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You remember that speech you used to give us, Nick, about how one man can accomplish anything once he realizes he can be something bigger? Well, now I am.
~ Garrett openly displaying his complete narcissism to Phil Coulson and Nick Fury after he misheard Fury's speech.

John Garrett, also known as the Clairvoyant, is a major antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as one of the two overarching antagonists (the other being Hive) of the TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., by being the main antagonist of Season 1, the posthumous overarching antagonist of Season 2 and Season 3, and a supporting antagonist in Season 7.

He is a turncoat S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who joined HYDRA and intended on creating an army of super-soldiers through the Centipede Project, and mainly to find a drug that saved Phil Coulson's life so he could save his own. He is also the mentor of series nemesis Grant Ward. In an alternate timeline in 1983, he joined Nathaniel Malick as his right-hand to help him create a new world order through mass chaos.

He was portrayed by the late Bill Paxton and whilst in his young form, he was portrayed by his son James Paxton.


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What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Making Grant Ward kill his dog Buddy to prove his loyalty to HYDRA and ability to cut off all attachments. This emotionally scarred Ward and contributed to his psychopathic mindset when his crimes were committed.
  • Broke a young Grant Ward out of prison, and abusing him for years in a wood. Although, he did see potential in the youth, his methods of training him were extremely brutal, such as remorselessly beating him up for no reason, and leaving him vulnerable in a wood for 6 months.
  • Created the Clairvoyant persona and murdered several people including 3 of his team, Trip's ex-partner Dan Monroe and certainly many more, to hide his agenda against S.H.I.E.L.D., only to pin this on an innocent Thomas Nash.
  • Kidnapping various people to use them as leverage against his subordinates to enforce their cooperation, notably using Mike Peterson/Deathlok's son Ace to control him.
  • Garrett was in charge of planting prosthetic eyes into many people including Akela Amador, Mike Peterson and the centipede soldiers, and planted a kill switch in case any of them failed the mission.
  • Ordering Edison Po to torture Phil Coulson (one of his oldest friends) for information on the procedure that brought him back to life. After Po was unable to do extract any information, Garrett killed him for his failure and handed the job to Raina. While Garrett claimed that he had nothing to do with Coulson's torture, it doesn't go unnoticed that he also didn't do anything to prevent it.
  • Ordering Ian Quinn to shoot Daisy "Skye" Johnson and leave her for dead so it would force Coulson and his team to uncover how he came back so they can save her.
  • Kidnapping a paralyzed Thomas Nash and framing him for being the Clairvoyant, while also secretly telling Ward to execute him to end S.H.I.E.L.D.'s investigation.
  • Leading a jailbreak on the prison the Fridge, releasing all of the inmates (which include psychopaths and ones with powers) and looting all of the stored weapons that were confiscated by S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Ordering Deathlok to give Ward a heart-attack to forced Daisy Johnson to unlock the hard-drive containing Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons' research on the GH.320 formula that saved Coulson's life.
  • Ordering Ward to kill Fitz and Simmons after the latter used an EMP to short-circuit his cybernetics.
  • Brutally killing a U.S. general for questioning his sanity.
  • Throughout the entirety of his life up until his death, Garrett would berate Ward at every given moment for his emotions and his failures, mocking him for being weak. This proves that Garrett saw Ward only as a tool and never as a son-figure, and would've cast him aside without a second thought.
  • Garrett proved to be truly narcissistic when he misheard Fury's one-man speech: the speech said that one man could accomplish anything once he realized he's a part of something bigger; he thought the speech said that the man could accomplish anything once he realized he was something bigger.
  • While Garrett claimed he was betrayed by S.H.I.E.L.D., he ultimately was a hypocrite as he betrayed S.H.I.E.L.D., and even if his excuse was a genuine tragedy, this doesn't justify anything Garrett did as his crimes makes his excuse extremely petty.

Alternate timeline

  • Stealing Gordon's blood and gaining his teleporting powers for his own.
  • Kidnapped Simmons on Malick's behalf to extract information for Fitz's location.
  • He tortured Deke Shaw (Fitz and Simmons' grandson from the future) to enforce Simmons' cooperation.
  • He assisted Malick and the Chronicoms in destroying every S.H.I.E.L.D. base and all its agents, who at time were still his trusted colleagues.
  • Trying to use bombs to blow up the Lighthouse base and kill all of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents inside.


  • He is one of only two villains in the TV series to be listed as Pure Evil with the other being Daniel Whitehall.
  • In Season 7, after Malick betrayed him and left him to die by his own bombs, Garrett opted to join Coulson and his team by claiming that a new timeline means a "new John Garrett". While some would argue that it was a sign of redemption, it is most likely that he did that to save his own life and to get a chance of revenge on Malick, therefore making him no less evil than he was in his future.

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