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Nick Fury (LMD)


Life-Model Decoys (LMD's) are a S.H.I.E.L.D. designed robot that takes the form of a living person, thus making a recreation of that person. The owner can see through, speak through, and control everything the LMD does in the field. Nick Fury's LMD's are pictured, and probably the most common in the Marvel Universe. Arguably, the most well known L.M.D. is/was Max Fury who believed himself to be the real Nick Fury for some time before associating himself with the Shadow Council.

A second type of LMDs not yet designated for impersonation duty are called "Red Eyes" and are used for high-risk operations.[2]


As an android a Life-Model Decoy possesses all of the various superhuman attributes:

  • Superhuman Strength: As an android a Life-Model Decoy is superhumanly strong and possesses strength beyond the human limit.
  • Superhuman Speed: As an android a Life-Model Decoy can run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Durability: As an android a Life-Model Decoys construction makes it very durable.
  • Superhuman Stamina: As an android a Life-Model Decoy can exert itself well beyond the human limit.
  • Superhuman Agility: As an android a Life-Model Decoys agility, balance, and bodily coordination 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.

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


  • Tony Stark has also made use of a number of Life-Model Decoys.[3] Likewise, Maria Hill also employed them during her time as director of S.H.I.E.L.D.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • The Livewires' technology is largely based on that of LMDs.[6]


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