Well, it's pretty simple... your team is going to get together and they're going to figure it out. They're going to realize that you've been plotting against them. That you've got tactics and strategies against each one of them. And when that happens, your world is going to unravel. Everything you think you've built here. Every relationship you have. It's all going to come crashing down.
~ Ward antagonizing Coulson following his defeat.
Well, Phil. Here we are. I figured something like this would happen eventually. Well, not exactly like this. But something. And eventually. Comeuppance. Poetic justice. Reversal of fortune, call it what you will. I just knew--I would've bet folding money--that your self-righteous arrogance would've caught up to you eventually. And it's going to catch up to your buddies Fitz and Johnson, too. Trust me, I know a little something about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s brand of justice. You and your friends... it's over.
~ Ward sadistically antagonizing an incarcerated Coulson.
Grant Ward, commonly referred to as the Iron Thief, is a fictional character appearing in the Marvel Universe, being one of the main antagonists in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book series. He is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent turned HYDRA lieutenant of Gorgon, and is the friend-turned-archenemy of agent Phil Coulson. He is based on the live action version of the character of the same name, who originally appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Originally a loyal agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ward and his friend Phil Coulson both intended on being instrumental in bringing down the HYDRA leader Gorgon. However, after getting close to the terrorist leader, Ward later betrayed the agency and became Gorgon's first lieutenant and his plan to create an army of Iron Men capable of defeating every superhero in the world.
After Gorgon's defeat, Ward was incarcerated, but not after killing Coulson's telepathic girlfriend Lola Daniels. When the second Civil War started and forced Phil Coulson into hiding, the agency's new director, Elektra Natchios, brought Ward back into S.H.I.E.L.D. to track him down while wearing a bomb collar to ensure his loyalty. After Coulson came back to the agency, Ward continued to work alongside the agents, but it is currently unknown if he secretly intends on escaping from Elektra's control over him.
Ward appeared in the Hail Hydra series set in the Earth-85826 universe. He is an agent working for the United Confederation of Hydra under the command of Arnim Zola. He was tasked with finding some background information on a prisoner named Chris Miller, but couldn't find anything about him.
Before his character's death in the TV series, it was assumed that Ward was a version of Marvel villains Taskmaster and Grim Reaper, and Secret Warriors character, Hellfire.
While his live-action counterpart appears to be more tragic villain who feels genuine remorse for his actions, this version of Ward shows to be far more cruel, sadistic and remorseless towards his enemies.