The upcoming sixth season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has the intelligence agency face a threat that plots to destroy the Earth for mysterious reasons. However, while certainly a grave, new enemy for the agents, it is far from the first world-killing antagonist the team has faced over the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series. During the fifth season, the agency took on Ruby Hale, a super-powered teenager infused to Gravitonium and possessing enough power to become an especially personal foe for Yo-Yo Rodriguez.
With the ABC series' return just days away, here is an overview of the powerful antagonist including her origins, her impressive abilities, and the details behind her eventual defeat.
Ruby, The Destroyer of Worlds
Portrayed by Dove Cameron, Ruby Hale was the test-tube baby of Brigadier General Hale, an undercover Hydra operative who had been trained since a young age to secretly pursue Hydra's ultimate goal of subverting humanity to its will and reshaping the world in its image. Conceived from an artificially inseminated egg as part of Hydra scientist Daniel Whitehall's Project Destroyer of Worlds, Ruby was raised under Hydra supervision at Hydra Academy alongside the son of Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, Werner.
Trying to live up to her mother's high standards and expectations for her, Ruby pushed herself to her absolute limits with her lethal training from her youngest days. During a confrontation with S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives Yo-Yo and Alphonso "Mack" McKenzie, Ruby learns about Yo-Yo's Inhuman abilities and cuts off both of her hands with an expertly thrown bladed disc.
Ruby's Powers and Abilities on Agents of SHIELD
Even without super powers, Ruby is one of the deadliest Hydra operatives the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ever encountered. As a skilled hand-to-hand combatant who was trained from an early age, Ruby was able to fight the enhanced villain the Absorbing Man to a standstill with her mastery of martial arts. This proficiency is how she was also able to cut off Yo-Yo Rodriguez's arms despite the Inhuman's superhuman speed. In addition to her combat skills, Ruby is a master manipulator and trained to use hi-tech devices including a phase harmonic device that allows her to teleport.
After receiving an infusion of 8% of the Gravitonium Hydra has available, Ruby gains the ability to control gravity which she uses to subdue Daisy Johnson, Leo Fitz, and Jemma Simmons while accidentally killing Werner as she grows accustomed to her new powers. As part of her powers, Ruby is also able to levitate off the ground, which gives her a degree of flight.
How Ruby Died on Agents of SHIELD
The infusion of the Gravitonium and accidental death of Werner visibly overwhelmed Ruby as she began to hear other voices in her head while dealing with the shock of crushing Werner. As Quake attempted to subdue her, Ruby used her newfound powers to defeat the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and cruelly tortured her by crushing her internal organs with gravity-controlling abilities.
As Hale attempted to appeal to her daughter's humanity, horrified by what she had become, Yo-Yo saw Ruby and slit her throat with one of her own bladed discs both to save Daisy and to get revenge for the loss of her hands.
After Ruby to bled to death in her mother's arms, Yo-Yo's actions would put her in conflict with Mack for a time, the latter upset by Yo-Yo going as far as to kill a child. Hale would blame herself for Ruby's death and confront a Gravitonium-infused General Glenn Talbot only for the power-mad villain to kill her on the spot.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to ABC on Friday, May 10 at 8 pm ET/PT with 13 new episodes. The series stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge and Clark Gregg.