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Maria Hill: I want to know how an 18-year-old gets the highest level security clearance on this planet! Obviously Nick Fury gave it to you. I want to know why.
Daisy: You should ask for a level ten clearance, then. You'll find out all kind of things.
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Daisy Louise Johnson, otherwise known by her superhero alias Quake, is a Marvel Comics character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Gabriele Dell'Otto.

Daisy first appears in the 2004 limited series Secret War, introduced as an associate taken under the wing of Director Nick Fury who helps his secret strike team (consisting of Black Widow, Wolverine, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Captain America) overthrow the Latverian government led by Doctor Doom. Despite only being a teenager upon introduction, she's notable for having been given Level Ten clearance at S.H.I.E.L.D., an accomplishment only attained by Fury himself, and Black Widow.

She later shows up as supporting character in Bendis' New Avengers, where she gains the "Quake" codename after helping The Avengers defeat Magneto with her powers. During the Secret Invasion story, she's seen helping Fury recruit soldiers to defeat the Skrulls invading Earth.

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When Nick Fury establishes his team of "Secret Warriors" a few years later, Daisy is recruited as their commander. While serving on the team, Daisy learns that the villainous organization HYDRA has secretly been controlling S.H.I.E.L.D. for years, and that her love interest James Taylor James (also known as Hellfire) was a HYDRA sleeper agent, using her to obtain S.H.I.E.L.D. intel. Following a brief split under varying circumstances, Daisy ultimately reunites the team.

Daisy continues popping up in the Marvel Universe during the Siege, Fear Itself, and Avengers vs. X-Men events, while also featured in the main Avengers title written by Bendis. During this time, she's chosen as Director of the newly-rebuilt S.H.I.E.L.D., recruiting Phil Coulson and Nick Fury Jr. to their ranks. Her tenure as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to an end during Secret Avengers, where she's chastised for leading an (assigned) attempted assassination of a United Nations representative and replaced by Maria Hill.

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She later shows up working alongside the Winter Soldier, when he replaces the (dead) Nick Fury as the Man in the Wall. Most recently, Daisy appears as a regular character in 2016's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. title.

Originally introduced as the daughter of villain Calvin Zabo / Mr. Hyde, Daisy's powers were established as either being a product of his unstable DNA from radiation or that she was born a mutant. Her lineage was later retconned in an issue of S.H.I.E.L.D., where it's established that Daisy's mother was a woman of Inhuman origin, who ultimately passed those genes onto Daisy herself, and her father's experiments allowed her to have access to her powers without terrigen.

Daisy shows up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the ABC television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (played by Chloe Bennet), where she's been a primary character since the first season. Introduced as an orphaned hacker (and canon foreigner) self-named "Skye", Coulson recruits her to join S.H.I.E.L.D. on a probationary basis. This iteration of the character resembles her 616-based counterpart, albeit superficially; this reality's Coulson recruits her to S.H.I.E.L.D. (instead of the other way around) and serves as her mentor in the way Nick Fury did in the comics. She also has a complicated romantic history with a secret HYDRA sleeper agent, though here, it's not JT. Lastly, she's placed in charge of Project Caterpillar in season three, working to extract and recruit people of Inhuman origin on Earth. She also embraces her birth name, Daisy, during this time, and starts using it officially.

It's worth noting that Daisy's (new, retconned) backstory in the comics was informed by Skye's on the show. During the second season, Skye accidentally goes through Terrigenesis while on a mission, activating her latent Inhuman genes and giving her the seismic abilities she's known for. She also learns of her true parentage — mad scientist Calvin "Zabo" Johnson, and Jiaying, the leader of an Inhuman faction based in China, who was previously presumed dead at the hands of HYDRA.


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Daisy Johnson / Quake provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Much to Maria Hill's chagrin, as seen in the quote above.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In Secret Warriors (2017), she's got light brown hair and a skin tone just slightly lighter than Kamala's making her very ambiguous what her ethnic background is.
  • Bad Vibrations: Her powers can create these, either intentionally or not.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Much of her initial characterization is informed by her precocious nature.
  • Canon Foreigner: Introduced as being one of these on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., until her Given Name Reveal in season two.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Daisy's original design was inspired by Angelina Jolie in the film Hackers —- pretty easy to tell. Nowadays though, artists like to draw her looking like Chloe Bennet, for obvious reasons.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the younger Secret Warriors, Yo-Yo and Phobos.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her skill set.
  • Foster Kid: Both versions of Daisy —in the comics and MCU— share this origin.
  • The Lancer: To Nicky Fury in the comics and Coulson in the MCU.
  • The Leader: She's the team commander of the Secret Warriors and Project Caterpillar.
  • Race Lift: On the show, Skye is half-Chinese, while her counterpart in the comics doesn't seem to be of Asian descent. Artists have since taken to drawing her with Asian features though, as a means of synergizing with the show.
  • Ret-Canon: Since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made her more prominent, her comics version has very much incorporated the changes the show brought about. this ranges from minor things like Daisy growing her hair out to match the show's version, to more major things like a Race Lift, making her an Inhuman and giving her the nickname "Skye".
  • The Rival: Her and Maria Hill do not get along, in large part because of Daisy's youth. This got particularly bad in Secret Avengers, where Hill conspires to take advantage of Daisy's rash reaction to a close-friend's death to get her fired from Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., then tries to push to get her arrested on top of it.
  • Spy Catsuit: She's known to wear these.


Alternative Title(s): Quake

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