List of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters

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The season 1 cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at PaleyFest 2014. (L-R: Gregg, Wen, Dalton, Bennet, Caestecker and Henstridge).

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). The series stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge, with Nick Blood and Adrianne Palicki joining them in the second season, and revolves around the character of Phil Coulson, who assembles a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to investigate superhuman occurrences. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and features a number of actors who have reprised their roles from the films and One-Shots within the franchise including: Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Titus Welliver, Maximiliano Hernández, Jaimie Alexander, Hayley Atwell, Neal McDonough, and Kenneth Choi.

Principal characters[edit]

Character Portrayed by First appearance Season appearances
Starring Recurring
Phil Coulson Clark Gregg 101 – "Pilot" 1 • 2
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who oversees many of the division's field operations.[1] In "Beginning of the End", Nick Fury makes Coulson the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and tasks him with rebuilding the agency.
Melinda May Ming-Na Wen 101 – "Pilot" 1 • 2
A S.H.I.E.L.D. ace pilot and weapons expert whose nickname is "the Cavalry". She initially spies on Coulson for Fury and is a close friend of Coulson's.[2]
Grant Ward Brett Dalton 101 – "Pilot" 1 • 2
Originally a S.H.I.E.L.D. black ops specialist,[3] Ward is revealed to be a Hydra agent in "Turn, Turn, Turn".[4] He was recruited by John Garrett to Hydra as a teenager in a flashback in "Ragtag". He was arrested in "Beginning of the End", and is seen imprisoned in a Playground cell in "Shadows". He escaped from S.H.I.E.L.D custody in "A Fractured House". Ward did not appear in "Heavy is the Head" and "Face My Enemy". Prior to revealing his Hydra loyalties, Ward had engaged in a discreet physical relationship with Agent May, and later revealed his romantic feelings for Skye. During his imprisonment in the Playground base, he would only provide intelligence to Skye, and expressed remorse for his actions towards Fitz and Simmons in "Ragtag". After escaping S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Ward kills his brother and parents and joins Daniel Whitehall, but actually has his own agenda reuniting Skye with her father in order to gain her affection. Skye shoots Ward, but he escapes with Agent 33.
Daisy "Skye" Johnson Chloe Bennet 101 – "Pilot" 1 • 2
A civilian recruit who is a computer hacker and member of a hacktivist group called "the Rising Tide".[5] She becomes a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in "End of the Beginning". In "Ragtag", Raina revealed that Skye was the child of unidentified monsters that attacked a village in China. It is revealed in "The Things We Bury" that Skye's mother was killed by Daniel Whitehall, who experimented on her to learn why she does not age. In "What They Become", she learns that her birth name is Daisy and that she is an Inhuman.[6]
Leo Fitz Iain De Caestecker 101 – "Pilot" 1 • 2
A S.H.I.E.L.D. engineer that specializes in weapons technology.[5][7] He later suffered brain damage from oxygen deprivation in "Beginning of the End", diminishing his ability to perform his job and causing him to suffer hallucinations of Simmons when she is not present.
Jemma Simmons Elizabeth Henstridge 101 – "Pilot" 1 • 2
An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who specializes in life sciences (both human and alien).[5][7] Simmons leaves the team between the events of "Beginning of the End" and "Shadows" to become a mole inside of Hydra Laboratories. She later returns to S.H.I.E.L.D. in "A Hen in the Wolf House" after being rescued by Agent Morse and has a lukewarm reunion with Fitz.
Lance Hunter Nick Blood 201 – "Shadows" 2
A former member of SAS and mercenary who joins S.H.I.E.L.D. in "Heavy is the Head". Blood became a principal cast member in the second season, starting with "Shadows". His ex-wife is Agent Morse, who persuaded Coulson to let Lance join S.H.I.E.L.D.[8][9]
Bobbi Morse / Mockingbird Adrianne Palicki 205 – "A Hen in the Wolf House" 2 2
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who goes undercover as the head of security at Hydra Laboratories.[8][10][11] She is also Lance Hunter's ex-wife and persuaded Phil Coulson to recruit him to his team. Palicki was upgraded to a principal cast member in the episode "Aftershocks".[12]

Recurring characters[edit]

This is an alphabetical listing of actors and the characters they portrayed in multiple episodes across the series, which were significant roles.

Character Portrayed by First appearance Season appearances
Recurring Guest
Antoine Triplett B.J. Britt 114 – "T.A.H.I.T.I." 1 • 2
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working under Garrett who specializes in combat/weapons.[13][14] Triplett joins Coulson's team after Garrett is exposed as a Hydra agent. He is killed in "What They Become" by a shard of the Obelisk after trying to save Skye.
Victoria Hand Saffron Burrows 107 – "The Hub" 1
A high-ranking agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who runs the Hub, a major S.H.I.E.L.D. base.[15] She is later killed by Grant Ward in "Turn, Turn, Turn".
Ian Quinn David Conrad 103 – "The Asset" 1
A wealthy industrialist, philanthropist, and the CEO of Quinn Worldwide[16][17] with connections to the "Clairvoyant" and Project Centipede.[18]
Daniel Whitehall / Werner Rheinhardt Reed Diamond 201 – "Shadows" 2
An elite member of Hydra since 1945 who is able to live up to the present day, obsessed with obtaining the Obelisk. While he usually uses others to do his work, including those he has brainwashed, Whitehall makes some exceptions that need his personal attention.[8] In "The Things We Bury", it is revealed that Daniel Whitehall maintained his young appearance by using the DNA and organs of a woman who was immune to the Obelisk and was the wife of Calvin Zabo. He is later shot by Phil Coulson in "What They Become" depriving Calvin of his revenge.
Sunil Bakshi Simon Kassianides 201 – "Shadows" 2
A Hydra agent who is the right hand man of Daniel Whitehall.[19] He ends up in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after being left for them by Grant Ward in "The Writing on the Wall". In the same episode, it was revealed that Sunil Bakshi worked with Daniel Whitehall while Baron Strucker was operating in Europe.
Calvin Zabo Kyle MacLachlan 202 – "Heavy Is the Head" 2
Skye's father who is an unidentified monster known as "The Doctor".[20][21][22] He later allies with Daniel Whitehall in "A Hen in the Wolf House" in order to deal with Phil Coulson who he blames for keeping Skye away from him, but also secretly seeks revenge against Whitehall for the death of his wife. In "What They Become", his real name is revealed to be Calvin Zabo.[6]
Raina Ruth Negga 105 – "Girl in the Flower Dress" 1 • 2
An elite member of Project Centipede, serving as its recruiter.[23] She was arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. in "The Magical Place" and later sprung from prison by Grant Ward in "Providence". Though she continues to assist Garrett before his death, Raina does not share Hydra's ideals as she aligned herself with Skye's father and gave him the Obelisk. In "Ye Who Enter Here" and "What They Become", revealing herself to be among a special group of people designated by the alien Kree race, Raina uses the Diviner to unlock her true potential as an Inhuman alongside Skye. However, she is horrified that her Terrigenesis turned her into a thorn-covered creature and is later taken in by Gordon.
Billy, Eric, and Sam Koenig Patton Oswalt 118 – "Providence" (Eric)
122 – "Beginning of the End" (Billy)
209 – "...Ye Who Enter Here" (Sam)
1 • 2
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents stationed at secret bases, with Billy stationed at the Playground and Eric stationed at Providence. Eric is killed by Grant Ward in "The Only Light in the Darkness" while his brother Billy assists Coulson in the rebuilding of S.H.I.E.L.D.[24] Oswalt also plays Sam Koenig in the second season episode "...Ye Who Enter Here", where he and Billy work to rescue Raina from Hydra operatives.[25]
Glenn Talbot Adrian Pasdar 118 – "Providence" 2 1
A United States Air Force colonel[26] and later brigadier general who hunts active S.H.I.E.L.D. agents after the organization's disbandment. In "A Fractured House", it is revealed that he answers to Senator Christian Ward.
John Garrett / The Clairvoyant Bill Paxton 114 – "T.A.H.I.T.I." 1
A high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/munitions expert who is a former cohort of Coulson and works alongside Ward and May.[13][27] He is revealed to be a high-ranking member of Hydra and the "Clairvoyant", the mastermind behind Project Centipede, in "Turn, Turn, Turn",[4] and the first test subject of the Deathlok program in "Ragtag". He is killed by Coulson in "Beginning of the End".
Mike Peterson / Deathlok J. August Richards 101 – "Pilot" 1
An ordinary man that was artificially enhanced with the Extremis-containing Centipede serum by Project Centipede,[28] Peterson later joins S.H.I.E.L.D.[29] and falls under the control of the "Clairvoyant" after losing his right leg,[30] which was replaced with a bionic prosthetic as part of "Project Deathlok".[31] In "Beginning of the End", he rebels against Garrett with Skye's help and leaves to seek redemption for his crimes as Deathlok.
Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie Henry Simmons 201 – "Shadows" 2
A mechanic who aligns himself with S.H.I.E.L.D.[32]
Agent 33 Maya Stojan and Ming-Na Wen 203 – "Making Friends and Influencing People" 2
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is brainwashed by Daniel Whitehall into serving him. She wears a Photostatic Veil with the likeness of Agent May which was damaged following a fight with her in "Face My Enemy" which she has not yet removed. After Daniel Whitehall was killed by Phil Coulson in "What They Become", Agent 33 escapes with Grant Ward. In the same episode, it is revealed that Agent 33 is only loyal to Daniel Whitehall and not Hydra.

Stojan portrayed the character before she took the likeness of Agent May, at which point Wen portrayed the character.[33][34]

Guest characters[edit]

The following is a supplementary list of recurring guest stars that appear in lesser roles or make significant cameo appearances. The characters are listed, in alphabetical order by actor, by the media or season in which they first appeared.

See also[edit]

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