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Grant Ward
WardSeason2
Alias(es) Agent Ward
Appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Status Alive
Actor Brett Dalton
Trenton Rogers (child)
Austin Lyon (teenager)

Agent Grant Douglas Ward was a HYDRA mole within  S.H.I.E.L.D. Ward was ultimately and solely loyal to John Garrett, to whom he dedicated much of his adult life. Ward was totally loyal to Garrett and was fundamentally reliant on Garrett for orders, finding it difficult to make significant decisions on his own.

Biography

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

Background

Grant Ward was born on January 7, 1983. When he was younger, Grant's older brother used to beat him up for the tiniest reasons. His older brother also forced Grant to beat up his younger brother for him. Grant's parents were also abusive. This is what spurred Grant into learning how to defend himself. After being sent to a military school far from home, he escaped from the facility, stole a car, drove several hundred miles back home and tried to burn it down with his older brother still inside. After being caught and sent to juvie, he was approached by Garrett, who had heard of his remarkable results at the military school and offered him a choice between being tried and probably spending the rest of his life in jail or joining him. Ward took his offer and was broken out of juvie by armed men working for Garrett. Afterwards, Garrett trained him to be an operative. As part of the training, he dropped him off in the remote wilderness with nothing but the clothes he was wearing and his own dog, Buddy. Ward spent years living in the woods with Buddy, living off supplies stolen from campers, even after Garrett returned. As a final step before letting him into his agent training, Garrett ordered him to put down Buddy and left him alone to do it. At first, Ward fired a shot in the air and sent Buddy running, planning to let him go, though the next flashback shows him aiming at him through a sniper scope, suggesting that he did kill him after all.

"Pilot"

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"0-8-4

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"The Asset

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"Eye-Spy"

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"Girl In The Flower Dress"

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"FZZT"

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"The Hub"

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"The Well"

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"Repairs"

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"The Bridge"

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"The Magical Place"

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"Seeds"

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"T.R.A.C.K.S."

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"T.A.H.I.T.I."

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"Yes Men"

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"End of the Beginning"

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"Turn, Turn, Turn"

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"Providence"

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"The Only Light in the Darkness"

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"Nothing Personal"

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"Ragtag"

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"Beginning of the End"

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Chase

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

"Seeds"

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"T.R.A.C.K.S."

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"T.A.H.I.T.I."

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"Yes Men"

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"End of the Beginning"

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"Turn, Turn, Turn"

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"Providence"

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"The Only Light in the Darkness

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"Nothing Personal"

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"Ragtag"

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"Beginning of the End"

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"Shadows"

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"Making Friends and Influencing People"

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Character traits

A gruff, asocial manly man in his early thirties who is great at his job but not so great at getting along with his co-workers. Ward appeared to have a strong moral foundation and is not without his charm. Ward was actually an extremely skilled pathological liar and spy, and a merciless killer, who joined Coulson's team to gain information about Coulson's recovery for John Garrett and HYDRA.

Abilities

  • Expert Hand-to-Hand Combat: Ward has shown himself to be a very skilled fighter, having top combat scores.
  • Multilingual: Ward speaks six different languages which include English, French, Russian, Italian and Spanish.
  • Expert Spy: Grant has the best espionage scores after Natalia Romanoff.
  • Expert Marksman: Ward has extensive training with a variety of small arms, and is an accurate shooter with most of them.
  • Skilled Seducer/Manipulator: He is skilled in the field of seduction and manipulation, such as allowing things to get intimate with Agent May because she was a threat to him. The only reason he became Skye's S.O was to understand the way she works, and how he fooled the team into trusting him by saving Jemma Simmons.

Relationships

  • Nick Fury - Superior turned enemy. - Ward was the first person to join Coulson's team and the person who did so the most begrudgingly. Although respecting his decisions and authority, Ward actively disapproved of some of his decisions such as the choice to invite Skye to the team as a consultant. When Skye was shot by Ian Quinn, Coulson was suggested as one of the people Ward blamed for the situation as well as Deathlok. After the successful infiltration of H.Y.D.R.A, it was revealed that Ward was sent to the bus as a spy by Garrett to gain inside information on Coulson and that his original anti-teamwork persona was a strategy to make Coulson welcome him to the fold. Ward was sent to garner information from Coulson about his resurrection and informed Garrett of Coulson's relationship with Audrey Nathan. Coulson, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
  • Phil Coulson - Superior turned enemy. - Ward was the first person to join Coulson's team and the person who did so the most begrudgingly. Although respecting his decisions and authority, Ward actively disapproved of some of his decisions such as the choice to invite Skye to the team as a consultant. When Skye was shot by Ian Quinn, Coulson was suggested as one of the people Ward blamed for the situation as well as Deathlok. After the successful infiltration of H.Y.D.R.A, it was revealed that Ward was sent to the bus as a spy by Garrett to gain inside information on Coulson and that his original anti-teamwork persona was a strategy to make Coulson welcome him to the fold. Ward was sent to garner information from Coulson about his resurrection and informed Garrett of Coulson's relationship with Audrey Nathan. Coulson, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
  • Skye - Teammate and love interest turned enemy. - Although originally distrusting of her because of his past experience with the Rising Tide, and again after her relationship with Miles Lydon comes to light, Ward and Skye had a fairly close and playful friendship built on their faith in on another's abilities and their Trainee/S.O connection. When Ward was confronted with his past in "The Well", Skye showed visible concern and continuously tried to help him, which he refused and instead began a sexual relationship with May. When Skye was shot by Ian Quinn and was in critical condition, Ward physically lashed out in visible upset, blaming several people for the situation, including himself. While both were unwilling to truly confide in one another about their backgrounds, both Ward and Skye cared for one another greatly, and their connection gradually grew romantic during their time together. His strong attachment to her was previously alluded to by others, including May and Lorelei, but was eventually confirmed In "Turn, Turn, Turn". In the midst of the H.Y.D.R.A infiltration, he asked Skye if they if she would get a drink with him if they made it through the events; she accepted and kissed him before he left to fight. However, when Skye discovered he was an undercover H.Y.D.R.A operative in "The Only Light in the Darkness", she misled him and attempted to have him arrested, which failed when Deathlok abducted her. During Ward's attempts to explain his lies, she lashed out at him for his betrayal, punching him and hitting him. When Deathlok stopped Ward's heart and forced him into cardiac arrest, Skye displayed residual feelings towards him and demanded Deathlok bring him back, surrendering the information Garrett desired for Ward's life. Ward confirmed (almost pleadingly) that despite their now opposing allegiances he genuinely has feelings for Skye - something Skye reacted to with disgust and borderline disbelief. Skye now regards him to be a "serial killer" and a "disgusting, backstabbing traitor".
  • Jemma Simmons - Teammate turned enemy. - When Simmons was infected with an alien virus in "FZZT", she tried to sacrifice herself to save the rest of the team, unaware that her and Fitz's attempts to make an antidote were successful, and Ward rescued her. He believed that although her actions were ill-considered in her attempt, she was very brave to do so. Both Ward and Simmons assisted each other when they could and took part in board games with one another along with Coulson and Skye. Simmons was among the select few people Ward had confessed to caring about; however, under Garrett's conditioning, Ward considers his feelings a weakness. Along with the rest of the team, Simmons is now Ward's enemy.
  • Leo Fitz - Teammate turned enemy. - While originally at odds due to their opposing personalities and respective fields, the two were unwillingly paired together for a mission in "The Hub" and bonded over the experience, gradually developing mutual respect and a sibling-like bond. Fitz displayed visible concern when Ward was injured, and Ward advised Fitz on other matters (such as Fitz's feelings for Simmons). When Skye left the team a message saying "Ward is Hydra", Fitz refused to believe it, claiming that it was written to mislead them. When Simmons confirmed that Ward had killed Agent Koenig and was a H.Y.D.R.A. operative, Fitz uncharacteristically lashed out in despair, shocking the rest of the team. Fitz was among the select few people Ward had confessed to caring about; however, under Garrett's conditioning, Ward considers his feelings a weakness. Within Coulson's team, Fitz is the only one who still believes in Ward. Fitz, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
  • Melinda May - Teammate and former lover turned enemy. - "friend with benefits" (In field/combat terms, his benchmark). Ward entered a non-committed sexual relationship with May in "The Well"; however, this eventually ended in "Yes Men" when Lorelei informed May of his romantic feelings for Skye. It was revealed that while Ward did not initiate their sexual relationship, he allowed it to happen because she was the only person on the Bus whose physical training and ability surpassed his and, therefore, his biggest threat. Ward had no visible issue with eliminating her, having already tried to kill her twice ('Yes Men', 'The Only Light in the Darkness'). May, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
  • John Garrett - Mentor, former partner, and HYDRA superior. - After Garrett was revealed to be The Clairvoyant and taken into custody, Ward successfully requested to join Victoria Hand to the Fridge so that he could oversee Garrett's imprisonment himself. Upon escorting Garrett to the Fridge, Agent Hand offered Ward the chance to "shoot the real Clairvoyant;" instead, however, he killed Agent Hand and her two guards, silently revealing his true identity as a H.Y.D.R.A operative and his loyalty to Garrett. After his allegiances were revealed, Ward fully acted for H.Y.D.R.A and joined Garrett in ambushing the Fridge, forsaking the team until Garrett sent him to retrieve Skye. It was revealed that Garrett sent him to Coulson's team to gain inside information and that his persona within the team was a strategic illusion to gain their trust. In 'Ragtag,' it was revealed that Garrett approached Ward after he was committed for arson to mold him into someone who would never be a victim ever again, which Ward accepted and became the man he is today under Garrett's conditioning. Garrett taught Ward the importance of survival and the need to eliminate any weakness, including his dog Buddy, to do so. It was under Garrett's training and orders that Ward entered the S.H.I.E.L.D Academy (Operations) undercover. Ward felt greatly indebted to him, crediting him for "pulling him out of hell." It could be presumed that because of this, a primary reason for his betrayal of S.H.I.E.L.D was Garrett's failing health. Although they disagreed in some respects - Garrett's disapproval of Ward's weaknesses and Ward's growing hesitance in carrying out Garrett's commands - Ward remained loyal to him, believing "he owed Garrett everything".
  • Antoine Triplett - Ally turned enemy. - Ward and Triplett knew each other, having both trained with Garrett as their Supervising Officer (S.O). After Ward became part of Coulson's team, Triplett took Ward's place as Garrett's specialist. When Garrett and Triplett boarded the Bus to take Ian Quinn into custody, the two fought after Ward's refusal and after Skye's recovery. In pursuit of The Clairvoyant, the two were paired together to find a possible match to the identity. After discovering both Garrett and Ward were H.Y.D.R.A operatives, and therefore responsible for the death of his partner, Triplett joined Coulson's team. Triplett, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
  • Raina - Enemy turned ally.
  • Ian Quinn - Enemy turned ally.
  • Christian Ward - Older brother and enemy.
  • Mike Peterson/Deathlok - Ally turned enemy. - Ward and Peterson became friends when Peterson was aligned to S.H.I.E.L.D.; however, Ward later blamed him, among others, for Skye's shooting. With their common allegiance to HYDRA, the two served together under Garrett but had a strained working relationship. Following Garrett's orders, Deathlok sent Ward into an electronically induced heart attack to force Skye to surrender information. While Skye did indeed save Ward's life as Garrett expected, Ward displayed visible anger and disdain towards Deathlok's actions. Both Ward and Deathlok displayed a mutual lack of respect toward one another, illustrated when Ward blatantly ignored him and attempted to go after Coulson and Skye despite Deathlok's insistence that Garrett had ordered their immediate return.
  • Eric Koenig - Ally turned enemy.
  • Billy Koenig - Enemy.

Appearances/Actors

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe (1 TV Series)
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe (1 comics)

Behind the scenes

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Trivia

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Gallery

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

"Pilot"

"0-8-4"

"Eye-Spy"

"Girl in the Flower Dress"

"FZZT"

"The Hub"

"The Well"

"Repairs"

"The Bridge"

"The Magical Place"

"Seeds"

"T.R.A.C.K.S."

"T.A.H.I.T.I."

"Yes Men"

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