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A list of trivia related to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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References to Marvel Comics

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  • Although Chan Ho Yin is an original character, the codename "Scorch" has been frequently used in the comics by characters with powers similar to Chan's.
  • Raina shares her name with a character from the comic books, a member of the Hauk'ka from the Savage Lands. Though she does not appear to be based on this character, a reference to her having the same name is made in Beginning of the End when John Garrett tells Raina that they are "prehistoric creatures". Later, a character based on Ruth Negga's appearance and portrayal of Raina was introduced in the mainstream comics as an Inhuman.
  • The series uses the term "Gifted", the title of one of the story arcs from Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, to refer to people with powers, presumably due to the fact that 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the X-Men, and even the mutant concept.
  • The Bus' official designation as "S.H.I.E.L.D. 6-1-6" is a reference to the main Marvel Comics continuity, called Earth-616.
  • In Yes Men, Sif mentions many alien races that are acknowledged to exist before their first formal appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Interdites, Pheragots, Levians, Sarks, Centaurians and the Kree.
  • Skye references the well known "With great power comes great responsibility" Spider-Man's quote in episode 1.01: Pilot, although she changes the ending before finishing the quote.
  • During their first mission, Jemma Simmons describes their future missions as a "Journey into Mystery", referencing a long-running Marvel series, where Thor made his first appearance.
  • The truck emblazoned "Rocky Mountain Office Supplies" in The Asset is a reference to the complex in the Rocky Mountains where Graviton was created in the comics.
  • Leo Fitz's recurring references to Professor Vaughn are most likely references to Wendell Vaughn.
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  • Some of the writing in the chalkboard inside the Todorov Building in Eye-Spy is written using the Skrull alphabet from the comics.
  • Skye refers to Phil Coulson behavior in The Hub as a "robot version of himself". This is a reference to the Life-Model Decoys, androids capable of recreating the likeness of a human, that were also referenced by Tony Stark in The Avengers. The Life-Model Decoys were later introduced in the fourth season
  • Both H.A.M.M.E.R. and A.R.M.O.R. are listed as having their own sectors of The Hub in its floor map.
  • The Overkill Device first appeared in the comics as the Overkill Horn.
  • After the Battle of Greenwich, Skye wondered which other deities could be aliens, explicitly citing Vishnu. Vishnu and other Hindu Gods are characters in Marvel Comics belonging to a race called the Daevas from a world called Nirvana. This reference has caused criticism from real-life Hindus.
  • Leo Fitz references the catchphrase "Embrace the Change" in The Magical Place, used to promote the Secret Invasion event in the comics.
  • Skye being called "Doctor Nugent" by Jemma Simmons when she phoned after being expelled from the team in The Magical Place is most likely a reference to Alice Nugent.
  • Most items from the Howling Commando Gear are based on items that appeared in S.H.I.E.L.D. comics during the 1960s.
  • The main antagonists from the first two seasons, John Garrett and Daniel Whitehall, were members of the Great Wheel of the Zodiac, a collection of eleven of the most experienced espionage leaders in the world gathered by its twelfth member, Leonardo Da Vinci. Other prominent members that already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan and Wolfgang von Strucker, and all of them have appeared or been prominently mentioned in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Bobbi Morse's hair is black during her work undercover on HYDRA. This is a reference one of her first appearance in the comics.
  • When Season 4 debuted the character of Robbie Reyes- aka Ghost Rider-, it added several easter eggs to past versions of the Ghost Rider. In the season 4 episode Lockup, there is a poster for Quentin Carnival, an old stunt bike, a black leather jacket and a chain inside of the abandoned basement where the Darkhold. All of these are nods to the character of Johnny Blaze who later appears in the episode The Good Samaritan in a flashback.
  • In the fifth season, Elena Rodriguez jokes about the existence of the comic book organization S.W.O.R.D, by asking if S.H.I.E.L.D. had a subdivision that was in charge of space travel and defense against alien attacks called S.P.E.A.R. This also references an organization from the Marvel Comics, though this one is a Chinese intelligence agency.
  • In the episode All the Comforts of Home, Ruby's room has a poster of the Marvel Comics band, Steeltown Rockers.
  • Season 5 also changes the way Elena Rodriguez loses her arms, like in the Secret Warriors comic book series, from where she originates. Instead of Gorgon, who is a member of Hydra and The Hand and should not be confused with Gorgon of the Inhumans, it is Ruby who cuts her limbs.

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References to Disney

As The Walt Disney Company is also the owner of Marvel Studios, some references to previous Disney works are made in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

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  • Agent Mack's name and role as a trucker is an homage to the character Mack, an animated truck in the Disney film Cars.
  • The quote about a "magic broom" to clean up the damages made by the battle between Thor and Malekith is a reference to the famous segment The Sorcerer's Apprentice from the movie Fantasia.
  • In A Fractured House, Bobbi Morse can be seen wearing a Star Wars shirt.
  • In Ascension, while Phil Coulson is using a hologram to stall Hive, he mimics Princess Leia’s message to Obi-Wan Kenobi from Template:WSPS.
  • In The Good Samaritan, Phil Coulson and Jeffrey Mace argue about Han Solo and Admiral Ackbar being heroes, as well as mentioning the Rebels and the Empire.

References to Joss Whedon's Previous Works

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