Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
United States Military
United States Army
General Joseph "Joe" Greller
Portrayed By: Peter Mensah
Appearances: The Incredible Hulk
- "I pulled you one Ace. Emil Blonsky, born in Russia, raised in England, and on loan from SOCOM from the Royal Marines."
An officer of the U.S. army tasked with putting together a taskforce to capture the Hulk when Thunderbolt Ross tracks Bruce Banner to Rio de Janeiro.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: He's an African American bald general.
Pvt. Gilmore Hodge
Portrayed By: Lex Shrapnel
Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger
A member of the United States Army during World War II, assigned to the Strategic Scientific Reserve.
- The Bully: Hodge enjoys picking on people he considers beneath him, like Steve. This trait is exactly why Dr. Erskine will *not* choose Hodge for his procedure; he already has seen what a bully turns into with the Serum.
- Jerkass: He's a sexist bully with a vicious streak.
- Just Following Orders: Phillips singles him out as a preferred candidate for Erskine's serum due to his ability to follow orders.
- Pet the Dog: He isn't above applauding his former bullying victim after Steve rescues POWs.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Hodge isn't much of a hero, but he's not exactly on the Nazi level. All the same, he's a crude sexist who belittles Peggy Carter with lewd comments but respectfully obeys Colonel Phillips.
Portrayed by: Delaney Williams
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
Another member of Curtis Hoyle's support group who claims to be a Vietnam veteran who won the Silver Star.
- Angry White Man: He claims that the suppressed minority in America are the Christian white males and that the government is planning to take their guns. He also says that the Jews are controlling the internet.
- Asshole Victim: The first casualty of Lewis' rampage, when Lewis confronts him over his stolen valor. If not for the fact that Lewis then decides to use his house as the lab where he creates various explosive devices that hurt innocent people, absolutely nobody would have cared about his end.
- Blatant Lies: When Lewis confronts him with the fact he never served in Vietnam or ever saw combat, O'Connor randomly blurts the Jews altered his military record. Moments later when he doesn't know the name of an air base in Vietnam and Lewis tells him, he acts like he knew all along.
- The Corrupter: Whatever he was getting out of going to the support group, the result was preying on vulnerable people to make himself feel more important. However... veterans are not toys that meet regulatory safety standards for use by any old Smug Snake.
- Dirty Coward: When he and Lewis are handing out NRA pamphlets at a government building, he walks away immediately and leaves Lewis to deal with the cop that then arrests him.
- Hate Sink: There is no redeeming value whatsoever about his character, who even leaving aside his deplorable political views is a cowardly Phony Veteran who criticizes actual combat veterans of being weak for suffering from post-traumatic stress.
- Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: When Wilson asks him where he was stationed while confronting him over his Stolen Valor, his response is awkward silence. He only makes up excuses after Lewis answers the question for him.
- Human Pincushion: His eventual fate.
- Hypocrite: This Phony Veteran who never saw combat yet belittles real veterans dealing with PTSD as being 'pussies'.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A manipulative liar and a racist.
- Phony Veteran: Curtis is suspicious enough of O'Connor to look his record up after Lewis is arrested, and determines that he never served in Vietnam, as he didn't sign up until 1977 and in fact has never seen combat, let alone anything worth a Silver Star.
- Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: He passes himself off as one of these. Turns out he's not the badass he claims to be, lied about almost everything about his service, and is apparently just using the support group to find others to recruit into whatever the hell he thinks he's doing.
- Smug Snake: OConnor manipulates and throws around his poisonous political agenda and falsified Vietnam service as if it matters, but is just an arrogant, whiny Phony Veteran whos never seen a lick of Vietnam in his life and only attends the support group so he can feel special. Unfortunately for him, after manipulating a dangerously unhinged Lewis Wilson into following his political lunacy, he becomes a cautionary tale after he finds out the hard way why you shouldnt toy around with a mentally unstable ex-marine.
- Toxic Friend Influence: He's a very toxic influence who is largely responsible for pushing Lewis Wilson into becoming a bombmaking terrorist.
- Too Dumb to Live: OConnor really should have known better than to try and manipulate somebody as evidently unstable as Lewis.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Granted, Lewis was already pretty unbalanced, but it's O'Connor's manipulations that end up pushing Lewis over the edge to commit domestic terrorism.
- The Vietnam Vet: Invokes it to lend credence to his rethoric, but it is a lie. He never served in Vietnam or ever saw combat.
Portrayed by: Jamal Duff
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A former military assassin put under psychiatric custody after S.H.I.E.L.D. deemed him too dangerous and unstable because he grew obssessed with finding creative ways to kill.
- Lt. General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
- Pvt. Lorraine
- Colonel Chester Phillips
- Lt. Colonel Eric Savin
- Captain Steve Rogers / Captain America
- Sgt. James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes / Winter Soldier / White Wolf
- Howling Commandos
- PFC. Daniel Sousa
- SPC.(Dr.) Hank Pym / Ant-Man I
- Sgt. Mary Walker
- Colonel Bennett
- Lewis Wilson
- Ellen Brandt
- Jack Taggart
United States Air Force
Major General Meade
Portrayed By: Eric L. Haney
Appearances: Iron Man 2
An Air Force Major General and commading office of James Rhodes.
Brigadier General Glenn Talbot / Graviton
Species: Enhanced Human
Portrayed By: Adrian Pasdar
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 18: "Providence")
Talbot is an officer of the U.S. Air Force assigned to investigate the depth of HYDRA's infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. Although he was initially hostile to Phil Coulson's reformed S.H.I.E.L.D., he eventually came to respect them and become their allies in the fight against HYDRA.
- Adaptational Heroism: Given how his comics counterpart is an enemy of the Hulk and his video game counterpart was just plain psychopathic, this trope was in full force by the middle of the second season, even before he became Graviton, also an example considering Graviton's comics counterpart was an obvious supervillain.
- Adaptational Nationality: Played with. Franklin Hall remains Canadian, but as he doesn't become Graviton, this trope is in play since Talbot is American.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He has a simple diplomatic strategy when it comes to dealing with the Confederacy — kneel, or be killed. Painfully.
- The Assimilator: After he is infused with Gravitonium, he gains the ability to assimilate others into himself to gain their knowledge and abilities, which was already one of the Gravitonium's abilities and resulted in a Mind Hive consisting of Franklin Hall and Ian Quinn. He later adds Carl Creel to the mix, and attempts to do so to Daisy Johnson, which he succeeded at in the alternate timeline.
- Beard of Evil: After becoming Graviton he gets an Important Haircut that trims his Beard of Sorrow into a goatee.
- Beard of Sorrow: Ends up growing a very thick beard after being held captive by General Hale and tortured/brainwashed for over six months by her.
- Boom, Headshot!: Put in critical condition when a Daisy LMD shoots him in the brain with the intention of framing S.H.I.E.L.D. in a similar fashion to how Daisy had been framed for Mace's murder.
- Every time he meets Team Coulson, it doesn't go over well for him. It's not like we feel sorry when he's knocked out and/or wakes up somewhere else. But when Malick uses his son to blackmail him into helping him...
- The fact that he's always a Butt-Monkey becomes a motivation for villainy after he's pushed, and he finally decides he wants to start being taken seriously, even if it means forcing the whole world to kneel before him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Becomes a victim of HYDRA's "compliance" program thanks to General Hale.
- Call-Back: Essentially becomes a large-scale version of the pilot's Mike Peterson. Since the writers thought Season 5 might be the show's last, it would've been nice Book-Ends for the series' Final Boss to hearken back to its Starter Villain.
- Character Development: Originally quite hostile to Coulson and his team, he grows to respect and slowly realizes that they are not the bad guys.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Nobody has actually called him "Graviton", though we did a visual name-drop, through a shot of a crate labelled "gravitonium" with the last three letters covered up by by Ramorath blood splatter.
- Composite Character: He's Major Talbot only in name. Motive-wise he's closer to General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. This is probably why he gets promoted. Later, he infuses himself with Gravitonium infected with the consciousness of Franklin Hall, thus becoming a literal composite character: the MCU version of Graviton.
- Determinator: He simply won't give up his hunt for Coulson, especially after being humiliated in Canada.
- The Dog Bites Back: General Hale kidnapped him, kept him as a brainwashed captive for six months, and turned his own family against him. After he becomes Graviton, she makes the mistake of attempting to use the "compliance will be rewarded" catchphrase on him. It does not end well for her.
- Driven to Suicide: Talbot attempts to kill himself because he can't completely fight off the Faustus brainwashing. Coulson instead talks Talbot into pointing the gun at him, allowing Mack to show up with an Icer and stun Talbot.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Already a Brigadier General within the United States Air Force, Talbot acquires power over gravity in the episode "Option Two". This is not a good thing.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: After everything he's been through, even after he's willing to effectively kill his wife, he still loves his son very much.
- Evil vs. Evil: Once he becomes Graviton, Talbot quickly starts cleaning house in the Confederacy, killing Crixon and General Hale. Moreover, his ultimate goal is to defend the Earth against Thanos, it's just that the way he plans to go about it will destroy it in the process.
- Exact Words: At one point, Talbot commandeers a Quinjet even though he doesn't know how to manually fly it, instead using his powers to "fly" the ship. He specifically says he doesn't need it to fly, but to breathe, as they are currently in Earth's orbit, establishing that Batman Can't Breathe In Space. Guess how Talbot meets his demise.
- The Extremist Was Right: When the Confederacy tells him about Thanos' imminent arrival on Earth, Talbot is horrified and immediately starts planning to extract the Gravitonium from the Earth's crust because he doesn't think the Avengers can hold Thanos off on their own. Of course, the audience already knows he'll be proven right on this count but never get the chance to do anything about it.
- Friend on the Force: Though "friend" is stretching it, Coulson presses him into this role as S.H.I.E.L.D. no longer has the resources to contain gifted prisoners like Carl Creel. He becomes this more willingly as season 2 progresses.
- Final Boss: He becomes the final villain of Season 5 after completely infusing himself with Gravitonium and gaining gravity manipulation powers, becoming a Well-Intentioned Extremist who is willing to do anything, including breaking the Earth apart, to obtain more Gravitonium, just so he can be a hero and protect the Earth, and anyone who disagrees with him is an enemy in his eyes.
- General Ripper:
- When he mentions "peacekeeping" troops, Coulson remarks that since Talbot's in charge, they'll be anything but.
- Coulson speculates that the worse case scenarios for his team and the surviving agents at the Hub re that he'll either lock them all up without trial or have them executed.
- When he finally catches up to them, he comes after them (a small group of four or five agents) with an army guns blazing and all, and threatens to make their lives a living hell unless they cooperate, and even if they do, they don't get to walk off.
- He literally becomes this in Season Two when he's promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General, though he soon knows his enemy well enough to recognize that the UN attack may not have been S.H.I.E.L.D.'s doing.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Once Talbot becomes Graviton he seeks out more Gravitonium to infuse into himself so that he can stop Thanos and any other galactic level threat to the Earth. Unfortunately his actions (almost) result in the Earth being shattered and the remainder of humanity being enslaved by the Kree.
- Gravity Master: Due to infusing himself with Gravitonium, Talbot acquires the ability to control gravity.
- Hearing Voices: Absorbing the Gravitonium caused him to absorb Hall and Quinn's consciousness with it. However, unlike Creel and Ruby who both absorbed the Gravitonium and then quickly went insane from hearing Hall and Quinn's non-stop arguing, Talbot seems to have some measure of control over Hall and Quinn.Talbot: Buncha dead losers raisin' a ruckus. Turns out all they needed was a General to get 'em in line.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Talbot's status as an enemy or ally of Coulson and his team bounces back and forth between seasons like a game of ping-pong. By episode 20 of Season 5, he seems to have finally settled on "villain" — specifically, Graviton.
- Hero Antagonist: A fair number of people In-Universe would agree that going after rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents is a heroic act, considering how many of them are actually bad guys. However, he seems keen to focus on agents for whom he has a personal dislike, or even those he knows are innocent but believes can be threatened for information, meaning that this trope has a limit on it. Stops being a hero near the end of Season 5.
- I Have Your Wife: The only reason why he's Malick's inside man at the symposium in the first place is Malick grabbing his son. This becomes an important point two seasons later.
- Inspector Javert: He admits in "Nothing Personal" that he never liked S.H.I.E.L.D. to begin with, hence why he's so keen to prosecute them, even if it means going across borders (Canada, specifically). He gradually begins to warm up to them as the series goes on, but still ends up misunderstanding the situation half the time.
- It's Personal: He never liked S.H.I.E.L.D, and there appears to be some history between him and Coulson.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Nobody has an idea just how far HYDRA has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., and letting them continue onward as if nothing happened should be out of the question for governments who nearly became victims of S.H.I.E.L.D. without some severe investigation and interrogation of those who remain, with their suspicions justified in Ward being a HYDRA agent who is allowed to roam free because nobody is questioning his loyalty.
- Later, in "Wake Up", he flat-out says that the current incarnation of S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn't exist if not for him, and considering he produced a trustworthy powered individual when none was available (the only option in that regard, Daisy, had gone rogue in her grief over losing Lincoln) he's more or less right.
- In "The Return", though he's initially hostile in his next encounter with Team Coulson, it's because he'd rather not risk the encounter being with phonies instead of the real deal; he'd already been fooled twice, so shame on him for how the Bakshi breakout was handled, and he's not about to let himself risk being fooled a third time. He does calm down a bit so that Coulson can explain just what the hell happened.
- When he becomes Graviton, his methods are extreme, but it's hard to argue with his opinion that Earth's defenses from Thanos are inadequate and the Avengers need all the help they can get, especially since we know it won't be enough. Furthermore, when Coulson protests, Talbot throws back in his face all the times that S.H.I.E.L.D., his ostensible colleagues, have gone behind his back, defied his orders, ignored the rules, lied to him, or even directly fought with him - not to mention getting him shot in the head and isolated from his own family, several times. While S.H.I.E.L.D. always had his best interests in mind, it's pretty easy to sympathize with Talbot's resentment of how they treat him, especially since he's supposed to be Coulson's superior.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: From the small conference call Team Coulson had with him, Talbot patronized Coulson, questioned his capabilities as a leader and is ordering his men to practically invade the Hub. Coulson's annoyed expression when the call starts says it all. However, over time Talbot learnt to trust Coulson and his team. He also has a son and a wife that he cares about very much proving he's not entirely heartless. This loses traction the moment he infuses himself with the Gravitonium and becomes Graviton.
- Kneel Before Zod: Starts demanding this of people after he becomes Graviton, and pressures them with his powers to ensure their compliance.
- Knight Templar: After Talbot absorbs the Gravitonium, he quickly starts using it to casually murder people (albeit largely Asshole Victims like Hale), threatens to kill Coulson, and becomes fixated on gaining even more power... because he thinks he's protecting the Earth against cosmic enemies like Thanos. This ultimately leads to him wrecking havoc on a large city and trying to break the Earth apart, and all the while he thinks himself heroic for doing so.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Talbot, with the Gravitonium, displays an ability to absorb people into himself via Gravitonium "tentacles" generated from his own body, possibly (if Hall and Quinn are any indication) trapping the person's consciousness within himself. Furthermore, one Confederacy member asserted that no mortal being can contain the powers of Gravitonium, and the process by which Talbot acquired the power takes a clear toll on his sanity.
- Manchurian Agent: After being incapacitated, he's taken by Hale, who has him subjected to the Faustus mind control process, becoming a sleeper agent for HYDRA.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Downplayed. His Graviton costume is actually very similar to Graviton's comics costume, which is justified because Talbot is deliberately trying to play the role of a superhero and impress the Confederacy. Only some of the brighter colors are turned down.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: When the team first meets Talbot, Coulson says the best case scenario resulting from Talbot's investigation will be the team being tied up in court hearings for the next six months.
- Papa Wolf: He doesn't like it when Coulson mentions his son, thinking that Coulson was threatening him.
- Painful Transformation: To wit: Ruby nearly lost her mind from the agony after being injected with only 8% of the Gravitonium. Talbot injected himself with everything that was left.
- Pet the Dog: He expresses regret when May tells him that six S.H.I.E.L.D. agents died in "A Fractured House", saying he knows how it feels to lose good men. Then they shake hands.
- Rank Up: By Season Two, he's been promoted from a Colonel to a Brigadier General.
- Reflexive Response:
- He reacted immediately to May's call of "Watch your six!", despite the fact that he didn't see her, didn't know who she was, and didn't truly believe that he was in danger. His proper response gave him just enough time to evade Carl Creel's attack.
- On the flip side, in "The Return" he's so thoroughly fooled by the LMD infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. that the next time he and Coulson meet, he immediately assumes he's talking to an LMD.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Talbot is an enemy of the Incredible Hulk, and Graviton is an enemy of the Avengers.
- Smug Super: Talbot is utterly confident in the invulnerability provided by his powers, which leaves him open to a decisive blow from Daisy.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He is pretty much a stand-in for General "Thunderbolt" Ross for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., being an obstructive Inspector Javert for the heroes. Subverted, however, because Talbot is much nicer underneath his tough exterior than Ross is. At the end of the day, all Ross wanted was the Hulk's power for himself, while Talbot actually has good intentions. He's just not quite imaginative enough to deal with the crazy things S.H.I.E.L.D. has to deal with on a daily basis, which is why he ends up as a Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist half the time that simply happens to be a bit Wrong Genre Savvy. Jerkass he may be, he does have a Hidden Heart of Gold. Although Talbot eventually goes insane, at that point he's a completely different type of villain than Ross and has become a Composite Character with Graviton.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In Season 2, he starts to grow shades of this; for example, in "A Fractured House", he has doubts about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s involvement in the attack on the UN and even tells Senator Ward that he doesn't think S.H.I.E.L.D. was responsible. By "Aftershocks", he seems to be much closer to this role.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Daisy defeats Talbot by quaking him with such force that he reaches escape velocity and breaks free of Earth's gravitational pull.
- Tragic Villain: Talbot is an immensely complex figure, who only becomes the outright villain Graviton as an act of desperation to save Coulson and his team. Even after he becomes Graviton, his goals are still noble, and his arguments about being constantly left in the dark by Coulson's subterfuge are not without merit.
- Transhuman Treachery: Asserts that he is no longer a man after acquiring his gravity powers and starts killing civilians.
- Unwitting Pawn: As Graviton, he ends up becoming this to the Confederacy — more specifically, to the House of Kasius, who manipulated him in breaking the earth apart in the original timeline. This led to their conquest of what remained.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Coulson has developed into this, more or less, by Season 3; they disagree a lot but also have come to rely on and trust each other. In Season 4, "Wake Up", they lament how their clashing views make them argue and he is upset (rather than angry) that Coulson accused him of being a leak.
- Walking Spoiler: Him becoming Graviton, in spite of being a very late twist in Season 5, makes him one.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Takes on this role after becoming Graviton, fully believing every action he takes, no matter how immoral or ill-conceived, goes towards saving the Earth from Thanos.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Absorbing all the Gravitonium caused him to develop a massive god complex, which Hall and Quinn's voices in his head (and General Hale's extensive torture, and lingering damage from the headshot he took in "World's End") probably didn't help.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Coulson see this as each other. For his side, Coulson impressed him by successfully hiding from him for a winter season, and later admits that he has "big brass ones". He's functionally allies with S.H.I.E.L.D. by mid-Season two.
- Wrong Genre Savvy:
- He has a pretty bad day when Agent 33 infiltrates his base. His attempt to Bluff the Imposter goes nowhere as he fails to consider that she might be disguised as a male soldier, and then he puts himself in the marital doghouse when he mistakes his wife for her. He becomes this again near the end of Season 4, when S.H.I.E.L.D.'s entire base is destroyed, the team mysteriously goes missing, and he has no idea what's going on. Because all the evidence he has is a handful of busted LMD remains, he assumes that Coulson and his team have been replaced by robots (and while that did happen, Talbot only catches on after the LMD arc had ended). Talbot seems to be warming up to Coulson again when an LMD of Daisy puts him in critical condition, framing her for attempted murder just like the bad guys intended.
- After he infuses himself with Gravitonium, he seems to believe that he is experiencing his superhero origin story, based on how he speaks about the transformation to his son. It's actually his supervillain origin story, as the Gravitonium has driven him completely insane.
- You Rebel Scum!: His initial attitude towards Coulson's team can be summed up as this. He takes offense when they use the term "agent" to describe one of their own, because that makes it sound like they're still part of a legitimate agency. This has vanished entirely by Season 4 and been replaced with a good deal of respect.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: His reaction to Malick reneging on their deal for his own self-serving reasons is surprised that he is going to be shot by Malick's men.
Talbot's aide, who later is tasked with tracking down the missing members of S.H.I.E.L.D. on behalf of General Hale.
- Inspector Antagonist: She arrests Fitz in order to find Team Coulson and when convinced he doesn't know where they are, she grants him his requests of books and a TV to ensure his cooperation.
- Unwitting Pawn: Unbeknowst to Evans, Hale is a member of HYDRA and thus she's unwittingly serving HYDRA'S interests.
- You Have Failed Me: She gets a Boom, Headshot! from Hale after Fitz and Hunter steal the Zephyr One and a Cryo-Freeze Chamber.
Evans' partner, tasked with tracking down the missing members of S.H.I.E.L.D. on behalf of General Hale.
- Inspector Antagonist: He arrests Fitz in order to find Team Coulson but he's merely doing his duty, and ignores S.H.I.E.L.D. was framed by the Watchdogs.
- Unwitting Pawn: Unbeknowst to Lucas, Hale is a member of HYDRA and thus he's unwittingly serving HYDRA'S interests.
- You Have Failed Me: Hhe gets a Boom, Headshot! from Hale after Fitz and Hunter steal the Zephyr One and a Cryo-Freeze Chamber.
Captain Maria Rambeau
Portrayed by: Lashana Lynch
Appearances: Captain Marvel
A US Air Force pilot and single mother. She was one of Carol Danvers' best friends in the 1990s.
- Ace Pilot: Naturally, being in the Air Force. In the climax, she takes on Minn-Erva in an Aerial Canyon Chase and wins.
- Adaptational Badass: Maria wasn't an Air Force pilot in the comics.
- Adaptational Job Change: In the comics, Maria was a seamstress.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Maria being friends and comrades in arms with Carol is new to this adaptation.
- Ascended Extra: At best, Maria is one of her daughter Monica's supporting characters in the comics.
- Black Best Friend: She is Carol's African-American best friend and fellow Air Force pilot.
- Boyish Short Hair: Wears her hair in an airman's cut.
- Composite Character: In addition to her comics self, the movie characters includes aspects of Michael Rossi, Carol's USAF colleague and Carol's best friend Jessica Drew.
- Decomposite Character: In a sense. Her callsign in the Air Force is "Photon", which is one of the many aliases used by her daughter in the comics.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Prior to Carol's disappearance, she and Maria were best friends, inseparable in the skies and in civilian life. Notably, when Carol was believed to be dead, her possessions are given to Rambeau family.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: She was already an Ace Pilot in Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. matched only by Carol herself, but she was also able to learn and master the Quadjet with enough skill to outfly seasoned Star Force pilots and engage in a high-speed Aerial Canyon Chase through ridiculously tight passages with hairpin turns.
- The Not-Love Interest: In Captain Marvel. She's Carol's best friend and squadmate. Maria (and by extension, Monica as the child they're raising) is emblematic of the life Carol left behind on Earth, since she wasn't too close with her own family.
- Sassy Black Woman: She gets really sassy when men patronize her. Both Talos and Nick Fury got a taste.
United States Navy
Portrayed by: Jason R. Moore
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
- "Do me a favor, Frank: don't be a wallowing asshole. Before I have to take this fake leg off and beat you to death with it. Just imagine your tombstone: 'Frank Castle lost an asskicking contest to a one-legged man.' I'll do it."
A former Navy SARC and friend of Frank Castle. These days, he's an insurance salesman by day, and by night runs a support group for veterans with PTSD.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Curtis becomes the second in command of the Rockhouse Operation drug cartel.
- An Arm and a Leg: Curtis lost the lower part of his left leg to a suicide bomber, and now gets by on a prosthetic.
- Black Best Friend: One of Frank's closest allies.
- Combat Medic: Curtis was a hospital corpsman, and Micro summons him to treat Frank's injuries after he's wounded in his encounter with Gunner.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Curtis tells Russo to not hire on Lewis at Anvil, because Lewis doesn't understand that the Anvil gig is the worst thing that could happen to him. Except it isn't. Lewis ends up taking a far worse path.
- Decomposite Character: His fate as a drug dealer is given over to Billy Russo.
- Disabled Snarker: Having a prosthetic for his lower left leg doesn't take away his ability to snark.
- Handicapped Badass: He puts up a good fight against Lewis and nearly overcomes him, even if he's ultimately beaten up with his own fake leg.
- The Lancer: Takes this position to Frank's The Hero in Season 2, both in protecting Amy from John Pilgrim and in the plan to fight Russo and his crew.
- Nice Guy: Very much. He's nonjudgmental and only wants the best for Frank and Lewis.
- Race Lift: Curtis was white in the comics, and in the show is an African-American.
- Secret Keeper: Frank has maintained contact with Curtis since his presumed "death" on the Blacksmith's boat.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Curtis tries to help other vets getting out of it. He briefly lapses back to it when Lewis beats him as losing to a kid reminds him of how helpless he was when he lost his leg.
United States Marine Corps
Portrayed by: Jeb Kreager
Appearances: The Punisher (2017)
A Marine who was part of Frank Castle's team in Operation Cerberus.
- As the Good Book Says...: He frequently quotes The Bible. The first time he meets Frank, he intentionally exploits this trope in the extreme to troll him into thinking he's a nutjob, before making clear he's just screwing with him.
- Crazy Survivalist: He's living completely off the grid by the time Frank and Micro come looking for him, living in his family's cabin in the Kentucky mountains. He's got no electricity, no credit cards, no car, not even running water.
- Deep South: Gunner's got a Kentucky drawl.
- Due to the Dead:
- A young marine loaned Gunner his knife after Gunner lost his own. After the young man was killed, he went to return the knife and pay his respects to the dead marine. What he found was Colonel Bennett and Agent Orange stuffing bags of heroin into KIAs. So Gunner made a tape of Orange executing Ahmad Zubair, and sent it to Micro. The rest is history...
- Even earlier he is upset that Frank desecrates Zubair's body by removing the bullet that killed him with pincers, pointing out that this kind of stuff is not what clear conscience military does.
- As he lays dying, the only thing he can say to Frank is to desperately ask him to bury him. While Frank is unable to do so himself due to his own injuries, Micro calls the local police to his location to ensure his body is found and given due rites.
- Religious Bruiser: Subverted, he tries to look like a fanatic version of one when he introduced himself to Frank only to admit he was just trolling him.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears in two episodes, yet Gunner's decision to record the Zubair assassination kicked off the events of Daredevil season 2.
- Token Good Teammate: The one named member of Operation Cerberus outside of Frank who isn't in on the conspiracy. He even expresses doubts about their actions earlier than Frank does, and is the one to leak video of Rawlins's torture.
- Weapon of Choice: A hunting bow after retiring from the military.