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- "I wouldn't do that! I wouldn't use my gifts to commit a sin! They're a gift from God."
- ―Elena Rodriguez
Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez is a Colombian citizen who underwent Terrigenesis during the Inhuman Outbreak. Believing her new power to be a gift from God, Rodriguez uses her gift to fight corrupt elements within the Colombian political system, including the National Police of Colombia. This briefly put her into conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D., but as they saw that Rodriguez was using her powers for good, they recruited her into the Secret Warriors. Seeking to use her gifts to protect the world, Rodriguez assisted in the battle against Hive, during which she was nearly killed while saving Alphonso Mackenzie from the attacking Primitives. Elena currently resides in Los Angeles and has been smuggling bone healing medication from S.H.I.E.L.D. for Quake.
Elena Rodriguez was a young woman living in Bogotá with her cousin Francisco and working at a clerical job in a museum, while also teaching art classes at nights. During the Inhuman Outbreak, Rodriguez went through Terrigenesis due to ingesting fish soup that was tainted by the Terrigen Mist. She gained the ability to travel at superhuman speeds for the length of a single heartbeat, before snapping back to her original place. Due to her deep faith, Rodriguez came to the conclusion that her powers were a gift from God to stop corruption and help her people.
Seeking to do good with her new Inhuman powers, Rodriguez went against Victor Ramon and his team of corrupt National Police of Colombia. While Ramon's team were transporting a cargo of machine guns across the city, Rodriguez used her incredible speed to steal the weapons from the officers before they could stop her. She then took the weapons to her cousin Francisco Rodriguez who hid them in their apartment ready to be transported out of the city and disposed with, ensuring the police could not harm any innocent person with them.
Encounter with S.H.I.E.L.D.
With the weapons safely hidden away, Rodriguez went to check on the investigation at the crime scene, which was being conducted by S.H.I.E.L.D.. Despite her efforts to blend in, Rodriguez was spotted by Alphonso Mackenzie who noticed that the tips of her shoes had been scratched off during the raid. Rodriguez used her speed to steal Mackenzie's gun before throwing him in the back of a van and driving away with him unconscious.
Rodriguez took Mackenzie back to her apartment where she tied him up in the bathroom while she continued speaking to Francisco Rodriguez and sorted through the guns. When Mackenzie awoke, Rodriquez darted to the door and closed it. Once Francisco had left, Rodriguez went to question Mackenzie, who attempted to escape, however Rodriguez was able to use her powers to trap and disarm him before pulling a gun and ordering him to surrender while Mackenzie observed how her powers worked.
Once Rodriguez had tied Mackenzie to a chair, she questioned him about whether he was part of the military but Mackenzie accused her of being a criminal. Rodriguez insisted that she was not a criminal as she believed her powers were a gift from God, which Mackenzie seemed to understand noting that her powers came from tainted fish, which had made her undergo Terrigenesis. As they were talking the whole room began to shake as Daisy Johnson arrived and assisted in capturing Rodriguez.
Captured and Questioned
The unconscious Rodriguez was then arrested and taken onboard Zephyr One and locked inside the Containment Module to await questioning about her various crimes against the police. While she slept the S.H.I.E.L.D. team went through her belongings and attempted to work out why she had turned to crime as they profiled her and her cousin. Eventually Rodriguez awoke and began furious slamming on the walls at super-speed in order to get her kidnappers attention while she also furiously banged on the glass.
Rodriguez was questioned by Joey Gutierrez, who spoke in Spanish to translate for the rest of the team. Gutierrez asked why she had stolen the guns and what she planned on using them for, but Rodriguez insisted that her plan was to ensure that nobody used the guns. When Daisy Johnson noted that it was the police who had the guns, Rodriguez explained that the police were corrupt in Bogotá and she was fighting to protect her friends, this was confirmed when Bobbi Morse captured Francisco as he threw away the guns.
While still locked in her cell, Rodriguez continued to ask about her cousin's safety until Mackenzie freed her and showed her that her cousin had been murdered by Victor Ramon. Once she had been given some time, Gutierrez translated as Mackenzie told Rodriguez like her he relied on his faith and maybe her gifts were from God. He told her that they needed to use these gifts for good and she agreed to join their team to save their team mates. She then explained to the group how her powers worked in detail.
Agreeing to help the team, Rodriguez used her incredible speed to steal a keycard from a police officer, greatly impressing Daisy Johnson who called her her new best friend. Alphonso Mackenzie briefed the team on the whereabouts of their team-mates as well as the movements of the corrupt police officers. Mackenzie supplied Rodriguez with Overpowering Tape to subdue the police without harming them.
As the team charged through the station, Rodriguez stayed behind Johnson, disarming any police she came across before Johnson used her shockwaves to defeat them, at one point Rodriguez disarmed and tied up six police in one go before Johnson could even blink. Eventually Mackenzie saved Bobbi Morse and warned the group that the Inhuman's power was in his eyes. Rodriguez however did not translate and tried to attack Lucio, who used his powers to paralyse her and launch her body against the wall at full speed.
Rodriguez recovered and witnessed HYDRA using the Extraction Claw to kidnap Lucio before the team could do anything. Back on Zephyr One Gutierrez tried to convince Rodriguez to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Secret Warriors so she could learn to master her powers and do good with them, however Rodriguez insisted that she had to stay in Colombia to live her life and explain why her cousin had died. Rodriguez was allowed to go and Mackenzie gave her a watch she could use to contact them if she ever needed help.
- "Elevator door opens, he comes out, bullets boom, boom, boom and the soldiers, argh. This is the man."
"Hey I just stopped the bullets but you dropped them down."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez and Joey Gutierrez
While still in Bogotá in Colombia, Rodriguez waited for her bus to arrive while practising English ready for her next conversation with Alphonso Mackenzie. However just as Rodriguez prepared to board the bus, she was contacted by S.H.I.E.L.D., informing her that there was a Secret Warriors mission which needed her assistance. Apologising to the bus driver, Rodriguez began searching for the S.H.I.E.L.D. pickup.
Once onboard a Quinjet with the rest of the team, Rodriguez was informed that HYDRA had hijacked Zephyr One and taken the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. team onboard hostage within their secret base at the Schoonebeek Oil Field. When Rodriguez asked about the intel they had regrading how the plane was taken and how many guards they would be going against, Daisy Johnson explained that they basically knew nothing about what to expect during the mission but insisted that they rescue their team. Having agreed to the mission, Rodriguez and the Secret Warriors jumped from the Quinjet and made their way inside the HYDRA base to search for their allies.
Inside the base, Johnson destroyed the concrete walls and ordered Rodriguez and Joey Gutierrez to go to the evaluator and find the rest of the team. On the way down, Rodriguez teased Gutierrez about running off from his own date with Kevin to join them on the mission. Speaking to each other in Spanish they discussed how many guards to expect before the doors opened and they encountered six. While Gutierrez melted their bullets, Rodriguez used Overpowering Tape to subdue them before they continued their search, noting that Gutierrez had made the correct prediction about how many HYDRA guards they should have expected within the hallway.
Making their way onto Zephyr One with Gideon Malick, who had been captured by Lincoln Campbell, Rodriguez witnessed Gutierrez being knocked to the ground from a wrench thrown at him by Giyera. However before Rodriguez even had a chance to defend her friend from the enemy Inhuman, Johnson appeared and used a shockwave to launch Giyera across the hanger. Having established that Gutierrez was okay, Rodriguez left him with the rest of the team while she and Johnson continued the search for the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team.
While Campbell and Gutierrez dealt with Lucio who was attempting to stop them and rescue Malick, Rodriguez used her Inhuman speed to use the Overpowering Tape to once again subdue the guards attempting to kill her S.H.I.E.L.D. allies before greeting Mackenzie, who was hiding out with Phil Coulson and the others. Rodriguez used the English she had been practising to speak to Mackenzie before Melinda May got to her feet despite painful wounds and flew Zephyr One out of the HYDRA base and took them all back to safety.
Back at the Playground, Gutierrez joined the rest of the Secret Warriors in the changing room where they discussed and joked about the successful Retaking of Zephyr One. The team listened as Rodriguez excitedly retold the story of how Joey Gutierrez had melted the HYDRA guards' bullets although he insisted she deserved more of the credit. As they were talking, Daisy Johnson noticed that Rodriguez had in fact been grazed by a bullet on the leg, which she claimed to have not even felt due to the adrenaline of the mission.
Speaking to Alphonso Mackenzie, Rodriguez was told the long history of S.H.I.E.L.D., including how it had once been known as the Strategic Scientific Reserve after World War II. Rodriguez noted that the team had gotten into the habit of calling her Yo-Yo which she blamed on Mackenzie while also telling him that his Spanish had improving. Mackenzie went on to explain to Rodriguez that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s goal was always to protect and not kill, although this was not always possible, with Rodriguez noting that she trusted him.
While still talking with him, Rodriguez then witnessed Phil Coulson informing Alphonso Mackenzie that he needed him to lock down the Playground for unknown reasons. Rodriguez later confronted Daisy Johnson about this. Although Johnson argued that it was a security matter as Gideon Malick was still there, Rodriguez insisted that she wanted to be allowed to go home free before angrily storming off.
Suddenly the lights throughout the base were cut and an explosion was heard. When Rodriguez tried to learn from Mackenzie what was happening, she found herself being surrounded by armed S.H.I.E.L.D. agents including Melinda May. Coulson explained that Hive could control Inhumans and therefore he suspected that a member of the Secret Warriors was under his control. As tensions rose Rodriguez stole May's gun while Lincoln Campbell confronted Coulson, before the Secret Warriors ran into the other room for their own safety.
Joey Gutierrez joined them and with Rodriguez's help they secured the doors before discussing their next move and S.H.I.E.L.D. would still be after them. Rodriguez expressed her disgust at S.H.I.E.L.D.'s treatment of them while Gutierrez remained horrified at such an accusation. Rodriguez was questioned over her wound but denied all knowledge. Eventually Johnson convinced the team not to fight each other but find their own way out and figure out the situation themselves, away from S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who wanted to contain them.
However Johnson instead led Rodriguez to the Containment Module where Phil Coulson was waiting, claiming he had discovered who was the infected Inhuman. Coulson claimed that Campbell was the one to blame as he had discovered the Kree Orb within Campbell's locker. Campbell denied all involvement but the team remained highly skeptical as Coulson noted he had stolen the Terrigen Crystals from the same room before and that he had encountered Hive at the Transia Corporation Headquarters while completely on his own.
As the evidence piled up against Campbell, Rodriguez tried to use the Overpowering Tape to subdue her former ally, leading to Campbell ordering her to leave him alone as he insisted he was innocent. However Rodriguez ignored Campbell's demands but when she ran at Campbell he consumed his power with electricity, causing her to be shocked and sent flying backwards, knocking her unconcious. While she was out though, Campbell was subdued by the combined efforts of Gutierrez and Johnson and locked in the Containment Module.
With Campbell now locked up and the trust within the team destroyed, Rodriguez gave blood samples to Jemma Simmons before demanding that she be allowed to walk away from S.H.I.E.L.D.. On her way out, being escorted by Melinda May and a team of agents, Rodriguez encountered Mackenzie who tried to reason with her by using the nickname of Yo-Yo, but Rodriguez did not even look at him and instead insisted that her true name was Elena before walking out of the Playground and away from the Secret Warriors seemingly for good.
Return to S.H.I.E.L.D.
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- "Look at all these people."
"Yeah, good thing we brought the really small plane to carry all of them."
- ―Lincoln Campbell and Elena Rodriguez
Rodriguez decided to go with Melinda May, Alphonso Mackenzie and Lincoln Campbell to attempt to stop Hive from launching the warhead. She opted to wear the Nanothermite Vest, telling Mackenzie that she would rather be dead than controlled by Hive. Once the team arrived at the facility, they split into two groups. Campbell and May went to find an upload link while Rodriguez and Mackenzie set up a makeshift version of the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine in one of the hallways.
Rodriguez commented on Mackenzie's turtle speed, and Mackenzie replied that not everybody had super speed. Mackenzie also tried to return Rodriguez's necklace to her, but she was insulted, as it was not a gift that should be given back. Phil Coulson, Glenn Talbot and Leo Fitz managed to stop the warhead from launching, and Campbell baited Hive into the hallway where Mackenzie and Rodriguez had set up the Memory Machine. Mackenzie, worried, complained that he did not have enough time to finish setting up the memory machine.
Campbell, Mackenzie and Rodriguez slowly retreated from the approaching Hive, but at the last second Rodriguez used her powers to finish the Memory Machine setup. Mackenzie, evidently confused, began to ask how she knew where everything went, but Rodriguez interrupted him by telling him that she saw him work slowly, she just sped up the process. Campbell used his powers to activate the Memory Machine, bringing the memories of every host that Hive ever inhabited to the surface, but most predominantly the memories Grant Ward, Will Daniels and Nathaniel Malick. With Hive temporarily incapacitated, Rodriguez went to free the hostages.
A short time later, all four agents left the building, with Rodriguez managing to free all the hostages. As the four of them began to follow the hostages to the Quinjet, Hive appeared and ordered them to stop. Angrily, Hive asked what they did to him, with Campbell answering that they did the only thing they could think of. Hive began to channel his powers, but Rodriguez immediately used her speed to place a summoning device under him. Hive, confused, looked up only to be trapped in a glass cage that filled with Suspension Gel.
Attack of the Primitives
- "What happened?"
"Mack lit me on fire."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Elena Rodriguez
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Search for Daisy Johnson
After the defeat of Hive, signing the Sokovia Accords, and visiting her home in Colombia, Rodriguez found herself in Los Angeles for a short time. While she was there, she noticed some seismic activity which she assumed was the work of Quake. Rodriguez was then soon summoned by Alphonso Mackenzie for her routine Inhuman checkup and upon arriving at the Zephyr One, she flirted heavily with Mackenzie, despite knowing that they cannot fraternize with each other because of newly placed rules. Mackenzie soon revealed the real reason why he and Phil Coulson were in Los Angeles, prompting Rodriguez to search for Johnson to give her a warning.
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Blackout in Miami
During a human-led attack, multiple EMP devices were planted in major cities around the world to bring down these cities. Their objective was to bring these cities down, using their anonymous Inhuman identity as guise to hide their true aim, to execute as many people from the Index as possible. Elena Rodriguez was in Miami at the time of one such attack, and was left surrounded by a group of men seemingly trying to target the local Inhumans in order to stop the blackout. On the brink of killing an innocent, Rodriguez sprinted around the room, collecting all their guns to prevent his death. She was eventually found out. About to be executed herself, Phil Coulson and his team arrived just in time to prevent any more damage from being done.
From that incident, she had revealed herself to be an Inhuman to her closest friends. In the aftermath, Rodriguez tried to explain to her friends, but they run away in fear and disgust.
Rodriguez is a very noble woman, seeing her powers only as chance to do good instead of using them for personal gain. She is very religious, giving people symbols of faith to lift their spirits. However she can be very sarcastic and hurtful as shown when she commented on the size of a S.H.I.E.L.D. plane and when she repeatedly called Alphonso Mackenzie too slow while working. But despite this harsh sense of humour, she is incredibly loyal to her friends, berating Lincoln Campbell for hurting Mackenzie and almost sacrificing her life to protect Mackenzie from the Primitives, all while maintaining a jokey attitude.
However Rodriguez's loyalty can work against her allies, as she classes any lies as a personal betrayal, as shown when Phil Coulson attempted to arrest her and the other Inhumans in fear of them being controlled by Hive. As a result, Rodriguez led the Inhumans in a small revolt against S.H.I.E.L.D. before briefly choosing to leave the agency with Joey Gutierrez, although she eventually changed her mind and returned.
Powers and Abilities
- "So you snap back to the same spot like a yo-yo."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie to Elena Rodriguez
- Superhuman Speed: Rodriguez gained the power to run and move at at least 180 meters per second, being unable to be clearly noticed by the human eye and appearing as a blur. Her super speed lasts exactly the same amount of time as one of her heartbeats; after which she retrogrades back to her original position, which happens regardless of her state, as she snapped back even after being affected by Lucio's paralyzing gaze. She used this speed to disarm and kidnap Alphonso Mackenzie and also to disarm several corrupt Colombian police, subdue HYDRA soldiers and to snag General Talbot's medals in a split second. Elena cannot be seen on security cameras and she just seem to move forward slightly which is followed by what seems to be a glitch. However she is not fast enough to catch bullets, as her attempt to do so caused her to be shot by Primitives.
- Increased Metabolism: Related to her speed, Rodriguez has an increased metabolism which causes her to bleed faster than an average human. When Rodriguez was shot, she bled at an alarming rate; Mackenzie cauterized her wound to stop the excessive flow.
- Multilingualism: Rodriguez speaks her native Spanish and English, albeit not fluently and still with a heavy Spanish accent.
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- Francisco Rodriguez † - Cousin
- Bobbi Morse
- Lance Hunter
- Daisy Johnson - Former Team Leader
- Joey Gutierrez - Former Teammate
- Glenn Talbot
- Holden Radcliffe
- National Police of Colombia
- Hive †
- Maria - Former Friend
- Leticia - Former Friend
|Appearances for Elena Rodriguez|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, Yo-Yo Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican woman, who inherited her mutated DNA from her biological father John Horton, the Griffin, and was recruited by Daisy Johnson to join Nick Fury's Secret Warriors.
- ↑ It felt like rock crawling up my body, suffocating me in it...
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.11: Bouncing Back
- ↑ The weapons you stole, what are you going to use them for?
- ↑ We are not going to use them! We're making sure no one uses them!
- ↑ Are you U.S. Military? I know you're not with the local police.
- ↑ Know what we call police here? Thieves in uniform. They are only powerful because they have guns, now I have actual power to protect my friends from being arrested, killed in the streets!
- ↑ Things are different now, you're an Inhuman.
- ↑ I'm also Colombian, and a office manager and a daughter and a cousin. I have to take my cousin home, I have to tell his aunt why he died.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.17: The Team
- ↑ They're government pigs. We trusted them, and they turned on us.
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.21: Absolution
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.01: The Ghost