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"Just get those D.W.A.R.F.s back online. Otherwise, we're blind down there."
"Well, sir, it might not just be the D.W.A.R.F.s."
Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz[src]

The D.W.A.R.F.s (Drones Wirelessly Automated to Retrieve Forensics) are a set of 8 quad-copter robotic drones custom personally designed by Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons to seek out, analyze and scan forensic evidence at S.H.I.E.L.D. hot-spots.

The drones are controlled from a specially designed tablet from which the operator can control the drones' movements and organize, classify and prioritize the incoming data.


A D.W.A.R.F.

"We'll be depending entirely on the data the D.W.A.R.F.s send us."
Jemma Simmons[src]

Personally designed by Leo Fitz[1]and Jemma Simmons, these drones were the state-of-the-art machinery used by S.H.I.E.L.D. Fitz-Simmons deployed the D.W.A.R.F.s during several operations, includind when they were investigating the explosion of the Centipede Project lab in Los Angeles.[2], scanning the site of an 0-8-4 in Peru.[3], and activating the old HYDRA weapon Peruvian 0-8-4 during the attempted hijacking the Bus by Camilla Reyes and her troops.[3]

It was also used when S.H.I.E.L.D. was scanning the floating corpse of Frank Whalen for infection in Pennsylvania,[4] retrieving disaster event data from the instruments at StatiCorp in Utah after a particle accelerator explosion,[5] and blocking an escape route during the operation to apprehend international criminal T. Vanchat.[6]

However, it was unsuccessfully used to stop Marcus Daniels by overloading his system with light,[7] and to investigate the structural integrity of the underground city beneath Castillo San Cristóbal, San Juan, amd Puerto Rico as the drones lost power upon entry.[8]

A new version that included cloaking technology was used by Daisy Johnson to monitor the inside of the Endotex Labs.[9] It was also used to inspect the storage room of the Lighthouse after the Kree Orb exploded the room, but was destroyed by the illusion of Lash.[10]

Alternate Universe


"Drones will be here any second."
"D.W.A.R.F.s, whatever. The Doctor invented them. They're everywhere."
Grant Ward and Jemma Simmons[src]

The D.W.A.R.F.s were a Framework recreation of the drones used in the real world. Just like their real-world counterpart, the D.W.A.R.F.s were created by Leo Fitz. However, due to Fitz being a high-ranking member of the totalitarian organization HYDRA in the framework, they were not used as a forensic device but as a means of surveillance of the population.

A D.W.A.R.F. took a picture of Jemma Simmons after she had infiltrated the Framework in order to rescue her friends who were trapped in the virtual reality. The images were transmitted to HYDRA, who ordered a manhunt in order to arrest her. When Simmons reunited with Daisy Johnson, Grant Ward helped them to escape the surveillance from the D.W.A.R.F.s.[11]

Ward later set up a meeting for Simmons and Phil Coulson to contact the S.H.I.E.L.D. resistance. While preparing for the meeting, Simmons and Coulson hid from a D.W.A.R.F. monitoring the facility next to them. Elsewhere, Hope Mackenzie reclaimed the remnants of a crashed drone for her own mechanical projects.[12]

Once they escaped from the Triskelion, Melinda May and Johnson took cover from the D.W.A.R.F.s, especially one which monitored a secret facility used by S.H.I.E.L.D.[13]

Like everything else in the Framework, the D.W.A.R.F.s were deleted when Aida shut down the entire program.[14]

Design and Capabilities

"We designed each with its own capabilities. So, um, some recording the dimensions and textures of the room and then some testing the matter density, radiation. I mean, one is basically just smelling."
Jemma Simmons to Melinda May[src]

A D.W.A.R.F. cloaking itself

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The D.W.A.R.F.s contain highly advances equipment for scanning, examination and surveillance. The upgraded D.W.A.R.F.s also include cloaking technology similar to the Quinjet and the Helicarrier. They can all be controlled from a specially designed tablet.


Appearances for D.W.A.R.F.s

In chronological order:


  • Each of the drones are named after one of the Seven Dwarfs from the 1937 Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    • 00 Snow White
    • 01 Doc
    • 02 Sleepy
    • 03 Grumpy
    • 04 Bashful
    • 05 Sneezy
    • 06 Happy
    • 07 Dopey