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The Council of Nine

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Appearances: Agent Carter

A cabal of powerful businessmen that seek to take control of the United States government through political and economic influence. They already hold influence in media as well as the intelligence community and the justice system. They gather under the cover of the Arena Club, a male-only social club.


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Council Members

    Whitney Frost 

Whitney Frost née Agnes Cully

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"Fix me? Why would I want to be fixed? I have never felt more powerful in my entire life!"

Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Wynn Everett, Ivy George (young), Olivia Welch (teen)

Appearances: Agent Carter

Hollywood starlet and wife of industrialist and Senate hopeful Calvin Chadwick, Whitney Frost is more than just a pretty face, she's also one of the smartest scientists in the world. But as a woman in 1947, she hides behind a mask that holds her back from doing what she was born to achieve.


  • Abusive Parents: Well, there's no evidence her mother physically mistreated her, but she did tell her that her brains wouldn't get her anywhere, only her face, blamed her for driving away her cheating boyfriend by not being friendly to him, and was generally unpleasant.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While the comics' Frost was a beautiful woman who was disguised and forced to wear a mask after being disfigured in a plane crash. Here, no such thing happened.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Is one of the greatest scientists in the MCU, whereas her comic-counterpart is a crazed stalker with no real scientific accomplishments to speak of. By the end of the season, however, her mind is shattered.
  • Adaptational Nationality: In the comics Whitney is Italian. Here she's a born and raised American.
  • Age Lift: She's an enemy of Iron Man and a present-day character in the comics.
  • Behind Every Great Man: She's the brains of the marriage and the one who truly grasps the implications of the Zero Matter.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Whitney is one of the main antagonists of Season 2 along with fellow Big Bad Vernon Masters. They're connected via Calvin Chadwick, but they both have their own agendas and methods. Becomes the sole Big Bad after she takes over the Council, making Vernon Masters subservient to her.
  • Body Horror: Being infected with Zero Matter first simply causes a small mark on her forehead, which alone is enough to terrify her. Then it turns out it can liquefy people and suck them into her body, causing the mark to grow.
  • Broken Ace: Her mind is left in ruins from the influence of Zero Matter after it is removed from her body. Manfredi has her taken to a mental asylum where she hallucinates being a starlet again with her husband that she killed.
  • Child Prodigy: A flashback shows her as a budding scientific genius when she was able to fix a broken radio.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: She is never referred to as "Madame Masque", and in fact she never even wears a mask, although the motif is subtly presented throughout the season.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Having been pushed around by men her entire life, Whitney relishes the power the Zero Matter gave her.
    Whitney: Why would I want to be fixed? I've never felt more powerful in my entire life.
  • The Dreaded: Dottie Underwood, the Red Room trained assassin who was eternally confident throughout the first season, is completely terrified of her.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: She's the greatest scientist in the MCU in her era, debatably even the greatest scientist in any era... but because she's a woman in the 1940's, her scientific talents get zero recognition, which causes her to have a very bitter outlook on life. Even being a famous movie star doesn't get her that much respect because of Hollywood's attitudes about looks, and aging, etc.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: This seems to be her philosophy, since she tells Dr. Wilkes that she wants to use her power to make the world a better place for marginalized people like women and people of color. She just doesn't mind being an evil supervillain to do it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite Chadwick's cheating on her, his ignorance of her intellect, and reluctance to follow her schemes, Whitney genuinely loves him. Doesn't stop her from killing him, though, when realizing he betrayed her to the Council.
  • Evil Genius: She possesses a great scientific mind and a greater understanding of the potential applications of Zero Matter than her husband or any of the members of the Council.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: The more she uses her powers, the more the Zero Matter scar on her face grows.
  • Expy: She's inspired by Hedy Lamarr, in that she is both a gorgeous actress and a brilliant inventor. Interestingly enough, "Smoke & Mirrors" reveals that Hedy Lamarr herself exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As the Zero Matter's effect over her grows, she seems to develop a liking for sweet talking her enemies and luring them into false safety before torturing or killing them.
  • For Science!: She's thrilled by the power and applications of Zero Matter, even if it's wreaking havoc on her own body and sanity.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Whitney is so dangerous and powerful (and has spies/allies within the SSR) that Peggy resorts to springing Dottie Underwood from federal lock-up in order to bring her to justice.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: She's wildly intelligent, such that a man who managed to impress Howard Stark calls her "something else", the brains behind her husband and the one who has designed most of the equipment and research at Isodyne... and she's a famous actress who no one suspects of anything.
  • Immune to Bullets: Thanks to her Zero Matter Healing Factor.
  • In Name Only: She bears little resemblance to her comic book counterpart, beyond the fact that they both go by the fake name Whitney Frost (her comic counterpart's real name is Giuletta Nefaria), have connections to the Maggia, both are socialites, and both are engaged to a powerful politician (Calvin Chadwick and Roger Vane respectively). Notably, those latter two are only elements in Whitney's origin, and since then they've rarely come up or defined her, while here they're important aspects of her character.
  • It's All About Me: To a psychotic degree. When the Dark Matter explosion in New Mexico appears to be taking Jason instead of her, she absolutely loses it.
  • Klingon Promotion: With the aid of her powers, Whitney takes over the Council of Nine, killing half of its members and bullying the other half into becoming her pawns.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Trying to reclaim the Zero Matter so that the SSR and the Council couldn't get their hands on it led to her getting infected by it and having it turn her into a super-powered potential time bomb.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Within minutes, she convinces her husband to send an assassin after Peggy and have him think it was his idea with just a few fake sobs.
  • Mythology Gag: Most of the movies where she starred are references to the comics version of the character:
    • "The Woman with the Golden Mask" is a reference to her signature mask and alias in the comics.
    • "Tales of Suspense" is a reference to the comic book series where she first appeared.
    • "The Nefarious Daughter" is a reference to her birth name, Giuletta Nefaria, and being the daughter of Count Nefaria.
  • Not So Different: From Peggy; both are intelligent women who are underestimated by men who aren't as smart as they are and dismiss them as a pretty face. Frost herself points this out - she knows Peggy wouldn't give up on hunting her just because official channels barred her because she "knows" women like her, as in she is women like her.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Whitney is traditionally an Iron Man villain. Of course, since the series takes place in the 40s, he isn't even born yet.
  • Sanity Slippage: As her 'illness' grows more severe, her grip on sanity becomes more tenuous.
  • Shout-Out: A glamorous Hollywoodian star and a scientific genius rolled into one? Sounds a lot like Hedy Lamarr, just add the evilness.
  • Stage Names: She was born Agnes Cully, from Oklahoma. Whitney Frost is a stage name she uses to distance herself from her scientific work.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Naively thought she could be a professional scientist when she was younger, only to be turned down by a college for being a woman.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: She tells Wilkes that she wants to use her powers to make the world a better place for marginalized people. She may be telling the truth, but there's no doubt she's also gone mad with power by this point.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to make the world a better place, but she's willing to kill anyone she feels she has to to do it.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: She can feel herself starting to slip in this direction and it clearly terrifies her. The moment she throws herself into the pursuit of developing Zero Matter openly and taking over the Council of Nine, she nonchalantly says she's moved on from it.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Whitney is a ruthless, evil woman but it's hard not to feel some sympathy for her; she struggles against both a world and an industry that value her based on her appearance and gender, not her contributions or intelligence. She's had to learn to live with the casual sexism of her day.
  • You Have Failed Me: After realizing her husband told the Council to capture her, she kills him and half the Council.

    Calvin Chadwick 

Calvin Chadwick

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"It's not even a question of security to me. Communism is a moral issue. The very ideals of our nation are under threat."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Currie Graham

Appearances: Agent Carter

"I'm a patriot and I would gladly help, but Isodyne Energy deals in classified and confidential United States government contracts. If you get proper clearance, I will give you a tour myself. And in the meantime, I have to collect my winnings."

A wealthy and important businessman and owner of Isodyne Energy. He is Whitney Frost's husband and is running for the US Senate.


  • Big Bad Wannabe: He fancies himself as someone destined for power and respect, but it's painfully obvious that he lacks the guile to make his ambitions a reality. He relies on his wealth, his wife and the Council.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: As the owner of Isodyne Energy.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted; while at first he's shown being mildly emotionally abusive towards Whitney, after she reveals her Zero Matter affliction and starts to go mad with power, she terrifies him with her abilities and begins bullying him with force and fear into following her. He's shown terrified of her, and it's not played any differently than it would be if he was the one with the power.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Sleazy, self-absorbed, power-hungry, corrupt and insensitive... but he does seem to care about his wife.
  • Henpecked Husband: His wife is the brains of the family, and in private it is clear she's the one who "has the pants in the family".
  • Puppet King: Chadwick is a powerful man, but he seems to have difficulty making his own decisions; it's painfully obvious that Whitney is the brains of the operation. The rest of the council don't seem to respect him, and his world-changing plans are really Whitney's.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tries this after he and Whitney fail to get the atomic bombs from Roxxon. Whitney threatens him with her powers so he can back down.
  • Sleazy Politician: He is running for the Senate but he is a member of a secret cabal and sleeping around with his employees.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He is cheating on his wife with one of his employees.

    Hugh Jones 

Hugh Jones

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Ray Wise

Appearances: Agent Carter

The head of the Roxxon Oil Corporation in the late 1940s.


  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent since his one appearance in Season 1, he returns in Season 2 as a member of The Council.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He gleefully recalls the great profits he made from helping to engineer the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
  • Dirty Old Man: Hugh tries flirting with Peggy, a woman a few decades his junior. In addition, it's implied that workplace liasons are so frequent with him that Jones finds nothing unusual about waking up on the floor of his office with his pants unbuckled (really because Peggy wiped his memory of searching him for a key.)
  • Faux Affably Evil: He wears a wide grin most of the time and acts rather buddy-buddy with his associates, but there's no disguising his true villainy.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: When raiding his office for the key to a Roxxon vault, Peggy (while disguised) distracts him by zapping him with a device that wipes out the past two minutes of memory. She has to use it on him six times because he keeps remembering who she really is.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Despite his sexism, he wastes no time proclaiming his loyalty to Whitney when she demonstrates her powers and takes over the council.
  • The Rival: To Howard Stark. They both conduct industrial espionage against each other's companies on a regular basis.
  • Slimeball: Jones quickly tries his hand flirting with Peggy in his horribly sexist way, in addition to being a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • Sycophantic Servant: After Whitney takes over the Council he wastes no time in becoming this to save his ass.

    Tom Gloucester 

Thomas "Tom" Gloucester

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Casey Sander

Appearances: Agent Carter

"In light of recent events, the Council has determined our best course of action is to shut down the Isodyne Program."

A senior member of the Council.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. His comic books counterpart is younger, with a head full of dark, long hair instead of the balding, aging man in the MCU.
  • Bald of Evil: A bald man who engineered the Great Depression to make himself and his cronies richer and doesn't give a damn about the lives ruined by his actions.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He was in a position to engineer the Wall Street Crash of 1929. According to Masters, every dollar in the US economy has flowed through his company.
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    Mortimer Hayes 

Mortimer Hayes

Species: Human

Portrayed By: John Kerry

Appearances: Agent Carter

A media mogul and member of the Council.


  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He has no qualms about manipulating the news on every newspaper west of the Mississippi.
  • Old Media Are Evil: The basis of his power is his control and manipulation of the newspapers in half the country.

Council Agents

    Vernon Masters 

Vernon Masters

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"A tidal wave is coming, Agent Carter. And you are going to have to work very hard to stay afloat."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Kurtwood Smith

Appearances: Agent Carter

Vernon Masters is a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to work the system. He serves the Council of Nine as their chief operative within the United States government.


  • Asshole Victim: Nobody feels sorry for him when Jack lets Whitney subject him to a protracted end.
  • Bald of Evil: As bald as he is corrupt.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Masters is one of the main antagonists of Season 2 along with fellow Big Bad Whitney Frost. They're connected via Calvin Chadwick, but they both have their own agendas and methods.
  • Dirty Cop: He has the FBI take custody of Dottie Underwood on behalf of "some powerful people"
  • The Dragon: He acts as the main political enforcer of the Council of Nine within the U.S. intelligence and security organizations. After Whitney takes over the Council, he becomes one of her Co-Dragons along with Joseph Manfredi.
    • He quickly seizes the chance to become The Starscream towards Whitney in order to liberate the Council from her.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He's more formidable, ruthless and dangerous than his bosses.
  • Evil Mentor: To Thompson in Season Two, as he encourages him to focus on moving up on his career, even if it involves corrupt behavior. The fact that he's an active agent of the Council of Nine only piles up on this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Vernon can be fairly likable in a buddy-buddy, free-with-the-compliments way. While Jack Thompson might be fooled by his mentorship, Peggy isn't tricked by his claim to respect her.
  • Mole in Charge: His position in the Department of War allows him to further the agenda of the Council.
  • Never Found the Body: He's caught in Wilkes' Zero Matter explosion. Possibly justified as we've seen Zero Matter kill people without leaving behind a body.
  • Smug Smiler: He really seems to love smiling at people as he undercuts and betrays them.
  • Torture Technician: He used intense torture techniques to get information out of a Nazi within 24 hours. He later applies his knowledge on Dottie Underwood.

    Rufus Hunt 

Rufus Hunt

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Chris Browning

Appearances: Agent Carter

Head of security of the Arena Club and main enforcer for the Council of Nine.


  • Badass Boast: He brags about surviving torture by the Japanese.
  • The Brute: For the Council of Nine; he's seemingly their most trusted henchman who takes care of their dirty work. He's incredibly formidable; he's experienced, tough and almost fearless. The amount of people who can go toe-to-toe with Peggy Carter is low indeed. He also shrugs off enough tranquilizer to put down a rhino, and springs back within seconds after Peggy finally knocks him out.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Rufus is in dire need of a stiff drink after a day of pain and humiliation at Peggy's hands.
  • Mugging the Monster: He attempts to blackmail the Chadwicks with his knowledge of their extra-curricular activities in exchange for protection from the rest of the Council; unfortunately for him, Whitney's recent mutation means that she can easily dispatch him.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's an enforcer named Mr. Hunt.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Being as tough as he is, he tends to forget that other people can meet what he throws, much less overpower him. Carter and Whitney Frost disabuse him of this idea.
  • Would Hit a Girl: To be fair, the girl is Peggy Carter, who you don't mess around with.

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Arena Club Staff

    Torrance 

Species: Human

Portrayed By: John Balma

Appearances: Agent Carter

A host at the Arena Club


    Warshauer 

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Chris Harrison

Appearances: Agent Carter

A security guard at the Arena Club.



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