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"The government's keeping secrets. Things we don't know until cities fall out of the sky. The Avengers? More like them every day. Protected. Hidden. Not anymore! We want this information released, a list of who they are, where they are or you will have war on your hands. We are the Watchdogs. You will obey."
Watchdog Alpha[src]

The Watchdogs is a terrorist organization based in the United States. They are a radical hate group whose activities target people with enhanced abilities, including the Avengers and Inhumans. Their leader, the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Felix Blake, developed the Watchdogs' ideology after he was paralyzed from the waist down by Deathlok, a cybernetic assassin working for HYDRA.

After gaining S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attention when a cell in Indiana destroyed a building owned by the ATCU, Director Phil Coulson immediately suspected Felix Blake's role in the attack due to his work with Nitramene. S.H.I.E.L.D. eventually cornered this particular cell of the Watchdogs at their headquarters on an old farm. During the attack, the Watchdogs mistakenly attributed Agent Johnson's shockwaves to another agent, Alphonso Mackenzie, and soon afterwards attacked Agent Mackenzie and his brother at his brother's home in Illinois. The Mackenzie brothers were able to fight off these Watchdogs, but this terrorist group was not yet defeated. Felix Blake traded HYDRA a nuclear weapon his people retrieved from the ATCU facility for more high-powered weapons with which the Watchdogs would continue to wage war against Inhumans and other super-powered people.

The Watchdogs' war against Inhumans continued after the passing of the Sokovia Accords. Using a watch S.H.I.E.L.D. used to monitor J.T. James, a self-loathing Inhuman who agreed to help them, the Watchdogs gained access to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Inhuman registry. Using an EMP device, the Watchdogs caused blackouts in several major cities where S.H.I.E.L.D. had placed Inhumans, such as Miami and Los Angeles. The Watchdogs framed an imaginary "Inhuman Resistance Movement" for the blackouts, and used the riots they caused as a cover to openly attack Inhumans. At this same time, Senator Ellen Nadeer, an anti-Inhuman politician with ties to the Watchdogs, appeared on several news broadcasts to spread her hateful message about Inhumans. The Watchdogs were able to kill 17 Inhumans worldwide before S.H.I.E.L.D. foiled their plans.

History

First Actions

"Do you even hear what you're saying? You sound like one of those hate groups that's been trolling the Internet – the Watchdogs or whatever they're calling themselves."
Daisy Johnson[src]

Watchdog Alpha attacks an ATCU facility

Following the Inhuman Outbreak, the Watchdogs formed negative opinions of the Inhumans in general, and regularly posted these opinions on the internet. They were joined by Felix Blake who provided the group with Nitramene, stolen from S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as intel on an Advanced Threat Containment Unit facility. The Watchdogs used the implosive substance to destroy the facility, killing the personnel within, and broadcasted the terrorist act, gaining the full attention of Phil Coulson.[1]

Conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Felix Blake in control of the Watchdogs

When Blake gave his next orders to members of the Watchdogs, Alphonso Mackenzie and his younger brother Ruben Mackenzie showed up at the barn where they were meeting. The group became convinced that the two of them were Inhumans, so they tracked the brothers back to their home and attacked them, only to be defeated.

Shortly after, Blake received a nuclear missile from HYDRA leader Gideon Malick which was taken from the ATCU Storage Facility before the Watchdogs attacked the building and broadcasted the process.[1]

Five members of the Watchdogs were ambushed by Hellfire where they ended up defeated. Afterwards, Hive had Holden Radcliffe subject them to the Terrigenesis by using the Kree Blood and the Hive's parasites on them. This resulted combination transformed the five members of the Watchdogs into the Primitives.[2]

Quake's Vendetta

Victor Ramon sells guns to the Watchdogs

"Are you still hunting those perros rabiosos?"
"It's not just the Watchdogs now. Local gangs have been working for them, which I don't understand."
Elena Rodriguez and Daisy Johnson[src]

The Watchdogs made a deal with Victor Ramon that he would give them a 0-8-4 weapon. In a warehouse in Baltimore, Ramon showed a group of Watchdogs the weapon and wanted to demonstrate its power on the handcuffed Inhuman Yo-Yo Rodriguez.[3] However, Quake came and defeated the Watchdogs while Alpha Dog accidentally killed Ramon with the weapon.[4]

Some criminal organizations, such as the Aryan Brotherhood and Chinatown Crew started to work for the Watchdogs for the money. However, the vigilantes Quake and Ghost Rider fought against them and prevented their crimes.[5]

Ellen Nadeer supporting the Watchdogs

Ellen Nadeer funded some of the Watchdogs to a global attack on the Inhumans with advanced equipment. They put EMP devices in several major cities across the United States,[6] and the list of Inhumans they got from S.H.I.E.L.D..[7]

Once the first EMP hit Miami, an unidentified Watchdogs operative released a footage of him presenting himself as an Inhuman who demanded the cancellation of the registration of Inhumans, and threatened that more cities will be attacked if they do not follow his demands. This caused the public to go against the Inhumans, with Senator Naderr attacked the Inhumans on television. A Watchdogs squad entered a party in Miami searching for an Inhuman. They detected Elena Rodriguez, but S.H.I.E.L.D. agents stopped them. The agents found the EMP device and light the city back.

The Watchdogs operator called Nadeer and informed her that his men had killed seventeen Inhumans around the world, despite S.H.I.E.L.D.'s interfering.[6]

Watchdogs battle against S.H.I.E.L.D.

Quake fought against Watchdogs soldiers and took from them a list of Inhumans. JT James created an alliance with the Watchdogs in which he finds them Inhumans and he will be the last Inhuman to die. The Watchdogs ambushed Quake and Jemma Simmons in a public storage with the help of James. However, the two managed to escape by the help of Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie.[7]

Coulson, Melinda May and Quake entered the section in prison South Ridge Penitentiary where the new recruits to the Watchdogs were in their cells. They mocked the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents for protecting the Inhumans. Suddenly, Lucy Bauer appeared and freed all the prisoners. The Watchdog prisoners then chased the three. In the cafeteria, Quake blocked the exit and fought against them alone. She managed to defeat many prisoners, but as she was almost killed, Coulson and May used I.C.E.R.s to defeat the rest of the prisoners.[8]

Hunted by S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tucker Shockley gives his men their orders

"You want to tackle problems? The Watchdogs, enemy number one. I believe they're funded internationally. They have ties to people within the U.S. government."
"I don't want to chase conspiracy theories."
"It's not a theory if I can prove it."
Quake and Jeffrey Mace[src]

Ellen Nadeer organized a group of Watchdogs led by Tucker Shockley to kill her Inhuman brother, Vijay. Once Nadeer brought him to them, Shockley was ready to shoot him, but Vijay convinced Ellen that he was cured from it. Shockley did not believe it and called the Superior for orders. The Superior said to Schokley to kill the Inhuman. As they tried to do so, Vijay managed to overcome them. Only when S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived did they escape the place on an helicopter. Nadeer shot her brother and asked the Watchdogs to dispose of his body.[9]

The Watchdogs hired Yuri Zaikin and more ex-HYDRA operatives to assassinate Jeffrey Mace, however, they failed.[10]

The Superior greets his prisoner, Billy Koenig

Holden Radcliffe, a scientist and a fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D. turned to Senator Nadeer for help. She explained he would have to meet the Superior for any help.[11] The Superior, Anton Ivanov, learned from Radcliffe about the Darkhold, and how it could help them eliminate the Inhumans. Ivanov had Billy Koenig captured and they had discovered the Darkhold was in the Labyrinth safe. Shockley, his men and Radcliffe went there and returned to the Watchdogs Submarine with the book.[12]

Radcliffe gave Ivanov some Terrine Crystals which he wanted to expose them to Senator Nadeer to make sure she was not an Inhuman. Surprisingly, Shockley turned out to be an Inhuman and he was later captured by S.H.I.E.L.D.. Ivanov learned it from Shockley after the latter escaped the custody, so he planned to use Shockley to fight against S.H.I.E.L.D.. Shockley was arrested again, but the Inhuman Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jeffrey Mace, was captured by the Watchdogs.[13]

Kidnapping of Jeffrey Mace

The Superior speaking with Jeffrey Mace

"S.H.I.E.L.D. claims to be a beacon for humanity. What it really is is a safe haven for Inhumanity."
Superior to Jeffrey Mace[src]

During Jeffrey Mace's interrogation, Anton Ivanov discovered he was not an Inhuman after all. Once S.H.I.E.L.D. had arrived to rescue the Director, Ivanov was seriously wounded by Quake.[14] He was then given a robotic body by Aida, so he would serve her plans.[15]

After Phil Coulson and Melinda May escaped from the Framework where they had been locked and sought to take control of the Ivanov Oil Platform in which they had been imprisoned, the Watchdogs decided to abandon and destroy their base while escaping with their submarine.[16]

Membership

Name Position Status
Felix Blake Founder and Leader Alive
Anton Ivanov Leader Deceased
Alpha Deceased
Victor Alive
Oscar In Custody
Dallas Wyatt Inactive
Pete Boggs Deceased
Jackson Deceased
Briggs In Custody
Alpha Dog Alive
Tucker Shockley In Custody
Yuri Zaikin In Custody
Viktor Orlov In Custody
Leo Babikov Deceased

Relationships

The Watchdogs' mask

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Watchdogs

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, the Watchdogs are an extremist right-wing group, fighting to impose what they see as the traditional American moral values where they have crossed paths with Captain America many times. However, they were actually funded by Red Skull who sought to undermine the United States of America from within.
  • Yo-Yo Rodriguez called them Perros rabiosos, which is Spanish for "rabid dogs."

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