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Holden Radcliffe is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is an enemy of Machine Teen.

Holden Radcliffe
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Holden Radcliffe as seen in Machine Teen #5.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMachine Teen #1 (July 2005)
Created byMarc Sumerak (writer)
Mike Hawthorne (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoHolden Radcliffe
Team affiliationsHolden Radcliffe Corporation

The character made his live action debut on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. played by John Hannah.[1]


Publication historyEdit

The character, created by Marc Sumerak and Mike Hawthorne, first appeared in Machine Teen #1 (July 2005).

Fictional character biographyEdit

Within the context of the stories, Radcliffe is a businessman, scientist, and CEO of the Holden Radcliffe Corporation who is interested in developing androids as soldiers. Radcliffe forced Dr. Aaron Isaacs on the run after his chief scientist destroyed the work.[2]

After years of searching for Dr. Isaacs who had created the robot son Adam at this point, he kidnaps Isaacs along with Adam and his friends.[3] Radcliffe tortures Adam in an effort to brainwash and take control of the "boy", but this is a ruse and Radcliffe is later killed after Adam self-destructs.[4]

In other mediaEdit

Holden Radcliffe appears in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. portrayed by John Hannah. This iteration is more sympathetic than his comic book counterpart (as he genuinely seeks to help others without causing harm) and takes a keen interest in Leo Fitz as he feels that he respects his work.

He first appears in "The Singularity" where Fitz and Jemma Simmons come to him for help in battling Hive, but he gets kidnapped by Hive's allies and is forced to create Inhumans where his experiments involving a compound of Terrigen Crystals, the blood of Daisy Johnson and a Kree Reaper, and Hive's parasitic physiology resulted in the creation of the Inhuman Primitives.[5] Eventually, he is rescued by S.H.I.E.L.D. and is inspired to create Life Model Decoys starting with his A.I. AIDA[6][7] whom he unveils to Fitz in "The Ghost" with his intention being to benefit mankind.[8]

Radcliffe turns on S.H.I.E.L.D. so as to possess the Darkhold for his own purposes, even replacing Melinda May with an LMD as part of his plan.[9][10] Radcliffe then creates the Framework, a virtual reality which he had actually designed for his dying former lover, and Aida's inspiration, Agnes Kitsworth.[11] Aida kills Radcliffe after realizing that he was a potential danger to the Framework (exploiting a flaw in his commands), though Aida 'downloads' his consciousness as a way of "protecting" him.[12]

In the episode "Identity and Change", Radcliffe's consciousness is living out the rest of his existence with Agnes Kitsworth on the Framework island Ogygia until the arrival of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Aida's virtual counterpart, Ophelia, resulting in the deletion of Agnes and taking Radcliffe away to be tortured.[13] With nothing left to lose, Radcliffe resorts to helping the team escape the Framework through a 'back door' that he created.[14][15] In the episode "World's End", Radcliffe meets up with Yo-Yo Rodriguez who entered the Framework to retrieve Mack when the world begins to slowly disappear. After Yo-Yo rescues Mack, Radcliffe sits on a beach with a bottle of alcohol resigned to his final moments. He quotes the final stanza in T. S. Eliot's The Hollow Men. Before he can finish it, he is deleted along with the Framework.[16][17]


  1. ^ Phegley, Kiel (April 19, 2016). "The Kree Return To An Expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe In New "Agents Of SHIELD" Synopsis". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Machine Teen #1-2
  3. ^ Machine Teen #3-4
  4. ^ Machine Teen #5
  5. ^ Brown, Garry A. (director); Lauren LeFranc (writer) (April 26, 2016). "The Singularity". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 18. ABC.
  6. ^ Gierhart, Billy (director); Chris Dingess and Drew Z. Greenberg (writer) (May 17, 2016). "Absolution". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 21. ABC.
  7. ^ Tancharoen, Kevin (director); Jed Whedon (writer) (May 17, 2016). "Ascension". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 22. ABC.
  8. ^ Gierhart, Billy (director); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (writer) (September 20, 2016). "The Ghost". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 1. ABC.
  9. ^ Tancharoen, Kevin (director); Paul Zbyszewski (writer) (December 6, 2016). "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 8. ABC.
  10. ^ Brown, Garry A. (director); Brent Fletcher (writer) (January 10, 2017). "Broken Promises". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 9. ABC.
  11. ^ Gierhart, Billy (director); Craig Titley (writer) (February 7, 2017). "BOOM". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 13. ABC.
  12. ^ Whedon, Jed (director); Jed Whedon (writer) (February 21, 2017). "Self Control". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 15. ABC.
  13. ^ Brown, Garry A. (director); George Kitson (writer) (April 11, 2017). "Identity and Change". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 17. ABC.
  14. ^ Laneuville, Eric (director); Paul Zbyszewski (writer) (April 18, 2017). "No Regrets". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 18. ABC.
  15. ^ Gierhart, Billy (director); James C. Oliver and Sharla Oliver (writer) (April 25, 2017). "All the Madame's Men". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 19. ABC.
  16. ^ Gierhart, Billy (director); Jeffrey Bell (writer) (May 16, 2017). "World's End". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 22. ABC.
  17. ^ Freeman, Molly (16 May 2017). "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Finale Review & Discussion". Screen Rant. Retrieved 23 May 2017.

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