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Margaret Elizabeth "Peggy" Carter
"As has always been the case, I don't require your help."
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Species: Human

Citizenship: British

Portrayed By: Hayley Atwell; Gabriella Graves (young)

Voiced By: Christine Byrd [main films, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Disney dub and Agent Carter], Erika Rendón [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sony dub], Betzabé Jara [Avengers: Endgame] (Latin-American Spanish dub); Graciela Molina [main films, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 2, episode 8)], Ana Esther Alborg [Ant-Man, Agent Carter], Amalia Cantarero [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 2, episode 1)] (European Spanish dub), Mie Sonozaki (Japanese dub), France Renard (European French dub), Catherine Proulx-Lemay (Canadian French dub), Evie Said (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger | Marvel One-Shots: Agent Carter | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. note  | Agent Carter | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Ant-Man | Avengers: Endgame | What If...?


"I don't need a congressional honor. I don't need Agent Thompson's approval or the President's. I know my value. Anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter."

A British Army Major and Operations Supervisor for the S.S.R. during World War II. She oversaw the training of the recruits for the supersoldier program Project Rebirth, and took notice of the feeble yet determined candidate Steve Rogers. After Rebirth was cut short with only one successful result, Carter was the only S.S.R. head who pushed for Rogers to remain involved in the war front, even personally aiding him in getting behind enemy lines when his superiors refused to let him get involved. Her efforts paid off, as Steve rescued hundreds of captured soldiers and became the war hero Captain America.

In between battle Rogers and Carter started to fall in love, but his final World War II mission resulted in Steve sacrificing to derail HYDRA's plan and disappearing in the Arctic. He was presumed dead for the rest of the century, and Peggy was reassigned to a desk job preventing the full use of her talent. But after aiding Howard Stark with an undercover mission to reclaim his stolen weapons, Stark offered her a new job with him, as co-founder and Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Nearly 70 years after being separated, Steve and Peggy reunited after the former's body was thawed from the Arctic. Carter was now much older than him and bedridden, but the two expressed contentment that she had lived a full life, despite being unable to continue their romance. She died a few years later at the age of ninety-five. Steve tried to move on with other women, including Peggy's niece Sharon, but he never could let go of his first love.

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  • The Ace: In every way; fighter, detective, secret agent, etc. but her S.S.R. co-workers are too stupid to realize it.
  • Action Fashionista: Very rarely will you see her kicking ass while not dressed in the finest women's fashion of The '40s.
  • Action Girl: Throwing punches and shooting guns are her preferred ways of beating her enemies.
    • In The First Avenger, she stands in front of a moving car to shoot down a Nazi spy and goes into battle with Captain America at a time in history when women were not typically allowed in frontline combat.
    • She's extremely dissatisfied with being stuck doing paperwork in the Agent Carter one-shot, so she curb-stomps all the agents in the Zodiac hideout.
  • Adaptational Badass: Peggy Carter not only went into Ascended Extra territory when adapted from the comics to the big screen, but was also upgraded into a badass army officer and S.S.R. agent.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's blonde in the comics and a brunette in the MCU. She disguised herself as a blonde in the pilot of her own series.
  • Adaptational Nationality: She was American in the comics, but is British in the MCU, like Hayley Atwell. It's even lampshaded by a rude recruit in her first appearance, who derisively nicknames her "Queen Victoria". She punches him out.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Contrary to the sweet, romantic early-type spirited Action Girl Peggy is in the (pre-MCU) comics, this version is introduced pulling no punches, being a Drill Sergeant Nasty and seemingly enjoying it, and shooting at Cap with live bullets when he annoys her (although it should be noted she shot at his vibranium shield, against which bullets are ineffective and kinetically stopped dead without causing recoil).
  • Affectionate Nickname: Colleen, Howard and Rose call Peggy "Peg". Angie calls her "English". Dum Dum suggests giving Peggy the nickname of "Miss Union Jack", but she disagrees.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Justified. The time when she worked in the S.S.R. is The '40s, and thus many of her male colleagues act openly sexist of her as well as making demeaning comments.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Peggy is usually aloof and composed, has dark hair, and despite the sexism of her era, her "I won't take any of your crap" and "don't piss me off" persona made her gain the respect of her peers. Pretty much the only thing she doesn't have in common with this trope is being tall (she's more of a Pint-Sized Powerhouse).
  • Alternate Self:
    • Steve almost bumps into a 1970s Peggy (who's now Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.) in an Alternate Timeline in which he and Tony Stark are searching for the Tesseract and Pym particles at Camp Lehigh, and avoids contact with her.
    • Prime timeline Steve decides to spend his life with the Peggy of another timeline at the end of Avengers: Endgame, leading to that Peggy having a very different post-World War II life compared to main timeline Peggy.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Inverted, in a sense. Peggy contracts Alzheimer's in her old days, and thus when Steve visits often thinks each meeting is their first since WWII.
  • Ascended Extra: See Breakout Character. In the comics, Peggy is, at best, an important footnote to Steve and his primary love interest, Sharon Carter. In the MCU, though, she's become a prominent character, even after First Avenger seemingly concluded any more adventures in the 40s. The first issue of the 2011 Captain America series even uses her death from old age as a jumping-off point specifically because she'd now be familiar to audiences.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: In the Agent Carter one-shot, fed up with the lack of respect from her Bad Boss, she decides to take an unsanctioned mission to find Zodiac. After finding a valuable clue, Peggy is promoted to running S.H.I.E.L.D. with Howard Stark.
  • Badass in Charge: As she says in The First Avenger, she supervises the operations of one of the divisions. As of the end of her one-shot, she's to co-run S.H.I.E.L.D., and by 1970, was S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Director before being succeeded by Nick Fury.
  • Badass Normal: She can definitely hold her own in a fight with black widow super soldiers, and, according to Howard Stark, can do 107 one-armed push-ups.
  • The Baroness: A rare heroic example of this type of character: an attractive aristocratic girl who plays the role of chief henchwoman to Phillips, dresses up in military uniforms and is violent and contemptuous toward his rank-and-file troops. Also antagonistically attracted to the hero.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Peggy is quite friendly...and you would like it if she stays that way, as she is quite frightening when she's mad.
  • Brainy Brunette: Peggy is one of the sharpest characters in the MCU. In "Smoke and Mirrors", we find out that Peggy was trained in and worked as a code-breaker at the legendary Bletchley Park.
  • Breakout Character: When Peggy Carter debuted in the comics, it was to be a Temporary Love Interest to Captain America during his time in World War II, but she debuted in The '60s, long after Cap's regular WWII war stories were over. At first she appeared only in Flashbacks (in her first story she wasn't even named!). Under these circumstances, she's rarely been anything more than a Satellite Love Interest in the comics. But when Captain America: The First Avenger came out, since 99% of the film takes place during the War, she naturally had a much bigger role. She took center stage in the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter, which was such a huge hit that it spun off into her own TV series. It's worth noting that the filmmakers have tried to use Peggy in a number of single (Earth-bound) MCU vehicles after The First Avenger until Captain America: Civil War, where she died offscreen of old age. Joss Whedon wrote a scene for her in The Avengers, and she has cameos in The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Endgame.
  • Broken Ace: Lost her First Love in the War, who was the first person to understand her and think of her as an equal. Forced to work in high position jobs where her male co-workers constantly barrage her with sexist quips. Then, the death of her roommate...Peggy has been put through the wringer.
  • The Cameo:
    • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she appears twice: once in a 1950s footage at the Howling Commandos' Smithsonian museum exhibition, and once in the present, bedridden at the age of 93.
    • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she shows up in a 1945 Flashback leading the Howling Commandos against HYDRA, and interrogating a HYDRA member.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, she appears in a vision Steve has, telling him the war's over, they can go home, and all that's left is for them to have their dance.
    • In Ant-Man, she appears in the opening scene at the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters in 1989, at the age of 68. She is present with Howard Stark when Hank Pym violently resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D., deciding to keep his particle's formula for himself.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, Tony and Steve time-travel to 1970, and Steve briefly catches a glimpse of her in her role as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then in the final scene, an incredibly old Steve reminisces on the life he shared with her, revealing that he traveled to an alternate timeline to do so, where the two of them finally getting that dance he promised her.
  • Character Death: She dies of old age in her sleep in Captain America: Civil War. Her funeral happens in her native England, and Steve is one of the pallbearers.
  • Character Development: Peggy eventually learns to not care about what her colleagues think of her and only her opinion of herself matters.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Completely willing to use whatever is on hand during hand-to-hand combat, including a stapler.
  • Composite Character: She combines elements of Peggy Carter (Action Girl-ness and the name and relationship to Sharon Carter) with Lt. Cynthia Glass from the Sentinel of Liberty Miniseries (who had the same look and was also Phillips' aide).
  • Cool Old Lady:
    • As of The Winter Soldier at the age of 93. She gives Steve advice (see the quote above) and teases him. She's implied to be this for her niece Sharon as well.
    • In Ant-Man she appears in a flashback in 1989 at age 68, as one of the leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Covert Pervert: She seems to be in shock when seeing the shirtless post-serum Steve. She barely stopped herself from trying to get a feel of his pecs! For extra points, that wasn't scripted.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Heavily implied. In "SNAFU", she informs Jarvis she was nearly hanged at some point. Not to mention that a redacted file about her shows in the last quarter of Season Two.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Agent Carter one-shot, which was made so that the audience could see what Peggy was up to after the events of The First Avenger. Which led to an Agent Carter TV series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She snarks at Steve, Howard, and Jarvis a lot.
  • Desk Jockey: What she was reduced to after the events of The First Avenger. She doesn't settle for it, though, and keeps going on missions.
  • Determinator: She's stopping that car, no matter if she has to stand right in front of its way as it speeds towards her.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Had one back when she was a codebreaker at Bletchley Park, who she discarded when she decided to take the transfer to be a field agent for the SOE. Said fiancé has not been seen or mentioned anywhere other than in flashbacks dating to before she broke off the engagement in 1940.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Introduced by insulting the trainees and punching out one who made a sexist comment.
  • Dude Magnet: Attracts a lot of men, either in the movie or in her own show. The listed ones are just a few: Steve, Thompson, Jason Wilkes, and Sousa. She also claims Howard tried to kiss her on V-E Day and she made their boundaries clear by throwing him into the River Thames. Jarvis even comments on this when she gets involved in a Love Triangle between Wilkes and Sousa.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In her own one-shot and series, her superiors (and some of her possible contemporaries) treats her more like a secretary than an agent. Howard even directly said that they're not utilizing her properly.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: She can hardly contain herself when Steve's operation finishes.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first scene where she greets all her recruits with a strict professionalism, followed by punching a Jerk Jock private square in the face for making derogatory comments about her accent and gender.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Angie repeatedly makes various comments about Peggy's impressive physique. Dottie is definitely obsessed on Peggy, to the point of kissing her, even though it's to knock her out, whereas it's deliberately ambiguous whether her attitude toward Peggy is Stalker with a Crush or Stalker Without a Crush. Rose also comments about Peggy's English rose skin in Season 2.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In The First Avenger, her hair is above the collar, as women in the armed forces had to keep it while on duty. In Agent Carter, it reaches past her shoulders, showing that the war has ended and she is no longer being sent on missions.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Agent Carter shows that Peggy, after a year, is still grieving over Steve's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • First Love: To Steve. He made an effort to move on with other women, including Peggy's niece (Sharon), but never could.
  • First Girl Wins: In Avengers: Endgame, Steve Time Travels to live out his life with her in an alternate timeline. Maybe.
  • Flanderization: In-universe, her status as "Captain America's girlfriend" is the only thing most people know about her, especially as the civilian nurse character Betty Carver in a radio drama. The irony is that for most of the war they were comrades-in-arms, not lovers (albeit with Unresolved Sexual Tension), and had only just agreed to go on an official date when he was lost.
  • Flirting Under Fire: As Steve realizes what he has to do, he talks to Peggy over the plane's radio and, as they both come to terms with the fact that he won't be coming back, make plans to for their first date.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: In Season 2 she gets skewered with rebar, putting a severe dent in her fighting abilities.
  • Girly Bruiser: She fights men twice her size with punches and anything around her, but she's not above a little make up and dancing.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's very feminine and elegant, but she also really enjoys fighting and being involved in dangerous missions (which is why she resents being made a Desk Jockey after the war).
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: At San Diego Comic Con 2019, when seriously trying to respond to a question about what happened after Steve and Peggy had their dance in Endgame, Anthony Russo heavily implies that they had sex with each other immediately afterwards.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: While some other established action girls in MCU like Black Widow and Gamora rely on She-Fu in their fighting styles, that isn't the case with Peggy, whose preferred way of beating her enemies is throwing simple and precise punches.
  • Guile Heroine: She uses whatever is available to her to take down the baddies.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Steve prefers to use only his shield when in combat while Peggy is quite the crack shot. Averted in the one-shot and Agent Carter TV-series though, where she's more dangerous in hand-to-hand than with firearms.
  • Has a Type: Peggy is only interested in good, decent men.
  • Happily Married: An Alternate Timeline (or something) version of her to Steve, as revealed in Avengers: Endgame.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: She gets a lot of attention from the trainees.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Oh, does she sound heartbroken when hearing Steve go down with the Valkyrie. Her series' first season and her Marvel One-Shot show that she's still broken up about it a year later.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: In Agent Carter, Peggy has to constantly remind everyone that she and Stark never had a relationship during the war.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: In the midst of a massive allied attack on a HYDRA base, Peggy is one of the few characters not wearing a helmet (despite steel helmets being a compulsory accessory for British female auxiliaries during the war)
  • Her Heart Will Go On: She married before 1953 and had a good life after losing Steve, but always kept him in her heart. The same applies to Steve, who never loved another woman as he did Peggy. Subverted in Avengers: Endgame, where her Alternate Timeline self marries a time–traveling Steve, or something.
  • Heroine With Bad Publicity: Briefly, at the the end of "A Sin to Err" and the beginning of "SNAFU," when the S.S.R. suspects her of being a fellow conspirator with Howard Stark and being the S.S.R.'s mole. Not only Peggy is suspected, but became so much of a Broken Pedestal that even Sousa expressed initial deep hatred of her upon learning the revelation when interrogating her. However, she sheds this once convincing her companions of her innocence.
  • Hidden Buxom: Peggy always dresses conservatively due to her little interest in romance and desire to be taken seriously for her abilities, but when she breaks into a gala during the course of her standalone show, during which she wears a low-cut dress to disguise herself, she reveals herself as being big-breasted.
  • Hidden Depths: As it turns out, she speaks Russian and understands Russian figures of speech.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Gets a double-whammy of this in "A Sin to Err," courtesy of Dottie not only stealing her knockout lipstick, but also using her defenseless girl image to surprise her. Peggy is used to being underestimated and using that to her advantage, so when Dottie pulls the same trick, it's both heartbreaking and awesome.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She and Steve bond over facing prejudice; he for being a small, sickly guy, she for being a woman in a male-dominated profession. When she finds him, post-enhancement, kissing a hot blonde, she refuses to listen to him telling her it's Not What It Looks Like (the blonde came onto him) and lumps him in with the other horndog soldiers.
    • And then in the second season of Agent Carter she gets angry at Sousa for telling Wilkes the location of the uranium rods in order to save her life, when for the entire season she repeatedly takes huge risks to save the lives of her friends and allies. Sousa calls her out on it in the final episode (though that was at least partly to make her admit she's fallen for him).
    • Peggy takes serious issue with the sexism she faces, but has no qualms about exploiting those attitudes: enacting violence against men (including her own Love Interest) despite knowing that they cannot and will not retaliate, solely because of her gender. Additionally, there are times when Peggy herself underestimates women and their capacity to exploit gender roles, which is how Dottie managed to get the drop on her.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: She feels really guilty about her roommate Colleen getting killed due to one of her enemies following her home. SNAFU confirms she feels this way about Steve's "death," and viewed protecting the last vial of his blood as a way to make up for it.
  • Iconic Outfit: The red Stetson Aviatrix hat and blue suit Peggy wears in the pilot of Agent Carter have become quite iconic, despite the fact they're only used in that episode.
  • Immigrant Patriotism. Downplayed. She founded, directed, and worked for an American government agency, has American husband and extended family; and spends the rest of her life in America. But she evidently never acquires American citizenship and retains her original British citizenship, as shown that her funeral uses British "The Union Jack" flag.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Is extremely accurate with just a pistol, and not one with a particularly long barrel either.
  • Improv Fu: Her fighting style mainly involves Indy Ploy and combat pragmatism.
  • Improvised Weapon: She uses her suitcase to beat up Zodiac's agents in the Agent Carter one-shot. In the series proper, she uses a stapler, a briefcase, a metal pipe, and part of a crate to beat people up on several occasions.
  • In-Series Nickname: Almost always referred to as "Peggy". Agent Thompson calls her "Marge."
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She's on friendly terms with Steve in the modern day, when she's an old lady and he's still young.
  • Iron Lady: Is very professional, though that doesn't mean she can't feel sympathy for Steve.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: After being captured thanks to Dottie in "A Sin to Err", she gives Dooley, who had dared tell her interrogators not to go easy on her just because she's a girl, a dirty look, feeling that "don't go easy on her" was enough and "just because she's a girl" was pushing it, if not uncalled for.
  • It's All My Fault: She has a tendency for this following close death. She feels responsible for Colleen's death, enough that she tries to disassociate from Jarvis and Angie. She also feels guilt for Ray Krzeminski's death, though reconciling with Angie helps her move past it. She also feels protectiveness toward the capsule containing Steve Rogers's blood, viewing it as a second chance to defend him. In Season 2, she starts taking the Isodyne case personally after she thinks that she got Jason Wilkes killed. Downplayed when she claims Dooley's death is her fault, as a brief insist from Jarvis that it wasn't is enough to put her back on her feet and set on avenging him.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: After the death of Steve Rogers and her roommate Colleen, Peggy turns down aid from friends like Angie or Jarvis, not wanting to put them in danger. Jarvis helps her out of it by pointing out Steve, the Ideal Hero she loved, relied on her and wasn't self-sufficient himself.
  • Jumped at the Call: Quite literally. In the Agent Carter one-shot, she's eager to be sent on a mission again, but she's stuck with paperwork because she's a woman. So when a phone call comes up in the middle of the night about a dangerous 3-5 agents mission, she does not doubt for a second before taking it up.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Post-Captain America: The First Avenger, this is one of her defining characteristics: drop-dead gorgeous 1940s fashion meets modern Action Girl kickassery.

  • Lady of War: Elegant and stylish, she maintains her impeccable grace as she calmly shoots at enemies and even when using brutal punches and kicks or improvised weapons.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Turned in by the same Mook she had earlier roughed up in "A Sin to Err".
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Jarvis reminds Peggy of having served such a role for Steve when she insists on denying help.
    Jarvis: There is not a man or woman, no matter how fit he or she may be, who is capable of carrying the entire world on their shoulders.
    Peggy: Steve was.
    Jarvis: From what Mr. Stark has told me, Captain Rogers relied heavily on you. Your courage, strategy, and moral guidance. You were his support.
  • The Lost Lenore: In Avengers: Endgame, Steve is shown keeping a newspaper photo of her inside a compass a seven years after her passing.
  • Loving a Shadow: By the time of her own series, she's till somewhat pining for Cap despite knowing herself that he's not coming back (for a long while anyway).
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Peggy married a man at some point in the past but her funeral shows she kept her maiden name.
  • Majorly Awesome: This is her rank and she quickly proves her awesomeness.
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Seemingly subverted. Anthony Russo heavily implies that Peggy had sex with Steve immediately following their dance in Endgame, despite the fact she's a normal (albeit very strong) woman and he's a superhuman who can overpower helicopters and throw motorcycles. While the specifics are unclear, this means they somehow managed to deal with the strength and endurance gap to avoid harming Peggy.
  • Master of Disguise: She pulls off some impressive ones on Agent Carter.
  • Military Maverick: She went against Phillips' orders to save the soldiers who were captive in the HYDRA base in The First Avenger. She also decides to go after a mission for 3-5 agents all by herself, even when she wasn't assigned to do so in the Agent Carter one-shot.
  • My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: She taunts recruits in The First Avenger with this.
  • Nice Girl: She's only no-nonsense and strict when on the job. Other than that, Peggy is a truly charming, friendly, and affable woman to hang out with.
  • Nice Hat: Sports a bright red Stetson Stratoliner during her Agent Carter days.
  • Nerves of Steel: She's absolutely not the kind to panic.
  • Not So Above It All: Peggy loathes how her S.S.R. coworkers ignore her because she's a woman, but uses their sexism to her advantage by using seemingly harmless femininity as a cover for covert actions. But as it turns out, she's just as susceptible to ignoring other women who use the same tricks and so is taken completely off guard by Dottie.
  • One True Love: Steve describes her as such in Endgame, calling her the love of his life. While Peggy was able to move on after his "death", marrying another man and having a family with him, she never forgot Steve and he always held a special place in her heart, up until her death. Eventually, they did get their happy ending together in an Alternate Timeline, or something.
  • One of the Boys: With the Howling Commandos. They tease her, she teases back, they don't doubt her abilities, and even offer to make her a full time member. Seeing them treat her with such respect surprises Thompson but it must have rubbed off on him because by the end of the episode he too asks her to come along for drinks with the guys.
  • One-Woman Army:
    • Best illustrated in the Agent Carter one-shot, in which she does excellently on a mission that would necessitate about 3-5 S.S.R. agents all by herself.
    • In the series, when cornered by her fellow S.S.R. agents at the automat, she knocks them all out with just her fists and a smidge of help from Jarvis. Chief Dooley is astounded that she took out a whole team of trained operatives.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: When informally addressed, people refer to her as "Peggy" instead of "Margaret". On occasion, though, Jack Thompson sometimes calls her "Marge", short for Margaret.
  • Only Sane Woman: In the opening scene of Ant-Man, she's the only one in a room full of high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents just trying to keep the peace during Hank Pym's tirade over their use of his technology.
  • Passed in Their Sleep: Peggy passes away in her sleep in Captain America: Civil War.
  • Planning for the Future Before the End: As she tearfully realizes that Steve is going to sacrifice himself, they try to comfort each other by making plans to go dancing together.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Peggy has this relationship with both Jarvis and Howard.
    • Deconstructed with Howard. He's a notorious playboy, but Peggy is one of the very few women he doesn't flirt with. Also, unlike most men in the time, he greatly respects her. However, because of his history as a player, many assume that she and him had a relationship during the war. This comes up in "SNAFU", when Dooley, Thompson, and Sousa assume she helped Stark because she was in love with him.
    • Played straight with Jarvis. He offers her emotional support and is one of the few men to respect her as a person. As the series continues, they grow closer as friends.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • "You still don't know a bloody thing about women."
    • In "SNAFU", her use of the word "whore" when she lashes out at her interrogators.
      Peggy: To you, I'm... the girl on the pedestal, transformed into some daft whore.
    • Peggy gets a little less precise as the show wears on, calling Howard a "wanker" twice and exclaiming "Bloody Nora!" and "Flipping hell!" when provoked.
  • Primary-Color Champion: She wears a blue suit with white lapels and a red Stetson Stratoliner hat in the first episode and in many promotional stills for the first season of Agent Carter. Those colors are, of course, evocative of both the British flag and Captain America.
  • Protagonist Title: She's the main lead of her eponymous show.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Peggy gives one it's brutal, true, and pretty awesome. And she remains totally calm.
  • Related in the Adaptation: No comic story had Peggy and Steve resume their romance after the war (save for "What If?" stories), but Endgame ends with her and a time-travelling Steve hooking up.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Downplayed in the sense that she becomes one for herself. The original Peggy died of old age, but Steve eventually travels back in time to be with an alternate, young version of her; however, she is basically the same person.
  • Runaway Bride: Before the war, she was engaged to a man named Fred and was trying on her wedding gown when she learned her brother Michael had been killed in action. She is next seen picking up her spy recruitment letter and leaving her engagement ring behind in its place.
  • Scars Are Forever: Peggy has very visible bullet hole scars on the back of her right shoulder. They are also visible in the from-the-back photo taken of "the blonde" at the nightclub, and are what lead Sousa to discover that Peggy is "the blonde".
  • Scatterbrained Senior: She's well in her 90s by The Winter Soldier, and she ended up in a nursing home being treated for Alzheimer disease. It is most sadly shown when she suddenly has an emotional reaction to Steve's presence at her side like if it was the first time in seven decades that she talked to him, while they have been talking normally to each other up to this point.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
    • She decides to help Steve to get into the HYDRA base, at the risk of her career.
    • This then becomes a major theme in her own series. Helping out Howard Stark could get her prosecuted for treason, but she believes he's innocent and will go outside the law to prove it.
  • Servile Snarker: Her post-war S.S.R. colleagues severely underestimate her abilities, often having her do menial tasks and ignoring the contributions she could offer. Her response is to do both her work and theirs.
  • She-Fu: Averted. Peggy's fighting style is devoid of fancy acrobatics or thigh-crushing. Instead she relies on good old-fashioned punches, kicks, and anything around her environment. Consequently her battles with crooks looks extremely brutal.
  • She's Got Legs: Peggy tends to wear skirts and dresses that show off her very nice legs.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls for Steve because he's the nicest guy she's ever met. When she sees him making out with Pvt. Lorraine, she's very... disappointed. Disappointed enough to shoot him four times at point-blank range. (Although he does have a shield.) This is best exemplified in Agent Carter One-Shot, where Peggy has a picture of pre-serum Steve in her desk drawer. She didn't fall in love with Captain America, the pinnacle of human perfection and the infallible personification of the American way; she fell in love with Steve, the skinny kid from Brooklyn who was too dumb to run away from a fight he couldn't win.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Peggy is frequently put down by her coworkers because they view her only as a lucky secretary who got her job by sleeping around with Captain America and other men. Worth noting here that Peggy was in a position of authority with the S.S.R. before Steve finally got himself enlisted (she was his instructor in Basic Training), and apart from her brother arranging for her initial recruitment into the SOE, there's absolutely no evidence she got there through any means other than her own merit. She spends much of the first season fighting to prove that she's every bit as competent as they are, but ultimately learns to ignore her lack of recognition and trust herself.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only named female character with relevance to The First Avenger and the Agent Carter one-shot's plot.
  • Sniper Pistol: She uses a Walther PPK to calmly pull off some very accurate, long range shots. Heinz Kruger learns it the hard way when his driver get shot in their car by Peggy from a distance.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: She tends to get unwanted sexual attention. Steve attracts her by his lack of it.
  • The Squadette: She took part in the Allies' military actions against Hydra during World War II, and kept doing so alongside the Howling Commandos after Steve's disappearance until the war ended. Also counts post-war when she infiltrates the Leviathan compound in Russia, with the Howling Commandos returning to help her.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Steve, who's forced to separate himself from her forever just as they're making arrangements for their first proper date. Avengers: Endgame reveals that they did find each other again in an Alternate Timeline (possibly), and lived happily until her death in 2016.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Another reason why she bonds with Steve is because they're both underdogs; Steve is shunned for his feeble body, and Peggy is not taken seriously because of her gender.
    Steve: Just thought I'd run and they [bullies] will never let you stop. You stand up, you push back, [they] can't say no forever, right?
    Peggy: I know a little of what that's like, to have every door shut in your face.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Although to a lesser level than Jarvis, she can maintain a ridiculous level of politeness, such as when she's about to be blown up in "Now Is Not the End.". She will also maintain this while making it very clear (at least to Steve) how scorned she was when he kissed another woman. With a pistol at point-blank range.
  • Straight Man: She may love Steve, but she'll also roll her eyes aplenty at many of his dumber moments.
  • Territorial Smurfette: The only other woman with speaking lines in the S.S.R. just happens to cause conflict by putting the moves on Peggy's guy of choice.
  • Time-Travel Romance: Steve is eventually reunited with Peggy in an Alternate Timeline at the end of Avengers: Endgame or something.
  • Tranquil Fury: When angered Peggy tends to become colder and more brutal in fights. Such as when she's angry with Steve she shoots at him without hesitation and very little warning to test his new shield.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Justified, unfortunately for her, given the time period (the late 1940s). Many sexist men tend to overlook her skills because she's a woman, the only exceptions being Steve, Howard, and Jarvis. She uses this to her advantage in the Agent Carter one-shot and in the series.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Steve. Before his supposed death, their relationship never got any farther than planning a first date. Gets resolved in Avengers: Endgame, where Steve lives out an Alternate Timeline (or the same timeline?) where he and Peggy get married and grow old together.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with the Howling Commandos, especially Dum Dum. She makes friendly jabs at their expense, yet they respect her, would follow her anywhere, and clearly are the best of friends.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Peggy's preferred method of infiltration, as seen numerous times during her show. Hey, it was 1946, she didn't have a cool Mission Impossible nanomask like Natasha.
  • Woman Scorned: She's pretty angry when she thinks she sees Steve kissing around with secretaries; angry enough to shoot him. (With his shield in front of him, of course.)
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In The Iron Ceiling she prevents Dugan from killing a Russian girl who just killed one of his men and tried to stab him, claiming it's only a child. This later gets one of her fellow S.S.R. agents killed when the girl reappears during a later gunfight to shoot the man in the back before disappearing again.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • She tells Steve this to motivate him when he's dissatisfied with his propaganda work.
      Steve: Phillips would have had me stuck in lab.
      Peggy: And these are your only two options? A lab rat or a dancing monkey? You were meant for more than this, you know.
    • Comes back around in the show when she unfavorably compares herself to Steve, leading Jarvis to tell her that the Steve she has put on a pedestal of perfection isn't the real Steve and that even he needed help.
  • You Are in Command Now: Her cameo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. shows her leading the Howling Commandos for one operation after Cap's supposed death. Avengers: Endgame shows that she became the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. by 1970.


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