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"The Clairvoyant gives guidance, formulas."
"For what?"
"The changing world, the world your organization brought upon us. We're new to the business of what you've been doing for decades.
~ Raina and Phil Coulson

Agent John Garrett is a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., an agent of HYDRA working with the Centipede Group, under the alias of the Clairvoyant and the true main antagonist of Season 1 in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

He is played by Bill Paxton.


Early life

"I was a pyro as a kid, too. Ended up making a pretty good living at it."
―John Garrett to Grant Ward

"I work for a secret organization that's always looking to recruit young men like you."
―John Garrett to Grant Ward[

Garrett trained Ward by leaving him to fend for himself in the Wyoming wilderness for six months. When Garrett returned he was impressed to find that Ward had made a camp for himself. For five years, Garrett taught Ward how to survive at all costs and trust in nobody. At the end of his training, before leaving for


The Guest House

"How was the drive from Istanbul?"

"Pretty please, it is."

―Alpha and John Garrett

He ordered Triplett to collect Quinn, knowing that Grant Ward would keep Triplett away. Garrett spoke to Coulson, where Garrett.

Garrett questioned Ian Quinn, Quinn spoke about the Clairvoyant. he grabbed his tongue and. Garrett assisted Coulson on his raid of the Guest House in order to obtain the mysterious miracle drug GH.325 as a part of Coulson's effort to save Skye's life hoping to gain the answers he sought.

He later left the Bus and took Ian Quinn into custody.

Skye managed to recover from her wounds; she informed them of everything she saw in Ian Quinn's Italian villa, especially the survival of Michael Peterson and the Cybertek Prosthetic Leg acquired by Quinn.

Every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the United States was later informed about Peterson, and Agent Garrett and his team were appointed as running point in his search.

by Deathlok in, Deathlok escaped after the attack. Then.

Garrett, Victoria Hand, Jasper Sitwell, and Felix Blake arrived on the Bus to discuss what should be done about the Clairvoyant's attacks. Unaware that the leads they had were in fact false ones that Garrett had leaked, Coulson's team formulated a plan to investigate each suspect in teams of two to try to deceive the Clairvoyant. While the plan was being worked out, Garrett spoke to Skye, who had just been made an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., for the first time since her recovery. He showed.

Garrett and Phil Coulson were teamed up together and they drove to investigate one index member believed to be the Clairvoyant. While arriving along

After the attack the team. Garrett was present with Coulson when he and his team raided the race track. During this raid a decoy Clairvoyant arranged by Garrett named Thomas Nash was found and killed by Agent Grant Ward.

Conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D.

Garrett survived this incident however with the help from Coulson and the Bus as it was being rerouted to the Hub.

"Shoot that one in the knees"
―John Garrett

With thanks to Grant Ward and Skye however, the power was cut out in the room and Coulson attacked Garrett while Melinda May fought the other HYDRA agents.

three times, then made their escape,

HYDRA Uprising

―John Garrett

After successfully had Raina released from prison with aid from Ward and had her brought to the base. , he told her that he wasn't and welcomed her into HYDRA.

Garrett was able to obtain weapons such as the 0-8-4 found in Peru and Gravitonium. Garrett also released the Fridge's population of prisoners, including Marcus Daniels, as a means of keeping Phil Coulsonbusy.

After discovering that.

He was dead.

Garrett mocked the pair, reminding Fitz that he had already given Fitz an opportunity to join HYDRA.

, but , and threw Fitz and Simmons

Becoming Cybernetic and Death

"There's a reason they say cut off the head. Now I'll be unstoppa-"
―John Garrett's last words before being disintegrated


Phil Coulson was able to make it to Garrett, who fought back with his incredible new strength. 

. Fury then . .

Meanwhile, his personal bodyguard, Deathlok, He


Garret never frayed from using cruelty as means to an end. He used his decades at S.H.I.E.L.D. and Clearance Level 7 to earn respect and trust from his subordinates, including Coulson when in reality he was an agent of Hydra who ruthlessly manipulated S.H.I.E.L.D.'s T.A.H.I.T.I Project for his own goal; survival. Despite appearing a man of honor and principles there are occasions when Garrett would reveal his immorality such as during an interrogation when Ian Quinn spoke to him disrespectfully and was prepared to rip out his tongue, although this could just be a scare tactic.

Like numerous agents of Hydra, Garrett strongly believed that compassion was wrong and growing attachment to another person was "weakness." He manipulatively took advantage of a young Grant Ward when he was in a juvenile detention center, and when he was in need of a father figure. He abandoned Ward in the Wyoming wilderness, forcing him to survive on his own then later making him kill his pet dog, Buddy as he thought that he had grown too attached to his pet which he deemed another weakness.

Garrett can be seen as an abusive and toxic father figure to Ward; while he did see potential in the young man and wanted to nurture this within him, his methods of doing so were extremely brutal, such as beating him remorselessly to convince him he was still "Grant Ward; Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." Despite all of his cruelty towards him, Ward still owed Garrett everything and was even willing to betray Phil Coulson and his team, so far the only people who have shown him genuine kindness simply to please him. He had a tendency to bring out the worst in people and is easily charismatic, able to inspire the utmost loyalty from the people he encounters such as Grant Ward and later, Raina. He was also not above emotional blackmail such as kidnapping Mike Peterson's son, Ace, to force him to obey.

However, after being injected with the GH.325 drug, Garrett's personality warped even more.

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