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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Dangerous Compliments
January 13 2015: After finding a cache of disturbing evidence, Jericho meets with May, Storm and Kate
(log: 20150113-dangerous-compliments | tags: aspect hawkeye_ii storm the_cavalry | posted: 16 Feb 2015 21:09)

Snakes in the Grass
January 10 2015: Jericho gets some guests while gardening in Limbo
(log: 20150110-snakes-in-the-grass | tags: aspect misfit oracle the_cavalry | posted: 12 Jan 2015 11:26)

You Look Familiar
January 8, 2015: David Ironside ends up in M-Town and surrounded by people on the street
(log: 20150107-youlookfamiliar | tags: lunair metal ripper the_cavalry zatanna | posted: 09 Jan 2015 21:42)

It's A Drag
January 5, 2015: Dragnet and Kane meet some interesting spectres out on the streets of Gotham.
(log: 20150105-itsadrag | tags: dragnet fox gotham misfit oracle the_cavalry | posted: 09 Jan 2015 20:50)

Grim Reaper Shell Game
January 05 2015: The Fox, Dragnet and a few others play a game of 'one of these things is not like the other ones.'
(log: 20150105-grim-reaper-shell-game | tags: dragnet fox misfit oracle the_cavalry | posted: 08 Jan 2015 11:09)

Cryotank Escapee
January 5, 2015: Oracle and May are tracking a HYDRA 18 Wheeler coming through Gotham, Midnighter is too…. what they find is interesting
(log: 20150105-cryotankescapee | tags: gotham hawkeye midnighter oracle shield the_cavalry | posted: 06 Jan 2015 22:51)

Shopping with May
January 04 2015: May and Hunter end up in a shopping car park, surrounded. Oracle and Jericho get involved!
(log: 20150104-shopping-with-may | tags: aspect hunter oracle shield the_cavalry | posted: 04 Jan 2015 07:21)

Coffee and Blood Magic
January 04 2015: Jaqueline and May conference after the disaster at the interagency gala. Jericho shows up. Because he can.
(log: 20150104-coffee-and-blood-magic | tags: aspect spitfire the_cavalry | posted: 06 Jan 2015 11:46)

Amateur Magic, Formal Clothes
January 04 2015: Spitfire, May and Jericho and Oracle take down a HYDRA Occult operation at an interagency gala
(log: 20150104-amateur-magic-formal-clothes | tags: aspect oracle shield spitfire the_cavalry | posted: 06 Jan 2015 11:39)

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