  • Affably Evil: He's kinda… quirky when he's not being murderously psychotic. He refers to HYDRA's attempts to understand the Diviner as "monkeys scratching at it", mocks Whitehall's translation of an ancient legend concerning it, and scoffs at referring to it as a weapon as "small-minded… for such a large-minded person". However, he gets less affable as his obsession to get Skye to love him grows.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's unclear at first, given several characters referring to him as a "monster" and his deep knowledge of the Diviner despite never touching it himself. It's clarified in "One of Us" that while he knows a great deal about the Inhumans through his wife being one, he himself was an ordinary human who gained his strength and emotional instability through his own scientific manipulation.
  • Anti-Villain: Most of his villainy is fueled by extreme aggression that's he's unable to control, as well as the fact that he lost his daughter to S.H.I.E.L.D. and his wife to HYDRA. However, the thought of a race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens coming down to Earth to end humanity except for a few "worthy" to be saved isn't something that terribly alarms him; in fact, he's looking forward to it. And he has no trouble causing chaos for S.H.I.E.L.D. by getting the "gifted" to make a fuss if it'll help him reunite with Skye.
  • Ax-Crazy: The guy can go into casual murder mode rather quickly.
    Triplett: That guy was out of his damn mind.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Patches up bullet and knife wounds for gang members… for a while, anyway.
  • Badass Bookworm: A doctor who easily defeats two HYDRA mooks with just a scalpel and a metal box he's carrying.
  • Bad Boss: Treats Raina like dirt, even though she helped him reunite him with Skye. He then throws her to the curb after he's done with her.
  • Berserk Button: Oh, boy, does he have a few…
    • Loses it when Raina compares him to Whitehall, seeing Whitehall killed his wife to take her agelessness.
    • Bringing up his evil side has a similar effect.
    • Referring to his daughter as "Skye" too much isn't a good idea either. It produces more violent results when Lincoln does it.
    • Anyone but himself taking a fatherly role for Skye also sets him off.
    • Getting between him and his vendetta against Whitehall is a very bad idea. Out of everything, that happens to be what finally causes him to try to kill Coulson.
    • Don't insult his daughter. A transformed Raina found that out the hard way.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Though he starts off in a Big Bad Ensemble with Whitehall, the two team up at the end of "A Hen in the Wolf House" to kill Coulson and his team. Both betray each other, of course. For the season overall, he's this with his wife Jiaying. She's the greatest threat and Final Boss, while Cal is the most consistent threat. She's clearly the dominant one in their partnership, and most of Cal's actions are taken with the intent to appease her before his Heel–Face Turn, but they still act as the joint central antagonists after Whitehall's death.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: His petty feud with Coulson means he's only an inconvenience to him in the grand scheme of things.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The close of his story arc; he gets his memories erased and is allowed to make a new life for himself as a veterinarian completely under his original personality, that of a laughing, friendly, good-humored goofball. Of course, this means completely forgetting about not only the bad things he experienced, like his wife's torture and eventual death — at his own hands — but also all about his beloved daughter.
  • Buffy Speak: At times, especially since he's offered his services to Whitehall. This is an instance where Skye's apple doesn't fall far from the tree. As soon as he tries to step up, he's rather unceremoniously plucked off the field by Gordon.
  • Bumbling Dad:
    • When he finally reunites with his daughter, he fumbles his words and mentions that he wanted to have flowers and "those little almond-chocolate cookies" to greet her.
    • When he meets her again after her powers are activated, he acts like an excited fanboy.
      Cal: So what's your thing? 'Cause I was kinda hoping for wings.
    • And in the back half of the second season, his every interaction with Skye is just bumbling awkward joy.
  • Catchphrase:
    • He regularly uses the phrase "Let's not lose our heads" as a self-calming method.
    • Tends to describe good things as the "best day ever."
    • Whenever someone refers to his daughter as Skye, he snaps at them with "THAT'S NOT HER NAME!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's completely, utterly insane and knows it. He just can't stop himself.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never once referred to as "Mister Hyde", although his appearance in the Season 2 finale is highly reminiscent of the titular character from the original Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He completely dominates the fistfight with Coulson in 2x10, being stopped by Skye very short of beating him to death.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Revealed over the course of the second season. A S.H.I.E.L.D. team full of HYDRA agents went after a village that included his wife and daughter. He managed to track down his wife and put her back together (though not the same as she was), but all he managed to do was slaughter a lot of people when he tried and failed to find his daughter. He has spent a quarter-century wanting revenge.
  • Deadly Doctor: He has a room with surgical equipment and his hands are always covered in blood when he meets with Raina.
  • Death of Personality: At the end of Season 2, his entire memory is erased and replaced with that of a cheerful veterinarian by way of the TAHITI project. It's implied that the 'new' him is the person he used to be before he became a monster. Thus, this is a Downplayed Trope.
  • Didn't Think This Through: While he put a lot of thought into the tortures he would inflict on Whitehall, his actual plan to get there is rather lacking. He never counted on Whitehall figuring out his identity and has no concrete plan on how he'll get to Whitehall in the first place. Cal ends up trying to take on Whitehall while the latter has a gun, and Coulson shoots Whitehall in the back while Whitehall's distracted, saving the vengeance-driven doctor.
  • Disappeared Dad: Has not been a part of Skye's life for twenty-five years. To be fair, their separation wasn't his fault, he spent a great deal of those twenty-five years trying to find her, and once he did he starts trying to be part of her life again. Unfortunately for him, those twenty-five years have also turned him into someone his daughter doesn't want to know.
  • The Dreaded: Raina is terrified of him because he's one of a few people she can't manipulate.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Is shown to dislike Whitehall, referring to him as "a butcher". Understandable, considering what the man did to his wife.
    • He has nothing but contempt for Raina, mainly because she's concerned about herself and nobody else.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bruce Banner, a very skilled doctor with a Hair-Trigger Temper he himself is horrified by. Though he's also quite violent in his normal state when he needs to be. This makes sense, given that Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde was one of the original inspirations for Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk. In the comics, Cal's supervillain moniker is "Mister Hyde".
  • Fake Shemp: Kyle MacLachlan's casting wasn't announced until a couple of months after Season 1 ended, so that's probably not him in The Stinger for the finale. That person's hair is also gray.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Despite being Jiaying's husband, the Inhumans look down on him because of the artificial nature of his powers and his violent behavior, and they're not happy that his petty feud with S.H.I.E.L.D. endangers them.
  • Foreshadowing: Conspicuously does not touch the obelisk. It's made clear in "One of Us" that his powers come through experimentation and he isn't an Inhuman.
  • Foil: Shaping up to be one for Ward. Both love Skye, but while Ward acknowledges how horrible he has been in the past and tries to win her over by being helpful, Cal tries to hide his dark side and intends to force Skye to come to him by killing Coulson. Also to Coulson, the father figure versus the father she never knew.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was a doctor working at a clinic in nowhere, China. He met a woman and fell in love. They had a daughter. Then HYDRA destroyed his family.
    Cal: I worked at a clinic. People liked me. I liked me...
  • Good Parents: Really wants to be this for Skye, and when given the chance, he's doting and loving towards her. Unfortunately, Jiaying's manipulations made him turn into a monster.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He has a fixated loathing and hatred of Coulson. While it is partly because he feels that the man robbed him of his chance of getting his revenge on Whitehall, it is clear that he sees Coulson as a Parental Substitute to Skye due to how close they seem to be, and perhaps an obstacle to him being able to put his family back together.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He can flip out at the drop of a hat. Just look at the list of things classified as Berserk Button.
  • The Heavy: While never ascending to full Big Bad status, Cal is the most consistently recurring and prominent antagonist of Season Two.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sides with Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. when he convinces him that what Jiaying is doing is wrong and will only hurt their daughter.
  • Human Shield: Uses this tactic against HYDRA in "The Frenemy of My Enemy" by putting one of their own between him and their bullets.
  • I Am a Monster: He's aware he's crossed the Moral Event Horizon several times over. Honestly, he was driven to it.
  • I Lied: He was very vague to Raina on what Terrigenesis actually was.
  • It's All About Me: His love for Skye is very unhealthy and obsessive; he wants her to love him and only him.
  • It's Personal: Whitehall killed his wife, literally cutting her into pieces. He repeatedly states that he wants revenge on the people who took his family from him. Whitehall, who doesn't know him or his connection to the woman he killed, doesn't realize the implied threat.
  • Jerkass: He emotionally manipulated Raina by preying on her desire to be something special, then point-blank refuses to help her cope with the transformation.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In the second half of Season 2, he moves from being against Whitehall, to against S.H.I.E.L.D. — and this does not go well for people caught in the middle.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • Is completely unsympathetic to Raina when Whitehall threatens to have her killed and says that she was nothing before he found her.
    • When Raina undergoes Terrigenesis, he's dismissive of her and refuses to help her cope with the trauma of it, in stark contrast to his beloved wife, who dedicated her life to helping the Inhumans cope with the change.
  • Large Ham: He's mostly composed if not triggered but when he hams it up, he does so with gusto.
  • Legion of Doom: He wants to gather up a couple of "indexed" individuals in order to combat S.H.I.E.L.D. and recover his daughter. Given he's snatched up by Gordon in the same episode and his entire team is captured, it's unlikely this effort will go anywhere.
  • Love Redeems: What ultimately spared him from being executed because of his crimes is his love for his daughter.
  • Knife Nut: When your Weapon of Choice is a surgeon's scalpel and you always have at least one or two hidden on your person you qualify as this.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Jiaying. She's led the Inhumans for generations, he's just an ordinary human.
  • Morality Pet: Starting in "The Frenemy of My Enemy", he has one in his daughter Daisy, who helps him rediscover the Nice Guy that he used to be.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's a certified M.D. who will casually slaughter a room full of people with a scalpel in order to further his ends.
  • Morality Chain: Spending time with his wife and daughter does wonder for his mental stability. He doesn't want them to think he's a monster.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He plans to do this to Coulson since he resents him being a father figure to Skye.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Skye comes across the scene of one of his outbursts, he realizes she will never accept him as her father after that.
    Skye: He's a…!
    Cal: (Staring at his hands)monster! [smashes his tablet]
  • Never My Fault: He blames Coulson for driving Skye away, even though it's his violent behavior that actually does it. After reuniting with his wife in Lai Xi, he admits that, yes, it is his fault.
  • Nice Guy: He used to be one of these and you can still see glimpses of it in his calmer periods. For example, what was he doing in China with a family? He was volunteering for Doctors Without Borders, fell in love, and relocated.
  • No Name Given: His first significant role in the plot (with significant screentime) is in the episode "A Hen In The Wolf House", but he is still just referred to as "Skye's father" or "The Doctor". In "What They Become", his name is given as Cal. His full name is revealed to be Calvin L. Johnson in "The Frenemy Of My Enemy", though he mentions changing it to something more appropriate (presumably Zabo) after Skye went missing.
  • Not Helping Your Case: He doesn't want Skye to see him as a monster, but his violent behavior and all the killing he does despite her protests don't do him any favors.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He casually expresses an interest in killing "everyone" and takes a thrill in the violence that can unfold.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Until "What They Become", he's simply referred to as "Skye's father" or "The Doctor".
  • One-Man Army: Several sources have stated that he wiped out a village single-handedly, and if you believe Ward's version of the events, all those villagers were HYDRA agents.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Took Coulson's slaying of Whitehall very badly, as it meant that he couldn't avenge his wife's death personally. It's a Justified Trope as his plans for killing Whitehall were much, much crueler than Coulson's Instant Death Bullet, and he'd been planning it for decades.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • In a rather negative way, considering he's both possessive and insane.
    • If Ward's to be believed, the village in Hunan that was slaughtered contained HYDRA agents that kidnapped Skye and her mother. The mother was killed by Whitehall before or during Cal's massacre, explaining his unstable behavior in the present.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • All of his direct interactions with Skye when he gets to show off his Bumbling Dad side.
    • When he's asked if Coulson is trustworthy (after they tried to kill each other), he says he hates him… but grudgingly admits that he's a good man who cares for Skye.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: According to Raina, he and Skye's mother destroyed an entire village to find their daughter.
  • Psycho Serum: He attributes his strength and personality issues to a formula he developed. He's been trying to perfect it, but that doesn't happen until the end of the second season.
  • Punny Name: His name is Calvin L. Johnson. Not unlike Kal-El. Doubles as an Actor Allusion, due to Kyle MacLachlan having played Superman in Justice League: The New Frontier.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: While he is still the father of Quake in the comics, he started out as a villain to Thor and the Hulk before becoming a villain of the week to multiple heroes. Here, he is an antagonist to SHIELD.
  • Sadistic Choice: When your wife is trying to kill your daughter, either choice is going to be painful. Cal sides with his daughter, breaking his wife's neck and then crushing her ribcage to splinters with a super-strong bearhug.
  • Sanity Slippage: Finding the corpse of his wife after Whitehall vivisected her and losing his daughter sent him off the deep end.
  • Sanity Strengthening: Reuniting with his wife and daughter, and taking a break from his serum, makes him more stable. He even catches himself when he starts losing his temper.
  • Split Personality: There are at least two sides to Cal. An affable side and an Ax-Crazy side that kills without warning. Raina believes so, even going as far as to tell him that the other side is controlling him. When some of Team Coulson, and more specifically Skye, find his handiwork, Cal is mortified, calling himself a monster. He doesn't want to be perceived as one. This is fitting, as he's Mister Hyde.
  • Super Strength: He carves up anyone who pisses him off with a scalpel, with complete ease, and kills with his bare hands. He also easily defeats Raina, who herself demonstrates superhuman strength post-transformation.
  • Stylistic Suck: The name he gives his Legion of Doom, comprised of various Indexed criminals, is "Slicing Talons". It's pretty much cringe-worthy to anyone who hears it, but to be fair to him, he did have to think of the name on the spot while trying to kill Coulson, and the person closest to him at the time was Karla, with her, well, slicing talons.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • He will never see his family again afterward, but Skye agrees to have one family dinner with him at her mother's request.
    • His ending. He gets a new peaceful life, and to be happy… and Skye visits him, even though he no longer recognizes her.
  • Tragic Monster: He might be a jerk, but Cal's life is one big sad story. He was nothing but a loving family man until Whitehall kidnapped Jiaying, vivisected her, and tossed her corpse in the woods. He stitched her back up and her Healing Factor did the rest, but she left him because she became horrified by their desperate actions while looking for Skye. He then spent decades looking for Skye, as he'd promised Jiaying that he'd find her. But the serum he developed to give him Super Strength made him psychotic with uncontrollable aggression, turning him into "a monster" and causing him to be shunned by the Inhumans, who used to be his friends. And when he does find Skye, she wants nothing to do with him, and his own wife has him locked up. And then he's ultimately forced to admit his wife has become a monster even worse than he is, who will destroy the world, and he has to kill her to save their daughter's life.
  • Undying Loyalty: In his own words, he would "blindly follow Jiaying into a war". It turns out, however, that his ultimate loyalty lies with his daughter as he turns on his wife when Coulson manages to convince him that her war will ultimately destroy Daisy.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He's furious at Coulson for killing Whitehall before he could get his revenge, even though Whitehall would have killed him if Coulson hadn't intervened.
  • Unnamed Parent: Until the mid-season 2 finale, he simply went by "The Doctor". He reveals his name to be Cal in "What They Become". Though his last name isn't revealed, it can be inferred from his personality issues, strength, and Skye's real name that his full name is Calvin Zabo, a.k.a. Mister Hyde.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He brought back Jiaying to life and in doing so unleashed a bloodbath upon the world.
  • Used to Be More Social: He was a doctor, successful/wealthy enough to own an office building in a financially successful part of town, and volunteered in China with Doctors Without Borders, where he fell in love with and married a native, started a family… Now he's a walking Berserk Button.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Cal was a compassionate doctor who adored his family, but the tragedy of losing his daughter and his wife's vivisection drove him to concoct a serum to increase his strength, as he felt he'd failed to protect his family. The serum drove him insane, and he's been a victim of manipulations from his wife and his own mental illness ever since.
  • Yandere: Father-Daughter love in this case, but it's still a creepy obsession that involves killing the competition (in this case, Coulson, the Parental Substitute).
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Coulson tells him this to convince him to end his rampage.
    Coulson: I'm not saying Jiaying is a monster, you already know that. What I am saying is, you're not.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He coldly washes his hands of Raina after her and Skye's transformation, telling her to kill herself if she truly "can't live" with her new form.

    Eli Morrow 

Elias "Eli" Morrow
"The Darkhold has shown me the way. I can create life, even after death. Can a petty thief do that, huh?"

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Momentum Labs (formerly), Chinatown Crew

Portrayed By: José Zúñiga

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

"From high school to grad school, no one believed in me! They thought I was cheating. They thought I wasn't capable! Shut me out. Well, guess what ... guess what I'm capable of now. I can create a city out of nothing, or I can cover it in volcanic rock. Robbie, I am becoming a god."

Uncle of Robbie and Gabe Reyes, Eli was an engineer brought in to work with Lucy Bauer on their project when he became aware of the Darkhold.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Uncle Elias Morrow is still a criminal, but his crime was aggravated manslaughter, and he truly cared about his coworkers who died. In All-New Ghost Rider, he's a Satanist Evil Uncle who acts as Robbie's Superpowered Evil Side instead of a genuine Spirit of Vengeance. Subverted later on, when it turns out that he was the one who killed them in an attempt to claim the power for himself. Still, he isn't nearly as bad as his comic counterpart, and he is at least partly corrupted by the Darkhold.
  • Affably Evil: After he's revealed to be a power-hungry maniac, he warns Coulson to get away as quickly as possible as he prepares to begin the process of acquiring his god-like power, and later, after he suffocates a complaining underling by creating diamonds inside of his lungs, he tells the others that they might want to cut him open to get the rest of them.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Ghost Rider arc in Season 4, because he was the one who ghostified the other scientists in an effort to obtain god-like power. It was this conflict that led to Robbie becoming the latest Ghost Rider. However, he has nothing to do with the Watchdogs' Inhuman hunt.
  • Bad Boss: If you complain about working conditions or paycheck, he will create diamonds from the air in your lungs until you suffocate.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Serves as the main antagonist of Season Four's Ghost Rider arc, in the forefront of the growing threat of the Watchdogs as well as Radcliffe and AIDA.
  • Composite Character: The comic books Eli Morrow (sans the devil-worshipping) with the powers of Owen Reece, the Molecule Man.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: While the legitimate main antagonist of the Ghost Rider arc, he subsequently only lasts a third of the way through season four before being killed by Robbie.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Ghost Rider engulfs him in flames and drags him to a dimension that may or may not be literal Hell, but it is still a really nasty place
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He raised Robbie and Gabe, and genuinely loves them. When he learns that the drive-by which crippled Gabe was a hit attempt meant for him, he's legitimately horrified, though he insists that it's the Bauers' fault. He also offers Robbie the chance to join him, but when he doesn't, Eli doesn't hesitate to start making carbon pop out of Robbie, showing that as much as he loves Robbie, he wants power more.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may want godlike power, but he does care who he hurts to get it. Killing his coworkers is one thing, but he objects to endangering thousands of innocent lives and warns Coulson to run as he starts up the experiment that will give him powers.
  • Expy: His powers are similar to those of the Molecule Man.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Eli's motivation to become a god is because he's sick of being treated like a nobody.
  • Functional Magic: The "god-like power" he gains from the Darkhold is similar to the sorcery used by Kamar-Taj sorcerers in that it works by taking energy from other dimensions through a force of will. However, his is based on creating matter instead of simply using the energy which has the side effect of creating quakes.
  • Godhood Seeker: Eli wants to play God by using the Darkhold. He is not pleased when Coulson explains that all the power did was turn him into an inter-dimensional thief.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He is a gifted scientist who worked hard for years in the name of recognition, only to be snubbed and accused of lying. Enter Plan B, the Darkhold.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Although no one refers to him as a 'doctor' in-universe, he has a PhD (in Engineering) and turns out to be evil.
  • Motive Rant: Delivers a fairly sympathetic one about the constant institutionalized racism he faced as a Latino scientist.
  • Never My Fault: When Robbie calls him out on his actions, he attempts to blame everything on the Bauers, claiming they started it all.
  • Parental Substitute: He raised Robbie and Gabe, with Robbie even saying that they saw him as a father.
  • Reality Warper: After using the machine on himself with five of the six quantum power cells hooked up to it, Eli gains the ability to create matter out of nothing. He demonstrates this by generating spikes of carbon from within the bodies of four S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and creating an entire wall of it in seconds. It's later revealed he's pulling matter/energy from a different dimension, rather than out of nothing per se.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Played with in that he's introduced as alive when his comic book counterpart was already dead and had become an evil spirit. Then he is torched and dragged off to Hell by Ghost Rider in "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics."

    John Horton 

John Horton

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Unknown

Portrayed By: N/A

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

A prisoner of the Fridge that had attached lion paws to his hands.

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the comics, John Horton was a small-time criminal who was captured by the Secret Empire who made experiments on him and administered an experimental mutagenic serum that turned him into the monstrous being known as Griffin. In the show, he's apparently just a criminal who gave himself lion paws.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Implied. John Horton in the comics is a powerful supervillain with a bestial appearance that even includes wings, and he has Super Strength, enhanced speed, and durability. In the show, John Horton is seemingly just a guy with lion paws, and John Garrett doesn't make a big deal about arresting him.
  • Bio-Augmentation: He attached lion paws to his hands.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Even after he attached lion paws to his hands, Garrett still refers to him only by his name and not his codename "Griffin" from the comics.
  • The Ghost: He's never seen onscreen, just mentioned by Garrett as the first criminal he locked up in the Fridge.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: In the comics, John Horton is mostly an enemy of the Avengers. In the MCU, he never actually faced any Avengers members and was arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent John Garrett, of all people.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Horton had been imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Fridge until he was released by John Garrett and Grant Ward.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: John Horton is the father of Yo-Yo Rodriguez in the comics. In the show, the two characters don't seem to have any relation to one another.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Although he presumably has been released from the Fridge by John Garrett and Grant Ward alongside the other prisoners, it is unknown what became of him afterward.

    Mary MacPherran / Titania 

Mary MacPherran / Titania

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: TBA

Portrayed By: Jameela Jamil

Appearances: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

The arch-nemesis of She-Hulk, possessing superhuman strength, durability, and stamina.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her appearance during the courtroom scene in the trailer speaks for itself.
  • Alliterative Name: Mary MacPherran.
  • Amazonian Beauty: As expected, given that she's played by the 5'10" Jameela Jamil.
  • Casting Gag: Jamil was a popular fan-cast for the role of She-Hulk for a while before Tatiana Maslany was cast. Here, she's playing her arch-enemy.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and is shown giving She-Hulk quite of a fight during the courtroom scene in the trailer.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mary wears quite of a revealing outfit during the courtroom scene in the trailer.
  • Race Lift: Originally Caucasian in the comics, but is played by an actress of Pakistani and Indian descent here.

Humans with enhanced technology

    Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger 

Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger
"We're iron mongers; we make weapons."
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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Stark Industries

Portrayed By: Jeff Bridges

Voiced By: José Luis Orozco (Latin-American Spanish dub), Salvador Vives (European Spanish dub), Júlio Chaves (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Iron Man | Spider-Man: Far From Home note 

"For thirty years, I've been holding you up! I built this company from nothing! And nothing is gonna stand in my way — least of all, you...!"

The CEO of Stark Industries, taking over after his friend Howard Stark died. His friendly image hides an amoral and sinister mind who seeks to use the Iron Man armor for his own ends.

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In the MCU, Obadiah is a long-term business partner to both Tony Stark and his father. His betrayal is what leads to the creation of Iron Man. In the comics, he has no connection to Tony's origin, being simply a rival arms manufacturer.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He's worse in the novelization of the film (and ironically, closer to his original depiction in the comics).
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While still a very corrupt man who wants to destroy Tony's life and use his creations for the sake of a new grade of weapons, Stane bears a more polite demeanor compared to his vehement, obsessively hate-driven personality in the comics, does not drag Tony through sadistic mind games (instead just trying to get rid of him to save his skin, before fighting him head-on as the Iron Monger), and his troubled childhood is not implied to exist in the MCU; making him look much less of a brutal monster seeing life as a game that must be won at all costs, and far more like just a regular guy that let the power get to his head a long time ago.
  • Arm Cannon: The Iron Monger suit has a minigun mounted on the right forearm and a rocket launcher on the left.
  • Ax-Crazy: Became one at the end of the movie. To clarify, he tries to kill Pepper and starts a violent rampage. He's willing to kill anyone, even children.
  • Badass Boast:
    Iron Monger: And nothing is gonna stand in my way. Least of all... you.
  • Bald of Evil: Jeff Bridges was reported to be looking forward to shaving his head to portray Stane with this.
  • Beard of Evil: A well-groomed one, in contrast to Tony's goatee.
  • Big Bad: His attempts to take over Stark Industries drive the plot of Iron Man.
  • Big Bad Friend: He's something like Tony's Honorary Uncle in the first film and plotted to have him killed.
  • Black Market: His source of income is selling weapons to anyone with the money for them. His plot to have Tony killed is so he can engage in his dealings without someone watching over his shoulder.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • Not cleaning out his inbox, for a start.
    • Leaving Tony alone in anguish and dying without his heart. (Though admittedly, Stane barely had enough time to do a victory jig as Coulson and Pepper were rapidly closing in.)
  • Broken Armor Boss Battle: In Tony's duel with him, the massive Iron Monger suit is completely impervious to Tony's attacks. After an attempt to disable it with cold weather fails, Tony goes for an exposed power line on its neck, shutting off its visual systems and forcing Stane to open the armor and expose himself so he can aim.
  • Car Fu: He tries to crush Tony under an SUV. When that fails, he grabs a motorcycle and bats him away with it.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Thor's appearance after the first act in Avengers: Endgame resembles the Dude so much that Tony Stark even acknowledged this In-Universe in one scene by snarkily calling him "Lebowski". No mention of how Stane was portrayed by the Dude himself.
  • The Chessmaster: He orchestrated the hit on Tony in Afghanistan and later locks him out of the company to continue his Evil Plan.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Just that memetic line he delivered in the movie. (See Large Ham entry)
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Everyone he works with will eventually find themselves paralyzed and their stuff stolen.
  • Cigar Chomper: It goes nicely with the corrupt businessman thing he has going.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He handed over Stark weaponry to the Ten Rings in exchange for using them on Tony's convoy. Tony is aghast when he finds out, as it means his uber-patriotic company has been "double-dealing" to terrorists and U.S. armed forces alike.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: His motivation in the third act — he sees the vast potential in the arc reactor and armor Tony has designed and plans to reproduce the technology and use it to create a new generation of weapons.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Tony's origin story began with Stane trying to assassinate him. Had Stane not bothered, Tony might well have stayed the apathetic Arms Dealer he was at the start of the movie.
  • Dark Is Evil: Stane's Iron Monger armor is primarily dark gray in color, and he deeply enjoys using it to inflict harm on those around him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The most obvious thing he and Tony have in common is witty banter.
  • Disney Villain Death: Faceplants directly into the prototype arc reactor, causing the plant to blow up.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Normally calm and Affably Evil, Obadiah loses his cool after becoming the Iron Monger, and even realizes it: "I must admit, I'm deeply enjoying the suit!"
  • Evil Chancellor: Not royalty or even part of the government, but still fills the role due to his position in Stark Industries. He was basically the company's regent.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He turned the Mark I Iron Man suit into his Iron Monger suit, literally making him an evil Iron Man.
    • In their civilian identities, he and Tony were weapons manufacturers, except Tony realized the harm his work was doing and aimed to do good, while Obadiah was intentionally selling his weaponry to terrorists.
  • Evil Gloating: "This is your legacy. A new generation of weapons, with this at its heart."
  • Evil Is Bigger: The Iron Monger suit is gigantic compared to the Iron Man suit, towering over Tony during their fight. Obadiah himself even acknowledges this:
    Obadiah: I wish you could see my prototype. It's not as... ah, well not as conservative as yours.
  • Evil Knockoff: His Iron Monger suit is this to Tony's Iron Man suit; a deliberate attempt to back-engineer a more powerful weapon from Tony's scrap-built first suit, prioritizing more conventional weaponry and power over the trial-and-error perfection that gives even the under-powered Iron Man some advantages over a fully charged Iron Monger.
  • Evil Mentor: He tries to steer Tony over to his line of thinking; "We're Iron Mongers".
  • Evil Plan: He arranged for Tony's murder and the takeover of Stark Industries. Later, he adds "stealing Tony's prototype armor and repurposing it" to that plan.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The Iron Monger makes his voice sound deeper and more menacing when he's got the helmet on. And a hell of a lot hammier, too.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a double-dealing arms trader who initiates a coup against Tony with the board of directors to lock him out of the company. On the other hand, he's a jovial wise-cracker who brings Tony pizza from New York (Tony lives in Malibu), rides around on a Segway, and treats his employees well (unless he's in a bad mood). In the film's climax, he compliments Tony's arc reactor design even as he casually mentions ordering a hit on Tony, and takes the arc reactor from his chest and leaves him for dead.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Definitely a part of his motivation. He thinks he's been "holding [Tony] up" for almost three decades and resents being pushed into the background since he took over the company (literally, in the montage of magazine posters shown at the beginning of the film).
  • Large Ham: Evil Is Hammy, after all. Best exemplified by the Punctuated! For! Emphasis! gem of a quote he gives to one of the scientists at Stark Industries that was so over the top and memorable, it reappeared in a flashback with said scientist in Spider-Man: Far From Home which came out eleven years after Iron Man:
    Stane: Tony Stark was able to build this IN A CAVE!...WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!!
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates Tony out of the company and uses and discards the Ten Rings when they are no longer useful.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Tony often refers to his mentor/father figure as "Obie". Obie = Obi = Obi-Wan.
    • "Monger" is an archaic English word for seller or dealer, which survives in words like "fishmonger" but now often has a negative connotation as in "warmonger" or "gossipmonger".
  • Mighty Glacier: Relatively speaking, The Iron Monger isn't quite as fast or agile as Tony's Mark III armor (even its flight takeoff starts out slow, but soon gains speed afterward) but completely surpasses it in both firepower and durability.
  • Mini-Mecha: The Iron Monger suit is closer to this than Powered Armor.
  • Mirror Character: To Darren Cross. Both of them are Corrupt Corporate Executives who attempt to take control over the company that they worked for out of jealousy of the man running it. They also both end up fighting against the main character of their respective movies in a knockoff of their similarly powered suit.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Had Stane not ordered the hit on Tony, Iron Man never would have been created, and the MCU would have been doomed as a result. Without Iron Man, New York would have been nuked, possibly without stopping the Chitauri invasion, Killian would have easily succeeded, and Thanos's snap couldn't have been undone. And that's without getting into the ripple effect of how other heroes and their movies would have been affected. All this and more had Stane not ordered the hit on Tony.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Perturbed by Raza's refusal to kill Tony, Stane later meets with him in the desert to talk terms. However, Raza no longer has any collateral with which to bargain, and Stane simply disposes of him and his goons.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Stane loves getting very close to people and putting his arm around them, whether he's trying to butter them up or intimidate them.
  • Pet the Dog: When he's berating William Ginter Riva over the failed attempt at making the Iron Monger suit functional and Riva tells him bluntly that he isn't Tony Stark (for context, he had just been told that Tony had built his own first suit in a cave with a box of scraps), Stane simply calms down and tells William to stop worrying and get some rest, because, despite his best efforts, the only one capable of getting the suit to work is, indeed, Tony Stark.
  • Playing Both Sides: As the man running the day-to-day operations of Stark Industries, he sold cutting-edge weaponry to the U.S. Military and the terrorists and rival nations they were fighting.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: It didn't stop him from trying, but he admits to having worried that having Tony killed would be like "killing the golden goose".
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Though interrupted.
    Iron Monger: Your services are no longer required.
  • The Resenter: Stane grew too comfortable running the company during Tony's adolescence, and was pissed after Tony decided to take control once he came of age.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's small-time as far as MCU villains go. A one-off corrupt businessman whose big goal is selling Black Market weapons. But without him trying to wax Tony, Iron Man never becomes a thing. So in a roundabout way, he helps save the universe.
  • Starter Villain: For Iron Man, and the first Big Bad of the MCU.
  • Super Prototype: The Iron Monger Armor is basically Tony's Mark I Armor repurposed into a Mini-Mecha.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Midway through the film, Stane buys some pizza from New York while waiting for Tony to return to his Malibu mansion. The latter implies that Stane does this whenever something business-related goes bad.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Already a major early villain from the comics, Obadiah was retooled as having co-founded Stark Industries with Tony's dad, who then served as a mentor to Tony and the second-in-command of his company when the elder Stark died and Tony inherited the company. Naturally, this being an adaptation, Obadiah turns out to be more villainous than he lets on.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He is indirectly responsible for a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal that happened years later and has potentially long-lasting implications. The scientist he yelled to about Tony Stark making an Arc Reactor "in a cave with a box of scraps" went on to join a group of disgruntled former Stark Industries employees to help create Mysterio.
  • Uriah Gambit: He sends Tony on a sales trip to Afghanistan to demonstrate Stark Industries' latest missile technology to the American military and hires the local Ten Rings cell to attack his convoy and kill him, so Stane can take full control of the company. The plan fails when Stark survives the attack (barely), and the Ten Rings figure out who he is, keeping him alive to build weapons for them while demanding more money from Stane.
  • Villain Has a Point: Up until the third act where he steals Tony's arc reactor and leaves him for dead (not to mention all his subsequent actions), Stane's reasons for his villainy are rather understandable.
    • Although ordering a hit on him takes things too far, Stane is absolutely correct in pointing out Tony is irresponsible and difficult to work with- blowing off events where he is the guest of honor and letting the business side of things be handled squarely by Stane for years, all while spending money on idle luxuries. That being said, a lot of the companies' success could also be attributed to Tony's work as an engineer in the first place. Also, Stane's way of dealing with Tony pretty much made him realize these flaws and do something about them.
    • When Tony returns from Afghanistan, Stane shuts Tony off from the board of directors and tries to convince him to let their scientists have a look at the arc reactor. Though Stane is definitely still scheming, consider what Tony did when he came back — he announced he was shutting down the weapons development division of Stark Industries, which has been the company's cornerstone for decades and admitted in the same sentence he isn't sure what path the company should take instead and has spent most of his time since then tinkering in his garage refusing to let anyone see what he's doing. Tony pretty much blew up the company and left Stane to clean up the mess while he went home and started experimenting with his Iron Man suit, so Stane has every reason to shut Tony out of the company.
    • Stane keeps trying to convince Tony to let some of the Stark scientists take a look at the arc reactor, but is refused, and he later mocks Tony for thinking he could keep it to himself. While Stane's intentions for the arc reactor are to use it to build "a new generation of weapons", he's correct that it is a revolutionary technological innovation, and there's an argument to be had over if Tony should share it with the world or not. That conflict - trying to use his technology to benefit the world in a safe and responsible manner - is a recurring theme with Tony in later films.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Implied in Hawkeye. The clocktower that Kate Bishop accidentally destroys is shown to be named after him, indicating that the general public still hasn't found out the truth of who he really was after S.H.I.E.L.D covered up his death over a decade ago.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Everything he does after Pepper steals the evidence of his terrorist dealings and hands them over to S.H.I.E.L.D., including the well-known "Box of scraps" scene. Even his final gambit is nothing more than a desperate, insane bid to drag Tony down with him.
  • Visionary Villain: He presents himself as one to the arc reactor team just before their failed attempt to construct his custom Iron Monger suit.
  • War for Fun and Profit: His ultimate goal is to revolutionize the U.S. military with arc-powered weapons and suits. Each is patented and trademarked by Stark Industries, of course.
  • Wicked Cultured: This guy is great on the piano, but the hidden message was less well-meaning.
  • Would Harm A Child: He throws a car full of them at Tony. He was looking directly into the windshield and could see them screaming, so he was well aware of what he was doing.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: As soon as Raza and his Ten Rings cell hand over the pieced-together remains of Tony Stark's first Iron Man suit as a gift, Stane has them all murdered.
    • Later on, he paralyzes Tony and rips the Arc reactor out of his chest, leaving him to die while he installs it in his own Iron Monger suit, with the long-term plan of building and selling new weapons based on the technology. Subverted, in that Tony survives and comes after him.
    • Another subversion is when Stane attempts to kill Pepper with his Iron Monger suit and tells her that her services are no longer required after she brought Coulson and several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to arrest him, only for Tony in his Iron Man suit to swoop in just in time to fight him.

    Ivan Vanko / Whiplash 

Ivan Vanko / Whiplash
"What your father did to my family over 40 years, I will do to you in 40 minutes."
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Species: Human

Citizenship: Russian

Affiliation(s): Hammer Industries (formerly)

Portrayed By: Mickey Rourke

Voiced By: Carlos Segundo (Latin-American Spanish dub), Alfonso Vallés (European Spanish dub), Takayuki Sugo (Japanese dub), Michel Vigné (French dub), Benoît Rousseau (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Iron Man 2 | What If...? note 

"If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in Him. There will be blood in the water, the sharks will come. All I have to do is sit back and watch as the world consumes you."

Son of Anton Vanko, a former partner of Howard Stark, who forced his father's exile to Siberia, and a subsequently miserable life turned him to revenge against Howard's son Tony.

  • Aborted Arc: His death was deliberately made ambiguous in case Marvel Studios wanted to bring him back in future movies. Unfortunately, Mickey Rourke hated the movie so much that Vanko is unlikely to ever return unless they pull an Other Darrin.
  • Affably Evil: Vanko's shown to be a pretty nice guy as long as you're on his good side, and even if you aren't, he isn't above some polite conversation.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Tony Stark, though it's very one-sided on his side as Tony views him more as an annoyance than a threat. However, Vanko had dedicated his life to killing Tony due to his father having been screwed over by the latter's.
  • Badass Normal: Electro-whips aside, Vanko's just a normal guy fighting true Powered Armor. Until his second suit, which is indeed Powered Armor and much stronger than Tony's and Rhodey's. He's implied to be a fearsome guy in his past (Mafiya tattoos and all).
  • Big Bad: In Iron Man 2, he's the major threat and the one pulling the strings, but he's content to let Hammer think he's just an underling.
  • Canon Foreigner: There were four people who took on the mantle of Whiplash before the release of Iron Man 2, but none of them were named Ivan Vanko.
  • Canon Immigrant: Vanko's version of Whiplash is later migrated into mainstream Marvel comics universe.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Like Tony, his "superpowers" are all part of his suit.
  • Composite Character: Of Whiplash (the whips) and Crimson Dynamo (the Powered Armor, being Russian, and his name), with some elements of Morgan Stark (his motivation for revenge, using remote-controlled drones) thrown in for good measure.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike Stane who had known the Stark family for many years, Vanko introduced himself to Tony in his debut film and held a grudge against the Starks after what they did to his father. While they both used advanced suits of armor to battle Tony Stark, Stane possessed great ambition and plans while Vanko simply wanted Tony dead and had little care about what would happen to him afterward.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Discussed Trope; Tony asks why he didn't take his arc reactor, inferior to his but still functional, to an enemy nation or the black market and make a fortune. He also could have lived a comfortable life on Hammer's dollar with the quality of work he was providing. In both cases, he preferred using his talents to get revenge on Tony instead of making money.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Was this to Justin Hammer.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Let Hammer believe he was helping him embarrass and upstage Tony when, in actuality, he was placating him while developing the tech he would use in his revenge scheme.
  • Driven to Suicide: Unable to kill Tony and wounded by him, he activates the self-destruct device inside his Whiplash Power Armor and other Hammer Drones, gloating to Tony, "You lose." while he laughed.
  • Dual Wielding: Can swing two whips at once.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He screws over the deal with Justin Hammer, goes full-on vengeance rampage mode and doesn't care about the collateral in his wake - but he doesn't bother to try to kill Justin when he more than has the capability to with the man's company at his mercy. Whether because he considered the man beneath him or simply didn't want to kill the person that got him so much farther to begin with isn't known, and this is after Justin deliberately cut corners and didn't bother to actually get Vanko's bird for him by buying another instead.
  • Evil Counterpart: He built a miniature arc reactor out of scraps and used it to power weapons that gave Iron Man a good run for his money. The novelization even has Tony Stark note that if their fathers had been in reversed positions and it was Howard who was deported and left to descend into drunken depression, Tony might have ended up just like Vanko.
  • Evil Is Bigger/Lightning Bruiser: His Whiplash Mk II armor is noticeably brawnier and more heavily armored than the Iron Man or War Machine suits while retaining a similar level of agility and maneuverability to them, in contrast to the slower, more mech-like Iron Monger.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He smiles with glee upon inflicting harm on Tony Stark.
  • Evil Plan: "What your family did to mine in forty years, I will do to you in forty minutes."
  • Flunky Boss: Hacks War Machine and the "Hammeroids", sending them against Tony before he finally takes him on personally.
  • Genius Bruiser: He looks like a thug and is implied to be part of the Russian Mafia, but he's also one of two people capable of making arc reactor technology, and then he used it to make his own Powered Armor.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has the traditional scar down his eye.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Firmly believes (and not without some measure of justification) that he should have and could have been where Tony is now, if not for Howard Stark screwing his father.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: He swallows down vodka as his father dies before him.
  • Large Ham: Mickey Rourke is clearly enjoying himself, best represented by Vanko frequently breaking into a smug smile.
  • Made of Iron: His harness gives him a good degree of protection. Happy drives a car into him and Vanko is barely stunned, and after being flung through the air onto the asphalt, he's still conscious enough to taunt Tony, if dazed and bleeding heavily.
  • The Mafiya: If his tattoos are accurate, he's a member.
  • Never Found the Body: His death isn't shown on screen and it's never stated if his remains were recovered, leaving wiggle room for a potential return. In the original ending (which was included as a deleted scene), he's explicitly killed onscreen by War Machine.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He shows that he's both fluent and eloquent in his early face-to-face confrontation with Tony Stark, but speaks to Hammer in broken, barely intelligible English just to mess with him.
  • Oral Fixation: His toothpick.
  • Pet the Dog: In his only displays of kindness, he shows he likes cockatoos, even the one Hammer gets him in place of Vanko's own back in Russia. He had a few other Pet the Dog moments in Russia to help flesh out his character, which were cut from the film, much to the annoyance of Mickey Rourke.
  • The Quiet One: Vanko is very quiet, especially when compared with Tony or Justin. In several of his most prominent scenes, Vanko says barely anything at all; during the climax, his only words are "Good to be back" and "You lose."
  • Related in the Adaptation: This version of Whiplash is the son of Anton Vanko, the first Crimson Dynamo in the comics.
  • Renegade Russian: Tried selling Soviet nuclear fuel on the black market at one point.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Why he's not using his technology for practical purposes; he only wants revenge.
  • Shock and Awe: His whips are charged with electricity.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Tony's, specifically, that caused a drunken depression and a piss-poor childhood.
  • Spiteful Spit: After his first fight with Tony, he spits blood on the ground and shouts "You lose!" at Tony as the police take him away.
  • The Stoic: Vanko is extremely calm and collected, even when held in captivity or being scolded by his billionaire employer. When Hammer tells his guards to start taking Ivan's bird and other comforts away, you can see when he stops protesting and when he starts just going with it silently. It's like flicking a switch.
  • Tattooed Crook: Displays tattoos that are common with Russian criminals.
  • Tragic Villain: All his disdain for Tony's family is well-founded (save for the fact that his own father was a crook). His father was cut off from the project he helped start, was deported to a winter wasteland to die in bitter swill of alcoholism and disgrace, and he himself got wrapped up in organized crime to make a living. Beneath his cold exterior is a genius mind that even Tony Stark is impressed by.
    • Mickey Rourke, the actor, wanted to play up more on this aspect of the villain, but due to Executive Meddling from Marvel, his ideas ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Troll: He enjoys antagonizing Hammer just for the sake of doing it, such as telling him the drones won't be ready for the expo presentation when they most definitely are.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…: His harness, and later his Powered Armor, aren't shown to have any onboard weapons like the Iron Man or War Machine armor, except for the whips. Vanko still overpowers both of them because the whips are just that effective. It makes sense; the Iron Man and War Machine armors are filled to the brim with ranged weaponry, most of which is explosive. Up close, they either miss or hit and damage both Vanko and themselves. The whips bring the attacker in close and immobilize them while delivering an electric discharge to fry and mangle the armor.
  • Whip It Good: His electro whips cut really well too.
  • Worthy Opponent: He believes Tony to be the only one worthy enough to talk straight to. Other times he is either silent or in Hammer's case pretending to be an incompetent, broken English-speaking Cloud Cuckoo Lander. With Tony, he makes his intentions clear and even follows Tony's sarcastic advice when upgrading his weaponry.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: His harness had yellow electricity for its whips, but the full set of Powered Armor he makes for himself gives them blue lightning.
  • You Killed My Father: It is more of your father killed my father. Howard Stark left Vanko's father to die in exile, and this motivated Vanko to kill Tony Stark since Howard is already dead.

    Darren Cross / Yellowjacket 

Dr. Darren Cross / Yellowjacket
"The laws of nature transcend the laws of man. And I've transcended the laws of nature."
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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): MIT (formerly), Pym Technologies, Cross Technologies

Portrayed By: Corey Stoll

Voiced By: Juan Frese (Latin-American Spanish dub), Luis Bajo (European Spanish dub), Toru Okawa (Japanese dub), Pierre Tessier (French dub), Adrien Bletton (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: WHiH Newsfrontnote  | Ant-Man | Ant Man And The Wasp Quantumania

The current head of Pym Technologies and creator of the Yellowjacket suit. Originally a close protege of Hank Pym, he grew distant due to Hank's unwillingness to share his Pym Particle research with him and has been driven to get the same results as the Pym Particle without Hank. His ultimate plan is to sell the Yellowjacket suit to Hydra.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Hope, who he has feelings for. They may be romantic or platonic, but he does like and respect her.
    Cross: You know, I came to the house the other night to kill him, but you were there.
    Hope: You're sick and I can help you. Just put the gun down.
    Cross: I wasn't ready to kill you then, but I think I am now!
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, he had Super Strength and later mood-based size-shifting abilities. As the Yellowjacket in the film, he can use lasers and can change his size at will.
  • Adaptational Villainy: His Yellowjacket identity was a hero in the comics.
  • Age Lift: In his original comics appearance, he was a middle-aged man with an adult son; in the MCU, he's played by Corey Stoll (late 30s) and is heavily suggested to be close in age to Hope (who is, specifically, 35 years old).
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: His suit is black and yellow with protrusions on the back that evoke the image of a wasp.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Just like Scott's suit, his suit utilises Pym Particles to shrink.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To Hank Pym. Darren Cross was the man who usurped his company and began using it to try to enrich himself and gain influence over the world in dark ways. Hank is determined to shut Cross down, and Cross wants to rub Hank's failures in his face before killing him once and for all.
    • During the events of the first Ant-Man film, Cross also gradually becomes this to Scott Lang. With Darren's jealousy and hatred over Pym favoring Scott over him and Scott destroying his company as well as Darren threatening Cassie and killing Ant-tony., the enmity becomes mutual for both of them.
  • Ascended Extra: He was a very minor villain in the comic who became the Big Bad of the movie. Conveniently, the 2015 Ant-Man comic book has him and his company as the main villain.
  • Ax-Crazy: A subdued version that gets scarily worse over the course of the movie. Hank suggests it to be from exposure to the Pym Particle, and Darren was already unstable to begin with before he began to work at replicating his mentor's technology. After being electrocuted by a fly trap to death and then also resurrected by it, he becomes even more berserk.
  • Badass Boast: "The laws of nature transcend the laws of man, and I have transcended the laws of nature".
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a Mad Scientist who fights Ant-Man with his own, upgraded suit.
  • Bad Boss: He kills several of his own men in his attempt to murder Scott.
  • Back from the Dead: During their first fight, Scott (hilariously) swats him into a bug zapper that temporarily kills him, before electrocuting him back to life. If Cross wasn't royally pissed off then, he was BEYOND pissed after that.
  • Bald of Evil: Darren has his head shaved in a film where all the heroes have hair, even the old man. And he's the main antagonist.
  • Big Bad: As the one who created and plans to sell the Yellowjacket suit, he is the main villain of Ant-Man.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: You have to be a self-professed villain to straight-up tell someone that you're selling the Yellowjacket suit to HYDRA with a smile on your face. There's also the fact that his response to Cassie asking him if he's a monster is to gleefully ask back "Do I look like a monster?"
  • Character Tic: Putting a reassuring hand on someone's shoulder, in a way that's not the least bit reassuring.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Once he dons the Yellowjacket suit, he unhinges even further as he fights Scott until he's shouting while blasting things to bits with his lasers.
    Darren: [After stepping on, and accidentally activating, an iPod] I'M GONNA DISINTEGRATE YOU!!!
    Siri: Now playing "Disintegration" by The Cure.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The Yellowjacket suit gives him very similar powers to Ant-Man, although it comes equipped with shoulder-mounted lasers while the Ant-Man suit does not have any weapons at all.
  • Color Character: The Yellowjacket.
  • Combat Tentacles: Two tentacles that fire blasts of energy like stingers.
  • Composite Character: Of four characters from the comics:
    • This version of Yellowjacket is not an alter-ego of Hank Pym, but instead a villain and alter-ego to Darren Cross.
    • In the comics Cross is a Starter Villain for Scott Lang that has nothing to do with the Yellowjacket title. Though this later gets introduced back into the comics due to the film's influence.
    • He also shares some personality traits with Ultron, such as his "daddy issues" with Pym and Hank seeing a darker version of himself in him.
    • The choice to make Cross completely bald in the film is probably a reference to Pym's original Mad Scientist Arch-Enemy in the comics, Egghead.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Cross is the CEO of his own company and thinks nothing of shrink-killing people who disagree with him, and supplying weapons to HYDRA.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: It's hard not to cringe as different parts of his suit start shrinking at different times, agonizingly crushing him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's usually ready with a quip or put-down.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In Ant-Man, he is killed when his Yellowjacket suit (tampered with by Scott Lang) crushes him to death, but in the comics, he dies of natural causes (a heart attack) during a fight with Scott.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He murders a coworker who offhandedly speaks out against his work after stating that he has "transcended the laws of nature". Showing that he's a cold-blooded murderer with an ego beyond reproach. He even does it with his shrink ray. Then flushes what's left of him down the toilet.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Scott Lang, who he counts as a foil to. While Scott is an ex-con who uses the Ant-Man suit for noble purposes, Cross is the powerful CEO of Pym Technologies and uses the Yellowjacket suit for power and destruction.
    • He kinda counts as one to Hope as well. Both hold a grudge against Hank Pym by the start of the movie. But while Hope manages to reconcile with Hank, Cross does not and wants to prove himself better than Hank at any cost.
  • Evil Genius: His inventions are fueled by a complete disregard for the safety of others and they're being sold to Hydra!
    Siri: Now playing "Disintegration" by The Cure.
  • Evil Plan: Re-invent the Pym Particle and make a commercial success of it in order to prove himself better than his mentor.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He usually acts friendly and cheerful, even as he commits horrible acts like murder.
  • Foil:
    • An emotionally unstable business executive desperate for Pym's approval and holds stark similarities to him, in contrast to Scott, who's the criminal disciple of Pym, but is less similar and holds much greater emotional maturity.
    • There is also a sharp contrast between the Ant-Man suit and the Yellowjacket suit. Hank emphasizes the Ant-Man suit carries no weaponry, with Scott utilizing size-changing discs and his ant buddies in combat, while the Yellowjacket is chock full of deadly weapons. There's also the fact the Ant-Man suit is designed for infiltration and camouflage, while the Yellowjacket is bright and lets enemies know its presence.
  • For Science!: One of his earlier motivations, along with "Well Done, Son!" Guy, is to recreate the Pym Particle formula.
  • For the Evulz: He uses lambs as test subjects for his fatal shrink ray rather than cheaper and less empathic mice for no discernible reason. Then he flicks the container like a kid with insects.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Hank choose him as his apprentice because he saw himself in Cross. Then he distanced himself because he started seeing too much.
  • Granola Guy: A minor case from his morning meditations, a reference to the New-Age Retro Hippie elements of Silicon Valley. He doesn't have any other traits.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: There's more than a little jealousy in Darren's hatred of Scott, who is Hank's new pupil.
  • Ignored Epiphany: There are a few times where he is a little unsure of himself. After killing Frank, he stares at himself in the mirror. He later shows some vulnerability by asking Hank why he was pushed away. Cross was also conflicted about killing Hope and had to engineer a situation where he seemingly had no choice but to be 'ready'. Finally, he is a little affected when Cassie asks him if he's a monster. Of course, whenever he comes close to showing an inkling of morality, he swerves hard in the other direction.
  • Instant Costume Change: He unshrinks and dons the Yellowjacket suit in about five seconds while Scott is distracted.
  • It Amused Me: One of the reasons he sold the Yellowjacket suit to HYDRA, other than to spite Hank, is because he "enjoyed himself".
  • It's Personal: By the time of his final duel against Scott, he declares that he will pay for destroying Pym's company along with his plans by destroying everything that he loves, beginning with Cassie.
    Cross: You insult me, Scott. Your very existence is insulting to me. You know, it'd be much easier to hit you if you were bigger.
  • Jaw Drop: His reaction upon seeing Pym's work facility explode, then implode on the night it was going to be given to him.
  • Jerkass: Outright bullying Pym in his actions, and taunts Scott throughout their battle.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: What IS the difference between testing on a mouse or a goat? Both are feeling creatures.
  • Karmic Death: Darren's weapon of choice before donning his suit is a Pym Particle device that causes people to turn inside-out as they shrink. Scott sabotages his suit during their final battle, causing Darren to slowly and painfully implode in a similar process.
  • Lack of Empathy: He does not care at all that he killed a number of his own employees trying to kill Scott, and even less than completely innocent people would likely die as a result of him selling the Yellowjacket suit to HYDRA.
  • Large and in Charge: Darren towers over many people including his former mentor Hank, and the more lanky Scott. Corey Stoll is 1.87 metres (6' 2") in height and fairly muscular, making his portrayal physically imposing — especially when he puts on the Yellowjacket suit.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: He uses an imperfect version of the Pym Particle device to cause people to shrink and implode into tiny red blobs.
  • Mad Scientist: He was able to reverse engineer the Pym Particles, after all — and suffered Sanity Slippage as a result, due to unprotected exposure.
  • Made of Iron: Gets stung by multiple bullet ants at once, then later swatted into a bug zapper and repeatedly electrocuted, but still doesn't go down. Hank even rightfully believes him dead at one point.
  • Mirror Character: To Obadiah Stane. Both of them are Corrupt Corporate Executives who attempt to take control over the company that they worked for out of jealousy of the man running it. They also both end up fighting against the main character of their respective movies in a knockoff of their similarly powered suit.
  • Mood-Swinger: This guy can go from professional to manic, to enraged, to depressed, and then back to manic again over the course of a half-hour.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Darren has a way of getting very close to people he's having chats with that tends to get very menacing, especially when his off-kilter behavior is added into the mix...
  • Pet the Dog: He's largely a good boss to Hope and is very respectful of her, possibly due to unspoken feelings. She's his Only Friend.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: His suit allows him to fight on equal footing against Scott.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Inverted. His predominately yellow suit has small red markings and allows him to fire bolts of blue energy, but he's the Big Bad of his film.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His Mood-Swinger tendencies plus his desire for attention from Hank makes him come off as very childish most of the time — as well as petty, selfish, and unstable.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Hank Pym was his mentor and Cross went down a dark path. Now they're enemies.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: His final moments retroactively become this. The last we see of Cross is when he's shown shrinking uncontrollably into a contorted shape before disappearing. Despite this seeming like certain death, he's confirmed to be returning for Quantumania
  • Ret-Canon: Both Darren Cross and Yellowjacket existed in the comics as established characters, but in 2016 Cross took up the mantle of the Yellowjacket identity, due to the events of the film.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His initial goal of escaping with the Yellowjacket suit is tossed aside in favor of taking revenge on Scott for imploding his building and all the research in it, and then smacking him into a bug zapper. It's likely that Scott's actions (and being zapped) finally drove him completely over the edge.
  • Sanity Slippage: He wasn't all that stable to begin with, and a combination of the Pym particles and his own insecurities cause him to grow more ruthless and psychotically paranoid over the course of the film. Getting his plans ruined by Antman and Hank only makes his state worse.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's inherited not only Hank's Yellowjacket identity but also the Mad Scientist and Sanity Slippage traits typically associated with it, and serves to demonstrate why Hank stopped using the Ant-Man suit in the first place. Invoked late in the movie.
    Darren Cross: All those years ago, you picked me. What did you see in me?
    Hank Pym: I saw myself.
    Darren Cross: [hurt] Then why did you push me away?
    Hank Pym: Because I saw too much of myself.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's wearing a three-piece suit for much of the movie until he dons the Yellowjacket suit near the climax.
  • Shrink Ray: He carries one, which he uses on those who disagree with his ideas. Since it's imperfect, it also turns them into a lifeless, tiny pile of mush.
  • Sizeshifter: He can shrink like Ant-Man using the Yellowjacket suit.
  • Uncertain Doom: According to director Payton Reed, it's possible that Cross didn't die when Scott seemingly imploded him, and that he could be in Quantum Realm, presumably to leave the possibility open for some kind of return. Though, he might be wishing he were dead at this point. He's confirmed to be returning in Quantumania, indicating that he's still alive in there.
  • The Unfettered: He's willing to use Hank Pym's technology as a weapon and do everything from murder to working with HYDRA to make it happen.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He is already suffering a Sanity Slippage as the movie progresses, but when he sees his company being obliterated by Pym's plan coming to fruition, he completely snaps, puts the Yellowjacket suit on and spends the rest of the movie trying to get revenge on Scott. Then Scott throws him into a bug zapper, which shreds whatever sanity was left.
  • Villain Respect: Downplayed example — Darren can't help but admire that despite his age, Hank can still throw a mean right cross.
    Darren: Wow! ... Wow! I mean, I saw that punch coming a mile away, but I thought it'd be all weak and pathetic!
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Darren considers himself a surrogate son to Hank, and the feeling was returned. Much of his motivation stems from a desire to both prove himself and outdo his mentor since he feels abandoned and betrayed by him.
    Cross: What do you call the only man who can arm the most powerful weapon in the world?
    Hank: The most powerful man in the world.
    Cross: You proud of me yet?
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Cross became mentally unstable due to unprotected exposure to Pym particles over thousands of experiments trying to reproduce Hank's technology.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: One has to wonder to what effect the Pym Particles have affected his mind. He's certainly not on speaking terms with sanity, and he has little moments of vague humanity. It's also oddly affecting to see him watch his beloved company crumble to the ground right before his eyes.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has zero qualms about threatening Cassie and was fully prepared to kill her to get revenge on Scott. Ironically, it ended up leading to his death.

Human magic users

    Morgan le Fay 

Morgan le Fay
"This world will soon be ours."

Species: Human

Affiliation(s): Coven, Wizard (formerly)

Portrayed By: Elizabeth Hurley

Appearances: Runaways (2017)

A sorceress from the Dark Dimension.

    Morgan le Fay's Coven 

The Coven

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Scarlett Byrne (Bronwyn), Emily Alabi (Cassandra)

Appearances: Runaways (2017)

A group of witches subservient to Morgan.

  • Ambiguously Human: When Karolina spies on them, they show demonic-looking eyes and mouths, hinting they may not be actually human or that at least they are being altered in a way similar to Kaecilius's Zealots.
  • Casting Gag: This is not the first time Scarlett Byrne plays an antagonistic witch.
  • Co-Dragons: Bronwyn and Cassandra are the two Coven members most active in Morgan's plot. They also take part in the attack against the Runaways and PRIDE.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The coven is composed of witches of several different ethnicities.
  • Evil Is Sexy: All of them are evil witches and may double as supermodels, constantly wearing alluring outfits.
  • Hot Witch: All of them could very well be supermodels.
  • In the Back: Bronwyn gets killed by Alex prior to the Runaways altering the timeline.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike Bronwyn, Cassandra's fate is unknown as she doesn't take part in Morgan's attack on the Hostel.

Supernatural beings

    Darkhold Ghosts 

Darkhold Ghosts (Dr. Lucy Bauer, Hugo, Vincent and Frederick)

Species: Humans (formerly), Ghosts

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Momentum Labs

Portrayed By: Lilli Birdsell (Dr. Lucy Bauer, pictured), Ward Roberts (Hugo), Usman Ally (Vincent), Dan Donohue (Frederick)

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

Four scientists who were involved in an experiment involving a tome called the Darkhold. They were imprisoned for years between two dimensions, transforming them into ghostly apparitions, until one of them, Lucy Bauer, got free and released her comrades. They seek to reverse what was done to them and kill the one responsible.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Not necessarily Lucy's death, but the flashback that immediately precedes it (in which Eli forces her into the machine and transforms her into a ghost), is framed very sympathetically.
  • Body Horror: These aren't the normal transparent ghosts, but more degraded and worse looking over time.
  • Canon Foreigner: They have no comic book counterparts, being new characters created for the show.
  • Deader Than Dead: Frederick, already a ghost, is immolated by Ghost Rider's hellfire. Two more die in "Lockup", followed by Lucy in "The Good Samaritan".
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For Season 4's Ghost Rider arc; they're the main antagonists for the first six episodes and set up as the biggest threat facing S.H.I.E.L.D., but that position is usurped by Eli Morrow to take up the mantle in "The Good Samaritan".
  • For Science!: Lucy and her husband Joseph in particular were delighted by what the Darkhold could do and how it could be used to help others, but the book corrupted their intentions.
  • Ghostly Goals: They are trying to find the Darkhold, reverse what happened to them, and kill the one responsible for their current state.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: They all appear in the clothing they wore when they 'died' and bear fresh-looking wounds presumably inflicted by Eli when he forced them into the machine.
  • Just Think of the Potential!: Lucy says this almost word-for-word to Eli when she's trying to explain all of the good the Darkhold could be used to do, such as curing world hunger.
  • Kick the Dog: Lucy has driven numerous people insane for no clear reason, including May and a man who had moved into her house after her death, even though she's demonstrated herself to be the most rational of the ghosts. While this might have been excused as her being disoriented upon first being released, as she is calmer once she realizes how long it's been since she was sealed, even after that, this doesn't stop her from driving her husband and an entire prison insane, and doesn't care if innocent people get killed while trying to reverse what happened to her.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Lucy's first victims after being released are a bunch of gangsters who were planning a business deal with the Watchdog hate group.
  • Mad Scientist: Lucy in particular, obsessed with using a Tome of Eldritch Lore to create matter out of nothing, which drives her deeper and deeper into insanity especially after she and her colleagues are transformed into ghosts. Coulson even refers to her as a "pissed-off mad scientist ghost" at one point.
  • Made of Air: They exist as some form of energy which is selectively visible and tangible. Disrupting their physical form only deters them for a moment before they come back. Only Ghost Rider can grab them as if they were solid.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: They're villainous scientists and Lucy is referred to several times as 'doctor' by other characters.
  • Never My Fault: When confronted by Robbie for her actions, Lucy tries to throw all of the blame onto Eli, saying that "he's the one who started this whole nightmare."
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Frederick won't stop reminding Lucy that it's her fault for wanting to experiment with the Darkhold.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: All ghosts can interact with the world around them, and anyone they touch that isn't also supernatural is driven violently insane.
  • Properly Paranoid: While Lucy and Joseph become obsessed with their experiment, they were right in thinking that Eli wanted all the power for himself.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: All four were sealed in special boxes by Eli Morrow.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer: Their touch drives victims into a state of extreme paranoia and eventually causes them to die from the stress.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: She touches her husband, Joseph in her ghostly state in order to waken him from his coma so she can get information out of him, but this has the side-effect of driving him mad and killing him.
  • Touch of Death: Anyone the ghosts manage to touch is driven violently insane. The hallucinations get more intense with time, eventually causing the victim to die when their bodies can no longer handle the stress of being constantly on-edge.
  • The Unintelligible: Vincent can only make moaning sounds despite clearly trying to speak.

    Andre Deschaine / D'Spayre 

Andre Deschaine / D'Spayre

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Viking Motel Sex Traffic Ring

Portrayed By: Brooklyn McLinn

Appearances: Cloak and Dagger

A former jazz musician, altered by the same explosion that empowered Cloak and Dagger, and the leader of a community center and support group for survivors of abuse. He's secretly the leader of a sex traffic ring.

  • Adaptation Species Change: D'Spayre, the character Andre is based on in the comics, is a demon. Andre himself is an enhanced human with a psychic connection to the Dark Dimension, and a loa.
  • Adaptational Origin Connection: Played With. In the comics, D'Spayre is the one who swapped the powers of Cloak and Dagger in their origin. Here, he is still connected to them, but by way of having gained his powers in the same incident.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the finale of Season 2, he indeed becomes a loa and transcends his mortal body to become a being in the Darkforce Dimension.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Similar to Kilgrave, Andre's powers are inherently nasty; completely draining the hopes of others to fill them with despair instead is really not an ability a heroic character could wield, and he freely uses this ability on anyone to his heart's content.
  • Bald of Evil: An utterly monstrous human being played by the naturally bald Brooklyn McLinn.
  • Big Bad: Of Cloak and Dagger Season 2. He is behind the human trafficking ring, abducting women to feed off of their despair.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He appears to be a friendly counselor, but actually uses the support groups in the community center to find easy victims.
  • Canon Character All Along: He's the MCU counterpart of D'Spayre.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never directly referred to In-Universe as "D'Spayre", though the metaphysical arcade game that Tandy and Ty play in "Two Player" (which features Andre as the Final Boss) is called "Duel to D'Spayre".
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To both Peter Scarborough and Detective Connors, the Big Bad Ensemble of Season 1. Unlike them, he represents a single antagonist to both protagonists, and whereas Scarborough and Connors represented the Mundanger aspects of a Corrupt Corporate Executive and a Dirty Cop, respectively, Andre is an enhanced individual who got his powers from the Roxxon oil rig explosion eight years ago, much like our protagonists.
  • Diegetic Switch: How his powers are represented. He has a record store in the Darkforce dimension that he accesses mentally, where he can put on records (as in LPs) of whatever emotion / memory he wants his his victim to experience. So when the scene switches back to reality that will be the background music.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Tandy's reaction to his justifications for his crimes. He has to live with constant pain since the night of the explosion and couldn't play his beloved jazz music anymore. While that is terrible, it's still no excuse to make tons of people suffer for him.
    Andre: I don't cause anyone's pain. I understand it, feel for it, commiserate it with mine. It's the only way to tap down my migraines.
    Tandy: So this is all so you can blow your horn?
  • Emotion Eater: He feeds off despair, which helps him aleviate his severe migraines.
  • Evil All Along: Just like Lia, he is revealed to be this.
  • Evil Counterpart: To both Ty and Tandy. Like them, he received powers when the Roxxon oil rig exploded nearly a decade ago. However, instead of using his powers to help people, he instead uses them to take away his own pain at the expense of others and seek godhood.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Tandy and Tyrone lock him in his own realm, forcing him to listen to the record of his own worst memories (which is intentionally scratched by Tandy), presumably forever. Considering all the pain he caused, it's very well deserved.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He puts on a Nice Guy act but is a sex traficker who feeds of despair.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Thanks to his powers, he goes from an ordinary jazz musician to the head of a sex trafficking ring and a near-god.
  • Godhood Seeker: After speaking with Chantelle, he realizes he can use his powers to attain godhood, which becomes his end goal. He actually achieves this in the finale, his mortal body dying, but probably wishes he hadn't.
  • Hate Sink: He is revealed to be the true Big Bad of Season 2 and is written to be as loathsome as possible—creating a sex trafficking ring for girls to drain off their despair, manipulating Ty and Tandy to try and break their connections and their spirits, seeking out godhood, and murdering both Chantelle and then his most loyal accomplice are all in a day's work for him.
  • Hope Crusher: He removes his pain by draining the despair from others, meaning he has to invoke that despair himself. This includes trafficking young women as sex slaves.
  • It's All About Me: Andre doesn't care about the pain he causes other people, he just cares about making his own pain stop.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once he's revealed as the true Big Bad, the series takes on a much darker tone, given that he is the man responsible for a sex trafficking ring to feed off human despair and Tandy herself nearly falls victim to a "customer" after Andre crushes her hope by convincing her Tyrone is dead.
  • Lack of Empathy: He cares about absolutely no one but himself. To him, stopping his headaches and making the pain go away so he can play music is his only goal, and there are no limits to what he will do to achieve this.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Whenever he's seen in the metaphysical record store he's wearing a well-tailored suit. Generally averted in the physical world, where his clothing choice is more varied and often more casual.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Thanks to his powers, he can manipulate the feelings of others.
    • He succeeds in breaking Tandy's resistance and making her feel despair by showing her seemingly happy scenarios that always end in disasters, the final straw being shooting Tyrone dead.
    • When Tyrone is looking for the missing Tandy, Andre messes with Tyrone's head to make him believe Tandy doesn't care about him.
  • Nice Guy: He is nice and supporting towards everybody. It's all an act.
  • Sequel Adaptation Iconic Villain: The titular duo's Arch-Enemy in the comics and the Big Bad of the show's second season, after Season One's Big Bad Ensemble were both Canon Foreigners.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: His sex trafficking ring used to fuel his powers is a key demonstration of how vile he is.
  • The Sociopath: Ticks all the boxes. Lack of Empathy? Check. Consummate Liar and Manipulative Bastard? Just ask his victims who came through the "support center". Pathological need for stimulation? The basis for his feedings on the despair of others. Grandiose sense of self-worth? Oh yes.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: At first glance, there's nothing out of the ordinary about him that suggests he's a supervillain, also helped by the fact that his public persona is that of a kindhearted community support worker.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: He convinced Lia to leave her entire life behind and help him find helpless girls to victimize. And he doesn't care about her at all, as he is perfectly willing to use his power on her too.
  • Walking Spoiler: If all the white spaces aren't any indication.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: He's under the impression that helping "90%" of the women who come to his center makes up for the fact that he condemns the other 10% to a life of sex slavery.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Most of his victims are female.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Tandy and Tyrone bust Andre's trafficking ring, Andre runs out of human resources to deal with his pain. To cope with it, he asks his accomplice, Lia, to bear with his pain. He promises to Lia that it would be the last time he would make her feel pain, and fulfills this promise by draining her, leaving her on the verge of death. No longer being of any use to him, he drops off her body by the road, leaving her for dead.


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