Phil Coulson
Portrayed by Clark Gregg
Full Name Phillip Coulson
Age 54
Height 5'9"
Build Athletic
Eyes Hazel
Hair Brown
Skin White
Factions S.H.I.E.L.D.


High-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.


A man of great integrity.


Anyone who met young Phil Coulson when he was just a boy in Manitowoc, Wisconsin probably wouldn’t have marked him as anyone who would have grown up to be anyone special. He was the only child of the Coulson family, though he lost his father at a young age and his mother before he was done with college. They were a respectable Christmas-and-Easter Catholic family. He played baseball and he was really good at it. Like many boys, he loved tales about heroes. He did well in school.

His destiny changed in college. He was a student of history with a particular interest in one organization: SHIELD. He wrote long, impassioned papers about how SHIELD had shaped history for the better. He scoured history books and old reports looking for evidence of the organization’s invisible hand behind things that had gone well. He didn’t expect this interest to go anywhere at all—he’d been prepping for a teaching career…but then agents showed up at his dorm the day before graduation and recruited him. Someone had noticed his passion.

Even as a young agent it didn’t necessarily seem, to look at him, like he was destined to be a superstar. He learned fast, and he was a solid performer, but his scores were never off any charts. He was never the best at anything nor the worst (though his reflexes, courtesy of his baseball talent, were quite good). But he soon became very good at what he did. More than that, he started showing a real capacity for leadership, the kind of integrity that can’t be taught, and an ability to roll with the punches. Over the years his clearance level continued to rise ever-higher as he became a fixture on more and more high-profile assignments.

Today, he is a level 8 agent and Nick Fury’s right hand man.

Character Details

Compassionate, warm, and laid back, with a smiling, mild-mannered demeanor and a penchant for alternating between low-key sass and dorky jokes, Phil Coulson is an easy man to underestimate.

Yet those who look beneath the surface would find a steel beneath that gentle, fatherly demeanor. Coulson has the grit and the wit to do what must be done.

Resilient and resourceful, he manages to make the best of any situation one throws him in, even situations that seem like they should be too much for him. He is adept at looking for the opportunity in the problem, whether he’s staring at a problematic person that most others would dismiss or a problematic situation that would beat most others down. He carries himself with a certain inner steadiness; while he’s not above showing a flash of temper or sharing a moment of sadness, he nevertheless gets back to center quickly so that he can get on with the next thing that needs to get done.

He’s also a shameless fanboy, but really, who’s going to hold that against him?



Mission Impossible - Lindsey Sterling and the Piano Guys

Thunderstruck - 2Cellos

Back in Black - 2Cellos

Live and Let Die - 2Cellos & Lang Lang

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Party in the CIA - Weird Al

And, highly unofficially, this.

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