The Cavalry
Portrayed by Ming-Na Wen
Full Name Agent Melinda May
Age 50 (Redacted)
Height 5'4"
Build Athletic
Eyes Brown
Hair Black
Factions S.H.I.E.L.D.
Occupation Field Ops Specialist
Alignment Hero

Claim to Fame

The Agent S.H.I.E.L.D. calls when they have no other options left.


To the public, May does not exist. Within S.H.I.E.L.D., May ranks right up there with Romanoff on the list of agents you never, ever want to make angry.


Most of May's background is unknown, having been erased from public knowledge after she joined SHIELD. What is known is that she is one of the longest-lived active field agents out there, with more successful missions under her belt than almost every agent out there short of the much younger agents Romanov and Barton. One noteworthy mission in Bahrain earned her the codename 'The Cavalry' — a moniker she actually detests — because she went against orders to single-handedly rescue a team of SHIELD agents. No one other than May knows what really happened during that rescue, but it was after Bahrain that her previous spark of humor seemed to disappear. She even left active field duty for a while, choosing to take an administrative position within SHIELD.

When May was tapped to join a special task force, she made it seem like she was accepting the assignment reluctantly, initially agreeing only to pilot their transport jet known as 'the Bus'. Honestly, though, the desk job would have eventually driven her off the deep end. She is simply not built to pilot a desk. Thus, she is unofficially back on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s active roster, available to pilot an aircraft or help with a difficult extraction mission. If the request is phrased politely.

Character Details

Melinda May comes across as dour, perpetually the serious and humorless SHIELD agent. People rarely get to experience her quick and acerbic wit, as she's not one to chitchat idly. She was originally known for being a prankster underneath her stern and serious demeanor, but after a particularly unpleasant mission she seemed to lose or at least suppress that underlying hint of a light-hearted nature. Most junior agents only know her as The Cavalry, the scarily efficient agent that does her job extremely well. Just don't get in her way.


Image Name Relation Notes
Coulson1.jpg Agent Phil Coulson Coworker The agent's agent. Partners for several years back in the day. No one in SHIELD that I trust more.
406px-blackwidow2.jpg Agent Natasha Romanoff Coworker Spy and assassin. Refreshingly no nonsense. One of a very few that I would possibly consider trusting beyond the missions.
Hawkeye.jpg Agent Clint Barton Coworker Wetwork specialist. Talks way too much and is like a four year old at a birthday party, but can be trusted to have my back during missions. Prefers a bow over firearms. I can respect that choice.
MariaHillProfile.jpg Deputy Director Maria Hill Boss Fury's second in command. Serious case of stick up *** but not afraid to snark back at Romanoff.
600full-ellen-page.jpg Evelyn Wolstenholm Potential Coworker Synthetic human. Still on the fence about whether Evelyn is truly sentient or just a really really good imitation of it. Withholding opinions pending further observation.
paulmanning1.jpg NYPD Officer Paul Manning Acquaintance NYPD cop, which means he's seen more than some Afghanistan-stationed soldiers. Slow to offer trust, which I can respect, but it means I won't offer trust back freely.
Small%20Trent%202.jpg Former Staff Sergeant Jericho Trent Acquaintance Former Army, ex-guinea pig. Wears circuits like tattoos that give him unusual abilities. His loyalties are still very much in question, but at least he can follow orders in a crisis. Not yet sure of his trustworthiness.

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Hydra, Team 7 and Answers please
March 5, 2015: A group of people descend on Aspect looking for answers….
(log: 20150305-hydrateam7andanswers | tags: aspect black_canary coyote green_arrow the_cavalry zatanna | posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:08)

Core Competancy
March 02 2015: May calls in Jericho to help with a computer problem. It turns out to be a bit beyond him… but he knows someone who might be able to crack it.
(log: 20150302-core-competancy | tags: aspect shield the_cavalry | posted: 03 Mar 2015 11:12)

Hydra Chatter: What About Gotham
March 1, 2015: Oracle checks in with May after catching more than just the news broadcasts about the HYDRA attempts on a SHIELD Helicarrier
(log: 20150301-hydrachatter | tags: oracle phil_coulson the_cavalry | posted: 02 Mar 2015 23:31)

Helicarrier Hijacking: Heart of the Beast
March 01 2015: A team of SHIELD agents and helpful outsiders breach the corrupted Insight to seek out the heart of the problem and put an end to it.
(log: 20150301-helicarrier-hijacking:heart-of-the-beast | tags: aspect fitz magik new_york shield the_cavalry witchblade | posted: 03 Mar 2015 06:28)

Runes and The Portal Gun
February 28 2015: Jericho brings May and Fitz to see Zee about
(log: 20150228-poweringtheportalgun | tags: aspect fitz the_cavalry zatanna | posted: 03 Mar 2015 00:41)

Lockdown: Slaughter Swamp
February 28, 2015: S.H.I.E.L.D. attempts to discern the connection between Fracture and the Winter Soldier with a good ol' fashioned group interrogation; it doesn't go quite as planned.
(log: 20150228-lockdown:shield | tags: captain_america falcon fracture mockingbird paul_manning the_cavalry who_is_james_buchanan_barnes? winter_soldier witchblade | posted: 25 Mar 2015 20:33)

February 26, 2015: Tula is hunting down Aquamans killer… and receives assistance from Agent May, Zee, Rain and Misfit … (emits by Aquaman)
(log: 20150226-the-tides-of-blood:holysh-tatlanteanwithastick | tags: aquaman misfit rain the_cavalry zatanna | posted: 03 Mar 2015 00:21)

Human DNA Testing
February 25th, 2015: Simmons begins analysing the results of the autopsies from the Rum Rum debarcle and gets to brief Agents May and Coulson
(log: 20150225-humandnatesting | tags: phil_coulson simmons the_cavalry world_on_fire | posted: 03 Mar 2015 00:50)

Just Coffee
February 23 2015: Jericho meets May for coffee not too far from the Tri. It's never just coffee.
(log: 20150223-just-coffee | tags: aspect coyote the_cavalry zatanna | posted: 16 Mar 2015 02:24)

Hail Hydra In Gotham
February 22, 2015: The Fox investigates rumours of a snakes nest in Gotham with Zee, Bluebird and May… the group gets more than they bargained for.
(log: 20150222-hailhydraingotham | tags: bluebird fox gotham the_cavalry zatanna | posted: 03 Mar 2015 00:12)

To Infinity and Beyond
February 21, 2015: While Clint Barton and others work furiously to keep Bobbi Morse alive in the Triskelion, Maria Hill leads an expedition to find a long lost sample of a special formula that can save her life.
(log: 20150221-to-infinity-and-beyond | tags: beast captain_america hawkeye maria_hill mockingbird shield the_cavalry | posted: 22 Feb 2015 04:38)

Telling Hunter
February 21, 2015: Hunter returns to the Triskelian and finds out about Bobbi
(log: 20150221-tellinghunter | tags: aspect hunter simmons the_cavalry | posted: 21 Feb 2015 11:44)

He flipped a dumpster on me
February 27, 2015: In which Lunair infodumps some of her latest HYDRA-related mishaps, including that she totally got dumpstowned.
(log: 20150217-he-flipped-a-dumpster-on-me | tags: black_widow lunair rp the_cavalry | posted: 09 Mar 2015 22:32)

Guardian Power Supplies
February 16, 2015: Aspect takes May and FitzSimmons to retrieve that power source
(log: 20150216-guardianpowersupplies | tags: aspect fitz simmons the_cavalry | posted: 17 Feb 2015 09:33)

Birdwatching May
February 15, 2015: Oracle and May catchup once May has 'evaluated' Robin.
(log: 20150215-birdwatchingmay | tags: gotham oracle robin the_cavalry | posted: 19 Feb 2015 05:56)

Aeronautical Gifts
February 09 2015 (Backdated Scene): May and Jericho drop a gift off at the CCU
(log: 20150215-aeronautical-gifts | tags: aspect partisan the_cavalry | posted: 16 Feb 2015 21:36)

Adventures In Limbo
February 14, 2015: May and Simmons find themselves under attack, Aspect comes to help and they all visit Limbo
(log: 20150214-adventuresinlimbo | tags: aspect k'nert magik simmons the_cavalry | posted: 17 Feb 2015 10:38)

Electrolytes For May
February 13, 2015: May and Simmons Catch Up
(log: 20150213-electrolytesformay | tags: simmons the_cavalry | posted: 20 Feb 2015 06:07)

Catch and Release
February 13th, 2015: May and Agent Gorman interrogate the Taskmaster who turns out to be an MIA SHIELD agent named Anthony Masters. (Emits by Jericho)
(log: 20150213-catch-and-release | tags: aspect nick_fury shield taskmaster the_cavalry | posted: 13 Feb 2015 16:47)

Batman Spoils Everything
February 12, 2015: May is in Gotham looking for Robin. She finds a different caped sort instead. More than one, in fact.
(log: 20150212-batman-spoils-everything | tags: batman gotham spoiler the_cavalry | posted: 19 Feb 2015 04:31)

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