It has happened numerous times now that a superpowered character on this show either could easily be replaced by a minor character from the comics, or even that it is clearly an existing comicbook character with a different name. The first occurence of this would be Scorch being called Chan Ho Yin, instead of Tommy Ng. Now when this happened I didn't mind. I didn't know about or care for Tommy Ng, it was a minor character, it's the first time this happened and they called him Scorch anyway. The first time it kind of bothered me was in the second half of season 2 with the first appearances of the inhumans. Quake is from the comics of course, but the rest of them were pretty much all original characters. First there is a blind inhuman who can teleport and whose job it is to find new inhumans and take them to the inhuman city, in the form of Gordon. At the time many people speculated he would be Reader, because he also fits that description and they pretty much look the same, but no, he's an original. Then there was Raina, who became covered in spikes/thorns, gained some minor psychic-related abilities and became an advisor/servant to the female ruler of the inhuman city. In the comics there is Elejea, who is covered in spikes/thorns, has some minor psychic-related abilities and became an advisor/servant to the queen Medusa of the Atillan. They also had a red-headed woman with Multiple Man's powers in Alisha, of which there also one in the comics called Cath And then there's Lincoln. Now, there are a bunch of characters with electrokinesis, so let's look at some more specific characteristics. So he needs to be attractive, since he's Daisy's love interest, he used to be an alcoholic which led to his downfall but turned his life around and started helping others cope with their powers, etc. Well guess what, there exists a character with all those characteristics as well. They call him Anthem. Later that season one of the characters was a crazy woman with razorblades attached to her fingers, called Karla Faye Gideon. Now that name is from the comics, except it belongs to a minor character in a single arc of Daredevil who has nothing in common with the character beyond being a woman. And that while Marvel has their own crazy woman with razorblade fingers, namely the member of the Sisters of Sin called Sister Agony (AKA Slash) Some of these are clearly not coincidental. For example, there is no way they came up with a story about little girl living in the middle east who has telepathic mind control powers and is trying to get a large group of people under her control while hiding that she's the one with powers by using someone close to her as a mindcontrolled figurehead (as they did for Katya Belyakov), and they never looked at the Incredible Hulk book featuring Gretta Rabin. Joey, as a guy with melting powers who struggled with being a hero and has caused accidents with his powers, but could later even melt bullets in midair (and his choice in jackets), could seemlessly be replaced by Christopher Colchiss. And now with the last episode we have who might be the worst offender. Shockley has the exact powerset of Nitro, who is not as minor a character as many of the others here, being a living bomb, with specific mention of the gaseous state, reconstitution and the high frequency pulse he emits. So my question is: Why do the people working on AoS do this? Are these all coincidences? Do they all have rights issues? Won't Marvel Studios let them use characters even as minor as this? Are they creating their own characters because they don't want people guessing the plot based on character names? I know it's not that big a deal, but it just rubs me the wrong way for some reason, because it doesn't have to be like this. Do you agree? Any other characters that would fall under this?