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Nick Fury (LMD)

In 1961, while in France on a mission for Leonardo da Vinci, Nick Fury, his brother Jake, and Thomas Davidson discovered a piece of self-replicating technology dating back to the Renaissance. The technology latched onto Davidson and Jake Fury, creating robotic duplicates of both of them. This technology would later be reverse engineered into the first LMD's.[1]

The LMD of Jake Fury would later go insane and become the terrorist known as Scorpio while the LMD of Thomas Davidson would go undercover with Hydra as part of Nick Fury's decades long plan to subvert the organization.[1]


As an android a Life-Model Decoy possesses various capabilities:

  • Superhuman Strength: Life-Model Decoys are superhumanly strong and possesses strength beyond the human limit.
  • Superhuman Speed: An average Life-Model Decoy can run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Durability: The construction of a Life-Model Decoy makes it very durable.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Life-Model Decoy can exert itself well beyond the human limit.
  • Superhuman Agility: The agility, balance, and bodily coordination Life-Model Decoys are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Quick Repair: The nanites in its body give a Life-Model Decoy a form of self-repair similar to a Healing Factor.
  • Remote Control: The owner can see through, speak through, and control everything the LMD does in the field.

Alternate Realities

Image Description Source
Needed On Earth-8096, Nick Fury deployed a LMD which was destroyed by Graviton. Many months later, a LMD modeled after S.H.I.E.L.D.'s newest director Maria Hill was executed by the Skrulls during their invasion. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series)
Needed On Earth-904913, Nick Fury used a Life-Model Decoy to confront ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Mallen. It ended up destroyed. Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 2 16
Life-Model Decoy (Earth-82809) What If Vol 1 34 On Earth-82809, Nick Fury wore his eye patch over his right instead of the left eye. As a result all his LMD's were useless because the eye patch was over the left eye. What If? #34
Life-Model Decoy (Earth-9997) Earth X Vol 1 ½ On Earth-9997, during his account of the past, Nick Fury tells that Tony Stark has created several copies of Fury's LMDS to prevent the real Fury from being hit during missions on the front lines. Earth X ½
Needed On Earth-12041, LMDs, which are able to roughly duplicate the powers of whoever they are disguised as, are used by S.H.I.E.L.D. to train Spider-Man and his team. In addition to the standard LMDs, there is a deadlier version used for harder training exercises. When Captain America and Spider-Man arrive in Madripoor, they found the entrance to Arcade's lair where Wolverine was fighting Life Model Decoy ninjas. They discovered that Arcade had stolen some of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Life-Model Decoys modeled after themselves, which they were forced to fight. Arcade then unleashed multiple Hulk Life Model Decoys which were defeated by Captain America and Wolverine. Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine were later confronted by Red Hulk Life-Model Decoys. Ultimate Spider-Man Season 2 20
Needed On Earth-71002, Nick Fury used an LMD to debrief Spider-Man in Cairo, Egypt. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe


  • Arguably, the most well known LMD is/was Max Fury who believed himself to be the real Nick Fury for some time before associating himself with the Shadow Council.
  • Tony Stark has also made use of a number of Life-Model Decoys.[2] Likewise, Maria Hill also employed them during her time as director of S.H.I.E.L.D.[3]
  • Someone created a large number of Deadpool Life-Model Decoys, which attacked him, and were destroyed by the real Deadpool and Red Hulk, who came by to recruit Deadpool to Code Red.[4]
  • A second type of LMD not yet designated for impersonation duty are called "Red Eyes" and are used for high-risk operations.[5]
  • The Livewires' technology is largely based on that of LMDs.[6]


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