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"So much could go wrong."
"Ultron, yes, I know. But this is not A.I.. A.I. is banned and that's good; this is mimicry of human behavior."
"But still, this can be used as a weapon. Is that the idea?"
"No, absolutely not!"
Leo Fitz and Holden Radcliffe[src]

The Life-Model Decoys, or L.M.D.s, are androids designed to replicate every feature of a living person. They were originally designed by S.H.I.E.L.D. to be distractions and life-saving substitutes of their agents.

History

Original Program

"You have reached the Life-Model Decoy of Tony Stark; please leave a message."
Tony Stark[src]
Life Model Decoy

Tony Stark jokingly claims to be an LMD

Agents Billy Koenig and Sam Koenig participated in the original Life-Model Decoy Program of S.H.I.E.L.D. as programmers and technicians. However, despite their efforts, they never achieved to create a fully functional android. The project was eventually abandoned by S.H.I.E.L.D[1]. Tony Stark was evidently aware of the project as he jokingly purported himself to be his own Life-Model Decoy, analogous to an answering machine, to Phil Coulson when he arrived at Stark Tower to collect Stark for the Avengers Initiative in light of the destruction of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.[2]

Updated Program

Uprising 16

Aida is created by Holden Radcliffe

"The hope is that I will be able to prevent future tragedies, save the lives of agents by putting myself in harm's way in their place."
"To kill?"
"No. I am incapable of that. I will protect. I will serve as a decoy target, a safeguard... A shield."
Aida and Leo Fitz[src]

Holden Radcliffe created a body for the artificial intelligence that served as his assistant, Aida, based on the old S.H.I.E.L.D. program, believing that it would prevent the deaths that Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, of whom he had grown fond, had to witness.[3] Aida was programmed as a decoy target for agents.[4] Her skills at being a decoy were proved while fighting Eli Morrow when she was shot twice in the chest.

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Melinda May's LMD ready to be activated

Aida also created an L.M.D. of Agent Melinda May, which took the place of the real one. As part of her mission, the May LMD interacted with her fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. and assisted in defeating Eli Morrow before returning to the Playground where she continued flirting with Phil Coulson, much like the real May.[5] However, this May LMD soon found herself discovering her true robotic nature, much to her great horror as she was not part of her programming. May eventually learned that her true mission was in fact to steal the Darkhold from S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to return it back to Radcliffe.

Wake Up 10

Holden Radcliffe's own Life-Model Decoy

Aware that his deception would soon be discovered as Aida had tried and failed to take the Darkhold for him, Radcliffe also created an L.M.D. of himself, which he allowed to be captured while he made a deal with Ellen Nadeer and the Superior. While being questioned however, Radcliffe's LMD was soon discovered by Leo Fitz who proceeded to shoot it in the head.[6] Fitz questioned the LMD about Radcliffe's true location, eventually discovering the machine's Quantum Brain. Unable to get the information and unwilling to risk the damage it could do, the Radcliffe LMD was ultimately destroyed along with the original Aida body, with them both being burnt to ashes to avoid the risk of them being repaired.[1]

Siege of the Playground

Coulson LMD

Phil Coulson's LMD activate's May's LMD

"We need to scan and replace those last two immediately."
"Carefully, undetected. We're still outnumbered here."
"Not for long, in the meantime Daisy will contact the Inhumans, inform them she's coming to collect them personally?"
"Yes, and then execute them on sight."
Mace LMD and Coulson LMD[src]

During the rescue of Jeffrey Mace who had been captured and tortured by the Superior, the elusive leader of the Watchdogs, the key agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were captured by Aida who was able to send in the L.M.D.s of Phil Coulson, Jeffrey Mace, Alphonso Mackenzie and Leo Fitz to dismantle S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside. While Mackenzie, Mace and Coulson's L.M.D.s focused on killing Inhumans, the Fitz L.M.D. attempted to take control of Jemma Simmons, however he failed and was destroyed, forcing the remaining machines to change their mission tactics.

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Quake destroys Alphonso Mackenzie's LMD

However before long, Daisy Johnson discovered her own fleet of Daisy Johnson LMDs and joined forces with Simmons to fight back. In the resulting battle, the Mace and Mackenzie L.M.D.s were both destroyed by Simmons and Quake. As a final plan, Coulson sent the L.M.D. Melinda May to threaten the agents with a bomb, however the May L.M.D. chose instead to rejoin S.H.I.E.L.D. and self-destructed, destroying the Coulson and Fitz robots in an explosion which also destroyed much of the Playground. The army of L.M.D. of Johnson had survived at the explosion and all escaped.

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The Superior's robotic body being built

Aida built too a robotic body for Anton Ivanov, leader of Watchdogs whose body had been damaged beyond repair while fighting against Quake, with his head being persevered and in full control of the robotic body.[7] Aida later built for Ivanov several bodies and eventually managed to become a real human being. In the final battle against S.H.I.E.L.D., several L.M.D.s of Anton Ivanov were destroyed by Phil Coulson, Melinda May, an Aida heartbroken by Fitz and Ghost Rider, but the real Anton Ivanov escaped. One Daisy L.M.D. was been destroyed by Ghost Rider, forcing Aida to fled.

A Jemma Simmons (Life-Model Decoy) has been created and Aida destroyed her to suffer Fitz, because she thought that she was the real Simmons. Aida is finally killed by Phil Coulson briefly possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance, leaving Anton Ivanov and the rest of Daisy Fleet as the only L.M.D.s survivings.[8]

Decoys

Appearances

Appearances for Life-Model Decoys

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, Life-Model Decoys are androids used by S.H.I.E.L.D. to substitute their top agent Nick Fury, who would have often used the LMDs in his battle against HYDRA.
  • May once called the Life-Model Decoys Terminators, while speaking to Coulson.

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