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In "Turn, Turn, Turn" (Season 1, Episode 17 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), shortly after Trip and Simmons find out about Hydra from Agent Weaver we get this exchange:

Simmons: How do I know I can trust you?

Trip: Because I'm trustworthy. You're the one who works with a zombie robot back from the dead.

Who is Trip talking about here?

The obvious answer is Coulson, however that doesn't make sense since Trip doesn't know that Coulson had actually died at this point (since he wasn't Hydra, Garrett wouldn't have told him, and from his tone in Episode 14 after Ward says Coulson died to get the Bus it's seems pretty clear that he doesn't believe that).

Is he referring to Skye instead?

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    Isn't Coulson famously dead after Loki stabbed him?
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 9 '18 at 18:25
  • Deathlok seems the obvious reference but SHIELD isn't working with him at this point
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 9 '18 at 18:36
  • But what makes Coulson a robot? He doesn't have his robotic hand at this point.
    – Adamant
    Aug 9 '18 at 18:55
  • @Adamant He's somewhat robotic in demeanor; inhumanly unflappable under most circumstances.
    – Liesmith
    Aug 9 '18 at 23:38
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Although it's been a while since I last watched this episode, I think the zombie robot in question is Mike Peterson/Deathlok. After being given the Centipede Serum by HYDRA, he was recruited by SHIELD to assist them in various matters. On one mission featuring the titular agents of SHIELD (Season 1, Episode 10, "The Bridge") he goes after the people behind the Centipede Serum, and is ultimately caught in an explosion and presumed dead. Later in the season, he is revived as Deathlok, a cyborg weapon of HYDRA, thereby fitting both the zombie and robot parts of the question.

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