Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
Coulson: I'd like to see them try.
A team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents brought together by Phil Coulson after the events of the Battle of New York.
- Arch-Enemy: Ward is this to the entire team, as he was "family" before he betrayed them to HYDRA. Most of them even have personal reason to hate him, except for Mack.
- Daisy: Ward had been Skye's Supervising Officer in Season 1, and had developed genuine feelings for him. Ward had also fallen in love with Skye, but when it came down to it, he chose Garrett over her. After Garrett's death, his only loyalty was to Skye, but she wouldn't have anything to do with him, finally shooting him in "What They Become".
- Fitz-Simmons: Ward jumped out a plane to rescue Simmons, causing Simmons to develop a crush on Ward and Fitz to begin Hero Worshiping him. Despite coming to genuinely care for Fitz and Simmons, Ward ultimately chose to drop them in a locked medical pod out of the Bus while it was over the ocean. Though Ward claimed that it was to give them a fighting chance rather than the gunshot Garrett had intended, both Fitz and Simmons later displayed uncharacteristically violent reactions toward Ward after that.
- May: Ward realized that May might have been able to figure out he wasn't who the team thought he was, so he entered a sexual relationship with her. She was ultimately the one who took him out in the Season 1 finale. Later, Kara was disguised as May when Ward shot her, and Ward, unable to accept he was responsible, blamed May for it, possibly sending someone to run down her father and definitely sending Werner von Strucker after her ex-husband Andrew Garner in a Revenge by Proxy plan.
- Bobbi and Hunter: As part of his twisted concept of "closure", Ward and Kara kidnapped Bobbi and tortured her for allowing HYDRA to inadvertently capture her. When they realized that physical pain wouldn't do it, they set a trap for Hunter using Bobbi as bait. Bobbi ended up Taking the Bullet for Hunter, and the whole ordeal left Bobbi with both physical and emotional wounds, causing Hunter to go on a Revenge Before Reason mission to kill Ward before Bobbi decides to let it go for fear of becoming like Ward.
- Coulson: In an attempt to make Coulson feel the same pain Ward did when Kara died, Ward murdered Rosalind Price right before Coulson's eyes. Coulson then tracked down Ward to another planet and killed Ward.
- Cool Plane: Their primary mode of transportation was originally the Bus, a plane outfitted as a mobile base, complete with a lab, personal quarters, an interrogation room, and a bar. A really nice bar. After it gets destroyed, they upgrade to the Zephyr One, a much more advanced plane that one would expect of the technology found in the MCU.
- Family of Choice: For all intents and purposes, this team is Daisy's family.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Of the original team:
- Coulson is Sanguine, being the affable and friendly Team Dad
- May is Melancholic, being the former ace who retired from field work due to emotional trauma and only agreed to join the team because Coulson promised her she was only being asked to pilot the Bus
- Ward is Choleric, the independent specialist who focuses on the task at hand
- FitzSimmons are the Phlegmatic, most comfortable in their lab and both welcoming and friendly to Skye when she joins Team Coulson, unlike May and Wards cold reception
- Skye takes the seat of Eclectic, being the Naïve Newcomer of the team for the first season.
- This begins to dissolve around the end of the first season, where the team develops and grows to be much larger and roles are shuffled due to factors like Skyes development into a full-fledged agent, Wards betrayal, Fitzs brain damage, etc.
- Five-Man Band: The original members, with Coulson as The Leader, May as The Lancer, Ward as The Big Guy, FitzSimmons as The Smart Guy, and Skye as The Chick. This is only the case for the first half of season 1, after which it expands and roles develop until they're more The Team.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Several of them are major fanboys/girls. Skye turned into a giggling fangirl upon meeting people with superpowers. Simmons was practically giddy with excitement over holding an order signed by Peggy Carter. Trip was a huge fan of the Howling Commandos (which includes his grandfather), and even had some of their old tech. And of course, Coulson is a huge Captain America fan, and Cap's discovery caused quite a commotion for Coulson. He even watched Cap while he was sleeping! ...We-we mean...Coulson observed Captain America while he was unconscious...from the ice.
- Living Legend:
- May is regarded as one for her actions in Bahrain, earning her the nickname "the Cavalry".
- Fitz and Simmons are regarded as this at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy by successive students.
- Coulson is regarded as this by pretty much every single agent who comes to meet the group and discovers that Coulson was brought back to life after the Battle of New York (having missions with the Avengers tends to do that for you), the Koenigs being particularly obvious fanboys.
- No Name Given: The team doesn't have an official designation, though "Team Coulson" is universally accepted among the fandom. In Season Five, they start to refer to them as Team S.H.I.E.L.D in both advertising and in universe, though by that point they're literally all that is left of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Aida and Ivanov framed Daisy for attempting to murder General Talbot.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Not quite the conflicting ideologies and egos of the Avengers, the conflicting motives of the Guardians of the Galaxy, or the mess of personal issues of the Defenders, but they're definitely this. The founding members are a major Captain America/Peggy Carter fanboy, a Broken Ace who quit the field, an anti-social field agent, a biochemist who is a little too enthusiastic about dissecting super powered people beside her, an engineer who can't quite function without said biochemist, and a hacktivist who grew up in foster care her whole life. Later members include a major Howling Commandos fanboy, an ace field agent who is a little too good at lying for her own good, a mercenary whose first response is always violence, a mechanic with some serious Fantastic Racism issues, a doctor with anger management issues, a construction foreman who is not cut out for the spy life, and a woman whose life growing up under a corrupt police force has left her suspicious of authority. Yet this team almost single-handedly saved S.H.I.E.L.D. from being completely destroyed after the revelation of HYDRA's infiltration.
- Seen It All: The team has seen so many weird things that, by Season 5, their reaction range from mild annoyance (Mack about being in space) to being completely unfazed (Fitz about Bobbi and Hunter's attempted wedding being interrupted ny ninjas).
- Superman Stays Out of Gotham: This S.H.I.E.L.D. team tends to deal with global threats, while the Avengers are disbanded.
- Token Super: Skye served as this for the team's original roster, being the only with powers. She's an Inhuman capable of causing vibrations.
- Unwitting Pawn: Fury originally had the team formed because he wanted them to keep an eye on Coulson in the event that there was any side effects from his resurrection. Knowing that Coulson would try and recruit May anyway, and knowing that she'd be able to judge whether or not he wasn't himself, Fury went to her first and gave her orders to assemble a profile of what she would need, coming up with a biologist to keep track of Coulson's physical health (Simmons), an engineer to keep the memory machine running (Fitz) and if necessary, a specialist who would be able to help May take Coulson down if it came to that (Ward). None of them had any knowledge of this.
Agent / Director Phillip J. "Phil" Coulson / Ghost Rider IV
Birth Name: Phillip J. Coulson
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: Clark Gregg
Voiced By: Ricardo Tejedo [main movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Disney dub], Mario Castañeda [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sony dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub); Alberto Mieza [main movies], Paco Vaquero [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.] (European Spanish), Jean-Pol Brissart (European French dub), François Godin (Canadian French dub), Ronaldo Júlio (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Iron Man | Iron Man 2 | The Consultant | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer | Thor | The Avengers | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot | Captain Marvel
An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Nick Fury's right-hand-man. He was first introduced trying to debrief Stark of his captivity by the Ten Rings, and later assisting him in pursuing the Iron Monger and curing his poisoning. Sometime later, he was assigned with excavating Mjölnir, and bumped heads with Thor and his new human companions. Those efforts paid off in recruiting the Norse god to the Avengers, and once assembled he remained a major figure in escorting the heroes.
During the events of Loki's raid on the Helicarrier, Coulson was mortally wounded in an attempt to attack him. He was reported as dead to the Avengers and most of S.H.I.E.L.D., who promised to honor his memory and stop Loki for him. However, only those Level 7 and above knew what really happened to Coulson, and soon after these events, he was given a new job in assembling a team to investigate strange events and rogue supers around the world.
After the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season he steps up to become the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., tasked with rebuilding the agency after the internal HYDRA threat tore it apart.
Daisy Johnson / Skye / Quake
Portrayed By: Chloe Bennet
Voiced By: Andrea Higa [Disney dub], Analiz Sánchez [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Fabiana Aveiro (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
A civilian hacker who draws the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is tracked down by Agent Coulson's team. Despite the objections of both his subordinates and superiors, Coulson makes her part of The Team. Went by the name Skye before discovering her birth name of Daisy Johnson.
Melinda Qiaolian May
Portrayed By: Ming-Na Wen
Voiced By: Sonia Casillas [Disney dub], Irina Índigo [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Izabel Lira (Brazilian Portuguese dub).
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
A highly experienced agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who is an Ace Pilot and weapons expert. She is a member of Agent Coulson's team that is assembled to investigate strange events around the world and easily one of the strongest characters in the series. With Coulson now Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., May functions as his Number Two in the fight against HYDRA.
- Aborted Declaration of Love: During her explanation of why she kept TAHITI a secret from Coulson, she almost let it slip that her feelings for Coulson might be deeper than it friendship.May: I did it for you, to protect you! I ... You mean a lot to me. A lot.
- Ace Pilot: She serves as the pilot for the team, though early in Season One a few team members were skeptical as to whether or not this is all Coulson had planned for her, given her fame within S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Affectionate Nickname: Just as Fury called Coulson his one good eye, Coulson calls May his right hand after losing the other one.
- Alliterative Name: Melinda May.
- Almighty Janitor: It's hinted she's a famous and very experienced agent who decided to step away from the field for a desk job, and now officially is just the pilot of the team's jet. She eventually moves out of this role, becoming Coulson's right-hand and an active field agent again.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In Season 5, May finally tells Coulson that she loves him during their argument about his impending death, figuring it will shut him up.
- Anti-Hero: She's firmly on the side of good, but she occasionally does some less-than-heroic things, such as mercilessly beating up the imprisoned and combat-incapable Ian Quinn after he shoots Skye. To be fair, he did shoot Skye.
- Apron Matron: After the revelation that May became/becomes Robin's adoptive mother in the original timeline, Daisy suggests that she was a "strict, hard-ass mom". Unamused, May gives her a "Mom look" which Daisy immediately said proved her point.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Downplayed, but there. May is not prone to bragging, but if you place her skills in doubt, she'll gladly tell you how badly you'll get your ass kicked before proceeding to do exactly that.
- Badass Boast:
- Badass Family: Her mother is a Retired Badass secret agent.
- Badass in a Nice Suit:
- She wears a pantsuit in "Ragtag" when she's disguised as a businesswoman.
- Also in "Melinda" during the incident that earned her the nickname "The Cavalry".
- Badass Normal: Generally regarded as the most dangerous fighter on the team. In a world of superhumans and aliens, she's fighting both, usually with nothing more than her bare hands.
- Badass Teacher: She takes responsibility for training Skye in the timeskip between Season 1 and 2. Judging from how many levels in badass Skye takes in Season 2 (going from knowing exactly one move and not being able to reliably release the safety from her gun to taking down ten men with a mixture of martial arts and gunplay in one scene), it's pretty clear May's training is more effective than Ward's for Skye.
- Batman Gambit:
- Fury knew Coulson would want her on his team, so he got to her first, explained the details of Coulson's resurrection, and asked her to keep an eye on him in case he Came Back Wrong. She came up with a list of team roles she'd need in case things went south, which Fury translated into the mission profile he gave to Coulson: a biologist for looking after his body, a mechanical engineer for the machine for looking after his mind, and a special forces operative for helping May physically take him down.
- May pulls off one of her own when she and Lincoln send Lash to Daisy in Lincoln's place, on the assumptions both that Hive would greet the incoming Quinjet instead of Daisy and that Lash would kill Hive and spare Daisy (he goes one step further and saves her by killing the parasites that had infected her).
- Be Careful What You Wish For: During the Framework Arc by removing May's regret indirectly caused a great deal of damage: because she didn't kill Katya, the insane Inhuman child in the warehouse at Bahrain where she was the only witness to what had happened, the girl would grow up to have a more public meltdown later in life, triggering world-wide anti-Inhuman prejudice and giving HYDRA a means to take over.
- Berserk Button:
- The only things that have made her lose her cool is someone seriously injuring a member of Team Coulson and someone betraying them. Interestingly, she's not much angrier at Skye because she figured it might've been typical of Skye to do so, but when Ward does it? She explodes.
- To a lesser degree, she doesn't like being called "The Cavalry."
- When anyone mentions her mission in Bahrain.
- Big Damn Heroes: She earned the name "the Cavalry" due to rescuing people right in the nick of time. She's done a lot of that so far in the series.Fitz: Is that the extraction team?
Ward: Better. It's the Cavalry.
- Blood Knight: As May's only happy when she can fight someone, she eventually breaks out of the peaceful illusion (a spa day) she's trapped in by Radcliffe and Aida.
- Blessed with Suck: After her experiences in Izel's realm, she suddenly develops empathic abilities, meaning she can feel the emotions of others. Unfortunately, she is unable to feel any emotions of her own. Not only that, but her first instance of this ability causes her to experience a panic attack when she tries evacuating a room, nearly compromising her mission for the first time. She is also capable of getting "contact high" when she touched someone drunk. If it wasn't for her ability to sense the absence of emotion in Chronicoms, this ability would be less of a superpower and more of a disability comparable to PTSD.
- Blunder-Correcting Impulse: Played with; the team does fine, but May's frustration with serving as Mission Control and having no ability to influence the action as it happens leads her to return to combat in spite of her trauma and misgivings.
- Broken Ace: May is cold and reserved because of trauma in the past (which is the reason she initially shunned field work), but she is still easily the most formidable character in the series. She's smart, savvy, and destroys anyone short of superhuman (and even a few who are) in combat.
- Broken Bird: The mission in Bahrain where she was forced to kill a gifted child whose powers drove her mad to save her agents transformed from a rule-breaking, fun-loving, kind woman into a stoic, cold and somewhat ruthless agent.
- Canon Foreigner: She had no comic book counterpart before the show started.
- Canon Immigrant: She was introduced in the Prime 616 Marvel Universe with the 2014's S.H.I.E.L.D comic series.
- Cartwright Curse: She loses her ex-husband Andrew Garner just as they were rekindling their relationship, then she loses the Framework-version of him when the Framework is shut down, and after she and Coulson finally admit their feelings for each other and get together, then spend his final days in Tahiti before he succumbs to his terminal illness leaving her alone again.
- Cutting the Knot: Will often take the direct brute force solution when others are discussing what to do.
- In "0-8-4", the team tries to figure out how to get into the lab with the doors sealed. May jumps into a S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV and rams it through the doors:May: You guys talk a lot.
- In "FZZT", while Coulson and Ward are trying to figure out how to get the locked and barricaded barn doors open, May just kicks in the nearby regular door.
- In "Repairs", Coulson tries to calm down Hannah enough so she can trust him, but with the crowd getting more agitated, May shoots Hannah with the Night Night pistol.
- In "The Magical Place", Skye tries to shut down the machine Coulson is plugged into. May just unplugs it.
- In "Face My Enemy", Coulson and May have infiltrated an auction gala and meet a laser grid. Coulson says he's got it and prepares to go in ninja-style but May just casually crosses the beams, triggering the alarm, because "they already know we're here" (their cover has just been blown, so they're kind of in a hurry).
- In "0-8-4", the team tries to figure out how to get into the lab with the doors sealed. May jumps into a S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV and rams it through the doors:
- Dark and Troubled Past: Enough to not make her want to work on the field and want to work in a dark, boring office. There's a very good reason she doesn't want to be called The Cavalry.
- Declaration of Protection: In "Face My Enemy" she tells Coulson that she will take care of him even if the GH-325 takes over his mind like it did with Garret.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is not a completely defrosted one. More like going from Arctic to "chilly." She freezes up again when she finds out Coulson kept secrets from her and that Skye knows what happened in Bahrain - because that little girl was an Inhuman like she is.
- Dented Iron: After May gets tele-fragged in the Season 5 premeire, she is unable to get medical treatment or to get any sort of bedrest that would normally come with the wound she later diagnoses as a bilateral tear of the quadriceps. She instead continues walking on it, fighting Kree, Inhumans and Vrellnexians throughout the Bad Future in the first half of the season and is never mentioned to get any sort of actual medical treatment for her leg even after the team returns to the present. Daisy notes in "The Real Deal" that this certainly had irreversible effects on May's strength and that May would never be at 100% strength again, which May indicates is true with a wince. Despite this, May takes on Sleeper Mechs and Remorath all throughout the second half of the fifth season and defeats Sarge's entire team by herself in "Window of Opportunity".
- Determinator: May opens Season 5 by getting tele-fragged through the leg, which should be a Career-Ending Injury but May continues using the leg throughout the Bad Future arc and fighting despite never getting proper medical treatment for the leg. She self-diagnoses the wound as a bilateral tear of the quadriceps, to which Enoch notes that she should not be standing, much less running away from Vrellnexians or going toe-toe-toe in combat with Inhumans and Kree Warriors.
- Does Not Like Spam: According to Coulson, she hates coffee. Agent 33's impersonation of May was ruined because she didn't know this.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Inverted. She's fine with being addressed by her given name, it's her old moniker of "the Cavalry" that she doesn't like to hear anymore.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Not that she isn't willing to use one, but she doesn't like to carry them if she thinks it's unnecessary. This may simply be an extension of not wanting to be brought into combat. The one time it comes up, someone goes at her with a gun and she disarms him, steals it, and uses it. May later discusses this when Fitz is showing off the ICER guns, and she picks one up.May: Never said I didn't like them. I said, if I need a gun, I'll take one.
- When May seemingly murders Sarge in Season 6, the rest of the crew find it strange that she used a gun to do it instead of beating him to death, one of the big clues pointing towards the rampant possession by Izel occurring in the base.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After her encounter with the Berserker Staff and post-action in "Girl in the Flower Dress", she reaches for alcohol.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted. Coulson was furious that she hid the truth about his resurrection from him and kept him Locked Out of the Loop. He point blank told her she wasn't his friend anymore, although they eventually reconcile after awhile
- Emotionless Girl:
- She's not big on expressions.Skye: Which non-expression is this?
- Rendered literal in Season 7, when she loses the abilities to feel her own emotions, but instead feels the emotions of those around her.
- She's not big on expressions.
- The Empath: After her experience in Izel's realm, she feels the emotions of everybody around her, but lacks the ability to feel her own emotions.
- Empowered Badass Normal: The Asgardian Berserker Staff makes her effectively unstoppable, when she gets a hold of it.
- Exact Words:
- When questioned if Skye's presence on The Bus would help the team, she gave her professional opinion: "No." What she didn't tell Agent Hand was that she knew Skye would help them more off The Bus. She even tells Ward "don't assume the worst about me."
- She says that if she needs a gun, she'll take one, not that she doesn't like guns.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Before Bahrain, her hair is curled. After, she loses the curls and ends up with straight hair.
- Expy: With her dress sense and Dark and Troubled Past, she's basically the producers' way of putting Black Widow in the show.
- Fantastic Racism: She doesn't hate all gifted people just the Inhumans, but she does originally have some distrust of them - the ones who were indirectly responsible for her tramutization in Bahrain.
- Friends with Benefits: "Friends" might be pushing it but the benefits are certainly there with her and Ward. It's a case of Fire-Forged Friends; since she and Ward both were affected by the Berserker Staff, they are the only ones who truly can help each other cope. Despite what she might think, he really respects her fighting skills. This obviously ends after Ward is exposed as a HYDRA agent, and he later taunts her about being upset he lied to her.
- Generation Xerox: It turns out her mother is an intelligence agent too, though not for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Hazy Feel Turn: To an extent she loses some of her Undying Loyalty to Coulson because he kept her Locked Out of the Loop about the Theta Protocol (and that he saw Andrew behind her back) and takes a seat on "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D.'s board ostensibly to be Coulson's advocate, but Simmons and Coulson both give her an earful for joining them in the first place. She gets worse when she finds out that Skye knows what really happened in Bahrain.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Usually seen wearing a leather vest or jacket. When Skye impersonates her in "A Magical Place", she chooses a leather jacket for her costume.
- Heroic RRoD: If not an outright Career-Ending Injury — Daisy notes in "The Real Deal" that the Tele-Frag-through-the-leg that May suffered back in "Orientation" has almost certainly had a serious and permanent impact on her physical capabilities.
- Hypocrite: She gets mad at Coulson for keeping her Locked Out of the Loop about certain things when he becomes Director, mainly the Theta Protocol and that he's been seeing her ex. Coulson is more than happy to remind her that she kept him Locked Out of the Loop regarding his resurrection.
- Ice Queen: She and Skye tend to clash a lot as a result of her frigid demeanor.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She'll cite this trope when the team calls her out on some of more questionable actions like using an Icer on a scared gifted who was cornered by an angry mob and she joins Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D. as a way to protect Coulson's people....which the team really doesn't approve of.
- Inscrutable Oriental: She's a woman of few words, which is often lampshaded by Skye, a woman of many words.
- It's All My Fault: Rejected. In Season 1, when Fitz and Ward blame themselves for Skye getting shot, May tells them that Quinn is the one to blame. In Season 3, when Mack blames himself for not realizing Daisy had fallen under Hive's sway, she tells him not to beat himself up.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is blunt and seemingly cold towards people, but she's obviously a very moral person who cares for her teammates.
- Just Following Orders: Her justification for keeping Coulson in the dark about his resurrection. This makes Coulson even more furious
- The Lancer: Reluctantly stepped into this role because she can see that Coulson isn't what he used to be and is clearly the one in charge after him.
- Last-Name Basis: Pretty much everyone calls her May, even those she's close to, and the only person to regularly use her first name is her ex-husband.
- Lethal Chef: According to her ex-husband Andrew.May: You hungry? I can cook you something.
Andrew: I'm not that hungry.
- Living Legend: "The Cavalry" is well known among S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.Fitz-Simmons: [simultaneously] She's the Cavalry!
May: I told you never to call me that.
- Made of Iron: At one point, May is thrown into a brick wall with enough momentum to shatter a normal human's spine. Despite being briefly knocked out and slightly battered, she just walks it off. She also dislocates and then relocates her wrist like it's nothing.
- May starts Season 5 by getting her thigh tele-fragged into a pipe. It slows her down in the first half of the season only slightly, and when Enoch meets her many episodes later she diagnoses the injury as a torn quadriceps. Enoch notes she shouldn't be walking, let alone spin-kicking alien slavedrivers.
- Mama Bear: When you've got the Team Mom who is also a secret agent, this is bound to show up sooner or later. It turns up in "T.A.H.I.T.I.", when she beats Ian Quinn bloody for shooting Skye. Coulson interrupted her less than a minute in, so who knows how badly she'd have hurt him.
- MayDecember Romance: Punny Name aside, if we go by actor ages May has almost 20 years on Ward.
- Meganekko: Part of her disguise as a businesswoman in "Ragtag" involves a pair of glasses.
- Memetic Badass: In-Universe. Students at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy add twists to her personal legend as a way of pranking the incoming freshmen. It's gotten to the point where nobody remembers the real details any more, except for Coulson who was there.
- The Mentor: Season 2 sees her taking on this role for Skye and teaching her how to be a field agent. There are scenes of them sparring, sniping, and also lessons on how to stay in control of one's emotions. This becomes especially important when Skye develops Inhuman powers because every new Inhuman needs a mentor to guide them through the change. It was supposed to be her biological mother but instead it's the Team Mom.
- The Mole: Selected the team at Nick Fury's request to keep an eye on Coulson and deal with any complications that arose from his resurrection. She reported to Fury from the beginning until Fury's supposed death.
- My Greatest Failure: The Bahrain mission made May a Living Legend among S.H.I.E.L.D. agents but she still feels enormous guilt over having to kill a little Inhuman girl who was mind controlling and killing people.
- In the Framework, Aida erases this Greatest Failure but ends up causing a new one: the "Cambridge Incident", where the girl May saved in Bahrain goes on a rampage.
- Not So Above It All: In "The Well," she echoes Skye's assertion that Thor is "dreamy," and not simply handsome, and at the end of "Repairs," she pulls a prank on Fitz.
- Not So Stoic: Quinn shooting Skye got under her skin, which was lampshaded by Ward after the epic beating that ensued.
- Number Two: She's the second "parent" for Team Coulson and Coulson himself calls her "my right hand" during "Laws of Nature".
- One-Man Army: Her nickname is "The Cavalry" which she earned after an impressive combat operation she completed alone in Bahrain. The leader of a strike team said that if Coulson's diplomacy failed, he would "send in the cavalry". May ended up saving them by herself. Ironically enough, while she is this trope through and through, this event is not an example because everyone was taken out by someone else but it looked as though she did it.
- Parental Substitute:
- Not quite on Coulson's level, but May is still closer to a mother than anyone else Skye has ever had. When Gonzales takes the lead in negotiating with the Inhumans because Coulson isn't objective with regards to his teammates, Skye asks May why she didn't serve as the negotiator. May said that she isn't objective when it comes to Skye.
- In the Bad Future, she adopts Robin Hinton when Robin's biological mother dies.
- Perpetual Frowner: Mostly because she's extremely peeved about being brought out of retirement and getting into combat situations she was promised would be avoided.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The best fighter of the team, who is only 5.3 feet tall.
- The Promise: Coulson makes her promise to kill him if he deteriorates to the point of becoming Garrett. She's not happy about it.
- The Quiet One: She's not too talkative, to say the least. In "Face My Enemy", Skye remarks that she's said more words during a single undercover conversation than she has in a year. According to Coulson, she was like this before Bahrain.
- Race Lift: The character Melinda May was originally supposed to be a white woman named Althea Rice. However, when Ming-Na Wen gave an impressive audition, the character was rewritten as Asian-American.
- Red Baron: "The Cavalry", and she doesn't like being called that.
- Reluctant Warrior: She only joins the team after Coulson assures her she will only act as the team's pilot/wheelwoman. Otherwise she tried to avoid combat situations when she could (at first, anyway).
- Retired Badass: A former field agent so famous that Ward knows who she is just by seeing her, but she has no desire to do field work again. She brings herself out of retirement at the end of "The Asset", after sitting on the sidelines like she supposedly wanted and realizing she hates it.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Much of what she says to Coulson in the early episodes is sarcasm, backtalk, or otherwise disrespectful but she left her desk job because he asked her to. In later episodes, though, she grows into his confidante.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Fed up with Coulson refusing to trust her after finding out she spied on him for Fury and excluding her from team missions, Melinda takes off in "The Only Light in the Darkness". It saves her life, keeping Ward from outright executing her.
- Secret Keeper: In Season 2, May knows about Coulson's urgings to carve alien symbols because of the GH serum treatment, and helps him cope with it.
- Sexy Mentor: To Ward. He looks up to her as a more experienced and skilled operative, she sometimes gives him advice and they hooked up at the end of "The Well". "Repairs" implies that it wasn't their first night together. This goes out the window after Ward is exposed as a HYDRA agent.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As seen in "Face My Enemy", where she goes under cover with Coulson and dresses up for the occasion. Coulson certainly thought she looked nice.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Seems to have high-functioning Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the incident where she earned her hated nickname, which might be why she hates it.
- Spanner in the Works: It's implied that Aida programmed Framework!Skye as a loyal HYDRA agent without her quake powers because she knew Daisy's powers were capable of opening the back door out of the Framework, which May derails when she sneaks a terrigen crystal to Daisy at the end of "No Regrets," giving the team the means to escape the Framework in "Farewell, Cruel World!"
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Manages to pull this on Tobias despite his ghost-like teleportation powers.
- The Stoic: She can dislocate her wrist, slip the ropes, knock someone out, and then reset her wrist without showing a hint of emotion. Even a completed Berserker Staff can't get more than a Battle Cry out of her.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She may be more of the ice than the sugar, but Coulson states that part of his reason for wanting May on the Bus is to return her back to the kind-hearted woman she used to be.
- That promo clip for "The Magical Place" of her telling Agent Hand that Skye's of no use on the plane? May did it so that Skye could do her part in the mission unhindered.
- Also, in "Yes Men", she's revealed to be The Mole for someone. Said someone happens to be Director Fury himself, who is unambiguously heroic (even considering all the details about Coulson's resurrection).
- The summary for "Face My Enemy" states that Coulson finds himself "attacked" by May. Come the episode, and the attacker turns out to be Agent 33 disguised as May, while May's participation in the episode is completely heroic.
- Team Mom: Designated as such by Skye when she compares an argument between her and Coulson as "mom and dad fighting." In "...Ye Who Enter Here", she has a dream where Coulson and May are acting as parents to a baby (obviously herself).
- There Are No Therapists: Averted, as she was married to one - Andrew, but the mission in Bahrain traumatized her so much that he couldn't help her and the marriage ended in divorce.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The Berserker Staff has no (noticeable) effect on her, since she hasn't repressed the trauma that drove her to her desk job. note However, she is noticeably less stoic and more expressive in battle than normal.
- Town Girls: The (aggressive if stoic and calculated) Butch to Simmons's Femme and Skye's Neither.
- Tranquil Fury:
- Shown particularly in "The Well" where she uses two pieces of the Berserker Staff without visible effort when Ward goes Unstoppable Rage with just one. It's suggested that this is why she can handle the Berserker Staff; unlike Ward, whose rage is locked away, May and all her rage and darkness are one.
- In "Ragtag" we have this conversation between May and Skye:May: Yes, I'm furious. But I'm sure as hell not gonna waste it on a tantrum. I'm gonna mine it, save it... and when we find Ward, I'm gonna use every bit of it to take him down.
Skye: Wish I knew how to use that hate-fu.
May: I'm usually up around 5:30.
- After Lance turns on the team only to get forgiven, Coulson points out that shooting May in the process was a really bad idea.Lance: She's the type to hold a grudge?
Coulson: Savors it, actually.
- Two First Names: Her surname is commonly used as a female given name.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Fury told her about about Coulson's resurrection and ordered her to keep tabs on him in case he came back wrong but not let Coulson know about it. When Coulson found out, he was understandably pissed off and gave her the cold shoulder for quite a while afterward.
- In Season 2 Simmons and Coulson both give her an earful for joining "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D." Skye is particularly offended that she'd trust Gonzales since his men tried to kill her.
- When She Smiles:
- May is stoic and unemotional most of the time, and usually communicates in what Skye dubs "not-expressions". But when she smiles while on an undercover op... it leaves everyone on the team except Coulson unnerved.
- Double Subverted. While her fake smile and laugh is legitimately terrible, Andrew Gardner makes her genuinely smile a few times. Fitz and Simmons think it's adorable.
- May gets another such genuine moment of smiling, when she reunites with Fitz and Simmons after they land on Earth.
- Woman Scorned: She seems to enjoy beating up Ward a bit too much.
- Would Hurt a Child: Played for Drama. The infamous Noodle Incident in Bahrain that led to her being called The Cavalry happened when May was forced to go in alone to a building where S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel and local militiamen had fallen under the sway of a mentally disturbed Gifted child who had the ability to control minds and could leach off of other people's emotions. May was forced to shoot the little girl in order to save everyone in the building.
Grant Douglas Ward
Portrayed By: Brett Dalton, Austin Lyon (teenager), Trenton Rogers (young)
Voiced By: Alejandro Gómez [Disney dub], Manuel Campuzano [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub); Alejandro "Peyo" García (European Spanish dub), José Leonardo (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
An anti-social Level Seven (formerly a Level Six) agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who was said to have a strong moral foundation. He became a member of Agent Coulson's team that is assembled to investigate strange events around the world. However, he was really an agent of HYDRA loyal to John Garrett, who recruited him into both organizations at the same time. Following Garrett's defeat, Ward is imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. in The Playground's basement prison, and is used as a source of information on HYDRA.
In the Season 2 finale, he steps up to take control of a HYDRA Cell in order to gain vengeance on his former team after he accidently killed his girlfriend during an ambush he set up. By mid-season 3 however, after killing Coulson's Love Interest, Ward is brutally killed by Coulson only for his body to be used for inhuman purposes...
Ward's deceased body became possessed by the Inhuman parasite known as Hive. See the HYDRA Leadership page for more information on him.
- For more information, see the Grant Ward page.
Dr. Leopold James Fitz
Portrayed By: Iain De Caestecker
Voiced By: Miguel Ángel Ruiz [Disney dub], Arturo Castañeda [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Thadeu Matos (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
A Level Five S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is an expert engineer. He works alongside Jemma Simmons, with the two of them sharing a close friendship. He is a member of Agent Coulson's team that is assembled to investigate strange events around the world.
- Abusive Parents: Fitz's father was verbally and emotionally abusive toward a young Fitz, constantly saying that he was never good enough or smart enough. The Framework reveals that he was physically abusive as well (or would have been if he hadn't abandoned the family).
- Action Survivor: Fitz is increasingly becoming this as the episodes go on. For someone who has been the most vocally against being involved in any sort of dangerous adventure or combat, he has proven to be more capable than Simmons of holding his own during one. This is best illustrated in "The Hub" and "T.R.A.C.K.S." where he provides backup to Ward in the former episode and Skye in the latter episode.
- Act of True Love: When Simmons life is on the line, it's a mathematical certainty for Fitz: Simmons always comes first. From letting himself drown to save her to jumping into an alien portal find her. Even if it means helping Ward and HYDRA bring a monster back to Earth to prevent them from hurting her.
- Afraid of Blood: And guts and organs. Especially of cats and especially when left right next to his lunch. The fact that the woman he loves is a biochemist who regularly dissects things is just one of the problems Fitz has to live with.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Simmons apparently left the team in favour of a dangerous deep cover mission within HYDRA rather than deal with the fall-out of Fitz's Dying Declaration of Love. Fitz is bitterly hurt when he finds out, especially since he has to learn about it second hand from Coulson. This eventually gets averted toward the end of season 3, when the two finally enter a relationship.
- All Men Are Perverts: He and Freudian Slips about Skye seem to go together hand-in-hand. He grows out of it as the series progresses, though, as his deep love for Simmons overrides any other sexual desires he may have.
- Alternate Self: The Framework version of himself is a cruel sociopath known as The Doctor. This is because who Fitz becomes is based on which single parent he grew up with; while the real version of himself grew up with his caring mother (who raised him to become the All-Loving Hero he is today), his Framework counterpart grew up with his ruthless and abusive father, who never left him and instead took him away from his mom when he was young). As AIDA reveals later, she also injected herself into his life and in effect replaced Simmons as his friend and Love Interest, which also had a lot to do with it.
- Always Someone Better:
- Fitz begins to feel this way in regards to Ward after "FZZT". Ward even uses it against him when he's raging at everyone in "The Well".
- From "Providence" onward, he begins to feel this way towards Triplett too: helped by the fact that Triplett, as well as being a total Badass and potential Love Interest for Simmons, is clearly also very intelligent, meaning that Fitz can't even fall back on his role as The Smart Guy around him.
- According to Simmons, Fitz's father always told him he was stupid and worthless as a child, implying that this is a longstanding psychological issue.
- Ambiguously Bi:
- He doesn't exactly disagree when his projection of Simmons describes Mack as being attractive, since she's technically a part of his own imagination. It should also be noted that well over half of the Ho Yay entries are taken from Fitz's interactions with male cast members.
- Played for Laughs in "Rewind". After spending at least one-third of the episode talking to Hunter about his Relationship Upgrade with Simmons, he has this exchange with Hunter at the end of the episode as a Shout-Out to The Empire Strikes Back:Hunter: "I love you."
Fitz: [chuckles] "I know."
- Anti-Hero: Ironically, given his Framework crimes, the Doctor ends up functioning as this in the real world, as though his actions are still questionable, up to and including a torturous surgical procedure, his intentions appear to be good this time around.
- Armor-Piercing Question: In "Who You Really Are" after Simmons discovers that Fitz kept Skye's powers a secret due to her Fantastic Racism, she tries to say that it's different since Skye is her friend. He responds:Fitz: Oh yeah, like I was your friend, and then I changed. How did you handle that?
- The Atoner: Fitz openly admits being responsible for Jeffrey Mace's death and is ready to go to prison for it.
- Backup Twin: Kinda. Backup Self, actually. Thanks to his travelling backwards in time with the rest of the team but forwards alone, they return to a timeline where there's already a version of Fitz alive, albeit cryogenically frozen. Their next move after the Fitz that travelled with them from the future dies is to go looking for the one who's taking The Slow Path to a Bad Future that's never going to arrive.
- Badass Bookworm: Explicitly averted, the first thing we learn about him and Simmons is that they're not combat capable. A major part of his Character Development halfway through the season becomes his drive to become more of a Badass Bookworm after coming to feel inadequate - which he does quite a bit in "The Hub."
- As the show goes on, he's fully grown into this in a major way. By the midpoint of Season 6, he's (in order) nearly killed Garrett with an EMP device, nearly killed Ward by cutting off the oxygen to his cell and taunting him the whole time, successfully killed The Dragon in two different seasons, pulled a Ballistic Discount on a room full of armed terrorists, rescued Simmons from an alien Death World, set Hive on fire with a flare gun, successfully deduced that the rest of the team has been abducted by aliens while spending six months in confinement, and tricked an alien slave-driver into flushing himself out the airlock. Just for starters.
- Bait-and-Switch: In the Season 5 finale, Fitz gets impaled by some debris from a collapsing building, and he really does die. So when the next scene shows the remainder of the team mourning, Davis installing a commemorative plaque, and Coulson leading a toast To Absent Friends, we're naturally lead to believe that it's for Fitz. Actually, it's for Coulson, who's leaving the team before they go searching for the other version of Fitz who's already out in space with Enoch.
- Beard of Sorrow: He's noticeably less than clean-shaven at the beginning of Season 2 due to his traumatic injuries and Simmons leaving.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Poor Fitz falls victim to this a couple of times in major ways in Season One. After complaining that the true worth of his work is often overlooked by his superiors, he's finally recognised as a valuable asset by Garrett, who's about to recruit him to HYDRA by force if he has to. And after a whole season of wishing to be heroic on the level of Ward and Triplett, he's finally being called a hero by everyone after pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save Simmons, which leaves him brain damaged and in a coma. In Season Four, we find that his greatest regret is not knowing his father, but then the Framework reveals that Dad would have raised him into a ruthless psychopath.
- Berserk Button:
- Nothing freaks Fitz out faster than the thought of any harm coming to Simmons. Unfortunately for him, it's sort of an occupational hazard.
- From Season 2 onwards, the very presence of Ward sends him flying off the handle.
- As revealed in "Hot Potato Soup", mentioning Fitz's father is a huge button for him. Jemma is the only one he's talked to about it, and she knows to leave it be. Radcliffe's LMD just mentioning him causes Fitz to slam the counter and march off.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Fitz displays a ruthless lack of concern for the lives of the Centipede soldiers after they kidnap Coulson. Jemma is noticeably disturbed.
- In "Nothing Personal" he has a rather violent reaction to finding out that Ward is HYDRA, which surprises everyone in-universe.
- In "Ragtag", he uses the pocket EMP device to disable Garrett's mechanical bits, almost killing him. He then shouts at Garrett and says he doesn't feel any remorse and that Garrett deserves to die. As Fitz and Simmons are being carried away by HYDRA agents, Fitz says that he won't rest until every HYDRA agent is dead. Yikes.
- In "Making Friends & Influencing People", he cuts off the oxygen to Ward's cell, further twisting the knife by saying it's the only way he can make clear what Ward did to him thanks to his aphasia.
- In "S.O.S., Part 2" he's the one to kill Gordon, albeit accidentally. In "Maveth" he temporarily kills Hive. In "Ascension" he kills Giyera. He has one of the highest supervillain body counts in the team, even if he'd probably lose a fistfight to your average high school bully.
- All the above examples are when he was restrained by his own conscience and family and brought up in the real world. In the Framework, having a good relationship with his Jerkass father, no Jemma, and with Aida/Madame Hydra feeding him half-truths, allows him to easily torture Inhumans (including Daisy) and kill an innocent woman For the Evulz in the Framework. Perhaps he is right: we don't know him at all.
- Subverted after he exits the Framework, as he is absolutely horrified at his own villainous actions.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He's half of this with Simmons. Both of them tend to be soft-spoken and usually come across as just geeky lab rats. But if you threaten Jemma's safety, you have now angered a genius mechanical engineer/physicist who can come up with all kinds of neat ways to hurt or kill you.
- Beyond the Impossible: He's the first person in thousands of years to bring someone back from the planet the Monolith connects to, making him quite the person of interest to HYDRA. While this has been the goal of HYDRA for centuries, it had been treated as impossible by previous generations and been confused for "ritualistic blood sacrifice" by outsiders.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- In "The Hub", when Ward tells Fitz to run to safety because Coulson told Ward to take care of him, Fitz refuses to leave and snaps back that Coulson told him to protect Ward too.
- There's a moment in "Repairs" when Simmons is about to round a blind corner while they're pursuing Tobias along with Ward, and Fitz holds her back to check it out himself before letting her go on ahead.
- When he's the only one to work out that Skye has developed superpowers, despite his initial fear he fakes her blood test results and promises to protect her from the Fantastic Racism of the rest of the team. When Skye's secret comes out, it turns out he was right to do so, as he's the only one arguing on her behalf.
- Big Eater: Played with: He frequently complains of being hungry, especially in inappropriate circumstances like during a stake-out or a field mission, and even when trapped at the bottom of the ocean slowly running out of oxygen - but the fact that he never gets to eat anything on-screen is something of a subtle Running Gag. Ward mentions at one point that Fitz has a secret stash of candy under his bunk.
- Birds of a Feather: He and Simmons, as pointed out by everyone, thus "Fitz-Simmons".
- Bleed 'em and Weep: In "Turn, Turn, Turn" he has to struggle to bring himself to pick up a stray real gun that gets slid towards him in a fight, and after he uses it to shoot someone to save May, he starts crying and is clearly not happy about having had to do it.
- Bond One-Liner: In "Ragtag", after using an EMP disguised as a joy buzzer to take out Garrett's life-support implants:Fitz: Looks like the joke's on you.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: An interesting example. When Fitz is plugged into the Framework, Aida alters his memories so that his father stayed in his life and that she was a part of it instead of Simmons. This causes the Framework version of Fitz to become a sadist, brutally experimenting on Inhumans and having his romantic tendencies in the real world perverted into obsessive loyalty to Aida and HYDRA. When Fitz wakes up and gains his real memories again, he is utterly traumatized by what he did inside the Framework, unable to even look Jemma in the eye.
- Brave Scot: Averted, if not inverted, as he tends to be a Lovable Coward at times and he's far more cautious and worried about problems compared to Simmons.
- Break the Cutie: He really goes through the wringer.
- Season One: Between "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Nothing Personal", every bad thing Fitz has imagined so far happens all at once: He and Simmons get separated during the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D., he's threatened with A Fate Worse Than Death by HYDRA, he's forced to kill someone, Simmons meets someone else who's The Ace... then it turns out that Ward, whom he'd thought of as one of his closest friends and colleagues, has been a HYDRA infiltrator the whole time. Cue the Heroic BSoD. At the end of the season, he and Simmons are trapped in a container underwater, and his Heroic Sacrifice to get the two of them out leaves him brain damaged and in a coma.
- Season Two: He's become aggressive towards Simmons, jealous of Koenig taking over his job as The Smart Guy, and has difficulty expressing his feelings. And it turns out that he's been hallucinating Simmons the entire time, and his damage is to the extent that he's incapable of doing most of his original duties and doesn't even realize it.
- Season Three: Simmons is apparently dead, captured by the Monolith as soon as Fitz turned his back... with Fitz indirectly responsible for loosening the seal. He's gone on a solo mission to bring her back, no matter what. Then, when it looks like there is no hope of getting her back, he appears to ready to go to the Monolith so he can rejoin Simmons. Then he breaks down in front of the Monolith when it doesn't take him.note
- Season Four: At the start of the season, Fitz is doing well: he and Simmons are together and planning to get an apartment, he has a new friendship with Radcliffe (implied to being a substitute father-son relationship), and he's in the lab. However, his helping Radcliffe to create Aida forces him to conceal it from Simmons to protect her from having to lie to Jeffrey Mace, which puts strain on their relationship when she finds out about her. Then Aida tries to steal the Darkhold after reading it to literally save him from Hell, forcing S.H.I.E.L.D. to put her down, and his suspicions force him to investigate why. Then he learns that Radcliffe sent Aida to steal the Darkhold, leaving Fitz heartbroken and bitter over his betrayal. Then he gets stuck in the Framework, with its altered circumstances turning him into a man that he'd be disgusted with (and vice-versa). Indeed, when he wakes up in the real world, he is badly traumatized by the things he did in there.
- By Season Five, the combination of his Framework crimes and a seemingly inevitable Bad Future causes Fitz to have a massive psychotic breakdown and start to lose a great amount of his innocence and cheer, not to mention he was held captive in a government prison for six months. He also outright dies at the end of the season, although since the timeline has been changed, the version of Fitz frozen in space with Enoch can be woken up and reunited with his friends, giving him a chance to do better.
- In Season Six, when the prime timeline Fitz is plugged into a Chronicom device that shares his memories with Jemma, and vise versa. Eventually, he discovers his own dead body, and learns about his temporal doppelgänger, specifically his corpse. Seeing himself lying on a slab leaves Fitz extremely freaked out. Things get worse when the memory of Daisy gives Fitz's wedding ring to Jemma, and Fitz realizes that his doppelgänger married Jemma, which drives Fitz into a full blown Freak Out. Finally, Jemma's memories reveal that Coulson was dying. Learning the one father figure who didn't betray him was dead leaves Fitz openly in tears.
- Broken Pedestal: This man has seen some of his closest friendships broken in the worst ways possible.
- His relationship with Ward in Season One was often something close to hero-worship, with Ward clearly representing the kind of person Fitz wished he could be himself. Needless to say, Fitz's reaction to Ward being revealed as a HYDRA mole is pretty brutal.
- His relationship with Simmons: in Season One he clearly adored everything about her; in Season 2, though it seems he's still in love with her, and definitely still respects her intellect, he eventually makes it clear to her in "What They Become" that he doesn't particularly like who she is now, and would rather not work with her in the future. It gets even worse in "Aftershocks" when he explicitly considers her the biggest threat on the team to Skye, due to her superpowers becoming apparent just as Simmons develops a bad case of Fantastic Racism. They do reconcile, however, because as disappointed as he is, he loves her more.
- His relationship with Mack: in Season Two, Mack was the only one who treated him normally after receiving brain damage, and their friendship was a major part of his recovery. Then it's revealed that Mack was actually working for "the real S.H.I.E.L.D." to take down Coulson. Fitz felt incredibly betrayed by this, even saying that Mack wasn't allowed to call him "Turbo" anymore. The events of the fight against Jiaying managed to repair their friendship, though.
- His relationship with Daisy: in Season 2, Fitz kept Skye's new powers a secret from the rest of the team, as he knew what it was like to be "different" suddenly. Come Season 4, Daisy leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. after Lincoln's death, leaving Fitz particularly angry with her. Once she comes back, they do repair their friendship.
- When his work on trying to keep the Monolith contained causes his mental state to majorly deteriorate, it becomes inverted when Fitz forcefully removes Daisy's power inhibitor as the Doctor since it could compress the gravitonium inside it. Did it end up helping the situation for the time being? Yes. Was Fitz actually responsible, and did he regret doing it? Yes and no (at least partially, even when he apologized). Did it also end up destroying his and Daisy's friendship, possibly for good? Yes.
- His relationship with Radcliffe: in Season Four the two bond over their shared scientific knowledge, love of football, and helping him refine Aida. It's implied that it became a substitute father-son relationship. Then Radcliffe betrays S.H.I.E.L.D. to gain the Darkhold, and Fitz is the one who discovers it, leaving him betrayed and bitter.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets knocked out (or possessed, or kidnapped, or threatened, or shot at, or...) on a regular basis, is often the subject of pranks and snark from the others, has men regularly flirting with his Love Interest, accidentally helps out the opposition a few times... the list goes on. At times, one must wonder if The One-Above-All has it out for him.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Towards the end of the first season, he's painfully incapable of telling Simmons how he feels about her, or admitting it directly to anyone else (not that they need telling). He eventually Lampshades this in "The Beginning of the End", when he's still incapable of articulating exactly how he feels about her, but realises that he can show her instead. It certainly gets the point across.
- Canon Foreigner: He had no comic book counterpart before the show started.
- Canon Immigrant: He was introduced in the Prime 616 Marvel Universe with the 2014's S.H.I.E.L.D comic series.
- The Charmer: Despite suffering from a bad case of That Came Out Wrong/Cannot Spit It Out around women he cares for, he demonstrates a surprising ability to successfully turn on the charm when he needs to. In "The Hub", a middle-aged matron (who also happens to be an Eastern European mob boss) starts off wanting to kill him and, two scenes later, is affectionately referring to him as her "Little Bear". Usually contrasted with Ward or Simmons, who are both in their own special ways terrible at dealing with people.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Fitz's whereabouts are a mystery throughout the seventh season, with Simmons even having blocked him out of her memory via an implant designed by the two and Enoch so the Chronicoms couldn't find him. He was in the Quantum Realm, ready to bring the team back to the original timeline at the right time.
- The Chew Toy: Season 2 is a prime example of how the Butt-Monkey becomes one of these: Fitz's frequent misfortunes are no longer meant to be remotely funny.
- Season 4 probably has the worst of it: the Framework has messed with all of Team Coulson but with Fitz it goes so far as to give him a FaceHeel Turn and turn him into a monster, which comes to seriously haunt him after he gets out.
- Child Prodigy: Implied in "Seeds". Fitz mentions that his mother never understood his science talk while he was growing up and he and Simmons are both noted to have been some of the youngest to have gotten into S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, and must have had one PhD already "just to get through the door" of the academy's Science Division.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes one after suffering brain damage in the Season One finale. As such, it's mostly Played for Drama. His most notable Cuckoolander characteristic has to be relationship with his imaginary version of Simmons after she leaves the team. He gets a little better after teaming up with Mack, from which point on this trope is occasionally Played for Laughs.Mack: Half of what this guy says is nonsense.
[both he and Fitz chuckle]
- Cloning Gambit: A completely accidental one thanks to Time-Travel shenanigans, but there's an alternate version of Fitz out in space that's no longer needed for the Bad Future — and therefore can be thawed out to replace the Fitz from the original timeline after the latter dies.
- Cowardly Lion: Basically Fitz's entire personality in a nutshell. Hence the name "Leo".
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed, but present. Fitz does not take it well when Jemma starts showing Triplett attention and affection, although he tries to suppress it and eventually admits to it. It later comes back when he finds out that Jemma fell in love with another man while on Maveth, but he decides I Want My Beloved to Be Happy and tries to bring this other dude back, especially when he finds audio proving that Jemma still did care for him on the other planet. Both men die and Fitz ends up with Jemma so this becomes a moot point, although the reasons they die have nothing to do with Fitz.
- This trait gets taken Up to Eleven in Season 6 when Fitz literally becomes jealous...of himself. Specifically, the time-displaced version of himself that married Jemma and later died. Whenever he starts disparaging his alternate self, Jemma gets exasperated at how absurd Fitz is acting. It's ridiculous enough that it even gives Deke pause.
- Cursed With Awesome: Fitz's life as the Doctor gave him the training and ruthlessness necessary to become an effective soldier. The problem is that the experience mentally scarred him for obvious reasons.
- The Cutie: Unusually he actually becomes more of one as the series goes on, even though Break the Cutie actually takes place first in his case. In Season 1 Simmons is the clear cutie of the duo, with Fitz the more cynical and sarcastic one, but Season 2 sees a gradual reversal of this dynamic, with Fitz the emerging as the more gentle and caring one who's willing to show loyalty to his friends over S.H.I.E.L.D. if forced to make the choice, and generally as one of the most sympathetic characters on the show after many of the other leads Take a Level in Jerkass following the mid-season finale.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Getting impaled through the chest by a huge piece of sheet metal after some debris fell on top of him, his hands are shaking, he can barely speak and he's obviously in immense pain when he dies of shock. Thank God there's another one.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually at Ward or Simmons's expense, but Fitz is definitely known for firing off a good one-liner.
- Death Is Cheap: The version of himself that goes through Season 5's time loop dies for real. However, before the time loop was established, he froze himself cryogenically in order to ensure that he could appear decades into the future. Given that the future no longer exists, he can come back to life as soon as the other agents find him and wake him up.
- Despair Event Horizon: In the Season 3 premiere, when Fitz's last hope of finding out what the Monolith did to Simmons is a scroll that reads "Death", Coulson decides to officially declare Simmons dead. Believing that there is no hope left of finding her, Fitz breaks into the Monolith's containment chamber, not caring what happens to him as long as it's the same fate as Simmons. Then, when the Monolith does nothing, Fitz absolutely loses it, screaming "DO SOMETHING!" at the Monolith.
- The Determinator: He's the only one in Coulson's team who refuses to give up rescuing Simmons from the Monolith, and because of that they're able to rescue her from the alien world she was trapped on.
- Didn't Want an Adventure: The main contrast between him and Simmons. It's implied that she wanted to join Coulson's team and he reluctantly went along with her.
- Disappeared Dad: When asked about his immediate family in "Providence", he says his only relative is his mother. This was already hinted at in "Seeds", when it's implied that his mum was his only real companion before he met Simmons. Later confirmed in "Hot Potato Soup", where Simmons tells Mack that Fitz's father abandoned him and his mother when he was ten. Fitz hasn't seen him since, and has no real desire to change that. At least, no conscious desire to see him again...
- Disney Death: Double-subverted in the Season 5 finale. First he gets hit by some falling debris, but seems otherwise okay. Then Mack pulls the rocks off of Fitz to reveal that he's been impaled by a huge piece of sheet metal, and he ultimately dies of shock. Good thing that time-travel shenanigans mean there's still another version of him in cryogenic stasis with Enoch.
- Distressed Dude: In one episode, him being held at knifepoint is enough motivation for Coulson to hand over control of the Bus to an enemy.
- Ditzy Genius: He comes across as slightly scatter-brained, but he's good with technology.
- The Dividual: Fitz and Simmons spend so much time together that they're usually just referred to as "Fitz-Simmons." Skye even described them as "psychically linked".
- Season One changes this following the HYDRA uprising, Fitz's Love Epiphany towards Simmons, and Simmons's growing closeness to Triplett and uncertainty about her dedication to the new S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In season 2, Fitz' brain damage and Simmons's sudden departure from the team leads him to hallucinate her presence as an extension of his subconscious in order to maintain this relationship. She tries to guide him on his way to recovery. When the real Simmons returns, this trope is defied; Simmons and Mack each note that Fitz's condition worsens in her presence, leading to more scenes of them apart while they actively avoid each other.
- By the end of season 2, they have re-connected to the point where Fitz can guess what her plan is and seamlessly help her with it without talking with her about it.
- Does Not Like Magic: Fitz comes out and says that he "hates magic" because he think it violates his scientific understanding of things. Unfortunately for him, it has become more and more common as of season 4 (Ghost Rider, the Darkhold, ghosts, etc.).
- Dogged Nice Guy: After saving Simmons from the distant planet that the Monolith sent her to—literally throwing himself through the portal to physically pull her back to Earth—he finds out about her relationship with Will Daniels... and proceeds to work on ways to reopen the portal so as to rescue Daniels as well, because he just wants her to be happy. Simmons actually yells at him for being so kind and supportive, when many men would be jealous and angry, especially after going to the extremes that Fitz went through on Simmons's behalf.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul":
- Subtly implied to feel this way. He is the last member of the main cast to have their first name mentioned in the show; note later in the same episode during a friendly introduction he specifically (and somewhat awkwardly) asks to be called by his last name. Furthermore, while he calls Simmons either "Simmons" or "Jemma" more or less interchangeably, she rarely calls him "Leo".
- Averted in the comics, where he is usually addressed as "Leo", presumably to remind readers that despite originating in the MCU, the 616 version of his character is part of a different canon entirely.
- This fact is used to differentiate the Framework version of himself from his personality in the real world. His Framework self goes by "Leopold" to people he knows personally and "The Doctor" to nearly anybody else, with very few people calling him "Fitz". This is ironic, because his Framework self is the one that stayed with his father and would more reasonably want to carry on the family name - although in the Framework, most HYDRA members are familiar with both the father and the son, so in a way this actually makes some sense.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He's aware that the others have been walking on eggshells around since his brain damage, and he doesn't like it one bit.
- The Dragon: Fitz serves as Ophelia's lover and the second-in-command of HYDRA within the Framework as "the Doctor."
- Dragon Ascendant: While he doesn't take over as the villain for the season as a whole, after AIDA's Ophelia avatar within the Framework is taken out of commission by Daisy the Doctor becomes the new head of HYDRA, spearheading the hunt for S.H.I.E.L.D. to avenge his lover.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's ultimately done in by falling debris in the Season 5 finale, ultimately being impaled on a metal object. Good thing that there's still a version of him that's still alive thanks to the breaking of the time loop.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's frequently frustrated when his talents go overlooked by the others, especially compared to Simmons and Skye, who are often praised for their abilities. Becomes a case of Be Careful What You Wish For when HYDRA consider him too valuable to execute along with the rest of the team, and instead plan to cripple him before forcibly recruiting him.
- Dying Declaration of Love: To Simmons, in a Zigzagged sort of way during "The Beginning of the End". He can't bring himself to say it, so instead he shows it via Heroic Sacrifice. In the end he's not dead, but in a coma.
- The Engineer: Technology is his specialty.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: He nicknames his custom-made drones after the Seven Dwarves yet he thinks that Simmons is nerdier than he is, because she enjoys doing schoolwork.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: The reactions of the other team members to his unspecified critical injuries in the Season One finale point to this attitude, probably because he's a non-combatant and relatively young to be a field agent. The fact that his refusal to give up on Ward and unexpressed love for Simmons were both major contributing factors in what happened to him rack up the sympathy levels significantly, too.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Up to Eleven after he gets out of the Framework. The Doctor's crimes traumatize Fitz to the point of severe PTSD and self-loathing, and he still hasn't gotten over it by the end of Season 4.
- Exact Words: "I didn't solve this today." It's Mack who finally realizes he's trying to say he's solved it already, but just can't remember how.
- Expy: Of Wesley Wyndam Price of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fame. Both are British, both started off as hopeless and obnoxious dorks, and both suffered personal tragedies and trials that morphed them into their respective teams' biggest badasses. It even shows in the outer details: they both started off dressed prim and proper and neatly trimmed, and both switched to more casual clothing and a Perma-Stubble following their massive levels-ups in badassery. And on a further meta-level, both characters were created by Joss Whedon.
- Face Framed in Shadow: His face is constantly half-covered in shadowed lighting during season two, especially when he's alone, thinking dark thoughts or talking to the hallucination of Simmons - which is most of the time. The show is particularly fond of having him stand alone, staring into space with a half-shadowed face. It rather ominously reflects his fractured state of mind after the incident.
- Fake American: In-universe, he briefly does this in "T.R.A.C.K.S." and is surprisingly good at it. Skye's Scottish accent, on the other hand... (which is why he went for the Fake American act in the first place as they were posing as a couple).
- Faux Affably Evil: As his evil counterpart, The Doctor, Leopold maintains his Nice Guy attitude, but its all a façade.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: With Simmons, frequently. They also tend to talk over each other mid-sentence, supplying synonyms for what the other's saying, before ending on the same word.
- This gets a (doubly) grim reprise in the Season 2 premiere: Fitz now relies on Simmons to finish most of his sentences for him, having lost the ability to recall many vocabulary words. This is actually one of the few things that probably isn't wrong with him, since it's his own hallucination providing the "missing" words, but that's not exactly good news overall (not to mention that he isn't even saying them out loud).
- In "Fractured House" it gets even worse when the real Simmons can't finish his sentences anymore, leaving him completely lost.
- By the end of Season 2, Fitz and Simmons have reconnected to the point where they can guess what the other is thinking, and they're regularly finishing the other's sentences in Season 3 again.
- He's also capable of doing this with other people as well. In "SOS Part 1", he finishes Hunter's sentences twice, which Hunter finds weird. He's also on the receiving end in "Purpose in the Machine", when Daisy finishes one of his sentences.
- Freudian Excuse: As a child, Fitz's father told him that he was worthless, not smart enough, and would never amount to anything. Simmons is half convinced that this is why Fitz is as brilliant as he is. Odds are the constant Always Someone Better comparisons stem from this as well.
- Friendless Background: Fitz implies that he came from one of these in "Seeds" when he emphasizes with a fellow lonely tech student. It's highly implied that Simmons was the first friend he ever had, which would explain why he's so devoted to her.
- Gadgeteer Genius: His whole schtick on the team is gadgetry. In season three, for instance, he made a flash bang look like a splinter bomb and put them in a suitcase that mobsters couldn't open.
- Geek: Acts about machines and physics the same way Simmons does about biological mysteries. He even named his robots after the seven dwarfs.
- Good Is Not Soft: Fitz has spent mid-Season One proving this without a doubt. He's a nice, fumbling, socially awkward guy, but he's also arrogant, proud, and if you kidnap his team leader, he will not only be glad to see you dead, he will also compete for the right to torture you for information — and that says nothing for his surprising ability to hold his own in combat situations without being an outright badass like May, Ward, or Coulson. When he finds out they've been hiding Ward in the basement in Season Two, he gives him a taste of the oxygen deprivation that gave him brain damage. Unfortunately, Season Four shows what he's capable of when these tendencies aren't restrained by a moral compass.
- Graceful in Their Element: Fitz may be socially awkward and a bit of a coward, but put him in a lab or talk to him about technology and he'll leave you in the dust.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Fitz reacts with visible irritation whenever anyone flirts with Simmons, or Simmons shows any interest in anyone else. Understandable given that Simmons seems to have a thing for muscular black men and Fitz is very much not either of those.
- Randolph compliments her several times in "The Well". Fitz overhears and does not look particularly happy.
- When, in "The Bridge", Simmons becomes flustered around Mike Peterson's... firmness. Though Fitz protests he's just embarrassed by her.
- In "End of the Beginning" he notices that Triplett and Simmons seem a little too mutually eager to hang out together at The Hub, though on that occasion he looks more hurt than annoyed. (It helped that he'd just accused her of being a little too happy that he wasn't going with her, something she never outright denied.) By "Providence" it's clear that he's developed a strong dislike of Triplett because of his new closeness with Simmons.
- In "Shadows", he's jealous of Koenig appearing to take over his role as The Smart Guy due to Fitz still recovering from his brain damage.
- Averted in Season 3. See I Want My Beloved to Be Happy below. Simmons actually yells at him for not being this.
- Played for Laughs in Season 6 with Fitz taking potshots at his now-deceased time duplicate. Simmons is incredulous that he's essentially jealous of himself, and even Fitz himself seems aware of the absurdity.
- Guile Hero: Displays this trait most prominently in "The Hub", when he causes a blackout in the bar where he and Ward are being held hostage by people who were trying to watch a game on the television before they showed up. This was done just so he could then fix it and gain his captors' trust and help.
- Hallucinations: At the beginning of Season 2, Simmons only exists to him as one, because she had left him when he woke up from his coma and saw he wasn't getting better at all. It's because of the brain damage he experienced at the end of Season 1, so in situations of extreme stress he begins to lose his grip on reality. This comes back way later in Season 5, in which "The Doctor" persona from the Framework resurfaces as an alternate personality, whom Fitz sees as an entirely separate individual.
- Handicapped Badass: Since his Heroic Sacrifice, Fitz has had to deal with the aftereffects of minor brain damage. He has trouble organizing his thoughts, talks with a bit of a stutter, and his right hand is unusable. He is STILL the technical genius of the team and consistently goes past his limitations to prove his worth. He's recovered by Season 3.
- Happily Married: To Jemma, as of the end of "The Real Deal". Ironically, since the Fitz that survives is the one created outside the Time Loop and the one that gets married is inside it, Fitz ends up missing his own wedding.
- Hate Sink: In the framework, he is initially shown as just an average Hydra Scientist, like Arnim Zola, who is evil, but has limits, but he is later revealed to be on the heinous scale of Daniel Whitehall, with the one redeeming quality being his love for his father and Madame Hydra.
- The Heart: He's grown into this role during Season 2; partly because he can't fill the Smart Guy role as well as he used to thanks to his injuries but largely because of the way he's formed relationships with the rest of the team. After the midseason shakeup, he's basically the only one openly on Skye's side; defending her to the others and giving her emotional support.
- Heroic BSoD: At least once a season:
- He briefly goes into this twice: after being involved in the HYDRA uprising at the Hub, and again after learning that Ward has been a HYDRA mole the entire time.
- It gets worse in season 2: as if brain damage wasn't bad enough, after Simmons left from worry that she was impeding his recovery, he's started talking to an imaginary version of her as his only way to cope with everything that's happened.
- In the season three premier, his last hope of finding what the Monolith did to Simmons turns out to be a scroll with the Hebrew word "Maveth" or "death" written on it. After this, Coulson decides to officially declare Simmons dead, and all Fitz can do is quietly whisper "Okay". Then he breaks into the Monolith's containment chamber in a scene that is screaming attempted suicide.
- Fitz's ultimate lowest point happens after he comes back from the Framework. His Alternate Self was a cold-blooded HYDRA scientist on the level of Daniel Whitehall, referred to by the moniker "The Doctor" to the general public and who's name is enough to fill anyone with dread. Since the Fitz of the real world retains memories from both his lives, he gets sent past a Heroic BSoD and straight through the Despair Event Horizon, unable to even look at Jemma after what he's done. This is especially ironic because for the past four seasons Fitz has been the one to love Jemma unconditionally, and now he has to face himself after he told Jemma (in an alternate reality) that she means nothing to him (luckily, Simmons is a very understanding person).
- The BSOD from Season 4 continues into Season 5, compounded with Fitz's depression over the belief that the future cannot be changed, a Call-Back to the Season 3 episode Spacetime in which Fitz believed Daisy Johnson's future vision could not be averted (which he was right about). These things combined cause Fitz to take a level in jerkass, which is heavily implied by Deke and Robin's visions to continue into the Bad Future. Thankfully, Team Coulson is able to avert the Bad Future thanks to a Heroic Sacrifice by Fitz and a difficult decision by Daisy, and Fitz was put into cryostasis to take The Slow Path before the Time Loop was created, thus allowing the second version of Fitz to re-emerge without the looming threat of an inevitable Bad Future. He missed his own wedding, but otherwise, it's likely that the frozen Fitz will be much happier when he wakes up.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted in the first season finale, "Beginning of the End" where he gives the one breathing device to Simmons so she can swim to the surface, since his broken arm will make sure he can't make it. Averted when she just drags him up with her and Nick Fury rescues both of them. Though he doesn't escape unscathed: it's noted that he received brain damage from oxygen deprivation and is not seen again for the rest of the episode. The best Simmons can say to describe his condition is "alive." He sacrifices himself again to save Robin's mother and Mack in "The End" being run through with debris after a roof collapses on top of him.
- Hero Killer:
- Inverted, Fitz is a prolific villain killer. He severely wounded Garrett all the way back in Season 1, killed The Dragon in Seasons 2 and 3, set Hive on fire with a flare gun, and knocked Sinara out in Season 5.
- Played straight with The Doctor, who kills at least two innocent people in the Framework, Jeffrey Mace and Agnes Kitsworth. Because in the Framework Your Mind Makes It Real, this means that both of their minds are dead in real life too.
- He's Back: As of "The Things We Bury", he seems to have overcome the limitations brought about by his brain damage, at least as far as regaining his status as a Gadgeteer Genius is concerned.
- Hidden Depths:
- Although initially coming across as meek and fearful, though snarky, intelligent, and deeply loyal, Fitz's character is fleshed out in two important episodes. In "The Hub", he goes on a mission with Ward where he proves that he may not actively seek adventure like Simmons does but he's perfectly capable of handling himself during one, saving Ward's life not only once but twice. In "The Magical Place", he couldn't care less how many Centipede soldiers they have to kill in order to get Coulson back, despite Simmons rightly pointing out that those are innocent men being controlled.
- Fitz later exploits this trope himself in "Ragtag", when it doesn't take much to convince Ward that the joy-buzzer he's carrying was just meant for a prank, and there's nothing suspicious about him reaching for it during a tense stand-off... except that it emits a powerful EMP that nearly kills Garrett on the spot.
- Hollywood Homely: Invoked, not through his appearance so much as the fact that he's the only lead character never to have anyone romantically interested in him in Season One, and having him unfavourably compared to Ward and Triplett on a regular basis due to their superior strength and physique (often, it's Fitz himself drawing the comparison, but not always). This is probably intentional, though, since Fitz is The Chew Toy, and the universe often seems out to confirm his worst fears and insecurities at every turn. When talking about how they first met at the academy, Simmons describes him as "handsome". It's worth noting as well that Iain De Caestecker is at least as popular with the Fangirls/Fanboys as Brett Dalton or B J Britt, and if anything the character gets shipped harder than either of them by the Fandom. Averted later on, as Fitz and Simmons have become the show's Official Couple.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: When Coulson orders him to reassemble and install a transceiver in under six minutes in "The Things We Bury", Fitz protests that he's only got one fully working hand due to his brain damage. Coulson then has him practicing non-stop during the early stages of the mission, which does one-handed, and is frustrated that he's unable to trim the time down enough. Finally, when Coulson asks how long the procedure will take him, Fitz replies that he's got it down to just over seven minutes... with his bad hand. With both, he'll be just fine.
- Ill Boy: He ends Season One in a coma with suspected brain damage, providing a hook for Season Two and significant angst for everyone else, especially Simmons. Season Two still has him in this role, but shows him making a slow but sure recovery.
- Imaginary Friend: After Simmons leaves the team, Fitz creates an imaginary version of her to both cope with the loss and to help him finish his own sentences. After Mack starts interacting with him, he seems to be aware that she's not actually there, and starts to phase the imaginary Simmons out.
- Insecure Love Interest: In Season Three towards the Love Triangle that he, Simmons, and Will Daniels are potentially in. Fitz feels painfully inadequate toward Will, who is so great he might as well be Captain America, and can't rival him in any way. Simmons points out that Fitz jumped through a portal just to find her.
- Insistent Terminology: Fitz always refers to Aida as "she", both because he sees her as a person, and he's well aware she's anatomically correct.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Fitz bonds with Donnie over this in "Seeds". He didn't like being at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy at first because he didn't have any friends and his well-meaning mother could never keep up with his technobabble. It's implied that Simmons was the first friend he ever had.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: When Fitz and Simmons were kidnapped by HYDRA in Season 3, Malick's lieutenant Giyera tortured Simmons, and Ward forced Fitz to listen. After that, any time a picture of Giyera is shown, Fitz gets noticeably angry. Fitz ends up being the one who kills Giyera with an invisible gun he made specifically to kill him.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Season 3, after learning of Simmons' boyfriend Will who's still stranded on the alien planet, Fitz resolves to help her get him back, even if it means that his feelings for her remain unrequited.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: As Leopold, he hesitates when Holden Radcliffe begs him not to kill Agnes, then goes through with it anyway.
- Knight in Sour Armor: This is most highlighted by his relationship with Simmons, but Fitz, despite being a do-gooder, is much more cynical and ruthless than one would initially expect. It's seeming more and more like his cautious and cowardly behavior from previous episodes were a reflection of a deep knowledge of how dark the world can get, which makes him more resistant to Break the Cutie than Jemma.
- Last-Name Basis: Even on a show where last names are used as standard, more so than any of the other characters; see Embarrassing First Name, above. Even Jemma still refers to him as Fitz after they begin dating, and still does when they get married.
- Living Legend:
- In "Seeds", he and Simmons are both revealed to be this to the science and tech students at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
- There's the fact that nearly everyone within S.H.I.E.L.D. - including Dr Stretian and Nick Fury - seems to know them by reputation even before they join Coulson's team, up to and including referring to them by their Portmanteau Couple Name. Only Ineffectual Loner types like Ward and non-agents are ever surprised to discover they're two people.
- Lovable Coward: Fitz and danger do not mix at all. He had to be strong armed by Simmons into accepting the field assignments, complains bitterly any time they're forced to leave the Bus, is squeamish about everything, can be seen clinging to pillars and hiding in corners when things get crazy, balks when faced with anything remotely actiony, etc. Yet he's always portrayed as cutesy and adorable about it, and he can swallow his fear enough to still pitch in when there's absolutely no other choice. Simmons safety being on the line can also properly motivate him out of it.
- Madness Mantra:
- His main method of communicating important information with everyone other than his hallucination of Simmons after suffering brain damage, as in his insistent repetitions of "I didn't solve this today!" in "Heavy is the Head". Unfortunately, most of Team Coulson write it off as self-pity at best, meaningless babble at worst; luckily, Mack proves adept at figuring him out.
- He briefly develops another one in "Aftershocks", due to his belief that he's hallucinating Skye's blood test results due to his stress over Trip's death: "There's something wrong with the data in my brain."
- Mad Scientist: Fitz has shown shades of this throughout the series, however during his time in the Framework these tendencies were hyped Up to Eleven when he was known as the cold-hearted and sadistic Hydra Doctor. He was feared for his unethical and amoral scientific experiments on Inhumans, and his complete lack of sympathy towards those who went against the regime.
- Megane: When he and Simmons go undercover in "The Singularity". It helps that he's a nerd in a nice suit.
- Men Can't Keep House: Discussed when Fitz sees Donnie's dorm room at S.H.I.E.L.D. academy, and comments that his old room looked exactly the same... except there was more laundry on the floor. Averted in that whenever his bunk on the Bus is shown, it's as tidy as anyone else's, implying that he grew out of this trope at some point; not to mention that it's usually him complaining that Simmons is the one messing up his (their) "pristine" lab space. He also excuses his flat refusal to enter Skye's bunk because "she's a slob, she leaves... lady things everywhere."
- Morality Chain: Downplayed, but "The Magical Place" implies that Simmons might be this to him, as Fitz sees absolutely nothing wrong with the deaths of any and all Centipede soldiers standing between them and Coulson (or in general) after Coulson gets kidnapped. It is Jemma who points out to him that they are being mind-controlled and can't help their actions and even then Fitz doesn't care. Season Four ramps it up, as the Framework shows the man he would have been with some less positive influences instead of Simmons, and it isn't pretty.
- My Greatest Failure: His father not caring about him was a big one for him until he got put into the Framework. It turns out that Fitz's father walking out on him was a blessing, because growing up with him turned Fitz into the sociopath known as the Doctor.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His real-life reaction to his Framework counterpart the Doctor's crimes, after Dr. Radcliffe throws him into the portal.
- Necessarily Evil: When Coulson was kidnapped he didn't care how many Centipede soldiers had to die to rescue him. When Skye was gut shot he agreed that the proposed methods of treatment sounded "diabolic" but that "you can't argue with the results."
- Nice Guy: He's managed to remain The Cutie despite everything that he's gone through.
- The Nicknamer: The first MCU character to say the word "Inhuman," in reference to Skye's impossibly fast heartbeat after becoming Quake.
- Non-Action Guy: It's made very clear that he has no skills whatsoever with bullets or fists. Lampshaded when he laments not having learned kung-fu to prepare for the job. In "FZZT," this becomes a minor issue for him, hinting that he feels inadequate surrounded by the badass actions of people like Ward all the time.
- "Not So Different" Remark:
- To Grant Ward of all people. After waking up from the Framework he realizes that, just like it was with Ward, all that it took for him to go bad was an Evil Mentor.
- When Deke calls out Fitz on the latter's Jerkass behavior towards him in "Inside Voices", he sadly adds that Daisy hates them both now for their respective betrayals.
- Obfuscating Disability: When promising to act as Skye's Secret Keeper following his realisation that she's developed superpowers, he's able to successfully convince Simmons and May that nothing is wrong by using his usually total honesty, his acknowledged clumsiness, and the fact that he's been suffering from an apparent relapse in his mental health. Despite being two of the people who ought to be most attuned to him lying to them and that there's an atmosphere of almost total distrust around the base, they both accept what he says implicitly.
- Older Than They Look: Gets teased for this when they visit the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy in "Seeds", when Skye and Simmons tease him for still being believable as a student despite being in his mid-twenties. Fitz counters that he'll still look good when they're "jealous, wrinkly old hags".
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted; he's an engineering and tech specialist who has a decent working knowledge of other disciplines, but it's very clear what his role in the team is and what his limitations are in areas like computer sciences and life sciences.
- Played Straight (or at least straighter) in later seasons, specifically after Daisy gains her Quake powers and the computer expert part of her character is all but dropped to focus on it. It's never commented on, but Fitz becomes a lot more prolific in computer sciences around the same time.
- Parental Abandonment: His father abandoned him as a child. If the simulated version of his father who appears in the Framework is an accurate emulation, that was probably for the best.
- Platonic Life-Partners: While he was attracted to her when she first joined the team, him and Skye/Daisy develop into this, particularly after he becomes her confidant and stands-up for her following her Terrigenesis. They share a deep friendship and trust in each other, being arguably each other's closest friend after Simmons. This all serves to make the break down of their friendship following Fitz's temporary Sanity Slippage in "The Devil Complex" an even greater Tearjerker.
- Plucky Comic Relief:
- Though everyone gets a certain amount of this, largely due to the MCU being a World of Snark, Fitz fills this role most consistently due to his status as the Butt-Monkey of the main cast. Often involves a Funny Background Event, but he gets a fair bit of deliberate snarking in as well.
- "FZZT" shows him attempting to fulfill this role In-Universe: while he and Simmons are desperately (and unsuccessfully) searching for the cure to the Chitauri virus she's been infected with, he makes a few jokes and tries to get her to smile. It even sort of works.
- Proud to Be a Geek: In addition to his unabashed geeking over all things related to engineering, he's shown to be a fan of Doctor Who and Minecraft. He's also revealed as the owner of the Grumpy Cat mug that finds its way into Playground Base in Season 2.
- Put on a Bus:
- He's absent for the latter half of "The Beginning of the End" due to suffering severe oxygen deprivation as a result of his Heroic Sacrifice to save Simmons. It's implied that he's in a coma and has suspected brain damage, but he's never seen on-screen again after Fury and Simmons pull him out of the ocean. This means he misses the final V-Formation Team Shot of the season, leaving something of a Cliffhanger as to whether this trope will stay in effect for Season 2.
- Ultimately Inverted, after a fashion: Fitz makes a partial recovery and re-joins the Team, but Simmons gets Put On A Bus for real; the version of her seen in the Season 2 premiere is revealed to be Fitz's hallucination of her after she leaves.
- Fitz is absent for much of Season 7, due to Iain's acting commitments elsewhere. In-universe, he's in hiding so the Chronicoms can't use him in their schemes.
- Really 700 Years Old: Technically, Fitz is at least a century old depending on how far away the Bad Future is, because (thanks to Enoch and his handy-dandy cryostasis pod) Fitz is the only member of the team to travel there the old-fashioned way. Though this doesn't apply to the time-duplicate Fitz, whose cryostasis was interrupted after only a few months.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Simmons's blue, sometimes they're even Colour-Coded for Your Convenience. Though interestingly, while he has the emotional and Hot-Blooded aspects of the Red Oni, he tends to be the cautious and worried one of the duo.
- Relationship Upgrade: After more than two and a half seasons, Fitz and Simmons finally enter a romantic relationship in "The Team". They're still together in Season 4, when most of Team Coulson is separated from each other, and are planning to move into an apartment together. They finally say I Do in Season 5.
- Running Gag:
- His love of monkeys. This is apparently a bit of Actor-Shared Background/Throw It In! from Iain De Caestecker.
- He has a tendency to get knocked out by someone every time he turns around. Simmons and Coulson even lampshade the latter in "Yes Men".
- No matter how dire the situation, Fitz can be relied upon to complain that he's hungry, though he barely ever gets to eat, even if the food is right there.
- Fitz does not like it when Simmons flirts with someone else or gets hit on, and his obvious annoyance forms a Funny Background Event right up until he acknowledges how he feels about her and it stops being Played for Laughs.
- Sanity Slippage: Following the traumatic events of the Framework, Fitz's mind created a split personality of his Framework persona to deal with his actions. While trying to close the rift to the Fear Dimension, the stress and loss of sleep caused a psychotic episode where he began hallucinating the Doctor to justify his actions to remove Daisy's inhibitor against her will to properly compress the Gravitonium to seal the rift. This is actually a Call-Back to Season 2, where Fitz hallucinated a version of Simmons that wasn't there thanks to his brain damage.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: A Downplayed example with Simmons. It's clear Fitz's only reason for joining the team was so that they could keep working together after Simmons decided to become a field agent, and he's openly apprehensive about going on missions, at least to begin with.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When falling victim to his own forgotten prank in "Repairs". It makes a particularly amusing contrast to his usual level-headedness when faced with a real crisis.
- Secret Keeper: He takes it upon himself to keep Skye's becoming an Inhuman from the rest of the team until they've calmed down from the event that caused it.
- Single-Target Sexuality: It's downplayed as he was attracted to Skye, but from "FZZT" onward he's exclusively Jemma-sexual, barring the occasional act of brainwashing. Unfortunately, not only is this a real problem in the MCU, it's something of an occupational hazard for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. When Fitz is plugged into the Framework, AIDA alters his memories so that she took Jemma's place in Fitz's life. This causes Fitz to not only become a sadist but to develop obsessive loyalty not to Jemma, but to AIDA, who in the Framework is known as Madame HYDRA. When his father asks if he's seeing another woman, Fitz laughs it off as though the idea were preposterous. When Fitz is woken up from the Framework, AIDA still wants to be with him, but even with two lives' worth of memories, Fitz says he can't love anyone but Jemma, which causes AIDA to snap.Aida: You're a romantic. And there's only room in your heart—
Fitz: For her.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The Framework version of Fitz is always in an immaculate three-piece suit.
- Ship Tease: Initially he's attracted to Skye, but from "FZZT" onward he experiences something of a drawn-out Love Epiphany with regards to his formerly platonic relationship with Simmons.
- Skilled, but Naïve: The status of both him and Simmons when they join the team. Of everyone on the Bus, they are the least acclimated to the hardships of life and battle.
- The Smart Guy: Shares the role with Simmons because they're The Dividual. He specializes on the technological side of things.
- The So-Called Coward: After his Character Development in "The Hub", he's more akin to this. His "cowardice" being more a matter of his opinions than his actions.
- The Slow Path: Fitz is the only member of the team who's not transported to the future via Kree Monolith, instead, he tracks down Enoch, who gives him a cryostasis pod, in which he simply sleeps for the next several decades until being woken up at the same point in the timeline where the others have arrived.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: He and Simmons have been put through Hell and back over the course of the series. Then they literally become this when Simmons gets taken by the Monolith. He even Lampshades this in "Many Heads, One Tale", when he says that he and Simmons are "cursed" and that the cosmos wants them apart.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: He's resigned to his hallucination of Simmons having a crush on Mack, and openly admits this probably means he agrees with her assessments of the latter's attractiveness. Ironically, the real Simmons doesn't get along with Mack at first.
- Tantrum Throwing: Has an occasional tendency to do severe damage to the surfaces of lab tables when he's really, really upset.
- Technical Pacifist: He has no problems with firing ICERs at people, the prospect of helping torture someone, or trying to fight back with fisticuffs to defend himself, but if he has to kill someone, he balks at it. This changes as the series progresses, where he develops the will to kill.
- Teen Genius: He and Simmons were both mentioned to have been this back when they were at the Academy.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: Considering how things ended for him in Season One, Season Two begins with things not looking too bad for Fitz. He may have some pretty severe nominal aphasia, a touch of paranoia, and be on a string of medications, but since he could have been left brain-dead he got pretty lucky: He's still a capable engineer and Simmons is constantly by his side to reassure and encourage him. Except Simmons left months ago after deciding that her presence was hindering his recovery, but her absence only caused him to disconnect from reality completely, and now he's hallucinating her and unable to work. What Fitz (and the audience) sees as frustrating but gradual recovery, the rest of Team Coulson recognises as a rapid descent into madness. However, in the second episode of Season Two, he shows that he's aware "Simmons" isn't really there despite the hallucination continuing to talk to him, and he's able to come up with a solution to stop Creel, but he needs Mack to essentially help translate his own ramblings to himself first. Comes back way later in Season 5, when he starts hallucinating the Framework version of himself as a separate entity thanks to his old brain injury.
- Throwing Off the Disability: After Coulson describes him as too damaged to ever return to work in the Season 2 premiere, he does a pretty good job of demonstrating he's still valuable to the team in the following episodes, provided Mack can provide the missing words brought on by his aphasia and Hunter can do the physical work he's no longer able to since losing some of the mobility in his hands. Of course, Coulson's gloomy prognosis probably didn't take into account how much Fitz's psychological distress over Simmons leaving was holding back other aspects of his recovery.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Because he was the only member of the team who took The Slow Path to the Bad Future, when Fitz travels back in time with the rest of the team he returns to a timeline where there's already a version of him alive, albeit in cryogenic stasis. When the main Fitz dies in the Season 5 finale, the team resolves to take the Zephyr and go looking for the version of him that's still frozen on Enoch's spaceship somewhere.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- His Character Arc in "The Hub" is about adding the 'badass' part to his Badass Bookworm credentials.
- He goes up another level in "Laws of Nature" where he outsmarts mobsters and then escapes from them with his objective in hand. Then, in "Purpose in the Machine", he literally jumps into an unstable portal just on the hope of finding Simmons on the other side.
- Shown to be a side effect of his alternate self in the Framework come Season 5, as he seems to have better combat training and a mean streak to back it up, which surprises Hunter who wasn't present for the Framework stuff.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- He handles the events of "Turn, Turn, Turn" worst of all, and ever since then he's been generally less sociable and pleasant.
- Season Two builds on this following the incident that leaves him brain-damaged. He's completely socially withdrawn, except from his hallucination of Simmons, to whom he's frequently irritable and unkind. He also shows a few more violent tendencies which were only hinted at in Season Two, though he limits himself to inanimate objects and Ward.
- Although it's an alternate reality version of him, Season Four cranks this all the way up until the dial breaks. To the point where the very potential that sweet, dorky Fitz could ever have the potential to be like that traumatizes a large portion of the team - Fitz himself perhaps worst of all.
- Starts to happen to the real Fitz in Season 5, as a result of seeing both his alternate evil self and a Bad Future that apparently cannot be prevented. Mack calls him out on this, and Fitz ends up pulling a Heroic Sacrifice which averts the Bad Future. Thankfully, there's still another version of Fitz out there in space who has a chance to do better, and probably will, without the pressure of the Bad Future weighing on his mind.
- Season 6 sees Fitz at his most desperate, both to survive a hostile universe, and to reunite with Jemma. The stress understandably gets to him, but unfortunately the one who's taking the brunt of it is poor Enoch. Enoch is truly going out of his way (and well outside his parameters) to help Fitz - he even considers him his best friend! And yet all Fitz does is demean and manipulate the poor guy. Not long after, Enoch suffers a massive existential crisis, moaning and pouting from severe depression while Fitz fights to save both of them. It's then when Fitz realizes just how important he is and how much he means to him, and finally returns the friendship Enoch's given him.
- Trademark Favorite Food: The very specific sandwich that Simmons makes for him in "The Hub". His relationship with it has mutated into something of a Cargo Ship among the fanbase (and the cast themselves, if the "behind the scenes" photo showing Fitz and the sandwich happily reunited is anything to go by).
- Tranquil Fury: Fitz doesn't seem quite as furious as his teammates when it's his turn to rake Ward over the coals, but what he does to him... ain't that a kick in the head!
- Undying Loyalty: When you get Fitz's loyalty, it's nearly impossible to break.
- To Coulson. When the others begin to think he's acting erratically after HYDRA's return he tells the others to zip it.
- To Ward. Even after he's revealed to be The Mole, Fitz is the only person on the team who's still convinced that Ward must have a good reason for what he's done. After Ward tries to kill him and Simmons, this goes away.
- To Skye. When Simmons develops her bout of Fantastic Racism and everyone else is wary of Skye's new powers, he's the only one who doesn't hesitate to be on her side 100%. He's her Secret Keeper for an episode or two, he stands up for her in arguments about her - he knows what it's like to suddenly be "different", and he refuses to treat her as he was treated.
- To Simmons. He originally joined Team Coulson because Simmons wanted to be a field agent, and Fitz went along to keep working with her. Then he's willing to sacrifice his life to save her, which leaves him with brain damage. While the fallout of this damages the relationship between Fitz and Simmons, they ultimately reconcile, just in time for Simmons to get swallowed by the Monolith. Fitz then spends the next six months looking for a way to get her back, and when he does, he jumps into a portal without hesitation to find her.
- This trait is turned against him when he is plugged into the Framework. Because AIDA altered his memories so that she was a part of his life instead of Jemma, Fitz develops undying loyalty to her, which leads to undying loyalty to the Framework version of HYDRA. Add to that that his sadistic father was still part of his life in this world, and Fitz becomes a sadist while in the Framework. Luckily, Radcliffe forcibly throws him into the portal to the real world before he can hurt Simmons, and when Fitz wakes up he's utterly traumatized by what he did in the Framework, thoroughly and completely broken by what happened in there.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his Doctor persona in "The Devil Complex", as he resorts to rather questionable methods towards the goal of containing the dimensional crack in the Lighthouse.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Seems to have a genuine fear of dead things and the possible diseases they can carry.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Just as Simmons seems ready to abandon this role towards the end of the season, Fitz takes it up, insisting that no one is inherently evil, and that Ward must have genuinely cared for them. An unusual case in that this trope comes into effect after Break the Cutie has comprehensively taken place for his character.
Dr. Jemma Anne Simmons
Portrayed By: Elizabeth Henstridge
Voiced By: Karen Vallejo [Disney dub], Jessica Ángeles (Seasons 1 to 3) and Cynthia Chong (Season 4 onwards) [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Jullie (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
A Level Five S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who specializes in biology and chemistry. She works alongside Leo Fitz, with the two of them sharing a close friendship. She is a member of Agent Coulson's team that is assembled to investigate strange events around the world.
- Action Girl: By the end of Season 3, she's finally become one. As mentioned below, she's the least skilled out of the entire team and tries to avoid fighting when she can, but she's also able to fight alongside them ably when the situation calls for it, up to and including against Primitives, who are a great deal stronger than humans. She's especially good with firearms, having been trained by May.
- Action Survivor:
- She's becoming one in Season 2. Though far from a fully-fledged Action Girl, she seems to be making a deliberate effort to become stronger and faster, even if it's just to ensure that she can evade her potential captors within HYDRA until her extraction team arrives. It comes in handy in "A Hen in the Wolf House".
- She later skirts the line between Action Girl and Action Survivor. While she's still the least combat capable female on the team, she proves her skill in "The Dirty Half Dozen," where she's not afraid to jump into active combat situations and even shoots a few HYDRA soldiers on her own. And then she's able to overpower and kill Bakshi.
- She gets another such experience in Season 3, where it is revealed that the monolith teleported her to some kind of alien world after absorbing her, where she has been surviving alone ever since. She is seen on the run from something unknown, but having become well versed in the terrain after months of being stuck - including knowing to cover a cut with mud to mask the scent of blood.
- Admiring the Abomination: She's inappropriately excited to learn that Centipede has managed to keep its super-soldiers from exploding.
- Agent Scully: In "The Well", she doubts any magical elements in their investigation and prefers to look for scientific reasoning instead. This is pretty heavily shown when the explanation she choses is that the Berserker staff causes the release of anger-causing chemicals in the brain... which just means that the staff causes anger, the exact problem she wanted to solve in the first place.
- All-Loving Hero: She's the only one on the Bus with any sympathy for the Centipede soldiers. Then she plays Rochambeau with Fitz over which one of them gets to torture the prisoner, so this trope is downplayed.
- Badass Bookworm: Explicitly averted, the first thing we learn about her and Fitz is that they're not combat-capable. Her first level in badass was in T.R.A.C.K.S., when she does what most of Steve Rogers' training platoon didn't have the cojones to do and jumps on a grenade to save Skye and Fitz's lives. Granted, it wasn't a lethal grenade, but she didn't know that, and neither did Steve. The Season One finale sees her taking another level in badass, when she refuses to let Fitz pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save her life, and instead manages to save them both.
- Back from the Dead: Jemma was killed by HYDRA years ago in the Framework, so when her real self plugs in, she revives in the mass grave she'd been dumped in.
- Bad "Bad Acting": As a result of being a Bad Liar.
- On a couple of occasions she attempts to overcome her inability to lie convincingly by deciding what she's going to say beforehand. Needless to say, it backfires, and she ends up either speaking completely tonelessly or over-doing the emotional delivery.
- Averted in Season Two: While she still believes she can't handle telling direct lies, she's become very good at evasively delivering half-truths and Exact Words as part of her role as Coulson's The Mole within HYDRA.
- Bad Liar: A Running Gag. Nearly every episode starting with "The Hub" has at least one incident.
- When Agent Sitwell catches her helping Skye get into the Hub's database in "The Hub", her hilariously inept attempt at deceiving him starts with trying to convince him she's looking for a bathroom, heads on through an amazingly bad attempt at flirting/seduction, and ends with shooting him with the Night-Night gun because she talked to Skye over the earpiece right in front of him. All the while, Skye pleads with her to stop talking.
- In "T.R.A.C.K.S.", she tries to compensate with an overly-elaborate backstory which fools Stan Lee.
- In "Turn, Turn, Turn," Triplett lampshades it, saying that if they're ever interrogated she should just let him talk.
- In Season Two, Skye calls her lying skills "a horror show". In truth, she's gotten much better during the hiatus, because Coulson assigned her to be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s The Mole inside HYDRA.
- By "One Door Closes" any thought that she is still this is destroyed. When Bobbi and Mack are revealed to be moles, Bobbi visits Jemma, unaware that she was aware. Simmons is able to trick Bobbi into holding two objects that knock her out. To reiterate, she sold a professional spy and one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best agents on a deception, and both the audience and said agent never saw it coming!
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- When infected with a rapid-acting fatal virus in "FZZT", she becomes increasingly pale and ill-looking, but far from unattractive for it, especially compared to the other sufferers shown early in the episode, who are shown to be haggard by the equivalent stage of infection.
- Happens again in "Beginning of the End": despite having apparently hit her head hard enough to knock her out for several hours when the medical pod fell into the ocean, she has nothing more to show for it than a slight cut on her forehead.
- It gets averted in "Laws of Nature", where her appearance makes it clear that the Death World she's been transported to via the Monolith hasn't been kind to her. Her clothing is ragged, her hair is a mess, she's covered in dirt and grime, and there's a sizable cut on her forehead that she's forced to clean with nothing but a smear of mud.
- Averted, when she enters in the Framework. Simmons looks quite dirty, having spent some Framework time buried in a mass grave still in the sweater and jeans she was wearing at the time of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy massacre. At one point a character even refers to her as a bag lady. Helped by the fact that the actress was ill in real life as she filmed the episode, but used this to her advantage.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When Ward is transferred to his brother's custody, she promises to kill him if they meet again. In "The Dirty Half Dozen", despite being in an Enemy Mine, she tries to make good on that promise with the most horrific method available... and almost succeeds.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: She's half of this with Fitz. Both of them tend to be soft-spoken and usually come across as just geeky lab rats. But if you threaten Fitz's safety, you have now angered a genius biologist / chemist who can come up with all kinds of neat ways to hurt or kill you.
- Birds of a Feather: Her and Fitz, as everyone never fails to notice, thus "Fitz-Simmons".
- Bond One-Liner: A non-fatal example, when Raina gets arrested at the end of "The Magical Place".Simmons: I bet there's no flower dresses where she's going.
- Break the Cutie:
- Downplayed, but since she's the most naïve and idealistic member of the team to begin with, it's pretty inevitable that bad events clearly hit her hard. Becomes a plot point after the "Uprising" Retool arc. Simmons is so disillusioned by HYDRA's takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D. that she openly admits she doesn't even know why she's staying with The Team any more. Season 2 begins with the revelation that she's left S.H.I.E.L.D. entirely after deciding that she's unable to help Fitz's recovery. When she came back, she told Mack that she already knew her presence made Fitz worse.
- It gets even worse in "Aftershocks", when Trip's death hits her so hard that she develops a reactionary hatred towards anyone with superpowers, and goes so far as to say that she's partly to blame due to spending her career trying to research and harness said powers rather than just wipe them out. Basically everything she's ever stood for up until this point, and every relationship she's developed within S.H.I.E.L.D., has been turned on its head.
- In Season 3 she's left with severe PTSD after spending months being hunted on an alien world, completely alone.
- In Season 4 she goes into the Framework and finds that her best friend and lover has become barely recognizable, he's not only a heartless psycho completely at odds with the man she knows but he's in love with someone else.
- Canon Foreigner: She had no comic book counterpart before the show started.
- Canon Immigrant: She was introduced in the Prime 616 Marvel Universe with the 2014's S.H.I.E.L.D comic series.
- Child Prodigy: She was seventeen when she joined S.H.I.E.L.D. academy, which she did after getting two PhDs.
- The Cutie: Lovely and adorkable woman who doesn't hold a grudge. Unless you're Ward, in which case she's completely willing to kill. Following Trip's death, she's completely lost this trait and has become very bitter and business-like.
- Deep Cover Agent: As Coulson's The Mole inside HYDRA in Season 2 but she's only halfway to establishing a true deep cover identity: Coulson notes that while she's no longer in contact with anyone from S.H.I.E.L.D. other than him, she has yet to make any friends within HYDRA.
- Discovering Your Own Dead Body: Not her body, but her grave. Once Simmons arrives in the Framework she has to claw her way out of an old mass grave from a massacre at the S.H.I.E.L.D. She then notes the bullet holes in her shirt and realizes she had been murdered in this reality.
- Ditzy Genius: She's undeniably brilliant with biotechnology, but is hopeless at trying to conceal her motivations from others, and can never remember to perform a simple spot-check before she starts talking in front of someone who shouldn't be listening.
- The Dividual: Fitz and Simmons spend so much time together that they're usually just referred to as "Fitz-Simmons".
- The latter half of Season One sees Fitz-Simmons dealing with the fallout from the HYDRA uprising, Fitz's Love Epiphany towards Simmons, and Simmons's growing closeness to Triplett and uncertainty about her dedication to the new S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In season 2, Fitz' brain damage and Simmons's sudden departure from the team leads him to hallucinate her presence as an extension of his subconscious in order to maintain this relationship. She tries to guide him on his way to recovery. When the real Simmons returns, this trope is defied; Simmons and Mack each note that Fitz's condition worsens in her presence, leading to more scenes of them apart while they actively avoid each other.
- By the end of season 2 they have reconnected to the point where she can start a plan that requires Fitz's assistance, without telling him that she even has a plan, because she knows he will pick up her train of thought without words.
- Eating the Eye Candy: In "The Bridge", Mike's physique has Simmons fumbling her way through several cringe-worthy sentences. She also insists on taking Mike's measurements by hand despite Fitz pointing out that they have a machine that could do that.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: Her near-fatal viral contamination in "FZZT" reveals this attitude among the other team members, most surprisingly May and Ward. This is probably due to her non-combatant status and relative youth as far as field agents go: even May is noticeably distressed at her condition, saying "She's only a kid."
- Fake Defector: In "Afterlife", she pretends to betray Team Coulson for the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. and be clueless about how to open the MacGuffin while sending Fitz away with the real deal and his favorite sandwich.
- Fantastic Racism: Trip's death causes her to turn hard on people with superpowers, right when Skye has developed her own. She eventually loses this during the conflict with "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Fatal Flaw: An inability to cope with change. When world shattering events specifically effect her life and those of her loved ones, such as the discovery of Inhumans and Daisy's powers activating or the Framework incident and Fitz's lifetime as The Doctor, Jemma is more likely to waste her brainpower on trying to make life return back to normal than accept the present and learning how to utilize it.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: She and Fitz. They also frequently tend to talk over each other mid-sentence, saying the same thing synonymously before ending on the same word. During Fitz's field mission in "The Hub" she starts trying to do this with Skye instead, less successfully.
- For Science!: Her cover story inside HYDRA is that her loyalty is to science and that as long as HYDRA allows her to perform the experiments she wants, then they can count on her.
- Gaining the Will to Kill: In season 2, she threatens to kill Ward. Later in the same season, she advocates killing Raina - and possibly the other Inhumans as well - rather than bringing them in for study. Then, towards the end of the season, she attempts to murder Ward, despite his nominally working with them, and is utterly unfazed by accidentally having killed Bakshi instead.
- Geeky Turn-On: In "The Singularity", she is initially confused when Fitz compares the crux of their reilationship to "the singularity in trans-humanism" but quickly grasps his concept and finds his comparison to be both apt and oddly romantic.Simmons: Just to be clear, are you comparing us sleeping together to crossing the event horizon?
Simmons: It's quite lovely when you think of it like that.
- Genki Girl: She is the most energetic and upbeat member of the team, second only to Skye.
- Graceful in Their Element: Simmons may be a terrible liar, lousy fighter, and a horrible flirt, but place her in a lab or talk to her about biology and she definitely shows how she earned her place on the Bus.
- Hallucinations: The subject of them, rather than the one suffering from them: her only presence in several episodes of Season 2 is Fitz's prolonged hallucination of her. The real Simmons left months ago after deciding that her presence was harming his recovery.
- Happily Married: To Leo, as of the end of "The Real Deal".
- Heel Realization: "Real S.H.I.E.L.D." seems to have made her realize how much of a jerk she's been acting to Fitz and what damage her Fantastic Racism really could do.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Jemma seems very prone to these. In "FZZT", she throws herself off the Bus to prevent an alien viral infection from blowing her up and taking the team down with her. In "T.R.A.C.K.S.", she throws herself on a man with a dendrotoxin grenade (in the heat of the moment she assumed it was lethal) to save Fitz and Skye.
- Heroic Suicide: She attempts this by jumping out of the cargo bay in "FZZT" when she believes a viral infection might cause her to die and take out the Bus. Fortunately, an antiserum had been successfully synthesized, and Ward is able to parachute after her and cure her mid-air.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Jemma's hatred for Grant Ward is so intense that she tries to disintegrate him while his back is turned.
- Hot Scientist: In true Marvel tradition, the woman with two PHDs in hard to pronounce fields is also attractive.
- Hope Bringer: She takes it upon herself to be the sole source of hope on the Monolith Planet. Will had long since given up on ever going home before she showed up.
- Humble Hero:
- Played Straight on the only two occasions in Season One where she does something legitimately badass: She either never mentions it again (as when she jumps on a grenade to save Fitz and Skye in "T.R.A.C.K.S.") or refuses to accept that what she did was heroic (when Fury commends her for saving Fitz's life in "The Beginning of the End", she will only answer that "It was the other way around", even though both are technically true). Contrast with Fitz and Skye, who are both shown to be at least mildly impressed whenever they Took a Level in Badass.
- Usually Averted in that she's very much aware of how brilliant she is at biochemistry, and while not usually arrogant about it, isn't afraid to state the facts of the matter. However, she does berate herself when her shortcomings as The Medic are revealed by her inability to outright save Skye's life in "T.A.H.I.T.I.", despite the fact that she's not a medical doctor and acquitted herself very well under the circumstances.
- Hypocrite: She begins to develop Fantastic Racism towards people with superpowers in Season 2, but claims that she could never feel that way towards Skye, because they're friends, even though she abandoned Fitz when he started to change for the worse. Fitz quickly calls her out on the Double Standard.
- I Am Very British: Compared to the more Glaswegian-sounding Fitz, Simmons usually has a RP accent that's similar to Keira Knightley, except when her Yorkshire accent shows through (Henstridge was born in Sheffield). Becomes less pronounced as the series goes on, and Henstridge's natural accent now seems to be more or less the character's as well.
- Ill Girl: In "FZZT" while infected with the Chitauri virus.
- Imaginary Friend: After she leaves the team, Fitz creates an imaginary version of her to both cope with the loss and to help him finish his own sentences. After Mack starts interacting with him, he seems to be aware that she's not actually there, and starts to phase the imaginary Simmons out.
- Innocently Insensitive: Has a tendency to come across as hurtful when she's trying to be nice.
- Specifically, her remark to Coulson about his fitness level "for a man of your age" makes him feel old.
- Her attempt to reassure Fitz that "I'm not saying you're weak, I'm saying all men are weak" after he's mind-controlled by Lorelei - which carries a much worse implication that she completely misses because It Makes Sense in Context (to her, anyway).
- Her treatment of Fitz in Season 2, she can't help treating him like old self, and it just hurts the brain-damaged Fitz even more.
- Though she doesn't know it, her treatment of Skye in "Aftershocks": she heatedly defends her new Fantastic Racism to Skye, arguing that superpowers are an epidemic and should be wiped out, right as Skye realises that she herself has just developed superpowers. Coming from one of her best friends within S.H.I.E.L.D., it was just about the last thing Skye needed to hear right then.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After Trip dies she gets more ruthless, upping the stopping power of the ICERs despite potential side effects and taking a more hard-line approach to stopping them. When Coulson teams up with Ward for a mission to raid a HYDRA base, she brings along a splinter bomb to kill him, though she ends up getting Bashki when he takes the bullet for Ward.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!":
- In Season 2, she's practically giddy with excitement at the fact that she's holding an order signed by Peggy Carter herself, and can't stop gushing to May about how awesome it is that S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded by a British woman.
- In the episode where she first meets Bobbi, she can't stop telling everyone (including Bobbi herself) how awesome she thinks she is.
- Living Legend:
- In "Seeds", she and Fitz are both revealed to be this to the science and tech students at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
- There's also the fact that everyone within S.H.I.E.L.D. - including Dr Stretian and Nick Fury - seems to know them by reputation even before they join Coulson's team. Stretian is shown to be concerned to learn about them joining since he knows they're not combat capable, and Fury knows them at least well enough to realise they'll help Coulson modify the plane's interior in their spare time if he doesn't put a stop to it.
- Mad Scientist: Just a bit. When Skye wonders how long an Asgardian has been living on Earth, Simmons suggests cutting him open to find out. Skye then suggests the much simpler option of asking him.
- Master of the Mixed Message: It's pretty obvious from the beginning that Simmons is in love with Fitz - they're Birds of a Feather and Everyone Can See It. Heck, she smothers him in kisses when he finally gets the nerve to tell her how he feels about her. Except that she never thought of him that way, and it was such a shock that she had to go away for a while to clear her head, but she still really does care about him, but just as a friend. Probably. How would she know, since she's never thought about it? Though she doesn't like seeing him happy with someone else, even though it's probably platonic. She tells Bobbi that she's definitely not interested in him that way, and then Bobbi tells her that she's putting out as many as ten signals that say she's lying. Not that it matters, because he kept secrets from her and she hates him now. Then she gets scared and she still desperately wants him to hold her hand, and when it looks like they're going to be separated for another indefinite period she signs her note to him "Love, Jemma x". As if poor Fitz didn't have a hard enough time keeping his sense of reality in check...
- Master Poisoner: Given her specialty in biology and chemistry, she's the go-to for creating poisons, knock out chemicals, or other drugs.
- Meaningful Name: "Jemma" echoes "Gemini", the star sign symbolised by twins, as she's one-half of The Dividual, along with Fitz (whose own first name, Leo, is also that of an astrological sign).
- The Medic: Out of the whole team she has the most medical experience, which she likely picked up during her biology studies. Though it should be noted that she is not a medical doctor, just that she knows slightly advanced first aid. When Skye is shot and almost dies, Simmons identifies a hyperbaric chamber that would keep her alive temporarily, but still stresses that she will die if not taken to a hospital.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses as part of her disguise as Coulson's "daughter" in "T.R.A.C.K.S.", and also as part of her disguise when on a mission to rescue Senator Nadeer's brother in "Broken Promises".
- The Mole: In "Making Friends & Influencing People", it's briefly made to look as though she may have been a HYDRA mole all along. Then, it's revealed that she's actually Coulson's The Mole inside HYDRA.
- Moment Killer: Can be a Type 3 at times, which fits in with her occasional social awkwardness. Is particularly guilty of this where Fitz is involved, managing to inadvertently derail any attempt he makes to discuss his feelings with her. She's also done this at least once to Ward: when he imitates her bad impression of him as an attempted ice-breaker, she ends up correcting it, which leaves him looking confused.
- Morality Chain: Downplayed, and even mildly Played for Laughs on occasion: Fitz (and sometimes Skye) have to remind her now and again that it's inappropriate to get over-excited about the opposition's success because it advances her own interests, or to discuss dissecting someone who is in fact still alive.
- My Way or the Highway: While she mostly values her friends, she is prone to taking on this attitude whenever she feels like she is right. In Season 6, when she, Daisy, Davis and Piper are searching for Fitz in space, she absolutely refuses to entertain the idea of returning to Earth, even though the fuel and food stocks are running dangerously dry. She even insults Piper and Davis as cowards.
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Fitz admits that she's probably cleverer than he is, technically, "but only because she loves homework more than life itself."
- Nice Girl: By far the sweetest character on the show, though that's been slipping in the second season.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Season 2 opens after Simmons has left, believing that her presence was somehow harming Fitz's chances of recovery. In reality, her absence breaks the last connection with reality he has, to the point where he doesn't even know that she's gone and hallucinates her presence, or his recovery is actually declining alarmingly.
- Nightmare Fetishist:
- Every time she encounters something weird, gooey, and dripping, she coos and squees over it like a little kid that just got a new stuffed toy.Simmons: Oh wow, it's actually dripping! Fun!
- In the second episode, this extends to being excited about being in a place with lots of dangerously venomous snakes around, which alarms Fitz.
- Her well-meaning attempts to explain to others (especially Skye or Fitz) that something potentially deadly is in fact adorable and fascinating often just makes them more nervous.
- Toyed with in "FZZT" where she's excitedly detailing to Coulson how a deadly virus spreads as the latter realizes that she's infected. As she rambles on, Coulson quietly quarantines her.
- Every time she encounters something weird, gooey, and dripping, she coos and squees over it like a little kid that just got a new stuffed toy.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Rather than leave Fitz to drown as he had intended, Simmons drags him from the medical pod that Ward tried to drown them in.
- No Social Skills: Downplayed when compared to the more pure example provided by Ward, but it's increasingly clear that although she genuinely likes most people, she has very little idea of how weird she occasionally comes across as in conversation. Fitz seems to provide a buffer to some of her more awkward attempts to express herself, and she gets noticeably worse during his absence in "The Hub".
- Oblivious to Love: As Fitz's feelings for her grow more and more obvious to him and to others, Simmons seems to be more and more clueless that he feels more than friendship for her.
- Odd Friendship: How she views her friendship with Skye/Daisy. In "T.A.H.I.T.I.", Simmons says that she and Skye are "nothing alike", but admits that she couldn't imagine life without Skye.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist:
- Played with: like Fitz she is a specialist (though different iterations of the character are in slightly different fields: biochemistry in the show, xenobiology in the comics), and has a good working knowledge of other areas, but very clearly defined limitations outside of what she's specifically trained in.
- She acts as The Medic purely on the basis that she has a Ph.D. in biology, despite most of what she says about her previous work indicating that she's never actually studied human anatomy or medical science, and in fact May seems to have more experience of treating injuries sustained in the field. It's Justified in that she's just good enough at what she does to get by in advanced first aid; she certainly doesn't have the calm response in a medical crisis that an M.D. would, and is shown on occasion to be near to tears if she's forced to work on critically injured patients.
- Later seasons seem to actively forget that she's not a medical doctor, however. Pretty much at any point after the team find The Lighthouse, she'll be the first port of call for medical issues, even if by rights there should be a medical specialist on hand to take care of it.
- Only Friend: In "Seeds", Fitz says that he didn't really have any company other than his mother growing up, implying that Simmons was the first real friend he ever had.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- Jemma is undoubtedly one of the nicest people on Coulson's team, and she probably wouldn't hurt a fly. That's why her firm declaration that she would kill Ward should he ever return is so disturbing.
- In the second half of Season Two, she rants that the various horrible things that have happened recently are all her fault for wanting to study aliens and superhumans when she should have been trying to eradicate them, and advocates a shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later policy.
- Precision F-Strike: Two in "4,722 Hours".
- First, almost as soon as she's trapped on the alien world, she asks, "Where the hell am I?"
- Later, after finally picking up some good food on the alien world, she triumphantly shouts, "You're dinner, bitch!"
- Proud to Be a Geek: In addition to her open fascination with all things biology and chemistry, she makes multiple references to Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and apparently plays Minecraft.
- Put on a Bus: The real Simmons is long gone by the Season 2 premiere, having left S.H.I.E.L.D. in the belief that her presence was harming Fitz's chances of recovery; the version the audience sees is just Fitz's hallucination of her, demonstrating that her plan did not work at all.
- Rank Up: In Season 4, when Jeffrey Mace becomes the new Director, Simmons accepts the position of "Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology" (or S.A.D.I.S.T. as Fitz points out), which makes her the highest ranking agent in the Playground after Mace, placing her in a position to give orders to the rest of the team. She eventually uses that to circumvent General Talbot when he tries to take command after Mace goes missing after an assassination attempt.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Fitz's red, sometimes they're even Colour-Coded for Your Convenience. Though interestingly, while she has the Stiff Upper Lip and even-temperedness of the Blue Oni, she tends to be the one of the duo who's adventurous and most excited about new things.
- Relationship Upgrade: After more than two and a half seasons, her relationship with Fitz goes from platonic to romantic. Two seasons later, they say I Do.
- The Mole: She's no longer on Team Coulson in Season 2, but the third episode reveals that's because she's infiltrated HYDRA on Coulson's orders.
- Running Gag:
- Simmons is a very Bad Liar, which makes undercover work nearly impossible. This becomes significant in Season 2, where she's perfect as Coulson's The Mole because HYDRA are well aware she can't even beat a lie detector.
- In social interactions generally she often comes across as slightly... odd. A combination of her Innocently Insensitive and Nightmare Fetishist comments often manage to insult, offend, or just freak out the person she's talking to. Chances are about fifty-fifty whether she spots it herself and tries to undo the damage, or if Fitz or Skye have to jump in and stop her talking.
- Her noticeable appreciation of physically fit black men, usually conducted so that Fitz can't help but notice it. In Season 2, even Fitz's hallucination of her gets in on the act.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: A Downplayed example with her and Fitz. She's the one who wanted to be a field agent and is happy to deal with hazardous materials as part of her work; Fitz Didn't Want an Adventure and is more cautious about what aspects of the work he voluntarily gets involved in.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She may have flubbed it up, but in "The Hub" Skye has no problem talking Simmons into helping her to hack S.H.I.E.L.D. for information on Fitz and Ward's mission when she plays off Simmons's concern for "their boys", which far outweighs her concern for following the rules.
- She Cleans Up Nicely:
- When disguised as Coulson's estranged "daughter" in "T.R.A.C.K.S.". Who'd have thought she'd look so good wearing lady clothes? Jane Foster would probably feel upstaged at that point.
- Downplayed in "The Singularity". Her disguise there is not quite as feminine as the one from "T.R.A.C.K.S.", but she still looks pretty snazzy, especially with that chic red leather jacket, a fact which Fitz is not blind to.
- Ship Tease:
- She becomes the focus of a Love Triangle with Fitz and Triplett towards the end of Season One, though it's not quite clear to what extent she returns either of their feelings. However, she does respond quite positively to Fitz's Dying Declaration of Love in the Season One finale.
- She's also quite prone to Eating the Eye Candy whenever Mike Peterson's around, and attracted the romantic advances of Prof. Randolph.
- Skilled, but Naïve: The status of both her and Fitz when they join the team. Of everyone on the Bus, they are the least acclimated to the hardships of life and battle.
- The Smart Guy: Shares this role with Fitz because they're The Dividual. She focuses on biological issues The Team encounters. In the words of Coulson, she has two Ph.Ds in fields he can't pronounce.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Bobbi appeals to Simmons very much, particularly once she starts beating down people.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Jokes involving her time on Maveth aside, Simmons and Fitz have been put through hell and back over the course of the series. Fitz even refers to them as "cursed" in "Many Heads, One Tale".
- Teen Genius: She and Fitz were both mentioned to have been this back when they were at the Academy.
- Through His Stomach:
- You know the sandwich Fitz was looking forward to eating in "The Hub"? She made it for him and was very eager to hear if he liked it.
- In "Nothing Personal", her solution to cheer up Coulson, Fitz and Triplett after their discovery that the rest of the team have gone missing is to make pancakes.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though still probably the least combat-capable of the team by the end of Season One, she does get a couple of moments:
- In "T.R.A.C.K.S." she doesn't hesitate to jump on a live grenade to save Fitz and Skye (her only comment before doing so being "Oh bloody hell!"). Luckily it's only a dendrotoxin grenade that knocks her out for a few hours, but none of them knew that at the time.
- In "The Beginning of the End" she refuses to allow Fitz to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save her life, and instead of swimming to safety by herself like he wanted, drags him along with her.
- She takes another major one during her absence between "The Beginning of the End" and "Making Friends and Influencing People". The latter reveals that she's The Mole for Coulson within HYDRA. It's unclear whether she volunteered for the role or was offered it, but she carries it off much better than she would have done in Season One.
- In "A Fractured House," Simmons explicitly and boldly tells Ward that if she ever sees him again, she'll kill him herself. Again, Simmons tells Ward that she will kill him without a hint of hesitation.
- "Laws of Nature" shows she can give Survivorman a run for his money. She survived months on alien planet, with little but the clothes on her back, while something was chasing her.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: More subtly than Fitz perhaps, but in Season Two she's less pleasant than in Season One, partly due to losing her status as the resident Wide-Eyed Idealist of the team.
- Particularly, her framing of her HYDRA lab partner to save herself (even though he wasn't an innocent bystander), her near-constant verbal sparring with Mack, and her inability to deal maturely with the increasing messiness of her relationship with Fitz, generally make her less unambiguously sympathetic than in the first season.
- There's also the fact that she threatened to kill Ward, but it's easy to see how her actions on that occasion could be entirely justified.
- Then she develops Fantastic Racism just as Skye becomes a superhuman herself.
- Episodes in the second half of Season 2 continues, as she develops new ICErs, that are more powerful but also risk permanent damage.
- In the Framework, she's increasingly snarky and hostile upon reuniting with Ward, albeit a nicer version of Ward at that, and her refusal to fall for the alternate reality (especially in regards to Fitz) gets her called out on frequently. Her attitude does take a few hits when she sees Mack interact with Hope, and when Ward apologizes for his counterpart's villainous actions, though.
- Torture Technician: A heroic example. She picked up some useful techniques during her stint as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s woman in HYDRA, as she coolly demonstrates in "The Patriot" during a Perp Sweating. It helps that she could disguise AIDA's severed robotic head as her own handiwork. Fitz admits that it was "weirdly attractive."
- Town Girls: The (lovely, idealistic and adorkable) Femme to May's Butch and Skye's Neither.
- The Unfavorite: The S.H.I.E.L.D. comics give her a brother and sister to whom her father compares her unfavourably.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- In "FZZT", Coulson rakes her and Ward over the coals for jumping off the Bus during the climax.Coulson: Don't get me wrong — I'm happy you're both alive, truly, and I realize you were trying to save the team — but what you did today? That was not your call. Just getting you out of the water — do you have any idea what a pain it is dealing with the Moroccan office? Don't you ever pull a stunt like that again! We'd hate to lose you, Jemma.
- She comes in for one of these courtesy of Skye and Trip in "Heavy is the Head": they're not happy with her for leaving Fitz and the rest of the team. They have to rethink that line of thinking in "Making Friends and Influencing People" when they realize that she didn't in fact just leave them, and Fitz, because she wanted to but to infiltrate HYDRA. At that point they get it - they just don't know if she's going to survive it, considering she's such a bad liar.
- Calls out Fitz for lying about Skye's newly-developed superpowers, only for him to throw back how badly Simmons reacted to Fitz changing from brain damage.
- In "FZZT", Coulson rakes her and Ward over the coals for jumping off the Bus during the climax.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
- Despite her total fearlessness when in close proximity to insects, reptiles, rodents, dead bodies, and carriers of infectious disease, in "Providence" she's anxious at the prospect of there being bears anywhere within scanning range.
- After nearly falling to her death in "FZZT", she mentions an increased fear of heights once or twice, which becomes a minor difficulty in "The Well". It doesn't really come up much later because she was making a conscious effort to avoid letting it develop into a full-blown phobia.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist:
- Simmons likes following the rules. It makes her feel nice!
- Later Averted: Simmons becomes massively disillusioned with S.H.I.E.L.D. following the "Uprising" arc, and after learning of Ward's betrayal, she's ready to accept that some people are inherently evil, while Fitz is the one arguing that no-one is simply a bad person for no reason. It gets worse after the incident in the Kree city, after which she becomes the one to push hardest for just putting superhumans down.
- Women Are Wiser: Subverted. Simmons often hints that she thinks this (especially of herself in relation to Fitz), but while it's sometimes true (even he's forced to admit she's probably the more intelligent of the pair), he's more capable of adapting quickly to tasks outside of his comfort zone, and is generally better at dealing with people who aren't helpful allies.
Antoine "Trip" Triplett
Portrayed by: B.J. Britt
Voiced By: Carlos Torres [Disney dub], Raúl Solo [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Maurício Berger (Brazilian Portuguese version)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I.")
A Level Six S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working with Agent Garrett since Ward's promotion. He and Garrett assist Coulson's team in several missions during the hunt for the Clairvoyant. Trip soon joined the team on a permanent basis after HYDRA's continued existence was exposed.
- The Ace: Aside from being a bonafide badass, he's smart enough to understand every word that Fitz says. He can also fly a plane and anything else Coulson needs him to do.
- Always Someone Better: Fitz is starting to see him as this due to his closeness with Simmons and his status as The Ace.
- Badass Beard: He's got an awesome beard.
- Badass Family: His grandfather is a Howling Commando!
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald and he's awesome.
- Big Brother Instinct: Seems to have inherited Ward's attitude towards FitzSimmons in this regard. When the gun turret in "Providence" starts firing into the group, Triplett can be seen covering Simmons's retreat and then pulling Fitz out of the way before diving for cover himself.
- The Bus Came Back: Died in Season 2, but returned in Season 4 as part of the Framework simulation with his grandpa's Howling Commando gear in tow.
- Canon Foreigner: Unlike many other major recurring characters on the show (particularly S.H.I.E.L.D. agents), but like the main cast members, Triplett has no comic book counterpart.
- Catchphrase: His all-purpose "Damn!".
- Also according to his team "Come on gurl!"
- Cultured Badass: Much to Fitz' consternation.Triplett:...but I'm telling you, he's chasing the white whale.
Fitz: Okay, have you even read Moby-Dick?
Triplett: Yeah, have you?
Fitz: That's not the point.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His death turns him into one for half the cast. Simmons's Fantastic Racism comes due to blaming superpowers and the pursuit/study of them for causing Trip's death, Skye is shown to blame herself immensely which likely contributes towards her Power Incontinence, and Mack and Bobbi consider his death (as well as Mack's brainwashing) the final straw that causes them to turn against Coulson's leadership that leads to 'real' S.H.I.E.L.D. shutting him down. As noted the episode following, they're going to laugh a lot less without him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snarks to Ward about the Bus being tricked out and how he'll probably find the brig "between the Jacuzzi and the Squash Court". He and Fitz, who also employs this trope a lot, trade insults more or less every time they talk to one another. It helps that they share a Love Interest.
- Dead Partner: His partner in Garret's team was Damon Rowe, who was killed by Ian Quinn's men thanks to information provided by the Clairvoyant. Triplett had to tell Rowe's six year old son about his father's death and wants to kill the Clairvoyant for it.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Downplayed, but it's there. Upon hearing that Coulson and Skye were in the alien city, he immediately jumps back into the city, without the hazmat suit he had on earlier. He proceeds to find and disarm the four bombs that he and Fitz-Simmons just set up, when earlier, they had to split up for them to make it out with "ten minutes to spare". Finally, he makes it into the room where Skye and Raina are in just before it's sealed, though this proves to be fatal for him. He does manage to break the Diviner before he gets Taken for Granite, thus preventing a widespread catastrophe.
- Fake Guest Star: He appears in all but one episode in the final run of Season One, has as much screen-time as the leads and is a full member of Coulson's team (essentially replacing Ward) by the end, but is still billed as a guest star. This is still the case in Season Two, despite the popular belief that he'd be promoted to lead cast and the fact that he appears in every episode. Justified as he barely makes it to the halfway point of Season Two before carking it.
- Famous Ancestor: His grandfather is one of the Howling Commandos. Quite possibly where he gets his Cultured Badass from. We never did find out which one, though. note
- Good Counterpart: For Ward; he joins Team Coulson as the replacement Big Guy while Ward turns out to be HYDRA. Also, both of them worked under Garrett, but Triplett is a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- The Good Guys Always Win: Espouses this belief in "The Only Light in the Darkness". His grandfather kicked HYDRA's ass back in the day and he's going to do the same thing now.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Had Trip not shattered the crystal, the Terrigen Mists would have spread much farther, triggering widespread mutations and chaos.
- Hidden Depths: Fitz repeatedly makes the mistake of treating Trip like Dumb Muscle and is continuously flustered whenever he tries to explain something only for Trip to already know it, or even show him up.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Like Coulson, he's very enthusiastic about his grandfather's old S.H.I.E.L.D. gear.
- Literally Shattered Lives: After he dies, his body crumbles to pieces almost immediately due to the effects of Skye's new earthquake powers on his petrified remains, presumably so there's no way for fans to speculate that He's Just Hiding! or for the writers to back out and claim he got better.
- The Medic: He has medical training, which is why he stays aboard The Bus to assist Simmons in treating Skye rather than accompanying the other field agents into the Guest House.
- Mexican Standoff: Has one with Hand and several of her agents after HYDRA came out of hiding within S.HI.E.L.D. and making Triplett and Jemma believe she was a HYDRA plant, which in-turn makes Hand state that he was now the 7th person she could trust.
- Nice Guy: A genuinely good and kindhearted man, Trip never let any of the evils he saw in the world shake his belief in good. He's also pretty much the one person in S.H.I.E.L.D. who everyone - from Coulson, to May, to even Hunter - seems to like and get along with; even Fitz couldn't dislike him despite his insecurities. Highlighted by his death - everyone on the team is heavily demoralised and upset by it, and tempers flare in response to interpersonal conflicts coming to the fore.
- Not So Stoic: All stoicism is dropped once he drags out his grandfather's S.H.I.E.L.D. kit. See The Knights Who Say "Squee!" above.
- Only a Flesh Wound: One of the team's more combat-effective members. Despite still recovering from a life threatening wound, Tripp manages to run around and disarm four remote bombs before they detonate and kill everyone in the Underground city.
- The Paragon: As explained by May after his death, Coulson sees in Trip all the qualities on which he feels S.H.I.E.L.D. should be built on.
- Romantic False Lead: He seems to be this for Simmons, since their implied mutual attraction is never really explored further than how it impacts Fitz and Simmons's relationship, and is usually shown from Fitz's point of view. So far his part in the Love Triangle that got set up in Season One has not even been mentioned again, since the whole Fitz-Simmons arc took a different direction in Season Two. The Love Triangle involving the three of them gets one last minor nod before Trip dies in Episode 2.10, but overall that seems to confirm the use of this trope.
- Sacrificial Lion: True to form, he's built up as a major yet secondary character for the best part of a season, then becomes the first member of Team Coulson to die in the Season 2 mid-season finale.
- Schizo Tech: Thanks to his grandfather being one of the Howling Commandos, Trip has a briefcase full of deceptively-advanced retro tech. From cigarettes that are lasers, to antique hair dryers that are ray guns. Predictably, Coulson completely geeks out over it.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Trip spin-kicks the crystal, shattering it, in hopes of freeing Skye from the stone covering her. It fails, and he's hit by some of the Diviner shards, which turn him to stone, thinking Skye died as well. Not so senseless is his Heroic Sacrifice detailed above.
- Ship Tease: He had quite a few scenes with Simmons, particularly in Season 1, that hint that they may become involved, causing Fitz to go all Green-Eyed Monster whenever the three of them are together.
- Sixth Ranger: Technically seventh, but he's the first new character to join Team Coulson after the initial six are introduced in the pilot. And his joining coincides with Ward's exposure as a HYDRA infiltrator, so Triplett is the sixth of six good guys on the team.
- Soul Brotha: "I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go."
- The Stoic: While he's cool headed and reserved, he's more personable then other standard agents. He even snaps once he sees his mentor having turned traitor. In "Nothing Personal", even when unemployed, disavowed, and hunted by various intelligence agencies, Trip considers their stay at a hotel a vacation until he gets his next set of orders.
- Taken for Granite: He dies by being turned to stone after part of the Diviner crystal becomes lodged in his chest while he tries to free Skye from its influence.
Agent / Director Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie
Portrayed By: Henry Simmons
Voiced By: Raúl Solo [Disney dub], Víctor Hugo Aguilar (Season 2) and Raúl Solo (Season 3 onwards) [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Paulo Bernardo (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 23: "Shadows") | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
A mechanic and equipment specialist Coulson recruits for S.H.I.E.L.D. who would go on to succeed him as Director.
- For more information, see his folder on the S.H.I.E.L.D. leadership page.
Portrayed by: Nick Blood
Voiced By: Carlos Hernández [Disney dub and Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Léo Rabelo (Brazilian Portuguese 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 note Isabelle note who was also a kick-ass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- Anti-Hero: Compared to the rest of Coulson's team, Hunter is the guy far more willing to get his hands dirty than the rest of them. It reaches its apex during his Start of Darkness when Andrew nearly died because of his obsession with getting revenge on Ward. It took him a very long time to earn the team's trust back after that, and as a result spent said time as their resident Butt-Monkey.
- 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 reaction 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Bobbi's injury, he returns in Season 3 as a far more vengeful and even more reckless individual. He winds up risking Andrew Garner's life at a chance for revenge and advises Fitz to leave Will Daniels to die on an alien planet so he'll have less competition for Jemma's love.
- 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.
- He forms a close bond with Coulson and especially Fitz, mostly due to the three of them being on the run together for some time. Once Coulson is back in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., he notices that they're just a little too comfortable around each other, given that he's the director and all. Hunter putting his feet up on Coulson's desk really sells it.
- 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: Adrianne Palicki
Voiced By: Leyla Rangel [Disney dub], Laura Ayala [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Marisa Leal (Brazilian Portuguese 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 biochemistry, 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 decision 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 Iliad 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.
- Taking the Bullet: Does this for Hunter.
- 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: 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-fueled 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 traveling to the future, she quickly rejoins them upon their return to the present.
- Absent from most of season 7 due to the team time traveling to the past this time, and reappears in the series finale.
- 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. Surprisingly, she actually survives to the end of the series.
- 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. To the point that when Simmons owes Piper a favor of absolutely anything, her choice is to resurrect Davis as an LMD. They're back to playfully feuding in no time at all, and Elena jokes that Piper is starting to regret it.
Species: Human / LMD
Portrayed by: Max Osinski
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 9: "Repairs")
An 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.
- Back from the Dead: Piper has Simmons bring back Davis as an LMD in the series finale.
- 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. Post-series his first name is revealed to be James.
- 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 Unreveal: It's 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.
Portrayed By: Jeff Ward
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 89: "Orientation, Part One")
A scavenger onboard the Lighthouse, later revealed to be the grandson of Jemma Simmons and Leopold Fitz. A born survivor and opportunist who tried to sell out Coulson's team to the Kree, his better nature triumphed over his preservation skills and he found himself fighting side-by-side with them. No one really likes him, however.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Daisy, pretty much since they came back from the future. She finds him annoying at best.
- Action Survivor: Deke has decent surviving skills and equipment like a helmet and knife, but he's not very good in direct combat. May would've curb-stomped him in their first encounter if not for her injured leg and his gravity manipulator device. He also ends up hurting his own fist after punching Sinara, a super-tough Kree.
- But Now I Must Go: With the apocalypse nigh, Deke chooses to venture out into the world rather than stay in the Lighthouse, arguing either the world is about to be destroyed or he will blink out of existence if the team successfully saves it. Either way, this is his last chance to experience a world that he was never able to in the post-apocalyptic future. Turns out that time travel doesn't work that way, and neither happens, but he still doesn't willingly return to S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Character Development: You wouldn't believe that a man who sold Daisy for slavery becomes a valued member of the team, helping them escape from danger and all. Living in a slave-free world will do that to you.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Deke is... Deke is a lot of things. A dipshit is certainly one noun which can be used to describe him, and one which he very much lives up to— if he isn't annoying Coulson's team to no end, he's at least very much pissing them off. Or betraying them. Or stealing from them. And yet most everyone seems to forget that the man comes from a truly Crapsack World. In his first appearance, he bested May in hand-to-hand combat; granted, she was injured, but that's still something very few can claim. And time again he's shown himself to be capable in hinky situations, from fighting off Remorath and Kree to easily disarming and injuring Sarge, who himself damn near beat Mack in a fight.
- The Cynic: He does not share Virgil's idealism nor Team Coulson's belief the world can be saved.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Growing up in a time where the Kree ruled over humanity, his life got a whole lot worse when he witnessed his mother getting murdered. He also lost his father to the Kree after she was gone. All summed up when he told Coulson:Deke: I was 9, okay? When my mother got dragged away and murdered. Kasius got rid of all the elders, all the smart people, and she was one of them. And after she was gone, my dad took up the cause. He carried the torch for her. And as I got older, I begged him not to. I said that they were gonna get him, too, and I was right. He got sent to the roaches, just like the rest of them.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Ultimately his crush on Daisy remains unreciprocated throughout the end of the series.
- Expy: A roguish, leather-clad, orphaned space bandit with jet boots and a cool mask? Never seen that in the MCU before.
- Fake Guest Star: He appears in the vast majority of episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5, yet still gets recurring billing rather than main billing. This was probably done to mask the fact that he is sent back to the present. He's Promoted to Opening Credits in the following season.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Despite being at point-blank range when Enoch exploded, he didn't die, and instead got sent to the present day, where his lack of understanding of how things (specifically money) work gets him arrested.
- While he eventually gets used to the present day, when the team starts bouncing through time in Season 7, Deke's lack of historical knowledge once again leaves him often a page behind the rest of the team. Notably, when they have to interrogate a racist general in the 50s, Mack, May, and Elena eventually decide Deke's the best choice, and it takes him a minute to figure out what they're hinting at.
- Freudian Excuse: After his mother was a victim of The Purge by the Kree and his father got exiled to Earth to become Roach food, Deke swore to prevent as many unnecessary deaths as he could. He sold out Daisy because her rashness would have gotten hundreds of humans killed.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: After selling Daisy to Kasius, nobody on Team Coulson trusts him because they know he'll turn on them at the drop of a hat in the Lighthouse. Even when they get back to the past and they learn he's Fitz and Simmons's grandchild, only the latter's attitude towards him changes. Fitz still says "He's the worst" after Jemma tells him. Elena expresses her condolences after she finds out. Daisy almost says something that would have been insulting to both Deke and Fitz before stopping herself at the last second when Deke tells her.
- Generation Xerox: Not only is he able to recreate the Framework program, he also understands how Gravitonium works. We can't expect any less from Fitz and Simmons's grandson.
- Has a Type: Dark-haired kickass women. The first is with Daisy, the second is with Snowflake. Yes, really.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. He uses Enoch to power the device used to activate the monolith, after being told that it will cause his death (that said, he does not Face Death with Dignity). However, the explosion somehow did not kill him.
- Hopeless Suitor: to Daisy. He develops feelings for her during the course of Season 5.
- I Choose to Stay: When the rest of the team crosses over to the original timeline via Fitz's quantum tunnel, Deke volunteers to stay behind and operate it in Sousa's place, as he has the scientific knowledge to do so and doesn't want to get in the way of Sousa's developing relationship with Daisy, despite his own crush on her. He was already well established in that timeline as well.
- Insane Troll Logic: He's convinced that Daisy destroyed the Earth— ignoring the fact that, since she was pulled from the time stream, it would be impossible for her to do so. Deke then states that he believes the multiverse theory which he says means that the Quake from the past is a divergent self of the Quake that destroyed the Earth... which still doesn't make any sense since that's not how the multiverse theory worksnote .
- Kid from the Future: He's Fitz and Simmons's grandson.
- Les Collaborateurs: He genuinely believes collaborating with the Kree despite their abuses is the only way to prevent humanity from going extinct.
- The Load: Averted in the first half of season five, due to his lifelong knowledge of the future society S.H.I.E.L.D. finds themselves in, but when he returns to their time period, he proves far less useful to the team than virtually everyone else, though he still has his moments; mostly, his intricate knowledge of future Kree-borne technology can occasionally prove vital to a mission.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Deals in Framework-esque simulations of what life was (supposedly) like before the world was destroyed, which the Kree overseers tolerate because it keeps the people docile.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Subverted. He's introduced wearing a mask, and later gets into a fight with May, but he was planting a metric on her to try to save her life.
- Manchild: It starts to show once he gets to the present day, he behaves a lot more childishly. Justified since he lost his parents at a young age and everything in the past is literally new to him.
- Meaningful Name: "Deke" is a term used in ice hockey, defined as "a deceptive movement or feint that induces an opponent to move out of position," in fitting with his Wild Card character.
- Missing Mom: Poor kid lost his mother at age 9. No wonder he's such a cynic.
- Momma's Boy: He's closer to his mom, and partially blames his dad for her death.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: During season 6, Deke runs a very successful tech company, and there are a couple episodes which feature Deke running the company as a tech mogul and somewhat of a social media sensation that doesnt quite fit in with the tone of the rest of the season. Helped by the fact that he moves his entire company into the top-secret Lighthouse during the season, which makes little logical sense even with the possibility of an impending apocalypse.
- Stranded with Edison: He eventually makes his own way in the past with a company where he recreates technology from his time of 2091 (and reverse engineering SHIELD tech he managed to familiarize himself with). The most prominent is turning his remote version of the Framework into a VR video game with enemies modeled after the Kree and Remorath. Director Mack had a SHIELD plant keep an eye on him and is not pleased seeing just how much tech he's taken to distribute to the general public.
- Strong Family Resemblance: According to Sam Voss, Deke looks just like his father when Owen was his age.
- Swapped Roles: In the first half of season five, Team Coulson is a Fish out of Temporal Water in his time period. In the season's latter half, he's the Fish out of Temporal Water in their time period.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: After coming from the future, he uses his knowledge of future technology (and some stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. tech) to create a tech start-up and make himself a millionaire, which was going well until S.H.I.E.L.D. crashed back into his life. And later when he gets stranded in 1982, he creates a band using a bunch of stolen 80s hits like "Don't You (Forget About Me)" and "Walk Like an Egyptian".
- Took a Level in Idealism: After spending time on Earth in the present day, he starts to change his selfish and cynical ways.
- Trademark Favorite Drink: Falls in love with Zima after tasting it in present day.
- Wild Card: Or as he calls it "playing the long game". One second he's aiding Team Coulson, the next he's selling Daisy out to Kasius. This comes back back to bite him, as Team Coulson no longer trusts him after the latter.
- The World Is Just Awesome: After landing in River's End, Deke is awed by the beauty of a real tree, to the point of literally hugging it. A local passerby thinks that he's high.
- You Are in Command Now: "What We're Fighting For" implies that Deke will take charge of the remnants of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the new timeline.
- You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: His reactions to the increasingly insane situations he keeps finding himself involved in since meeting Team Coulson.Deke: You know I used to be really good at self-preservation.
Species: Chronicom (Anthropologist)
Portrayed by: Joel Stoffer
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A sentient Chronicom who has been observing human evolution for over 40,000 years, he begins arraigning a plan to prevent an extinction-level event from destroying the human race. After some Timey-Wimey Ball shenanigans with Fitz, Enoch unfortunately finds himself on the opposite side of his people: Following the destruction of Chronica-2 at Izel's hands, the rest of the Chronicoms have launched a campaign of conquest to take Earth as their new home. Despite wanting to save the Chronicoms as much as anyone, he remains steadfastly loyal to his bestie Fitz and Coulson's team.
- Alien Non-Interference Clause: His people are forbidden from interfering in the affairs of the races they observe, unless it's to prevent an extinction-level event.
- Because Destiny Says So: He took Team Coulson because the Seer's prophecy said that they were needed to be sent to the future to avert the end of the world, but left Fitz behind because he wasn't on the list.
- Bad Liar: He... doesn't really make for a terribly convincing Kree. He promptly ices the guard.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Beware the Silly Ones: Enoch's complete lack of social graces make him a rather amusing character— one who will gun you down in seconds, ICER or not, if you're a threat to the future.
- Big Good: Of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. starting with Season Five. First he does what must be done to prevent the Bad Future from occurring, including placing Team Coulson where they need to be in order to make this happen. After preventing the cataclysmic event, he does everything in his power to keep Fitz alive in a hostile alien world, and finally even begins to fight against his own people for the sake of the team.
- "As I have always been," which also serve as Arc Words for the central arc of Season Five, where the future (supposedly) cannot be changed. Later becomes an Ironic Echo as he undergoes Character Development and grows to consider first Fitz and later the rest of the team his True Companions. These are his last words as he powers down in mid-sentence in episode 9 of Season Seven— titled "As I Have Always Been".
- Responding to questions about prophecies and the Bad Future with the word "Unknown."
- Combat Pragmatist: Enoch doesn't seem to bother much with actual combat, primarily using gadgets or the element of surprise to disable people before they have even registered that he's a threat.
- The Comically Serious: Rarely if ever shows his emotions, which makes the funny things he does say that much funnier.
- Cowboy Cop: Hilariously enough, his fellow Chronicom Noah describes Enoch as "quite reckless", which raises questions about how emotionless and inactive the Chronicom must be if Enoch qualifies as "reckless."
- Creepy Good: He's an alien robot who frequently appears in shadows, kidnaps the team and sends them to the future with no warning, and speaks in a Creepy Monotone, but he's actually the Big Good of Season Five.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Enoch gets quite painfully drained to power the Monolith. He gets better, since that timeline no longer exists (or at least is no longer the team's future).
- Disney Death: Technically he didn't "die" since he's a construct, he regardless met his end performing a Heroic Sacrifice. But as Daisy changed the timeline by taking the Centipede serum herself and saving Earth from Talbot, it means there's another version of Enoch floating around in space along with an alternate version of Fitz, both waiting to be rescued.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the very first scene of Season 5, we see him take a drink from a refrigerator entirely filled with bottles of coconut water and going for a swim in his pool while looking straight forwards into the camera with an unnaturally blank expression the entire time, clearly establishing him as inhumanly off somehow— even before he removes his human skin to take a shower.
- Face Framed in Shadow: When he first appears in the Season Four finale, he's entirely covered in shadow. He's actually listed as "Silhouette Man" in the credits for that episode.
- Fake Guest Star: He appears in a good chunk of the first half of season 5, and most episodes of season 6 and season 7, yet is still only given guest billing.
- Fantastic Anthropologist: He describes himself as an anthropologist when explaining his role to Fitz and Hunter.
- The Greys: His silhouette in the shower seems to resemble the stereotypical long-limbs/small-head depiction of the species, and his human disguise has very large eyes with a bald head and sallow skin tone.
- Hot-Blooded: As stoic and emotionless as he is, by Chronicom standards he's apparently quite the loose cannon.
- Heroic BSoD: After he's "decommissioned" by the hunter Chronicoms while on Kitson, Enoch suffers a huge (albeit adorable and hilarious) existential crisis and spends the episode's climax sulking and moaning about his worthlessness. Fitz eventually mostly snaps him out of it, although in the following episode he's still mopey enough to annoy Davis.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Enoch dies in the process of sending S.H.I.E.L.D. home, due to Deke Shaw's improvised method of using Enoch's battery to power the Monolith activation machine. He retroactively gets better.
- Does it again in season 7. After learning that what is effectively his "heart" is the crew's only hope of breaking a "Groundhog Day" Loop that is about to kill them, he unflinchingly and without hesitation pulls his heart out and casually gives it to Simmons, dying shortly afterwards.
- Latex Perfection: Exaggerated; not only his face but seemingly his entire skin is fake, and yet when he talks, nothing looks the slightest bit abnormal.
- The Men in Black: Ironic, given that he's an alien in disguise who the military has no idea exists. He even has a device for quick getaways.
- Meaningful Name: Enoch, his assumed name, is Hebrew for "Dedication." Between studying humanity for millennia and doing everything in his power to save it, Enoch is nothing if not dedicated. He will do anything for the mission to save the team, including laying down his own life to return them.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Tends to be on the receiving end of this from the rest of the team, who tend to be remarkably unconcerned for his well-being most of the time, much to his dismay.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Partway through season 6, and continuing through season 7, pretty much all of the Chronicoms as an entire species undergo a FaceHeel Turn to terraform Earth and take revenge against S.H.I.E.L.D. for not using their Time Travel technology to save Chronyca-2... except Enoch, who still remains true friends with the rest of the team, Fitz in particular.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: His second Heroic Sacrifice takes place in the absence of his "best friend" Fitz, who he lamented not being able to bid farewell to.
- Nice Guy: Despite kidnapping Team Coulson and sending them to a Bad Future while leaving Fitz behind to rot in jail for six months, he is ultimately trying to avert the Bad Future and the extinction of the human race. When Fitz and Hunter finally find him, Enoch is incredibly polite and does everything he can to help Fitz reunite with the team.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He's a Chronicom, so he's an alien whose biology has a surprising amount in common with that of robots.
- Noodle People: We haven't seen what his true form looks like, but his silhouette in the shower appears to be much skinnier and have longer limbs than a human. Given the way that he folds himself into a tiny crack to hide from the Kree onboard Zephyr One, he doesn't even seem to have any bones.
- No Social Skills: Enoch's interactions with the team are... awkward to say the least.
- Not So Above It All: While he's incredibly pragmatic and analytical, he does admit he had quite a bit of fun crafting an exceptionally brutal and notorious identity for Fitz while he was sleeping— enough to make some of the worst people in the universe uneasy around him. Fortunately, Fitz was more than up to the task.
- Obviously Evil: Subverted. He's a disguised hairless alien in a man suit with an emotionless voice who appears in shadow to kidnap the team, but he's actually a good guy who takes care of widowed single mom Polly Hinton and helps Fitz reunite with his comrades.
- Odd Friendship: Despite a rather rough first encounter, he and Fitz have gotten along rather famously. The two put complete faith and trust in each other.
- One-Man Army: In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, he single-handedly disables all the Chronicoms holding FitzSimmons hostage with nothing but a rifle.
- Only One Name: As with all Chronicoms, Enoch seems to have to have only one name, though on his voicemail he introduces himself as Enoch Coltrane, likely an alias during his time on Earth.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: How does he disguise himself as a Kree soldier? Paint himself blue.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's been personally watching Earth for over 32,000 years, with no word on how old he actually is.
- The Reliable One: When shit gets real, Enoch gets shit done. Despite a rough start, by the time Fitz wakes up in the future, he trusts Enoch implicitly. The rest of Coulson's team also quickly take note of how dependable he is.
- Robot: Enoch is an artificial being made of plastic alloy and powered by a battery. Although he himself claims he is not a robot.
- The Slow Path: He allows Fitz to use the cryopod from his ship while he just waits out the next 74 years, since he doesn't age like humans do. Once the timeline is "fixed", the Enoch that was waiting ultimately gets interrupted, kicking off the plot of Season 6.
- During the time-travel shenanigans in Season 7, he gets left behind in the 1930s, and doesn't rejoin the team until the 70s.
- The Stoic: The guy does not emote very much. Even when jumping into the pool to take a swim, his face remains passive. The only time he shows any emotion is when Fitz slams him into a desk and points a gun at his head, and he's quite obviously in agony when he willingly uses his own battery to power the monolith.
- The Spock: Emotionless, logic-driven, and far more dangerous than he might first appear. Bonus points for being an actual alien (and played by a rather pointy-eared actor, to boot).
- Token Non-Human: Inhumans aside, he's the only non-human member of the team, at least until LMD-Coulson comes along. Even so, he remains the only true alien member of the team.
- Took a Level in Badass: While he was already a super tough and strong robot, his passive anthropologist programming prevented him from getting physically involved in combat, and the most he would ever do is ICE people. Come season 7 however, because they are at war with Chronicom hunters, he in turn upgraded his programming with a hunter-level combat skill protocol, making him a much more capable combatant capable taking on the entire rest of the crew of the Zephyr if need be.
- Trapped in the Past: Gets trapped in 1931 when the Zephyr is forced to make a time jump without him, though given that he's tens of thousands of years old, this is really just a minor inconvenience for him.
- Uncanny Valley: His demeanor and manner of speech are not quite exactly that of a human, making him stand out and appear unnerving. It is invoked because it helps to sell the fact that he isn't human.
- Undying Loyalty: To Coulson's team. He'll send them all into a distant Bad Future without a second thought to save mankind... But he'll also stand guard over Fitz's cryogenically frozen body for 74 years and won't hesitate to put himself at risk for the sake of the team, even laying down his life to send them home again. In his dying speech after his second Heroic Sacrifice, Enoch admits that for the longest time he didn't understand what companionship was like, but he figured it out through knowing the team and preferred that to his eons of loneliness.
- Trademark Favorite Food: The fridge in his house is absolutely filled to the brim with cans of coconut water and nothing else.
- Willfully Weak: Mid-season 7, Enoch gets battered by May with a fire extinguisher when he tries to prevent her from leaving for her own safety. However, when he later wants to defeat her, he curbstomps her.
Species: Chronicom Life-Model Decoy
Portrayed by: Clark Gregg
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A new LMD of Phil Coulson, created by Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz and Enoch, using Chronicom technology.
- And I Must Scream: After spending almost two years as a Virtual Ghost, Coulson remarks that he was thirsty for the whole two years with no way to quench it. First thing he did when he regained a body was have a glass of water.
- Ascended Fanboy: In a way. With his LMD body giving him Super Strength and Super Toughness, Coulson almost gleefully notes that he's an actual superhero now.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Applies to him even more now than his original self given that he's a super strong robot.Daisy: He's alarmingly strong.
Jemma: Yeah. I keep forgetting.
- Big Good: It's strongly hinted at the very end of Season 6 that he will serve this role in Season 7. Though ultimately somewhat averted in that despite being a replica of the real Coulson, there's no realistic way they would let a newly birthed LMD assume leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Mack. So while he's absolutely a vital member of the team, he's not the leader.
- Came Back Strong: As a human consciousness resurrected in a super strong, nigh-invulnerable android body, Coulson definitely qualifies.
- Cloning Blues: Downplayed. LMD!Coulson displays some reservations about the possibility of not being the original Coulson, and the fact that both he and the original would've been opposed to his creation in the first place, but quickly agrees to help the team regardless, and somewhat comes around to the idea that being an LMD has its perks. He agrees with Mack however that they will revisit his status once they resolve the current crisis.
- Death Is Cheap: Exploited. By the time the LMD is built, Coulson is now fully aware that he has died multiple times and always returns in one form or another. By the time of Season 7 of Agents of SHIELD, he practically declares dying to be his own personal little "superpower" as he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice he fully expects he'll come back from somehow.
- Do Androids Dream?: Starts to develop an existential crisis around this, lamenting that his personality is "programming" and wondering aloud whether he has a soul. May's continual rejection of him as not being "him" doesn't help.
- Eating Machine: LMD!Coulson can still eat and drink like a human, and can even feel thirst despite not actually requiring that manner of sustenance.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: After a somewhat belated epiphany that he can instinctively read code, and Chronicom code at that, he rapidly developed a Hollywood Hacking skillset. When Yo-Yo asked if he was some kind of computer genius now, she got a Blunt "Yes" in response.
- Expy: LMD!Coulson is possibly one of Emily Preston from Deadpool, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was killed and brought back as an LMD.
- Genius Bruiser: Inherits Coulson's mind from when he was in the Framework, along with 2 years worth of historical data; this gives him an almost encyclopedic knowledge and recall of records and history. On top of this, he gained increased durability, strength, and combat effectiveness thanks to his Chronicom hardware.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Blew up the Chronicoms' timeship in 1976 while he was still inside, arguing that "dying's kind of [his] superpower" and that he'll come back somehow, which proved accurate almost immediately.
- Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: Why he was created in the first place. With the Chronicoms in possession of Fury's Black Box, and as such all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most secret secrets to try to unravel the organization via time travel, S.H.I.E.L.D. needed the next best thing to try and stop them— Coulson's encyclopedic knowledge of S.H.I.E.L.D. history and knowledge of the Black Box itself.
- Last Episode, New Character: He makes his first appearance at the end of the last episode of season 6.
- Logical Weakness: No matter how advanced he is, EMPs are still a weakness of his, though they only knock him out and cause some minor malfunctions, such as rendering his vision monochrome and causing him to hear a Private Eye Monologue in his head, conveniently just in time for a Film Noir episode.
- My Skull Runneth Over: His mind was designed based on the most recent scan of the real Coulson's mind, that being from when they were in the Framework over 2 years prior, but he was also given data to fill in the blanks in the time lost. As such, when he was first activated, he suffered from an information overload as he "remembered" 2 years worth of information, including his own death, in about a minute's time, necessitating a temporary shutdown for him to get a hold of himself.Coulson: 2 years in 10 seconds. It's like the worst episode of "This Is Your Life" ever.
- No-Sell: Given his new Chronicom body, LMD!Coulson is now extremely durable, tanking a shotgun round to the shoulder and taking punches like they're nothing.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Underneath all the plastic and circuitry, Coulson's still the same selfless hero he was in his past life.
- Redeeming Replacement: In a sense, he could be considered as such to the evil LMD of Coulson that briefly usurped S.H.I.E.L.D. in season 4.
- Replacement Goldfish: To the real Coulson.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: To an even greater degree than other robots seen in Agents of SHIELD. His personality, intelligence, quirks, wit, and moral code make him virtually indistinguishable from the real Coulson (while also having downloaded the original Coulson's memories), and while other LMDs could very effectively mimic the humans they were replacing in order to serve a higher purpose in their programming, this LMD-Coulson doesn't appear to have a programmed purpose at all—much like an actual human—and really is effectively a second version of Coulson himself.
- Virtual Ghost: How he lived in the 80s. His hard drive survived his body's destruction in 1976 and was eventually found by Deke, who rigged it up with a TV he could appear on and communicate through, and a camera and mic so he could see and hear. Ultimately though he was just a TV on a mobile stand and couldn't move himself around, preventing him from going full TV Head Robot.
- We Are as Mayflies: As the reality of his existence sets in, Coulson realizes he is doomed to watch everyone he loves die while he effectively lives forever.
Agent/Chief Daniel Sousa
Portrayed By: Enver Gjokaj
Voiced By: Raymundo Armijo (Latin-American Spanish dub); Eduardo Bosch (European Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agent Carter | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
An injured veteran working at the S.S.R., and one of Peggy's few friends in the department. Following the Leviathan incident, he becomes Chief of the LA office in Season 2, and would go on to become Chief of the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D.'s West Coast office.
Some time later after S.H.I.E.L.D.'s official formation, Sousa would go on to serve, and ultimately die in the line of duty, as the agency's first fallen agent— the victim of a HYDRA assassination plot... Or that's what's written in the history books, anyway.
- Artificial Limbs: After years of living with a barely functioning prosthetic leg that was all the 1940s could provide, Simmons sets him up with a modern one, and he quickly loses the need for his cane as a result.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Thompson and Dooley are openly jerks, but their condescension toward Peggy causes them to often miss her covert actions. Sousa, however, is kind to her and believes she's competent, which means he doesn't underestimate her and thus is the one to discover she's a double agent. While normally he's the "good cop" during interrogation, he turns out to be pretty aggressive if he believes you personally betrayed him.
- Big Damn Heroes: After he and Daisy are captured by Nathaniel Malick, Sousa single-handedly deals with their captors and takes an injured and unconscious Daisy back to the team. Defiant Captive doesn't quite give him enough badass points for that one.
- Brainy Brunette: Sousa is a lot more competent than his colleagues give him credit for.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes an recurring appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 7, 4 years after Agent Carter was cancelled.
- Canon Foreigner: There's no Daniel Sousa in the main comics.
- Cane Fu: Can use his crutch as a weapon.
- Cassandra Truth: Sousa had correctly developed suspicions that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by HYDRA as early as 1955 and tried to warn his superiors about it. Unfortunately his suspicions would get him assassinated that year, and history shows that his superiors didn't listen.
- Character Development: In season 1 of Agent Carter he is Peggy's ally, but still has trouble overcoming the sexism of the day, and has a bit of a Madonna-Whore Complex with her as a result. Flash forward 10 years, in Agents of SHIELD, and he has done a fair amount of work on himself, to the point where he doesn't bat an eye at having superiors that include an Asian-American woman and a black man, and is perfectly willing to be Daisy's support system.
- Deadpan Snarker: At times, mostly about his sexist coworkers.Sousa: [of Jack Thompson] Poor guy. I hear he got his personality shot off in Iwo Jima.
- Derailing Love Interests: Picks up the Jerkass Ball big time during Peggy's interrogation in season 1, revealing his hypocrisy much to her disgust in "SNAFU". While they've patched things up by the end of season 2, history dictates that it didn't work out in the long run.
- Death Faked for You: How future S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to avoid his death in 1955 while tricking out time.
- Disabled Snarker: He was injured during WWII, and as established, he's a Deadpan Snarker.
- Doomed by Canon: His relationship with Peggy, after Captain America travels back in time to be with her at the end of Avengers: Endgame. He seems to have already split with Peggy when seen in 1955 in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also states that he was assassinated in 1955 for his attempts to expose HYDRA, and that he was historically the first S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to fall in the line of duty. Thwarted when future S.H.I.E.L.D. saves him by Tricking Out Time.
- Fair Cop: Former Edition. Daniel was a police officer before WWII; it's the reason he's a better investigator than anyone else in the S.S.R. New York Office (except for possibly Peggy). Might even be a Shout-Out to Enver Gjokaj's cameo role in The Avengers (he's one of the NYPD cops that Steve coordinates with during the Chitauri invasion).
- Fake Guest Star: He is given a special guest star billing throughout his run on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s seventh season to hide the fact that he joins the team very early on, and stays with them through the series' end.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He's a man out of time almost as much as Steve Rogers was. After faking his death in 1955 and joining Team Coulson, he's completely aghast at how far technology has come. Hell, the now-primitive tech of The '70s leaves him awestruck.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop:
- He's the Good Cop when interrogating a homeless bum in "Time and Tide". Sadly, he finds that being empathetic to the man's plight just gets him rebuffed over and over, while Thompson's bribery approach immediately gets the guy talking.
- In "SNAFU", he instead falls into the Bad Cop trope when interrogating Peggy, as he feels personally wronged by her perceived betrayal.
- Handicapped Badass: During WWII his leg was injured to the point where he's permanently crippled, getting around with the aid of a crutch. That doesn't stop him from easily taking out a homeless veteran with said crutch when the latter becomes aggressive. He even manages to hold his own and survive against Dottie, the first character to do so in a straight-up fight. It gets even more impressive once he joins Team Coulson: after he and Daisy are captured by Nathaniel Malick and drugged to hell and back, he still manages to brutally kill his guards with a glass shard and carry an unconscious Daisy back to the Zephyr— and all without his cane.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Thompson and Dooley are the ones in charge, but Sousa surpasses them both in terms of detective skill and cunning.
- Insecure Love Interest: Sousa is hinted to have a crush on Peggy, but Krzeminski tells him to stuff it, claiming she'd never look at a cripple like him when she's dated Captain America.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Deconstructed. Sousa tells a story of being applauded while entering a diner but another GI was not. That was when he realized they were applauding him out of pity for his disability.Sousa: So, I walk into this diner. This isn't a joke. I walk into this diner, and everybody starts clapping. And I look around at first, confused, and then I realize, oh, they're clapping for me, in my dress uniform, 'cause I served and came back alive, like you... So, I pretended to curtsy. Played it off as a joke, and then I'm working on my meal. I look up. I see another G.I. walk in. So, I put down my fork, put down my knife, get ready to clap. And nobody else does a thing. Silence. That's when I realized they weren't clapping for me. They were clapping for this and this. (gestures to leg and crutch) Clapping because I make them feel guilty, and they want to feel good.
- Irony: His brightness and willingness to see Peggy as the competent agent that she is, rather than dismiss her as just a Sexy Secretary... leads him to be perhaps the biggest threat to her cover when she's working to clear Stark's name.
- It's Personal: When Peggy was accused as a traitor in "SNAFU", he feels personally betrayed so he becomes the bad cop and is the most aggressive in interrogating her, while Thompson and Chief Dooley are more composed in doing so.
- Jerkass Ball: In "SNAFU", Sousa accuses Peggy of sleeping with Howard, saying that he's "as good as they say" and that he "scrambled her brain". This goes away again after Peggy comes clean about her own interrogation and possessing a vial containing Steve's blood, with him trying to convince Dooley to believe her. It comes back again in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the stress of time travel is clearly taking its toll and he starts taking it out on poor Simmons. It gets to a point where he's about to ship off in 1976, but mellows out and decides to stay with the team after saving Daisy.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Was killed in 1955 for his attempts to unveil HYDRA's infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. Future S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to avert this with some Tricked Out Time.
- MadonnaWhore Complex: Peggy diagnoses him as having one regarding her; he idolizes her, but turns against her when she's revealed to be a double agent and accuses her during the interrogation of having been been seduced by Howard. (Though it's not clear if she actually believes this about him or if she's just trying to turn the tables on her interrogator.)Peggy: [To you, I was] the girl on the pedestal, transformed into some daft whore.
- Married to the Job: Implied to be why his relationship with Peggy didn't work out. Given that Peggy herself was also very career-minded, it may have been mutual.
- Nice Guy: Supportive to Peggy in contrast to his co-workers. This is initially averted in "SNAFU", however, with him being the most aggressive interrogator out of him, Thompson and Dooley.Sousa: You're an agent, but they treat you like a secretary.
- Not So Above It All: A rather depressing reveal. Sousa took Peggy's part against the rest of the S.S.R.'s sexism, but while his opinion of Peggy is more benevolent, it's just as sexist in a different way: by idolizing Peggy, he set himself up to be disappointed when it looked like she wasn't the perfect woman he envisioned, and he turned on her pretty viciously. While he was initially reluctant to believe she was a traitor, his assumption that she's only doing it because she's sleeping with Howard Stark is the nail in the coffin here. To his credit, though, the instant Peggy starts laying down all her cards, he believes her, so much so that Thompson says it's because of his crush on her.
- It's possible he never actually believed she betrayed the S.S.R. because she was sleeping with Howard, and that it was just an interrogation technique designed to get a reaction. It's fairly common in interrogations to make their motive out to be something really bad so they'll correct you, and in doing so admit that they did what they're being accused of.
- N-Word Privileges: Freely jokes about his lost leg, but is annoyed when others make jabs about it.
- Official Couple: He is finally able to move on from Peggy by falling in love with Daisy Johnson. To everyone's surprise, the series ends with the two of them a couple, happily exploring the universe together aboard the Zephyr.
- Offscreen Breakup: He and Peggy broke up some time between 1947 and 1955.
- Only Friend: He's the only one to accept Peggy as a S.S.R. agent, mostly because of his feelings for her. Because of this, he feels particularly betrayed when he assumes her guilt in "SNAFU", leaving her with zero friends, until she was able to convince him and his colleagues of her innocence.
- Rank Up: Gets promoted to being chief of a new branch of the S.S.R. on the West Coast between seasons.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To Peggy in season two.
- Retcon: Agent Carter implies that his injured leg is still present but irreparably damaged to the point that he needs to walk with a crutch. Agents of SHIELD changes this to him actually missing a leg and wearing a prosthesis and using a cane.
- Returning War Vet: Lost the use of his leg during the Siege of Bastogne.
- Second Love: Slowly becomes a contender for this for Peggy. In the Season 2 finale, they get together. It ultimately doesn't last, with them having split by 1955. During his travels with present-day S.H.I.E.L.D., he becomes this for Daisy Johnson, who finds love for the first time since losing Lincoln years earlier.
- Sixth Ranger: Joins present-day S.H.I.E.L.D. on their time-traveling adventures in the seventh season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After losing his leg, his relationship with Peggy Carter ended, and he was supposed to be murdered by HYDRA, Team Coulson saved him from HYDRA, gave him a prosthetic leg that worked as well as a real one, and he ended up with Daisy.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was already a badass when he joined the SSR and then SHIELD, but his crutch and later cane had a tendency to slow him down. This changes when Simmons gifts him with an advanced prosthesis, and he graduates to full-on action hero.
- Transplant: From a series regular on the two seasons of Agent Carter to a recurring character in the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- Tricked Out Time: Unwilling to let a good man die but also trying to avoid changing the past, S.H.I.E.L.D. fakes Sousa's death in 1955 while taking him time-travelling with them. This way the world believes he dies as originally dictated, while he gets to live on without being around to affect the timeline.
- Undying Loyalty: Season 2 gives him this towards Peggy, even as powerful forces threaten both of them and Peggy herself tells him to save himself from the sure-to-come fallout.Daniel: I'm in this with you 'til the end, Peggy.
- Unfazed Everyman: All things considered, Sousa handles all the information dropped on him after being rescued from 1955 pretty well. Time-traveling S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, body-snatching alien robots, the fact that he was historically ordained to die that day? Just another day on the job for him. When Daisy later calls him out on this based on his non-reaction to them being trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, he replies that he is very fazed, he just doesn't show it.
- Utility Weapon: He sometimes uses his crutch as a weapon. It even gave him an edge when throwing down with Dottie.
- Walking Spoiler: Can't talk about his role in season 7 without spoiling that he cheated death and joined the time traveling S.H.I.E.L.D. crew. The very fact that he's on the Team Coulson page is a spoiler for anyone who last saw him in Agent Carter.
The Secret Warriors
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 53: "Closure")
A team of super powered Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. led by Daisy Johnson after the Terrigen outbreak.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, the Secret Warriors were formed by Nick Fury as part of his personal crusade against Hydra, composed of the children of super villains. Here, the Secret Warriors are all Inhumans gathered together by S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Badass Crew: On their first mission, they managed to not only rescue the rest of Team Coulson, but also capture the head of HYDRA.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: With the threat of Hive being able to sway Inhumans, Coulson was forced to disband the team. With Lincoln's death and Joey quitting SHIELD, Daisy and Yo-Yo are the only ones left.
Lincoln Campbell / Sparkplug
Portrayed by: Luke Mitchell
Voiced By: Carlo Vázquez [Disney dub], Arturo Cataño [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub), Daniel Müller (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 38: "Afterlife")
A young Inhuman with electrical powers who introduces Skye to the Inhuman city of Lai Xi or "Afterlife".
- The Alcoholic: Heavily implied to have a problem with alcoholism and recreational drug use. It's confirmed in "Paradise Lost" when he revealed to Daisy the true extent of his past alcohol use.
- Bad Liar: Lets information slip and then poorly tries to correct himself, leading to Skye confronting Raina.
- Character Death: He dies in the finale of Season 3 along with Hive.
- Code Name: Is given the name "Sparkplug" by S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The events of Season 2 Finale left him far more cynical, now believing their gifts to be a curse.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Season 3 hints that not all was sunshine and roses in Lincoln's early life even before his discovery of his Inhuman powers. While he's on the run from the ATCU, his family is not mentioned - either because he's not close with them or perhaps because they're dead. He has one friend that seems to be of an age where he might have been a Cool Uncle figure or Parental Substitute. Said friend questions whether Lincoln had been drinking, which points to a possible problem with alcohol (he's already implied to perhaps be into recreational drugs of some sort), and there's explicit mention of at least one suicide attempt. Another subtle clue to difficult childhood/teen years is that Lincoln, while obviously afraid of his situation, seems comfortable being on the run, which may indicate that it's not entirely new to him. Eventually, he reveals that his substance abuse culminated in a car accident in which his girlfriend was nearly killed. Gordon found him then and took them both to Afterlife, where his girlfriend was treated and presumably sent back to civilization.
- Dead Guy Junior: It's subtle, but in the Framework Mac's nickname for his daughter Hope is "Sparkplug," subconsciously naming her after Lincoln.
- Easily Forgiven: Repeatedly. It becomes a little shocking how much Coulson is willing to forgive, largely for Daisy's sake.
- He's allowed back into civilian life despite taking part in Jiaying's assault, in which he was complicit in the deaths of several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and directly injuring some of them. The same is true of the other Afterlife Inhumans who survived; obviously, they weren't locked up because Jiaying lied to and manipulated them.
- He goes rogue to try and murder Andrew Garner.
- He frequently disobeys orders and argues with his superiors.
- Explosive Leash: In "Singularity," Coulson gives him an explosive vest that May can trigger if Hive infects him. Both Lincoln and May point out that this is a really screwed up way of asking for his help, especially considering that Coulson is doing everything he can to save Daisy. In the end, Coulson agrees he was wrong, and grounds Lincoln entirely.
- Face Death with Dignity: Is calm and collected in his final moments, looking at the Earth in awe along with Hive.
- Fatal Flaw: His anger is by far his biggest problem, which when combined with his dangerous powers, causes others to question whether he's a suitable asset. When push comes to shove, however, he does manage to keep himself under control.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's only at S.H.I.E.L.D. because he has feelings for Daisy, not because he's interested in making a difference; combined that with his Hair-Trigger Temper means he's not very well liked by Coulson or May.
- Good Counterpart: To Ward, as a mentor figure to Skye/Daisy that eventually evolves into a Love Interest. In contrast to Ward, who was a sociopath that had most people believing that he was a charming, decent guy... Lincoln is really a Nice Guy under the tough exterior and wants to help people - but by citizens (and even parts of S.H.I.E.L.D.) he's misunderstood and characterized as an evil or at least dangerous threat.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Flies a ship with a nuclear bomb into orbit in order to destroy Hive.
- Hidden Depths: He's initially introduced as a calm and zen-like Inhuman who specializes in helping other Inhumans transition through the effects of Terrigenesis. Once he's removed from the paradisaical Afterlife, however, we find out that he's quick to anger and not good with unexpected situations. Daisy keeps him grounded, but this causes problems when he has to go on missions without her.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: After Season 2, he wants nothing to do with either S.H.I.E.L.D. or his fellow Inhumans, and wants to live a normal life as a doctor.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His role in Jiaying's assault in the Season 2 finale may have had something to do with Lash targeting him. How did Lash find him? Jiaying's ledger.
- The Lost Lenore: His death really hit Daisy hard and continues to do so in Season 4.
- Magical Defibrillator: Subverted and later played straight; He tries to use his shock and awe powers to restart a friend's heart after disarming him and scaring into a heart attack but it doesn't work. He later uses his powers to help reboot Werner's brain after the latter is in a semi-comatose state.
- The Medic: He's a transitioner for the Inhumans, and his introduction shows him using acupuncture to help Skye's body fully adjust to her new powers. Later, he tells her that he's working on a medical degree. In season 3, he's seen working at a hospital, until he's forced to go on the run. He even helps to "jump-start" Werner's brain with his powers when the latter is in a semi-comatose state.
- Messiah Creep: Well-disguised because of his Anti-Hero character, but eventually sacrifices himself for the S.H.I.E.L.D. team and all of humanity by piloting an armed warhead into space on a one-way trip. His last moments include a discourse about the state of humanity and why they warrant such a sacrifice. Other characters discuss how he's 'paying for all their mistakes.' He even takes possession of a literal cross - well, a crucifix necklace, which is heavily featured in his death scene - several times, it turns out.
- Mr. Exposition: Has the task of informing Skye where she is and what they do at Lai Xi.
- Nice Guy: He's nothing but sweet and courteous to Skye, and doesn't exhibit any of the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing of his fellow Inhumans.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: It's made pretty clear in Season 3 that he's only working with S.H.I.E.L.D. for Daisy's sake, rather than any commit to the organization or its ideals.
- Power Floats: Can channel his electricity into other people to make them float. He can do it gently by hand contact or throw you into the ceiling with a short range bolt of energy.
- Pretty Boy: James mocks him as looking like he's from a boy band.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: In Season 3 where he joins S.H.I.E.L.D. (sort of).
- Sacrificial Lion: The one major character on the side of the good guys to bite the dust in Season 3.
- Shock and Awe: Every cell in his body has a charge, which he can control at will. He can use this to heat objects or deliver shocks, and mentions that he nearly burned down Lai Xi before gaining control. He can also transfer the energy to others through physical contact, which he demonstrates on Skye by making her levitate. He also uses these powers to short out the controls on the Quinjet at the end of Season Three, making it impossible for Hive to retake control of the plane and escape.
- The Stoner: He shows Skye a good spot to go to "smoke something."
- Token Good Teammate: Among those in Jiayang's war party, he's the only one not okay with her ruthless campaign. Eventually, he pulls a complete HeelFace Turn in the finale.
- Trauma Conga Line: All of "A Wanted In(human)" was this for him. The ATCU outed him to the public, his Only Friend sold him out, and when he disarmed him it scared him into a heart attack. Then, after agreeing to come in to work with Daisy, Coulson sells him out to keep Daisy a secret. As Daisy put it:Daisy: You've been having a Hell of a day.
- The Unmasking: He's exposed after Lash attacks his hospital and made public by the end.
José "Joey" Gutierrez
Portrayed By: Juan Pablo Raba
Voiced By: José Gilberto Vilchis [Disney dub], Alfonso Obregón Inclán [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 45: "Laws of Nature")
The first Inhuman that S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to reach first and extract, in the wake of Terrigen being released into the ecosystem. He has the ability to shape metal.
- Barrier Warrior: His powers enable him to create a field that melts incoming projectiles so long as they are made of metal and this allows him to shield both himself and his allies from most modern weapons.
- Bury Your Gays: Averted, but trolled a few times. The writers are aware of this, having played it straight previously with Victoria Hand, and twice have made it look like he's been killed, first by Lash then by Giyera, only for it to be revealed as a fake-out (firstly by revealing to be Lash's imagination, then secondly by the bullets turning to liquid prior).
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A gay character who has special powers that people who are scared or repulsed by his type of people are trying to cure, while people who share his identity (namely Daisy) try to reassure him that his abilities are not a disease or something to be afraid of, and that he needs to come to terms with it. Get the subtext? Joey himself somewhat lampshades this.
- Expy: Seems to be one for Sebastian Druid of the comic book version of the Secret Warriors, being a dorky Audience Surrogate who's introduced with no control of his powers but comes back some time later having gained competence and confidence. He even somewhat looks like Druid.
- Extra-ore-dinary: His powers include being able to control the physical state of metal. Joey eventually learns how to reshape metal into something new as well.
- Jumped at the Call: Once he's grown accustomed to his powers, he's thrilled by the prospect of using them in construction, and later geeks out over being bulletproof.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He has no idea how to control his powers, and he's dismayed that there's no way to reverse his powers. However, by his second appearance he has come more to terms with it and apparently doesn't want a cure anymore.
- Immune to Bullets: To his delight; he discovers this by jumping in front of three bullets fired at Daisy only for them to melt before striking him.
- Mundane Utility: Discussed. After he gains some control over them, he notes that his powers could be very useful in construction.
- Non-Action Guy: Not as combat trained as the rest of the Secret Warriors, but like the rest of the cast even when non-action oriented he's still more than capable of kicking ass. However, when he actually kills someone he's so shaken up by it that, after Hive infects Daisy, he becomes disillusioned with working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and opts to go home.
- Opt Out: He quits working for S.H.I.E.L.D. after the Hive Crisis due to the shock of killing Lucio.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He can affect certain metals up to three meters (nine feet) away, enabling a lot of damage potential by collateral.
- Power Incontinence: He managed to wreck a good few blocks before S.H.I.E.L.D. got to him by accident. They're working on helping him to control it, and as of "Chaos Theory" he's made considerable progress.
- Straight Gay: The first definite LGBT character in the entire MCU, and currently the only gay superhero. It's revealed in a "by the way" manner, with Bobbi mentioning his ex-boyfriend as one of the things S.H.I.E.L.D. knows about him (via Facebook), and later he wryly notes that he's already lived with one secret that made him miserable until he revealed the truth.
- Taking the Bullet: He shields gunfire from Giyera meant for Daisy, but he subconsciously uses his power to liquefy the bullets before contact, rendering them mostly harmless. So he does stop the bullets from hitting her but he isn't hurt in the process.
- These Hands Have Killed: He stabs Lucio with a pipe in "The Team", killing him, and spends the rest of the episode in a funk heavily influenced by this.
- Took a Level in Badass: He's slowly but surely evolving into this, even if his powers make him more adept at in support role than a straight up combatant like the other Secret Warriors. As of "The Team" he's officially gone on missions as a Secret Warrior, has skydived into a HYDRA base, effortlessly melted bullets fired at him and Elena, and killed Lucio with a pipe, though that last one shook him up a bit.
- Twofer Token Minority: Latino and gay. It's a threefer, if you count the whole Inhuman part.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Really afraid and confused when his powers awaken and he accidentally trashes a couple city blocks.
Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez
Portrayed By: Natalia Cordova-Buckley
Voiced By: Gaby Willer [Sony Dub] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 55: "Bouncing Back") | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
An Inhuman woman with the ability to move at superhuman speed.
- Action Girl: Her powers are quite handy in a firefight, and she's very creative with them.
- Adaptational Nationality: Is Puerto Rican in the comics, but Colombian here.
- A Day in the Limelight: Headlines her own Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. web spinoff, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot, which takes place before season 4.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Yo-Yo", the nickname Mack gives to her.
- Age Lift: Is in her late twenties here, while her comic self was only 15 when she was a member of the team; given Daisy's own Age Lift and the moral implications of S.H.I.E.L.D. working with a young teen, the lift makes sense.
- An Arm and a Leg: Ruby cuts off both her arms at the elbows in "All the Comforts of Home".
- Artifact Name: By the end of the show, the nickname Yo-Yo no longer applies, given that she no longer bounces back to where she started running when using her powers.
- Artificial Limbs: Elena is given robotic limbs after losing her forearms mid-season 5, but Jemma later gives her more lifelike prosthetics at the start of season 7.
- Battle Couple: She and her fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Mack become a couple in season 4.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Yo-Yo wanted to be with Mack, but he wants to be with Hope. So Yo-Yo jumps into the Framework alongside him and wakes up Strapped to an Operating Table unable to move.
- Bilingual Conversation: In her first appearance, she can only understand a few words of English, forcing Mack to translate for her with his (limited) Spanish. She later becomes more fluent after becoming an agent, but still regularly slips Spanish words into her speech.
- Blood Knight: Not in a creepy way, but Elena's often seen cracking a wide grin during fight scenes, suggesting that she really loves putting down bad guys.
- Brought Down to Badass: Yo Yo can't use her superspeed when fighting Ivanov, but she's still a trained agent with incredibly strong robot arms.
- Cast from Hit Points: When she first got her robotic arms, they weren't able to handle moving at such high speed, causing them to short out and cause her extreme pain whenever she used her powers. This problem was later fixed by Fitz, however.
- Combat Pragmatist: Just because she loves combat doesn't make her stupid. A confrontation with half a dozen gun-wielding soldiers opens with the soldiers staring comically down at their empty hands and Yo-yo grinning as she drops their guns in a pile.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has perhaps the driest sense of humor in all of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Her super-speed makes her by far the most overpowered of the S.H.I.E.L.D. field operatives, so getting her arms cut off by Ruby in season 5 and having to spend significant time adjusting to her prosthetics helped keep her in check. And once again in season 7, where she suffers from PTSD after her shrike infection from season 6, preventing her from accessing her powers for the front half of the season.
- Fragile Speedster: Her powers make her incredibly fast, but she's no more durable than a regular human and lacks the combat training of more traditional S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, making her very reliant on her powers to get things done.
- The Gunslinger: Entirely capable of pulling a Woo using her powers, as demonstrated in the Season 6 finale when she uses her powers to gun down three Shrike zombies in a fraction of a second.
- Guttural Growler: Has by far the lowest and huskiest voice out of any of the women on the show. Appropriately, she's paired up with Mack.
- Heroic BSoD: A prolonged one, after seeing herself die in the Bad Future, warned of the Stable Time Loop, and getting her arms cut off on top of everything else. And again in season 7 after her close call with a shrike.
- In-Series Nickname: Mack calls her Yo-Yo. It later spreads around the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. and becomes her official Secret Warriors moniker.
- Jumped at the Call: The first thing she does when she gets her powers is to steal an arms shipment and destroy it so the weapons won't be in the hands of the corrupt cops who run her country. She takes a bit more convincing to join Coulson's team, but eventually gets into it.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Her powers make her often quite reckless, jumping into action without thinking of the potential dangers.
- Named by the Adaptation: In the comics, Yo-Yo's real first name was never revealed.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She blames Mack for the fact that everyone calls her "Yo-Yo" instead of Elena. She will have her revenge.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: After being a recurring character in the previous seasons, she is the in opening titles of season 5.
- Real Men Love Jesus: She sincerely believes that her powers are a gift from God. She carries with her a cross necklace that was meant to telegraph a character's death, and switches hands several times in the last few episodes before finally settling on Lincoln.
- Shipper on Deck: Encourages Coulson to get together with May, saying that she doesn't need to read a file on them to know the truth.
- Ship Tease: With Mack in Season 3. By season 4 (post roughly a 6-8 month Time Skip), the 'tease' part is all but out the window, and they've gone on at least one dinner date.
- Spicy Latina: A Colombian woman who wears her heart on her sleeve and can be considered quite feisty.
- Story-Breaker Power: Her speed has trivialized a lot of encounters for the team. For this reason she has been Put on a Bus or given Drama-Preserving Handicaps to keep her in check.
- Gets broken to her full potential in season 7 when she realized that she didn't actually need to bounce back to her original position, greatly opening up the applications of the power.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Once she's warmed up to you, she's friendly, funny and good-natured. However, she has not had the easiest life and will shut down just as quickly if she has reason to mistrust you.
- Super Speed: She can move incredibly fast, but only for the length of time of a single heartbeat, and she would always snap back to her original position, hence the name "Yo-Yo". She eventually learns that she doesn't need to snap back, though the single heartbeat restriction still seems to apply.
- Taking the Bullet: For Mack, in the Season 3 finale; she was trying to catch all the bullets heading towards him but she wasn't fast enough. She gets better.
- Throwing Off the Disability: It's implied that Yo-Yo's fixation on bouncing back rather than moving forward was what prevented her from using her powers in the first half of Season 7, so as soon as she realizes she doesn't need to bounce back, she's able to put them to good use.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her abuela's cross necklace. Elena trying to protect it from a would-be thief indirectly got her uncle killed, a trauma that she kept buried for a long time. It would later end up as a hot potato in Season 3 indicating who would die in the season finale thanks to a prophetic vision, and Lincoln would ultimately take it to his death.
- Worst Aid: The Season 3 finale sees her taking machine gun fire for Mack. She lives because Mack, as per Dr. Radcliffe's suggestion, cauterizes her wounds with a damn blowtorch. Even the other agents discuss how awful an idea this is— but as Radcliffe rightly points out, it's their only idea.
- You Can't Fight Fate: A believer in this idea. Losing both her arms like in the Bad Future didn't help.