|“||Every dream is someone else's nightmare.||„|
|~ Sarge to Melinda May, while reciting the late Phil Coulson's words.|
|“||Oh, no. I'll make sure you do. I'll handpick the spirits to take you, to use your flesh, to ravage your insides. Every waking moment, a battle will rage within you.||„|
|~ Pachakutiq's last words to Daisy before his death.|
Pachakutiq, better known as Sarge, is a recurring antagonist in the TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., appearing as the central antagonist (as Sarge) and the overarching antagonist (as Pachakutiq) of Season 6 and a posthumous antagonist in Season 7.
Initially introduced as the leader of an alien mercenary team, he is revealed to be an incorporeal demonic entity from another dimension possessing a duplicate of the late former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Phil Coulson.
Although he first thought his mission was to destroy his lover Izel and the Shrike, he later regained his memories and his original personality took over and attempted to fulfil his true goal: to bring his kind over to Earth so that they can possess every living being and gain their physical forms.
- 1 History
- 2 Personality
- 3 Powers and Abilities
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Navigation
Pachakutiq was once an incorporeal demonic entity from an unnamed dimension and the lover of Izel. After Di'Allas were removed from their realm and sent to the Earthly plane, Pachakutiq sent Izel to retrieve them, use them to open a portal connecting both worlds so that their kind can possess the humans and gain physical bodies. However, in a completely different time and place, an exact duplicate of the human S.H.I.E.L.D. director Phil Coulson was created when the Di'Allas were destroyed inside the Lighthouse base and was sent to his realm. Wanting to be with Izel, Pachakutiq attempted to possess it through spiritual possession. However, his memories conflicted with Coulson's own, thus confusing him and made him believe that Izel killed his family and stole his memories of them.
Growing hostile towards Izel, he entered the physical realm and chased her and the Shrike across the universe for over a hundred years in his pursuit to kill her. When he eventually remembered his name, he believed that it was a term that signalled the death of everything. Adopting the name "Sarge", he recruited several mercenaries over the years to assist him in his campaign, with each of them being inhabitants of the many worlds Izel destroyed in her pursuit of the Di'Allas. The current incarnation consisted of Snowflake, Jaco, Pax and Tinker.
At some point during the 21st century, Sarge learnt of Izel targeting Chronyca-2, the homeworld of the Chronicoms, and attempted to set a trap and came close to killing her, but failed and the five were forced to flee the planet. The event was recorded on a video log which Tinker held onto.
Arrival on Earth
After learning that Izel was heading for Earth, Sarge sent the others to ensure that his arrival would have no complications. Snowflake, Jaco, and Pax, successfully made it through the portal and arrived on Earth. However, after they mourned the death of Tinker, who died due crossing an unstable portal through a concrete wall, they find that Sarge will be arriving at the same place where the Museum of Natural History was built. They then decide to blow it up so Sarge could arrive without any issues.
However, just as they were about to, S.H.I.E.L.D. interfered. Butterfly was sent to distract them while the others finished the job. After the museum was successfully blown up, the portal opened and Sarge arrived with his truck, which he used to smash through several S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles. He jumps out and confronted Agent Fox, who had Butterfly. After the agent hesitated due to his resemblance of Coulson, Sarge coldly executed him and said he never heard of S.H.I.E.L.D. He then drove off with his crew.
In need of supplies, the four of them robbed a convenience store and took food, magazines and even a shotgun from the owner. They then returned to the truck and drove off just as it began to camouflage. After arriving at a junkyard, Sarge learns that they had no more crystals to power an energy cannon. After a brief disagreement with Pax, Jaco found a jewellery store in which they can use to find the crystals, pleasing Sarge. He and Pax then scouted the junkyard only for a security officer to spot them. Sarge then attempts to shoot him just as he and Pax disappear. Just as they set up their robbery plan, he tells Jaco to keep an eye on Pax and began considering replacing him.
He then leads Pax and Snowflake into robbing a jewellery store. After opening a portal to the truck, Sarge heads through to test the cannon with its quartz and topaz outside. However, just as he was about to, he notices the jeweller escaping and returns to find Jaco and Snowflake fighting S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Melinda May. As she says the name Coulson, it confuses Sarge just as Snowflake slides the portal underneath May and he closes it so they can escape. As they drove off, Jaco questioned Sarge about it, only for him to say that it simply rings a bell.
That night, Sarge and Jaco successfully test their weapon which fires up in the sky and glowing dots to locate the Shrike and their hosts.
Chasing Deke Shaw
Getting back on course with their mission, Sarge led the three to track down and kill a man, who was revealed to be possessed by a Shrike. They then hunt down a man named Deke Shaw and Sarge uses his face to get close to him. As Deke figures out that it's not him, he escapes and much to the surprise of Sarge and his team, he doesn't behave like any other Shrike. Not taking any chances, they continue hunting him. However, they are then confronted by S.H.I.E.L.D., who have arrived to save Deke.
During the struggle, Jaco and Pax are captured by the agency, but just as May defeated Snowflake in combat, Sarge saves her and the two of them take her hostage. While Snowflake wants to kill her, Sarge stops her and says that he has something in mind for her. The two of them then escape with her.
In need of more recruits now that Jaco and Pax were apprehended, Sarge plans on turning May over to his own crew. After sending Snowflake to capture another Shrike, Sarge interrogates May about why people react strangely to him. She explains that he looked exactly like Phil Coulson, but Sarge believes that Coulson was in fact an imposter. She rebuffs this and questions him on who he really is. After hearing from Snowflake that her mission was successful, the two of them take May to an unknown place with the Shrike. After shooting the man in the head, Sarge and Snowflake locks her in with him, wishing her luck. After some time, they see that May survived the fight, welcoming her to the team.
Sarge then explains that the man possessed by a Shrike, a race of parasitic creatures that have been responsible for destroying countless planets by using the natives as hosts. After she realizes that Sarge and his crew are intending on stopping them, he explains that the parasites serve their creator and that he has been hunting them for over a hundred years. He then reveals that he intends on destroying the Earth when Shrike's creator arrives, so he could finally killed it. Later, as Sarge was driving the truck, May tricks them and subdues Snowflake before him in the front. As Sarge taunts her for having Coulson's face, she is able to subdue him.
After being brought to the Lighthouse, Sarge is interrogated by S.H.I.E.L.D. in their attempts to uncover his past and real name. Mack even attempted to use a hologram of Coulson to try and persuade Sarge into helping them so Jaco could breathe better. Secretly knowing that it wasn't the case, Sarge declined. Jaco's fire-breathing powers were revealed but Mack and Quake got on top of him before he could bust them out.
Using one of his tracker devices, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents located two Shrike hosts and captured them in the hopes of saving the hosts. After Mack told Sarge, he knew what would happen but kept quiet. After both hosts cause a violent interaction when in close proximity and created a crystallized explosion, Sarge reveals their weakness against cold exposure, which helped save May and Yo-Yo in time, in exchange for the freedom of himself and his crew.
Sarge reveals to the agents that the Shrike hosts will converge at a specific site to create a crystallized tower in preparation for the arrival of their creator, referring them as a beast. Mack agrees to Sarge's plan to destroy the tower by assigning Daisy, May and Deke to accompany him and Snowflake to the site. Unknown to Sarge, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents secretly followed them in the Zephyr, but Sarge also secretly planned on using a bomb to kill the beast.
On the way, Sarge explained his disinterest in his physical and biological resemblance to Coulson. He then revealed how the creator, now openly referring to her as Izel, explained how she arrived on his planet and destroyed it along with everyone on it, including his family. After they learn of his plan, Sarge regretfully left Snowflake with them and jumped through a portal and onto the Zephyr, where Pax and Jaco were there as well.
Sarge informed the two of Snowflake's "death" and then he three took control of the plane. Holding the Mack and Davis hostage and using a laser barrier to keep Yo-Yo at bay. After the tower was destroyed but the bomb failed to detonate, Sarge had Davis fly them to the ship Izel was on. After Yo-Yo captures Pax, he kills him and tells a horrified Jaco to take care of her. He then made contact with Izel, vowing to kill her for what she had done, only for her to say that is memories of his "family" aren't real. An enraged Sarge was later attack and defeated by Mack while Jaco used the bomb and Izel's ship to destroy the Shrike.
Sarge was then brought into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. That time, he was confronted in his holding cell by May who then shot and killed him. After some time, much to the amazement of the agents, Sarge regenerated from his wounds and was resurrected. After learning that May was possessed by Izel, he escaped from his restraints and confronted her in a bunker room, knowing that she was after the Di'Allas in the Gravitonium sphere. As he tried to kill her, Izel explained to him about how he came to be, in which he finally remembered his real name "Pachakutiq". He didn't believe it and vowed to kill her before he was later taken back to his holding cell.
After Izel kidnaps Mack and Yo-Yo, May interrogates Sarge, hoping that he may still be Coulson after learning that he had his memories and emotions. He became annoyed and yelled how he wasn't the "cure for her loneliness". The two then noticed how he put a massive dent in the table just before he leaves. He was then visited by Daisy, who wanted to know how he dented the table and to show her what he truly is. He then began to taunt her because he resembled Coulson since he was her father-figure, upsetting her before leaving. She then returned and upon realizing that the memories get stronger after his death, she snaps his neck and kills him.
After some time, he came back to life and gains more memories. Wanting out, he unleashes his powers and swipes her away before smashing the doors down. He starts tearing through the Lighthouse for the sword and a way out. He was then confronted by Daisy who had the sword. Knowing that he was becoming a threat, Sarge demanded her to kill him while referring her as "Skye". Realizing that he was willing to sacrifice himself, Daisy dropped the sword and embraced him, calming him down in the process. He then processes what had happened and contemplates what to do next.
Final Battle and Death
During the final battle, Sarge and May confronted Izel in the temple, where his still-conflicting memories and emotions kept him from finishing off Izel. After May explained to him that the emotions he's feeling was love, he fully remembered who he really was turned on her, stabbing her with his sword and shoving her through the portal. From there, he fully re-embraces his life as his old self.
He then converses with Izel, openly demonstrating his returned memories of him sending Izel to open the portal in the first place. The two agreed to complete the mission and bring their people to Earth. After Izel heads through the portal to complete the sequence, Pachakutiq is confronted by Mack, Daisy and Yo-Yo. After Daisy quakes him, his true form is finally revealed and he overpowers her with his newly regained powers. Upon knocking down Daisy, he fights Mack and proves far too strong for him and effortlessly defeats him.
After Mack becomes occupied by Yo-Yo being possessed by a Shrike, Pachakutiq arrogantly mocks Daisy and her efforts to stop him since he was more than they could handle. Noticing Izel's return, he keeps Daisy distracted by vowing to make her suffer throughout the rest of her life while possessed by many of his kind. Unfortunately, he watches in horror as Izel is killed by May, who was still alive. He then sees Yo-Yo spit out her Shrike, knowing that they died along with their creator. Daisy quakes Pachakutiq, who is now angrily vengeful for his plans being ruined and seeing Izel's death, and Mack uses his sword to kill him once and for all.
|“||Daisy: What's yours?
Sarge: Love. No, it's hate, my thing too. Hate and revenge.
|~ Daisy and Sarge about the latter's motivation.|
Due to Phil Coulson's memories, Sarge's personality was made of anger and pain from losing his family through Izel's fault and it is the first two emotions that allow him to organize a campaign to hunt and kill her, no matter how ruthless he needed be to accomplish his goal. He felt love and peace for his family, before Izel took it away from him and then avenge them, for him it was the right thing to do, even if he knew very well that there were prices to pay and risks to run.
Sarge was also a ruthless killer: he killed anyone in cold blood who intruded on his mission to kill Izel and killed the Shrike inside their hosts without worrying about innocent life, even if he wanted the planets and their people safe from these parasites. Sarge also wanted to exterminate the Shrike with a Atom Bomb, to prevent the Shrike from infecting the Earth as they did with the other planets, but had no qualms knowing that the bomb would kill thousands of innocents.
He was also a expert manipulator to his enemies and his teammates. When Pax protested the loss of his friend Tinker, he encouraged him to continue their mission, despite the loss of his best friend and valid ally, telling him that dying are what friends were for. Another aspect of his manipulative ways was that he was not afraid to remain in prison, believing that he would would always find a way to turn it around and command his mission by forming an alliance. When it was obvious that S.H.I.E.L.D. was way out of their league in fighting the Shrike, he patiently waited and acted as if they outsmarted him until he could take advantage of their inexperience and take control.
Sarge was also not above betraying his own Squad and abandoning them if it would achieve his goal of destroying Izel and that nothing would slow him down. When he left Snowflake to die with the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, he apologized to, before using her outrage as a distraction to flee and later telling her that his betrayal was nothing personal, even though hearing it made her angry. He had also killed Pax, his fellow teammate, because he figured Jaco's sentiment to his friend would interfere with their mission. He always said that no one would slow them down or stop them on the mission to kill Izel, which Jaco didn't agree with.Despite his ruthlessness nature, he had made a long-lasting friendship with Jaco, because he had thanked him for saving him from the destruction of his planet at the hands of the Shrike. Sarge, in turn, had considered him his best friend. However, despite their bond, Sarge's lack of loyalty eventually turned Jaco against him, leaving Sarge with no one.
|“||Daisy: You were gonna sacrifice yourself. That's what Coulson would've done.
Sarge: I could kill you.
Daisy: You won't.
|~ Sarge feeling his conflicting personalities.|
|“||Izel: How does it feel to be your true self once more?
Pachakutiq: Long overdue.
|~ Pachakutiq regarding how it felt being himself once again.|
Pachakutiq's true personality was much colder and more cruel than his alter ego, as seen when he pierced Melinda May without pity or remorse, but he was very devoted to Izel and his people and was willing to do anything to help them get a new home on Earth, before Phil Coulson's memories took over him and created Sarge. He trusted Izel enough to allow her to search for the Di'Allas everywhere throughout the Galaxy, but at the same time he was very angry and petty with her for leaving him to rot in their world, despite Izel explaining his good reasons that he could not exist outside of it.
Another aspect of his personality was that he mocked his enemies and was ambitious, because they thought Coulson's body held him forever and that he was more powerful than Daisy Johnson could ever be. But in the end his boasting of his newly regained powers proved to be his undoing, because it was he who underestimated the teamwork of S.H.I.E.L.D., and it was this that allowed Quake and Alphonso Mackenzie to finally kill him.
Despite his true and cruel personality, Pachakutiq is still capable of love. For instance, he loved Izel greatly, despite his wrath and anger towards her for abandoning him in their world because of his emotional struggle. He is also forgiving towards her, as shown, he forgave her for leaving him in the Fear Dimension. Despite loving Izel, he also loves his people, and is willing to do whatever it takes for his race to have physical bodies of their own. Much to his rage and anger, when May murdered Izel, Pachakutiq angrily swore vengeance and attempted to avenge her, only to be distracted by Johnson and killed by Mackenzie.He is also capable of showing respect to his adversaries, as he commented on Mackenzie after defeating him, telling that he fought well, but in the end, S.H.I.E.L.D. will always lose.
Powers and Abilities
- Longevity: Sarge's lifespan is significantly longer than a normal human's, as he has been alive for hundreds if not thousands of Earth years. Sarge's longevity also extended to that of his host, as the duplicate body of Coulson never aged.
- Possession: Sarge is able to completely possess the bodies of others. He possessed a duplicate body of Coulson, which he has been inhabiting ever since. Unlike Izel, who cannot access the memories of her hosts, Sarge is able to incorporate his host's memories into his own; however, he clearly does not have control over his host's memories, as evidenced by the fact Coulson's memories clouded his own into thinking that Izel, his once lover, had killed his family and stole his memories of them.
- Shapeshifting: Sarge was able to willingly morph between his Coulson form and his demonic form. At first he couldn't control this ability, only being able to morph his hand or his face while in a state of anger, but when his true nature and potential finally revealed itself, Sarge was able to rapidly recover from any damages while shapeshifting and strike crippling blows to his adversaries.
- Enhanced Reflexes: Sarge displayed enhanced reflexes compared to that of a normal human. When confronted twice by danger, Sarge was able to quickly pull out his plasma gun and fire point blank before his attacker could complete their task.
- Superhuman Durability: Sarge's body is much more resilient than a normal human's, to the point where he could survive multiple gunshots from the Izel-possessed May and instantly get back on his feet, showing little to no discomfort from his wounds. After getting his neck snapped by Daisy, he was able to recover after a short period of time. Once his true personality and potential awoke, Sarge as his true self, Pachakutiq, was able to completely withstand Daisy's quakes with no discomfort. While fighting Mack, Sarge was able to withstand all of the Director's attacks, raging from using the Shrike bullets without any blood being shed to shrugging off all of his melee attacks.
- Superhuman Strength: Sarge has demonstrated feats of exceptional strength, exceeding what a man of his size and stature would normally be capable of. He is roughly as strong as Mackenzie and was able to briefly pin down and overpower the S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, despite the fact that Mack is much larger and more muscular than him. Once he was killed and brought back twice, his strength was enhanced significantly each time. After his first revival, he was strong enough to smack Daisy across the room, but by his second, he was able to send Izel, someone with equal power to his, hurling towards a stone column with a single punch and headbutt Daisy to the ground with ease. During his second battle with Mackenzie, Sarge was able to get the upper hand over him much easier and was only defeated due to Mack killing him with his sword while he was distracted.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Sarge can fully heal from severe injuries, such as gunshot wounds, in a matter of minutes. He quickly recovered after being shot multiple times by May; only minutes later, he appeared to be completely fine, with no visible wounds or scars at all.
- Power Augmentation: Each time Sarge has come back to life, his powers seem to increase. For example, his first death increased Sarge's strength to the point he was capable of putting a dent in a metal table. After his second, he was able to punch a reinforced door with enough force to tear it, and its mountings right off of the base walls.
- Expert Marksman: Sarge is highly skilled with laser guns and combustion firearms. He shot and killed Fox with a single blast from his blaster sidearm, and he readily used Amit's shotgun to precisely shoot a convenience store's glass container. After transporting onboard Zephyr One, Sarge killed a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent point-blank. He also shot and killed Pax.
- Expert Tactician: Sarge is an efficient tactician and commander of his squad. He coordinated multiple successful robberies, heists, and infiltration missions, and came up with intricate escape plans that allowed him to evade S.H.I.E.L.D.'s grasp several times over. He was also very skilled at outmaneuvering his enemies through secrecy and manipulation, allowing him to continually stay one step ahead of them. Additionally, he was able to put together an elaborate plan to destroy Izel with an atom bomb as soon as she arrived on Earth, which would have succeeded if Pax hadn't informed S.H.I.E.L.D. of his intentions.
- Expert Combatant: Sarge was an extraordinary warrior and hand-to-hand combatant, with hundreds of years worth of fighting experience, and the memory recall of all of Coulson's fighting abilities. He was able to go toe-to-toe with May in the confined space of his truck before being defeated by the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. When trying to take control of Zephyr One, Sarge battled the much larger Mack for an extended period of time before the S.H.I.E.L.D. Director eventually defeated him. He was also able to knock out an armed S.H.I.E.L.D. guard with relative ease. During the final fight, Sarge engaged in a second battle against Mack and very nearly succeeded in killing him before they used Sarge's sword to finally finish him off.
- In the comics, Sarge was an alias adopted and used by many characters in the Marvel Comics, including Nick Fury, Jr.
- Sarge is the fifth antagonist in the entire TV series whose actor is listed as a series regular, preceded by Grant Ward, Hive, Holden Radcliffe and Doctor Leopold Fitz.
- Sarge is the second new character, after Lance Hunter, to be credited as a main character in their first appearance.
- Regarding Sarge's physical resemblance to Phil Coulson and backstory, many popular theories included him being Coulson's doppelganger from another universe and that he was a Skrull with Coulson's identity.
- It was initially assumed that Sarge would be the main antagonist of Season 6. However, the Shrike's creator Izel was revealed to be assuming that role.
- However, despite appearing in the season more than Izel, Pachakutiq could be considered the overarching antagonist due to being the one who concocted the plan and sent her to retrieve the Di'Allas in the first place.
- It has been noted that Pachakutiq's true form bears a strong resemblance to Ord, a villain introduced in Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men. Producers Jed Whedon and Jeffrey Bell have admitted that Pachakutiq's appearance is loosely based on Ord, though they took care to make sure the resemblance was not too strong, as they are legally prohibited from featuring or mentioning anything related to the X-Men in the show.