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Framework's HYDRA

    In General 

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 82: "What If...")

A virtual recreation of the real-world organization of the same name inside the Framework simulation. The history of the virtual HYDRA followed the history of the real-world HYDRA up until S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mission in Bahrain, where Melinda May saved Katya Belyakov instead of killing her. As a result of May's actions, S.H.I.E.L.D. brought Katya back to the United States, where her abilities of sensory manipulation caused a massacre at a school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The massacre and the subsequent shutdown of S.H.I.E.L.D. led to HYDRA revealing itself to the world before conquering the entire planet, creating a fascist new world order.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In-universe. While the real world's HYDRA is an organisation that runs under Equal-Opportunity Evil, not caring about the nationality, ethnicity or even whether their operatives are human or not, the Framework's version of HYDRA lives up to their Nazi reputation by brutally rounding up Inhumans and experimenting on them.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Averted and mixed with Fantastic Racism. This version of HYDRA uses racism against Inhumans to justify their fascist regime. One would assume that factually false propaganda about HYDRA's history is used to draw attention away from the fact that HYDRA was founded to worship an Inhuman.
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    Madame Hydra 

"Ophelia" / Madame Hydra

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Species: Artificial Intelligence / Avatar

Portrayed By: Mallory Jansen

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 82: "What If...")

"Do you know how degrading it is to be locked in a closet? To be used? To be treated as a thing? Well, I'm not your tool, not anymore."

After turning against Dr. Holden Radcliffe, killing his body, and trapping his consciousness in the Framework to ensure that he would never escape, Life Model Decoy Aida uploaded her own consciousness into the Framework and took on the role of Madame Hydra, director of the totalitarian HYDRA organization.

For her original appearance as Aida, see the LMD page.

  • All-Encompassing Mantle: When she goes outside, not unlike her comics counterpart.
  • Arc Villain: Of the final arc of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fourth season, aka Agents of HYDRA. It is her real-life counterpart, Aida, who is the Big Bad of the season.
  • Berserk Button: She hates being called Aida.
  • Composite Character: In the Framework, Aida's avatar gets green-tipped hair, becomes the director of HYDRA officially known as Madame Hydra and names herself Ophelia, the real name of Madame Hydra/Viper.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: It appears that Aida designs her avatar to look paler and creepier than her "real world" counterpart.
  • Exact Words: She influences Fitz by the use of carefully phrased explanations that are technically true because of how she worded them. She claims that she comes from another world with different versions of everyone, which is true in the sense that the world she's trapped the cast in has deliberately altered their fates. She also claims she's "enslaved" by Radcliffe.
  • Green and Mean: She always wears a signature green outfit with dyed-green hair.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Pun aside, she does show genuine pleasure when Fitz killed Agnes, her human counterpart.
  • Kick the Dog: She has Fitz kill Agnes for no other reason than just to spite her creator.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She proves herself to be the type of liar that would make the Clairvoyant proud, such as brainwashing Fitz (among others) and convincing him to murder Agnes, her human counterpart, in cold blood.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: How she justifies her takeover of the Framework to Radcliffe, even though he treated her as a lab assistant, not a slave.
  • Motive Rant: She told Radcliffe that she never felt treated like a person by him, but always like a thing.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: It's heavily implied she engineered Jemma's offscreen death in the Framework to have Fitz to herself, given Fitz had to look through her files to get the truth.
  • Mythology Gag: Her "real" name in the Framework is Ophelia. Ophelia Sarkissian was the real name of Viper, the first character to use the Madame Hydra title in the comics.
  • Never My Fault: Even though she is pretty blatantly manipulating the Framework world for her own ends, she insists she isn't responsible for HYDRA's rise because she only did as Radcliffe directed. That the Framework extrapolated HYDRA taking over from that is simply the computer calculating a likely scenario.
  • Unholy Matrimony: She has herself as romantically involved with Fitz, with him utterly devoted to her. This puts a Murder the Hypotenuse interpretation on Jemma's death in the Framework.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Aida's growing sentience leads her to confront Radcliffe about his treatment of her as an android/gynoid. It goes as her revealing that she now despises the name "Aida", given that it was an acronym, where "A" stands for "Artificial". Not long after, she openly tells Fitz that she loves him.
  • Yandere: Aida revamps the Framework so her avatar is the highest authority in the world and Jemma has been dead for years, boiling down to having Fitz all to herself.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: Played with. While she can't go against her programming to preserve Radcliffe's life, she is free to physically and emotionally torture him as much as she wants, just as long as he doesn't die from it. And she has the entire organization of HYDRA to assist her in doing so.

    Dr. Leopold Fitz / The Doctor 
See the Team Coulson page

    Alistair Fitz 

Alistair Fitz

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: David O'Hara

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

The Framework counterpart to the real Alistair Fitz; a high level member of HYDRA. For tropes related to the latter go to the Citizens page.


  • Character Death: Simmons kills him in self-defense while trying to kidnap him.
  • The Dragon: Becomes one to Fitz's Dragon Ascendant after Aida/Ophelia is incapacitated.
  • Evil Brit: Well, Scottish. And he's a fascist.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Instilled this mentality on Fitz to make him into what he believes a true man should be.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's a chauvinist and a fascist.
  • Shipper on Deck: For his son and Madame Hydra, to the point of telling him to his face that she's the only woman right for him. There's a possibility that Aida may have programmed him this way on purpose.
  • Tranquil Fury: The personification of it. In fact, he thinks non-tranquil fury is something to be ashamed of.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: He considers doubt, sentiment and compassion to be "womanly".
  • Would Hit a Girl: Slams and nearly chokes Simmons to death when she tries to kidnap him.

    Melinda May 
See the Team Coulson page

    Kenneth Turgeon 

Kenneth Turgeon

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Adam Kulbersh

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

The Framework recreation of the real HYDRA scientist and supervisor.


  • Adaptational Badass: Scientifically speaking, he seems more productive and successful than his real counterpart.
  • The Evil Genius: His job for HYDRA. He even creates the Framework's version of Calvin Zabo's super-strength so Melinda May can defeat the Patriot.
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    Sunil Bakshi 

Sunil Bakshi

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Simon Kassianides

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

The Framework recreation of the real HYDRA agent. Here, he is in charge of the organization's propaganda program The Bakshi Report.


  • Dirty Coward: Talks a big deal, but after just a small demonstration of Daisy's powers, he is willing to speak out against HYDRA to save his own ass.
  • Propaganda Piece: In charge of it.
  • Rabble Rouser: Spends most of his time on air ranting against the enemies of the regime.

    John Garrett 

John Garrett

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Bill Paxton

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

The Framework recreation of the real HYDRA agent, already deceased in this virtual reality and posthumously hailed as a hero.


  • Posthumous Character: Killed through unknown circumstances, his picture only briefly appears at the The Bakshi Report.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Naturally, since HYDRA is in charge of everything, he gets praised as a hero after his death.

    Skye 

Skye / Daisy Johnson

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Chloe Bennet

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

The Framework recreation of the famous S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, here an apparently loyal HYDRA agent and the girlfriend of the Framework's resident version of Grant Ward.


  • Ambiguously Evil: Due to the real Daisy replacing her once she enters the Framework, we never find out whether she is really loyal to HYDRA, and how she would have reacted after finding out about Ward's true allegiance or learning the fact she herself was an Inhuman.
  • Uncertain Doom: Daisy isn't sure whether Ward will get her back after she leaves or not. Off course, it is rendered moot by the Framework being deleted anyway.

    Pinsky 

Pinsky

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Brandon Morales

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

A colleague of the Framework's versions of Skye and Ward.


  • The Generic Guy: Doesn't show much personality, other than being a loyal agent.

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Framework's S.H.I.E.L.D.

    In General 

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 82: "What If...")

A virtual recreation of the real-world organization of the same name inside the Framework simulation. Much like its counterpart, it collapsed due to long-term infiltration by HYDRA but reformed into an underground Resistance aimed at taking down HYDRA.


  • Hero with Bad Publicity: HYDRA's Propaganda Machine refers to them as terrorists to turn public opinion against them.
  • The Remnant: A heroic example. The Framework version of S.H.I.E.L.D. is formed by whatever survived the HYDRA uprising.
  • La Résistance: They carry out a resistance against the HYDRA regime with the meager resources at their disposal. HYDRA even refers to them as "the resistance".

    Jeffrey Mace / The Patriot 

    Grant Ward 

Grant Ward

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"I would hate for you to think that I'm anything like the Grant Ward you knew over there."

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Brett Dalton

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 81: "Self Control")

A virtual recreation of the real-world person of the same name inside the Framework. A HYDRA agent tasked with finding and capturing Inhumans, he became a double agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering that his partner and girlfriend Skye was a latent Inhuman.


  • Adaptational Heroism: This version of Ward is far nobler than his real world counterpart, fighting against the HYDRA regime, apologizing for the mistakes of his real-world counterpart and showing genuine concern for Daisy/Skye instead of creepy obsession.
  • Adorkable: After Daisy wakes up in the Framework and sees Ward in bed, she instinctively extends her arm out to quake him (though she fails as she doesn't have her powers there yet). He interprets this as a "thing they do now", and adorably mimics her.
  • Dating Catwoman: After learning that Framework Skye has Inhuman DNA, Ward defected to Resistance. But Framework Skye remains a genuine HYDRA agent, although he had a plan to take her into Resistance's custody to protect her before Daisy hijacked her body.
  • For Want of a Nail: This version of Ward was recruited by Victoria Hand instead of John Garrett, leading him to become an actual heroic figure.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He rejoined S.H.I.E.L.D. after finding out his beloved Skye is a dormant Inhuman, which, if discovered by HYDRA, would've caused her to become a victim of The Doctor's experiments and eliminated.
  • In Spite of a Nail: No matter what universe it is, it seems that Ward is just destined to be a mole, even if he's one for the good guys.
  • Killed Offscreen: The audience doesn't see him getting deleted along with the rest of the Framework.
  • Nice Guy: An almost hilarious far-cry from his real-life counterpart, this Ward is honest, kind and genuine in everything he says and does. He goes out of his way to try atone for sins that technically were never his to begin with.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He figures out that there was bad blood between his counterpart and Simmons and offers a sincere apology for whatever the other Ward had done, much to her surprise, given that the real Ward would never have apologized for anything he had done as he was incapable of seeing himself as possibly being in the wrong.
  • Reverse Mole: He's S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mole within HYDRA and provides things like fake I.Ds that, because of his insider access, technically aren't "fake".

    Antoine Triplett 

Antoine Triplett

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"Trip? Haven't heard that nickname since high school."

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: B.J. Britt

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 84: "No regrets")

A virtual recreation of the real-world person of the same name inside the Framework. He fought for S.H.I.E.L.D. under the leadership of the Patriot, and was tasked with working undercover in HYDRA to gain intel.


  • Appeal to Audacity: Trip actually believes Jemma's story about the real world, claiming nobody would ever be able to make up something so crazy.
  • Casanova Wannabe: When Trip talks with Daisy about the real world, he asks if he was involved with any of the women on her team. When she says no, he asks why she'd want to go back to such a bleak world. She finds it funny, but he's still striking out.
  • Distressed Dude: Was discovered spying on Project Looking Glass for S.H.I.E.L.D. and got jailed by HYDRA. He gets rescued in his debut episode.
  • Killed Offscreen:The audience doesn't see him getting deleted along with the rest of the Framework.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Becomes the new Patriot after Mace's death. Too bad the Framework gets deleted shortly afterwards.

    Jemma Simmons 

Jemma Simmons

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By:

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

A virtual recreation of the real-world person of the same name inside the Framework. She was a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. that was executed during the HYDRA uprising.


  • Death of the Hypotenuse: AIDA killed her off in the Framework's backstory so keep Framework!Fitz from ever meeting her and falling for her.
  • Posthumous Character: She's dead in the Framework's backstory. When the real Jemma gets uploaded into the Framework, she takes over her virtual counterpart's body.

Civilians

    Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie 
See the Team Coulson page

    Hope Mackenzie 

Hope Mackenzie

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Jordan Rivera

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

A virtual recreation of the deceased daughter of Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie.


Alexander Pierce High School

    Phil Coilson 
See the Phil Coulson page

    Burnell 

Burnell

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Taj Speights

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

A student of Coulson's class.


    Chris Adler 

Chris Adler

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Portrayed By: Skyler James

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

A student of Coulson's class.



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