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"A team that trusts is a team that triumphs."
―Jeffrey Mace[src]

Jeffrey Mace was the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Originally working as a journalist for International Affairs, he survived Helmut Zemo's terrorist attack on the Vienna International Centre. After this, he was called upon by the government to partake an experiment that would give him super strength under Project Patriot. Now a hero in the eyes of the public, he was considered by both Phil Coulson and President Matthew Ellis a perfect person to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. when the organization was to be legitimized again, under the guise of an Inhuman. As S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Director, Mace revealed the agency's continued existence to the world.

Despite conflicts of interest with Coulson, Mace proved himself a worthy Director by challenging the actions of Ghost Rider before assisting to prevent Eli Morrow city wide destruction plan and clearing Quake's name. After the deception had been exposed, he planned to resign, but Coulson, recognizing Mace's popularity with Inhumans, offered to take over as field director while he dealt with politics. While fighting the Watchdogs, Mace was kidnapped by Anton Ivanov, and was eventually replaced by a Life-Model Decoy created by Aida who trapped Mace's mind in a virtual reality known as the Framework.

With all his memories rewritten, Mace became a member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. led resistance that opposed HYDRA's rule over the virtual world. While attempting to save a group of children and his fellow agents from a collapsing building, Patriot sacrificed his life, dying both in the Framework and the real world.

Biography

Public Image

Surviving Vienna

"And of course, our next guest needs little introduction. He is a patriot, a public servant known all over the world. He put his life on the line to save others during the U.N. bombing in Vienna."
George Stephanopoulos[src]
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Mace surviving the bombing in Vienna

Jeffrey Mace was attending a ceremony in Vienna, Austria following the signing of the Sokovia Accords.[1] As King T'Chaka of Wakanda opened the proceedings with the keynote address, a bomb detonated and decimated the building, resulting in the deaths of King T'Chaka and twelve other people.[2] Immediately following the explosion, Mace tried to reach a safe place, stumbled upon a fellow victim of the attack, then caught in camera as he was helping. He was believed to have helped free several survivors who were trapped under rubble, despite his attempts to scale down the episode, an attitude misinterpreted as humilty. Ultimately, he was considered a hero by both the public and the American government.[3]

Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Project Patriot

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Mace undergoes Project Patriot

"You said we needed a new face, and now that Steve Rogers went AWOL, you wanted a hero."
"I said the new director should be a powered person the public could trust, and they came up with you."
"And now you're stuck with me."
―Jeffrey Mace and Phil Coulson[src]

With S.H.I.E.L.D. having been legitimized following the Destruction of HYDRA and the ratification of the Accords, the organization needed a new director to be the public face since the world believed Phil Coulson was dead. Coulson met with President Matthew Ellis and requested that his successor be someone with superpowers who the general public could consider trustworthy. Since Steve Rogers was currently on the run and without other suitable characters, as the "hero of Vienna" Mace was selected by Glenn Talbot for Project Patriot, which gave him super-strength through a serum derived by Calvin Zabo's Formula. He would have been said to have had undergone Terrigenesis during the Inhuman Outbreak, in order to improve public acceptance of the new race that had entered the world.[4][3]

Recruiting Yo-Yo Rodriguez

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Mace greets Yo-Yo Rodriguez in Spanish.

"First, I'm gonna need your John Hancock."
"I don't know who that is."
"It's the... It just means your signature."
―Jeffrey Mace and Yo-Yo Rodriguez[src]

Not long after he had become S.H.I.E.L.D.'s director, Mace met Elena Rodriguez, a former member of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Secret Warriors team. He welcomed her in her native Spanish language but she said that she was fine with having a conversation in English. As they sat in his office, Mace gave her the electronic copy of the Sokovia Accords to sign. When she signed the document, Mace took her fingerprint and then a retinal scan which officially completed her compliance with the Accords.

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Mace helps Rodriguez sign the Accords

Rodriguez then asked Mace for help with arresting Victor Ramon, the man responsible for the death of her cousin Francisco Rodriguez. Mace told her that he appreciated her enthusiasm and that he was looking forward to working with her, but everything first had to go through the official channels, and that the United Nations would determine who should go after Ramon. He also warned her that if she decided to go after Ramon on her own, he would have to arrest her and turn her over to Secretary Thaddeus Ross who would not hesitate to lock her up inside the floating Raft prison.

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Mace thanks Rodriguez for her cooperation

Mace then told her that bureaucracy, even though it was frustrating, always works in the long run. When Agent Cecilio informed them that Mace had a scheduled talk with the National Security Advisor, Mace asked him to take Rodriguez to the lab where Agents Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were waiting for her to complete her registration. Saying goodbye, Mace failed to notice Rodriguez using her super-speed to steal his keycard.[5] Once Mace realised his keycard was missing, he sent out an alert until Melinda May found and returned it to him, without telling him who had actually taken it.[6]

First Orders

"You were pulled off Daisy's case."
"The Director thinks she slipped through our fingers too many times."
"The Director thinks you let her."
Melinda May and Phil Coulson[src]

Director Mace sent Agents Alphonso Mackenzie and Phil Coulson to capture the resigned agent Daisy Johnson now known as the vigilante Quake whose activities as a vigilante put her into conflict with her old friends in S.H.I.E.L.D.[7] During the first months in his new role, Mace also appointed Jemma Simmons as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, being one of her most trusted advisors. Also, as part of his moves to separate Coulson's former inner circle, Mace assigned Agent Melinda May the task of creating, training and leading a specialist strike team. After Quake ran from Coulson once again, Mace pulled him and Mackenzie from the pursuit, convinced that Coulson was letting Quake escape. Later, when Mace learned that Coulson and Mackenzie continued to chase Quake, he asked to speak with Coulson once he returns to the Playground.[8]

Meeting with Coulson

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Mace has a meeting with Phil Coulson

"Look, I get you're disappointed there was a mission to find Agent Johnson without your authorization, but we had intel that suggested..."
"Phil, it's okay. She was your friend. Loyalty's a good thing."
Phil Coulson and Jeffrey Mace[src]

Having returned to the base, Phil Coulson and Melinda May were called to meet Mace following Coulson's own unauthorized attempt to retrieve Daisy Johnson despite being ordered not to do so. Once they had been let inside by Cecilio, surprisingly, however, Mace was not upset like the two had expected him to be despite them disobeying his orders. Instead he praised Coulson for his actions stating that loyalty was a good thing, noting he was impressed in Coulson's team's trust.

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Mace assures Phil Coulson that they agree

Mace then went on to say that the rogue Quake was a still a major problem at the moment for them, because of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s upcoming re-legitimization in the public eye, and needing the public's trust in the wake of the HYDRA Uprising which had destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D.'s reputation. Mace asked May to leave him and Coulson to speak in private, noting how he felt May was an impossible character to work out, while Coulson wished him good luck with that. Mace then gave Coulson the assignment of giving a tour of the Playground to a group of government representatives from Congress.[4]

S.H.I.E.L.D. Tour

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Mace asks Coulson to lead of tour of the base

"You're the expert on all things S.H.I.E.L.D., not me. And we both know why I have this job. But what I don't have is the anonymous, unlimited funding you seemed to have before. To build billion-dollar airplanes? No. Our budget hinges on the U.N. and the Sokovia Accords and on impressing the House Appropriations Committee. I can't do that myself."
―Jeffrey Mace to Phil Coulson[src]

In desperate need for increased funding for their new future missions, Mace and Phil Coulson led a group of government representatives through the Playground with Mace relying on Coulson to give a more historical backstory to the tour including Peggy Carter's involvement in it's build.

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Mace keeps an incident secret from his allies

However while the tour was happening, Melinda May, who had been exposed to the touch of a "Ghost", desperately went to Chen who was experiencing the same terrifying illusions. Upon questioning, the man began to bash his head on the window of a containment room creating a horror show as he cracked his own head open. When Mace offered to take the group to the Containment Module rooms, Coulson stated it might not be a good idea while Jemma Simmons informed him that there was "blood everywhere" and the group was instead taken to the Hanger to see the Quinjets.

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Mace stops Agent Melinda May's rampage

May, continuing to grow further distraught from her visions of horrific images, now began to get aggressive. She tore through lockers and attacked her own strike team in fear, subduing Piper and the other agents. Eventually Mace got involved and he used his "Inhuman" powers to apprehend her, taking several strikes to the head before lifting May high in the air and smashing her head against a wall. Once it was clear that May would be alright despite the blow to the head, Coulson stated that it was a shame Mace couldn't put his powers on tour to which Mace claimed that he couldn't, "not yet".

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Mace has a picture taken with Congress.

Following a quick photo op with the members of congress who were still completely unaware of the incident involving Chen in the other room, Mace sent the representative's on their way saying that what they had seen was confidential until S.H.I.E.L.D. was then officially announced to be returning to the world. While the congressmen were then loaded into Zephyr One to be returned home, Mace took the time to speak to Coulson for a complete debrief about what had occurred involving May and Chen while the tour was happening, with Coulson demanding to know what had happened with May.

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Mace and Phil Coulson discuss S.H.I.E.L.D.

Mace then told Coulson he was taking care of May's recovery, further questioning Coulson by asking if he was the Director he wanted, as he wanted a powered person people could trust. Coulson however made it clear that while he wanted one of the Inhumans in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., he still was not sure that Mace was the man for the job, while Mace noted that since Steve Rogers had disappeared there was no one else Coulson would have approved for the position, while also vowing that he would quickly prove himself to be the best man for the job in the wake of both Nick Fury and Coulson.[4]

A Dangerous Blackout

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Mace defends the actions of Agent Burrows

"You're the best agent I have to deal with the Inhumans. If this blackout is legitimate and there are more to come, we could have a huge international problem on our hands. It's the call you'd make if you were in my shoes."
―Jeffrey Mace to Phil Coulson[src]

When several wide blackouts happened across the USA, Mace assembled his staff in the Playground base to explain to him what was going on. He watched the screen, as an unidentified "Inhuman" said they would have to shut off more cities after Miami hour by hour if the Sokovia Accords are not shut down. Counseling with Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie who were both still furious at Burrow's attitude.

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Mace and Matthew Ellis discuss the Blackouts

Mace sent the two and Phil Coulson to Miami to assist Yo-Yo Rodriguez there. Mace entered the lab where he told Coulson that Melinda May was being treated, when suddenly, Chen squirmed and died. Jemma Simmons said that it would happen to May as well, so Mace allowed her to take May to somewhere else to save her.

Mace called Coulson to inform him that more cities had gone dark, violence were spreading and President Matthew Ellis wanted results, but the call was interrupted due to another EMP in Miami. Mace received a call from Ellis again, who told him that he would send troops into the cities to kill as many Inhumans as possible. Eventually, Coulson called Mace and said he had found a way to bring the light to the cities back.[9]

Out of the Shadows

Public Statement

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Mace publicly announces S.H.I.E.L.D.'s return

"So, let's set the record straight one more time. We're back, and we're here to protect you all of you, human and Inhuman alike. When others try to tear us apart, it only brings us together. We're all on the same team, because a team that trusts is a team that-"
―Jeffrey Mace[src]

Phil Coulson told Mace that the Watchdogs had caused the blackouts around the world, and that they were funded and equipped well. Mace said to Coulson that the Watchdogs succeeded in frighting the public. Coulson advised him to announce publicly the relegalization of S.H.I.E.L.D.. In the next day, Mace revealed during a press conference that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been reformed and it would serve Humans and Inhumans.[9]

Debating with a Senator

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Mace asks for Jemma Simmons' help.

"So, you don't think I'm the man for the job. Well, I became the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. because I believe in their mission. Protecting and integrating Inhumans is part of that. Senator, I promise you that I am the man for the job, because I'm not just a man. I'm an Inhuman."
―Jeffrey Mace to Ellen Nadeer[src]

When he was called to debate on television with Senator Ellen Nadeer about what the public called "Inhuman War on Humans", Mace interrupted Jemma Simmons' Lie Detector testing and brought her to his office. He asked her to back him up with scientific facts via earpiece because the upcoming discussion would be a battle for hearts and minds.

At the beginning of the debate, Nadeer asked him why S.H.I.E.L.D.'s priority was not to defend Humans from the Inhumans. Simmons and then Mace said that the human and Inhuman genome were almost identical. Nadeer was not convinced, and said that it did not explained the blackouts that had occurred. Simmons said to Mace and then he spoke, that more Inhumans had been killed during the blackouts. Nadeer asked him that if it was true that S.H.I.E.L.D. was attacking a prison right now in Los Angeles. Since neither Mace or Simmons knew about such operation, Mace explained that he could not report about their missions, but that the situation was under control.

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Mace reveals to the public his alleged Inhuman nature.

Nadeer continued with her questions, and criticized the number of fatalities under S.H.I.E.L.D.'s watch. Simmons gave Mace the datum that number of fatalities have decreased since the signing of the Sokovia Accords. Nadeer said that Inhumans defined themselves illustrated that they did not share the same values of humans. Mace said they should talk about the Inhumans with respect, but Nadeer said he did not talk about the subject in honesty, so how people would trust him. She also countered him that he was not the man for this job. Mace cut off the connection with Simmons and said to Nadeer that he had become the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. since he wanted to protect and integrate Inhumans, and that he was the man for the job because he was an Inhuman, therefore revealing to the world his secret. He explained that Inhumans' situation was personal for him and those who are different like him should not be hunted.

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Mace is threatened by Jemma Simmons

After the debate, Burrows told to Mace in his office that his approval numbers were higher. Simmons entered the office and he thanked her for her help, but asked her to do again the Lie Detector test, since she had received alarming results. Simmons threatened Mace to expose his lie about his story in Vienna. Mace said to Harlan that he exempted Simmons from her testing. After she left, Mace thought of his secret.

Mace later met with Nadeer, who congratulated him on his rising popularity. Mace responded that she left him no choice but to tell the truth. Nadeer showed him footage of Phil Coulson working with Quake and Ghost Rider during an operation in prison. She threatened to send it to the media. Mace asked her what did she want.[1]

Fighting Ghost Rider

"Jeffrey, I'd argue that Daisy and Robbie are already secure. We should listen to..."
"It's Director Mace, and I'd be more amenable to your suggestions if you'd been honest with me from the start. But by wasting my time, you've wasted my goodwill. Now turn the plane around and return to H.Q."
Phil Coulson and Jeffrey Mace[src]

In order to take her out of the Playground with no fight, Mace said to Jemma Simmons that she had been asked by the United States Government to help them with her study on the Inhumans. Simmons asked if he would come with her, so Mace said he had another mission and showed her the bag to cover her eyes. He tried to explain his action by saying his catch phrase, but Simmons interrupted and put on her the bag willingly.

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Mace lands on Zephyr One

Mace and his team flew with a Quinjet to Zephyr One to arrest Quake and Ghost Rider. Before landing, Mace talked to Zephyr crew and warned them. After landing, Phil Coulson denied he had them on board, so Mace ordered his team to find them. Mace and Coulson argued about Coulson protracting a killer and he showed him pictured of Ghost Rider's victim during the South Ridge Penitentiary Riot.

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Mace argues with Phil Coulson

In the garage, Mace was pleased to hear from Coulson that he was honest with him about the powered people not being inside the plane. However, having noticed that the Containment Module was missing, he pulled it from under the plane, with Quake, Ghost Rider and his brother inside it. Leo Fitz entered and asked permission for classified documents. Mace said that it was not the time, but Fitz said it could lead them to Lucy Bauer and Eli Morrow. Coulson explained that it was their priority, but Mace ignored it. Reyes asked if they knew where his uncle was, but Mace responded that they would go to a trial once they landed. Coulson and Fitz tried to explain that thousands of lives were at risk because of Bauer, yet Mace had enough and ordered them to return to the Playground.

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Mace sees Ghost Rider in the Containment Module

Reyes transformed into Ghost Rider and tried to get out of the Containment Module. Mace asked Coulson if he was an Inhuman, so Coulson said Reyes told him he had made a deal with the Devil. Once Ghost Rider got out, Mace pushed him to the other side of the room. Ghost Rider cornered him and began pounding Mace. Coulson tried to stop him but failed. Close to his death, it was Ghost Rider brother who stopped him and Mace was safe.

Later, Coulson explained to Mace that Ghost Rider was needed in their operation to stop Bauer, since he was the only one who could kill her. At first, Mace refused, claiming Reyes was a terrorist, but then he was convinced, saying Reyes would have to pay for what he had done later.[10]

Losing Coulson and Fitz

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Mace discusses Coulson's disappearance.

"Look, my job is to keep people safe."
"Mine, too. So, first we sharpen the axe, and then we chop the tree."
Alphonso Mackenzie and Jeffrey Mace[src]

Mace, Melinda May, Alphonso Mackenzie, Daisy Johnson and Gabe Reyes watched the footage of Phil Coulson, Leo Fitz and Robbie Reyes vanishing after a mysterious explosion caused by Eli Morrow. Mace started to say it was a tragedy, but Johnson interrupted him and said they did not know what happened and there was a chance they were still alive. Johnson suggested they should call Jemma Simmons and inform her about the incident. May and Mackenzie were confident the Chinatown Crew might know where Morrow was, although Mace said they must first call Simmons, so they could understand the Momentum Labs' boxes and to find a way to bring back the three missing.

Mace asked Burrows to get for him Simmons, however her phone had been confiscated and it was Ellen Nadeer on the line. Mace said to her that he needed to speak with Simmons, but she refused and hang up. Mace asked Burrows to keep calling her men. Mace then went to speak with Mackenzie and May, who told him the Chinatown Crew were working for Morrow. Mackenzie said he could go to their hideout and find Morrow, but Mace explained they would follow his lead after they understand the boxes. He told them Zephyr One was ready to take off to the Playground. He then said to May they would use the Quinjet to bring the boxes to Holden Radcliffe, so May asked him if Simmons had approved it. Mace lied to her by telling her Simmons would return in a few hours.

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Mace is confronted by Leo Fitz.

In the base, Mace was furious to discover that Mackenzie had escaped and Johnson had gone after him. In the lab, Mace thanked Radcliffe for coming. He and his assistant, Aida, explained to Mace the boxes harnessed energy from multiple dimensions. May showed them a book which according to her, had helped the Momentum Labs worker to built the boxes. Mace left them in order to call the families of the agents who had been killed by Mace. After a while, Aida managed to bring Coulson and Fitz back. Fitz went straight to Mace and demanded to know where Simmons was, only to see her coming to him.[11]

Hunting Eli Morrow

"You're an Inhuman. Why would you want to work with someone who hates us so much?"
"You want to know why? Take a look in the mirror. Senator Nadeer has photos of you in the prison with Reyes and that dead gangster he left behind Santino Noguera. And she was gonna go public. Can you imagine the press? "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. working with domestic terrorists and murderers.""
"You were trying to protect S.H.I.E.L.D."
"That's the job I was hired to do."
Daisy Johnson, Jeffrey Mace and Phil Coulson[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. located Eli Morrow in Chinatown Crew Headquarters in Los Angeles, so Mace sent his agents to the compound. In the Playground, Mace answered to the questions of a reporter, who asked if it had to do with Quake or an Inhuman, but Mace said to her he could not answer. Mace then said to Phil Coulson and Melinda May that they could not allow Quake or Ghost Rider to be seen by the press. Coulson replied that the two and Yo-Yo Rodriguez were their best options. Mace asked Coulson if Aida could assist them, but to his surprise, Coulson revealed she was an Android. Mace was furious to discover that, noting that it was against the Sokovia Accords to built an Artificial Intelligent after Ultron. Coulson advised to use Aida for the mission and he agreed, so he ordered May to go to Holden Radcliffe's home to bring the two, clarifying they would dismantle Aida afterwards.

Radcliffe later came to Mace's office and tried to justify why he had built Aida. Mace then asked him if the Darkhold helped Aida build the Inter-Dimensional Gate, leading to Radcliffe explaining that the book could read mind. Radcliffe asked him what he planned for Aida, so Mace answered it depended on her next mission. Mace, Radcliffe and Aida then boarded Zephyr One. Having heard Morrow had position of a material with the power to explode Los Angeles, Mace said to Coulson he wanted to take action in the mission and he had a plan. He explained to him, Alphonso Mackenzie and Rodriguez they would take the material by force, despite Mackenzie's disapproval.

In a private conversation with Coulson, Mace argued with him about his acts since Mace became the Director, including using criminals and murderers and keeping secrets for him. Coulson demanded he would tell him what was the deal he made with Senator Ellen Nadeer. Johnson entered the room and asked Mace if he knew Nadeer had a captive Inhuman for research, why to cooperate with someone who hated Inhumans. Mace told Johnson she had footage of her and Reyes during the South Ridge Penitentiary Riot, so he had to do what would keep S.H.I.E.L.D. safe. Coulson asked why he had not come to him first, but Mace said they were not a team that trust. Coulson said to him they had to become a team in order to stop Morrow, with Johnson telling them Leo Fitz had discovered how to do it.[12]

Battle at Chinatown Crew Headquarters

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The Patriot charges into the battle

"You're right, I lied to you. Quake was here the entire time. But she was not responsible for the danger here today. Agent Johnson saved us all."
―Jeffrey Mace[src]

As part of Mace's plan to defeat Eli Morrow, he sent in agent Phil Coulson who then surrendered himself to him in order to explain to Morrow the nature of his power, telling him that he was not in fact creating matter, but was stealing it. Having stalled enough time, Coulson gave the signal that it was time to act. Mace, with Patriot Battle Suit, alongside Melinda May, Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez entered the hall and fought against the attacking Chinatown Crew members.

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Patriot sees the Ghost Rider's disappearance

Charging forward, Patriot punched one member of the Chinatown crew, and the strength he had gained from the Patriot Serum caused the man to be thrown to the other side of the room. As the skirmish continued, with Rodriguez using her super-speed to give them the advantage, Patriot used his own incredible strength and fighting skills to knock out several more. Patriot then watched as the Ghost Rider killed Morrow inside Quantum Battery by setting him on fire before Morrow and the Rider vanished to other dimension, leaving all the agents unsure of what had just happened to him.

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Patriot defends the recent actions of Quake

With the battle now over, Daisy Johnson escaped the scene but accidentally unleashed the shockwaves she had been absorbing to prevent an overload with Morrow's device, launching her in the air until she landed near to the press. While Quake was surrounded and questioned by the press as to why she was there, Patriot hurried to her side and lied to all that Johnson was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, acting outside the law to take down the Watchdogs in a secret undercover mission. Quake was highly confused but Patriot told her to just play along as she would thank him later for this move.

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Mace and Holden Radcliffe discuss Aida

Having defeated Morrow's plans and gained a great victory, Johnson rejoined S.H.I.E.L.D. at last. While the other agents discussed and celebrated the mission, Mace had a private meeting with Doctor Holden Radcliffe inside the Playground about the work that Aida had done to save them during the mission, as her invention of the Inter-Dimensional Gate had been vital to their victory. Mace agreed and they both agreed that from now on his work on Life-Model Decoy would be under S.H.I.E.L.D. supervision, and Mace told him he sent in agent Nathanson to bring his items to their labs.[12]

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Mace gives a speech about Quake's heroics

"The assassination attempt, this crash. It's not a coincidence."
"No. Whoever came after us anticipated the protocols, knew we'd fly to safety."
―Jeffrey Mace and Phil Coulson[src]

In the wake of the statement he had made to the press during the aftermath of the Battle at Chinatown Crew Headquarters, Mace then publicly named Quake an undercover agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who had been protecting the world with her actions. While Mace was giving a press conference for Quake in one of the towns she was in during her months as a fugitive pursuing the Watchdogs network, Mace thanked her for her role in saving hundreds of lives and led the crowd in giving a huge round of applause before handing the floor to Michelle Caldwell, one of the people saved by Quake during an earlier rescue mission.

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Mace blocks an exploding Judas Bullet

However, just as Caldwell was giving her speech, Johnson called out a sniper and told everyone to get down. Director Mace blocked the sniper fire with the speech podium, but the Judas Bullet whirled, forcing Mace to use his strength to throw it high in the air before it then exploded. Director Mace was evacuated to the Quinjet by Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie for safety while the assassin, was captured by Brigadier General Glenn Talbot who took him back to the Playground where he would then be interrogated about the reasons for the assassination attempt against Mace and Quake.

When in the air, Mace spoke with agents Coulson and Mackenzie about the attack, with Mackenzie noting that such an attempt so incredibly foolish as it stood almost no chance of succeeding, while they questioned if Ellen Nadeer was behind the attempt. As they were speaking, it was noted that the Quinjet comms had failed, and as Burrows got up to make a call to see if Mace's actions had been trending, the door for the jet was blasted open sucking him out and falling to his death, with the Patriot Serum being sucked out too, much to Mace's horror.

The whole Quinjet failed and crashed into a forest leaving the pilot, McCafferty, dead as a tree branch had impaled him through the chest. Attempting to contact the Playground using his Prosthetic Hand, Coulson soon realised that they had no signal and no way of contacting their allies to tell them the situation. Fully aware that this would all be a part of the Watchdogs' plan to assassinate him and a second attack would be incoming, Mace ordered Coulson and Mackenzie to find Burrows and the case he was carrying as their primary priority.[3]

Admitting the Truth

"Looks like we've got two choices here, either I crush this case down to the size of a baseball, and nobody gets what they want, or..."
"Or we could kill you, and take it."
"Try if you want. I'm ready to go toe-to-toe all day."
―Patriot and Viktor Orlov[src]

As they explored the area, Phil Coulson questioned Mace's obsession with finding Burrows' body, which Mace claiming that he was only doing it because it was the right thing to do, while Coulson questioned if he really needed the briefcase. Upon finding Burrows' body, they discovered that the Watchdogs were indeed behind the attack and now had both Burrow's body and the case, with Mace still refusing to reveal it's contents to Coulson.

Upon assaulting the Watchdogs, with Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie using their I.C.E.R.s to take down the majority of the Watchdogs, Mace used the chaos to run forward and grabbed the case before attempting to escape. Mace was pursued by a long Watchdog who chased him down before knocking him to the ground in an attempt to capture him. Mace, afraid and in a panic, opened the case only for the Watchdog to destroy all the Patriot Serum vials inside, horrifying the now completely defenceless Mace, who was then shot through the leg.

With the Watchdog then being taken out with an I.C.E.R. shot, Coulson pieced together that Mace is not or has ever been an Inhuman, but a Super Soldier attempt with temporary bursts of power to recreate a new Captain America. Mace explained as the new S.H.I.E.L.D. needed a trustable & capable powered leader, General Glenn Talbot had him enhanced so as to fit that criteria, a powered individual who is loyal to the government, while still a trustworthy hero to the people and had therefore created Project Patriot to do just that and grant Mace power.

Just as they took position inside a building, the next batch of Watchdogs arrived, forcing them to take cover. Looking outside, Coulson noted that the Watchdogs' transmitter truck was parked outside so they had a chance to disable it but only if they could get through the squad of Watchdogs who were currently guarding it. While he continued to bandage up his damaged leg, Mace was convinced by Coulson to bluff the Watchdogs, noting that they were unaware that Mace did not actually have an superpowers and that would be their own advantage.

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Patriot stands up against the Watchdogs

Stepping outside, Mace, who was now wearing his Patriot Uniform, greeted the leader of the Watchdogs, Viktor Orlov and informed him he and his men had been hired by Senator Ellen Nadeer for their mission to assassinate him. Patriot then claimed that Nadeer in fact wanted the suitcase as it contained a cure for Inhumans, threatening to crush it if they did not allow them to go free. When Orlov then suggested that they could just kill him and take the case, Patriot confidently suggested they try, not revealing his own secret of being powerless while Orlov and his men all seemed to fall for.

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Patriot avoids the ensuing violent shootout

As Patriot continued to speak to all of the Watchdogs, Mackenzie activated an explosive and destroyed the transmitter truck, causing Orlov's men to shoot. Patriot was saved as Coulson charged in and used his Energy Shield to block the bullets and they returned into the building and fired back on the attackers, taking machine guns and waiting for them to breach the door, with Patriot noting that he had not fired a gun since basic training as he did not think he would need it. Eventually Quake and Melinda May arrived on scene to rescue them, soon defeating all of the remaining Watchdogs.

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Mace discusses his reasons for his actions

Back at the Playground, while Brigadier General Glenn Talbot argued the merit in making Mace a partial Captain America, the Director asked for privacy between him and Coulson. Mace explained that during the Bombing of the Vienna International Centre the smoke had obscured his vision so bad he tripped and fell on top of a woman as a picture was taken. When the reporters and rescue teams came in, he was dubbed a hero despite his pleas and everyone brushing it off as "he's being modest". Mace acknowledged he was a coward and did not feel he deserved Coulson's friendship or fielty.

Feeling he had no other choice, Mace then made the decision to resign as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and allow Coulson to retake the position. However Coulson stopped him there and explained that S.H.I.E.L.D. still required a face and Mace was still the best man for that job, having proven himself as an expert liar about his secret. Coulson then made it clear that while Mace worked the public relations and general ops, which Coulson hated, he would be in charge of the covert ops and dangerous missions that he led S.H.I.E.L.D. through in the past.[3]

Quake's Signing

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Finding his Place

Losing his Powers

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Showdown with the Watchdogs

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Anton Ivanov's Torture

"You're the one they take orders from?"
"Da."
"Then I'm placing you under arrest in the name of S.H.I.E.L.D."
"With what power? Surely, you have used the last of yours."
―Jeffrey Mace and Anton Ivanov[src]

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Leader in the Framework

In the Framework Mace was an inhuman possessing superhuman strength. In his virtual life Mace had been a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. However in the Framework S.H.I.E.L.D. fell and HYDRA took control of the world by the use of prejudice against Inhumans following the Cambridge Incident. Eventually a fellow agent, Billy Koenig gave Mace the location of a forgotten underground Strategic Scientific Reserve base which Mace and the Resistance would make their headquarters however Koenig died getting Mace the location. Mace was also good friends with Antoine Triplett a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who worked undercover within HYDRA. Mace and the Resistances main goal was to find and protect any active or dormant inhumans along with their family members who may also possess the inhuman gene in order to protect them from HYDRA. Throughout his life in the Framework Mace lost many of his closest friends and family members in the war against HYDRA, most of whom died in his arms.

Working with Grant Ward

Mace would later gain an ally in defected HYDRA agent Grant Ward who rejoined S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to protect his girlfriend Skye after he found results stating she was a dormant inhuman. Ward would provide Mace with intelligence on HYDRAs' operations and threats against inhumans. Ward later asked Mace to protect two individuals who were on HYDRAs' radar; Phil Coulson & Jemma Simmons. After informing Coulson and Simmons of the Resistances history and its objective Agent Burrows informed Mace that the situation on the ground was worsening and that Agent Cooke had been killed in action. Ward returned to the base and informed Mace that Skye had been captured and was being held HYDRA.

Bus Attack

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Showdown with Melinda May

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Noble Sacrifice

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Personality

"I'm a team player, I'm willing to play any position that gets us the win."
―Jeffrey Mace[src]

Jeffrey Mace is a straight minded individual. Once he sets his mind on something, it takes a great amount of effort to change his mind. He has great faith in Phil Coulson, placing great trust in him and making him his top agent. Mace has a very typically superhero-like personality, in the sense he is well-suited for the battlefield and people-saving acts. Yet it is this contextual displacement from battlefield to government that makes him who is. He is headstrong, and usually knows what is the right thing to do in the trickier situations, as he puts his emotions and personal values aside. This is the exact reason Coulson stepped from Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. himself and appointed Mace in his position, as even Coulson can recognize that these bold characteristics are key to leading such an important organization.

Mace held a strong belief that Inhumans deserved to be as equal as all Americans. He believed that becoming the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. he could end Inhuman prejudice. After Mace was revealed not be Inhuman and that he needs daily injection of the Patriot Serum to become as strong as he is, he started to have a more shy like personality. When Glenn Talbot and Coulson were arguing about the mission to infiltrate Ellen Nadeer's office, he tried to get them to stop with little success and effort.

Since Mace was revealed to not be Inhuman, he has tried to prove himself on the team. Even willingly to use the Patriot Serum when it could kill him and sacrificing himself to save Daisy, Fitz and Simmons.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

"They told me it would make me strong, and it did."
―Jeffrey Mace[src]

Originally, Jeffrey Mace pretended to be an Inhuman who achieved his genetic potential after undergoing Terrigenesis, gaining superhuman powers, while in reality he obtained his abilities by using a regular dose of an altered version of Calvin Zabo's Formula through Project Patriot.

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Mace stops a moving car

  • Superhuman Strength: Jeffery Mace was strong enough to easily subdue Melinda May, lift her by the neck off the ground with one arm, and walk her over to a wall to knock her head against it and render her unconscious without visible effort. He was able to engage Ghost Rider in a fight and toss him across the room with ease. However he was not as strong as Ghost Rider and was quickly overpowered. Mace is strong enough to send a man flying by pushing him with one hand. Glenn Talbot claimed Mace could lift a car. He has shown that he is capable of stopping a fast moving car.
  • Superhuman Durability: Mace was able to withstand Melinda May's attacks without even being moved. Once May resorted to hitting him with a barbell, he recoiled from the blow, but it caused no injury. He suffered repeated blows from Ghost Rider. However, while he had no visible injuries, he was wounded and fatigued. He was also unable to withstand multiple Watchdogs attacking him with taser rods, and was soon rendered unconscious.

Abilities

  • Combatant: Incorporating his strength into his fighting style, Mace was able to defeat multiple members of the Chinatown Crew.
  • Multilingualism: Mace is fluent in English and has some proficiency in Spanish (though with a thick American English accent).[5]

Equipment

Uniform

  • Armored Uniform: While in combat, Mace uses an armored vest with the S.H.I.E.L.D. insignia on the front. An updated version of the uniform designed by Leo Fitz also includes a heart monitor, a GPS tracker as well as a serum delivery mechanism.

Weapons

  • Machine Gun: During the showdown against the Watchdogs, the powerless Mace took this gun and attempted to defend himself, although Quake arrived before he had the chance to fire.

Other Equipment

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Jeffrey Mace

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, Jeffrey Mace was a journalist from the Daily Bugle that fought under the costumed identity of "Patriot" in World War II alongside Bucky Barnes. He also became the third individual to hold the identity of Captain America, before retiring in 1949 and later dying of cancer. Jeffrey Mace was also the uncle-by-marriage of Thaddeus Ross.
  • Mace's history of lies around his power is similar to another character who had the "Patriot" aliases, Eli Bradley. In the comics, Bradley joined the Young Avengers, claming he inherited superpowers from his enhanced grandfather Isaiah Bradley, when he was actually using illegal Mutant Growth Hormone to fabricate himself superhuman abilities.
  • Mace's uniform features the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on the chest and one silver star on each gauntlet. In the comics, Patriot's costume includes both of these features on the same places (with an eagle instead of the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo).
  • Jeffrey Mace is the only known individual to have publically announced that he is an Inhuman, but this was revealed to be a lie.
  • Jeffrey Mace is the first person to die in real life due to events inside the Framework.

References

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Preceded by:
Phil Coulson
Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Jeffrey Mace
2016 - 2017
Succeeded by:
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