|Affiliation|| Rising Tide|
Skye is a hacktivist with Rising Tide who finds herself reluctantly recruited by the military organization S.H.I.E.L.D.. She is Agent Ward's trainee and Coulson's protégée. It seems she may well have powers, as referred to in episode 12 "Seeds," although none have been discernibly demonstrated so far.
Skye was discovered by a S.H.I.E.L.D. team in the Hunan province of China, and was herself an 0-8-4. The entire village and nearly the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. team got killed protecting her. She grew up at the St. Agnes Orphanage and in different foster homes who never kept her around for long, saying that she "wasn't a good fit". When she was nine she stayed with a family, called the Brodys, that Skye particularly wanted to like her, but they soon sent her back to the orphanage. It is revealed in "Seeds" that the S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol covering her placement at the orphanage mandated her constant reassignment.
Skye became obsessed with finding out the truth about her parents and eventually she ran away and at some point in her life joined the Rising Tide, a computer activist (Or as Skye would say, "hacktivist") group. Skye and the Rising Tide shared certain beliefs about the freedom and accessibility of information. It was through the Rising Tide, that Skye bonded and became involved with master hacker Miles Lydon.
Skye spent two years living out of her van and using her skills to reveal classified data to the public while searching for information about her parents. However, in all of her searching, the only evidence she was able to find about them was a document with all of the pertinent data redacted by S.H.I.E.L.D. It was then that she came on to the idea to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.
When Skye witnessed Michael Peterson's display of superpowers during an accident which would kill a normal human being, she advised him to run, because she knew that S.H.I.E.L.D. would try to make him disappear. However, after the meeting with Peterson and warning him about the "men in dark suits" who were after him, she was caught by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson and Grant Ward in her van and taken to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base to interrogate her for the name of the hooded hero. She mentioned something called Centipede, but she refused to name the hero. Coulson then threatened her with a newly developed truth serum, but much to Skye's surprise, injected the serum into Agent Ward. Coulson then left Ward alone with Skye, allowing her to inquiry Ward about S.H.I.E.L.D.
While Skye didn't get anything top secret out of Agent Ward, she began to trust S.H.I.E.L.D, at which Coulson was glad as he was more interested in making her a part of the team than punishing her for the trouble she has caused. As Peterson's condition begun to worsen due to his exposure to Extremis, he kidnapped Skye, and her van, and forced her to save him and his son from the "scary men in dark suits". He made her drive to Union Station and requested her to delete any and all of his presence so he could effectively disappear and keep himself and his son safe from the powers behind Centipede. However, Skye managed to trigger a security breach on purpose which gave Coulson the coordinates of her position, allowing him and Ward to find her.
As Peterson attempted to run away with Skye and his son, a fight broke out between Peterson, Coulson's team and an assassin sent by the doctor who ran the centipede program to kill Peterson. Coulson's team managed to rescue Skye in time, as the confrontation between Coulson and Peterson ended with Peterson being shot by Ward with the antidote to neutralise the effects of Extremis. Later, after Skye and Coulson dropped Ace off with his Aunt Mindy, they headed back to the airfield in Lola, Coulson's hovercraft vintage red car. As Coulson drove, Agent Ward called a "0-8-4", to which Coulson asked Skye if she would join the S.H.I.E.L.D. She accepted the offer, and the two headed off.
In the episode 0-8-4 beginning Skye is seen emptying her van as the agents prepare for takeoff. Ward is talking with Coulson and May that she is not qualified to be a S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Coulson counters saying that Skye will serve great as a consultant specifically because she doesn't think like an agent, despite Agent May's argument that the girl is not cleared for combat. Simmons and Fitz greet Skye and then give her a tour of the plane before Ward gives her an emergency procedures pamphlet.
The team then travels to an unpaved airfield in Peru, to an Incan archaeological site in Llactapata. Skye offers to warn nearby residents, but Coulson instructs her not to publicize the discovery in order to keep the investigation "quiet and contained."
When a hack from Miles Lydon endangered the life of "Registered Gifted" man Chan Ho Yin, Coulson's team sought to bring him into custody. Tipped off by Skye, Lydon evaded capture and met up with Skye at his Austin, Texas apartment. Coulson, fearing that Skye might turn, tasked agent Melinda May to follow her. She confronted Skye and Lydon at his apartment and took them into custody.
While in custody, Skye tried to convince her team that Lydon was a good man who only believed in freedom of information. However, when agent Ward provided evidence that Lydon sold the information about Chan to mysterious sellers for one million dollars, she realized that he was not the man she thought he was.
Skye helped Ward extract Coulson and May when the operation to rescue Chan went bad. Afterward, Coulson gave Skye an ultimatum-- come clean with him, or be left behind. Skye decided to tell Coulson the truth about her quest for her parents and agreed to the stipulation of wearing a monitoring bracelet, one that keeps her from operating electronic equipment, in return for being allowed to stay with S.H.I.E.L.D.
When Coulson was taken away by Centipede, Skye was hit hard. She was involved in the capture of Vanchat, by hacking the elevator and bringing it up to the top floor, where several SHIELD agents stood, with Hand. Once back on the Bus, Hand wanted to kick Skye off, with Ward rejecting, but May agreed with Hand. She then went to Lloyd Rathman's house, an associate with Vanchat and Centipede. She posed as May to get Lloyd to co-operate and go into his bank account. She found out Centipede bought an estate in the desert. She notified Ward, May and Fitzsimmons. She then realised that May got her off the plane to make sure that no SHIELD agents looked over what she wanted to do. Ward, May, Skye and Fitzsimmons divided with the rest of SHIELD to go to the secret Centipede facility in the desert. May and Skye rescued Coulson from the facility and arrested Raina, to presumably the Fridge. Once Coulson came back, Coulson finally took off her tracking bracelet with 'Tracking Bracelet; Disengage'
In the search for Ian Quinn, Skye was responsible for tracking a large purchase Quinn made from a company called Cybertek. She found that the package was being transported by train and heavily armed, and the team decided to go undercover to board the train. Skye was paired with Fitz, and the two were responsible for communications. They posed as a young couple on a tour of Europe, Skye stealing the conductor's keys. She and Fitz set up comms in an unused room and start discussing the package on board. Skye wonders if it could be an 0-8-4, but Fitz says no, since they know the origin of the package is Cybertek. Skye then asks if an 0-8-4 could be a human. With this question, Skye reveals her hope that there might be another alien out there on Earth like her. She might not be alone. Fitz responds by telling her that it is possible, but he'd hate to meet the guy. One of the thugs from Cybertek bursts into the room and the two fight him off, but he detonates a toxin grenade just as Simmons runs in. Simmons is paralyzed along with the thug, and Skye and Fitz leave the train to trak down Cybertek and Ian Quinn after they see the thugs handing over the package. It leads them to a large villa and Skye decides to sneak in. She reaches the basement and sees Mike Peterson lying in a hyperbaric chamber, but is caught by Quinn. He takes Mike out of the chamber, fitting him with a prosthetic leg. Sky attempts to reason with Mike, but he doesn't listen, leaving to complete his orders given by the Clairvoyant. Quinn shoots Skye in the stomach, embraces her as she's about to fall forward, then shoots her again. He lowers her to the ground slowly, then leaves her to die, saying "I have my orders too". Skye tries to call for help but is unsuccessful due to the tremendous loss of blood. Coulson finds her near death and the team places her in the hyperbaric chamber. A tense moment passes, and Skye breathes a single breath, indicating that she is alive. It is still unknown whether she will survive and return to full health, as the episode ends there.
A civilian new recruit and computer hacker, described as "bubbly and goofy" but "also warm, edgy and witty." Skye always sees the best in other people, as shown in episode nine. She can more than hold her own in most situations.
- Simmons: Friend and coworker (sisterly feelings)
- Fitz: Friend and coworker
- Agent Ward: Friend and supervising officer (possible love interest)
- Agent Coulson: Superior officer (father figure)
- Agent May: Superior officer
- It's not yet known if Skye is her real name. However, given that her ex-boyfriend Miles Lydon called her Skye as well, it is either the name she'd been given by St. Agnes Orphanage, or the name she assumed after joining the Rising Tide with Miles, given that she was implied in "Pilot" to have unpersoned someone in the past, most likely herself. Her name and status as an 0-8-4 has let to as yet unsubstantiated speculation that she's an alien.
- In "Girl in the Flower Dress", it's revealed that all information about her origins was redacted by S.H.I.E.L.D. on 23 April 1989, possibly locked in a clearance level above Level 8, since even Phillip Coulson knew nothing about her in "Pilot".
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Skye: Usually one person doesn't solve the solution, but 100 people with 1% of the solution that will get it done. I think that's beautiful, pieces solving a puzzle.
Ward: You and I see the world differently.
Quinn's Main Guard: [after Skye takes Quinn's gun] Kid's got balls.
Skye: Thanks, but yuck.
Ian Quinn: But do you have what it takes to pull the trigger?
Skye: ...Nope. [Skye turns around, jumps off the balcony and into the pool]
Skye: What's up Phil?
Coulson: I prefer you not call me Phil.
Skye: Ok, you're the boss AC.
"Girl in the Flower Dress"
Skye: Did you just give me a compliment?
Ward: I - no, I made a comment.
Skye: A kind one. Did it physically hurt to do that? Do you need an ice pack? [Ward smiles]
Skye: Wow! A compliment and a smile.
Skye: You guys may think it's old news, but it's new... news to everybody else. So, Asgardians are aliens from another planet that visited us thousands of years ago?
Coulson: Or more.
Skye: And because we couldn't understand aliens, we thought they were gods?
Coulson: That's where our Norse mythology comes from.
Skye: That's too crazy. Do you think other deities are aliens, too? Vishnu for sure, right?
Fitz: No! You do not touch that! Two semesters minimum of holographic engineering before you touch this!
Skye: All right, All right. I get it. I didn't go to your stupid SHIELD Hogwarts or whatever.
Skye: "Bad seed" isn’t a S.H.I.E.L.D. term, Ward. Just a term.