Phil Coulson
Portrayed by Clark Gregg
Full Name Phillip Coulson
Age 53
Height 5'9"
Build Athletic
Eyes Hazel
Hair Brown
Skin White
Factions S.H.I.E.L.D.

Claim to Fame

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?


GOQtDTp.png Darcy Lewis Lovable PITA "No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again." -Winston Churchill
tKSbAOm.jpg Peggy Carter Personal Hero "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
EPv8fRG.jpg Dr. Foster More than Meets the Eye "Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will insert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." -Sir Cecil Beacon
HicLW2Y.jpg Agent Melinda May Old Friend "Silence is a source of great strength." -Lao Tzu
comux-isa.png Isa Reichert Friend "Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break; Faith in their hands shall snap in two, And the unicorn evils run them through; Split all ends up they shan't crack. " -Dylan Thomas
ltXKlLK.jpg Captain America Personal Hero "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." — Arthur Ashe
EmmaMirror.jpg Miss Emma Frost Delightfully Dangerous “She was a wild, wicked slip of a girl. She burned too brightly for this world.” — Emily Bronte
seb.jpg Sargent Barnes Troubled Hero "So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay." -Robert Frost
rusalka-mini.png Sally Stojespal New Protoge "No speed of wind or water rushing by…But you have speed far greater." - Robert Frost
ivYldtK.png Tony Stark Genius PITA "Creativity is intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein
michaelheadshot.jpg Michael Carter Disciplined Wildcard "The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man." - Euripides
Rin.png Nakano Rin Trusted Agent "I affirm to you the tremendous potential you have, beyond anything you could ever imagine." - Stephen Covey

Open Dossiers

Spider-Gwen.jpg Gwen Interdimensional 0-8-4 Status: on retainer, monitoring.
wiki-sloane.jpg Slone Albright Inhuman 0-8-4 Status: in training, monitoring.
Atli1.png Atli Asgardian Time Traveler Status: in contact, investigating claims.
f53e957e9cc637ca4374029c7c9308e5.jpg Thor Donald Status: relations cordial, in need of something productive to do.
Slim.jpg Scott Summers The X-Men's Rash Leader Status: relations strained. Withdrawing all open support. Keeping a covert eye on situation as it unfolds.
RogueWiki3.jpg Rogue X-Man Status: Potential voice of reason when dealing with volatile mutant group.
ovrjKlK.jpg Daredevil Vigilante Status: Positive force, specific focus, trustworthy.
Spoiler.jpg Spoiler Batvenger Status: Performs admirably in the field.
Starlordproper.jpg Peter Quill Parolee Status: Generating headaches as we speak.
rrocket.jpg Rocket Parolee Status: Not a raccoon. Generating dangerous headaches as we speak.
groot_comus.jpg Groot Parolee Status: Definitely Groot.


Mission Impossible - Lindsey Sterling and the Piano Guys

Thunderstruck - 2Cellos

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

And, highly unofficially, this.

RP Logs & Journals

September 19, 2017: Fake Tennis Partners

Phil Coulson may have vetted Maria Hill, but Maria isn't too terribly sure about Phil yet.

(permalink: log:6259 | tags: agent-coulson hill molehunt | posted: 20 Sep 2017 03:57)

September 14, 2017: It Was the Shooting

Maria Hill finds herself betrayed and alone on a mission in Managua. Phil Coulson shows up to lend a hand.

(permalink: log:6250 | tags: agent-coulson hill molehunt | posted: 15 Sep 2017 04:21)

September 12, 2017: You're Hired

Coulson comes to investigate the source of an audio disturbance within the Trisket. Rocket and Groot are given an offer they'd like to refuse.

(permalink: log:6241 | tags: agent-coulson groot rocket | posted: 13 Sep 2017 04:39)

September 05, 2017: Impostor Syndrome

Rattled by a recent briefing, Kate Bishop sits down with one Phil Coulson to discuss whether she's really a good fit for the Avengers.

(permalink: log:6216 | tags: agent-coulson hawkeye_ii | posted: 06 Sep 2017 04:27)

September 02, 2017: Chronic Backstabbing Disorder

Nathaniel Richards briefs Phil Coulson, Sally Stojespal and Kate Bishop on the status of events in Transia.

(permalink: log:6205 | tags: agent-coulson hawkeye_ii kang rusalka_stojespal | posted: 03 Sep 2017 01:07)

August 27, 2017: Five Seconds

Rusalka Stojespal tries to deal with a traumatic event, and finds some wise words from Phil Coulson. Takes place the morning after Highway Robbery.

(permalink: log:6199 | tags: agent-coulson rusalka_stojespal | posted: 31 Aug 2017 03:31)

August 26, 2017: Highway Robbery

Iron Guard and Spoiler team up with Agents Coulson and Stojespal to keep a convoy of stolen uranium out of the hands of a dangerous terrorist group.

(permalink: log:6178 | tags: agent-coulson avengers iron_guard kang kobra rusalka_stojespal spoiler | posted: 27 Aug 2017 03:43)

August 21, 2017: Welcome to Shield

Dani is looking into Genosha within SHIELD databases when she trips a protocol and Agent Coulson is alerted This is before the X-Men hit Genosha.

(permalink: log:6192 | tags: agent-coulson moonstar | posted: 29 Aug 2017 00:34)

August 20, 2017: Last Minute Errands

Emma prepares to leave town for fun in Genosha, but there are a few loose ends to wrap up. Agent Coulson gets a call.

(permalink: log:6237 | tags: agent-coulson white_queen | posted: 12 Sep 2017 03:39)

August 17, 2017: Darcy Finds a Patsy

Darcy Lewis investigates one of the suspicious individuals on Phil's list of dodgy agents.

(permalink: log:6162 | tags: agent-coulson darce molehunt the_cavalry tigers_flies | posted: 20 Aug 2017 21:43)

August 09, 2017: Phil's Angels...?

Agent Coulson summons a select group of SHIELD agents to reveal a terrible truth - and begin the fight to burn out Hydra's presence in the agency.

(permalink: log:6128 | tags: agent-coulson agent-nakano darce molehunt rusalka-stojespal the-cavalry | posted: 10 Aug 2017 04:17)

August 08, 2017: This is Sokovia!

SHIELD conducts a deadly air strike on the main Icarus Dynamics manufacturing facility in Sokovia. Takes place before "6139: Welcome to Sokovia, Redbird."

(permalink: log:6125 | tags: agent-coulson agent_nakano groot heliosphere iron_man isa_reichert rocket rusalka_stojespal the_cavalry | posted: 08 Aug 2017 05:59)

August 01, 2017: Said What I Said

After I Don't Want the World to See Me, Bucky stops by Phil's apartment to thank him properly for his assist.

(permalink: log:6142 | tags: agent-coulson malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 15 Aug 2017 02:42)

July 31, 2017: T2C Interlude: I Don't Want the World to See Me

Everyone's got an opinion on the lives and actions of Barnes and Foster right now. Some feel inclined to take justice into their own hands.

(permalink: log:6119 | tags: agent-coulson dr._jane_foster malice | posted: 03 Aug 2017 04:32)

July 31, 2017: T2C: The Testimony of Dr. Jane Foster

Dr. Jane Foster takes the stand and center stage in a grueling legal battle between USA Archer and defense attorney Matt Murdock.

(permalink: log:6116 | tags: agent-coulson daredevil dr._jane_foster iron_man john_constantine malice noemi_nogueira rusalka_stojespal the_cavalry the_winter_soldier zatanna_zatara | posted: 01 Aug 2017 04:31)

July 28, 2017: T2C: The Testimony of Captain America

Captain America takes the stand as the Trial of Two Centuries Continues.

(permalink: log:6109 | tags: agent-coulson captain_america daredevil iron_monger malice noemi_nogueira shadowcat the_cavalry the_winter_soldier zatanna_zatara | posted: 29 Jul 2017 04:28)

July 24, 2017: Punctuation

Bucky Barnes meets with Phil Coulson to discuss the possibilities for the future should he actually make it through the trial.

(permalink: log:6103 | tags: agent-coulson malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 25 Jul 2017 00:40)

July 21, 2017: Lost in the Mail

When traitors inside of SHIELD's very walls conspire to keep valuable evidence about Bucky Barnes away from the defense team, Daredevil and Agent Phil Coulson forge an unlikely team-up, traveling to a remote Hydra facility so they can get it back.

(permalink: log:6095 | tags: agent-coulson daredevil malice molehunt | posted: 22 Jul 2017 05:41)

July 20, 2017: A Hint of Bribery

Phil Coulson gives Nakano Rin a new mission. They both bribe one another with some of their favorite things.

(permalink: log:6092 | tags: agent-coulson agent_nakano | posted: 21 Jul 2017 03:31)

July 19, 2017: Something Spyish

Iron Man, Spoiler, Melinda May and Phil Coulson team up to take out a Chitauri portal that alien smugglers are using to bring a dangerous fuel source onto planet earth.

(permalink: log:6086 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere iron_man spoiler the_cavalry | posted: 20 Jul 2017 04:26)

July 14, 2017: Happy Death Day

The date is July 14, 2011. A certain hacker ends her stint in juvenile with a job offer and a new name.

(permalink: log:6072 | tags: agent-coulson agent_nakano | posted: 15 Jul 2017 04:02)

July 12, 2017: The Great Space Race (Part 1 – In Space)

Three of the Guardians of the Galaxy and two SHIELD Agents attempt to win the biggest interstellar rally race of the season… in Earth's own cosmic backyard.

(permalink: log:6073 | tags: agent-coulson great_space_race groot rocket rusalka_stojespal starlord | posted: 15 Jul 2017 17:28)

July 12, 2017: No Robot Doubles Today

Tony Stark meets with Phil Coulson to go over the design of his new plane.

(permalink: log:6065 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere iron_man | posted: 13 Jul 2017 04:37)

July 10, 2017: The Second Sort of Day

The Guardians of the Galaxy get a visit from their new parole officer.

(permalink: log:6055 | tags: agent-coulson groot rocket s_c starlord | posted: 11 Jul 2017 04:41)

July 04, 2017: Cutscene: When Justice is Done

U.S.A. Archer and Catherine Grey butt heads over the matter of Wakanda's influence on the Trial of Two Centuries.

(permalink: log:6036 | tags: agent-coulson malice | posted: 05 Jul 2017 04:16)

June 27, 2017: The Retainer Fee

Phil Coulson and Emma Frost meet to discuss the cost of a contingency plan.

(permalink: log:6018 | tags: agent-coulson white_queen | posted: 28 Jun 2017 04:06)

June 24, 2017: Just to Say Hello

Phil Coulson never asks anything easy. That's why he travels to London to recruit Michael Carter into a new mission…one which will require him to reveal his existence to the sister who has believed him dead all this time.

(permalink: log:6006 | tags: agent-coulson rule_britannia starkrevelations | posted: 25 Jun 2017 01:16)

June 22, 2017: Mission Logic

The year is 1991. Rule Britannia has overdosed on his meds, becoming a cold killing machine intent on taking down weapons factories in the Latverian Mountains. 3 years into his career as a field agent, Agent Phil Coulson is dispatched to bring Michael home.

(permalink: log:5998 | tags: agent-coulson rule_britannia | posted: 23 Jun 2017 01:56)

June 19, 2017: A Promising Start

In which Agent Phil Coulson interrogates two recovered Icarus Dynamics pilots for any sort of useful intelligence, and finds a veritable mountain of valuable information.

(permalink: log:5988 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert | posted: 21 Jun 2017 18:05)

June 14, 2017: Those Sticky Particulars

Scott Summers and Phil Coulson butt heads over the X-Men's designs on Genosha. Rogue and Emma Frost weigh in. The meeting falls apart rather spectacularly.

(permalink: log:5962 | tags: agent-coulson cyclops rogue rtg white_queen | posted: 15 Jun 2017 02:53)

June 12, 2017: Blood to Root Him Down

A small ray of sunlight breaks through the clouds of darkness and uncertainty surrounding the lives of Bucky Barnes and Jane Foster. Members of the Proctor family, the branch launched and mothered by Bucky's younger sister Rebecca, show up on their doorstep to offer a whirlwind of love and support.

(permalink: log:5956 | tags: agent-coulson dr._jane_foster malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 13 Jun 2017 12:07)

June 11, 2017: First Field Exam

As James Barnes' trial date approaches, opportunists in DC decide to take aim at SHIELD's funding. Phil Coulson enlists Sally Stojespal, one of SHIELD's newest agents, to help nudge things in a better direction.

(permalink: log:5946 | tags: agent-coulson malice rusalka_stojespal | posted: 11 Jun 2017 22:07)

June 09, 2017: The Quandry

Faced with an invitation to join the X-Men on their mission to Genosha, Emma Frost invites Phil Coulson to be her sounding board. The more she shares, the more uneasy Phil gets.

(permalink: log:5938 | tags: agent-coulson white_queen | posted: 10 Jun 2017 06:16)

June 09, 2017: Digging a Little Deeper

In which Isa Reichert brings Agent Melinda May up to speed on the situation with Icarus Dynamics, and resolves to abide by her path as an agent of SHIELD.

(permalink: log:5937 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert melinda_may | posted: 10 Jun 2017 04:37)

June 08, 2017: Up to Speed

Phil Coulson calls Darcy Lewis to give him an update on the X-Men's plans in regards to the Island of Genosha. He asks her to buy SHIELD some time to craft a sensible response.

(permalink: log:5936 | tags: agent-coulson darce | posted: 10 Jun 2017 02:43)

June 07, 2017: Dobroy Nochi

In which Isa Reichert considers a slight career shift in light of her constant "adventures," and discusses things of a decidedly personal nature with Phil Coulson.

(permalink: log:5928 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert | posted: 08 Jun 2017 05:21)

June 06, 2017: Just Don't Break the Thing

Natasha Romanova and Phil Coulson travel to Malta to steal a few items from Ian Quinn…items which might just be helpful in unraveling the designs of one Icarus Dynamics.

(permalink: log:5919 | tags: agent-coulson black_widow heliosphere | posted: 06 Jun 2017 07:08)

June 04, 2017: Zhivy Budem, ne Pomryom

Literally, "If we will be alive, we will not die." A Russian saying meaning, "It will be okay." As James Barnes waits for someone to come up with his 1 million dollar bail, four Red Room graduates stationed at the Raft decide to visit vengeance upon the spectre who trained them.

(permalink: log:5912 | tags: agent-coulson malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 05 Jun 2017 05:13)

June 03, 2017: The First Lesson

Rusalka Stojespal delivers a summary of the enemy's capabilities to Phil Coulson, is officially made a SHIELD agent, and receives her punishment for touching Lola.

(permalink: log:5889 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere rusalka_stojespal | posted: 03 Jun 2017 06:43)

May 28, 2017: Building a Better Mousetrap

In which Agent Coulson meets Isa Reichert on the Bus, and the two try to puzzle out how Mikhail Nikolayevich Makarov got the drop on them in St. Petersburg.

(permalink: log:5868 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert | posted: 30 May 2017 22:27)

May 27, 2017: S Volkami Zhit', Po-Volch'i Vyt'

Bucky, Jane, Steve, Peggy, and Phil, with the unlikely magical consult team of John and Zatanna, travel under cover to Siberia to extract the conditioning machine used to create the Winter Soldier, in the hope it can be reversed to undo whatever leftover triggers exist in his mind.

(permalink: log:5867 | tags: agent_carter agent-coulson captain_america dr._jane_foster john_constantine malice the_winter_soldier zatanna_zatara | posted: 30 May 2017 17:47)

May 23, 2017: Doveryai, no Proveryai

James Buchanan Barnes trails Phil Coulson back to his apartment just in time to keep him from being blown sky high. After the deed is done, he gets his chance to ask the SHIELD Agent for help with a highly personal mission.

(permalink: log:5834 | tags: agent-coulson malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 23 May 2017 05:50)

May 20, 2017: Toward the Boundary Line

In which Isa Reichert is visited by Phil Coulson, and boundary lines are quietly acknowledged. Takes place before "5833: The Protection of Wheat."

(permalink: log:5838 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert | posted: 23 May 2017 21:04)

May 19, 2017: C'mon C'mon C'mon

In which Isa Reichert and fellow SHIELD agents Phil Coulson, Melinda May, and consultant Darkedge look into the matter of Icarus Dynamics, and things do not end nearly as well as intended.

(permalink: log:5816 | tags: agent-coulson darkedge heliosphere isa_reichert melinda_may | posted: 20 May 2017 06:09)

May 18, 2017: Dobroye Utro

In which Isa Reichert reveals to Phil Coulson that she is a great deal more vulnerable and wounded than she lets on, and manages to stop herself from doing anything foolish.

(permalink: log:5810 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert | posted: 19 May 2017 17:42)

May 18, 2017: Cutscene: Shadows Cast by Feathers

In which plans are pushed towards completion, and in which, half a city away, Isa Reichert reflects on the nature of memory and love.

(permalink: log:5806 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert | posted: 19 May 2017 01:03)

May 17, 2017: Beware the Nice Ones

Tony Stark leads Sally Stojespal down a dangerous path, enticing her to get right under Lola's hood. Phil Coulson is less-than-amused.

(permalink: log:5800 | tags: agent-coulson iron_man rusalka_stojespal | posted: 18 May 2017 03:10)

May 17, 2017: Exhaustion

In which Isa Reichert confides her worries to Phil Coulson, and receives a little reassurance in return. Takes place after "5804: After Hours."

(permalink: log:5803 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert | posted: 18 May 2017 15:35)

May 12, 2017: But Keep the Old

Melinda May finds Phil Coulson in a rare funk. Their long friendship gives her everything she needs to pull him right back out again.

(permalink: log:5791 | tags: agent-coulson malice the_cavalry | posted: 13 May 2017 06:08)

May 04, 2017: Tightening the Snare

In which Isa Reichert reluctantly hangs back, while Agent Coulson speaks with her wayward and on-the-run husband.

(permalink: log:5765 | tags: agent-coulson heliosphere isa_reichert | posted: 05 May 2017 15:28)

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