- "I made hard choices before. Being right doesn't stop it from feeling wrong."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez
Agent Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez is a Colombian citizen who underwent Terrigenesis during the Inhuman Outbreak and a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative. Believing her power to be a gift from God, Rodriguez used her new gift to fight corruptive elements within the Colombian political system, including the National Police of Colombia. This briefly put her into a conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D., but as they saw that Rodriguez was using her powers for good, they recruited her into the Secret Warriors. Seeking to use her gifts to protect the world, Rodriguez assisted in the battle against Hive and his army of brainwashed Inhumans, during which she was nearly killed while saving Alphonso Mackenzie from the Primitives.
Agreeing to sign the Sokovia Accords, Rodriguez immediately went behind Director Jeffrey Mace's back in order to seek out Victor Ramon who had killed her cousin. Rodriguez found Ramon and stopped his weapons sale to the Watchdogs with the aid of Quake, whom she then agreed to assist in her own vigilante missions. Returning to S.H.I.E.L.D., Rodriguez assisted in the defeat of Eli Morrow with her teammates and started a relationship with Alphonso Mackenzie. Later, she joined the fight against Aida, her LMDs, as well as Anton Ivanov and his Watchdogs and entered the Framework to convince Mack, who stayed there, to leave before it was deleted, eventually succeeding.
Soon after, Rodriguez and the rest of the team were sent to the year 2091 where Earth had been destroyed and the human survivors lived in the Lighthouse under a Kree rule. She and Mackenzie decided to stay in the station with the Inhuman Flint to help the people to stand against the Kree, while the rest of the team left to find a way back to the present. Before she returned to Earth, Rodriguez encountered a future version of herself who warned her about the events which would cause the apocalypse.
While attempting to avert the destruction of Earth in the present, only to walk into a trap set by General Hale, Rodriguez lost both of her arms trying to save Mackenzie but later won cybernetic arms to replace her missing limbs. Rodriguez ultimately warned her colleagues about what her future self had told her: that trying to save Phil Coulson could result in the Destruction of Earth. This put her at odds with some of her teammates, notably Daisy Johnson, who refused to let Coulson die. However, Rodriguez's warning was eventually heeded by Coulson himself, leading to a S.H.I.E.L.D. victory over the now rogue Glenn Talbot. Rodriguez then remained with her S.H.I.E.L.D. teammates for new missions under Mackenzie's directorship.
Elena Rodriguez was born in Potosi. As a young woman, she lived in Bogotá with her cousin Francisco and working at a clerical job in a museum, while also teaching art classes at nights. During the Inhuman Outbreak, Rodriguez went through Terrigenesis due to ingesting fish soup that was tainted by the Terrigen Mist. She gained the ability to travel at superhuman speeds for the length of a single heartbeat, before snapping back to her original place. Due to her deep faith, Rodriguez came to the conclusion that her powers were a gift from God to stop corruption and help her people.
Conflict with Victor Ramon
Seeking to do good with her new Inhuman powers, Rodriguez went against Victor Ramon and his team of corrupt National Police of Colombia. While Ramon's team were transporting a cargo of guns across the city, Rodriguez used her incredible speed to steal the weapons from the officers before they could stop her. She then took the weapons to her cousin Francisco Rodriguez who hid them in their apartment ready to be transported out of the city and disposed of with, ensuring the police could not harm any innocent person with them.
Encounter with S.H.I.E.L.D.
With the weapons safely hidden away, Rodriguez went to check on the investigation at the crime scene, which was being conducted by S.H.I.E.L.D.. Despite her efforts to blend in, Rodriguez was spotted by Alphonso Mackenzie who noticed that the tips of her shoes had been scratched off during the raid. Rodriguez used her speed to steal Mackenzie's gun before throwing him in the back of a van and driving away with him unconscious.
Rodriguez took Mackenzie back to her apartment where she tied him up in the bathroom while she continued speaking to Francisco Rodriguez and sorted through the guns. When Mackenzie awoke, Rodriquez darted to the door and closed it. Once Francisco had left, Rodriguez went to question Mackenzie, who attempted to escape, however, Rodriguez was able to use her powers to trap and disarm him before pulling a gun and ordering him to surrender while Mackenzie observed how her powers worked.
Once Rodriguez had tied Mackenzie to a chair, she questioned him about whether he was part of the military but Mackenzie accused her of being a criminal. Rodriguez insisted that she was not a criminal as she believed her powers were a gift from God, which Mackenzie seemed to understand noting that her powers came from tainted fish, which had made her undergo Terrigenesis. As they were talking the whole room began to shake as Daisy Johnson arrived and assisted in capturing Rodriguez.
Captured and Questioned
The unconscious Rodriguez was then arrested and taken onboard Zephyr One and locked inside the Containment Module to await questioning about her various crimes against the police. While she slept the S.H.I.E.L.D. team went through her belongings and attempted to work out why she had turned to crime as they profiled her and her cousin. Eventually Rodriguez awoke and began furiously slamming on the walls at super-speed in order to get her kidnappers attention while she also furiously banged on the glass.
Rodriguez was questioned by Joey Gutierrez, who spoke in Spanish to translate for the rest of the team. Gutierrez asked why she had stolen the guns and what she planned on using them for, but Rodriguez insisted that her plan was to ensure that nobody used the guns. When Daisy Johnson noted that it was the police who had the guns, Rodriguez explained that the police were corrupt in Bogotá and she was fighting to protect her friends, this was confirmed when Bobbi Morse captured Francisco as he threw away the guns.
While still locked in her cell, Rodriguez continued to ask about her cousin's safety until Mackenzie freed her and showed her that her cousin had been murdered by Victor Ramon. Once she had been given some time, Gutierrez translated as Mackenzie told Rodriguez like her he relied on his faith and maybe her gifts were from God. He told her that they needed to use these gifts for good and she agreed to join their team to save their teammates. She then explained to the group how her powers worked in detail.
Agreeing to help the team, Rodriguez used her incredible speed to steal a keycard from a police officer, greatly impressing Daisy Johnson who called her her new best friend. Alphonso Mackenzie briefed the team on the whereabouts of their team-mates as well as the movements of the corrupt police officers. Mackenzie supplied Rodriguez with Overpowering Tape to subdue the police without harming them.
As the team charged through the station, Rodriguez stayed behind Johnson, disarming any police she came across before Johnson used her shockwaves to defeat them, at one point Rodriguez disarmed and tied up six police in one go before Johnson could even blink. Eventually, Mackenzie saved Bobbi Morse and warned the group that the Inhuman's power was in his eyes. Rodriguez, however, did not translate and tried to attack Lucio, who used his powers to paralyze her and launch her body against the wall at full speed.
Rodriguez recovered and witnessed HYDRA using the Extraction Claw to kidnap Lucio before the team could do anything. Back on Zephyr One Gutierrez tried to convince Rodriguez to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Secret Warriors so she could learn to master her powers and do good with them, however, Rodriguez insisted that she had to stay in Colombia to live her life and explain why her cousin had died. Rodriguez was allowed to go and Mackenzie gave her a watch she could use to contact them if she ever needed help.
- "Elevator door opens, he comes out, bullets boom, boom, boom, and the soldiers, argh. This is the man."
"Hey, I just stopped the bullets but you dropped them down."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez and Joey Gutierrez
While still in Bogotá in Colombia, Rodriguez waited for her bus to arrive while practicing English ready for her next conversation with Alphonso Mackenzie. However just as Rodriguez prepared to board the bus, she was contacted by S.H.I.E.L.D., informing her that there was a Secret Warriors mission which needed her assistance. Apologizing to the bus driver, Rodriguez stepped out into the streets and looked up as she began searching for the incoming S.H.I.E.L.D. pickup.
Once onboard a Quinjet with the rest of the team, Rodriguez was informed that HYDRA had hijacked Zephyr One and taken the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. team onboard hostage within their secret base at the Schoonebeek Oil Field. When Rodriguez asked about the intel they had regarding how the plane was taken and how many guards they would be going against, Daisy Johnson explained that they basically knew nothing about what to expect during the mission but insisted that they rescue their team. Having agreed to the mission, Rodriguez and the Secret Warriors jumped from the Quinjet and made their way inside the HYDRA base to search for their allies.
Inside the base, Johnson destroyed the concrete walls and ordered Rodriguez and Joey Gutierrez to go to the evaluator and find the rest of the team. On the way down, Rodriguez teased Gutierrez about running off from his own date with Kevin to join them on the mission. Speaking to each other in Spanish they discussed how many guards to expect before the doors opened and they encountered six. While Gutierrez melted their bullets, Rodriguez used Overpowering Tape to subdue them before they continued their search, noting that Gutierrez had made the correct prediction about how many HYDRA guards they should have expected within the hallway.
Making their way onto Zephyr One with Gideon Malick, who had been captured by Lincoln Campbell, Rodriguez witnessed Gutierrez being knocked to the ground from a wrench thrown at him by Giyera. However before Rodriguez even had a chance to defend her friend from the enemy Inhuman, Johnson appeared and used a shockwave to launch Giyera across the hanger. Having established that Gutierrez was okay, Rodriguez left him with the rest of the team while she and Johnson continued the search for the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team so they could make their hasty escape from the base.
While Campbell and Gutierrez dealt with Lucio who was attempting to stop them and rescue Malick, Rodriguez used her Inhuman speed to use the Overpowering Tape to once again subdue the guards attempting to kill her S.H.I.E.L.D. allies before greeting Mackenzie, who was hiding out with Phil Coulson and the others. Rodriguez used the English she had been practicing to speak to Mackenzie before Melinda May got to her feet despite painful wounds and flew Zephyr One out of the HYDRA base and took them all back to safety before Hive could return and fight them all.
Back at the Playground, Rodriguez had joined the rest of the Secret Warriors in the changing room where they discussed and joked about the successful mission. The team listened as Rodriguez excitedly retold the story of how Joey Gutierrez had melted the HYDRA guards' bullets although he insisted she deserved more of the credit as she had used her speed to knock them all down. As they were talking, Daisy Johnson noticed that Rodriguez had in fact been grazed by a bullet on the leg, which she claimed to have not even felt due to the adrenaline of the mission.
Speaking to Alphonso Mackenzie, Rodriguez was told the long history of S.H.I.E.L.D., including how it had once been known as the Strategic Scientific Reserve after World War II. Rodriguez noted that the team had gotten into the habit of calling her Yo-Yo which she blamed on Mackenzie while also telling him that his Spanish had to improve. Mackenzie went on to explain to Rodriguez that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s goal was always to protect and not kill, although this was not always possible, with Rodriguez noting that she trusted him and S.H.I.E.L.D. to do the right thing.
While still talking with him, Rodriguez then witnessed Phil Coulson informing Alphonso Mackenzie that he needed him to lock down the Playground for unknown reasons. Rodriguez later confronted Daisy Johnson about this. Although Johnson argued that it was a security matter as Gideon Malick was still there, Rodriguez insisted that she wanted to be allowed to go home free before angrily storming off.
Suddenly the lights throughout the base were cut and an explosion was heard. When Rodriguez tried to learn from Mackenzie what was happening, she found herself being surrounded by armed S.H.I.E.L.D. agents including Melinda May. Coulson explained that Hive could control Inhumans and therefore he suspected that a member of the Secret Warriors was under his control. As tensions rose Rodriguez stole May's gun while Lincoln Campbell confronted Coulson before the Secret Warriors ran into the other room for their own safety before they all could be captured.
Joey Gutierrez joined them and with Rodriguez's help they secured the doors before discussing their next move and S.H.I.E.L.D. would still be after them. Rodriguez expressed her disgust at S.H.I.E.L.D.'s treatment of them while Gutierrez remained horrified at such an accusation. Rodriguez was questioned over her wound but denied all knowledge. Eventually, Johnson convinced the team not to fight each other but to instead find their own way out of the base and then figure out the situation themselves, away from S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who wanted to contain them without any questioning.
However, Johnson instead led Rodriguez to the Containment Module where Phil Coulson was waiting for them, claiming he had discovered who was the infected Inhuman who had been working as Hive's slave. Coulson claimed that Campbell was the one to blame as he had discovered the Kree Orb within Campbell's locker. Campbell denied all involvement but the team remained highly skeptical as Coulson noted he had stolen the Terrigen Crystals from the same room before and that he had encountered Hive while at the Transia Corporation Headquarters while completely on his own.
As the evidence piled up against Campbell, Rodriguez tried to use the Overpowering Tape to subdue her former ally, then leading to Campbell ordering her to leave him alone as he insisted he was innocent. However Rodriguez ignored Campbell's demands but when she ran at Campbell he consumed his power with electricity, causing her to be shocked and sent flying backwards, knocking her unconscious. While she was out though, Campbell was subdued by the combined efforts of Gutierrez and Johnson and locked in the Containment Module for questioning later on.
With Campbell now locked up and the trust within the team destroyed, Rodriguez gave blood samples to Jemma Simmons before demanding that she be allowed to walk away from S.H.I.E.L.D. On her way out, being escorted by Melinda May and a team of agents, Rodriguez encountered Mackenzie who tried to reason with her by using the nickname of Yo-Yo, but Rodriguez did not even look at him and instead insisted that her true name was Elena before walking out of the Playground and away from the Secret Warriors seemingly for good.
Return to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Rodriguez was eventually convinced to return to S.H.I.E.L.D. upon learning that Daisy Johnson was the real slave to Hive and manipulated the Secret Warriors into disbanding. Once Rodriguez arrived back at the Playground, she was greeted by Phil Coulson and Glenn Talbot who wanted her to sign the Sokovia Accords. Upon Coulson's request, Rodriguez demonstrated her own super-speed powers by stealing Talbot's medals from his uniform, much to the General's great surprise.
Walking through the Playground, Rodriguez soon found Alphonso Mackenzie who she noted was clearly not happy to see her there, noting that while she was there to fight, he believed that they could not defeat Hive. Seeing Mackenzie was in pain, Rodriguez was informed that he had been attacked by Johnson, who only served Hive now and he did not want Rodriguez to fall under Hive's sway as well. As Mackenzie explained that Hive's current plan was pure evil, Rodriguez gave him a beer and reminded him to keep his faith to help them get through this and find a way to stop Hive.
During her time on the base, the alarms were triggered due to Lincoln Campbell seemingly making a desperate attempt to escape the base and reunite with Johnson in order to try and save her. Rodriguez came out to investigate with Melinda May and they were briefed on the situation by Coulson and Talbot. Fearing that Campbell may be attempting to find another way to get onto a Quinjet, May ordered Rodriguez to join her in investigating a secret escape within the base. During the ensuing skirmish against Mackenzie, Campbell knocked him down and seemingly escaped onboard the Quinjet.
However it was then revealed that Campbell had never left the base, and in fact, he had been replaced with Lash, who was being sent to fight and kill Hive. As Campbell explained to the team that they had come up with the plan to fool Johnson into bringing Lash to Hive, they had to keep it a secret from everybody, with Rodriguez noting that he should have tried to avoid hurting Mackenzie in the resulting fight. While they discussed the plan, Lash failed to destroy Hive although he did rescue Johnson from Hive's control and ensured she made it back to the Playground, being killed by Hellfire in the process.
While Johnson received medical treatment due to having her Kree blood taken by Hive and Holden Radcliffe, Rodriguez and Mackenzie discussed keeping faith that she would recover. Rodriguez later visited Mackenzie in his bedroom where she found his designs for a new motorcycle, asking if he saw a future now or a fast way out. They continued to discuss if they could really defeat Hive, and Mackenzie told her that although he was not sure he would still fight. Rodriguez then handed Mackenzie her crucifix necklace and told him to keep the faith before quietly walking outside.
- "Look at all these people."
"Yeah, good thing we brought the really small plane to carry all of them."
- ―Lincoln Campbell and Elena Rodriguez
Rodriguez decided to go with Melinda May, Alphonso Mackenzie and Lincoln Campbell to attempt to stop Hive from launching a warhead. While May flew the Quinjet under the water to avoid being spotted on the radar scanners, Rodriguez opted to wear the Nanothermite Vest along with Campbell in case Hive was able to gain control of their minds. As Mackenzie was being handed the detonators by Campbell, Rodriguez nodded at him to signify her approval at the decision if it came to it.
Once the team arrived at the facility, they split up, with Campbell and May going to find an upload link while Rodriguez and Mackenzie set up a version of the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine in one of the hallways. Rodriguez commented on Mackenzie's slow speed as he rebuilt the machine, and Mackenzie replied that not everybody had super speed. Mackenzie tried to return Rodriguez's necklace, but she was insulted, as it was not a gift that should be given back. When Mackenzie questioned Rodriguez about wearing the vest, she told him she would rather be dead than controlled by Hive.
Just as they were completing the machine, Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz, with the help of Brigadier General Glenn Talbot managed to stop the warhead's launch, and Campbell baited Hive into the hallway. Mackenzie, however, warned that he did not have enough time to finish the memory machine, so Rodriguez used her powers to finish the Machine. Campbell used his powers to activate the Machine, bringing the memories of every host, like Grant Ward, Will Daniels and Nathaniel Malick, Hive ever inhabited to the surface. With Hive incapacitated, Rodriguez went to free the hostages.
Getting into position outside the room where Hive's hostages were being guarded, Rodriguez updated Mackenzie who ordered her to hurry. Amused that the man she had mocked earlier for being too slow was now telling her to speed up, Rodriguez said in Spanish that it was fortunate that he was a handsome man. Rodriguez charged into the room and knocked out the Primitives guarding the men, who included Graham and ordered them to follow her outside to safety. A short time later, the agents left the building, with Rodriguez leading all of the freed hostages outside to regroup with them.
As the four of them began to follow the hostages to the Quinjet, with May also bringing Holden Radcliffe to join them, Hive reappeared and ordered them all to stop. Furious, Hive demanded to know what they had done to him, with Campbell answering that they had done the only thing they could think of. Hive began to channel his powers, but Rodriguez immediately used her speed to place a summoning device under him. Hive, confused, looked up only to be trapped in a glass cage filled with Suspension Gel, trapping him and allowing the team to bring him to Zephyr One to be locked away.
Attack of the Primitives
With Hive seemingly locked up for good, Rodriguez relaxed in the Playground until she was alerted that a Terrigen Mist bomb had been activated, turning O'Brien and several other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents into mindless Primitives. As they watched the Primitives attempting to free Hive from the Suspension Gel, Rodriguez insisted that they save the other agents, only for Phil Coulson to inform her that they were already dead.
Having learned that Daisy Johnson had escaped the Containment Module and was now battling Hive, Rodriguez joined the rest of the team as they discussed the Primitives with Holden Radcliffe. As the Primitives were making their way through the base, Rodriguez joined Alphonso Mackenzie in securing the armory. Just as they arrived, however, a Primitive appeared and fired at Mackenzie, only for Rodriguez to run in front of him and used her own body to protect him from the bullets. As Rodriguez then fell to the floor, Mackenzie ran over and caught her before she could hit the floor.
As Mackenzie carried Rodriguez throughout the Playground, they soon regrouped with Coulson, Lincoln Campbell and Radcliffe, locking themselves in a workshop to hide from the Primitives. Using the limited resources they had, Campbell desperately tried to save Rodriguez, noting that she was bleeding too fast and therefore they had to seal the wound somehow. Radcliffe suggested that they use a blowtorch to seal the wound, and with no other choice, they agreed, with Rodriguez insisting Mackenzie would be the one to do it as she screamed in horrific agony as her skin was burned.
Seeing the heat had gone up, Radcliffe realized Jemma Simmons was using heat to blind all of the Primitives, allowing them to make their way towards Coulson's office without being seen. Once there they regrouped with Simmons who informed them that Melinda May and Leo Fitz had made their way onto Zephyr One to challenge Hive. As Rodriguez was still suffering from the agony of her own wound, Coulson called in a Quinjet to take her to a hospital. While Rodriguez recovered, Coulson's team destroyed Hive, but Campbell was killed in the process, while also saving millions of lives.
Signing the Sokovia Accords
In the wake of the defeat of Hive, Rodriguez decided to stay on as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Inhuman asset following a trip home to Columbia, requiring her to sign the Sokovia Accords. As she waited for her meeting with Jeffrey Mace, she attempted to run a facial recognition search on the Colombian arms dealer Victor Ramon who murdered her cousin Francisco, as she had received information leading her to believe he was coming to the United States. Rodriguez quickly figured out that she did not have the proper clearance to run the search, and was interrupted by Phil Coulson who was bringing his belongings from the director's office to Zephyr One.
Rodriguez saw that Coulson was holding the axe that Alphonso Mackenzie used to save him, and asked him why he still keeps it. He replied that it was his good luck charm, and they talked about the new director, the disbanding of the Secret Warriors, and the Sokovia Accords. Rodriguez was still unsure whether she wanted to sign the Accords, as she would like her freedom. Coulson gave her Peggy Carter's S.H.I.E.L.D. pin from the formation of the organization, and reminded her that she was not just giving something up, but she's also gaining a team. The conversation moved onto the team, and Rodriguez was hopeful that Coulson and Mackenzie would find Daisy Johnson.
Rodriguez entered the director's office and saw photos and news articles about herself projected on the wall. Mace entered the office, and after an awkward introduction, he asked her to sign the Sokovia Accords. Rodriguez asked what would happen if she were not to sign, and Mace reminded her it was a chance to do some good. She signed the Accords and then asked Mace to look into Ramon, to which he responded that she needs to submit a detailed threat assessment. Rodriguez then left the office to have her physical assessment completed, but not before using her powers to steal Mace's badge.
At the lab, she used the stolen badge to run the facial recognition search while Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons upgraded her watch and did her physical assessment. Rodriguez managed to distract them long enough to complete her search without detection, determining that Ramon was in Baltimore. On her way out of the base, she ran into Mackenzie, who told her how they were trying to track Quake. They flirted a little bit, then she gave him a kiss on the cheek and watched him board Zephyr One and leave the base. As the Zephyr disappeared from sight, Melinda May appeared behind Rodriguez suspecting that she took the director's badge.
May took Rodriguez to the Quinjet and scolded her for stealing the director's badge, mentioning how she makes a terrible spy. Rodriguez tried to deny taking the badge, but May revealed that she knows everything that she had been up to, including the facial recognition search. Rodriguez gave up and handed May the badge, with the latter telling her to be less sloppy next time.
Rodriguez secured herself in the Quinjet, believing that the pilot was taking her to her assignment in Los Angeles. The pilot told her the flight would only be 20 minutes, leaving her confused as it should take a few hours to get to Los Angeles. Rodriguez asked the pilot why the flight was so short, and he revealed that they were actually going to Baltimore. She realized that May told the pilot where to go, and they gave each other a smile as the Quinjet door closed.
Hunting Victor Ramon
- "What you did was murder. This is justice."
"Justice? You can call this justice if it makes you feel better."
"I will feel better after I pull this trigger."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez and Victor Ramon
Rodriguez arrived in Baltimore and quickly tracked down Victor Ramon, threatening him with a gun, angry about how police corruption caused the death of her cousin. In the middle of their conversation, Rodriguez got taken out by one of Ramon's men.
Rodriguez woke up to find herself tied up in a chair, in the middle of an arms deal between Ramon and the Watchdogs. Ramon wanted to show the Watchdogs the power of the weapon he was selling by using it on Rodriguez. He removed the weapon from its container, revealing the weapon as the Peruvian 0-8-4 and powered it up. Right before he could fire the weapon at Rodriguez, an earthquake hit the building. Ramon told one of his men to investigate, and they barely made it out the door before they get blasted back in by Quake.
Quake used her powers to send Ramon flying, who dropped the weapon and runoff. Quake freed Rodriguez and held off the remaining Watchdogs as Rodriguez chased Ramon. She eventually caught up to him, and threatened to kill him, because she wanted him dead, not alive in prison. Eventually, she realized she was no better than him if she kills him and lowered her weapon.
A Watchdog walked up behind her and fired the weapon, but Rodriguez used her powers to dodge the blast and disarm the man and then watched as the blast hit Ramon and incinerated him. Rodriguez and Quake heard a Quinjet approaching, determining that S.H.I.E.L.D. was also tracking the weapon. Rodriguez offered to help Quake on her mission, but she turned Rodriguez down, stating that having one Inhuman fugitive was already enough. Quake told Rodriguez that she would let Rodriguez know if she ever needs Rodriguez's help, and the two parted ways.
Search for Daisy Johnson
Shortly after the Baltimore incident, Rodriguez arrived in Los Angeles for a short time. While she was there, she noticed some new seismic activity which she assumed was the work of Quake. Rodriguez was then soon summoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. for her routine Inhuman checkup and upon arriving at the Zephyr One where she was greeted by Davis who signed her in while they discussed his pregnant wife, joking when Davis did not comment on how beautiful she was.
Once signed in, Rodriguez soon found Alphonso Mackenzie who awkwardly began her checkup by asking her about her upcoming trip to Miami. Rodriguez made the interview difficult as she flirted heavily with Mackenzie and even grabbed his crotch, despite knowing that they cannot fraternize with each other because of newly placed rules based on the Accords. Mackenzie soon revealed that the real reason why he and the now agent Phil Coulson were in Los Angeles was to hopefully find Daisy Johnson, prompting Rodriguez to search for Johnson to give her a warning of their search.
Once making contact with Johnson, Rodriguez had gotten on board a bus to meet her discreetly and supply her with Rapid Bone-Healing Pills which she had stolen from S.H.I.E.L.D. by using her own super-speed. Rodriguez noted that Johnson's bones now could not handle overuse of her Inhuman powers, reminding her of how they shattered during an early mission. Johnson ignored the warnings so they then discussed the Watchdogs working with the Chinatown Crew and that Johnson was tracking a serial killer. Before they departed, Rodriguez reminded Johnson that Coulson would not give up.
Having already offered to assist Johnson however she could in her vigilante missions, despite being rejected, Rodriguez eventually did hear from Johnson. Looking down at her phone, Rodriguez saw that Johnson had sent her a picture of the seeming serial killer who she had been tracking, showing a graffiti image of the Ghost Rider, a local legend within Los Angeles who had been hunting down crime organizations such as the Fifth Street Locos and Chinatown Crew. Rodriguez, however, kept her promise to Johnson and kept all of this secret from S.H.I.E.L.D. and Mackenzie.
Blackout in Miami
Rodriguez took a vacation in Miami where she spent time with her friends Maria and Leticia, attending a party on a rooftop where they watched The Amazing Mertz's new magic tricks. During this time Rodriguez was mocked for her refusal to wear a dress to the party despite having to wear one to the upcoming wedding. Rodriguez was then contacted by Alphonso Mackenzie, but she decided to ignore the call.
During they party, they were interrupted by multiple EMP devices being activated in major cities around the United States of America and blaming it on the Inhumans using their powers to spread fear across the world. While Darryl was mildly amused by the sudden blackout and Maria joked about the lack of drinks they would now be getting, the true danger of the attack became clear when a helicopter which had been effected, fell from the sky and crashed into a nearby building, exploding in a massive fireball and falling to the ground while Rodriguez looked on in horror.
While everybody else panicked, Rodriguez stayed calm and noted that the attack was likely caused by an EMP. Darryl suggested that they move downstairs and despite Rodriguez's objections, the other guests agreed and they made their move. As they made their way into the lobby, they were suddenly surrounded by members of the Watchdogs led by Briggs, who all charged in armed with guns. Despite Darryl trying to hand over his wallet, Briggs made it clear that they were not there for the money, but to find the Inhuman who was hiding among them.
Left surrounded by a group of people all against her as the Watchdogs who were claiming to be trying to target the local Inhumans in order to stop the blackout, Rodriguez was trapped. On the brink of killing Mertz who was blamed by Darryl, Rodriguez sprinted around the room, collecting the guns to save him. She was eventually discovered by Maria who revealed her actions to the Watchdogs. About to be executed herself, Rodriguez was saved as Phil Coulson, Mackenzie and Leo Fitz arrived just in time and together they defeated the Watchdogs.
From that incident, she had revealed herself to be an Inhuman to her closest friends, insisting that she had not changed despite her new powers, but they run away in fear and disgust. Once Maria had rejected Rodriguez and walked away, Rodriguez turned to Mackenzie, joking that now that she had lost Maria as a friend at least she would not have to wear a dress for her wedding. Searching the men, they confirmed they were Watchdogs members who had used the secret Sokovia Accords to track down and attempt to assassinate Rodriguez.
Fighting the Watchdogs
Needing to find the source of the Blackout Attack, Rodriguez assisted Leo Fitz with a science experiment to work out the location of EMP device by using magnetic readings and pin-point its location. Once they had concluded the test, Fitz was able to pin-point where the Watchdogs were operating from and Phil Coulson ordered them all to move and find them before any more damage could be done.
Together they soon found the EMP device only to discover it was surrounded by armed Watchdogs guards. Seeking to make a distraction, Rodriguez took a nightstick and used her super-speed to run back and forth and create a light source which confused the Watchdogs and caused them to look away before she ran through the group and stole their guns. Meanwhile, Coulson, Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie were able to sneak up behind the Watchdogs and attacked them, using the element of surprise to their advantage and easily subduing them.
With the Watchdogs now defeated and power restored across Miami, Rodriguez made the comment that about how the Watchdogs were fueling the hatred for Inhumans that so many people already had. Coulson then contacted Director Jeffrey Mace back at the S.H.I.E.L.D. to inform him of their victory and update him on what they had discovered about the Watchdogs' plan, in the hope that Mace, being an Inhuman himself, would use this as a chance to prove Inhumans were not the threat that the Watchdogs were presenting them to be.
Returning to the Playground, Rodriguez offered a beer to Mackenzie, but he turned it down, noting that had he wished Daisy Johnson could be there with them. Although Rodriguez tried not to give anything away, Mackenzie confronted her and explained they had discovered she was supplying the Rapid Bone-Healing Pills to Johnson. They discussed Johnson's battle with the Ghost Rider, making Mackenzie furious as she also knew of that too, although Rodriguez insisted that Johnson only contacted her and they should respect her wish not to be found.
They were then joined by Coulson and Fitz who also discussed the hunt for the Ghost Rider, with Rodriguez explaining she had only heard rumors in Los Angeles about him. Their conversation was then cut short when Director Mace appeared on the television to discuss the blackout. Noting that President Matthew Ellis had asked for his comment, Mace made it clear that the Inhumans were not to blame for the attack before he announced that S.H.I.E.L.D. had returned as an official United States of America agency now there to protect the world.
- "Why you being so cold?"
"I'm not being cold. I just got hit by a giant fireball, I lost my favorite jacket, and you're treating me like a niña."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez
After Eli Morrow betrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. and escaped to the Chinatown Crew Headquarters, S.H.I.E.L.D. decided to face him and end his plans and Rodriguez took part to the assault. She teamed up with Quake and the Ghost Rider and used her powers to perform a recon in the place. While doing so, she activated a cesium bomb system installed by Morrow and was violently ejected out by the blast, fortunately suffering only light wounds. When Alphonso Mackenzie insisted for her to be checked by Jemma Simmons, Rodriguez bluntly refused.
Rodriguez went back to the Zephyr One to have an update about Morrow's plan. Director Jeffrey Mace suggested that Rodriguez should use her powers to infiltrate into the building and steal Morrow's Demon Core, but Mackenzie opposed to the idea, leading to an argument between Rodriguez and him about their relationship. Finally, S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to devise a plan to thwart Morrow's plan. After the assault was launched, Rodriguez used her super speed to help in the fight and put a Neodymium Magnet on Morrow. Thanks to the combined efforts of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ghost Rider, Morrow was ultimately defeated. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team went back to the Playground to celebrate their victory. Rodriguez and Mackenzie finally resolved to let their feelings blossom and shared a kiss before joining the others.
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Learning Mack's History
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On the Run
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Mission in the Framework
- "No. Yo-Yo has no idea what she's in for."
- ―Daisy Johnson
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Travelling to the Lighthouse
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Rodriguez is a very noble woman, seeing her powers only a chance to do good instead of using them for personal gain. She is very religious, giving people symbols of faith to lift their spirits. However, she can be very sarcastic and hurtful as shown when she commented on the size of a S.H.I.E.L.D. plane and when she repeatedly called Alphonso Mackenzie too slow while working. But despite this harsh sense of humor, she is incredibly loyal to her friends, berating Lincoln Campbell for hurting Mackenzie and almost sacrificing her life to protect Mackenzie from the Primitives, all while maintaining a jokey attitude.
However Rodriguez's loyalty can work against her allies, as she classes any lies as a personal betrayal, as shown when Phil Coulson attempted to arrest her and the other Inhumans in fear of them being controlled by Hive. As a result, Rodriguez led the Inhumans in a small revolt against S.H.I.E.L.D. before briefly choosing to leave the agency with Joey Gutierrez, although she eventually changed her mind and returned.
Powers and Abilities
- "So you snap back to the same spot like a yo-yo."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie to Elena Rodriguez
- Superhuman Speed: Rodriguez gained the power to run and move at least 180 meters per second, being unable to be clearly noticed by the human eye and appearing as a blur. Her super speed lasts exactly the same amount of time as one of her heartbeats; after which she retrogrades back to her original position through any route possible, which happens regardless of her state, as she snapped back even after being affected by Lucio's paralyzing gaze. She used this speed to disarm and kidnap Alphonso Mackenzie and also to disarm several corrupt Colombian police, subdue HYDRA soldiers and to snag General Glenn Talbot's medals in a split second. Rodriguez cannot be seen on security cameras and she just seems to move forward slightly which is followed by what seems to be a glitch. Rodriguez can run faster than a bolt fired from the Peruvian 0-8-4. Rodriguez used her powers to place bombs on the roaches, and deliver blows to Daisy Johnson. She also used her speed to kill Ruby Hale after she absorbed 8% of the Gravitonium. However, she is not fast enough to catch bullets, as her attempt to do so caused her to be shot by Primitives. She is also not fast enough to outrun a cesium explosion, though she was able to avoid being engulfed completely. Rodriguez' powers could not compete against a Gravitonium-empowered Talbot's gravity fields, as evidenced when she tried to grab his son and was unable to get close, simply returning to her origin as soon as she encountered the field. The nature of her powers requiring her to retrograde to her original position has the potential to become disadvantageous, should something interfere with the pathway of her retrogradation there is the potential she will collide into it. Although, Rodriguez is largely able to mitigate this potential weakness as she is able to take various alternate pathways back to her original position.
- Increased Metabolism: Related to her speed, Rodriguez has an increased metabolism which causes her to bleed faster than an average human. When Rodriguez was shot, she bled at an alarming rate; Mackenzie cauterized her wound to stop the excessive flow.
- Accelerated Perception: When Rodriguez runs, she is able to see her surroundings move in a slowed down state due to her superhuman speed.
- Extreme Force Generation: Rodriguez had enhanced momentum, which allowed her to enhance the force in her attacks, strikes, impacts and collisions, often propelling objects or people several feet, that she used to compensate for her average human strength.
From Bionic Enhancements
- "So we go to these places and knock down doors? I can knock down doors now."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez
- Cybernetic Enhancements: After losing both her arms to Ruby Hale's Ring Blades, Rodriguez obtained cybernetic arms which granted her additional powers to complement her natural Inhuman powers. However, the arms themselves were initially incompatible with her Inhuman powers; they overloaded her nervous system because they were not designed for extreme speeds. Leo Fitz recalibrated them shortly before the Siege of the Lighthouse, allowing her to use her Inhuman powers.
- Enhanced Strength: Thanks to Elena's cybernetic arms, she now possesses a certain degree of enhanced strength. She was strong enough to accidentally crush a metal drinking bottle, punch a heavy boxing bag several feet back, and was able to overpower Anton Ivanov's android body. She also used her strength to break a lock, lifted up a large shelf, and was able to carry a woman to safety during the Battle of Chicago.
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- Bilingualism: Rodriguez speaks her native Spanish and English which she greatly improved upon being recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. albeit still with a heavy Spanish accent.
- Expert Combatant: Since being recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. for the Secret Warriors initiative, Rodriguez was trained to combat. Her fighting skills enabled her to fight and destroy Anton Ivanov while he was using an enhanced android body, without the use of her powers. She was also able to hold her own against fellow agent Daisy Johnson.
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- "So we go to these places and knock down doors? I can knock down doors now."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez
- Yo-Yo Rodriguez' Prosthetic Arms: After getting both of her arms cut off by Ruby Hale, Rodreguez received two bionic arms from Mackenzie and was placed on her by Jemma Simmons.
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- Overpowering Tape: To be added
- Nanothermite Vest: In order to avoid falling under Hive's sway, Rodriguez was convinced to wear an explosive vest which would detonate and kill her if she was captured by Hive.
- Kree Battle Axe: In a dystopian future in the Lighthouse, Rodriguez armed herself with a Kree Battle Axe and chose to fight against Kasius and his Kree Watch in revenge for Alphonso Mackenzie's death.
- Splinter Bombs: Rodriguez armed herself with Splinter Bombs to kill the remaining Vrellnexians in the Lighthouse.
- Ring Blades: Rodriguez used Ruby Hale's own Ring Blade to slit her throat as both a way to potentially prevent the destruction of Earth and revenge for her maiming.
- Metrics: In order to blend in among humans on the Lighthouse, Rodriguez had a Metric implanted in her wrist. She removed by it during the revolution against Kasius and the Kree Watch.
|Appearances for Yo-Yo Rodriguez|
In chronological order:
In an alternate timeline:
- In the comics, Yo-Yo Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican woman, who inherited her mutated DNA from her biological father John Horton, the Griffin, and was recruited by Daisy Johnson to join Nick Fury's Secret Warriors. Eventually, her arms were cut by Tomi Shishido and replaced with a cybernetic prosthesis.
Behind the Scenes
- Hannah Betts, Lisa Catara, Ellette Craddock, Natalie Padilla and Katie O'Donovan were stunt doubles for Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the role of Yo-Yo Rodriguez.
- ↑ It felt like rock crawling up my body, suffocating me in it...
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5.04: A Life Earned
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.11: Bouncing Back
- ↑ The weapons you stole, what are you going to use them for?
- ↑ We are not going to use them! We're making sure no one uses them!
- ↑ Are you U.S. Military? I know you're not with the local police.
- ↑ Know what we call police here? Thieves in uniform. They are only powerful because they have guns, now I have actual power to protect my friends from being arrested, killed in the streets!
- ↑ Things are different now, you're an Inhuman.
- ↑ I'm also Colombian, and a office manager and a daughter and a cousin. I have to take my cousin home, I have to tell his aunt why he died.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.17: The Team
- ↑ They're government pigs. We trusted them, and they turned on us.
- ↑ Translates to:"Naive"
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.20: Emancipation
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.21: Absolution
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.22: Ascension
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot: 1.01: Vendetta
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot: 1.02: John Hancock
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot: 1.03: Progress
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot: 1.04: Reunion
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot: 1.05: Deal Breaker
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot: 1.06: Justicia
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.01: The Ghost
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.03: Uprising
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.08: The Laws of Inferno Dynamics