Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
United States of America
President Matthew Ellis
Portrayed By: William Sadler
Voiced By: Jorge Badillo (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Iron Man 3 | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The President of the United States. As part of his personal vow of protecting America from all threats, President Ellis decides to take a proactive approach in dealing with the Mandarin and the Ten Rings organization, particularly with the Iron Patriot concept. During the emergence of Inhumans, he allies with Phil Coulson's underground S.H.I.E.L.D., providing them secret support.
- Alternate History: As if the superheroes weren't enough, his presence further confirms the divergence of the MCU from real history, since Barack Obama was the real-life US President when Iron Man 3 was released.
- Celebrity Paradox: The Die Hard films exists in the MCU, due to being referenced by Ant-Man in Avengers: Endgame, yet his actor had played the Big Bad Colonel Stuart in Die Hard 2.
- Continuity Snarl: Ellis has been portrayed as president in both December 2012 (Iron Man 3) and May 2016 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), implying that he won both the 2008 and 2012 elections. At the same time, Barack Obama (the real-life winner of those elections) has been referenced repeatedly in the MCU (Luke Cage and Runaways) as though he was president. Assuming the MCU presidency runs under the same rules and time-tables as the real life presidency and there have been no succession crises, Ellis' and Obama's terms are incompatible, unless MCU Obama was elected to an earlier term than real life.
- Defiant to the End: Even when threatened by Savin (while impersonating Iron Patriot), Ellis doesn't cower and instead tries to pull a gun in the face of his situation.
- Distressed Dude: In Iron Man 3, he is abducted by Aldrich Killian.
- The Ghost: Although he is seen on video for Cap's exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution, he is still unseen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when HYDRA targets him and others during Project Insight.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: What Killian tries to invoke by having the President die in the Iron Patriot suit of armor that the President commissioned for Rhodes while set on fire by oil.
- Horrible Judge of Character: The man he chose as his Vice-Presidential running mate joined a conspiracy to assassinate him, and he made "Thunderbolt" Ross of all people into Secretary of State.
- The Leader: He's the leader of the USA. Based on what we see of him, he cuts a charismatic type figure.
- Our Presidents Are Different:
- He's President Personable, who later becomes President Target by Killian. Likely would have become President Action given he was wearing the Iron Patriot armor, but never got a chance to use it.
- Becomes President Target again when HYDRA starts Project Insight.
- Puppet King: Subverted. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at first implies that he is this to Rosalind Price, but it turns out they were simply friends.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: President Ellis allows Coulson to continue his work with the Inhumans even though he can't officially support him. In fact, he's a reasonable enough leader that he was seen as a threat to HYDRA, who listed him as a target for Project Insight.
- Tuckerization: His name is a Shout-Out to Warren Ellis, who wrote the Extremis arc that Iron Man 3 takes inspiration from.
Vice President Rodriguez
Portrayed By: Miguel Ferrer
Voiced By: Guillermo Coria (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Iron Man 3
The Vice President of the United States. Rhodey and Stark hear him mentioned in Killian's evil plan, and call Rodriguez to warn him that he's a target. However, it turns out Rodriguez is actually not just in on the plot, but Killian has bankrolled him into providing assistance.
- Bald of Evil: Once his true colors are revealed, that bald dome marks a contrast.
- The Dragon: Once he becomes President he'll still technically answer to Killian, making him the real leader.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Working to use Extremis to have his daughter's leg regenerated.
- Number Two: He's the second in command of the United States.
- President Evil: He's working with Killian to kill the president, in order to have his daughter's leg regenerated.
- The Starscream: The plan is for President Ellis to be killed and Vice President Rodriguez to take his place.
- Traitor Shot: Once he was finished talking with Rhodes and Stark, another man asked if something was wrong, leading to the above tropes.
- Twenty-Fifth Amendment: He was to ascend to the office of president once Killian had killed Ellis.
- Walking Spoiler: There's really no way to talk about him without spoiling his morality, since he only made one brief appearance before that particular reveal.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Portrayed By: Himself (Archival footage, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Joseph Culp (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.The 32nd President of the United States, who served as president from 1933 until his death in 1945, and who's administration founded the S.S.R., the predecessor to S.H.I.E.L.D. He is encountered by time-travelling S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in 1931, while he was still Governor of New York.
- Hiding the Handicap: Coulson draws attention to Roosevelt's use of a cane and leg braces to hide his polio, which was not public knowledge at the time.
- Historical Domain Character: Based on the real FDR, with the episode he appears in throwing out a bunch of facts regarding his presidency. The only real difference is his forming of the S.S.R., which doesn't exist in real life. Prior to his appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he was also reference a few times in the Captain America movies, with The Winter Soldier featuring archival footage of him alongside Churchill and Stalin.
- Red Herring: When S.H.I.E.L.D. learns the Chronicoms are looking to infiltrate an event in honor of Governor Roosevelt, they immediately assume that Roosevelt is their target, to prevent him from forming the S.S.R. and in turn S.H.I.E.L.D. Turns out that it wasn't Roosevelt they were after, but bartender Wilfred "Freddy" Malick, who would go on to be a prominent figure in HYDRA and was at the time tasked with delivering an early prototype of the Super Soldier Serum that would create the Red Skull. With him and the serum erased from history, HYDRA wouldn't become a threat, eliminating the need for the S.S.R..
Department of State
Secretary of State Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
Portrayed By: William Hurt
Voiced By: Juan Carlos Tinoco [The Incredible Hulk], Óscar Gómez [Captain America: Civil War onwards] (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: The Incredible Hulk | The Consultant note | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | Black Widow
A General who hunts down Bruce Banner claiming him to be a threat — in truth, he's after Banner's blood in order to perfect a new Super Soldier serum. Following a heart attack and retirement from the army, he has become the United States Secretary of State.
- 0% Approval Rating: Absolutely no-one in the MCU seems to like this guy. From heroes like Captain America, to villains like the Abomination, and even his own daughter have voiced their hatred of him. That being said, his actions against Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, and the Avengers in both Civil War and Infinity War make this trope one hundred percent justified. Special mention goes to how in Civil War, Rhodey, as a fellow military man, was respectful of Ross for his military achievements, and supportive of the Sokovia Accords. By Infinity War, two years of working with the man has deeply soured Rhodey's outlook of both Ross personally and the Accords in general.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Ross considers the Hulk a threat, and hunts him in order to stop him. In The Incredible Hulk, he is indirectly responsible for Bruce turning into the Hulk by lying about what the experiment was about, and afterwards knows perfectly well that Banner would prefer not to fight, but wants the Hulk to make more Super Soldier serum. However, Civil War seems to rerail him to his comic book incarnation, who believes that super-powered beings are threats and he's doing all he can to protect the world from them.
- Antagonist in Mourning: By Avengers Endgame, even he is grief-stricken over Tony Stark's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Asshole Victim: Was a Hate Sink at the time as one of the victims of Thanos's Badass Fingersnap in Infinity War. After getting resurrected as a result of Endgame, he probably realized he was this in-universe that doomed him and his completely innocent daughter as two of the victims and led him to Took a Level in Kindness starting with attending Tony's funeral - or he now realises that people don't mind a bit of collateral damage from super heroes if Thanos is the alternative, and doesn't want to get unelected/lynched by giving them aggro.
- Bait the Dog: In Civil War, he pretended to Took a Level in Kindness towards the Avengers to get them to sign the Sokovia Accords for his own selfish ends.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Emil Blonsky in The Incredible Hulk. All of the conflict is because Ross wants to dissect Bruce, and all the soldiers attacking Bruce answer to him. However, Blonskys betrayal and transformation into the Abomination turns him into a far greater threat than Ross by the climax.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While he initiates the conflict of The Incredible Hulk, he's overshadowed by Blonsky becoming the Abomination and has to form an Enemy Mine with Banner. In addition, following the revelation of Ross not having changed his morals one bit in Civil War and Infinity War, it seemed Ross all along intended to abuse his authority as State Secretary and use the Sokovia Accords to get the Avengers to bend to his whim by having them under a tight governmental leash. However, he is overshadowed by the actual threats like Zemo and Thanos.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When we see him once again in Civil War he seems to be sincere in his admission to the Avengers that the world owes them a debt and that they have done some good, and presents the Sokovia Accords as a compromise that'll allow them to continue to operate; suggesting he's soften somewhat since The Incredible Hulk. However, it becomes clear that his initial genial attitude was just a front, as he later focuses more on imprisoning those Avengers that defy him than going after the real threats like Zemo, or even an alien invasion in Infinity War, and threatens even those that signed the Accords with the same should they fail or step out of line.
- The Bus Came Back: While he was never really put on a bus to begin with due to The Incredible Hulk never receiving a sequel (one could say the whole franchise was Put on a Bus), his return in Captain America: Civil War marks one of the longest gaps between appearances by a character in the MCU, at 8 years.
- Characterization Marches On: Ross starts out as an angry and embittered General Ripper chasing Bruce Banner. By the time of his later appearance, he is a much more refined and slick political animal who can easily make the Avengers lives more difficult.
- Cigar Chomper: Is often seen smoking a cigar in his first appearance.
- Composite Character: Besides his comics depiction, his characterisation has several elements:
- The Incredible Hulk, his desire to capture and dissect the Hulk echoes that of General John Ryker.
- In Captain America: Civil War, he essentially gets Maria Hill's role as the government representative trying to force the Avengers into registration (though Maria still exists as a separate character).
- He also shares many traits with Henry Peter Gyrich and James Murch, the US government's liaisons with the Avengers in the comics (at different times). Like Gyrich, he's an Obstructive Bureaucrat whose prejudice against heroes and Jerkass tendencies make it harder for the heroes to do their job. Like Murch, he has facial hair.
- Determinator: For better or worse, he does not know when to give up.
- Didn't Think This Through: In Infinity War, he orders Rhodey to arrest Cap, Natasha, Sam, and Wanda while Vision is in the room. Best case scenario: that's a four-on-two fight, Rhodey is not currently wearing his War Machine armour, Vision is visibly wounded, and the rogue Avengers know that Rhodey is paraplegic without his leg braces, which Natasha or Wanda could easily disable. And all of this assumes that Rhodey and Vision are actually willing to arrest them when the world's on fire.
- Drowning My Sorrows: In The Stinger of The Incredible Hulk after he had a really rough day: his star soldier Blonsky went psycho and became the Abomination, his daughter severed her ties with him, and he was forced to release Banner to defeat Blonsky. As The Consultant reveals, his day will only get worse.
- Enemy Mine: He temporarily releases Banner from custody and allows him to become the Hulk in order to fight off the Abomination and save the city.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his shortsightedness and disrespect towards other people, especially towards heroes, he does genuinely love his daughter Betty. However, its the same love for her that drove her away from him. Eventually, his overprotectiveness and irresponsibility leads to Betty disowning him. It's telling that him not talking to her for years shows that he respects her wishes.
- Evil Is Petty: In Civil War, if the encounter between him and Stark on "The Raft" is any indication, Ross gets an opportunity to get the last laugh on Stark following their last encounter in The Stinger for The Incredible Hulk with the turning point in the trust between the Avengers and the public being at a low point in Ross's favor. Then it's implied he intends to have Rhodey court-martialed for disobeying Ross's orders to arrest Steve, Natasha and Sam in Infinity War.
- Evil Old Folks: When he makes his return to the MCU, Ross clearly has aged during those eight years prior to Civil War as he has gray hair in contrast to his blond hair in The Incredible Hulk and is noticeably slender than his past burly physique. However, his weight loss might have something to do with his recovery from his heart attack that required him to drop some pounds for the sake of his health. He doesn't truly become Older and Wiser until after Tony's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Evil Sounds Deep: With William Hurt, who has a deep, husky voice, this is a given.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Of a sort. While he claims to be hunting down the Hulk just for the public's safety, he's more interested in dissecting Banner in order to discover the Captain America formula.
- Expy: In The Incredible Hulk, Hurt based Thunderbolt Ross on Captain Ahab from Moby-Dick due to their obsessions during their hunts. His Fantastic Racism, abuse of his official position, and even had tried to dissect a superhero however makes him the closest to the MCU's depiction of William Stryker from X-Men. Word of God has directly compared his role in Civil War to Colin Powell, being a military general turned Secretary of State.
- Fallen Hero: Was a decorated Vietnam War veteran before becoming The Neidermeyer General Ripper then an Obstructive Bureaucrat. For this moral degradation, he is viewed as a disgrace to the uniform by fellow military servicemen Steve, Sam and eventually Rhodey, who initially respected Ross for his distinguished military career until realizing his true colors. Despite this, he had enough respect for Tony that he showed up at his funeral.
- Fantastic Racism: He sees superheroes less as people and more as weapons who happen to be alive.
- General Ripper: His obsession with capturing Banner leads him to create violent and unnecessary situations, such as bringing helicopters to a college that, until that point, was not experiencing Hulk problems. When he becomes Secretary of State he also doesn't cares about doing what is right or reasonable for the sake of doing his sworn duty to protect the country (and the world) but wastes very necessary time trying to get rid of perceived threats.
- Glory Hound: It's implied the reason he was in charge of the Super Soldier project following the origins of Captain America in The Incredible Hulk and tried to enforce the Sokovia Accords onto the Avengers in Civil War and Infinity War was to selfishly take credit for the superheroes' heroic actions, while also discrediting them to make himself look good.
- Godzilla Threshold: He's willing to use an uncompleted serum on his star soldier in order to take down the Hulk. When that goes wrong, he sets Banner free to become the Hulk in order to save Harlem from the Abomination.
- Hate Sink: In all his appearances, he's made to be thoroughly unlikeable and despicable as possible. The fact that he is a General Ripper, The Neidermeyer, Obstructive Bureaucrat and Inspector Javert all rolled into one is already bad enough, but the fact that he's supposed to be on the side of the heroes makes this even worse. He repeatedly calls the Avengers out for their inability to mitigate damage control, while refusing to take accountability for his own faults. He also obstructs the heroes from doing their job; as best seen when Stark tries to deal with Zemo, and orders Rhodey to arrest the fugitive Avengers despite them being the only hope of stopping Thanos. While Zemo and Thanos are the main threat, they at least have sympathetic qualities that make it hard for audiences to root against. Thus, Ross is made the perfect punching bag for audiences to jeer at. He loses this trope in Avengers: Endgame by gaining some sympathy points, as by the time of that film, the Sokovia Accords no longer take effect, and he also attends the funeral of Tony Stark.
- HeelFace Turn: Given he doesn't arrest the anti-Accords Avengers present at Stark's funeral, he may have given up completely on that out of respect for Stark and them.
- Hero Antagonist: Subverted. In Civil War, it seems that he's aware of the potential danger the Avengers are to society and lays out the Sokovia Accords to keep them in check. However, it becomes clear that he just wants to be in control of them and will not hesitate to arrest them for any reason and imprison them in "The Raft."
- Hypocrite: He chastises the Avengers for all the collateral damage that happens in their fights while showing them footage of it, and wants them to be held accountable for their actions. Yet conveniently (or perhaps deliberately) never brings up the the battle in Harlem, New York between the Hulk and Abomination, which he was responsible for and refuses to be held accountable for it. He also criticizes Bruce's actions when the only reason Bruce was infected was because he lied to Bruce about what they were doing.
- Inspector Javert: An outside observer would see a general tracking a defector/monster in order to bring him in to custody. Also in Civil War, he believes that super-powered beings are threats that should be keep an eye on to protect the world. By Infinity War he showcases all of the absolute worst parts of this trope by ordering Rhodes to arrest Steve Rogers and the other fugitive Avengers when they arrive to HQ looking to see what they can do to help stop Thanos, bluntly telling Rogers that it doesn't matters that the sky is literally on fire, he is still a fugitive and will not be forgiven for his crimes no matter what. Rhodes declines to do the arrest and Rogers tells Ross to take a hike.
- It's All About Me: In the end, theres no one Ross cares more about than himself. Even if he sincerely loves his daughter and is a patriot to his country, it is actually selfish love towards either of them due to his shortsightedness.
- Jerkass Has a Point: During Civil War he rhetorically asks Captain America where Hulk and Thor are now and brings up that if he lost two nuclear warheads, he would surely not get away without consequences. Subverted in that he himself lost track of Banner for five years and lost control of Blonsky and was never reprimanded.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite the below, Ross clearly held a degree of respect of Tony Stark despite their animosity, given that he attends Stark's funeral.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk:
- When Ross makes his reappearance in Civil War, he initially interacts with the Avengers by casually telling them a story of his heart attack during a round of golf and undergoing a triple bypass, seemingly appearing to have Took a Level in Kindness in contrast to the last time we saw him in The Incredible Hulk. He also appears to be more rational as when he lays out the Accords, he brings up good reasons behind them like the damage the Avengers caused during their missions. However, notably during his briefing, he dosn't bring up his own mistake back in Harlem. Also, when he assigns Tony to arrest Captain America and Bucky, he gives out a short deadline, otherwise he would have Stark prosecuted for his failure, and promises to send a kill squad after Cap. Even after Bucky is proven innocent for the bombing, Ross refuses to listen to Stark to release the anti-Accords Avengers due to Stark's failure to arrest Steve and Bucky. Despite have better manners and being more subtle in attitude, Ross has not changed his mindset one bit. Even though Ross sincerely loves his country and daughter, it is actually out of selfish love.
- Infinity War shows that not even an alien attack and impending universal doom will make him see eye-to-eye with Steve Rogers. He instead orders Team Cap's (and everyone with him) arrest, causing Rhodey — his last remaining supporter who was still present on Earth — to turn on Ross and the Accords for the sake of the planet.
- Karma Houdini: Despite being behind the experiment that turned Bruce into Hulk and being responsible for Harlem being torn apart it doesn't hamper his career and he eventually ends up as Secretary of State. Of course, his relationship with his beloved daughter has been extinguished. However considering Leonard Samson commented that Ross cared more for capturing the Hulk then his own daughter, something that Ross did not even bother to deny, Ross may have viewed the loss of that relationship as acceptable collateral damage.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Downplayed with Ross, but he's very genial in his conversation with Cap (likely to due him being a fellow military combat vet and the fact Cap's origins is what inspired Ross to start his own Super Soldier program in The Incredible Hulk). However, possibly due to what Bruce off-screen told Cap about Ross' program that unwillingly turned him into the Hulk which ruined his life and therefore made Ross one of those who tainted the legacies of both Cap and Dr. Abraham Erskine's research with their own corrupted experiments that followed, the feeling isn't mutual.
- Knight Templar: Ross is unwavering in his beliefs, despite claiming at one point to have gained "perspective". As noted by Samson, despite what Ross himself thinks, he's a bigger threat to Betty's safety than the Hulk.
- Manipulative Bastard: In The Incredible Hulk, he tries to get his daughter to side with him with lies until she discovers the truth.
- The Neidermeyer: As a General Ripper Jerkass in The Incredible Hulk who deliberately turned Banner into the Hulk just to dissect to start his own Super Soldier program to further his own military career. Even fellow American military servicemen Steve, Sam and eventually Rhodey saw him as a disgrace to the uniform for his despicable arrogance and incompetent decision making.
- Never My Fault:
Betty: I will never forgive you for what you've done to him.General Ross: He's a fugitive...Betty: You made him a fugitive, to cover your failures and to protect your career. Don't ever speak to me as your daughter again.
- The experiment that turned Bruce into the Hulk was headed by him, but refuses to take responsibility for what happened to him or his daughter. He didn't even tell them what they were actually doing, creating a new Super Soldier instead of radiation resistance. Betty calls him out on it.
- In Civil War, he claims Tony Stark's behavior at Leipzig proves he can't be objective about Steve Rogers, managing to completely overlook the part where Tony's actions were because Ross wanted to send a killsquad after his friend and co-worker.
- Also in the same movie, he blames Steve, Sam and Natasha for HYDRA rebuilding itself inside S.H.I.E.L.D., despite the fact that he's part of the government that funded S.H.I.E.L.D. when HYDRA was under the radar. Granted, neither of them knew that HYDRA was hiding all this time, but it makes it seem like he just wants to blame the Avengers while making himself look good. However, this is subverted as at the time of HYDRA's corruption of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ross was still at the time temporarily retired to recover from his heart surgery and wasn't promoted to State Secretary and actively working fo the government again until after HYDRA's deception was revealed, so Ross for that was technically innocent despite misblaming the Avengers for it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By giving Blonsky the prototype remade Super Soldier serum, he essentially created the Abomination by proxy. He's essentially responsible for creating the kind of violent, rampaging beast he considers Bruce to be. The only reason Bruce was transformed in the first place was because he lied to Bruce about what they were doing. Had he been more honest Bruce probably would never have become the Hulk.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His rude and disrespectful personality eventually leads to all Pro-Accords heroes to stop allying with him and supporting the Sokovia Accords, with some even defecting to the Anti-Accords team.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: In Civil War, when he is promoted to Secretary of State and lays out the Accords to place a strict eye on the superheroes. This grows even worse in Infinity War where even the planet being at risk along with the universe does not have him ease up on the superheroes, even as they are trying to save everyone. However, by the end of Endgame, he decided to attend Tony's funeral, showing he had some degree of respect for Iron Man.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In Endgame, he is seen at Tony Stark's funeral, and instead of ordering Captain America and everyone who disobeyed him arrested and being disgusted by his presence, he's just about as withdrawn as everyone in attendance over the loss of Tony Stark.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter was one of the victims of Thanos' Badass Fingersnap. It is unknown if he had fallen victim too, if not, he would have to live with the fact his daughter is dead. Thankfully gets undone later, which may be part of the reason why he attends Tony Stark's funeral and no longer seeks to take action against the Avengers that refused to comply with the Sokovia Accords.
- Overprotective Dad: One of his other reasons for tracking Banner; Betty was injured during Bruce's first ever Hulk Out.
- Parents as People: He focuses so much of his time on getting the Hulk/Bruce Banner that it damages his relationship with his daughter.
- Pet the Dog:
- He assists the Hulk in his fight against the Abomination and actually lets him go after he has beaten and subdued Blonsky.
- He was willing to make a deal with Hawkeye and Ant-Man to allow them to still be with their families, on the condition that they would also be under house arrest. This is mostly out of likely relating to them out of his own estrangement with his own remaining family Betty and not wanting to see the same familial separation pain he felt bestowed upon them.
- In Endgame, he attends the funeral of Tony Stark out of respect, and is seemingly willing to overlook the renegade Avengers in attendance. However, it's also likely out of personal gratitude for bringing his daughter Betty back to life (especially since it was his former Arch-Enemy Bruce who did the job) after falling victim off-screen to to Thanos' Badass Fingersnap in the last film.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At first, in The Incredible Hulk he was willing to put his hatred aside in stopping the Abomination. But Subverted in Civil War where he seems to have softened up since his heart attack, but when the chips are down it's clear his beliefs haven't shifted much. Even though it's eventually proven that Zemo bombed the UN building and framed Bucky for it in order to tear the Avengers apart, he still keeps those heroes who hampered Bucky's arrest locked up in the Raft. By Infinity War it's become averted — he's more concerned about being a Head-in-the-Sand Management or ordering the fugitive Avengers arrested than the fact the situation is a textbook example of the Godzilla Threshold. However, it's played straight in Endgame when he attends Stark's funeral and choose not to arrest the Avengers present.
- Red Baron: He's primarily known as "Thunderbolt" to the extent that his real first name is rarely used.
- Skewed Priorities: Even an alien invasion isnt enough for him to get along with Team Cap. He even orders Rhodes to arrest them, even though theyre the best chance the Earth's got right now. That clearly makes everyone wanna punch the guy in the face many times. However, he clearly had enough respect for Tony that he came to the latter's funeral.
- Slimeball: If there were a better word to describe Ross, makes out like he's humanity's watchdog as a military general and later State Secretary who calls the shots to persecute any superhero to seek his own glory. He couldn't give a rat's butt about anyone but himself and his own goals.
- Smug Snake: In The Incredible Hulk, he believes that his Super Soldier program would further his military career, ignoring the consequences that could happen and then leads the manhunt of the Hulk out of desire to be hailed a hero (which he seemingly succeeded at in the Viral Marketing for Civil War, which announces his promotion to a job at the White House dues to his experience in Harlem) and earning Betty's love (which he failed to do). Then in Civil War, when meeting with Stark at "The Raft," he gloats at not having to listen to the latter and intimidating him with the Accords due to Stark's failure to arrest Rogers and Barnes.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed and subverted. When he comes back in Civil War, he's mellowed out since his last appearance, but its later revealed that his beliefs never truly changed. In Infinity War, his polite façade is gone and hes back to being the Jerkass he was 10 years ago. Conversely, showing up at Tony's funeral after his Heroic Sacrifice possibly proves that he has indeed become a better person, unlike before.
- The Vietnam Vet: He's a decorated combat vet of the Battle of Khe Sanh.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is portrayed as this in Viral Marketing for Civil War when news reports of President Ellis' announcement to promote him as Secretary of State and mentioning his experience with the Hulk in Harlem in a positive portrayal as a solution to such incidents rather than being the cause of this one that led to his new diplomatic position. While not specified, it was also implied he'd taken all credit of stopping the Abomination's rampage rather than Bruce.
- War Hero: He was The Vietnam Vet of the Battle of Khe Sanh who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, but by the time of his appearances in the MCU, he stooped down to a despicable Fallen Hero for his selfish and heartless actions and The Neidermeyer attitude.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He's been on both ends of this. When he receives them, he never listens.
- Written-In Absence: He's first shown on-screen in Civil War relating an anecdote about the heart attack and triple bypass he had "five years ago" during a round of golf, keeping him out of active service while he recuperated and later relegating him to a larger role behind the front lines.
- You're Not My Father: Betty disowns him as her father after finding out of his involvement in ruining Bruce's life by turning him into the Hulk.
Portrayed By: Alfre Woodard
Voiced By: Rebeca Patiño (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Captain America: Civil War
A woman who works in human resources at the State Department and the mother of Charlie Spencer, who was killed in the Battle of Sokovia.
- Age Lift: The comics version of Miriam Sharpe is much younger, being the mother of a young boy instead of a college student.
- Identical Stranger: An unintentional case, given Alfre Woodard later would appear in Luke Cage (2016) as Mariah Dillard
- Race Lift: The comics version of Miriam is Caucasian.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Iron Man, whom she blames, along with the rest of the Avengers, for the death of her only son.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She is considered the film's One-Scene Wonder not just of her actress' performance, but also how her encounter and blaming Tony motivated him to side with the Accords and proactively take part in Civil War.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She has not been seen since Civil War and her reaction to Tony's Heroic Sacrifice in Endgame remains unknown.
Portrayed By: Garry Shandling
Voiced By: Humberto Vélez (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Iron Man 2 | Captain America: The Winter Soldier
A United States Senator from Pennsylvania who tries unsuccessfully to get Tony Stark to provide Iron Man suits for the military. He makes a cameo appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Canon Foreigner: Was created specifically for Iron Man 2, and thus has no comic book equivalent.
- Cerebus Callback: His appearance in Iron Man 2 becomes one after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is entirely possible that the reason why the government wanted Tony's Iron Man armor was because of Stern's allegiance to HYDRA.
- Corrupt Politician: He's an undercover HYDRA member.
- Dirty Old Man: When speaking to Sitwell in The Winter Soldier, he mentions a constituent he works with, describing her as "really hot, wants to be a reporter, but who listens by that point?"
- Expy: He bears a lot of similarity to Senator Harrington Byrd, a character from the early Iron Man books who would constantly be calling for Stark Enterprises to hand the Iron Man tech over to the US Gov't and was generally obnoxious to Tony Stark. That being said, Byrd was ultimately harmless and uninvolved with any evil organizations like HYDRA.
- Insistent Terminology: Always refers to Stark's armor as a "weapon".
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he's a jerk about it, it's hard to argue that he's wrong to be worried about leaving technology as sophisticated and dangerous as the Iron Man suits in the hands of a Manchild like Tony Stark. Granted, he probably wanted to hand it over to HYDRA for their goals, but that doesn't actually disprove his point. The biggest argument against it is that Tony is basically the only one who really understands it.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: When he's roped into giving Tony and Rhodey medals for stopping Ivan Vanko, he deliberately messes up pinning Tony's medal so that it jabs him at the same time. Pretty mean but, as he puts it, Tony had been "a little prick" to him, so it's getting even.
- The Mole: He's one for HYDRA within the United States Congress, until he gets discovered and arrested.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The name "Stern" should make it pretty clear that he's not a nice person.
- No Party Given: We never learn if he's Republican, Democrat, or an independent. His real allegiance turns out to be HYDRA.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He's a Senator who tries forcing Tony Stark back into weapons contracting.
- Properly Paranoid: Stern feels the suits should be granted to the US so they can defend against enemy ones, but Tony assures him that there's no danger of rival armor suits to counter his, and that all attempts are decades behind. However, Ivan Vanko soon arrives to provide some doubts about that. Downplayed since, as a member of HYDRA, Stern is an enemy himself all along.
- Put on a Prison Bus: Stern is last seen getting arrested towards the end of the film. Considering that his actor died two years after the movie's release, we can safely assume that this is the last appearance of the character in the franchise.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Howard Stern, who heavily promoted the first Iron Man film on his radio show, even interviewing director and casual friend Jon Favreau.
- Stealth Insult: To Tony: "Funny how annoying a little prick can be."
Senator L. Atwood
Portrayed By: Rebecca Lines
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
A long-time HYDRA collaborator installed thanks to the Winter Soldier's assassinations.
- Corrupt Politician: Even after the fall of HYDRA she's still abusing her power and resorting to intimidation and assassination to maintain her power and achieve her goals.
- Karma Houdini: Invoked. She avoided getting exposed after the fall of HYDRA and has remained in office for years until Bucky exposes her to the authorities.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Finally gets her comeuppance 9 years after HYDRA fell when Bucky leaks evidence of her corruption to the authorities.
Portrayed By: James Eckhouse
Voiced By: Germán Fabregat (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: The Avengers
A United States Senator at the time of the Chitauri attack on New York.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His comic book counterpart has long, white, curly hair. MCU Boynton is balding and has graying hair.
- Adaptational Heroism: A minor example. The comic books counterpart of Boynton was part of a plot to destroy Iron Man. In the MCU he simply calls for the registration of superpowered individuals.
- Jerkass: Even though the Avengers save New York, Boynton calls them "so-called heroes".
- Super Registration Act: He argues for one in the wake of the destruction left behind following the fight between the Avengers and the Chitauri.
Senator Christian Ward
Portrayed By: Tim DeKay, Alex Neustaedter (young)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 8: "The Well" (young), Episode 28: "A Fractured House" (adult))
Grant Ward's abusive older brother, who has become a U.S. Senator.
- Ambiguously Evil: According to Christian, Grant's stories about him being abusive are all lies, and that Grant himself is the insane one who abused their youngest brother under the delusion that Christian was forcing him to do so. Flashbacks have been shown to Christian's abuse but only from Ward's perspective, possibly indicating a dose of Unreliable Narrator; however, it was mentioned that Christian campaigned to have Ward tried as an adult when Ward nearly killed him as a teenager. Despite Christian seemingly expressing concern for Grant when he heard Coulson held him prisoner, his plan is to execute him so that he can win public support for his political campaign and it's ambiguous how much his crusade against S.H.I.E.L.D. was done out of a sincere belief that they're terrorists or whether their downfall would be good PR for him. Overall, the simultaneous discussions shown between Grant and Skye and Christian and Coulson are shot in such way that's meant to cast doubt on which brother is telling the truth, and which is the truly evil one (assuming they're not both evil). Turns out they were both telling the truth. Both of them are right about the other one. In Season 3, Thomas confirms that while Christian really did all this, Grant became much worse than both him and their parents afterwards.
- Asshole Victim: Even if you discount all the stuff he did as a child as Grant being an Unreliable Narrator, he was definitely cheating on his wife when Grant caught up to him.
- At Least I Admit It: The key difference between him and Grant. He admits he did horrible things, unlike Grant who blames everyone else for his problems.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted Grant and he got him, all right. Except it's not how Christian imagined it would turn out.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Turns out, Thomas was the only child their mother didn't torture, and both Christian and Grant were so much The Unfavorite that Christian plotted Thomas's murder just to get back at their mother.
- Big Brother Bully: To Grant and their younger brother, Thomas. He's first seen forbidding Grant from throwing a rope down to Thomas at the bottom of a well. He also forced Grant to beat up Thomas, or at least Grant claims so, but chances are he was more willing to follow Christian's lead than he remembers. Turns out it was true, but Thomas still believes that he and their parents didn't deserve to be killed by Grant.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: According to Ward, he'll smile and "bare his soul" when he's suckering you into believing his lies.
- Character Death: Killed along with his mother and father in an act of arson in "The Things We Bury".
- Consummate Liar: Ward, a liar himself, calls him this and says Christian is better at it.
- Create Your Own Villain: His tormenting Grant has been hinted to be a factor in his murder-by-arson attempt, which led directly to his recruitment by Garrett. In fact, learning that Grant was more willing to follow him despite the abuse than Grant had let on would make Christian essentially a proto-Garrett.
- Dirty Coward: He turns into a simpering coward when Grant abducts him. He also admits he didn't have the personal courage to hurt and kill Thomas himself and needed to bully Grant into doing it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When he makes a promise, he'll do his utmost to follow through with it, as demonstrated when he concedes to the world that there's a difference between S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA in exchange for Grant. He also considers HYDRA to be a genuine enemy. He's also appalled at Grant's Never My Fault mentality.
- Evil Counterpart: He's set up to be this to fellow Inspector Javert Talbot, who at least seems to have been a bit more reasonable and amicable towards Coulson by the present point in the series; plus, whereas Talbot genuinely cares about his family, so far we've only seen Senator Ward's nasty side towards his siblings. However, judging from what we see in the present day (even if he does cheat on his wife), he's clearly mellowed with age, with no memories of his past sins until Grant takes him back to the well.
- In Name Only: Has no relation to the villainous Senator Ward in Howard Mackie's run on Spider-Man.
- Inspector Javert: Like Talbot, he believes S.H.I.E.L.D. to be a terrorist organization.
- It's All About Me: Christian's pursuit of S.H.I.E.L.D. appears to be less about mistakenly thinking they're as evil as HYDRA, and more because he could suffer political embarrassment if it came out that his brother was an agent of HYDRA.
- Kill It with Fire: Grant tried this. It didn't work. At least, not the first time around.
- No Party Given: Averted. He's shown to be a Republican by an (R) after his name during a TV appearance in "A Fractured House".
- Not So Different: Coulson tells his brother at the tail end of a harsh talkdown in "A Fractured House" that the two may have too much in common.Coulson: Your brother saw the same angles. Maybe you are more alike than you think.
- Sudden Name Change: He was originally credited as "Maynard Ward" in "The Well".
- The Unfavorite: In "The Things We Bury", he admits that the reason he made Grant torment their brother was because Thomas was the only Ward sibling their mother didn't abuse, and this was his way of making her suffer.
- Unreliable Narrator: He claims all of Grant's stories about making him torture their brother are false, and that Grant did it of his own free will. It's not clear which brother is lying, but the only evidence that clearly supports either one of them favors Grant's version of events. Grant eventually manages to get him to admit the truth.
- Up to Eleven: Ward describes him as "like me, but worse". Thomas, however, believes that Grant is more horrible than Christian.
Senator Randolph Cherryh
Portrayed By: Jonathan Walker
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
A United States Senator in Wilson Fisk's pocket.
Senator Ellen Nadeer
Portrayed By: Parminder Nagra
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 69: "Uprising")
A United States Senator from New York who is highly vocal about the Inhuman "threat" in the wake of Hive's rampage and Quake becoming a fugitive. She's the leader of the Humans First Movement and a secret collaborator of the Watchdogs.
- Asshole Victim: After her screen time was spent being blatantly racist toward Inhumans, annoyingly smug toward Team Coulson, killing her own brother for being a Inhuman, and generally getting away at every turn, it's really hard not to cheer when she gets blown up. While Daisy lampshades this, Jeffery admits he's more upset about the fact that they could've (legally) ratted her out as a corrupting figure eventually, but she has been killed before that could ever happen.Daisy: Well, we can't be too sad. She did try to have you killed.
Jeffery: She could've been brought to justice, now we won't get that chance.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Presents a law-abiding if strident voice to the American people, while she is secretly aiding and abetting the Watchdogs' campaign against Inhumans.
- Black-and-White Insanity: She sees herself as the one protecting the people and S.H.I.E.L.D. as the problem, ignoring the fact that they are the ones usually saving the day while she's the one working with a terrorist group. Her brother accuses her of "painting with a broad brush again," suggesting she has a habit of such thinking.
- Curse Cut Short: Comes close to calling a Watchdog that had been infected by the Terrigen mist a "son of a bitch" as she goes up in a successful and explosive assassination attempt.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Played with. She almost has her own brother killed by the Watchdogs for becoming an Inhuman, but after he begs for his life, she decides not to go through with it. She finally follows through with it personally at the end, but if they were in each other's shoes he would've done the same to her—after all, they had made a promise to each other.
- She genuinely loved her mother and was devastated by her death.
- Expy: Her anti-Inhuman demagoguery and extremist attitude make her a very close Distaff Counterpart for Senator Robert Kelly from the X-Men film series (although Kelly was much more sympathetic than her and eventually changed his views about superpowered people).
- Fantastic Racism: She appears to be outspokenly anti-Inhuman, even enough that midway through "Broken Promises" she's an eyelash away from having her brother killed by the Watchdogs as he's begging her to call off the ambush.
- Freudian Excuse: Her views on the Inhumans seem to be motivated by the fact that her brother was seemingly killed or incapacitated by Terrigenesis. It's more of a general hatred of all "aliens", sparked by the loss of her mother in the battle with the Chitauri.
- Hate Sink: This woman has ZERO redeeming or likable qualities. Even her supposed Morality Pet, her brother, she ends up ultimately shooting out of hatred for Inhumans. Even a vehement racist like Tucker Shockley seems to despise her while Ivanov doesn't remotely give a shit. If anything, he's more upset at Shockley for making noise rather than killing a US senator.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: She's blown up in her own office while goading to the Watchdogs that she doesn't have the Inhuman gene.
- Manipulative Bastard: She blackmails S.H.I.E.L.D. director Jeffrey Mace with incriminating footage of Coulson and May with Daisy and Ghost Rider to get his cooperation.
- Meaningful Name: Her surname is pronounced the same as "nadir", meaning a lowest point — mirroring the public hatred towards Inhumans and other powered persons, along with how her Fantastic Racism stems from losing her own brother to Terrigenesis and their mother in the Chitauri attack on New York.
- The Mole: Apart from her views, she is coordinating with the Watchdogs to stoke anti-Inhuman hatred.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- Her demagoguery and deeply racist views about "aliens", coupled with her status as a prominent politician, are more than a little reminiscent of the positions held by Donald Trump and his inner circle (though in Nadeer's case, taken to much greater extremes).
- Her nature as a right-wing Indian woman politician also calls to mind Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and US Ambassador to the United Nations
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Parminder Nagra's natural British accent occasionally slips through.
- Sudden Name Change: She was originally credited as "Rota Nadeer" in "Uprising".
- Villain with Good Publicity: Is a prominent U.S. Senator while she seeks to use the Watchdogs to wage a campaign of fear and discrimination against Inhumans.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In "Broken Promises", she claims to do what she does to protect "her people".
- You Are What You Hate: Shockley teases that because her brother is an Inhuman, she may or may not carry the gene in her DNA too. This is surprisingly subverted when Shockley sets off a Terrigen crystal in her office, only for him to undergo Terrigenesis instead while Nadeer remains unaffected.
Senator Stanley "Stan" Ori
Portrayed by: Rick Holmes
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
A United States Senator who has developed a reputation for his pro-gun control views.
- Adaptational Heroism: As unlikeable as he is, his comic book counterpart was incredibly corrupt, with links to organized crime and dirty cops.
- Dirty Coward: When Lewis Wilson comes to assassinate him, he weeps openly and begs for his life. While that's understandable, his cowardice becomes disgusting when he throws Karen to the assassin so he could escape, in spite of the fact that she begged for his life seconds earlier.
- Hypocrite: Karen points out how despite his advocacy for gun control, Stan is hiring Billy Russo's company to provide him security. He actually declines Russo's offer at first for this very reason, but Russo correctly points out he is not the kind of person to die for his conviction.
- Pompous Political Pundit: He uses the shock and anger of Wilson's bombings to rile up patriotic fervor, labeling the government and police as cowardly and useless (because, after all, they can't stop Frank) and himself as the "only solution".
- Sleazy Politician: It's made pretty obvious that he's only using his gun control platform and the social outrage of Wilson's bombings as a reason to get more money and increase the chances of getting votes.
- Unreliable Narrator: Ori's account of the attempt on his life paints him in a positive light, saying he fired a few shots at his would-be assassin before running to get help. Karen says it's all bullshit, he cried and begged for his life, then threw Karen to the assassin to save himself. He also says Frank Castle tried to kill him, even though Castle was not only there to save him, but Frank actually took a bullet meant for him.
Senator David Schultz
Portrayed by: Todd Alan Crain
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
A United States Senator, presidential prospect, and heir of the powerful Schultz family. Also a closeted gay man.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: His parents chose to keep him out of their amoral activities.
- Gay Conservative: Assumed to be a Republican, considering his Christian Right parents support his political career.
- Locked Out of the Loop: About the lengths his parents go to to recover compromising photos of him.
- Straight Gay: His demeanor gives no hint of his sexual orientation.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Season 2's plot is kicked off due to photos that would potentially out him.
- White Sheep: Somehow ended up being a decent person despite his evil parents.
Department of Defense
Known Aliases: Captain America II, U.S. Agent
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: Wyatt Russell
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
A decorated U.S. Army special forces Captain, Afghanistan War veteran and the first three-time Medal of Honor recipient in the history of the United States, John Walker was chosen by the Department of Defense as the official successor to Captain America. This ends up being a colossal mistake, and Walker is forced to grapple with the realization that he doesn't have what it takes to be America's paragon.
- 0% Approval Rating: Zig-zagged, and ultimately subverted. On his initial debut as Captain America, he is widely accepted into the role by the public, frequently taking selfies with fans, and has the backing of the American government and the GRC; whilst Sam and Bucky take an instant dislike to him appropriating the mantle of Captain America, they otherwise find him more of an annoyance than anything, and don't actively antagonise him without cause. He gets hit with this hard when he murders the Flag Smasher Nico in broad daylight. His once adoring fans are the same people who boo him on his way to the capitol, his superiors strip him of the Captain America mantle, the shield, and his honors, and discharge him from the Army and the only people who still truly care about him afterwards are his wife and Lemar's family. However, the whole world later gets to see him help save the GRC hostages from the Flag Smashers during their attack in New York, suggesting that his reputation may be back on the upswing.
- Adaptational Badass: He didn't see action in the army in the comics, while the show version gets to be the first serviceman to be awarded the Medal of Honor three times. And then, he takes the Super Soldier Serum.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Walker in the series is shown to be a relatively well-meaning person at first; he looks up to Steve, is relatively respectful of others, and he tries to keep his negative traits in check until the death of his Morality Chain and the effects of the serum end up driving him over the edge. Conversely, his comics counterpart was an unrepentant Jerkass and long-time rival of Captain America, being both an arrogant sellout and adopting a My Country, Right or Wrong approach that clashed with Steve Rogers' more rational approach to patriotism.
- Adaptational Villainy: While comics Walker was an asshole and he did murder people during his tenure as Captain America, it was behind the scenes and more seen as retribution (and the US Government still had use for him even after stepping down as Cap). This Walker snapped under the pressure of being Cap and the Super Soldier Serum. Ultimately defied in the final episode, where he gets back to his senses and does the right thing in the end.
- Adaptational Wimp: His comics self had been enhanced by the Power Broker prior to his first appearance, while this version is just a well-trained soldier. This still holds true even after he takes the super soldier serum; Comics Walker could lift up to ten tons (for reference, that's the same level of power as Spider-Man), making him Steve's physical superior by a very wide margin.
- Adapted Out: The comics version started out with the costumed identity of "Super-Patriot", something the MCU has skipped over.
- Adopt the Dog: The point that he switches back from being a "violent, unstable anti-villain" to a "well-intentioned but unscrupulous anti-hero" in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is when he decides to give up his vendetta against Karli in order to save the hostages. He's not Captain America, but he's not incapable of being a hero.
- Always Someone Better: His insecurities at not being good enough to be Captain America worsen when, despite being one of the best fighters the U.S. Military has to offer, the Dora Milaje hand him his ass on a silver platter. Even if he was taken by surprise, it was clear to him that they were straight-up better than him despite also not having powers.
- Ambiguous Situation: The ending of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has him signed up for what he thinks is a No Such Agency branch of the US government to do deniable black ops missions for them, under the codename "US Agent". It seems doubtful that this is actually the case, given that the terms of his Other Than Honorable discharge specifically forbade him from ever serving as an agent of the government in any capacity again, and there are a lot of things about the Contessa that make her being a legit government agent unlikely — never mind that she never actually said who she's working for.
- Anti-Hero: Walker is already deeply shaken by whatever happened in his past, and had insecurities about becoming Captain America due to not feeling like he's worthy of the mantle. His attempts to try to befriend Sam and Bucky fall flat, and he increasingly loses patience with the way he's intended to operate because of this and his own personal flaws. And when he takes the super-soldier serum, every single one of his problems are magnified as he becomes increasingly deranged and violent. He's ultimately someone who tries to do the right thing and embody the concept of Captain America, but is incapable of living up to it.
- Armies Are Evil: He is eventually shown as a negative and cynical embodiment of this in contrast to his predecessor Steve, who is an embodiment of the mostly positive and idealistic WWII-dated depiction of the American military, with the fourth episode making this valid with his killing of Nico, one of the Flag Smashers. It's because he becomes a negative embodiment of American military that warranted an Other-Than-Honorable Discharge for him for making Americans and their armed forces look bad with his association with them.
- Ascended Fanboy: John states during his interview with Good Morning America that he openly admires Steve Rogers and followed his career very closely, and he's clearly happy to be taking Steve's place as Captain America, even if he admits in private that they're very big shoes to fill. Later deconstructed; he understands the stats and the legend of Captain America, yet clearly has no clue as to who Steve Rogers was as a person, so he believes himself worthy of the title due to his service record, training and hero-worshipping, not by any merit of his character.
- Awesome, but Impractical: As a figure of respect and authority, Walker, who was already one of the most accomplished war heroes in American history, would have been better off having never taken up Steve's shield. All becoming Captain America has done for him is reduce his reputation to being nothing but a glorified American mascot and a wannabe superhero who is respected by no one aside from media outlets. Once he adopts the U.S. Agent mantle so he can operate on his own terms, he's much more content.
- Ax-Crazy: A combination of taking the Super Soldier Serum and Lemar's death causes him to not only take Extreme Mêlée Revenge on the perpetrator, but also begin to lose his grip on reality. He becomes insistent that he's still Captain America despite getting stripped of the title and losing the shield, so much so that he makes his own homemade shield adorned with his Medals of Honor, not to mention the vicious yet soft-spoken way he growls at Sam and Bucky for making him their enemy instead of being a team. It's clear after taking the serum he would now qualify by military standards as a Section 8 (for being judged mentally unfit for service). Thankfully, it's subverted in the finale. when given the choice between continuing his Roaring Rampage of Revenge or saving a group of hostages about to plummet to their deaths, he comes to his senses and chooses to save the hostages. He then helps Bucky capture the remaining Flag Smashers to turn over to the authorities and ends the episode by taking up the U.S. Agent mantle, suggesting that his more extreme actions were more of a Moment of Weakness.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have the serum, so all his abilities are purely him, no enhancements backing him up. With the vibranium shield, he's actually able to fight even the enhanced Flag Smashers remarkably well, but without it he gets his ass handed to him rather swiftly, and even with the shield he's completely outmatched by the insanely well trained Dora Milaje. This changes in Episode 4, where he takes the Super Soldier Serum and acquires the associated power boosts.
- Be Yourself: By the end of the series, John finds new purpose as a hero by taking up the mantle of U.S. Agent, one that he can call all his own, instead of trying to live up to Steve Rogers as Captain America.
- Beneath the Mask: Much of Walkers public personality and mannerisms are put on specifically to fit how he thinks his Captain America should act, but his first major scene after his introduction shows that outside of uniform and in private, hes a much more visibly and vocally somber man who prefers action to public performance. The third episode also implies that he has a fairly short fuse that's only kept in check by Hoskins. The fourth episode further reveals that he's a Shell-Shocked Veteran, with the incident that got him awarded the Medal of Honor three times being "the worst day of his life".
- The Berserker: In Episode 5, when Sam and Bucky confront him after his murder of Nico, he fights the two with fury and savagery, unlike any super-soldier before him. He screams with every swing, with a wide-eyed craze, even frothing at the mouth when he tears off Sams wings. Even after the two break his arm and take the shield, he refuses to give in. This exacerbates what Steve could have been capable of if he didn't hold back.
- Big Brother Worship: His veneration for Steve Rogers can be construed as this. As stated in his interview, he closely followed Steve's career and that he felt like a brother to him. So, his admiration for Rogers can be seen as a kid who looks up to his older brother.
- Broken Ace: He's the first soldier to have been awarded the Medal of Honor three times note and is said to far exceed other soldiers in terms of physical abilities. Whatever he did to get awarded the Medal of Honor three times is what also turned out to be "the worst day of his life", in which apparently a lot of people died because he and Hoskins were unable to perform at a superhuman level.
- Butt-Monkey: Played for Drama. Absolutely nothing has gone right for him since he became Captain America, from being ignored and disrespected by Sam and Bucky to getting a beatdown from the Dora Milaje.
- By-the-Book Cop: Despite trying in earnest to work with Sam and Bucky, John makes it clear that he's only willing to pursue the threat of the Flag-Smashers with what jurisdiction the U.S. government gives him, and isn't pleased that Sam and Bucky are acting as freelance agents. He may be the next Captain America, but unlike his predecessor Steve he's a stickler for the rules no matter how incompetent and unfair the system that make them may be. However, he ends up willing to bend the rules when he suspects Sam and Bucky have broken out Zemo from prison to get a lead, while his own investigation has run into nothing but dead-ends.
- Casting Gag: In Episode 4, Walker takes the Super Soldier Serum; his portrayer has previously played a trained American Super Soldier in Soldier as a Tyke Bomb younger version of the main character played by the actor's father Kurt Russell (aka Ego).
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Walker is stated to have exceeded all of his peers in every physical aspect, explaining why he's the government's pick for Captain America. This no longer applies as of the fourth episode, where he acquires the Super Soldier Serum and subsequently becomes superpowered.
- Captain Patriotic: He was introduced as the second Captain America. The biggest difference between Walker and Rogers, however, is that while Steve was loyal to the fundamental idea of America, John was purely loyal to its government.
- Combat Pragmatist: To a degree; he occasionally uses a pistol in combination with the shield, and he mentions that he actually has jumped on a grenade before (multiple times, in fact), but unlike Steve he used his next-gen helmet to cushion the blast. At the same time, he's got a lot of Honor Before Reason too; part of the reason he gets his ass kicked so much is that he's trying to fight "like a hero" like Steve did, without considering the fact he's just an ordinary human and would need to level the playing field with firepower and playing dirty, more like Punisher does, if he wants to succeed against superior opponents.
- Composite Character: Walker's character mixes aspects of his comic counterpart along with William Burnside, the 1950s "Commie-Smasher" Captain America and later the Grand Director. While not as extreme as Burnside, who legally changed his name to "Steven Rogers" in his desire to be Cap, Walker held the idea of being Captain America no matter what was said of him. As well, both men subjected themselves to the Super Soldier Serum and went insane from it, though Burnside went insane due to it missing the "Vita-Rays" treatment and Walker went insane due to the serum amplifying his more negative traits.
- Cruel Mercy: In episode 5, Walker is struck with an Other-Than-Honorable Discharge for his actions in episode 4, effectively being stripped of all titles, awards and benefits without being court martialed.
- Despair Event Horizon: In Episode 4, Lemar's death pushes him off the metaphorical edge and he proceeds to kill Nico in rage.
- Determinator: In episode 5, after a brutal fight in which Sam and Bucky break his arm in order to take the shield, John still refuses to give up - broken arm, bruises and all. It takes a joint effort from the latter two, slamming the shield into him to finally incapacitate him.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He finds himself annoyed that no one grants him the respect he feels the mantle deserves. Bucky and Sam make their dislike of him clear, allies of the Flag Smashers openly spit on him, and his attempt to assert authority over the Dora Milaje ends about as well as one would expect.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In the series finale, John has finally found his purpose and calling as a superhero, not as Captain America, but as the U.S. Agent, a mantle he can call his own.
- Easily Forgiven: In the series finale, he's never called out neither by Bucky or Sam on his attempt to kill the latter on the previous episode.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Served as a U.S. Army Ranger before the U.S. Government chose him as the new Captain America.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Already one of the finest regular soldiers the U.S. Army had to offer, he gets enhanced by the Super Soldier Serum in Episode 4.
- Evil Knockoff: Creates a facsimile of Captain America's shield during the penultimate episode of the show. As it's made of regular metals, it lacks many of the vibranium benefits of the original. He quickly discards it when he gives up on killing the Flag Smashers.
- Expy: In many ways, he resembles Gilmore Hodge from The First Avenger, exemplifying the "perfect soldier" Erskine cautioned against out of fear that Hodge's worse aspects would be amplified by the serum. Concerns which turn out to be completely founded.
- Extreme Mêlée Revenge: After seeing Lemar killed, he chases down the first Flag Smasher he can get his hands on, and ends up caving in the man's chest with his shield repeatedly even as he begs for mercy.
- Failure Hero: Most of his attempts to be a hero end up failing spectacularly. He fails to stop the Flag-Smashers' theft of two 18-wheelers filled with supplies, failed to interrogate one of their associates (who spits on his face too), and both of his attempts to bring in Karli Morgenthau end up making things worse for everyone and got Lemar killed. He finally stops being one when he stops trying to be Captain America and starts being himself.
- Fallen Hero: John crosses the line when he murders a fleeing opponent in front of a large crowd. In-universe, the fifth episode reveals it immediately turned him into a pariah of a Broken Pedestal to the mass public and as a result kicked out of the Army in disgrace. He ultimately still manages to be a hero, of a kind.
- Fatal Flaw: His insecurity. John's fears deep down that he may not be good enough to be the next Captain America, which is not helped by the fact Bucky, Sam, the Flag Smashers, and the Dora Milaje refuse to treat him as such. It eventually leads to him taking the Super Soldier Serum in an attempt to be like Steve Rogers and things go downhill from there.
- His fist and most prominent one is Steve, his predecessor with the Captain America mantle.
- Steve was a scrawny weakling from Brooklyn who was constantly overlooked and underestimated by people until he received the Super Serum. John was an athletic high school football star from a small town who was widely recognized for his accomplishments before becoming the second Captain America.
- While both men were commissioned officers in the U.S. Army, Steve got his rank through a Field Promotion during World War II. John is a graduate of West Point who was immediately commissioned as an officer.
- Steve was a firm believer in Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! and always fought on behalf of America's ideals, even if it meant going against the authorities. John is a By-the-Book Cop who works on behalf of the U.S. government, whether they're right or wrong.
- They both start out as "dancing monkeys" for the U.S. government, living propaganda tools who get no respect from other soldiers or their enemies. Steve managed to keep his frustration at his position to himself until he got his chance to prove his worth on the field while Walker, who was already a highly decorated war hero before taking up the shield, becomes consumed with rage that no one treats him with the respect and recognition he feels he has earned.
- Steve, even when enraged, remained collected and in control, going into Tranquil Fury at his worst. Walker has a temper, and after taking the serum himself, resulting in him becoming even more unstable than he already was, and seeing his best friend, who just so happened to be the only factor preventing him from going completely apeshit, die in front of him, shoots into a blind Unstoppable Rage that ends with him beating a man to death with the shield in front of a crowd.
- Both also treat the mantle of Captain America and the shield that comes with it very differently. While Steve uses his mantle to inspire people, it's clear that at heart, he's still Steve Rogers, the same short, skinny, and sickly kid from Brooklyn, and he doesn't really need the mantle or the shield to do the right thing. He was even perfectly willing to surrender the shield when he feels that he doesn't deserve it anymore. Walker, on the other hand, has completely etched his name to the mantle. Unlike Steve, who always introduces himself as Steve Rogers and stops at that, John always introduces himself with both his name and mantle. Even after the government confiscated both his mantle and his shield, he refuses to ever stop referring to himself as Captain America, and even crafts his own shield to make up for it.
- Both seem to also have very different views regarding mental health and talking about their feelings in general. Steve was always an emotionally open person who was willing to listen to people's problems and talk about his own, seeing no shame in it or stigmatising it, befriending Sam in a group therapy session and running a support group after the Decimation. John, on the other hand, very rarely will talk about his feelings with even those close to him (his wife and Lemar) and seems to hold a stigma against mental illness, implying in a talk with Sam that trauma equals an inclination towards violence, and is not once seen engaging with mental health, despite being old army buddies with a therapist.
- To sum it up, John Walker is the inverted version of his predecessor. As Dr. Erskine said, Steve Rogers is "not a perfect soldier but a good man", while Walker is a perfect soldier but he struggles with being a good man.
- In the context of the series, he's also this to Baron Zemo. Both are ordinary human special forces soldiers living in a world of superbeings; however, while Zemo understands his limits as a mere mortal and is able to succeed because he recognizes and plans around those limits, Walker tries to fight like a superhero in the exact same manner as Steve and gets his ass kicked because he's not a superhuman like Steve was.
- He could also serve as one to Trish Walker. Fittingly they are both blond, share the last name "Walker" have celebrity statuses and would eventually get superpowers where they can fulfill their dream of becoming superheroes but would eventually be Jumping Off the Slippery Slope seeking revenge against the person who killed a loved one of theirs (Trish's mother, John's best friend) which also puts their morals into question, when they killed someone. However, Trish decides to go with Revenge Before Reason and kill Gregory Salinger even when he was brought to justice and by the time she has a Heel Realization she's already sent to prison, cementing her status as "the bad guy". John on the other decides to abandon his vendetta on Karli and chose to save innocent lives, thus redeeming John and giving him second chance in being a hero.
- His fist and most prominent one is Steve, his predecessor with the Captain America mantle.
- Happily Married: Episode 2 begins with him reminiscing fondly with a woman who is clearly his partner. She's listed in the credits as "Olivia Walker", indicating that they've already tied the knot. Even after Walker's murder of Nico at the end of the fourth episode, she still hasn't given up on him. Sure enough, they remain married at the end of the series.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Despite his good intentions, he ultimately becomes an even greater threat than the criminals he's trying to bring in.
- Headbutting Heroes: Bucky and Sam have a beef with him from the moment they cross his path, seeing him as an Inadequate Inheritor. For Walker's part, he initially wants to work together with the duo, but comes to mistrust their status as unaffiliated agents, even warning them to "stay out of his way".
- HeelFace Revolving Door: After Jumping Off the Slippery Slope in Episode 5 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, he has a moment of clarity in the finale where he remembers his duty to protect innocents and calls off his Roaring Rampage of Revenge to help Bucky save the hostages, after which Bucky and Sam grudgingly treat him as an ally again.
- Heroes' Frontier Step: In the series finale, when forced to choose between saving the GRC members that Karli had taken hostage and exacting his revenge on Karli for Lemar's Death, John ultimately chooses to give up on getting revenge and attempts to save the hostages.
- Hero-Worshipper: John adores Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, and states in an interview with the press that he kept very close tabs on Steve's career during the man's tenure as an Avenger, going so far as to claim that he feels he and Steve are practically brothers. Bucky doesn't take that last part well.
- Hidden Depths: After first appearing to be a more smug version of Captain America with his first impression, we get a quiet conversation between himself, his best friend, and his wife, which indicates that he's having serious doubts about whether or not he's capable of being Captain America.
- Humble Hero: Zig-zagged. While visiting his local high school as part of a PR conference, John refuses to compare himself to Tony Stark, Bruce Banner or Steve Rogers, saying that he isn't anything special compared to them. However, it's clear that John believes that he can be a worthy successor to Steve Rogers because of his previous accomplishments and is enjoying the attention he's getting as a new Captain America. Episode 3 starts having him shift away from this trope entirely, having him briefly go berserk and assault a Flag-Smasher collaborator not because of his affiliation but because he dared disrespect him. Yet Episode 4 shows that, more than anything, this is a result of him fearing he really isn't qualified to be Captain America and lashing out. But by the time Episode 5 occurs, the super soldier serum has eroded what little moral standing John had left, leaving him a raging berserker who feels entitled to the role of Captain America.
- He calls the Dora Milaje out on operating in Latvia, outside their jurisdiction, while he himself is an American agent going off the books to operate in Latvia.
- In "The Star-Spangled Man", he condescendingly warns Bucky and Sam to stay out of his way. In "The Whole World Is Watching", he constantly gets in their way and makes things even worse in the process. This on top of the fact that he decided to follow them because his own investigation hit a dead end, in essence leeching off their hard work.
- Also In "The Whole World Is Watching", he accuses Bucky of patronizing him. That's pretty cheap coming from a guy who sees both him and Sam as Steve's "wingmen" and wanted to make them both his wingmen too in "The Star-Spangled Man."
- Hypocrite Has a Point: While he had no moral high ground whatsoever, fact is that the Dora Milaje claiming they have jurisdiction wherever they feel it necessary could very easily be considered antagonistic in a different context.
- Inadequate Inheritor:
- Sam and Bucky do not approve of the government's decision to pass the mantle of Captain America to John Walker. The latter in particular is seething with Tranquil Fury when he watches Walker on television claim that Steve felt like a brother to him, despite openly admitting he never even met the man.
- Walker himself has concerns about being an unaugmented human with PTSD shoved into the costume and eventually decides to stop trying to be the next Captain America and be his own hero as U.S. Agent.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Being Captain America means Walker has pretty big shoes to fill. Already feeling inadequate when compared to Steve Rogers, Walker struggles in his first mission and having people around him looking down on him. His attempts to prove himself worthy of the mantle only ends up in him failing miserably. The accumulated stress eventually leads to him to inject himself with a Super Soldier Serum.
- Innocently Insensitive:
- John means well, has a lot of respect for Bucky and Sam, and genuinely wants to live up to Steve's legacy as Captain America. However, in his efforts to prove it he winds up making multiple microaggressive remarks that rub Bucky and Sam the wrong way, particularly when he says in an interview he feels like he's practically Steve's brother.
- He makes the mistake of attempting to get up-close-and-personal with the Dora Milaje, who react by knocking him down a peg or two, literally and metaphorically.
- It's All About Me: Shows shades of it as the series goes on. Perhaps due to feeling pressure as the new Captain America, John makes a very big deal out of him being the one to resolve the issue of the Flag-Smashers. The serum dials this up a notch, but in the finale he defies this by putting the needs of others above his own.
- Jerkass: At his worst. Even before taking the serum he can be downright nasty sometimes, especially in the heat of combat.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes across as friendly and fairly decent, if rather insensitive, and repeatedly tries to reach out to Sam and Bucky, until they make it clear that they're not interested. Even after the serum starts affecting him, he is still driven by a fundamental desire to be a hero, if nothing else. In the finale he ultimately proves that, for all his flaws, he is a good person when push comes to shove.
- Just Following Orders: His breakdown in front of the senate committee boils down to how he followed the government's order to the letter.Walker: I lived my life by your mandates. I dedicated my life to your mandates! I only ever did what you asked of me, what you told me to be, and trained me to do, and I did it...and I did it well.
- Knight Templar: The Super Soldier Serum worsens his negative qualities dramatically, causing him to brutally murder a fleeing Flag Smasher protesting his lack of responsibility after Karli accidentally killed his friend. Then he defies the trope. When givn a chice between pursuing a criminal or saving hostages,he chooses the hostages. Then he helps Bucky capture the Flag Smashers alive. He even quotes Linclon's "Mercy bears richer fruit than strict justice." Which is the opposite of what a typical knight templar woud say.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Part of why Sam and Bucky consider him an Inadequate Inheritor. While John may have admired Steve from afar and kept close tabs on his entire career in the military and with the Avengers to the point he feels that he knows the man, it's clear that he is so focused on Steve's accomplishments that he doesn't quite understand the man's actual character.
- Leeroy Jenkins: One of his most defining traits. Unlike Steve Rogers, who tries to reason with people who are amenable to it, Walker just barges in and tries to take them down. He ruined both of Sam's negotiations with Karli Morgenthau because of it.
- Legacy Character: He is the U.S. Government's chosen successor to Steve Rogers. His costume bears a great resemblance to Steve's, albeit with a number of modifications that make it more of an adaptation of his comics costume. He is stripped of his title in episode 5.
- Walker is also a deconstruction of the trope. While Walker greatly admires the hero whose shoes he is trying to fill, a combination of his self-doubt, being seen as an Inadequate Inheritor by those close to the original, the pressure of the public attention his new role has brought, being a product of a different, more cynical time than his predecessor, an already troubled mental state and, last but not least, not having some of Steve Rogers' best qualities such as his compassion, humility and restraint, sends him into a dangerous spiral that culminates in him brutally killing someone in broad daylight, tarnishing the uniform and symbol of the hero whose persona he had assumed.
- Madness Mantra: Episode 5 has him growling "I am Captain America" in sporadic intervals, indicating his worsening mental state.
- Medal of Dishonor: Walker initially sees his Medals of Honor as a Mark of Shame as he received them on "the worst day of his life". After taking the serum however, his judgment has been twisted and he now sees them as a symbol of pride and even embedded one of them on his home-made shield.
- Military Superhero: A special operations officer chosen to be Steve Rogers' successor. It's arguably deconstructed, showing what would happen if you saddled a combat vet who likely has PTSD with a responsibility as great as defending the world. Needless to say, he cracks quickly.
- Moment of Weakness: His brutal murder of Nico is a result of the combination of his intense grief over Lemar's death and the Super Soldier Serum amplifying his desire for revenge. It winds up costing him his place in the military, even though he had a clean record beforehand and ultimately moves past his desire for revenge later on in the series.
- Moral Myopia: He calls out the Dora Milaje for not having jurisdiction in Latvia to pursue Zemo, despite he and Lemar "going off the books" to do essentially the same thing.
- Motive Decay: At first, Walker tries to prove that he is worthy of the title of Captain America but as his mental state worsen and after taking the serum, he goes on about declaring he is Captain America to the point that even after he is stripped of the title, he went on to create his own shield. He even put one of his Medals of Honor, initially to him a Medal of Dishonor and a Mark of Shame he received on the "worst day of his life", onto the shield, now seeing them as a twisted sense of pride and honor.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: As he becomes U.S Agent at the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, he changes color from red-white-and-blue, to simply red and black. He lampshades it as Contessa Allegra de Fontaine notes how cool it looks.
- The Neidermeyer: Downplayed, while no doubt a professional soldier and officer, he's clearly out of his depth when it comes to being a professional hero. His attempts to apprehend the Flag Smashers quickly stall because he can't exert authority over their allies, and he's forced to tail Sam and Bucky because their unconventional methods are more effective. He gets a painful reality check when he has a run-in with the Dora Milaje in Episode 4, who neither respect him not tolerate his attempts to get chummy with them, soundly beating him in combat despite being unaugmented humans themselves. By Episode 5, his killing of Nico turned him into a disgrace to the uniform.
- Never My Fault: Refuses to take responsibility for the extreme measures he's enacted as Captain America, blaming both Sam and Bucky as well as the government for his actions.Walker: Why are you making me do this?!
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: In the MCU, having three Medal of Honors means nothing in a world with Gods, robots and super powered beings. While Walker is a excellent soldier, he is way out of his league in fighting Super Soldiers as he has no experience in dealing with them whereas Sam, Bucky, and Zemo all have experience with them to at least some degree (Zemo least of all, but he is at least knowledgeable). Then he realizes that the Dora Milaje are even better fighters than he is after they give him a Curb-Stomp Battle. This lack of power hurts his already diminishing ego and makes him feel unworthy to hold the mantle of Captain America, leading to him inject himself with the Super Soldier Serum in order to gain the upper hand.
- No Such Agency: Ends up going from Captain America, the heroic public face of the US military, to US Agent, a deniable covert wetworks operative who does the dirty work Captain America can't. So he thinks, anyway.
- Palette Swap: In-practice, his current "U.S. Agent" outfit is near-identical to his previous "Captain America" gear, just with the Primarily Color Champion replaced with a Red and Black and Evil All Over scheme, and the stars and "A"s filed off.
- Perma-Stubble: He sports a few days' growth after the pressures of being Captain America start to build up, serving as yet another contrast to Steve, who is almost always impeccably groomed, beard or no beard.
- The Peter Principle: He's an excellent soldier but that alone does not make him worthy of being Captain America, no matter how much he thinks it does. He's only able to make things right by letting go of his obsession of the title and going back to covert ops, as U.S. Agent.
- Primary-Color Champion: Like his predescessor Steve. He slowly starts to lose the heroic part of the trope when he starts committing more morally questionable actions as the series unfolds. Gets a Significant Wardrobe Change when he loses the blue in his costume for the black-and-red US Agent outfit
- Rabid Cop: As shown during the raid on Rudy's internet cafe, Walker is aggressive and quick to anger. Taken further in the fourth episode, where he outright kills an unarmed, surrendering opponent in broad daylight after his negative qualities are enhanced by the Super Soldier Serum.
- Ranger: Of the 75th Rangers Regiment.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being a military officer lawfully following a particular unfair American system and eventually warning Bucky and Sam to stay out of the way when they make their refusal of his offer for a team-up clear, he still shows his respect towards the latter two for their heroics and even bailed them out following Bucky's arrest in the second episode. This is undone in Episode 4, starting when he impatiently barges in on Sam's attempt on talking down Karli and ending in killing Nico in cold blood, who was attempting to de-escalate and flee after clearly being shocked by Karli (accidentally) killing Lemar. Then he returns to being this despite losing his position as a military officer for Nico's death and show in spite of everything he's this trope deep down in the season finale when he chooses to rescue a busload of hostages over pursuing Karli, thereby redeeming himself.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted. His U.S. Agent outfit has this color scheme, but John finding an identity of his own, separate from the Captain America mantle, ultimately helps him to become a better person.
- Replacement Goldfish: He's the U.S. Government's own Captain America. Heck, John was even an Army Captain no less, having graduated from West Point (which is where he differs from Steve, who trained under the SSR and was field-commissioned into being a Captain). And of course, he's a blonde, blue-eyed white man, just like Steve was.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hotheaded, impulsive red oni to Lemar's blue.
- Revenge Before Reason: He brutally murders an already beaten Nico for Lemar's death right in front of horrified witnesses. It's subverted in the finale, however, when he gives up a chance to pursue Karli Morgenthau to save a truck full of hostages.
- Rule of Symbolism: He is very attached to Steve Rogers' vibranium shield and what it represents, the idea that he's worthy of being the next Captain America. Sam and Bucky have to work together to break his arm to get him to drop it in Ep. 5 when he has his FaceHeel Turn; his HeelFace Turn in the subsequent episode is shown by him throwing away his beat-up replica shield to try to save the truck full of hostages from falling off the cliff.
- Sanity Slippage: He was tightly wound while tracking down the Flag-Smashers, but taking the serum and watching his best friend get killed right in front of him certainly didn't help his anger issues. By the time Episode 6, he would now qualify by military standards as a Section 8 (for being judged mentally unfit for service).
- Shadow Archetype:
- Walker is essentially why Erskine chose a weak but good man for the serum instead of a good solider with a bad attitude. Steve Rogers is a humble and All-Loving Hero who fights for the weak while John Walker is a Glory Hound who only sees the title of Captain America as a reason to be in charge. Whereas the serum made Steve an even better man than he already is, Walker's worst qualities are enhanced, making him the opposite of what Captain America should represent.
- Walker is also one for Sam Wilson, the true inheritor of the Captain America mantle. Sam had fought side-by-side with Steve for years and came to know the man on a personal level while Walker never met Steve and only knows of his accomplishments. Whereas it takes Walker going bananas and tarnishing the shield with blood for Sam to even consider accepting the mantle and he rejects the serum outright, Walker takes the mantle and serum with little hesitation, seeing both as a source of power. Sam is chosen by Steve himself to be the new Captain America, since Steve, as the man Erskine chose for Project Rebirth, understands what makes a good Captain America and sees every single one of those qualities in Sam, while Walker is chosen by the government, who don't have the right priorities or understand what makes a good Captain America.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: In Episode 4, he reveals that he was forced to do horrible things alongside Hoskins during his service, with the medals he earned being a constant reminder of a particularly traumatizing mission.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Not that Captain America is a small name, but Bucky, who refuses to recognize John as such, clearly believes that the man is overstepping his boundaries by claiming to be the new Captain America.John: (after a Flag-Smasher sympathizer refuses to cooperate) DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!
- Smug Super: After injecting himself with the Super Soldier Serum , he prides himself as being Steve's successor.
- Sociopathic Soldier: After taking the Super Soldier Serum and showing no regret in his brutal killing of Nico.
- Sucksessor: Since he's more loyal to the government he's seen by them as a superior Captain America, but he's got nothing on Steve too begin with, and his murder of Nico just serves to further emphasize that he's a terrible replacement. He eventually decides to give up trying to be the next Captain America and takes up his own mantle as U.S. Agent.
- Superhero Packing Heat: Can be seen holstering a pistol on his hip, much like how Steve used to use firearms during WWII. He puts it to use against the Flag-Smashers.
- Supporting Protagonist: Of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, specifically from the second episode onwards as Bucky's and Sam's escapades in hunting down the Flag Smashers are sometimes told from his viewpoint, while some of his characterization and backstory development are simultaneously revealed in the process.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Considering he was already had ego issues to begin with, after taking the Super Soldier Serum, his negative traits get amplified ("good becomes great, bad becomes worse"), to the point where he straight up commits murder on one of the Flag Smashers, Nico.
- Tough Act to Follow: In-universe, Walker knows being the next Captain America would mean he would have big shoes to fill to live up to Steve Rogers, while Bucky and Sam thinks he's an unworthy poser of an Inadequate Inheritor.
- Trauma Conga Line: Where do we even begin?! It's clear that he has PTSD from his time as a soldier and that's before the series began. In the series proper, he gets no respect from the people whose opinions he actually cares about like Bucky and Sam, fails to capture the Flag-Smashers several times, gets summarily trounced by the Dora Millaje, his best friend Lemar gets killed, he gets publicly humiliated when numerous bystanders record him killing a Flag-Smasher, gets his arm broken and shield taken from him by Bucky and Sam, and then the senate strips him of his rank, title, and mantle as Captain America. Is it any surprise that he went insane? The fact that he was able to regain his sanity in the series finale is nothing short of a miracle.
- Tritagonist: Ultimately of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, at first he appeared to be a Decoy Protagonist with Zemo as seemingly the true tritagonist after taking the Super Soldier Serum and goes on a rampage as an antagonist, but after Zemo turns himself in in the penultimate episode and Walker redeems himself in the season finale by rescuing hostages, he returns to this tertiary role.
- True Companions: With Lemar. Walker confides his insecurities and worries with him, and clearly regards him as a brother. He is clearly worried sick when Lemar is captured by the Flag Smashers. He quietly and pleadingly repeats his name in vain hope when Lemar is killed, then immediately butchers a Flag Smasher in rage.
- Underestimating Badassery: When confronted by the Dora Milaje, Walker ignores Sam's warning and thinks he can speak to them as if he has authority, since they're not Super Soldiers. The Wakandan elite soldiers make it clear they think nothing of his authority with a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: It become rather obvious that he didn't practice much with his new shield.
- The Un-Smile:
- The smug sneer he wears when he makes his first public appearance in the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It's implied to largely be a result of John not being that good/accustomed at public appearances rather than actual smugness, though. According to Lemar, he failed drama class.
- His scenes in private, where we get to see Beneath the Mask, suggest he may in fact be a much more natural, if downplayed Perpetual Frowner, further explaining why his public smile seems artificial.
- War Hero: He has earned no less than three Medals of Honor, which is why he was chosen to be the next Captain America. It's not until his killing of Nico turned him into a disgrace to the uniform unlike before.
- What You Are in the Dark: John chooses to save the hostages rather than pursue revenge on Karli, despite the fact that no one is watching and the good deed will likely go unrewarded and unreported.
- When He Smiles: Just compare Walker's goofy grin when he first put on the US Agent outfit to his memetic smug sneer when first introduced as Captain America. It's clear that he's in a much better place physically and mentally.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After taking the Super Soldier Serum, Walker gains super powers but at the cost of his sanity. Lemar's death proves to be the final straw; after this, he flips his shit and ends up brutally murdering a Flag Smasher - the wrong Flag Smasher, no less - in broad daylight, too consumed by rage to realize there are people watching until it's too late. As Erskine put it the day before Steve was given the serum, "good becomes great; bad becomes worse". Walker wasn't exactly the nicest or most mentally stable person to begin with, and the serum worsens his negative traits, especially without Lemar to keep him from going berserk and completely becoming a Section 8 by military standards.
- The Worf Effect: His reinvention as U.S. Agent and his eventual redemption in the series finale is quickly followed by being overwhelmed by the Flag Smashers again despite having taken the Super Soldier serum.
- Wrecked Weapon: His homemade shield takes a lot of punishment during the end of the show due to not being as durable as the real one.
Sergeant-Major Lemar Hoskins, US Army / Battlestar
Portrayed By: Clé Bennett
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
An old high school buddy of John Walker, Lemar Hoskins served with the Captain during his time in the special forces. Now he serves as "Battlestar", the official partner to the new Captain America.
- Accidental Murder: His death at Karli's hands was entirely unintentional. The Flag-Smashers hadn't even intended to kill him and had even tried to remove him from the action non-lethally earlier on.
- Adaptational Wimp: His comics counterpart got powers from the Power Broker; here he is just a Badass Normal with military training and experience.
- Adaptation Name Change: Well, former name. In the comics, Lemar Hoskins went by the alias Bucky when he was a sidekick to John Walker/Captain America, but changed it to Battlestar when he found out that slave owners used to call strong male slaves bucks note . Here, hes called Battlestar from the get-go with no mention of him ever being called Bucky. Justified, as the comic version of Battlestar first appeared before Captain America: Winter Soldier (which introduced the retcon that the original Bucky was still alive), after a number of previous Legacy Characters who adopted Bucky's identity alongside the various Caps. In the MCU, on the other hand, Hoskins first appeared at a point where Bucky's survival was common knowledge, and Bucky's name was treated only as his real name, and never used as a code name.
- Atrocious Alias: Bucky seems to think so. Upon hearing Lemar introduce himself as Battlestar, he promptly exits the military jeep to walk the rest of the way back to the airport.
- Badass Normal: He is a highly-trained soldier wearing elite military gear, no superpowers backing him up. Deconstructed Trope when he gets into a serious one-on-one fight against Karli Morgenthau and gets killed instantly. Unlike most examples of this trope present in the MCU, Hoskins is entirely normal. He doesn't have the fancy S.H.I.E.L.D. gadgets and gear Romanoff or Barton have, nor the advanced vibranium tech of the Wakandans, or even Frank Castle's unbreakable determination and rage. An entirely normal man like Hoskins would never have lasted long in the MCU because he had no special gear or talents other badass normals would need for the trope to play in full effect.
- Childhood Friends: He and John have been friends since high school and served together in the US Army.
- Composite Character: While generally based on his comic counterpart, this version of Battlestar also plays the role Walkers parents played in the comics, serving as Walkers Morality Chain before his death causes Walkers Rage Breaking Point.
- Death by Adaptation: He's still alive and well in the comics.
- Foil: To Sam Wilson. Both are African-American military men with a close friendship to a Captain America. However, whereas Sam now operates as an independent operative for the Air Force, Lemar has remained in the Army. Sam was chosen by the original Captain America to become his successor while Lemar is chosen by the US government as a wingman and Number Two. Sam outright rejects the notion of becoming a super-soldier while Lemar gladly admits he would become one if given the chance.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Like his comicbook counterpart, he doesn't wear any protective gear on his head despite running into the exact same dangerous situations as Walker. This comes back to bite him in the ass and causes his death.
- Morality Chain: Lemar serves as one to Walker, getting him to pull back whenever he's about to turn violent. His death throws Walker into a rage-induced psychotic break.
- Number Two: To John as his partner.
- Primary-Color Champion: Wears a red and blue tactical armor and is a genuinely heroic person.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cooler headed blue to John's red who often keeps John in check.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In the MCU, there are plenty of heroes/fighters who can brush off major injuries like it's no one's business. Except Lemar is an ordinary human, with no special equipment or experience fighting Avengers-level threats, running around with a regular pistol and standard armor for protection. When he and John fight the Dora Milaje, they stand no chance against some of the greatest warriors on Earth. His weakness as a regular human is driven home when Karli accidentally sends Lemar flying into a concrete pillar. He has no adequate protection or superpowers to save him, and he's killed instantly.
- Taking the Bullet: Not entirely directly, but he dies preventing Morgenthau from shanking Walker through the heart.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: A genuinely supportive and loyal Nice Guy who is accidentally murdered after saving his friend from certain death. Even Sam and Bucky, both of whom don't like him very much, are genuinely saddened and horrified by his death.
- Token Black Friend: His character pretty much begins and ends at being John's friend, and being killed to further John's story.
- True Companions: With John, as hes the only one John confides his insecurities with, and remains his biggest supporter thanks to their brotherhood being forged in the fires of combat.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Lemar answer to John's question of whether will he take the Super Soldier Serum is what push the latter to take the serum in order to give him the power necessary to fight the Flag Smashers.
Department of Homeland Security
Special Agent Dinah Madani
Portrayed by: Amber Rose Revah
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
A Department of Homeland Security agent whose investigations abroad lead her to cross paths with Frank Castle.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Sam Stein, Madani has no comics counterpart.
- Dating Catwoman: Madani is quickly seduced by Billy Russo and begins an affair with him. She weans herself off him once she learns he's dirty and also killed Stein.
- Determinator: Dinah will let nothing stop her from exposing the Government Conspiracy and avenging the murder of her former partner, Ahmed Zubair, and later that of Sam Stein.
- Deuteragonist: Of The Punisher (2017).
- Expy: Jeph Loeb has likened her to Samuel Gerard.
- Fair Cop: Not a policeman, but still a very attractive enforcement officer.
- Foil: She and Sam are essentially like Matt and Foggy, with Madani as the determined lead of the two.
- Good Is Not Nice: There's a touch of Evil Gloating in her visits to Russo's hospital bed, and she taunts Russo's girlfriend by showing her his blood on her White Shirt of Death from when he bled on her after being injured.
- Heroic BSoD: She takes to her bed for a week after Sam's death. On the plus side, this convinces Frank she's on the level.
- Hurting Hero: Ahmad Zubair, her first partner, was killed in Afghanistan.
- Immigrant Patriotism: Her parents immigrated from Iran and Dinah herself is now in the service of the US government.
- I Owe You My Life: Frank saved her life after Micro rammed her car, and she later repays the favor, saving Frank's life by bringing him to her father, who's a doctor. She later makes a deal with her superiors to let Frank go free.
- It's Personal: Her interest in Frank Castle is because he's one of the soldiers involved with the unit that tortured and killed Ahmed Zubair. Things get even moreso when Billy kills Stein and several other DHS agents in the midst of a shootout. In Season 2, she is obsessive about keeping an eye on Billy through his recovery, and takes on a personal quest to bring him down when he escapes.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's kind of abrasive and doesn't always keep Sam in the loop, but she does indeed care about him and is fundamentally on the side of good.
- Made of Iron: Not quite to the same level as Frank, but he's quite impressed that she survived getting shot in the head.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It's implied that her repeated taunting visits to the amnesiac Russo in hospital are what triggered a fight or flight response in him that led to him breaking out of the hospital, causing her to get reprimanded by Rafi and Mahoney.
- Not So Different: Frank says in Season 2 she's just as screwed up as he is. In the end she quits Homeland Security for the CIA (even inviting Frank to work with her) because she's no longer suited to law enforcement after all the rules she's broken.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Russo shoots her in the head but she survives, which impresses Frank.
- You Are in Command Now: She takes over as SAC after Wolf gets killed by Frank.
Special Agent Samuel "Sam" Stein
Portrayed by: Michael Nathanson
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
Madani's junior subordinate in season 1 of The Punisher.
- Canon Foreigner: Just like Dinah.
- Dramatic Unmask: He corners and unmasks the leader of the commandos at the warehouse ambush as Billy Russo. Russo takes advantage of Sam's momentary shock to produce a knife and stab him to death.
- Failed a Spot Check: When patting down Billy Russo for weapons, he fails to catch the spring-mounted blade on Russo's wrist.
- Idiot Ball: The failed spot check above is due to a gross neglect of proper police procedure.
- The Mentor: Puts Madani through the ropes on her transfer in to New York City.
- Number Two: He's Madani's second-in-command after she takes command.
- Sarcastic Devotee: He's ultimately loyal to Madani, but not afraid to let her know when he disagrees with her.
Operations Director Rafael "Rafi" Hernandez
Portrayed by: Tony Plana
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
Operations Director of the Department of Homeland Security and mentor of Dinah Madani.
- Affectionate Nickname: Dinah calls him "Rafi".
- Cool Old Guy: Unlike Wolf, Hernandez has a pretty fatherly relationship with Madani
- The Mentor: He's the one who brought Dinah into Homeland Security and mentored her.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Only to a degree, as he doesn't understand Madani's actions because he's Locked Out of the Loop and he wants her to succeed in her career
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He wants to help Madani succeed in her career and only antagonizes hen he feels her actions threaten this or the Department. Once he learns of the bug planted in her office he grows more supportive. In the end he also agrees to give Frank a clean slate as a reparation for his losses and the service he's provided.
Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU)
Portrayed By: Constance Zimmer
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 45: "Laws of Nature")
Head of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU).
- Almighty Janitor: She's a shady intelligence officer who happens to have considerable influence over the President.
- Ambiguously Evil: It seems she just wants to protect humanity... but her "relationship" with the President makes her motives suspect to say the least. It turns out she's in league with Gideon Malick. However she's completely unaware that he's HYDRA until she and Coulson put the pieces together.
- Badass Boast: When Coulson asks who she answers to, she simply replies "People answer to me." As in, the freaking President.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Her husband died of cancer, which is why she puts the captured Inhumans in stasis. As far as she's concerned, they're victims of a disease that makes them a danger to themselves and others, so it's no different than putting someone in a medically induced coma until a cure is found.Rosalind: I would have given anything to be able to do this for him. Just... put him to sleep for a while.
- Deadpan Snarker: She gives as good as she gets from Coulson.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Coulson. Both heads of intelligence agencies, similar taste in cars, and similar banter.
- Everyone Has Standards: Though she's willing to authorize lethal force, she clearly wants to capture most of the Inhumans alive. She's quite aghast at the trail of bodies left by Lash, though she spends most of her first episode believing Coulson is responsible.
- Evil Counterpart: Whilst she's only Ambiguously Evil, she's this to Coulson. Both are well-meaning leaders of shadowy organisations seeking out Inhumans, both have pasts shrouded in mystery and espionage, and both are big fans of vintage cars.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: "I get my weekly reports... From Malick..."
- Fantastic Racism: Towards superpowered individuals, though not overly so. She is annoyed that they're being murdered before she can capture them, and lethal force is only considered an option, not a first resort.
- I Have Many Names: She has used a number of aliases within various agencies. Even "Rosalind Price" is an alias.
- Knowledge Broker: She's able to dig into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets... including T.A.H.I.T.I., which wasn't part of the public data dump in Winter Soldier.
- Manipulative Bastard: Is hinted to have the President of the United States wrapped around her finger.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Upon realizing that Gideon Malick is with HYDRA, she is as concerned as Coulson.
- Mysterious Past: Coulson's background check on her revealed she worked for multiple government agencies under an alias.
- Not So Above It All: She can't resist making a Hurricane of Puns about Coulson's hand. She also hints that, like Coulson, she treats her own classic car as a Companion Cube.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The show strongly implies that "Rosalind Price" is simply another alias.
- Poor Communication Kills: Believed that Coulson was behind a rash of dead Inhumans, not suspecting a third party was involved.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: One of her go-to looks is a bob, which is appropriate for a oss-lady of a science thing like the ATCU.
- Skilled, but Naïve: "A Wanted Inhuman" proves that she is able to match Coulson in the world of espionage but she makes the critical error of publicizing her organization and its goals, something that S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA knew to avoid because of the problems that doing so would cause.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Ward snipes her in the neck as she dines with Coulson, specifically because he wants to hurt him.
- Unwitting Pawn: She had been unknowingly collaborating with HYDRA through her correspondence with Gideon Malick.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to eliminate the threat posed by the newly-emergent Inhumans by any means necessary.
- World Half Empty: She points out for every Daisy there's a Lash, which is why they have to contain them until they can be sorted out.
Portrayed by: Andrew Howard
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 45: "Laws of Nature")
An agent of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit and the right-hand man of Rosalind Price. He leads the unit's operations.
- The Confidant: For Rosalind. She claims that she tells him "everything" including information about her relationship with Phil Coulson.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: His own gun is turned on him not long after Rosalind is killed.
- Guttural Growler: His voice has a rather notable rasp to it.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Actually for real a good person, but positively looks like a HYDRA Mook. Which may or may not have been deliberate casting. It doesn't help that his backstory makes him seem way more suspicious.
- Noodle Incident: Was discharged from the USMC "with cause", but we never learn what exactly.
- Number Two: To Rosalind. He leads the ATCU's operations to capture (or eliminate) Inhumans. Daisy even says this trope's name word for word in "Among Us Hide".
- Red Herring:
- Despite what Hunter thinks, Banks isn't actually Lash - or even Inhuman - after all.
- During the ambush at the Distant Star facility, it initially looks like he's The Mole. Instead, Giyera took control of his gun.
Central Intelligence Agency
Portrayed by: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
Deputy Director of the CIA, due to move up to the Director's chair.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: Zig-zagged with her. Even if she's the most honorable member of the Agency to appear on-screen and is horrified about Rawlins' "shit-show" (her own words), she still does everything possible to keep the whole mess from becoming public, including allying herself with Rawlins (and then again, she makes it perfectly clear to him, when he points out that this alliance could be used as leverage over her when she tells him he'll be forced to retire after getting rid of the loose ends, that she will have him arrested by Homeland Security if he tries, her own career be damned).
- Karma Houdini: While she has morals, she'll likely keep her career despite giving a mass murderer a new identity so he won't expose the dealings of Agent Orange, and won't suffer any comeuppance for allying with him solely because she and the Agency will look bad if they didn't pay attention to their agent committing a war crime. (It's only when she sees the full picture that she stops covering Agent Orange, and even then she was willing to let him walk scott-free and put everything on Russo.)
- Number Two: She's the second in command of the CIA, though she's about to become the new Director.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When she's in a position to eliminate the last loose ends of Rawlins' conspiracy, Frank, she opts to set him up with a new life and cut him loose.
Deputy Task Force Commander Everett Kenneth Ross
Portrayed By: Martin Freeman
Voiced By: Juan Antonio Edwards (Latin-American Spanish dub), Jesús Maniega (European Spanish dub), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese dub), Julien Sibre (French dub), François Sasseville (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Captain America: Civil War | Black Panther | Black Panther II
A CIA officer in a command position in the Joint Counter Terrorist Center.
- Absentee Actor: He is no where to be seen in Avengers: Infinity War, though his absence from that film is justified as the CIA has no business being involved when Thanos and the Black Order invade Earth. He also doesn't appear in Avengers: Endgame either, though it's unclear whether or not he survived the Snap.
- Ace Pilot: Was a former Air Force member before joining the CIA. He single-handedly fights off the air force of the Wakandan weapons exporters in a remote-controlled ship. Shuri flat-out says he has one of the greatest track records known to the US military.
- Adaptational Badass: He's a much better bureaucrat than his comic alter ego, with much more power than Ross properly earned in the comics.note This version is also a CIA operative and former Air Force ace pilot with some combat skills, rather than just a State Dep. aide.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Ross in the comics is a bit of Politically Incorrect Hero, which is an aspect largely excised from the films.
- Age Lift: Everett's exact age was never specified in the comics, but he was fairly young for someone of his position (which was much lower than his rank in the MCU) and was young enough to pass for a child at times. Martin Freeman is quite boyish, but he's not that boyish.
- Ascended Extra: Everett doesn't have a particularly large role in Civil War, but plays a bigger part in Black Panther, and likely future MCU movies.
- Audience Surrogate: Largely fulfills this role in Black Panther once he's brought to Wakanda, as the Westerner who discovers a world that was totally unknown to him, and marveling at the technological wonders there.
- Badass Bureaucrat: When he's introduced in Civil War, he appears as someone who would be more comfortable behind a desk than in the field. When he's introduced in Black Panther, however, he has no problem being in the middle of gunfight and is revealed to have a distinguished military record.
- Butt-Monkey: Even though he is significantly more competent than his comics counterpart, Ross always draws the short straw in Black Panther when crossing paths with T'Challa again. In Korea, T'Challa's intervention screws up his original plan to apprehend Ulysses Klaue. Later, Ross gets shot taking a bullet for Nakia and would've died had it not been for T'Challa bringing him to Wakanda to be healed by Shuri. He also gets trolled repeatedly with several Wakandans deriding him as a colonizer and M'Baku joking about feeding him to his children.
- Celebrity Paradox:
- Composite Character: His role as the government attaché assigned to oversee the Avengers is similar to that of Henry Peter Gyrich, who traditionally serves as the team's government liaison in the comics, but who cannot be used in the MCU because of rights issues.
- Determinator: During the final battle of the film, despite knowing that the force field window is almost broken by a flying drone machine gun, he continues, not caring whether hed die any second. All so he could prevent the ships from escaping Wakanda. That takes a lot of mental strength to do.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The events of Black Panther have made Ross a close ally to the Wakandan royal family. In a deleted scene, he greets Nakia, Ayo, and Okoye quite familiarly as well, with the last one being quite notable considering their slightly mutual disdain of each other at the beginning of T'Challa's solo film.
- Fish out of Water: Becomes this during the second act of Black Panther, having been brought to Wakanda for life-saving medical treatment.
- Friend on the Force: Of a sort. Ross is T'Challa's biggest political ally outside of Wakanda and lets him in on the goings-on with the international political climate.
- Give Me a Reason: As his image caption indicates, he dares his prisoners to do something that will provoke him into tormenting them.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- Zigzagged in Black Panther. During the climatic battle, one of Killmonger's ships drops down into the Mound and starts blasting at the remote control chamber that Ross is using to go after the transport ships loaded with Vibranium weapons for black supremacist cells. Despite Shuri's admonitions to escape, Ross reengages the controls and continues trying to take down the transport ships, knowing he could be killed at any moment if the ship's fire breaches the defensive walls. Subverted in that Ross manages to complete his mission and escape seconds before the ship can kill him.
- Also from Black Panther, his Taking the Bullet for Nakia, without a moments hesitation.
- Hidden Depths: Black Panther reveals that he formerly served in the US Air Force and was one of the best fighter pilots they ever had. He also knows enough about magnetic levitation to make casual talk with Shuri, a prospect that clearly delights her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he makes it clear that he thinks all superhumans should be locked up and enjoys taunting his prisoners, he closely works with and helps out T'Challa when in need - a dynamic which gets deepened in Black Panther, where he outright admits that he likes T'Challa and actively supports the Wakandan royal family and their allies, even Taking the Bullet for T'Challa's beloved, Nakia, whom he'd only met the night before.
- Nerves of Steel: Played with. During the final battle, Ross is tasked with remotely piloting T'Challa's ship in order to chase after the planes transporting weapons outside Wakanda. However, Erik finds out and orders the lab to be destroyed. When Ross hears that the bulletproof glass between him and the massive gun outside is only at 50% capacity, he visibly psyches himself up before asking "How much time do I have?" and continuing with the mission.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: In Civil War, he's Number Two in an international counter-terrorism task force. In Black Panther, set mere a couple of weeks later at most, he's a field agent running a sting operation. There is no explanation of this apparent demotion.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Spends most of Civil War yelling at everyone else for violating the Accords. Subverted in Black Panther where he's much more of a Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Odd Friendship: With Princess Shuri. Although she treats him with little respect at first, she warms up to him considerably after he takes an interest in her work and is audibly concerned when he forgoes his safety to finish shooting at the escaping weapons transports.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Has this look on his face when trying to apprehend Ulysses Klaue in a sting operation, only to immediately recognize T'Challa when he shows up, realizing things are about to get complicated.
- Has another one when he tries to speak up in M'Baku's court and the latter threatens to feed him to his children. Luckily for him, M'Baku was only yanking his chain.
- Upon seeing the massive gun shooting at him from the outside of Shuri's lab, Ross is justifiably freaked-out.
- One Steve Limit: He shares a surname with General Ross, and both of them appeared in Civil War together. No relation.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: It's pretty bad form to taunt a helpless and suicidal prisoner, but considering what Zemo had done, it's hard to condemn Ross too much.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: On the receiving end of one of these from Zemo that effectively takes the wind out of his sails.Ross: Smug So how does it feel? To spend all that time, all that effort, and to see it fail so spectacularly?
Helmut Zemo: Did it? [Ross's smile falters]
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He seems to have replaced Coulson as the normal guy who is the link between the authorities and superheroes. Ironically, Coulson is a creation for the MCU while Ross had existed in the comics for decades.
- Taking the Bullet: In Black Panther, he takes one for Nakia during Killmonger's breakout of Ulysses Klaue and the reason why he is brought to Wakanda for life-saving medical treatment.
- Token White: The only named white guy on the good guys' side in Black Panther (Bucky Barnes sits out most of the movie and just shows up for The Stinger).
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Civil War, Ross mainly comes across as an obstructive Jerkass. In Black Panther, he is much more reasonable and helpful. Justified, as in Civil War, he is dealing with a terrible terrorist attack on the UN that has killed several people with the main suspect being a deadly super soldier assassin and the threat of rogue superheroes, thereby making him a Properly Paranoid Jerkass Has a Point at the time. In Black Panther he was originally occupied with a simple black market arms seller and murderer wanting to peddle a dangerous artifact. Everyday assignment, most likely which is why he is shown to have cool down the next time he is seen in a MCU film.
- Uncertain Doom: His fate after Thanos's snap is left unknown. Although may be a moot point, considering the snap was later undone.
- Universal Driver's License: Justified. When he is given control of a Wakandan drone fighter, Shuri makes the interface resemble an American fighter jet so that it will be familiar to him. Before this is made clear, he raises it as a concern himself.
Agent Sharon Carter / Agent 13 / The Power Broker
Portrayed by: Emily VanCamp
Voiced By: Vanessa Acosta (Latin-American Spanish dub), Pilar Martín (European Spanish dub), Yuko Mikutsu (Japanese dub), Chantal Macé (European French dub), Bianca Gervais (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Captain America: Civil War | The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
A former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, who pretended to be a nurse living next door to Steve but was secretly assigned by Nick Fury to protect him. Later, she is a reluctant part of Pierce's surveillance team, tracking the whereabouts of Captain America.
After S.H.I.E.L.D. collapsed, she becomes a CIA officer, where after the Blip, she would once again cross paths with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes.
- Action Girl: She's a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a highly proficient shooter. Though she doesn't do very well against Rumlow in The Winter Soldier, it was because she was standing far too close. Played much straighter in Civil War, where she goes up against the Winter Soldier, and even more so in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, where she holds off a small army of bounty hunters armed with only a collapsible baton and whatever weapons she can grab from them. However, following her connections to Batroc and the Flag Smashers, she could count as a Dark Action Girl by this point so far.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: She and Steve frequently describe the other as the love of their life in the comic. In the MCU, a relationship is teased, but unfulfilled, and ultimately she doesn't view Steve with fondness.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Sharon was never a villainess. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, she's revealed to be the Power Broker.
- Advertised Extra:
- She got her own poster (seen above) for The Winter Soldier, but had less screentime (less than four minutes) and plot impotance than others like Brock Rumlow.
- A specific example with Civil War. Her role is slightly bigger than in the last movie, but it's not nearly as big as the marketing and merchandising images would have you believe. There are a ton of group shots showing her fighting as part of Team Cap, which she never does at any point in the movie.
- Downplayed in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where she is shown in plenty of the marketing, and even has third=billing, but ultimately her role is pretty small.
- Ambiguously Evil: In Episode 5, she is negotiating with Batroc on the phone to possibly aid the Flag Smashers and was revealed be behind the first episode's skyjacking by Batroc. The ambiguity is removed in the following episode, where it is revealed that she is the Power Broker.
- Anti-Hero: In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, following the events of Civil War, as she is forced into a life of crime, while still teaming up and Sam and Bucky. Subverted by the end, where it is revealed that she is the Power Broker, the show's Greater-Scope Villain.
- Badass Family: Sharon is the niece of Peggy Carter, former Director and co-founder of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: In her appearances at the Triskelion in The Winter Soldier, she is wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D. style suit.
- Badass Longcoat: When she makes her return to the MCU, she spends an episode sniping and fighting gangsters while wearing a long leather coat.
- Big Bad Friend: Sharon helps Sam and Bucky fight Karli and the Flag-Smashers. The only problem is that Sharon is also the Power Broker, the crime lord who provided the Flag-Smashers with their Super-Soldier serum in the first place. By the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier she's killed Karli, protecting her identity while Sam gets her a pardon and her old job back, along with all the access to government secrets that entails.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Finally shares one with Steve in Civil War with Falcon and Bucky giving them the thumbs up for it.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. While she certainly isn't all that nice to Sam and Bucky after reuniting with them in Madripoor, she indicates that she only turned to crime as a way to get by, due to the government abandoning her and having nowhere else to go. In truth however, she's actually the ruthless Power Broker who enjoys her new way of life, and is more than willing to use her pardon and restored CIA job to sell government weapons on the black market.
- Bluff Worked Too Well: Her own skill at disapearing and going off the grid came back to bite her. In the confusion of losing half the population themselves being fugitives, the Avengers had no way to contact her or even know if she was alive, leading to Sharon falling throught the cracks with the Avengers getting pardons but not her.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Chosen by Nick Fury to protect Steve, called history's greatest soldier by Fury himself.
- Bus Crash: A Freeze-Frame Bonus in Avengers: Endgame reveals that Sharon is among who were turned to dust by Thanos.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Inverted, she's referred to as Agent 13 most of the time. We don't even learn her first name until the final scene of The Winter Soldier, and even then her last name and relation to Peggy Carter isn't mentioned until Civil War.
- Composite Character: She holds the title of the Power Broker, who is held by different individuals in the comics, but never Sharon.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: After getting her pardon and her old CIA job back, since she has already crossed over into villainy as the Power Broker by then.
- Dark Action Girl: Her FaceHeel Turn does not mean she lost her combative prowess.
- Demoted to Extra: Compared to her role in the comics, she's mostly a tertiary character in The Winter Soldier. She has a slightly larger role in Civil War, but it still pales in comparison to the comics. Then she vanishes altogether, literally as a Thanos victim and no mention is made of her even after everyone has been revived. She seems set to become an Ascended Extra again in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
- Expy: Outside of the Marvel franchise, she's basically a Distaff Counterpart to Jon Voight's Jim Phelps from Mission: Impossible (1996) as both were great American secret agent heroes, only to become two-bit cash-grabbing criminals under another alias (Sharon as the "Power Broker", while Jim was "Job") following feeling disillusioned with their work with a general feeling of uselessness as heroic spies following the ends of the major conflicts they before played a part in (Sharon following the Infinity Saga, while Jim following the end of the Cold War).
- Evil Counterpart: To her great aunt Peggy following her FaceHeel Turn. Both were great agents who fought against Hydra but while Peggy constantly did the right thing, even in the face of continued injustices from her allies while Sharon not only turns to a life of crime after being left behind, she fully embraces it and enjoys it. Her becoming the Power Broker only tarnished her family legacy.
- FaceHeel Turn: In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, she is revealed to have been the eponymous Power Broker who financed both the Flag-Smashers and Georges Batroc throughout the series. Even though she's restored to her CIA job by the end of the series, Sharon indicates she has no intention of giving up her power in Madripoor anytime soon, and in fact wants to use the government weapons that her clearance allows her to access to make herself even more powerful.
- Fallen Heroine: Between Avengers: Endgame and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sharon became bitter at her treatment by both the U.S. government and the Avengers, and subsequent built a clandestine criminal empire as the Power Broker. Despite Sam and Bucky securing a pardon for Sharon after the Flag Smashers are defeated, she uses her CIA clearance to access the agency's top secret advanced weaponry so she can sell them on the black market, with everyone who knows of her actions either working for her or dead.
- Foil: Ironically, with the reveal of her new identity as the Power-Broker, she becomes one to fellow corrupted CIA official Bill Rawlins/Agent Orange above. The key difference, of course, is that while Rawlins, despite seemingly-coming from old money and long CIA connections (who was subsequently brought down by the street-level superhero The Punisher), Sharon, by virtue of her close association with the Avengers, manages to reclaim a Villain with Good Publicity status possibly way beyond Rawlins' wildest dreams.
- Friend on the Force: She provides help to Cap and the anti-Accords Avengers despite being on the pro-Accords Joint Counter Terrorism Center at numerous points in Civil War. First, she provides intel that leads Cap and Sam to Bucky's safehouse. Next, she allows Cap and Sam to listen in on Bucky's interrogation after they are arrested, alerting them to Zemo's infiltration. Finally, she delivers Cap's shield and Sam's Falcon suit to them shortly before the fight at the Berlin airport.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Starts out as an average spy, with her first onscreen assignment proecting the greatest soldier in history when he's at home, and while no one was looking, she became one of the most feared crime lords in Asia.
- Generation Xerox: Downplayed; she physically resembles Peggy but has blond hair instead of brown. It's more noticeable in terms of personality and abilities: she's an excellent markswoman and very serious at her job as an agent, just like Peggy. Civil War reveals that it was her aunt Peggy who motivated her to become an agent. However, she opted to not disclose their familial ties to avoid being cast in her shadow.
- Girl Next Door: She initially poses as Kate, a nurse who lives next door to Steve.
- Good Is Not Nice: At first when she makes her reappearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but absolutely averted following The Reveal.
- Greater-Scope Villain: As the Power Broker who commisioned the new Super-Soldier serum, Sharon is indirectly responsible for Karli's terrorism and most of the conflict in the show. Since her identity remains a secret, however, she never comes into direct conflict with Sam and Bucky, and even helps them stop the Flag-Smashers.
- Greed: Following her FaceHeel Turn, she is mainly motivated by this, having thrown all her morals out the window as a result.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde, and a loyal agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is further emphasized in The Winter Soldier, when she stops Rumlow from killing a tech who refuses to bow to HYDRA's orders by holding him at gunpoint. She then saves the tech from getting shot by kicking out his chair from under him even after Rumlow injures her. And while her idealism is severely eroded by her reappearance in Falcon and the Winter Soldier (to say the least), she does put her life on the line to help Sam and Bucky. She ends up being revealed to be a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk, however, as she is actually the Power Broker who helped put Sam and Bucky in danger to start with and has been manipulating them and the Flag Smashers for her own personal gain.
- In the Hood: Her first appearances after her bus trip is her wearing a hood and leather jacket combo.
- It's All About Me: She loses all of her S.H.I.E.L.D.-based selflessness following Civil War, as she's only concerned with herself and nobody else and her vendetta against the system.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's understandably bitter and cynical in Falcon and the Winter Soldier (when Sam offers her a pardon, she says, "I don't trust charity"), but she helps out Sam and Bucky, despite the fact that they're targeted by every bounty-hunter in Madripoor.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: However, despite initially helping out Sam and Bucky, it turns out she was the architect behind the Flag Smashers and was playing both sides like a fiddle.
- Karma Houdini: At the end of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, she secures a pardon without anyone ever learning that she's the Power Broker, and now she has even more power to broke.
- Loving a Shadow: Sharon is perhaps the only person who resembles Peggy in terms of appearance, personality and skills (not to mention being her blood relative). And thus, Steve pursues a romance with Sharon in the hopes of filling the hole that Peggy left behind after her death until the invention of Time Travel in Endgame, which gives Steve the chance to be with Peggy for real.
- Manipulative Bitch: She turned out to have been playing both sides like a fiddle for her own personal agenda.
- The Mole: In Civil War, she uses her employment with Everett Ross' counter terrorist force to aid Steve, Sam and Bucky even after they go on the run. In the mid-credits scene of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier series finale, she plans to use her new CIA position to sell top-secret intel and weapons to the black market.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: How Sharon sees her relationship with both the US and the Avengers. She helped the Avengers and became an Enemy of the State, but unlike Sam and Bucky, who recieved full pardons as Avengers, Sharon was forced underground for years. To make matters worse, none of the Avengers even bothered to check in on her during this time, leaving her disillusioned.
- Nominal Hero: In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, following the events of Civil War, as she rather enjoys living it up in her life of crime rather than returning to the United States and only seems interested in getting a pardon, while begrudgingly aiding Bucky and Sam. And she has no intention on giving up her criminal ways even after she recieves the pardon.
- Pragmatic Villainy: As the Power Broker, she has little desire for full-scale revenge and prefers to sell government secrets and weapons to the black market, both to indirectly inflict pain upon the world that abandon her as well as making her rich in the process. She also helps the Sam and Bucky defeat the Flag Smashers in order to be pardoned (and get access to more lucrative secrets) and eliminate any loose ends to the Power Broker.
- Put on a Bus: Quietly disappears from the MCU after Civil War, and her relationship with Steve hasn't been brought up since. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier it is revealed that she was branded an Enemy of the State for aiding Cap and she later reveals herself to have become a wealthy smuggler and dealer of stolen artwork, dwelling in Madripoor's Hightown.
- Revenge: In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, she was about to kill Zemo for causing her to end up this way, but puts it on hold when Sam and Bucky explain they need her help, and ultimately lets it go. As the Power Broker, she seeks revenge against the American government's system for her fall from grace and indirectly against the Avengers for abandoning her.
- Romantic False Lead: She becomes Steve's Second Love in the aftermath of the death of Peggy in Civil War, but this doesn't go anywhere since she doesn't appear in Infinity War and Endgame, and sadly, Cap seems to have completely forgotten about her as he goes to an alternate version of the past to live with her aunt instead.
- Secret Identity:
- She poses as Kate, a nurse and Steve Rogers's neighbor in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with him being unaware that she's actually a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with the mission of keeping an eye on him and protecting him if needed.
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier reveals that she's the dreaded crime boss known as the Power Broker, who controls all of Madripoor with an iron fist. Unfortunately, the only two people who know of this are dead, and the rest of the world is oblivious, allowing her to use her restored CIA job to smuggle government weapons back to Madripoor.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite only appearing onscreen for four minutes total in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sharon's actions after taking up the Power Broker mantle are what cause everything in the show to happen. Some for the better, but a lot for the worse.
- Start of Darkness: Helping Steve Rogers and his faction in Civil War is revealed to be the start of her path towards villainy, as she was branded as a traitor and was forced to live in Madripoor to avoid extradition. Even worse, the Avengers never kept tabs on her, which broke her faith in heroes and thus, she used her skills as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to build a criminal empire for herself.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: In the The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, she is the villainous Power Broker.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, her renewed partnership with Sam and Bucky becomes this due to holding how superheroes made her forgotten against them. Turned out to be an Enemy Mine following The Reveal to have committed a FaceHeel Turn.
- The Bus Came Back: In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
- They Know Too Much: Wipes out her colleagues such as Batroc and Karli to tie up loose ends.
- Took a Level in Cynic: By the time of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sharon has become much more jaded towards the Avengers and the United States, seeing as none of the heroes did anything to help her after she was branded a fugitive for helping Cap's team in Civil War. Interestingly enough, this brings her character closer to the cynical foil she was to Cap during Mark Waids run in the 90s.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Becomes a full blown villainess as the Power Broker after feeling disillusioned with her past heroic work.
- Tragic Heroine: In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, following the events of Civil War after still being branded an enemy of the state by the government she served and being forgotten by the Avengers she had helped. However, in the end she qualifies as a Tragic Villain following the revelation that she is the Power Broker.
- Tragic Villain: A Fallen Heroine who became a villainess following the American government's branding of her as a criminal and the Avengers abandoning her.
- Villain with Good Publicity: She is granted her pardon and reinstated into the CIA, but nobody knows she's the Power Broker.
- Walking Spoiler: Just look at all those spoiler tags. It's hard to discuss her character without revealing that she's the Power Broker.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After she gives Steve and Sam their gear in Civil War, she and Steve agree that the theft will be easily traced back to her. She's not mentioned for the remainder of the film, then goes unmentioned in Infinity War. A Freeze-Frame Bonus in Endgame reveals that she was snapped out of existence by Thanos, but she's still unmentioned even after the Mass Resurrection, and Steve consistently refers to Peggy as the love of his life. This is rectified on her reappearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The Winter Soldier gives one, and for her, she's seen getting a job at the CIA.
- You Are Number 6: Referred to in press material for The Winter Soldier as Agent 13.
Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Portrayed by: Andrew Sensenig
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
An agent with the New York FBI office's Office of Professional Responsibility.
- Boom, Headshot!: Hattley kills him with Ray's gun, then Felix Manning bags the gun (with Ray's prints) and an audio recording to blackmail Ray into working for Fisk.
- Internal Affairs: Fisk manipulates him into opening an investigation into Dex's line-of-duty shooting of the Albanians who ambushed Fisk's motorcade, as part of a gambit to get Dex suspended.
Portrayed By: Randall Park
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. note | Ant-Man and the Wasp | WandaVision
An FBI agent (formerly of S.H.I.E.L.D.) assigned to Scott Lang's house arrest as his parole officer.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Jimmy Woo is a former FBI-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, legitimate heir of Genghis Khan and Khan of the underground Atlas Empire who owns a flying car, and his best friend is a gorilla-man. Here, he's a goofball, somewhat bumbling FBI agent, although WandaVision shows that he can be more than capable if the situation calls upon him to be.
- Ambiguously Gay: After Scott mistakes Jimmy's "I'll be seeing you" as a legitimate invitation, he clarifies the confusion, but then backtracks and seems to be down for going on a date with Scott.
- Anti-Villain: While he does seem like a jerk to Scott in Ant-Man and the Wasp, he is simply doing his job watching a potentially dangerous Wild Card who broke international law. Furthermore, he is fairly friendly with Scott when he visits, and sincerely congratulates him on seemingly making it to the end of his house arrest during the second visit to Scott's house. Even at the end, when he could arrest Scott for somehow getting out of the house with the suit, he doesn't, because he can't prove Scott got out of the house. All in all, he isn't all that hateable despite his rougher attitude.
- Audience Surrogate: While investigating Westview, Jimmy brings up a whiteboard with several theories and questions. Many of these questions are what many viewers likely share themselves, including whether Vision is actually alive or not, what the hexagons in the show represent, or if there are Skrulls involved with this situation.
- Badass Normal: Woo might just be a regular FBI agent, but bear in mind that FBI agents are trained for dangerous circumstances. In Episode 6 of WandaVision, hes able to subdue three S.W.O.R.D security guards with the help of Monica Rambeau, and is able to convincingly disguise himself as one of them (ballcap not withstanding).
- Beware the Silly Ones: Jimmy may be a bit spacey, but he's also a former S.H.I.E.L.D. and current FBI agent who possesses all of the required hand-to-hand combat skills.
- Brick Joke: In Ant-Man and the Wasp, he becomes obsessed with figuring out a card trick Scott did for him. By WandaVision, he seems to have gotten the hang of it, as he performs it for Monica Rambeau upon meeting her.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his attempts to act like a professional agent, he's kind of... odd.
- Characterization Marches On: In Ant-Man and the Wasp, he's a By-the-Book Cop who's monitoring Scott's house arrest and repeatedly reminds everyone that Scott has to follow the law and Sokovia Accords. In WandaVision, he's more of a Reasonable Authority Figure who believes in Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! and actively undermines Hayward's authority when he believes the man is being unreasonable.
- Chekhov's Skill: He first takes an interest in stage magic in Ant-Man and the Wasp after watching Scott perform a card trick and is at one point found in his office trying to practice that same trick. When he shows up again in WandaVision, he's developed a talent for sleight of hand and has also been dabbling in escapology, using his newfound skill to escape a pair of handcuffs in the series finale.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: He's the one FBI agent surrounded by S.W.O.R.D agents in WandaVision, and he's coincidentally the only one government agent who gives Wanda the benefit of the doubt regarding the creation of Westview.
- The Comically Serious: Jimmy Woo's comedy comes from reacting in FBI seriousness to the size-shifting silliness around him, but he's not nearly as unflappable as he'd like to think.
- Curse of the Ancients: He lets out a "What the dickens?" when the situation of Ant-Man and the Wasp gets to be too much for him.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- He won't arrest Scott on the suspicion that he broke his house arrest, because there isn't any proof. Agent Woo does promise that if he catches Scott breaking the law, he will arrest him, but for now Scott is off the hook.
- By Episode 6 of WandaVision, Jimmy is very disturbed at Director Hayward's willingness to kill Wanda Maximoff at all costs, causing him to break with S.W.O.R.D. and look for ways to help her alongside Monica Rambeau and Darcy outside of the law.
- Friendly Enemy: Even though he is just doing his job, he speaks in a rather polite way to Scott, apologizing to him when he thought that Scott had broken from house arrest. In fact, he actually takes a liking towards Scott and invites him for dinner after his parole has ended.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Not explicitly touched upon, but Jimmy doesn't swear much and once says the rather unusual "What the dickens?" in the place of a more profane word. This may have to do with his alleged side gig as a youth pastor. He does however use "damn" a couple of times towards the end when Scott evidently escaped but ultimately couldn't prove it.
- Hero Antagonist:
- An honest, hardworking FBI agent who puts Scott, Hope, and Hank at risk during the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but he's neither evil nor particularly heroic. He's just doing his job.
- Fits this role even moreso in WandaVision. The only reason he gets involved with what's happening is because there just so happens to be a man in the Witness Protection Program in Westview, and he has to extract them on the FBI's behalf. His working with S.W.O.R.D. to try to break into the small town isn't so much as him intentionally trying to destroy Wanda's sitcom reality, but is moreso to find out what exactly it is, and how to help her and the people she has trapped in there. He then works to rescue Wanda as well as the people in Westview on realizing Hayward's real intentions.
- Inspector Lestrade: In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Jimmy's aware that Scott Lang broke house arrest, but is unable to provide conclusive proof that he did it, forcing him to let him go at the end of the film. In WandaVision, Jimmy is unable to figure out much of anything regarding the Westview case, having to rely on S.W.O.R.D. and its consultants to get a basis of what's going on. Downplayed however in that he does catch on that something's not right about Director Hayward and his methods, but he can't properly arrest the guy until he sees Cataract Vision in action, which finally gives him the basis to do so.
- Nice Guy: He's very civil to Scott and tries to calmly explain to Cassie why her dad's in trouble. Woo's not very good at the explanation, but he tries, and he mentions he's a youth pastor. When he briefly cheers on hearing Hank and Hope got arrested, he then apologizes to Scott since it was an insensitive thing to do. It also says something that he follows the letter of the law and won't arrest Scott on the suspicion of him becoming Ant-Man again. WandaVision cements this as this as when the FBI and S.W.O.R.D. discover what is going on with Wanda, Vision, and the town of Westview. Assuming Wanda is trapped there against her will, he tries to contact her through a radio to find out who has done this to her. Even later when it's seemingly confirmed Wanda is the one responsible for it, he still gives her the benefit of the doubt and reminds Director Hayward of all the good she's done with the Avengers.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Zigzagged and played for laughs. When Cassie calls him out, he tells her that he's sure this all has to sound like a bunch of confusing adult stuff to her, and proceeds to explain it... Using legal jargon.
- Not So Above It All: Jimmy tries to be as professional as one would expect for his position, but it's not too hard to get him to crack. For instance, he's utterly fascinated with Scott's magic trick, and even learns how to do it to introduce himself to Monica Rambeau. He's also one of the two people working with S.W.O.R.D. who actually seems interested in the WandaVision show itself, even expressing slight envy at Wanda and Vision having children.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat:
- As Scott's parole officer in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Justified, as it's his responsibility to make sure Scott doesn't break house arrest.
- Inverted in WandaVision, where he's the only government agent involved in the Westview case who's against attacking Wanda Maximoff from the start, and eventually uses his connections to bring the rest of the FBI to apprehend Director Hayward and do damage control for Westview.
- Police Are Useless:
- Much like Paxton and SFPD in Scott's last movie, he and the FBI are very incompetent at their job and acts as only detrimental obstacles for Scott and his friends. Downplayed in that they do manage to temporarily capture Hank and Hope, though it still makes them an obstacle when they refused to listen to Hank and Hope about what is actually going on after detaining them.
- In WandaVision, Jimmy isn't able to do much of anything regarding the sudden existence of Westview without S.W.O.R.D.'s help, despite the place housing a person of interest to the FBI. Unlike in Ant-Man and the Wasp however, Jimmy's uselessness is more than justified, given that they're dealing with Wanda Maximoff. That being said, Jimmy gradually averts the trope as the series wraps up, as he eventually breaks with S.W.O.R.D., assists Monica with reentering the Hex, and calls in The Cavalry to arrest Hayward and his accomplices in the aftermath of what happens.
- Production Foreshadowing: Prior to his film debut, he was mentioned in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. four years earlier.
- Race Lift: Of the "Minority to Minority" kind, being changed from Chinese-American to Korean-American. It helps that "Woo" is applicable on both sides.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He treats Scott Lang with both respect and suspicion, refusing to arrest him without any proof that he broke his parole. Jimmy does promise that he'll be there to arrest Scott if the latter breaks the law again, but after the events of Endgame is more than happy to accept that all the Avengers got The Pardon, since Scott's time travel knowledge undid the Blip and restored billions of people to life. What's more, when the Westview Hex starts happening, he questions if Wanda is under duress since he knows that she's a hero, and rebels against Hayward, calling in the FBI, on realizing the man created the situation.
- As a crowner to how he's seemingly not good with people, after he Info Dumps the whole terms of Scott's sentence to his 11 year old daughter:Scott: Wow. You're really great with kids!
Woo: Thanks. I'm also a youth pastor.
- He gets another one during the events of WandaVision:Director Hayward: Someone must really miss you back in Quantico.
Woo: No, sir. Softball seasons over, sir.
- As a crowner to how he's seemingly not good with people, after he Info Dumps the whole terms of Scott's sentence to his 11 year old daughter:
- Schrödinger's Canon: In the tradition of MCU films never addressing details from the MCU TV shows, his status as a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is not even hinted at.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After dealing with Haywards authority for too long, Jimmy and Monica subdue the S.W.O.R.D. security agents escorting them off the property and take their uniforms as disguises. Its worth noting that Woo is the one who initiates this, with Monica only following suit after he throws the first punch.
- Sticky Fingers: The series finale of WandaVision has Jimmy steal a phone off of someone's desk in plain view of everyone while handcuffed in order to call a few of his fellow agents as backup.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In Ant-Man and the Wasp, his goal is to ensure that Scott Lang doesn't make a break for it in his last few days of house arrest. Unfortunately, Scott's services are needed by Hank and Hope Pym at that time.
- Token Good Teammate: He's pretty much the only positive representation of the FBI within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With pretty much every other FBI agent that makes an appearance, such as those in Daredevil (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp, ending up being corrupt.
- Took a Level in Badass: Downplayed in WandaVision. He's clearly (and understandably) out of his depth dealing with the whole Westview situation, but he's far more on the ball and competent than he was in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and does a remarkably good job with the investigation into Westview. He's also learned to do the card trick. In episode six he's the first to throw a punch when S.W.O.R.D. agents try to remove him, Monica and Darcy from the command post and fights as well as Monica does.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Jimmy is continually suspicious of Scott attempting to breach house arrest, and is visibly frustrated that he isnt able to catch him for doing so at the end of that film. Compare this with his attitude in WandaVision, where Jimmy is among the three consultants of S.W.O.R.D. that is somewhat reluctant to follow Director Haywards orders to neutralize Wanda, and decides to take matters into his own hands after Hayward dismisses them.
- We Will Meet Again: By the time he lets Scott off house arrest, it's pretty clear he knows that Scott violated his agreement and went out as Ant-Man, but since there's nothing to officially prove that, he has no choice but to let him go. That said, he thinks it's only a matter of time before Scott gets caught again, given how often this happens, and says he'll be the one who catches him.
Portrayed By: Sean Thompson Kleier
Appearances: Ant-Man and the Wasp
A corrupt FBI agent .
- Asshole Victim: He is the only person Ghost actually kills in the entire movie, but he's a dirty FBI agent who works for Sonny Burch, not exactly what you'd call a tragic loss.
- Dirty Cop: He's in league with Sonny Burch, selling him information.
- Tele-Frag: Ghost phases her hand into his heart to kill him.
- Sudden Name Change: Originally, Kleier was listed as Geoffrey Ballard, a.k.a. Centurion, an obscure Bronze-Age character that debuted in Black Goliath #4 in 1976 and went on to appear in a few Ms. Marvel issues.
- See the Skrulls page
Wilson Fisk's protection detail
Tamara "Tammy" Hattley
Portrayed by: Kate Udall
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
Nadeem's superior at the New York FBI office.
- Cruel to Be Kind: She divorced her husband to ensure that Fisk couldn't hunt him down.
- Da Chief: Nadeem and Dex's boss.
- A Darker Shade of Gray: Unlike Ray (and probably most of the other blackmailed Feds), she is callous enough to murder a colleague clinically and cold-bloodedly. Still, she's miles above Dex.
- Dirty Cop: Fisk manipulates her into turning the rest of her agents into his glorified muscle.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She divorced her husband so that Fisk wouldn't be able to use him against her, and encourages Nadeem to do everything he can to keep his family from incurring Fisk's wrath.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite nonchalantly murdering Winn, her conversation with Nadeem when they're preparing to escort Fisk to a summit of rounded-up gangsters makes clear she's not too happy with doing Fisk's dirty work, and the only thing keeping her from ratting is Fisk's threats of harm to her daughter. After Nadeem's posthumous confession video goes viral and implicates her, she's quick to give up everything she knows.
- Evil Red Head: Red-headed and works for Fisk.
- Forced into Evil: Fisk killed one of her children in an arranged "hit and run", and used this to blackmail her.
- Mole in Charge: Fisk's at the FBI.
- Pet the Dog: She makes efforts early on to try and keep Ray out of Fisk's machinations. Unfortunately, Ray's pride keep him from failing to see the trap Fisk has lured him into.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's a stern but fair-minded boss who's honest with her employees. Except she isn't. She shockingly kills Winn in front of Nadeem and blackmails him into working for Fisk just like she and Dex - and several others - already are doing.
- Trapped in Villainy: Fisk has threatened to kill her daughter if she does try to leave.
Rahul "Ray" Nadeem
Portrayed By: Jay Ali
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
An FBI agent who is manipulated into letting Fisk out of prison.
- Boom, Headshot!: His fate at the hands of Dex.
- Canon Foreigner: Nadeem and all of his FBI colleagues except for Dex are all-new characters created just for the show.
- Deal with the Devil: He makes one with Fisk that, on paper, looks pretty good: Fisk offers information on a major Albanian crime syndicate, which will boost Ray up the career ladder whereas he'd previously stalled. Fisk sabotaged his career, to put him in a position of vulnerability where he was easily exploitable. It spirals out of control and Fisk gains complete control over Ray and turns him into a Dirty Cop.
- Deathbed Confession: He records a final message to his family, before being killed by Dex. But the video also includes his confession and full testimony against Fisk, detailing everything he did and knows about the Kingpin's activities. His wife smuggles the video to Foggy, who quickly realizes this is a dying declaration, the evidence they need to bring Fisk to justice. Once it's released to the public, Fisk is quickly arrested for his crimes.
- Decomposite Character: While he's a completely original character, Fisk manipulating him into debt is similar to what Fisk did to Matt in the original Born Again story. That it has to do with his sister-in-law's cancer treatments is borrowed from Nick Manolis, the dirty cop in Born Again that Fisk paid to discredit Matt (whose son Fisk offered to pay full treatment for if Manolis perjured himself).
- Deuteragonist: Of Daredevil Season 3. He has almost as much screentime and character development as Matt himself.
- Dirty Cop: Downplayed. Fisk uses emotional manipulation and actual blackmail to turn Ray into a very reluctant accomplice. Ray eventually turns against Fisk, valuing his moral compass and the example he'll set for his son over his own survival.
- Determinator: He's willing to go to any length for his family. Fisk even uses this to manipulate him into being desperate enough to cut the deal with Fisk to begin with.
- Entertainingly Wrong: When questioning Foggy, he correctly suspects that Matt is leading a double life and Foggy knows about it...but he guesses that Matt is a criminal instead of a vigilante.
- Expy: Certain elements of his character are borrowed from Nick Manolis in the "Born Again" comic.
- Face Death with Dignity: After recording his video confession, he patiently waits in his backyard, casually drinking a beer, waiting for Dex to come and kill him. When Dex catches up to him, he says he's glad that Dex will be the one to do it, and urges him to just shoot him there and then to get things over with. He ultimately has to draw his gun to get Dex to go through with shooting him.
- Fan Disservice: He's a good-looking, well-built guy who gets a shirtless scene in "Revelations", but it's a Shower of Angst and he's wounded from getting shot by Dex.
- To Matt. Both have similar "I can fix this" attitudes that mirror one another. Nadeem is pretty isolated as he tries to fix all the problems he caused by himself: he never draws in Seema, he never lets her help, he barely leans on her emotionally. He doesn't depend on friends. He views co-workers as competition. He only gives in and goes for help when its already too late and hes in too deep with Fisk to get out. Matt, meanwhile, is constantly trying to get everyone else to stay out of his fight and insisting that it is his fight and his alone, that he must be the one that fixes it. The only difference is that Matt realizes he needs the help of other people sooner than Nadeem does, soon enough to actually make use of a multi-pronged attack. Furthermore, Matt's got an advantage in that the people he's protecting are grown, capable adults; whereas Nadeem is having to deal with his young son being threatened.
- To Carl Hoffman. Both are forced by Fisk to do dirty work for him that they didn't agree with, and both try to flip on Fisk afterwards with Nelson & Murdock as their attorneys. Where they differ is that Hoffman is not as innocent as Nadeem, and he willingly did anything Fisk asked of him until Fisk made him kill his own partner. And afterwards, the only reason Hoffman turned on Fisk was in interest of his own self-preservation after Fisk killed Owlsley, who had been protecting him. By contrast, Fisk has to resort to manipulation and then outright intimidation to get Nadeem to work for him, and flips on Fisk in an attempt to fix the very damage he'd done by letting Fisk back on the streets and also regain the trust of his wife and son.
- Forced into Evil: Fisk runs a masterful manipulation game on him, and the subsequent Frame-Up forces him into becoming a Dirty Cop working alongside the man who shot him.
- Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: He's only a Dirty Cop for a short time, but he's tormented by guilt the entire time until he pulls a HeelFace Turn.
- Happily Married: He's a family man, and has a very loving relationship with his wife Seema despite financial worries from paying for her sister's treatments. The sorts of things that Wilson Fisk likes to exploit.
- Headbutting Heroes: Spends much of season three as a Hero Antagonist to Karen, Foggy, and Matt. However, because he is a hero, he digs into the information he has and the leads the provide and realizes Fisk is manipulating him.
- Heel Realization: After spending a fair portion of Season 3 protecting Fisk, he's told by Matt, by Karen and by others in no uncertain terms that Fisk has been using him to regain power. When confronted with evidence in the wake of Jasper Evans' death, he goes to Fisk's penthouse and sees the full extent of the luxury Fisk is living in. He's horrified to realized that however inadvertently, he's allowed the most dangerous crime lord in New York (maybe America) to ascend the throne yet again.
- A Lighter Shade of Gray: Much more sympathetic and moral than the other agents blackmailed by Fisk
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While it's logical to assume from earlier matters like Union Allied and Detective Blake that Fisk had a spare in case he couldn't exploit Nadeem's desperation, Nadeem ultimately was exploited. Ultimately the entire plot and conflict of the third season happened because he agreed to Fisk's deal.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Fisk suggests that he's making one of these when he first summons Nadeem to propose an offer to become an informant, only to clarify he's actually offering to provide information to Nadeem in exchange for Vanessa's protection, and realizes that as a married man, Nadeem is likely to grant him sympathy for that. Then of course, it turns out that the offer was always an unrefusable one even before Nadeem got approached, as Fisk had spent three years slowly bankrupting him without him even meeting the man, to make him desperate enough to take Fisk's deal without looking closely enough.
- Pride: His Fatal Flaw. Aside from his financial worries, Nadeem wants his family to think well of him. He wants to be a good man and hero in their eyes, and this leads to him making some careless decisions, which also make him easy for Fisk to exploit.
- Redemption Equals Death: He eventually defies Fisk, and goes a grand jury with the support of Matt, Foggy, and Karen. Fisk manages to blackmail the grand jury, leaving Ray to accept his fate and sacrifice himself to save his family.
- Secret Keeper: Matt unmasks himself to Nadeem after rescuing him and his family from Fisk's assassins.
- Thanatos Gambit: Nadeem's recorded confession of his involvement in Fisk's crimes would normally be legally inadmissible as evidence, as statements made outside of a courtroom are regarded as hearsay. However, dying declarations are exempt from this rule. So Nadeem orchestrates his own death by returning to his home, which he knew was under surveillance, assuming correctly that Fisk would eventually send someone to kill him.
- Unwitting Pawn: Fisk lures him in with promises of career advancement. In fact, he's been Fisk's pawn since long before he even spoke to the man. Fisk targeted Nadeem by cutting off his sister-in-law's medical insurance, forcing Nadeem to pay her medical bills and go into crippling debt, ruining his FICO score and delaying hopes of career advancement, so that when Fisk offers him information, Nadeem won't look too closely at the possible repercussions.
- We Used to Be Friends: While he and Dex start the season as close friends and colleagues (helped in part by Dex saving his life during the motorcade attack), they grow distant as Fisk manipulates Dex into becoming his hired killer and goes on a killing spree. They only become close again when Fisk's manipulation of Nadeem is revealed and the latter is forced into his service, but it's a twisted reversal of their former relationship. It started Nadeem as the one reaching out to Dex and offering friendship, but ended with Dex assuming they were now best buds.
- You Remind Me of X: Once he realizes Fisk is manipulating him and the FBI, he realizes Fisk very much reminds him of his childhood neighbor Jiggy, who ostensibly painted himself as a man of his community who helped others out...and then made them into fall guys when the police busted him for drug dealing. Fisk attempts to claim he's a better man than Jiggy, but Ray isn't buying his lies.
- See Fisk Crime Ring
Portrayed by: Don Castro
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
A colleague of Dex and Nadeem's.
- Bald of Evil: He's got a shaved head, although he's not really "evil" so much as "blackmailed into working for Wilson Fisk".
- Forced into Evil: Fisk has some sort of dirt which is how he got blackmailed into working for him.
- Noodle Incident: He refuses to tell Nadeem what exactly it is that Fisk has on him.Arinori: Better we don't talk about it, and in here we don't even say his name.
Agent J. Lim
Portrayed by: Scotty Crowe
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
A colleague of Dex and Nadeem's.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction when Dex turns up at Fisk and Vanessa's wedding in his fake Daredevil costume and carrying Julie's frozen corpse.
Portrayed by: Kimberli Alexis Flores
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
A colleague of Dex and Nadeem's.
Portrayed by: Matthew McCurdy
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
A colleague of Dex and Nadeem's.
Department of Damage Control
Portrayed By: Tyne Daly
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming
The director of Damage Control, a U.S. government department operated by Stark Industries that's tasked with cleaning up collateral wreckage caused by superhuman activity.
- Clean Up Crew: A non-villainous example. Their goal is to clean up and repair the damage left behind by superhero activities and salvage materials and weapons from the battles.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: As the head of Damage Control, she oversees the logistics of cleaning up sites affected by superhuman battles, which makes Adrian Toomes' business redundant.
- Power Hair: She wears her hair at a medium length, reflecting her position of power.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears briefly in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but her actions in the prologue inadvertently turn Toomes towards villainy. She is also breifly visible in the background during the aftermath of the bodega incident, presumably to help the NYPD co-ordinate the clean-up of the alien tech involved.
S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division)
Appearances: Spider-Man: Far From Home | WandaVision
- Adaptation Name Change: "Sentient World Observation and Response Department" in the comics. Some dialogue in the fourth episode of WandaVision implies that it had a different name prior to the Snap, possibly keeping in line with the original.
- Adaptational Job Change: Downplayed. S.W.O.R.D.'s role as an organization in the comics was to keep an eye on extraterrestrial threats on Earth's behalf, hence the "World Observation and Response" part of their name. Spider-Man: Far From Home establishes that S.W.O.R.D. in the MCU is still active in space, but their goal is to observe threats that come from anywhere, not just off-world. In fact, Monica Rambeau is told that she is limited to working on cases that are on Earth on her mother's posthumous orders shortly after being blipped.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Their symbol is seen in The Stinger for Spider-Man: Far From Home before they make their proper debut in WandaVision.
- Expy: Just like S.H.I.E.L.D., a variety of American intelligence agencies. In WandaVision their operations and uniforms invoke the Department of Justice like the FBI (even though they work with them in this universe).
- Government Agency of Fiction: Similar to S.H.I.E.L.D., of which it was originally a sub-divison in the comics.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Episode 5 of WandaVision reveals that S.W.O.R.D. managed to reacquire Vision's corpse from Wakanda and subsequently started dissecting and experimenting on it. Not only did Vision explicitly ask the U.S government not to do this in his will, but Wanda's discovery of this fact is what causes her to break into their headquarters and create Westview, causing problems for not only them, but for the FBI as well.
- Remember the New Guy?: They were established some time before the Snap, but we only get a glimpse of them in The Stinger of Spider-Man: Far From Home, and see them in action for the first in WandaVision, despite the numerous space-related events that would have involved them.
- Sigil Spam: Like S.H.I.E.L.D. before them, they love putting their insignia on everything they've got. At the beginning of episode 4 of WandaVision, we see Monica in S.W.O.R.D. field wear, and she's got one on her chest and two on her jacket's shoulders.
Maria RambeauOne of the founders of S.W.O.R.D., and mother to present day operative Captain Monica Rambeau.
Known Alias: "Geraldine"
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed by: Akira Akbar (eleven-years-old) | Azari Akbar (five-years-old) | Teyonah Parris (adult)
Appearances: Captain Marvel | WandaVision | The Marvels
Marias daughter, who considers Carol Danvers to be her honorary aunt. Shes earned the title "Lieutenant Trouble" from Carol since she was a little girl. Years later, she finds herself in the town of Westview.
- Accent Relapse: Her jive accent slips throughout Episode 3, especially when she's nervous. This is because it's not her actual one.
- Adaptational Job Change: From an officer of the New Orleans harbor patrol to an astronaut.
- And I Must Scream: When she's sucked into Westview, Monica's actual identity is suppressed by Wanda's power until she's booted out. And she was aware of it.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Uses this status to convince her mother to accompany Carol, Fury, and Talos on a mission to save the refugee Skrulls. She even asks her mother what sort of example shed be setting for her daughter if she didnt go.
- Affectionate Nickname: She is nicknamed Lieutenant Trouble by Carol.
- Age Lift: Monica Rambeau in the comics is around the same age as Carol. Here, she is introduced as an eleven-year-old kid instead of an adult, setting her up for a sequel in the modern day. She returns as an adult in WandaVision and Captain Marvel 2.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's not really mentioned if she still keeps in touch with her Aunt Carol or if the two fell out of favor before the events of WandaVision. It's also not elaborated on whether or not Carol knows about Maria's passing and whether or not Monica's (implied) resentment of her stems from not being there when she passed on. Or if Carol did do just that in the five years that Monica was gone.
- Amnesia Missed a Spot: What clues Wanda in to her outsider nature. "Geraldine" knows who Pietro and Ultron are, part of Monica's real identity breaking through the brainwashing.
- Aura Vision: One of her powers after the Hex rewrites her genetic structure. She can sense energies on other spectrums, demonstrated when she sees Agatha's magical energy in the entrance to her basement and on the necklace that she uses to enslave Ralph.
- Badass Normal: As shown when she takes on the S.W.O.R.D. goons with Jimmy Woo in Episode 5, Monica is perfectly capable of holding her own in a fight without any superpowers whatsoever.
- Back from the Dead: She's one of the victims of Thanos' Badass Fingersnap in Infinity War, resurrected during Endgame. Unlike most of those snapped away, her resurrection is actually seen onscreen during the first moments of Episode 4.
- The Bus Came Back: Nebulous, and definitely rides the line between this trope and Remember the New Guy?, but debatable. Although her first appearance as a child in Captain Marvel and her first appearance as an adult in Wandavision are only separated by 2 years (2019-2021), which is very little time, MCU-release wise, there is nearly 25 years of Monica's life (not counting the five years she was dead thanks to Thanos) left unaccounted for in-universe between those two entries, and she hasn't appeared in any MCU movies or shows between those two points.
- Composite Character: She is one with Katherine "Kit" Renner, who has Carol as an Honorary Aunt and goes by Monica's nickname "Lieutenant Trouble" in the comics.
- Decomposite Character: Some of her comics characteristics have been given to her mother, such as Maria using the callsign Photon, which was one of her codenames after giving up the Captain Marvel title in the comics.
- Delivery Guy: Averted. She helps Wanda deliver the first of her twins, Tommy, with no one else around to assist despite having no (known) medical experience.
- Determinator: Even after being mind-raped by Wanda in her sitcom world and then violently thrown out of it, she is willing to reenter Westview to continue the investigation. When Wanda arrives outside of Westview, seething with Tranquil Fury, Monica is visibly frightened but still steps forward and attempts to talk Wanda down. Later on, in Episode 7, she just pushes her way through the Hex barrier on nothing more than sheer willpower, despite knowing there's a good chance it could kill her.
- Disappeared Dad: She was raised mostly by her mother with help from Carol, with the whereabouts of her father unknown.
- Drop-In Character: She has no existence in Westview outside of her friendship with Wanda. Agnes notices that "Geraldine" does not have a family, or a house, or any other tether to a life outside of Wanda. And when Wanda catches on, she expels her from Westview. This is because she was sucked in by the barrier after the fact, rather than being part of Westview's narrative from the start—the field changed her appearance but didn't whip up an actual house.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's a long way from being Spectrum when we meet her in Captain Marvel, and in WandaVision she's worked her way up to the rank of Captain in S.W.O.R.D..
- Empowered Badass Normal: On top of being a highly trained S.W.O.R.D. agent, she eventually starts gaining her comic book powers in Episode 7 of WandaVision, courtesy of Wanda's Hex rewriting her DNA and unlocking her superpowers. This includes visually processing normally extrasensory energy, Energy Absorption and being able to transform her body into pure energy.
- Fish out of Water: Like Wanda, she feels out of place among the other neighborhood homemakers.
- Foil: For Wanda, as a woman who has been handed a lot of trauma and instead of hiding in delusions, she owns it.
- Funny Afro: Has one as part of her 1970s appearance in WandaVision.
- Glowing Eyes: Exhibits these after powering through the Hex a third time, signaling the awakening of her powers. Furthermore, it appears as though her eyes glow a different shade for each kind of energy she uses: blue for the standard Aura Vision, purple for when she's sensing magical energy, and golden for when she's using intangibility.
- Hero Antagonist: In WandaVision, Monica is unfalteringly dedicated to helping Wanda (the Villain Protagonist) face her grief and take down the Hex, but Wanda wants none of her help and tries to expel her from Westview for her trouble.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She throws herself in the line of fire between Tommy, Billy, and Hayward as the latter tries to mercilessly gun them down. Fortunately, this is averted as her newly found powers prevent the bullets from reaching the boys, rendering Monica herself unharmed. Furthermore, Billy casually catches the last bullet as Hayward runs out of ammo.
- Heroic Willpower: This is how she awakens to her powers in Episode 7, as she forces herself back into the Hex both to overcome the grief she herself had endured because of her mother's death and to save Wanda and the people of Westview.
- Interrupted Cooldown Hug: She tries to reach Wanda. She might've succeeded if not for Agatha.
- Jive Turkey: Has elements of this in the third episode of WandaVision (which is "set" in the 1970s), although it's later revealed to be partly an act, and partly the result of Wanda's Mind Rape powers.
- Made of Iron:
- She's blasted through Wanda's house, across Westview, and back through the forcefield into the outside world in Episode 4 of WandaVision, but doesn't seem too worse for wear afterwards. However, she attributes this to Wanda protecting her from any serious damage. Furthermore, her 1960's outfit that she wore was made mostly out of kevlar, which further helped with her survival.
- In Episode 7, she gains her powers which allow her to absorb energy, and allows her to survive Wanda slamming her into the ground. Instead of splattering all over the sidewalk, she instinctively absorbs the force of the impact and executes a perfect Three-Point Landing. This demontrates that she has gained a form of Super Toughness.
- Master Actor: Downplayed in WandaVision. While it's clear that part of this is due to being under the Hex's influence, Monica is still capable of convincing Wanda that she's a regular, friendly citizen of Westview who's willing to participate in the show's sitcom shenanigans. The only clues to her real identity are the fact that she doesn't have a home in Westview, the S.W.O.R.D pendant she wears in the third episode, and her namedropping of Ultron.
- Nepotism: It's implied several times that she could have been made the new director of S.W.O.R.D. after her mother's passing had the Blip not happened. It's downplayed, though, as she's shown to be a fairly competent member of the organization.
- Nice Girl: Even after getting sucked into Wanda's world, with her mind and personality replaced with one created by Wanda's powers, and then getting blasted back out of it, Monica still sympathizes with and wants to help her.
- Not So Different: She admits that if she had Wanda's power, she might have done something similar to get her mother back.
- Only Sane Woman: She's by far the most level-headed of the S.W.O.R.D./F.B.I. coalition as she's not as gung ho on stopping Wanda as Hayward and doesn't get caught up in the sitcom plotlines like Jimmy and Darcy.
- Punched Across the Room: More like poked across the room by Ralph/Fake Pietro in Episode 9 of WandaVision
- Saved for the Sequel: Compared to being a minor character in Captain Marvel, she will be one of the main characters alongside Captain Marvel and Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel in the sequel.
- Sigil Spam: She wears the S.W.O.R.D. insignia on her necklace in episode three. This appears to be her actual badge transmogrified by entering the bubble.
- She's All Grown Up: A child during the events of Captain Marvel, an adult by the time of WandaVision. Justified, the former is set in the 90s while the later is set in the 2020s, nearly three decades after the fact.
- Stepford Smiler: In WandaVision, she's having to deal with the fact her mother died, and unlike Wanda there's nothing she can do to change it. She tries putting a brave face on it, but she does make it clear that pain is still very fresh.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: While Wanda is still the most sympathetic part of the Big Bad Ensemble of WandaVision, Monica gives a very apt one to her when Wanda gets sick of her "lies" and attacks her, only for Monica tank it.Monica: The only lies I've told are the ones you put in my mouth.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: Monica has never been affiliated with the S.W.O.R.D. organization in the comics, but is revealed to be one of their top astronauts here.
- Time-Shifted Actor: In Captain Marvel, she appears as a five-year-old in Carols flashbacks to before her memory loss and as an eleven-year-old upon her return to Earth, portrayed by sisters in time period. Teyonah Parris plays her as an adult in WandaVision.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Unlike her mother, Monica doesn't seem to be shocked to see Carol is still alive or at the existence of shape-shifting aliens. She even hits it off with one of them that's around her age.
- Unwitting Muggle Friend: She and Wanda hit it off quickly, and "Geraldine" unexpectedly finds herself in the climactic trick of Wanda and Vision's magic act. Later, she struggles to find a rational explanation as Wanda's pregnancy causes her powers to go bonkers.
(Acting) Director Tyler Hayward
Portrayed by: Josh Stamberg
Appearances: WandaVisionThe Acting Director of S.W.O.R.D. in the time after the Blip.
- Bait the Dog: See the Pet the Dog entry below, then read every other entry. We're introduced to what seems like a Reasonable Authority Figure, but it becomes apparent episodes later that he's a huge dick whose only goal really is retrieving the sentient weapon he sees as his property (Vision), damn the consequences.
- Big Bad Ensemble: While Wanda's control of the Hex and Agatha's manipulations of her are far greater dangers, Hayward's Knight Templar attitude towards the former and desire to turn Vision's corpse into a weapon provides a secondary threat.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Hayward is initially introduced as a friend of both Monica and Maria and warmly welcomes the former back to S.W.O.R.D. after the Blip. This turns out to be a facade as he later shows that he has been keeping a lot of secrets related to Wanda from Monica and is willing to kill the former Avenger by any means necessary.
- Bullying a Dragon: Trying to kill Wanda, who was able to bring Thanos to his knees singlehandedly, with a measly drone strike was probably not the smartest move. For this he is almost killed by his own soldiers as Wanda mind controls them.
- Canon Foreigner: He has no direct counterpart in the comics.
- The Chains of Commanding: When introduced, Hayward explains to Monica how stressful it was in the past five years to keep S.W.O.R.D. running after the Snap, and he tries to use this as his Freudian Excuse against Wanda.
- Cynicism Catalyst: After Thanos wiped out half of all life, Hayward was left to take charge of what was left of S.W.O.R.D. and run it for five years. He insists Monica doesn't share his views because she didn't have to live through that time of zero hope.
- Dirty Coward:
- Quick to order a missile launch at Wanda and her sons without facing her. He's also the first to cut and run when Wanda begins expanding the Hex, which does mean that he's one of the only S.W.O.R.D. agents to not be absorbed into it.
- He also tries to cut and run when the final battle starts going sideways. Darcy puts a stop to that plan real quick.
- Expy: Is a pretty clear one of Henry Peter Gyrich in terms of behavior, tropes and (current) position in S.W.O.R.D..
- Fantastic Racism: During his rant against Monica, he accuses her of constantly advocating for super-powered individuals.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Part of the reason for Hayward's ruthless attitude is because he had to be in charge of S.W.O.R.D. after the Snap, and live in a world with no hope for five years. Monica has none of it.
- Hate Sink: In contrast to the Laughably Evil nature of Agatha Harkness, there is nothing amusing about him, he's just is a despicably slimy Obstructive Bureaucrat piece of work.
- Hypocrite: He's critical of Wanda for disregarding Vision's wishes by resurrecting him, yet he lied that she had stolen his corpse, when she didn't, and he is also disrespecting Vision's wishes by experimenting on his body for possibly nefarious reasons. He talked about how Vision's will wouldn't want him to be brought back, but he was trying to do so himself as a sentient weapon, which Vision didn't want to become. The final episode confirms that this isn't a coincidence; he's actively framing Wanda for his own crimes.
- Jerkass: Heavily invoked by Darcy and Agent Woo, privately, that he is a mean and remorseless individual.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Prior to the series, Wanda arrived at the S.W.O.R.D. facility and Hayward welcomed her warmly and even shows her where Vision's body is kept, on a table being disassembled into pieces. Not only does he show no sympathy for the grieving Wanda, he also won't let her give Vision a proper burial and considers Vision's corpse his own property.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: At the start of the series Hayward comes off as extreme but somewhat reasonable given how much he had to deal with during the Blip. In later episodes, he shows little respect for his colleagues, holds an FBI agent hostage, and is more than willing to shoot civilians just to cover up his secret project.
- Kick the Dog: After Monica calls him a coward for not being willing to negotiate with Wanda, Hayward brings up that it is fortunate that she was not around when her mother died.
- Knight Templar: Radicalized after having to deal with the fallout of the Snap, he treats Wanda as a terrorist threat to be eliminated.
- Laser-Guided Karma: At the end of WandaVision he is arrested by the FBI for breaking the Sokovia Accords, falsely arresting and deceiving an FBI agent, and attempted murder amongst other illegal activities.
- Manipulative Bastard: This is Hayward's stock in trade—if he wants you on his side, he will be friendly and flattering. If he wants to undermine you, he'll start with passive-aggressive insults while pretending to be on your side and move on from there. And there is very little he won't do—to make Wanda look like a terrorist to Monica and everyone else, Hayward shows simple recordings of Wanda "breaking" into S.W.O.R.D. and "stealing" the Vision's body. In reality, Wanda entered the facility peacefully and left without Vision's body.
- No Sympathy: When Vision is slowly dying after forcibly escaping the Hex, Hayward simply stares at him without any emotion. He even showed no such pity to a grieving Wanda when he shows her Vision's body being dissected by scientists for the sole purpose of weaponry, not even acknowledging Vision as a person.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: While he chalks his extremism and aggressiveness against Wanda up to wanting to free the residents of Westview from Wandas control, he really just wants to rebuild Vision so he can turn it into a sentient weapon. Monica even implies that he's willing to "burn Westview to the ground" just to obtain more vibranium from the second Vision created by Wanda, no matter the casualties within. To say nothing of how his vendetta against Wanda largely stems from both his own wounded pride and Fantastic Racism.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: It turns out Hayward knows more of the situation that he is letting on to Monica, Jimmy and Darcy. He only reveals that Wanda attacked the S.W.O.R.D. facility holding Vision's body a few days ago, after Monica is forced out of the Hex. Following this, he refuses any attempts for Monica to make peace with Wanda and gets rid of the trio. His deception didn't stop there as it is eventually revealed that Wanda didn't steal Vision's body, it was with him the entire time.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He seems to like reminding Monica of her race when she goes against him, showing a clip of her as a Jive Turkey to everyone while she looks ashamed, and asking snarkily "Which one of you is the sassy best friend?" when she, Darcy and Jimmy empathize with Wanda.
- Pet the Dog:
- When he arrives outside Westview, he's brusk and annoyed, but willing to accept and work with whatever tools and information he has, regardless of the source. Before that... he's dealing with Monica Rambeau, daughter of the founder of his organization, someone he'd worked with for years. He's deeply compassionate with her, understands why she'd take it badly being grounded and responds with, to paraphrase, "It was your mother's plan if anyone came back... remember, your mother always believed you'd come back".
- Although he's still very unsympathetic towards Wanda's wishes when she arrives to see Vision's body, Hayward does allow her to see it and grieve him, even telling S.W.O.R.D.'s security to stand down after she shatters a window.
- Downplayed when Vision escapes the Hex and starts disintegrating. While he does nothing to try and help or comfort Vision, he at least seems disturbed by what he's watching, and doesn't talk back when Darcy starts criticizing him for doing nothing.
- Put on a Prison Bus: His final appearance in WandaVision shows him being arrested by the FBI
- Pride: After Wanda humiliates him in episode 5, Hayward becomes hell-bent on defeating her as a means of getting even, the consequences to other people in S.W.O.R.D. or in Westview be damned.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's initially presented as this, helping Monica with returning to S.W.O.R.D., comforting her over her mother's loss, and giving Darcy what she needs to investigate the Hex no matter how odd it may seem. However, as the series goes on, his true colors come to light.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tries to escape Westview as he realizes he's outmatched against Monica and Wanda's kids. He fails when Darcy crashes her van into his vehicle and traps him inside.
- Slimeball: He would rather simply jump to killing Wanda to ensure Westview's freedom over reasoning with her and is not above in turning the late Vision into a weapon for his agency's own ends without any moral regard for Wanda's own feelings or Vision's own fears of undergoing this prior to his death.
- Stupid Evil: This trope could be used to describe everything about him and his role in the story. First, he knowingly breaks the law, as stated under the Sakovia Accords, so he could turn the corpse of Vision in a weapon against his wishes. Then when Wanda comes over to re-claim his remains to give him a proper burial, instead of cutting his losses, putting the body back together, handing it over and making do with what S.W.O.R.D managed to learn in the last five years, he decides to show her the in-the-middle-of-being-dismantled body in hopes that she can, and more bafflingly want to, bring Vision Back from the Dead for his sick purposes, even coldly refuting her claims of his rights de-humanizing him constantly. Then after she creates "Wanda Vision" in her resulting grief, he decides to use it as an opportunity to complete his Reforged As A Minion plan and have the revived Vision kill Wanda in a massive Frame-Up, despite the fact that this would create the massive risk of exposing his blatant law-breaking. And then, when confronted on this by Woo, he decides to brag about it to an FBI Agent and not just kill him then and there.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Thaddeus Ross. Like Ross, Hayward is a Obstructive Bureaucrat Knight Templar Jerkass with a hatred for superpower beings who is willing to Kick the Dog and sacrifice those to get what he needs.
- Too Dumb to Live: Trying to kill someone with telekinetic and reality warper powers; the same one that nearly killed Thanos, with a drone and later with guns is definitely not the brightest idea. He's very lucky that Wanda simply didnt kill him on the spot.
- In episode 5, he walks right into the line of fire of the approximately two dozen S.W.O.R.D. Agents taking aim at Wanda when she comes out of the Hex to confront them. The fact Monica does this as well makes it more a case of Artistic License Gun Safety, however.
- In episode 8, the flashback reveals that rather than even attempt to lie about what he was doing, he told Wanda about Project Cataract, showed her Vision's dissected corpse being operated on, and tried to coax her when she began to get upset by talking about him only in terms of material value. Presumably Hayward had at least some small intel saying that they were close, or even that she was forced to kill him — but instead of a more heartfelt, emotional appeal, he approached the situation of talking down a grieving widow like saying her husband would now be useful as fertilizer, he's cemetery property, and it's time to move on. It's only a testament to Wanda's overwhelming grief that he didn't get killed.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He blatantly and deliberately violated Vision's living will by taking possession of his corpse after the battle in Wakanda, having his scientists at S.W.O.R.D. dismantle Vision's remains in order to rebuild him as a sentient weapon under their control, exactly what Vision didn't want. When he shows Wanda what's left of her lover after her return in Endgame, Hayward speaks about him only in terms of raw materials and machinery, not a person.
- Would Hurt a Child: He orders a missile strike on Wanda while her sons are standing right next to her. He also tries to ruthlessly gun them down himself in the Series Finale, only for Monica to intervene in the nick of time.
Agent Franklin a.k.a. The Beekeeper
Portrayed By: Zac Henry
A field agent of S.W.O.R.D. who attempts to infiltrate Westview from underground to find out what's happening inside.
- Bee Afraid: His first appearance has bees swarm around him, following him from the manhole from which he emerges. Turns out the bees are this to him as well, as they come from Westview spontaneously transforming his clothes.
- Good All Along: Although he seems to be quite a sinister figure in his first appearance, Episode 4 reveals he's just a S.W.O.R.D. agent trying to figure out what's going on in Westview who means no harm to Wanda and Vision and is, in fact, trying to help them.
- Knight of Cerebus: His sudden appearance, emerging from a manhole, is deeply unsettling to the Visions — so much so, that Wanda opts to reverse time with her powers so she doesn't have to see him. Ultimately subverted in Episode 4, where it's revealed that he's actually just a lowly field agent whose hazmat outfit was transformed into a beekeeper's outfit when he got into Westview.
- Morphic Resonance: The entire reason he's a beekeeper. He was an agent of S.W.O.R.D. in a hazmat suit entering Westview from underground, but upon entering Westview, his hazmat suit turned into something more normal for a small town in the 60s, a beekeeping suit, and with some bees spontaneously appearing next to him to match the look.
- Oh, Crap!: While it's not apparent at first, Episode 4 reveals that this is his reaction to realizing that he just exposed himself to Wanda and Vision back in Episode 2.
- Sigil Spam: There is a S.W.O.R.D. logo on his beekeeper suit, a symbol that already has Wanda on high alert after the toy helicopter incident earlier that day.
- Sinister Silhouettes: The dark night sky, combined with the town's mediocre lighting gives Franklin this appearance when he appears before Wanda and Vision. This continues in Episode 4 where he is only seen in darkness in the real world and we are unable to see his face clearly.
- The Spook: A dark, silhouetted figure who only briefly shows up at the end of the second episode before Wanda promptly hits the Reset Button to avoid confronting him.
- Uncertain Doom: Its unknown what became of him after Wanda reversed time upon seeing him, especially since his tether got separated and turned into a jump rope while entering Westview. As of the series finale, we still don't know what happened to him. However, it is implied that he is still alive in Westview.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Franklin's fate is still unknown by the series' end, even after Wanda lifts the effects of the Hex off of Westview. However, Word of God stated that he is still alive in Westview and given how the Hex is no longer in effect, it can be presumed that he was rescued and return to his job.
Portrayed By: Selena Anduze
An agent of S.W.O.R.D. working closely with Hayward.
- Number Two: She's Haywards closest collaborator in the investigation of the Westview anomaly and Project Cataract.
- Flat Character: Pretty much exists to be the Yes Woman to Hayward, although she does give Hayward a questioning look behind his back when he talks about infiltrating the Hex after they barely escaped from it the first time it expanded.
- Foil: To Monica. Both are S.W.O.R.D. female agents of color (Monica being African-American and Rodriguez being Latina), but whereas Monica constantly questions Hayward and acts on her own, Rodriguez is unquestioningly loyal and is in on Project Cataract's true objective.
Portrayed By: Alan Heckner
An agent of S.W.O.R.D. serving in the investigation of the Westview Anomaly.
- Dirty Coward: When the Hex expands, he abandons the cuffed Darcy to be trapped within it.
- Flat Character: He pretty much exists just to be a dick to Darcy.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After abandoning Darcy in an attempt to escape the Hex, he fails to escape it and gets made into a circus strongman... who then gets knocked on his ass by Darcy after Vision wakes her up.