Disney and Marvel knew exactly which direction they wanted to go in the moment Loki killed Agent Phil Coulson. For Avengers fans, his death is what brought the team together. However, his death was just the prelude to something special. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not a B-Class Avengers spinoff but more along the lines of an extension.
With six seasons under its belt, AOS has managed to carve out its own niche amongst superheroes fans. While there's no Captain America or Iron Man, fans have shown their allegiance to some other eath and galaxy saving heroes. But which one is your favorite? Here are the Top 10 characters of Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10 Robbie Reyes (Ghost Rider)
In just half a season, Ghost Rider became a fan favorite. Since his departure, S.H.I.E.L.D. fans have been waiting for his return. While that may not happen, he did leave an impression we can take with us to the series finale ending credits. His bond with the team was great. Although he was the hunted in the beginning, it was his partnership with Daisy that made his creative that more special.
Although possessed, Robbie Reyes is not evil. His intentions are just like any other hero. He wants to protect his family and friends. But that can come across a bit shaky while your head is covered in fire. For years, fans have waited for his arrival. Even with a limited number of episodes to his credit, Ghost Rider came, saw, and conqured
9 Grant Ward
Good Ward or bad Ward, he was great for the show. Ward may have been the first true enemy and he was right under their noses the entire time. He was in with everyone and even enjoyed a brief relationship with May. His presence on the show helped shape the team and Daisy.
While a member of Shield, Ward offered the same skill set May did. He was fearless, rarely took orders but he was there to infiltrate. As a true member of Hydra, Ward the enemy became Ward the friend then back to most wanted. It wasn't until Comic-Con in NYC in 2017 that I noticed how much his character was missed and loved. When shown on the screen, the audience went wild. All this for the bad guy I thought?
8 Yo-Yo Rodriguez
Yo-Yo was never meant to get the spotlight she has now. But her chemistry with the rest of the cast made her an instant hit with fans and with the writers. Now a regular, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just won't seem complete without her. Her presence not only adds another strong female voice but she's the calming spirit that helps keeps Mack in check.
Although they had a rough start to Season 6, it was only a matter of time before they got their stuff together and realized where they belong. Yo-Yo paid a great cost last season by losing both her arms but she managed to train herself to get over the grief. Much like the other women on the show, Yo-Yo attacks issues head-on with no sense of fear.
7 Al MacKenzie (Mack)
The new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. did not get there because of his brawn. Mack was a loyal soldier and his ability to question some tough decisions by Coulson made him a great choice. In the early stages of the show, Mack was just a mechanic. But as time progressed, he earned his stripes to be out with the others and proved his worth more times than once.
Mack wears his heart on his sleeve. After the loss of his family, Mack came to S.H.I.E.L.D. in search of a new family. His relationship with the rest of the team was rocky at first but he has earned their trust and vice versa. Now the Director, Mack is learning what it takes to be a leader and to put the team first over his own needs.
6 Leopold (The Doctor)
This had to be done. In season 4, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took a turn for the better with what can only be described as a genius move. We've seen alternate realities before but this was different. S.H.I.E.L.D. took one of our favorite characters and turned him into the leader of Hydra. And not just that, Fitz became evil. Not the kind of bad where he was hated for his actions but it made us look at this character and think-- we actually like this version.
He wanted to capture and kill all Inhumans by any means necessary. It was the same face but in the Framework, he was different. The difference for this version was, he was confident, cocky, and poised. Everything that our normal Fitz was not. We thought The Doctor was gone after they escaped but no such luck. His portrayal of Leopard was so good that the writers keep him hidden until the end of season 5. As evil as he was, he's missed.
5 Melinda May
Sent as a spy by Nick Fury to keep an eye on the recovering agent Coulson, May was only doing what she was told. Melinda has earned her reputation as "The Calvary" for the past six seasons. Never one to be a leader, May wants to be in the field where the action is. She's hard-nosed, tough, and will bring the pain to anyone or thing standing between her and the mission. If combat skills are to be leaned at S.H.I.E.L.D., it's normally May doing the teaching.
Her personal life has also been one of tragedy. Her ex turned into a monster and by the time she and Phil Coulson decided to give their romance a try, he dies. Melinda has quit on the job a few times but her love for it still calls her back.
4 Jemma Simmons
Jemma has been thought the ringer herself. Left on a deserted planet for dead, has dealt with losing Fitz more than once, and she has fought her way through some seriously dark times. Simmons loves. Not just the kind that deals with matters of the heart, she has the kind of soul no galaxy can tame. Early on, it was total confusion as she and Fitz came on board as just young adults straight out the Academy. But their brains, when combined are just as powerful as anything Daisy can muster up.
Jemma has a strange appeal to her. She's not as powerful as Daisy, as fluent in fighting as May, but she's scrappy. Her intellect is as powerful as any fist or tremor. Jemma is a top asset at S.H.I.E.L.D. and should not be taken lightly.
3 Phil Coulson
Despite his absence as the Phil Coulson we know, he's still the official leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. Phil has died, came back, and toyed with "A Beautiful Mind" theory. What hasn't Coulson been through? His decisions have been tested, questioned and ignored but still, he makes the ones that he sees fit as best for his agents. Coulson has always been a right-hand man to Nick Fury but as a leader on his own, he's done great.
Coulson has been around since the inception of SH.I.E.L.D. He's spent time with The Avengers so he knows first-hand what it takes to get the job done. As the leader, Coulson has had to make decisions that have not been popular with others. For Coulson, nothing comes before the badge nor the name of what he's fighting for.
2 Daisy Johnson
No matter the name she chooses to go by, Daisy is the most powerful of them all. Armed with smarts, she's able to hack any computer system and this was before she learned how to fight and harness her powers. When Coulson gave up his position as Director, it was assumed that she would take the mantel. However, according to her, she's a soldier and loves to be in the field.
Trained by May and practically raised by Coulson, Daisy has the best of both worlds. She has a tough exterior but that doesn't mean she is without compassion. If Daisy wanted to be a leader, she would be as she's probably the most qualified. She's fearless but has learned to use intellect in the field, not just her powers.
1 Leo Fitz
Who's smarter is the question when talking about Fitz and Simmons? I mean, just look at their names together. Fitz has gone through a lot. He's been frozen in time, left for dead, actually died, turned evil, fell in love with a robot, married the women of his dreams only to find out it wasn't actually him and much more. Fitz is stronger than what he gives himself credit for.
When something needs to be solved, it's normally Fitz who gets the call. Heck, even Simmons turns to him for help. His brain is like a machine. The one thing that hinders Fitz is well, Fitz. He's learning how to get out of his own way but still has trouble seeing beyond issues that are right in front of him. That's why Simmons is so important to him. It's the balance they provide to each other.