In the Tv show we are shown Aida. An android built in secret by Radcliffe and then perfected by Fitz.

Are there any such advanced robots in the comics that are "made" by terrestrials? (not counting Ultron)

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S.H.I.E.L.D. has had Life Model Decoys for many years in the comics.

LMDs first appeared in Strange Tales #135 (August 1965), in which the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. created LMDs of agent Nick Fury to use as decoys for an attack by HYDRA.

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A Life Model Decoy (or LMD for short) is a S.H.I.E.L.D.-designed robot that duplicates all outward aspects of a living person. The owner can see through, speak through, and control everything the Life Model Decoy does. Nick Fury's Life Model Decoys are probably the most common in the Marvel Universe.

It is designed to function as an exact body double for VIPs. Their design is such that they mimic the subject's outer appearance (i.e., fingerprints, hair, all details of the skin), speech patterns, scent, iris and retina patterns, body language, thought patterns (to fool telepaths), and any other biological indicators. Aside from any invasive procedure and vulnerability to strong EMP, they are indistinguishable from the original.

From the Wikia

"Life-Model Decoys" often shortened to LMD's are a S.H.I.E.L.D. designed robot that takes the form of a living person, thus making a duplicate of that person.


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.

  • TIL - I always thought they were called Live Model Decoys
    – TylerH
    Dec 13, 2016 at 18:26

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