Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Portrayed By: Bodie Newcomb
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 3: "The Asset")
A seemingly ordinary truck driver tasked with transporting Dr. Franklin Hall.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Seems like a stereotypical redneck trucker but is actually a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; not to be confused with Agent Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, who's introduced in season two.
- Shout-Out: His name, Mack, and his job as a trucker are homage to Mack from Cars. Since both Marvel and Pixar are owned by Disney, this isn't surprising.
- Space Trucker: Though he doesn't actually operate in space, he is a highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who drives a high-tech truck.
- Vulnerable Convoy: He is attacked while transporting Dr. Hall.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after S.H.I.E.L.D. civil war is not explained.
Portrayed By: Charles Halford
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 7: "The Hub", Episode 17: "Turn, Turn, Turn")
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent undercover in Siberia.
- The Bus Came Back: He originally seemed to be a one off character, but comes back 10 episodes later during HYDRA's attack.
- Foreshadowing: When the audience is led to believe that he, along with Hand and her faction, are HYDRA infiltrators, he is disgusted at the order to kill Coulson's team or any other of his fellow agents. This is one of the first indications that Hand's faction is Good All Along, as a HYDRA agent would not have been so sympathetic.
- Nose Shove: He kept the intel he gathered hidden in a USB deep inside his nose.
- Reverse Mole: When he first appears, it's implied that he is going to torture Coulson for information but it's soon revealed that he too is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- Torture Technician: He's undercover as an interrogator.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate since the S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War hasn't been revealed.
Agent Michael "Mike" Peterson / Deathlok
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: J. August Richards
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 1: "Pilot")
- "You said if we worked hard, if we did right, we'd have a place. You said it was enough to be a man, but there's better than man! There's gods... and the rest of us? What are we? They're giants... we're what they step on."
An ordinary guy with a son who mysteriously receives superhuman abilities thanks to "Project Centipede", attracting the attention of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Skye. Mike is eventually transformed into Deathlok by HYDRA, and forced to work for them or else they will kill him and his son. S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to free him and his son when they take down John Garrett. He is later recruited into the resurrected S.H.I.E.L.D. by Director Coulson, working as a secret operative hunting down the remnants of HYDRA.
- Action Bomb: He very nearly explodes due to the Extremis in his system, like the previous user of Centipede. Unlike the former, Mike is spared from this fate.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics Deathlok is extremely unattractive- his cybernetics cover almost the entire left side of his head (including a large, bulging, yellow eye), and his human parts are scarred and (Depending on the Artist) withered almost to the point of being zombie-like. In the series, he has some scarring on the right side of his face and head.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Michael Peterson is a normal human and not a Deathlok.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Deathlok was a hero in the vein of RoboCop. At least in Season 1, Mike is an unwilling villain through Centipede having him cowed by the Explosive Leash they have in his eye socket, and not allowing him to see his son, Ace. After being freed from HYDRA he strikes out on his own, presumably to become an Anti-Hero like the comics version, and Season 2 shows he's been working as a One-Man Army shadow operative for Coulson since he assumed Directorship of S.H.I.E.L.D., cementing him back into the "heroes'" side.
- An Arm and a Leg: Lost his right leg in the explosion at the end of "The Bridge". It's replaced with a high tech counterpart.
- And I Must Scream: He knows he's a good man deep down inside, and he's more concerned about his son's well-being than anything even after becoming Deathlok, but he has to do HYDRA's bidding or else, especially considering what he had learned about another victim of the eye implant.
- Anti-Villain: In the pilot, Coulson calls him a "good man with a bad break". From "T.R.A.C.K.S." to "The Beginning Of The End", he's only working with Centipede because of the eye implant.
- Appropriated Appellation: He's known as "the Hooded Hero" because he wore a hood when he performed his Heroic Fire Rescue at the opening of the pilot.
- Arm Cannon: Gets one in "End of the Beginning", specifically a two-shot mini rocket launcher. It also comes with a few extra gadgets.
- Ascended Extra: He's returned as of "The Bridge" to work with Coulson and later becomes a Centipede Eye-drone. Not only that, see Composite Character below.
- The Atoner:
- In "The Bridge," he's very ashamed of his past actions and eagerly works hard to be as much a force for good as possible to make up for them. Which only makes it worse when Centipede forces him to betray Coulson to save his son Ace.
- Walking away in the Season 1 finale implies that he is going to make up for the evil deeds he was forced to commit.
- Bald of Evil: Sort of. He's not evil, just extremely unstable and being coerced.
- Becoming the Mask: Garrett thinks this is the case in "Ragtag", after he punches a drug lord's head clean off. It's clear he's wrong about it, though; Mike is just venting in the few ways he can.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Coulson and Hunter from the 'Real' S.H.I.E.L.D. in "Afterlife".
- Big Eater: He mentions in "The Bridge" that he eats about four times the amount of food he used to, and when using his strength maybe ten times.
- The Brute: A hitman for Garrett, albeit a very reluctant one.
- The Bus Came Back:
- In "Afterlife", he returns as Coulson's reinforcements against the other S.H.I.E.L.D. It's revealed that he's been tracking high level HYDRA members for Coulson for months.
- Deathlok returns in "The Real Deal" to help Team Coulson, though he's apparently "gone solo" outside of helping S.H.I.E.L.D..
- The Cape:
- At the start of his introduction, there's an explosion. While other people are running scared or taking pictures, he tells his son that someone needs his help and goes to work. Later on, he tells Coulson that his stalwart nature ("it depends on the kind of person you are") is why he can control the Extremis in his system. A combination of With Great Power Comes Great Insanity and bad circumstances make him an antagonist.
- When he returns in "The Bridge", he does everything he can to make up for his earlier mistakes.
- Composite Character: As of "T.R.A.C.K.S.", he's the newest Deathlok, but isn't named after any of the known versions of him from the comics. As a Mythology Gag, his leg is labeled 5.0, and there were only four Deathloks in the comics. He's still this. Though one of the Deathloks' secret identity in comics is Michael Collins, there's a Michael Peterson, a young African-American, that appeared in an issue of Slapstick in 1992.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The more he's been upgraded with equipment, the less he resists orders, but his love for his son stays as strong as ever. As soon as he's freed, he becomes a hero once more. If anything, he's just developed (pardon the pun) Nerves of Steel and become more stoic while on assignment.
- Cyborg: As of "T.R.A.C.K.S.", now that he has a robotic right leg to replace his missing one. As of "End of the Beginning", more than 95% of him has been transformed underneath the surface of his skin.
- Decoy Protagonist: His first scenes in the show are a showcase of heroism and extraordinary ability when he saves someone from a burning building. Skye even lampshades it and expresses a desire to be his sidekick. If it wasn't for the title of the show, many viewers might be led to think that he's the main character.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He's excited to work with The Team that shot him. Justified in this case as the shot stabilized his serum and he wants to be a hero.
- The Dog Bites Back: "The Beginning of the End" sees him defeating Garrett with a rocket and a stomp to the face.
- The Everyman: He was the most ordinary of Joes who was down on his luck and behind on his bills before he got his powers.
- Expy: With the new backstory, he's basically Winter Soldier without the movie involvement.
- FaceMonster Turn: Zigzagged Trope from the first to the last episode of season 1. Narrowly averted in the pilot thanks to the Sanity Slippage from the Extremis being stabilized. Played straight as of "T.R.A.C.K.S.", as he's been forced into becoming Deathlok. Then defied when he assists Team Coulson as soon as he's freed.
- Give Him a Normal Life: More than anything else, Mike wants his son to be safe and happy, and he's all too aware that he can't provide that.
- Guest-Star Party Member: When he re-appears in "The Bridge", he's temporarily drafted into the team to help them against Centipede's new super soldiers.
- Healing Factor: Courtesy of Extremis he heals quickly.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Though not entirely of his own volition - he would have stayed firmly on the Face side if not for being captured by Centipede.
- HeelFace Turn: He quickly turns on Garrett upon learning that S.H.I.E.L.D. had taken his son back from HYDRA.
- Hero of Another Story: He spent the bulk of season 2 on a mission assigned to him from Coulson. He was tracking Dr.List, one of HYDRA's heads, and monitoring his activity. If Marvel Studios ever wants to make a Deathlok mini-series, that would provide plenty of material.
- Hero's First Rescue: Mike's heroic debut was climbing up the side of a burning building to rescue a woman trapped in the top floor.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Inverted in "The Bridge"; when he surrenders Coulson to Centipede against his will, Coulson's the one to reassure him that in doing so, he did the only thing he could do to ensure that nobody got hurt.
- I Have Your Wife: This is used by Raina to force his cooperation in "The Bridge". In "Nothing Personal", he notes that S.H.I.E.L.D. being disbanded has left his son vulnerable, which is on top of the Explosive Leash currently in his eye socket. By the time of "Ragtag" it's revealed that HYDRA has now captured his son, leaving him even more under their control.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: He's got a mixture of alien technology, gamma radiation, super soldier serum and Extremis running through his body.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Fitz-Simmons give him a bodysuit that monitors his vitals, protects him from bullets, and is very comfortable.
- Instant Expert: Here is a justified use of the trope. After his return, Mike is able to upload all of the data on a S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjet and expertly pilot in under a minute through his cybernetic eye.
- In the Hood: Wore one during his original rescue, hence the "Hooded Hero" moniker.
- Jumped at the Call: In "The Bridge" he is ecstatic to be recruited by Coulson and can't wait to get into the field and start helping people.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch:
- Even if it was stemming from the Sanity Slippage due to his powers, it's not hard to side with Mike when he injured the foreman of his former job after he was harassed and insulted by said foreman.
- In "Nothing Personal", he does this to Ward by triggering a heart attack via one of his shock devices.
- Quite a literal example when he stomps Garret's head in in "The Beginning Of The End".
- Knight Errant:
- At the end of season one finale is currently hitting the road to do good to make up for his actions.
- He lands back in the main story in Season 2, by rescuing Coulson and Hunter from "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D.'s forces and piloting the quinjet out of there. Turns out he's been working for Coulson for a little while to atone.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Based on his first scene in "The Bridge", he's taken 'Captain Rogers' as his role model in superheroing.
- Made of Iron: Being hit with a shotgun blast to the chest doesn't do much to him apart from knock him over a rail owing to the sheer blast, and he gets back up afterwards.
- Name's the Same: There is a "Mike Peterson" in the Marvel Universe, but that one is a teenager who's the best friend of Slapstick.
- Never Found the Body: Appears to be blown up in "The Bridge", after spending the entire episode trying to atone for his prior insanity, and even more specifically trying to "make up for things" and save Coulson after Centipede forced Mike to betray him in a Sadistic Choice. As it turns out, he was taken alive by Centipede, and his right leg was left behind so S.H.I.E.L.D. would have something to find.
- Nice Guy: Before his Start of Darkness, he was a friendly and humble guy who wanted nothing more than to provide for his family. He returns to this in his second appearance.
- Obliviously Evil: His Sanity Slippage leads him to believe that his Jumping Off the Slippery Slope is his Superhero Origin.
- Oh, Crap!:
- After he discovers that Centipede had recaptured him. And he's missing a leg. And he has an eye implant.
- After becoming Deathlok, other people suffer this the moment they learn he's in the area.
- One-Man Army: When Hunter learns that the reinforcements Coulson calls in "Afterlife" is just one person, he replies "that's not reinforcements, that's a gravedigger!". After Mike takes out two quinjets full of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with only minimal assistance, he learns that one man is indeed all the back up they need.
- Papa Wolf: He deeply loves his son. Even being transformed into a mostly-cyborg killing machine doesn't change that.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Once HYDRA's control over him is broken, he quickly turns on them.
- Psycho Serum: The Centipede has a side effect of Sanity Slippage, making him more violent. Really, what did they expect if they used the same stuff that created the Hulk?
- Punch-Clock Villain: In "Nothing Personal", he admits to Skye that he's more concerned about Ace's safety and well-being than anything and only serves HYDRA so that nothing will happen to his son. After Ace is freed, he turns on HYDRA.
- Put on a Bus: Nowhere to be seen in Season 3. The last time we saw him is after HYDRA removed most of his cybernetics. He returns in Season 5 to lead a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to the Lighthouse and saves Coulson from the manifestations of the Fear Dimension.
- Scars Are Forever: Despite his Centipede powers, the burn scars on his face remain.
- Scary Black Man: As he grows closer and closer to his Super-Power Meltdown. In his second appearance, the serum's side effects are completely gone, and he's friendly and affable again.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The first Case of the Week, but also shown that the people behind his powers, the Centipede group, was still out there, continuing where they left off. Later averted when he returned in a bigger role.
- Super-Power Meltdown: Narrowly averted, by way of Ward using the Night-Night gun. "The Bridge" reveals that being tranquilized at just the right moment fixed his meltdown problems permanently.
- Super Strength: Due to the Centipede group's serum, or rather the Extremis aspect of it, he is far above human in strength.
- Super Toughness: Able to withstand serious blows without any injury, though it's implied that he can die from a headshot. His later upgrades make his durable enough to resist all but a few places being shot.
- That Man Is Dead: He claims that Mike Peterson is dead in "End of the Beginning", having given up on the hope that he might be freed or ever see his son again.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Season 2. His return is marked with a new costume which looks much better than the original, EMP rockets to complement his more lethal payload, and a tech overlay that lets him upload and learn new tech systems like the S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjets.
- Trapped in Villainy: Like Akela and The Englishman before him, and by the same method. After Project Centipede is destroyed, he becomes free again.
- Two-Faced: The result of being caught in the explosion at the end of The Bridge. Presumably the only reason he's even alive to begin with is because of the Super Serum in his blood.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Unlike most S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, he has no formal combat training, and is a mere factory worker when the series begins. However, through his Super Serum and later cybernetic upgrades he becomes a force to be reckoned with, effectively the inverse of the Badass Normal agents seen throughout the series.
- Villain of the Week: Though not the reason for the problems with Centipede, he's the primary face of it to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
- Walking the Earth: At the end of "Beginning of the End", instead of turning himself in or reuniting with his son, he decides that he has to make up for his bloody actions and hits the road, telling Skye that they can keep an eye on him through his eye implant.
- We Can Rebuild Him: After being caught in a bomb planted by Centipede, he's turned into the cyborg Deathlok.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Given all the trouble that he's been through, it's hard not to feel sorry for him, even as he starts having a psychotic breakdown.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He's obviously aware of the old tropes, claiming at one point during the pilot that the events unfolding around him are the elements of a typical Origin Story of a superhero. However, his Origin Story ends up being that of an Atoner Anti-Hero, played out over the entire season instead.
The Koenig Brothers
Portrayed by: Patton Oswalt
A Badass Family of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents who report straight to the Director. Fury trusted them enough to let them know he faked his death after the HYDRA Coup and put them in charge of the secret bases he set up in case of emergencies. They rarely go out into the field, although they are more than capable should they be called to action. Although three brothers have been seen it's unknown how many of them work in S.H.I.E.L.D. or how many look alike.
- Adorkable: They really like their video games and geeking out about other badass agents.
- Almighty Janitor: They mostly look after secret bases - which are used either to rebuild the organization or house weapons and tools that are only brought in as a last resort.
- Ambiguously Human: While Eric was human, his identical brothers have the exact same mannerisms as he so there's been a lot of (In-universe!) speculation on what they actually are. It's eventually clarified that the brothers are just identical quadruplets (or at least that's what they told an inquisitive Red Shirt).
- Back Up Twin: We don't know exactly how many brothers there are; but we do know there's a sister somewhere. According to Trip, Billy namedrops a new twin all the time.
- Badass Family: Being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent seems to be the family business.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They may look more like desk jockeys than secret agents but don't let that fool you - they are S.H.I.E.L.D. agents after all who report directly to Coulson (and previously Fury).
- Heterosexual Life-Partner: All of them are very close and often play Call of Duty online. They took Eric's death very hard.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Implied Trope. Fury trusted them to look after his secret bases and let them know he was faking his death.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Eric, Sam, and Billy act more like clones than brothers.
- Mythology Gag: It's revealed that there's a Koenig sister. In the comics, Eric does have a sister, Ilsa.
- Rules Lawyer: All of them are a strickler for the rules - and one of those rules is that you have an ID lanyard with you at all times.
- Shoo Out the Clowns:
- Their quirkiness and overall weirdness provided some levity during their brief tenure on the show, but they were quietly phased out as Season 2's Inhuman plotline kicked into gear, with no further mention or appearances even though the two surviving brothers are still with S.H.I.E.L.D. until Season 4, missing entirely Season 3.
- Billy Koenig is dead in the Framework's reality, to show how much Crapsack World it really is. There's no mention of the other Koenigs, assuming they exist at all in this reality.
- Weapon of Choice: The Koenigs carry Walther PPKs rather than S.H.I.E.L.D.-issue Smith & Wesson M&Ps
Agent Eric Koenig
Portrayed by: Patton Oswalt
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 18: "Providence", Episode 19: "The Only Light In the Darkness")
A Level Six agent in charge of "Providence", a secret base in the Canadian wilderness, set up by Nick Fury as a failsafe in case S.H.I.E.L.D. was compromised.
- Adaptational Nationality: Changed from German in the comics to American in MCU.
- Adorkable: Smooth is not a word you'd use to describe him.
- Badass Family: With his brothers and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D.agents.
- Basement-Dweller: In a manner of speaking. While he doesn't live at home, Koenig fits the type as he is likely the only person residing in "Providence". His isolated assignment has allowed him to rack up some major time on Call of Duty with his brother.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may look more like a desk jockey than a secret agent, but don't let that fool you. He was hand picked by Fury himself to watch over a secret base. When he notices the readings are off when Ward's in the lie detector, he immediately grabs a gun and keeps pushing Ward for more direct answers to his questions regarding HYDRA, and doesn't seem scared in the slightest. He also threatened Coulson in regards to revealing Fury's survival, without flinching.
- Fanboy: His welcoming of Coulson can be compared to Coulson's own welcoming of Captain America.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. He's brought up in the Season 3 penultimate fall episode.
- Geeky Turn-On: After Skye hacks the NSA's satellites, he says he understands why Ward likes her so much.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Implied Trope. If Nick Fury, someone with major trust issues, trusts him to run his super secret, if-all-else-fails base, then he's gotta be pretty darn trustworthy. Hell, he's in that VERY exclusive club that knows Fury's still alive after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Killed Off for Real: Ward kills him after he starts to uncover too much about his allegiance with HYDRA. Skye finds his body, so he's definitely dead.
- Mauve Shirt: He's the only person residing at Providence who hasn't been on the show up until now. Take a guess what happens.
- Properly Paranoid:
- Given that HYDRA just launched a coup from within S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, he's understandably reluctant to trust the rest of Coulson's team until they've been properly vetted. When he sees Skye about to call Ward, he snaps at Coulson for allowing her to call a number at a secretive army base.
- Not only does Koenig distrust the rest of the team, he also hides from them the fact that Nick Fury's still alive, only trusting Coulson with the information. Smart call, especially since it was revealed that Ward is with HYDRA.
- Rules Lawyer: He's quite adamant about sticking to Fury's rules, including keeping the team besides Coulson Locked Out of the Loop about Fury's own survival. He also is willing to give Team Coulson some new clearance cards but in due time, as he is beginning to trust them. Turns out that this was a very good call on his part. Had he shared that with the entire team, HYDRA would have found out as well about Fury's survival once Skye called Ward.
- Secret Keeper: One of the few people in the world who knows Nick Fury is alive after Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Agent Billy Koenig
Portrayed by: Patton Oswalt
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 22: "The Beginning of the End")
A Level Six agent in charge of "the Playground", a secret base set up by Nick Fury as a failsafe in case S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to rebuild from the ground up. His brother, Eric, is the agent who was put in charge of Providence.
- Ambiguously Human: Is implied to be a robot. "Hot Potato Soup" reveals that no, he's not a robot, although he did work on the original LMD program.
- Backup Twin: Although he was mentioned before appearing, there was no indication he was also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent or Eric's twin. Which is really is just the tip of the iceberg for how surprisingly similar they are.
- It turns out there's several Koenig brothers, with Sam Koenig appearing in a SDCC special teaser.
- Triplett claims that Billy introduces a new brother into the mix every time they speak and that each brother is described in exactly the same way. Triplett spends a lot of time trying to rationalize it all in his head, and he practically has a Heroic BSoD when he sees Billy and Sam together.
- Badass Family: With his brothers and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Eric mentioned that he spent most of his time playing Call of Duty with his brother, which always seemed odd since he was in a top-secret base. It's less odd when we find out said brother was also in a top-secret base.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: The Framework version of Billy died revealing the location of the Playground to S.H.I.E.L.D., allowing them to use it as their secret base.
- Heterosexual Life-Partner: With his brothers. He's very upset over Eric's death.
- Rules Lawyer: Like his brother Eric was at Providence, Billy is stringent about maintaining regulations in the Playground, especially when it comes to the ID lanyards.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Both in-universe and out. He greets Coulson with the exact same speech as his identical twin brother.
- Lampshaded by Fitz in the Season 2 opener "Shadows", claiming he was their new "golden boy". With Fitz not being what he was once was, Billy is the only person that has been shown that could do some of the stuff like Fitz has done.
- Weapon of Choice: The Koenigs carry Walther PPKs rather than S.H.I.E.L.D.-issue Smith & Wesson M&Ps
Agent Sam Koenig
Portrayed by: Patton Oswalt
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 31: "...Ye Who Enter Here")
A Level Six Agent just like his brothers Billy and Eric. He first appered in a special SDCC 2014 video, before appearing in the show proper in "Ye Who Enter Here". He's in charge of the Theta Protocol. He has a crush on Bobbi.
- Ambiguously Human: Billy jokes that he's a robot. Well, at least, Trip thinks he's joking... It's eventually clarified later in "Hot Potato Soup" that he's not actually a robot.Billy: All the excitement fried [Sam's] circuits. His cooling system kicked in and he's recharging his batteries.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Billy considers him this due to his fanboy reaction to getting to meet agents like May and Morse.
- Back Up Twin: Looks just like his brothers, he is exactly like Eric.
- Badass Family: With his brothers and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appears in a promotional video for season 2 at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2014, before finally appearing in the show proper on the December 2nd episode "Ye Who Enter Here".
- Has a Type: Sam is explicitly attracted to women who can kick ass.
- Heterosexual Life-Partner: With his brothers. He's very upset over Eric's death.
- Insistent Terminology: He keeps referring to Daisy Johnson as "Agent Quake" in "Hot Potato Soup", even after she expresses her dislike of the name.
- Secret Keeper: It is revealed in "Scars" that he was in on Coulson's Theta Protocol.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When he mentions that there are Slash Fics involving Daisy and Black Widow, he says that he's never read any of them, but he's aware that the stories and associated drawings are quite "steamy". Daisy looks like she wishes she could unhear that.
- Weapon of Choice: The Koenigs carry Walther PPKs rather than S.H.I.E.L.D.-issue Smith & Wesson M&Ps
Portrayed by: Wilmer Calderon
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 23: "Shadows")
Idaho is a mercenary Coulson recruits to combat HYDRA and is teammates with Hartley and Hunter.
- Canon Foreigner: Made for the show probably to die and show the audience how deadly Creel is.
- Mauve Shirt: Creel kills him and Hartley by flipping their car. Only Hunter makes it out alive.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: While his partners have a first and last name, Idaho is only referred to as Idaho.
- Real Men Love Jesus: Hunter says Idaho would frequently go to church after missions.
- Satellite Character: His characterization begins and ends with him being True Companions and partners with Hunter and Hartley.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in his first episode and Hunter subsequently only talks about Hartley in nostalgic tones with no mention of Idaho.
Agent Noelle Walters
Portrayed by: Melanie Cruz
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 28: "A Fractured House")
An agent in charge of a S.H.I.E.L.D. team in the Netherlands.
- Canon Foreigner: She has no comicbook counterpart.
- Defiant to the End: Headbutts Scarlotti in the face before he can take his knife to her, then upon taking a splinter bomb to the gut, states that HYDRA will never defeat S.H.I.E.L.D. before disintegrating.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Her aforementioned Defiant to the End moment, which Scarlotti wastes no time lampshading.
- No Body Left Behind: She gets disintegrated by Marcus Scarlotti, who puts a splinter bomb into her stomach.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in her first episode.
Portrayed by: Briana Venskus
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 63: "Failed Experiments")
A S.H.I.E.L.D. operations agent, Piper volunteered for the strike team sent to destroy Hive. After S.H.I.E.L.D. was reorganized under Director Jeffrey Mace, Piper became May's second-in-command for her strike team.
- Action Girl: Her basic job description as a operations agent. Piper is brave and skilled enough to volunteer to be part of the kill team sent after Hive, and May trusts her enough to appoint her as second-in-command on her strike team. When May is infected by Lucy Bauer's ghost and begins attacking other agents, Piper lasts a lot longer against her in hand-to-hand combat than anyone else.
- Ambiguously Gay: She's rather tomboyish, with a fairly butch haircut, and has never shown any interest in men. Briana Venskus implies in her Twitter that Piper has a crush on May, which may explain the That Came Out Wrong below.
- In "The Honeymoon", when referring to Daisy after Deke enters into a drug-fuelled rant about how much he was into her, Piper awkwardly mentions "she's not my type, but I get it." Interpret that as you will.
- Ascended Extra: Appeared in one episode of Season 3, "Failed Experiments", as a member of Coulson's backup team, and has slowly but steadily increased in prominence since then.
- The Atoner: Spends a good portion of her appearances in Season 5 trying to make up for getting tricked by Hale into leading Coulson's team into a trap that led to Yo-Yo losing her arms.
- BFG: Wields a small rocket launcher against Hive, which she claims Coulson promised her in her contract. Unfortunately, when Piper uses it against Hive and blasts off an arm, it simply regrows the limb.
- Boyish Short Hair: As befitting a tomboyish S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, she has noticeably short hair.
- The Bus Came Back: After being absent in the first half of Season 5 due to the team travelling to the future, she quickly rejoins them upon their return to the present.
- Deadpan Snarker: Frequently snarks at the other members of her team.
- Mauve Shirt: The most prominent character among S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "random backup field op agents" post-Season 3.
- The Medic: Before S.H.I.E.L.D. got disbanded again following the LMD crisis, Piper was training to be a field medic and surgeon. In Season 5, this makes her the de facto team medic despite her incomplete training.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After realizing that General Hale lied to her and how it led to Elena's crippling, she is shaken to the core.
- Number Two: Basically May's lieutenant.
- Oh, Crap!: Has two moments of this during the mission to assassinate Hive: the first when the Kree land, and the second when Hive no-sells her rocket and begins regrowing his arm.
- Only One Name: That we know of, although we can assume it's not her surname.
- Put on a Bus: Technically inversion, in literal sense. After Aida went berserk, Piper left Zephyr One by parachute with all of the instructions necessary if things got wrong between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Aida. So, she left "the bus" (Zephyr One) rather than be put on one.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Briana Venskus is a fairly petite woman, and attentive viewers will note that during fight scenes with her S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriots, Piper is nearly always the one holding the largest gun.
- That Came Out Wrong: When May tells her to just call her "May", she says "I can do May... I mean, I can do that, May."
- Those Two Guys: Occasionally forms one with Agent Davis.
- Unwitting Pawn: Helps General Hale luring Team Coulson into a trap, on the false promise of them just being taken into custody and treated fairly.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Davis, particularly in Season 6. They are almost always take shots at one another, but have each other's backs when making plans with the rest of the team.
Agent L.T. Koenig
Portrayed By: Artemis Pebdani
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 78: "Hot Potato Soup")
The older sister of the Koenig brothers, and the one who recruited them into S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Action Girl: To be expected of the sister of the Koenigs, as she easily overpowered Agent Davis. In fact, she trained the brothers.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Eric Koenig's sister was named Ilsa Koenig. Then again, Ilsa Koenig was also a member of the German Resistance and Nick Fury's lover during World War II, so maybe it's not accurate to say that LT is based on Ilsa.
- Big Sister Mentor: She was the one who recruited and trained Eric, Sam, and Billy. She's actually surprised that she wasn't able to recruit Thurston.
- Big Sister Bully: When Daisy asks what it was likely growing up with quadruplets, LT says that there was a lot of crying...because she picked on them. She also casually shot Thurston with ICEr to shut him up when he refused to go into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s protection.
- I Have Brothers: Inverted. They learned all of their masculine skills from her.
- Outnumbered Sibling: The only female Koenig sibling... and also the only "manly" one given that her brothers are all giant nerds (except the one who is a giant hipster instead).
Portrayed by: Max Osinski
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 9: "Repairs")
A agent who worked with Coulson's team prior to the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. Following the appointment of Director Jeffry Mace, Davis was assigned to work under Coulson aboard Zephyr One, participating in the hunt for the Darkhold and operations against the Watchdogs. After being severely injured by Aida he rejoins the team to prevent the destruction of Earth by the "Destroyer of Worlds" before joining Daisy, Simmons, and Piper in space to search for Fitz.
- Ascended Extra: He appeared in one Season One episode, "Repairs," very briefly. Davis is brought back in the Season Four premiere "The Ghost" and got increasing screentime as the season went on.
- Ace Pilot: Ironically, though he starts out flying the Zephyr as the "least unqualified option", by Season 5 he appears to have graduated to this level full-time, and he's one of the ship's two pilots on its historic maiden voyage into space. After spending a year in space, Davis can now fly through asteroid fields while dodging fire from hostile spaceships with little problem.
- Action Dad: Although we've met neither of them, Davis has a wife and kid at home on Earth, which is part of why he's so eager to get back home, with or without Fitz.
- Badass Normal: While not on the level of the main characters, he is a skilled agent who often backs them up on missions against killer robots in Season 4.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The press release for his second appearance credited him as "Agent Red", a telepathic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the comics.
- Closest Thing We Got: Although he just started training to fly the Zephyr, Davis is forced to become its pilot when he is one of only five agents to escape the Playground after it is infiltrated by LMDs.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets a few moments of snark off during "The Man Behind the Shield". When he and Simmons are searching the underground section of the Watchdogs base, she says that is it like a labyrinth, causing Davis to wonder if they'll meet the Goblin King.
- Every Scar Has a Story: Which he got fighting AIDA. Humorously, the story in question is one the audience never gets to actually hear.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has the classic "ruggedly handsome" version on one cheek after surviving a one-on-one with Aida.
- Happily Married: While talking with Yo-Yo his pregnant wife is brought up. After a year in space searching for Fitz, Davis is quite eager to get back to Earth and reunite with his wife and son.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tells Piper to get herself and Fitz into the containment pod while he stays behind to stop a rampaging Aida. He thought he had killed her by emptying a clip into her, but Aida's new Inhuman powers allowed her to regenerate and kill him. Or so it seemed, we later learn that Deathlok got him medical attention just in time offscreen.
- I Heard That: During Principa, Coulson says he trusts May's skill at piloting the Zephyr One a lot more than Davis', which Davis both heard over the communications system and agrees with.
- I'm Standing Right Here: In "The Man Behind the Shield" when Fitz does not show much confidence in Davis ability to take on Aida.Fitz: You want to go after a killer robot alone?
Simmons: I'll take Davis with me.
Fitz: Concern only slightly lessened.
- Mauve Shirt: Classic example, takes point on several missions, provides covering fire in fights, and seemingly dies near the end of Season 4. Subverted when he turns up alive and well in Season 5. Perhaps a promotion to Blue Shirt is in order. And double subverted in Season 6, where Izel kills him late in the season.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Whatever the story is behind Davis surviving a one-on-one with Aida, Piper and Deke both agree that it's extremely awesome.
- Only One Name: That we know of, unless you listen to his actor's theory.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: By approximately the midpoint of Season 5, Max Osinski's in the opening credits.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In "Leap", Izel takes over Davis's body and makes him jump off a high ledge, which kills him.
- Repetitive Name: According to his actor, he has the glorious name of "Davis D. Davis."
- Sacrificial Lion: His gradual promotion from Red Shirt to Mauve Shirt over the course of the series makes him this when he eventually falls victim to the Red Shirt curse at the hands of Izel, especially given that he has a wife and newborn son, which might have been expected to give him Plot Armor.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he returns in Season 5, he appears to have graduated from Mauve Shirt status, after surviving his fight with Aida and even holding his own when the Remorath board the Zephyr. He even comes complete with Perma-Stubble and a nifty battle scar.
- Uncertain Doom: He's last seen in Season 4, mistakenly thinking that he killed Aida, when she suddenly attacks him from behind. Turns out that he actually survived - somehow.
- Unexplained Recovery: However it was that he survived the battle with Aida, which Piper implies was pretty awesome.Piper: That's amazing, you survived all of that with just one scar? Do you tell everyone that story?
Davis: I don't think they care.
- The Un-Reveal: It's now something of a Running Gag for the show to cut to Davis just after he explains to someone how he survived fighting Aida, a story which everyone thinks is incredibly amazing but which the audience never gets to hear.
- Those Two Guys: With Piper, usually board the Zephyr One while the others are off on missions.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Piper, thanks to their shared experiences supporting the main team, have bonded. This bonding consists mostly of sniping insults, but they always have each other's backs when making plans with the other agents.
- The Watson: Serves as this in a couple episodes, particularly "Hot Potato Soup" where he is thoroughly confused by the Koenigs and is trying to figure out if they are clones or robots.
- Why Are You Looking at Me Like That?: Gives one when the other two agents look at him after being asked by Simmons if anyone can fly Zephyr One.
Agent Damon Keller
Portrayed By: Lucas Bryant
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 111: "Missing Pieces")
A STRIKE agent recruited by May into S.H.I.E.L.D. after it was reformed under the leadership of Director Alphonse Mackenzie.
- Body Horror: The alien bat parasite begins turning Keller into Human Architecture Horror, with long jagged spikes coming out of everywhere on his body and growing as they made contact with the walls.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: His and Fox's idea that the strange occurrences are happening on the Ley lines is initially blown off as a stupid idea, but they're proven right. Keller never lets the chance to mention this pass by.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snarks fairly frequently. Even after getting infected by the parasite and is possibly dying, he keeps it up, joking to Yo-Yo that it's a little soon to bring a parasitic alien into their relationship and wanting to know if it's ok.
- Love Interest: Begins a secret relationship with Yo-Yo after she and Mack broke up.
- Mauve Shirt: He is a very prominent character at the start of Season 6, until his death in the fourth episode.
- Mercy Kill: Yo-Yo is forced to stab him with Sarge's knife to halt the parasitic transformation his body was undergoing that could have destroyed the entire base.
- Name's the Same: He shares a surname with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s 1990s-era director from Captain Marvel. It's not inconceivable that he could be a descendant or relation.
- Sacrificial Lion: He only outlives Fox by two episodes (three if you count the one he didn't appear in.)
- Those Two Guys: With Agent Fox, who was from near Keller's hometown and who he helped recruit into S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent Trevor Khan
Portrayed By: Shainu Bala
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A STRIKE agent recruited by tasked by Director Mackenzie with infiltrating Deke Shaw's Company.
- False Friend: He befriends Deke and hangs out with him in order to keep up his cover. Deke believes Trevor actually likes him, which is not the case.
- Mauve Shirt: After playing a supporting role throughout season six, when the Chronicom Hunters take over the Lighthouse, he's among the agents lined up and executed by the invaders.
- Professional Buttkisser: To keep up his cover, he constantly praises Deke and his endeavors.
- The Mole: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mole within Deke's company.
- Your Cheating Heart: Sequoia, Deke's girlfriend, hooks up with Trevor after he's tasked with taking care of her following Sarge's attack.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Support Staff
Benjamin "Benny" Pollack
Portrayed By: Jesse Bradford
Appearances: Item 47
- "I hope you are right..."
One half of the Outlaw Couple that formed following the Battle of New York. After getting pitched the crazy idea to rob banks with his girlfriend, he went along with it reluctantly, but deep down is grateful for the chance to finally live out their dreams.
- Anti-Villain: Just an ordinary guy reluctantly robbing banks to fix his life's problems.
- Boxed Crook: At the end of Item 47, he's given a job at S.H.I.E.L.D. in their Research and Development department's "Think Tank" due to his skill with Chitauri weaponry.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He manages to make the Chitauri gun work, while S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't made any progress with it.
- HeelFace Turn: Bank robber to S.H.I.E.L.D. employee.
- Henpecked Husband: Pre-husband, as Claire is his girlfriend, but she still definitely shows she's the boss.
- Outlaw Couple: With Claire; they rob banks.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In Item 47, he wears a black ski-mask, while Claire's is pink.
- Shout-Out: His name is a Shout-Out to Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde.
- Super Weapon, Average Joe: Ordinary human with no connection to anything super except for the Chitauri gun.
- Villain Protagonist: A bank robber starring in Item 47
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Since S.H.I.E.L.D. is revealed to be infiltrated by HYDRA all along, his fate after S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Civil War has yet to be revealed.
Portrayed By: Lizzy Caplan
Appearances: Item 47
- "I'm always right. And I'm always right about you."
Claire's had a hard life of bills, rejected dreams, and alien invasions. But when a Chitauri gun literally falls out of the sky as if as a present, she sees the chance to finally take matters into their own hands and gain the means to live like they want to.
- Anti-Villain: Just an average woman with bills to pay who thinks she could solve her problems with bank robbing.
- Boxed Crook: At the end of Item 47, she's given a job at S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Blake's new assistant.
- Deus ex Machina: She thinks of the Chitauri gun as this. After all, it literally fell out of the sky.
- HeelFace Turn: Bank robber to S.H.I.E.L.D. employee.
- Outlaw Couple: With Benny. Bank robbing was her idea.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In Item 47, she wears a pink ski-mask, while Benny wears a black one.
- Shout-Out: Her name is a Shout-Out to Clyde of Bonnie and Clyde.
- Super Weapon, Average Joe: Ordinary human with no connection to anything super except for the Chitauri gun.
- Villain Protagonist: A bank robber starring in Item 47
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Since S.H.I.E.L.D. is revealed to be infiltrated by HYDRA all along, her fate after S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Civil War has yet to be revealed.
- Women Are Wiser: Thinks of herself because she's the one taking chances and opportunities to find a better life.
Portrayed By: Ron Glass
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 1: "Pilot", Episode 11: "The Magical Place")
A physician working for S.H.I.E.L.D. He knows how Coulson survived being stabbed by Loki during The Avengers.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Is both obviously traumatized and horrified over what they had to do to bring Coulson Back from the Dead.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He goes off the grid after Coulson confronts him about his resurrection, with not even S.H.I.E.L.D. able to find him.
- Secret Keeper: Along with Maria Hill, he's one of two characters confirmed to know how Coulson was resurrected besides Nick Fury, who ordered it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: No further mention of him is made after he disappears, with his fate after HYDRA's emergence being unknown; and with Ron Glass' death, it's unlikely we'll get any more about him.
Technician/Specialist Cameron Klein
Portrayed By: Aaron Himelstein
Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Avengers: Age of Ultron
- "I'm not gonna launch those ships... Captain's orders."
Cameron Klein was a S.H.I.E.L.D. Technician responsible for the launch of the Insight Helicarriers.
He's later recruited by Nick Fury and Maria Hill along with several other former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in relaunching the 'mothballed' Helicarrier.
- Ascended Extra: In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he's recruited by Nick Fury as a technician for the old Helicarrier in a bid to evacuate the citizens of Sokovia before Ultron could enact his Evil Plan. Upon arrival he launched the Helicarrier's lifeboats to the now levitating city so that the Avengers and local law enforcement could commence with the evacuation. This time, he's credited with the name "Cameron Klein".
- Heroic Sacrifice: Averted, as he intended one by defying Rumlow's commands while having a gun put to his head, but Sharon managed to kick him away from the gun and thus save his life.
- Mission Control: His job in S.H.I.E.L.D. is to offer assistance with information and technology to those in the field.
- Mythology Gag: In the comics, he is grandson of Stanley Klein, a United States Armed Forces private rescued by Captain America and the Howling Commandos during World War II. By knowing this, his loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America becomes more heartwarming and meaningful.
- Non-Action Guy: He's a technician, not personal combatant. It's made explicit by him hiding under his desk when the S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalists and HYDRA infiltrators start shooting at each other and in Avengers: Age of Ultron hysterically screaming when an Ultron drone breaches the Helicarrier bridge.
- No Name Given: He's unnamed until his appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- One Steve Limit: Averted and made into Decomposite Character. The other man with the name "Cameron Klein" is a retired S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and T.A.H.I.T.I. patient from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who now lives with new name, Hank Thompson.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Consider that Cap saved the world with less than one second remaining. Now, remember that this man refused to launch the INSIGHT carriers, even at gunpoint, and stalled Rumlow for as long as he could. The entire MCU owes this man huge thanks.
- Undying Loyalty: To S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America as seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even with Brock Rumlow holding him at gunpoint, he doesn't sacrifice his loyalty even if it might cost his life.
Dr. Marcus Benson
Portrayed By: Barry Shabaka Henley
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 111: "Missing Pieces")
A natural sciences expert recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D. by Director Mackenzie and Agent May from his former position at Culver University.
- The Alcoholic: Slipped into Drowning My Sorrows after the death of his husband, to the point that his superiors at Culver University are slowly pushing him out the door to retirement. Sure enough, May and Mack meet him in a bar.
- "From the Ashes" implies that the problem goes back even further, as a manifestation of Benson's late husband accuses him of having been drunk on the night of the car crash that claimed his life.
- Badass Bookworm: A middle-aged, alcoholic university professor...who flatly refuses to help Izel, a body-hopping alien destroyer goddess, with the information she needs to pull off her Evil Plan.Benson: I've already lost everything that matters. Death doesn't scare me.
- Bluffing The Impostor: He quickly catches on when Yo-yo refers to Agent Keller in the present tense in front of an Izel-possessed Mack, who doesn't catch the error until Benson has already deleted the schematics Izel needed.
- Closest Thing We Got: Mackenzie and May seek him out as their organization lacks scientific "brains" with Fitz still lost out in space and Simmons still out of contact hunting for Fitz after a full year.
- The Eeyore: Fairly uniformly serious and grim, at least so far.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Pours Mack a drink as he prepares to report that Sarge's DNA exactly matches Coulson's — then downs it himself after delivering the Wham Line.
- Jumped at the Call: Being handed a folder full of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s current scientific challenges is enough to convince him to come aboard.
- The Lost Lenore: His late husband is this to Benson, who has become The Alcoholic by the time he is introduced in Season 6.
- The Mentor: Agent May explains that Dr. Benson had this relationship with her late ex-husband, Dr. Andrew Garner. Now, she and Mack intend for him to fulfill this role to a new generation of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and scientists.
- Not Afraid to Die: Flatly refuses to lead Izel to her "temple", saying that ever since the death of his husband, he's no longer afraid of dying.
- Spear Counterpart: To Agent Weaver, who headed the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy before the agency's fall in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and which Director Mackenzie intends for him to reestablish in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s relegitimization.
- Straight Gay: It's mentioned that he was married to a late husband, but he has no overtly campy personality traits.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Dr. Streiten from Season 1. Dr. Benson focuses more on natural sciences rather than medicine, but still ends up dissecting a victim of the Shrike and attempting emergency surgery to try and save Agent Keller from the same creature.
- Twofer Token Minority: Black and gay.
Former S.H.I.E.L.D. Operatives and Scientists
Dr. Franklin Hall
Portrayed By: Ian Hart
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 3: "The Asset")
- "S.H.I.E.L.D.? S.H.I.E.L.D. is just as guilty of the same thing, experimentation without thought of consequence! Your search for an unlimited power source brought an alien invasion."
A brilliant S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who theorized on the existence of gravity manipulating element called Gravitonium, and who further invented a means of controlling it. When said element is discovered, he is kidnapped by an old colleague of his named Ian Quinn, who wants him to finish his research.
- And I Must Scream: He's trapped inside the Gravitonium with Ian Quinn.
- The Atoner: In his youth, he was quite enthusiastic about his research until he realized how if misused or worse, turned into a weapon, it could result in the deaths of millions. As an adult, he's very unwilling to continue work on it.
- Bald of Evil: Or rather, Bald of Extremism.
- The Bus Came Back: He's absent for four seasons after his appearance, doubly impactful because he appeared in the third episode, the ending of which established a cliffhanger.He finally comes back in Season 5, but doesn't become Graviton as many expected, instead, he becomes a Greater-Scope Villain for the person who does — namely, Glenn Talbot.
- Composite Character: In-Universe. He was absorbed by the gravitonium, then in an act of vengeance, he compelled the gravitonium to absorb Ian Quinn as well, as a result anyone who subsequently absorbs the gravitonium ends up absorbing their minds, including General Talbot, who became Graviton, Hall's identity in the comics.
- Decomposite Character: Unlike in the comics, he does not become Graviton; rather, it is General Talbot who takes the role. Although Hall is still a part of it (see Composite Character above).
- Fake Defector: Pretends to go along with Quinn's scheme in order to sabotage the project and keep the device out of the wrong hands for good.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Exploited. He pulled the strings of his own kidnapping in order to ruin his kidnapper's plans, but said kidnapper isn't aware of this.
- Mentor Archetype: He was FitzSimmons's favourite professor at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
- Not So Different: Hall claims S.H.I.E.L.D. is this to people like Quinn - and that their desire to control things led to the events of The Avengers. Coulson ultimately realizes that he and Hall are similar as well, and that they both make tough calls to protect people just before he seemingly kills Hall to save innocent lives.
- Start of Darkness: In the comics, he becomes a gravity-manipulating supervillain named Graviton after a lab accident. And indeed, during the course of the episode, he falls into his device and is absorbed by a bubble of gravity manipulating matter... and is then seen at the end trying to claw his way out from the inside, complete with Scare Chord.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was willing to cause the deaths of quite a lot of people in order to destroy the device and prevent it from ever being used to hurt anyone. Coulson agrees that he has a point and that he made a tough call, but doesn't let him go through with it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Ian Quinn escaped with the Gravitonium, presumably with Hall still trapped inside, in the first season finale, and neither have been seen since. It was probably the biggest open plot thread on the show, until the Gravitonium resurfaced in the fifth season to be used as Applied Phlebotinum in an effort to seal the "fear dimension" rift opened by the destruction of the three Monoliths. Still, there has been no sign of Dr. Hall, at least so far. It turns out that his consciousness is trapped inside the Gravitonium, and he seems to be able to direct it somehow, at least against Ian Quinn.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Is well aware that his research could and is going to be used to harm people, and is forced to accept the fact that if he doesn't do something about it, the world may very well be worse off for his contribution. And so he decides to destroy the device by causing it to go haywire, obliterating a wide area, sacrificing himself and causing the deaths of many innocent people in order to make sure this doesn't happen.
Portrayed By: Titus Welliver
Appearances: Item 47 | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 6: "FZZT", Episode 16: "End of the Beginning", Episode 58: "Watchdogs")
- "When I got out of the hospital it turned out there had never been a S.H.I.E.L.D., just HYDRA hiding behind one. I signed up to protect the world from these dangerous alien elements, [and now] you use them, unleash them, you've got those freaks working for you. Hell Phil, you are one. Makes me sick."
An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in charge of surveillance. After Outlaw Couple Benny and Claire get on the organization's radar due to their robberies, he tasks Sitwell with retrieving the alien Arm Cannon known as Item 47. After receiving traumatic injuries during the hunt for the Clairvoyant, Blake emerges from a coma after HYDRA revealed itself and new powered people began appearing more frequently around the world. Disgusted by what S.H.I.E.L.D. had become, Blake joined the Watchdogs and dedicated himself to protecting the world from powered individuals by any means necessary.
- All There in the Manual: His first name is only shown for a split-second in "End of the Beginning".
- Amazon Chaser: He tries (fruitlessly) to flirt with Melinda "The Cavalry" May while they're on a mission.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Psychics? Pfft, nonsense. Astrology? There's something to that. May calls him on this.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Despite appearing a mere supervisor instead of a field agent, he fights Deathlok with admirable ability and even has the foresight to replace his weapon's ammunition with a tracker beacon so the other agents would be able to track him down.
- By-the-Book Cop: He's a rather staunch rule-follower, which brings him into conflict with the likes of Coulson who sees the value of improvisation and unconventional tactics.
- Despair Event Horizon: Blake's by-the-book dedication to S.H.I.E.L.D. dies a painful death; he's crippled by Deathlok and wakes up to discover that the organization he dedicated his life to was little more than an illusion maintained by HYDRA.
- Evil Cripple: When he reappears as the head of The Watchdogs, it's revealed that Deathlok's attack left him paralyzed from the waist down.
- Evil Former Friend: Coulson and Blake don't get along very well in "FZZT", but Blake was noticeably upset when he accidentally called Agent Sitwell "Coulson" in Item 47, and Coulson did consider Blake a friend. After he learned Coulson was resurrected with alien blood, however, Blake says that Coulson makes him "sick".
- FaceHeel Turn: Blake was always a rather abrasive agent, but he was still a trustworthy S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Then he gets crippled by Deathlok, and the HYDRA revelation pushes him into becoming the leader of an anti-Inhuman hate group called The Watchdogs.
- Fantastic Racism: He develops a downright genocidal hatred of anyone who isn't a pure human. He considers all aliens and Inhumans to be the enemy simply by virtue of their species.
- Irony: Unlike Agent Sitwell, Agent Blake was never a part of HYDRA when S.H.I.E.L.D. fell. Then, in season 3, he's becomes HYDRA's Unwitting Pawn by collaborating with the Watchdogs.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite coming off as gruff and unpleasant he honestly tries to reason with Deathlok, addressing him as "Mr. Peterson" and promising to help free him if he'll call off his attack. In addition, while Sitwell is a HYDRA traitor, he is not. However, his heart of gold is ripped out by his injury and the rise of HYDRA.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: While he wasn't all that pleasant to work with as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and remained loyal unlike Agent Sitwell, who was part of HYDRA, he goes way off the deep end by actively supplying arms and intelligence to The Watchdogs.
- Karma Houdini: He never gets any comeuppance for his role with the Watchdogs.
- Locked Out of the Loop: His Not So Stoic entry shows he isn't Level 7, since he is unaware that Coulson survived his attempted murder by Loki. He got a promotion sometime between then and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- The Men in Black: He was in charge of the retrieval of Item 47, though Sitwell does the field work.
- Must Have Caffeine:
- The first thing he does when granted an assistant is tell her to make him coffee.
- When given particularly difficult missions, his first reaction is to reach for more coffee.
- Not So Stoic: He noticeably quiets up a bit when he accidentally calls Agent Sitwell "Coulson". It turns out even Blake misses him.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: In "FZZT" he insists that S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol be followed to the letter: if "infected cargo" is present on the Bus it has to be jettisoned into the ocean. Coulson's counter-argument that said "cargo" is a human being and fellow agent who still might survive her illness apparently has little impact on him.
- Sinister Surveillance: He's technically on the side of good, but he comes across as rather sinister regardless. His first in-person appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cements this. He insinuates that Coulson's days with the agency are numbered. Then he touches Lola.
- Smug Snake: He's not a villain per se, at least until he becomes one by joining The Watchdogs, but he's very confident in his own abilities.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he reappears heading an anti-Inhuman organization called The Watchdogs, having developed (or at least acted on) a large amount of Fantastic Racism since his hospitalization in the first season.
- Unwitting Pawn: To HYDRA in his new capacity with the Watchdogs.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite the Watchdogs taking a more central role in Season 4, Blake is nowhere to be seen and isn't mentioned by any character. The sole leader of the Watchdogs is Anton Ivanov aka 'The Superior'.
- You, Get Me Coffee: Tries this at the end of Item 47, but is stymied by the fact that his new assistant can't make coffee.
Portrayed By: Boyd Kestner
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 12: "Seeds")
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who went off the grid after investigating an 0-8-4 in Hunan, China.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses the environment of the alley while fighting May, including a wooden pallet.
- Cyanide Pill: Was willing to take one when he was confronted by Coulson and May.
- Secret Keeper: He's one of the only surviving people on the planet to know about the 0-8-4 from Hunan. It was Skye, and even he doesn't know the details, just that an entire village died to protect her when she was a baby.
- Sole Survivor: Of the team that investigated the 0-8-4, with all the others being killed off one-by-one before Lumley went off the radar to avoid the same fate.
Portrayed by: Brian Van Holt
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 28: "A Fractured House", Episode 29: "The Writing on the Wall")
A S.H.I.E.L.D. assassin and test subject of Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
- Anti-Villain: What really drives him into villainy and becoming Serial Killer is because the effect of G.H. Serum from T.A.H.I.T.I. Project. Anyone exposed to it gains some of the alien's Genetic Memory, which comes in the form of a blueprint to an unknown city. However, his mind cannot properly process the image and he desperately needs an answer from this.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Inverted. Rather than going mad, he calmed down and is saved from madness after knowing the answer to the symbols: blueprints to a city.
- Professional Killer: He was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working as an assassin.
- Serial Killer: Becomes one for test subjects of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. due to his GH.235-induced obsession to complete the Words of Creation - on their bodies - and understand their meanings.
Portrayed By: Monique Gabriela Curnen
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 29: "The Writing on the Wall")
Rebecca Stevens: Terrific. I've never felt better.
Coulson: Do you remember how you got here?
Stevens: I volunteered. I was dying, and when I woke up, everything was okay.
An art teacher who was once Rebecca Stevens, a Level Six S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and test subject of Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
- Adaptational Badass: Her comic book counterpart is a historian whereas the TV show Janice/Rebecca is a trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- Back from the Dead: She was listed as having died from cancer, which she actually had.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Just like everyone else in the T.A.H.I.T.I. program. However, this is averted once their memories are wiped and they're given new identities.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She was subjected to the Memory Overwriting Machine to cure her of the GH.235-induced psychosis.
- Race Lift: The comic book version of Rebecca Stevens is a caucasian, whereas the TV version is a Latin of mestizo descent.
Portrayed By: Joel Gretsch
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 29: "The Writing on the Wall")
- "I know who I am. I'm Hank Thompson. I've got a wife I love, a kid I adore, and every day, I wake up happy."
A welder who was once Cameron Klein, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and test subject of Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Despite having his mind wiped after Project T.A.H.I.T.I. he built a model train set that completed the 3D map of the hidden city. He did this completely subconsciously which is quite an achievement given that dozens of people were trying to figure out the puzzle for years.
- Back from the Dead: He's a patient of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. formerly named Cameron Klein.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Hank Thompson catches a thrown knife in between his bare hands, before throwing it back, slicing clean through the rope holding Coulson.
- Decomposite Character: In the comics, Cameron Klein is a S.H.I.E.L.D. technician. In the MCU, there's this former agent as well as a technician that appears in Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron both named Cameron Klein.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Just like everyone else in the T.A.H.I.T.I. program. However, this is averted once their memories are wiped and they're given new identities. He's the only one that doesn't begin obsessively painting or sketching or carving the alien symbols. Because his way of expressing them is to build an elaborate model train set, making him the only one to display them correctly, in three dimensions.
- Happily Married: He's perfectly content with living a quiet life with his family.
- I Choose to Stay: When given the option of returning to his old life as Cameron Klein, decides that he'd much rather remain as Hank Thompson, family man.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: After catching the knife that Sebastian threw at him, Thompson manages to accurately throw it so that Coulson was cut from his bindings.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Subjected to the Memory Overwriting Machine to cure him of the GH.235-induced psychosis.
- Never-Forgotten Skill: Hank stops a knife that Sebastian throws at him by catching the blade in both hands. He looks surprised for a moment before throwing it at the rope holding up Coulson, freeing him. Apparently, that was a skill he learned back as Agent Klein of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. There's an unrelated man with the name "Cameron Klein" in other Marvel Cinematic Universe media. He's the S.H.I.E.L.D. technician who disobey Brock Rumlow's order once HYDRA is exposed by Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He reappears in Avengers: Age of Ultron, now works under Nick Fury, and the film credits him as "Cameron Klein".
- Papa Wolf: He's protective of his family, especially where crazed GH-325 patients like Sebastian Derek are involved.
- Retired Badass: He's a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and according to his file, one of the elite. He was forced into retirement via memory wipe and now he prefers his new life.
Portrayed by: Adrianne Palicki
Voiced By: Leyla Rangel [Disney dub], Laura Ayala [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 27: "A Hen in the Wolf House")
An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., codenamed Mockingbird, who offers her services to Coulson in between the first two seasons. She appears in "A Hen in the Wolf House" seemingly as HYDRA's Security Chief, but in actuality was a Deep Cover Agent assigned to infiltrate them so she can look out for Simmons and help extract her should they need to. She joins the team in the fifth episode of the second season.
Billy Koenig has a pretty unsubtle crush on her, while Lance Hunter is still hung up on her.
- The Ace: Expert undercover agent, One-Woman Army, can interrogate someone to the point that they give up and commit suicide, and is an accomplished and competent biochemist. Coulson even refers to her as one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best. She has a unique specialized 'spy suit', rather than a typical blue jump suit or combat gear used by most regular agents (including members of Team Coulson), something seemingly only seen elsewhere by Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Captain America, which probably indicates she's on their level in terms of skill.note In season 3 she becomes a Broken Ace, thanks to the torture she underwent from Ward. She gets past it when May gives her a blunt pep-talk, and she regains her confidence following.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the comics, but appears to have dark brunette hair in her first appearance. It's ultimately subverted, as "A Hen in the Wolf House" reveals that she originally was a blonde, but dyed her hair when she went undercover in HYDRA; once done with this, she's blonde before her next appearance.
- Amazonian Beauty: Her field agent physique is played up; Simmons can't stop gushing about how awesome she is, to the point it appears she has a lady-crush on her. The showrunners have commented on how she's a very sexy character as well.
- Ambiguously Evil: She and Mack are double agents for Gonzales's S.H.I.E.L.D., which is separate from Coulson's branch and trying to overthrow him. Unlike Mack and pretty much everyone else in the other branch, however, she doesn't automatically label anyone who's Gifted as a threat and treats Coulson's leadership style as the problem, rather than using it as a thinly veiled excuse to dismiss him on the pretense of being affected by Kree blood.
- Amicable Exes: One-sided example. Bobbi vouched for her ex and appears to not hold any hard feelings about their divorce, but Lance can't stop ranting about her for at least four episodes before she's introduced. When he starts getting pissy, she snarks him back.
- Awesome by Analysis: She's able to tell a lot about Bakshi's person and mental state through the words he uses and the way he pronounces certain words, and is able to figure out that there's more to Whitehall simply because of how Bahkshi described him, leading the team to discovering the former's past.
- Badass Normal: No powers, but that doesn't stop her from fighting super thugs when she encounters them. This is best exemplified so far when she's able to keep up with a demonically possessed super strong Mack, who's able to shrug off Icer rounds with ease and tosses the others around rather easily; while she can't take him on in a straight up fight, she's able to use skill to avoid being killed until she can take him down with electrified batons. Later, she's the only person capable of holding off Vin-Tak, a Kree warrior (note that Kree warriors are on Asgardian level in terms of power, and Vin-Tak himself fought Lady Sif), until they can hit him with a super-weapon.
- Becoming the Mask: Despite being a mole for Gonzales she does care for her friends on Coulson's team. She was also previously sent in to get intel from Lance, falling in love with him in the process, although she still left with the intel.
- The Big Guy: Bobbi is a pretty tough fighter, and is also fairly tall. Besides Mack, she stands taller than most of the cast. Her costume is also the most battle-oriented in terms of design, showcasing this.
- Catchphrase: Sometimes, she'll let out a sarcastic "Hail HYDRA" in response to the possibility that someone had been turned to HYDRA's side.
- Combat Pragmatist: When Kebo (Ward's right-hand man) proves too much for her in a straight fight, she uses her batons to electrify the pool he is in.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Mockingbird. This is only said in the promos and advertising material for Season Two.
- Cool Big Sis: Simmons thinks that she's "amazing" and gets to be on a First-Name Basis with her. "A Hen in the Wolf House" can be read as an older sister babysitting the younger one for their father. She later consoles Skye while she's in quarantine, and is very protective of her when "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D. label her a threat. Season 3 shows her acting like this to Fitz as well, giving him helpful advice and covering for him.
- Create Your Own Villain: She's ultimately the one responsible for Kara aka Agent 33 going down the bad road, as she, while undercover for HYDRA, gave up the warehouse where Kara was at that time note .
- Deadpan Snarker: Mainly towards her Hunter, who's more than happy to return the favour.
- Deep Cover Agent:
- She'd been infiltrating HYDRA before she's introduced, to the point she got a high position in HYDRA's security forces, assigned to find and detect double agents and moles.
- Along with Mack, she turns out to be a Deep Cover Agent to Coulson as well, working for a separate branch of S.H.I.E.L.D. that considers itself the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Didn't Think This Through: She recommended Hunter to Coulson under the assumption that he'd at best stick with it for a few weeks before taking some other job. She never considered he might take the job seriously and develop genuine loyalty to Coulson. Hunter lampshades this.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She hates being called "Barbara" and claims that she even considers being called "Robert" better than being called by her full first name.Bobbi: My name's Bobbi. As in the name usually short for "Robert," but in my case, "Barbara," which, to me, is worse.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: When she was working at HYDRA, she was secretly working for Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. while secretly working for Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D., while still retaining some degree of loyalty to Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. and pretending to come clean to her ex-husband while still feeding him lies on numerous occasions. This sort of multi-layered duplicity is why Lance says they got divorced.
- Dual Wielding: Pair of dual battle staves.
- Fake Guest Star: She's basically been a lead character since joining Team Coulson in Episode Five of Season Two, but Palicki is still credited as a guest star in the season's first half. She's promoted to the leading cast in "Aftershocks".
- First-Name Basis: She insists Simmons call her Bobbi.
- Game-Breaking Injury: While she eventually got better and returns to her old job, she starts season three having been transferred from Operations to Science and Technology because of the injuries inflicted on her by Ward and Kara at the end of Season 2.
- Genius Bruiser: Has a degree in biochemistry, and is one of Team Coulson's best fighters.
- Heel Realization: She begins to regret betraying Coulson as Gonzales grows more and more belligerent.
- Hero on Hiatus: Though part of an ensemble rather than The Hero, the injuries she suffered at the end of season 2 have kept her sidelined from field duty for the beginning of season 3, allowing for more focus on the other field agents. Fortunately, her qualities as The Ace aren't limited to field duty and she's found a role putting her degree in biochemistry to use, but she is still frustrated with being cooped up in a lab.
- Hot Scientist: Like her comic counterpart, she has a background in biochem, and acts as the team's biochemist in lieu of her sidelining from field duty and Jemma's absence.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She justifies her descision to rat out the safehouse for HYDRA is because it was necessary for her cover and the only alternative was a location that she knew was inhabited versus the one she thought empty. It is a reason that doesn't sit well with Kara, who was captured and brainwashed as a result.
- Long Bus Trip: Although Hunter was able to come back onto the show, Bobbi hasn't been since season 3 due to the characters having been contracted for a spin-off, which didn't air, and because of Adrianne Palicki's role on The Orville.
- The Mole: She's actually loyal to a rival S.H.I.E.L.D. faction and is working to take down Team Coulson from within.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Played with; in the comics, her costume is either black or blue primarily Depending on the Artist, but here it's made black with a blue highlight (and thus, incorporating both colours), while the usual white belly-stripe was replaced with grey. The suit also includes a few extra straps for tactical purposes and some protective plating on the shoulders, making it look more like realistic battle gear.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- She convinced Gonzales to take a chance to take back the Illiad instead of sinking it like Fury ordered - thus forming the nucleus for "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D. But as the season goes on she begins to regret it as Gonzales grows more belligerent and hostile towards Team Coulson.
- In order to maintain her cover at HYDRA, she had to give up the location of a S.H.I.E.L.D. safe house, hoping nobody was going to be in it. Turned out there was someone, Agent 33.
- One Head Taller: Than her ex-husband Lance Hunter (though, only by an inch), and for that matter with most of the main cast save Mack (and Ward). Adrianne Palicki is far from a short woman.
- One-Man Army: She alone takes down every HYDRA soldier they come across with ease, and is able to extract herself and Simmons with almost no trouble or help, save for Trip in an invisible jet, and thus setting her up as a combatant on par with May and Ward. Coulson refers to her as "one of their best agents", putting her on par with Hawkeye and Widow if true, and she's shown able to fight May and Ward pretty easily.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She doesn't even like people to use her surname, introducing herself as Bobbi, and so far the only appearance of her full name has been on a transmission. She outright tells Joey that she thinks people calling her "Barbara" would be worse than them calling her "Robert"(the name Bobbi/Bobby is typically short for).
- Platonic Life-Partners: Mack is her closest male relation outside of her ex-husband.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: She was made a part of the main cast starting from the second half of Season 2 after a stint as a recurring character.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Hunter's stories about her invariably put her in this light. When she finds out that he's been spreading this image of her as a psychotic hell-beast, she seems more amused by it than anything. It's later revealed, though, that their on-off relationship is actually her fault, as Bobbi can't get out of her secret agent mentality and isn't honest with him. This, inevitably, would drive Hunter away whenever they get together because he wants an honest relationship and eventually gets tired of being manipulated. She rationalizes this by claiming that it's Hunter who's afraid of commitment, though she also doesn't deny her own problems when called on it.
- Put on a Bus: She and Hunter are burned from S.H.I.E.L.D. late in Season 3 due to political fallout from a mission gone south in Russia. Coulson offered to protect them, but they decided to let themselves be burned for the greater good.
- Remember the New Guy?: While all the Season Two characters get this to some extent, Bobbi is notable as she's introduced and joins the team in "A Hen in the Wolf House", but everyone in the cast already knows her personally and appear to be great friends with the team already, especially Mack. She also counts as New Old Flame for Hunter, save for the fact he wouldn't shut up about her since he was introduced.
- Sex with the Ex: Happens with Lance in Season 2 Episode 8, inside a car. It wasn't the first time.
- Shipper on Deck: Although she found the idea of being friends with someone before dating them to be novel, she seems to support FitzSimmons, repeatedly urging Simmons to talk to Fitz, and later doing the same for Fitz.
- Shock and Awe: Her batons are able to produce an electric charge to zap enemies. No doubt she took a few cues from Romanoff.
- Statuesque Stunner: She towers over Simmons when they share scenes, and uses this to her advantage to intimidate her in their early meetings.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She and Hunter can't stop taking metaphorical shots as each other even as real bullets are flying. Luckily for them, they know each other so well that they can take on numerically superior opponents with no problem.
- The Tell: When she's frustrated with or stumped by something, she twirls her staves. Hunter notices.
- Token Good Teammate: For "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. She's the only one that doesn't seem to have a Fantastic Racism problem, and she's the only one voicing the opinion that Coulson isn't hoarding Gifted individuals for nefarious ends.
- Understatement: She considers Raina leaking Simmons' identity to HYDRA, and thus forcing her to extract them early, to be a "curveball" at most.
- Weapon of Choice: Like in the comics, she primarily fights with her Battle staves; though she's good with a gun and can fight with anything from her fists to a napkin, she generally does most damage with the staves. Though is how her use of them is changed from the comics; generally she'd snap them together as a staff, but here she primarily uses them as dual batons and fights eskrima style.
- Working with the Ex: She vouched for Hunter when Coulson considered recruiting him, but she's not exactly happy to be working with her former husband or to be within his immediate vicinity. Seeing Hunter immediately wipes the smile off her face and her voice takes on an annoyed tone.
Portrayed by: Nick Blood
Voiced By: Carlos Hernández [Disney dub and Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 23: "Shadows")
A mercenary who used to work closely with Isabelle Hartley and Idaho. He becomes a member of Team Coulson in Season 2.
- Age Lift: The comic version of Hunter is an older man who serves as the head of S.T.R.I.K.E.
- Amazon Chaser: His ex-wife is a kick-ass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent note and it's implied that he had a crush on Isabelle note who was also a kick-ass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Few names are as macho and aggressive as "Lance Hunter". His actor has a pretty cool name as well.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Calls his ex-wife "pure evil" before she's revealed to be Bobbi, and endlessly snarks at her once she joins the team, but it's increasingly clear they still love each other and are both violently protective of each other.
- Berserk Button: Don't keep secrets or lie to him to keep those secrets. That's why his marriage to Bobbi ended in divorce.
- British Teeth: Idaho states that this is the reason why Hunter broke a tooth while eating a meal Idaho had prepared.
- The Bus Came Back: In Season 5, he comes back to help Fitz out of a jam.
- Butt-Monkey: Is increasingly humiliated episode-to-episode for laughs.
- Cassandra Truth: While his first complaints about his ex-wife Bobbi sound like hyperbole, it's eventually revealed that their relationship problems stem from the fact that Bobbi always has some secret side-job running that inevitably spoils their relationship as soon as Hunter figures it out. By contrast, Hunter, despite being a secret agent, is not a big fan of secrets within secrets and is generally straight with her. This makes it all the more ironic that Bobbi would be working for the supposedly transparent "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. while Hunter sticks by Coulson, who plays things almost as close to the vest as spymaster extraordinaire Fury.
- Composite Character: He's Bobbi Morse's ex-husband, like Hawkeye is in the comics,
- Crazy-Prepared: He carries around a hip flask of scotch and two shot glasses in the event that he's stuck somewhere cold. The second glass is for whomever will help "keep [him] warm".
- Deadpan Snarker: Befitting his Britishness, Hunter can be quite snarky when he wants to be without having to change the tone of his voice.
- Determinator: He fought his way off of the Iliad when the entire crew was trying to stop him.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: A former lieutenant in the Special Air Servicenote .
- Establishing Character Moment: He manages to get the drop on May and Triplett, impressing Coulson in the process.
- Expy: The television version of Lance Hunter, as a deadpan snarker with a heart of gold who is also Mockingbird's ex-husbandnote , has more in common with Hawkeye than his comic counterpartnote . He's also rather similar to Dominic Fortune, a mercenary who worked with Mockingbird and often flirted with her.
- Hidden Depths: In Season Three, he briefly mentions recommending a documentary about climate change to Fitz.
- Hopeless with Tech: Type 1. He can do basic stuff, but knows nothing about code, and can only type about 10 wpm. Not a huge problem for a hitman, but it almost blows his cover when he goes to infiltrate the ATCU as a supposedly brilliant hacker.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He took one of the Terrigen-laden fish pills on the off chance he was an Inhuman. Nope.
- In Name Only: He is the first member of Team Coulson to have a comic counterpart before being introduced on the show, but he bears little resemblance to his comic counterpart outside of name and nationality. This eventually leads to a Ret-Canon, as 616 Lance Hunter was later reintroduced in a Mockingbird one-shot comic, but resembling his TV counterpart far more — including the Age Lift.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- He's smarmy and sarcastic, but he can also be incredibly loyal and Coulson realizes that, financial considerations aside, Hunter will go to great lengths do what he thinks is right. This leads Coulson to recruit him for S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0, because the new agency needs people who will do the wrong things for the right reasons.
- He's also surprisingly kind and supportive of Fitz, insisting that he "buy him a beer" after they work together to repair the Bus and being quite possibly the first person to actively praise his engineering skills since his injury. Later, when Fitz is discussing his unrequited feelings for Simmons during a conversation about ex-girlfriends, instead of making light of it, Hunter reassuringly tells him that it's her loss.
- There's also his jubilant reaction to hearing that Fitz has rescued Simmons after months of trying in Season 3. Yes, everyone is delighted, but Hunter's reation is probably the strongest after Fitz himself.
- The Lancer: Whenever May isn't around to hold the role, Hunter will play the part to Coulson; Lance is the cynical mercenary to Phil's idealistic leader. Especially when the two of them are on the run from "Real S.H.I.E.L.D." and making plans to fight back against them and HYDRA.
- Leeroy Jenkins: His zeal to take Ward down for disabling Bobbi involved poor planning and has disastrous consequences.
- Long Bus Trip: Both him and Bobbi were contracted to appear in a spin-off, which didn't air, and because of Adrianne Palicki's role on The Orville, it is unlikely to see the both of them any time soon. Subverted, as Hunter came back as a guest star to help Fitz out, then promptly leaves after the episode.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He encouraged Fitz to leave Will on the alien planet, because he would be competition for Jemma. It wasn't well received.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Hunter causes the near-death of Dr. Garner by falsely identifying a lethal scenario described by Ward as a bluff. Turns out, May was right about the threat being real. Oops.
- Noodle Incident:
- He left the British Army under mysterious circumstances.
- He's also been helped (read: thrown) out of a helicopter before. He doesn't reveal why.
- He broke a tooth because of a mysterious and disgusting meal Idaho cooked for him in Budapest.
- He and Bobbi went on a road trip through Arizona that was so horrible that he can't listen to the Eagles without getting the chills.
- He and Bobbi were going to get remarried during their time away, until the ninjas showed up. Fitz doesn't even ask.
- Noodle Implements: Give him an electric hand dryer and he can shake a tail with ease.
- Only in It for the Money:
- While he considers Hartley a friend, he makes clear that he's only helping S.H.I.E.L.D. because he's been promised payment. Hartley has to tell Hunter to shut up when he won't stop bringing up the subject of his remuneration. Coulson even puts Hartley's team under surveillance partly because Hunter might decide to run off with cash S.H.I.E.L.D. can't afford to lose.
- Talbot tries to get Hunter to sell out Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. by letting the mercenary name his own price. Subverted, because although Hunter does ask for an extremely large payday, what he really wants is for Hartley and Idaho to be given respectful burials and not be thrown into paupers' graves like so many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents after the agency's collapse.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: All of his stories about his ex-wife show her in a bad light. At their mildest, Hunter's stories show her to be a nagger. At their worst, he says she's not even human. Once Bobbi is introduced, it's clear he's exaggerating, but later revelations indicate she really is the problem behind their relationship because she can't step out of the secret agent mentality, a fact Bobbi herself makes no effort to deny despite insisting she does love him.Hunter: It didn't work out because interspecies relationships are hard! I was a human whereas she was a demonic hell beast.
Mack: He doesn't like her.
Trip: You don't say.
Hunter: She's pure evil.
- Put on a Bus: He and Bobbi are burned from S.H.I.E.L.D. late in Season 3 due to political fallout from a mission gone south in Russia. Coulson offered to protect them, but they decided to let themselves be burned for the greater good.
- Revenge Before Reason: If you kill or harm his friends and teammates, he'll come after you - even if he has to abandon a critical mission to do so.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- He attempts to avenge Hartley and Idaho by stomping into a park while blatantly brandishing a sniper rifle in order to take down Creel. Unfortunately for Hunter, he ends up having to fight a much larger man with superpowers in hand to hand combat.
- In Season 3, he leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. to go on another one, with his target being Grant Ward due to his attack on Bobbi.
- Sex with the Ex: Happens with Bobbi in Season 2 Episode 8, inside a car.
- Shipper on Deck: In Season 3 he encourages Fitz to pursue a relationship with Simmons, and he means well, but his suggestions are not welcomed. When they reunite in Season 5, he asks Fitz how things go with Simmons and congratulates him after he learned that Fitz and Simmons are finally together.
- Spanner in the Works: He nearly screws up more than a few missions in Season 3, and May calls him on it at least once, having nearly lost her ex-husband to one such blunder.
- Tastes Like Friendship: When he extends the hand of friendship to Fitz, it's holding a bottle of beer. He says he looks forward to working together in the future (and sharing more beer). He later shares scotch with Coulson when the two are on the run from "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He is not happy at having to go out in the field with Bobbi, but he still does his best to watch out for her and it turns out that they are in perfect sync in combat situations.
- True Companions:
- While he's very much a mercenary motivated by financial reasons, he genuinely considers Hartley and Idaho as friends. When Hartley is hurt by the original 084, his only thought is to get her out of danger and to the nearest doctor. He even amputates Hartley's arm simply because she asked him to. Later, he makes clear to Coulson that the decision to abandon the mission was his alone and that Hartley remained determined to do her duty to the very end.
- After Hartley and Idaho are killed, Hunter suffers from survivor's guilt and goes out of his way not just to get revenge, but also to make sure that they get the respectful funerals they deserve. Coulson taking care of the arrangements is partly what motivates Hunter to join S.H.I.E.L.D. permanently and not just as a mercenary because he sees that Coulson cares for the people who work for him.
- Undying Loyalty: He is incredibly loyal and will stick with whichever side he's on come hell or high water, even if it means turning against the woman he loves.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: It seems as if most of his friendships are like this. He trades barbs and quips with everybody, making it all the more shocking when he lays off on the attitude and shows genuine compassion to those around him.
- Working with the Ex: He is shocked and decidedly unhappy when he discovers that Bobbi Morse a.k.a. his ex-wife will be joining Team Coulson. To be fair, she wasn't all that thrilled to see him again, either. The rest of Team Coulson, however, find the situation to be hilarious. Making things worse for Hunter is that at least Coulson and May clearly favor Bobbi over Hunter, even though the sniping between the two is mutual.Coulson: Play nice.
- Would Hit a Girl: Hunter has absolutely no problem with punching a female opponent square in the jaw and then knocking her out with a chair when he and Bobbi go up against a group of HYDRA-employed mercenaries. Justified given he was married to an Action Girl so he's well-aware of the fact women can kick ass.
Portrayed By: Michael Cerveris
Appearances: Ant-Man and the Wasp
A S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who worked under Hank Pym before being fired, and father of Ava Starr/Ghost.
- Adaptational Heroism: While not quite a "hero" and still morally-questionable as a scientist, he still very much cared for his daughter and wasn't an outright villain.
- Adaptational Origin Connection: Egghead had absolutely no connection to Ghost in the comics. Here, he's the MCU version's father and the accidental source of her powers and condition.
- Ambiguously Evil: Hank says that he's a traitor that deserved to be fired. Why exactly is never elaborated on.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Never called "Egghead", though that has a justification: Elihas never went full-on villain in this continuity to begin with.
- Death by Adaptation: Dead by the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but alive in the comics.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Not quite a saint, but he was still very much a family man.
- Posthumous Character: Died in a Freak Lab Accident that also mutated his daughter when she was a child.
- Related in the Adaptation: The father of Ghost in the MCU, unlike the original.
- Together in Death: His corpse is seen lying next to his wife's.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Appears only over the span of a flashback and then dies.
Dr. Bill Foster / Goliath
Portrayed By: Laurence Fishburne (old) Langston Fishburne (young)
Appearances: Ant-Man and the Wasp
A former friend of Hank Pym's during Pym's time at S.H.I.E.L.D. and fellow expert in growing/shrinking technologies.
- Ambiguously Evil: He supports Ava's criminal behavior as Ghost because he wants to save his adopted daughter, but he himself doesn't come across as particularly evil. When Ava goes too far in her suggestion to kidnap Cassie Lang, that's where he draws the line. Later, despite his longstanding hatred towards Pym, he eventually agrees to surrender and allow him to rescue Janet after Pym promises he can also cure Ava.
- Anti-Villain: He isn't actually evil, but he is a willing accessory to most of Ava's crimes, and is willing to endanger Janet's life to save Ava's. He does however draw the line at extremes like child kidnapping or outright murder and he turns on Ava once he realises she is going too far, yet continues to be protective of her even after this.
- Black and Nerdy: A brilliant scientist in his own right and a lecturer at a university by the time of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Cast from Calories: Compares notes about how tiring sizeshifting to huge size can be.
- Everyone Has Standards: Immediately becomes petty and abrasive once he's in a room with Hank, but is disturbed when Ava suggests going after Scott's daughter Cassie to force them into compliance, threatening that he'll sever ties with Ava if she goes that far.
- Kick the Dog: A cold blooded one when Bill says that Janet was the only who could tolerate Hank without being pushed way and that she paid the price for it. Hope and Scott has to physically restrain Hank. It was out of line and foreshadows the antagonism between them.
- Meaningful Name: Bordering on Punny Name: His surname is Foster he is Ava's foster father.
- Morality Chain: Despite helping as best he can, there are lines he won't cross. He's determined to help Ava save herself, but he still threatens to stop helping her if she actually goes ahead with kidnapping Cassie Lang as a bargaining chip.
- Mythology Gag:
- Was part of a S.H.I.E.L.D. program with Pym called "G.O.L.I.A.T.H.", which was an alias that both of them went by in the comics.
- He wears a blue sweater with the collar up, a visual nod to his classic comic book costume◊.
- Nice Guy: He's generally polite and cordial outside of his mutual bitterness with Hank. He's pleasant to Hope, Scott thinks he's cool before he's revealed to be working with Ghost, and presumably they get over that by the end of the movie, and he genuinely cares for Ava/Ghost, basically his foster daughter. Despite technically being an antagonist he's an Anti-Villain at most, and even this is downplayed. He tolerates Ava's ruthlessness when it's directed toward criminals, but not innocents, and his own part in her operations is strictly selfless, presumably having had a hand in building the suit and isolation chamber which she uses to mitigate her condition.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: How he approaches his efforts to cure Ava. He tolerates Ava's collateral damage, illegal activities and any harm that befalls criminals but he draws the line at hurting innocents, most notably when he adamantly refuses to allow her to kidnap Cassie Lang. He even urges Ava to trust that Janet can help her to stop Ava from killing her by draining her quantum energy, something he turns out to be right about.
- Old Superhero: He is implied to be a retired hero, similar to Hank Pym. It is Played With, as his actor Laurence Fishburne was around 55-56 during the filming of his first appearance, so it is not as extreme as other examples of this trope.
- Parental Substitute: Toward Ava. It becomes clear that his help isn't just about one-upping Pym but out of genuine concern for his adopted daughter.
- Passing the Torch: It's an indirect version. He was partners with Hank on the technology that created Giant-Man and is implied to be the original Goliath superhero. Far from being upset that Scott is now using the technology he takes genuine interest and looks very impressed when Scott tells him how large he was able to grow. It's a subtle moment that suggests Foster has given Scott his approval.
- Pet the Dog: When it seems like Hank is having a heart attack he's aggravated, but semi-quickly agrees to grab Hank's medicine. Which Hank was counting on; he was faking it, and the container was a trap.
- Related in the Adaptation: The adoptive father of Ava Starr, this version of Ghost. In the comics, Goliath and Ghost are not connected in any way.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He hates Hank. It's like a laboratory argument between colleagues that has lasted three decades. That being said, he doesn't turn Hank into the FBI when they come knocking, and he seems like a genuinely good guy who wants to do the right thing which includes helping Ghost, since no one else will. Hank Pym just seems to have that effect on people — at least Bill didn't steal his company and try to kill him.
- Sizeshifter: As the original Giant-Man/Goliath, he reached a height of 21 feet.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, Bill was killed during Civil War. In the films, he's introduced alive and well in a story set after the MCU's version of the event.
- Unreliable Expositor: He's heavily biased against Hank, so Bill's accounts of how their partnership ended should be taken with a grain of salt. Neither of them were there for Elihas Starr's death, and this also affects their judgment when it comes to Ghost.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He immediately puts his foot down when Ava suggests kidnapping Cassie as a way of forcing Scott and the others into compliance, threatening to end their relationship if Ava hurts Scott's daughter.
Portrayed By: OT Fagbenle
Appearances: Black Widow
A former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and ally of Natasha Romanoff.