Roger Dooley

Roger DooleyFinally, Agent Carter tv series is approaching, and in the last trailer we got a (blurry) look at one of the main characters. Operating at the S.S.R. (Strategic Scientific Reserve, the ancestor of S.H.I.E.L.D.), agent Peggy Carter will work under the orders of chief Roger Dooley, who will be portrayed by Shea Whigham. The character comes from the comics world, but he’s been displaced in time: on paper, in fact, he’s a member of the present-day S.H.I.E.L.D., while in the show he’s been brought to the 1940s’ one. Anyway, I don’t think there will be a lot of unhappy fans, since he’s a pretty obscure character…and not exactly a loveable one, by the way, so they can only improve him in his live action version. Let’s see together.

Little is known about Roger Dooley’s early life. He entered S.H.I.E.L.D. at a young age, and made his way towards the high ranks until he became a Level Four Special Officer, with the rank of Commander. Dooley proved from the very beginning to be quite an ambitious man, characterised by a strong distrust towards the superhuman community, and by a stronger misoginy that made him not exactly loved among his female fellow agents; he didn’t like Nick Fury‘s policy towards superhuman, since he belived him to be too soft with rogerdooleycomics1what he saw just as walking threats. When Fury temporarily left his role as a director, a council took his place (actually composed of Deltites, android spies from Hydra); the Directors started to examine some superhumans in order to understand if they could be menaces or allies, and following the destruction caused by the Hulk, they opened an inquiry on his cousin, the similarly-Gamma radiated She-Hulk. Commander Dooley jumped on the occasion, and obtained from the Directors to be the one leading the inquiry…in his own way, obviously. Instead of peacefully contacting the heroine to interrogate her, he sent a squad of Mandroids (S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in a super armor) to abduct her. She-Hulk didn’t have many problems defeating all the Mandroids, so Dooley ordered his men to teleport back on the Helicarrier his armored agents, along with She-Hulk, her boyfriend Wyatt Wingfoot…and even some bystanders. Once on the Helicarrier, Dooley personally intervened, and threatened to shoot Wingfoot in the head, unless She-Hulk obeyed to his orders, something he obtained. After that, he forced her to unclothe herself for a “strip search”, just in front of his entire squad.

Upon learning of She-Hulk’s unjustified arrest, Dum-Dum Dugan reached Dooley and his men just as the heroine had finished undressing, while security cameras were recording everything (so that Dooley could have watched the scene over and over again later…). Enraged for Dooley’s power abuse, Dugan reminded him of the protocol regarding strip search (to be performed in a cell, by a single agent of the same sex of the arrested), and relieved him of his rogerdooleycomics2command. Dooley stormed out, and went directly to the Directors: from them, he obtained that Dugan was sent back to Washington, leaving him in command. He had She-Hulk stripped again, chained and filmed…until she just couldn’t stand it anymore and broke out of her cell. Dooley wanted to personally lead the search for the escapee, but he was ambushed by Will Campbell, an elderly man who was among the “innocent” bystanders who had been teleported on the Helicarrier during the arrest: Campbell had become the host of the Cockroaches, a (numerous) group of irradiated bugs that had developed a collective intelligence and aimed to conquer the world. Campbell puked the Cockroaches directly in Dooley’s mouth, making him the new host. The Coackroaches forced Dooley to sabotage the Helicarrier’s rotors and to boobytrap the controls: when the pilots tried to stabilize a falling Helicarrier, the controls exploded, making the ship crash. In the meanwhile, Dooley was attacking She-Hulk, once again compelled by the Cockroaches who wanted a more powerful host to inhabit. Dooley jumped at She-Hulk’s throat and was about to pass to her his new “guests”, but she threw him off her: when his damaged body hit a wall, Roger Dooley litterally ruptured in half, revealing the ones that had been controlling him. A pretty disgusting end for a pretty disgusting man.

Roger Dooley is an ambitious and unscrupolous man, who craves power and is eager to use it in any way he can (and cannot). A misogynist at heart, he despises women, and only sees them as an object of pleasure (when he considers them at all); he also shows a personal grudge against superhumans, who he don’t trust simply because they have more power than he has, gifted individuals who he can’t control. Being a S.H.I.E.L.D. officer, he’s a gifted tactician and a skilled armed and unarmed combatant, but he prefers to run his operations from behind the curtains. Slimy and deceiving, Roger Dooley is the worst S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer.

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  1. […] Comics’ past, much to the readers’ delight. In The Blitzkrieg Button, we see Chief Roger Dooley traveling to Germany to interrogate a Nazi war criminal, about to be hanged in Nuremberg: […]

  2. […] again not exactly a good guy. In Bridge and Tunnel, the S.S.R.‘s investigations bring agents Roger Dooley and Jack Thompson to the very head of Roxxon Oil, a company that has been showing up often during […]


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