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Secret Warriors is a comic book series starring Nick Fury, Agent of Nothing. The premise: Take the world's longest-operating clandestine agent with a legendary career in the world's police agency. Turn his world completely upside down. Add superpowered teenagers and shake well.

Secret Warriors (2009-2011) ran for 28 issues, originally co written by Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman, Hickman would eventually take over as sole writer at the beginning of the second arc of the series in issue 7 and continue as such until the book's finale.

The main Secret Warriors team is lead by Daisy Johnson, with backup in the form of James Taylor "J.T." James A.K.A. Hellfire, a chain-wielding pyrokinetic, akin to Ghost Rider; Yo-Yo Rodruigez A.K.A. Slingshot, a speedster; Alexander Aaron A.K.A Phobos, the "little boy god of fear", as J.T. put it; "Stonewall" Jerry, the son of the Absorbing Man, with all of his powers; and Sebastian Druid A.K.A Druid. Mutant teleporter Eden Fesi joins the team shortly after their first mission against HYDRA.


The team's commander, Daisy Johnson, appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though in a bit of an unusual way in the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The third season in particular drew inspiration from Secret Warriors, introducing several of its characters (Slingshot, Hellfire, and Hive) and partially adapting its storylines.

A new version of the series launched in 2017 starring Daisy Johnson and focused on the rise of HYDRA under the control of Steve Rogers in which Daisy leads a team of Inhumans (Kamala Khan, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Karnak and Inferno) to protect them from threat of HYDRA while the Inhuman royal family is in space. An animated film adaptation loosely based on that version of the team, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, will debut in 2018.


Tropes for the 2009 series:

  • The Ace: Nick Fury as compared to everyone else.
    • Broken Ace: When we get an idea of the consequences of his lifestyle.
  • Artificial Limbs: Yo-yo after the Gorgon cuts off her hands.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: the first mission of Howling Commandos PMC under Fury is to steal these back.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The series begins with the team already having been assembled in Bendis' New Avengers, in the tie-in to Secret Invasion.
    • The first issue has parts of the Fury Files, which includes: a map of bases that only Nick knows about, a list of potential recruits, a partial power structure of HYDRA, and diary entries from Yo-Yo.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Yo-Yo loses her arms below the elbows to Gorgon early on.
  • Artifact of Doom: The box that is first extorted from the Silver Samurai, then handed over to Leviathan. Its nature and role in Leviathan's plans have not been explained.
  • Back from the Dead: Gorgon is resurrected by the Hand in issue 2.
  • Badass Boast: Happens quite a few times, including Fury's famous one man speech. Probably the most audacious example is Phobos, the child god of fear, delivering a Reason You Suck Speech to Normon Osborn, the former Green Goblin after he offered to bribe him with toy trucks. After Phobos has well and truly messed up Osborn with his mind, he delivers two amazing parting lines. You don't fuck with Nick Fury, and you DO NOT fuck with the god of fear. Made even better by the fact that Osborn starts the exchange by threatening him and saying that he's in too deep for a child, and that, throughout the exchange, they're facing massively superior firepower in the form of Bullseye and Ares.
  • Bald of Evil and Bald of Awesome: Baron Wolfgang von Strucker and Jerry respectively.
  • Becoming the Mask: A villainous example is found in the Kraken. The dying pal of Strucker you see in flashbacks? Killed in his hospital bed. Turns out Madame Hydra isn't the only Legacy Character among the villains.
  • Berserk Button: Yo-yo for Jerry. Hurt her and he will absolutely ruin your day.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Fury's attitude prior to the Howling Commandos mission to the Dock, which would put former comrades in the line of fire.
  • Body Double and Robot Me: When J.T. and Alex discover Nick's Life Model Decoys, leading to some... implications.
  • Bookends: At the beginning of the series, we see Nick Fury at Captain America's memorial, built in honour of the hero after his death. In the end, we see Nick there again, Steve standing beside him (he got better).
  • Breakout Character: Compared to the others, Daisy is this. The rest of the team has faded into obscurity, but Daisy has became a fairly well-known member of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s regular agents, was briefly its director, and has made the jump into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one of the leads in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and, arguably, the main character of said show) and she is also one of the main characters in Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Eric Koenig makes his first appearance since 1991.
    • John Garrett makes his first since 1995
    • Alexander Pierce returns after last appearing in 1994
    • Mikel Fury last appeared in 1996
  • Call to Adventure: Function performed by either Daisy or Fury.
  • Came Back Wrong: Viper likely Cursed with Awesome despite being dead for only a few hours.
  • The Chessmaster: Baron von Strucker and Nick Fury.
  • Child by Rape: Jerry/Stonewall's mother was raped by the Absorbing Man. He was born the next year.
  • The Chosen Many: Daisy's squad isn't the only one working for Fury. Since this is Nick Fury we're talking about, we only meet the leaders of the other two squads.
  • Cloak & Dagger: Nick sneaks into Obama's office IN THE FIRST ISSUE!
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A mild case in Druid. For example; after Yo-Yo has her arms cut off, Druid is more worried about Yo-Yo's body image then her emotional trauma, he didn't understand why Daisy was angry with him after crashing their plane, etc, etc. A small quirk.
  • Creepy Child: Alex alternates between acting like an ordinary kid, and a kid who happens to also be the god of fear, such as telling everyone their futures over lunch.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Hydra manages to invade the Hand's island home, easily killing everything in their path, as part of their plan to revive the Gorgon.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Fury Files indicate Nick Fury might as well have this as his superpower.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: The Kraken is apparently this, explaining how he could be dying six years prior and be around at the present. The flashback that explains this also shows that the helmet extrudes an armor.
  • Dirty Communists: Leviathan is basically Stalinist Hydra.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Daisy Johnson, field commander of the team, can cause earthquakes.
  • Double Agent: Contessa Fontaine has been Fury's old flame, Madame Hydra, and a leader of Leviathan AND HOW!
    • Likewise J.T. although he was largely coerced into itnote , seems to regret it and wants Strucker to spare Daisy
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Nick's LMDs do this to Norman Osborn's group when they infiltrate a base.
  • Dwindling Party: All of Nick's former supporting cast gets whittled down through the series. By the end, only the Contessa and Dum-Dum Duggan are the only ones still alive.
  • Easily Forgiven: The Contessa receives Fury's forgiveness after she betrays him, and he kills every single member of Leviathan but her and its leader.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Leviathan has been holed up in a mountain since Joseph Stalin's era.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Fury, given that he took the Longevity Vaccine.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In case you're a newcomer to the escapades of Nick Fury, issue 2 begins with Strucker immediately identifying a group of Skrulls, effortlessly killing them, and then blowing up his base, with thousands of loyal HYDRA agents just to get rid of the rest.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Fury, though somewhat subverted with his LMD's.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Leviathan abducts Viper from a HYDRA shipyard
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Jerry, if he's in physical contact with it.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Obama in the first issue manages, in the Oval Office, to stand with his face entirely obscured but... well, it's him.
  • Faceless Goons: Guess, I dare you
  • Femme Fatale: Valentina de la Fontaine.
  • Foreshadowing: The lunch scene has Alex outright tell J.T. he's going to die. He does, courtesy of Nick Fury.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Alex's power, being the God of Fear.
  • Handi Capped Bad Ass: Gorgon. Although this is probably a Power Limiter
  • Historical In-Joke: In the Marvel Universe, Enron was a Roxxon subsidiary, according to issue 4.
  • Karma Houdini: The Gorgon survives and escapes to kill another day.
  • Kick the Dog: Early on, HYDRA nabs a few psychics from a SHIELD Human Popsicle facility. Some of them were woken up too quickly and it's "damaged" them. So Gorgon skewers them with his sword.
  • The Lancer: Daisy "Quake" Johnson.
  • Legacy Character: All the caterpillars are the children of villains or former villains. Daisy is the daughter Dr Hyde, Yo-Yo is the daughter of the Griffen, Stonewall is the son of Absorbing Man, Phobos is the son of Ares, Druid is the son of Dr Druid. The ones that aren't related directly are connected to other characters, J.T. to GhostRider, Eden Fesi to the mutant Gateway.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Nick towards Daisy and presumably everyone else.
  • Living Lie Detector: the Howling Commandos and HYDRA employ psychics
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Hive and apparently Leviathan. The former is similar to Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Magnetic Hero: Fury, as of issue 6. To be fair, the many of the men that were joining his side worked for him in the past.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Fury, definitely, comes off like this. So does Strucker.
  • Military Maverick: Fury, almost to trope-namer levels.
  • The Mole:
    • J.T..
    • The Contessa turns out to have been one of these for Leviathan and the Soviet Union the entire time.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation
  • Non-Action Guy: Eden Fesi, Alex and Druid usually have to be protected by their more combat oriented team mates in battle.
  • No Sympathy: Nick Fury, one of nature's Stone-Cold Bastards. When planning his raid on the HAMMER helicarrier facility, Gabe asks if he's going to shoot the ex-SHIELD agents working there who're just doing it to provide for their families, and what he'll feel? Nick's answer? "Recoil."
  • Only in It for the Money: J.T. signed up for the pay and the thought of James Bond-thrills. His dissatisfaction with working for Nick Fury leads to him turning on Nick.
  • Our Wormholes Are Different: Eden Fesi's power.
  • Physical God: The adolescent son of Ares, Phobos.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Eden Fesi, J.T., and Druid each fill this role.
  • Playing with Fire: J.T. James aka Hellfire.
  • Private Military Contractors: Dugan's 3000 strong Howling Commandos outfit, before Nick brought them back into the fold.
  • Put on a Bus: Sebastian is kicked off the team by Nick for incompetence. He's eventually "voted" back in by majority.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The Howling Commando PMC attempts to fight Hydra directly and the results are a victory but one which eradicates their entire military force.
  • Rebel Relaxation: Alex does it for one panel when he and J.T. find the LMD bay.
  • Redshirt Army: HYDRA
    • Dugan's Howling Commandos are eventually completely wiped out
  • Reincarnation: Alex and Ares, because a mortal lifetime is not long enough to raise a god.
  • Repetitive Name: J.T.'s full name is James Taylor James.
  • The Reveal: A big honking one at the end of issue 1: SHIELD has been part of HYDRA all along.
  • Sealed Army in a Can: The reason why (all) 100,000 members of Leviathan disappeared overnight
  • Sealed Orders: Daisy's team disperses this way in issue 13.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism:
    • Issue 2 has Baron Strucker blow up his underwater base, just to get rid of an unknown number of Skrulls.
    • Used when the Dark Avengers get inside a Fury base.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Nick, generally to Daisy, but also everyone else.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: J.T. and Daisy, but they are now a couple.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The Secret Warriors (especially Jerry) want to be True Companions who band together to save the day. Nick Fury points out every chance he gets that this is not that kind of story.
  • Spy Catsuit: Default wear for SHIELD agents, but since there's no more SHIELD, but Daisy and Yo-Yo have them.
  • The Spymaster: Obviously.
  • Spy Versus Spy: HYDRA, HAMMER, Fury's group, and now Leviathan.
  • State Sec: Leviathan seems to have been this for Russia at one point.
  • Super Speed: Yo-yo Rodriguez and the Gorgon. But the Gorgon is just a cut above her
  • Super Mode: Jerry while fighting (and winning against) Gorgon.
  • Taking the Bullet: Jasper Sitwell shoves Nick out of the way of an incoming sword, thrown by Gorgon. He lives... for a while, anyway.
  • Teen Superspy: Alex and Yo-Yo, most obviously.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Eden is the former, HYDRA uses the latter.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The entire HYRDA organization.
    • Sebastian Druid. At a later point, we eventually see him again when he's called in for magic-related advise. He's trimmed down considerably, now sports a small, neatly shaped beard as compared to his old peach-fuzz, and has considerably more of a hold on his powers, his expertise and his overall self-confidence.
  • Unwanted Revival: Viper would've preferred being dead after being shot dead by Contessa de Fontaine.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Since SHIELD is revealed to have been an intelligence arm of HYDRA, Nick's entire career becomes this.
    • Now revealed that Fury knew this all along and in fact had been manipulating HYDRA and Strucker. And so the Gambit Pileup begins.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Viper has this as a near death experience/flashback before she's resurrected
  • The War Room: Multiple, as Fury has numerous private bases around the world.
  • Was It All a Lie?: issue 15, Nick has this with Valentina in the restaurant, reflecting that in the past he would have tried to kill her
  • What's Up, King Dude?: At the end of their chat, Obama points out that Fury's not being terribly respectful to the office of president. Nick retorts that after six decades of dealing with presidents of all stripes, "that [bleep]'s lost its luster."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Nick's often on the receiving end from friends and allies, but generally to no effect.
  • Worf Effect: J.T. gets knocked out in nearly every fight, it's just about a running gag.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Nick Fury and Baron Strucker pull a number of these on each other.
  • Zerg Rush/We Have Reserves: Pretty much standard procedure for HYDRA. May have changed after Strucker destroyed a base with 15,000 agents in it. The guy really doesn't like Skrulls...


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